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Friday, December 30, 2011

Top Seven of the First Seven Days

If you are like me, the last few days of a year provide you with lists and lists to devour. A chance to see what I've missed and measure my own taste against that of an "expert," give me a coffee and an end of the year "top ___ ___s of 2011" and I'm happy. (A few examples: Best American Poetry, Best Novels, Best Music Albums, and Best(?) Retracted Scientific Studies - NPR doesn't have a monopoly on the market, but they do a good job).

It being the end of the year and about 1 week since our Quincy was born, I thought I'd share my own list. If you make it to the end, there will be a video for you that I think you will find rewarding.

Top 7 Items for the First 7 Days with a Newborn - 2011

7) Music
Quincy loves all music, but we've found it fun to have baby-appropriate music for him. Our favorites so far have been:

Rockabye Lullaby series of music ("Timeless rock songs transformed into beautiful instrumental lullabies. Guitars and drums are traded for soothing mellotrons, vibrophones and bells, and the volume is turned down from an eleven to two.")

They Might Be Giants. One of my favorite bands found time to make a few kids CDs, including "Here Come the 123s."

6) Bouncy Seat
Quincy loves this thing. Need to take a shower? Take the bouncy seat into the bathroom with Quincy strapped in. Need to calm down a fussy baby? Put the "Calming Vibrations" on with the bouncy seat.

5) Little Green Machine
What is impressive, really, is how wide of a variety of messes you can clean up in 7 days. This thing has handled them all.

4) Webcams (Skype, iChat, etc)
Quincy doesn't let physical distance get between him and his loved ones.

3) TV on DVD
A great tip we got from our friend was to have some TV on DVD on hand during the first weeks home. The docket for us includes Friday Night Lights, Community, and Covert Affairs, but we are currently working our way through season 1 of White Collar (highly recommend it).

2) Books
We love to read to our son and are excited for when he'll start to have his favorite stories. Since he isn't talking quite yet, we're assuming his current favorite is "Goodnight iPad," a brilliant gift from a friend.
1) Video Camera
Qualities I'd suggest in a camera for a newborn include quick start and ease of use. You aren't going to use something that takes 2 minutes to boot up and get to the right setting. This led us to the now-discontinued (but not for lack of quality) Flip Mino UltraHD. Unfortunately, it is hard to find these available for sale (we found ours clearanced at Best Buy), so alternatives include the Sony Bloggie and Kodak Playsport.

Since we never got around to posting an official "Life, Hyphenated" announcement of Quincy's birth from the hospital (we were slightly distracted by other things), we thought we'd share this video introduction of him, recorded just minutes after his birth. If you don't tear up, you don't have a soul...

We've loved our first week with Quincy and look forward to each day to come!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The White T-Shirt Experiment: The Due Date Edition

Well Folks, we've reached that point where I'm busting at the seems and Baby H-G should be here any day.  Officially, yesterday marked the Due Date, though it's up to him for when he actually makes his way out.

Here at the H-G Research Center, we have been gathering information on an interesting study called the White T-Shirt Experiment.  (To get caught up, check out the Introduction, Half-Way Report, 2/3's Report, and the 87.9% Progress Report).

Instead of posting the results of the past five weeks, we instead will be revealing our full findings up to the Due Date.  As you can see, a lot has  changed over the last 40 weeks!

And here is what we like to call the Behind the Seams look at the project.  (Punny, yes?  Fitting? Also yes.)

Those of you that guessed early or on time, I'm afraid you won't win the prize!  Bets are now being taken of how late he'll be.  Stay tuned!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Four Food Groups of Pregnancy





May your bellies be filled with joy,