Timeline of events

09/2008 - Went off birth control
10/2008 - Found out I was pregnant
11/2008 - First doctor appt. HB is 188
1/2009 - Baby looks good, HB 163
2/2009 - It's a BOY! Carter Thomas
3/2009 - HB in the 140-150 range
4/2009 - Diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes
5/2009 - Went on the Ellen Show's Mother's Day Special
6/2009 - Carter Thomas W. was born
6/2010 - Carter's first birthday
2/2011 - He's getting so big, someone stop him from growing so fast!
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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Here it is.....

the crib!

Grant stayed up late last night (long after I went to bed) putting the crib together. He's such a sweetie. I can't wait to get home from work and put the bedding on it.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Another package in the mail

And it's the Zoonie hat. It's cute, probably not something I would buy but it's cute. It's very fuzzy and warm so it will be good in the winter.

If anyone is interested you can order this hat in many different sizes and colors at

Pregnancy updates

How far along?: 34 weeks 4 days
Total weight gain: 10 pounds
How much does baby weigh?: Almost 5 pounds
Maternity clothes?: Yep. All my pants & most tops.
Stretch marks?: Same ones as before, but they're getting a little bigger.
Sleep?: Horrible! The bad nights of sleep started this last weekend and they haven't gotten better. My hips and back hurt all night long.
Best moment this week?: Getting the crib and finishing the wainscoting on the walls
Movement?: Yep, more and more everyday
Food cravings?: Still frozen yogurt.
Labor signs?: None yet
Belly button in or out?: Out. Especially at night after dinner :)
What I miss: Sleep
What I'm looking forward to: My first baby shower this weekend
Milestone: I'd say 34 weeks is a good milestone. If I was to deliver Carter's chances of survival are excellent.

And my huge belly
No wonder my back!

Got the crib

The crib came yesterday and luckily I was able to fit it into my car.

We didn't have time to set it up last night because Grant worked late and my mom and I were busy sanding and painting the dresser and nightstand. Here's the nightstand;

After the first coat of brown.

I also got the $67 Ambajam blanket in the mail

Oh, and Coco wanted to say Hi


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Nursery progress

I'm loving the nursery so far. We worked our asses off on Saturday, went out of town on Sunday, then back to work on it again Monday.

Saturday we had our good friends Jack & Alexis and Ben & Sonja over to help. Jack came over at 7:30 am to help and everyone else was there around 5:00 pm or so. Here's what we got done;

The guys attached the tops of the squares on the wall first

Jack attaching the sides and bottoms of the squares

One of the walls complete with squares

Then on Monday my mom and I started the day with priming the wainscoting. Haley joined in after a while and we got done in about 2½ hours. Then my mom and I finished up with the coat of white paint.

The painted wainscoting

Grant was having fun trimming off the closet and trying to figure out the closet doors. Seriously, those directions were jacked up. I don't even know how anyone could follow them.

Grant having a hard time with the closet door. Notice the door handle I installed? Isn't it a beauty?

The closet doors didn't get done but that's okay, it's the painting that I really wanted finished first. We got a little nightstand for free from Grant's mom's neighbor so we're going to repaint that and the dresser. We'll start that little project tonight.

Here's the dresser we're going to paint dark brown. Hopefully it matched the crib somewhat.

What we have left to do:
Hang the new blinds (we did end up getting new ones)
Clean the hardwood floors
Cut down and and install outlet covers
Repaint dresser and nightstand
Hang closet doors
Hang curtains
Install closet shelving (to be done by my Dad)
Clean windows

The crib is on the UPS truck here in Chico as I type. I knew it was supposed to be here today and I thought about bringing the truck to work but I decided not to. Maybe it will fit in the back of my car? We'll see. I can't wait to get it set up.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Christmas in May

Isn't this onesie just so cute? Well it's actually just a white onesie with a regular sticker on it. How cool is that? Ya, I had to buy the stickers! It comes with 1 month - 12 months. Check them out at ­ I love buying baby things. Even better is when I get home and they're waiting for me there. I have so many things coming to my work and home it's like Christmas!


Thursday, May 21, 2009


because it isn't hard enough to walk around with what feels like a tire around your waist!

Fun times!



On Tuesday at my doctors appointment I had another NST (non-stress test). It wasn't as quick as the last one but Carter did good. I just love sitting there with my feet up watching his heart rate on the monitor. I have them every Tuesday and Friday from now on.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Birthing Classes

Last Friday and Saturday Grant and I had the pleasure of attending birthing classes. Parts of it were funny, some of it was ridiculous, but for the most part we had a little bit of fun and learned a few new things. My favorite part was the massaging.

I was very impressed with Grant during the classes. He was actually paying attention (I think more so than anyone else there) and was the first to answer several questions that were asked by the instructor. He learned how to swaddle and calm a baby and he even practiced diapering with a doll. We got a tour of the hospital and watched a lot of movies. The class was only held Friday 6-9 pm and Saturday 9am-1pm but I think that's more than enough.

