Paternity Leave: Final Day

September 6, 2014 @ 01:41

I know I still have the weekend, but today is the official end of my paternity leave. As I’ve said before, each week has gone faster than the previous, and this one was no exception. Excluding being rear-ended by another car yesterday, it wasn’t a bad week.

Matt and Skye came over this evening, and in fact just now left at 1:30 a.m. Matt made us stir fry and we’ve spent the last few hours playing Magic cards. We got a new box of booster packs and we all had fun with a draft round as well as just some regular opening and sharing of cards. If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry about it. What matters is that we all had a lovely evening.

Samantha went to bed a few hours ago and has been sleeping soundly. She was very well-behaved for most of the week, in fact.

I don’t know exactly what the future of this blog will be, but I do plan to keep posting here. Hopefully more than annually this time. The subject will probably return to more general “Life of Chris” stuff, but to be sure Samantha will always feature. I was able to fill the column inches the past few weeks because unlike more normal workday stuff, paternity leave isn’t full of Disney secrets. When I blog in a normal work week, all I can usually say is “I went to work and did amazing cool stuff that I can’t go into detail on, or I might get fired.” Gets repetitive after a while. I’ll probably at least give further details on the saga of my poor car and her busted up rear end for while. And always pictures of Samantha!

To conclude, here’s me sans daughter, but there’s sure to be a nearly inexhaustible supply of photos in the days, weeks, and years to come.

Just me

Just me


Paternity Leave: Day 32

September 4, 2014 @ 20:51

Today was probably the worst. Started off normal enough, although I didn’t sleep great. Also found out Disney didn’t pay me this week, which I am looking into. After some phone calls to HR and Payroll, Sam and I went out for lunch, I ran a couple errands, and then BAM! Got rear-ended by another car when I was stopped to make a left turn. Wasn’t high-speed and everyone is fine, but this sucks. Now the back end of my car’s all f*cked up and I’ve just run out of time to deal with that fact. The other vehicle was a City of Pasadena vehicle for the Rose Bowl. One of those cars with a license plate that never expires and is all numbers? Yeah, that. Anyways, after exchanging information, I took Samantha to the pediatrician to check her out. Doctor said she’s “perfect”, (well, duh, I knew that, but thanks!), so we went home. Never did make it to Vons.

Here’s some pictures of my poor car:
Here’s a couple of much nicer pictures of Sammy:

At the pediatrician's waiting for the doctor

At the pediatrician’s waiting for the doctor



And to top it off, Megs also had a shitty day. It’s almost 9 p.m. and she’s still not home from work! I’m glad we’re all fine, but I need a hug.


Paternity Leave: Day 31

September 3, 2014 @ 21:53

Holy crap, we’re nearing the end! Only two more days left, not counting the weekend. Each week went by faster than the previous.

Today was nice; Samantha and I went out to Fry’s and stopped at Panera on the way, only to run into Mikey and Scott from work. What a pleasant surprise! We had a nice lunch, and Sammy and I continued on to Fry’s where I got a faster network switch for the living room, some more solder, and an empty project box for a speaker wiring thing I’m planning on doing. See, the surround sound is great for the living room, but the kitchen is just a splice off the left and right speakers, and anything that’s more than 2.0 sound (e.g. 5.1 surround) typically has the dialog on the center channel. This means no dialog in the kitchen. I’m trying to come up with a box that takes the L/R/C output from the stereo in, and has jacks for the L/R/C speakers in the living room and the L/R speakers in the kitchen with everything properly patched inside. I had to order some speaker jacks online (Fry’s didn’t have what I wanted), so I’ll finish this project later.

Shortly after I got home, I fed Sam and managed to get her down for a nap. A little after that, Kim arrived to do her laundry and have me fix her microwave. I am best brother today! We had a nice time hanging out this afternoon and eventually Megs got home, Sam woke up, and we all had dinner. I had prepared some white chili in the crock pot in the morning and it finished its long journey to delicious-ness at 7:00.

I know you’re not here for dinner talk. You’re here for baby pictures, so here they are!

She's taken to sticking out her tongue lately.

She’s taken to sticking out her tongue lately.

Kim got one of her sticking her tongue out while playing with her little elephant thing.

Kim got one of her sticking her tongue out while playing with her little elephant thing.

Here's Kim and Sammy

Here’s Kim and Sammy

Sam looking thoughtfully happy while Kim holds her

Sam looking thoughtfully happy while Kim holds her


Paternity Leave: Day 30

September 2, 2014 @ 22:37

Today was pretty chill after the weird hours of the weekend. After my last post at 5:00 a.m., I went back to sleep until noon. Good baby! I actually got up before she really demanded my presence, but I figure upwards of 16 hours of sleep was enough for any one man. I think I may have be suffering from some kinda illness, because even for me, that’s a lot of sleep! At any rate, I feel good now.

