Wednesday, May 31, 2006

We Finally Bought Something!


Today is a momentous day! Not only is it our 3 year anniversary it is the first time Covey and Justin have actually bought something for the baby! We had originally bought some pregnancy books and we had to buy some medical care, but as far as tangible items for the baby we hadn't done anything.

That all changed today!! After much discussion based on the dog behavior specialist, we have decided that great-grandma's cradle we had planned to use for the first couple of weeks in the bedroom wasn't a good idea since Sadie could easily get to the baby. We decided to get an arms reach co-sleeper to use instead. (www.armsreach.com)

Now we aren't super crunchy or anything and we don't plan to do the "family bed" thing, but this co-sleeper butts right up against the side of the bed so that Covey will be able to nurse the baby and change the baby without having to get out of the bed in the middle of the night (I am sure it takes practice--but that is the idea anyway). The sides are tall enough that Sadie can't get over them with her nose. The co-sleeper also converts into a porta-crib and a playpen so it will have many uses beyond that of a co-sleeper. It also protects the baby from the dangers of fluffy bedding and pillows and from an overly-tired mom or dad rolling over and squishing it.

We are getting this only slightly used from another homebirth mama who is done with it. Her son only slept in it about twice before they decided to do a family bed. The fabric on the picture isn't exactly what we got. It is more of a light blue gingham which is discontinued. We will actually have the co-sleeper in our possession at the next midwife visit in June since the co-sleeper currently lives in Garner, NC near Sonya and Sonya has agreed to be our delivery system.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Midwife Madness

Tonight was our 30 week midwife visit. It went great as always.
Cletus is measuring at 32 weeks and is very active. The midwife had trouble finding the heartbeat long enough to count it. She ended up holding his head still with one hand and the stethescope in the other.
Heart rate tonight was 148 for the baby, 61 for Covey. Covey's BP was 104/65 which is normal for her.
Covey is finally back up to her starting weight!!
Sonya thinks the baby weighs about 3 1/2 pounds now.
Grow baby Grow!

Sunday, May 28, 2006

A Busy Saturday and Sunday!

Whew!
We went to Durham today to visit with Matt and Naiomi and their two adorable boys, Sam and Ben. Here is a shot of Justin holding Ben. (Ben is 4 months old--which breaks Justin's baby holding record which was previously a 9 month old--we are working down to the floppy head :) )

We then went to the Farmer's Market and got some delicious strawberries and peaches. After that we went to Clayton to hear a Dog Behavior expert speak about introducing the dog and the baby. We learned some really great tips on what to do with Sadie.

Then we came back to the house and picked peas from the garden. Here is a picture of Justin with the peas from the garden. This is an entire crisper drawer full of peas. It weighed about 20 lbs.

Covey figured out that Sadie really likes peas. Here is a picture of Sadie eating peas off the kitchen floor.

Today, Covey worked in the nursery during church and was amazed at the generosity of people there. She is going to get a slightly used swing next week from a grandma whos grandbaby has outgrown it and this afternoon, Monique brought by a crib and changing table.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

This One's For Cody!!


Hey Bro (and anyone else willing to watch a belly video for 2 minutes)
Here is a video of my belly. Cletus was moving enough to really see it on the outside last night. It is a lot more clear in person, but this is the best I could do on video. Hopefully when I see you in 3 weeks he will be even more wiggly and you can feel him. He moved two good times in this video that I can see and I tried to comment on it so make sure you have your volume on.

Justin told me to describe what it feels like--remember that weasal-ball we had with Muffin? He moves kinda like that, until he wants to kick or punch--then it feels like a kick or a punch.

Hope you enjoy it!!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Bean Burgers ala Salad Shooter

We had homemade Mexican Bean Burgers last night and they were delicious. For those of you meat-a-vors who refuse to try any alternative, bean burgers actually do taste good. We enjoy a nice normal hamburger every once and a while, but bean burgers are cheap, good for you and good period!

