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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
11:53 am - Baby #2 is smaller than Baby #1
Even though he was a full pound bigger at birth!
So funny.

9 month checkup was today.My now completely average-sized Joshua is 19 lbs 10 oz which the doctor said is smack dab 50th percentile. I was surprised; I was certain we'd broken 20 pounds. T.C. the giant sumo baby was (for comparison) 24 lbs 6 oz at his 9 month checkup.

Of course he also started crawling two full months earlier and cruises everywhere so I have to imagine he expends quite a few more calories than his brother did during the same period.

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Sunday, April 26th, 2015
7:44 pm
Why won't the baby stay asleep without a nipple his mouth. {whiiiiiiine}

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
7:53 am - a true classic
Found some of my CDs including my copy of the soundtrack for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Which made me think; who compiled this story for what became the Bible? It is quite odd in that it depicts both sides of the story, so you get what happened to Joseph and what happened to the rest of his family. Which makes you wonder about it being history versus literature, (wikipedia agrees.) Even down to the dialog amongst Jacob and the brothers. (Reuben not being able to resist saying "I told you so," after what - 15 years? And Jacob getting pissed off that they have to bring Benjamin back to Egypt with them. "What is wrong with you that you told the guy 'oh yeah, and we have another brother at home.' Couldn't you have just lied to him??" )

Like you can seriously see it being passed down orally through the family for how many generations before it got written down somewhere, but the inclusion of so much dialog in a story that OLD is just... striking.

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
5:00 pm - my giant baby

So at his 2 week checkup J was 10 lbs 12 oz.
today at 4 weeks he was 11 12

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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
10:19 pm - Cognitive dissonance

Little J looks so much like TC did as a baby that it is kind of weird to me. Like now; lying in bed, phone in one hand, baby attached to boob, I look at him and think "oh it's TC."

But no, my "baby" TC is playing video games with his daddy and talking up a storm, and is so. Darn. Big.

This is a new person, someone I don't really know yet. And other than the fact that he's a better nurser than his brother was at 2 days old, (how much of that is him vs my having previous experience I have no idea, but damn he is good at this, and I am greatful,) I don't know what kind of person this dude is. Other than big. And I am so glad to no longer be pregnant with him.

We took him to see the pediatrician today and he's perfect and healthy. I notice the Dr. was a lot less concerned about asking me certain things like making sure I know how often to be feeding him etc. since she knows he's kid #2 and TC was also born at home, breastfed, etc. She did think it was pretty funny that she saw TC for his yearly checkup on Monday- grandma had to take him in cause I was in labor with little J.

Wish we didn't have to do all the piddly things like paperwork for FMLA and his birth certificate, but that's the price I pay for bucking the system in this day and age. It'll get done and be over with.

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Monday, July 28th, 2014
3:41 pm - Yay

Joshua Robert was born at noon 7/28/14, 10 lbs 1 oz, 21 inches long. About 8 hours of labor, compared to his brother's 17, but damn fast hurts more. A lot more. Still, 10 minutes of pushing and no tears for a ten pounder is pretty damn good.

It's about a quarter to 4 now. He has been nursing almost non stop for the past hour.


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Monday, July 21st, 2014
10:40 pm - Pregnancy abbreviations ahoy

Little wiggle-machine has spent 2 months mostly ROA or ROP. Spent the entirety of yesterday flat out Occiput posterior and at some point tonight wiggled his way into LOP. As someone who would like an nice easy labor This pleases me.

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
2:48 pm - 38 weeks

It was actually kind of gratifying when, at my now weekly checkup, the midwife palpated my abdomen to check the baby's position, exclaimed at how far down in my pelvis his head was, and they followed that up with a sympathetic "You must be extremely uncomfortable."

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
7:28 pm - 36 weeks and ugh

I feel like complete and total crap, but at least the baby is still doing his normal amount of turns kicks and wiggles, so I have to assume it's just me.

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014
9:10 pm - Baby hulk

It is very hard to say with 5 years distance, but I am fairly sure that this baby moves with more oomph than TC ever did. Not sure about more frequently, because I do remember TC moving around almost constantly, but I don't remember feeling like he was going to rupture something in his enthusiasm.

I have unofficially officially nicknamed this baby Jiro, because I even though he will not be known by his initials, he should have a solid nickname, and then I got it into my head that he should have a Japanese nickname. And Jiro unimaginatively means "second son" in Japanese.

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Friday, May 23rd, 2014
8:39 am - Almost there

Two more weeks of kid's school before I can stop getting up at the ungodly hour of 7:45. I cannot freaking wait. I relish the idea that the last six weeks of this pregnancy I will not have to torture my body with this ridiculous sleep schedule. Now when he starts up kindergarten at the end of August, all bets are off. Been kind of freaking out about how we're going to make this work, but it's too late to change plans now! And also I know that in a year or so when I have a routine and I no longer have another life form sucking out all my energy from the inside out (just from the outside, haha) I will feel more up to the task.

I have no idea how people have four or five kids.

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Saturday, March 8th, 2014
1:34 am - About ultrasound photography

The most interesting thing I learned on Wikipedia about ultrasounds is that the 3d ultrasound was invented in 1987 by a couple of university researchers (I want to say Duke University, but too lazy to look it up,) and the "4d ultrasound " phenomenon didn't occur until much more recently because it had to wait for computer processors to get fast enough to render those 3d images basically in real time. Which I find pretty cool.

