Here are the things that have happened according to my calendar:
Dec 17- we moved to our new house. It's awesome. Three floors. Two working fireplaces. A deck. The entrance floor is hardwood. A lovely neighborhood. Three bedrooms. The window to the left as you are looking at the photo below is the baby's room.
Dec 18-23- work, unpack, do observations
Dec 24- I volunteered at Miriam's Kitchen. This was an excellent way to spend Christmas Eve. Matt arrived for Christmas in the evening. This is our christmas tree- I bought it at home depot on Dec 23 for $25. It was very pretty. Our house looked really lovely for having moved less than 10 days prior and for having only unpacked about 3/4 of our stuff. One of the best things about our new house is that it's much more space than our old place. So we have actually unpacked almost everything, rather than just storing stuff in boxes for a ridiculous amount of time. The ornaments below are our two first Blueberry ornaments! My mom got the first- it's a tiny little picture of the sonogram. The second is from Mike's Uncle Bob, who is an incredibly talented artist. He painted a beautiful tiny water color of a blueberry.
Dec 25- CHRISTMAS!!!!
It is our family tradition to have sausage biscuits and gravy for Christmas breakfast. Matt and Mike were so happy and natural when they were eating!
Then we opened presents. We got some awesome stuff.
Dec 26-28- Matt stayed and visited. It was really lovely. We just hung out, ate good food, and I did some work. I wish I had taken more pictures. We had really nice fires each night and Matt and I watched cartoon movies or he played video games while I did nothing or played with the dogs (still no cable or internet).
Dec 28- Jan 2- Mike and I drove to Kentucky to see his Mom and Jacob, Emily and Madeleine. We had such a wonderful Christmas with Karen. She outdid herself with wonderful presents for the wee girl. Also, one of Mike's family traditions is for him to get Legos for Christmas. This year, he got something to build with the baby girl.
Another of Mike's family's traditions is to have absolutely glorious meals for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner. Holy moly. This is the only thing I had time to photograph before it was in my belly. We also played Euchre- Mike's team won. Blah. No one really cared that much.
|the first torch test.|
Unfortunately, I really sucked at taking photos. Emily did a great job, and the photos she took are on her blog
Jan 1- We were blessed by Karen's dear girlfriends throwing us a beautiful baby shower. They were so kind. I felt nervous about the idea of a shower- but this was so easy and nice. She has really loving friends and they have taken us under their collective motherly/grandmotherly wings. It's obvious how much they love Karen.
|The most delicious strawberry cake ever.|
|Opening presents- a very cute sleeping sack is in this one!|
|Just his size!|
|The lovely ladies (and Mike and I).|
Jan 3-6 Work
Jan 7- start teaching my Systems Safety Engineering course for the medical students. This is one of my favorite things to do with my job. It's resource intensive, but I love doing it. We teach 3x per week for 1 month, so it's an intense experience for the students (and the teachers).
Jan 8-9- Work
Jan 10- give big presentation to leadership at my hospital.
Jan 11- that's today! I went to happy hour today. That's about all I did to contribute to the world.
News on the Blueberry: she is doing well. She is average in all ways. She is kicking and rolling around. She is giving me cramps, but I have consulted with my doctor and many of my medical friends and family, and all is ok, I think. Just normal growing pains. I am thankful to finally be home and awake for greater than an hour.
I promise that I now will go back to regular posting. I have grown immensely, I think, in the last month. I will post pictures soon. Once I am not in my jammies.