Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Baby

Great news! I'm a father. My wife gave birth to our healthy baby boy yesterday.

























Since this is a tech blog, I thought I'd post about the script I wrote at 2:30 am.

My wife wanted me to time her contractions for her.  I started using my phone, but soon decided to write a quick program.  I wrote the following program in python to keep track of contractions:

https://github.com/hamiltop/Contraction-Timer

It's a command line utility that works as follows:

Melker:contraction_timer peter$ python timer.py

Welcome to Contraction Timer.
Any time a contraction either starts or stops, press any key to record it
Press any key to start timing first contraction

Timing Contraction

Contraction was 0 minutes and  31 seconds long

Waiting for new contraction to start

Time between contractions was 0 minutes and 20 seconds long

Timing Contraction

Contraction was 1 minutes and  4 seconds long

Waiting for new contraction to start

Time between contractions was 0 minutes and 5 seconds long

Timing Contraction

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We didn't get to use it for very long, because labor got really intense and we went into the hospital, but I found the fact I decided to write it while my wife was in labor was amusing.

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