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Well, it's a good thing my LiveJournal isn't a potted plant.

There've been some pretty major events since my last update:

  1. We had a second ultrasound and discovered that we're having a boy. All his digits and such are accounted for, and developmentally he's on target for his age. (I put a few scans here.)
  2. We flew out to Missouri for a few days to visit my family. We had lots of fun, especially with my little nephews. They also gave us a baby shower. Little by little the baby's room is starting to take shape. We still have a lot to do, though.
  3. I got laid off. It was kind of a surprise, since it was unrelated to my job performance, but I think in the long run it'll end up being good for me. I had been with the same company for kind of a long time by software industry standards. Now I'm interviewing again for the first time in eight and a half years, oh joy. I had been using their laptop as my main computer, so I was offline for a while getting my old one upgraded (then for another while, because we painted the little home office room).

Now we're going to see a twilight showing of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The commercials on television have me salivating. I'm leaving all my fanboy expectations behind and giving it a clean slate. I expect I'll have some things to say about it later.



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May. 1st, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)

I'm seeing it tonight as well. I think.
And holy crap, a kid! I'm sure you'll be one hell of a dad, and will no doubt raise him better than the dumbasses upstairs who let their baby stay up until 2 am.

May. 1st, 2005 12:33 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you, I hope I will be. If he takes after me, he'll be a very sound sleeper eventually. But thankfully for the meanwhile we aren't quite so adjacent to our neighbors.

I hear that for the first couple of months, the baby's on whatever internal clock it's born with, and there's not much you can do about it. (Except give Mom a nice stiff drink a little bit before feeding time, haha.)
May. 1st, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)
hehehe, this kid upstairs is a year old, and they just let her run around all night, and she screams and cries and laughs and stomps around and I can NEVER SLEEEEP! I asked them one night if they could shut her up (but nicer than that), and they said "Well...we'll try to put her to bed..."

May. 1st, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
Ugh. Yeah, that's not benefitting anyone.
May. 1st, 2005 01:35 am (UTC)
Hey, nice to hear—uh, read from you again. :D Glad everything's well with baby!
May. 1st, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks Alice. Yeah, this update was way overdue. I've missed you guys. Although I have been lurking a bit so it's not really fair, I stay reasonably caught up on my friends list while being something of a hermit myself.
May. 1st, 2005 05:29 am (UTC)
Yay for the baby update and good luck with the job hunt and such and I miss talking to you...
May. 1st, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you Quinn, although I'll send your good luck right back to you, as I think you need it at least as much. (And I'll be on IM more regularly now. Ironically enough, in the month or two before I got laid off, I was actually working even harder than usual so I wasn't logging in as often.)
May. 1st, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC)
oh my gosh, a kidaloo!! Right now I'd be going crazy thinking about names (how about Nigel? so you can make plans for him? Oh, I'm sure you've planned something better . . . the Old Testament is a great source of names, haha). Anyway, I hope he's a calm baby for mommy's and your sake.

Good luck with the job hunt . . . because i can't seem to not get into car accidents, I'm having to look for steady employment too, now. i'm not saying what kind, because the baby might read this. Haha, anyway, I'll have my fingers crossed for you.

Hell, my livejournal is a Christmas Cactus.
May. 2nd, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
We've got a front-runner with a comfortable lead in the name race. We're keeping an open mind, but it's feeling pretty settled since we've been using it a lot.

Ugh, more car trouble? What you need is a chauffeur.
May. 3rd, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
Ooooh, I shall anticipate being surprised when the young one materializes.

:( I know, I hate saying it, but cars and I were not destined to be . . .
May. 2nd, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
Wow, sounds like you have a lot going on. Glad to hear you have a positive attitude with all the change that's going on. :)
May. 3rd, 2005 11:26 am (UTC)
Thanks. :) Yeah, it seems like the continents tend to shift all at once here in BryceLand. But a lot of this change is welcome, and the job thing could be much worse. I've actually been through even more simultaneous upheaval than this before, so that gives me some perspective.
May. 3rd, 2005 02:08 am (UTC)
That's my kinda mood! :D
The ultrasounds look great! (Belated)Congratulations! I'm sure you'll be a wonderful father.

I've been hearing so many lay off stories lately, and sometimes it can be a good way out. Good luck to you!

Oh I have been really curious about seeing Hitchhiker's Guide so I can't wait to hear what you have to say.
May. 3rd, 2005 11:43 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm looking forward to it. He'll know which John is which by the time he can talk. :)

And I think you're right, the layoff could very well end up being the best thing for me. It's good to shake things up every once in a while, and I sort of think I was due for a big recharging.
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