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Half A Year Old

My niece/nephew* has just turned six months old. Incredible how fast time goes by.

My sister was very clear what she was willing to let me share and what not. And this is one reason why I haven't posted any photos etc.. Even babies gender was taboo and I am respecting those wishes.

Six months old

When we were growing up personal boundaries were critical to our harmonious co-habitation of our household. Now that we have some space things are a lot more relaxed and I would go as far as saying they have become completely harmonious, something that our parents were never able to create.

As we were growing up it seemed like I was required to get on her nerves and I did do things to provoke a response from her. Now that isn't the case which is why I am more than happy to comply with her request here.

To say that half a year has gone by seems sort of trivial, but it really isn't. A lot happens in those first few months. A lot of development, though small, can be seen. From the initial weeks where I think my sister physically aged years to a steadily improving sleeping and eating rhythm to a bright inquisitive.

What has this really taught me?

Take things day by day.

Has my sister messed up sure. Anyone can and will mess up. It is simple to do but you can also learn from it. And most importantly, if you can't figure it out there are plenty of people you can ask for help/advice.

Look at it a a growing process, not just for the baby but for you as a parent as well.

Open Letter To Family

See the Forest through the trees

I am writing this because my sister won't.

Some of you have been getting vocal about what you believe to be "good parenting" in what you perceive as bad parenting on my sister's part. To be fair to her and her husband you would have to acknowledge that they live very far away from most of you.

So some of the things that I need to get off my chest and place out there in the open for everyone to get an idea of what my sis and SO are going through with new baby, and the trial of first time parents are:

  • When you come to visit:
    • You absolutely have to:
      • Changing baby. Sure it is cute, and a "once" in a lifetime chance for you. But baby isn't a doll. Besides that, will you want to change him when he is a toddler? My guess is no. So accept a no when my sister or her SO tells you politely no.
      • Feed baby. Ditto to the last point. It might be cute but baby has needs that somebody who hasn't done it before can't fulfill. They are not acting out of spite like some of you have tossed about.
      • They work full time, and yet they will make an effort to let you see baby. They just won't cook for you or go out to eat. If that works then you are welcome to visit. And if it is past eight in the evening forget it. That is bedtime for the whole family.

I know that you thought that the list would be harsh, and for some of you it might be, but these are reasonable expectations for you to respect. When you can't do that it isn't their problem.

Raising a baby is hard work, it is rewarding, and the more they get the hang of it I am sure parenting will get easier but right now they have their hands full and they would appreciate your understanding.

Animated Movie Marathon

Getting in shape for the marathon

I recently went on a big Disney nostalgia kick mostly because of the remake of Aladdin and just started watching the animated features in no specific order though I though about going through them in production order.

Wish me luck!

Happy 2019

Happy 2019

Happy New Year whoever you are random Internet stranger! Wherever you are may the year ahead be happy, healthy and prosperous! And in the event that you don't stop by next year I wish you all the best for all of your years to come!

Babies First Christmas

As you might be aware of - because I have written about it recently ;) - my sister and BiL have just had their first child. We - my parent and I - just got back from visiting them and it was for lack of a better word great! It was so much fun visiting and seeing our family grow. And grow together since part of his family also came to visit.

His sister, who is a couple of years older than I am and just finished college was there. And really we get along better than I do with my bio-sister - it's strange.

But I guess that is how it is when you have siblings. Sometimes that distance is more comfortable somehow.

If you have siblings you will know what I mean. At least if you are old enough to live apart that is, and taking life as an adult in comparison to homelife as a kid you actually do a lot less living together than you do apart. Thankfully.

My sister was good as siblings went, but there was still, and you know I wouldn't call it rivalry, more tension. We got on one another's nerves a lot. And it caused some stressful situations. As much for us as for our parents I am sure.

Especially during the holiday seasons when you have time off of school and it is generally too cold to go out and do things and you just get a sort of cabin fever. And I think another factor that comes into play when you grow up would have to be patiences. Children will get agitated really easily and when you have an annoying little sister (that would be me) you can only take so much until you throw her out of your room.

Now I look forward to the holidays and the time I have with her and her growing family. I can even hold myself back and wait until morning to open gifts. It is incredible what time will do for you.

Of Stranger Things To Come

I have a strong suspicion that Duffers are secretly aware of how many seasons there are left. And it does not mean that they necesserly know how much thay want to write, but how much they have to because of Netflix executives.

I got my seat

I recently was reading a David Harbour interview that was between Season 1 and 2 and in one of the responses he told that there was no news about season 2. Later he responded to a question on what would he like Hopper to become in season 2, he said that he would like to see him as a surrogate father for Eleven.

Spoilers.

Plus, in one of the interviews Duffers mentioned that they were green lit for season 2, almost right after the premier of Season 1. Moreover, Millie also accidentally revealed on one of the ComiCon panels with Harbour that she had difficulty remembering the lines, since they jumped on season 2 filming, right after the Season 1. I believe it was from the same person who had previously spoken about the Duffers and NetFlix having different ideas for how long many seasons should go. Obviously we can't take that as anything official yet, but the rumor is out there.

From this I think that you can deduce that Duffers knows how many seasons left. While viewers are left in a state of limbo, all for the sake of marketing and hype. I think Netflix ia going to push and prevail and we are going to have Season 5. Moreover, I dont see how Duffers can continue writing if they don't know the overarching story and it's finally.

Recently David Harbour said that he and Duffers were discussing overall storyline, even back at season 1, and he suspects that he knows how it ends. So overall, it is pretty clear that the show will soon be over.

The writers probably have a rough outline of where they want the series to go up until the end.

Most shows do.

However that doesn't mean they know exactly what's going to happen in-between then. They've got to fill in the gaps and they might not know exactly how many episodes they need right away. There's no way to know unless they formally announce it.

And things may not be set in stone, especially considering they still write scripts for the back half of the season while filming. Plans change and they might realize they have less or more story than they anticipated.

So it only makes sense to go for as long as you can produce quality (Or money).