Friday, October 30, 2009


It's a girl!

Mirabel Ray, born at 3:09am, 10/30/09
6lbs 15oz, 19.5 inches
Successful VBAC!

Things I hope I'll never forget:
The feeling of my water breaking
The feeling of controlled mega pushing (or as they said to me "rock star!")
The feeling of the rest of her body coming out after her head
The feeling of discovering it was a GIRL and not a BOY

Things I hope I will forget very soon:
The feeling of it taking 2 hours and countless tries for the epidural to go in
The feeling of morning sickness for 20 weeks
The feeling of out of control contractions

Sunday, October 25, 2009

39th week notes

This morning I woke up and thought "I think I'm gonna be pregnant forever". Rationally I know this can't be true, but do you know any pregnant women who are rational? Exactly.

Luckily, it was a sunny relatively warm fall day and thanks to a husband who can roll well with mood swings, we ended up with a good productive day. Keith finished the basement on Thursday evening and so we've been able to clean and start unpacking things into the room. Lili's thrilled with having another room to play in and opening all these new boxes is exciting to all of us. Except when we're like "WHY did we keep this thru TWO moves??"

We are getting rid of a lot of old college stuff, and one of them was an Engineering Design Sketchbook. Keith was all for throwing it in the recycle bin, but I thought Lili might get some use out of it, so here she is working away at freehand engineering design:

our future engineer

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Got Carrots?

Growing a baby? I'm totally over it.

Growing our own food? Never ceases to amaze me!

Friday, October 16, 2009

38 weeks... still pregnant!

So. 38 weeks today. Hanging in there. Barely! Things seem to be moving along, as far as I can tell. Please. One week more. Or Less. Please!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Lili the budding chef

Lili has been making "Lemon Meray" (lemon meringue) Ice Cream in her bath at night. Here are the ingredients:

Lemon juice from a lemon
Ice Cream
(End Quote)

Yesterday I remember that there was also apple juice involved.

What do you think? She's ready for "the Next Iron Chef", or maybe FN's "Challenge: Preschool Ice Cream"!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Knitting Season

As the weather gets cooler and fall TV premieres begin, I find my hands a little more idle... So I started knitting again, after taking a many-month hiatus (like, almost 9 months!). Plus, I'm really trying to "pass the time" until this baby comes, and knitting is a great distraction for me.

Here's a project I started in February, that I just completed: A wool soaker (#2, see #1 here).

I really really really like the color scheme on this one. It's too bad I'm convinced I'm having a boy, because this is a really cute girly diaper cover :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Come together!

The progress on the basement is really coming along. By tomorrow morning, with any luck all the trim around the windows will be done. Only a couple minor mishaps, and a lot of polyurethane. Here is a picture of the front window. The paint color looks warmer in daylight, but you get the idea.

Hopefully, the majority of the flooring will be completed by the end of the weekend:

Most of the work for the basement has been done after Lili goes to bed. We were worried at first that all the sawing and hammering would keep her awake, but so far so good, and we've been at this for about 2 weeks.

36 week ultrasound showed the baby head down, and back to the left side so it's positioned well for delivery. I'm at 1cm right now, which I'm told is not unusual for a second pregnancy. I'm hoping and hoping to deliver around the 22nd, so you all can send your thoughts that way!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Moon Cookies

Tomorrow is the Chinese Moon Festival. I don't really know anything about it, except that it happens during a full moon in the fall and you celebrate by eating traditional moon cakes (bean paste filled concoctions). My mom and I both agree that the reason we both "like" moon cakes is because of nostalgia, and not necessarily because they taste good. But neither of us is sure about that statement, either.

Anyway, we have had a library book out for a few weeks now and I realized that we can use this book as a very nice tie-in to the moon festival, seeing as how I don't really know much about the traditional festival anyway. "The Moon Might Be Milk" is about cookies. Bits of the moon are combined to create (sugar cookie) moons! Lili asked if we could make the cookies, and so in honor of Moon Festival, that is what we did today.

Unlike most of the baking I do with her, I let her do most of the work, because, frankly, I didn't really care about how the cookies turned out. I don't love sugar cookies the best. So we donned our aprons and made a little bit of a mess, but ended up with some beautiful "moon" cookies.

Bonus! They don't taste like a 3 year old made them. They're actually kind of decent. SO... here's to a full moon. May I possibly go into labor this weekend! (36 weeks today... that's "full term"!)