Waiting for Baby

A Day in the Life

At the very end of October, we moved back to our old downstairs at Mimee and Poppy’s house, because last time we had a baby, it worked really well to do it there. Of course, it was really exciting to be getting closer and closer to baby time, but at first, Halloween was more urgent:

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Edie wore her Fairy costume that she picked out with Mimee, and Iris was a raccoon. Once the trick-or-treating was over, we spent a few days hopped up on skittles and jolly ranchers, as tradition dictates, and got to work setting up the room like our own family birthing suite. The girls were enthusiastic supporters of the birth pool inflation operation:image

It took a while to get everything just right, and once it was all set up, the tea lights everywhere were awfully tempting to play with. Edie doesn’t have very clear memories of the long ago days when we lived in this room, but it was still kind of like coming home for all of us. Being in the big family is always special, and especially for a life transition like welcoming a new baby, it is such a blessing to have a family home to return to. Mimee and Poppy’s support was so important during this time. Besides helping out lots with both the kids after baby arrives, they helped keep us distracted during the Long Wait.image

We went for beach walks, all together. At Illahee, we took off our shoes in the cold sand. The girls climbed over logs and branches, set sticks tall like trees on the beach. The sand was fluffed up somehow, and when we ran through the surf, our footprints bubbled with each wave as though there were deep sea vents below us.image

 

Mimee and the girls took turns leaping into Poppy’s arms from high above. At first, Iris and Edie were a bit concerned, but Edie screwed up her courage with some crazy face making, and soon Iris was assured it was safe. Mimee gave them each some pointers and they all refined the art of jumping. Poppy made sure everyone landed safely, setting them in the soft sandy fall leaves.image

 

Another day, another beach walk. Baby was still not ready to come down and play, and I was wearing pretty thin. Or rather hugely thick. Every chance we got, we headed out to some nature, especially water ways, to keep my spirits up and to call down the water baby. One day, after a great French Dip at Grub Hut, we tromped over to Point No Point for a different kind of beach. The large pebbles helped me stroll the aches out of my hips, and we saw handfuls of huge beached red jellyfish. As we approached the middle of the walk, an animal I first took to be a dog skittered itself off into the sea and we realized it was a sea otter! None of us could remember seeing a sea otter in the wild before, and as the creature swam alongside our adventure, I couldn’t help thinking it was bringing a happy message. I watched the sunlight through small green rolling waves, and saved the image in my heart for when the baby would one day find a way out.image

About this picture, Edie says, “I like me! I look cute. No Point, Yes Point. We’re riding on the favorite thing I always wanted to ride on. It feels good. I like it. I want to ride on it again some day. Side to side to side to side. You stand like this on the edge and you hold a hand and the one that rides you does this: rock rock, rock rock. Mama’s rocking baby. I love you, Mimee and Poppy. I really want to go to class.”image

We got pretty silly.

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One of the really great opportunities Edie had while waiting was joining Mimee at her job at the YMCA, where she could join the children’s classes, Ballet, Tap, and swim lessons. Edie’s second swim lesson, Iris hopped in with her after class for extra playtime. We haven’t had a lot of time in the water before, so this time it was Iris’ turn to help Edie feel safe in a strange situation. Mimee and Poppy each took turns playing in the pool with Edie, so she got lots of time to get comfortable. She’s already kicking herself around with just a noodle to help.image

Little did we know, that second swim lesson was to be Edie’s last night as an only child!

Stay tuned for the next episode: Meet the baby!

 

 

 

 

Beach Party

A Day in the Life

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Hi Auntie Jeri! Who’s that boy? It’s Wade. He sits in the back? My Iris! Auntie, kiss. Are we going to the beach? I don’t want my shoes on my feet.

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I climb a tree with my cousins. No more pictures.

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I don’t want to hold a crab. Iris, pick me up. I’m going to lay in the sunshine. Messy sand is on the towel. Look, a sea shell. A bird! A boat! Cousins!

Chinese Reconciliation Park

A Day in the Life

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Grandma and Grandpa.  Auntie Erin and Uncle Brendan. Go to a park. Climb up a hill. Around around the circle. Pick up a rock. Throw it. No, don’t throw it. Gentle.

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A crab, a little crab. I don’t want it. Look, little crab. What’s under a rock? No no. Go back up with Grandma. Climb up a hill. Go back.

