The Caffeinated Penguin

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Babies’ first Christmas

| December 30, 2013

First Christmas Ornaments

First Christmas Ornaments

Grandma and Miles

Grandma and Miles

Grandpa and Max

Grandpa and Max

Diesel, looking regal

Diesel, looking regal

Out of the woods

| December 23, 2013

The aggressive feeding schedule worked. Max is now above the weight he was when we were discharged. Miles is above his birth weight. We can now step it back, let everyone get some sleep, and let them cry when they want to be fed.

Miles seems to understand the paradigm – perhaps too well. I had to snatch him out of the bassinet after about an hour so Lizzy and Max could get some sleep. He’s laying across my lap, totally zonked out right now. He needed a fresh diaper and a few sucks on the bottle.

Babies update

| December 22, 2013

The boys had their first pediatrician’s appointment Friday morning. As a general case, they’re fine, but one of the issues with them being a month early is that they don’t have a lot of fat stored up. This presents a problem because it sometimes takes awhile for babies to get used to waking up because they’re hungry (it’s a new experience for them). Consequently, newborns lose weight for a bit when first born, which is okay because they have the aforementioned fat – unless they don’t.

The way to arrest the weight loss is a very aggressive feeding schedule. So, Liz and I are now working in shifts (3 hours on, 3 hours off), where you basically wake the babies up, feed them, put them back down, and wake them up again on the hour (regardless of how long the feeding took). So, this means that you spend about half an hour feeding babies, then another half hour doing whatever (for example, typing up blog posts), then spend another half hour feeding babies.

The hope is that, come Monday, their weight will have turned around and they’ll start gaining.

Anyway, that also gives me plenty of time to hold the boys and take pictures, which folks likely would like to see.

Max (in yellow) and Miles (in brown)

Max (in yellow) and Miles (in brown)

Max. He tends to keep his eyes shut more than Miles - this is one of the few where I have him looking around.

Max. He tends to keep his eyes shut more than Miles – this is one of the few where I have him looking around.

Ladybug sleep sack. My mom made these super cute knitted sleep sacks for the boys, and I had few minutes to put Miles in this one and take a picture.

Ladybug sleep sack. My mom made these super cute knitted sleep sacks for the boys, and I had few minutes to put Miles in this one and take a picture.

Miles (in blue) and Max (in yellow)

Miles (in blue) and Max (in yellow)

Spell check

| December 21, 2013

I should also note that Liz fixed the spelling on the poem on the nursery wall a couple of weeks ago.

Nursery original

Nursery original

Nursery revised

Nursery revised

See, Dall’s sheep is named after a naturalist and hence, is a proper name.

So, yeah, it was cold

| December 21, 2013

This past weekend, specifically, 14 Dec, it was really cold. This photo was taken at noon, and so was pretty close to the high for the day at our house. I took this after I finished my morning errands and got home before the snow started.

Car thermometer

Car thermometer

7oF is -13.8o to the rest of the world.

It should also be noted that the boys were born on am (apparently) record-setting cold night. At 3AM, another nursery nurse was called in because there were now going to be too many babies for a single nurse to handle. Anyway, she said that her car was saying that it was -2oF (-18o).

Then, between Saturday and Sunday, we got somewhere in the ballpark of 8 inches of snow.

Snow (panoramic, click for fullsize)

Snow (panoramic, click for fullsize)

Diesel was quite happy to play in the snow

Diesel was quite happy to play in the snow

Shiny

| December 20, 2013

Young children shouldn’t watch TV… but I don’t see any reason why they can’t listen to it.

So, Firefly.

Boys first Firefly

Boys first Firefly

We’re home

| December 20, 2013

We were all discharged from the hospital yesterday – I just haven’t had time to post.

Boys dressed to go

Boys dressed to go

Boys ready to go

Boys ready to go

Liz couldn't be happier

Liz couldn’t be happier

Boys at home

Boys at home

Diesel Approves

Diesel Approves

More pics

| December 18, 2013

More pics!

Max

Max

Miles

Miles

Miles

Miles

Max

Max

Babies

| December 17, 2013

Max and Miles bid hello to the world at 4am, 17 Dec 2013. Everyone is doing well.

Updated my car maintenance kit

| December 7, 2013

Some years ago, I bought a USB OBD-II adapter, set up an old laptop with XP and some software, and used it to figure out what was wrong with cars.

Well, that setup doesn’t work on the Tiguan (works for the Jetta, but not Tiggy), so I bought a newer OBD-II reader. This one is Bluetooth and seems to work well (it can talk to all three cars, at least):

The bluetooth setup works with Android devices (iDevices require rooting, apparently, so you need to get the WiFi version or something.. I don’t know, I decided to not care and got the Bluetooth one).

So, you take that, and your tablet, and then install an app that talks to it (there are a pile, I found these which seem to work well:

Carista just sets and clears codes. Torque does that and shows vehicle information (throttle position, RPMs, speed, etc. – pretty much whatever it can get from the ECU).

I ended up buying Torque Pro which adds a pile of nifty features. Most useful for me are:

  • Profiles for different cars
  • Support for diesel engines
  • Support for turbocharged engines