Pepper Delphinium was born at 10:18 pm on December 28th. A week early, on a full moon, into her papa's hands. A tiny little baby doll at 6 lbs 14 oz. We're so happy to have her here! Happy birthday Pepper!
GG's 7th birthday cake. Lemon sponge cake with layers of bavarian cream and topped with raspberry meringue.
Spent a very relaxing Thanksgiving day, cleaning the house up and
doing a little more decorating, followed by a trip to the grocery with
Dave for a few ingredients for dinner. We made a turkey version of Bánh mì
Vietnamese sandwiches - so good - and a grapefruit and avocado salad,
followed by fresh pumpkin pie with whipping cream. Ooh, and raspberry
spritzers with a dash of muscato. Craig and Shana stopped over and kept
us company during meal prep and later we ate with Jack in front of the
Little pimiento will be 34 weeks along tomorrow. 6 weeks until I'm actually due, although possibly 8 before she actually makes an appearance! I woke up this morning to baby hiccups - so sweet. She's also been busy practicing breathing - I don't know if I've ever felt this with any of the babes before, but I love feeling her tiny fast little breaths against my hand. The newest development though is the startling. In the past few days whenever there has been a sudden loud noise (usually from the vacinity of gg or Dave), she's startled and given me a big kick. She's a very responsive baby and gentle belly rubs are almost always answered with a return kick or nudge.
We went to a birth class with our midwife last week and D practiced "catching" babe with a doll and stuffed cotton pelvis. Catching isn't as simple as it sounds though! He has to support her head as she's being born, check for the cord around her neck, and gently and firmly help her shoulders out before he lifts her up on my belly. Needless to say that we're very excited to meet her - it will just be an added surprise if she turns out to be a he!
It's finally cooling down a bit here in Portland - well, sort of. It was cool outside yesterday and is supposed to be in the low 70s today, but back up to almost 90 degrees on Wednesday! Indian summer? I love it. But it still does feel a bit like fall is in the air, and with that comes the annual kickstart in our homeschooling. The Albina library branch is the one that we use here in Portland - only a 5 min drive (or 25 minute walk with miss pokey) away. Here is what we're kicking off the year with so far...
I'm skipping the links, but you can find all of these books at Amazon, or hopefully the local library!
Drove back home for the first time in 2 months, just for the weekend, and had an amazing time - sitting in the sunshine in the overgrown garden by gg's sweat peas and poppies, talking to Tina while the kids played; petting the bunnies and the overjoyed cat; eating stuffed peppers - made for me - I didn't have to cook them!; going hiking and huckleberry picking and driving through the pretty countryside - and 53 wonderful always-too-short hours with Danger. Waking up here again this morning in Portland, it sort of felt like Groundhog Day - and since I didn't take a single photo the whole weekend - the only way I know it all really happened is the sprained ankle from an overzealous hike, and the thick dust on my shoes.
But here's a photo of the golden apples we saw peeking out of the woods a couple days ago (and proceeded to pick), after a walk at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park in Beaverton. We were looking for blackberries, but the apples were delicious, particularly for a tree that'd gone wild. And that's a pretty little park - we saw a ton of garter snakes there (and poison oak), including a whole family of snakes sunning themselves on an old log.