Friday, September 30, 2016

"Cracked Out" Trailer Trash Cassarole

OMG. If there is every anything I DO NOT trust on Pinterest, its a recipe that contains the term "Crack" I find this to be a euphemism for "made from cheap trashy over processed ingredients" In other words, I tend to avoid recipes like this at all costs. 


Anutie Anna was here, so we decided to "treat yo self" and make Tator-tot casserole. I haven't made it in probably a decade. So, of course I turned to Pinterest, and found a recipe for "cracked out tater tot cassarole" Might I also mention that we were under a hurricane watch, so I sent Daniel a snapshot of the recipe, and had him pick up the rest of the ingredients while he was in town. 

Let me just say, this ended up to be the world's trashiest most expensive dinner. It wasn't bad, but I will probably never ever make it ever again. Haha!

3 cans chicken
16 oz tub sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 pkg Ranch dressing mix
1 bag bacon bits
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 bag frozen tater tots

Mix together, bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes.

and now for the really fun part, how much did this cost to make if you live on a tiny island and there's a hurricane so Misaki's is your only grocery option. Not that it would have been much cheaper at any other time of the year...

3 cans chicken @$5.29 ea= $15.87
16 oz tub sour cream $4.29
1 can cream of chicken soup $1.79
1 pkg Ranch dressing mix $2.49
1 bag bacon bits $5.49
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese $4.99
1 bag frozen tater tots $5.19

$40.11 AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

We could have just went out to eat! Plus, I'm surprised none of us died from the massive dose of sodium. Haha. And that concludes my once every decade serving of tater tot casserole. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ethan Kekoa's Homecoming!

Sunday afternoon we finally got to come home. Everyone was pretty dang excited. We were excited to leave the hospital. I'm sure the nurses were excited to see me finally leave the hospital. (Hahaha) Korpi's were probably excited to have their house back ;) Daniel was excited to stop being in Kailua and driving through all the tourist traffic. Sophia was beyond excited to meet Ethan, and Michael was excited because Sophia was excited and my Mom and Dad were excited to meet the baby too.

Leaving the Hospital

Leaving the Korpi's
Our Mokulele Flight Home

Sophia wanted to hold him immediately.
and she had to be within 3 cm of him the whole rest of the day.
Toddler Photography

Saturday, September 24, 2016

September 24, 2016

Gah! What to say?!? It's our last night in the hospital. Thank the Lord! 

Ethan drank a ton (85mL!!!!!!!) of milk at 6 am this morning, then was still passed out when I got here at 8 to feed him. He took an almost 5 hour nap! That's an eternity for a newborn!

I think this week is finally starting to catch up with me this evening...and...I still have homework to finish. But instead of focusing on recombinant DNA technologies I've been spending all of my time staring at Ethan and trying to decide who he looks like the most. 

We've been at the hospital until around midnight every night, and tonight we're doing the same. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September 21/22 2016

Oh little Ethan,

You are causing your Mommy and Daddy  one heck of a hard time. We are happy that you're healthy and happy.

We are however less than excited about the fact that you have to stay in the Castle nursery without us for an entire week.

You seem to be very healthy. The doctors think you probably aspirated some amniotic fluid when you came out. Some of your blood work came back with elevated White blood cell counts and elevated bands. They were worried that you might be fighting off some infection. They took some more blood and cultured it, but nothing grew, so you're probably definitely fine. It's even possible that whatever little bug you had you could have/did fight off on your own. However, we have yet to see an actual doctor and all the nurses have all different opinions๐Ÿ™„

Mom and Dad have been spending as much time as we can with you, but we still missed your umbilical cord falling off at 4 days!!!. Mommy's trying to nurse you and snuggle you as much as possible, the nurses keep giving you milk even though I've asked them a million times to call me in to nurse you. Annoying. 

You're quickly turning from a wrinkly newborn to a super cute baby boy. You still look a lot like your Daddy, but lately you're the spitting image of your sister. 

You look really good. Your heart rate is good, your oxygen saturation is good.  The only thing is you still breathe a little fast sometimes. The nurses say you still have some tachypnea but some say it can be a sign of infection, some say it's just a natural part of life, it can also be caused by stress, anxiety, etc. They also like to disagree on the accuracy of this monitor. ๐Ÿ˜‘

So....we'll see what Dr. Reese says, but so far her partner says you're fine and can be released Sunday morning instead of Sunday night, so that would be awesome!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Lanai Progress

Well, I set up some posts in advance since I'm hopefully busy delivering a baby/ caring for a new born right now. And without further adu, I give you an update on our Lanai.

