The Carman Clan

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Archive for the month “February, 2012”

After delivery and getting one very long stitch (docs words) and Gram and Papa visiting we finally got to our Mother/Baby room at about 2am. TJ was off to the nursery and Ed and I rested in our room. I wanted to shower but they couldn’t take my IV port out yet, so instead I inhaled snacks. 1 Larabar, 1 granola bar and a bunch of nuts later I was happy. TJ was returned to us, the nurse gave us a bunch of directions and finally we got some sleep.

In the morning Ed and I ordered breakfast, relaxed, met the new nurses (shifts change at 7am) and I got to shower! I felt amazing after my shower. The pediatrician stopped by and gave TJ the all clear, no jaundice, hip problems, etc. The only mark he had was a angel kiss on his eye. Our time in the hospital was funny because everyone kept commenting on his hair, and I remarked that his hair is just like mine when I was born, but maybe longer.

I finally got to call my GrandMaher at 7:15 that morning, and she was so excited. We can’t wait for her to meet him. Grandmom and Marv came to visit were our first morning visitors, followed by Aunt Laura. TJ slept through them all. Later in the day we got visits from Rachel & Alrik (with Laura of course), Gram, Papa, Brooke, Gary, Jess and Nikki.

Ed and I decided when we did our hospital tour that we would sign up for the Celebratory dinner package offered by the conceriege service. It was well worth the $75 that it cost us. We celebrated our son’s birth, Valentines day (late) and an early birthday for me. Our nurse took TJ off to the nursery and our dinner was delivered by a white coat chef. We enjoyed the quiet, and when he was returned they had finally gotten the big booger that was making him snore and snort like a piggy. Too bad I didn’t get a video of it first.

Our second night in the hospital I sent Ed home to sleep and spend time with the doggies, run some errands, and pickup a little. On Wednesday he returned after TJ and I were cleared for discharge, fed and happy and we headed home. I am so thankful that the transport guy checked the carseat base and showed us how to put TJ into the carseat. We both realized we had no idea. Then it was just the 3 of us off into the real world.

I have nothing but good things to say about our stay at Winnie Palmer Hospital. All of the  staff that we encountered were pleasant and attentive, and the food wasn’t bad for a hospital. I love that you ordered what you wanted, when you wanted it. If you needed a nurse you simply called their portable phone. It was such an efficient system. The only bad part was how hard it was to sleep with people coming in and out to check on us.

Terrance John’s Birth Story

It is amazing how fast labor really can come on, the doctor wasn’t kidding. Long story ahead!

Monday did not start like any normal day. I was up since 2 am because I got up to use the bathroom for the 3rd time and then couldn’t fall asleep because I was hungry. By 4 I finally was falling back asleep after laying on the couch, only to be elbowed 30 minutes later and awoken. By this time Odyn had started pacing every time I moved and Eysa started crying. I bit the bullet and got up to take them out, feed them and keep them quiet so Ed could enjoy his day off. Later in the morning we headed to my weekly doctors appointment, though I was not too thrilled with this one, seeing as I was 40 weeks 3 days and tired of being pregnant. I was cramping and having low back pain all morning, and though this was normal it was definitely stronger. My appointment was a bust in my eyes, I saw the Nurse Practitioner, she did my check and I was still 3cm and 70% effaced and my BP was up. She didn’t sweep my membranes saying they liked to let things happen naturally. We talked about induction and she put in a request to have the lady call to schedule. When we left I was fighting tears, I really didn’t want an induction, I wanted him to come on his terms, but knew he couldn’t stay in forever. Ed and I decided on Sunday or Monday and hoped he would come sooner.

When we got home I went back to bed for 2 hours, while Ed hit the grocery. Once I was awake at 2, I ate lunch, played with the dogs out back and hung out on the couch a lot. The cramping was still pretty bad and I was feeling yucky. At about 5:30 I decided to take a bath, to ease the cramping. We have the best tub, deep jacuzzi tub, perfect for soaking. When I got out at 6, I was hit with the worst contraction I had to date, I had to sit down on the toilet because I didn’t know what was going on. Once it passed I told Ed about it and decided to sit on the birthing ball, and realized I was now getting them every 5 minutes. Being the thinker he is Ed fed the dogs and decided to jump in the shower. At 6:30 as I was texting with Sheena about my contractions I had the urge to go to the bathroom. Stood up, walked two steps and felt a tiny gush and then a big one, and they kept coming. I doubled over in laughter and tears yelling for Ed that my water broke anne I needed a towel while holding Odyn at bay. Poor Ed rushed to finish his shower, and we attempted to finish packing up. I wasn’t much help, the contractions started strong and fast and my whole lower abdomen hurt constantly. He ran next door to the neighbors about taking care of the dogs and off we went, out the door by 6:55 and arriving at Winnie Palmer Hospital by 7:20. Into triage I went and god bless our nurse for realizing I was laboring fast and strong. The only bad part about triage is being tied to a bed for monitoring. My plan for a natural birth quickly went out the window when my contractions were going fast no more then 2 minutes between and constant stomach pain. I couldn’t have made it without Ed and our nurse. In my tears and fighting they kept reminding I could do it when I said I couldn’t. When we arrived and I was checked I was 5/6cm dilated, 20 minutes later a 7! Our nurse kicked into high gear, a bed had been arranged but no one had come for us yet, and they didn’t want the baby born in triage. Finally we were on our way, now I don’t know how you normally go up but I know its not by gurney through the hospital lobby with the nurses yelling hold the elevator and joking not to push.

