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This is a blog post copied from John's Website - please feel free to join him there and post comments. He has set up openid, so you can post there with your livejournal account using your openid, which is the same as your journal url minus the http://. You can find this entry at http://www.jcfiala.net/blog/2012/09/03/rock-bye-baby-revision.

Rock a Bye Baby, Safe in my arms.
Shut your wee eyes, and trust in sleep's charms.
When you awake, then Mommy will see,
just what a good baby, Rosie can be!

A different set of words that are a bit less creepy to sing to your child. Naturally, you'll want to change the name in the last line.

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This is a blog post copied from John's Website - please feel free to join him there and post comments. He has set up openid, so you can post there with your livejournal account using your openid, which is the same as your journal url minus the http://. You can find this entry at http://www.jcfiala.net/blog/2011/11/21/its-not-easy-shop-baby.

It's not easy to go out with a Baby. This is obvious to the parents out there, who are cheerfully laughing at my naiveté - I can only point out to them that they were in my shoes, once.

But it is hard. For one, there's preparation - you've got to pack the baby into the carseat, make sure you've got enough diapers in the bag and bring that along, and probably a blanket or two, this time of year. You then have to wrestle it all into the car, and take off. Upon arriving at any destination you need to unpack the baby, possibly also the stroller, and set off. Going anywhere costs extra energy just getting in and out of the car, and as you're out and about with the baby she gets tired and cranky. You don't really stop anywhere on a whim, you tend to plan everything you do. I'm sure this will ease up as Rose gets older, but it's hard.

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Had a lovely day out today, including some time spent at our friends Mike and Anna's house for some gaming and conversation.

Couldn't stay late, though, as we had a free invite to a 'Just Between Friends' event. I don't remember if I mentioned this before, but it's pretty awesome for a new parent - they're a periodical consignment shop entirely about the new parent. We'd already bought quite a lot of great baby stuff from them, but one of the things they're really wizard with is clothing - outfits for 1-4 dollars apiece blows away the prices in the malls. This time we went through and got:

  1. A new carseat and base for $15. (I was going to get just the base, but those were $20. Go figure!)

  2. A box of about 166 size 1 diapers for $20.

  3. About 15-17 outfits, god knows, really

  4. A changing table pad to put Rose on so she doesn't roll off downstairs, $4

  5. And a little plastic cage to wash baby bottle bits in, for a buck.



Basically, in total, $86 for what we bought, and another $5 for the parking, as it's over at the National Western Stockshow, and there's no free parking around there. But if you're in Denver, they're around for about a week.

Used clothes (and other baby stuff) is a life-saver when you've got a kid whose clothes sizes are rated in months. Yay frugality!
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This is a blog post copied from John's Website - please feel free to join him there and post comments. He has set up openid, so you can post there with your livejournal account using your openid, which is the same as your journal url minus the http://. You can find this entry at http://www.jcfiala.net/blog/2011/09/24/just-between-friends-consignment-shop-happiness.

Had a lovely day out today, including some time spent at our friends Mike and Anna's house for some gaming and conversation.

Couldn't stay late, though, as we had a free invite to a 'Just Between Friends' event. I don't remember if I mentioned this before, but it's pretty awesome for a new parent - they're a periodical consignment shop entirely about the new parent. We'd already bought quite a lot of great baby stuff from them, but one of the things they're really wizard with is clothing - outfits for 1-4 dollars apiece blows away the prices in the malls. This time we went through and got:

  1. A new carseat and base for $15. (I was going to get just the base, but those were $20. Go figure!)
  2. A box of about 166 size 1 diapers for $20.
  3. About 15-17 outfits, god knows, really
  4. A changing table pad to put Rose on so she doesn't roll off downstairs, $4
  5. And a little plastic cage to wash baby bottle bits in, for a buck.
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So, being a Father has continued being fun. And it really is, mostly. Rose is a 'quiet' child, which doesn't mean that she doesn't have those times when she's screaming her lungs out, but does mean that there are nice, long stretches of time when she sleeps.

When we're lucky, she sleeps during the nighttime.