Take a peek back at what our lanai looked like when we first started to remodel it or even a few weeks ago when we finally got around to Painting the lanai. This week since my mom and dad have been here and unfortunately, I have NOT gone into labor, despite passing my due date and this being my THIRD child.... the lanai got a little spruce up.

Daniel and my dad put in these lights from Lowes, which provided a MUCH needed upgrade, both in style and functionality. 

I bought a new pillow from Pottery Barn, and moved one of our old pillows back outside. Also, while  Anna was still here  (collective effort of me, her and our mom) we got the porch swing painted white, which looks SO much better and brighter. 

Its hard to tell in the pictures, but the floor is also making progress. Slowly but surely. My dad advised Daniel on what new scraper to buy, so that's on its way from amazon. (This one) and the gel stain is sitting in the closet, waiting for me to finish scraping off all the tar.

And hopefully someday I'll find a ceramic garden stool to go between these two chairs that will actually ship to Molokai! And then we'll get the back yard cleaned up....And then life will be perfect :)

Monday, September 19, 2016

September 19, 2016

Last night the nursery nurse was great and very supportive of mommy baby time. Unfortunately the one today sucks, possibly more than the first one even. Not that I thought that was possible.

Baby is on oxygen, but it's only room air, so basically there's a tube in his nose for nothing. They've been giving him a pacifier a lot, so now he's not interested in nursing. 

AND we get discharged today. The pediatrician aid if he was off oxygen he could room in. The midwife said if he was  room in, we could stay here.

The nurses are busy and don't want to deal with that so they won't take him off oxygen and are making Daniel and I leave. My nurse today is especially annoying and has asked me when I want to leave literally 20+ times. I've seriously been counting. "Hello. I'm not leaving. I may be discharged, but I will be in this nursery until you discharge my baby" 

Sooooo, there's that. She's so annoying. Like the nurse for Sophia that kept pushing me to get an epidural. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

September 18, 2016

This whole pregnancy I've just had this nagging feeling that something  was wrong. First, it took us longer to get pregnant than last time. Next, the first test I took was negative. Then the second test was really faint. Even my hospital test the line was faint. I didn't have as much morning sickness and this baby wasn't ever as active as our other two. I'm sure there were more small signs, as you could see in all my "Baby Number Three: Weekly Updates" 

Well, today was baby's 24 hour check up. He was breathing too fast still, so the pediatrician on call said that we could not go home and she ordered some labs. 

They didn't come back good. He had elevated white blood cell counts and elevated something else. 

She ordered a chest x-Ray that only had a few streaks, so that could mean an infection and mild respitory distress. 

He has to be on antibiotics for 3-7 days but we can't stay at the hospital if he has to stay in the nursery. 

They took him to the nursery at 3pm today and started two different antibiotics- ampicillin and something else. 

Around 7pm they finally said I could come in and nurse him and hold him. We stayed for about an hour and then he had to go back under the warmer and get some rest.

I just went back anyway and nursed him a couple of hours later, then it was time for shift change. The next nurse was so much nicer and let me hold him and nurse him all through the night.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sept 17, 2016

Well, my pitocin started around 11pm on Sept 16th. My stomach hurt like crazy and I could barely sleep at all. Great news-it was just heartburn and gas! Haha. Dang it!!!! They increased my dose every 30 minutes. After midnight (yay! It's the 17th!) still not much was going on. Daniel slept through the whole thing :)

But by 2:30ish I was having steady contractions every 2-4 minutes. Or so they say. I was just trying to sleep. It didn't hurt that much, and I know one of the stories I read in Spiritual Midwifery said something like "a bunch of women at the farm slept through early labor, so I decided to try that too" LOL. So, me too. I just tried to relax and let the contractions do thier job, not fight them. Also, it still wasn't back labor, so much better than Michael or Sophia.

By 6am I was having good contractions, but only about 4cm. Ugh. Baby was not fully engaged is why. So some contractions were easy, some were terrible depending on how far down he would be.

