Saturday, 14 July 2018

Now Parenting: Week 4

We’re approaching the end of Week 4. It feels like it hasn’t been that long, but at the same time, there have been a few moments of eternity along the way. On Sunday we got her to spend up to 15 minutes in the bassinet, though by now we’ve mostly set it aside for now. On Monday we took her temperature for the first time; it was normal, she’s had some red dots on her face, likely due to humidity.
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Tuesday night, I had thought limit on her cries was 12-15 mins, based on a couple trips in the car - not so. Too tired to sleep/eat?? Eventually got her a bottle. Walked with her the next morning, then from maybe 8:30-10:30 had her curled with me instead of with Anne-Lise. Odd dream then: That Anne-Lise also went to change her, meaning we had two Alexandras. Then a half dozen of her at different ages in a camper. Who was the original? Internet reviewer “the Dom” had a suggestion of taking one on an amusement ride, with an anti-gravity sofa. He ended up playing a zither with Alexandra as I tried to solve the mystery of the house? Okay then.

Wednesday was pretty uneventful; I organized pictures into file folders. Thursday I somehow got a star (10 min of activity) just by walking around in the morning with Alexandra. Then more as I went to the store, then we all got out of the house for a 90 minute walk, and that was over 23k steps and 9 stars on the day. No bottles on this day either. Hip really bothering me by the end though, talked to the doctor on Friday (I’m easing off my meds) and it’s probably ligaments by the hip flexor. I’m still making dinners most night and not getting to much writing, but I’m okay with things for now.

Random other discoveries: Possibly our lights are upsetting her, too bright? Also might not like the posters of anime characters - could be they have the appearance of real people, she doesn’t have depth perception. The ceiling fan in the living room, although it’s never been on, may be suspicious. The reason a swaddle and a walk in the basement might help put Alexandra at ease/to sleep may be babies not having full awareness of arms and legs (hence liking the appendages swaddled up). She seems to get daily hiccups. She cries a bit like me sometimes, with the choked sobs at the end. She has a strong grip when she wants (on my finger usually). She sometimes messes around while feeding, getting milk on mommy. On Friday I held her for almost three hours as she slept.

I think we’re doing okay.

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Item counts run Sunday (July 8) to Saturday (July 14).

Step Count 2016: About 70,500
Step Count 2017: About 65,500 (20 stars).
STEP COUNT 2018: Over 109,600. 20 stars.
I had to double check that. But with walking Alexandra around, the last day I had under 10k steps was Tues July 3rd.

FROM 2016:
-In Minnesota for TMC, cubic song.
FROM 2017:
-Cleaning house/deck, feeling better about plans.

SchoolMail 2017: 2 (0 sent)
SCHOOL EMAIL 2018: 5 New (0 sent)

Rough Nights: Monday.
Again, that’s nights that need both of us. She does feed at 3 or 4am. Apparently I sometimes snore. I am sorry.




WRITING + ART RELATED ITEMS:
 -1550 more words, publishing “Chanced Erasures 1”
 -770 words on “Time Untied”
 -Thursday stArt Faire Comic Chat

OTHER ITEMS:
 -Glued together mugs and glassware
 -Tidied up the kitchen, putting away containers
 -Doctor’s Appointment Friday
 -4 chapters (110 pgs) of “Call Me Dad!”
 -Lotus Prince’s “Corpse Party” & “Book of Shadows” to 10

UPCOMING FOR SURE:
 -France soccer, Doctor’s appointment

STUFF TO SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER:
 -Recap for OAME 2018
 -Recap for ConBravo 2017
 -Recap for CanCon 2017
 -Write a TANDQ article on Polling and Bias
 -Write a post about types of praise/encouragement
 -Catching up with web serials
 -Read some of the books sitting at my desk


RH Stress Level: 1 (Evasion: Flier Fin)

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