Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I'm wearing my own pants!

Okay, that sounds weird, but what it means is that I'm wearing non-maternity pants! It takes awhile for everything to shrink back to normal (and it still isn't there at the moment), but of course everything gets a lot better once the baby is out. With the c-section and everything, I've been still wearing maternity pants (mostly sweats) so that nothing got stressed or compressed. But everything is healing nicely, so I was able to put on a pair of my regular athletic pants. So they are still loose, but they are normal sized! Made me feel good.:)

Breast Feeding Trials and Tribulations

WARNING: I'm going to vent about breast feeding so if you don't want to hear about it, don't read this post! I'm sure the other mothers will understand though!

I had planned on breast feeding at least for several months - I really hadn't set any timeframe and was just going to go with what worked for Adam and I. BUT life being what it is, breast feeding has NOT been working. My milk finally came in, but I was in constant pain and Adam was obviously still not getting enough, so we were having to supplement anyway. So we decided that we are done with breast feeding and just going with formula after talking to the pediatrician. It'll take Adam a few days to adjust, but now at least he's getting enough to eat and once my milk dries up, I won't be in constant pain. If he was getting enough to eat, I think I could deal with the pain, but knowing it wasn't enough anyway, just made it not worth it to me. Plus I know he got my colostrum, which is really important to him as well as some breast milk. And since we've had to supplement since almost the beginning, he's already got bottles down. I think I was more of a pacifier to him than anything and as much as I love my son, my breasts are not a pacifier! Now I'm not a doctor or anything, but I think my problem stem from my breasts, which only grew a little bit and my nipples barely at all. He was just having to work too hard for not enough food. I definitely got milk in, but I think the issue was getting it out.

Adam was feeling better last night, but this morning he wasn't so hot. I think he just needs a few days to adjust to being on all formula. He threw up all over Ray this morning and took a huge dump (I've never seen that much poop in one diaper!) and was really fussy, but is sleeping now. I hope he sleeps for awhile because I think it'll help all around. When he doesn't feel good, he can't sleep and then gets overtired, but still can't sleep. You can't explain to a newborn that sleep heals.:) He really likes his bouncer, though, and it works good for getting him to relax. The hospital had us keeping his bassinet at an angle after he ate to aid in digestion and the bouncer gives much the same angle and I think that helps him out.

While I wanted to breast feed my baby, I'm looking on the bright side. This way, Ray can help with the nighttime feedings and I'll get a little more sleep (we are taking nighttime shifts). The main thing is that the baby gets enough to eat and is healthy.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Adam hanging out

Pat and Adam
Pat changing Adam's diaper
Ray and Adam
Adam hasn't been feeling too well the last few days. We go to the doctor's tomorrow anyway, so hopefully they'll have some suggestions. He's just had a lot of gas - coming out both ends and so he hasn't been sleeping much at all and is overtired. I just want my baby to feel better!

Adam's first package

On Thursday we got Adam's very first package addressed to him. And it was from Barnes and Noble - such our son! It was from Andrea - she sent him books - just perfect for us! That his first package was from a bookstore, though, just really made my day!

Pat reading to Adam

"Are you a Democrat, a Republican, or a Redneck?"


You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, an Islamic terrorist with a huge knife comes around the corner, locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, praises Allah, raises the knife, and charges at you. You are carrying a Glock cal 40, and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family. What do you do?

"Democrat's Answer"

Well, that's not enough information to answer the question! Does the man look poor! Or oppressed? Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack? Could we run away? What does my wife think? What about the kids? Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand? What does the law say about this situation? Does the Glock have appropriate safety built into it? Why am I carrying a loaded gun anyway, and what kind of message does this send to society and to my children? Is it possible he'd be happy with just killing me? Does he definitely want to kill me, or would he be content just to wound me? If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me? Should I call 9-1-1? Why is this street so deserted? We need to raise taxes, have a paint and weed day and make this a happier, healthier street that would discourage such behavior. This is all so confusing! I need to discuss with some friends over a latte and try to come to a consensus.

