Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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
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?
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"
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
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?
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
Sunday, January 20, 2008
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
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
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:
Two Things You Are Wearing Right Now:
Two Things You Would Want (or have) in aRelationship:
Two of Your Favorite Things to do:
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:
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)
Two people you Last Talked To:
2. Clerk at PO
Two things you're doing tomorrow:
2. Probably laundry
Two longest car rides:
Two favorite Holidays
Two favorite beverages:
1. Iced Tea
2. Hot Chocolate
Sunday, January 13, 2008
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
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
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."
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
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
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.
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...
Sunday, January 06, 2008
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!
Friday, January 04, 2008
Thursday, January 03, 2008
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!
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
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