New in Telemetry!

Trixie Telemetry now offers full access to the complete Sleep Log. If you would like to see more than just the last day of her sleep patterns, click on “Full log” in the Telemetry section and select a time span to view.

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14 Responses to New in Telemetry!

  1. Mary Johnson says:

    I just discovered the Trixie update last week and have read a lot of it. I am a mother of three daughters and raised the first one as a single mom. I don’t want to offend you in any way, but it seems to me that you are often over-thinking this process. It’s as if you are trying to quantify the intangible, mysterious evolution that is child-rearing. Your daughter isn’t just a “human child” requiring “energy intake, waste removal and unit recharging.” My youngest daughter is a little over three-months-old, and like Trixie, she wakes up in the night, needs to eat, and has explosive diapers. But to me these elements of child-rearing are inconsequential in comparison to the overwhelming, glorious, and sometimes terrifying love that takes over every time you look at your child. It is the greatest cost that we pay – to love them this much, to not care at all about the sleepless nights and the shirts soaked with milk and spit-up. Perhaps if you didn’t approach it so clinically you wouldn’t focus so much on the little inconveniences that every parent has been dealing with for the past 100,000 years or so. You have an interesting BLOG, but yet the real experience of raising children is still somehow missing.

  2. alyssa says:

    i’m really enjoying the picture of the day thing and the surveys. those are items that don’t really provide much of a challenge for me and they fit within my attention span. the charts and logs are way too complicated for me. i really only dug in with the shower log and the rest have past me by. but, the colors look pretty and i’m sure your other friends aren’t as lazy-brained. i do pretty well with those pie charts if you could throw one of those in occasionally.

    you’ve gotten some interesting comments. clearly,i think it’s time for you to come clean ben… you know, about you being 80% robotic and 20% ironic.

    trixie is cute as a button.

  3. schaff says:

    Open letter to Mary Johnson:

    Those who work for the Hallmark Company are required to always wear their heart on their sleeve, but I think what Mr. MacNeill is trying to do here is much more interesting than telling us he loves his baby.

    Of course he loves his baby. Everyone loves their own baby. But he’s writing for us, busy Americans who probably don’t even know his baby. We already know that love exists between a parent and a child, but do we know enough about the mysterious, miraculous process of human development? If you don’t think human development is amazing and beautiful, and just like babies because you can buy them cute jumpers, I guess that’s your right. But I, for one, read the Trixie Update for the love it expresses through its quest for understanding.

  4. hannah says:

    Dear Mary,
    I don’t want to offend you either, but I have to tell you that you are over-thinking this blog. Or perhaps under-thinking it. I too am a mom, so can claim insider status and speak to the issues. Ben’s attempts to “quantify the intangible, mysterious evolution that is child-rearing” are witty and ingenious and resonate with me as a parent. The irreverence about the parenting experience is what makes this so funny and unique – without it, this blog would be just another cliche dote-fest. The “real” experience of raising children that you speak of, the Hallmark/Kodak moments, are not the only part of parenting and are boring for other people to hear about. If you can’t feel the love here, you are not looking closely enough.

  5. hannah says:

    p.s. Ben, are you writing under the pseudonym of Mary Johnson? It just occurred to me that maybe you’re trying to create some action on TTU by stirring up controversy. Very sneaky – like Trixie.

  6. Mary Johnson says:

    I’m sorry to have solicited so much reaction. I appreciate this site for all that it is doing and do enjoy reading it. Of course your love for your daughter is immense. And the photos do a great job of capturing that. Sorry again.

  7. benmac says:

    Yikes! The comments board has been busy while we were out. I got to read Mary’s comment earlier, and sent the following letter to her email address (but it got kicked back) and then didn’t get a chance to post it to the site.

    So, I wanted to go ahead and post it even though it looks like most points have already been made. Thanks to all the TTU defenders, and to new visitors asking us to examine the goals of this project. Mostly, thanks to everyone for the drama!

    Hi Mary,

    First, I would like to say thank you for visiting the site. We love having visitors, and I appreciate you taking the time to write a comment.

    Rest assured that we are not offended by your take on child-rearing. I embrace the idea that one does whatever is necessary to take care of one’s children and that the pay-off is immeasurable when it compared to the work that goes into the job. It’s also true that children are mainly about love, but that’s not an interesting perspective in our opinion because everyone already knows that. Our goal is to try to quantity the experience in a humorous and quasi-scientific format that simultaneously provides a window to Trixie for all our family and friends and a creative outlet for a graphic designer turned stay-at-home dad.

    I hope you’ll come back to visit and maybe even spread the word to your friends and family about the site.

    All the best,
    Ben MacNeill

    The Trixie Update

  8. benmac says:


    If you don’t mind, I did have one question: How did you come across the site?

  9. Tommy MacNeill says:

    As Trixie’s paternal grandfather I can honestly say that the manner in which he displays his love and devotion for her and the way in which he documents it truly exemplifies the uniqueness that Ben has demonstrated his entire life. It is probably a good thing that we did not have computers, digital cameras and websites when Ben was growing up, because I am not sure I would have been able to develop anything that could have compared to The Trixie Update.
    Keep up the good work. Checking on TTU has become a daily highlight.

  10. Carol & Marvin says:

    “Stay as sweet as you are, don’t let a thing ever change you” or your site. We love the way you present us with an opportunity to “watch” Trixie grow; we appreciate the time, effort, and thought you give to this site. We’re proud great-grandparents of Trixie and proud grandparents of Jennifer & Ben! Give that sweet little bundle a hug from us.

  11. Carol & Marvin says:

    “Stay as sweet as you are, don’t let a thing ever change you” or your site. We love the way you present us with an opportunity to “watch” Trixie grow; we appreciate the time, effort, and thought you give to this site. We’re proud great-grandparents of Trixie and proud grandparents of Jennifer & Ben! Give that sweet little bundle a hug from us.

  12. Amy says:

    I’ve just come across your site and I have to admit I have just spent 1 hour and 45 minutes of valuable nap time reading old entries and viewing all the photos of Trixie. (My 9 month older daughter Lydia is asleep now.) She is beautiful, your photography is wonderful and I am captivated by your site! I must say I am particularly blown away by how similar Lydia and Trixie look, so I feel I can project ahead and see Lydia as she will be next year at this time!

  13. Kim says:


    I love your website. My employers probably don’t as I have spent the last few days (ever since Parents magazine listed you in their publication) not doing work, but rather updating myself on the lives of you and Jenn and Trixie.

    I think the website is fantastic and such a great tribute to such a gorgeous little girl.

    I do have one question for you, though, about the diaper log… You’ve obviously changed many a diaper and, since you are keeping track of the exact numbers of diapers, I was wondering if you used cloth based on the sheer volume of waste that 3,398 disposables would create. I have been considering cloth and your diaper log is certainly swaying me in that direction!


  14. benmac says:

    Amy: Sorry to take up so much nap time. I know how valuable it is 🙂 But I’m glad you like the site. thanks-

    Kim: We actually use disposables. There’s certainly a lot of debate concerning this topic but I don’t get into it here. There was some related discussion back when we approached the 2000 diaper mark. I don’t know if it would help your decision or not, but there’s this story (and comments) in particular and a lot more in the Diaper Archives. Thanks for visiting-