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By Hass :: December 14, 2005 @ 08:15 PM

Got the call this morning, a sick kid needing to come home from school. She came home, we went to the Dr., the Dr. perscribed some meds. Fever broke, happy baby returnned, she has to stay home tomorrow too.

The sick baby is just one emblem of a larger problem. Our lives are packed too tightly and the edges are starting to wear thin. Care for the baby, work, cleanup, sleep, Repeat. Repeat, MId-week laundry, Repeat. Repeat. Grocery shop, laundry, relax (optional), start over. With no family nearby and both adult family members working full time jobs, we're nearing our wits end. Something has got to give, but we don't know what that is yet though.

So far the best idea is to make the cat earn his keep by cleaning the kitchen and doing other household chores. He licks himself, can't we just train him to lick the floor too?

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Halloween pics

By Hass :: November 01, 2005 @ 09:43 AM

The settings for uploaidng photos to mapgoblin were on the not working hard drive, but here are Josie's halloween pics.

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By Hass :: October 30, 2005 @ 08:40 AM

Happy Halloween! Tomorrow is Josie's big day at the parade, but yesterday we tried out her costume and found that she hates the hood. Here's the movie of the teest run.

I'm using a new codec for the file, hollar back if you have any problems viewing it.

UPDATE: Here's an alternate file, should be more compatible, but a larger download, with lower quality. Remember when Josie was much much smaller, and infinitely less mobile? Back when we counted her age in weeks?

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A professional picture

By Hass :: October 14, 2005 @ 09:29 AM

Kinda quiet around here. It's tough to blog with a broken computer. And more importantly, it's October time to start the xmas letter.

The broken computer has also slowed our own picture taking, but that's where school picutres come in.


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By Cole :: September 09, 2005 @ 07:45 PM

Phew, not only is this blog quiet, but it's getting dusty around here.

Unfortunately, the news is - well there is no news. Josie and I have found ourselves to be a news orphan and widow respectively. Cartographer Hass is working late hours covering some truely horrible stuff. Which coincidently leaves me with enough time in the evenings do some blogging (and loads of other stuff I usually never get to).

On the Josie front we're hitting developmental milestones left and right. Her first tooth came in 2 weeks ago (at the rip old age of 5.5 months - she's an overachiever in the teething department - it is FABULOUS let me tell you). Because she was exhibiting every possible sign she was ready for solids - we introduced those 3 weeks ago. She's currently enjoying oatmeal cereal and peas on a regular basis. Saturdays are the big food intorduction days in the house, and tomorrow we're adding green beans (thrilling). Finally, after mastering sitting, Josie is moving onto crawling. Any advice on how to delay this as long as possible? Teethering her to her back possibly? Granted she's not quick and agile yet, but she's mobile which keeps Hass and I on out toes. Finally, little J-bug has learned to soothe herself to sleep (I know who knew babies needed to learn this trick but alas it is true). Although there was some initial protest, she seems to have mastered the ability of going to sleep when she's tired.

Our little girl is 6 months old tomorrow - we'll see is Hass can overcome the crippling technical issues and get some recent pics of the bambino up here. But yea, we've managed to keep her alive for 6 whole months - think she's caught on yet that we don't have a clue as to what we're doing?

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Developmental milestones

By Hass :: July 29, 2005 @ 05:54 AM

Josie has had a big week of learning big skills.

1) Scooting: Sustained purposeful forward propulsion. It's kinda like crawling but without the graceful fluid motion. She can raise her body up in push-up-like stance with all of the strength and precision of the first day of a junior high sports team try-out. (no, she didn't make the cut) and in a seprate manouver, she uses her legs to create forward thrust, sometimes it looks like military training as she crawls through the mud under the barbbed-wire. More often though, she just looks like a fish that had too much tequilla the night before and is now trying to walk home.

2) Bottle: She's holding it on her own now. Not quite consistently, and not quite with perfect aim, but she does grab it with both hands and thrust it toward her face. Her low standards of success mean any opening counts as a victory.

3) Interaction: Fun fun fun all the time time time. Everyday is leaving Hass with less time to play on the computer as Josie demands more fun and games. Hass is even starting to feel a little trapped in the world of cooking, cleaning, and laundering. But he has made three different kinds of jam to preserve bounty of summer until is is really needed for the winter.

4) Sitting up: not even close.

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4 and one half months

By Hass :: July 25, 2005 @ 09:48 AM

Josie was kind enough to schedule mapgoblin for her official 4.5 month photo shoot yesterday. She even smiled and cooperated through several wardrobe and set changes

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Like a camel, but filled with pee

By Hass :: July 21, 2005 @ 08:29 AM

8:30 a.m. and we're on our fouth onsie of the day. Two open-air peeing incidents, and one leaky pooper. One load of laundry in the wash already. All three changes have happened in the last 3 hours, at this rate, we'll go through 1 onsie an hour and exhaust our clean slothes supply about 3 a.m.

Lets hope for the best.

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A day with Sunshine . . .

By Hass :: July 19, 2005 @ 07:42 PM

. . . is a day that's too warm to take the baby out.

The weather has turnned hot, putting the smack-down on our regularly scheduled walks into town and run/walks around area parks. It has even greatly curtailled outdoor walks once we get to a destination. So we're making lots of trips to malls, which all seem to be the same place, but they are air conditionned. If anybody knows of good cool destinations for a 4 month old who likes to keep moving, and easily gets heat rashes we'd love to hear them.

Yesterday, was a hellish day on the toothing front, the crescendo came during a sustainned rage around 3 p.m. Hass abandonned the homeopathic toothing relief drops, and reached for the Oragel. Seconds later, all were happy, and we went out to the mall.

•In the Background
Typo, running on Ruby on Rails, quite quite cool. It's been a very geeky and domestic summmer. I finally cleanned up and tweaked out my desktop, considering posting a screen shot of that too.

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We can make it anywhere

By Hass :: July 18, 2005 @ 07:02 AM

Josie made her first trip out of New Jersey and into the big city of Nueava Yorka yesterday. Our fears of a fussy baby were hushed during the drive in where Josie slept for the entire trip, and didn't even wake up until after we parked. Our 2 hour visit with my sister( in town for the weekend) was graced by J-bug's first restaurant experience which was also an absolutley mellow calm baby experience. It was a great trip for everybody, and a tremendous suprise for parents who had expected the worst. Josie's capstone achievement was napping for the entire trip home.

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