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December 30, 2007

Slow day to round out the year

Filed under: news of the day — lexifab @ 8:31 pm

Okay, technically today isn’t the last day of 2007, but I always kinda count New Year’s Eve as one long teaser for the Year to Come, so in my twisted head at least, today was the end of the Year that Was.

And it was kind of a drag. Connor’s sleeping and eating patterns have entered what one book describes as an “unpredictable” phase, which means basically that his loving and doting parents get no sleep and go insane. We didn’t actually manage to formally exit bed until about 11:30, which makes for a strangely curtailed day. Also, it’s taken a turn for the frickin’ hot here in Canberra, so even had we not been dog-tired, there was not a lot of incentive to get out there and seize the day.

Tomorrow we’ll probably go to the bank and Medicare, which gives, I hope, some impression of the scope of our social ambitions at the moment.

Excuse please, the beef stroganoff demands attention and consumption.

Happy new year if I don’t get to you before the official milestone.

December 28, 2007

You can’t turn back the yuletide

Filed under: joey,news of the day — lexifab @ 8:39 pm

Xmas appears to have come and gone without major impact, save on my access to the internet and sleep.  Have had a bery pleasant fw days in the company of family and friends and a less-than-gluttonous amount of food and beverages-of-good-cheer (for once).

Connor continues to delight and amaze. Being by turns in awe of and thoroughly worn out by the boy is surprisingly close to a full time occupation. I am somewhat terrified at the thought that in a few short weeks I will be going back to work, but that the 3 or 4 a.m. feeding sessions will not yet be a thing of the past. I am listening to an awful lot of the BBC World Service on the radio at the moment.

Highlight of the festive season so far:

  • No fights. Spent the Day in Question having lunch with Fiona’s side of the family. Seafood and wine were plentiful. In the evening, we were joined by ChrisT, Lindor, MizEmma and Gavin. Presents were opened, the baby was passed around, everyone was happy. Lovely.
  • Boxing Day with the nephews. Gazza and Son brought the boys around for lunch. We played slot cars and T-ball, we ate roast chicken, chocolate and biscotti and we watched the cricket. Perfect.
  • The Boxing Daytest match. India put up a fight and, though subsequent events conspire to ensure yet another decisive Australian victory, it was nice that at least for a couple of days the outcome was in doubt.
  • No Country for Old Men. Our Boxing Day movie for this year. I almost piked because I was exhausted, but I’m glad I didn’t. This is an elegant and beautiful film, almost certainly the best I’ve seen all year. If I have any reservations, it’s that I’m not absolutely certain I understand it. The whole film is a metaphor for something, as the last two minutes makes clear, but exactly what I am not convinced I know. It could be the best film the Coen Brothers have ever made, though, which is reason enough to see it.
  • Voyage of the Damned. New Doctor Who Christmas Special. Kylie Minogue guest stars. There’s a new arrangement of the theme music. Some bits of the direction are slightly hokey. Despite all these things, it is supremely entertaining.
  • Presents! Some standouts were the T-shirt with an android dreaming of electric sheep and the complete run of American Gothic on DVD. Connor pulled down a ridiculously good haul, mostly of clothes.
  • A night off. Fiona’s sister Jaki gave us the night off last nightby volunteering to baby-wrangle for the evening. We had dinner at our favourite Ethiopian restaurant, followed by eleven straight hours of sleep. Bliss!

Top of the season to y’all. Will get back into the regular blogging thing when sleep becomes less of an issue.

December 20, 2007

Time’s gone all funny

Filed under: fitter/happier,joey — lexifab @ 12:10 pm

We’ve been home from the hospital for a few days now. The reason that Lexifab hasn’t been inundated with progress reports on Connor’s eating, eliminating and sleeping habits or hundreds of blurry photos of “Mum and Bub doing well”, as I presume to be the expectation of a newly parental blogger, is that I’ve sort of not been able to find the time to sit down for any more than a couple of minutes to type. Also, I  don’t know how to upload photos.

Time is a bit weird for us at the moment. It’s strange going from a reasonably clock-regimented day – where I wake at 6, get to work by 8, have lunch around 1, get home by 6, in bed by 11 (give or take an hour for any of those numbers) – to a state of round-the-clock “Does the boy need feeding/burping/changing/putting down? No? Then what else do I need to eat/clean/buy and by the way when do I sleep?”

