"You know, at gymnastics, there's a big girl with a really pretty name: North Dakota. That's really pretty, isn't it!"
Tomorrow will be our fourth anniversary of blogging. Daddy introduced our family to the idea before we really knew anything about blogs, and we've really enjoyed blogging and sharing my life with family and friends. Since I was born far away from almost everyone I was related to, it was a great way to help them get to know me while I grew.
I made it to the midwife yet again! At my last appointment, she made a comment to the effect of, "if you even make it to next week..." The midwife I saw this week said, "I think you'll have the baby this week." So, I am officially one of those people who may be given false hope of the baby coming a bit early, and then feel late and impatient by the due date. But, with how nervous I was about preterm labor for awhile, I'm just thankful for how far we've made it and excited to meet this baby whenever he/she comes.
Today, my uncle Dave came over with a special delivery: this beautiful cradle that he and my aunt Christine are lending to us and our baby. Uncle Dave made the cradle for their family more than 25 years ago, and Aunt Christine made the bedding. We're honored to use this special heirloom while our baby is small! Here's Uncle Dave with the cradle.
My mom made just one New Year's resolution for 2009. She resolved to have a pen (or some writing instrument) or scissors in my hands every single day. For some kids, this happens without trying, but since I'd rather build with teensy-tinsy Legos or play with vehicles, it takes some effort with me. And even though I know my letters and the sounds they make, and I like to talk about them all the time, I don't care much about writing them.
We had a lot of fun having my faraway grandparents nearby for the past couple of weeks. We took them to the airport on Monday, and now things are very quiet around here. We miss having them here. We got a little behind on our pictures, so now we'll work on catching up, and maybe that will help them not to miss me so much. Here we go...
I had my 37-week appointment today, since yesterday was a holiday. Jeff came with me and Jonathan didn't, because it's time to check my "progress." I saw the midwife who is the one who usually comments on the baby's size, so it was no surprise that she did again today. She thinks the baby will be long like Jonathan-either that he/she already is or that he/she will be if I make it to my due date. (This baby has settled into a very uncomfortable place against my ribs, just like he did-but on the left instead of the right.) He/she sounds healthy, and I'm progressing. I'm 2 cm dilated and 80% effaced. (With Jonathan at 37 weeks, nothing was happening yet.) I could walk around like this for a few more weeks...or not! We'll see! We're thankful that all seems to be well and baby will be here soon. My bag is packed, and I've washed the new 0-3 mos. things that we received at our recent shower.
(Mommy and Daddy celebrated Valentine's Day last night, which I'll tell about later.)
This morning, Mommy surprised me with my own celebration! After I got out of bed to play with my treehouse and share some roars with the dinosaurs, I got to go on a treasure hunt! Ms. Alicia from Moms Time Out had set up clues and treats for all the mommies to use with their kids, and boy, was I glad. I kept telling Mommy, "This is a fun, fun, treasure hunt!" Here are some of the places I found treasures when I followed the clues:
The last time Mommy and I went to Moms Time Out, Mommy learned all about things to do for Valentine's Day. So, we've been getting ready to show some love to Daddy. Here's the Valentine that I made for him. It's a whale splashing.
I went to my first baby shower today. (I am usually not invited, but today I was!) Mommy, Daddy, and I knew that we were invited to eat some cake to welcome our baby into the world, even though he/she is not here yet. But we didn't know it would be a for-real baby shower! Here's the yummy cake. I think I had the biggest piece of cake I have ever seen, and it had strawberries in the middle!
I thought you might want to know how my treehouse has been doing. You can see that lots of other animals live there now, including all my dinosaurs. I had to play with my treehouse as soon as I got out of bed yesterday. All the animals love having their own little places to live!
Today was a great day for an appointment because I got to go play with Ella and Delia while Mommy saw the midwife. I had a great time with Ella. We played trains and pretend sleepover and play-dough. Ella likes to do different things than I do sometimes, and I am learning that it can be really fun! Mommy thinks it's great when Ella helps me do things I don't normally choose to do (like play-dough.) I could have spent my whole day playing at Ella's house and I would have been perfectly happy, but Mommy did come back before too long. Thanks so much, Ms. Jen, for hosting me!
We don't have any pictures, but I thought I could tell you about our day. I've been playing Legos as much as possible, of course. This morning, Mommy and Daddy and I met a new friend, Ms. Amber. Ms. Amber took some family pictures of us downtown in a town near us. She's going to give them all to us on a CD so that we can frame some and maybe blog some, too. Mommy and Daddy took family pictures about a month before I was born, so they thought they'd do the same thing with this baby. Of course, the pictures will be more fun this time since you can actually see me! I had fun making friends with Ms. Amber and being goofy when I forgot to be reserved.
I got my hair cut today. We're going to have family pictures on Saturday, and my hair was getting very shaggy, so it was time to see Ms. Olivia. Like everyone else, she asked whether our baby is a girl or boy, and which one I want. Of course we don't know, and I want a boy. Silly Ms. Olivia asked what would happen if our baby is a girl. She asked if I would send a girl baby back! I told her, "I'll love whatever baby we get." Silly Ms. Olivia. But I do like her...and she gives me good haircuts.
We are so excited about Uncle Jake and Aunt Laura's movie! If you're in Southern CA, you can buy tickets here, and if you're not, you can see the movie trailer here:
Daddy got to see their movie the last time he was with Uncle Jake and Aunt Laura, and he said it was excellent!
Jonathan and I went to see the midwife today, and Jeff "just happened" to be able to come, too. We enjoyed having him along! All of the usual was fine-blood pressure, weight, etc. She also said I'm measuring a bit large and hopes that I go into labor a bit early and that the baby doesn't grow too big. (Which is funny because she also wondered whether I'm eating enough. No worries there, I'm eating a lot!) When she listened to the baby's heartbeat, she was not happy with how it sounded because it was a bit slow. So, I went to a different room to be put on the monitor-a new experience for me-while Jeff and Jonathan went to the waiting room. They couldn't go to the monitoring room because there was another pregnant mommy in there already.
Before Jonathan was born, my friend Michele gave me some advice. She told me that normally, you'd want to stay off of companies' mailing lists, but that it was a good idea to get on the baby companies' mailing lists so they'd send you free goodies. I took her advice, and it paid off! I got all kinds of free stuff for Jonathan.