Since we're going with the midwives again (and after being charged $185 for my brief ultrasound at 10 in the doctor's office,) we decided to once again take advantage of the free market and go to one of those, I don't know what you call them? Vanity ultrasound places? The kind that specialize in 3d and 4d and you get a DVD of the session, and you can get a recording of the baby's heartbeat and have it in a little teddy bear to listen to and all kinds of stuff.

This is just one of the things that makes me feel like a freak in comparison to what I perceive other people to be like. I find ultrasound technology to be scientifically fascinating but all babies, even mine, just look weird and creepy on an ultrasound.

I'm there for two reasons- 1.) find out the sex of the fetus and 2.) make sure the anatomy is looking ok.

The boy was kind enough to not only let us get a view of the relevant penis/scrotum combo, but to flip over several times, flash both hands and feet and give us a great shot of his back. I love the shot of his back. Everything else just looks creepy. The ultrasound tech kept gushing about how we should come back again later when he's chunked up a bit in another 8 weeks and get some cute face shots. And I'm like, do people actually do that? The Wikipedia article talked about studies that show ultrasound pictures increase maternal bonding, and that I guess makes sense but still; weird.

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Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
11:47 am - 19 weeks- brothers

Got our ultrasound- it's a boy. Of course I have zero boy names picked out.! But I'm excited.

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Thursday, February 6th, 2014
6:11 pm - posted so I can find it later
"The 'ideal woman', who wakes up looking like an underwear model, who is satisfied with her role as housewife and helpmeet but remains passionate enough to hold a man’s interest, who looks 'bangable' but never actually bangs, because that would make her a slut, is almost entirely fictional. She exists mainly as a standard against which every real women can be held and found wanting"

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Thursday, January 30th, 2014
1:03 pm

Got the Christmas tree down today, so I must be feeling better (thank goodness.) made it before February at least!

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
10:19 am - Sleep

It was 1 degree outside when the alarm went off this morning. TC normally the chipper, jump out of bed type, declared he wanted to stay in bed. So I made an executive decision and called us off and we stayed the heck in bed.

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
10:48 am - Since everyone is asking

I hope it's another boy, but I'm terrified it's probably a girl.

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Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
8:43 am - 12 weeks

Still pregnant. Still vomiting intermittently. Still sleeping like it's going out of style. Baby apparently believes we can survive on cottage cheese and potato chips, and I have gotten too tired of throwing up to argue. Thank heavens for vitamins.

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Friday, August 2nd, 2013
2:24 pm - We hates it, precious

My ear started feeling funny on Sunday. By Monday I was sure it was an ear infection but it was just annoying. I figured it would either get better or it wouldn't. Was hoping it would because I hate antibiotics. And trips to the doctor, and serious illness in general. Alas. The gods of the immune system were not smiling on me. Woke up today feeling worse than ever and knowing I wasn't going to survive a 10 hour day at work in the kind of pain I was in. Mom took TC to daycare and I went to the Little Clinic. Now I have to say that as social inventions go, the in-pharmacy clinic is pretty much the best idea ever. I've been there twice now and it's been a great experience both times. Today it got in to see the doctor (well, nurse practitioner but come on, like we lay-people care,) in 10 minutes, got my antibiotics from the pharmacy and was out of the store in 45 minutes total.

And the people there are always really nice and respectful and not all condescending like a lot of doctors I've seen...

Anyway now I am home and have taken my oral antibiotics and my ear drops and am curled up in bed with Netflix wishing I didn't feel like 10 lbs of shit in a 5 lb bag.

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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
1:28 pm - Chocolate ganache cheesecake
So there's this chinese restaurant on 161 that we went to because they have awesome Fu dog statues outside and in addition to excellent food they had this chocolate cake that was so amazing I will go back just for that.

Since I haven't been back yet, I was trying to find something similar that I could make. I'm a fair hand in the kitchen, right? If I have a recipe I could duplicate it.

Well so far no dice, but I did find this -

I made it, it was meh. Much too rich to eat on it's own. almost half of it got thrown away which is a damn shame. I had never done a ganache before, though, and it's not hard.

So this week I retooled the recipe - I made half the ganache as describe in the link above, then mixed in 8 oz of cream cheese, and put it in a chocolate graham cracker crust. T.C. and I shared a piece last night, it was ok but still missing something. Today I ate a piece topped with cool whip and fresh raspberries.



4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick), cut into small pieces
1/2 cup heavy cream
1.5 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon fine salt
8 oz cream cheese, softened (I find using the "whipped" containers makes blending smoothly FAR easier.)

1) Place chocolate and butter in a medium bowl; set aside.

2) Combine cream, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves and liquid is just at a simmer, about 4 minutes.

3) Pour cream mixture over chocolate and butter and let sit until melted, about 4 minutes. Gently stir until smooth. Once mixture is fully smooth beat in 8 oz of softened cream cheese.

Pour into chocolate graham cracker crust and transfer to the refrigerator. Chill until set, about 2 hours.

Top with cool whip and raspberries.

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