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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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!

No Pneumonia

A Day in the Life

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I bring my doctor bag. My cuff, my squeeze. Thirty eight. Okay. Healthy. Cough cough. No! No! Don’t look at me! No listen stethoscope! No belly! No back! Cold! Don’t touch me, go away, no doctor, no Mama!

No deep breath. Okay, read book. Okay, be calm. Are you all done? Are you all done! Climb up table. Mama,  where doctor go? No doctor, okay. Read a book time. Go a park.

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Ducks eat my muffin. Mama duck, daddy duck, daddy duck. Come here duck. Mama, it’s come here! Quiet,  shhh. Duck under me. Duck under bench. Duck swimming in pond.

Go on swings. Spider style! Edie and Mama, Edie and Mama, spider style! Go on this one. Go on slide. I’m happy now.

Reservoir. Dog.

A Day in the Life

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It is a sunny day so I have to take Mama outside. We decide to walk around the Alaskan Reservoir which is right by our house. We climb up up up. Way up high! Hand please. There are some yummy plants here. They really not ready to eat yet but we will come back.

At the top of the hill we can see the Mountain and the hospital and all the steeples. I run around on the flat field and then I run down the hill. We come out on a grassy slope. Oh, park! Mama says we can walk on the grass so I am storming across the squishy grass in my boots. That is when I see a mushroom. Then another. And another! One two three seven eight! All them! When we are outside we don’t touch mushrooms unless we have our special mushroom knife. So I use my naturalist eyes. Here some! Here some. Different. More mushrooms. Little mushrooms. Brown.

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There are more treasures in the grass. Mama! Yellow flowers! Pick okay! I fill up my hands with happy dandelions. Some are up the hill and some are down, so I hop like an Easter bunny to catch them all.

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We are almost home. A big dog jumps up on his fence. Dog bark. Mama, dog is barking. That’s enough, dog.

Ladybug Please

A Day in the Life

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One of the best things about my white house is that I have a big back yard. So far it has been too yucky outside to spend a long time out there but this week some spring happened. Mama was digging because there were some blackberry plants. They are the wrong kind of blackberries and there is nothing yummy on them. I was watching all the creatures.

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I have one two three seven eight ants by my stump. I have two ladybugs in my grass. I have one two five six worms in my dirt. I put on my naturalist eyes and watch their tiny legs and mouths and tails. Ladybug I like hold it. Red. Fly away.

Woods on 12th Street

A Day in the Life

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Last night I went to Mimee and poppy’s house in Bremerton. I miss them a lot and every day I talk about visiting so finally Mama and I just went. We snuggled and talked and made pizza.

Today I came to some woods by the park. They are making a new spray ground so we can’t go in the park but the woods are full of squirrels, birds, and bumblebees.

Treasure box. Open it Mama. This. Cone. I put in. Close it. Help! Jump off. Where’s this come from? Birds. Up up up the hill.

We explore and climb. I stand above the diggers and watch the new park get built. We feel moss and bark and lichen, and I collect some cedar bark and soft sweet cedar feathers.