Daniel was still sleeping :)

The nurse suggested that I get up and sway/hula/walk around so gravity could help his head engage. I did that and in the hour the contractions got way worse. I couldn't talk or move or sit during them, just had to stand up, brace my arms and breathe. Our nurse had said that I could try Fentinol to take the edge off so when she came back at 7am I asked if I could do that now, see if it was enough, and if not maybe get the epidural. She said sure, but she would a heck me first and they were about to switch shifts, so lucky me, Joan, one of the previous midwives from Molokai who I actually saw when I was pregnant with Sophia was our new nurse! She's great! So, Joan checked me, I was 8cm! She went to get the midwife on call. Louisa came in and rechecked me. 8 cm and a bulging head. She said I better get the epidural now or I wouldn't have time, or I could do it without if I wanted because the baby would be born really quickly, within the hour. So I took the Fentinol AND the epidural and basically got all loopy and almost passed out for the next hour. It was actually great and nice to relax and rest since I had basically been up and doing stuff for the last 26 hours with only a couple of cat naps. 

Soooo, I was kind of out of it, but I felt his head pretty low and asked if I should push. They said "yes!!!" Pretty emphatically, but then I got scared. Hahaha, so I didn't. I waited for the next contraction, pushed and it hurt!!!! I wasn't  expecting the pain, so I stopped pushing agin. Then they said I just had to. No going back now. So I pushed as hard as I could with the next 4 contractions and it was still incredibly painful and I cried, but that was it. His head was out. Then Louisa asked Daniel if he wanted to catch, so he caught the body on the next push. The body was almost as bad as the head. His chest was actually wider than his head, but I guess I was already stretched. Then we were done. They laid him on my chest skin to skin and rubbed him with a blanket. He cried immediately and turned a nice rosy pink. He's a fat baby with a double chin, huge arms, a barrel chest and tiny legs. 

Later when they weighed him he was 8lbs 5oz. And only 20 inches long. His hair is really dark, maybe even black, but his eyebrows and eyelashes are white...or they haven't grown in yet. I don't know if that's possible. His eyes were wide open and I was surprised that he looked a lot like Daniel/Mike. From the ultrasound we all thought he was going to look just like Michael. 

And the placenta was cool. It was way darker than Michael's and it really does look like a tree of life.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Induction day

Well, today did not start off well. Woke up to pouring rain. We got up early to finish packing and left the house by 6:45.  Our Mokulele flight was delayed, so we just sat at the Molokai airport for awhile but at least the rain cleared up. It was still cloudy and the ride over was bumpy and my left ear would NOT pop.

We got to Avis. I had messed up and made two reservations. Lucky the lady was super nice about it. BUT all they had left was mini vans. 

By the time we got to the rental car, Castle called and delayed my induction because they were full. 

Daniel got some Carl's Jr. And I got an egg mc muffin. We went to lowes then Home Depot. But by them my feet were swollen and I was exhausted. So I decided to stay in the van and put my feet up and rest and of course like 2 minutes after Daniel went inside some creepy mofos come just "hang out" playing on thier phones and smoking thier cigarettes right next to my window. Eventually one of them got into a van 2 cars down and left (not the car they were all sitting all thier stuff on the hood of)  then they moved down like 3 more cars. Then the first guy drove his van back and backed in right next to me. It was really wierd and creepy. But it ended up to be fine. Shortly after that Daniel came back and we left....maybe just a coincidence, or maybe we looked like stupid tourists. I don't know, but either way it was a super busy parking garage, so hopefully no one would be that stupid, but who knows. I'm gojng to assume the best and say it was a coincidence and they were just killing time waiting for thier friend to get off work or something. Who knows! Kinda creepy though. 

We thought about going to a movie, but they were all terrible, and mostly horror movies. So instead we went to Target and as usual spent a small fortune. Daniel got some new work shirts, I got some toiletries. Nothing exciting. I got a vanilla bean frap like any millennial would ๐Ÿ˜‰

After that I thought we could try out the outlet mall. I fell asleep in the way there. The Oahu traffic never ceases to amaze me.
Then Daniel took a short nap after we got there. It was a bust. Nothing a really needed or wanted.but we did get dip n dots.
And by then my cankles had swelled to a catastrophic size.

