Back In Black

Yes, I’m back. It’s amazing how quickly time flits away when you’re taking care of a new infant. Yesterday, the clock appeared to jump from noon to 8:00 p.m. in about ten minutes.

In addition to being a birthday age milestone for me that shall not be named, yesterday was also trash day in my neighborhood. Living in a house with five cats and a newborn, it now seems that 85% of the weight of our garbage consists of excrement in various guises.

There is an old curse that goes, “May you live in interesting times.” The last week and a half has certainly been interesting for us. After the three-day childbirth ordeal that turned into a c-section starting last Monday, we remained in the hospital all the way until Sunday to allow adequate post-operation recovery, giving us nearly a week-long stay. Incidentally, childbirth has to be the most absolutely bat-shit crazy thing I’ve ever seen anyone do. I’ll just leave it at that and spare the gory details.

Since arriving home Sunday afternoon, my wife has been under strict orders to not go up and down stairs more than once per day for one week and not to drive for two weeks. The baby sleeps at night in our room upstairs. Once we get up for the day and head downstairs, we’re pretty much stuck there until nighttime, when we retreat upstairs again.

So far, the baby has been good. He’s been having some digestive issues which seem like they may be caused by lactose intolerance, so we’re working on changing that situation and seeing if that fixes things. Other than that, he only fusses when he’s hungry or when he has stomach cramps, and he normally only wakes up once per night. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that this kind of behavior continues.


3 Responses to “Back In Black”

  1. Amy Says:

    Congrats! Time doesn’t slow down ever – at least that I have experienced – after you had kids. I blinked twice and my “baby” girl started preschool today. Like a long run, it feels like a life time while you are in the moment of (pick a baby moment), but it is just moments. Take care – get some sleep and snuggle that baby like they will be grown up tomorrow.

  2. Rubene Says:

    Filtering the freindly skiesSo maybe you’re tired of that one freind that posts nothing but song lyrics. Maybe it’s the one who is constantly posting political rants. Or perhaps the one who apparently does nothing but play Facebook games all day. Whatever. The point is, you’re sick of it and you want to know what to do about it.Take controlFacebook offers some degree of control as to what you see in your feed from your freinds and page likes. First of all, there’s the blunt instruments obviously, you can unfreind someone, but that’s a bit extreme and antisocial if they still post some things you want to hear about. The other blunt instrument would be the Hide option, as seen here:Why anyone would want to hide our sister site is beyond me, but this hides all updates from this freind or page from showing up in your feed, but you can still see what they have posted by going to their page. A bit imprecise, but simple and it works. Of course, you can undo this at any time.For a bit more control, go to the freind or page in question’s profile page, hover your mouse over the button that says Friends or Subscribed, and click Settings. When you’ve done that, you will see a menu that will allow you to pick what kind of updates you wish to see from this freind uncheck the ones you don’t want to see.Unfortunately, while this offers you control over what type of update you get from freinds, it doesn’t let you filter status updates by content whether it’s about what they had for dinner last night, or that [insert politician here] is the worst thing since the bubonic plague. Fortunately, there’s an option for that.Baby, pleaseBabies and kids are an ever-present topic on Facebook, and it seems there are some people out there that are just tired of hearing about the 347th cute thing Junior did this morning. Well, some computer savvy people who feel that way created the . Install the extension which works with both Chrome and Firefox and add a couple keywords to help it out, and it will happily replace all baby picture and posts with photos of cats (or whatever you want, though cats are the default).The awesome thing about is that since it works on a keyword basis, you can add any keywords you want to its filter list politics, food, type stories, whatever. While not a Facebook-supported filter, it might be worth a shot at blocking some junk without having to block the person.Mister FixerIn addition to, is another keyword-based filtering system, among other features for Facebook. Social Fixer works on Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera 11+, and Grease Monkey a few more choices than offers. Its keyword filtering also offers a bit more flexibility and control but it won’t replace the political posts with pictures of cats. Well, for some of you that’s probably okay too.GD Star Ratingloading…

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