Sunday, January 31, 2010

Did I say that?

I mentioned in an earlier post that Calvin only cries when he is hungry or getting his diaper changed. That is no longer true. He has been spitting up and vomiting a lot the past few days and I think it is making him very uncomfortable because he has been crying a lot.

I also mentioned in an earlier post that I am skinny again. Also not true. I think I said that after I slept until noon without eating breakfast so my belly was especially small. I still can't wear any pants but sweatpants. I actually buttoned up a pair of jeans yesterday but they kept rubbing against my incision so I ended up wearing a skirt to go grocery shopping. Someday I'll wear jeans again...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Oh yeah, one more thing

There was a SPIDER IN CALVIN'S CRIB this morning. This spider problem has got to stop.

The day the pantry flooded

This morning I woke up to a loud dripping noise. I laid in bed a while, annoyed at Evan for leaving a faucet dripping. Then Calvin woke up, so I got out of bed to go fetch him, but first I went to turn off the faucet. However, I quickly realized it wasn't a faucet. Water was dripping down from the ceiling of our pantry and the floor was covered in nasty yellow water. I quickly called maintenance, threw on some clothes, and started moving some stuff out of the pantry so it wouldn't get ruined. Meanwhile, Calvin was screaming.

Twenty minutes later, Calvin was screaming louder and the water had leaked out into the kitchen and was about to start soaking our carpet and maintenance still hadn't showed up, so I called them back. I think they were a little annoyed with me, but I didn't care. I guess I didn't stress the first time how bad the leak in our pantry was because they told me that the guys had left and they would get to the calls in order. This time I stressed that it was an emergency and a few minutes later, maintenance showed up, carrying a little bucket of rags. That made me laugh because they were going to need 20 or 30 times more rags to clean up that water.

I finally fed poor Calvin while the maintenance guys fixed the problem. I guess someone's water heater on the third floor was leaking and it dripped down through the second floor into our apartment.

Luckily, nothing really got ruined. Everything on the floor was either waterproof or not important and I pulled out most of the stuff before it got too wet anyway. Our food has splashes of nasty water on the containers, but that's okay. It is still edible.

Hopefully the rest of the day will go a little better than this morning did.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Calvin rolls over and wiggles his arms and legs

Here are some videos for the grandparents and everyone else.

Calvin likes to wiggle his arms and legs:

Calvin rolled over! My camera ran out of memory at the end so the video ends a half second early. Sorry. You will notice my hand in the video because Calvin was about to roll off the couch. That was my protective mothering instincts coming out.

Isn't that the cutest outfit? He has monkey feet! Thanks to Amanda's parents!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Doing better

The last few days have been pretty hard for me. I got almost no sleep because Calvin was sometimes taking two hours to eat and when he eats 8 times a day, that doesn't leave time for much else. Plus, because he was in the NICU, I had to pump, so my milk supply is way too high, which makes me really really uncomfortable.

Yesterday I had a doctor appointment and she gave me some great advice that has made the past 24 hours much better. She told me to make him wait until he is really hungry before he eats. So far, it has worked like a charm. He eats in half an hour so I have way more time to sleep now. I even have time to blog!

This is what we did after I got back from the doctor:

Here are some things about Calvin that we have discovered in the past week:
  • He loves his binky.
  • He only cries when he is really hungry or getting his diaper changed. The rest of time time he just whimpers.
  • He is really strong.

  • No matter how tightly we wrap him up, he always manages to get his arms out.

  • He loves to look around at things.

  • He HATES getting his diaper changed.

  • He has a really strong neck and can hold his head up.

Here is a smiling picture. It is way cuter in person though.

Oh! I almost forgot! I'm skinny again! The pants my mom bought me last week are way too big now. How nice!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sleeping Trouble

Last night was the first night that Shanna's mother wasn't with us. Calvin was having some trouble sleeping, so I went into his room to investigate. I found his problem. This is why he couldn't sleep last night.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Whoops! Did they say Friday? They meant Wednesday.

He's home! Last night Evan and I slept at the hospital and I fed Calvin every meal. Then he came home. Now he is sleeping peacefully. It is so nice to hold him without any wires! He's the cutest little person.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Friday, not Wednesday

I guess they told me the wrong day. So we get him on Friday as long as he is eating. In the mean time, I'll be going to the hospital a zillion times a day to feed him.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Going home in a few hours!

Evan and I are going home tonight! It has been nice to stay at the hospital, but it will be nice to go home too. Not that we are really leaving though, since I still have to come back and feed Calvin all the time.

Calvin probably will come home on Wednesday. Horray! He will also be wire free when he comes home, which will make him way easier to hold.

Some highlights from the past two days:

-Yesterday the nurse changed his diaper while he was on my lap and he peed on me.

-Last night he got all the wires off his head! He is down to 5-7 wires now instead of the 15 or so he had.

-Evan got to hold him last night and it was so cute!

-Today I fed him successfully and changed his diaper. He didn't pee on me!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Contest Winner Correction

We erroneously posted that my (Evan's) Aunt Becky had made the winning guess. Unfortunately for her, we missed the first portion of the guess. The portion that we missed actually said, "This is Jason." So it appears that the actual winner of our contest, and proud new owner of a crisp One Dollar Bill, is actually Jason DeWitt. I know he'll be checking the mail eagerly awaiting his prize.

Calvin is doing better!

This morning I got to try to feed Calvin for the first time. He couldn't figure out how to do it and just cried, but I got to hold him for a long time after that, which was nice. I get to try feeding him twice a day now as long as he digests his food. I kinda feel a little more like he is mine now. He is really cute!


His nurse practitioner seemed a lot more positive today too. All of the tests they have done so far have come back normal and he is improving. He is going to be in the NICU for at least 7 more days though since he is on antibiotics for group B strep infection. The poor little guy has about ten cords, wires, and IVs on his body!

