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!

 

 

 

 

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Two Things About Cousins

A Day in the Life

This is Edie. Edie has three first cousins and one second cousin. All the first cousins live in other countries. We could fly there. The second cousin lives in another county. We can drive there.

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When the mail man came one day, he brought a message. The envelope says it is from very far away. Edie uses her fingers to open it up.

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This message is from first cousins! Aydan drew a beautiful picture! There is a message from Drake on the back too! Edie is so excited to read the messages. Thank you, Aydan and Drake! In a few months we will see Edie’s first cousins and hug them and play with them.

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Here is something about that second cousin. Iris had a birthday party! To get ready, we went to the store and got special birthday crowns for Iris and Edie. Even though it was not Edie’s birthday.

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Iris is a big girl, kind of like a grown up, especially because she had a birthday. She let Edie blow out candles, and Edie even got some icecream. Happy birthday Iris! Now Edie can’t wait for her birthday!

Holidays

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December was a rollercoaster and a half, and it was the best Christmas ever! We did all kinds of things to celebrate with our big family and our little family. The season kicked off when a package arrived from Poppy and Mimee. We read the book, with text from the Luke Christmas account and illustrations from Renaissance triptych paintings, at least a hundred times.

The first thing we did to celebrate was ride the bus up to Seattle one evening halfway through December. We met Mimee  and Poppy there for a carousel ride and the Gingerbread House Competition. The city was decorated so beautifully, with thousands of lights all around.

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After dinner in Wearable Center, we visited the gingerbread in a nearby hotel lobby. It was a long long line and we decided next year, let’s come in the day time to escape the crowd. But it was interesting to see the gingerbread sculptures, which were designed by high level Seattle architects and included lights and motors in their elaborate designs. Edie liked the ship, apparently the third to come sailing in on Christmas day in the morning. She sang us the song.

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The next morning we celebrated Sankta Lucia day. Edie did not wear candles on hear head but she really got into the spirit with passing out buns to the family and helping set the table. We had not done Sankta Lucia day before, and our celebration was pretty interpretive, but it was a fun way to amp up the holiday cheer with some practice sharing and giving to others.

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At night, we met up with the whole big crew, including Auntie, Iris, Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle Matt, to visit Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium for ZooLights. It was another first time event for us, and it was spectacular. We ogled at the giant octopus crawling over the aquarium, and at a Mountain Ranier which was right about life-size from our perspective. Riding the school bus which served as a parking shuttle was another highlight.

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On Christmas Eve, we had a super yummy dinner at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and after opening our wonderful presents, we rode over together to the candlelight service at the First Presbyterian Church. There, we heard beautiful music, including some in which Grandma sang and played guitar. A whole candy cane later, it was a little hard to focus, but fortunately Grandpa was available for a little break with Edie. The candle lighting at the end was beautiful and fascinating, so Edie ended the service on a good note. After a little pie, we flew over to Bremerton to crash.

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This is Edie’s Christmas tree, which she decorated all by herself. Christmas morning was a crazy party, as usual, and being Two And A Half, Edie was partying like never before. She was delighted and a little overstimulated with the display of toys, but her true colors came out when she started unwrapping the clothes. She ooood and awed and sang little songs about every dress she received. When ever a new batch of clothes emerged, she whisked off to produce a fashion show. Classic Christmas headspin appeared when Iris opened a dress; Edie spotted the sparkles from across the room, and kidnapped the garment at high speed. Other than that little escapade, Edie had a lovely time honoring Jesus’ birthday with both giving and receiving. Since then, our house has been a constant barnyard baby tea party, always served by a princess ballerina in a Hello Kitty Tutu gown.

Thank you so much to all the family, near and far away, who helped make the season special with your gifts and time. We hope you are enjoying the things we made or picked out for you!

November Beach Day

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I’m wearing sunshine clothes for sunshiny day. Sunglasses and clothes from Manila. I wish I could do that. Aydan does and Uncle Patrick and Auntie Kim and baby Drake. Heather got the clothes for me. A blanket on me. A sunshiny day. I want the blue sunglasses now because I’ve been sucking on my yellow ones. Do you like my blue ones?

Today I’m am excited about art. After art we’re gonna read a book. Jingle jingle jingle. I want to tell them that I love them: Baby Oliver loves me!

You should put ” stop hissing in my ear!” Who say that? I don’t know. It’s from Robin Hood. The snake, like in jungle book. Stop hissing in my ear.

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Nana, Come Dance With Me!

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What is it? I have a mail, in this bag. Open it Mommy. What is it? It’s from…. Nana and Papa. It’s from California. What’s in here? I have a… dress! A beautiful dress! Oh my goodness! What is these shiny shoes??? Oh, tap shoes! Oh, I see.

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I need my black leotard from my mama. I can put it on ALL by myself. My toes are dancing like this. I’m dancing upstairs. Put on my princess music.

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Thank you for my fancy dress, Nana. Thank you for my tap shoes. Today I am going to wear these ones.

Summer Bremerton Visits

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Kami and Anna in the wagon. Beau, help push. I’m pulling! Come over here!

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At the beach, it’s rocks.  Poppy can throw this stick. Phydeaux, get it! My dog is swimming!

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I’m reading Poppy’s Bible to him. See, I can read with these glasses.

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Sometimes I can ride a boat. This ferry boat goes to Bremerton. I ride this boat to Mimee and Poppy’s house. I go see Mimee.

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Anna was playing with my toys. We were playing outside on the poach. The porch.

Visit to Grandpa Bill

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We were just walking in Grandpa Bill’s house. We got in Grandpa Bill’s house in Poppy’s car. We were eating a snack, crackers of cheese. No way. I tell them no way. He gave me this present. Books. It was a horsey in the book, this book. Whoa, let’s play tag! 

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In the back yard I saw a grasshopper. Mimee do tag. Yeah. No way. No falling out, food.

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Now I’m reading my book at my home. Grandpa Bill, thank you for presents! I love you Grandpa Bill!

Auntie Jeri’s House

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Poomore, eat a strawberry. I found one right here. See, it’s ready because it’s red. It’s yummy. I like strawberries and raspberries. And I like those chickens. I’m going in the little house.

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I ride in a car with my Mimee and my Iris. Iris is my cousin. And that one is my cousin and that one is my cousin. This girl’s name is Jessie. I’m going swimming. Don’t put me down. Okay let’s get out and lay on the towels.

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