Notes On The Long Stay

10:28 <mhoye> Hm, baby still asleep. Is six days old too soon for Baby's First Espresso?
10:28 * humph tries to find capital letters large enough for this
10:28 <@humph> YES

What You Say?

A few disconnected thoughts that I’ve been meaning to jot down.

When we were in maternity triage at the start of this, there was a misguided young woman there who had apparently slept with some meatbag named “Keegan” whose intellectual degeneracy was discernible three beds away. Whenever she had a contraction, she punctuated it with a whiny, drawn-out “Keeeeegaaaaan…”, at which point he’d try to shush the woman in labor, a conversation that was roughly like having somebody drag their nails down a chalkboard that was hanging on a wall that’s just fallen on you. The moral here is manyfold, but my takeaway points are: don’t name your kids “Keegan” and don’t let your daughter sleep with anyone named “Keegan”, because jeebus.

Toes & Wires

Things that could plausibly be argued to be brilliant in hindsight but were in fact merely lucky:

  • Learning what time the hospital cafeteria is open early on: key. Managing jello-related expectations is important, a man who is sent for Jello and returns empty-handed is less of a man for it.
  • Packing a cell charger in the jump bag; the duration of our stay turned out to be a bit of a surprise, and being able to bridge a laptop to the net with a phone is gold.
  • Toothbrush, change of underwear, change of socks likewise. “Packing in the jump bag”-likewise, I should specify; I can’t bridge a network connection through my underpants, though I’m sure that day’s coming.
  • Buying baby an extra life: disturbingly prescient.
  • Dimmer switches in the rooms on the baby’s floor. Yes, this has proven to be the biggest win of them all.


The first two weeks are supposed to be super-difficult, but so far it looks like that pain has been heavily front-loaded. Maya is well-behaved,  sociable and mom is already cautioning her against listening Crazy Dad, which is heartwarming but won’t work. We’ve managed to work out a way to take shifts at night so both of us get at least one uninterrupted shot at five hours of consecutive sleep, which is awesome. Boy, it’s gone by fast, though.

Two things which are surprisingly adorable:

  • Baby hiccups
  • Baby sneezes


  1. Posted May 14, 2009 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    At some point Maya will likely sneeze and then find this the _funniest thing ever_. SteelyKid grins widely after every sneeze and my mom tells me most babies think sneezing is amusing.

  2. Posted May 14, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    She looks more like you every day.

    This can’t end well.

  3. Mike Hoye
    Posted May 14, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Hiccups, chez us, appear in this pre-language phase to be utterly mind-blowing. “Hiccup” *WHOA* ten seconds. “Hiccup”, *WHOA*.

  4. Posted May 14, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    That first picture will be haunting the poor kid the rest of her life.

  5. Posted May 16, 2009 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    That first picture is great!

    And cute.