Today we did our usual trip to Philly’s Best, even though it’s Tuesday, because yesterday was a holiday. Went grocery shopping after that, and then went home. Adventure!

After feeding her and hanging out for a bit, Sammy went down for a nap for a few hours, which was very nice of her. I managed a few chores around the house like dishes, laundry, etc. Also, my guv’ment money finally came in the mail today! Yay for paid family bonding time! Now it’s just another couple days for Bank of America (the government’s choice in debit provider in this case) to transfer it to my credit union where it will do some good. A load off my mind, believe me!

Here’s a picture of the dog, Sammy, and Megs from the other day:

Maverick, Samantha, and Megan.

Maverick, Samantha, and Megan.

And here’s proof that I was able to get Samantha to take a nap this afternoon!
She naps!

She naps!

And lastly here’s me and Maverick hanging out front while Samantha naps:
Me and Maverick out front just hanging out

Me and Maverick out front just hanging out


Paternity Leave: Day 29

September 2, 2014 @ 05:00

It’s 4:45 a.m. I’ve been sleeping since 8 p.m., so I guess I was tired! I wonder if I might have some kind of intestinal parasite, cuz I’ve been losing weight and I’m tired a lot. Also, I’ve been waking up with stomach discomfort more often than usual. I further wonder if Samantha has the same thing, as her symptoms are similar: slower-than-we-would-like weight gain, stomach discomfort, etc. Idle thoughts. I plan on calling the pediatrician’s office later today.

In what-we-did-today news, Megan, Samantha, and I all went down to Uncle John’s house in Long Beach to have a Labor Day BBQ with John and dad. We had chicken, salad, and Spanish rice, all of which were excellent. We also had a nice time watching Sammy on her little play mat thing that we brought with us. I spent a few minutes trying to get a Verizon modem to act like a bridge, but it wasn’t being very cooperative, despite my serious attempts:

Serious computing

Serious computing

Oh well. I was more successful at calming Samantha down, but only just.
Samantha in her natural state

Samantha in her natural state

We said our goodbyes and headed back home to Pasadena around 5:30. Got home, took a nap, helped with the baby a bit, then went to bed. See paragraph one for more on that one.


Paternity Leave: Day 28

September 1, 2014 @ 17:21

This post is coming rather late, but I’ll explain why later. Let’s go through things chronologically.

Got up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head. The day began with a trip to the optometrist for Megan to get her prescription updated and pick out some new frames. Pics of that when they’re done in a couple weeks. The whole ordeal took about two and a half hours, so the three of us went for a late lunch afterwards.

Chris and Sammy at Denny's

Chris and Sammy at Denny’s

We went back home after lunch and Megs went for a bike ride to break in her new bike. After she got back, I dragged my bike out for a ride. We can’t ride together without arranging for a baby sitter, so we each did solo tours.

For dinner we had some lovely chicken soup from the freezer that our friends Angela and Austin had given us some time back. It was delicious!

So, why am I posting this on the afternoon of Day 29? Because after dinner, Megs took the reigns of baby-guarding, and I went out for Karaoke with Mikey, Asia, Neil, and Amanda! I did four songs over the course of the night: Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out, Cake – Never There, Frank Sinatra – My Way, and Cake – I Will Survive. Didn’t do too well at the Franz Ferdinand, but the others I was passable at.

After last call at the bar, we went back to Mikey’s to hang out and play party games. Suddenly it was 4 a.m. and I really figured I should head home. This is why I didn’t blog last night. It’s my blog and I’ll be tardy if I want to! Here’s me and Mikey back at his place:



I’ll post a proper Day 29 later tonight.


Paternity Leave: Day 27

August 30, 2014 @ 23:20

Another splendid day with the family! Dad made pancakes in the morning, but I slept through it. I LOVE SLEEP! Regardless, I was able to see him before he took off for Long Beach, and then Megs, Sammy, and I went to Burbank for a meet and greet our new nanny, Amanda. We hung out with her and her husband Neil (whom I work with at WDI) for a while and had many good vibes and nice chats. We start the nannying on September 8th when I return to work, so wish us well! Megs and I are sad to have to leave Sam with someone who is not us, but such is the way of the world these days.

