May 31, 2009

Porter look-a-like

A lot of people have been saying who they think Porter looks more like. We think he is a pretty good mix of both of us, especially in his expressions. I have thought for a while that most people see the resemblance of the child they are most familiar with. So most people in my family think he looks a lot like a Gibson, and most people in my husband's family think he looks a lot like a Sampson. I thought it would be fun to put some pictures side by side to compare.


This morning we decided to take pictures one last time, hopefully, before the baby is born.

Porter kept asking to get up, so we took a couple more of him in my arms.

Then I wanted to take one of him with Adam. This is what happened.

May 29, 2009

Dr appt

I had my doctor's appointment yesterday. No change.... But I was good; I didn't reach out to shake the doctor. :) Actually I was remembering last time with Porter that I didn't even get to 1 cm until I was in active labor, so I suppose it doesn't mean anything.

On the positive side, most of the contractions have died down a bit, so I am somewhat more comfortable today. Because I am more comfortable, it is easier to be more patient in waiting for the baby to pick the right time to be born. I am still not sleeping very well, but that isn't likely to change once the baby is born, so there is no rush for that. lol I can't explain it very well, but I just woke up this morning knowing that it wasn't the right time yet, and I was okay with that. If it changes in the middle of the day to the right time, I am okay with that too. I am just a bit more zen about it than I have been.

May 27, 2009


I read somewhere in all my pregnancy reading that it can be hard to restart labor once it has been stopped. So say you have pre-term labor and you go in and they give you medication to stop the contractions, your chance of having to be medically induced later on go up quite a bit. I am wondering now if that works even if it wasn't medically stopped.

Mom told me not too long ago that she stopped her labor with Josh because she didn't like the doctor that was on call the night she went into labor. She called the hospital and the doctor who had delivered me was there. She did not like him at all, so she went back to bed and stopped her labor until her regular doctor was back.

Last weekend we had a wedding in the family and a baby blessing. We needed to go down to SLC on Friday and were to stay through the weekend. I was not particularly concerned with labor because I hadn't had any cervical changes from the week before and the doctor had cleared me to go, but I did have momentary fears of my water breaking in the temple and things like that. How embarassing would that be? :) We got there no problem on Friday night, but shortly after going to bed, I started having contractions. Actual contractions, not just brackston hicks, strong and about 7-8 minutes apart. I began a conversation with my body telling myself this wasn't the right time, I needed a few more days, I needed to be home where I was comfortable. After a few hours, my body heeded me and the contractions stopped. Maybe they would have gone away on their own, but I firmly believe in the mind body connection, and that had I been willing, I would have had the baby that night. I didn't have any more hard contractions that weekend, just the normal twinges of late pregnancy. The wedding and baby blessing were wonderful and it was fun to see all the family again and catch up with everyone.

Once we got home, I then had another conversation with my body, saying it was okay now to do its thing whenever. This conversation was not quite as effective. :) I started having contractions Sunday night, but nowhere near as strong. I have had continual contractions for three days now, doing nothing. They aren't getting stronger or more regular, just more and more annoying. They wear me out. I have been napping during the day to try and catch up on the rest I don't get at night, but I am quite frustrated. By the time I am in active labor, I will be all out of energy. Argh! If I go in to the doctor tomorrow and he says there has still been no change, I might just reach out and shake him! :)

I know I am not 40 weeks yet, so I shouldn't be frustrated with this, but the thought of having contractions for another two weeks is disheartening. If I wasn't having contractions that keep me thinking, maybe, then I could just put it from my mind for the most part and get on with my day, but.... Its at 3 am, when I am having so many contractions that I can't sleep and wondering if I need to call my boss and let her know I can't take the boys the next day that I get really frustrated. And then by 6 am they start to taper off, just when it is too late and I am too sore to get any more sleep. I am really glad that the end is in sight, even if that is a couple weeks away. I just need to keep that in mind.

May 26, 2009

Funny Porter moment

Porter is fascinated with all things baby. I hope it stays that way once the baby is born. :) Anyway, the other night we were telling Porter how the baby was still inside, and he always wants to look to find it, so he pulls my clothing all apart and looks down into my bellybutton like it's a peephole, and says, "Nope, no baby." So funny. Wouldn't it be cool if bellybuttons could be used that way to see the baby? lol

May 22, 2009


This is the second incarnation. I don't know that I like it better than the first. I only had square beads in the color I wanted for the base so it is a little chunkier than the first one, but I like the colors. And since the base is squares, it shows more of the center row. It isn't as dressy, but for every day use, I think it is good. What do you think?

May 21, 2009


I haven't done any beadwork in a while, (Porter seems to delight in getting into everything and I don't want to be picking tiny beads out of my carpet all day) but Mom was over this week and gave me a couple bracelets/watches that inspired me. I had to make one of my own. For some reason I can't get it to load right side up, so you just get to see it sideways. I am going to a wedding this weekend and the blouse I have picked out for it is black and red with some white accents. I thought this would go nicely and it matches really well with the earings that my husband gave me, so I am really liking it.