"Republican's Answer"


"Redneck's Answer"

BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! Click.... (sounds of reloading) BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! click Daughter: "Nice grouping, Daddy! Were those the Winchester Silver Tips or Hollow Points?" Son: "You got him, Pop! Can I shoot the next one?"
Wife: "You are *not* taking that to the taxidermist!"

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Swing Construction

Ray putting together Adam's swing

I put something together!

I put Adam's bouncer together for him! Screws and all!
Okay, Ray had to fix one thing....but hey, the bouncer worked from Adam last night, the toy bar just wasn't up properly.


Isn't this cool? Ray's Aunt Maureen (so Adam's Great Aunt) sent this little block and it has his name, birthday and weight and all that stuff on it!

This is from my Aunt DiAnna (Ben's mother) in Seward - isn't it cute?

One of my students sent this - aren't they beautiful?

Adam's hair

See his hair - it really is red!

Some cutie pictures!

Silly Adam - with Pat's help!
Adam in his bouncer
Adam in his swing (he was hiding from us by pulling down his hat!)

Adam on my boppy just hanging out

Adam Update

Adam is adjusting to the outside world and had a really great day. Mommy even got caught up on her own work today a little bit. He slept really well last night and hopefully will do that again tonight. Daddy and I like it when he gets some sleep.:)

Pat has been here since I had the baby and has been a ton of help and she's going home tomorrow. Then Ray and I have a week and then my parents will be here so we are so blessed to have lots of help from our families. Pat has really helped me to learn to care for a newborn - things like bathing with the umbilical cord still on. Hopefully that will be falling off soon and that will make everything a little easier. I'm getting really good changing diapers - Adam definitely has figured out pooping! We were worried at first he wasn't going enough, but not anymore! It is only the first few days when you actually get excited over things like bowel movements! Ray actually changed the first diaper and didn't realize that newborn's first poop is a big one and went through 3 diapers while Adam kept pooping! He eventually realized to just put one on and let him go for awhile! Adam has already peed or pooped on each one of us, too - typical little boy!

I got my staples out today and so actually feel a lot better about that. They were very annoying as it all started to heal. It'll still take awhile to heal, but it definitely feels like I passed a hurdle with that one. My next appointment isn't for a month - my postpartum appointment and it is nice to know I don't have to go back to the doctor until then! Adam has already has his first peditrician appointment and has to go back on Monday, but his jaundice is definitely fading and he is looking better. I just want to see him start gaining weight now! Hopefully he is done losing - he definitely had some adjustment issues while we were waiting for me to get my milk. We are still supplementing a little and seemed to have found a better mix that is working for him. He's a hungry little guy - takes after his father!

Monday, January 21, 2008


Adam hidden in his swaddle
Jennie and Adam
No idea when I'll get anymore up....sleep must come first..........

Sunday, January 20, 2008


I have a few pictures of Adam - tomorrow will be dump day on pictures.
Adam without his hat.
Ray and Adam
Adam all buddled up to go home today
Pat and Adam - he managed to pull that hat over his eyes himself

We're Home!

Adam and I are now home. I probably won't get any more pictures up until tomorrow, but believe I have TONS plus lots of video if I can figure it out! The car ride home was not fun - every bump hurt, but otherwise, I'm really happy to be home and Adam is sleeping away! We had to start supplementing with formula because my milk isn't in yet and that has made him VERY happy - he was a hungry baby!

