Thursday, January 31, 2008

I've Been Slackin'!

Sorry I haven't had a chance to post anything new recently! This last week has been a little hectic. Brandon signed up for a networking class, so he has been going to class during the day instead of working his usual evening shift. This means that I've been watching Kaitlin all day while I work and Brandon's been home with us in the evening. I guess with or normal schedule being off, I haven't been able to find time to post updates like I should.
But, everything is okay around here. Kaitlin is still in the midst of her terrible two's (which I've come to learn is the second year of life, not after she reaches the two-year mark). She has her 18-month doctor appointment on Tuesday Feb 5th, so we're looking forward to that.
Everything with "Peanut" seems to be okay too. Luckily for me, the nausea seems to be lightening up... that's a good thing!
I promise to post more as time permits, but in the meantime, leave your guess on the expectnet online baby pool! :-D

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Due on September 4th

Today was my first official prenatal appointment for our second baby!

The appointment went well. I saw a Nurse Practicioner today and she did another ultrasound and found everything was right on schedule ~ as expected. She gave me an estimated due date of September 4th, 2008.

Here's the picture she printed for me:

The little white circle on the lefthand side is what is remaining of the yolk sac. She said this would become part of the placenta within the next week or so. The baby is growing rapidly! It's already about 3/4 of an inch.

My next doctor appointment is on Feb 26.

Monday, January 21, 2008

March for Babies ~ Team Kaleb

We are participating in March for Babies because we believe in the March of Dimes mission to save babies.

Please support our fundraising efforts by sponsoring us in March for Babies today. The 10k walk is on April 26, 2008 in downtown Denver. The money raised helps save premature and sick babies. Premature birth is the #1 cause of newborn death and the biggest threat to babies’ health today, and through March for Babies, the March of Dimes is funding important research to find out why premature birth happens and what can be done to prevent it.

We have joined forces with our friend Lisa. Her nephew was born on December 1, 2007 ~ 12 weeks early. To honor Kaleb and all that he has been through, we are walking as "Team Kaleb". I posted his picture below:

Kaleb Martin Wilcox
Dec 1, 2007
2lbs, 2oz

Won’t you please help us in this worthy cause? Brandon and I set our combined goal as $50. A very achievable goal, I think. Visit one of our web pages and sponsor us in the march that saves babies! With your support, there’s hope.

P.S. this is our first-ever attempt at a 10k (that's like over 6 miles!), so if anything, just wish us luck!!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

more pictures added..

Michael emailed me a couple more pictures from Mom's birthday celebration last weekend. I added them to the slideshow. Scroll down and check them out! :-)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Please Don't Panic!

okay, so the post i did last night was in no way meant to cause wide-spread panic. it was simply my explanation for posting ultrasound pictures 5 days early. no one is worried. i am not worried, brandon is not worried, the doctor is not worried.... that means no one else needs to be worried either. just take the post as good news - the baby is totally healthy and so is mommy. as the doctor advised, spotting in early pregnancy is very common, and getting it checked out was our only choice. please believe that if anything other than a healthy baby was discovered, calls would have been made and no one would have found out via the carnahan blog. please rest assured that everything is fine. we are expecting nothing but a regular, routine prenatal visit on tuesday.

so, everyone, please relax.... stress is not good for the baby.


Friday, January 18, 2008

Worried Momma Sees Heartbeat

I'm such a worrier... and sad to admit, but it's gotten worse since we had Kaitlin. I'm always wondering "what if..." and preparing for the worst case scenario. Today, my worrying resulted in spending $30 on our little embryo's first professional pictures. To make a long story short, I noticed a LITTLE bit of spotting when I went to the bathroom yesterday, and then it was still there today! Yesterday I figured it was a fluke, but today when it was still there, I knew I had to get it checked out. I called the doctor and they asked me to come in as soon as possible. Luckily, I wasn't having any pain or any other bad signs with it.
When I got to the doctor, they did a (fun?) probe ultrasound. When the doctor found the little peanut, I almost immediately saw the heartbeat flickering on the screen of the ultrasound machine! PHEW, what a reflief! My worrying mind was put at ease! She delivered even more good news when she measured the baby, and it measured right on target.
Overall, the brief appointment went well. The doctor reassured me that spotting doesn't necessarily mean doom. She said spotting in early pregnancy is actually fairly common, and from what she could tell, I have no reason at all to worry.

