Yes, I am cooking.

While pregnant, especially towards the end, I became absolutely horrible about cooking. I was just not feeling up to it and even when I did cook, it didn’t always appeal to me after it was done.

Needless to say both Sean and I are very happy that I am back to cooking and he has been a huge help in cooking lately. Give him something to grill and he is completely down for it.  Some of the recipes that we have tried lately, are definitely blog worthy. Unfortunately, the first two I didn’t take pictures of the finished product.
The first was spinach artichoke stuffed mushrooms.  We had these with steak one night and they were sooo good. Sean even took one of the leftovers for lunch one day which says a lot because he isn’t always crazy about mushrooms. Here is where I found that recipe.
The second one was pesto stuffed scallops. This we had with a side salad and they were simply amazing. We should have gotten more scallops but we had no idea that we were going to like them so much. These were also super easy to fix. Here is where I found that recipe. 

Two more. These I actually remembered to take photos but one I made up the recipe so I will have to see how much I can remember. The first was a zoodle with pesto and shrimp. This is the one without the recipe. I used a squash and zucchini with my spiral cutter to make “noodles”. I sautéed them with some onions and spinach. Topped it with pesto and shrimp. I am pretty sure my 5 week old probably hated me for this meal but it was so yummy. Sean wasn’t home for this meal and we would have had to do it much differently because he can’t have the shrimp. I thought it was fantastic and will probably try to fix it again sometime when he isn’t home.Untitled

The last one was incredible and I think this is the dish that Sean said, “Thank goodness you are cooking again.”  It was a spinach and sun-dried tomato stuffed salmon. Oh so yummy and we will probably try to make this one again in the future. It was that good. After looking at the recipe, I did change one thing though. I don’t like feta so we used what we had and used Brie. It gave it a very creamy filling.
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That is all for now. There are big plans in the works for Derby week as Sean has requested we make lots of traditional southern and Derby dishes for the week leading up to Derby. And just for cuteness factor, I leave this post with this picture..
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Kite Festival

The sign went up for the Kite Festival in our town right after the little man was born. Apparently he told dad that he wanted to go see the kites when mom wasn’t around. So this past weekend we went to the Kite Festival.

At first, we weren’t sure that we wanted to go because there were a lot of people.  The weather was nice and the parking wasn’t that far away so we decided to go for a bit. We put the sunglasses on and pulled out the stroller.
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Little man has picked out the kite that Grandpa is going to build for him for next year. We can’t wait to see it!
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Guyon – Month 1

For some reason, I felt very accomplished that we made it a whole month. To me it felt like it lasted a long time, more than a month, but I guess that is good since it has been a lot of fun spending so much time with the little man. He really is a great baby and has been a great addition to our little family. Here are just a few things from your first month of life.

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How Big Are You?
– At 2 weeks, you were 21 and 3/4 inches and 8 lbs 12 oz.You gained 2 lbs in 2 weeks.
– Your next appointment isn’t until you are 8 weeks old so I don’t know where you really stand at a month old.

What’s Your Temperament?
– You are a seriously good baby. Typically the only time that you get really upset with us is when you want your diaper changed or when you are hungry. And boy do you LOVE to eat.
– You like to be read to and don’t mind doing tummy time too much. You can handle doing it for almost 10 minutes at a time these days. You have started to be more alert in the afternoon and then it is back to sleep.

What Are You Eating?
– What are you not eating at this point? You eat every 2-3 hours, which wears momma out. You are a breastfed baby which means I have no idea how much you are really eating but I know that if I am not around every couple of hours, we are in trouble.

What Are you Sporting?
– You wore newborn clothes for about the first 2 weeks of your life. After that it has been 0-3 and 3 months clothes.
– You wore paper diapers for the first 2-2.5 weeks of your life until you were big enough to fit in your cloth diapers. Now you wear those pretty much every day and you rock them. You have showered both mom and dad. Dad got it the worst though with a straight shot to the face. You have only given mom the opportunity to experience the blowout diaper and pooping on mom.

