Friday, June 30, 2006

Midwife Madness

Last night we had our 34 week visit with Sonya. We have another at 36 weeks and then we start going weekly. It is hard to believe how close we are getting! Sonya was great as ever--she even came despite having a flat tire on the way! Now that the garden is coming in like mad we took the opportunity to load her down with zucchini, yellow squash, garden peas, squash relish, cucumbers and mango jam last night. So far we've gotten over 40 cucumbers and over 50 yellow squash and zucchini. Covey has been a canning fool!

Cletus is measuring smaller than in previous visits because he has DROPPED!! (Covey is thrilled to know this because she was concerned about how much she would have to pee later on if he hadn't already dropped!) He is also head down and appears to be very happy that way. Sonya got to see some of Cletus' action but he was fairly sedate yesterday. He spent most of his energy eeking out those hormones and growing, making Covey very nauseous. Covey was actually up most of Wednesday night throwing up :(

Sonya estimated that Cletus was about 6-6 1/2 lbs last night. This is great news!! He is a big, healthy baby! I think every pregnant woman who has only managed to gain 5 lbs total is concerned about the baby growing enough. If we go to full term, Sonya thinks the baby will weigh about 8 1/2-9lbs. (Needless to say Covey is hoping we might go a little bit early so that she doesn't have to deliver a 9 lb baby!) Sonya is still thinking it might be the end of July instead of the beginning of August, but of course you never know.

Sonya brought our birthing kit and our co-sleeper last night. The birthing kit isn't really exciting--gauze, footprint card, thermometer, pads to soak up stuff, a plastic sheet etc. The co-sleeper however is pretty darn cool. Covey set it up this morning in the bedroom so that she can get used to it being there and so that the dog can get used to seeing it there. Here is a picture of the co-sleeped in the bedroom and another of Covey showing how easy it will be to reach the baby.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Nursery Update

Here are some pics of the nursery. We still need to touch up the ceiling, hang some curtains (and a black out shade!!), put in the rocking chair and finish up a few odds and ends like getting a crib mattress, BUT, I think it is coming along nicely! The baby right now doesn't have many clothes--about 5 outfits--which is good beacause it doesn't have a chest of drawers. We plan to hand down our old chest of drawers (which were Justin's from when he was a child) and upgrade to something a little more in line with our bed and side tables for ourselves.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Family Reunion

Well, despite a fairly good rain for most of the day we managed to make it out to Charlie and Joan's for the Downing Family Reunion. Here are some pictures from the day. Sherry and Grandma--I need your help putting some names to the faces!

Nursery Saga!

The nursery is now painted thanks to the very hard work of Justin and his parents! It is a very pale green. They also managed to put up a ceiling fan in the room (which involved crawling through insulation in the attic to mount the box). Here are some action shots from the weekend. The room looks great but the paint is still drying. Hopefully we will have some pics of the crib and pictures on the wall to post tomorrow night or later this week.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

And how cold was it mom?

Here is a really funny video of Covey's mom getting into the pool this past weekend.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Happy Father's Day!

We travelled to Charlottesville, VA to celebrate the day with Covey's family. It was a nice relaxing time of swimming in the pool, grilling out and just visiting. The pool water was a refreshing 72 degrees--Brrrr! Here are some pictures of the family, Justin in a frog hat, Covey (and Cletus) swimming for the first time, and Covey's dad in some Flamingo glasses. Enjoy!
We also took a funny video of Covey's mom getting in the pool for the first time. I hope to have that uploaded by the end of the week.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Belly Shot and Cake Pictures

Tonight we made a "Pull apart Daisy cake"
Covey would have preferred just decorating individual cupcakes. Oh well--it was a learning experience. Here are Covey and Jennifer showing off the cakes.

Here's a belly shot of Cletus at 32 weeks.

32 weeks!! Only 6 more to go 'til Full Term!

Covey is thrilled to report that she has been experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions quite regularly. (Her midwife is very pleased with this as well--it seems to support her theory that Cletus may arrive in July.) Cletus continues to grow and is now up as high as Covey's ribs. He still isn't sticking out too much, but there is so little room left vertically that it is just a matter of time before he starts to go horizontal.

Covey is also thrilled to report that Cletus has now adopted a head-down position and has stayed that way now for over one week. Hopefully that means he is down to stay! We had a lot of fun last night playing with his legs (which were right underneath Covey's belly button) and watching and feeling them kick around. Cletus is a big fan of Shrek cereal (high sugar) and likes to dance a dance of joy after Covey eats it. He was kicking so hard last night we were able to feel both feet.

According to Covey's pregnancy book Cletus is supposed to be sleeping 95% of the time. I don't think this is the case (unless he is an extremely twitchy sleeper!). He moved and rolled pretty much contanstly yesterday and so far this morning. Covey is stuck in the office this week so she has a lot more time to pay attention to the baby moving.

A Belly shot (and cake shots from tonight's class) will follow later this evening.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Covey gets pulled off Garden Duty

Justin was in Memphis all week and left Covey in charge of the garden. He really had no other choice. Covey isn't quite as diligent as Justin about the garden so she checked on things on Tuesday night and then waited again until Friday. Here is a picture of the squash she brought in on Friday. Yes--that zucchini is actually the exact same size as Covey's forearm. The goods were as follows: 2 HUGE Zucchini, 1 normal zucchini, 3 yellow squash, a roly-poly squash and 2 acorn squash. The Acorn squash are volunteers in the garden. We composted all winter and apparantly there were some very hardy seeds!

If Cletus is a Girl . . .

Covey decided that she was tired of making afghans and wanted to try her hand at some baby clothes. After succesfully making up some baby booties (that's right folks--no pattern!) she decided that Cletus would need a matching dress and hat if he is a girl. Here is a picture of the finished product-total time spent: 8 hours on the ensemble

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Let Them Eat Cake!!

Covey and her best friend Jennifer (see Carpenter Family link at right) are taking a cake decorating class together. Don't know if I will have pictures of every single week but here are some pictures from tonight. Tonight we each decorated a one layer cake and we used our skills from last week to do it (writing, leaves, drop flowers and a shell border).

On a completely unrelated note, after a quarter inch of rain overnight we got 2 more zucchinis and a roly poly squash out of the garden. Only 2 or 3 more days until the first of the Acorn Squash is ripe!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Baby Shower Surprise!

This morning during our staff meeting Covey was surprised with a Baby Shower for Cletus. A HUGE thanks to all of my co-workers for your wonderful presents. Cletus got: Onesies, washclothes, a baby towel, baby blankets (3), a pack of diapers, a changing pad, a box of wipes, a bath set with all sorts of baby soaps, a waterproof mattress pad, and baby hats. Kudos to everyone for giving Cletus stuff in green and white and yellow--perfect for a girl or a boy! Because it was a surprise, Covey didn't have her camera but here is a picture of Cletus modeling one of the outfits once we got home.

We are now almost 31 weeks along and that means only 7 weeks left until full term! We are still hoping that Cletus will come early! Covey's last day at work will be July 22nd.

On an unrelated note--the garden is doing marveously! We have now gotten 5 zucchini, 4 cucumbers, 1 yellow squash, 35 green beans, and 7 qts of garden peas. The peas are almost done but everything else is just ramping up! We have tons of little green tomatoes out there and several volunteer tomato, acorn squash and cucumber plants all over the garden. We also have a volunteer potato plant. Here are some pictures of Covey with the produce.