Words to live by...

"A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others." ~Author Unknown

"A good wife is her husband's biggest fan -- no matter how crazy he is." ~Me

"May God give you.. For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer." ~ Irish Blessing

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The beginning of the end

After waiting and waiting for this pregnancy for years through all of the ups and downs, we are now under two weeks away from d-day.

Returning to work the last week and a half has been a little brutal, but teaching the 25 Kindergarteners for the first time on Friday, was especially hard. I was lucky enough to go unscathed, for the second year in a row, without major criers or fit-throwers. Pretty amazing. Just the sheer energy of putting routines and procedures in place and dealing with that many kids was exhausting.

I've been dealing with feet/ankle swelling issues since returning to work -- being more on my feet than before and being in a H-O-T, stressful environment has left me amazingly cankelicious.
This was the first day. I thought this was bad. Now they are regularly twice this size.
Plus... I used to have arches -- what happened?

On top of all of that, on Friday, my contractions (which I've had since about 26 weeks) went into overdrive and got really close together for a while. I tried to ignore them for the most part, since JJ was NOT allowed to come into this world on Friday because of Chris squeezing in one last great adventure on the Diamond on Longs Peak and being out of cell phone range for almost 24 hours (yay for hubby doing awesome on a route neither one of us ever thought he'd do!!). Once Chris returned, we had a pep talk with JJ that he can now feel free to come anytime he is ready, thus resulting in more close together contractions Saturday morning that ultimately tapered off. Today was a bit of a repeat of yesterday and although the contractions have tapered off again, we can't help but feel that this is truly the beginning of the end. We'll see how tomorrow goes at work!

Well, this blog wasn't meant to sound whiny, believe it or not I actually started this blog to highlight some of the fun things we've done in the past few weeks...
34 weeks. My last ride with the Wednesday night crew before a babysitter becomes necessary. I only rode the road on Waterton Canyon, but it was nice to get out.

Rock climbing at the Boulder Rock Club at 35 weeks. I tried it just to see if I could.
I could... it wasn't pretty though.

A lot of this summer has been spent enjoying time belaying Chris at the gym. It was an awesome way to stay "active" (at least my right arm) and have fun with the hubby.

At 36 weeks, we also celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary by going to The Melting Pot. Yum! I can't believe it has been six wonderful years of marriage and things still get better every day. Our honeymoon phase has still yet to end...

I had a beautiful baby shower with a great group of friends and unbelievable food and cake! My sister, niece, and mom put on a great party (along with the cooking of my dad and bartending by my brother)

Last night we went on another date night to Protos Pizza. Delicious! We are treating every date night like our potential last babysitterless date. We sat outside and enjoyed an awesome sunset. Unfortunately I seem to only be able to take blurry pictures these days...

So basically, while we are REALLY ready for JJ to make his appearance, we are enjoying every last minute together that we have. I can't wait to be a mommy, but today the idea even managed to creep into my head that I might be able to get myself back into good enough shape to race one or two of the Leadville snow races this year...

Life is good.