Monday, September 29, 2008


by my Keva- I am new to this blogging thing and I guess this is my welcome :-)

1. What time did you get up this morning? which time... 4, 6, or 7:30?
2. Diamonds or pearls? definitely pearls (Meredith girl)
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? the new batman movie that came out over the summer
4. What is your favorite TV show? probably Jon and Kate plus 8
5. What do you usually have for breakfast? cereal
6. What is your middle name? my maiden name little (get the name of the blog now?)
7. What food do you dislike? too many to name, I am too picky
8. What is your favorite CD at moment? don't have one
9. What kind of car do you drive?Ford Escape (which I pronounce like Dory on Nemo)
10. Favorite sandwich?Peanut butter with out the crust
11. What characteristic do you despise? dishonesty
12. Favorite item of clothing? anything that fits currently
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Australia
14. Favorite brand of clothing? NY & Co.
15. Where would you retire to? somewhere in the middle of nowhere, a quiet farm area
16. What was your most recent memorable birthday? my 24th and 25th tie, my 24th I was in Hawaii, and my 25th was the day before my little brother got married
17. Favorite sport to watch? UNC basketball
18. When is your birthday?August 3
19. Are you a morning person or a night person?neither
20. What is your shoe size?7ish
21. Pets? a dog- Shamgar (for the story behind his name check out Judges 3:31)
22. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us? I just had a baby 7 weeks ago, but you know that...
23. What did you want to be when you were little? a teacher
24. How are you today? got a wicked bad headache
25. What is your favorite candy(lollie/chocolate)? Reese's cups
26. What is your favorite flower? Daisies
27. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? Oct 13-15- Staff retreat to the beach!
28. What is your full name? Courtney Little Shelton
29. What are you listening to right now? Dancing with the Stars and Shamgar whining
30. What was the last thing you ate? Moe's
31. Do you wish on stars?no
32. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? yellow
33. How is the weather right now? pleasant
34.The first person you spoke to on the phone today? Spence
35. Favorite soft drink? coke
36. Favorite restaurant? Outback
37. Real hair color?dirty blonde
38. What was your favorite toy as a child? barbies
39. Summer or winter? summer, the hotter the better
40. Hugs or kisses? Hugs
41. Chocolate or Vanilla? chocolate
42. Coffee or tea? sweet tea
43. When was the last time you cried? today
44. What is under your bed? wrapping materials
45. What did you do last night? got sleep because Spence took a couple of the feedings
46. What are you afraid of? the dark
47. Salty or sweet? Sweet
48. How many keys on your key ring? 2
49. How many years at your current job? Stay-at-home Mom- 7 weeks, Nursery and Preschool Director 3 years
50. Favorite day of the week? Saturday
51. How many places have you lived in?three or four places in NC
52. Do you make friends easily? yes!

I tag Brooke Farr

first two months

Family pic
Zeke with Spence and Zeke's best friend Holt with his dad Jason.
This is Courtney's dad, paw-paw.

Spence's dad, grandpa
Courtney's mom, yaya

Of course he is a Tarheel born, a Tarheel bred...

Checking out dad
With his nana
Probably one my favorite pictures

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Zeke's nursery

I thought I would show everyone where Zeke hangs out most of the time. He has been a pretty good sleeper since the beginning. He has slept in his crib from his first night home. There were a couple of nights where he slept in his bouncy chair beside our bed because that was all that would work, but generally he loves his crib.
My small group ladies painted my room for me. They are amazing and could totally be hired out! Another friend at church sewed my window treatment, dust ruffle, and bumper. She is ridiculously talented. I am definitely not gifted in decorating or putting anything together so she helped me to choose my fabric and everything.

We have added a rocking chair and a bookshelf since these were taken to finish off the room. It has all come together so nicely!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

in the beginning...

Our first family pic

I am officially one of those people... I am beginning a blog after having our first child. The future blogposts will be filled with cute stories and pictures of the newest Shelton family. Today's will be his story of his amazing birth.
August 8, 2008
9:15- dr's appt Spence and I went to the dr. my blood pressure was a little high, but went back down when they checked it again. The dr checked me and I was 2 cm and 50% effaced. I asked the dr what was going to happen Monday (my due date) and he said that he thought we shoudl go ahead and set up an induction for Monday. We were a little freaked, but knew we had time to get used to the idea. This was until the dr came back from checking with the hospital and finding out they don't have an induction bed available for Monday, but have one available right then. We are sent to the hospital to have a baby. (at this point I am wondering if we are ready for this, but I guess it is a little late to be thinking about that...)
10:00-3:00- hospital The bed that was available didn't get available for hours. We could have gone home and gotten the things we needed: my cellphone, my bag, Zeke's bag, lunch, something to read or movies to watch... Basically, I get to hang out in the waiting area of the OR in a curtained off area hooked up to a monitor and and iv of fluids. They do not start my pitocin until I get in a real room. My friend Sarah drove to the hospital, got the key to our house, drove to our house, and then back to the hospital to get all the things we needed. That's a great friend.
3:30-hospital room We finally get in a room. I get started on the meds. I am checked again and am now 3 cm and 80% effaced. I am starting to feel the contractions that I have been having all day. The nurse predicts that it will be the next morning before I actually have Zeke. I am not super excited about laboring all through the night, but I am excited to have a time frame in my head.
3:45- My water breaks, but not all the way so the dr has to finish breaking it (that hurt!) I am checked again and I am at 6 cm, and a plus 3.
4:00- I am really starting to hurt. The contractions are coming much more often and are much stronger. My nurse starts talking about the epidural. She said that if I wanted one, I should go ahead because I had to go through more fluids before I could get one. I told her to get the process started. The nurse tells me to be sure I am not breathing to crazily during contractions because she does not want me to hyperventilate.
5:15-epidural time The anesthesiologist comes in with the nurse. Spencer has to sit down (it's the rules), the anesthesiologist preps me and the nurses helps me get through the contractions. The anesthesiologist and nurse talk over my head about me being further along than 6cm and that the epidural may not take before I have to start pushing. The epidural does not take on my left side. They have me lay on my left side and give me more drugs and move around the thread. While I am on that side, Zeke's heartrate drops. I am numb from my armpit down on the right side and only up to my knee on the left. Finally the drugs take more of an effect and I am now numb from the armpits down on both sides.
6:00- babytime The nurse checks me again and I ready to go. I push through a few contractions. Zeke's heartrate drops each time I push. I am having to use oxygen in between pushes. The dr. suggests they use the vacuum. He vacuum's him on two contractions and Zeke is here at 6:48 pm weighing 6lbs 13 oz and 19 inches long.
Zeke's umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and that is why his heartrate kept dropping. They also see that Zeke has a "true" knot in his cord. Some other nurses come in to see the knot because this is apparantly a big deal. Most babies who have knots in the cords when they are born are not living. We now understand why we were supposed to deliver on that day at that time. It wasn't the way we would have planned it, but obviously we aren't the ones in charge.

Ezekiel Jones Shelton