Friday, April 17, 2009

Our baby: It's a....



We had our 20 week ultrasound on Monday and it went great! I'm right along with the developing pattern for our baby. The ultrasound tech said everything concerning the baby was within normal limits, all organs are where they are supposed to be and our baby is about 7-8 inches long!

Anyways, here is a very obvious picture that shows the gender of our little one. I'll let you figure it out:



Ha! Yes, HE is definitely not shy!!! It's a boy!!



And here he is with his hand on his forehead. How cute :)


You can see his profile a little better on this one.


Steve, my mom, and Steve's mom were able to be in the ultrasound room with me. My mom came for graduation and Steve's parents came for Steve's sister's baby blessing. It worked out perfect. We were all shocked to hear that it was a boy, happily shocked of course. For some reason all of us thought it would be a girl. Maybe next time.

So we have several names picked out already that we like for both first and middle names. Here they are:

First Names:
Alexander
Andrew
Benjamin
Eric
Christian
Gabriel
Jonathan
Nathan
Samuel
Spencer

Potential Middle Names:
Alexander
Levi
Maxwell
Bennett
Preston
Sterling


Long ago, before we even got pregnant, we decided we wanted to name our son Benjamin.
But now, I'm wondering what sounds best. It's hard to come up with just one first name and one middle name. Here are some of the most recent most wanted names:

Benjamin Alexander Mathias
Benjamin Bennett
Benjamin Maxwell
Alexander Bennett
Samuel Sterling
Nathan Alexander
Spencer

I can't make up my mind... Some of those names have already been taken by some of my family members, so it's kind of hard to chose. But anyways, moving on...

Easter was fun! We went to Steve's Sister's (Kelly) ward for a baby blessing. Little Weston is really cute, and it was a treat to see some family from back home. Although I had a good time, it was a little frightening because I was sick that day. Horrible nausea, upset stomach, gas, etc... At first I thought it was food poisoning, but then I didn't throw up. It might have been like a stomach flu of some kind. I was so scared for our baby. Regardless, I drank a lot of water, ate lots of yogurt, and rested- the next day, I was fine again. Weird.


Steve, my mom and I dyed some eggs before Easter. It had been a long time since I had done that. There were not enough egg dippers, so I suggested Steve slip an egg inside a whisk. It worked out great! No mess.




My mom and her Charlie Brown egg




Our wonderful colorful creations! Who will eat them now?

Happy Easter! Anyone want some egg salad?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I finally Gradumatated!


The day finally came!! I am officially a graduate nurse. It makes me happy that I have finally finished that arduous nursing school! Oy!

My mom was able to come to my graduation and is still with us until Monday. It's so nice having her here, she makes the day brighter. It was a great week. On Thursday I had the nurses pinning ceremony. What made this special was the fact that Elder Neil L. Anderson was present at the ceremony and was able to shake everyone's hand and congratulate us. Our school's president, President Kim B. Clark was also there with us. On Friday, we had commencement, with the whole cap and gown thing! I look silly! There were more than 1400 people graduating this semester. After commencement was convocation, where they formally announced everyone's name (only those from the college of Life and Ag science-who were about 150). Then we took pictures, received more great talks, and finally went out to eat to celebrate!


Here I am shaking Elder Andersen's hand. Yay for the Quorum of the 12!


Here we are before the ceremony started, all so happy to be done! We all had to dress in white. I had the toughest time finding a white dress or white skirt around town. I finally found a skirt, but was scared to buy it because of my growing belly. I bought it last month, but luckily it still fit me, I just couldn't zip it all the way up.


My lovely mom and I after the pinning Ceremony.




Here is a classmate of mine. Her name is Anne. She was like my best friend! We would laugh and tease those that fell asleep during class sometimes.


Sister Hunter, my Metabolics teacher-one among the many faculty in the nursing program


Diedre (pronounced "dee dra"), me, Liz, and Ashley. Liz is 6 months pregnant with her 2nd boy.
Can you tell that I'm 5 months along?




During Convocation. Yeah I graduated Summa Cumme Laude. Top 1% of my graduating class. Ha! just kidding, the cords I'm wearing are nursing department cords.


Proud!


Sister Garbett (Cardio teacher) , Sister Funk(Neuro), and Sister Hunter(Metabolics). Not Pictured are Sister Barnhill (Obstetrics), Sister Dicus (Pediatrics), Sister Dalling (Cancer/GI) Sister Parson (Fundamentals), Bro Atwood (Psych nursing), and Bro Van Wagoner (ethics and legal nursing)



I did it! Yay!! Now I have another graduation coming up in August or September. I get to be a Mommy!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Happy April Fools




Today is a nice day outside, it's nice to see the sun! Idaho is so unpredictable though, it can be warm one day, and the next day it will snow like 3 inches! So I woke up today and remembered it was April Fools day. I told Steve that the weather was going to be 20 below, and then that I was tired of school and wanted to drop out. Haha. He didn't realize it was April Fools, but he didn't seem to be very interested in what I was saying. He didn't believe me. So I gave up on trying to trick him.
Anyways, last week was an awesome week!! So I got back from clinical and checked my email. To my surprise, it was from the staff at Upper Valley Pediatrics. This is what it said:

"Please Vivian, call Shawn at Upper Valley Pediatrics. We Nurses really want you to come to work! We need you NOW or soon after graduation! "

I was taken by surprise!!! I had done 2 clinical rotations at Upper Valley Pediatrics (UVP) this past fall and the nurses there were SUPER cool, and they really liked me because I just went in and took charge, and worked well with the patients. So I called the HR guy and left a message.
The next day, he called back and practically offered me the job on a plate! The funny thing is that he was telling me that there are like 2 nurses that are pregnant-one is due in June and the other in July and he said that one might be quitting. So I had to tell him I was pregnant, because
I didn't want to surprise him later and telling him I would need maternity leave. He chuckled in the irony and asked when my due date was. in the end he said that they still needed me anyways! Now there will be nurses due in June, July, and August!

So I agreed to get the job. I start April 20th, it's so soon, but I can do it. The only thing is that I'm so scared that I will fail my Board exam. I'm terrified! I have prayed every day to help me learn, relearn, and review the material that I need to know to pass the exam.

So now, I applied for a temporary nursing license while I prepare to take my boards. I don't make as much as some nurses make working on the hospital floors, but thinking about it- I'm about to have a baby! I can't afford to do 12 hour shifts 3 times a week without seeing my baby. I will work 2 full weekdays (8hours each) and saturday morning. Working at a clinic will be wayyyy less stressful than a hospital, plus I get to work with little kids and I will use my spanish speaking skills there.

I will have to drop my parenting class this summer because it won't fit with my work schedule, so I might pick up an online class. We'll see. I'm still going to work for Melaleuca too, and I won't plan on quitting there unless it's necessary. There are so many changes!!!

Some girls in my nursing class decided to throw me a baby shower. It was awesome! It was on March 26. We had tons of fun talking about the nursing program, babies, and our future jobs. I got plenty of diapers and wipes, cute onsies, and blankies. Here are some pictures from the shower.



Tammi and Elise


Noreen and Katie


Tatianne, Liz, Ashley, Emily


Me and Chelsea


Tammi with a chocolate smeared diaper. Kit Kats? Raisinetts? Who knows


They dressed me up whenever I would guess wrong on the gifts


There is another picture, will balloons stuffed in a robe, but it might be offensive to some ;)
That Saturday there was also a Nursing Graduation Party. It was fun too! Lots of food and games. Parties are great! :)
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