Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Back to Work

As if I needed an additional reason to neglect blogging, I returned to work Monday.

Fortunately , J is out of work, so while the lack of income is a bad thing, having him home to take care of Jonas keeps us from having to hire someone to come watch him. Since we aren't bottle feeding, I can't be away from him right now (his eating schedule is, well, not a schedule...he eats when he is hungry, which at times can be almost constantly). So this arrangement is working out best.

The awesome part is that Jonas seems to really be bonding with J. He is easily soothed by Jaycel and doesn't seem to currently prefer one of us over the other, unless he is hungry of course. This is an especially good thing, since it is difficult to work on spreadsheets and answer emails when holding/soothing a crying baby.

When your time is so precious, it is amazing how you appreciate the things you do get to do. For example, Jonas decided to nap at about 5 o clock. I was able to not only make dinner (I usually still cook dinner while J cares for Jonas) but actually eat it with J. So far, we usually have to eat in shifts, so tonight was a nice change. Since he was still asleep, I took the time to clean the kitchen, put a load of blankets and burpcloths in the wash, and sit down and blog. (He is still sleeping...)

I never thought I would be so happy to have the opportunity to do the dishes.

As much as I love when he naps peacefully on his own, sometimes I am tempted to pick him up and have him sleep in my arms. But I remind myself that I have plenty of time to cuddle with him when I turn in for the evening.

Currently Listening to: a rerun of The Office on the TV
Current Mood: relaxed

Monday, September 14, 2009

More Photos

Jonas is currently sleeping on J's chest, so I have a spare moment to sit in front of the laptop. I have to be brief, since my time is limited, so quick updates.

Jonas now smiles in response to us (not just sleeping or gas smiles). He is "talking" more and we are either getting better at understanding his cries, or they are becoming more distinct. He is only "difficult" when he is gassy - and we have found a product for that so its manageable. (For anyone interested, Colic Calm is what we use. Stops his cries immediately)

In non-baby life, J's last day of work was Friday, so he is now a stay at home dad...which is good timing since I get back to work in two weeks. We are actually hoping he doesn't find a new job for at least a month or two so I can get into a routine with work again. (Which kinda makes this still a baby related paragraph, but I guess that is parenthood)

So here are more photos - these are mostly from age 3-5 weeks. He just turned 6 weeks old today, so I need to take time to break out the camera again.

Dudley watches over his new friend

...watching a bit more closely

In Daddy's hands


PS - For an easier way to get to the blog, try JonasWest.com...a very cool gift from a very cool friend :)

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Something I seem to have very little of lately...

This first month (yes, it has already been one month since Jonas was born) has flown by in a series of diaper changes and breast feeding - and erratic sleeping times. The first few weeks Jonas seemed to have the perfect schedule, and while he is still a good baby, he has good days and bad.

At the moment, he is napping peacefully in his crib, giving me a few moments to wash diapers, clean toilets, and make sure I eat something.

But I am not complaining. For all the work, it is totally worth it when he falls asleep on my chest (or better yet, we both fall asleep with him on my chest) or he attempts to smile or coo.

My dad seems to ask every time he sees us if I am in love with my little boy. And while I am not the sappy type, yes, I really am.

Not to say I don't miss having a regular schedule. Or a clean house. But having him around makes everything else seem to matter less.