Before Jordan was born someone--I don't remember who-- asked me if I was going to teach the baby how to play Dungeons & Dragons if it was a girl. The question took me aback somewhat--not because I'd ever considered teaching D&D to a girl, but because I'd never not considered teaching it to a girl.
The President's Council on Bioethics is questioning whether living longer, healthier lives is a good thing. Speaking for rational egotists everywhere, I think I can safely say ... "YES!" Read the full story.
Jordan’s a little over two weeks old now, and a lot of folks have been asking how we’re doing. The short answer is “good but tired”. Jordan wakes up every few hours, sometimes gretzing, sometimes crying, rarely screaming. Then it’s time to change the diaper, feed her, or just do laps around the downstairs trying to calm her down and get her back to sleep.
Sue’s undoubtedly got it harder than I do right now, since she’s nursing. While we’re bottle feeding for two feedings a day – a task that usually falls to me --,that’s only a slight percentage of Jordan’s overall feedings … and it’s a hell of a easier than nursing. That’s especially true in the wee hours of the morning, when Sue’s exhausted and the baby’s frustrated/hungry.
Jordan's been here for a week. Actually, 8 days. And over that time, while gently rocking her to sleep while doing my Nth circuit of the downstairs, while changing her diapers, while just looking with wonder into her open, attentive and intelligent eyes, I've had a few moments to speculate on babies, fatherhood, and my newborn daughter.
Walking, Rocking, and Singing Beats All: When Jordan's upset, there's one thing that will almost always calm her down: taking a stroll around the house, singing calming songs and slowly rocking her.