For those of you who asked:
  • Born on 1/17 at 1:46 AM by c-section
  • 7 lbs 13.9 oz
  • 20.9 inches
  • 35 cm head, 34 cm chest

Plan on some pictures soon!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

We had the baby

Unfortunatly for all of you, this is Ray. Jennie is doing as well as she can be after 24 hours of labor, 2 hours of Pushing Hard, and then a C-section. But in the end we had a baby Adam David, and two exausted parents. Jennie sent me home for a few hours to catch up on some of her stuff so here I go. Oh and I gues I should put up some pics too.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Baby Update

The doctor said today it could be any time this week. They've actually scheduled an induction for Monday (1/21) if I haven't had the baby by then as they don't want me to go past my due date. I have an ultrasound tomorrow to make sure this baby is pointed the right way, but otherwise I'm feeling fine.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Just Two Things

This was an email, but I decided to post it here instead. So if you want to do participate, copy and paste it into your email or your blog.

Two Names You Go By:
1. Jennie
2. Jen

Two Things You Are Wearing Right Now:
1. sweats
2. t-shirt

Two Things You Would Want (or have) in aRelationship:
1. Respect
2. Trust

Two of Your Favorite Things to do:
1. Read
2. Cross stitch

Two pets you had/have:
1. Olga (my cat)
2. McDuff (the cat my parents are still stuck with:))

Two people who will fill this out:
1. ?
2. ?

Two things you did last night:
1. Office hours (work)
2. Watched Iron Chef America

Two Things you ate last night:
1. Steak Fajita Roll Up (recipe on my website if you care)
2. muffin

Two people you Last Talked To:
1. Ray
2. Clerk at PO

Two things you're doing tomorrow:
1. Work
2. Probably laundry

Two longest car rides:
1. Al-Can
2. Idaho

Two favorite Holidays
1. Christmas
2. Thanksgiving

Two favorite beverages:
1. Iced Tea
2. Hot Chocolate

Sunday, January 13, 2008

First Week of Classes

The first week of classes is always a little messy. Students in and out of classes, new ones trying to figure everything out....always rather hazy for a bit. Although I want this baby out (he's really getting heavy!), I kind of hope he waits about another week so that my classes are moreorless settled in. That will make it easier on me to catch up after I get back. If they are all stable, they can work on their own without any problems. Ray's classes start tomorrow - he's actually out at the airport for a bunch of start of term meetings tonight while I'm in office hours (so far no one has come).

We have the baby's baptism set up for about March. We did all our paperwork and stuff early so that I don't have to mess with it later. Today was the feast of the baptism of the Lord (when John baptized Jesus in the Jordan) and there were two infant baptisms today, so I've got that on my mind a bit. Most of Father's sermon was really good, but Ray and I were both discussing that he really repeats too much. He's of the school where you need to repeat everything three times so people remember it, but hey, I heard it the FIRST time and so am pretty bored come the second and third! Especially right now because sitting still for a long time makes me hurt, so I start to squirm...seriously, I'm worse than a toddler! This then gets Ray all worried...you can see where this is going.

We got a little bit of snow today - hopefully it will stay for the winter now! And I really want MORE!! I do kind of hope that Adam isn't born in a snowstorm, but beyond that....

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Early Ice Skates

Bone skates dating back to 3000 BC have been found in northern Europe. Some scientists have done studies with these types of skates and think that they were first used in Finland, where they would have made the most difference for people.

Sir Edmund Hillary Died

The first man to climb Mt. Everest (that we know about, of course) died.

Grocery Store Aisles

I so feel like this many days! Giant Eagle (our local grocery store) drives me NUTS for this at times. Added to the fact, they just finished remodelling....there is some stuff that I just can't find without help!

College for Adam

We set up a college fund for Adam yesterday - oh, yes, we really did. We both know just how much college costs and it just going up, so we decided we were starting young! We figure if we start now - before he is even actually born - we'll have enough by the time he actually goes to college!

In other news, it is like SIXTY degrees here - SO WRONG!!! I want SNOW!!!