The overwhelming question that this experience prompts is “How the hell does someone do all this by themself?” There’s two of us here on full-time baby management, and Jimbo is here to offer supplementary cuddles and bottles. I can’t imagine how hard it would be trying to do it all one your own. People who diss single mums for sitting around at home and rorting the system should be kicked squarely in the nuts.

Connor’s eating is still a bit difficult to manage, and Fiona’s recovery is steady but slow, but all in all things are going well.  Thanks everyone for your well wishing and welcome visits (those ofyou in the local area, at any rate). Hopefully as things start to settle down (I’m guessing that won’t be until after Xmas) I’ll get around to replying to all those emails I owe people.

I may also learn how to post photos up, but don’t hold your breath.

December 11, 2007

It’s a boy Joey!

Filed under: joey — lexifab @ 1:29 pm

I’m proud and slightly mystified to announce the birth of Joey, now operating deep undercover with the name Connor Riley Versace. Our dear little baby boy was born after a somewhat arduous 18+ hour labour involving rather more medical intervention than we had hoped for at 3:42 pm on 10 December 2007.

He’s got my hair, for which his mother is amusingly thankful. Jury is out on the eyelashes though, Libby.

Fiona is nursing some stitches, so we’ll be in hospital until Thursday or Friday, but she and baby are both in good health and spirits.

I’ll pull together some actual details when I get home. I’ll post some photos too, to anyone whose email address I may have lost along the way. Send me a quick reminder and I’ll bury you in blurry out of focus shots obviously taken by some sleep addicted caffeine fiend.

December 8, 2007

Is this the ‘aha’ moment?

Filed under: geekery,joey,news of the day — lexifab @ 10:34 pm

We could be underway here. It’s looking a bit more promising, at at any rate. I am quietly getting stuff together and going through all the stuff about what I’m supposed to be doing.

You know, just in case.

Did some more garden work today. Got too much sun, but now there’s somewhere for Simon to park his car.

Read the entire 66-issue run of Preacher over the past couple of days. That’s some good-quality blasphemy, right there.

December 6, 2007

Still no Joey yet

Filed under: joey — lexifab @ 10:38 pm

For those following the news closely…there isn’t any yet. But tomorrow I will be going to an office Xmas party in the park, on an afternoon predicted to involve heavy storms.

If that doesn’t cause the baby to arrive, honestly, I just don’t know what will.

December 4, 2007

Some good test results

Filed under: geekery,joey,news of the day — lexifab @ 12:39 pm

No, not for Joey, though there’s no problems on that score except for how big the little bugger appears to be.

The big news is that Dad’s bone marrow tests have come back clean. There’s no trace left of the multiple myeloma. Looks like the treatments have been completely successful.

Pretty happy today.

I was quietly stressed out about the impending results, but now I can go back to just wishing my baby would hurry up and decide the time is right to get born.


  • Dr Clam, I am pondering how to get started on Cameron Long’s adventures in the Sawl. I may be overthinking it. Will get back to you soon.
  • Big news for roleplaying fans of Doctor Who. The license to make a new version of the game has been awarded to Cubicle 7 (who at the time of writing have not *quite* managed to update their web page to include this presumably-important news item). I don’t know much about the designer Dave Chapman, but his design blog may reveal some clues in the future. Fred Hicks, marketing powerhouse behind Spirit of the Century, helped with their proposal and may have some input into the design and layout, which would be a good thing. I await the results with bated breath.

December 3, 2007

No baby yet. Still at work.

Filed under: cricket,friends,joey,workin for the man — lexifab @ 9:39 am

There’s no actual further news than what’s in that subject title, but on the weekend we:

  • cut down some trees and branches to clean up the yard and make space for Si to park his car when he collects it at Xmas;
  • got rained on so heavily that yet again I had to cancel a game of cricket, which means I probably won’t get one this season (sigh);
  • had visits from Miz Alix and Rockstar Emily, Lindor and ChrisT.

I’m tired of being at work now, even though there is interesting stuff to be done here. It’s hard to feel involved when you could have to leave at any minute (though realistically it’s likely I will actually be here all week).

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