Those of you who have been reading us for a while may remember that this time last year, Holly and I fell off the face of the blog, and we were held aloft by guest posts. For six whole weeks, the guest posts kept us rolling. It was really amazing. And if you missed it, here’s a link to links to those posts.
If we were having coffee, I’d be telling you that in case you missed it. But that also means, we’re celebrating a year of the Geek Baby. And what a crazy year.
Now we have almost-words, almost-walking, and all sorts of other things, Geek Baby. And it’s a blast. And we have sleep happening at night, which has given us back enough time in the evenings that we’re actually getting to play co-op video games again! We’re watching movies on a weekly basis! And we’ve gotten some long blog posts out as well.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that this is leaving us with confidence that we can do more with what we have going on here. More with Comparative Geeks. That’s been the dream for this year, and it feels obtainable. There’s still more to do with that, and more preparation in advance. And thinking back to those guest posts, those contributions, last year… more of that sounds great to me.
Looking forward to this next year. How’re you?
If we were having tea and coffee, we would also be having pie, and I would tell you that I feel like I leveled up as a parent. Specifically last weekend I did a solo trip with the Geek Baby. At 8 months old I was so nervous about flying by myself with her because she does not sit still as much as she did at 6 months and I would be by myself. Then there was the whole spending four nights and three days being the only person available to take care of her. Oh and did I mention that we found her first teeth starting to come out the day we were leaving? I was so incredibly nervous before going.
Now that I am on the other side I feel so accomplished. I was able to remain calm the entire time and figured out a way to be a single parent on vacation. Now this was not just baby and me the entire time because the purpose of the travel was to visit the grandparents. At the same time there was still having to figure out how to shower and get dressed while there was a baby who is currently teething with no help. I have to say this is the second time I have been a temporary single parent and I definitely appreciate just a fraction of what true single parents must go through.
The reason that I feel like I leveled up as a parent is because even though David is amazing and having him to trade off responsibility with makes things so much easier, I know that I can do this if needed. Now the next trip, even with the husband, I will be prepared. It does help that Geek Baby is one of the happiest babies I have ever known and I thank God for that.
Find other Weekend Coffee Share over at Part Time Monster.
It’s been a busy few weeks here, as we worked our way through some of our normal features – like best of last year, and anticipation for this year. Plus the holidays, all that… it’s been a while since having coffee. So…
If we were having coffee, I’d say hello, and how are you doing? I’d probably talk about the upcoming Platypus Con, and all my plans to get things constructed, painted, and on the table to be playing some increasingly cool looking and competent Warmachine with our growing group.
I might talk about shows or games or other things we’re up to, but honestly those all came up in recent posts as well. No, what I’d probably do if we were having coffee is gush about the Geek Baby.
A big recent topic of consideration, concern, reading, and discussion has been Screen Time. For a long time, the official advice to parents has been Screen Time Is Bad, with the recommendation to be zero Screen Time before age 2.
I’m sure you can imagine where our problems begin. If not, hello, welcome to Comparative Geeks, we’re kind of plugged in.
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Tea and Pancakes on a Saturday morning.
If we were having coffee on Saturday, I would probably say how long it has been because I have not been as available lately. This past month has just been insane for me. There is a project at work that I am a part of that has been keeping me late at work almost every night, the Geek Baby has gotten sick, and it has been generally stressful. With David going back to work and the Geek Baby going off to daycare three days a week of course she will start getting sick more. At the same time we did not expect her to get the stomach flu. That on top of everything else has just been kicking my ass lately.
The big problem is that I have been coming home just stressed out of my mind from work. I am in meetings all day that keep me later than I usually stay. By the time I come home we make and eat dinner, I feed her and get her ready for bed I am tapped out. I am already coming home brain dead – the thought of having to write anything additional on top of that just takes me for a spin.
This week though I realized that I need to start writing again. I enjoy doing this, I enjoy writing, but I need to figure out how I can do this on the new schedule and with everything going on. Some of the problem is being able to take some time to plan ahead a bit more, but even that can be hard because it can be difficult to plan writing when home alone with the Geek Baby. She has gotten to the point that she can be particularly clingy on some days, which means that she does not really want to be put down. I had an experience just the other day where we were at Grandma’s house and I put her down for a second to go grab a glass of water. She was in the living room with her Grandmother and as soon as I was in the kitchen she decided to freak out.
Now this is not every day, but it can make it difficult. It would also be nice if things were not the craziness that they are at work right now. The stress of the situation is partly the fact that normally my schedule is pretty solid and that even when we schedule meetings to end by the end of the day they seem to be going late. At the same time I want to be doing this.
The other piece on top of this is that we are watching less movies and reading fewer books, another thing that I would like to try and correct. There have been a lot of changes that have happened this last year and I am still trying to come to grips about how to still fit in the things that I love to do with all of these changes. For a while it was overwhelming, but I think I am finally to the place where I can think about starting to plan how to move forward.
Don’t forget to check out the other #WeekendCoffeeShare posts today over at Part-Time Monster.