Sunday, December 30, 2007

3 weeks old

Well, that 3 weeks went by in a blur. On the one hand, it feels like it's gone by pretty quickly. On the other hand, it felt like we were in hospital for a really long time, and pre-Dom feels like a lifetime ago.

Time is a strange thing.

Dominic seems to like being sung rock power balladz as opposed to nursery rhymes and lullabyes. Every Rose Has Its Thorn and a bunch of Skid Row songs are the most popular so far (though Alice Cooper's Poison was appreciated also). Oddly he also seems to like the Christmas carol 'Good King Wenceslas'.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Grandparents awesome, medicine a mixed bag

My folks came to visit a couple of days ago, and it was fantastic to see them. There are many reasons why, but as my time is limited I will mention only a few:

- they went shopping at the supermarket and brought over lots of yummy food
- they are as excited about Dominic as we are, and share our opinion of his cuteness
- they showed us photos of our nephews
- they went out shopping for all manner of useful items and presents for us
- they went on walks with us (with Dominic in the stroller)
- they mowed our lawn and did some gardening!

Next week it's the return of the parents, plus brother! We are really looking forward to it.

On the not so great side, Dominic has been on anti-biotics for a rash on his thigh/neck. The rash is all gone now (yay!), and he only has 2 doses of medicine left (yay!), which is very good as it's a stressful process to get a little baby to swallow 4ml of yukky tasting medicine every 8 hours. It's also no fun having to wake him (and ourselves) up to give him his medicine - especially in the morning :-)

Lastly, here's a photo from today of Dominic with a cool present he got yesterday:

Friday, December 21, 2007

Cute photo

Not much sleep lately. Went for nice 40min walk with Dominic today in the morning. It is sunny.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Harry Potter'd

Debbie and I watched the DVDs of HP 4 and 5 last week - 5 broken between pre and post Dominic watching, I think. I enjoyed both of them, and would say that as a series of movies they are getting better.

Debbie's midwife asked whether we'd read any of the books, and I confessed that I had not. More than that, I had made a conscious decision not to. I couldn't really explain why at the time. She suggested it might have been because they were 'too cool', which is a possibility. Certainly the wave of merchandise that accompanied the first film did place the series in the 'very commercial and popular' category. But then, I enjoyed the Pirates of the Carribean movies, so commercialism alone wouldn't put me off.

I think, on reflection, it was the length and unfinished (at the time) nature of the series that put me off. I like books that are between 150 and 300 pages. I think my 'sweet spot' for books is around the 200 page mark. Kurt Vonnegut, John Brunner, William Burroughs, some of my favourite authors write shorter novels. Of course I also enjoy longer books - though I read few series of books these days. I used to read Dragonlance novels, and have read Lord of the Rings a few times, but I tend to avoid long series of books. I think the opportunity cost is a factor - if I'm going to read 7 books, I could read quite a variety of interesting authors and different set-ups, or I could read Harry Potter for 7 books. The HP may be excellent, but it currently struggles to win over the other books on the 'to read' pile.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Dominic has been sunbathing each day to help reduce his low-level jaundice. It's pretty cute. There is a large inherent risk involved with naked sunbathing - he's done a little of that, but has urinated on his father in the process :-)

It's amazing the things you don't really care about when you're a parent.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

True stories about Dominic

We were in hospital on day 3 of Dom's life (today is day 8). We took this photo:

Unfortunately, he's still very young, so if you ask him about it he may not tell you the story. From my point of view, it really did look like the dinosaur started it. But then, I'm definitely biased, so not the most reliable witness...

Dominic gains 100g in 2 days

Parents thrilled. He's back up to 3,725 grams. His birth weight was 3,900 I think, so he's still smaller than when he was born, but that's quite normal (up to 10% wieght loss in the first week is within the normal band, I think our midwife said).

He is still very cute.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Blogging with Dom

Being home is great. We got home late on Wednesday(about 8pm?). We aren't sleeping a lot as the little man is a voracious feeder, but it is nice to be in our own peaceful home with our family. We managed a family trip to the supermarket yesterday, which was cool.

Anyways, typing whilst holding Dom is hard, so I will sign off there.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Parenthood is Awesome

Labour wasn't so much fun (though it went well and only took 6 hours), but having a kid is fantastic. Dominic was born at 6.10am on Sunday, 9th December. He's a very cute wee chap, and is doing pretty well. We're hoping to be discharged from hospital tomorrow - they want to check out his breathing (a little fast) and the common heart *valve?* thingee that lots of babies have (the one where it closes either just before or just after birth). He's had some x-rays, and seems pretty healthy, but they're being thorough, which is good.

We think he's adorable, which is handy since we have to look after him for years to come :-)

Friday, December 07, 2007

No news

Debbie and I are still waiting for a new arrival. Somewhat impatiently, I hasten to add. It's unlikely that I'll be doing any live blogging from a delivery suite, so I shall send a few txt messages instead (when the big day finally comes - some time before Christmas). People should then feel free to pass on the news to all and sundry :-)

Also, it's hot. And nearly the end of the school year. 4 more days with students (unless I'm able to take the generous 1 paid day of leave that's in my contract to attend the birth of a partner's child). Ah, 'tis nearly holidays time...

I'm also glad I got a new cellphone. I got one with a camera (the cheapest one with a camera in the store), and it's snazzy and wee. And it lets Debbie ring me at school with important questions about midwife appointments, and txt me and so on. It's really quite neat to have caught up with 2000's latest technology :-) (they had camera-phones in Japan when we went over there in 2001, and they weren't super-brand-new. In fact, by the time we left in 2002 they were giving camera-phones away free if you signed up to a 12 month plan.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Beowulf - in 2D

Debbie and I had a busy weekend which included seeing the CG Beowulf movie on the big screen. Sadly we were about twenty minutes late for the 3D version - which is to say we arrived just as the slides would have been starting, but the queue was at least twenty minutes long.

We decided to see it in 2D rather than wait around for a later session.

I enjoyed watching it, although I was a littler nervous after the first couple of minutes, as the ratio of gimmicky shots that would look good in 3D to normal visual story-telling was not one which favoured the regular type cinema. It did calm down after that, and while there were a lot of shots which went on longer than they might otherwise have done to allow for cool 3D bits, and some obvious 3D-friendly shots, it was quite a watchable film in 2D.

There was fighting, bragging, sleaze-which-failed-to-titilate, a cool dragon, and Angelina Jolie as an unconvincing CG barbie doll. There were odd changes to the storyline and characters, some with no pay-off. There were spiky things pointing straight out at the audience, presumably looking cool in 3D.

Without going into detail, I'd say it was an enjoyable film, and if you don't know too much about the story of Beowulf you'll probably be happy to sit throught it, though there are a few moments where you might justifiably mutter *wtf!?!*, as characters make inexplicable decisions or villains act randomly.

One of the oddest things was that the biggest changes looked like they had been made to give the story a theme or moral that modern audiences could connect with, but then the film failed to deliver any coherent pay-off to those changes. I wonder if bits were cut out?

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Didn't choke

I just finished bowling with my form class (about half of them). High pressure situation, could have gone disastrously wrong! I'd told them that I like bowling, and that I usually bowl over 100 (though not always).

Score = 147

Not my highest ever score for ten pin bowling, but up there in my top 10. I got three strikes and two spares, I think. I will make sure I tell my colleague about my score - he's taking his class on Tuesday, and it's nice to put a bit of pressure* on him :-)

*I really hope 147 isn't too far below his average game - that could be an embarrassing challenge