Monday, September 17, 2012

Waiting for Baby this Rosh Hashana

I know this is an old video, but I still love it. It truly captures the essence of Rosh Hashana and makes me lick my lips and feel like I can taste the apples and honey. I cannot believe we made it to Rosh Hashana and still little Micah has yet to appear. This Jewish New Year brings such amazing and incredible anticipation of great things to come. I have never been filled with so much excitement and pure awe at the beginning of a new year. Both my work and personal lives are so full with great things for the coming year. Of course we can not wait for Micah's first year of life and then on the work front, my class is changing from a half day Kindergarten and an intervention program in the afternoon to one full day Kindergarten class which will provide a lot more flexibility and greater opportunity for the students. Phil and I attended our first High Holiday services last night at Temple De Hirsch Sinai, our first service as official members, and the service only lasted about an hour and a half, so it looks like things are truly looking up in Phil's world this year as well!

We have been keeping as busy as possible while Micah remains comfy in this big ol' uterus of mine. Last weekend, the weekend of his due date, we walked around Edmond's Farmers Market with Phil's mom and walked around the Woodland Park Zoo for hours. I worked all week, except for two half days in which I had doctors appointments. I have truly still been feeling amazing. Sure my skin has been feeling a bit stretched and my feet get a little sore, but what pregnant lady could go without that?!  On Wednesday night, I had a scary fall while taking Charlie out. He dashed out the door while on leash and I hadn't been paying much attention and so my instinct was to take off after him and hang on to the leash, which didn't end so pretty. Luckily I fell on my side (completely protecting the baby bump) and only scraped my elbow and earned a few annoying slivers in the palms of my hand (thanks to falling in the comfort of all of our bark and decorative grasses). Thankfully, I was fine and Phil took good care of me spending ten minutes with the tweezers removing said slivers. Now I truly realize why my Gramma is so afraid of's not fun!

This weekend, at week 41 of pregnancy, we began to get a bit more antsy since I don't think we've ever gone this long with absolutely no plans ahead of time. We decided to knock off a few things on our to do list before baby comes and also decided to tempt fate a little to see just what might induce this labor. We went to see a real movie in a real movie theater (first one in probably two years), took a ferry to Bainbridge Island for a fun day trip and drove the long way back home to see places like Bremerton and Gig Harbor, walked around Greenlake (about 3 miles), walked around the Car Show up in the Junction, and made it to Rosh Hashana services. All this and still no Micah. I now have doctor's appointments every three days so that they can check on fluid levels and his heartbeat and all that good stuff. It is looking more and more like Phil will either get to share his birthday with Micah or may even have his birthday before Micah's!

Thanks for bearing with the long scripted stories. I promise to have lots and lots more photos as soon as Micah arrives! L'Shana Tova everyone!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Prepping the Nursery & Enjoying Our Last Days Just The Two Of Us

About a week ago, Phil painted the nursery and we put up the curtains from Ikea (that still need to be hemmed). I put away Micah's clothes and toys and things into the nursery as best as I could. Charlie was adorable staring at Micah's toys and rolling all over his carpet. Jen & Alan were here this weekend and put together the crib, even though baby is going to sleep in our bedroom in the bassinet first.

A very patient Charlie drooling over Micah's toys

Micah's nursery...more to come

Isaac came over to play again

Phil entertaining Peter

Auntie Jen is so she is knitting something for Micah!

Auntie Jen made this special welcome bag for Micah and his parents

Auntie Jen & Uncle Alan putting together the crib. Can't you just see Micah looking back on this photo when he is 10 or 15?

Awesome Labor Day Weekend in Seattle with my "twin" (& yes, that's my belly at 39 weeks!)

Squeezed in a Mariners/Red Sox game thanks to Mark & Julien

All remodel projects were not forgotten. Phil finished the gate on Cricket's fence!

Went to the doctor today and everything is looking good. Micah is still kicking and moving like crazy, so we'll see when he decides to show up! Could be any day or a little less than three weeks away! Now that I have made it to the first days of school, met my students, earned my extra sick days for when I return, and got a good start to the year, I feel as ready to meet this little guy as I'll ever be!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Successful Boat Cruise at 38 Weeks

Julien, Caden, &I

Last weekend was my cousin Julien's Bar Mitzvah, right here in Seattle. It was great to have all of our friends and family come into town one last time before baby Micah's arrival. The weekend was jam packed with festivities. Friday night after services (a rockin klezmer style band at temple), we got to go back to Mark, Johanne, and Julien's to celebrate Barb & Diane's 50th Birthday! I stole an idea off of Pinterest and made them Over the Hill Survival kits that were pretty fun. They included things like "Oil of old age" and "Act 2 Popcorn". 
Saturday morning was Julien's big Bar Mitzvah service and he did really well. He shared the service with another Bar Mitzvah boy, but they both did a lot of work and chanted the Hebrew really nicely. I especially liked both of the prayers given by each set of parents. I wasn't the only one with tears streaming happily during their very personalized prayers. We enjoyed the Oneg after services at the temple and then relaxed a bit at home before heading to the party on an Argosy Cruise out on Elliot Bay! I wasn't really sure if getting on a boat at 38 weeks pregnant was the best idea, but since Mark is a Doctor, Johanne is a nurse, and there was an ER OB on board as well....and Julien promised they would turn the boat around for me if need be, I decided to get on board. Plus, I felt really good with no signs of early labor, so we went and had a great time. 
I hope that in 13 years or so, our family will all be back in town for another awesome Bar Mitzvah weekend, but we won't make any decisions for Micah just yet. ;-)

Barb opening her Over the Hill Survival Kit
Diane opening her Survival Kit

The birthday girls big birthday celebration

Bar Mitzvah day: Julien can't quiet maintain a serious face

I love this one! The Seattle family

The Strauss/Sobotka crew with the Bar Mitzvah boy

I love this photo! Aunt Leigh, Gramma, & Dad

Phil & I and our mamas!

38 Weeks! Awesome Seattle day

Let's just say that Micah got lots of attention all weekend long