Tuesday, September 24, 2013

7 Week Ultrasound on 9/24/13!

Since I wasn't sure of the timing of my cycle, they had us come in for an ultrasound to determine our due date.  We spotted a tiny baby with a beating heart in there!! The heartbeat was 153 :) Here's what baby looks like (these pics are affectionately referred to as the 'blob' pictures - but it's a little baby!):

And they determined we were 7 weeks, 1 day along and our due date is May 12, 2014!! Eeeeee!!

Here's how I've been feeling lately and where I often hang out after work:

I feel sick ;) One morning I made my usual bowl of oatmeal and I tried to take one bite, looked at Grant and said I can't eat this. I actually didn't know if I could eat anything without feeling like puking. Ughh. Yuck.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Second HCG Level

Went in for the second blood draw/test and my HCG level was 14,409 on 9/9/13! Way up from 1,701 on 9/3/13! That's a good thing!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Surprise 30th for Grant: Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Biking

We had a delayed surprise 30th birthday party for Grant at Cuyuna! He loves mountain biking so I wanted to plan a biking/camping weekend for him but the weekends around his actual birthday (Aug 26) were filled so we postponed until September! I had told him not to plan anything for the weekend but didn't say what we were doing. When he got home from work I had the car packed up and ready! So, of course he knew we were going camping and biking but didn't know where or with whom! We made our way to Cuyuna and eventually he knew where we were going but still thought it was just the two of us. When we drove into the campground he kept telling me to go a certain place but I was searching for the family since I knew they were already up there set up so I ignored him ;) I spotted their campers so drove over to them (he still didn't realize it was them) and they all jumped up and said SURPRISE! hahaa! Grant was like what the?!! hah ;) It worked!

Marla, Clark, Dad, Gary, Mom, Molly, Grant, Darrell and Cody

Saturday there was another surprise for Grant when his friend Erik Grove showed up! We all went out for a bike ride and got our Cuyuna red dirt tan lines on! The Stanley's also surprised Grant by coming to stay the night!

Back in camp for lunch
Cody, Ella and Nicole

Mom, Grant, Me and Cody

Suzette, Mom, Heather, Cody, Chris and Ella

A birthday present from the Stanley's! It's a screen tent! Awesome :)

Erik and Grant - probably telling some kind of stories of their biking crashes

I think all we do when we get together is eat ;)

Time to grill up some supper!
Molly, Erik, Nicole and Chris

Cody, Darrell and Grant

Chris, Ella, Ruby, Mom, Marla and Heather

Dad and Clark

Grant, Uncle Darrell and Molly (that's Cody on the bike in the background ;)

Cake time!

Grant, Me and Leidy - happy birthday to you!!

Sunday morning hanging out
Ella, Ruby and Dad

The birthday boy and his dog Leidy girl!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

It's Positive!!! September 3, 2013

Sooo... over labor day weekend we were at the cabin with the families. I knew that weekend was going to be around the time to take a pregnancy test but I wasn’t sure exactly which day. My plan was that if nothing happened over the weekend I would take a test on Tuesday when we were home. All weekend I felt kinda funky with lots of different cramping and things and I also felt extra tired. And... days kept passing without anything else happening. I was hoping this month was going to work out for us!

We hung out for the weekend and then had Ruby’s birthday party in Sartell on Monday. Finally Tuesday came and there was still nothing happening (well, there was all the cramping and everything but it was hard for me to tell what that really was – but something about all the symptoms made me think this HAD to be the month! Even though I may have thought that a couple other months ;) … I had even gone out and bought some different pregnancy tests (the ones that actually say the word Pregnant ;) even though I still had a couple of the pink line kind left because I wanted to see it say the word!

Tuesday morning I got up with my alarm (note that this is not typical for me - I usually hit snooze like 5 times at least) and went straight to take a test. I tried really hard not to look at it while I waited the time it said… when the time was up I peeked and, sure enough, it said PREGNANT! AHHHHHH!!! WHAT?!!!

Even though I had felt pretty sure of it (I had also been pretty sure of it a couple months prior ;) I still had to do a double take … did that really say Pregnant?!! Hahahaa!! It did! OMG! I took several pictures of it and then ran to the bedroom where Grant was still sleeping … I flipped on all the lights and hopped into bed and put the test in front of him … he rubbed his eyes and blinked and tried to focus on it and then looked at me and said ‘we’re pregnant?!’ heheee …

Then of course I started googling things to try to see how far along I might be and what might be happening, etc etc … by then Grant was up and outside playing fetch with leidy … I found a site that said the heart would start beating soon and I immediately ran outside to tell Grant and then there was crying and more hugging ;)

I called the clinic later since I wasn't exactly sure how long my cycles were, etc and what I was supposed to do next and they had me come in for some blood tests. My HCG level was 1701 so I was indeed pregnant! Now we just have to hope that number doubles at the next test!

Today might be 15 dpo?

Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Day and Ruby's 1st Birthday!

August 30, 2013 - Labor Day weekend at the cabin. Ella came along to hang out!

Umm Ella something seems a little backwards with that ;)

Swimming fun in the sun!

Clark and Molly came for a visit!

Grant cooking up some lunch

Summertime cutie!

Playing in the puddles after the rain storm
Leidy, Ella, Cody and Dad

September 2, 2013 - Ruby's turning 1! Some of the party-goers: Mom, Marilyn and Uncle Darrell

More partiers: Jake, Dad, Cody and Grant

Ruby's not that pumped about the party ;) Ella's not really sure why!

Oh Ella ;)

The birthday girl trying out her cake!

Mom, Grant and Emma

Time for presents!
Ruby, Heather and Ella

So exciting!

Suzette and Cody breaking into the presents ;)

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Little bit of August 2013

August 17, 2013 - Ella turned 4! Who brings phones to a bday party?!
Me, Cody and Eva

The Stanley's (missing Ruby!)

Grant, Ruby, Mom and Me

I made Ella a butterfly birthday cake :)

Ella and Heather getting the candles ready!

Chris and Ella

Cody, Me and Mom

Mom, Chris, Judy and Ella

Time for presents!
Chris, Renee and Ella

August 18, 2013 - We all went to visit Bob and Penny!
Me, Uncle Bob and Mom

Cute! Ruby, Heather and Ella

It was such a nice day to hang out on the deck!
Me, Ella, Penny, Bob and Chris

Mom and Dad

Bob, Dad, Ruby and Heather

Me, Ruby, Ella and Mom

What a hunny :) so sleepy!

August 18, 2013 - My Leidy girl!

August 21, 2013 - The Wednesday evening horse ride tradition continues!

August 21, 2013 - Our first year trying to grow broccoli! Looks like it worked ;)

August 24, 2013 - Congrats Jenna and Joe!
College roommies Me, Brenda, Cass, Angie and Jenna

August 25, 2013 - Trying out Heather's food processor to make freezing carrots quicker!

I can't believe we've always done everything by hand! Food processors rule!

August 26, 2013 - Grant Walter turned 30!! Happy Birthday hunny :)

Feliz Cumpleanos! ;)
Grant, Me, Marla and Gary
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