Saturday, July 28, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
New in Jasper's repertoire is rolling with a purpose. Today I sat him down in the middle of his bedroom floor, and in no time he was nearly at the door. He had first pitched himself over onto his belly (a pretty common move), then rolled and rolled and rolled over to the bookcase. I was changing the sheets on his crib as this was transpiring, so I got to watch it all. He was certainly in the moment, not just haphazardly flailing about. He looks like he has some plan he's getting ready to concoct, doesn't he?
Over the weekend, he did some chill-axin' with his daddy:
His new jammies match mommy's, too:
Jasper is a little tired here ...
Another change in Jasper's life is that he is sleeping on his tummy regularly now - and he doesn't mind it. When this started he would roll onto his tummy and then couldn't get back onto his back. When he would wake up, he would get scared and cry. Now he's totally fine when he wakes up, and he talks and plays. Below are current pictures of him napping. Drew placed the puppy in the crib for a size comparison. Take a look at the photo below of Jasper when he was just 2 weeks and 1 month old, respectively.2 weeks old
1 month old.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
We were so amazed at the ultrasound to see our son - all his hands, feet, arms, legs, head, heart, and "boy stuff" (as the doctor referred to it). He looked beautiful even then, and we praised God for his provision and protection of our little guy.
Just one year and two days later, little Jasper is even more beautiful. His hair is just like his parents when we both were little - he's a little tow head. His eyes are bright blue and full of spirit. He does prefer to hang out on his back, but he's learning that his tummy isn't so bad either. Perhaps he will crawl before he walks. He sits up to play and can balance himself very well. Toppling over happens pretty infrequently these days. He is a strong boy and loves to jump. God has certainly given him good health, strength and a lovely temperament. We are blessed.
Our lives have changed dramatically since Jasper's birth. For one, I stay home with him all day long. I love the time I can have to take care of him and chart his progress. I can call Drew when he does something new so that Drew doesn't miss out on too much. Not all moms have this chance to stay home and care for their young children, and I know this is a blessing.
Another thing is that we pretty much cannot do anything without thinking of Jasper and the impact on him. We can't be out running errands all day or going out for dinner and gelato past 9pm. And I have to watch what I eat and drink. Jasper rolls with the punches well, but he does have to nap, eat and sleep at night - and we just can't ask him to give those things up. Of course, we mess up from time to time. But I don't think we've messed up too bad so far - and Jasper doesn't appear to be any worse for wear to have two newbie parents.
Our living room is now the play room with toys piled up in the corner and spread all over the floor. Our front hallway is the home to our many different strollers ... not some nice piece of furniture. And despite the fact that I am home all day, the house is pretty much a mess most of the time.
Despite all these changes, the greatest change is that we have been entrusted by God to be the parents of Jasper: to love him, protect him and train him up in the way that he should go. Wow! That is an amazing responsibility and full of such promise ... promise of joy and pain. But I know it also holds the promise that God will walk beside us on this path in our journey and he desires to bring us fulfillment through it. Drew does a great job of taking mental pictures of time he spends with Jasper. He has seared on his memory various moments that he treasures. I look forward to filling up our memory banks with all the moments that lie ahead.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Jasper is now 7 months old.
- Here are some updates:
- Jasper has moved up to his convertible car seat from his infant car seat. (Mom and dad are glad for the break from carrying that very heavy car seat with an even heavier boy in it. However, we will really miss being able to transport him into/out of the car without waking him when he's sleeping.)
- Jasper has FOUR teeth. The fourth (upper right) came in at the end of last week.
- Jasper has learned how to roll over from his back to his stomach.
- Jasper is learning how to crawl ... slowly.
- Jasper is eating green beans - a little. He also smacks his lips after he takes a spoonful. It makes Drew crack up.
- Jasper took a nap in the church nursery this morning - on his tummy, in the crib. He generally has cried at home when he is in his crib and gets turned over onto his tummy and can't get turned back over. We were totally surprised that he slept and on his tummy. Hopefully this will be a good pattern for the weeks ahead, since Drew and I are going to teach Sunday school starting in August. That means we'll be at church for about three hours each Sunday. Jasper continues to amaze us in how agreeable he is!
Check out my teeth!
He looks kind of confused here, doesn't he?
We're still feeding Jasper while he sits in the Bumbo seat. After he has cereal and green beans, he gets a "top off" of milk. He leans back, kicks his feet and swings his arms as Drew feeds him. It's pretty cute.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
The transition back to normal life after being at the cabin has been a little rough. I think this 4th tooth is really giving him pain, and going back on rice cereal has caused him to spit up several times and be generally discontent. Yesterday was rough. Today is a little better, and we hope later on Jasper will not cry randomly throughout the evening like he did last night. Poor kid, I know he just misses his Grandma, Papa, aunties, uncles and cousins!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Here is one of my favorite pictures of me and my mom. Dad says that he smiles every time he sees it.
To ride in Papa's boat, I had to wear my life vest. I didn't mind wearing it even though it pushed my cheeks together.
Floating on the tube was very fun!
I really wasn't sure what was going on, but my mom had me walk on my Auntie Lindsay's back. As I did, she said it felt good. I'm glad it did, but it was a little odd. Maybe I will understand it when I am older.
I got my third tooth during this trip!
Finally, I slipped up and let a photo be taken of me while I chomped on my toes. I was so comfortable in the barcalounger that I lost track of my surroundings. You can see the look of surprise in my eyes as I see the photo being taken. I was more on my game after this photo was taken. There isn't another, but I like toying with dad as he races to try and capture another.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
We introducted Jasper to the grasss and shore of Pokegama Lake near Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Jasper has been enjoying his time with his Aunties.