This is pretty much the theme around here right now and the topic of everyone I talk to on the phone. I went to the doctor yesterday, and Adeline is still happy inside of me. We had an ultrasound to check her size and got to see her chubby little cheeks again :) She continues to show us who is boss and didn't do the practice breathing that the tech wanted to see until the very end of the ultrasound. I think we know who is going to run the show around our house once she's born and like my sister-in-law said "wonder who she gets that from..." (that'd be me). Next appointment is next Wednesday, but I'm hoping we won't need it.
While Andrew's been working to tie up some loose ends on work projects before she comes, I've been cleaning today. Perhaps this is that last surge of nesting before she comes or just the Type A in me that wants the house completely clean before it's full of our families. Either way the house is now clean! Thanks to friends who know all too well what it's like to spend countless hours at MUSC, I now have a 1000 piece puzzle I'm working on. It's a modern map of the USA with all the cities and states spelled out with letters from candy wrappers and such. Both my dad and Andrew said they'd pay me if I finish it before she's born, but it might just make me go crazy instead. Hours spent working on it and very little progress can be seen...oh well!
Thankfully Irene seems to have decided to not visit Charleston. A hurricane in the midst of a high-risk birth and heart surgery is definitely not what we needed. We'll probably get rain and wind but nothing too bad. Considering my brother and sister-in-law experienced the earthquake in Richmond, I think that fulfills my family's quota for natural disasters in one week. The waves are already noticeably bigger, and if I wasn't almost 40 weeks pregnant and the surfing type, perhaps you'd spot me out catching some waves. Instead I'll enjoy them while just walking on the beach.
The highlight of my week was having a nice visit from my sister and her youngest, Eli. Big brother Will stayed at home with Sam and got to spend the night at Gelle and Pops' house. It was Eli's first visit to the beach, and I'm pretty sure he loved it after being very confused about the sand at first. Of course he tried to eat it but wasn't quite able to get a good grasp on the sand to get it into his mouth. Gayle and I took a long walk on the beach and spent plenty of time by the pool. I think she was hoping for a little more excitement in that Adeline might come, but it just means she'll be back down here again soon!
Andrew and I went on probably our last date pre-baby last night. We went to see The Help at a theater that serves dinner - it was the best of both worlds! So for now we continue to wait on Miss Adeline and enjoy life at the beach. Thank you again to everyone for all of your love, prayers, and support. We can't wait to meet our little girl and introduce her to all of you!