Archive | June, 2013

6 Days Overdue at the Zoo

23 Jun

Ronny, Rebecca, and the kids are visiting this weekend, which is always fun. We had planned on having a little baby to entertain everyone but as he or she has decided not to show up yet we had to seek out some alternate entertainment. Mom suggested the zoo, so off we went.

The weather was drizzly when we left the house but cleared up and became a humid oven as the day went on. It was uncomfortable but I can’t complain–this is the first true DC summer day I have experienced this year.

The kids all had a great time as I tried really hard to walk the baby out. We’ll see if it worked, but regardless we all had a nice time and got some good pictures.







If the baby doesn’t come tonight I have a non-stress test and midwife appointment tomorrow.


20 Jun

Matty’s parents came back last night to wait for Baby, so Ruby has been especially busy today, going to the park and playing at her “beach” twice. She is particularly tired right now and will be going to bed a little earlier than usual.

I had an appointment with one of my midwives today and everything still looks good. Baby is in perfect position, so he or she just needs to make a move and we will be in business. My next appointment is on Monday but I am hoping to have the baby before then!


Ruby’s Beach

19 Jun

Matty and I decided that Ruby needed a distraction this summer, so we got her a wading pool and a water table, which she collectively calls her beach. This afternoon she frolicked in the water, naked as a jay bird, and had such a good time.

Meanwhile we are still waiting for baby.



Officially Overdue

18 Jun

Still no baby, but I can’t really complain because life has been pretty nice with my Mommy here taking care of me. Plenty of sleep, delicious meals, help with Ruby…not too shabby!

Seriously, I was disappointed when my contractions stopped on Sunday night because I was getting really excited to meet this little baby, and I am hoping that things pick up here soon. In the meantime I am trying to be patient and enjoy this time with Ruby. Matty and I also got a date night tonight, which was amazing–thanks Mom!




Waiting for Baby

16 Jun

I thought I was making good progress today but things have slowed down since supper. Hopefully they will pick up again soon–Matty’s parents are on their way down from NJ and I am ready to have this baby!

In the meantime, Ruby and I are bouncing on my yoga ball and we took her bunny for a walk to get things moving.



Return of the Pigtails!

15 Jun

My mom put adorable pigtails in Ruby’s short hair today. As you can see, Ruby liked them:

I love this picture of Ruby with her Daddy. They have the best time together.

Still no baby news…

Happy Flag Day!

14 Jun

And even more importantly, happy birthday to my wonderful sister Elise! Ruby really wanted to help Elise blow out her candles today, but the 3,000 miles between us made that difficult.

Today has been my target due date since I found out I was due in such close proximity to Elise’s birthday, but alas I do not think that is going to happen. I did go in for labor induction acupuncture and then we all went on a nice walk, which has produced some contractions. Hopefully they continue and this baby is born sooner rather than later! We shall see.

I can’t believe I am posting these because I look SO HUGE but here we are on our walk this evening:



Balance Bike

13 Jun

We took advantage of some cool pre-storm weather this evening and walked around the neighborhood while Ruby “rode” her balance bike. She still hasn’t quite figured it out but loves trying.

In baby news, I have been having sporadic light contractions off and on all day, but nothing promising. The waiting continues!




Pigtails and a Haircut

12 Jun

Ruby’s hair has been in her eyes constantly lately, so finally today my Mom and I took her to get a haircut. First, however, we had to get a picture of her with pigtails:

Does she resemble another two year old from several decades ago?

Now if Ruby had kept those pigtails in for longer than five minutes the haircut would not have been necessary, but alas she did not.

Here she is before…

…and after!

Ruby behaved beautifully and as a test got to ride on the little carousel at the mall:


Three Weddings and a Surgery

12 Jun

I realize that I have been absent from my little corner of the Internet for over a month, but I have had the best of intentions. Once I finally got around to publishing my post about our journey back from Australia, I realized another huge post was required to detail what else we have been up to–mainly galavanting around the eastern United States attending three beautiful weddings and a major surgery for my Dad as our new baby continues to gestate. Due to said gestation and a certain adorable yet precocious two-year-old I just haven’t been able to work up the energy to go into as much detail as is warranted for all occasions, but here is a peak:

My good friend Wes from both New Mexico Military Institute and the Naval Academy married beautiful Mary Katherine in Chattanooga, TN the weekend after we got back from Australia. My parents (bless them) watched Ruby so Matty and I could go alone, which was wonderful. Here are a few pictures (Wes is with me in the second):




Matty’s baby brother Dave proposed to his sweet and wonderful girlfriend Natalie in early April and she said yes! Originally they planned on a wedding next summer but then decided that they couldn’t wait, so they got married less than a month later. Natalie was gorgeous and everything was lovely. Ruby was their flower girl and I was very huge at 36 (?) weeks pregnant:



We set Matty’s cousin Lauren up with our good friend Pat about a year and a half ago, with spectacular success. Their beautiful wedding was in Cape May, NJ in mid-May. Sadly I did not get any pictures of the wedding, but here we are at the beach:



Amid all of the wedding bliss my Dad discovered that he had a giant tumor floating around in his abdomen, which was as scary as you can imagine. Ruby and I went down to VA Beach for the surgery, which went extraordinarily well and revealed a completely benign tumor (praise God!). Even though we weren’t there for a happy reason Ruby got to spend quality time with her cousins:



Those are the highlights, although we have had a few other trips and visits. My due date is this Monday(!), and I do plan on posting more regularly now that I am semi-caught-up.