How Are You Sleeping?
– You typically sleep during the day for about 1-2 hours between feeding. Lately, you have been staying more awake in the afternoons. You take your naps either in the Pack n Play or in your swing. You aren’t normally swaddled but if we really want you to sleep, we will swaddle you.
– At night, you still only sleep about 2-3 hours at a time. If we get 4 hours(which has only happened 2 or 3 times), we are jumping for joy. You sleep in your room every night and you sleep in either your fleece or cotton halo sack.
– Mom takes care of everything for you Sunday through Thursday nights so daddy can sleep and be ready for work. On Friday and Saturday night, daddy will help by going to get you and helping change your diaper.

Guyon Likes + Dislikes:
Likes
– Tummy time. We thought you weren’t going to like it but you really don’t mind it at all. – Reading books with mommy and daddy.
– Car rides and your swing. Both put you right to sleep.
– Riding in your stroller. This also puts you to sleep.

Dislikes
– Bath time. You normally scream through the entire thing.
– Being put in your bed if you aren’t asleep. You scream. Literally.
– Burping. You take after your father on this one and have the worst time burping.

Fun Moments, Favorite Notes, Guyon Quirks + Milestones:
– Grandma and Grandpa were here for about 10 days to meet you and help mom and dad around the house. – Uncle Sam and Uncle Andrew flew into meet you for Easter weekend.
– You celebrated both St. Patrick’s Day and Easter in your first month.
– Grandpa was your first babysitter. Mom and Gigi went to do a couple of errands while you stayed at home.
– You got to put in the last piece of the puzzle that mom, dad, grandpa, and gigi built.
– You rolled over on April Fools’ Day. Thank goodness for video because no one would have believed mommy that it happened.
– Your first outing was to the Butcher shop and Richard’s Fish Market with Uncle Sam and Mommy.
– Your first bath at home was when you were 4 days old. You are probably tired of having a camera in your face all the time because mommy takes pictures of you everyday. That is all mommy’s phone is now, pictures of you.

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Meet our little one….

Now that it has taken me almost a month to finally sit down and right all of this down. Crazy how time flies but with lots of visitors and just getting used to having a little around, I finally found some time to start writing down everything about our little man.

The last of the belly pictures that you will see with this pregnancy. This one was taken at 38 weeks. What you can’t see is my exhausted, uncomfortable look on my face. Untitled

At 38 weeks and 2 days, Baby Caff decided that it was time to start the process of coming into the world. I was trying to wait as long as I could until going to the hospital but when I was finally in enough pain that the drive was going to be hard to stand, it was time to go and much to my dismay this came in the middle of the semi finals of the Big Ten Tournament game that included a Purdue win (that I didn’t see due to no tvs in Labor and Delivery Triage). Upon getting to the hospital(around 3:30pm), I was still only 1-2 cm. Even though my contractions were coming every 1-2 minutes, I still couldn’t be admitted because I wasn’t in active labor.

We were sent to walk the halls for an hour or two and I was determined to do anything and everything to get labor moving. I think the only time I sat down in the hour and half that we were gone was to go to the bathroom. We walked all of the hallways in the hospital and I even did a couple of sets of squats. Sean’s phone was starting to die so we spent some time charging his phone in the parking garage where I walked up and down the ramp multiple times, having to stop quite a few times to breathe through contractions.

We went back up to Labor and Delivery Triage and when I walked in the room, the nurse looked at me and said, “I like that face you are making.” I think she knew that I might have progressed some while we were out. It was about 6:15 pm when the Doctor came back into measure me and sure enough, I was 5 cm. Thank goodness. I was really dreading having to be sent home when deep down I felt like the baby was coming.

I was moved to a Labor and Delivery room and started on antibiotics and fluids so that I could get my epidural. I probably squeezed Sean’s hand off multiple times during this period too due to breathing through some of the contractions but it seems to be ok today. It is still attached and he is using it just fine these days. I was transferred during the change of shift which was nice because I really only had one nurse during the entire delivery. Jenn was an awesome nurse and she talked me through so much while also giving me lots of details about what was going on during the process.

At about 8 pm, I was able to get my epidural. At this point, Sean went to get the stuff from the car and food for dinner from Subway. The process to get the epidural went quickly and soon I was only feeling pressure, which was awesome. I was glad to not have to breathe so hard through the contractions. I feel like this was also another reason that I remember so much about his birth since I wasn’t having to worry about the contractions and breathing every time.

