Thursday, October 29, 2009

Lots of snow

It started snowing here late Tuesday night and it really hasn't stopped.

Yesterday after work, Andrew took Malia outside to play. (I went out long enough to take some pictures but didn't play due to lack of adequate snow gear. I did try and put on my snow pants because I had a mental lapse that I am 9 months pregnant and that was rather comical... they didn't make it on past my knees!)


This morning I had a little anxiety thinking that I was going to go into labor and we were going to be stuck in our house. Our Civic is great but no match for the snow that was piling up outside.

In order to distract myself this morning, I decided to make up a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. We are a little addicted to them in our house right now.

Malia enjoying her muffin which was a few minutes out of the oven making the chocolate chips extra messy.

About the time Andrew was finishing up work today, I noticed a number of our neighbors in the cul-de-sac shoveling to try and get a car in. Andrew went out to see if he could help and ended up getting a lot of help. Our neighbors helped him shovel a path from our driveway to the end of the cul-de-sac in case we needed a quick escape due to baby coming. And they suggested that he turn the car so it is pointed out in order to better navigate through the snow. Smart and very nice neighbors if you ask me.

And now that we are prepared, I definitely won't go into labor tonight!

Imagination

One night last week, Andrew, Malia and I found ourselves hanging out in her room. Before we knew it, an all out dinner party had begun with guests including Pooh, Teddy, Doggie, Cow, etc.

Andrew and I were blown away by her imagination as she served the stuffed animals and us food. She would say "here go" when she handed us food and then ask "all done?" before she took our food away.

Giving food to Pooh and Doggie.

Cow enjoying some "pop" aka popcorn and some "wa wa" aka water.

Love it when she wears clips but also love her hair in her face.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Snowsuit

Thanks to an early snowstorm (I think we are supposed to get over a foot) that started last night, Malia got an early birthday present from her Emmie and Pops - a pink snowsuit!

Malia really likes the snowsuit, especially the overall pants. She kept them on for at least an hour last night when we tried it on her which is very weird because we usually have to fight her to wear regular pants (seriously she will scream when you try to put them on).

Thanks Emmie and Pops! I think she will use it several times before her birthday if weather continues like this.

Basement Progress

I am having pregnancy brain and don't know how much I have said about our basement on the blog. Here is the background: Our house had a small (I mean small) unfinished basement when we bought it. Initially it was just used for storage and we had hopes of finishing it someday so that Andrew could move his office down there.

In September we made a last minute decision to try and finish it before the baby came. We had a trip planned to Ohio already but when we returned in mid September, Andrew started spending nights and weekends down there framing. He finished a few weeks ago and then last week we had some guys here doing the drywall, mudding and texturing. Late last week we were busy painting the ceiling, walls, trim, etc. There are still a lot of little things to do but the progress is very encouraging.

Here are some pictures.

What it looked like early last week - just framed.

A week later and there is a dramatic difference. Again the space is small so it is hard to photograph but you get the picture.

Carpet is ordered and hopefully should be installed by late next week (if we are lucky). We may not have everything done before baby arrives but we will be close and we are grateful for that.

I am so proud of Andrew and the way that he dove into this project. He has done a great job figuring things out (he had no experience framing before this) - I am grateful to have a handy husband.

Pregnancy update for those interested: I was 4 cm dilated and 50% effaced at my visit on Monday. Very encouraging. Keep praying for me to go into labor before next Saturday the 7th.

Monday, October 19, 2009

37 weeks done, less than 3 to go

Last Saturday I finished my 37th week of pregnancy - our baby girl is now considered full term!
Andrew and I are grateful for the prayers and support that have gotten us to this point in the pregnancy and we ask that you join us in prayer regarding my upcoming delivery.

For those of you who don't know the details of my delivery with Malia, here is a quick summary. I was induced 3 days before my due date - after dilating fully and pushing for 2 1/2 hours they were concerned about Malia's falling heart rate and the fact that she wasn't progressing through the birthing canal so they decided to do a c-section.

I figured once a c-section, always a c-section. But about half way through this second pregnancy I decided that even though I wasn't the strongest candidate I wanted to try a VBAC (vaginal delivery after c-section). My biggest motivation is a quicker recovery (although a lower hospital bill would be nice too!) since this time I will not only have an infant to care for but Malia too.

