Afton turns 1!

May 30, 2010 at 11:05 pm (Family, Fun Stuff, It's a Girl, Uncategorized)

Someone isn't in love with her crown!

Last Saturday was Afton’s 1st birthday. I don’t know quite where the year has gone, but it’s definitely gone. Normally I’m not a big fan of birthday parties for 1 year olds, but we were doing cupcake week over at the other blog so I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone! It ended up being the perfect amount of fun for the kids, and there were just enough cupcakes to go around! Afton has been an amazing joy to have in our home. The boys all love her to pieces, and she pretty much has her daddy wrapped around her little finger!

Enjoying the chocolate cupcakes!

Just one of the many flavors of cupcakes!

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Giving the People What They Want

July 21, 2009 at 8:57 am (It's a Girl, Makes me Smile)


I have a received a few requests for more picutres of Afton, so I am obliging with a few shots from our recent trip north. These are the results of Afton’s first photo shoot with my extremely talented sister, Christina. If you’re in the Seattle area you should have her take your pictures!


Christina was taking pictures for the baby announcements, and these were some of the extras. I don’t think I’m too biased to say that she is the cutest thing ever!


She’s a little upset in this one, but that might be because it was cold, she wasn’t wearing clothes, and we had her propped up in an Adirondack chair!


And, lest you think that I’m the only sister who males gorgeous girls, here is Christina’s daughter:


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Introducing Afton Rose

May 24, 2009 at 10:29 pm (Family, It's a Girl)


Well, last week was a very busy one, but without a doubt the highlight was the arrival of Miss Afton Rose. Although I was hoping she would come a little sooner so that her Aunt Christina and Grandma Ellen could have met her, I’m very glad she’s here now! I’m probably a little biased, but I think she’s the most beautiful thing ever! What is odd, is that Doug also thinks she’s super cute. It’s odd because she’s the spitting image of her brothers at two days old, and he always thought they were a little funny looking!

I was induced on Friday morning, and Afton joined us at 1:13 in the afternoon. I am very grateful to the in tune nurse who knew that I was worried about having the baby arrive with no one there. When she noticed that the heartbeat was gone off the monitor she came right away, and sure enough out fell the baby right then. Doug once again got pushed into action and had to bring in the cart from the hallway and flag down the doctor!

We went to a different hospital this time, and I was very impressed. It’s probably been the best hospital experience so far.  That said, who likes to hang out in the hospital, so I came home yesterday so that I could relax properly!!

If you’re wondering about the name, all I can say is that we agreed on it, and that seems like enough! My grandmother’s middle name was Roseleen, but Doug was never a huge fan of that one, so we compromised on Rose, and Afton was something we saw one night and both liked. I think it’s starting to suit her more and more.

For those of you who are interested, here are her vitals:

weight: 7lb 7oz

length: 20 1/2 inches

date: May 22, 2009

time: 1:13 pm

Afton with grandpa and her big brothers

Afton with grandpa and her big brothers

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March 13, 2009 at 1:26 pm (Grrr!, It's a Girl)

588 – That’s how many times the nurse at the perinatologists office wanted me to prick my finger during the remaining 12 weeks of my pregnancy!

Just one of many!

Just one of many!


So, it has been a week since my first visit to the new peri-natologist. I knew I wasn’t going to return to the one from my last pregnancy, but my hopes of this new doctor being totally awesome and relaxed have been dashed. For one, they want me to check my sugars 7 times a day instead of the 4 times that I previously did not enjoy. I’m somewhat  convinced that this is a ploy from the glucose monitor people to force  me to buy even more test strips!

On the positive side, this office is way closer to me, and I’ve been able to coordinate my appointments with my regular OB check-ups, so it’s not so much back and forth. Also, this doctor has a fancy 3-d ultra-sound machine. So, I was able to confirm that this new arrival will, in fact, be a girl (I have yet to buy anything because I was in denial!), but I was also able to determine that the baby isn’t all that cute … yet! I think the features will improve when she weighs more than 3 pounds!

So, I’m back on the gestational diabetes diet. 2200 calories a day of high protein/ low carb goodness! Eleven weeks left, then I can get back to to the mashed potatoes that I love! On the plus side, this does tend to keep the extra, ice cream induced, weight off for the last few weeks of the pregnancy!

On the ironic side of things, this particular doctor keeps a wonderful array of hot chocolate available in her waiting room. If you prick me, do I not bleed?! 

Just in case you’re wondering, the number on my monitor was after dinner, and it was 80, and that makes me a gestational diabetes rock star!

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What Exactly Does This Mean?

January 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm (Family, It's a Girl)


I love my boys. I love having boys. When people ask me if I’ll keep trying until I get a girl, I don’t even really think about it. I want healthy babies, and because I’ve been listening to my 5 year old for too long, I was pretty sure that I wouldn’t get a girl until baby number 5. My husband has also told me that I’ll keep on having boys until I become a better daughter-in-law. All these boys will eventually have wives, and that is how I’ll know what I put my mother-in-law through!

So, imagine my surprise when we saw this:


Okay, so you can probably only tell that it’s a baby from the picture, but my excellent foreshadowing should have clued you in!

So, what does it mean when the doctor says that you’re about to have a girl? I don’t know what to do with girls. I don’t even brush hair! My kids don’t get baths every day, and I woudn’ know what to do with a bow to save my life! I like boys; they’re easy. I’m a girl, so I know girls aren’t easy!

I’m still not even sure I one hundred percent believe the doctor. Since when does, “I don’t see anything,” equal proof that there’s nothing there? Plus, I’m fully prepared for boys. I don’t have to buy anything but diapers. Oh my, this could be long few months … at Baby Gap!



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