Everett Truman Fullmer

My baby just turned 1 month yesterday! I thought it would be a good time to finally do a blog post! Here is Everett's birth story, better late than never.

Everett Truman Fullmer was born Thursday, August 23, 2012 just after midnight. He weighted in at 6 lbs 11 oz and was about 2 1/2 weeks early.

Since Boston was born 4 weeks early I hadn't really experienced the final month of pregnancy, it definitely was a new experience. He dropped around 36 weeks, right before i finished work and boy was I uncomfortable. My last day of work was the Friday before he was born. I had 5 full days off of work (including the weekend) to enjoy my time before i became a mother of two. I was hoping for a little more time to enjoy life and Boston but you cant choose when these little ones decide to come.

On Wednesday just before 5pm I started to feel little cramps, but they were very inconstant. I had the same kind of pains about a week and a half earlier so i didn't think much about them. It was my turn to cook dinner that night so Boston and I started to cook. The pains were still there, getting a little more painful but nothing too crazy. Around 6 pm I texted Scott who was on his way home from work and told him that I was having these pains and then admitted it to my mom shortly after that. After dinner Scott took Boston to the park and I told him to keep his phone close by as the pains were getting closer and more painful.  At this point I started to time the contractions, packed my hospital bag and got some last minute stuff done. Boston and Scott came back from the park and got Boston ready for bed. Finally sometime around 8:30 I stopped story time and told Scott that we had to go. I had some major contractions and they were coming every 3-4 minutes. My mom took over bedtime and we left for the Grey Nuns hospital, first filling up for gas. We arrived after 9:30 pm and got checked into a delivery room for all the assessment rooms were full. After a while on the monitor they told me it I was in labour and called my doctor. The pain was getting crazy intense at this point.  They checked me and I was only 4-5 cm. I was really disappointed, when i was first checked with Boston I was 9 cm and i guess i was expecting the same thing. I asked the nurse my pain medication options but didn't go with anything at that point. I decided to try the shower for a few friends loved it for pain management. But I didnt last long for i hated it. I got back into bed and asked again about pain medications especially the epidural. I was hating the pain, I just didn't remember it being that bad the first time (I also wasn't in labour long the first time). There was no break, just straight contraction after contraction. I remember asking the nurse if there should be a break in between the contractions?! I finally gave in and said i wanted an epidural. My nurse said she would get everything ready but would have to check me first to see how dilated i was. I was now 9 cm. I thought to myself, OKAY, i am almost done! Guess i don't need one and said never mind. I was NOT almost done. The pain came on stronger than ever and still no break. The nurses switched and i didn't even look at my new nurse till it was time to push. I was just rolled over on my side with my eyes closed squishing Scott's hand. Finally after what seemed like an hour or two (but really i have no idea the time frame), i started to freakout because i really had to push. My doctor came back in and I did my first push while saying I couldn't do this, i didn't want to do this and I don't know how to do this! The second contraction I pushed again and thought to myself, push harder Tara and it will all be over, so i did and out came Everett!

I had a second degree tear. With Boston I had terrible internal tears, like terrible! So both were different types. The hospital was busy so i had to go into a shared room. I had no sleep due to the fact the nurses have to come check on the baby and I often right after, plus my roommates baby cried a lot. Everett never made a sound!

Later that morning my mom came and brought Boston to meet his new baby brother. He was in love!

We were released from the hospital around lunch time, which was a tad too early i thought but I didn't enjoy my roommate and her 15 plus guests. Also her husband came with their two girls around 10am and dropped them off and went to work.

Scott and I couldn't decide on Everett's name. We didn't leave till 5 pm just because we didn't have a name and we also had a nap. There was only really 3 names we were choosing between. Everett was our back up name when Boston was born. I think because it had been 2 plus years since we first thought about it, it almost lost its excitement. The name came from 2 places, the first was from Scott's favourite Christmas movie, The Family Stone. Plus it is another City in Massachusetts. Massachusetts is where Scott served his mission (hence where the name Boston came from). As for his middle name Truman, it is my Great Great Great Great Grandfathers name. You can read about him here on Wikipedia.