Calvin feet

I'm doing better too, especially when I have enough medication. They removed my IV, catheter, and the dressing over my incision so it is easier to move around now. And I finally got a shower, which felt great. I walked around a lot today. Last night we slept much better than the night before. I've tried sleeping with earplugs, which has helped a ton.

Evan and Calvin

Evan has been a great help with everything. I sure married a good guy!

Some pictures and a video clip follow here:

Video of Calvin opening his eyes.

Sleeping in mom's arms.

Looking up at mom.

Calvin looking like an old man.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Welcome to the world Calvin!

We had our baby yesterday a 7:20pm. He weighed 6 lbs 13 oz (meaning Becky, with the closest guess, will win our grand prize of $1). It was quite a whirlwind birth with an emergency C-Section about an hour and a half after we got to the hospital. Then he was whisked away to the NICU. We got to hold him his morning and we think he's really cute. We don't know how long he'll be in the NICU, but we hope they figure out what is wrong with him or he just gets better soon. Any prayers for him would be appreciated.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Last night I was trying to get Evan to guess how much our baby is going to weigh. He suggested I make a contest on our blog and make everyone guess the weight.

I was trying to think of a good prize and finally came up with one: The winner gets to choose the final name of our baby!

Yeah right.

Here is the real grand prize:

One dollar!! Woohoo! So, leave a comment guessing how much the baby is going to weigh at birth in pounds and ounces. No half ounces allowed. You can't guess the same as someone else. And you must guess before I go to the hospital. All guesses after that time are invalid.

A couple of thoughts

Rearranging furniture:

Do you ever just love being in a room because of a new piece of furniture or a new arrangement of furniture? That's how I feel about the baby's room/craft room right now. For the past few months, all the furniture has been squeezed together to make room for our kitchen table so I could sew on it. Now we rearranged the room and replaced the kitchen table with a smaller craft table and I love being in there!

Free money:

Evan's tuition and engineering books are going to be paid for by the company he is doing research for. That's a real blessing. We finally got around to applying for pell grants too, so hopefully we'll get one of those and we'll be rich again.

Pregnancy blessings and woes:

Ironically (and thankfully), now that I am almost done with pregnancy, I don't have back pain. It has been replaced by achy hips and leg pain. In fact, I've woken up twice in the past week because of a charlie horse in my calf. Poor Evan woke up too because I woke up yelling. He thought I was going into labor or something. Haha.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Years Eve

On New Years eve we were planning on being at the hospital with our new baby boy and our 2009 tax cut, but things didn't turn out as planned, so we went over to my brother's wife's parent's house, which was definitely more fun than being at the hospital. It was really nice of them to invite us because we probably would have ended up watching a movie and falling asleep before we could even drink our sparkling grape juice at midnight.

They have a cool tradition there of eating fondue on New Years Eve. They had several kinds of meat and mushrooms that we could put on skewers and fry in a little fondue pot, as well as some cheese fondue and other appetizers. The spinach artichoke dip was really good. It was pretty cool and fun to fry our own food. I ate way more than I should have.

Then we played some games, ate ice cream sundaes, and watched a movie. I fell asleep during it, but woke up before midnight to watch the ball drop, pop my popper, drink some sparkling juice, and watch Dave set off fireworks.

Thanks to Amanda's parents for a good New Years Eve!


Last night Evan and I were going to sleep and we heard some noise outside our bedroom window. We peeked outside and there were four deer a few feet away. We watched them for a little while and then went back to bed.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Craft update, and no, I haven't had the baby yet

I went to the doctor today. I still haven't had the baby. They will probably induce next week if he doesn't come before then. But for all you nosey people out there who want specifics, I'm dilated to a 2 and mostly effaced and the baby's head is nice and low.

Check out the table Evan got me for Christmas! I asked for a card table, but this one is better because the top is hard and it is long and narrow. Perfect for sewing and stuff!

I decided the baby needed an orange crib sheet. This is what it looks like, but I haven't sewed in the elastic yet.

These are the paperwhites I grew in a giant pickle jar. In the bottom there are rocks and water. They aren't going to flower since they flowered last year, but I think they look cool anyway. Plus, I think paperwhites are stinky, so I'd rather not have them flower.

My mom and I made these for the baby's room with freezer paper stencils while the boys were snowshoing over winter break. My mom did a great job! It is tough to do two colors with freezer paper stencils. The freezer paper wouldn't stick to the already painted part. The frames are from Walmart and the fabric was some I had on hand.
This is the Ikea table Evan and I bought to replace our old kitchen table. It was unfinished so after Christmas we took it to a lab at school and stained it. I wore an old shower curtain around my belly so I wouldn't get dirty if my belly bumped the table.
Here is the finished project. It turned out lighter and redder than the stain can indicated. I wanted it to be the same color as our coffe table, but it isn't. I think it was too dusty in the lab because our finish is really rough. But we can always re-do it. I've never stained anything before, so it was fun to learn how. It would have been way cheaper to paint it though.
This is a lamp I got at DI. I wanted to add some orange to the baby's room, so despite the fact that it looked fine how it was, I painted it orange. Before:
I also turned the lamp shade the other way so you can't see the stains on it. That was Evan's idea. I thought I was going to have to recover the shade.

Here are some Christmas presents I can post about now that Christmas is over. These are cookies in a jar.

An apron for my mother in law. I didn't use a pattern, but I modeled it after an apron I already have.
An apron for my mom. I didn't use a pattern for this one either. She was afraid to get it dirty when we made dinner on Christmas, but we convinced her to wear it anyway.

I also made Evan and the baby matching wrestling shirts, but Evan's was too small and I forgot to take a picture. Very sad.