Jennifer Clemens and Hannah Newman
Co-Spotlight editor and Staff writer
Mrs. Jasper, Milken teacher and class advisor, is currently out on maternity leave. The Roar decided to interview her to learn about her new life with her baby boy.
How long are you on maternity leave for?
“I am on maternity leave until May 2 (the week we return from Passover break). I will have taken 5 months off :)”
Are you looking forward to coming back?
“I am really looking forward to coming back. While I will miss being at home with Sam, I have cherished the time we have spent together, and I am excited to come back to school. I am excited to carry on conversations with people who can actually respond and talk back.”
What do you think will be the hardest adjustment to coming back to Milken?
“It’s hard to predict what will be the hardest adjustment when I come back. Getting out the door and to school in the morning will be even harder than it was before when it was just me, but I think being away from my son for so many hours every day will be the hardest adjustment.”
What’s your baby’s name?
“His name is Sam Logan Jasper.”
Are you going to be teaching the same classes when you return?
“As far as I know, I will be teaching the same classes.”
What do you miss most about being at school everyday?
“I really miss the students and my colleagues. I especially miss the Class of 2017 but I am so grateful to Dr. Morgan for stepping in for me while I am gone. I really enjoy her emails with funny pictures she sends to the class and I look forward to continuing that when I return.”
What is your favorite thing about being a mom or your favorite memory so far?
“It’s hard to say what is my favorite thing about being a mom. I am happier than I ever imagined I could be. My favorite memories so far are the first time Sammy rolled over and the first time he smiled (a real smile and not just gas) at me and really meant it.”
What has been your biggest struggle so far?
“Poopy diapers: the struggle is real! Sam has had some epic blowouts (needing a full change of clothes) and he loves to go as soon as we leave the house. Nap time is also a struggle. Sam has major FOMO and doesn’t want to go to sleep.”
What did you least expect about being a mom?
“I didn’t expect to be so relaxed. I thought I would be much more anxious and worried about everything related to Sam. It’s hard to explain, but it’s as if motherhood has chilled me out a bit and I don’t sweat the small stuff so much. I also didn’t expect that I would get so excited when Sam pooped or be so interested and invested in somebody else and their bodily functions.”
It seems like Mrs. Jasper is loving being a mom! Congrats Mrs. Jasper!