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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.


   



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!



   



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.



   



Elizabeth has earned her first blue belt stripe!

 

We also had our "allergy-friendly" gingerbread reprise. Jay and Natasha made some pretty cute cookies, while Auntie Janice made BB 8.



   



This year's Christmas cards for the various and sundry teachers that bless our children.

 

We participated in the group gift for preschool but the kids made various candy and fudges for the teachers which we then sent to school (and music class).

 

Amelia made toffee, Matthew made chocolate coconut cranberry fudge and Elizabeth made a marshmallow chocolate fudge. They were very proud of their efforts...

 

I should mention that Matthew's teachers completely spoiled him in return, sending him home with a candle AND a new Christmas stuffy.



   

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