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Week 36: Action Packed!

Week 36: Action Packed!

Week 36 has to go down as one of the busiest weeks I’ve ever had! We had our last prenatal class, a breastfeeding class, Muppet’s first baby shower, my maternity photoshoot and two days of decorating the tree, and most things occurred while I had possibly the worst cold ever known to (wo)man.

Our last prenatal class was a little sad, as we were really enjoying them, plus I know we will still have many questions and are still not fully prepared for this little baby. That being said, I am so glad we took them, as it got us both in the right mindset for the arrival of this little one, and really gave us a good start to knowing what being parents is all about. Our last class was fun, as we got to visit mini stations around the room to practice changing diapers, dressing babies and swaddling. It was very amusing to watch Chris change the diaper of our practice doll. It’s legs were quite stiff and wouldn’t bend well, but Chris managed, and even had the diaper facing the right way! I was quite proud of him! ;) Another awesome thing about that class is that we were all given a few baby board books and a baby music cd to encourage us to make reading a part of our children’s lives. I almost cried, because books just do that to me.

Our breastfeeding class was also a lot of fun, except for the fact that I couldn’t breathe due to my cold. Chris was a champ and went to find me some water at one point too, which was very nice. :) My favourite thing about that class was trying the different feeding positions, and then watching Chris play with the doll, forgetting that everyone else in the room could see him. The class provided us with more information on who to call or contact if we have any problems with breastfeeding and made me feel a little more comfortable with the fact that it may not all come together at first, and that a little patience and persistence can help a lot.

One of the best things that happened that week was Muppet’s first baby shower! It was an amazing day and I am so thankful for all of the hard work and generosity shown by so many people. My friend from elementary school and her mom graciously hosted the shower and well, if you knew these ladies, you would know the lengths they would go to ensuring everything was absolutely perfect! There was so much delicious food (including my Razzle Dazzle cupcakes), punch, decorations that matched the beautiful invitations, adorable tea bag favors for the guests, prizes for some fun games and well, just excellent hostess-ing, which is now a word. I couldn’t believe how many of my friends and family showed up, and honestly, I was blown away by their thoughtfulness. Muppet is the luckiest baby already to be surrounded by such wonderful people! Thank you everyone again for all your love and support!

Another first that week was my maternity photo-shoot with Yvonne Long from ‘Photography By Yvonne’. She was our photographer for our engagement photos, and our wedding, so it was only natural to want to continue sharing our life’s precious moments with our favourite photographer. She is just so easy to work with and makes you feel at ease, even when you bring your crazy golden retriever to the set who doesn’t have the ability to calm down. I really wanted to have some professional photos of our “growing” family before Muppet was born as it really is such an important moment in our lives. Yvonne was able to capture photos of my large belly, of Chris and I loving the belly and of us both with Sawyer, though he never sat very still, so we’ll see how those turn out. :) I am so excited to see the photos, and I will post some on my blog when I get them.

Until then, here is a little video of Sawyer’s adventures in the photography studio.

After our photo session, we headed out to Chris’ parents for our annual “Decorate the Tree” night. It is a fun night filled with Christmas music, glittery lights, decorations, food and festive drinks (I had hot chocolate). This year Chris’ brother and fiancée  were unable to join us as they are still in San Francisco, but luckily they were able to Skype with us, so they could share in the celebrations. It was a very fun night, but I wish I didn’t have my cold, as sadly I was unable to taste a thing. Hopefully the taste buds will be in working order for Christmas, as I have two dinners to eat and you all know how much I like turkey dinner! :)

Inspired by “Decorate the Tree” night, we decided to decorate our tree the next evening while listening to my favourite Christmas music sang by the Muppets. This was the first year I let go of the reins and accepted help from Chris. Usually I am the tree nazi, and no one can touch my tree, as I am super picky… but I have realized that from here on, we’ll have children and I want them to partake in the tradition of decorating the tree, so I had to give in. Oddly enough, it wasn’t as difficult as I had thought it would be. Chris put the fun decorations on the tree, and I put on the bows and more decorative items, like the bunches of sprigs covered in glitter. In the end, I was very happy with our tree and for the first time, felt that it really was ‘our’ tree. I am so excited to see the shining lights reflected back in Muppet’s little awe struck eyes. It seems like such a wonderful time to bring a little person in the world, for them to be surrounded at birth by such joyous music, happy people, glittery surroundings and beautiful snow. It is such a wondrous season!

At 36 weeks, Muppet weighed as much as a crenshaw melon and was about 18.5 inches in length. Muppet has been shedding it’s lanugo (downy hairs) and the vernix caseosa. I have had a few painful moments which I am assuming were braxton hicks contractions, but not very often, so most of them must be going unnoticed by me. Muppet is still very active at night, and seems to move around like crazy when no one else is around. I swear, it stops moving as soon as it senses someone else is in the room!

My book choice this week is ‘More Spaghetti, I say!’ by Rita Golden Gelman. This book is a classic (and another amazing book about eating spaghetti)! It is a fun rhyming and repetitive book about a monkey named Minnie who is too busy eating spaghetti to play with her friend Freddie. He begs her and begs her to make time for him, but she just cannot stop eating delicious spaghetti. Finally, she has had her fill, but Freddie has a fork in his hand and has started eating! I wonder if they’ll ever find time to play together? This book is fun and very short, as it’s a book for children just learning to read. I find it’s a little bit like Dr. Seuss in a way too, so if your child is into his work, pick this one up for a little change. The illustrations are also simple and cute and really make you want to dive into a bowl of yummy spaghetti.

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  1. Annie says:

    Your maternity shots look like they will be beautiful! And I love your dress! Hope you're feeling better soon.

  2. Jenny says:

    i'm a tree nazi too, haha! good to know i'm not the only one.

  3. Nancy says:

    You are getting so close to that magical moment. I can't wait. You are well prepared for the event and look amazing. I can't wait to see your photos. I am sure that Chris and Sawyer will look very handsome. I love your belly shot by your beautiful tree. I was thrilled with your baby shower as a lot of time, love and dedication to a friend was spent on making it superb. Love and Kisses xxxooo

  4. Elle says:

    Your tree is gorgeous! That area is soooo cozy!

    You know you were just so natural with little Edie and I mean I had zero idea about babies before the little girl besides reading – but that can only get you so far, and you are so amazing with Alex. I am so excited for you!

    Love your photos by the way, Yvonne did such a wonderful job of what I've seen so far :) And that Sawyer! Crazy boy :)

    You had such a wonderful baby shower! I can't wait to meet Muppet SO close, now! Thinking about you everyday!

    Love you, Sista!

    Elle
    xoxo

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