So here is where we are asking for prayer. Please pray that: a)there will be something different enough about this baby and the way my body responds to labor that I will be able to succeed or b) that if I reach my due date (my doctor won't let me go too far past my due date without scheduling me) or fail to be able to push her out again, that I will have a peace about having a second c-section.

I went to the doctor today and was encouraged that in the last week I have gone from 1 cm dilated to 3 cm and I still am almost 3 weeks away from my due date. I didn't dilate this early with Malia so that gives me hope that there is something different going on.

Sorry this is so long - thanks for reading and joining us in this. We will be sure to keep you updated.

Here is a sweet picture for making it this far into this entry. If you ask Malia to kiss the baby, she will come and kiss my stomach.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

Andrew, Malia and I ventured to the Denver Botanical Gardens for their Pumpkin Patch/Festival. It was originally scheduled for last Saturday when the high was only in the 30s but it got rescheduled for today. Today was a glorious sunny day with a high around 70.

Kids were encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Malia's official costume is fleece which seemed too hot for today so we just threw this fancy dress on that her cousin Kristin handed down and she did not protest.

The fam.

She wanted to wear Andrew's sunglasses because it was so sunny.

Malia on her first pony ride.

Malia is an observer - she likes to take in her surroundings. Today we could not believe how docile she was as she took in everything. She spent most of our time there in her stroller which is very rare - usually we just bring the stroller to tote all of our stuff.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

One reason we love having daddy work from home...

... getting to play over lunch.

Today was beautiful so Andrew and Malia explored the backyard over lunch. We are so blessed to have him around during the day for such sweet times as this.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Expressions

These are some shots of Malia from last night that show off the range of her expressions. First she was sitting in our rocker telling me a story - I think it was about an airplane going up, up in the sky although it looks like she could be doing motions to a song.

Then just some extreme close ups.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

40 Degree Difference

Yesterday was an absolutely gorgeous fall day here with temperatures in the 70s.

Today it snowed.

Malia got some time outside both days.

Being tossed in the air by her daddy is one of her favorite things. It always leaves her asking for more.

Discovering a dead bug on our driveway.

Taking a closer look.

And sharing it with me. Lucky mommy got the bug smooshed on my pants.

At first she was not sure if she wanted to touch the snow.

She gave it a try and wasn't all that impressed.

Adding a hat and gloves so that she could walk to the mailbox with daddy.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

More Pictures from Sunday

I have been shooting more pictures trying to figure out how to use our new camera. I don't feel like I have learned much yet but have gotten lucky with some shots.

Here are some from Sunday, before macaroni and cheese was spilled all over her polka dot dress.


In our backyard which is mostly green, including in the rocks where it is not supposed to be green. Its ok though because we are on track to accomplish our goals though for the yard - year 1: revive lawn, year 2: get weeds under control.

Not too happy about being in the grass barefoot.

"Seriously mom, shoes would have been nice."


Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Little Mommy

Malia has had a love for babies for awhile now.

For a long time it was her mini baby doll that she had to take everywhere.

But last week her Emmie let her take home Aunt Alli's Cabbage Patch Kid named Angel. During Angel's stay at our house, Malia has taken such good care of her. It is not uncommon to see Angel getting her diaper changed or being rocked with a shushing noise - seriously, I don't really know where she got that from - maybe she has read Happiest Baby on the Block?

Here are some pictures of her loving on Angel. Please note her sweet outfit - she had on a polka dot dress but it came off after macaroni and cheese was spilled all over it at lunch so she was left wearing a white shirt and polka dot bloomers!


Rocking and shushing.

Putting her to sleep in the middle of the kitchen floor.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Malia's new desk

As we are preparing for the new baby, we are rearranging furniture in different rooms to make the best use of what we have (aka not spend money). Malia's big girl room will consist of the bunk beds that her dad grew up on (I did splurge for some new cute bedding), an old dresser and some other odds and ends furniture that we had already.

One of those odds and ends is an end table that we got in our first year of marriage. One day I looked at it and thought, that would be the perfect little table for Malia. Add a $1 garage sale chair and Malia now has a desk.

Here she is drawing at her table/desk. As you can see, we painted her new room bright green and I recovered an old memory board to coordinate.