A selection of things I have done as a new parent thus far

  • Recorded the sound of myself shushing my kid, then played it back to her in an infinite loop (God bless the iPhone—and the sound really works to calm her)
  • Watched Alien, Aliens, and sort of at random, two other highlights from the James Cameron oeuvre (Titanic, The Terminator)—there’s a lot of downtime while breastfeeding/rocking your kid to sleep
  • Read so many long form articles it’s silly—again, there’s lots of downtime. My favourite links to read while killing time: Longreads, Give Me Something To Read, Longform, and Ask Metafilter; also, Instapaper is indispensable for making everything nice and readable on the iPhone.
  • Slept for a luxurious five hours straight.
  • Gone to see Super 8 at Movies For Mommies at the Rio. It was a real relief to know you can still see movies as a new parent—there’s change tables, stroller parking, and they turn down the volume on the noisy bits!
  • Taken the baby quite successfully on buses, the Canada Line, and a ferry. Fodder for expansion in a future post!
  • Discovered that the hair dryer is one of the most powerful tools in a parent’s arsenal of baby soothing tools.
  • Taken approximately 8 billion photos and videos of one tiny human being.

And much more, of course, but this is a start :) Who knew so much media consumption was involved in raising a newborn?

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Yay for Linna!

Terminator 2 should be your next movie choice.  The extended special edition certainly adds to the theatrical release.

Ethan’s first bus ride six years ago (!) was on 2101 as I drove her on her maiden revenue service voyage.

said Derek Cheung on 1 Jul 2011 at 7:33pm

Oh, Derek, I have long ago seen the extended special edition of T2 :) It was one of my favourite movies when I was a kid!

And lucky Ethan, getting to go on a inaugural bus ride!

said Jhenifer on 14 Jul 2011 at 10:19pm

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