Friday, January 15, 2010

Seven Quick Takes

1. Nate is taking his second two-plus hour nap of the day, which is a miracle in and of itself. Detracting only slightly from the miraculous nature of this feat is the fact that I had to hold him for more than an hour and a half of each nap. Sometimes when one of us holds him for this long (an hour or more), we get at least another hour's worth of nap out of him. On such occasions, we feel like Parenting! Superstars! Look at all the time we suddenly have to clean/do finances/watch TV/eat/pee. Other times, he wakes up even when we are holding him. On these occasions, we're so let down. And yet we persevere, because when we DON'T hold him initially, he almost ALWAYS wakes up at 30 or 45 minutes, and we love the kid enough to want him to get some decent sleep.

2. David and I have a date on Sunday. It's not my top choice for activities--we're going to a Washington Capitals hockey game-- but it's a date nonetheless. With a meal beforehand! In a real restaurant! The paternal grandparents will be in town and have agreed to watch the little guy (as if that took SO MUCH arm twisting). I think it will be the longest I've been away from Nate since he's been born, which makes me a little anxious. But it'll be fun, right?

3. David just criticized the spaces I initially stuck after the double dashes in the previous Take. He says I don't need them following an em dash. He is a complete grammar nerd, even moreso than I am. (By the way, it's really hard to break the habit of hitting the space bar after the dashes if that's what you're used to doing.) (Also, I just told David that this was the most boring Take ever, but he's convinced that Arwen and Miriel will appreciate it.)

4. Nate had his "two month" well-baby visit last Monday, a mere two days before he turned three months old. I was initially annoyed that we couldn't get him in earlier (and his "four month" visit will occur on March 4th, only two days before he's five months old). Now, though, I realize that it's no big deal, and perhaps actually a good thing to have a little more time before each round of vaccines. He weighed 13 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 24 inches long, with a head circumference of 16 inches. That put him in the 50th percentile for height and weight, and only the 30th percentile for head circumference. It's a good thing we know that intelligence is not related to head size, or else we'd be worried.

5. We rearranged our living room to make more floor space available for Nate to play, and I am LOVING the new arrangement. Seriously I wonder why we didn't do this ages ago. I think I'd prefer it this way even sans baby. We moved the sofa over to one side and got a much smaller coffee table, and the whole thing just feels so much more open. (Probably because it , um, IS so much more open.) The couch no longer faces the TV head-on, but that doesn't bother me in the least. Frankly, I'm not sure how much we'll be able to have the TV on going forward; Nate is so attracted to the bright lights! moving pictures!, and I don't want him watching TV for a long while.

6. I know I've sung the praises of my iPhone before, but it bears repeating: I am not sure how I would be getting through these days without it. During the three-plus hours I spent holding Nate for naps today, I listened to a Faith & Family Live! podcast, listened to music, surfed the internet, checked and composed e-mail, kept up with facebook and Twitter, finished reading one novel, ordered a new book, and read Morning Prayer. We realized last night that we're quite certain the iPhone is a more powerful computer than my college desktop. So weird! And thank goodness.

7. David just informed me that these quick takes weren't actually quick at all. So this one will be. The End.

More quick takes at Conversion Diary, here.

Monday, January 11, 2010