Friday, August 31, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (17)


1. We had our first prenatal class last night and it was glorious. I learned tons! I was worried that the class would make me feel stressed out about going into labour, but instead the opposite happened. I wasn't overly concerned about the labour process before and I'm even less concerned now. I know it's not going to be fun, but I'm just so excited to meet our baby.

2. My brother left yesterday for Ottawa — via Vancouver — for his last semester of his undergrad. Here's a picture of us on Tuesday:


3. My mother and sister are throwing me a baby shower next weekend and, instead of buying me random baby things, the guests are going to buy me cloth diapers. I'm so excited about the shower and the diapers! 

4. Today is the last day to vote in my poll. Right now most people think we're having a boy.

5. My sister and I have decided to have a reality TV fest every Monday night. She doesn't have a TV so I will PVR all her favourite shows and then we will watch them together and have sisterly bonding time. 

6. Peter has the day off today so we're going to the Downtown Historic Walking Tour to learn more about Prince George. Peter loves history and I love walking tours so we're both looking forward to it.

7. Peter's cousin is getting married this weekend in Calgary. I'm so sad we can't go! Peter is working on Monday and, with the baby due in three weeks, we decided a 12-hour drive each way is not a good idea.

More quick takes here.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thankful Thursday (16)


Today I am thankful for:

• Having Internet access again.
• Our home being completely unpacked and organized. 
• Peter having a job that allows him to be home in time for dinner and sometimes lunch as well.
• Spending time with my family before Paul leaves for Ottawa.
• My cats adjusting to their new home.
• All the free mommy and baby activities available in Prince George.
• My mother-in-law's upcoming visit.
• Another of my former coworkers finding a full-time job. 
• Hearing that our friend is expecting a baby.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Even More Random Things

• Can you believe that our baby is due in 3 1/2 weeks? I can't believe it either!

• Strangely, I spent the first half of my pregnancy thinking and hoping that we were having a girl because I always pictured myself having a baby girl. Then I spent the second half of my pregnancy thinking and hoping we were having a boy because boys are so much fun and I am totally in love with our boy's name (our girl's name is glorious, but our boy's name is particularly glorious). And now I have no idea whether we're having a boy or a girl and I really do not mind. I know we will be thrilled either way.

• I really wanted our baby to be a Roots of Empathy volunteer, but he or she will not be old enough when the program starts in October. I am very disappointed! 

• My doctor recommended that I sleep on my left because it can improve my blood flow. I've started propping myself up on a mountain of pillows and it's surprisingly comfortable.

• Peter gave his family a tour of our home on Skype by carrying around our laptop and it worked surprisingly well. I will post photos of our new home soon!

• Laura and I drove to my parents' house last night to see my brother who is leaving to go back to Ottawa tomorrow for university. We were trying to think of the last time that our immediate family spent time together just the five of us and the last time we could remember was Christmas 2005 when my parents' home was still under construction and I was still in grad school. That was a long time ago! 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Random Things

• Peter practised his play-by-play skills at the Spruce Kings training camp intrasquad game yesterday. His first game is Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. and you can listen to him over the Internet here. Here's a photo from yesterday:


Doesn't he look professional?

• My friend Caroline and cousin Andrew came down from Mackenzie to visit yesterday. They met at our wedding and now they are the cutest couple ever. Here is the evidence:


• Our baby room is completely set up. All we need now is a baby!

• Even with my revised due date, by this time next week I will be considered "full term." I'm so excited.

• Peter and I are in the process of finding a new church. Prince George has four Catholic churches and each has several masses so this could be a long process. We did the same thing in Ottawa when we moved in together and we ended up going to a lovely church.

• I rejoined Facebook on Saturday and I already have 84 friends!

• I found a book club for mothers in Prince George. Hopefully it is glorious as my Ottawa book club. The September book is A Long Way Gone. I haven't read the book yet but I did interview the author for an article five years ago.

• My brother is leaving for Ottawa on Thursday to finish his last semester. I'm going to miss him!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

36 Weeks



Inanimate comparison: Honeydew.

Maternity clothes: I'm still wearing my non-maternity leggings. I'll see if they still fit in four weeks.

Stretch marks: None.

Sleep: I had one really bad sleep this week, one really good sleep and five medium sleeps. 

