Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: the great white north
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Merry Christmas, all!
Well, I am due mid-Jan, and I swear this baby is just one big elbow and knee these days. I am definitely running out of room, and feeling it much more than I did with ds, who was 8lbs 13 oz and 21 in. So I'm wondering how big this baby is going to be. Maybe s/he will come early and just be long and skinny. Its partially because the baby's head is engaged, and the elbows are right in my pelvis, whereas ds was higher up, so a bit more comfy, although I couldn't really breathe at this point. I guess there is no "comfortable" when you are this pregnant.
We had a fun time yesterday afternoon -- there are a bunch of South African doctors in town and none of them have family here either, so they all had a traditional Christmas meal and invited us to come. We had fried potatos and delicious lamb and roasted root vegetables, and pumpkin fritters, then we sang Christmas carols in Afrikaans and they had a gift exchange -- they invited us late, so we didn't get to participate, and they all know each other a bit better anyway. Then we had trifle and Christmas cake and ice cream for dessert. It was really fun. What a warm and robust culture. And they were kind enough to speak English most of the time, even though they were among countrymen and didn't have to, which I thought was really generous.
Today we lay low (dh is a minster, so he's exhausted this time of year) and just had a Christmas brunch and opened presents. My parents got this cool big wheels style trike for Andrew, which is plastic, I know, but will be a lot of fun, and we got him a big Tonka front end loader which he napped with and which watched him in the bath tonight. Oh, and I hooked our web cam up so that I could video phone my parents for Christmas, which they loved. My family is the kind that has to have every new technological thing as soon as it comes out. My dad had a modem and internet connection in 1989. So even though the sound is really bad and cuts in and out, they were all excited to see my son and talk online. IT was really funny.
Hope you all have a merry Christmas, or whatever you celebrate. Jill
Jill , mom to Andrew (09/04), Aaron(01/07), and Emma (11/09)