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Random offer of games night (the call was at 9:11 PM) with a couple of friends, plus wine, Ticket to Ride, Girl Guide cookies, loose lips equals fun impromptu sleep deprivation (added to the routine stuff and other fun but annex sleep deprivation). Woo! Also, I won at Ticket.
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Here are the official results and supporting numbers for the baby guessing game Elizabeth ran on Facebook (using the names supplied on Facebook). I standardized the three components to have a root mean squared error of one, and summed the standardized differences; lowest sum wins. Congratulations Ada!

Female? Weight (oz) Date diff Sq. error (sex) Sq. error (wt) Sq. error (date) Score (sex) Score (weight) Score (date) Score (sum)
Ada Marie 1 77 16 0 4 256 0.00 0.06 0.75 0.80
Marc Phillion 1 104 11 0 841 121 0.00 0.83 0.51 1.34
Lynne Stockwell 1 98 23 0 529 529 0.00 0.65 1.07 1.73
Caycee Price 1 104 20 0 841 400 0.00 0.83 0.93 1.76
Sara Boucher 1 113 15 0 1,444 225 0.00 1.08 0.70 1.78
Kelly Ryan 1 115 23 0 1,600 529 0.00 1.14 1.07 2.21
Judith Stockwell Taylor 1 114 25 0 1,521 625 0.00 1.11 1.17 2.28
Jessica Cohen 1 112 27 0 1,369 729 0.00 1.05 1.26 2.31
Cynthia Bruce-Marzenska 1 123 21 0 2,348 441 0.00 1.38 0.98 2.36
Karen Bennett 0 118 27 1 1,849 729 3.16 1.22 1.26 5.65
TRUE 1 75 0
RMSE 0.32 35.14 21.41
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The dust has settled from Oscar's arrival to a point — he's looking around more, more expressive, and all his bodily functions seem to be up and running just fine! I can change a diaper, sometimes before Oscar objects too strongly, and he drowses long enough that Elizabeth and I managed to sit down for a sometimes-one-handed game of Dominion last night (a real squeaker with curse cards bouncing around a lot and unusual quantities of duchies bought up).

I'm starting to think about all those prudent technical things new parents are supposed to do. We've got QPIP's and my employer's parental benefits' application processes rolling, submitted the declaration of birth and the heel-prick samples (and have the urine sample day on the calendar), we seem to have enough clothes and gear and baby wipes cached in strategic places around the house. Now, what about wills, life insurance (on us), RESPs, and other prudent-but-abstract things new parents might want to do? Is there a sensible order of operations here? A particular professional that can help orchestrate things? Parents and professionals reading this who know about this sort of thing and want to share: what are your experiences or recommendations? What should be left for later or done soonish?

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