Thursday, 15 March 2012

The Adventures of Geek Dad: Part Six

Good evening all,

A bit of a change to today's Geek Dad as I've had the day off from work as annual leave. As such rather than writing this on the train during my morning commute, instead it's from the comfort of my bath at 2100!

Anyway! This week has been pretty interesting. For starters earlier today I found out that Diablo 3 finally has a release date (15th May), I also discovered that Aliens: Colonial Marines is due out on 30th March (in the UK), and to top it off my wife bought us our tickets to Salute2012!

But perhaps more important than all of these, we think we have come to the bottom of our daughter's crotchety behaviour! That's right, it all came to a head on Saturday when my wife was having her bath and the Mini Moo refused to stop crying with me, we didn't know what to do, she had been fed, she had been changed, but she wouldn't stop crying.

It was then my wife found out about something interesting: it turned out that at this age the baby's development is focused around hand manipulation and the thought processes around this. As such they require more sleep than normal, but as an added irony, their brains are almost stopping them from sleeping.

So come Sunday, we went into town, picked up a baby monitor and started what we're calling "enforced nap time". So far it's working wonders, she's like a different baby, she still sleeps through the night, but she is so much more pleasant during the afternoons/evenings.

We've even found that if she goes down at 1930, she stays asleep until around 2300. This gives us most of our evening back to do almost whatever we fancy!

I have no idea how this is going to continue, it might carry on as beautiful family bliss, or it might go horribly wrong, but for now, I'm loving my geek time!

- Your friendly neighbourhood Doctor Loxley


  1. Sounds like progress.
    One thing I noticed, as a father of a 17 month old who wouldnt sleep for more than an hour or two at a time for his first 9 months, is that no routine lasted long. So keep on your toes.
    The good news is that it wont last forever. Since 9 months he sleeps from 8pm through till 8am or 9am (long may that continue).

  2. Gotta love the way the human body works. 'here's this thing you need sleep to develop, ps you can't sleep because of it!'

    What time of day is enforced nap time, or just whenever she gets angsty?

  3. Enforced nap time only really starts around 7pm, but it seems to work wonders currently.

    Were also putting her in her room no nap during the day, whereas before she was staying with us in the lounge