Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Nursery Ideas

Our nursery colors are a dark brown, sage green and a light yellow. The bedding is a Jungle Theme:
The paint we are using is Glidden: Bittersweet Chocolate, Spanish Olive and Lemon Ice check them out at

We are in the process of buying a townhome, and now we need to start thinking about what to paint the nursery. Here aree some ideas I found on (let me know what you think):

Make sure to view all the picures

There are a bunch more but too many to post on here. If you have any ideas I would love to hear/see them. Or if you would like to help ;) let me know!

29, 30 and 31 Weeks

31 Weeks
This week, our baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, I'm starting to have trouble sleeping because he kicks and somersaults keeping me up. All this moving is a sign that baby is active and healthy.

30 Weeks
Our baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and he weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds him, but that volume will decrease as he gets bigger and takes up more room in my uterus. His eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after he's born, he'll keep his eyes closed for a good part of the day. When he does open them, he'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means he can only make out objects a few inches from his face.

29 Weeks
Parker now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, I need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, I'm needing to drink lots of milk. This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in his hardening skeleton each day.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

28 Weeks and Hospital Class

We have officially decided on the name Parker Andrew Stant.

By this week, Parker weighs around two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of his head to his heels. He can blink his eyes, which now sport lashes. With his eyesight developing, he may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. He's also developing billions of neurons in his brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

On Sunday, we went to St. Joe's for a 'Prepared Child Birth' class. It was actually very informative and fun! We learned so many coping techniques and options we have when its time to go to the hospital. I got a lot of back rubs, which was AMAZING! Thanks Gordon! I feel so much better about going into labor. Next up we have what is called the 'Baby Business Tour' where we register for the hospital, social security number and birth certificate. As well as touring the Labor and Delivery unit. This will take place sometime in November.

We went for the 28 week check up on Monday. They measured my uterus and it was 29 inches which would indicate that I might be a week farther along than we originally thought, although it could just be a large baby (go figure). Other than that things are looking great and the Dr. is happy about how we are progressing through this pregnancy.

Next appointment is November 24th, 32 week check up

I hope to post belly pictures soon! Stay posted!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Weeks 26 and 27

26 Weeks-
The network of nerves in the baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both my voice and Gordon's as we chat with each other. He's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he's born and takes that first gulp of air. And he's continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel.

27 Weeks-
This week, our baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with his legs extended. He's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing his eyes, and perhaps even sucking his fingers. With more brain tissue developing, Parker's brain is very active now. While his lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if he were to be born now. Chalking up any tiny rhythmic movements I am feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother him.

My belly is sure growing, I feel like it is twice the size it was the day before. Its getting heavy too! He is finding his way up to my ribs every once in awhile, not too painful yet. I feel him moving all the time but as soon as anyone else trys to feel he stops moving or goes somewhere else. I am still feeling great, getting tired more often, a daily nap is a must and in bed by 9:00. No weird cravings really, except when I want something I must have it, for example a Wendy's Frosty! This weekend we are taking our hospital class at St. Joesph's (where I am delivering). Hope it goes well. I'll let you know how it goes!
Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

25 weeks

Head to heels, Parker now probably measures about 13 1/2 inches. His weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but he's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more and more like a newborn. He's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.

My tummy is slowly starting to grow but I'm not nearly as large as I thought I would be at this point in the pregnacy.

I feel great. I feel like I may be getting some Braxton Hick contractions every once in a while. Parker is still kicking around a bunch and I can feel him more at night when I am trying to wind down for then night.

We registered for our Hospital class which is October 18th, I don't like classes like that but since Gordon has to suffer through it with me it will be better!

Next appointment is October 24th for the 28 week check up!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

24 Weeks

Our Parker is growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound (but probably more is mom's guess). Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

Can you believe how fast this is going? I thought this was the long part!? Mr. Parker likes to squirm and poke mom a lot but as soon as mom convinces dad to come over and feel her tummy the little one decides to stop moving. Dad thinks Parker doesn't like him yet. Haha who knows.

Friday, September 18, 2009

23 Weeks

His sense of movement is well developed by now, Parker can feel my every move. And now that he's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), I sometimes am able to see him squirm underneath my clothes. Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that Parker's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing him for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as Karma barking (which is rare) or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze him when he hears them outside the womb

Next Appointment is Sept. 21st for the 6 month check up.

*sorry for not updating sooner!

