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Re: dadness

Postby tbone on Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:57 pm

Congrats, jimmy spako!

As a matter of fact, my daughter Wren was also born on March 6th. We are forever PRF dadness 3/6 bros!

Everyone is doing great. Last week was a bit crazy because (OF COURSE) my 5yo got strep on the same day my wife went into labor. Muchas gracias to FM's Pepper! and redheadache for helping out. And then my wife had to stay a couple of days at the hospital due to an infection, but they didn't let the baby stay that long. So I had to come home for a night with a newborn and a sick older brother at home and be a single dad. WOOHOO FOR-PROFIT HEALTHCARE!

But the baby has been doing great, this one actually seems to be pretty stoked to sleep unlike my first kid.

Gonna have to fish out the black metal baby bjorn from PRF BBQ 2012 and dust that off sometime soon perhaps...
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Re: dadness

Postby jimmy spako on Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:21 pm

Thanks, everybody!

And congrats, tbone! Lovely kid and an awesome name. Damn, dude, that is kind of my nightmare at the moment, having to cope alone, but seems like you handled it like a boss, well done.

Everything is pretty cool here one week into being at home. Breastfeeding is going alright thanks to gd nipple shields (after having been very painful). D. is pretty strung out from too little sleep at times, because the little one is a bit fussy and doesn't sleep for long stretches the way we've been doing things and I have to make sure to get a minimum of sleep, which means earplugs at times, because I am in the middle of a peak translation phase for a festival. We sussed out that he sleeps well to music, so I've got him next to me in my little office/studio coming up on midnight now, lights off except for a desk lamp, still working here, while he sleeps and listens to noise/ambient tapes (among others from FM cjh) on a dictaphone w/ built-in speaker resting at his feet. He's digging Helm's new tape now in his dreams, Olivia Block on deck. Pretty cool. I had hoped that this might work so that D. can get some relief and I might be able to have him in here a lot while I translate or work on music.

I sing to him a lot in the morning, fuck around with a little karaoke mini-amp and mic from PaperJamz and he seems to be into it. At least he hasn't said otherwise.
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Re: dadness

Postby amplituden on Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:33 am

Being a lifelong book loving nerd, it does my heart good to see my almost 8 year old had the bug as well.

We went to the library yesterday morning and between doing active things he is psyched to just sit and read. He is racing me I am only at page 160 of the book I got yesterday, he is on page 212.
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Re: dadness

Postby eliya on Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:30 pm

Congratulations, Todd!
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Re: dadness

Postby enframed on Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:14 am

tbone wrote:Congrats, jimmy spako!

As a matter of fact, my daughter Wren was also born on March 6th. We are forever PRF dadness 3/6 bros!


3/6 PRFia!

Congrats to you both!
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Re: dadness

Postby flytox on Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:09 pm

Week 13 now so I guess there aren´t too many things to be afraid of anymore. J is doing great with huge head and tiny arms and legs. Looks like a six inch T Rex.

On Tuesday were doing a nuchal scan. I always used to think that I would never have a baby with a handicap. I was never anti-abortion. But now that I have seen these pictures and that I have developed this crazy bond...how could I allow someone to stab my child and vacuum it away?

This would be such a hard decision. I really hope this cup is taken away from me.

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Re: dadness

Postby Luzwei on Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:24 pm

This little rascal is 4 years old and this is her playing a piano. Actually, it's a radiator. But it's a piano to her. Singing a tune from Frozen. Ugh.

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And she's fluent in English, but we never spoke a word of English to her. Kids.
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Re: dadness

Postby Model Citizen on Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:28 am

Luzwei wrote:This little rascal is 4 years old and this is her playing a piano. Actually, it's a radiator. But it's a piano to her. Singing a tune from Frozen. Ugh.

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And she's fluent in English, but we never spoke a word of English to her. Kids.


Awesome, four years old already, damn that went quick! Kids are amazing with languages aren't they? I'm struggling way more than I thought I would to speak another language but my little boy is just picking it up no bother.
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Re: dadness

Postby Luzwei on Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:23 pm

Adam, she learned it by watching stupid YouTube toys opening/unboxing videos. And whenever we give her a new doll/toy, she instantly switches. And then the imitation/presentation starts LOL

It helps that has some basic English kid lessons in day care, but she's speaking sentences.

Kids are great.
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Re: dadness

Postby Dave N. on Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:37 am

Luzwei wrote:Adam, she learned it by watching stupid YouTube toys opening/unboxing videos. And whenever we give her a new doll/toy, she instantly switches. And then the imitation/presentation starts LOL

It helps that has some basic English kid lessons in day care, but she's speaking sentences.