Recovery was terrible, but not as horrible as the first time around. Luckily I was able to stay in bed and rest a lot with time around. With Boston we had so many doctor appointments and 24 hour jaundice treatment about a week after he was born that i wasn't able to rest like I did this time. I was in major pain for about 1 week and then it eased off from there. If anything mentally this recovery was harder, but physically the first time around was harder. Because of Boston i just found it stressful and emotional. I felt bad for him because he really wanted me, but I wasn't able to give him much attention. I was very thankful for my mom and the fact we were living at my parents house! Scott wasn't able to take much time off work so I really needed my mom.

What are we doing?

I thought this blog needed a little update on our life. It has been now 3 months since we moved from Regina to start a new adventure in Edmonton. Our plan was to moved in with my parents in Sherwood Park till we found a place to live. We did and we are still living there! 

We went out with a realtor right away and looked at a few homes. We also searched day and night on MLS. We were not terribly impressed with our selection for what we could afford and decided to hit up a bunch of show homes to see if anyone had any spec homes (duplex's) being built (homes already started but all the finishing already chosen in other words, we cant change a thing). We found one we liked that was ready at the end of July. PERFECT! But after we signed all the papers I freaked out and decided there was too many things I didn't like about the main floor and we ended up switching to another spec home they had (same builder, same area) that had a tad better layout for a family with little kids, like a mud room (you park in the back so having slidding door that run right into a kitchen table threw me off of this layout). But it was a huge pro/con kind of deccision. The one we didnt buy had a better lot, was cheaper, had a tad nicer finishings like white quartz countertops. BUT the one we did buy came with a deck, landscaping and a garage. Here are the links to the layouts and showhome pictures of the two.

One we bought

One we almost bought

The major downfall of the one we did buy was it wasn't ready till September/October. I am was being highly optimistic and thought for sure it would be ready mid-September, but every time we drive past the house, I cry and think... okay maybe early October?!? Baby is due September 8, which means we will for sure be having the baby while at my parents. Which is fine, I just feel for the other 3 people living there (my mom, dad and my sister). Babies cry a lot, new mom's cry a lot. It should be fun ;)

I am mostly just excited to have a basement. I have waited 6 years of being married to have a place with a basement! This is no where near my dream home, but since we barely approved from a mortgage, this will be fine for now. Scott is excited, it is pretty modern finishings which is what he loves. I personally wanted and tried to find a place with white cupboards but it was impossible. Seriously impossible. No one had them! But yet they are very popular right now, all over all the decor magazines... weird. Like I said, one day i can have my dream home.

On to our next topic, work... my awesome brother called me before we moved and told me to send him my resume because the accounting firm he worked at needed an executive assistant! Luckily for me they were having a hard time finding a replacement for the girl going on maternity leave in May and my brother mentioned me. I started a week after we moved and I love the change. I have always worked for engineering companies before. They have a new lady starting tomorrow that will be my replacement. They did hire someone else to replace me about a month ago, but that went south (they fired her after a few weeks).

Scott is loving his job. He is working for the Ministry of Health in Senior's Health. I am going to toot his horn a little here and say that on the first day, when all the interns were having their starting meetings he found out that they hired 26 out of 400 applicants! We had to laugh though, because most of the other 26 men and women were from high end schools all over Canada. And then there was Scott... from the University of Regina!

Boston. What to say here, well he is growing up! He is loving life, loving all the attention. He basically has attention 24/7 with 5 adults living in one household. We are happy that his speech is getting better, but still worried because he is still very behind. But having my mom and sister work with him all day has really helped (my sister is a speech therapist assistant). My mom and sister watch Boston while Scott and I are at work. My sister is in summer school, but helps my mom out when she can. Boston LOVES going for walks with Alyssa. She pushes him in the stroller while she runs. Boston has also enjoyed a few trips to Calgary to play with his cousins. He especially gets along so well with his little cousin Ethan who is 2 years older than him.

We tell Boston that he is going to be a big brother and he now loves to hug my belly and read books on being a big brother. Lets just hope this excitement continues when the baby arrives.

Check back soon, I have a bunch more posts left in order to get caught up!

