Parenthood
January 3, 2018
Holiday activities

In addition to taking my blood pressure and trying to keep my feet up, we've tried to do a few fun things these holidays.

 

It's been pretty cold, but they've spent a lot of time outdoors, especially between Christmas and New Year's when the wind was slightly less wicked. The neighbours helped Elizabeth and Matthew build an ice slide. Dec 27th Elizabeth had a playdate with her friend Ruici.

 

I cleaned out the craft cupboard (at least for some value of clean). Elizabeth graciously allowed her siblings to do some of the crafts that have been languishing there for several years. I was surprised by how long the princess sticker craft kept Matthew busy - he was quite determined to finish it and he managed to do most of it by himself. Once Elizabeth realized he was actually going to finish, she decided she needed to as well. This is actually her third attempt in the last four (five?) years but I guess her competitive nature needed to get engaged in order to actually capture her interest for longer than about five minutes.

 

We also pulled out Amelia's rocket ship from last Christmas and finally assembled it. I think the kids must have spent a solid hour colouring it inside and out.


We've done some reading and demolished the gingerbread. Elizabeth and Matthew built an obstacle course for his robot cockroaches. There were more dance parties.

 

On January 2nd, Elizabeth had a playdate with Olivia while Amelia went to the hardware store with Daddy. Matthew and I read about the sinking of the Titanic and did some work - which in his case involved playing Pokémon on the iPad. After lunch Brendan, Amelia, Matthew and I met up with Olivia and Elizabeth, Dianne, David and kids and Marit, Francesco and their kids at Landsdowne for more skating! Elizabeth was pretty excited to see so many people she knew on the ice. This time we were there for about 3/4 of an hour and Elizabeth completed 40 laps.

 

Brendan, Margaret and the older two kids went back one last time the following day and Elizabeth managed 67 laps in about 30 minutes (!)

 

Over the holidays Matthew had some homework to complete showing what he did, which I decided needed to be captured for posterity (we didn't actually see fireworks on Jan 1st but he was so proud of his idea that I just went with it)

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January 2, 2018
Cracked!

That moment when you are at the awesome free skate by the Ottawa 67s (again) and you put your phone on the edge of the railing in order to tote around exhausted toddler and manage to use toddler to sweep phone off the railing. Turns out that phones are pretty durable through all the abuse doled out by kids and (ahem) people closing the trunk on them, but a seven foot drop onto concrete is too much. Possibly it would have helped if I'd actually closed the case, but in any case a new screen was required :(

 

Luckily my boss agreed to replace it (haha) and he even went early to the store to stand in line to do so since there were no appointments available prior to baby day.

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January 1, 2018
Cold weather activities

One of the things we like to do when it's cold is to blow bubbles and fling hot water into the air and watch it freeze. Our bubble mix wasn't really right (and it was too windy) but the kids greatly enjoyed getting to fling their own hot water this year.

 

Since it was too cold to hang outdoors terribly long, we sorted through our craft cupboard and completed a few in order to liberate some space. We still have far more craft supplies than we realistically need but there was some progress.

 

I was surprised by how focussed Matthew was on completing his fairy. Elizabeth had been working on hers on and off in about half a dozen sessions since she was about four. Matthew completed his in one sitting, with very little help. This spurred Elizabeth into completing hers because she was not about to be outdone by a four year old!

 

We made ice balls again, but I wasn't able to talk Brendan into making them into lanterns. Maybe next year...

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December 31, 2017
Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve started out badly with Amelia announcing she had thrown up in her bed. So she crawled into ours and promptly threw up there, too. After a bath she insisted she wanted breakfast and ended up eating quite a lot despite my best efforts and then was pretty much fine for the rest of the day. Having finished off her food last night I'm still a wee bit worried just in case, though she does have the same wicked cold I do and it could have been coughing fit related.

 

After breakfast we decided it was time for a hotly anticipated "Dance Party" (one of the Christmas activities that the kids decided we must do). We played wii games, some Apple TV dance thing and DDR. You will be relieved to know I did not unduly exert myself. Amelia danced with great vim and vigour, leading us to decide that probably she does not have stomach flu.

 

After lunch the kids all needed to get out of the house so I proposed a little grocery shopping expedition. I know it hasn't been 24 hours since I last left the house but I was feeling serious cabin fever so I insisted on going along. Brendan made me take my blood pressure first (it was fine).

 

We had beef fondue in front of the fire, with broccoli and peas. We hadn't intended to have peas for supper but according to Elizabeth we ALWAYS eat peas New Years Eve.

 

Then the kids put on glow in the dark glasses and we watched the grand finale fireworks Auntie Janice taped in August and counted down to Brazilia midnight.

 

Happy New Year everyone! May you have a wonderful 2018!

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December 30, 2017
Blood Pressure
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.
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