Sunday, December 14, 2008

Thursday, November 06, 2008

I figured out the word I wanted

I hope that the Democrats are gracious and don't gloat too much.

Tired of Hearing It

As you may have noticed, I don't usually air my opinions here especially if they're of the political or religious nature. But, after Tuesday's election, I just had to post about this thought.

Why do people like to say dramatic but untrue things? On Facebook, I have an interesting set of friends. Most of my "newer" friends are more liberal and therefore were very behind Obama. Given that I'm from South Georgia, a lot of my "older" friends there were behind McCain (not sure if anyone was very behind him though). Note that "newer" mean that I've met them in the past 10 years or so and "older" means that I've known them a long time. Anyway, it was fun to read the statuses of people on Tuesday and Wednesday. But, I was definitely annoyed by the people who had backed McCain talking about how small business owners better watch out. Or how socialism will have a negative effect on our country. Please, like we're going to become a Communist country or even like France. We're the United States of America with a mostly centrist leaning populace. We just hear the most from the two extremes.

I do really hope that there will be compromise. I hope that there's not too much pay back from the Democrats after 8 years of Republicans. Then, we'll just be in the same place we are today (or even worse). I do have hope that it'll be different.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Life Changes

It's funny how life changes. I've always thought of life as changing little by little but have figured out that the big ones actually happen quite suddenly (even if not always unexpectedly). Like having a child. I was pregnant for almost 9 months but it was still quite a big change having a child. We had to learn (and are still learning) how to take care of him. His only means of communication is crying. It can be frustrating when you can't figure out which cry he's crying (hungry, tired, dirty diaper, bored, etc). He's supposed to stop crying when Mommy holds him, right? Wrong.

When he first came home, he was still "asleep". That is, he was still waking up to the world. Well, he's woken up a lot more now. He has a harder time feeding now because he sees things around him. It takes his attention. He can't seem to focus. It also seems to be interfering with his ability to go back to sleep after eating. Thus, he seems to be getting overtired from the day and won't sleep as well at night as he was. But, all in all, I can't complain. He really doesn't cry that much. It's just little spurts here and there.

Really, the biggest change is the fact that life cannot be planned. Peanut is King. He decides when we go for a walk, when we have dinner, when I go to bed, when I wake up. Of course, I get to hold the cutest, most wonderful little baby whenever he makes these decisions.

The reason I was thinking about life changing is that yesterday was our wedding anniversary. Although from the outside, our wedding didn't seem to be a life changing event (we already lived together in a house that we had bought together), the wedding cemented our lives together and set us on the course for having our little Peanut almost 3 years later. We went out for dinner last night while my sister was nice enough to watch him (and even feed him a bottle). While out, we talked about great restaurants we used to go to and other such "past" events. But, MTH received an email from his Mom with pictures of Peanut. It pulled us into the present and we were happy to be there.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Day in the Life - Peanut

Cry

Dad hugs me

Eat
Sleep

Coo and make cute noises

Mom cuddles me

Cry

Pass gas
Coo and make cute noises

Eat
Need my diaper changed
Do Tummy Time!!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

By Ourselves (Almost)

Logan and I made it by ourselves today. Of course, we were eased into the transition as my Mom didn't leave until around 11am today. So, she held him while I was getting ready. Tomorrow morning will be the real deal.

He was a good boy today. He was awake for a while in his Pack and Play bassinet while I did a few things around the house but he didn't cry too much. I, of course, checked on him every few minutes and he ended up only making a couple of cries and then just lay there looking around. We also had a visitor. A friend who used to live in Richmond who now lives in Colorado happened to be in town. MTH even came home to visit with us. She held Peanut for a while and he slept peacefully in her arms.

He's asleep now. I'm hoping that he's not slept too much today and then won't sleep tonight. We had a little problem with sleeping last night but I think it was a new parent mistake. It's all of a sudden gotten cooler and I think that he a little cool. As soon as I picked him up and put him on my stomach, he fell right to sleep. We're going to put a hat and socks on him tonight. He's swaddled and wearing a onesie at night but the feet portion of the swaddle is only one layer and of course, there's nothing on his head. Hopefully he'll sleep more soundly tonight. I took a nap this morning so that helped me make it through the day.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Creamed Corn

My Mom brought some creamed corn with her from Baxley. I haven't had this dish in a long, long time. It's one of the best dishes in the world. Creamed corn is not made with cream (although my Mom does put in a touch of milk to keep it from being too watery). It's the way you cut the corn off the cob. Instead of cutting the corn right at the cob, you cut it away from the cob and it lets the juice out of the corn (which is creamy). Then, my Mom adds a small bit of butter, a little milk and salt and pepper. So good!!!

