Introducing Miss Amelia Anne...
Expected no later than June 3rd at 10 am.
I've ended up staying full time with Dr Gravelle (the OB). I'm remembering why I liked her so much before - she's totally onboard with as short a hospital stay as I'm comfortable with, though she'd like me to stay until after the 24 hour baby tests (which is fine and I'd planned on anyway). She does feel very strongly that I shouldn't ever go into labour though, mostly due to my peculiar anatomy in addition to the two previous sections. Since she has had ample opportunity to examine said peculiar anatomy, since she's been more than reasonable about everything I've thrown at her, since she is quite willing to explain where she's coming from AND actually listens to me I decided that she had a point. So planned C-section it is. Sigh.
It took several attempts but we did finally manage to celebrate Auntie Janice's birthday. She ordered everyone Swiss Chalet and I made a chocolate sunflower torte. Matthew wanted three pieces...
After lunch we took pictures for our annual calendar, played a round of Taboo and frolicked in the snow for a bit. It was Isabelle's first time actually playing in the snow and she seemed to enjoy it greatly. Auntie Janice had some sparklers shaped like numbers to try out. She decided they were fun but much prefers the traditional "straight" ones. I have a feeling she also prefers to play with them in the dark, in front of the time-lapse camera ;)
After sparklers we headed to the canal (where else?) for a quick skate. Maria is still learning but Elizabeth and Erika are pretty evenly matched this year. They took off like a shot and we had to split into two groups to keep up. We skated from Patterson to Bank Street bridge and back to Pretoria and around and around in Patterson creek. We probably would have gone farther, except that it was starting to get pretty dark by then so we dragged the girls off the ice and headed for home.
Canadian winters might be cold, but they sure are gorgeous.
A couple of months ago Daddy bought a hair trimming kit that he figured I ought to be able to get the hang of and I've been practicing on his head (eep!) So far the results have not required a visit to a professional to get it dealt with, although it does cut the bangs a little shorter than his "normal" cut and there have been some very stressful moments to do with cutting around the ears.
Matthew's hair was getting rather shaggy so the boys convinced me to have a shot at his hair as well. "Try to leave the bangs", suggested helpful husband. (Let's just say that the kit isn't designed for the kind of cut he had in mind). "Hmm", he suggested next "That looks like he has a rat on his head now. Can you try a little trim?" Of course Matthew wiggled at a crucial moment while I was attempting to tame the rat.
Matthew LOVES the result and tells everyone who will listen that he had a haircut just like Daddy (and Mommy cut his hair). I am less happy with it but I guess hair grows back and practice makes perfect!
Removing two inches of hair makes Matthew look much, much older.
In an effort to get Elizabeth used to her new skates the head coach instructed us to go skating as often as possible this week so we picked her up from school a bit early and headed to the canal with Janice and Heather. Elizabeth was comfortable enough on the canal ice to show off her jumping and skating on one foot and then the other.
This time we skated from Patterson to Bronson bridge. Elizabeth wanted to keep going (!) but Janice and I were tired so Daddy came and picked us up.