Carter Steven

Carter Steven

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

34 Weeks and the Stomach Bug.

So I'll be 34 weeks tomorrow! I can't believe how fast time is going by. I'm so ready for Carter to get here. I'm tired of being up all night uncomfortable and pregnant... I'd much rather be up all night with my sweet baby!

Speaking of how fast time goes by Maddie, my adorable niece, is ONE! My goodness. I still remember getting the call that Dan was going to be induced and getting all my stuff ready to head to Kentucky with mom. The first time I held that little girl, I knew what true unconditional love was. I never knew love could be so instantaneous. My heart just swells with joy everytime I see her. I know I am a little bias but she is the cutest and smartest child I have ever met in my life. I can't wait for her and Carter to grow up together and to see how they interact.
Last weekend, Ryan and I had plans to finish up things in Carter's room by getting curtains and shelves hung. Saturday we were going to enjoy a night with friends at Steve's surprise birthday party. Then on Sunday we were going to have maternity pictures taken by my mom and enjoy the beautiful weather. Well, the dreaded stomach bug decided that those plans were not important. It hit about 5 am on Saturday and kept me down and out all day Sunday. Luckily, I had my dear Ryan there to take care of me. He made several trips to the store at my request and rubbed my back when I was trying to get to sleep. I had an OB appointment on Valentine's day and the damage was clear. I lost about 6lbs, was dehydrated and my blood pressure was low. Carter's heartbeat was strong and he has been moving around quite a bit. He probably enjoyed all the extra room in my belly since my stomach was empty. I didn't lose any weight in my belly and I was still measuring right at 34 weeks! I was ordered home to rest on Monday. I am finally feeling like myself again!

So now all of our Carter related plans have been moved to this weekend! The piece of furniture that my Dad's friend is making for us is going to be ready in two weeks. Once we get that, his room will be complete! We can hang up the rest of the decorations on the wall and get the rest of his stuff stored away where is actually belongs. Below is a picture of Carter's bedding and the piece of furniture that Jerry is working on! It still needs to be finished and stained but I am in love with it already!!

Ryan and I are also on the hunt for a new car. I love my good old Accord but the 2 doors won't work well with putting a new baby in and out. We are planning on going next weekend to look and perhaps buy. We went and test drove some cars right around when I first found out I was pregnant but we decided to put it off until it got closer. I'm worried that I am going to have a hard time giving up the Accord because of all the memories attached to it. My Dad went through a lot to find me the perfect car back in high school and everytime I drive it, I think of him. I am excited about getting a new car though because I have had mine for 7 years! Wow. Time flies.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Fantastic Mr. Cole

I want to take a minute to tell you all how wonderful Ryan truly is (as if those who already know him need to be reminded!!)

In August of 2009, Ryan decided to go back to school. He worked at Unichem in a non-climate controlled facility that got to over 100 degrees in the summer months and about 50 degrees in the winter months. He worked from 8 to 5 and then headed to class from 5:30 until 10 Monday through Thursday. He never complained once always saying how he was working for us and our family. Ryan finished school in January of this year and immediately started a new job at Sealevel. Now Ryan drives 45 minutes to Easley every morning and has been working 12 hour days. He leaves around 6:15 and gets home around 8ish at night. Still, he never complains! He comes home, listens to me talk about my day, rubs on my baby belly, loves on the dogs and plays with them, AND watches all my TV shows.

Not only is Ryan the greatest husband, but he is already the greatest father. Carter loves when Ryan talks to him when he gets home from work and he is most active when Ryan is home! I think he likes Ryan's voice more then mine.

I just wanted to take a second to brag on him! I'm so proud to be married to such an amazing guy!