It's so cute because now Grant keeps quizzing our friends on if they know how to do this or do that if the baby is fussy. He even showed our friend Jack how to swaddle using a shim from the door and a rag from painting.

All in all we had a good experience. He was reluctant to enjoy himself at first but overall he admits that it wasn't too bad and he learned a few things.

Then on Sunday it was back to work on the nursery. Alexis, Jack, Haley, Tonya and my mom were there to help. The guys installed the nursery door,some trim around the closet and a few other things while the girls removed the remainder of the nails and staples from the hardwood, cleaned (some of the) hardwood and painted the molding and door.

Alexis and I painting the door

Friday, May 15, 2009

More nursery pics

I'm trying to take a lot of pictures of the progress of the nursery so I'll be posting them as I take them.

Here's a picture of the fan that Grant installed.

This shows the sheets of MDF that will be going on the wall then painted white for the wainscoting.


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


My doctor's appointment went well yesterday. I had my first NST (non-stress test) and it went great. The doctor said that they will test for anywhere from 5-30 minutes depending on how the baby cooperates. Carter was moving around so much during the test, which apparently is a good thing, and I was done in 5 minutes. The doctor said that he's happy in there. He also mentioned that he wants to induce by 39 weeks. Holy cow! That's like 6 weeks away. And that means I'll have a baby NEXT MONTH! Crazy!

My next appointment is on Tuesday the 19th and I'll have another NST, then the following week I start going twice a week for NST's. Lots of appointments for me. That's what happens when you're considered high risk. Oh well, it was actually fun to sit there and listen to his heartbeat for 5 minutes yesterday.

How far along?: 32 weeks 4 days
Total weight gain: 6 pounds
How much does baby weigh?: Just over 4 pounds
Maternity clothes?: Yep. All my pants & most tops.
Stretch marks?: Same ones as before, but they're getting a little bigger.
Sleep?: Not too bad, but not great. I know it's going to get worse though so I'm not complaining too much.
Best moment this week?: I'm going to say going to the Ellen Show, even though that was last week.
Movement?: Lots. This last week he has gotten SO much more active.
Food cravings?: Frozen yogurt and I can't get enough red grapes. I was never a big fan of grapes before but OMG they're so good.
Labor signs?: None yet, thank you very much.
Belly button in or out?: It's pretty much an outtie now. It doesn't stick out a lot but it's not flat anymore.
What I miss: Energy
What I'm looking forward to: My baby showers
Milestone: I'm almost 33 weeks, doctor said he wants to induce by 39 weeks which means I have about 6 weeks left. OMG!

Here's a pic of the goodies I got to take home from The Ellen show. We took home the diaper bag, bottles, monitor, bedding, Baby Bjorn, a pack of diapers, the tub of baby products, digital camera, shutterfly gift card and the Ellen onesie. The rest of it was given in gift cards/coupons.

Here's the Ellen onesie she gave away. It's so cute. My cousin and I are going to get together after the babies are born and take a picture of them together with this onesies, hats and booties on then send the picture to Ellen. People did that last year and she showed it on this years Mother's Day Special.

Here's today's belly picture. I'm huge!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Back from LA with lots of cool stuff

OMG we had so much fun. The trip was prefect, it seemed like everything went our way. Leah and I are so bad ass that we managed to get tickets 1 and 2. It was so awesome. Even with tickets 1 and 2 though there was a lot of waiting around to do to get into the Ellen studio. The VIP get seated before us so we weren't the first to be seated but we got pretty good seats. We were seated in the right hand section (from Ellen's view) and we were the third row back.
There was a lot of dancing, clapping and yelling involved. By the end we couldn't talk, we were tired and our hands hurt. Ellen had a table of food set up in the bathroom though, it was so funny. There were Hostess cupcakes (yum), pickles, licorice, Oreos, gum, you name it. The whole experience was fantastic.

And I bet you're wondering what we got? OMG I'm still in shock over all the cool stuff we got.

Stroller worth $670

­Carseat worth $180

Baby hat worth $37

Baby booties worth $33

­Baby blanket wroth $67

Dishwasher worth $650

Crib with mattress worth $295

Baby Bjorn worth $80

Necklace woth $150

­Diaper bag worth $70

6 months of ­diapers worth $288

Mrs. Meyers baby products worth $100

Baby monitor worth $99

Prince Lionheat bottles worth $38

­Crib bedding worth $395

Digital camera worth $200

Shutterfly gift card worth $100

­Ellen onesie worth $21

We took some of the smaller stuff home, the rest we have to go online and order with a coupon, that way we get to pick which color we want. I went online yesterday and tool a lot of things off my registry since we don't need it now that we got it from Ellen.

The trip was awesome and I'm so grateful that I won tickets.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I'm leeeeeeavin on a jet plane

don't know when I'll be back again....

Actually I do, I'll be back Friday. And technically I'm not leaving until tomorrow morning but you know what I mean.

