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August 24, 2015

Hide-n-seek

This is one of the best places to hide.
Across the street from my mom's, they demolished a nice ranch house, which they've done a lot recently around here, building a "McMansion" in the place, it makes me kind of sad.  Everyone wanted to go check it out, so far, they've dug a big hole for the basement.
 My nephew, Timothy, will be 18 months tomorrow.  
This is my sister and her husband and 2 kids who live in Canada who came for a visit...
 We made chocolate mustache cookies with my nephews from Portland, Oregon, who were here for a visit.  
It's been really nice to have so much family around lately.  I volunteered for a week in July at ORPR camp, and our girls stayed 3 weeks more, here and here are photos.  

P.S. I made a poll (https://plus.google.com/u/0/112017259860349577192/posts) if you want to join in guessing if we're going to have a boy or girl, I'd love to see the results.  All of my sisters have had boys lately, but they all came before their "due date."

August 21, 2015

Waiting

One of the hardest things is waiting.  Being patient in this world, where you can access information and buy anything you want immediately.  Baby was due 5 days ago.
My sister flew from Oregon to Ohio for 2 weeks (one week before and one week after the "due date") to be my doula.  
She has helped me a lot already to prepare for the birth, by urging me to set up the birthing tub and massaging my legs and ankles and just talking about the birth, being a a supportive friend, which is so important.  Thankfully, I also have a wonderful midwife, even if my sister isn't here for the baby's birth.  One thing that I've never done before and she was hoping to do is encapsulate the placenta.  So maybe my dear husband will do that, or me, if I can...

Have a wonderful weekend!  I hope to share some good news soon.

August 17, 2015

Yesterday came and went...

August 16, 2015 was the due date.  We're ready to meet this baby, but guess baby isn't ready yet.  I hope this week one day...

Exactly a week ago, I was getting off the highway and a woman rear-ended me, making the bumper come off and bending the frame of the van (we'd gotten just 6 weeks ago) so that it's now totaled.  We're so sad, because it was a great car.  BUT thank God, everyone was unharmed.

Pray all goes well with labor for us, as baby turned after that incident.  Today, I went to a chiropractor who adjusts pregnant woman and I feel much better. 

August 3, 2015

My birthday

Last week was my birthday, I'm now 38 years old.  My husband and I rented a tandem kayak, it was so hot, but really nice to do something together and see all the nature.

July 27, 2015

Our plum tree

Seems like we had too much rain and hot weather,
many of the plums were starting to grow a white mold,
so we picked all the rest of the good plums.
This time quite a few of them tasted ripe and were delicious to eat right off the tree.   I made more plum preserves:
  • 4 cups plums (leave the skin on, it makes it a lovely color)
  • 1 cup sugar
Boil pitted and halved plums with sugar, stirring occasionally. Boil until mixture is bubbling uniformly. Turn heat down.  Simmer for 10 minutes than turn off the heat. Cool to room temperature.  Repeat this step for total of 4 times. Last time bringing it to a boil at the lower temperature, stir frequently to prevent scorching.  It will make it nice and thick, letting the excess water boil off.  I've been enjoying it on vanilla ice cream and also with crepes.

July 24, 2015

Ready


Yep. We're ready.  Neutral colors, because we don't know if the baby will be a boy or girl! I ♥ those tiny socks.
This is the same crib we used for Hannah and Olivia.  It was given to us, a family who lives down the street from my parents had used it for their kids, too.

July 20, 2015

Baby shower

Saturday some of my friends threw me (and another lady who is also expecting a baby in August) a baby shower!  They decorated so nicely, with baby boy and girl stuff....as we don't know the sex of our baby.  It will be so exciting to find out when baby is born.
I could list everything we got as gifts, but I'll highlight a few of my favorite things:
  • an 11 inch amber necklace for baby (to help with teething)
  • a newborn car seat with owls on it
  • a white baby bassinet
  • bath lobster that tells you if the water is too hot or gets too cold
  • lots of onesies in varying sizes, newborn, 0-3, 3-6 and up
  • cotton flannel nursing pads (I can wash and reuse them)
  • stickers for each month to put on baby and take photo! 
  • a baby mobile, to hang over crib
  • Little Humans, a book by this photographer http://www.humansofnewyork.com/