2.718 makes it with bacon fat which of course is even better :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Phoebe

Amazingly, Phoebe is holding up very well with Peanut in the house. The beginning was not good. Peanut decided he needed a diaper change the moment we walked in the door from the hospital. But, the Pack and Play was not set up yet so we had to get everything together and do it on the couch. Well, he was crying loudly so Phoebe had to check out what was going on. But, we didn't want her there so MTH's Mom was pushing her to get away. She started puffing up but did not swat or bite (I think there may have been a little hissing). Then, Peanut decided to pee right straight up into the air (see Automatic Sprinkler picture below :) I'm sure a video of the scene would have been great especially it took three of us to change him. Needless to say, we've gotten a lot better. And, Phoebe has been a little curious but has not jumped into the Pack and Play, co-sleeper or the changing table! She doesn't get on our bed that much anymore. The good part though is otherwise she seems pretty much the same. When she's content, she holds her tail in the air and she's doing that again.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

On Facebook

There's a group on Facebook called "Yeah... I'm from Baxley...". The description:

Budlight Presents: "Real American Heroes"
Today we salute you Baxley Residents,
For all those people from the "BIG" town of Baxley that no one has ever hear of and others look at you funny when you tell them that's where you are from. You are blessed my friend to live in the town with only 5 red lights, 6 fast-food establishments, a Wal-Mart and no movie theatre or mall. Because it could be worse you could be from Alma or Hazlehurst! So crack open an ice cold bud light Baxley Residents we know you know everybody's business in town.

Pretty funny if you're from Baxley. When I was growing up, there were only 3 red lights, 2 fast food establishments and no Wal-Mart. They've really come up in the world!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Peanut Update

I know that pretty much all of my readers are people I know but still for my own purposes, here's an update :)

He arrived on Sunday, 9/7/08, at 11:59am. He weighted 6 lbs and 13 oz and measured 19 inches. When we left the hospital on Tuesday, his weight was 6 lbs and 9 oz. Yesterday, at his first doctor's appointment, he had already gained by 2 of those lost ounces!! He's a growing boy.



Saturday, September 06, 2008

Tofu

We like tofu.

I made two meals this week with extra firm tofu. MTH loved both of them. Check out the Veggie Tofu Stir Fry and the Italian Veggie Tofu Pasta Salad.

Many things make these great:
1. Tofu is cheap but good.
2. Lots of veggies so it's good for you.
3. Quick and easy to make.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Nabil In... Baxley

I couldn't ask for a better introduction to the nightlife in Baxley. Yes, one of the main things people did in high school was ride up and down the strip (US 1 from Hardee's to Dairy Queen). He doesn't actually show that but he alludes to it. I believe that he ends in a place that's called Traditions. It was one of the first "bars" in town. There may actually be more now. Anyway, have fun watching. And, if you search Youtube, you'll also find:
Nabil In... Alma
Nabil In... Waycross

Supposedly, he also filmed Nabil In... Blackshear but it's not posted.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Evolution of the Belly, Part 5

For comparison's sake, here's some pictures in the same outfit!

May 7th, 2008
May 7th, 2008

September 1st
September 1st, 2008

August 8th, 2008
August 8th, 2008

August 18th, 2008
August 18th, 2008 (just 10 days later!!)

Monday, September 01, 2008

Facebook

Ok - I signed up. Once you get it set up, it could definitely take up a lot of time but it seems like it could also be a good way to keep up with people and not take up as much time as I thought. It's quite fun to see who else is on it. We'll see who accepts my invitations to be "friends" :)

And, maybe MTH will join too.

Friday, August 29, 2008

The Nursery is Ready

It's finally ready but it looks like we'll not be using the crib at first. We decided to get a cosleeper that attaches to our bed. I'll post a picture of it once it's set up - maybe with a baby in it :) Here's the nursery - note the Dancing Green walls!

Full View of the Crib

The crib can convert into a toddler bed and then a double bed. He's one lucky kid. I had a twin bed through college.

Crib with MTH's Kermit

MTH still has his Kermit the Frog and he matches the room

Swing with Bookcase and Rocker

Look at all the books Peanut already has!! And, when he's ready, he's got a swing. The quilt was made by MTH's Mom!