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Auntie Erin sit with me. I snuggle. Cold cold, wind. Sunshine day. Go to a beach. I sit up on rock. I sit with Auntie Erin baby. Grandma, in stroller. I get a rock, walk on a rock.  Put it back. Put it in bowl.

Mussel Picking at Twanoh

A Day in the Life

This morning we put on our warm clothes and drove the truck out to the beach to get clams. Da brings his shovel and bucket, and I got to help with my own little bucket. My job is picking mussels, cleaning them off, and putting them in my bucket. I can get 40! We walk slow and watch the beach for the biggest mussels and I pull, pull, pull to get them off the rocks. My bucket is filling up. I sit down on the sand pile Da made digging, so I can see better when he pulls fat little clams out of the hole. I feel so happy.

I am pretty hungry, so we pick a little fucus plant off the rocks and suck the jelly out of the pockets. I chew up the whole leaf and ask for more. We talk about picking the sea beans on the way back to the truck, but we forget. Da brings the truck over to us so I don’t have to carry my bucket so far, and I change into my warm clothes. We drink hot tea and eat more wrack as we drive all the way home. We feast tonight!

Whale Park with Aydan

A Day in the Life

My cousin Aydan came to my house and we went to a park to play. We don’t get to play very much because she lives very far away in Africa, but just for today she was in my town. I waved at her new brother a few days ago too.

We went on the beach and saw a hermit crab in a snail shell, and a dead salmon. The beach was slippery and squishy. When we came up to the playground, we went to the boat first and Aydan sang Row Your Boat very pretty. I didn’t remember all the words so I wasn’t very loud. We climbed on the orcas and the slide, and watched Grandma ride the zipline.

Aydan knows lots of words and songs, like the one she sang to me in the car: “I was hungry; before I ate my breakfast; I was hungry!”

When we were all done at the park, Grandma took us to a bakery to eat cookies. I got a pumpkin cookie but I didn’t eat it all. Aydan got an M&M cookie and ate all the Ms out of it.

We went back to my house but it was nap time and Aydan was sad from a splinter. Grandma took her home.

We just Keep Coming Back

A Day in the Life

When we paddled up to the beach the tide was a little too high to walk so I sat with Mimee. Poppy rode on the back of Mama’s kayak. So we parked them on the sandy beach and everyone went and jumped in the water. I made a nest in the sand and watched them splash like fools, until I laughed my head back and clapped at them. But I didn’t go in.

My main job at the beach is to get as much sand on the blankets as possible. I lay down and watch the waves. We snack on pretzels and the grownups have that brown stuff I’m not allowed to drink. Except I try it sometimes when I find the bottles in the recyle. Anyway.

We have oranges and taffy and watch the boats go by. A really low flying airplane slams over the hill and down the passage, and after a while some geese follow.

Turns out those brown bottles make a cool hoot. I carry it around to each grownup and get them to hoot it. I would hoot it myself, but it doesn’t work. So I say “hooooo” and that’s almost as good.

Shiny Shine

A Day in the Life

More outside, more beach, more nature all the time. I love summer. Except when I miss my nap it makes me grinchy.

We are at Shine and Wolf beach, with our kayaks and shovels. I forgot my swimsuit so I went in the water with my dress for a while. Fortunately Auntie remembered my swimsuit and brought it with her and Iris.

The current is kind of strong because the tide is coming in through a narrow passage. Herons fly above, and I point them out to everyone. Down under the water a hundred little crabs, young dungeness, are running around. I stand in the stream and pet the empty oyster shells. It’s best if Mama holds my hand because I feel pretty off balance in the water. It makes me a little nervous.

We play on the beach too. Hot sand, hot shells, hot driftwood everywhere. I want to sit on Iris’s lap, or lay down. I check in case Matt has milk. He doesn’t.

Gonna take a little rest, eat some seabeans, and ride the boats.

Low Tide and Matt

A Day in the Life

We are back at our beach and Matt got home from California so he came with us. It is low tide and we saw some anemones and some crabs and I found a clam. Last night I ate clams for dinner; I just open them right up and pop them in my mouth. This clam was still alive only. So I couldn’t get it open.

I find lots of shells too, little oysters and mussels and different clams and cockles. I throw rocks into the water while Mama and Mimee practice with slingshots. I can throw almost that far..

Sometimes I get sleepy so I lay down on the soft sand and say “night night.” But it only takes a minute to charge back up.

Boats go by and make big waves. I tell them “go go go!” After a while the side changes and the surf starts creeping back up the beach. I like walking in the water with my feet but it’s best if you hold hands too.