Tuesday, July 27, 2010


This Thursday, July 29th is our 4th wedding anniversary. We decided to celebrate at Salty's on Alki. Eric was in heaven with endless amounts of seafood, prime rib and lots of desserts. I am to the point where I can only fit so much food in with the baby consuming most of the room in my tummy, so I didn't make much of a dent. Carter probably ate more then I did, he defiantly takes after his father.

Just chilling in the pool

Just relaxing in the backyard, enjoying the pool.

Water. . .

To escape the heat, Grandma Carol, Carter and I have been trying to find any body of water in the state of Washington that is decent to swim in. Alki, little to cold so we just dipped our feet in. Lake Washington, perfect temperature but beach was crowded and Carter ate some sand. Titlow park swimming pool, perfect but it is in Gig Harbor, little far from us but we still love going. My fish is happy just about any where as long as there is water.

New stroller in action!

I got to try out my new stroller with the double seat attachment. I went to my sister in laws for the day and we took the kiddos on a little walk at the park. It moves so smoothly even with both seats attached. This is the greatest invention ever. The stroller can be a single stroller or double. I can also attach the infant car seat and the second seat. The stroller is by Baby Jogger, it is called City select. It can go into 16 different positions. (I was able to get this luxurious stroller, thanks to my amazing staff at school that put together a stroller fund for the boys and I. Love them to pieces!)I would highly recommend the investment!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Into month 8

I can't believe how fast time is going with this pregnancy. I only have 42 days to go! I feel like I haven't had a chance to stop and think about being pregnant. I am running after Carter or just trying to keep up with life itself. But when I actually sit down and think about delivering this next baby, I am scared to death. I will never forget those first couple minutes after delivering Carter, my happiness of just bringing a baby into this world shattered by those words, "I think he may have Down Syndrome." But the fact that I let those words shatter all of the dreams I had at that moment for Carter, upsets me more. If I only knew then, what I know now. I also find myself feeling guilty when I pray that my next baby won't have DS, it makes me feel awful like I am wishing Carter didn't have DS. I am not even sure someone reading this will understand unless they themselves have gone through it. I can remember when I was pregnant with Carter praying at night that my baby would be happy and healthy. Then I would say, "God you just make him healthy and we will make him happy". God did bring us a healthy baby he just happens to have one extra chromosome. Carter is truly the center of our world, I don't remember life without him. And yes there are hard days, when I see other babies that are walking before him or talking before him but I can get past that. We celebrate each small thing like it is the biggest defeat! Our little munchkin can climb up the stairs, pull himself up on everything, he is crawling on his hands and knees (although still loves to army crawl) and is taking little steps from one thing to the next.
So when I am in the delivery room next, I will just be praying for a healthy baby, just like my Carter.

*I have had a few people ask me if I decided to do testing this time around to check for DS. Eric and I didn't have to think twice, we decided against the testing. No test can predict the future and the love you will feel for your child.

Fruit head!

Playing with toys at Grandma and Grandpa Tharaldson's. Fruit anyone?
Eric's family friends are having their son's wedding at their house in August so they have been working very hard at getting the outdoors all ready for the big event. We went over to check out the progress, it looks gorgeous. I can't wait until the day of the wedding to see everything all put together. They actually even have a mini chapel in the backyard, it even has stain glass windows. Love it!

Clothing strike

With all the heat last week, Carter was much happier in a diaper or nothing at all. He went skinny dipping in the pool and loved every minute of it!

Our new niece

Erin and Ben welcomed their new daughter, Harper Lily Pocius into the world on July 12th at about 1:30 in the afternoon. Harper was 8 pounds 10 ounces and 19 inches long. She is beautiful and her and mama are doing great. Carter is officially no longer the youngest! He is a big proud cousin, although he got a little scared when the baby cried. Hopefully he'll get over that fear real quick here.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My little fish

Last week when it was so hot, my mom and I went down to Titlow park in Gig Harbor and met Megan with her little girl Ainsely at the pool. My little fish went crazy of course, loving every minute of the water. Can't wait to go back again!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

4th of July

We headed out to the canal to celebrate 4th of July with Eric's family and friends. However the weather was not the greatest but we still managed to have a good time. Carter's Auntie Molly bought him the cutest 4th of July outfit so we had to snap a few pics in it before changing him into warmer clothes, so sad!

At the canal we ate crab, clams and oysters and enjoyed each others company. We headed home in the evening before the fireworks because the big pregnant lady wanted to sleep in her own bed. Eric was bummed we missed the fireworks but I told him he could always watch them on TV. We had a nice long weekend.

Wedding in Port Gamble

We went to a beautiful wedding in Port Gamble last weekend. The groom was a family friend of Eric's. The weather turned out to be perfect and the setting was amazing. We had a great time and Carter was exhasted on the way home (as you can see). He likes to pull his pillow out from behind his head and he puts it on his face.

Big boy bed

Someone got a big boy bed! We decided to have the boys share a room so I got the same fabric as Carter's crib bedding and made a cover for his comforter. Diane was kind enough to lend me a helping hand in sewing it and teaching me a few tricks on my sewing machine. Could not have done it without her. I am in the process of making pillows as well but sewing with Carter around is a challenge, so finding the time is slightly challenging.

We firgured the new baby would sleep in our room for the first couple months so Carter doesn't have to sleep in his big boy bed just yet. Although he is a big fan of playing on it, as crazy as he sleeps he won't be ready for it just yet.

Daddy's boy

How cute are these two? Wonder if baby two will look like Eric or me, since Carter looks just like Eric!

New swing for the baby

We recently got a new swing for the baby which Carter was very interested in. He may be slightly jealous when new baby has some new toys! Uh-oh!