The Final Countdown

I’m thirty weeks pregnant right now; the final countdown officially began yesterday. After a wonderful physical therapy appointment and wearing a maternity girdle for a couple of weeks I am able to walk again without feeling like a cripple. Hopefully this will continue as my belly pokes further out.

Today I packed the diaper bag and made a list of things I need to pack quickly when I go into labor. I pulled out the new boxes with the bassinet and the car seat/stroller and put them together. They are sitting in the living room and will probably sit there tomorrow until I decide where to put them. I have to remind myself I am huge and pregnant sometimes. I overdid it a little with moving heavy boxes around.

Despite the fact that I have been taking a hormone supplement for the last 14 weeks I have been doing pretty well. Thankfully the mood swings have faded quite a bit. And the break outs – I almost felt like I was thirteen-years-old again for a few weeks… The progesterone treatments are supposed to help me stay pregnant longer this time. As of now I have no faith in it; I don’t have a good reason why I don’t, but I don’t. I just hope this little guy decides to wait until at LEAST Valentine’s Day because then Peter will be back from a conference he has to attend in Florida for a week. I don’t plan on doing ANYTHING that week (it matches up with week 34 of my pregnancy).

I have officially kicked Peter out of the bed and so he is sleeping in the basement on the futon (this arrangement helps us both sleep better). As long as I do my stretches and read until I get tired I seem to sleep pretty well and am able to wake up and walk on the treadmill before breakfast. I just have to keep the schedule going just so or else I sleep terribly for a couple of nights. Not that my sleep is going to improve once our little eskimo arrives…

I have finished making flannel blankets and bibs. The other night I cut out material for a blessing outfit. Now I just need to sew it up.

TaeKwon-Do


This is at their test to get yellow stripes on their belts. The next test is for the actual yellow belt.


Above: Isaac doing power board breaking.


Above: Isaac showing off his broken board. He’s shows it to all his friends when they come over.


Above: All the kids checking themselves out in sparring gear. The mouthpieces are particularly attractive.


Above: Are you gonna mess with this girl?


Above: You mean I can fight with my sister and not suffer any bad consequences? Yes!!!


Above: Sydney spent most of the time on the defensive…


Above: She did manage a couple of kicks aimed at Isaac.

The kids have a tournament coming up in a couple of weeks. Sydney opted to compete in patterns and high kicks. Isaac opted for sparring and power board breaking. I knew what they would pick before even asking…

North Pole Ice Sculptures



The kids playing on the “merry-go-rounds.” They could get spinning pretty fast!


Above: That’s Sydney on the green sled going down the ice slide.

This ice sculpture was absolutely stunning. The picture does not give it any justice.

While we were here freezing our little tushies off (well, my tush is pretty big right now) we went into a heated tent to get some hot chocolate. Santa Claus came in to say hi to the kids. He overheard us say Isaac’s name so he came up to Isaac and said, “Hello Isaac. Have you been a good boy this year?” Isaac was STUNNED that Santa knew his name. He’s a real believer now. Isaac just couldn’t figure out why Santa didn’t also know Sydney’s name…

My Knutty Knitting


Just some examples of my humble knitting abilities…
Above: This picture is actually upside-down. This is a simple decrease for shaping patterns.


Above: A friend in our ward showed me how to square off my edges more clearly and how to have the edges turn out even.


Above: Garter stitch border with stockinette stitch in the middle.

Above: Yarn over to create the holes.


Above: My first dishcloth. It has a diamond pattern in it but it is hard to make out in the picture. This was my first practice following a pattern.

This is a scarf I finished for Isaac for Christmas. I was very happy with how it turned out and Isaac loves it! He hasn’t worn it yet, but at least he loves it. Now I have a baby sweater to get to work on…