April 16th, 2006

Slowly recovering

The day after passover (Friday morning, specifically) I was sick sick sick. Some kind of GI bug, that hung about for about 24 hours, and then took another 24 hours to fully recover from. Just to give you a sense, the leftover chicken broth was my main stay for that time period; I was drinking it out of a coffee mug. Normally, ugh. But the way I was feeling, one of the few ways to get calories in me that felt stable.

R. was a trooper and I remain ever grateful that I have regular child care.

With all the leftovers from the Seder, and two days of me not eating, we at least didn't have to go grocery shopping, which is good, because it turns out everything seems very closed on Easter Sunday, a fact R. and I rediscover for the very first time every year. I do not know why it is so hard for me/us to remember this holiday, but it is.

I read a third book about early potty training, which was a disappointment. Oh well. R. and I have decided that since a.m. is working really well, we're going to leave the kid out of the diaper post-pee-in-potty, and risk a few accidents with the goal of getting him into at least pullups by our June trip back east. Failing that, hopefully things will work out by our move. He's no longer having accidents attributable to crawling/pulling up to standing. He can now take three unassisted steps in a row and he's done it bare-bottomed so we don't think that's causing him to have to pee, so it seems worth a solid effort again. No point while he was still figuring out all those muscles and being surprised himself. And he really hates the diaper, and prefers being nekkid (who wouldn't?).

stupid human tricks

I have a couple of tunes that (AFAIK) I made up, and which I sing to Teddy when he seems to need to be sung to. There's one I sing to Teddy and one I sing to Theodore, and both are the seeds for free form improvisation after the first several rounds of the tune. Tonight, that freeform improv settled into a well formed tune and I came up with a couple of verses quite quickly to go with it, so I started singing those, added another three, and when Teddy eventually dropped off, I popped up and went looking for a way to record this before it fell out of my head. R. got out the video camera and we got it a couple of verses onto it, but after the middle of the third verse, I'd forgotten the rest. Fortunately, I'd already written the lyrics down, so I had managed to save the music and the words. R. says it is a good folk song, and not obviously recognizable as something else (so if I plagiarized it, the source is obscure, and therefore does not count).

I dug up a voice note recorder (shareware) that seems to work decently with the built in microphone. This let me re-record the lullaby, and the Teddy song, the Theodore song, the ..loves Teddy song (that is a tune I did rip off), and my version of Old MacDonald (which involves no animals, only fruits, veg, and so forth, and Old MacDonald is either a named person, or Old MacDonald and She, and has a spoken bridge between verses).

Having done this rather impulsively, I realized this was in the back of my head as something I should do and do soon for quite a while. I'm quite pleased it happened. Better still, because the world is almost a reasonable place, the voice notes can be exported to any location on the hard drive, quick time can import them and _so can iTunes_. So I can use this puppy to develop a playlist of my own lullabies. Heh. R. is convinced that Teddy will not go for this, but will at least require me to sing along. We'll see. I'm betting Teddy will at least find it really freaking weird to hear my voice coming out of the speakers. Should be fun.