In the past, I have always struggled with the mashing the beans part. I have tried a food processor, a blender, a potato ricer and a pastry blender all with somewhat less than desirable results. Last night I was inspired and used my Salad Shooter. It was fabulous!! We don't have many kitchen gadgets at all, but my Salad Shooter is one I wouldn't live without. I use it to shred everything from zucchini to cheese to ice. It is awesome!

Mexican Bean Burgers:
1 can of Red Kidney Beans, rinsed and mashed
1/2 onion-chopped fine
1 green bell pepper-chopped fine
2 cups salsa (we use mild but you can use whatever suits your taste)
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup wheat flour (or normal flour if you don't have wheat on hand)
Dash of pepper
Pinch of chili powder
optional: 1/4 cup corn

Mix everything together and make into patties. If its too dry use more salsa, if it is too wet, add more flour. (If you spray your hands with Pam spray the beans won't stick to them while you make the patties). Put in a skillet and cook until browned on both sides (about 3-4 minutes a side). Serve on hamburger buns with salsa and lettuce and a side of french fries or tortilla chips.
YUM!

Time from start to finish--less than 20 minutes!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Rain Rain Rain Rain--29 weeks!!!


Well we are officially 29 weeks and 1 day so we are thrilled. There are only 9 weeks left until we are officially full term (38 weeks-42 weeks!). We are still holding out hope that Cletus might want to come a bit early.

Here is a picture of Covey squeezed into her rain coat. We need the rain but hopefully it will not rain too much between 7:45am and 8:00am and 5:00pm and 5:15pm since those are the times Covey will have to be out in the rain walking to the car. In another week or two, she and her belly will get soaked! With all of the stuff she normally has to carry to work, umbrellas generally aren't an option.

Cletus had a few days where he wasn't really active (we thought he might be getting cramped) but apparantly he was just storing up his energy to use yesterday (and so far this morning!!). Covey watched last night for about 20 mintues as he rolled from one side to another and then poked out bits of her belly. It was neat to see. He would also poke back at her, depending where she poked him.

Covey went to a baby store in Goldsboro the other day that had a bunch of used stuff for babies. She found some absolutely adorable little baby dresses that looked so cute held up against her belly. Since then she has been convinced Cletus is a girl. Most days, up until the baby dress, she has thought it is a boy.

Feel free to cast your vote on the comments section as to whether we should go with Cletus or Cletina. I am curious to see what people think this baby is gonna be.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Nursery Progress!!



With a little over 9 weeks until we are full term Covey was very happy to see huge progress being made in the nursery. Here are the before and after shots of Justin's weekend work. We also need to thank my in-laws who were here from about 10am-9pm on Saturday helping work on the room. The progress so far includes moving the guest bed to the other bedroom, stripping the wallpaper, removing the popcorn ceiling and washing down the walls so everything is smooth. Now all that is left is spackle, paint and furniture! Bring on the hand-me-downs! Justin is planning the next work weekend at the end of June when Covey has another business trip (her very last overnight trip!).

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Hello 3rd Trimester!!


28 weeks!! That means that there is only 10 weeks left until I am officially FULL TERM! Of course my due date is still 12 weeks away so we are hoping to meet little Cletus sometime in the next 10-14 weeks!

Thankfully, Justin and his dad have mentioned working on taking down the wallpaper in the guest room/nursery this weekend while I am away working. Hopefully they will get it done so that they can paint another weekend. Once that is done, we only have to get a crib and a changing table and a dresser . . . basically everything :)

Now that the antibiotics are over, Covey seems to have gotten a tape worm. She cannot get enough to eat and the nausea isn't very bad. In fact, she has only gotten sick twice since Friday. Cletus isn't poking out much but boy is the baby getting wide! Now you have to put both hands on the belly to make sure you feel the movement because if he moves on the right you will miss him if your hand is in the middle. I am looking forward to our next midwife visit on memorial day to see how big he has gotten.

