Five More Weeks

The new baby arrives in 5 weeks. Yikes! We’ve done a lot of prep work, but there is still a lot to do.

Raelene and I took a childbirth refresher course, which was well worth it. The class reviewed the basics, like when to go to the hospital and how to breathe, but the main focus was on what to expect from the older sibling. Hopefully what we learned will help us help Corinne adjust.

The things that are left to do include setting up a nursery area in our bedroom for the baby (cradle swing, changing table, etc), and buying an extra freezer to store food in. We still have a lot of stuff from when Corinne was a baby, so we haven’t had to buy that much.

As stressed as I am about how soon the baby is going to be here, I can’t wait to meet this precious little girl.

Setting Good Examples

Now that I am a father, I spend a lot more time analyzing the things I do and how they might be perceived by my daughter. I am constantly teaching her things whether I like it or not, and so I need to be cognizant of what my lessons are. For me, this means drinking less beer and having a more active lifestyle. I drink very little these days, and I try to go jogging three times a week.

On Friday, Corinne asked if she could go running with me. That’s great! So Sunday we got dressed up in “running” outfits, put on our sneakers, and jogged the loop around the baseball diamond and soccer fileds in the park across the street. We did the loop twice, and in the end we jogged/walked about half a mile. She did a great job, and we had a lot of fun.

As the weather warms up, my hope is I can get her outside jogging and riding bicycles with me more and more. The goal is not distance or duration. The goal is to get outside, get some exercise, and have fun.

New Year Resolutions

It’s the start of a new year, so I guess it’s time for some New Year resolutions. I have a few, nothing special or all that interesting, but if I write them down here hopefully they will be more real.

1. Lose 20 Pounds

I know it’s cliche, but I spent most of 2012 plateaued at my current weight (give or take a few pounds). In 2013 I want to do a better job of losing those extra pounds.

2. Run a Half Marathon

With a baby arriving in may, this is defintiely a stretch goal. For the past few months I’ve been running 3 miles, three times a week, most weeks. I’m enjoying running, and the more consistently I run the better I feel. I doubt I will ever be able to do a full marathon, I’m just too busy to train for that, but 13.1 miles feels attainable. Like I said, though, it is a stretch goal. A more realistic one is continuing with my 3 mile runs after the baby is born.

3. Blog More

I love writing, and if I am ever going to add “write a novel” to my list of resolutions then I need to make time to get the words in. I think the key is keep the posts short and sweet, at least for now, and work my way up to the longer 1k posts that are my goal.

4. Run Some Quantified Self Experiments

In 2012 I attended a few Quantified Self meetups, and I’ve seen some really amazing talks. Running an experiment on yourself has numerous problems, it’s about as far from a double-blind experiment as you can get, but they are not without value. I’m still trying to formulate what I want to do and accomplish, but it will give me something to blog about over at the Quantified Wayne.

5. Take More Pictures

I love photography, but I am horrible at it. I need to get out there and take more pictures, especially pictures of the kids, and post them online.