Carter Steven

Carter Steven

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

30 Weeks and Baby Showers!

I've made it to 30 weeks! Only 10 more weeks to go. I can't believe how fast time is going. Carter's favorite thing to do right now is roll around in my tummy and kick me in the bladder! Work has started getting a little interesting with my growing belly. It's getting harder to get up and down off the floor but I'm still managing! It just takes me a few extra minutes. The kids that I work with have started getting curious about my belly as well. Both my little girls that I saw today rubbed on my belly and looked at me suspiciously. I told them that there was a baby in my belly and that didn't seem to answer their questions!

We have had two showers, one in Tennessee and one here in Simpsonville.

Our Tennessee couples shower was hosted by Kathy Hawkins, a family friend of the Coles, and Ryan's Aunt Teresa. It was a way to include Ryan's friends and family that could not make it out to my shower in Simpsonville. It was very quaint and we had a great time celebrating Carter with them. It was funny to see the men that were at the shower playing the baby shower games. I'm pretty sure they got more into then the ladies that were there. One great thing about having men at the shower was that we got to watch football which is evident in the second picture when I was caught checking the score! Ryan and I got a lot of cute things for Carter. We had a wonderful time with Eddie and April and loved seeing their new home! It is always nice to go back to Tennessee and see Ryan's friends and family.
I had a wonderful shower hosted by my sister Danielle, and two of my best friends, Kaylin and Meghan. It was amazing! My family came in from Georgetown and I had friends come from Columbia and Charleston. The theme for the shower was elephants which was perfect for me. Carter is going to be decked out in adorable elephant stuff! I hope he likes elephants as much as I do!! Danielle, Kaylin and Meghan made some really delicious food and Kaylin planned some fun (but challenging) games! One of my favorite things that Carter got at the shower was a handmade blanket from Lois, a sweet lady that used to work with Dad, that looks EXACTLY like my baby blanket! (I have a blue baby blanket because my mom thought I was a boy... and yes I still sleep with it.) It was so overwhelming going through all of our gifts at the end of the night but I think we are finally getting organized! We have some updated pictures of Carter's room that I will post in the next couple of days.

Thanks to everyone who came to both of our showers and for all the amazing love you have shown us as we get ready to welcome our little boy!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

28 Week Appointment

Ryan and I were finally able to make it to my 28 week appointment today after we had to miss it on Monday due to the snow and ice. We almost didn't make it out of our driveway because the ice on it has not melted at all! Luckily Ryan has a 4 wheel drive Explorer so we were able to make it out. I highly doubt my Honda will be able to make it down the driveway for a few more days. The main roads weren't too bad but some of the side roads we passed looked terrible still.

We thought we were going to be in the doctor's office forever today with the all the make up appointments they were going to schedule today but we were in and out in about 20 minutes! I got official word that I passed my glucose test! I also got good reports on my weight and my blood pressure. It seems like things are going pretty smoothly so I hope that it continues. We got to hear Carter's heartbeat again today and it sounded strong. He's is quite the active little guy so I'm not surprised! We saw a few women in the office today that were about to pop. I overheard a lady saying that she was going to be induced tomorrow and I got a little jealous. Then I realized that we have SO much to do before our little boy gets here and I was thankful that I still have about 11 weeks. We are trying to decide whether or not we want to get the 4D ultrasound done. Our doctor's office does them but my insurance doesn't cover it so we are looking at going to Baby Impressions to have it done. I need to call and stop procrastinating. I found a coupon for them today for $20 off so I guess that's more reason to go and get it done!

Ryan and I have used the past few snow days to get a few things done in Carter's room. Yesterday we hung up his wall decals and the fabric canvases that match his bedding. Today I decorated an old lamp shade to match his room. I'm really excited with the way everything is turning out!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day!

Since I have been snowed in all day, I thought it was about time to start a blog to document our journey as our family grows! It snowed like crazy today and Ryan didn't feel well so I pretty much was on my own for the day. I spent most of the day doing some online "window" shopping for Carter. I could have really gotten myself in trouble looking at all the cute stuff on

Carter's room is really starting to come together. We already have his crib, the glider and a bookcase. My mom is having a special piece made for us by one of my Dad's co-workers that we will use as a dresser/changing table combo. Maddie had one made for her room and it is just perfect. I currently have some things temporarily placed on the walls trying to get a feel for how they look. I am hoping to get the stuff actually figured out tomorrow since we have another snow day!

I am 28 weeks and 4 days pregnant now. It is amazing how fast this pregnancy has gone by. Carter is moving around like crazy now. Ryan has been able to feel him more and more. I love how excited Ryan is about everything Carter related. We are having a shower in Tennessee this weekend with Ryan's family and friends. I am a little nervous about making the trip because I am starting to get uncomfortable when I sit for too long. I am happy about seeing everyone though! I hope that the weather permits us to go because they are calling for another round of snow/ice for Tennessee this weekend. Yikes. Hopefully the forecast will change! I love the snow but only when I can sit safely in my warm house and enjoy it. I actually had to miss my doctor's appointment today because of the snow. The dogs certainly enjoyed it!