Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

Paternity Leave: Day 15

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Tonight is a bad baby night. I just spent the last hour holding a crying/screaming Samantha who would not be calmed by anything. I did all the big four: changed her diaper, burped her, fed her, and held her. Nothing. Just screaming. Sometimes all you can do is put in earplugs and deal. Luckily, she hasn’t had a night like this in a while, so let’s hope it’s a fluke. Megs is in nursing her now, so I can write/sleep for a bit.

Rewinding the day, the rest was pretty good! Jacques and Hanh spent the night last night, so they were making pancakes in the kitchen when I got up this morning. They hung out until the afternoon when they had to leave, Jacques for SF and Hanh to visit other family in Riverside. Before that, I ran some errands which included: lunch at Philly’s Best (yum!), returned something to Sport Chalet ($$$), got some cat foot at PetCo (=^..^=), and groceries from Vons (also, yum!). Got home before Jacques and Hanh left, so we all hung out with Sammy for a while.

Hanh and Sammy

Hanh and Sammy

After they left, I managed to get Sam to take a nap.
Wherever she falls, there shall she nap

Wherever she falls, there shall she nap

Which was good, cuz I have some business with hospital bills and day care to take care of. Still trying to lock down day care for Samantha for when both Megs and I are working, but I’ve got a good lead on a trusted nanny, so here’s hoping that works out!

Lastly, here’s some pictures of Maverick getting used to being second banana to Samantha:

Guarding Sam's play area

Guarding Sam’s play area

Ho, hum.

Ho, hum.

Paternity Leave: Day 14

Monday, August 18th, 2014

We stayed home today, aside from a quick jaunt out for lunch at Coral’s in Burbank. After visiting with folks yesterday, we let folks come visit us today. Here’s Megs at lunch, marveling at Sammy being asleep:

Megs is pleasantly surprised that Sammy is sleeping

Megs is pleasantly surprised that Sammy is sleeping

After we got back from lunch, Megs’ father dropped by again today to see Sammy once more before returning to Portland. He brought us a bunch of diapers and some super cute clothes for Sammy. Very nice!
Grandpa Swain, Sammy, and Megan

Grandpa Swain, Sammy, and Megan

After he took off, it was just Megs, Sammy, and me for a few hours, so we hung out, did chores, and finished watching Entourage. Apparently they’re making a movie for the show that comes out next year. We’ll see.

Oh! While I’m thinking about it, I promised photos from yesterday, so here’s mom and Sammy sitting in the (formerly) gold chair:

Mom and Sammy in the "gold" chair.

Mom and Sammy in the “gold” chair.

And by pictures, apparently I mean picture, since I only took one. Ask Megs or someone else for more, I guess.

Guess who’s briefly back in town? This guy!

Me and Jacques

Me and Jacques

Yes, Jacques and Hanh finally got to meet Samantha! Yay! And then Matt and Skye came by! Yay! Friends aplenty, and everybody got lots of baby Sammy time. 😀

Paternity Leave: Day 13

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Today was a good day, but this may be a short entry because it’s late and Sam is not sleeping yet.

Megan’s father came to visit Sam again today and we hung out for a while this afternoon. I took another picture, but it’s on my phone in the other room and I have to stay here and watch Sammy, so I’ll post it later.

From the afternoon and into the night we went back to our old building in North Hollywood, where Matt and Skye have taken up residence. A lovely housewarming party was had by all, and Sammy was welcomed and coo’d over quite a lot. It was her first party, and she did very well. Again, pictures were taken, but they’re elsewhere, so I’ll post them later.

Sam is starting to fuss, so I have to go. More later.

Paternity Leave: Day 12

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Today was Friday, which has always been one of my favorite days. So many possibilities and good times still ahead!

The outing for today was lunch at Blaze Pizza followed by Target, both of which are right next to each other in Pasadena. The A/C was busted at the pizza place, so we didn’t dawdle there long. Target had perfectly functional A/C, but they didn’t have what I was searching for. They did have a large number of cones guarding a very small area, however:

Must protect these 4 square feet at all costs!

Must protect these 4 square feet at all costs!

Ended up changing Sam’s diaper in the bathroom there, and she was NOT pleased with the experience! Heated up some milk and gave it to her on-the-move in the stroller as we went back out to the car. She calmed down enough en route that we continued shopping at the hardware store where the DID have what I was looking for, as well as a few other things that I wanted. Mmmm…tools… Anyways, a quick Starbucks stop and we were on our way back home!

She ended up napping for over an hour after returning home, so I was able to put away the tools and take care of various minor household chores like doing the dishes, etc. I also re-drew eyebrows on the dog.

So concerned!

So concerned!

A little while after Megs got home, her father came to visit Samantha for the first time! Flew in from Portland today and he’ll be around this weekend.
Grandpa Swain

Grandpa Swain

He was tired and had to get back to his hotel, so Megs and I went for our first dinner out just us and Sam. Went well enough, although Sammy got real fussy about half way through, so Megs and I took turns walking her around.

After dinner, we came home and I put a bow on her head to increase her cute factor by 5%.

Bow +5% Cuteness

Bow +5% Cuteness

Paternity Leave: Day 11

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Today we helped Matt and Skye move some large things to their new apartment. And by “we”, I mean me. Samantha wasn’t very much use at moving even the smallest of boxes! At any rate, we got the bed and mattress moved, which was the big thing requiring help. Skye’s mom did a wonderful job of watching Sammy while we moved stuff; even put up with an extended fussy/screaming period!

