January 8, 2013

Pictures of Carter

Here are a few pictures of Carter. Not exactly in chronological order - but who cares? He's CUTE!

Carter and proud Daddy at the hospital.

Getting ready to go under the billy lights with his awesome shades.

Not loving the carseat.....

So tiny!

His binky looks SO big!

Carter and Grammy.

Sleepy boys.

He loves basking in the sun just like his momma!

Checking out his forest friends on the comfy quilt that Sheryl made for him.

Carter during General Conference - apparently it was too bright for him...

Carter and Grandma Feik.

Carter nuzzled up in his favorite spot, right under dad's chin.

January 7, 2013

Baby Carter!

The post that everyone has been waiting for.... BABY CARTER!!! (It's only taken me three and a half months to get it posted but who's counting, right?)

The process of getting Carter here was slow at first and then all of the sudden he was HERE! It was definitely not what I was expecting the birth process to be like. It started with contractions, but then again, isn't that how it always starts? haha - okay fine, you don't have to laugh at my jokes. Anyways, Sunday was our Multi - Stake Conference at the BYU-I Center. Me and my swollen feet and aching back spent the entire time out in the hall with all the other moms and rowdy youngsters. It only seems fitting that my own rowdy youngster (Michael) came out to join me. (Haha - me and my funny jokes, right?!?) So that night was made eventful by contractions off and on all night. I didn't get that excited, my doctor had already told me a few days prior that I could have Carter any day, but it would probably be awhile. But, like a new mom - I called the doctor first thing in the morning to see if I needed to go in, I figured it was better to be safe than sorry. (My biggest fear was going into labor/having my water break at work so I was really glad that the nurse just had us go in, just to be sure - whew!) So after a *pleasant* visit with the doctor, they sent us home. Mike went to school and I went to work - no use staying home if I'm not having a baby, right? Wrong. My boss sent me home at lunch, something about me needing to be at home instead of being miserable at work or something. So like any rational pregnant lady I drove myself home and laid in bed watching movies and trying to catch up on some sleep. (Of course once I got home I felt fine).

That night was much the same as it was the night before. Sleep, contractions, sleep, contractions, sleep, wake up Michael because I can't sleep, contractions, sleep, contractions, contractions, contractions.... So we called the doctor again the next morning. We debated whether or not we should call because the contractions weren't exactly what our doctor said they should be before we should get our hopes up again, but we went in anyways. Can you guess what the doctor said? I was guessing he would say something like, "nice try, come back tomorrow" but instead he said, "well, it looks like you're going to be parents today." I didn't know what to do - it was only the day after my due date and I was fully expecting/planning on another two weeks. Well, that plan went out the window. Plus, I didn't think that these so called "contractions" were actually THE contractions.  But, we went on up to the hospital and checked ourselves in. So that was about 9/9:30ish. After we got all settled we walked around for a while (we even took the stairs a few times - I wanted this baby out ASAP! Who wants a 24 hour labor? p.s that was my third biggest fear. Second biggest fear is that I would have the baby during Mike's PRAXIS test that he had to take the Saturday before, which didn't happen so we were safe on that one.)

The nurses did a great job of keeping me calm and answering all of my first time mom questions. We lucked out and even got a HUGE corner room with an excellent view of the dumpster and someone's back yard chicken coop. We'd walk around for a while then come back and they'd hook me up to all these wires to check on Carter and to see how soon we'd be needing the doctor. At 11:45 they broke my water. Then the REAL contractions started. I played brave for awhile (maybe not so brave if you ask Michael) I'd been sitting on the fence about an epidural my entire pregnancy, but once the contractions started hitting harder and faster - well, lets just say I panicked and we called the nice man with all the magical drugs. This is where things get a little fuzzy from my perspective. After the epidural they had me hooked up to the machines and were watching my vitals as well as Carter's. At first we just had one nurse in our room, then we had two. They were having me move around and switch from one side to the other to see if we could get the little guy's heart rate up. Apparently we weren't having much success because all of the sudden there were a billion nurses in our room - fuzzy perspective, remember haha. The nurses did a great job keeping us calm and doing everything they could to get Carter's heart rate up. After a few minutes they started prepping me for a C-Section "just in case." Turns out it was a good thing that I was all ready for a C-Section because that's what ended up happening. Carter just wasn't cooperating so they wheeled my bed one way and sent Mike to go and get a gown on.

The anesthesia they gave me for the surgery wasn't working fast enough and we were worried about Carter still so they ended up knocking me completely out. And that's the last that I remember :) Actually - not exactly true, I remember my doctor being a little "gung-ho" about getting Carter out before I was completely numb. Thank goodness the anesthesiologist was smart enough to put the brakes on that!