My official first doctor's appointment is on Tuesday morning, Jan 22nd. At that appointment, they will do a more in-depth evaluation. They will give me an official due date and set me up with a doctor/nurse practicioner team. I won't be seeing the same doctor for this pregnancy, but I've never been one to prefer one doctor over another, so that's fine with me.

So, here they are.... the first official pictures of our little peanut. They cost $30 (copay) so please enjoy them as much as you can. I'm sure if you look really close, you'll be able to see the boy that Brandon is hoping for.... or maybe it's the girl that I'm hoping for??? (oh, and don't ask me which part is the head and which is the butt, hahaha!)

Monday, January 14, 2008

Happy 60th Birthday!

Last night we went out for dinner at Fuddrucker's to celebrate my mom's 60th birthday! Thanks to Kaitlin's superb behavior we were able to stay and visit for close to two hours! It was fun family time, for sure. Here are some pictures!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


We found out on New Year's Eve that we are expecting our second baby!

It's still very early in the process. The first doctor's appointment is not until Jan 22nd. We won't really have any news to report until after that appointment. I've been feeling okay besides being extremely tired and queasy a majority of the day. I remember experiencing this extreme fatigue when I was pregnant with Kaitlin, but I never had morning sickness with her. Luckily I haven't actually been sick yet, but dealing with full days of a yucky stomach is taking it's toll.

We are very excited! We're thinking it's a perfect time for Kaitlin to have a sibling. Undeniably, our hands are going to be full ~ but we're always up for a challenge.

We'll keep you updated on baby #2's status...

And, to answer everyone's question ~ yes, we will be keeping this baby's name secret as well.

No Balloons~!

This weekend Brandon and I did something that we had not done since Kaitlin was born. We had grown-up time with our friends ~ WITHOUT Kaitlin! On Sunday I went for lunch (and fun and gossip) with my good friend Shar. We went to Ted's Montana Grill specifically because they didn't have balloons. Shar has two young daughters - so it was nice for both of us to get some grown-up, kid-free time in.
Monday evening Brandon went to his friend Jim's house to watch the BCS Championship game - Ohio State vs LSU. His buddy Jim is an Ohio State alumni. Not to speak for Brandon, but I'm pretty sure he enjoyed his Kaitlin-free time watching football and snacking on chips and dip.
We decided this is something we should more often. Just getting away for a couple hours is so refreshing! And as cliche as it sounds - it really does make us appreciate our time with Kaitlin even more.

Thursday, January 3, 2008


So, who knew teeth could come in so slooooooow and be sooooooo painful? YIKES! This poor girl has been dealing with the same three molars since before Christmas! They still are not in all the way! In fact, one is about halfway in and the other two are still just poking through. She seems to deal with the teething pretty well during the day ~ her new favorite food is frozen waffles (still frozen, of course). But, nighttime is a different story.... that seems to be the hardest for her. Our perfect little sleeper has been waking up on and off throughout the night crying. Usually she is able to fall back to sleep, but when she doesn't, we've been giving her Tylenol. Oragel works too, but we use that more during the day.
She's grown past the stage of wanting everything in her mouth, so frozen teething rings are a thing of the past ~ to Kaitlin they are just a cold toy, haha! Teething biscuits are waaaaaaaay too messy and I doubt she would know what to do with a frozen washcloth.
I wish there was a way to make the teeth come in faster! I feel so bad for her pain! But, just think... after these three - she'll only have 17 more to go........... doh!!