Happily, my wife Tammy is being very generous and mostly lets me sleep through the night unless it's a really bad night and she needs another man on deck to handle the baby while she gets some rest, which happily doesn't happen that often. Otherwise it's feedings - mostly Tammy's responsibility, since we're breastfeeding - diaper changes, and so on. Diaper changing is mostly pretty easy, although occasionally you run into a problem with her deciding to go while you're changing her... whoops!

This is why they sell the diapers by the crate. I figure the small sizes of diapers are for when you've got an emergency on the go, or something, and just need to get a diaper, just like when you go by the convenience store and lay down an astronomical amount for four eggs, or for milk.

She's growing really well, and we can feel her progress as we pick her up or as we try to fit her into her clothes. She's stretching some of the newborn sized outfits now, so I won't be surprised when we move on to the next stage, the '0-3 months' sizes. If you haven't looked, really young kids clothes are sized by age.

Back in May, I talked to the folks at Sourceforge about becoming a project admin for Byakhee, an old free character creator for the Call of Cthulhu RPG, and then ended up doing almost nothing with it. The program had been created and updated by David Harvey for a number of years, and then he'd mostly dropped off the face of the earth - undoubtedly he's got other interests now. In any case, before he disappeared he'd moved the code onto sourceforge and set it up as an open source project.

The original code is Microsoft C++, a language I'm not vary familiar with, although from exposure with Java, C, and other C-descended languages I can get by in it. The problem is that the version then available for download (3.01, I think), it didn't actually work on Windows 7.

Happily, I've got a copy of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional that I got at (of all things) Drupalcamp LA two years ago. Basically, Microsoft was a sponsor of Drupalcamp LA, and as such had a couple of sessions where they presented on things. I (and about four other people) showed up for one of these sessions, at the end of which they handed out copies of Visual Studio. I cranked it up, and happily it held me by the hand and showed me where in the code it couldn't work, and I was able to use the error messages and some googling to update the code to the point where it now works.

Unfortunately, I don't know how much further I can take it. The code is generally pretty good, but I'm just not interested in learning enough in how to do things to add new things to it. Also, there's people who want to use it with Macs, and I don't think there's any reasonable way to do that. So, I want to rewrite it in Python. After some investigation, I think I'm going to use the 2.7 version - there's a os-independent windowing system ( http://wxpython.org ) which I want to use that wants 2.7, and it seems that's the version that Macs are more likely to use.

One of the things I've found myself doing is holding Rose when Tammy needs to sleep. Friday night was a really heavy night for that. I found that if I sit down, with pacifier at hand, I can cradle Rose until she goes to sleep, and then hold her while she sleeps. (If we set her down to sleep too quickly, she starts to cry.) So, I sit back and watch trashy anime that Tammy doesn't want to see. Starting Friday, I started watching 'High School of the Dead'. Basically, it's the zombie apocalypse, and a bunch of high schoolers are trying to fight their way to safety. Really, only the first two episodes involve a high school, but the name still works. It's really trashy - there's lots of gratuitous death scenes, 'kill me before I turn into a zombie' scenes, and tons of shots of the various girls' breasts and panties. Lots, and lots... let's just say they could use the same opening credits if they ever made a XXX-rated parody of the series.

But, you know, trashy guilty pleasures are still a pleasure, and when you're holding onto a baby at 3am so she'll fall asleep, you need something simple and easy to follow, and this sure fits the bill.
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This is a blog post copied from John's Website - please feel free to join him there and post comments. He has set up openid, so you can post there with your livejournal account using your openid, which is the same as your journal url minus the http://. You can find this entry at http://www.jcfiala.net/blog/2011/09/11/babies-byakhee-and-zombies.

So, being a Father has continued being fun. And it really is, mostly. Rose is a 'quiet' child, which doesn't mean that she doesn't have those times when she's screaming her lungs out, but does mean that there are nice, long stretches of time when she sleeps.

When we're lucky, she sleeps during the nighttime.

Happily, my wife Tammy is being very generous and mostly lets me sleep through the night unless it's a really bad night and she needs another man on deck to handle the baby while she gets some rest, which happily doesn't happen that often. Otherwise it's feedings - mostly Tammy's responsibility, since we're breastfeeding - diaper changes, and so on. Diaper changing is mostly pretty easy, although occasionally you run into a problem with her deciding to go while you're changing her... whoops!

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