The other night we enjoyed watching Covey's "Santa belly" (it shakes like a bowl full of jelly). Cletus was really moving and you could see the belly moving around and bouncing up and down. Cletus also likes to punch his daddy's butt when we are spooning in bed at night. In fact, anything that makes him hot makes him start to punch around including a laptop, heating pad, microwave dinner and cup of hot tea. Trying to take notes during our staff meeting was fun as the laptop was jumping all over my lap.

That's about it for now. Belly comments (and compliments!) are always welcome. Covey loves finally looking pregnant!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Hoodwinked


Normally I don't recommend movies since we watch so few of them but this movie was truly funny. It was very clean with no fart humor. It was an action adventure story about Little Red Riding Hood. I highly recommend this movie and plan to get it. I would let a 3 year old watch this one.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's Day!! (to me!)


Covey has claimed that, even though she doesn't actually have a baby yet, that being 2/3 of the way through the pregnancy entitles her to a Mother's Day celebration. (Especially given this past week with a kidney infection and the now 7 months of ongoing nausea--she has earned it!!).

The day started out well with made from scratch buttermilk biscuits and honey--YUM! (Covey made them, but it was still spoiling herself because they were made with butter and oh so flaky!)

Justin and Covey went to church and then Justin let Covey decide on lunch too. We went to Sonic and Covey got a Kids Meal with Tater Tots and a Jr. Burger and a Strawberry Slush-Delicious! The most important thing is that Covey ate all of it and didn't throw it up!

Justin then gave Covey a beautiful hanging basket. This is a "hummingbird special" with lots of flowers that hummingbirds are supposed to like. Last year we had a green hummingbird and a black hummingbird in our back yard. Hopefully they will return this year.

We then took a wonderful afternoon nap while it thunderstormed!

Tonight Covey is looking forward to fresh corn on the cob, strawberries and a MEGA salad with yellow bell peppers and cucumbers! Cletus is also looking forward to this meal, as he is a fruit and veggie addict! (Covey has already consumed two whole watermelons this weekend-solo! Cletus really likes watermelons a lot!) We are also going to vege and watch "Hoodwinked" which is a Pixar animation thing that looked really funny.

Happy Mother's Day to all the almost mothers and already mothers!!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Kidneys Kidneys Kidneys!


Some of you have emailed me asking why I got another ultrasound when we REALLY didn't want the anatomical ultrasound done. Well the short answer is, we had no choice.

Over the weekend Covey's pulled back muscle turned into excruciating back pain. We headed to the Emergency Room on Monday at our midwife's insistence. Turns out Covey had a kidney infection from Cletus pressing on the tube that goes from the kidney to the bladder and causing bacteria to get stuck in the kidney rather than flowing on through. Apparently this is really common during pregnancy. Thankfully, Covey didn't have a fever or a very high white count so the Doctors sent her home with painkillers and antibiotics and instructions to lay on her left side until Wednesday. After 2 1/2 days of bedrest and a few drug-induced nights asleep (Codene is a good thing when you need it!) Covey is feeling much better.

A couple of things we learned from the experience:

1) We do not want to have to labor in the hospital strapped to that bed with those baby monitors on. Covey was literally writhing in pain on the bed and the stupid things kept losing the heartbeat and they were really uncomfortable. I can only imagine it would be a lot worse in labor.

2) OBGYN's in Wilson are hypocrites! We have now been "fired" from both OB practices here in Wilson for wanting a homebirth. When we went in we got chewed out by the doctor on call who said we were basically idiots for even considering a home birth and that we should at least have backup OB care. Hello! We tried to get backup care from his practice but they wouldn't provide it!!

3) Midwife's rock! With a simple test she figured out what took the OB 5 hours, bloodwork, urine culture and a 45 minute ultrasound to figure out.

4) Antibiotics and painkillers, when needed, are a wonderful thing!!

