Dec. 30th, 2012 05:50 pm
metawidget: My full geek code.  Too long for DW alt tag, please see profile if interested. (geek)
Here's the semi-standardized questionnaire applied to 2012 — it was a pretty intense year in some ways.

What did you do in 2012 that you'd never done before?
Filed a police report, juggled two kids out solo.

lots more )

Did I miss any useful questions? I dropped a couple of irrelevant ones, and will be watching the memesphere for stuff to add.
metawidget: A plastic wind-up teeth thing with a googly eye. (chatter)
On August 2 at 8:52 PM, Vivien Kaye Hortop came into the world at the Gatineau hospital. She is small but fierce: 2120 grams and was 47 cm long at birth, she arrived with a yell and set to feeding quickly thereafter. Vivien and Elizabeth are still at the hospital for observation of Vivien, but mother and daughter are in fine shape and we hope to have everyone back home in the days to come.

We are grateful to the midwives at the Maison de naissance de l'Outaouais and the nurses and doctors on the third floor at the Gatineau hospital, whose expertise and kindness have been invaluable in the past days and months. We are also grateful to Marna Nightingale for taking Oscar on short notice during the birth and taking care of him for considerably longer than she may have had in mind at the outset while the situation evolved.
metawidget: Oscar in a diaper, crouching as if to fit into the frame and looking quizzical (oscar ducking into frame)

We've been running around madly lately — two of my cousins have July weddings; we went up to the Kitchener-Waterloo area for one last week, and we'll be heading back to Montréal for another next weekend. Oscar is a hit with just about everyone; we met his slightly-older second cousin Owen up at the wedding. My dad observed that they're in very different places in terms of sharing: the world is still Oscar's oyster (and anything he can get his hands on is sort of his), but Owen is both working on sharing and developing a sense of justice. The clash of worldviews took some parental finesse here and there to restore good cheer and make sure everyone had something they liked to play with.

Here are a couple of photos:

from the wedding and train )

Earlier in the month, we went up for a day and a night to [personal profile] dagibbs' family's cottage. Oscar liked running around the grounds, and he got to ride with [personal profile] commodorified on the paddle board and share a hammock with her (photo: [personal profile] fairestcat).

Back at home, we hired one of my friends from back in high school to install and wire up a bathroom fan and update our somewhat vintage outlets and switches. It's going to take a little while to get used to the fact that all the switches are right-side-up and take less effort to throw than before, but I'm sure I'll get used to it. He also moved the 220V outlet down a bit so that our stove isn't perched on bricks anymore. It's only been four years that we've been living with the quirks and bugs in this house; it feels good to get a bunch of them fixed. Next things on our house list: some scraping/patching/paint, a new electrical panel, and a fence upgrade. Not all of these things are likely to get done before #2 is born, but we might get a couple of them done!

Speaking of #2, next month is August! Due date! Crazy homebirth adventure (if all goes well and on time)! That went very fast.

metawidget: Blue bucket with thirty bottles of beer. (beer)
For fetus-related reasons, we've had a bunch more de-alcoholized beer around the house than usual. I have found a pretty good (if silly and unintuitive) rule for picking de-alcoholized beer so far: drink de-alcoholized beer whose name starts with 'B'.

First up: Bitburger Drive. It's a German lager-y de-alcoholized beer from a company that makes a lager-y full-strenght beer. It's got delicate floral hoppiness and tastes like a German beer should, or for Ottawa beer drinkers of a few years ago, like the now-defunct Stewart's Session Ale.

Next: O'Doul's. Made by the folks that brought us Bud. No hops, sort of sweet. Comes in blonde and red versions. Can sort of fill the niche filled by beer in a meal, but not really beer and doesn't taste like it. If you can't put alcohol in beer, the only way to make it taste like beer as far as I can tell involves generous doses of hops, and O'Doul's is timid to absent in this department.

Surprisingly (except by my newfound rule), Labatt Bleue de-alcoholized actually tastes pretty much like regular Bleue — the same sort of spiciness, maybe a little sweeter and a touch toward Molson Ex, but starts with B and is definitely quite drinkable.

Last, there is Beck's. Made by Germans, but tastes more like Grolsch. Less subtle and delicate than Bitbuger, maybe better with strong-tasting food, but definitely highly beer-like, and available at our local discount supermarket, unlike Bitburger.

I have been drinking actual beer lately as well, but the world needed to know my newfound de-alcoholized beer selection rule and see these four little capsule reviews (and my Mum expressed some enthusiasm about reading them), so there they are!
metawidget: Co-sleeping kid taking up as much space as possible between co-awake parents. (co-sleep)

So, I guess it's time to mention it in here — Oscar will probably have a sibling in late August sometime! A sibling was always in the plan, and we won't be too used to getting sleep with Oscar just coming up on two years old. We've got midwives lined up at the Maison de Naissance (the same birthing centre where Oscar was born).

Oscar is having a rough teething week, but he should be out of teeth soon: his canines are all quite poked through, and his molars seem to be on the way. In general we're getting him to bed earlier, so Elizabeth and I can have a bit of time to ourselves a bit more easily. I'm having more success putting him to sleep, too, which is nice when Elizabeth is teaching late into the evening.

My parents' friends and neighbours gave Oscar a glorious hooded sweater for Christmas, and he's a bit more grown into it now (with the sleeves rolled up). Here he is in it; what you can't see is a positively medieval long pointy hood in the back:

Oscar in a glorious sweater
click on the picture for a bigger version


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