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8 weeks

It's been 8 weeks now, and a bit more. Only a little less than four more and I'll have to go back to work. Well, I could take another six, but I can also take them later, any time the first year I think.

Rebecca is sweet, and more fun every day. She started really smiling back at you (rather than just when she was shitting) at her one month anniversary. That marked the beginning of her transition from milk bag to creature. She's really an amazingly well behaved baby. She has colicky evenings when she just wants to be walked around and bounced constantly, but there aren't very many of them. And she's very polite when she's starting to get upset. Just a little gentle 'waa?' to get your attention. Of course if you ignore her, or can't figure out what's wrong she can wail. And when she does she looks so depressed that she's surrounded by stupid people. When you try something new she will quiet down for a few seconds, as if she's checking to see if that will make things better, which is very gratifying, even when it (usually) doesn't work. At least you know she's trying to make things better, not just wailing inconsolably. Of course, it also makes it harder to get mad at her when she cries a lot... because it is usually just that you aren't smart enough to figure out what the problem is. Usually just tummy evil of course, but it is hard to know what she needs you to do to help her, so you end up needing to try everything.

When she's happy she's lots of fun to talk to. She waves her hands around and cooes and smiles at you. She's a very happy talker and will gladly have call and response conversations with you. Which makes her unbearably cute. Kawaiiiiiii! She also really likes being sung to. Which is good, since I'm not very good at talking non-stop. And she still takes lots of naps, although they are diminishing, and often enjoys simply staring at the clutter of our house. There were a few days last week when she didn't want to sleep at all, and while she was relatively happy it still took all my energy to keep her entertained non-stop. But then, I'm a pretty low energy person. That made me want to go back to work.


Work. Our current plan is to try schedule shifting. I'll go back to work at the 3/5 rate I was at when I left it, and work 4 hours MT-TF early in the morning, 6:30-10:30ish, which is not that out of line for the people I work with, and Jesse will push his hours back to lazy engineer hours, and maybe get in an hour of work in the morning if Rebecca is cooperative. Then I'll work all day Wednesday, since Jesse is taking his PFL one day a week for the next many months. It may work, it may be hell, but trying it is the only way to find out. I'm naturally a morning person anyway, or at least a sunrise person. Really that's it, and I expect it will be really hard for me to get up at 5:30 through the winter. Again, we shall see, we shall see.

Then after a month+ of that, we will take a two week vacation to Japan. Woo! Looks like things are firming up for the last week of September through the first week of October.