Best moment this week: Finishing unpacking. Having dinner with Peter every night.

Miss anything: I'm feeling very content this week.

Movement: Still lots. My doctor warned me that the baby may stop kicking as much as he or she runs out of room.

Cravings: None.

Sickness: Other than having sore ribs from all the baby kicks, I'm feeling great.

Gender: Still a surprise.

Labour signs: None.

Symptoms: None.

Belly button: Stretched and strange-looking.

Wedding rings: Still on.

Happy or moody: Very happy.

Looking forward to: Meeting our baby. I'm counting the days.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Menu (1)

I've decided to start making weekly menus. Most of the recipes we found through the best website ever. Here's what we're going to eat this week:

Saturday:
Barbecued Pork
Barbecued Vegetables
Beet Salad

Sunday:
Penne Spinach Bake
Salad

Monday:
Chicken with Bacon and Pasta
Green beans

Tuesday:
Tomato Zucchini Casserole

Wednesday:
Ham and Cheese Frittata
Salad

Thursday:
Leftovers

Friday:
Dinner out at North 54
(Big thanks to my brother-in-law for the gift certificate!)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (16)



1. We moved in last Saturday and our house is completely unpacked. It's amazing how much work you get done when you have no Internet and no TV! On Saturday we had three helpers.

Paul hung up pictures.


Laura took Lola out for a constitutional. 


And Caroline had a nap on the grass. 


Actually, Laura and Caroline also worked extremely hard. I was just negligent in my photographer duties at that time. 

2. My parents were away on a hiking trip last weekend so they couldn't help with the unpacking. They showed up just in time for the barbecue.


Peter is an amazing cook. I am so spoiled.


Sadly my sister-in-law Andrea was at work on Saturday, but here's the rest of the family:


And here's one of the siblings:


3. I had my first B.C. prenatal checkup on Tuesday.
Here is the good news: The baby is healthy, I am healthy and everything looks great. The baby is even the right way up!
Here is the bad news: The doctor changed my due date. Boo hiss! At my first prenatal appointment in Ottawa in January, my doctor said I was due on Sept. 23. (That date was corroborated by the Internet.) Then when I went for my 18-week ultrasound, my doctor revised my due date to Sept. 22. Now the B.C. doctor said by her calculations I'm due on Sept. 24.

4. Expectant parent fail: When we were setting up the baby's room we came across a bunch of oddly shaped baby items that our family and friends have given us. We couldn't figure out what they were!

Here's Peter modelling the strange items:


5. My mother-in-law is coming to visit on Oct. 10. I am already excited! Even with my revised due date, we will definitely have a baby by that time. The last day the baby could possibly be born is Oct. 8. One benefit of having an overdue baby is that we're eligible for B.C. health insurance as of Oct. 1. The strangest thing would be if I go into labour on Sept. 30 and give birth on Oct. 1. Ontario would pay for my labour and B.C. would pay for the birth!

6. My project for one of my professors was due this week. I spent three days working at the public library because we didn't have Internet access until today. Peter dropped me off each day before he went to work at 8:30 a.m. Unfortunately, the library doesn't open until 10 a.m. so I had to sit outside and leech off the wireless Internet like a hobo. At least the weather was warm!

7. We've already met several of our neighbours. Everyone is so friendly. Coincidentally, the woman who lives across the street is from Winnipeg and so is the woman who lives two doors down. Peter is surrounded by his countrywomen!

More quick takes here.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I'm Still Here . . .

. . . I just don't have Internet access yet.

The move went really well and I love our new house. Peter did such a wonderful job picking it out!

I'll post more on Friday when, God willing, we'll have Internet access again.

For now, here's a vintage photo of Lola for you to enjoy:


Sunday, August 19, 2012

35 Weeks


Inanimate comparison: Coconut.

Maternity clothes: I'm starting to outgrow some of my maternity shirts!

Stretch marks: Still none.

Sleep: Very bad.

Best moment this week: Moving into our new home!

Miss anything: Sleeping for eight hours straight.

Movement: Our baby had a quiet day on Wednesday and it was very strange and unusual. Other than that he or she has been her usual active self.

Cravings: None, but my appetite has returned.

Sickness: None.

Gender: Still a surprise.

Labour signs: None.

