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Re: dadness

Postby night_tools on Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:42 pm

Sorry I haven't posted much in this thread since wee Hamish arrived on the scene. I really meant to, I've gained so much from reading it over the years. Turns out I've been so busy trying to be a dad I haven't had much time to think about it, much less write about it. I hope that will change!

We've been weaning the boy, who is somehow six months old already. This week he's had carrots, apple, avocado, banana, sweet potato. Banana seems to be his favourite.
He just woke up and puked all over Caroline, the floor and a suitcase we'd foolishly left lying on the floor in his bedroom.
Milk with sweet potato chunks. The suitcase will never be the same again.
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Re: dadness

Postby tbone on Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:51 am

Yeah, one big thing I learned early on was that you definitely have to learn to either live with puke stains and/or random chunks of food gumming up things carelessly left within reach of a baby/toddler, or the fact that you need to spend the money to replace an otherwise perfectly functional and expensive item in your household every so often. My daughter (who, holy shit, is almost 18 months old and a perpetual motion machine running around our house now) also has a hair trigger gag reflex. She has been known to get super worked up about whatever (usually her way of saying NO I WILL NOT TAKE A NAP GODDAMMIT! or something along those lines) to the point of blowing chunks all over me when I'm trying to soothe her. One time it happened while waiting to board an airplane. Fun times!
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Re: dadness

Postby Janeway on Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:32 am

who’s in charge?
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Re: dadness

Postby the finger genius on Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:35 am

Charles?

Seriously though the person in charge is usually person with least regard for the consequence of their actions. 'Cause little people will fuck shit up and not care or understand the impact. The trick is to not let them know their true power, and also to hand over that power without struggle as often as is practical to help them feel like they have some control over their lives.
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Re: dadness

Postby Model Citizen on Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:57 am

Big congrats to the new dads, and Luz, I'm really glad that Luna is doing okay now, that sounds bloody terrifying.

Our son is about to start school in a week, I'm excited for him but a bit nervous. We live really far from the school at the moment, but we're moving in a few weeks and then we'll be nearby and also near the beach so hopefully it's gonna be a good autumn.
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Re: dadness

Postby Luzwei on Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:00 am

Hey A to the Damn!!!

We're in the process of buying a place ourselves that would position us right across the school, like right across I can spit across the street to it. When I was in socialist Yugoslavia I used to walk to school and the strongest car was a Yugo. I don't know how I feel about kids going alone to school these days.
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Re: dadness

Postby Model Citizen on Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:31 am

Ha, A to the Damn, I like it.

Nice one bud, hope the move goes well. We're not getting quite that close, but still within a five minute drive so it's cool. We wanna go to Croatia on holiday next year maybe, I'ma hit you up if it actually ends up happening.

I'm terrified enough about the idea of him going on a school trip, never mind walking to school. I have managed to force myself not to be an overprotective parent though, I know it's not good for him, much better that kids are independent.
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Re: dadness

Postby Luzwei on Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:35 am

Yeah, because of Luna's condition we have managed to become that, overprotective. We know it's not good for her long term, but we can't help it. Fuck.

If you decide, we're gonna feast it up!!!
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Re: dadness

Postby Model Citizen on Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:02 am

Luzwei wrote:Yeah, because of Luna's condition we have managed to become that, overprotective. We know it's not good for her long term, but we can't help it. Fuck.

If you decide, we're gonna feast it up!!!


Totally understandable man, I'd be the same, well, worse probably. I'm bad enough and we've not even found any health issues yet, though we both worry he'll inherit my ankylosing spondylitis as he's like me in every way.

Much love to you and the family. And yeah, definitely!
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Re: dadness

Postby louissandwich on Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:36 pm

Hi,

I have a 10 year old is starting to play drums. He's pretty musical in a variety of ways, so I'm not worried about him sticking with it. I want to set up a craigslist drum set in the garage, but I don't want to alienate our nice neighbors. Are there DIY drum/garage quieting measures that people can recommend?


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Re: dadness

Postby travis k on Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:41 pm

Approach the neighbors and tell them that it's really important to you and to agree on a nice time period that's the most convenient for everyone.
And tell them about all of the sound proofing measures that everyone on the forum is about to give you.
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Re: dadness

Postby the finger genius on Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:46 pm

Is this a functional garage with a door that needs to be operational? Its going to be difficult to do much real containment with a garage door, but you could try hanging some heavy blankets to add some mass and damping.
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Re: dadness

Postby louissandwich on Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:56 am

the finger genius wrote:Is this a functional garage with a door that needs to be operational? Its going to be difficult to do much real containment with a garage door, but you could try hanging some heavy blankets to add some mass and damping.


The door does need to stay functional (per local building codes, plus we need to get bikes in and out), but maybe we can work on mass and damping. We do also have a beater upright piano that I was going to try to give away, but maybe that can serve as one partition in a drum zone. It definitely has mass.

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Re: dadness

Postby travis k on Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:31 pm

Perhaps you could built something portable . A layered partition that's put in front of the door in parts and removed when done playing.
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Re: dadness

Postby twelvepoint on Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:20 pm

Would it be feasible to get an electronic kit instead?
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Re: dadness

Postby the finger genius on Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:32 am

twelvepoint wrote:Would it be feasible to get an electronic kit instead?


This might be a good idea, they also make quiet heads and cymbals these days I think.

Also - six flags trip last week, waiting in line for Dark Knight rollercoaster:
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Re: dadness

Postby Luzwei on Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:49 am

HA!
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Re: dadness

Postby losthighway on Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:21 pm

We're potty training here one week after the little lady celebrated her 2nd birthday. We finally got a full release of pee instead of a little drip, and a full-on poo. The only trouble is her knowing when it's time to go.

It's kind of like being under house arrest.
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Re: dadness

Postby louissandwich on Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:46 pm

twelvepoint wrote:Would it be feasible to get an electronic kit instead?


I've thought about these, but the full sensory aspect of playing drums is pretty important here. He's an autism spectrum kid with some sensory issues but also skills related to music, math, and anything with patterns. I haven't tried electronic drums myself, but I'm guessing that the feeling you get from playing them is just different and maybe less satisfying (?).

The quiet cymbals and drum heads someone else suggested sound like they could be worth a look.

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Re: dadness

Postby tbone on Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:16 pm

Cross post from free stuff thread -

Anyone in Chicago in need of baby furniture, specifically a changing table/dresser combo, and a matching wardrobe thingy? PM me if interested and I can send pix. Nice, solid construction, dark cherry stain. Yours for the price of "you come get this stuff and haul it away from my house."
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