Wednesday, January 31, 2007

What will you do when the baby cries?


I haven't posted in a couple of days because we have been having so much fun with Oslo.

Tonight, Pepper, was talking to her sister on the phone and our nephew, who she could hear in the background, said he was going to baby sit Oslo. When Pepper told me this I thought it sounded like a fine idea. I'm sure there will be some reason for Pepper and I to go somewhere, sometime, to do something and we'll need a sitter. So I thought it would be a good idea to interview this eager, potential employee to find out what our Five year old baby sitter might do in a few crucial baby sitting scenarios.

Me: What will you give the baby if he is hungry?

Him: Thinking... Still thinking... I'll give him some milk.

Me: How will you know he is hungry?

Him: He will open his mouth. (He said he learned that from my blog.)

Me: How do you make a baby stop crying?

Him: Put a binky in his mouth.

Me: What kind of fun games will you play with him?

Him: Peek-a-boo... Where's the Baby. (Motions acted out as answer is given.) And I'll give him some toys.

Me: What will you do with a dirty diaper?

Him: With wide eyes and turned down mouth, he points to his mother.

Well, those were pretty good answers. Not that different from what I would do. So what could I say?.. He's hired!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

From hospital with Oslo

When Oslo was burrito

Late into the first night of Oslo's life. Hanging out on hospital cot. Pepper couldn't move very well, so when ever Oslo needed something that wasn't food related I was able to do it. Even if it meant he just needed to be stared at.

Same hair

Oslo, in hospital white.


I like these little photos of him in his hospital white gown and diaper. The city scape is one of the views outside our hospital room window. It was a beautiful San Francisco day for our beautiful San Francisco baby. I know there are tons of lovely little babies in the world and there are so many that are wonderful. But this little guy is the most wonderful for us. He is all and we could have ever hoped for.
(Mom, you can click on the photo if you want it to enlarge.)

Oslo's first moments

First Meeting. Pepper and Oslo.
First meeting, Mark and Oslo. I had a few moments alone to hold and look at him. It took no time at all for his thumb to find its way into his mouth. I just held him and looked him over. He was beautiful. It was the first time I have ever cried out of joy.

Oslo all cleaned up and bundled snug. When ever he's awake his mouth makes this shape. So far he has been happy and very hungry.

By the time this photo was taken, the night he was birthed or the next day, the swelling had gone down and his fingers turned from purple-ish gray to fleshy pink. I have heard some dads say that they had this moment where they locked eyes with their child and sized each other up. I didn't have that. I don't know that he has ever actually looked at me. That's fine because our connection was instant but undefinable. He knows when I am holding him and finds it calming. We get along very well.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Some things from the Alameda Fleamarket.

Near Market Street, Near our House

We went to the CheeseCake Factory. We expected more

Portrait

Peppers Curl, Christmas Day, 2006

Park walk, near hospital, after baby check up.

Pepper doing her nails

A cold day at the studio

Christmas Tree Day Quad

Pepper, Christmas Day, Ocean Beach, 2006

A sweater for Pepper, Or Christmas day at Ocean Beach, SF 2006

Two Blurry

Mark at beach, New Years Day, 2007

New Years Day at the beach, SF, 2007