Dave Duncan

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The Secrets of Colic

Before becoming a parent, I’d often wondered what exactly “colic” was, and why it made babies scream so much.  Now that I’ve earned my membership in the fatherhood club, I feel like I can share the secret of colic with all of you.

Nobody knows what it is or what causes it.  More importantly, there is no known way to get rid of it.  “Colic” is just a catch-all term for mysterious belly pain that causes a baby to wail like an air horn, usually just as you’re falling into a deep sleep.

There are ‘remedies’ that you can try at your own risk (Gripe Water, lotions, potions and other mixtures), but so far, the best solution I’ve found is bouncing the little guy lightly while singing softly until he calms down.  It’s tiring, but it works.

So hopefully you can read between the lines in this post and will forgive me for not posting in the last month, but newborns are hard work.  When he’s not crying, he’s either sleeping (when we get chores done) or he’s awake and so cute that I don’t want to be away from him, so my online life will probably continue to suffer in the short term.

That being said, I still hope to post some photos of Sebby soon, and the wait will be worthwhile.

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He Arrived on Sat. July 16 at 8:23am

Sorry for the lack of posting, but a funny thing happened last weekend that’s been taking up a lot of my time.   The big lump in my wife’s belly decided to show up five days early, so our little family has been bigger by one for just over a week.

I’ll be writing a post shortly that tells the whole story of his birth (and the crazy few days that followed, including an eventful trip to an emergency vet clinic), but in the meantime, you should know that mom, dad, Mojo and (most importantly) little Sebastian Brant Duncan are all doing just fine.

I promise to have a few photos to share as well.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need a nap.

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No Baby, but Good News for TTC Bus Riders

As will be the standard beginning to my blog posts for the next little bit…

As of 9am this morning, Danielle
has not yet gone into labour

Our baby’s official due date is in 6 days, and I’ve already won a case of beer (danke, Mike!) and the little guy can hold out past 9:37pm on Sunday, I’ll collect a crisp $5 bill from Jay.  At this rate, I’m starting to hope this baby never comes out.  I’m cleaning up!  (Sorry, Danielle)

Speaking of other things that rarely come early and tend to come late, I’ve been testing out the new GPS bus-predictor for the TTC called Next Bus (it’s still in Beta), and so far I’m amazed at the accuracy.

To get into work in the morning, two different bus routes roll past the same corner in opposite directions, one to Main Station and the other to Coxwell.  While the bus to Main Station takes me to a stop further down the subway line, the route is shorter and the subway is less packed when I get on.  Strangely, my total commute time is exactly the same, so it really doesn’t matter which bus I take.

By the time I get to the intersection, I need to know which corner to stand on because there is nothing more annoying than watching your bus arrive, load up and leave from across a VERY busy street.  With Next Bus, I can check in on my iPhone on my walk to the stop and for the last week, every bus has shown up spot on time.

That being said, they are still wildly off the actual TTC schedule, but they always have been.  Kudos to the TTC for making this available to the public, and here’s hoping they create an app very, very soon.

Note : When you select your route, you can create a bookmarkable link that works great, both on a computer or a mobile device.

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Yet Another Update…

As will become the routine, here’s the official baby situation update:

As of 10am this morning, Danielle
has not yet gone into labour

His “official” due date is still exactly one week today, but we’re both getting a little impatient and restless about his arrival.  While I would like a few more days to get settled into my new job before I take a bit of time off to support Danielle, change diapers and spend time with the new fella, we’re as ready as we’re going to be, so we just want to get into parent mode.

In the meantime, we’re enjoying the summer weather in the great outdoors and getting as much rest as we can.

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