After moving, Sam and I ran some errands and came home. Megs and I had fish for dinner and Sam had milk, like always. What a boring diet! I’m sure she’ll mix it up more someday.

No pictures today, sorry! Too busy moving stuff and we forgot to get a group selfie before Sam and I left, mostly because she was screaming her head off and I was anxious to get going.

Tomorrow morning Sam turns three months old! I’m told everything will be better then. Let’s hope she’s as punctual as she was with her birth date!

Paternity Leave: Day 10

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Today was a good day. Sam was very well behaved and ate like a machine! Growth spurt, I presume. We watched some Entourage (Oh yeah!), went for lunch, and went to Old Navy so I could get a pair of shorts. Then it was home and more feeding for her. Managed to get some laundry done, too.

After Megs got home we had dinner, more baby feeding, and then I played some Bioshock Infinite. I’m trying to get to an airship at the moment to get the hell outta Dodge, but we keep getting side-tracked. I think right now we’re trying to find some kind of electricity substitute, whose name I forget, to activate some gondola to get to the ship. Whew! Still, cool game.

After that I washed a baby! First time for me, so Megs advised. Shoulda got a picture, but I didn’t so here’s her at Panera:

Panera Baby

Panera Baby

After Bioshock and bathing, we finished season 7 of Entourage. One more to go!

Paternity Leave: Day 9

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Second day into week two started off pretty well! Sam let me sleep in, which was very nice of her. She took her bottle, no problem, and we headed off to Burbank to get a weird light bulb, some imperial-sized Allen wrenches, and some lunch. I had a burger and fries, she had a nap:

Sam sleeps through my lunch

Sam sleeps through my lunch

I needed a small light bulb for my bed headboard lamp, which has a smaller-than-normal base. They had what I needed at Lowes, so I also got some imperial (as opposed to metric, which I already have) Allen wrenches, because apparently I didn’t have any, and I needed some the other day.

We went home after lunch and Kim dropped by to pick up a microwave we didn’t need anymore. Sadly it turned out to be too big for her space, so if anyone wants a good-sized microwave, let me know. Anyways, we hung out for a bit and I poked at her car trying to figure out where a Ford Focus hides its air filter. It was surprisingly buried! I also took apart her passenger door to check out a suspected loose speaker. Fun! Kim left just as Sam started to get fussy.

The calm before the storm

The calm before the storm

Luckily, Megs got home soon after that and fed an angry Sammy. I would have fed her again by bottle, but Megs was already on her way home. Timing is hard with babies!

The rest of the evening Megs suggested I play video games and she’d watch. I love her! Anyways, I finally started Bioshock Infinite, which I’d been meaning to play for a while and it’s totally cool. A very compelling city-in-the-sky setting, for those who don’t know. Set about a century ago. Nifty! For those who want to know where I’m at, I just got the girl out of the tower. Only played for a few hours, so I’m sure there’s more to go!

Until tomorrow, so long, solid citizen!

Paternity Leave: Day 8

Monday, August 11th, 2014

First week complete, on to the second!

Today was pretty standard, I suppose. Sam woke me up around 9:00 for her second breakfast (Megan had given her her first before she left for work hours before), and I was able to get her fed and back to sleep for a few hours, which was wonderful. At about 11:30 she woke up again, so we did lunch–first her, then me. We drove out to Philly’s Best for my Monday cheese steak, which was great as always. After that I wanted to go for a drive, so we went up to Vasquez Rocks. I took no pictures, didn’t get out of the car, did two donuts in the dirt parking lot and came home. We’ll go back later when I think to bring my good camera and shoes that aren’t Birkenstocks.

We came home, hung out for a bit, then went back out for a couple more errands. Here’s us hanging out:

Just hangin'

Just hangin’

Megs went to the gym after work today, so she didn’t get home until after 8. Long day for me, but Sam was relatively well-behaved so all’s well. 😉

Last night, Sam was quite the fussy girl until after 1:00 a.m. Here’s hoping tonight goes better.

Paternity Leave: Day 7

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

This will be a short post because not a lot happened today and Samantha is being extremely fussy right now. Here’s what she looks like at the moment:

Super dark picture of Sam

Super dark picture of Sam

Sorry it’s so dark, but we keep it dim in her room at night.

Other than getting lunch and some quick errands, that was about it for today. Megs took Mav to the dog park for an hour or so in the evening, so it was just me and Sam for awhile again. We spent most of the time just staring at each other. Lazy Sunday.

Oh, and in my limited free time, I’ve been learning about jQuery and AngularJS. Just trying to keep up with trends.

Paternity Leave: Day 6

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Today was Saturday, so I wasn’t on my own with the kiddo. In fact, Matt and Skye stayed the night last night, so there were a few folks around in the morning to be helpful, which is good because I felt absolutely terrible. Mental note: I am not in my 20’s anymore. Cannot drink that much celebratory wine without consequences. Cest la vie and lesson learned.

Anyways, today, Megs and I ran some errands which included a late lunch, a trip to the comic shop for the Black Widow and B.P.R.D trade paperbacks, and a trip to the card shop for a few more Magic card booster packs. Matt and Skye, who had left in the morning to run some errands of their own, returned in the evening to play Magic and generally hang around being awesome helping out with Sammy. Here’s Megs, Sammy, and Megs’ cards:

Sam, Megan, and Magic

Sam, Megan, and Magic

Matt and Skye just left about 20 mins ago (1 a.m.), so the house is quiet as Megs is giving Sam her (hopefully) last nursing of the day/night.