Monday, September 7, 2009

22 Weeks (5 1/2 months)

At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound (if not more), our baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside my womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

Time is flying!! I can't believe how fast its going. I'm still feeling good, some days are better than others but overall it good. I'm feeling A LOT of movement, he tells me when it's time to eat and after I have eatten that he is happy. I think that you can start to feel the movements from the outside. He seems to sleep when I'm asleep so thats nice.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

21 Weeks!

Our baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — the length of a carrot. (According to the ultrasound tech the baby is actually 15 oz.) I am starting to feel like he's practicing martial arts as his initial fluttering movements are turning into full-fledged kicks and nudges. I am also discovering a pattern to his activity as I am getting to know him better. He is most active after I eat a meal, or sugar. In other developments, my baby's eyebrows and lids are present now.

My weight is starting to slowly climb back up to my beginning weight, probably because I have a massive baby growing inside me. I am also starting to get more hungry more often. I will eat a full meal and stuff my self silly and a hour later I will be starving again. No weird cravings yet if anything it is sugar; candy and root beer!

Gordon and I went to Babies R Us today and registered. Wow, it was really overwhelming! I was so exhausted and I can't believe how much stuff little babies need. Where the heck am I going to put all of it??
As you can see from the picture, the baby bump is in full swing!

Did you guess the gender correctly?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Oh BOY!!

We had our 20 week ultrasound today and it looks like we are having a BOY! We would have been happy with either result but we are ecstatic it's a boy! He made us work to see his parts but about 10 minutes of trying he finally gave us the money shot! We even got a little wave to the camera today, its like he knew we were looking at him. Bring on the BLUE!

Looking right at you

It's a boy!
Rolling around

Sunday, August 16, 2009

19 Weeks

Our baby's sensory development is exploding! The brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that it may be able to hear my voice now. The baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. The arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of the body now. It's kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on the scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on the skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

Starting to feel more movement lately, today especially! I'm feeling really good not much going on other than a butterfly here and there!

Our ultra sound is a week from Tuesday!!! I am so excited!!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

18 weeks

Head to rump, our baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and it weighs almost 7 ounces. It's busy flexing it's arms and legs — movements that I will start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. The blood vessels are visible through the thin skin, and the baby's ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from it's head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around the nerves, a process that will continue for a year after it is born. If we're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If we're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from view during an ultrasound.

Friday, August 7, 2009

17 weeks

Our baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — the lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Our baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and it's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. It can move it's joints, and the sweat glands are starting to develop.

Next up: 20 week ultrasound Aug. 25th (also when we *hopefully* will be able to find out the sex!)

I'm feeling good, not much going on on my end of the deal. I officially can not lay on my stomach with out it being totally awkward. No movements lately, or none that I notice anyways.

Booger (my oldest cat) I think has finally noticed something is different with me. She has become a super love bug and always wants to be around me. Until now she has never wanted anything to do with me in the 4 years I have had her, unless it's feeding time. Karma probably knew before I knew, she follows me around everywhere I go, sleeps on the floor by my side of the bed and always wants to sit by or on me. As for Optimus, well he marches to his own beat and probably forgets that he lives with anyone until they walk by.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

3rd Doctors Appointment (16 Weeks)

This one was short and sweet. I got to hear the heart beat again. 160 bpm. Took a Glucose scan test but other than that it was pretty uneventful. Had a new Nurse Practitioner, didn't like her very much, wasn't as personal as the original one.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

16 Weeks

In the next few weeks, our baby will double it's weight and add inches to it's length. Right now, it's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (last week it was an apple and 4 1/2 inches I guess it is just elongating this week) and 3 1/2 ounces. It's legs are much more developed, it's head is more erect than it has been, and it's eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. It's ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of it's scalp has begun, though it's locks aren't recognizable yet. It has even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, it's heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.

Third Doctors appointment tomorrow. Not really sure what about but I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow!

One month until we find out what we are having! My guess is that it is a girl...who knows though! What do you think?

Thanks for reading!

Friday, July 24, 2009


When I'm lying on the couch at night winding down from the day, I have been starting to feel a little flutter below my belly button. It feels like a faint twitch on the inside. I has happended for the last two nights so I'm pretty sure it is what I think it is!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

15 weeks

Our growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). It's busy moving amniotic fluid through its nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in its lungs begin to develop. It's legs are growing longer than it's arms now, and can move all of it's joints and limbs. Although the eyelids are fused shut it can sense light. There's not much for our baby to taste at this point, but it is forming taste buds. Finally, if we were to have an ultrasound this week, we would may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or a girl! But we won't be having an ultrasound until August 24th! Sorry we will have to wait.

