Monthly Archives: April 2013

Nursery Complete!

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, it’s been pretty busy the last couple of days as we are in the busiest part of the schedule preparing for the arrival of our baby. After getting the furniture (crib, dresser, rocker) in there, we had to sort out the decor and decide where to put everything. We also needed to figure out what to wash and put into the dresser. My wife wanted to be prepared and also packed her hospital bag, the baby’s hospital bag, and even my overnight bag…

New additions into the nursery are:

  • Sock Monkey
  • Sleep Sheep
  • Fisher Price Discover ‘N Grow Twinkling Lights Projection Mobile
  • Framed Four Seasons Cross Stitched Pictures
  • Alphabet Poster
  • Storage Boxes
  • Changing Pad
  • Shelves
  • Air Purifier
  • Carpet
  • Framed Baby Shower Cards
  • Mushroom Lamp
  • Baby’s First Years Picture Frame
  • Lots of Diapers

And here’s a look into our nursery at night:

It was an awesome fun experience trying to make sure everything was leveled and in line.
Now, all we have to do in terms of the nursery is to wait…

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Tech of the Week: How Big is the Baby?

The Tech Of the Week Scale

The Tech Of the Week Scale

With the previous posts about Vegetable of the Week, I have been thinking about this for a while now. The vegetables are cute and all, but I think that the gadget geeks should start their own list or something, but with technology! The length comparison might be difficult, but we can definitely do it by weight.

Using the numbers on both baby sites with some interpolation and approximation, here’s the list that I came up with:

Your Baby’s Weight by Tech
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  4. Surface-Mount Resistor – embryo
  5. CMOS Password Jumper – 0.13in
  6. Case Screw – 0.25in
  7. Logitech Anywhere MX Receiver – 0.51in
  8. microSD Card – 0.63in/0.04oz
  9. Watch Battery – 0.9in/0.07oz
  10. SD Card – 1.2in/0.14oz
  11. Fitbit One – 1.6in/0.25oz
  12. AAA Eneloop Ni-MH Battery – 2.1in/0.49oz
  13. Intel Core i7-3770K CPU – 2.9in/0.81oz
  14. Raspberry Pi Model B – 3.4in/1.5oz
  15. Crucial m4 256GB SSD – 4.0in/2.5oz
  16. iPhone 5 – 4.6in/3.5oz
  17. Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX – 5.1in/5.9oz
  18. Nokia Lumia 920 – 5.6in/6.7oz
  19. Kindle 3 – 6.0in/8.5oz
  20. 85W MagSafe Power Adapter – 6.5in/10.6oz
  21. Apple Wireless Keyboard – 10.5in/12.7oz
  22. BlackBerry PlayBook – 10.9in/0.9lbs
  23. PlayStation 2 – 11.4in/1.1lbs
  24. Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 3TB 3.5″ Hard Drive – 11.9in/1.3lbs
  25. iPad 4th Generation + LTE – 13.5in/1.5lbs
  26. Nikon D600 Body – 14.0in/1.6lbs
  27. Microsoft Surface Pro – 14.5in/1.9lbs
  28. 11″ Macbook Air – 14.9in/2.2lbs
  29. Samsung Chromebook (ARM) – 15.2in/2.5lbs
  30. Late 2012 Mac Mini Server – 15.7in/2.9lbs
  31. GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 670 Video Card – 16.1in/3.3lbs
  32. 13″ Macbook Pro with Retina Display – 16.7in/3.7lbs
  33. Dell Latitude E6320 – 17.2in/4.2lbs
  34. 15″ Macbook Pro with Retina Display – 17.9in/4.7lbs
  35. 15.5″ Sony VAIO T Series Ultrabook – 18.2in/5.2lbs
  36. Thinkpad T520 – 18.6in/5.8lbs
  37. Dell Latitude E6530 – 19.1in/6.2lbs
  38. Dell UltraSharp U2312HM 23″ Monitor – 19.6in/6.9lbs
  39. Philips 4000 Series 22″ LED HDTV – 19.9in/7.2lbs
  40. Epson PowerLite 1925W LCD Projector – 20.5in/7.5lbs

So this week, Week 35, the baby can be described as a Honeydew Melon, a Coconut, or an Ultrabook. :-)

Stay tuned, I plan to be posting about this every week.
Comparisons between lists after the jump!