5) Labor might not be so bad . . . both the midwife and women at church who have had babies and had kidney infections said that if I could put up with that pain for 36 hours then labor "should be a breeze." I am not sure about it being a breeze, but I have heard that Kidney pain and labor pains are two of the worst pains, and I have survived one of them!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Cletus is HUGE!!

We had a second ultrasound today to make sure all was well with little Cletus. We are almost 27 weeks along and he is really big. They guessed his weight as 2 lbs 8 oz. Grow little Cletus!
We were able to see all four ventricles in the heart, his little brain and his arms and face. He was waving on the ultrasound. We got to see his little face and cheeks and mouth. He was busy sucking down the cantaloupe flavored amniotic fluid when we saw him. We also saw his little eyes blinking.

Cletus was truly stubborn for the ultrasound tech and refused to show her anything. (We didn't want to know the sex so she hid the monitor from us so we didn't accidentally see anything--turns out Cletus didn't give her anything to see). He was breech and cross legged and wouldn't move at all! (He has already turned and isn't breech any longer--thankfully he is a squirmy baby!)

It was absolutely amazing how different he looked from the 5 week ultrasound. There wasn't a printer on the ultrasound, so we are planning to remember the images in our hearts.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Lighthouse Launch


Thursday night at around 11pm the sound of 3 Harley Davidson's could be heard as Covey's parents and brother pulled in for the night. Today they are heading out on their week-long South Carolina Lighthouse tour! Covey, who has the day off because she is working all day on Saturday, got to celebrate mother's day with her mom a week early and enjoy a nice leisurely breakfast at the Creamery before they had to head off down the road. Poor Justin missed out and had to go to work.

Just a note on how twerpy our child can be in the womb--even after a brownie, Cletus absolutely refused to budge for Covey's parents or brother to feel. He did however sit still for listening to his heartbeat. When did he finally wake up? 15 minutes after everyone had gone to bed!

Covey didn't actually ride on the motorcycle--the noise and vibrations would have been too much for Cletus. She just sat and posed for the picture.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Brownie Bashing


Cletus Loves Brownies!
Last night (only for Justin's benefit mind you) Covey fed another brownie to Cletus and then laid on the couch. Justin put his hand on her belly and enjoyed the show. Cletus really manages to find every spot on Covey's uterus and Justin felt the baby punch about 15 times in 2 or 3 minutes. Because Covey was especially nauseous last night she only ate two bites of brownie so the show was short. Justin couldn't believe the amount of activity that was produced by such a small amount of sugar. Oh well--Cletus doesn't normally get sugar, and after the caffeine incident 8 weeks ago, hasn't been exposed to caffeine, so I guess chocolate brownie is a double whammy.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Midwife Madness


Tonight marked the 6 month midwife visit. Things went great as usual. We met another midwife that Sonya works with. She may be one of the assistants at Covey's birth. As usual, Sonya spent an hour and a half with us answering our questions.

So far the baby is measuring really big--27 weeks! Maybe that means Cletus will come early! That wouldn't be bad at all! Cletus was really nice and allowed Sonya to find him almost immediately with the stethoscope. We didn't do the doppler tonight since you could hear him so clearly with the stethoscope. He was beating at 153 beats a minute tonight.

Since Cletus did so well, Covey decided he deserved some brownie. Justin was at his parents house when it really kicked in. The baby enjoyed the brownie so much, he was actually shaking Covey's belly. She was going to get a video of it because it was truly incredible movement, but by the time she got up, found the camera and sat back down, Cletus was over his sugar high and had calmed back down.

Covey is still at -10 lbs from her starting weight due to the ongoing nausea. Since the baby is so energetic and healthy though, neither Covey nor Sonya is really concerned. Covey is actually a bit happy that Cletus seems to have an appetite for hip fat and belly fat--a few more kids and she might take up modeling :)

One more very interesting tidbit--the ladies who sit behind us in the pew at church told us on Sunday that persistent nausea means that the baby will have a head full of hair. Hello Rapunzel!