Today’s Outfit

p is for purple.

I still have no idea who, how or where these clothes are coming from that she’s wearing but today’s clothing is a little lavender number with daisies printed on them.

Our little flower is doing well. She’s eating and sleeping like she should be and growing. She is slowly getting the hang of the bottle and will have it down in no time I hope. Apparently, the suck/swallow/breathe thing is one of the hardest parts for having a preemie.

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More good news is she no longer has jaundice and no longer has to go under the lights to help get rid of it. The nurses at the NICU would put on eye protectors to shield her from the bright lights, but she hated her sunglasses and would always take them off.

Here Comes the Stuff

I started to keep track of all the crap for the kiddo we had gathered while BW was pregnant but now that the child is here the stuff is coming fast and furiously. Today alone, some packages arrived and not one but two floral bouquets showed up at the door today to celebrate our new arrival.

She did well today. She still can’t seem to regulate her body temperature because she’s only 35 weeks but she’s breathing well and is slowly getting the hang of eating from the bottle.

All she needs to do is master those 2 skills and keep growing and adding weight and we can bring her home. I can’t wait.

But in the meantime I have to start writing about all her stuff before I forget about it.

The First Outfit

Pretty in Pink

I went to see SP today in the NICU and she had borrowed some pink outfit from one of her friends to wear today. I guess I already failed parenting because I assumed that she was good with just a diaper in her 29 degree C ‘isolette’.

But it seems they can wear clothes in there and that’s a good thing because we have a bunch of clothes waiting for her. When I go see her tomorrow I will be sure to bring a little outfit for her to change into.

I missed the changing and the feeding as BW was there at the hospital earlier today than I could get there because: work, but soon I want to be able to change her. BW can’t have all the fun. 🙂

She’s Here!

and she’s beatiful

She entered the world about five days ago, but I’m just figuring out what way is up after a few sleepless nights, so I am just around to getting this posted now.

She entered the world 5lbs, 5oz and 18.5 inches long. She is still in the NICU because she couldn’t wait to get here, and I can’t wait to get her home to me.

The good news is that Mom came home from the hospital today so now I just need to break my little lady out of the hospital.

Canadian ABC’s

I bought this today for our wee one. She needs to the learn the alphabet correctly after all. 🙂

Maker:L,Date:2017-8-24,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-Y,E-ver:20181126.5148680.002.000

This is Hard

We’re at 33 weeks and 1 day of cooking the little one and boy this has been hard on BW. I don’t think I will go into all the details but we are both ready for our new family addition to arrive so BW can get healthy once again and we can go ride bikes and lay in the sun.

The Changing Table

As we are getting closer to the due date (t-minus 59 days!) it also means I have to get off my ass and make sure we have a room for the baby ready.

BW picked this out and it matches the crib because god forbid we have a non color coordinated baby room

Here’s the finished product.

I only had to take it apart once to get it right.

It’s great that you can buy stuff cheap on Amazon but this is far from perfect. Some of holes for the screws were too small so I had to force the screw. This was and is a manufacturing defect because it only applied to one corner. It’s NOT my fault or lack of reading the instructions.

Anyway. It’s together, and without any extra screws or parts so that’s a win in my books. 🙂

I’m not real confident leaving the baby on this for any length of time but according to the warnings you’re not supposed to anyway as that’s not what it was designed for.

I’m pretty sure the idea is to get that dirty diaper off and into the diaper pail real fast and then take the freshly diapered kiddo to a more pleasing area in the house where the room doesn’t smell like poo.

So…there you have it. About $100 shipped for this engineering disaster.

This is the one we ended up with:

Modern Baby Changing Table with Laundry Hamper

This brings the total baby stuff to about $900.00 worth of stuff for the kiddo so far.

The Dog Bed

Man, do I hate the dog bed.

She doesn’t seem to mind it as much

Every week or so I am tasked with what could be my least favorite household duty: wash the dog’s bed

You would think that BW does this but the dog bed is so large and so unwieldy that it needs me to take care of this disaster.

As you can imagine we don’t have the self-cleaning dog and despite the fact that we pay good money at the groomers to get her cleaned and bathed regularly after a few weeks both her and the bed she sleeps in is pretty nasty.

So, the bed gets washed when she gets washed. Otherwise it’s just a waste of fifty bucks at the groomers. The problem is that this bed is HUGE compared to the size of the dog. It’s the equivalent of having a king bed for one person.

I don’t really care about the size so much as it’s just a piece of memory foam with a canvas cover, it’s the fact that it’s tricky to get the foam off the cover and near impossible to get the cover back on !

Allow me to illustrate:

Imagine you have a pair of jeans that are just a touch too snug (not that I would know anything about this), but instead of just trying to squeeze your legs in, pretend you’re wearing a foam suit (stay with me here)

You will find in a big hurry that foam and canvas don’t really go well together. It’s not like the foam just slips right in. You have to pull the canvas cover but it doesn’t slide on the foam well. You then try to push on the foam but that doesn’t really work either as the foam is not stiff enough

What happens is you end up swearing and cursing and pushing and pulling and grunting until finally, finally you have the stupid dog bed put together again for a few days until it’s time to do it all over again.

Both the Dog and I hate bath day for different reasons it seems.

