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Moose!

Another reason I love living in Alaska. She’s just hanging out in our side frontyard.

Photo by John McDonald

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River

River is trying to crawl. He’s 4 months old — someone tell him to slow things down! He’s awfully damn adorable though. See for yourself.

I can lift my upper body! (11/9/10)

Whassat? (11/9/10)

Hi!!!! (11/9/10)

Happy Halloween!

This year, I took the two older kids trick-or-treating up and down our street. They had a lot of fun, were extremely adorable, and were overjoyed about their candy loot. I have a feeling that JR will be asking to go trick-or-treating every day for a while to come.

JR & Camilla, Halloween 2010

River, Halloween 2010

Growing Up

The kids were looking for John when they first woke up today. Here’s one interaction.

JR: Where’s daddy?
Me: At work.
JR: *sigh*
Me: He’ll be home in 3 tomorrows.
JR: *sigh* I know. It’s ok. I take care of you.

I almost cried.

Sibs

They’re exhausted here, but it shows that it’s not always rivalry between them.

JR & Camilla chillin' in the easy chair

Anticipating Baby

Hi, Baby McDonald #3.  This is your story.

I found out I was pregnant with you in a WalMart bathroom in San Antonio, TX, at the end of our coast trip with your daddy’s family.  I was shocked, to say the least.  I was finally able to tell your father about 45 minutes later.  I held up the test and asked him if he thought that looked like a plus sign.  He was shocked, too.

It’s not that we didn’t want you, and aren’t ecstatic to have you.  But, you see, your sister Camilla had just turned 7 months old.  I wasn’t expecting you, but am beyond thrilled to have you in our lives.  Clearly you were destined for our family.

You gave me a scare at 13 weeks (just like your brother and sister did).  Whereas I had a subchorionic hemorrhage with them, I actually had a tiny amniotic fluid leak with you.  That scared the crap out of me.  I was on edge for weeks, terrified of losing you.  I actually spent a great deal of the pregnancy worried that you were going to come early.  There’s no danger of that, as I started writing this the day I hit 41 weeks.  Clearly you are stubborn.

The pregnancy itself was pretty uneventful, for which I am grateful.  I’ve been in great health, and you have too.  JR is amazing, and you’re going to love having him as a big brother.  He’s so kind and sweet, smart and funny, and a million other fantastic things.  Camilla is pretty awesome too.  She’s a feisty, bright, willful, adventurous little girl who brings us all a smile.

I don’t know where to start to tell you how lucky you are to have the father that you do.  Maybe that will be a different story altogether.  I’ll leave it at this for now:  I’m lucky to have married my best friend and bore his children.  Really lucky.  Wait.  Not lucky — blessed.

Your due date was approaching, and I was starting to fret about my limited mobility.  We had just bought our first house, and your daddy had to pack the old house and move all by himself.  Then there was a fire on the road to the mine, and he had to take a week off which turned out to be okay because he was able to finish moving and cleaning.  We thought for sure that you’d make an entrance right after that, but no.  I’d had some Braxton Hicks contractions, but no signs of labor.  On your due date, June 25th, I had my OB’s nurse do a (very quick) membrane sweep.  I was barely 1.5 cm at that point.  With some help, I lost my mucus plug the next day, and started having bloody show the day after.

Then things stalled.

There was a lot of walking involved.  We all saw Toy Story 3 at some point.  There was a day we all walked up to Denny’s (with daddy pulling JR & Camilla in the wagon) for breakfast and back to the house.  There have been about a million trips to WalMart to walk around, probably resulting in the purchase of more crap than we ever thought we needed.  I figured out you were facing the wrong way — you were sunny-side-up, occiput posterior — and knew that you were going to have to turn around if I had a hope of ever getting you out.

I started doing all the things from Spinning Babies.  I have spent most of the last week on all fours, tushy up in the air, trying to encourage you to turn.  I felt drained, like I would be pregnant forever.  I was also starting to be in immense pain, so I scheduled a chiropractic appointment with Dr. Bill McAfee.  On July 1 (at 40w6d), he gave me an amazing sacral adjustment and did the Webster technique.  I had a contraction immediately upon standing up.  I felt you wiggling.  I had contractions all day and night, feeling you wiggle with them all.  The adjustment/technique opened up my pelvis and loosened up my uterine ligaments.  I felt fabulous and re-energized, and even got a good night’s sleep.

Today is July 2nd.  Today I am 41 weeks.  Today you turned around.  Today is also your (middle) namesake’s birthday.  Happy birthday, Uncle Darrell!  45 years ago, my mother gave birth to him.  Today I hope to give birth to you.  We’re all eager to meet you!

