I don't have too many NEW pictures, but here's a link to some that we have uploaded on Shutterfly that you may not have seen. We'll have more recent ones up next time.
Things have been good lately. We had a wonderful time with our friends Colin and Dev who visited from Vancouver. We stayed quite busy during the 10 days they were here and thoroughly enjoyed our time with them. I was also able to visit with my cousin Nikki and two of her little boys during one night of her stay in Arizona. It's definitely interesting to catch a glimpse into the lives of little boys ... I hope we're ready for this! :)
Jeff has been under a bit of stress at work as they have handed him some pretty big projects to manage recently. While all that is good, it just comes at an awkward time considering our circumstances. But he handles it well and we're just so thankful for his job during this depressing time in our economy. I have been done with work for quite some time now although I volunteered to fill a need at my office for 3 weeks. It was for 24 hours per week and since it's not our busiest office, I caught up on emails and read "baby" .. it wasn't a lot of fun but it definitely helped pass the time a bit as I was starting to go a little stir crazy in the house!
As many of you know, we celebrated my 32nd birthday last week. (I cannot believe I am 32!) Saturday night, the 4th, was our "big" night out. We enjoyed a nice dinner out together and then met our friends, Josh and Katherine, for a comedy show. It was SO much fun! We just happened to catch Last Comic Standing on TV this summer and the final five contestants were here in town to perform. We are obsessed (healthily) with one of the comics, Jeff Dye. Unfortunately, he wasn't the winner, he came in third but that remains mind boggling to us. He, BY FAR, had the most laughs and the longest line at the autographs table during intermission. But that's besides the point. We met him during intermission and bought one of his CDs, shook his hand, and took a pic with him. One of the things we've liked about him from the beginning is that he doesn't tell "crude" jokes but still manages to make us cry from laughing so hard. Come to find out at his performance last Saturday that he is a Christian and takes a stance in not using profanity in his stand up. Now, we bought his CD and there were a couple of things on there that were a bit more on the "edgy" side but still... in comparison he is pretty clean and all I can say is that he is HILARIOUS and everyone should go see him! :)
So on to baby news... my dr. appointment this morning revealed that I am now 1 cm dilated. The baby hasn't dropped yet and my cervix is still quite high so there wasn't much the doctor could do to help labor start progressing. If I haven't gone into labor by Friday, I will go in on Friday for a "foley catheter" and we are scheduled late Friday night through Sunday for induction. The hospital will call us any time between those days for us to come in & we're expecting it to be shortly after midnight the first night. I have to say that I have been feeling pretty good lately. A couple of days this last week I have felt pretty tired but I think it's because I cleaned our entire house and was just busying myself with things. I'm definitely big and I'm definitely uncomfortable 80% of the time but I think knowing that by the end of this upcoming weekend our little guy will be here just puts me at ease a bit. Our nursery is pretty much ready and has been for a couple of weeks now. Our house is clean. Our bags are packed. Jeff's parents arrived late on Friday and my mom and sister, Toni, have booked their flights to come out. What's left??!!
Oh and we thought we'd include a 39 week belly shot... below is a link to view our progression:
Please keep us in your prayers this week! We would really love to experience going into labor naturally rather than being induced but we trust God in all of it and are preparing ourselves for however baby h will come into this world. We are very much looking forward to introducing our precious son to you all and we can't wait to finally hold him in our arms!
And happy Thanksgiving to our fellow Canadians! We hope your Turkey dinner tonight was as yummy as ours! :)
Just click on the album and it will allow you to look through the 4 pictures... you don't have to register for an account.
My sister, Jodi, came on out for a short visit so that she could be here for my baby shower. It was very sweet of her to come and we really enjoyed having her here... it's too bad it wasn't for just a tad bit longer! My shower was wonderful and we can't thank our family & friends enough for their love and support. We received so many gifts from our registry and that has been so helpful to us. Friends at work are having a shower for me the third week of September and hopefully after that we'll be able to complete our nursery. It's coming along quite nicely so far and I just can't help going in there everyday just to look at everything! It's all just too cute!
Our friends, Scott and Erin, stayed with us for a while and were able to move into their new house right before Jodi got here. And last week on August 25th, they had a beautiful baby girl, Nora Grace. She weighed in at 8 pounds 10.5 ounces and is very precious! It's kind of nice having someone I'm so close to go through this process first .. I've been asking a lot of questions and stealing organizational ideas for the nursery. It's been a big help!