At 9:30 ish, my doctor came back in to see how things were going. I was 8 cm. Everyone seemed a little shocked that I was moving as quickly as what I was considering that it was my first pregnancy. Everything was going very quickly. My water at this point had still not broken through. I was told to rest as much as possibly and Sean tried to sleep a little bit in a chair across the room. I’m not sure Sean knew what to do with himself considering we just had to wait it out.

At 11:45ish, I was checked again to see where things were headed. I was 10 cm and still no water had broke. My doctor ended up breaking my water for me and was told that we would soon start pushing.

Strange side note story, that plays a funny part to delivery. On March 13th, the clocks were to spring forward at 2am for Daylight Savings Time. Interestingly, at 11:59 the clock in the hospital room rolled to 1:00 am instead of 12:00 am. I noticed it and said something to my nurse, which was probably a good thing because it caused much more confusion throughout the night. So keep in mind as you read the next parts, this all happened within another hour not two hours.

At 1:15 am (according to the hospital clock), they had me start pushing. I was warned that this part could take a couple of hours and I was prepared for that to happen. After pushing twice, the doctor informed me that there was a head full of hair making an appearance. I pushed two more times and we had out little guy in this world with us at 1:43 am. The doctor was supposed to hold him up and tell us what the baby was but I looked down before she could hold him up and I knew that we had a boy. Sean was able to cut the cord and he was laying on me right away. It was very surreal and there were many tears in my eyes. (I did hold it together better than what I thought I would though. More on that later.)

After he was laying on me and they were starting to clean me up, she told me that the cord was actually wrapped around his neck. That was why she couldn’t hold him up right away and why I saw that it was a boy first.  This was also about the time that they informed me that they needed to do repair work to me. At first they thought they could do it in the room but soon I was wheeled off into the OR. It was freezing cold in there and my arms were laying out to both sides. At some point I remember thinking, this must have been what it felt like for Jesus hanging on the cross like this with both arms out. Why that went through my head, I am not sure. Warm blankets were put on me which was awesome but I was still pretty shaky. All of the nurses were awesome though and kept checking to make sure I was ok. I was fine, I knew I was in good hands and that they were doing what was best for me.

While I was away, Sean was able to have some cool first moments with our son though. Since I needed extra attention, he got to feed him his first bottle. Not many fathers of breastfed babies have that opportunity and I am so glad that he had that chance. He had the chance to cuddle with him for a while before I came back in the room. I have no idea what time any of this happened.

Another side note story. While in the OR, since the time in the room was off upon his arrival, the computer system had not changed times yet. There was a 10 minute discussion, while I was laying on the table, about how in the world they were going to do all of my charting. I just looked at my nurse and laughed. I couldn’t help it because having a mom as a nurse and her using the same system, I knew that it was going to make for a difficult night for them. Funny enough my nurse and I had a conversation earlier in the night about how difficult it was going to be do write it all down if I had the baby around 2 am. Well, even him coming early, caused problems.

I almost got sick coming back from the OR but I finally was able to get some water and Lemon water ice down before they moved me to our room. I think that it was about 5:15am when I felt better and we were able to call my parents to tell them that he was here. My mom had to go to work so I knew that they would be up.

While they took us to the room, they took our little guy to the nursery to do his bath and we told them to keep him in there for a little while so we could get some sleep considering it was now 6am. It was about 8am when we woke up and I was starving. Oddly enough, breakfast was delivered soon after without me having to order due to the phone system being down.

The rest of day consisted of a visit from Uncle Daniel, watching Purdue lose in the Big Ten Championship, and lots of rest and bounding as a family of 3.

Without further ado, we introduce…..

Guyon Francis
March 13th, 1:43am
7 pounds 10.5 ounces
20 inches long

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For more on our journey to meeting our little boy, check out these.
Announcement
A bump
Nursery Inspiration
19 weeks
Baby Caff’s new pictures
Week 21 and 22
The Nursery Progress
Week 24
The Baby’s Quilt
Week 28
Baby Shower at Home
30 weeks
31 and 32 weeks
Nesting
One more Baby Shower
Week 34
Rough week with nice ending
Nursery Reveal