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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Today was very very cold, again. I had jury duty today, so I had to venture out in it. Bear left for work early and my Mom already came over by the time I got up at 6:45. I left at 7:30 to get to the courthouse by 8:30. It's a straight shot on a subway, so it wasn't terrible. But walking even 2 minutes from the subway to the courthouse was super freezing.

I had the shortest jury duty ever. I got to the courthouse, got in line to get in the building, waited about 10 minutes to go through the metal detector and then went downstairs to see if I could get dismissed as a caretaker since I'm home with Tanya most of the time. I brought her copy of the birth certificate and everything. And in about one minute they dismissed me for 2 years. So then I just left the building and went to take the train back home. I got home by 9:20am. Because of construction on the subway line, I did have get off a stop earlier and walk 10 minutes and that was super freezing. I had gloves on and my fingers still got frozen.

My Mom stayed until Tanya's naptime. She is much less than a pack rat than I am - I don't like to part with sentimental favorites like my old backpack. So I let her toss it - that really works for me, letting my Mom get rid of old clothes or things I know should go. So we sorted my make-up and cleaned out two old backpacks to throw out. I do have a brand new shiny purple one and I want to limit things for the move at the end of February. We also took some photographs and postcards from the bedroom wall.

For the last four days, Tanya actually wanted to nap in her own toddler bed, that is pushed next to my bed. She slept in the crib until she was about eight months old and then she totally refused to do so (my Mom was the first one to yield to her crying and pick her up and take her into her bed). So Tanya has been sleeping with me ever since - which really does work for us, since I could get sleep and not be a zombie at work, and Bear prefers to sleep in the living room so he can stay up later and not feel like he is disturbing anyone's sleep. We periodically did try to get her back into her own crib - we converted the crib into the toddler bed, but she really didn't want to. But this weekend I mentioned that the crib, where she basically keeps lots of her stuffed toys, will be baby's bed and we will get Tanya a whole new bed for her own room. She was like, "No, this is Tanya's bed." And she is staking the claim ever since. She still wants to sleep with me at night - she is comforted by my hair, but for naps she is all about her bed now.

While she was napping, I was reading my book - I finished Jemisin's "The Fifth Season" and Novik's 3rd Temeraire book lately - so I started non-fiction "The Last Days of the Romanovs" by Helen Rappaport. (In the evening, when it's dark I'm reading Strugatski brothers "It's Hard to Be a God" on my Kindle). Hoping to get these two more books in before the end of the year. And do some book review posts.

And after the nap, I left Tanya with her little video game, which she is allowed to play for 10 minutes a day, and called my OB's office for the results of the genetic blood test. Everything looks fine, which is great. I also found out we are having another girl! Now we just have to come up with a name. It was easy the first time, since we named Tanya after my grandmother and her middle name is from James' grandmother. With this one we are actually looking at name lists.

And thank you to megan_moonlight for a beautiful Warsaw postcard. Love it!


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Dec. 21st, 2016 02:03 am (UTC)
I hope you enjoyed The Fifth Season and... is it Black Powder War? and are enjoying the Strugatski (it's one of my favorites, but pretty heavy...)

And congrats on having another girl! (hopefully Bear is OK with being even more outnumbered :) That's funny that Tanya is getting all territorial about her crib; hopefully she'll learn to sleep on her own before it becomes a problem of sharing with the baby.
Dec. 22nd, 2016 11:51 pm (UTC)
I really liked "The Fifth Season" despite to a lot of terrible events. It didn't take me long to figure out that all chapters were about the same person, and I enjoyed the different glimpse at different part of her life and wondering what happened. I think the book definitely deserved the Hugo over "Uprooted"

I liked "Black Powder War" too - eventually. It started out a bit meh for me but I thought it picked up well in the second half.

Thanks! Bear is definitely OK with being outnumbered - he prefers the company of girls most of the time anyway - he doesn't do sports or other male bonding. His only worry is for when the girls will be older and start dating - he feels obligated to protect them from "jerks" as he put it, so he has those Dad worries. And he's determined for them to take self-defense classes.

We have about five-six months to talk the idea of a little sister to Tanya - hopefully with bribery gifts she will be ok with sharing. And getting her own room I hope will help too. So far, to my surprise, it has been surprisingly easier than I thought it would be to wean her and then to end the pacifiers, and for Bear to regain bathroom privacy, so hopefully we will adjust with the bed once we move.
Dec. 25th, 2016 12:28 am (UTC)
I also figured out quite quickly that Damaya, Syen, and Essun were all one person, and enjoyed watching the sostykovka of their threads. And agreed on deserving the Hugo over Uprooted, even though Uprooted was one of my favorite books last year. This one is just really, really good. (I'm about a third into the sequel, and it's not blowing me away like the first one did, but I'm still impressed a lot and enjoying it.)

His only worry is for when the girls will be older and start dating - he feels obligated to protect them from "jerks" as he put it, so he has those Dad worries.

Aww! (B was feeling similarly while L was little, but it seems she is very good at projecting a forbidding persona and her standards are high to a fault, if anything -- not that I'm complaining! I'm actually hoping she'll keep that up!)

Hopefully the solo sleep process will be as easy as the pacifiers and so on!
Dec. 21st, 2016 01:15 pm (UTC)
Great that you are excused from jury service, and so quick too!

I've heard rumour that due to my job I won't be made to do it, but I don't know if that is true
Dec. 22nd, 2016 11:40 pm (UTC)
It was definitely great. I served on a jury five years ago - I didn't mind it then, I actually liked the process. But now I had to worry for childcare, so it was good that it was accomodated.
Dec. 22nd, 2016 09:24 am (UTC)
I've completely missed that there is going to be Another baby! Congratulations!
Dec. 22nd, 2016 11:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm due in June.
Dec. 23rd, 2016 06:45 am (UTC)
I wish you an easy and uneventful pregancy. <3
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