December 19th, 2008


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jimbojones
01:33 pm - In happier news...
In happier news, Janis and I are doing great. The baby is apparently destined to be a soccer star; according to Janis' pregnancy books, 3 weeks from now "the father may be able to feel the baby kick". Shit. I've been able to feel that baby kick for two weeks ALREADY. You don't exactly have to concentrate on it! Last night, I had my arm draped over Janis' ribs and I felt it when the baby kicked. "Go, Little Pele!"

We're doing pretty well with the accumulating baby stuff, too. We've got a crib, glider chair with ottoman (for breastfeeding), a play mat, a swing, and a walker now... also, Baby's First Book. We were looking around in the Babies R Us the other night waiting for Chris and Karen to be ready for Chris' birthday dinner, and I picked up a "go to sleep story" kind of book. The illustrations were really cute, the story was rhyme-y and simple in a Dr.-Seuss-but-not-so-trippy kind of way, and I could totally see being willing to read it night after night after night for a few years. I figured all that added up to "better go ahead and buy this now", so I did.

All that stuff? About $100. The book was about $10 new, the crib was free from Janis' sister, and we got the rest of the stuff for $90 off of Craigslist. How freaking awesome is that?

Still don't have a carseat, but we've got three more months to handle it.

Also, my mom and my stepdad are coming for a week, starting a few days after the birth, to help out with the baby, which Janis and I are both thrilled about. Possibly even more thrilled about than Scott is thrilled about being a grand-dad... but then again, possibly not. =)

We'll keep you posted.



 

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[User Picture] From: staringgoldfish
Date: December 19th, 2008 - 08:08 pm
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Regarding the car seat, and I don't know what the law in SoCar is, but in SoDak, if the parents of the baby do not have an appropriate seat before the birth, the hospital is required to give them one.

Just a thought - you might not have to buy one for a while if cost is an issue.


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: December 19th, 2008 - 08:42 pm
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Buhhh. Well, for one thing, we aren't having the baby at a hospital (we're having her at a birthing center) and for another I'd rather pick it.

(For a third I feel like it would be bad karma to take shit like that when I make above the median income.)


 
[User Picture] From: staringgoldfish
Date: December 19th, 2008 - 11:16 pm
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Good call, probably on all three points.


 
[User Picture] From: pantsnotneeded
Date: December 19th, 2008 - 09:38 pm
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You need a tiny saddle for Bourbon.

Slowest mount evar.


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: December 19th, 2008 - 09:43 pm
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Clearly you haven't seen him make a mad dash for a tree he suspects of Criminal Squirrel Harboring lately. He can actually haul down Circus in a straight line. He's gotten in WAY better shape in the months since the dogs moved here.

Neither of 'em can hope to catch Turbo Dog, of course.


 
[User Picture] From: pantsnotneeded
Date: December 20th, 2008 - 02:48 am
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Well yeah but he drags his ass in every other case.


 
From: five_speed
Date: December 19th, 2008 - 10:11 pm
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I'll need your advice on baby book selection! :)


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: December 20th, 2008 - 12:08 am
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From: five_speed
Date: December 20th, 2008 - 03:24 pm
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Oh no. The cuteness is making me cry!


 
[User Picture] From: bitchness
Date: December 20th, 2008 - 03:24 am
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Just a couple of suggestions, my kids loved these when they were babies:









 
[User Picture] From: bitchness
Date: December 20th, 2008 - 03:26 am
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Serra just came and looked over my shoulder and said that It Looked Like Spilt Milk was her favorite book.


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: December 20th, 2008 - 04:53 am
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Heyyyyyy... that third one is totally a bukkake story. Shame on you, won't anyone think of the CHILDREN?!


 
[User Picture] From: discogravy
Date: December 20th, 2008 - 05:48 am
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perhaps they are thinking of the children a little too much if they're writing kids books like that


 
[User Picture] From: discogravy
Date: December 20th, 2008 - 05:57 am
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fuck that, i'm reading my kid



or possibly



 
[User Picture] From: pennyem
Date: December 20th, 2008 - 06:31 am
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I guess Stephen King isn't normal bathtime reading after all. Huh. I still asked Dad to read me more of "the haunted car book" every visit though.


 
[User Picture] From: discogravy
Date: December 20th, 2008 - 05:51 am
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on the carseat thing:
while i was originally more inclined to one that adjusts for the child's age (0-3 months, then take out the mini-baby-holder-padding and it's a 3-9 months seat, then expand some straps and blahblahblah and it's a toddler seat etc) BUT my little sister and wife's coworkers insisted that a carseat that has a base that stays in the car and a detachable seat is a much better deal for transporting a baby in and out of the car as opposed to in and out of the carseat constantly.


 
[User Picture] From: lauracroft
Date: December 20th, 2008 - 05:27 pm
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AWWWWWWWWWWWWW

That post left me with all kinds of warm fuzzies. It's so lovely to hear of your happiness. Have a great Christmas with your new family! :)


 
[User Picture] From: ravenword
Date: December 20th, 2008 - 05:47 pm
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Hooray for Craigslist! I bet a ton of baby stuff gets shuffled through there, since you usually only need to use it for a few years before the kids outgrows it.

In totally unrelated news, I saw this and thought of you: http://www.pajiba.com/the-worst-southern-accents.htm


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: December 20th, 2008 - 06:01 pm
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I'm reading it right now, and I can't BEGIN to tell you how pleased I am to see Reese Witherspoon's Sweet Home Alabama listed. (I'm having difficulty imagining what they're going to top it with, frankly... scrolling, peeking... heh, haven't seen #2 or #1, so I guess I'll have to watch the YouTube clips before rendering an opinion.

I LOVED the "Honorable Mention" of Kim Basinger in 8 Mile. Seriously, what the fuck WAS up with that (not horribly done) deep south accent in the middle of Detroit?

Btw, as for baby stuff... forget a few YEARS, stuff for infants is generally rated until "25 pounds". For a girl, that's 19 months (median). For boys, median is 15 months... and 75th percentile is 12 months!

Craigslist does seem to be an awesome way to go, though. The $90 we spent on Craigslist got us about $600 worth of stuff, and it all looks pretty much brand new. The glider is a little loose in the joints, but otherwise is perfect and probably a little quality time with a socket set will fix the loosey-goosey stuff. Everything else looks like it just came from the store, and matched the stuff I had liked the best from looking in the stores to start with!

The one thing I don't think I'm going to have much luck getting a cheap Craigslist on is an LCD projector... I decided the hell with those cheap baby toys that project "stars" on the ceiling, I want to hook up a laptop to an LCD projector and let the kid see real planetarium shows, play classical/baroque/romantic pieces with great abstract lightshow plugins, etc. It's gonna be awesome. =)


 
[User Picture] From: ravenword
Date: December 22nd, 2008 - 01:27 am
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Renee Zellweger's was pretty wretched, IMHO. The sad thing is that she, Julia Roberts, and Reese Witherspoon are all actually from the south. Even if they didn't grow up speaking with a southern accent, you'd think they'd know how to imitate one well enough. I don't know if it's the director's fault or what.

I love the idea of the tricked out baby room with theatrical-quality light shows. You'll need to get her some tiny tie-dyed t-shirts to wear while she's watching that trippy stuff. ;-)


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