The next thing I remember was a nice nurse telling me that I had a beautiful baby boy. I'm not sure what my response was but I'm pretty sure I was happy about it. I don't remember much about the next few hours when I was still coming out of the anesthesia but I think I remember holding Carter and I know that Mike's parents were there with Mike. But this is my most favorite thing from that day....

 ....holding my sweet baby boy!

Carter Scott Feik born Tuesday September 25th, 2012 at 2:19 pm. 6lbs 13oz 20 inches.

Baby Shower!

 Photo dump! Here are some pictures from my baby shower in August that Mike's mom and sister threw for me at the Feik's house. Yummy food! (p.s. I'm not so secretly coveting Anne's skinny jeans - love that color!)

 Ashley and Chrissie playing one of the games.(Those games were a lot harder than I thought they'd be - we needed some serious brain power for those!)

 Look at all those gifts! Carter is one spoiled little boy, we have such generous friends and family. Thanks everyone!

 Left to right: my mom, Mike's mom, Hannah Smith, Mike's sister Amy, and my right elbow.

 Thatcher photo bomb!

Amy, Cheri, and I working on trying to figure out what kind of candy bars were melted in the diapers. Cheri is a baby shower veteran, we didn't cheat .... promise! ;)

Cassie and Anne inspecting the melted candy bars in the diapers. A few of them looked  like the real thing! Kind of unnerving when you were supposed to stick your nose in them haha.

Present time!

Measure that baby bump!

Grammy Campbell and baby T!

The baby shower was great! I couldn't have asked for anything more perfect. So grateful for all of the hard work and preparation by Amy and Mom Feik. Feeling so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family!

April 3, 2012

I Spoke Too Soon!

Just a few hours after I posted last Mike got an email for his student teaching placement - I guess I spoke too soon! He will be student teaching at Skyview High School in Nampa, Idaho during the Winter 2013 semester. We don't have very many of the details nailed down yet (actually we really don't have any plans yet - just the fact that we'll be moving!) We're not sure when we'll be moving we just know that it will be sometime between the end of December and the middle of January. It sounds like all of Mike's sisters will be for Christmas so we'll probably try to stay in Rexburg until that long at least so that everyone can meet baby Feik! Mike should be getting in touch with his cooperating teacher shortly and he/she might be able to shed a little more light on the situation. We're excited for the change - there's an end in sight! We just need to stay motivated to finish up the next few semesters.

p.s. It was 60* on my lunch today - summer is coming! :)

March 30, 2012

Student Teaching Update

It's practically the end of the month and we have news for you! We got an email from the school and .... we won't know until next week where Michael is going for student teaching. Bummer. We'll keep you posted!

March 27, 2012

March: In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb

Just thought I'd give you an update seeing that I never posted that last email update - whoops! :)

As many of you already know ... WE'RE PREGNANT! I'm at 14 weeks today and due in September. We're anxiously awaiting our new arrival and Michael has made me promise to quit eyeing all those cute baby clothes at the store until we find out if it's going to be a girl or a boy. May 4th can't come soon enough! Don't worry, as soon as we know, you'll know. I'm no good at keeping exciting secrets like that ;)

The end of the semester is almost here! This week is our last full week of classes and next week will be half a week of classes and the remainder of the week for finals. Then .... graduation! Graduation is going to be a marathon event this year. Friday April 6th will be both Commencement as well as Convocation. We're looking forward to spending a little bit of time with Grandparents Beal who are skipping out of the MTC a little bit early so that they can make it to Convocation to hear me speak. Still a little apprehensive about how well that is going to work out. I emailed my talk to the Dean yesterday and I still haven't heard anything back ...  Overall I'm excited to graduate but a little sad to be leaving the education world. What do I do with my life now?

I think that Mike is getting antsy to be done with school as well. We just keep trying to look on the bright side - only two more semesters on campus and then student teaching. :) We're hoping to receive his student teaching placement by the end of the month. We requested either the Nampa school district, Idaho Falls, or the Utah area. Lots of changes for this little family. We'll be excited for wherever we are assigned but each location has some benefits and some downfalls so I guess we'll just wait and see, then the real worrying will begin! I'll try to post an update about our student teaching placement once we get it. Well I guess this should probably be enough of a study break for me. Mike should be home soon so I should probably start figuring out what to make for dinner - he probably wouldn't be all that excited about pancakes again, but maybe apple pancakes? This little Feik definitely loves its breakfast food!

January 4, 2012


It's been awhile *surprise surprise* but I couldn't figure out how to log in after I changed the layout of our blog. But I figured out how to change it back to something I understand and now I can blog. Oh, but wait - school started today so I now have on free time. Sorry for the poor timing. I did, however, just find out that I am required to create a blog for one of my classes. So once I get that up and running I'll let you know where to find my new blog and you can keep tabs on me there. For a better update on our most current lives, I'll post an email that I sent out a day or so ago. Hope you have a great day!