My laptop broke a couple of weeks ago. Apparently, the model I have has a design defect in both of its memory slots so it was always destined to break at some point. Unfortunately, since the warranty has long expired and passed, there’s no freebees in trying to get it repaired. So in my haste, I bought a new one which should arrive in a few days. I say haste, because after I ordered my new laptop, I found an article on the web that showed how to do a home repair on a laptop with the particular problem that mine had. It basically involved disassembling the laptop and resoldering the memory slots. The disassembling part is easy especially with the IBM Thinkpads; it’s the soldering part that’s difficult. The points are very tiny so you basically have to have very surgical soldering skills (which I don’t) to get it right. However while having the laptop in pieces on the living room floor, I discovered an alternative solution which involves stuffing strips of thin cardboard in the memory bay to close the microscopic gap between the memory and mainboard connections. Although not the most elegant of solutions, it did revive my laptop. So when my new one arrives, I will just hand this one down to my wife. Its much faster and newer than the one she’s using now, so she’ll be pleased with the performace boost. By the way, the whole paragraph above was my excuse for not updating this blog in a while.
Haruka turned 6 months old yesterday! Although it was a somewhat uneventful semi-anniversery, Haru did get some presents. One was a new highchair. Now she can sit with us while we have dinner rather than watching us from the living room floor. The second present was a new cup. It’s one of those training cups with the little holes on the top. I tried giving Haru her first taste of diluted wheat tea yesterday, but the unfamilarity of the cup made her just chew on it, and eventually throw it across the living room. I’m sure that with a little practice, she’ll catch on.
I also ordered a little toy piano for her. She likes to bang on things with her hands so I figured she might enjoy something that makes noise. Some sites suggest giving babies pots and pans to bash together, but the idea alone gives me a headache.
Haru is also getting a lot better at crawling. She’s starting put her legs underneath her and rock on all fours now. I think its just a matter of figuring out how to coordinate her movements to move forward. She’s also figured out how to grab onto the table. I can tell that’s she’s trying to pull herself up into a standing position, but she still lacks the strength.
We’ve also been experimenting with not swaddling her when she sleeps. With hotter weather on the horizon, the swaddle blanket needs to be phased out otherwise it will be too hot for to sleep. So, while the weather is still mildly warm , we’ve bugun the phase out. We tried this before with no success. Most of the time she’d wind up getting entangled in the bars on her crib and waking herself up in the middle of the night. This time around, I’ve placed thick bed comforters over the bars to cusion her just in case she bumps into them. So far, it’s worked to varying degrees of success. Sometimes she’s sleep to as late as 7am, other times she’d wake up several times a night. But since she no longer needs a midnight feeding, after a few “ahhhs” and “ooohs” she’d usually just fall back to sleep on her own.
Finally, I need to retract my statement about Haru hating carrots. My wife’s mother suggested grinding and shredding the carrots into finer bits after boiling it to make it even pastier. She said that both carrots and cabbage are too fiberous for babies to swallow, so it really needs to be diiluted almost down to a juiced state. Unfortunately the solution worked like a charm. Haruka was able to eat her small cupful of carrots without grimacing or gagging. As a matter of fact she seemed to enjoy it, and so we will be stocking up on carrots.
And as usual, here are the pics from the weekend:
Enjoying a spoonful of pumpkin sauce.
Enjoying watching Baby Einstein on TV
Practicing her crawling
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