Home!

We are homeowners! We signed the paperwork on John’s 35th birthday (May 27th — happy birthday, my darling!) and got the keys the next day. It’s amazing having our own place. Amazing.

It’s a gorgeous 3 bedroom 2 bath home in an established older neighborhood in central Fairbanks. It has a lovely fenced backyard, and I have three beautiful lilac trees (two white, one purple) and a couple spruce on the property. There are two bedrooms upstairs, a guest bathroom, the living room, and the kitchen/dining area.

The basement is fully finished, and it houses the third bedroom, master bath, laundry area, and second living room. The larger bedroom upstairs is our main sleeping quarters, and the second bedroom is for the kids. The “master bedroom” downstairs is going to be used as the playroom. The second living room is going to serve double duty as John’s office and my crafting corner. The kitchen makes me insanely happy, with its solid surface countertop and stainless steel five-star energy-rated appliances. Actually, the whole house makes me insanely happy. I love our house.

We picked out a living room set (dark chocolate leather reclining matching sofa and loveseat) that should be in stock in about six weeks, and I picked out a lovely dark chocolate rocker/recliner for my crafting corner. The old leather loveseat we have now is going into the playroom. I decided that I’m going to stain all of my existing accessories (end tables, coffee table, tv stand, kids’ chairs, dining chairs) a cherry/mahogany/dark chocolate color. The walls will eventually change from the cafe au lait tan they are now to something more… vibrant. I’m thinking a citrus-y yellow in the living room, a key lime green accent wall in the kitchen, maybe a warm brick red accent wall in the living room. The bedroom right now is a pale sky blue with brown trim, and while I like that there is color, I’m going to change that too, though am undecided as to what it will become. For John’s sake, I will leave my craft corner/his office the cafe au lait tan it is, but the playroom is going to be bold. There might be four different colors (one for each wall), one main bold color with accent pieces painted directly onto the walls, or anything in between. I want it colorful though. A lifetime in rentals with white walls has always gone against my nature. I may even take up painting again to be able to change up the accents for each of my rooms. I’ve missed painting.

I haven’t been much help, I fear, in the moving process. Packing and toting have been difficult for me, what with being 37+ weeks pregnant. John has mostly been left to his own devices for packing the old place and lugging it all over here. Wildfires closed the road to the mine last week, so John was able to get more done since he had to stay home for the week. I did help by managing to get rid of a lot more items (for trash or donations) than I expected to be willing to let go of, and will continue to do so as more of our stuff makes its way over here. Maybe all that will have to wait until after baby comes.

Speaking of baby, I’m 37+ weeks pregnant, officially due June 25th yet I fully expect to deliver before then. We’re having a little boy, whose name has yet to be determined. I’ll be attempting a VBA2C and am quite excited to be done being pregnant. I’m actually “done” now, but apparently this little guy isn’t ready to be on the outside yet. Care to venture a guess as to when he’ll be here? Weight? Height? Maybe I’ll do a giveaway for whomever posits the closest guess!

We got internet and cable hooked up today, and that has helped quite a bit with entertaining not only me but the kids as well since the boy has been less than thrilled about John being back at work today. Yay for internet! I’ll have pictures of the house up eventually, I promise!

Awesome.

I can post from my new Android HTC Hero. John got it for me for Mother’s Day. I had a fantastic one, by the way. Hope you did too.

Photo update of the last couple months

JR at Tanana State Fair

JR at Tanana State Fair

Camilla Rose @ 7 mos old

Camilla Rose @ 7 mos old

Look at me standing!

Look at me standing!

My two favorite goofballs

My two favorite goofballs

In the ball pit at Bonkers

In the ball pit at Bonkers

JR in SeaTac airport on the way to TX

JR in SeaTac airport on the way to TX

Camilla at SeaTac on the way to TX

Camilla at SeaTac on the way to TX

At the beach at Port Aransas

At the beach at Port Aransas

JR & cousin Matthew in the pool at Port Aransas

JR & cousin Matthew in the pool at Port Aransas

My Beautiful Littles

Tanana State Fair - he loved this elephant ride!

Tanana State Fair - he loved this elephant ride!

Trying on glasses

Trying on glasses

Sitting pretty

Sitting pretty

Still sitting pretty

Still sitting pretty

Such a daddy's girl...

Such a daddy's girl...

Pulling up to standing for the first time!

Pulling up to standing for the first time!

Being a silly goofball (like his daddy)

Being a silly goofball (like his daddy)

My handsome little artist

My handsome little artist

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