Great, now that damn song is stuck in my head.

It's just about 5:00 and I have everything done I needed to do here at work. Then I'm heading home and my wonderful Mom will have dinner ready. She wanted to visit with my cousin so she went to my house after she got off work and she's cooking dinner there because her house is a little out of town. And of course I need to pack because I'm such a procrastinator that I haven't even started yet. Haha!

I don't know when I'll be able to update here on what the prizes are that we get (because I know that's what everyone's waiting to hear about) because I won't be back until late Friday night. So maybe I'll be able to update Saturday.

I can't wait, I can't wait, I can't wait!!!!!!

Here's a modified picture of my 31 week belly. I love the pop art look.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Pregnancy Survey

When did you find out you were pregnant? October 26th, 2008

Was it planned? Kind of. I mean we knew it could happen, we just didn't think it would happen so soon. Especially without putting much effort into it. But we had discussed the possibility and I had been take pre-natals for a few months.

What was your first reaction? I was in shock. I honestly didn't think I was pregnant and I thought my mind was playing ticks on me and there wasn't really that second line there. I had to call Grant over to verify that there was in fact two lines.

Who was with you when you found out? Just Grant

Who was the first person you told? Kaci

How did your parents react? All of our parents were VERY excited to say the least.

What was your first symptom? Exhaustion, and a lot of it.

How much weight have you gained? As of last week, 4 pounds.

Do you have stretch marks? Yep, about 5 or so on each side of my belly button.

Natural or medicated birth? I'd love to go natural so that's what I'll try to do. But if I don't feel up to it when the time comes then I'll get an epi.

Who will be in the delivery room with you? I haven't decided for sure, for now I'm thinking just Grant. I may change my mind.

Will you breastfeed? That's the plan and I really hope we're able to do so for at least 6-8 months

Will you cry when you hold the baby for the first time? I would be surprised if I didn't cry. I'll put money down that Grant does too.

What's the first thing you might say to him/her? "Hi Carter! I love you so much!"

Would you let someone videotape the birth? I'm thinking about it.

Are you excited about the birth, or scared? A little scared, anxious and nervous.

How much does your baby weigh right now? He should weigh about 3½ pounds.

What do you think she will look like? He'll be beautiful, there's no doubt about that. I think he'll look more like his daddy than me though. And I'm okay with that! :)

What do you want to do that you couldn’t do throughout pregnancy? Run. Haha, sounds weird but when I'm walking on the treadmill I have such an urge to run and I can't.

What will you miss about pregnancy? Feeling him kick and roll.

What will you not miss about pregnancy? The diet I have to be on for the GD, being the DD all the time (sometimes I want to drink too).

What is different about this pregnancy than your last? This is my first.

What is the same as your last pregnancy? N/A

Any cravings? Just fruit, frozen yogurt and spicy burritos.

Who do you think is next to get pregnant out of the people you know? Tiffany or Alexis

How many kids do you want? Either 2 or 3, I don't know yet.

What are you most excited about? Holding him for the first time and seeing who he looks like.

What do you think your baby will weigh and measure at birth? I'm totally guessing at this but I'll say 8 lbs 6 oz and be 20" long.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Carter wants out

I think he's been trying to get out.....through my belly button. Yep, he's breaking free. I swear this boy feels like he's about to rip through my skin sometimes. It's a little uncomfortable but I love it. I woke up at 2:00 this morning and holy cow he was pushing his little feet or elbows or whatever out so much it was crazy.

This weekend we have some friends coming over to help paint the nursery. Yay! And one of my baby showers was pushed back so we have more time to get it done. My first baby shower (for friends/younger crowd) is on May 30th and the second one (for mainly family/older crowd) is the weekend of June 13th-14th. We haven't decided on a day yet for the second shower. So that leaves us with 4 weekend left (one of those being a 3 day weekend) to finish the nursery before we have a bunch of people over. We also have our childbirth class scheduled for Friday May 15th, after work from 6-9pm and Saturday May 16th from 9-1. I'm looking forward to that.

So after today I only have two more days of work until I get my little vacation. I usually count down my vacations not by how many days total, but by how many days I have left that I have to wake up early, lol. The guest room is all set up for Leah. She's coming over Tuesday night and we'll be leaving my house about 7:00-8:00 on Wednesday. Our flight leaves at 12:14 and we have a layover then we'll arrive in Burbank a little after 4:00.

I'll be posting the pictures of the progress of the nursery but here are some before pics;

Here's the closet

The ceiling after the sagging sheet rock was taken off

The ceiling after Grant re-sheet rocked it

The two windows (lots of natural light)

The current light fixture (I know you're jealous of this beauty)

And I'll leave with a cute picture. This was taken a few weeks back but I just saw it today. Carter and I love rockin' out to Rock Band.

I always have the funniest look on my face while playing Rock Band because I have to concentrate so hard. I must say though, I'm pretty good on the guitar. :)