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Maternity Photo Shoot

The photos from the maternity shoot last month are available now! Trayc did a great job and we really liked them. I posted teaser a while back with one of my behind the scenes. It was a blast photographing the behind the scenes and seeing how it links up with the final result. Anyways, here are some of the pictures:

Thanks again Trayc, we are looking forward to working with you again for the newborn shoot in a few months!

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Diaper Run Zero

Sale!

Sale!

Just completed Diaper Run Zero! It’s not DR1 because the baby is still loading, but stuff is on sale now! – @wiredfatherhood

Over the weekend, we went to our local drug store chain looking for our usual stuff, and we came upon a deal. We saw that the Huggies Pure & Natural Diapers were on sale. To my earlier post about how it is a good idea to pre-buy baby gear, we decided to action on it and stock up.

My wife has been looking at this brand and type for a while now. All of the reviews online seem to be good. I don’t know about the details, but with disposable diapers, I know that there are generally two brands to look at. When I was young, my parents had tried Pampers but had mixed results. I have asked my friends and all of them buy Huggies for their kids. Comments about Huggies in general ranged from, “it can hold more poop” to “it keeps everything dryer”. Also, another interesting tidbit of information that I got about diapers was that, the weights recommendations are useless. The minute it starts pooping, you need to go up a size. I am glad that it’s the case, because we bought less newborn sized diapers than size 1s.

So with the diapers at 37.5% off we were fairly happy with our purchase. What surprised us was that they were also giving out a pair of movie tickets if you are spending over $75. With the movie tickets, it made this a spectacular deal. We go to the movies enough to make use of this, especially since we have some movies that we are very keen on watching. Each ticket here is ~$13 dollars plus tax, we can assume that’s like $30 dollars worth of tickets. With all of these factored into the per bag cost, we are looking at about ~$6 dollars for a bag.

We thought that it was such a good deal that we drove to another one on the way home and picked up another set of diapers and tickets. So with our purchases, I think we are good for two months worth of diapers at the beginning and also two date night movies post-baby.

Not bad for an impromptu Diaper Run! Now we need to figure where to store this stuff…
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The Nursery – Part 3 – Unboxing and Assembly

This is a continuation of Part 1 and Part 2 of the Nursery Series.

Once the furniture boxes was inside of the apartment, it was time to move all of the desks out of the office and into our new office. One of the desks is relatively easy to move. It can be taken apart and it’s pretty light. The other one is definitely trickier. It’s heavy and was pulled out of shape in the last move. It had caught on the carpet last time and I pulled it a bit harder than I should have, so the rectangular desk shifted a little into a rhombus… This time, we had to be super careful while moving the desk out of the room. It was a tight fit through the doors and eventually into the new office.

With the old office cleared out, it was wonderful. I brought back memories of first moving in, with all the open space and sunlight coming into the room. Here is what the room looked like:

The New Space for the Nursery

The New Space for the Nursery

The Crib
The first thing to set up is the Crib. As I mentioned before, we had purchased this crib a while back when it was on sale. It’s the Baby Cache Heritage Cherry Lifetime Crib. We wanted something classic that would match the rest of our furniture. We also wanted something that could grow with our baby and be able to be used even after it gets older. This crib can be transformed into a double bed with a conversion kit. When we opened the box, we were very surprised to see how well it was packaged. The instructions were easy and everything felt sturdy once it was put together. See below for some pictures of the crib unboxing.

Tightly Packed Crib - Some Assembly Required

Tightly Packed Crib – Some Assembly Required

Assembled Crib

Assembled Crib

The Dresser
The next thing to set up was the dresser, Baby Cache Heritage Cherry Double Dresser. We were deciding between this double dresser or the combo dresser, but we decided on this one because it was bigger and it would allow us to use this as a changing table as well. It was a beast to move this item around, but it was for good reason. The whole thing was preassembled and packed really really well. We just had to cut away the box, and move the dresser into the nursery. See below for some pictures of the dresser unboxing.

Very Well Packed Dresser

Very Well Packed Dresser

Unboxed Dresser

Unboxed Dresser

The Nursery
With the main items in the nursery, we needed to move the other items in. The first thing in the room was the rocking chair, which now looks out on the lake. It will serve nicely as bonding space and a place to rock both us and the baby to sleep. All that is left is to decorate and load it up with the baby supplies that we have been keeping in the cache. Here’s a picture of the semi finished nursery room:

Semi Finished Nursery

Semi Finished Nursery

Time to stock up!
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