Baby Swartout!

coming to our home, summer 2010

Evy July 8, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — jen @ 3:54 pm

Turns out I’ve been spelling Evelyn’s nickname “wrong” … only took Tim and I a week to realize we were spelling it completely differently (me “evie” him “evy”) and for me to realize the way I was spelling it looked like “eevee” instead of “eh-vee” … I’m blaming sleep deprivation!


Baby is Here! July 7, 2010

Filed under: baby pics,updates — jen @ 12:23 pm

Wednesday 6/30 was my last day at work.  I was looking forward to at least a few days off to run a few errands, finish a few projects, and do a little cleaning around the house… we went to bed around 10/1030 … at 12:30 I was awake and pretty certain my water had broken and was having mild contractions.  I waited a little while and then woke Tim and called the Dr.  Since we still hadn’t completely packed our bags it took us about an hour to get ready…

We got to the hospital around 2:45.  Little did we know we had a long day in store — we spent the entirety of Thursday in the hospital.

Evelyn Donna Swartout was born Friday 7/2/10 at 1:06 a.m.  She weighed 7 pounds, 6 oz and measured 20.5″

We were exhausted, and instantly in love!

See more pictures on Flickr, where you can download the original quality prints (right-click and choose your size and then choose “download this photo”), print with Snapfish (under Actions choose “order prints and more”), and eventually view videos we upload!

Evie’s Flickr Page

For those of you who are interested, Evie’s birth was natural (only a low dose of Pitocin after 17 hours of labor to get things moving) and I delivered her without any pain meds.  If you’re interested in doing the same I’d recommend you check out the following:

The nurses at the hospital where I delivered (Emerson) were awesome, as was my midwife, Sherri (AFA OBGYN).


32 weeks! May 14, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — jen @ 10:09 pm

Can’t believe how fast the time is flying.  We’re already at 32 weeks (and 5 days).  It’s crazy. 

Work is very busy and lots of bridal showers this weekend, so things on the getting-ready-for-baby front have been quiet, but after next Thursday I think things will pick back up (hoping I’ll have a little more energy at the end of the work day … but not sure what to expect).

Here are some pics from this week!


Room painted! May 2, 2010

Filed under: nursery,preparations — jen @ 4:02 pm

It took two coats but the room looks great.  The picture doesn’t do it justice, but we are loving the warm yellow walls!


Time Flies! April 28, 2010

Filed under: preparations — jen @ 12:32 pm

Can’t believe I haven’t posted since 3/31.  That’s nearly a month.  And it has FLOWN by.

At the beginning of April we took “one last just-us trip” to Montreal.  We had a fun trip with gorgeous weather.  We walked a ton (and my feet swelled) but it was great.  Our hotel also had a big deep whirlpool tub, which was great – it really did take all the pressure/weight off.

Since then, we’ve been working, going to natural childbirth classes every Thursday night, and trying to start prepping the baby’s room.  We have definitely picked up speed on prepping the nursery and are hoping to paint this weekend since it will be nice out and we can open all the windows.  We got a dresser/changing table and switched out the knobs for cute green glass ones.  Next we need to pick out the tree decal we want and re-frame a large painting (a Janet original) to hang.

My fabulous sister and mother-in-law have been planning a shower for next month which is sweet and I’m excited for it.  I am feeling big, though I think my belly’s growth has hit a bit of a plateau.  I got some much needed new spring maternity clothes, and relish every day it is warm enough to put my fat feet into sandals instead of shoes!


baby stuff March 31, 2010

Filed under: preparations — jen @ 8:51 am

A few weeks ago we started an Amazon registry for a few hard-to-find things or things that were better priced online.  But last weekend we started the real deal at the big stores – Babies R Us, and the newly opened Buy Buy Baby.  BBB was great, although a lot of their stuff was crazily priced ($35 for one simple hooded towel … it was cute, but not THAT cute), they also had the basics and some better options (car sun shade 2 pack for $10 woohoo).  But the best thing was that the story was laid out nice and easy to shop (just like their parent company, Bed Bath and Beyond).  The stroller section was also fantastic, with the stroller we want and lots of other options BRU doesn’t carry.  On top of that they were all out so you could try them out without having to try to get them off a shelf.  Seriously, at BRU they have a bunch on a shelf that is above waist height for me.  If not for Tim, how would I get those down???  Also had tons of carseat options.  So, mommies to be (and future mommies to be), I highly recommend you check out Buy Buy Baby if you’ve got one near you.

Realized we still hadn’t researched or decided on high chairs or car seats … but at least now we can just go online and add/change whatever we like.  What a big production!  Much more work than the wedding registry since safety is such a concern, not just looks and durability…

oh baby….


26 weeks March 29, 2010

Filed under: the bump — jen @ 7:56 pm

It’s hard to believe I’m already at 26 weeks.  We started some baby registries this weekend, Tim built the dresser/changer and put in a super cute light we picked up at Ikea (

As many of you have requested … here is the latest full-out belly pic!!! Strangers are starting to notice, and I didn’t realize why until I saw this tonight…