troubleshooting: not just for electronics anymore

In college, I took fun classes - classes like "Analog Circuit Design" and "Digital Logic". We spent hours in labs designing, testing, operating, and, more often than I care to admit, troubleshooting circuits made of resistors, capacitors, and small chips thrown together on breadboards. If I learned one thing about trouble shooting, it's to only change one thing at a time. If you go make changes willy-nilly and suddenly the circuit started to operate correctly, then you still didn't know what was wrong to begin with. Either that, or it would get worse, something in front of you would start to smoke, and you couldn't even tell your displeased professor why you just ruined some circuit components.

How does this relate to me and my life today? No, I don't spend time at a lab bench trying to decode the small colored rings and figure out if it a 5.2 or 520 ohm resistor. I do, however, have a baby, a baby who is malfunctioning.

She's woken up for four straight nights to eat*. Growth spurt? Maybe. Room temperature changes? Maybe. Whatever it is, those red flashing lights in the wee hours of the morning aren't what we like to see.

We've changed how we wrap her up. We've moved back her bedtime a little later. We've played with the evening nap a little. So far, no success. Tomorrow night, we go back to prunes even if the poop remains soft.

We'll get past it, one change at a time. Unlike an electronics lab, the waiting 24 hours between trials makes for slow solution finding. Well, that, and the fact that a baby isn't quite as straightforward as a countdown timer. It's like she has thoughts and feelings or something like that. And she didn't come with an owners manual. Even if she is defective, Rhiannon and I have decided to keep her.

We'll just charge her hourly for those midnight feeding sessions and take it out of her college fund.

*Brooklynn, if you are reading this, thank you for always eating efficiently and going back to sleep without much fuss. If you are going to wake up during the night, please continue this behavior. But please, don't feel that you would miss out on anything if you don't wake up. Your mother and I are not doing anything more exciting than sleeping. Honest.