I found out today that our baby will be a Capricorn! (if all goes according to plan)

I'm feeling well, still tired a lot. I'm starting to develop my baby bump and my clothes are very uncomfortable! Thank goodness for summer dresses!

We are starting to look into deciding what to put in our nursery and researching the best products! It's all very exciting! Thanks for reading!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

How is it going?

13 Weeks 6 days- I'm really starting to feel prego! My pants are starting not to fit right, ugh! Thank-goodness for Summer Dresses! Other than that I feel pretty good. My hips are bugging me a little, so I made Gordon switch the mattresses to see if that would help my hips out at all, it did! Thanks babe! Not too much of an appetite still, wonder when that will go away?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

2nd Appointment

Our second appointment (12 weeks) was July 1st 2009. This appointment we went over all the labs from the first appointment. And most importantly, at least to us, was hearing the Heartbeat for the first time. It was 163 bpm. It was a short and sweet appointment!
Next appointment: July 27th with the NP (16 Weeks)
August 24th for Ultrasound (21 Weeks)

We're Having a BABY!?!?!

We found out that we were expecting on May 16th 2009 with a positive home pregnancy test. It was amazing how one little word could flip your world upside down in a matter of moments.

Our first doctor's appointment was June 8th. Thinking we were 8 weeks pregnant, we found out that we were actually 9 weeks. The estimated due date is Jan 10th 2010. This appointment was very overwhelming. There were so much to go over, what to eat, what not too, what medicines you can or can't have, activities to avoid. What hospital we will deliver at. They drew a lot of blood and asked a lot of questions. Needless to say our heads were spinning when we left, but we were still very excited.
Next appointment: July 1st (12 Weeks)

Gordon and Sara-Mom and Dad's Story

Gordon and Sara met in College while attending The University of Northern Colorado in 2004. Gordon was actually a Senior in High School on a recruiting trip to UNC for Football, and Sara was a Freshman. While learning the ins and outs of Greeley, Gordon was taken to a popular Club, frequented by UNC Athletes, by his recruiter. There he met Sara, an OLDER woman. Of course the attraction was instantaneously for Gordon, however Sara was already dating someone else. She didn't give him a second glance. Once Gordon started attending UNC in the Fall of 2004 his and Sara's paths would cross on a regular basis. He played Football and she played soccer naturally their paths would cross. After attending a few of the same parties and get togethers Sara and Gordon exchanged AIM information (very bold). They would talk almost everyday and formed a great friendship. At this point Gordon knew he was in love with Sara, but she didn't return the feelings. After many months (almost 2 1/2 years) of reminding her of how amazing she was and how beautiful, they hung out occasionally. During these get togethers they fought and fought and fought like brother and sister, and an old married couple. If you ask Gordon he would say: "She treated me like crap!'" But if you asked her she would say: "I treated him like crap only because he was like a brother not a boyfriend." Eventually Gordon moved out of Greeley and back to Littleton, leaving Sara in Greeley. At the time they were not talking or hanging out much so it wasn't a huge upset to either of them. Until Sara realized that this person who she knew she could call anytime who would be there for her for anything, like babysitting her cat, was no longer around. This is when Sara finally understood that she really had feelings for Gordon and missed him and his affection.

One day Sara's boss at the time was trying to set her up with a friend of hers, they met the potential guy at Bandimere Speedway (Sara's first clue this would not work out!). Knowing that Gordon lived near the speedway, She used him as an excuse to get out of this 'blind date' telling him that she had a friend that she hadn't seen in a long time. Sara had to travel about 5 mins top, but being the idiot she is she got lost, 45 mins to an hour later she finally found his house, despite the directions is Scottish Mother, with her thick accent gave her. They don't know what it was but from that point on they have been head over heals for each other, and have been together ever since.

The first 6 months of their relationship was spent apart, she still lived in Greeley and he in Littleton. They spent a lot of time getting to know each other over the phone and traveled to see each other on the weekends they were free. After Sara graduated in May of 2007 they moved in together in Littleton. They have created a life together in Littleton and are living happily ever after.