Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Gant family! Things have been busy here, and that has kept us from updating the blog as much as we would like. We will keep trying to update as frequently as possible. For now, here are some Christmas photos.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A Beautiful Day for a Walk

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.

First Manicure

I've read that babies really don't like having their nails clipped. I was prepared for a battle from my sometimes squirmy son, but he slept through his first nail clipping and filing! We're hoping this will cut down on the scratches on his face.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Hangin' Out

Here are some shots of Jasper just hangin' out at home. We haven't ventured outside yet, except to visit the doctor's office. He's got some pretty cute clothes. He's already at the stage of being at the tail end of wearing newborn outfits but still a little small for the 3month outfits. We're rolling sleeves up pretty good to make things not so swimmy.

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

1-week Birthday

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.

Jasper & the G-Block

Just recently all four of Jasper's GRANDPARENTS were here to see him.

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

Mom's Report

I haven't posted to this blog since we left for the hospital last week. I can't believe where the days have gone! My days are filled with feeding Jasper, changing his diapers, eating and maybe (maybe) taking a shower. After two doctor appts at the beginning of this week, for the last two days my exposure to the outside world has been reduced to walking to the end of the driveway to pick up the mail. Our feeding schedule is nothing even remotely resembling a schedule. We start whenever Drew & I are good enough to respond to our alarm clocks in the morning and then space out feedings based on that throughout the day. Jasper gets very irritable after his middle of the night feeding, so we struggle to make it through that quickly and usually burn up precious sleep time (sometimes up to 3 hours) with feeding, diaper changing and consoling him. This afternoon we also gave him a sponge bath.

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

Eating - Activity - Sleeping

Not much to report at the Gant family home. Jasper is continuing to improve his eating habits, but he is not falling to sleep as fast as he was originally. He is still a great baby, and we love him so much. He currently is visiting with Erica's parents, and my parents are arriving later today. It will be Grandparents Central very soon!

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

Tongue-tied no more!

Jasper had his first appointment with the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (We liked her very much), and all the reports were positive with one exception. The positives were that he had already started gaining weight, and that his color was still looking good. The exception was his tongue. The piece of tissue (frenulum linguae) that attaches the tongue to the bottom of his mouth was too close to the tip of his tongue. This was inhibiting Jasper's ability to extend his tongue during feedings, and Erica was paying the price for that physical limitation. The NP recommended that we have his tongue "clipped" which involves cutting back that tissue under his tongue. This would be done by an ENT Dr down the hall. We scheduled that procedure for 9:15 AM on Tuesday.

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

Jasper comes home

We arrived at our home with Jasper in his seat at around 4 PM on Sunday, December 3rd. Here are some photos to describe the event:

We are now heading off to Jasper's appointment with the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I'll update more when I get a chance.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Heading Home Very Soon! (updated with photos)

Here are some additional photos from Friday and Saturday:

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!

Coming Home Today!

After talking with Erica's doctor, we expect to be coming home from the hospital today. We aren't sure what time we will be able to leave, but we are already making preparations.

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

Jasper's First Video

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

He is HERE!

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.