Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Things I've learnt in 2 weeks of fatherhood

  • Looking at my two kids, I can now understand why parents can never ever see you as an adult. They'll always see you as the tiny little bundle that arrived after hours of labor. I look at my babies and think to myself: "one day, these two will try to prove they know more than I do". Yikes!
  • "Output" from a 2-week old baby can smell really really bad! But if your baby hasn't pooped in several hours, the sounds and smell of his poop can make you literally dance for joy.
  • Even 2-week old babies have little tricks up their sleeves. I swear my son was holding his bottle at 1-week. And when they're really hungry, they'll (attempt to) eat anything near their little mouths. And I mean anything: burp cloth, bib, their fingers, my finger. Thank God they don't have teeth yet.
  • Having a plan for the overnight feedings is crucial. In our case, we operated in shifts. My wife's mom took the midnight shift, my wife took the 3am 'cos she has to get up to pump anyway. And I took the 6am shift because I am usually up early. Don't know how the shifts will change once my mother-in-law leaves in a few days. But I am sure we'll come up with a plan.
  • On a good note, the past 2 weeks haven't been too difficult. I have finally gotten over the sleep deprivation and am getting used to sleeping in 3 hour increments. Now I just have to tear myself away from them to get back to work (unless I win the lottery in the new few days).
  • You know how they say to expect lack of sleep once you have babies? Well, I can tell you, it's not the sleep deprivation that'll get you. It's the forgetfulness. I can't tell you how many times I have been meaning to do something only to find out hours later that I never quite got to it. I started this blog entry 2 days ago and am only now just posting it
  • I have said this before and I suspect I'll say it again. With these kids, the days have been running into one another. I forgot my birthday until the last moment and I totally forgot about 4th of July. I was talking to my brother this morning and he said he was on his way to Atlanta. I was like "whats happening in Atlanta?" My sister and her family are travelling to NJ for a wedding. As for me, I'll be in this loop:
while (true) { eat; (poop &| pee) ; sleep; }

Happy 4th of July.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Dara's home!!!

After spending a week in the NICU (as a feeder grower i.e. no medical issues just needed to eat), my daughter came home today. So now my family is complete and we can get on with our lives. The past week has been strange. Kind of like living in a suspended state. While Toni was doing beatifully at home (gained 2 oz in 2 days), we couldn't be 100% estactic since we were still waiting on Dara. Well, today the NICU called and said "come get your child!" And so we did. Toni, Lara and I loaded up the car, busted out the travel system and away we went to get Toni's sister.

Check out the pictures on facebook (friends and family) and geni (family only).

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The babies are here

So it's a girl and a boy. The perfect combination. We wanted to wait until delivery to find out the genders. And we got so lucky to have one of each. The boy looks like his mom and the girl looks like me. For now.

So 12+ hours post-birth: I am doing ok. Mom is doing good. Babies are doing great. The nursery has been taking care of them, which I assume, gives me free time to post this blog :)

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

How far does your mouse travel each day?

In the past few weeks, I have been using my wireless mouse a lot more since I've been working from home. After changing the batteries yet again yesterday, I started wondering exactly how much distance does my mouse cover in an average day? Sure the mouse never leaves the desk but it moves from point to point each time you use it and that's distance that can be measured. And where something can be measured, there's data that can be visualized, sliced and diced.

So I went googling (or binging as Microsoft would prefer) and found Mousotron(http://www.blacksunsoftware.com/mousotron.html). It's free and pretty cool. Tracks your keystrokes, mouse clicks and more importantly the distance covered by your mouse. It sounds ridiculous but what if you found out your mouse moved 10 miles in one day. Sure it's no big deal for your mouse but your hand had to move your mouse, right? And you had to do it with your wrist on the table and your fingers on the mouse, right? That certainly can't be a natural posture for your hand.

Since I installed Mousotron (5hr 22 mins), my mouse has travelled about 900 yards. That's almost half a mile in a little over half a day's work.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Wining is everything

I'll admit: I watch MLS soccer. Sure it's not La Liga or Premier League but it's fun and available without my paying a king's ransom in cable fees.

Anyway, I was watching DC United beating NY Red Bulls 2-0 and the camera cut to a feed showing Juan Carlos Osorio (Red Bulls coach) furiously scribbling in a notebook during the match. Now, for those who don't know, Osorio is known as somewhat of a tactician. His note taking during matches is well known and up until now has been touted as part of his genius. You see him scribbling in the first half; his team comes out with the "perfect" tactics in the second; and he and his note taking gets the credit.

But now that the Red Bulls are struggling (last in the eastern conference, 0-6-1 road record with no goals on the road), Osorio's note taking is no longer a sign of brilliance. His penchant for changing line up is now thought of as over-coaching. Last year, when he managed to get the Red Bulls into the MLS cup final, he was a brilliant tactician. Now, he is fighting to keep his job and the same attributes that made him so good have turned him into an over-coacher.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Sex sells. But inappropriate office behavior?

I love Hulu. I wish ABC would just hurry up and join already. Anyway, there I was last night watching Fox's "Mental" on Hulu and I got to thinking "what the heck is wrong with all these shows on tv trying so hard to sell sex and general bad behavior at the office place?!!" If all you had for example of office place behavior was Fox's House, you would be fired even before you had your badge set up. House practically commits verbal sex harrassment each and every episode and it's like no big deal. He says really really inappropriate stuff to his female boss all the time. I know it's a tv show but please a little realism.

Add to that all the shenanigans on Grey's Anatomy & Private Practice and you'll think all hospitals are a hotbed of casual sex. I've never worked in an hospital but I certainly hope if I do go in, my doctor didn't just come from having a 1-on-1 with the nurse in the on call room. Yikes!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Who is Spencer Pratt?

A shameless self promoter? A seriously deluded shameless self promoter? A lover of the Costa Rican jungle? The future of American youths? God help us all.

BTW, Bing is live!!!

First change from expecting children

I totally forgot about my birthday! It's in a few days but because we've been so wrapped up in this pregnancy thing, I absolutely forgot about it. And this isn't some subconscious don't-want-to-get-old thing. I just didn't remember. Until my wife asked me what I wanted. Usually, by now I am busy scoping out which gadget to get myself (a video baby monitor doesn't count, right?). But this year, it totally escaped my mind. Even though the babies will probably be born around my birthday.

I know they say once you have kids, it becomes all about them. I just didn't think it would start so early.