Day 3 of project home alone, aka maternity leave. This self portrait is how I am now spending a lot of my time….with Jasper strapped to my chest. Life at home revolves around Jasper’s eating and times that he is content being strapped to me and I can move around freely. I am really looking forward to him getting just a little more neck control and then I can take him for a run. He already holds his head up on his own and if he’s on my chest he already makes crawling motions, but he’s not consistent enough for me to run with him. It will make things much easier on me and I won’t have to plan runs around Mike as much.
Well, for only the third time in my 15 years here it is snowing. It is very pretty out, and it sure beats cold rain, but it means Jasper won’t be going out today since it is so cold. I did get out and did my 6 miles in it this morning….it was NOT fun, and it meant coming home wet and cold, and then waiting a couple hours before the Little Owl was chilled out enough for me to get in the shower, but I guess these are the new choices I will have to make: Nice long shower, or go for my run. He is currently asleep on my chest in the Ergo carrier, so I am able to do stuff around the house. I’ve never done so much house work as I do since I’ve been home all the time.
I am currently starring at Jasper in his bassinet, hoping he’ll take a little snooze so I can move from my spot on the couch and do a yoga DVD. He really is a mellow baby, and he’s not crying, just awake. I don’t always know what kinds of activities a newborn finds entertaining. Right now we’re listening to the Into the Wild soundtrack. I am not normally an Eddie Vedder fan, but this is a very good album. I also keep spinning around his black and white mobile, but he seems like he could care less. I have started carrying Jasper in the Ergo . Sometimes he loves it, sometimes not. I think its tragic flaw is it gets hot. And I suspect when he’s not loving it, it is because he is hot. It is nice to have him upright and for me to be handsfree while I am home though. Ok, he’s now on my chest and I am using my one handed typing. But, I see hints of sleep. One of our big activities is walks. So far we’ve just done Mueller, Hyde Park, and lots of circles around the block. This week, weather permitting, I hope to venture out a little more. There is a paved trail at McKinney Falls, so we may try that.
Here is a picture of Jasper and his “baby crack”. It is an all natural rubber pacifier. It’s made out of real rubber from a rubber tree, and supposedly has a good taste. It is also molded as one piece so there are not little crevices to fill with bacteria. It also costs $9 (plus shipping charges), which is outrageous for a pacifier. I need to find someone in town who sells them, because Jasper loves it. He sucks on it like Little Maggie Simpson. I have used to it put him to sleep on a couple late night occasions, and have used it when the “You’re not hungry” chant doesn’t seem to work to settle him down. So, go ahead and call me a yuppie parent for getting my kid a $9 pacifier, but $9 is money well spent to have something that a baby likes and can be added to the arsenal of tricks to calm him.
Here’s the latest round of Owl/ Fuss-Fuss/ Jasper pics. He met his honorary Uncle Steve yesterday for breakfast. Steve doesn’t believe me that he is ever awake, but he is. Jasper has been doing pretty good at night, with 2-3 stretches of sleep, so I don’t feel too sleep deprived.
The sun came out today…whew. So Jasper and I had a first…our first solo car trip. Granted it was not a long drive, but it was my first time to manage a car seat, stroller, and getting it all in and out of the car by myself. No SNAFUs, and Jasper and I met Meredith for a walk, and then continued on our own. This picture is of Jasper after his walk….it wore him out. I also did another solo outing this morning and went to yoga class again. So, hopefully I am keeping up fitness. Tomorrow I hope to get in a couple jogging miles, and we are planning a family walk at town lake. Life is much better when we can get out!
I realize this is a much better shot of Jasper’s beautiful hand knit sweater. It is a definite keepsake item. Plus, I like that it has buttons and not zippers, as some of his jackets it seems like the zippers ride up and scratch his face. I am also realizing a lot of cute baby clothes are kinda a pain in the ass. Anything without snaps…forget it.