I am exhausted. Back to school has begun and I was in the middle of my first full week back with students. I decided on this particular night to go to bed early. 

Just as my eyes began to feel so heavy that I could never lift them, I was snapped from my bliss by blood-curdling screams. The kind of screams reserved for stranger in the house! Luckily Wife was already in her room and ready for anything. As I groggily walk into Claire’s room I can tell that this is going to be a special case.

Claire has begun having night terrors. Developmentally this is right on track, however it doesn’t make it any less frightening. 

What usually happens is that she will let out a couple of yells, then will go back to sleep. Every now and then Claire will have a strong episode, where she wakes up and is inconsolable for about 20-30 minutes. The problem with these strong episodes is that she will work herself up so much that she begins to gag. Very occasionally these gags will make her throw up. 

It was clear from her screams that this was going to be one of her stronger episodes. 

The worst thing as a parent is the fact that there is not anything that you can do. 

I recently posted to a parent blog group called The Dad Network and they gave me the solution that I should completely wake Claire up. I will have to try this next time.

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Back to School!

We are super busy this time of year! Back to school for myself, wifey, and Claire! I’ll try to get a longer post out in the next few weeks. 

Until then enjoy this picture of Claire talking on the phone about her first day of school tomorrow.

Sandwiched Between Greatness! AND #SimonSays Update

So it was my birthday recently. For those wondering I have now reached an age that is very easily rounded to 30…(I’m 27). The day before yesterday I realized that my birthday is among some of the great geeky happenings in the world. July is a very busy month if you are a geek. We have San Diego Comic Con, which is the biggest Comic Con around and is widely regarded as the Mecca of all of Geekdom. We also have the more local, and therefore exponentially more likely attended (by me) Tampa Bay Comic Con. Also in July this year is GenCon, which is a fantastic Con for Tabletop games. At the end of July we have some important birthdays. On the 29th we have the birthdays of Geek Emperor Wil Wheaton and his crony, Seth Green. On the last day of July we have the birthday of the most powerful wizard of the age Harry Potter (yes I know he is fictional but people still celebrate it). Smack dab in between them, on the day that action movie star Arnold Schwartzennegger was born is my birthday. 

Not to brag or anything, but those are some pretty important events in the lives of geeks and nerds everywhere! 

Now for the real reason that many people stop by the blog… a baby update. Simon is now officially 2 months old. Big man is in the 70th percentile for height and 90th percentile for weight. We got the ok to start juices this month which is a bit scary. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy that he will smell less like cheese, but adding flavored is usually when tummy troubles begin.

Also in Simon’s world is the event of his Baptism. Now before I talk about it, I just want to say that I usually keep this space religion free. If you check out my about page, you will read that I teach at a Catholic school. Yes we are Catholic in the DadtheGeek house. It works for us. 

Little man was baptized on July 26th. He wore the cutest little bow tie ever.

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