When we got to room 2112, at about 8:30, bless the nurses heart because she got Steve the nurse anesthetist fast! I am so glad I got the epidural I felt a world of relief and my BP  started to come down. The next time I was checked I was a 9 and Dr. Tandor (doc on call) was joking about going home. Not long before 10 I was a ten and the room kicked into high gear to prepare. Pushing started at about 10:15 and was harder then I imagined, but once he started coming I was surprised how much I felt. Terrance John Carman entered into docs arms at 10:38pm on 02/20/2012 weighing 8lbs 14oz and 22in long.

who would believe it but 40 weeks

I certain never would have believed that Baby C would be inhabiting my womb until 40 weeks especially after last weeks doctors appointment. But here we are 40 weeks (well 40 +3 now) and still waiting. I guess thats why they call it an Estimated Due Date and why they say most first time Moms got 41 weeks. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow morning and I know we will be discussing Induction, and yes I will be scheduling but not right away. My body shows sign of progress, but for medical reasons they don’t like you to go too long, and I trust the people with the M.D. after their name.

Hopefully this time next week our little man will have joined us, I guess he just wanted to be a Pisces like his Mom and Papa!

Our Love Story….

This has been all over the blogsphere today, and although I am not a big blogger I thought it was cute!

1. How long have you and your significant other been together?

4 years on 3/1. We don’t have an official dating date but we always say 3/1 because thats when we started hanging out at my 25th birthday bash.

2. How did you meet?

Ed and I met playing softball in the fall of 2007 when he subbed for the softball team I was playing for. He had grabbed the wrong jersey and was trying to fit in a small! We talked occasionally at the fields, and then in the spring I invited him to the party we were having for my birthday.

3. How long have you been married?

10 months and 18 days- our 1st anniversary is March 26

4. Where did you get married at? Big or small wedding?

We had our ceremony at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church and our reception at the Sheraton. It was originally going to be a huge wedding, but since 70% of our guest list were from out of town we ended up with 100 less than invited. We still had 125 and it was a gorgeous and fun wedding!

4. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another?

Ed calls me Pig-Pen he gets the usual babe, hunny, but sometimes he is Special Ed.

6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.

I love that he loves to cook, he is much more patient and creative then me in the kitchen. I love his patience with me, our crazy dogs (ok only Eysa), and with the kids he works with. I love that he grounds me and supports me.

7.  Tell us how he proposed?

In September of 2009 we stopped into Kay Jewelers  to look at rings, and were told about a special event they were having the next week with Dana Augustine. We went back and designed my ring. The ring was then promptly hidden from me. On October 17 we took an adventure to Bok Tower Gardens. Once we found the white garden he came up behind me with the ring and asked me to marry him. We spent the rest of the day touring the gardens, picking up some plants and drinking a beer.

8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day or strawberries, champagne, and rose petals?

Well Ed hates the smell of roses, and the night of our wedding our “coordinator” decorated our bed with rose petals. Nice thought but hilarious at the time since I told her how much he hates roses. But Ed is a Flowers kind of guy, he actually brought me Pink Roses and Small Carnations on Saturday as a pre-valentines day/baby present.

9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl or a pop a movie in and relax on the couch?

We love to go out to a nice dinner, but love popping in a movie and relaxing on the couch!

10. Tell us one thing you’d like to do with your significant other one day? 

I would love for us to travel more, we went to Ireland on our honeymoon and had a blast. Although I promised him next time we won’t rent a car somewhere.

11. Tell us what you plan on doing this Valentine’s Day.

Well if we have it the way we want we would be in the hospital with our son, but I doubt that is happening, so we will be relaxing at home with a nice home cooked meal, glass of sparkling grape juice and hang out on the couch.

12. Are you asking for anything for Valentine’s day?

Labor, seriously. Other than that no, my birthday is in 11 days, our anniversary is in 41 and we close on our new house in roughly 16 days, therefore I need nothing but a nice back rub.