Baby Bump

There has been a few requests for a baby bump... I've been terrible at taking pictures. Pictures of myself aren't something I ever do, so being pregnant sure hasn't changed that.

Here I am right before we moved around 20 weeks.

Here I am at 29 weeks.

Here I am today at 33 weeks.

Only 7 weeks left till my due date of September 8. I really hope this baby stays in for almost full term, unlike Boston. I am not ready for a baby in 3 weeks, I need this one to come in 7!


We officially left Regina on April 28. My daycare lady was also moving and her last day was the week before. My awesome friend Lyndi watched Boston for me Monday and Tuesday and my mom flew out to Regina on Tuesday to watch Boston for the rest of the week and best of all pack! My dad drove all by himself on Thursday and also came and packed! I don't know what we would have done without my parents. They packed most of our stuff and were a huge blessing to us! Scott and I both worked up until the day before we moved and had little time to pack.

We made some great friends from church and work that came despite the rain and help us load the truck. I am so glad I decided to hire a cleaning lady to clean the bathroom and kitchen that morning. It was the best $80 spent! A few good friends came and helped clean the rest of the house and we were on the road later that afternoon for the long drive to Edmonton.

Sunday we loaded a 10 x 13 storage unit to the max and our stuff is currently still stored there! I need to take a picture of this, it is pretty funny how floor to ceiling the unit is packed.

Scott and I were surprised how sad we were to leave Regina. I made a couple good friends at church and tons of great friends at work I knew I was going to miss and I do still miss them. Scott was really loving his job and everyone he was working with and all his friends from school.

Boston's 2nd Birthday

Our little baby turned 2 (like forever ago, but I'm playing catch up)!

Scott had a work/school function the night of his birthday (April 19), so we took Boston out for dinner Wednesday night to Montana's. 

Boston loved every minute of our little evening.  I made cupcakes for Boston and we finished off the night with cake and candles! I made 24 cupcakes, 1 for every month since he was born! Haha, okay not really, the package I had in the cupboard made 24 cupcakes (since there are only 3 of us, we gave most of them away).

Boston was one lucky guy and got to celebrated two more times after we moved back to Alberta, once with my family and then with Scott's. Scott's mom and sister put together a cute little monster themed party for Boston and his cousins! It was such a nice surprise.

Happy Birthday Boston! We love you!

Moving Back Home

It has been almost 8 years since I left Edmonton and I am happy that I am finally moving back home. Scott has been on the job hunt for months now in Alberta and he finally decided to apply for an internship. He was hesitant because he is just finishing one up here in Regina. Kind of feels like he is done with them, but after some thought, he realized that doing the internship might be his best hope at getting into the Government of Alberta. He was told that 100% of the interns that wanted to stayed with the government after these internships are over, did.

I think after we left Calgary to move to Regina, we always said we would return to Calgary for we do love it there and Scott's family is there. But Scott decided that the provincial government is where he wanted to be and the provincial government jobs are mostly all in Edmonton. Made it a pretty easy decision on where we would end up and I can’t help but be happy with his decision since that is where my family is.

We are busy organizing our plans and cancelling our life over here. We plan on packing the U-Haul on April 28 (if anyone wants to come help). Our last day at our current jobs is April 27. My mom is flying out here on April 24 to help pack and mostly watch Boston (for my daycare ladies last day is April 20). Oh and cant forget the Relief Society dinner my committee and I are planning for April 25. It is going to be a very busy next few weeks, very stressful and a lot of crying I'm sure. I cried 2 times this morning, all before 8am! But on a good note, right in the mix of all the busy, on April 23, I have my ultrasound AND Boston turns 2 on April 19!

Our plans are to stay with my parents in Sherwood Park until we find a place to live. Scott's job doesn't start will May 14, so we have 2 week to figure out where we want to live and also find me a job! But I think I am going to really have a hard time finding a job... who wants to hire a pregnant lady for only 4 months?!?! BUT I really need a job in order to ensure I get full EI and we really need the money! The internship doesnt pay near as much as we need.

Well wish us luck!

One Odd Child

I found this picture on my camera I took back in March and I thought I should share. 

What a tongue! 
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