Changing Table

The changing table - where all the dirty work will happen.

Dresser with Train and Pictures

The only real decorations we have so far! The train and pictures. We need to get some items but of course, Peanut's not really going to care too much - it's more for his parents.

Richmond Shower

The spread from another angle
Britgirl outdid herself on the food!

A Useful Decoration
It's a decoration and it's a gift!

A better shot of the Mr. Tumnus
He wanted to be in on the action!

MMH and SM caught by Mom
MMH and SM

It's the big gift!
It's always fun to open a big gift!

Britgirl (the awesome host) and MMH

J9 with 11 week old, MMH at 34 weeks and Meg at 25 weeks
J9 with 11 week old, MMH at 34 weeks and Meg at 25 weeks"

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Preparations

As we speak, MTH and I are mkaing big batches of chili and lasagna to freeze for those evenings that we'll not feel like cooking after Peanut makes his appearance. MTH is a master chili cooker and lasagna is quite a simple dish. I think that'll give us at least 6 meals in the freezer. If anyone has ideas for other freezable meals, let me know. We, of course, only have so much room in the freezer :(

What Will You Eat?

I found this post on River City Food and Wine. I've just lifted her text but bolded/highlighted in red my answer.

Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that Very Good Taste from the UK thinks every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food - but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you don’t recognize everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

Here’s the deal:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Red out any items that you would never consider eating.

Here is my list (with a few comments thrown in):
1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile (if alligator counts)
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi (looks like something Indian I've tried before)
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (blecch)
19. Steamed pork buns (I absolutely love these!)
20. Pistachio ice cream (Bev's makes a nice pistachio gelato)
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (no reason to kill taste buds)
27. Dulce de leche (does dulce de leche ice cream by Haagen Dazs count?)
28. Oysters (on the half shell even)
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda (sounds good - may have to make it myself)
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (I've had chili in a sourdough bowl)
33. Salted lassi (has never appealed to me but doesn't mean I won't try it someday)
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (I've had cognac but don't plan on having a cigar)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects (if I were starving)
43. Phaal (from what I read, vindaloo falls into this category - that's my favorite Indian dish)
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone (supposed to be very good)
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa - I'm pretty certain I would like this dish so I will have to try it
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Friday, August 22, 2008

Feeling Good

Earlier this week, I wasn't feeling so good as I either had a cold or allergies. Who knew that in my 35th week of pregnancy I would not feel good because of sniffles. Now that I can breathe and my throat doesn't hurt, I feel fine. Of course, rolling over in the nighttime is still a chore. There's this big basketball stuck to my stomach that doesn't always want to move at the same rate as the rest of my body. Therefore, I have to make an actual effort to move. That doesn't really allow for good sleeping. Oh well, I guess it's natures way of getting me ready for when the baby is no longer a part of me.

I'll be posting some nursery photos soon. The crib, changing table, book shelf and dresser are all assembled and in the baby's room. We also have a swing that's ready to go. We're most likely going to get a co-sleeper that attaches to the bed in order to have him in the room with us in the beginning. It will make feeding and changing diapers in the middle of the night much easier. There's a place to store the diaper changing stuff right there and then, as long as everything goes as planned, I'll be the food source.

I've made one exciting purchase - a book called Itsy Bitsy Yoga. I can't wait to try it out.

The other exciting purchase hasn't happened yet but will soon. It's a wrap for "wearing" the baby. The problem has been trying to decide which one to buy. There are so many choices. I have finally decided to try the Moby wrap first. Almost all of the reviews say that it's very comfortable and that there are no backaches even after a couple of hours of use. Since I'll be using it most in the fall and winter, it seems like a good idea as it will be hard for us to overheat in it.

This weekend should be pretty relaxed as our list of things to do is getting shorter. I do still need to pack. I am allowed to wear my own gown but I need to find a cheap one that won't matter what happens to it. The Target near our house is undergoing a huge renovation/expansion and doesn't have anything. I just have to bite the bullet and travel to another Target. I also need to go buy a few nursing items. This shopping is definitely not as much fun as regular clothes shopping.

Evolution of the Belly, Part 4

August 15th, 2008
August 15th

August 18th, 2008
August 18th

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Atlanta Baby Shower

MAT, MAH, MTH's Mom, my Mom and SM threw a wonderful shower for me in Atlanta a few weeks back. As I mentioned in a previous post, I had two expert photographers. ETK has beat 2.718 in uploading her pictures so here's a few from her set. The shower was a lot of fun. It was catered by none other than MTH's brother, Chef H and his girlfriend, Lotusluna (or EH). The menu included mini Beef Wellington, portobello mushroom sandwiches, tuna salad sandwiches and a caprese salad. It was all delicious. We had a nice punch made by MAH. And, of course, we ended with dessert - CAKE!



