Tuesday, March 17, 2009

planning our great escape

today leon saw the world for the first time. i held him over my shoulder and he was utterly silent (a welcome respite), his eyes darting and focusing on his surroundings. when i held him in front of our large bay window, i could finally tell that he was able to see something.

the number of times i've left the house since he was born.
pediatrician--4 times
postpartum support group--once
school--once for a lecture
grocery store--2 times
walk around the block--2 times
coffee shop--once

my mother is keeping me under house arrest for one month. last thursday when i had a low fever, body chills, migraine, and engorgement for two days, i could tell she felt vindicated. i haven't left the house since thursday, except to water the plants on the deck once. i know i'm so lucky to have someone cooking, cleaning, and helping with leon, but it can be very frustrating when you're told that asian bodies are different and therefore i can't leave the house and can only eat and drink hot things for the first three weeks. i could go on and on, but instead leon and i are planning our escape.

the weather is steadily improving and spring break is next week. i haven't worn my new mayle mirabelle dress yet, so i think it's time to make reservations at craigie on main to finally have my birthday dinner, two months late.

and next week my mother and i have massages in arlington, so maybe leon will finally get to go outside. his stroller (micralite toro) arrived last week, but since i didn't buy a carrycot, i'm not sure he'll be able to use it for a few more months. we bought it on ebay for half off, and it arrived new in box with the warranty card and everything. if we hadn't bought it for so cheap, we would have ordere the maclaren techno xt. i'm so over $600+ strollers!


Stephanie said...

Aw ... house arrest sounds stressful. I hope you are feeling better. An outing for dinner in a new swanky dress sounds like just what the doctor ordered.

I love that open-mouth picture. Maybe when he gets a little older, you can write him his own children's book called 'Leon LoudMouth' and put that on the cover, and talk about all the noise he liked to make when he was very small.

erica-knits said...

Good luck with the great escape. You're lucky to have a mom that cares so much. Maybe you and Leon can be stealthy and convince her to escape with you, that it is imperative! :)

MrsEm said...

In some cultures, the new mom is restricted to her bed for the first month. At least you get to walk around ;)

erica said...

believe it or not, being allowed to walk around was a major victory for me, since my mom wanted me in bed at all times. they don't call it confinement for nothing!

i'm sick again, so i haven't really been out of bed for the past week. i can barely hobble around doubled over and draped in blankets :(

MrsEm said...

Poor you! At least bed rest is a win/win for both you and your Mom this week.

jones said...

good luck getting out. even babies get spring fever!