Wednesday, November 24, 2010

First Snow

On Monday we had our first snow of the season. I would say in total our neighborhood got around 3 inches. I know it doesn't sound like much to people who are used to snow in winter but a few inches can shut the Seattle area down. Monday was my dad's birthday and it took the poor man 5 hours to get home. Thankfully he gets off of work at 2:30 and still came home in time to enjoy Paul's chicken and tortellini with cream sauce.

Yesterday we took the kids sledding. I am a bit slower than everyone else and due to my current condition I was sadly banned from sledding and put on picture duty. Paul said he could take the kids himself but I figured I could use the walk and the entertainment. Plus the sledding trip didn't last long with temperatures in the 20s and the wind chill. Riley also scraped her chin on the last ride down. She was pretty upset but I told her it really isn't a good sledding trip unless you get at least one scrape. Maybe she will appreciate my motherly wisdom later in life.

There is a big grassy park with a soft ball field about three blocks from our house. It is perfect for sledding because it is set down from the main street level which leaves lots of options open for where to sled. The park was really busy but we didn't have to wait for other people at all. We just chose our spot on one of the hills and the kids did their thing. Here Paul is walking back towards home after sledding down the hill for the last time. I walked along the street and had to snap a few pictures of them. I love how you can see Mount Rainier from here. I had to crop the picture and set it as my desktop background.

Speaking of views... this is the view I have when I look down. Hannah is steadily growing and I am very much looking forward to her arrival. I have hit the very uncomfortable last month of pregnancy. I notice that I feel better when I am not sitting down on the couch. I would much rather be standing or tailor sitting on the floor. My yoga ball has come in handy.

I am officially "full term" or 37 weeks on December 11th. While I don't predict labor to start early as both of my children were born one and two weeks late I would really LOVE for Hannah to decide otherwise.

Monday, November 08, 2010


I had Jake take a picture of me today at 32 weeks and 2 days pregnant. I smiled! However, I didn't take into account that when you have a 5 year old take your picture there is often a blur factor.

Aside from my face being puffier than when this pregnancy started I am really happy with how I look. At my last appointment a few weeks ago I had only gained 15 pounds total. With my last two pregnancies it was a very unhealthy 50 and 70 pounds. It is amazing how much better I feel compared to the other two times. Granted I am more fatigued. Maybe that is due to being older or because my children are older I have more time to feel fatigued? I don't notice that other parts of my body are getting "fatter" like last time. I could tell that I personally was gaining weight not just the pregnancy. My pants got tighter in the legs and rear and the arms of my shirts were tighter as well. That has not happened at all. If anything the legs of my pants feel looser. It will be interesting to see what I weigh when Hannah is born.

Being pregnant is definitely THE MOST amazing experience of my entire life and I feel so blessed to have been able to carry three children. Knowing that this is our last pregnancy and baby might make it more special. I try to just cherish every single moment, every single kick. I am sure my family is getting tired of me calling them over to feel the baby kick every day!

One thing I haven't really talked much about is my grandmother's health. Last year she was diagnosed with a rapid growing lung cancer and promptly had chemo treatment. She was healthy enough to attend my brother's wedding last fall which was such a blessing and just before New Years we were told the chemo worked and that the lump in her lung was gone. AMEN! Unfortunately her cancer came back in some lymph nodes in her chest and this round of chemo really wiped her out and did not work at all. Her cancer has now also spread into her back and the bones in her femur and hip. Her doctor had said he doesn't think continuing chemo to prolong her life is the best choice because it will probably end up being the thing that kills her if she does continue. So his focus now is her pain management and keeping her quality of life up for as long as that ends up being. Maybe one of the reasons I am cherishing this pregnancy so much is that with death there comes life. Our family is preparing to lose our matriarch yet there is new life coming as well.

Last week when I was visiting with my grandmother after her appointment she wanted to let me know that she wants me to have all of her yarn and knitting items. At that time my head was reeling from all of the information I had just received and I was trying to hold back tears as it was so I just told her not to worry about what to give me that it didn't matter. I have been told since then that when people do know their time is near it helps to know things will be in order. After reflecting on her planned gift for me I feel so incredibly fortunate. My grandmother is a very talented knitter and has on many occasion told me what a natural talent I have for this craft. Being able to knit with the needles that her hands held while she made her knit items will matter. Using the yarn that she chose because she loved it will matter. The fact that she cares enough to want ME to have all of her knitting DOES matter.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Halloween Fun

We had a really low key Halloween this year mostly due to the pregnancy. Normally we meet up with friends and go with a large group of parents and children and trick or treat until our children are exhausted. Well, due to my expanding belly and lack of room for lungs we decided to just stick around our own neighborhood. Oh and it was a school night. We told the kids when their buckets filled up we were done. However, since mommy loves chocolate I stashed a pillow case in my coat pocket just in case we could talk daddy into just a bit more time. It worked!

My son who is so sensitive when it comes to anything remotely scary HAD to be this werewolf. My husband and I didn't influence his decision at all. I even suggested a few other costumes which he quickly turned down. I am proud of him for choosing something which a child his age might be too scared to wear. I think he took a big step in growing up and learning what is real and what is fake and overcoming a fear.

Riley who had just gone to the zoo the day before we bought their costumes wanted to be a zookeeper. Unfortunately when you go to the costume store two days before Halloween most of the sizes are sold. Thus, the only zookeeper costume was in toddler size. However, Indiana Jones dresses like a zookeeper AND he carries a whip! The monkey is courtesy of uncle Keith and his gift to Riley from his Honeymoon.

I decided to go as the uncomfortable 7 month pregnant woman. :)