I tried a Rachael Ray recipe for making my own sausage (you start with ground pork - its pretty easy), but it didn't turn out very well. I'm not a big sausage fan to begin with, but Ray is, so I was trying to experiment. I liked the idea of potatoes in it, but it made it very wet (I even drained as per the recipe) and the consistency was rather strange. Ray REALLY didn't like this recipe. My food processor is also smaller than Rachael's and I think I might have had to process too long. Oh, well, not everything tastes as good as you think it will. It smelled great, just the taste wasn't up to it.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Meanest Mom on the Planet

An Iowa mom put an ad in the paper selling her son's car after she found booze in it. She labelled herself the "meanest mom on the planet" in the article, but has gotten tons of positive feedback from the ad for enforcing the no booze in the car rule on her son. What a great story!

The ad reads: "OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents who obviously don't love teenage son, selling his car. Only driven for three weeks before snoopy mom who needs to get a life found booze under front seat. $3,700/offer. Call meanest mom on the planet."

Lazy Susan

I ordered a Lazy Susan for my cabinents - specifically my spices - and it arrived today. Ray installed it tonight. This will make it easier for me to find my spices when I need them.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Colorful Chicken Casserole

I just put up a new casserole recipe. It is a freezer recipe and worked to use up that dry chicken from last night. Ray loved it because it wasn't cream based. I like cream casseroles, but he doesn't, so I try to do a little of each. This one was definitely a hit! It was also really easy and will freeze well (I didn't freeze any this time because I never do until after I've tasted it in case it sucks).

Freezing Casseroles

I've been in freezing meals mode because I know that I'm going to need them after the baby is born. Anyway, I found this helpful tip list at Land-o-Lakes looking for chicken cassrole ideas. One tip I would add...if you are using noodles, make sure to undercook the noodles if you are baking it before freezing and will have to rebake it as the noodles will turn to mush from too much liquid if you aren't careful. Some recipes take that into consideration, but if you are freezing something without instructions, this is important.

Books and Movies

Ray and I finally watched Harry Potter 5 - oh, yes, we are so behind. We REALLY meant to go the movies to see it, but it just never happened. Well, this one was better than 4, but still...they just have to cut too much. These screen writers did better than the last as the movie at least made sense, but still, I was disappointed.

I've been reading a mysteries series featuring and extern nun and I just finished the most recent, False Witness. I really like that the books have a good plot, both for the mystery as well as the spiritual aspects. I really recommend this series if you like mysteries!

Eureka got picked up for a third season - YAH! Sci-Fi finally did something wrong. Still ticked at them for canceling the Dresden Files, which Ray loved. Whenever we like a show, it seems it gets canned. And we get stuck with more terrible reality TV. I REALLY, REALLY hate reality TV. I just checked Bones - no new episodes until April? Will the networks end this stupid strike already? Numb3rs looks likes it will air this week, though, at least.

Oh, Ohio sucks, by the way - it is like 60 degrees here!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Corn, Sage and Bacon Stuffing

I made roast chicken for dinner tonight, but I wasn't too happy with the chicken. It took forver to cook and so was pretty dry. Edible, just not great. I'll use the leftovers in a casserole and it won't matter. BUT I tried cornbread stuffing tonight and Ray ADORED it. I used Rachael Ray's method, which means you use corn muffins and it is really easy and quick. I will definitely be making this again!

Corn, Sage and Bacon Stuffing
Modified Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals Show

1 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons butter
3 ribs celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
Salt and pepper
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
2 tsp dried sage
2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley [okay, what I did as I don't usually have fresh parsley, is I used the celery leaves - it gives it a nice crisp addition and comes with the celery you are buying anyway...or you can just use dried parsley.]
1/4 pound bacon, cooked and chopped [this was originally prosciutto...so it was corn, sage and prosciutto stuffing...but I can never find prosciutto (and if I do, it is WAY too expensive), so I just changed this to bacon and precooked it (prosciutto is more like deli meat so you wouldn't have to precook it).]
3 corn muffins, crumbled [if you buy these, you'll probably only need 3 as the store makes them large. But my store didn't have any and I'm cheap, so I just bought a package of Jiffy corn muffin mix and made my own...I actually used the entire box, which makes 6-8 muffins, but smaller ones than you'd find in a bakery case. So if you want to make your own, just plan to buy a box of Jiffy corn muffin mix and use all the muffins you bake (for me this time that was 7 muffins).]
1 cup chicken stock or broth [I used chicken broth (you know from the cube...yes, I'm cheap, but it tastes fine to me) and didn't use the entire cup...you just want to use enough to moisten, so you'll have to base this on your corn muffin usage.]