Symptoms: None.

Belly button: Very stretched.

Wedding rings: Still on.

Happy or moody: Happy and excited.

Looking forward to: Unpacking our belongings. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (15)


1. This is my 100th post. Here are some pictures of our cats celebrating this feat:




Don't they look excited?

2. Here are some glorious photos of my friend Caroline's visit:


 


3. Peter and I were laying in bed a couple of nights ago and we heard a huge smash. I knew that one of the cats was the culprit so I went downstairs to investigate. After I cleaned up the mess, I had two items of good news and two items of bad news to share with Peter.
Bad news: Mango had obviously been on the counter and Mango knows she is not allowed on the counter. I knew Mango was to blame because Big Papi is too afraid to go downstairs and Lola can't jump that high.
Good news: Mango broke a cheap glass vase. I was so worried she had shattered one of my mother's treasures!
Bad news: I couldn't find the light switch so I walked right through the glass.
Good news: Through some miracle, I didn't cut myself.

4. In the past week, my sister Laura and I have both dreamed that I am having a boy. This is really odd since I seldom have dreams and Laura has really strange dreams where she visits the same mall that she's never been to in real life.

5. Our cross-Canada move ended up being about $1,500 cheaper than we thought it was going to be. It was cheaper than the price quote, even when we added the three weeks of storage. What a blessing!

6. We get the keys to the new house later today and move in tomorrow morning. I've driven by the house twice, but I still haven't seen the inside. Our realtor emailed me to tell me she's always nervous when a husband buys a house without his wife, but she's sure I'm going to like this house. I'm sure too!

7.  The Blue Bombers won again. Peter is so happy. Strangely, I've only watched two second halves this season and both were come-from-behind wins. (They were also the Bombers' only two wins.) I must be good luck! 

More quick takes here.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thankful Thursday (15)



Today I am thankful for:

• My friend Caroline coming to visit.
• My brother's visit to the doctor today. He's finally healthy!
• Our new house. We move in on Saturday.
• Peter no longer having to commute after tomorrow. When we move into the new house he'll have 2 1/2 hours more free time each day.
• Peter's side gig as the voice of the Spruce Kings.
• My parents for letting us stay here for a month.
• My sister, brother and friend Caroline volunteering to help us unpack on Sunday.
• A very kicky baby.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

More Random Things

• My Mom's girlfriend said I looked "round and red" in my new maternity dress. What a hilarious and accurate description! Here is photographic evidence of my roundness and redness:


• My friend Caroline is coming to visit tonight and I am so excited! I haven't seen her since our wedding last summer, which is where she met my cousin Andrew who is now her boyfriend. Andrew is fighting forest fires in Fort St. John so he is sadly not coming to visit.

• I made pastry for the first time yesterday and it was delicious and surprisingly easy. My mother and I made a steak pie to freeze for when the baby is born. I even made a pastry cat face to put on top of the pie. I am becoming much more domestic!

• Peter has written some glorious stories about the Northern Gateway pipeline over the past few days. You can read them here, here, here and here.

• I miss the Olympics already. This will shock anyone who knew me before I met Peter, when I wasn't a sports fan at all!

• Our cats have made themselves right at home and have now surpassed my parents' dog in the house hierarchy. Poor Jesse won't even go down the hallway if one of the cats blocks her way.

• My next doctor's appointment has already been postponed twice.

• My mother is trying to get us hooked on Downton Abbey. We watched the first episode last night.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Random Things

• Saturday was Peter's 31st birthday. Here's a glorious photo of us celebrating with my parents. Peter is wearing his "Established in 1981" shirt from his mother and showing off his Pete the Cat book from my mother:


• Here's a hilarious and embarrassing story: I went for a walk with my Dad to his friend's house on Friday. My Dad is not a great walking companion because he tends to walk at his own pace and ignore everyone else's limitations. His friend's house is up a huge hill and by the time I got to the top, my Dad had gone through the gate and was talking to his friend. I walked up to the gate and was shocked to realize that I couldn't fit through! I stood helplessly at the gate until my Dad's friend noticed me standing there and opened up the horse entrance for me. Apparently at eight months pregnant, I am no longer a person, I am a horse!

• On a related topic, Peter and I both looked up our Olympic Body Matches on the BBC website. Apparently Peter is built like a swimmer and, at eight months pregnant, I am built like a male soccer player.