One of the Fabulous Planners
Originally uploaded by ET K

MAT, One of the Fabulous Planners of the Shower














Grandma M to Be
Originally uploaded by ET K

Grandma M (to be)
















The BEST Present EVER
Originally uploaded by ET K


MTH's Diaper Bag - isn't it cool?













Diaper Cover
Originally uploaded by ET K



BlondiePi knitted these really cool diaper covers.













MIL
Originally uploaded by ET K




Grandma H (to be)











Sister
Originally uploaded by ET K


SM - Great picture by ETK














Foooood
Originally uploaded by ET K


The food was awesome! Catered by MTH's little brother, Chef H.









Cake (The Reason to Live)
Originally uploaded by ET K


The cake was great!









ETK caught me :)

Game Playing
Originally uploaded by ET K


Evolution of the Belly, Part 3

Here's a few more pictures:

7/21


8/6

Note the blue walls in our bedroom. That's one of the new colors in our freshly painted house!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

On my way to Atlanta

I'm looking forward to a fun weekend in Atlanta. Some great people have been planning a shower for me (and indirectly for MTH although he'll be out on the golf course). I'm really looking forward to what they have cooked up. I didn't even get a copy of the invitation so I'm assuming there are a few surprises. Plus, I'll get to see my friends including MAT who's done a lot of the planning and is coming all the way from SF. I'm hoping that 2.718 and ETK will be taking some pictures to share with me (hint, hint).

We're staying through Monday morning so that means we'll get to do some more catching up on Sunday too.

Friday, July 04, 2008

My Current Muses

I haven't gotten into photography like ETK but I do use my camera a fair amount. My two "muses" are MTH and Phoebe. Here's a few (plus two by MTH)

MTH starting his bike at the 2nd Annual I Love the Tavern Triathlon

MTH finishing the run at the triathlon - he's almost done!

Phoebe playing with her catnip filled mouse

Phoebe - in repose - by MTH

Phoebe, Looking Away - by MTH


Of course, the expectation is that I (and MTH) will have a new muse in less than 3 months! I'm sure you'll be inundated!

Prenatal Yoga

In my previous Yoga Update, I mentioned that I was going to try out a class at Ashtanga Richmond. Well, I really liked that class. The two classes are very different from one another.

The one that I attended originally (was located at Yoga Source but is now in a different location) uses a lot of props. We each have 2 blankets, a bolster, 2 blocks and sometimes a strap. For several of the poses, we have to get everything in place before we can do the pose. This class is run by a company called OmMama. They are in the process of opening a standalone prenatal/postpartum fitness and education center in the fall that will be near my house. I'll be able to take Peanut to the Itsy Bitsy Yoga classes. Check out this book.

The new one at Ashtanga Richmond uses only the yoga mat. It's quite different. We don't do the full Ashtanga series but we definitely are doing modified poses. She has us squatting and staying in that position for what seems like an eternity (and other poses that are not easy but will help us to stay strong throughout pregnancy).

In the end, I like each of them for different reasons. The OmMama class although easier still gives me a workout and makes me feel good after. We all go around the room at the beginning of class and give an update on how far along we are and any issues we're having (i.e. swelling, backaches, etc). The instructor usually tailors the class to those issues to help us understand things we can do at home to help alleviate them. For the Ashtanga class, I like that it's more of a workout. I feel like I'm strengthening myself. That will be good for the labor part as well as getting back in shape afterwards.

Evolution of the Belly, Part 2


May 28th

July 4th

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Aguas Frescas

I made this drink today from fresh strawberries we picked up from the Strawberry Street Festival near our house. The strawberries were very ripe and I was worried they wouldn't last until tomorrow. So, I washed and hulled them. Then, I pureed them in the blender. I added a little fresh lemon juice and simple syrup to taste. Before drinking, I chilled it. It's like drinking strawberries, except better! You can make this drink with any fresh fruit that's in season that will puree into a drinkable liquid.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Gender

We found out on Monday the gender of the baby. Here are the ultrasounds:

It looks like a baby!
Arm
Leg
Foot
Boy

He's already traumatized :)