Kids are great.


Wow. Four already?

Mine is picking up all sorts of Korean words and phrases due to her K-pop obsession.
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Re: dadness

Postby Luzwei on Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:39 am

Dave N. wrote:Wow. Four already?

Mine is picking up all sorts of Korean words and phrases due to her K-pop obsession.


Indeed. She's going to school in no time.

HaHa, Davester! Didn't Trey's girl went to that phase as well!? HA! At least you have him for guidance.
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Re: dadness

Postby the finger genius on Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:53 am

Pre school park time

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And dinner on the deck

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Re: dadness

Postby Teacher's Pet on Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:33 pm

Dinner on the deck looks fuckin' awesome. It also looks like you live in Rome or something. Very nice.

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OK, sorry, sad topic:

A close and dear friend lost her baby this week. It died, still inside, days away from delivery.

I've never experienced anything quite like this and I am at a loss.

Obviously I am lending support in whichever ways I can think of but this is a strange and unique type of grief I've never prepared for. We were all just about to welcome this baby. And my family was psyched to have a vicarious newborn experience. This baby would have been the younger sibling of my daughter's best friend. And the mom is my partner's best friend. It's close to us. They live directly next door. Our daughters have been tight since Day One.

I'd like to know if anybody has tips or resources for coping with intrauterine death, or anything good on grieving and helping people through grief and trauma in general. I realize how people (myself 100% included) can become paralyzed by traumatic events and I know that's not helpful.

Obviously we were prepared to help out with a new baby, bring food, watch the older kid, all that shit, and that's not changed. But I'm not sure what else I need to know.

I just feel kind of stunned. And hung over.

I guess it can't hurt to remind everyone: Squeeze your loved ones tight and count your blessings.

I'm glad we have this thread. Cheers to you all.
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Re: dadness

Postby the finger genius on Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:55 am

Thanks, dinner on the deck is awesome, you should bring your family across the river some time for dinner (we're a short walk from the PATH station.)

As for dealing with the loss, we lost our first at ~22 weeks. Not as late as your friend, but it was pretty devastating. I'm not sure what advice to give, other than just do your best to be helpful and listen. There's nothing to say to make it better (at least for us, we didn't want to hear about how we would have a healthy baby someday or any other bright side subjects.) Just listen, tell them you care, you're sorry, offer to watch the kid so they can have some space to grieve if they want.

I'm sorry that your friends are going through this, it's awful. It gets better, but I remember at the time not really wanting to think about it getting better, and just wanting to be mad / sad.
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Re: dadness

Postby greg on Tue May 02, 2017 12:31 pm

Here' s me mixing with the help of Lou Ellen, and Elbie.

Elbie's checking the mix from different parts of the room (standing waves cause some bumps in the response). He also insists on listening to mixes with radio commercials playing loud on a nearby boom box, since that's how most people hear records these days.

Lou's debating, then making adjustments with the outboard effects.

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Re: dadness

Postby travis k on Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:05 pm

Kiddo pulled a hat trick yesterday in last game of season.
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Re: dadness

Postby jimmy spako on Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:26 pm

Was having a bad day.
Baby came home and we listened to Polvo and swaydanced for a bit in my little studio/office.
Then I had to give him back and go back to work and legit mental illness, but a little perspective is better than none eh.

Happy Fathers' Day!
Salut! EA dads and grandads and dad figures and all who live dadness in whatever form.
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Re: dadness

Postby Pasta on Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:07 pm

Happy Fathers Day all you bad ass motherfucking PRF pops.
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Re: dadness

Postby djimbe on Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:13 pm

I'm sure it's been covered in all these many pages (somewhere...and I'm not too certain how to search for it), but here's the question:

how to quit the pacifier?

cold turkey? let 'em grow out of it? find some alternate fetish item?

it's getting to be a drag. She never takes it out of the house, and when the neighbor kids or the teenagers friends come by she'll stash it in a hot minute, but woe betide the person who can't find it at bedtime or when she wants to relax/nap in the afternoon. it's time to be done with it, but I'm having a hard time facilitating that.

Maybe it's me? I sucked my thumb off and on past the time I was 6 before I grew out of that habit.
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Re: dadness

Postby Major on Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:34 pm

I took my entire family to see Iron Maiden a few weeks ago. Kids are 11 and 12, had no idea who Iron Maiden was. My wife is *mumble mumble* and hates metal. Everybody had a blast.

Fucking $80 for 2 kids shirts, though.
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