• Peter and I played my parents' British version of Trivial Pursuit on Saturday night and we were completely useless. We're usually pretty good at Trivial Pursuit. (Peter is especially good and always beats me.) The Saturday game took forever and everyone else was in bed by the time we amended the rules enough to declare a winner.

• Our baby now has a Winnipeg Jets jersey, Winnipeg Jets slippers and Winnipeg Jets soothers. I think the chance of him or her becoming a Vancouver Canucks fan is becoming slimmer and slimmer!

• I'm thinking of rejoining Facebook to keep in touch with my Ottawa friends, but I'm still weighing the pros and cons.

• I did the Saturday New York Times crossword last week for the first time in ages. I hate the Saturday crossword because it is too hard for me so I end up looking up esoteric American cultural references on the Internet. This week's edition included "Longtime Tanglewood Figure" (Ozawa) and "Like President James K. Polk" (Eleventh). Yikes!

• Peter and I are going to the Vanderhoof Fall Fair on Friday so he can get the whole Vanderhoof experience before our move on Saturday.

• Also, because the cat content of this blog post is dangerously low, here's a picture of Lola, our very large tortoiseshell, squeezing herself into a very small box:

Sunday, August 12, 2012

34 Weeks


Inanimate comparison: A butternut squash. Large and delicious!

Maternity clothes: I can still fit into my pre-pregnancy leggings.

Stretch marks: None, which is kind of surprising.

Sleep: I had one really bad night this week but the rest of the week has been medium.

Best moment this week: Generally feeling happy and content for the first time in a long time.

Miss anything: Ottawa. Having a job.

Movement: Tons. Our baby is extremely active.

Cravings: None.

Sickness: None.

Gender: I dreamed last night that we were having a boy! Six more weeks . . .

Labour signs: None.

Symptoms: None.

Belly button: Stretched but still in.

Wedding rings: Still on.

Happy or moody: Happy and content.

Looking forward to: Next Saturday when we move into our new house.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (14)


1. Sad news: Baby Beluga died this week. I was obsessed with that Raffi song when I was a little girl. I was about 1 1/2 when my Auntie Jane was expecting my cousin Don and my Mom was expecting my sister Laura and I forced both of them to listen to that song constantly. It is a glorious song though!

2. Peter and I had our first appointment with our new family doctor yesterday. We had a lowest blood pressure competition and Peter won. He also won the height competition (shocking, I know!) and the weight competition (phew!) I have to go back next week for my first B.C. prenatal appointment. 

3. Peter is going to be the play-by-play announcer for the Prince George Spruce Kings for all their home games. I can't wait to hear him on the radio!  

4. I was very sad last week when I found out that all the Prince George prenatal classes were full. But yesterday I heard that enough couples have inquired about classes in August and September that the instructor is going to run another class. I'm excited!

5. I now have a hyphenated last name on my driver's licence. Fifteen-letter last names are the most glorious names of all names!

6. Here are three sweaters my extremely talented mother knit for our baby:


7. My sister, my mother and I had lunch together yesterday. I can't remember the last time the three of us hung out together by ourselves. It's been at least three years. My sister is pet-sitting for four dogs and two cats so we went to visit her.

More quick takes here.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thankful Thursday (14)


Today I am thankful for:

• My brother feeling better.
• The new dresses my mother made for me.
• Continuing to feel happy and healthy in my 33rd week of pregnancy.
• Our new house. Nine more days until we move in!
• Seeing old friends again.
• How nice my parents' dog is being to our cats.
• Spending today with my mother and sister. 
• Finding a doctor in Prince George. I have my first appointment today.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

So What Do You Do?

I've met a lot of people over the past few weeks. My mother has been an elementary school teacher here on and off since before I was born so she seems to know everyone in town. Everywhere we go, she introduces me to people.

Most of them have heard our saga, but those who haven't always ask me one of two questions:

1. Why are you moving to Prince George?

2. What do you do?

The answer to the first question is easy: My husband got a job in Prince George.

But I always struggle with the second question.

I don't mind telling people that we lost our jobs, but it seems a little heavy for small talk. And telling people that I used to be a journalist always prompts more questions.