If you are going to make your own corn muffins, do that first. Also cook the bacon (unless you have leftovers from something).

Heat a skillet over medium high heat and combine oil and butter. When butter melts into oil, add celery and onions and season with salt, pepper, poultry seasoning. Sauté 5 minutes until just tender, add sage, parsley, cooked bacon and stir to combine. Crumble muffins into the pan. Moisten stuffing with broth (so here just use as much as you need - for me that was just over 1/2 a cup) and heat through. Remove from heat. Serve warm.

New Sign

When I was looking for signs for the kitchen, I also found this one. I'd seen it before and it amused me, so I had to have it. The rules for teachers sure have changed!
Close up of sign
Hanging between our desks

Here Eat this Root

I found this again in response to something a student posted. It made me laugh!
2000 B.C. - Here, eat this root.
1000 A.D. - That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
1850 A.D. - That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
1940 A.D. - That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
1985 A.D. - That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.
2000 A.D. - That antibiotic is unhealthy. Here, eat this root.

We just go in circles...

Avoiding School

Here's a new way to avoid school - glue yourself to your bed like this 10 year old Mexican boy did!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Cider Doughnuts

You might remember me complaining about trying to find powdered buttermilk for the cider doughnuts featured in Rachael Ray's magazine. Today I got my new edition and someone else wrote in about the same topic! Guess what - I could have just used powdered milk! AGHHH!!! These things need to be told FIRST!! I have the powdered buttermilk now, but still......

Kitchen Decor

With the remodel finished, I wanted to get a few things to liven up my white walls and make the kitchen more homey.
Two metal signs - Campbell's soup ads. They are repros, of course, but still cool.
New curtains...my mother-in-law made them for me for Christmas.

New Coat Rack

Ray wanted a coat rack by our front door...if we did it, I wanted a shelf for stuff that I needed to take places. Anyway, this was our compromise.

Old Family Pictures

I was looking through old pictures that my father had digitized for some stuff for my mother-in-law, who is working on a family tree and found pictures I thought I'd share here as well. My mother pregnant (not sure with who although she probably knows)
This is my grandfather Stannard in 1943 - World War II (he actually was never in Europe, just here in the US during the war)
This is my parents house (this room is now where my father parks his truck if you know their house) before the upstairs was finished. Anyway, what made me laugh...see the shelf to the left of the crib? That is currently hanging in my kitchen!

Dorothy Hamill

Dorothy Hamill has breast cancer - keep her in your prayers! In case you don't know, she's an American figure skater who won a gold medal in 1976.

Recipe Carnival - Russian Edition

The newest carnival of recipes is up and it is Russian-themed, which made me happy! Go enjoy!

Friday, January 04, 2008


So I took down my Christmas decorations today and put up winter ones. But that's not the interesting story. We were at Wal-Mart in Michigan last week and found a cool ornament storage box for relatively cheap. As I put away my tree decorations, it was great - all mine fit and I didn't need to worry about wrapping anything or boxing up anything. So I was happy. THEN Ray tried to move it downstairs to store it. Well, the thing is made to collapse when not in use...but the bottom also buckles when you move it (there is cardboard in there but it creases in the middle)! Nothing was broken, but I had to redo the entire thing. So I did it. Then I go to move it from the downstairs counter to its storage location (like two whole feet) and it DOES IT AGAIN!!! So this time I put the darned thing where I wanted it and put the ornaments in it there so I didn't have to move it again! Such stupidity on the box maker! We think if we reinforce the cardboard with one large piece next year, it might work better. But anyway, the box looks good and is nice storage, but definitely not made to move!
Oh, doctor's appointment today - all is good.

