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Sofia has taken to making up “scripts” to be acted out in the tub at bathtime. Tonight’s was her version of the sinking of the Titanic, which, although she’s never seen the movie, makes for an interesting screenplay:

“Ok, I’m going to be in my boat. And I say, ‘What a beautiful boat.’ And then the boat is the Titanic, and it sinks. And I yell, ‘Help! Help!’ And then you come and rescue me. Then I say, ‘Oh, you’re lovely. Would you like to have a sleepover with me?'”


This morning on the way to school, Sofia was using the iPad in the back seat. Her current favorite thing is to watch the videos on, but since they’re restricted to viewers within the US, we use a VPN service called Tunnelbear to access them from Spain.

The older iPad model we have is wifi-only, so in order to connect to the net, I turned on the mobile wifi point on my phone, and connected the iPad through my phone’s data connection.

In other words, she was sitting in the back seat of a moving car, using a magic glowing screen, connected to the global internet wirelessly through a smaller glowing screen, watching her choice of videos on-demand streaming from halfway across the globe. Her response?

“Daddy, it’s too slow.”

And that is the story of how I used the phrase “when I was your age” for the first time.

No, I’m not referring to the blog itself, although given my sporadic updates, I can see how you might come to that conclusion. In this case, I mean the whole process of remembering how to change diapers, burp after feedings, etc. after 4.5 years of gradually falling out of practice.

The reason behind all of this is the arrival of little Evelyn Rose Gladman Artal, born on November 5th, 2012 at 12:30pm. She weighed 3.65 kg (a hair over 8 lbs.), measured 48 cm, and so far seems to be a very relaxed but resilient baby. At the risk of jinxing it, during her first three weeks of life she’s rarely cried, has eaten and slept well, and puts up with the usual indignities of being a baby with surprising ease. Big sister Sofia now seems practically enormous next to her, and so far seems to be happy with her new role in the family. Mommy and Daddy are still moderately-sleep deprived, and Amy is still recovering from the cesarean, but we’re still very happy that Evelyn is finally here.