People also get confused when I tell them I'm in law school because the nearest law school is five hours away. Then I have to explain how and when I'm going to finish my degree, which again seems a little complicated for small talk.

And, because I don't have a baby in my arms yet, I can't really tell people I'm a stay-at-home mother.

This is strange for me because I've always identified myself by my job and I've never been unemployed before.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Glorious Video

This hilarious YouTube video is way more glorious than anything I could possibly write today. So enjoy!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Random Things

• Here's some crazy news: My brother has malaria. He volunteered at an orphanage in Ghana earlier this summer and he's been sick on and off ever since. Just after he got back from Europe last week, he got extremely sick and ended up in hospital. Thankfully, he's being treated now and he's starting to feel better. He was released from hospital yesterday.

• I set a new personal best for a New York Times Monday crossword today: nine minutes and 22 seconds. Yesterday, I almost set a new personal worst when I took more than two hours to finish the Sunday crossword.

• Peter and I went canoeing down the river with my parents yesterday and it was glorious.

• A few nights ago, Peter and I woke up in the middle of the night when we heard something beeping. We couldn't figure out where the noise was coming from so we assumed it was in the attic above our bedroom. We woke up my Dad to investigate and then we realized that it was the carbon monoxide detector from our Ottawa house that I had packed in my luggage. It was beeping because it hadn't been plugged in since I got to B.C. I felt like an idiot!

• Peter had a glorious one-month review at his new job. I don't want to embarrass him so I won't post the comments. But I am very proud!

• In other Peter news, he has a talent for saying exactly what the sports announcers are going to say about 30 seconds before they say it. It is hilarious!

• Here is a picture of me in my new maternity dress that my mother made:

Sunday, August 5, 2012

33 Weeks


Inanimate comparison: Durian fruit. I love this comparison because durians are hilarious and look just like weapons.

Maternity clothes: My Mom just made me a new maternity dress!

Stretch marks: None.

Sleep: Still horrible.

Best moment this week: Spending time with Peter and my family.

Miss anything: I'm still missing my Ottawa friends.

Movement: Lots. I think our baby likes the Olympics.

Cravings: None.

Sickness: None.

Gender: Now I think we might be having a boy. Only seven more weeks until we'll know for sure.

Labour signs: None.

Symptoms: None.

Belly button: Very stretched.

Wedding rings: Still on.

Happy or moody: Happy.

Looking forward to: Moving into our new house.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions

When you're pregnant, people ask you a lot of questions. Here are some of the questions:

1. When are you due?
Sept. 22. 

2. How are you feeling?
Great. I've had an easy pregnancy and I feel very blessed.

3. Is this your first baby?
Yes.

4. Is this your parents' first grandchild?
Yes. This will be the first grandchild for both my parents and Peter's parents.

5. Are you having a boy or a girl?
We don't know

6. Do you think you're having a boy or girl?
I used to think we were having a girl. Now I'm not sure.

7. Do you want a boy or a girl?
I know this is cliche, but we'll honestly be thrilled with either.

8. Have you had any weird cravings?
I haven't had a craving for months, but earlier in my pregnancy I craved apples, grilled cheese sandwiches, egg salad, hummus and ice cream, but not together.

9. Have you had any weird food aversions?
I went through a short phase early in my pregnancy where I didn't feel like eating meat. That passed very quickly, thankfully.

10. Did you have morning sickness?
No. I feel so lucky.

11. What are you going to do about law school?
I'm going to take a year off to take care of the baby and go back in September 2013. 

12. Have you picked names?
Yes

13. What are the names?
You'll have to wait and see.

14. Was your pregnancy planned?
Yes. The pregnancy is probably the only thing that's happened in our life in 2012 that was planned.
(And yes, people do ask me this!)

15. How much weight have you gained?
Almost 20 pounds. I gained weight very quickly and then it leveled off a few months ago. 

16. Are you going to have a natural birth?
I'm going to try, but I'm not going to feel like a failure if I don't. 
As my mother, who had three natural births, told me earlier this week: "You don't have anything to prove."

17. Are you planning to breastfeed?
Yes.

18. What are you going to do with the cats when the baby is born?
They will adapt. If they can cope with a 4,300-kilometre journey, they can cope with a new baby. We'll just keep them out of the baby's room and everything will be fine.

