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lunar eclipse

Saw the lunar eclipse last night. I was no more excited about it than any other eclipse, the fact that it happened during solstice reminds me of people who get excited about the most random of baseball statistics... "Kevin Albertson has stolen more bases than any left-handed batter under 5'9" since 1993!"

I know you're all wondering... if sf is so interested in space, why didn't she become an astronomer? Or better, astrophysicist? There are three answers to that question:

1) I am not a genius. Although I am pretty smart. So really, this first bullet is just here to pay tribute to astronomers... I of course believe I can do anything I set my mind to. I can sometimes even fake genius.

2) I really wanted a stable career with lots of employment opportunities. The career book at my high school library said there weren't many people employed as astronomers.

3) I had a high school teacher who I loved, and who was an astrophysicist. His glorious tales of working in middle-of-nowhere observatories at 3am worried me. The fact that it was 20° below petrified me. I really do not like the cold.

Anyway, Josie woke us up for the eclipse. I knew she would. Marc and I are so sleep deprived he said, "I am not setting an alarm for this thing." and I said of course that makes sense, but let's see what time it's supposed to happen just in case we happen to be awake. Since Josie came around, there are lots of times at night we happen to be awake.

Sure enough at 1:30 she started crying, I walked around to see if we could see the moon out some window but it was too high. I told Marc about it. He went outside to check it out. I tried to join him a few minutes later when she was not asleep enough... so yeah, I basically didn't see much of the eclipse. But I saw a few minutes, and given the fact that it was 2am in late December that was enough for me. Marc can be excited about things in a way that makes him not care too much about cold. I don't have so much talent there.

There was a beautiful red-brown shadow across the moon, uneven and darker on one side, the lighter near an edge until there was no shadow at all. There was a couple in the street across from us, hugging each other in the darkness and looking up. It was sort of cloudy, but you could see through the clouds at most points so the moon was still there.

I got Josie to sleep in our bed, then went and watched the moon with Marc. I came back upstairs and moved Josie into her crib, now that she'd had time to get into that deeper sleep. My cosleeping pendulum swung back this week... I'm against it again. Anyway Marc and I were awake for a while after that, and excited, and he wouldn't stay off twitter because the eclipse was all the talk. But after a while we settled down. At 6am when I woke up to get ready for work. The baby was sleeping and the moon was back.



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Dec. 22nd, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Baby woke me up, too, but it was too cloudy to see anything.

I go back and forth on co-sleeping, too. At this stage though, I'm mostly into it.
Dec. 23rd, 2010 09:00 am (UTC)
The fog from the fjord clouded everything ten minutes before the eclipse. -20C and humid aid wasn't very tempting anyway.

We night weaned Ada a few weeks ago now, it was surprisingly easy and she now sleeps all night and easily falls asleep if she happens to wake up at night.

The nursing at night wasn't a problem as such, but when she didn't fall asleep without being nursed to sleep and then carried very carefully back to the crib (normally repeat this), it wasn't fun anymore. Co-sleeping didn't work well for us - we never did it large-scale, but I used to put her in our bed when she woke up after nursing to sleep at night, since it was the only way of getting some sleep.
Dec. 23rd, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
One teeny tiny thing that helped us with the moving back to the crib was a nursing lovey. Asher's was a blanket with a lamb head aka blamie and Eli's was a taggie blanket. They would snuggle it while we nursed which entertained scratchy fingers and then it smelled like Mom and milk so it was good for snuggling to sleep.
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