Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My Baby

Now I know you all want to hear about my actual baby, but I still don't have one of those, so I'm going to post about the baby I have now:

my dog.

I have a pretty unhealthy relationship with my dog. When I moved to Paonia, he was my only friend, and all day long it was just me and Toby. I am very very attached to this dog.

And this morning he was hit by a car.

He's going to be fine, but for about 10 minutes I was a WRECK. I didn't see it happen; I just heard a series of very loud yelps and went outside to find him coming into our yard from the street, hopping around on his back legs and chest with his front legs folded under his body. I thought he'd broken his legs. I thought he had been run over. I thought my dog was dying. So I screamed and ran after him and got him into the car. I sobbed my way over to the vet, and then Toby walked in just fine (with a limp). The vet looked him over and listened to his lungs and determined that Toby ran head first into the passing car, and the head trauma caused disorientation, which was why he initially wasn't using his legs. So he's bleeding from the side of his mouth and 2 spots on his front leg, and he'll have a very bad headache for a while, but other than that the vet thinks he'll be fine. We just have to watch him and make sure his behavior stays normal. And he has to wear a huge cone to keep from licking his wounds.

He looks miserable, doesn't he?

The wound here at the bottom is pretty bad, but I didn't want to move him to get a good picture of it.

My poor baby.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Final Countdown

We are now into the single digits of days left before this baby's due. In 9 days, on October 3rd, I will be very disappointed if I still have no baby.

Things are progressing well. I've been having contractions since Sunday, so my body is already in practice mode. Monday night we even had a false alarm and drove to the hospital. My contractions came every 5 minutes for more than 3 hours, but it was still just nothing. sigh...

Yesterday I had a doctor's appointment, and I am only dilated to 1 but "very thin." It could be any day, or it could be 2 weeks from now. Who knows? Ryan's always hopeful she will come any minute so he can leave work, but I kind of don't want to miss the Mountain Harvest Festival this weekend.

Any guesses on when she'll come? Winner gets ... well nothing, but good for you if you get it right!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I think his tractor's sexy

Ryan had the time of his life on this tractor. We rented it from a place in town, and he drove it down the streets to our house to till our garden for next year. When he drove it back, Toby followed him the whole way!

Yeah, Ryan and Toby are BFF:

Oh, and here I am at 38 weeks. 13 days left until the due date! Yikes!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Shoes, glorious shoes

One of the big employers in town for many years was a Chaco factory. They make great hiking sandals and boots and sell good, quality shoes. Earlier this year, they shut down the local factory and outsourced to China. We bought our house from a couple that had to move because they lost their jobs. It was all very sad.


Ya know one benefit of a shoe factory closing? Sales. Lots of sales. I just found out yesterday that every Friday afternoon they open up to try to get rid of the last of their inventory. They don't have much left, but ya know what they have a lot of? Women's size 7. And I just happen to be a size 7.

Now, I know for a lot of you that generates feelings of "whoop-de-doo, big deal, eye roll," etc. But usually size 7 is the first to go because it's so common. I guess people here have big feet. Anyway, I got 3 pairs of shoes that would normally total for around $350 for $30, including the boots I have pictured here. Every pair of shoes is on sale for $10. They all have some kind of minor defect, but I couldn't find them on any of my shoes.

So if any of you size 7 women out there live in snowy weather or enjoy hiking or just want some good, cheap shoes, let me know before next Friday and I'll see what I can do!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Baby Shower

Last week some sisters in the ward threw me a baby shower at church. We had games, food, and of course presents -- what more can a pregger lady ask for?

Here we're playing the "guess what mashed up candy bar that looks like poop is in this diaper" game. I got them all right except for the Sugar Daddy. The most disgusting was definitely the Almond Joy.

And the food was yummy. Check out the babies-in-bed cake:

And here are a few pictures from opening presents. This first one is the sling a sister made me. And yes, that is Piglet -- another present. :)

And here is a gift from one of my laurels -- matching mommy and baby hats!

And last but not least, here is ONE of the homemade baby blankets I got. Isn't that amazing? These women make them like it's no big deal. It would take me years to actually finish one of these. Here it's already keeping baby warm.

19 days until the due date. Aack!

Monday, September 7, 2009

36 Weeks

Apparently the baby grandmas are very anxious to see how big she's getting. :)

So by popular demand, here I am at 36 weeks: