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December 30, 2017
For the first time in four pregnancies I've had to remove my wedding ring and leave it off due to swelling in my fingers. I did have some trouble with swelling feet, but this time around I'm having trouble fitting into my boots - if I wear them somewhere and take them off there is no guarantee I can get them all the way back on when it's time to go home. The marks in the photo are from my “loose” socks (which I don’t like normally as they fall down). The dark line is bruising from socks worn last week, and when I take off my socks the skin is numb and tingly.
 
I've had a few other warning signs that mean that I'm now under instructions to take it VERY easy and to monitor my blood pressure.
 
Baby day is coming fast but since my blood pressure is going up and down like a yo-yo there are questions as to whether I'm actually going to make it to my C-section date. I really hope so since I have a terrible cold, stuff still to do, my wonderful OB is on vacation and my mom's not here yet...
 
In any case Brendan and I got to verify that we still know our way to the labour and maternity ward at the Montfort today, but since my blood pressure had gone down again by the time they were monitoring things they sent me home with instructions to keep my feet up and take it even easier than I had been. Just when I want to be out and doing all kinds of things too... Sigh.
   

December 29, 2017

There have been some special karate classes over Christmas break. On Wednesday Elizabeth got to spar with Sensei Robbie Lavoie ("He taught me lots of cool tricks!"). Thursday she had a special kata class with Sensei Suba (apparently she learned new ways to make snapping sounds).

 

Friday was PJ day!

   

December 28, 2017

Rachel and Creighton were back in town for Christmas and we decided to go to see the baby sloth at Little Ray Reptile Zoo. (Rachel LOVES sloths, as it turns out)

 

Of course, we were all loaded into the car before we discovered that the extreme cold had caused our van battery to completely give up. This was extremely disappointing as Elizabeth really wanted to see Rachel so I texted our various neighbours to see who might have jumper cables. Imagine our gratitude and surprise when Marit replied with the offer of their van! Time was short so we took her up on her very generous offer and off we went to admire the animals. Rachel was swarmed by small children as usual, although Matthew deserted her in favour of his "number one buddy" once Victoria showed up.

 

Petting the sloth was definitely the best part...

 

We brought back the van and then headed over to Lauren and Ronnie's for neighbourhood pie day and a whole lot of playing.

   

December 27, 2017

Auntie Janice got Matthew tools in his stocking for Christmas by special request. "I just LOVE building things", he enthused.

 

Matthew was SUPER excited and demanded to be taken out to the garage to "make stuff". Brendan found it challenging to come up with something Matthew was able to build that wouldn't be immediately junk, but after a little thought and a few hours in the garage the boys produced quite a lovely little bird feeder.


Matthew is extremely proud of himself. Elizabeth might be a wee bit jealous.

   

December 26, 2017

We got to have a Christmas bunny again, which the kids are enjoying very much. I've been slowly working on getting them to do more of the work, which Elizabeth enjoys less...

 

Elizabeth lost a tooth and very nearly swallowed it. She was very excited to have lost the tooth so close to Christmas, until the tooth fairy was late the following morning. Then she was sad. Luckily it turned out that the fairy was just delayed (probably wings needed de-icing) and somehow the coin and glitter showed up during breakfast.

 

In the afternoon we went skating at the Ottawa 67s rink at Landsdowne - our neighbour Marit told me about the free skate there so we collected Grandma J and went to check it out; although we weren't quite organized enough to get there at the same time! I did not skate; just sat and watched (the seats are comfortable at least!). Elizabeth completed 28 laps while we were there. Matthew didn't count, but he was proud of lapping Grandma, Daddy and Amelia several times. He might have cheated a little, but he's really gotten quite impressively fast. I think Amelia went around about five times before she decided she was tired and ready to sit and watch with Mommy.

   

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