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11th-Aug-2014 11:33 pm - First Kiss
Part of CC's bedtime ritual is I read her some stories, and then we go to bed. Typically this involves some combination of her cuddling with her bunny rabbit and/or Cookie Monster, and she falls asleep in my arms (after which I transplant her to her crib).

Tonight was a bit different... Sitting in the dark with her in my arms, she had her Yellow Bunny and Cookie Monster pretend to kiss each other. She gave a kiss to each of them, then held them up for me to kiss, and then she arched her head back, puckered her lips, and kissed me.

Daddy's heart melts.
27th-Apr-2014 11:25 am - The role of parents
I've been spending a lot of time lately thinking about what sort of parent I am going to be. Some of this is a result of a conversation I had with Victoria last week as we compared/contrasted the parenting style of our respective mothers. What qualities of our parents do we want to emulate in how we raise our own child -- and what situations are best served as an example of what not to do?

And the lessons don't stop coming on your 18th birthday. My father passed away when I was 23. At the time and for some years on I had not really appreciated the notion that there were still things he could teach me (after all, 23 year-olds know everything, right?). However after having CC I often found myself asking, "How did my father handle situation X when he was in my shoes?" In many cases I can just think back to an event where such happened to me and recall how he handled it. But there have been more than a few cases where I was too young to remember, or the answers are more about his thought process rather than his visible actions. I can't help but regret the inability to ask him.
29th-Oct-2013 11:43 pm - Stuff and things and Stuff
Wow, time flies.

We moved to the Upper East Side last month. Still trying to get everything unpacked although making progress. Nice area, literally a block from Gracie Mansion. With the baby it's really nice having an apartment that actually has doors. I can now watch TV again without the closed captions!

Been working from the home office for the last couple of weeks since my business partner fell ill and I had to take over one of his projects. There just isn't enough space in my cubicle for the equipment required to juggle three projects at once.

Overall things have been very busy but good.

C.C. turned seven months a couple of weeks ago. She eats solid food now, is almost crawling, and has a much more evident personality. She now also sleeps through most of the night (until about 5am), which is a godsend after several months of colic followed by several more months of waking up every couple of hours.

More CC pictures on the Facebook album:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4951733630027.1073741825.1199470342&type=1&l=84b4c09299

I've got a huge collection of photos in my camera, but I need to take some time and organize them all. All of the photos above are just from my phone. In the last few weeks we went apple picking in New Jersey, took CC to a community pumpkin picking in the nearby park, and last weekend spent Saturday at the Pumpkin Fest in Central Park. Tomorrow we're heading to New Jersey so CC can do her first trick-or-treating with Jayden and Lauren's kids.

TTFN.
22nd-Jul-2013 10:17 pm - A brief update on life and things
Baby C.C. turned four months last week. She's getting so big. It's really quite amazing to look at pictures from April versus pictures from this week. Note to self: I've got a bunch of photos on the camera Victoria bought me for my birthday -- need to get them downloaded and posted on Facebook.

Victoria received her New York license to practice today. I'm so proud of her. It's the end of a very long road that started nearly seven years ago. We started dating shortly before she went away to grad school in Philadelphia.

Business is good. Busy, but good. Any Linux driver gurus out there looking to do some consulting? Let me know.

Suzy got married in Allaire State Park on Friday, so we took a three day weekend down at "the shore". I'm looking at these photos of me in a white tee shirt holding CC by the pool. Scary how much they remind me of similar photos of my father. It has been thirteen years this week since he died - so a bit of introspection on my part for the last few days.

More later...
7th-Apr-2013 11:55 pm - Baby Cynthia Catherine
Figured it would be worth putting up some photos for my friends without Facebook to enjoy:
baby cynthia

All the other photos can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4951733630027.1073741825.1199470342&type=1&l=84b4c09299

I've been effectively on paternity leave for the last month. Lots of sleepless nights, diaper changes. The baby has needed to eat every three hours (including waking her if she's asleep).

Going back to work full time on the 15th. Been doing enough to keep things moving, but it's been a challenge.
26th-Feb-2013 11:40 pm - Life changes....
It's amazing how quickly things can change. It feels like yesterday we were living in Royal Oak, MI. But that was now almost eighteen months ago.

For those of you who might not be aware, I left the corporate world behind back in November. Have my own business now (with a partner) doing Linux kernel driver consulting and OSX software (both userland and kernel drivers). All video related. It's nice to be your own boss, as well as doing a job where you actually love the work.

More about the business and what we're doing can be found at http://www.kernellabs.com...

The baby will be here any minute now. We've been patiently waiting, having a few false alarms, etc. We bought all the supplies we needed. We built a room for the baby. Moved the bed downstairs from the loft and set up the bassinet. Taken the requisite classes in infant CPR and childbirth. Now we just need the baby to actually be born. :-)

Still trying to figure out the whole work/life balance thing. A new business and a new baby in the same year is a pretty daunting challenge. People keep telling me "your life will change overnight". I don't doubt them.
31st-Oct-2012 11:00 pm - Happy Halloween!
29th-Oct-2012 10:37 am - Free books
I did some cleaning over the weekend. Does anybody want any of these books?



Unrelated: the hurricane is coming. Everybody be safe!
20th-Oct-2012 02:37 pm - End of an era
So to make room for the baby, I've finally decided to part with my PacMan machine. If anybody in the NYC area has any interest, I'll happily give you a discount.

Here's the Craigslist posting, which my spouse was kind enough of to add some humour to:

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/vgm/3352745759.html

14th-Oct-2012 02:46 am - Maui Babymoon
Victoria and I returned today from our "babymoon" in Maui. For those of you perhaps not familiar, this is essentially the last vacation we get to spend alone before we spend the next eighteen years on "family vacations". :-)

She's at 20 weeks now, so just crossed the "halfway point" for the pregnancy. That's late enough to call it a babymoon, but early enough that she's still able to do stuff like snorkel and take hikes around the island without being miserable.

I had never been to Maui before, and it is quite beautiful. It's amazing how peaceful and quiet the island is. We did see quite a bit though. Here are the highlights:
  • Toured around Lahaina
  • Saw the Iao Needle
  • Drove about 1/3 of the Road to Hana (saw the Twin Falls)
  • Took a submarine tour of a local reef
  • Snorkeling around Black Rock (we stayed at the Sheraton where Black Rock was located, so it was easy to just wake up and drag the snorkeling gear that we own down to the beach)
  • Attended a luau
  • Went to the top of the Haleakalā Volcano
  • Lots of relaxation
There was even a hammock on the lawn right outside our room, so it was very easy to lounge about and read, etc.

The photos can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4092626392883.2152216.1199470342&type=1&l=feb6107e1d

In short, a great vacation. We got a free room upgrade, so we had a full view of the ocean.

As is the case whenever I travel, I'm all jet-lagged, which is why I'm writing this at 2:30am instead of sleeping soundly.

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