Week 31

Our child to be is as big as bunch of asparagus. (source)

We made it this far, which is good news as this has become far from a normal pregnancy.

Getting There

BW’s pregnancy induced cough variant asthma seems to be getting worse. She can’t move or even roll over in bed without coughing for 30 seconds or more. It’s really bad.

To make matter worse now that she’s on all these steroids to help with her cough (which don’t do much – they might as well be mentos) she now has high blood sugar we’re trying to get down. So, now there’s insulin added into the mix as well.

The baby on the other hand seems to be fine and is pushing 4 lbs in weight and size, so that’s a good thing. If only we could get Mom a bit healthier then we would all be able to breathe easier (literally)

Latest update is we are trying to get to week 34 as a full term isn’t going to happen. As the baby gets bigger BW’s lungs get squished more and more resulting in more coughing.

Did I mention that we are both not getting any sleep? This is supposed to be the golden hours where we celebrate our last few weeks as child free where we get to do what we want (mostly: sleep) but this is getting harder.

I had hoped that we would get to full term because the thought of my child in the NICU a month or more makes me jittery just thinking about it but I doubt that will happen . It’s possible that by month’s end I could be a Dad. (gulp)

In other news, I get to assemble a changing table later this week. Hopefully it goes better than the crib.

December 2018 in Review

December? It Blew By.

Wow you guys, another month went by in a hurry, but I guess the last month of the year always feels that way.

Now that it’s the first of the year, I resolve to have a healthy baby and healthy wife. At one time make more money would have been at the top of the list, and with a child on the way it’s probably not a bad idea. Because: diapers!

If there was a theme for this month it would be healthy – or trying to stay there. BW was hospitalized yet again with her pregnancy induced asthma bringing the total times in the hospital over her pregnancy up to 5! We are really trying hard to keep her out of the hospital until the baby is ready.

The baby? Oh she’s fine. At least that’s what the doctors and ultrasound folks tell us so that’s very good news but it would be even better news if BW would get well. For 2019, I have just one resolution and that’s to bring 2 ladies from the hospital in a few months.

BW’s health really is the wildcard in all of this. If she’s breathing and stable then the birth can go as planned, but if her health declines then there’s a possibility of pre-term birth and a stint in the NICU for my new friend.

Site News

If there’s a condition called web hosting indecisiveness I think I have it. This month I switched from Jekyll and Firebase Hosting to WordPress once again as I can’t make up my mind between the 2 web technologies.

I really like the idea of Jekyll and having a static site and I even enjoy working in the terminal, but the longer and longer build times and the fact that I would have to connect to a server where my site is stored vs having to make sure I had a dev setup on every computer took it’s toll.

WordPress is overkill for this site as I just need some text and images but I need nothing more than a web browser to write with and now that I can write from Google Docs   and then post to this site means I really don’t hate wordpress as much.

This means that I’m back to Cloudways which costs me $10.00 a month for a Digital Ocean droplet and with their add ons and managed servers is twice what the DO droplet would cost but it’s just easier to configure, and with a baby on the way and sick wife, it’s just easier to use Cloudways. Besides, I have no complaints about their service and the features they offer over spinning up a droplet and then having to configure it out yourself.

Earnings for this site was laughable and especially considering that this was the busiest time of year for shopping. My Amazon earnings for December were $1.69 – not even enough for a cup of starbucks.

Total cost for this site in December:

Digital Ocean Droplet – $4.31. I screwed around with DO for a bit and then realized Cloudways is just easier. I also tried Ghost as blogging service for a bit too with their servers, but in the end WordPress won out

Vultr :  I bought $20 woth of server for $10 as they had a new offer for new users. I used $0.71 of this balance so I might use the balance for a new project.

All the hosting for this site is really cheap. We are talking five to ten dollars a month right now regardless of the wordpress host I choose. Not quite the free hosting I was getting with firebase but not insanely expensive either.

Total Spent for December: $14.31. I’m including the credit for Vultr because the money is already spent and it’s sunk cost at this point.

If you subtract the total earnings I’m looking at a loss of $12.62 for the month

But this doesn’t count the cost of baby stuff that was added in December:

If you add up the cost of all the stuff that came into the house in December you’re looking at approximately another $200 worth of baby stuff arrived this month.

November’s numbers were worse. There was close to $600 of baby stuff either bought or gifted. $800 worth of baby stuff in the house. Now all we need is a baby. 🙂

Last month was the first month I started these earning and income reports so not much has changed on the income side as it’s still early days for this site so I’m not too worried about the lack of income. It’s a hobby site so it’s not supposed to be a moneymaker anyhow. This is really just for fun and I want to keep it that way.

To add it all up: I spent about $14.00 on web hosting for this site and then there’s $200 more crap in the house for this kiddo-to-be, so let’s make it that I’m at approximately $185.00 in the red. If you add the $600 in November then we’re getting close to our first grand of child care expenses for stuff for this baby.

I’m sure that when the baby arrives this will be worth every penny. 🙂

Goals for 2019

I’m not one to make resolutions because it’s easy to sit on the couch and make resolutions but it’s much harder to actually do them so I won’t even bother.

What I will state is that I plan to write more here as I feel the baby stuff will start to really ramp up next year. Until now, I’ve just been spinning my wheels waiting.

That said, income better than $1.69 would be nice. thank you

Until next month,

Jim and Co.