13. Give us one piece of advice for keeping a relationship strong and full of love.

Honesty. We try to stay honest and open with each other on all aspects of life and marriage whether it be dinner choices, stank butts or home improvement choices.

14. Show us a picture of what love means to you.

39 weeks

I can’t believe we have made it to 39! I thought for sure Baby C would arrive early. This past weekend was spent working around the house, relaxing and spending time with family. Ed’s cousin and her family were in town to visit Disney and we had the pleasure of having dinner together on Sunday. The two older girls have specific food allergies, and George did a great job accommodating them. My task was dessert, and although sorbet was suggested, its $3-$5 for a pint of sorbet and their were 13 of us. No happening. Instead I made Carrot Cake, nut free with a  nondairy cream cheese icing. Delicious!

Carrot Cake (via

  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cups applesauce
  • 1 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 can pineapple


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, white sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in carrots. Fold in pecans. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
  4. To Make Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in chopped pecans. Frost the cooled cake.

Dairy Free Icing (Via

  • 4 oz. non-dairy or organic cream cheese (i.e. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese)
  • 3 T. non-dairy margarine (i.e. Earth Balance)
  • 2 c. powdered sugar

I had my checkup yesterday at 39.4 days and had my first cervical check. Yikes glad I didn’t have one before. Things look good and I am 3cm dilated and 70% effaced. Does that mean I will go into labor ASAP, no but he said it means I am a good candidate for induction if need be, but knows I want to go natural. He stripped my membranes too so here is to hoping Baby C arrives before his due date. Post appointment I had some good signs that my body is doing what it is supposed to, but being a first timer I am not sure if they really mean anything. Dr. M is delivering Thursday so maybe Baby C will come then.

The last 3 weeks

Baby C is growing slowly but surely. We were hoping he would have arrived by now, but he has is own agenda. Doc says my pregnancy has been perfect, and hasn’t needed to do a cervical check yet. He has explained to me it is common in the US to start checking early, but it means nothing. You can be closed and go into labor tonight or be 4 cm for weeks. And even though his head is super low it also means nothing besides he knows which way is out. First check is next Monday at 39 + 3 and I am hoping to get my membranes stripped too.

36 weeks

37 weeks (yikes I look bad)

38 weeks

Weight gain: lets not talk about it! 1 pant size up, but a lot less muscle tone. Oh running I miss you!

Cravings: nothing abnormal

Activity: lots of walking the dogs and myself, a little bit of the elliptical, lots of bouncing on the ball

I had a massage last week that made me feel like a million bucks!

Full Moon tonight, they say lots of babies come, but I think he is nice and cozy inside.

The new house

The last 3 weeks have been very eventful here in the Carman household! No Baby C hasn’t arrived, but we finally got approval on 1/30 for our new house. That means by March 2 we will close, or the sellers lose the approval from the bank. On February 2 we had our inspection and things went pretty well. No major work needs to be done that the inspection identified, except that the pool wasn’t cleaned like promised. The water was so filthy that we couldn’t see the bottom and the water level was so low we couldn’t run the pump efficiently. But the pump did work. The pool has 1970’s tile, its awesome from what we can tell. Otherwise all the stuff that needs to be done is mostly minor but some of it will be pricey. The entire fence needs to be replaced, or when Odyn jumps on it, it may go down. The screened porch needs to be rescreened, parts of the frame are coming apart and the roof of it needs to be fixed (Ed thinks). The only other big thing we plan to do is put a mesh fence around the pool before moving in, so we don’t have any accidental swimming dogs. It will also be useful when Baby C gets bigger, and give us all a piece of mind. Onto house pictures!

Front of the house- split level

Laundry area (I will miss having a separate laundry room, but I will survive)

Kitchen (I am standing in the breakfast room area)

Living Room & Dining Room to the left

Downstairs Family Room/Dog Room/Future Playroom

Workout Room Area (attached to downstairs family room)

Master Bedroom, closets and bathroom (If you have been to our current house you realize how exciting this is. Our current bedroom is 10×10 and our bathroom is a shower, toilet and sink on top of each other. Also we have 1 shared closet.

Baby C’s room (princess border will come down and be repainted)

There are 2 more bedrooms or different sizes upstairs too, one will be Ed’s office and the other will be our guest room and my sewing room.

Last but not least the pool! and Firepit area!!

The entire inside of the house needs a good cleaning and some patching and painting, the entire house is beige! Beige walls, carpet, tile. The only thing not beige is the appliances. Some rooms will stay the flesh colored beige, but most will get an update. We are lucky that we don’t have to rush out of our house, so we will close around March 1 or 2 and not move until the end of the month. I am working on packing what I can but it is difficult since we need mostly everything and there is not much room in our 1400sq foot house to put boxes and stuff.

I hope to update with pictures once we close, paint and decorate rooms (and fix the pool).

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