We left there and stopped at Ross in Paerl City. Daniel got some new sneakers. After that it was time to head to Kailua. I asked our friend Diane for some dinner recommendations. Sadly, one place was closed and the other had too long of a wait list for our schedule since I wanted to be early/on time since I was already nervous enough about being induced. So...we ended up getting KFC. I was super nervous, so I didn't even eat much, but being me, I stashed a bunch of crap and my leftovers in my purse for later. ๐Ÿ˜‚

We got to Castle In plenty of time. Check in was easy. Just for my weight gain journey. I was 172 at check in. So probably as much as I gained with Michael. And I actually tried this time! Dang! I guess kids just grow as much as they want...or I have a serious weakness for junk food. Haha. 44 pounds, that's not so bad. The midwife bets "less than 9 pounds" of that will be baby. We'll see tomorrow!!! The nurse and midwife were super nice. Castle has a really relaxed natural environment which I love. 

Daniel's pretty tired, I'm betting he will fall asleep any minute. 

They took my vitals, put in a IV thing and started monitoring the baby. My antibiotics are ordered then thenwill start the pitocin. I was already at 3cm and squishy, so hopefully this is a quick easy painless happy birth.

But they're busy, so my antibiotics didn't get started until a little after 10pm. So after that they'll move us to a new room (they only put us here because they're out of space) and maybe my pitocin will start around 11pm. 

So...I'm going to try to get some rest. 

My next post better be about the birth of a certain little guy. Lol!

Baby Number 3: 40 Weeks+3 days

Well, today was the last chance for this guy to be born on Molokai. I know that's my choice, which I think only makes the mom guilt worse.

We fly to Oahu tomorrow morning at 7:15 then I have the morning to shop and eat and my induction is scheduled at Castle at 1pm.

I've been having some contractions, but nothing that I can keep going. so looks like we'll be flying out.

In related news, Thank God I'm being induced! It made me do things I should have done long ago, like put together the car seat, pack a reasonable hospital bag, fold this giant pile of laundry...

P.S. how awful is our bedroom?!?!? So many projects i want to tackle over my mat leave!

The weather has finally cleared up and we had a gorgeous sunset this evening! Pink sky at night- that's a good sign. 

And my awesome friends Bri and Annie sent new baby a Sleep Sheep :)

My last full day of being preggo-ever...All the tears.

And my last day of being a mom of two. I really think the worst part of having to go to Oahu is that these two miss out on everything. Oh well, what can you do? Ummm...wait it out and not go be induced, save yourself headache and a ton of $$$. But as the days go by I always worry that the baby might inhale some meconium, or something. 
And that is Sophia whispering into my piko to tell the baby that she loves him and can't wait to carry him. LOL. That's how they communicate- through my belly button.

Well, that's all for now. I better go get some if I possibly could with the heartburn and general effing ITCHINESS!!!! I want to scratch all of my skin off!!!!! hopefully that's hormonal and goes away by tomorrow! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Baby Number Three: 40 weeks +2 days

Still no baby. Tomorrow is his last chance to be Molokai born. Oh well, that's life, I guess. He seems to be doing fine. Maybe more active than normal...or maybe just because I'm off work my focus is more directed towards baby movements and not busy with other things. 

It's been raining a lot lately, which puts a damper on a lot of things. 

My heartburn, swelling, pelvic pain, and sleep patterns are all outta control. I feel like crap and am probably pretty crabby and ready to get this baby out of me, but also really scared and sad...hormones are the worst!!

Michael on the other hand is SUPER clingy and definitely full on into his terrible twos. Everything is "no" and "I not like that" and "I want my mom" and "up me" and " whoever told me no" 

Once today I told him no, from the other side of the room, he came around to where I was sitting, blubbering and crying "mom told me no!" "Pick me up" "I sit in your lap" "I need you mom"

Hello! I am your mom and I'm the one who told you no, why are you crying to me for sympathy?!? Silly kid. I'm sure it's just a phase and I remember Sophia being waaaaaay worse at that age. 

The worst part of being pregnant right now is that niether of our kids listen very well, and I'm too big and slow to easily get on their level and intervene. 

But still, trying to enjoy it all, since it's almost over. All the feels!!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Baby Number Three: 40+ Weeks

Well, my due date came and went....and I'm still pregnant.

Making progress, just super slow, which may be the best way to have a baby, I don't know. But either way, I scheduled to be induced on Friday at 1pm. 

Trying to enjoy my last week of being pregnant especially since this is our last, but, man, it ain't easy. Haha. 

Baby seems to be doing fine, enjoying his time in there. Mikey is extra extra clingy, and Sophia is so so super excited.