19. How many kids are you planning to have?
We'd love more than one, but we don't have a set number in mind. 

20. When are you having your next baby?
We have no idea.
(Only my mother has asked me this!)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Seven Quick Takes (13)


1. I'm trying to talk my family into entering a team in the Prince George Iceman next year. The Iceman is a relay race with a eight-kilometre ski, 10-kilometre run, five-kilometre skate, five-kilometre run and 800-metre swim. We did it as a family years ago with my Dad skiing, Paul and Laura running, me skating and my Mom swimming. (Mom and I are definitely the weak links in the family. I inherited my lack of athletic ability from her.) This time, since Paul will be away at university, I was thinking my Dad could ski again, Laura and I could run, Peter could skate and my Mom could swim. (The weak links would remain the same.)  So far only Peter is keen, but I have six months to talk the rest of them into it.

2. My Mom has already knit three tiny sweaters for our baby. She's now taking a break from knitting for her grandchild to knit for her girlfriend's grandchild. Unlike my lack of athletic ability, I did not inherit my mother's amazing creative talents.

3. At mass on Sunday, Father Doug announced that Peter and I were celebrating our first anniversary and everyone clapped and cheered. He's the priest who married us last year here in my home parish. Peter was a little worried when he found out he was a Saskatchewan Roughrider fan!

4. After a week of eating the delicious fruits and vegetables from my parents' garden, I'm so excited to start our own next year. We decided we're going to begin with things like potatoes and rhubarb that are relatively easy to grow and then, if we're successful, we can expand from there.

5. I have a new philosophy when it comes to buying footwear: I have to spend money to save money. I hate spending money, especially on myself, so I've been buying the cheapest winter boots and cheapest sandals for years. The problem is that I have to replace them routinely, which ends up costing me more. When my sister came to visit, she brought her sandals that she's had since high school. (She also hates spending money.) I was amazed and impressed they lasted so long! 

6. One of the best things about our new home, according to Peter, is that the backyard is perfect for a skating rink. He's already excited about building our baby his or her own rink. Too bad he'll have to wait three years. 

7. My brother is sick. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

More quick takes here.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thankful Thursday (13)


Today I am thankful for:

• My mother and brother arriving home from Europe safely early yesterday morning.
• Celebrating my first anniversary with Peter.
• Peter getting tomorrow off work instead of Monday so he can watch the entire Blue Bombers game. 
• My cats getting along so well now that they are united by a common enemy
• Another of my professors hiring me to do some work for him. I'm so grateful for all these opportunities.
• Our new house. We take possession in 16 days.
• All the fresh fruit and vegetables from my parents' garden. I have been picking and eating raspberries and strawberries every day.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Random Things

• Here is a glorious photo of my brother-in-law Mike pyramid-waterskiing with his friends at Peter's parents' cottage:


• Peter and I were looking through his baby book earlier this week. One of the questions in the book was "What pet would you like to have?" and his answer was "A cat." What foreshadowing!

• All the Prince George pre-natal classes in August and September are full so Peter and I have to take a private class. The only class with space available is on my due date. Boo hiss!

• One of my Mom's girlfriends took me out for lunch yesterday because my family was away and Peter was at work. What a sweetheart!

• I just discovered the hard way that my parents have a car alarm on their vehicle. Oops!

• Peter and I went to the grocery store on Saturday to pick up a few items. We couldn't find any Coke so I asked a person who I thought was a grocery store employee but turned out to be a Pepsi salesman. Oops! Surprisingly, he was extremely helpful.

• Over the past three weeks, I haven't been able to sleep for eight hours in a row. I'm a little alarmed to think that the next time I'll get that luxury might be when our baby becomes a toddler!

• I emailed WestJet to say how happy I was that the pilot showed me a picture of Big Papi and Lola in cargo and a representative wrote me back to thank me for my note and wish me and Peter all the best "with the little one about to bless your lives." WestJet is the best!

• I participated in Snapshots on a Sunday by submitting a photo of one of my cats. (I know you're shocked I picked a cat picture!) Peter actually took the photo because Peter is awesome at photography and Lola likes him the best.

• Speaking of Peter being awesome, are these not the most beautiful anniversary flowers you've ever seen?


I am so lucky to be married to Peter!