Welcome To Our Blog!

We are pleased to announce our first baby will be brought into this world around October 28, 2011! This is my first attempt at making a blog, so please bear with me through the process. This seemed like the perfect place to document it all, so here goes nothing!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

B is for Bedroom, Bumper, Baby - Whatever!

Week 3 of baby shower is the letter B again, and two of my best friends from high school and college Katie Anderson and Eleanor Renfroe were paired up this week.  They got us our bumper from Pottery Barn Kids! I love it so much! Now all we need is the crib to put it up on :) Here is a picture:

We are planning to order the furniture this week, so soon enough we should have a crib to put the bumper on. It's going to go great against our light green walls! Here are a couple pics of the baby closet Aaron built for us. We already had some shelves back there, but Aaron revamped them into a closet for baby girl. It looks great and should work out well for us. We plan to get some green and pink baskets to fill those shelves with. I would put a picture of the room painted, but the green is so light that you cannot even tell. Once the furniture and all the decorations are up, hopefully the green will show through!

We are heading to Telluride this weekend for a short "babymoon." I have been to Telluride when I first moved to Colorado for the annual bluegrass festival, but Aaron has never been. It is a BEAUTIFUL town and we are both looking forward to a little getaway. We are staying in one of the nicest rooms the place has to offer, and plan to just relax, maybe do a short hike, and check out the town. Should be fun! Pictures to follow! Last, here is the most recent baby bump picture. I am 25 weeks here:

Friday, July 22, 2011

A is for Animals!

On to week 2 of the baby shower! Not sure if I mentioned this or not, but the idea for the weeks leading up to the birth is to spell out BABY GIRL SANFORD with the gifts. Last week I got bathtime stuff for the B. This week my good friend from high school, Marjorie Scheker, sent me animal themed stuff for the A letter. She lives in Spain now and still participated in this weekly showering of gifts! She sent a cute stuffed animal alligator, a lamb that is also a lullaby machine, and some tag along animal chimes to put on the car seat, stroller, etc. Thanks Marjorie! I must say the hardest part about this showering is some people have sent their gifts early, and I have boxes sitting in our enclosed porch just waiting to be opened. It has been hard but I have been successful so far!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Baby "Shower" Week One

As I mentioned in the last post, my cousin Sara has come up with a very fun idea to shower Aaron and I with gifts up until the week baby is due! Per her request (and I think it's a great idea as well!), I will be posting the weekly gifts on the blog. Week one gift is from Sara, Rosemary (my aunt), and Jenny (my cousin Jake's wife). Their letter was B, so they got us a bunch of bathtime stuff! Very cute! We cannot wait for baby girl to take her first bath. We got the tub we registered for, Aveeno bath products, baby washcloths and hooded towels, and our safety kit which includes bathtime stuff such as combs and brushes. It was so fun opening it all up today! This whole idea is really going to get us so excited for the baby to come. Thanks again for organizing this all Sara!! Here is a picture of week one baby gifts:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I Cannot Believe It's Already July!!!

And mid July too! Time is flying with this pregnancy! We are very excited for arrival of baby girl in the fall, but it is surreal to think that in a few short months we are going to be PARENTS. Mom and Dad. Crazy! Anyhow, here a few updates from this month. I had a doctor appointment yesterday which went great. My cervix still looks good and she could not detect any abnormalities with the baby's heartbeat. Yay! And I am happy to say that I had a dentist appt on Monday too, and I did not have any cavities. I was concerned I was going to have one (or even two) with the amount of sweets I have been eating lately! Other than that, things are good with baby. She moves all the time, and we have been able to see her moving now too. It's so funny when my stomach just pops out!! I could stare at it for hours.

Aaron and I went to Rocky Mountain National Park this past weekend. We had a great time getting outside in the fresh air, and walking around Estes Park as well. And we went for a short hike with our friend Treasure (and her dog Cinder) on Sunday. It was great getting back out in the mountains again!

We have been very busy preparing for baby girl Sanford. Aaron built a baby "closet" for her, and we picked out paint for the room. It's a light green, and I think it's going to look great once it's all done. We will post pictures when this happens! And we have been busy with registries and deciding what we need for her arrival. I would rather have everything done now rather than wait until the last minute... it's just the way I work! I am a planner at heart :)

Finally, I want to send a huge THANK YOU to my cousin Sara for putting together such a fantastic plan for Aaron and I. Since we will not make it home for a baby shower, she has arranged for our family and friends from our home towns (and a couple other places) to send us weekly baby shower gifts. So we will be "showered" from here until baby's arrival! Such a fun plan, and we are so very appreciative. We will be posting the gifts on here weekly so stay tuned! First one should arrive by the end of the week.

Here are some pictures to round out the blog:

23 weeks

24 week ultrasound. Just chillin' in there!

Thanks Emily! I hope to find a perfect outfit to bring baby girl home in with these :) 

RMNP - Bear Lake

View in the park

Hiking with our friend Treasure and Cinder around Denver

Nymph Lake in RMNP

Elk at the trailhead in RMNP

Friday, July 1, 2011

June 30th Dr. Appt

Another short but sweet update. I had another doctor's appointment yesterday (yes, I told you I have been going almost weekly) - and the great news for now is my doctor could not hear or see anything abnormal with the heartbeat at this time!! She said if she had not been updated by the other doctors who have seen me she never would have known she was having PACs. So that is great news for now, and I am hoping that they do not reappear at future appointments! As I mentioned in another post, most babies grow out of these abnormal heartbeats, and it looks like this may have happened for us. Fingers crossed! Cervical length looks just fine too. So things are going great! Also - I am going off orientation on Monday. I have been working on my own and taking patients the entire time I have been there, but now I will be "officially" off orientation. This does not mean I don't have plenty of help around though. I really do enjoy my colleagues!

Until the next 2 week appointment... or maybe sooner if I have something to update! Happy 4th!