Jeff & I finished the last of three birthing classes that we took at the hospital this past Wednesday night. We would highly recommend these classes to anyone having a baby for their first time, but I won't lie... it definitely put a little more of a "scare" into the labor/delivery aspect for me! I do think, however, that it gave Jeff more knowledge and confidence to be a great support and coach while we're in the delivery room. I think he said he might even go get himself a whistle! :)
Our front yard is progressing too as Jeff has been hard at work the past couple of weeks. All of the old rock has been removed, new dirt has been brought in, mounds have been formed, plants have been planted ... oh, it's coming along. He still has more planting to do and then will bring in our new rock. It's so labor intensive and I can't understand why he enjoys it so much, especially when it's 100 degrees outside but he definitely puts a lot of heart into it and it shows. Wait til you see it! :)
We look forward to a visit next week from our friends Colin and Dev from Vancouver and the following week from my cousin Nikki from NY. It's hard to believe that by the time that's all said and done, we're at the end of September already...
Once we checked out there, we headed to Atlanta to visit with my friends, Heather, Dave, and their two little girls, Claudia and Juliette. Jeff got to see and catch his very first firefly! It was a momentous occasion! :-) We really enjoyed our time there and it gave us some valuable insight to parenting a 3 and 1 year old. Life's going to be busy the next few years! We only stayed for one night but itworked perfectly and gave us time to enjoy a nice dinner & breakfast, courtesy of Chef Dave, and an afternoon at the park watching the girls play. It was a great way to end our vacation!
I continue to feel pretty good for the most part which I am so grateful for. Believe me, there's always something a pregnant girl could complain about but when you put it all into perspective, it's minor on most days. :-) My biggest battle recently has been my swollen feet and my acceptance of my new "cankles". That has been HARD!! So I am just trying to watch my sodium intake a little more carefully and attempting to elevate my feet more often. Hmmm.. can you say bon bons??! :-)
My wonderful sister in law will be hosting my shower probably at the end of August some time so I have recently braved the registering process. That was an overwhelming but fun experience. I had LOTS of notes from many friends who have had babies in the past couple of years ... it was awesome to have recommendations based on recent experiences! Plus I did my own research so I had a lot of information and felt very prepared. It was such a feeling of accomplishment once I was done!! It did feel surreal though... I won't lie! And this topic gives me the opportunity to "showcase" a talent of one of my dear friends, Stephanie Flies. She has decided to take her passion to the next level and is now creating invitations, birth announcements, etc. I've posted a link to her website, IDesign, under the add'l blogs listed on the right side of our page. Whether you're near or far, you should take a looksy... she is very creative and talented and will be doing my invitations, thank you cards and birth announcements. I'm very excited! Even her blog is so fun to read! There's a link to it from this page if you have time to see what I mean. :-)
Jeff has started a new project of re-landscaping our front yard. Now for those of you who don't know Jeff too well, not only does he enjoy projects, but he LOVES his yard! He is so creative and so good at keeping everything so nice, neat and lush looking. He does have a tendency, however, to wait until the absolute hottest days of summer to do these outside projects! Drives me nuts! So now, at 110 degrees outside, Jeff is raking and shoveling rock, removing and replacing plants, bringing in and shoveling down new dirt and laying down new rock. His hard work always pays off as I know we will love his new creation. I'll have to remember to take a picture and pass it along once we're all done.
We are looking forward to our friends, Scott and Erin, moving back this week! And we head out the 1st of August until the 10th for our family reunion vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee! So it will be probably be a while until our next "hello". We've attached a few pictures below for your entertainment...one is from a night out with my sister in law and her family. Jen's birthday was on the 14th so we all enjoyed a nice dinner at "Roy's" together. Unfortunately, I didn't get to enjoy a glass of wine as I normally would dining there, but only 12 more weeks, right? :-) And the other photos are of my growing belly. I have completed 28 weeks! Here's a link, also, to show the progression over the past 8 weeks. They're the same photos you've seen on here but you can see the "growth" a little more clearly this way. Just click on the album... you don't have to have sign in or have an account:
We celebrated Jeff's 35th birthday this past week! God had to remind me that no matter how hard I try, I just will never be a good cook! It was a poke to the eye after I had spent 3 hours in the kitchen and nothing went right. But we had some good laughs about it. And I won't be cooking next year... that's for sure! (FYI, I do have a few good meals that I can cook... I'm not ALL bad!)
We experienced today what we both described as the most amazing day of our lives! We had our 2nd ultrasound today and received the wonderful news that so far, our baby contains all the right ingredients for a healthy baby boy! We are overjoyed! Everything looked to be as it should and we are so thankful for this 7 inch, 7 ounce miracle!
Since I have been repeatedly asked for photos of my expanding mid-section, we have finally replaced our broken camera and are granting these wishes! (now leave me alone! :)
We will soon upload photos of our ultrasound for your viewing pleasure and we ask for your continued prayers! We'll be in touch again soon and send our love to you all. XOXO