Classified Documents in the Library

A memory stick was found in a Swedish library with classifed military documents on it! Somebody is in TROUBLE.....

Thursday, January 03, 2008


Well, Michigan was a lot of fun over New Year's. We even got a great snowstorm. In other news, the baby seems to doing fine (if kicking me is any indictation). Ray and I both go back to work on the 7th. He has a week before classes start, but mine start on the 7th (yes, I'm teaching this semester). We had a nice break - definitely much needed for Ray.

Olga is fine although she managed to scare herself to half to death while we were gone by jumping up into the top of the closet and knocking over a bunch of stuff (all on the floor when we got home, which is how we knew) and probably herself out of it (she seems physically fine). I thought she was pretty skittish and that explained it when I found it.

Hopefully, all the Christmas decorations will come down tomorrow (after my doctor's appointment - yick!). Well, I think I'm going to sleep!

Cell Phones

Amusing, huh? Source: Real Life Adventures

Ray reading

Ray got a new book for Christmas and is obssessed. This is good though as he hasn't been reading as much lately.

Ohio Snow

Isn't this sucky compared to what Michigan got?

Ode to the Paperback

This is a great article on why the paperback is better than an e-book! Long live the REAL book! This author says (and I agree):
Yeah, yeah. Whatever. Trust me, it'll be like that damn fly. In a short time there will be a little "pock!" and we'll all get back to the proper business of buying proper books with which you can kill flies and clunk your kids round the back of the head.

Why? Because paperbacks are perfect as they are. Not for nothing has the technology remained more or less unchanged for 550 or so years. As someone pointed out recently, if Johannes Gutenberg were alive today, he would easily recognise his invention. This is because books are like sharks and platypuses - they remained unchanged because they have reached evolutionary perfection. If it ain't broke and all that …

That's not to say that e-books won't have a place in the brave new publishing world. There must surely be a need for them among students who have to lug around back-breaking backpacks full of Quantum Mechanics Made Simple and The Collected Works of William Shakespeare. Of course, this will be bad news for chiropractors, who will go out of business in droves. (Mind you, is chiropracty all it's cracked up to be?)

For those of us who read books (I know it's not everyone's cup of tea but it should be) there's nothing quite like:
■ Rediscovering an old friend of the dustier shelves and getting reacquainted (Catch-22);
■ Lending a book to a friend because you think they will enjoy it (Darkly Dreaming Dexter);
■ Getting it back;
■ Giving copies of your favourite books (To Kill A Mockingbird, Lord Of The Flies, No Country For Old Men, anything by Chuck Palahniuk) to your children and hoping they'll get as much joy out of them as you did. Then maybe, one day, they'll take it down from their bookshelf, pass it on to their children and say, "My Dad gave me this." It's just as Kahlil Gibran wrote: "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth." And if, like Robin Hood, you can attach a little written note to your arrow, all the better.

Try doing that with an e-book.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Cell Phone Study

More reasons why you shouldn't talk and drive!! One of my pet peeves!

Christmas in Michigan

As a note - this was actually New Year's Eve
Brian and Brittany
Ray with a new Transformer (his mom always gets him a toy)
Adam will be so confused...Ray's parents got him Michigan onsies (which Ray wants to put him in on the day of the OSU/Michigan game with the OSU socks someone else gave us...poor child will be beaten up BEFORE his first birthday) and the Dallas cowboys bear Aunt Maureen sent. We also gave a Kent onsies for the kid.
The guys cooking (steaks)
Pat pooped out

Christmas Presents

Ray's Aunt Maureen found some really cool Christmas gifts
For Brian for little Adam - it is a bib that says "My uncle loves me"

A shirt for Ray...because AK and TX (where Maureen lives) love to make fun of each other!


Pat doing a row of knitting on a scarf I'm making. She prefers crocheting, so this was a fun change for her.