Monday, 22 December 2014

Week 32 - Friendships

Monday, December 8, 2014 - Sunday, December 14, 2014

Monday
Today is Brooks' 2nd Birthday! I am sure it has a lot to do with pregnancy hormones, but I am feeling very emotional about the fact that my baby is 2. But let's get real, your brother hasn't been a baby since about 6 months old. He has always been huge and so very very independent. I am also feeling extremely lucky that your brother is 2 and just 2 months from now we will be welcoming you to our family. Pretty much exactly as we had planned. There was a time, Quinn, that I wasn't sure that our plan would work out and it isn't lost on me that we are beyond lucky in our life. You are the final piece to our little puzzle.



Tuesday
I stayed home from work today. Too many sleepless night's in a row caught up with me and I needed a day to just catch up. I was so tired that at some point during the day I realized my pj pants were on backwards. Still comfy though. So no need to waste any energy turning them around.

Wednesday
For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to combine my 32 week check up with Brooks' 2 year doctor's appointment. Thank goodness your dad was able to take time off work and come with us. Brooks was pretty good about the parts of the appointment that were for him, but lost his marbles when the nurse took my blood pressure yelling "no mommy no" and crying huge tears. It was even worse though when I laid down on the table so the doctor could measure my belly and listen to your heartbeat. "No baby Quinn, no!" I fear you have a very protective big brother on your hands.

When I got home from work at the end of the day. Brooks met me at the top of the stairs and started nattering about "Baby Quinn's noise." I told him there was no way he, or any of us could have heard your heartbeat over his wailing. Hahahahaha.

Later that night I tried to get him to feel you moving around. He sat beside me with his little hand on my belly and every once in a while gave it a rub and said "Hi baby, hi." Melt. My. Heart.


Thursday
Tonight was a long overdue Courtney and Angie date night. And we took full advantage. We went out for supper and sat for hours afterwards talking and talking and talking. For so long that your dad and Colin both texted to see if we were ok. Yup. We were great! 25 years of friendship and still lots to talk about.

Friday
It was your dad's turn to go out tonight so you, Brooks and I had a quiet night in. Brooks seems to be fighting off something and was happy to relax on the couch after supper and a bath. That's probably my favourite part of the day. The after routine down time before bed. Where we just sit and be a family.

Saturday
Tonight I got together with some of the best ladies I know for the 6th Annual Snowflake Soiree. THE event of the holiday season. Kim hosts this party and does such an incredible job putting it all together. Quinn I hope you are as lucky as I am one day with girlfriends. I have never known a more supportive, kind, generous and hilarious group of ladies and am in awe of how often these ladies know exactly what I need without me even asking.


Sunday
Your dad and I started out today by meeting a coworker of mine from Medicine Hat and his wife for breakfast. It's been about 4 years since the last time we saw them and 7 since I left my job as a reporter at The Medicine Hat News to move back to Moose Jaw. I was incredibly touched when they called to say they were in town for the weekend and wanted to get together. I have met some of the best people over the years and especially in my experiences as a reporter. And the hardest part of it all is trying to keep in touch. Social media helps, but it isn't enough sometimes. Sometimes unexpected and awesome breakfast dates are exactly what you need to remind yourself of some of the most special people you've encountered a long the way and the impact you've had on each other's lives.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Week 31 - Final countdown

Monday, December 1, 2014 - Sunday, December 7, 2014

Monday
33 work days left. That's it. Wow. I honestly hadn't even done the count yet until my coworker asked me this morning. Just 33 days. She even made me a countdown tracker to hang in my office. So exciting!


