Monday, December 25, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Today was gorgeous in Austin. We decided to hit the pavement and introduce Jasper to our neighbors. Dean and Dell came rushing over as soon as they saw the baby stroller, and Paul Smith came from across the street to meet Jasper. As long as we were moving, Jasper liked the stroller. Once we stopped - he wasn't so happy.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Drew is pretty excited about this little "Let's Take a Ride" onesie. Anything to get Jasper pumped for cycling gets an A+ in Drew's book. :)
Yesterday afternoon, Grandma Jasper, Drew & I watched the "Happiest Baby on the Block" DVD we got as a baby shower gift. It was pretty cool, and we've all been trying since then to perfect the 5 S's to calm Jasper on the rare moments when he seems near melt-down status. Drew was immediately successful at getting Jasper to calm down with the swaddling, giggling and shushing techniques.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
On Friday we celebrated Jasper's one-week birthday with all the grandparents. The grandmas made a scrumptous dinner, and we rounded out the night with birthday cake. Jasper was awake for a portion of the time, but for the most part he'll have to enjoy it through our memories and stories.
Grandma Jasper has been here for one week. Grandpa Jasper got here on Wednesday night, and Grandma & Grandpa Gant arrived on Thursday afternoon. All four just fell in love with him, just like we have. They spent time holding him while he slept and taking lots of photos.
Grandma Jasper is on nighttime duty (along w/ diaper duty, meal preparation, and a host of other helpful stuff!) and generally spends a good deal of time cuddling with Jasper after our late-night or middle of the night feedings. This is particularly helpful when Drew & I are so tired we're virtually zombies.
Friday, December 08, 2006
However ... we still think he's really cute and both can't believe he's our son. I am overwhelmed by how precious and peaceful he is. My favorite time is just after I've finished feeding him and he lies on my lap in total peace and contentment. There is no site such as lovely, in my opinion.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
I will keep updating the blog with pictures and stories, but the highlights are much smaller than they used to be. A personal highlight was seeing Erica and Jasper beside each other on our bed when I left this morning. I enjoy those images.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
We arrived at the ENT office today, and the doctor met with us and explained the procedure. Topical anesthetic would be used, and the clip would be made with some surgical scissors. There are very few nerves and blood vessels in the frenulum in a child so young, and Jasper was great the whole time. The attached picture is from shortly after we arrived home.
Tomorrow I will head back to work. I'm not looking forward to leaving Jasper during the day, but I'm confident in Erica's abilities to care for Jasper. In addition, Erica's mother Diane is here to help out for a little while. We are very excited to introduce Jasper to each of you.
Let us know if you have any requests for the blog. I've heard some very positive feedback from the short videos that I have posted. I may try to post more of those in the future. We are very pleased to have so many people interested in the growth and development of our son.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
I realize you probably aren't reading this blog for the text, so I will keep this brief. We have seen the pediatrician, and we had a second consult from the Lactation Consultant. Jasper is feeding well, but it is taking a toll on Erica. We have some things to work on, and we will do that at home. It is pretty cool here today (in the 40's), and we will see how Jasper responds to his first breath of free air. I'll keep trying to post more pictures as I have time. We will be heading for home in about 30 minutes!
Jasper continues to improve his ability to feed, and he continues to be a very content little boy. We are so blessed by his life and his attitude toward this new world he has discovered. Erica continues to be a wonderful mother and wife, and we look forward to show Jasper his home and room.
Thank you to all of you that called and offered your congratulations. I haven't been able to return every call, but we appreciate having such a large circle of friends with whom to share this time. On this Lord's day, we have much to be thankful for.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
|Here is a short film of Jasper Thomas Gant shortly after he was born. I'll upload more photos tomorrow. For now, we are going to try and get some rest.|
Overall, things are going very well. Jasper is feeding much more easily, and for longer durations. That is very encouraging. We plan to head home tomorrow!
Friday, December 01, 2006
Our son was born today! Jasper Thomas Gant was born at 2:01 PM today, December 1st. At birth he was 8 lbs. 15 oz. and 21 1/4 inches long. Both mom and baby are doing well. Jasper is having some trouble feeding, but he is improving. We think the problems he is having can be overcome in the near future.
If you wish to talk to us, the best way to do that is to call my cell phone (512-417-0522). I may not be available to answer your call. I will do what I can to return your call in short order. Here are some photos from the big day. The first picture is from the first 5 minutes after birth.
I'll add more info tomorrow. For now, we are all going to try and get some rest.