It is nice to have a beautiful spring weekend for my last days of leave. It’s kinda clouded by the fact I have major crud in my lungs, and I am on pins and needles worried that Jasper will get it. I REALLY want to run my half marathon next weekend and have Jasper and Mike out to cheer for me, and a sick baby would cancel that out. I am hoping the only reason I got so run down is my sleep deprivation, and hopefully the fact that I have given Jasper my immunity, instead of keeping it, will help him! Jasper has also decided not to sleep the last 2 nights. Good times. I fell asleep for 2 hours sitting up and then another hour later in the night. And I wonder why my neck hurts…
Here is the article on several women who made the Olympic Trials while balancing work and kids. Very inspiring.
I recently got these old photos of Jasper from when he was 3 weeks old. May 1 he will be 3 months old. I can’t believe how little and skinny he looks here. Those socks that are floppy are now too tight. I guess time has flown as today is my “official” last day of maternity leave. We celebrated our last weekday together by going to baby yoga with Kitty and Baby Lia, and then grabbing a bite to eat. The out of control oak pollen has made me sick, so I am really just busy praying that Jasper does not get sick for my first week back to work.
Jasper was visited this weekend by his Cousin McKenna and his Aunt Jodi. It was nice to have company and an occasional extra set of hands. We suffered a little setback this week, as Jasper was banned from sleeping in his swing, per his pediatrician, due to its potential to turn the back of his head into a serving platter. So, I went from having him waking up one time a night and falling asleep within 30 minutes or so, to waking up every 1.5-2 hours and taking about 3 hours to fall asleep due to his distaste for his bassinet, aka the bed of nails. I admit it was frustrating to revert back to a state I thought we had left behind, and for going back to sleeping just a couple hours a night. Last night I slept for 2 hours upright in a chair (not on purpose, I just fell asleep trying to get the Owl to cooperate), and my neck and upper back are telling me to keep up my yoga. Ouch! Isn’t there some famous quote “You can sleep when you’re dead.”? I guess I’ll keep that in mind.
I am in the home stretch of my maternity leave. Never has 3 months gone so fast. I did overestimate how much I would do in these 3 months. I had visions of walking town lake everyday, and many trips to the Hill Country. The reality turned out that while doable, it is kinda a hassle to pack a baby and a border collie up to go walk a few miles. I found myself doing a lot of walks at Mueller, across the street from me (where all these pictures were taken). I did a couple Hill Country trips with family, as it is just easier with Jasper when I
other people to help me. I also thought I would get a lot more done around the house, but the downtime when Jasper sleeps can be limited, and some days I just did not complete my to do list. I am slowly learning that this is my new way of life, and I just will never get everything done. Today is a good example. Jasper got some immunizations this morning, and as the doctor said may happen, he has slept all day. That means I am tethered to the house, as I just don’t think it would be very nice to drag him all over when he clearly doesn’t feel good. I’ve had the chance to get
some things done around the house, and did a 1 hour yoga DVD for the 40 day challenge (more on that later).
Mike took this little video of Jasper watching his mobile. This probably only appeals to immediate family members, but it is pretty cute!http://www.youtube.com/get_player