After that, Megs and I got lunch at Philly’s Best, which I always love. They were kind enough to provide us with 4oz of hot water so we were able to mix up some formula for a suddenly hungry Sammy. After getting her topped off, Megs and I went to REI where Megs got herself a bicycle! She hasn’t had one since her old junker in college, so this was very exciting for her. Sam and I hung around the store and I tested out the camping chairs while Megs test drove a few models. She finally settled on Novara Mia, which a lovely comfortable cruiser. Here’s Sam and I waiting around:

Hanging around REI

Hanging around REI

After dinner Megs and I finally saw The Incredible Hulk (2008), which we’d never seen. This completes our Marvel Cinematic Universe viewing set. Not a bad film, but certainly not the best of the lot. Let’s see, if I had to rank them I’d go (from least to favorite): Hulk -> Iron Man 2 -> Thor -> Thor 2 -> Iron Man -> Iron Man 3 -> Captain America -> Captain America 2 -> Guardians of the Galaxy -> Avengers.

That’s it for today, my lovelies! Enjoy the remainder of your Labor Day Weekend!


Paternity Leave: Day 26

August 30, 2014 @ 00:45

Today was hang out with dad/grandpa day! Just to keep things clear, from now on I’m going to refer to him as “dad”, even though he is “grandpa” to Samantha.

After seeing to Sammy’s mid-morning feeding, dad and I headed out to Babies ‘R’ Us to go shopping for a baby scale, cuz we wanted to know how much Sam weighed, and the bathroom scale isn’t accurate enough at the low end. Anyways, after that we met Megs at her office and the four of us went out for Mexican food for lunch. I had a burrito, and it was very good. It’s these kind of details that really bring this blog to life, folks!

After lunch, we bade farewell to Megs and went to Best Buy for a 9V battery for the scale and also dad was kind enough to get me Yoshi’s New Island for the Nintendo 3DS. Yay! Toy for Chris! I’ve played the first seven level and it’s really fun. Totally the sequel to the original Yoshi’s Island for the SNES.

After Best Buy, we hit the pharmacy for some tummy drugs for Samantha and Vons for groceries for dinner. We got steaks to BBQ, which came out great! Dad made a simple rub for them out of sea salt, ground black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Cooked that up with some golden potatoes, and asparagus and dinner was great! Obviously Megs came home somewhere in there, too.

After dinner, Megs and I played another game of Magic to show dad again what this game is all about. This time I won against her new deck, so we’ll have to play again to go best two out of three.

We finished off the evening watching the Lego Movie, which dad hadn’t seen before. Everything is awesome! I still enjoy that film. Ended up renting it on Google Play and then Chromecast it to the TV from my phone. Living in the future, people!

Sam didn’t quite eat enough in her 11:00 feeding, so Megs has to go back and try again. She should be coming back to bed soon, and hopefully Sam stays down this time. Tomorrow morning dad’s making pancakes before he heads off to Long Beach to visit with his brother for a couple days. At noon Megs and I are meeting with our potential nanny! Stay tuned…


Paternity Leave: Day 25

August 29, 2014 @ 00:16

Light day today. Sam and I went to the ever-fabulous El Pollo Loco for Chris’ lunch, after Sam got her usual lunch of milk in bottle. After that we window-shopped at Babies ‘R’ Us and Costco, before returning home by way of Vons for a couple things.

The afternoon was pretty lazy: we both took a nap between 3:15 and 4:15, so thanks kid for the break! We hung out for a while after that, her playing with her little play mat thing while I watched a 60-ish minute video on AngularJS. Informative!

Dad was gone for most of that day at a Very Important Business Meeting in San Francisco. Caught a flight from Burbank at 1, had his meeting at 3:30, and caught a flight back at 8. Busy, busy, but it sounds like good things are afoot for him, so yay!

Here’s Sam checking herself out in the mirror on her play mat:

Sam checks herself out in a mirror

Who is that other baby!?


Paternity Leave: Day 24

August 27, 2014 @ 23:48

Samantha is screaming in the other room. I hope she stops soon and goes to sleep.

Dad is here vising for a couple days, which is nice. He’s sitting across the table from me right now doing his own internet things on his Macbook Air.

Sam is still screaming. I may have to go soon.

Here are Sam and I in happier times:

Dad and daughter

Dad and daughter

OK, so I was gone for the last 45 mins calming Sammy down. She’s asleep now, and let’s hope she stays that way.

Anyways, as for what we did today, it goes like this: went to Costco for frozen pasta stuff, went to Bed Bath and Beyond for some sheets, and then went to Lowes for a plumbing bit to fix the sprayer thing in our kitchen sink. After I got home and fixed the sink, I soldered some cables together (VGA-Component) to make a custom adapter. Just cuz. Dad and Megs got home around 6:30 and we had lasagna for dinner.