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Week 9 - or "Why sysadminning and babies don't mix" 
7th-Nov-2008 12:09 am
This week has been less emotionally tumultuous than last week, fortunately. Its been busier tho, so we're all feeling a little worn out. We had dinner with Benji & Ainsley despite Hamish's best efforts and the 34 red lights between our house and theirs. I went shopping most of Saturday, and then out to geekweevil's Halloween party, and then on Sunday we went and had a bbq at Rupert & Sam's place. Monday was a work from home day, Tuesday I had to go to work and geekweevil came over for tea, Wednesday lirion came over for tea, Thursday was meant to be tai chi but was cancelled for illness and... wait, no, that's today, so that's it. Plus wriggle monkey getting bigger and heavier almost visibly.

It was a week of discovering things you can do and not do while holding a baby. Under the list of things that you probably shouldn't do - sysadminning, eating icecream, sneezing. Things you can do - take out the garbage, eat bbq... um... no, that's about it. So this week the winner is things you can't do.

Hamish is developing. He has longer awake periods and makes more random noises while awake (despite bjj_moves best efforts, he still doesn't say 'armbar'). He can hold his head up just long enough to make you think he's stable before losing it and plunging off to one side. He regards the dummy with extreme skepticism. He is now more than half the length of his bassinet and we're looking at the space either side of him and wondering if it'll last til Christmas.

On a number of occasions we've noticed people walking up to the house, then turning and leaving, which means my sign that says "don't knock if you're selling anything" is working out pretty well. I recommend this for all new parents - its less about waking the baby, and more about maybe waking you, and more likely, causing you hassles if you are trying to disentangle from the baby to answer the door for no gain. I was going to make a lovely computer printed one, but the crayon-clutched-in-fist style of my handwriting seems to have worked just as well for some reason.

photos, including what might be a smile...
6th-Nov-2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
Do you have baby Bjorn or equivalent? Great for hands-free baby stuff - I played many long hours of City of Heroes with a sleeping baby strapped to my chest.
6th-Nov-2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
Yah, we do, but we haven't tried putting him in it for a while. He was only just within the length requirements, and it wasn't really working. Its been a month now, we should give it another shot.
6th-Nov-2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
He regards the dummy with extreme skepticism.

A fine way to treat his father!

6th-Nov-2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
6th-Nov-2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
hehehe... he's getting big. He's very cute though. :-) (I'm sure he's less cute when he wakes you up with screaming in the middle of the night...)
6th-Nov-2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
Any time where there is screaming, not so much with the cute :) But there are more and more times when he's awake and not screaming or feeding...
6th-Nov-2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
Hooray! He's turning into a small human! :-)
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