Thanksgiving, 2009

My annual Thanksgiving list is completed below. Hope you all have a wonderful holiday.

This year, I am thankful for:

The noises a newborn makes
Neighbors who bring you food
A community-built park around the corner from us
My awesome midwife, and an amazing home birth experience with Bea
Second chances
Maternity leave
Fresh flowers
Our cozy house on a blustery day
Smart phones
Chocolate chip cookies
Our beautiful garden, despite the amount of work it takes to maintain
Things that are sturdy and reliable
A girl who loves to snuggle

Album of the Year: Bon Iver, “For Emma, Forever Ago”
Books of the Year: “The Danish Girl” by David Ebershoff, “A Map of the World” by Randa Jarrar
Movie of the year – I think they’ve been pretty bad this year, but I also haven’t seen many
Meal of the year: Café Juanita in Kirkland w/ Gordon

Welcome, baby Beatrix!

Well swaddled Waddell

Just in case you haven’t received our e mail blast, our latest addition has finally arrived! Beatrix Jane was born at home early Monday morning. It was a relatively easy labor and everything went about as smoothly as it possibly could have. Beatrix was 8 pounds 14 ounces (same as her big sis Lucy) and 21 inches long. I don’t have it written down yet, but I think the midwife said her head was 14 3/4 inches in circumference (aka BIG). So far she’s doing a lot of sleeping and nursing like a natural.

Lucy is absolutely in love and has been a wonderful big sister. As of yet, she shows not one bit of jealousy and wants to hold the baby and/or help her as much as possible. I’m sure we’ll see some signs of jealousy eventually, but for now, our Lucy is taking it all in stride perfectly well.

I actually feel great. This labor was far less intense (and MUCH shorter: ~6 hours versus 43 hours for Lucy) and I’m mostly caught up on sleep. Gordon hasn’t let me lift a finger, so I’ve been mostly laying on the couch and gazing at our beautiful Bea. I think we’re more or less ready to start seeing visitors, so if you’re local, come on by (call first, though). The first batch of photos is up, and there will be plenty more to follow.

40 plus 2

My due date was 2 days ago (11/5). I’m now 40 weeks plus 2 days pregnant. And nooooooo imminent signs of this baby showing up. I’m bored. And anxious. We ALL are. But in the grand scheme of things, I suppose this isn’t all that bad. I’ve been reading books, watching movies (which I seem to be having VERY bad luck in choosing), and doing a moderate amount of cooking.

At my last midwife appointment, we reviewed my actual due date, and it turns out it could be any time between 11/5 and 11/9 (based on various ultrasounds and my last period). And if both baby and I are still healthy, I could go up to 2 weeks late, which would be NOVEMBER 23RD!! Yeah, that’s right. We’re talking 16 more days I could conceivably be pregnant. That’s scary. Let’s hope it doesn’t go that long, or I may have to do something drastic, like go for a 7 mile hike and chug a bottle of castor oil.

Anyway, cross your fingers for me. And we’ll keep you posted via Facebook, Twitter, blog, cell phone, etc. With any luck, we’ll have a baby before the weekend is out (a girl can dream, right?).