Tuesday
32 days left! Oh I am so totally into this countdown now.
Wednesday
Your dad and I went on a little date night tonight. Supper and then out for some Christmas and grocery shopping. After both having long days at work, it was nice to take a little break from our usual nighttime routine. That being said, of course our conversation was 99% about you and your brother. There really isn't anything better to talk about.
Thursday
I met Schmidt and Charli for supper tonight right after work. It was long long long overdue and much needed by your mom. Man I love those two. For so many reasons, but tonight mostly because they didn't judge me, or did a good job of hiding it, while I stuffed my face.
Friday
I had big plans for getting some stuff done today while Brooks napped since I had the afternoon off. But instead I was up at about 4 a.m. tossing and turning and quickly moved to the couch. You seemed to be much more comfortable out there so that's where we stayed and I dozed on and off until 6 a.m. So this afternoon the cleaning and birthday party prep will have to wait . . . it's team nap time!

I still managed an exhausted bump pic this morning before work. Instagram filters have worked wonders for making me look much much less tired than I really am. Every. Day.


Saturday
Somehow between birthday party prep, we managed to find time to take a family walk to the mailbox so Brooks could mail his letter to Santa this morning. He was so excited and behaved so well all the way there and back. It's one of those little things that sticks with you as a great moment. Next year he will be able to help you with your letter and make sure it gets in the mail on time.



Sunday
Today was your big brother's 2nd Birthday Party! Brooks was totally spoiled by the whole family and seemed thrilled that all of the excitement was about him. You are very lucky to be being born into our families. They really know how to love you little ones.


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Week 30 - I wonder . . . ?

Monday, November 24, 2014 - Sunday, November 30, 2014

Monday
30 weeks! 10 to go! I cannot believe how fast this pregnancy has gone and how soon we will get to meet your sweet little face. We talk a lot about what that sweet face will look like. We probably wouldn't question it at all if your brother had come out with dark hair and brown eyes like both your dad and I, but his dirty blonde/sometimes reddish/light brown hair and blue/grey eyes definitely surprised us. Maybe you will too.

Tuesday
There are some days, like today, where very shortly after I get to work I wonder how I am ever going to get through the day. But I do. We do. And then somehow I even still have energy when I get home to enjoy your brother and get a few things done before bed. I don't have a lot of time off left before my mat leave starts so I am hoping we can keep powering through together.

Wednesday
I picked up the curtains for your room today. After hmming hawing over a purple striped pattern or purple damask, I went with plain grey. They will be basically right up beside your dad's masterpiece and I didn't want them to compete with it. When I got them home I was thrilled with how they look in the room. They almost give off the softest purple tone up against the grey wall. Perfect because you love purple. Now we just need to get them hung.

Thursday
Your dad asked me the other day what I was going to call you for short or for a nickname. I am thinking I will use Q or Quinner, but just like I thought I would call Brooks, Brookster, and your dad said no Brooksy - I am sure I will follow his nickname lead and go with it.

Friday
Heartburn just isn't my friend or yours right now. It doesn't seem to matter what I eat, I go to bed with what feels like a fire in my chest. Gaviscon is helping a little bit, but this is exactly what the last little bit of my pregnancy with Brooks was like too. It definitely could be worse, so I will suck it up.

Saturday
Today we celebrated your cousin Elliot's 4th Birthday! She was the most beautiful ladybug ever and had a blast with all of her friends. She is going to be such a great big cousin to you and I know you are going to look up to her for so many reasons. We couldn't love our E more!

While Brooks was napping your dad and I cleaned the basement and started decorating for Christmas. We hung your stocking on the mantle and after Brooks woke up he helped me decide where to hang the bird ornament I picked up for you.





Sunday
I actually ventured out twice today in the frigid cold. So unlike me and on a Sunday especially. Your dad and I took turns coming and going to get some things done. Some days just work that way. In the afternoon I did a little bit more Christmas shopping, including a stop at the liquor store. I saw lots of things I would like to try to celebrate your arrival! Then after Brooks went to bed I went out for a few groceries and more Christmas shopping. Another hour or two here and there and we will be ready for Brooks' second birthday next weekend and Christmas! I can't wait for you to be a part of it all next year.