May 13, 2009

Little bit at a time

I had my first exam today at the doctor's to see if I have started progressing. I am 50% effaced and 1 cm dilated. He is head down and I guess he was last time too, because he is positioned just how he was before. Because his heart was heard up to the top of my uterus, the nurse thought he might not have turned yet, but the heartbeat was in the same place today, and the doctor could feel right where the head was, so I suppose she was wrong. He is still high, hasn't dropped yet, but that is okay by me. I have hard enough time moving around now, I can't imagine if he was any lower.

I am 37 weeks next week, which would put me at full term, so any time after that, things could start moving and we wouldn't be worried about the baby being too early. It is nice to know that the Brackston Hicks have been doing their job. I had so many early contractions last time that were painful and yet did nothing. This time around I hardly feel the contractions, but they are working already. That is encouraging. It is also nice to be past the point where contractions are a worry. We didn't have any pre-term labor this time so that was great.

We still don't have a name picked out yet. We have narrowed it down to three, two of which will be used in some combination as yet undetermined. I think we will just wait until the baby is here to pick the right ones and which will be first or middle.

Porter is excited for the baby. He likes to lift my shirt to try and find the baby. He tells it hello every now and then, but can't understand why there is no answer. :) Mostly he is just frustrated that I don't have a lap for him to sit in anymore. It will be interesting to see his reaction when there is a lap again, but it is filled with baby anyway. We think he will be great with his new brother, but are also anticipating a rough transition through the summer. Hopefully it will be smoother than we expect. We are looking forward to having the newest member of our family here to meet us and will try to post updates when that happens.

May 06, 2009

The one and only time

So I have thought about it, and this is the only time they will be posted, (even then they might go under a private entry once sanity returns) but I have decided to post comparison pictures for my two pregnancies. For these two I was about four-five months pregnant. I look at the above picture and mourn the loss of that tan. I really miss the beach. ( Especially when I look at my pasty white skin in the next photo. )

The above picture is closer to the end of the pregnancy. I think it was taken a few days before I had Porter. I was dealing with a lot of swelling and bloodpressure problems by then so I was really happy to be nearing the finish line. The next was this weekend, so just over 34 weeks. I like the comparison of these two because they are so similar in color and pose. It gives a good back to back look. This time I am not having problems with blood pressure, and only a little swelling, but I am still pretty happy to be nearing the finish line.

May 05, 2009

Genius part II

We installed the AC unit in our bedroom just in time for the rains to come back. We wanted to do something different to seal the rest of the window than what we did last year. Last year we used the side accordian thingamabobs only vertically. Not great. This year we did a little research to see what our options were. We heard a lot of people saying they used plywood, something we weren't eager to try. Can we say 'eyesore'? Not to mention, hard to seal. Then we had a brilliant idea. Plexiglass. It can be cut to the dimensions we need and also sealed easily. (the wonders of clear duct-tape.) And that is just what we did. Because our windows haven't been cleaned recently (except by the rain), it looks like the window is open because the plexiglass is so clean. And the rain has given us a chance to test out the seal, which was pretty good. There were only one or two tiny drops of precipitation that made it inside, and it was a pretty good storm. I think it turned out great, if I do say so myself.

Wish Fulfilled

Today I got my wish fulfilled. In a previous post I expressed a wish for a nice changing table/dresser with a hutch. We have been keeping an eye out in the classifieds for a used one and we finally found one for a great price. it is a lighter color than the one we wanted, but for the price, we couldn't ask for a better deal. We had a bit of a hard time getting it home, but it made it here today. We went down Saturday to SLC to get it and at least get it to Grandma Cole's, which was a few miles away. It was raining and thank heavens Adam's dad was able to go along and help because that was the only way we ended up even getting it in the trunk. Between he and Adam, they were able to tie it in enough to get it to Grandma's, where we planned to store it until we could borrow a truck to go get it. We had asked someone here who was going down to SLC the next Saturday if Adam could tag along and get it with him, but by the time we had arranged that, Dad Sampson had already made plans with a friend to deliver it here on their way to soak in the hot pots at Lava Hot Springs. They got here today and we were able to unload it. We are so grateful for their help, especially considering they are both injured and shouldn't be doing any lifting. Thank you so much! I hope the soak in the hot pots was enjoyable and relaxing.

I am so pleased with how it looks. It just fits into the space we had for it and I think it will work great for our needs right now for the baby and then later for me. Now all it needs is a couple of the right size baskets for the lower shelves and we will be set. Well, once we figure out just where to put the bassinet. We have the changing table in place but no place for the baby. Go figure. :)