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So it has been a long time since there has been a post. School has flown by, as it is now the end of the first marking period. It has been a blur raising 2 children, 2 dogs and holding a full time teaching position.
I do have to give a little shout out to all of my students who found my blog. Hi guys…now stop reading this and do your homework.
But, I am officially out from under my mountain of grading and am back with the expectation of a new post every week.
I do have plans for moving the blog forward. Stay tuned to my official social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to sign up for Periscope so that you can checkout my live broadcasts. I have done a couple around town and will be doing one this weekend of the RPG campaign I am a part of. You must watch to get the inside information on the campaign and our characters. Hopefully we will be introducing a new character to the mix this weekend. Be looking for the announcement on Twitter.
Now time for an UPDATE: Simon is now 5 months old and is on track to be a Defensive End. His hands are huge me he is easily the length of my torso. For his first Halloween, Simon went as a tiger. The funniest part was that after we put his costume on, any part of his body the costume was touching, Simon would not move. We ended up having more of a tiger sausage than an actual tiger.
Claire is living large. Being a big sister sometime tires her out, but she really enjoys being one of only a few people who can consistently make Simon smile. She also enjoys going to Disney now that we have Annual Passes and she is particularly looking forward to trying out our new Magic Bands this weekend.
So, I have a problem. The debate that occurred three years ago when Claire was a baby has picked back up. Which design of baby onesie is of a superior design, snaps or zippers? In order to illustrate this problem, I am going to ask you to come along on an imaginary journey into my nightlife. In a previous post (Oh Sleep…) I spoke about the fact that my wife and I have not been getting very much sleep. When Simon wakes up for a late night feeding, both of us wake up. One of us will prep the bottle while the other changes the diaper, then one of us will stay up to feed while the other gets to go back to sleep. The issue apparently comes from the changing diaper aspect of this little story.
Snaps – This is the position that my wife holds. The idea here is that the snaps allow you to uncover less of the child and therefore they are kept cozy and results in less yelling and a smoother transition to feeding and eventually back to sleep.
My rebuttal is that the baby is screaming at you for food already. They are also kicking their little legs which makes snaps harder to fasten correctly, especially in your current sleep addled state.
Zippers seem to be the most logical decision to me. A quick solution which cannot be mishandled, unless something goes drastically wrong and skin or fabric is gathered into the zipper (which I should disclose has NEVER happened in our house).
The wife’s rebuttal again is the idea that the child screams more because most of their body is uncovered. Most onesies are made with the zipper running from one foot up to the neck, so in order to access the diaper, one must completely unzip the onesie. (I maintain that the kid still screams either way).
This brings me to what has to be THE BEST INVENTION EVER! We have come across probably the solution to both issues, and surprise surprise a zipper is involved. The Wife and I are unsure if these are mistakes or if these are made somewhere and we can’t find them. They are zipper onesies where the zipper is reversed this it is quick, yet you can only uncover the area needed to change the diaper.
Three weeks ago I became a father…again. Without giving up too much, Simon came into our lives incredibly quickly. There were much less complications then there was when we had Claire.
After an extra day in the hospital, everyone is home and doing well. Simon is eating well, sleeping well, and pooping well, about as many activities a newborn can handle.
So since we have been home for awhile, let’s address some of the issues. Some people say that when you have two children, it is double the work, while others say that it is simply not true. To be completely honest, I don’t think it is actually double the work, but I don’t remember being this exhausted the last time around. I have also gone from a one cup person, to a two cup person (of coffee) in the morning.
I was also worried that we would see some behavior backsliding from our oldest. I was worried that she would start acting up in order to pull our attention from Simon to her. Luckily there has not been any more outbursts then the normal ones.
I have come out of this experience with a renewed respect for my wife. She went through childbirth without an epidural…not by choice. The short version of this story is that she progressed so quickly that by the time the epidural was set and had begun to deliver the medicine, Simon was two pushes away.
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome to the (digital) world Simon! Simon was born yesterday morning at 9:24 local time. Weighing 8lbs 4oz and was 20 inches long!
i don’t know about you, but as I wrote that title I read the words “Final Countdown” in the singing voice from the song “The Final Countdown.”
We are in week 38 now. Baby is in position, and all the processes have been started. Now…we wait. It is remarkable to think that the only thing we are waiting on is for Simon to decide he is ready to join the world. Amanda has likened it to Purgatory.
Don’t firget to leave a comment below and let me know your baby stories.
So Amanda had a doctor’s appointment and was basically told that she could now go into labor any time now. Basically at 35 weeks her body has already started the process for birth! This is crazy and terrifying, at least to me. Claire was born after only 4 hours of labor. Luck us I know, but the doctor said that on average the second labor is 1/2 the time of the first. This barely leaves us enough time to get to the hospital! The doctor predicts that the baby will be born on the side of the road. He even went so far as to tell me how to tie and cut the cord…just in case.
So basically we have been raised to DEFCON 3. All hands to battlestations!!!