Well, it looks like Thomas (#4) has won the contest for earliest baby so far! He was born at exactly 37 weeks along, which is where I'm at today and there's no sign of baby girl coming now! My contractions picked up as the week went by, but I'm still feeling like I have some time. I'm hoping for the end of this week, but at the latest we'll probably be meeting her a week from Friday (around the 28th).
You can see that my belly is still growing, as are my feet, hands, and chin! I just have a good photographer daughter who was able to climb up higher than me for a better angle ;-) This is of course an old faithful outfit which has probably been worn monthly since Easter! Pretty soon it will be put away for awhile, since I don't think it will be nursing-friendly.
We had a great 3rd week here in town. We attended two Valentine parties, and the one on the actual holiday was held at a park and we had gorgeous weather! It was so nice to see all our dear friends. Everyone is so supportive and offering every means of help, from middle of the night babysitting to chasing my toddler down at the park. I can't explain how much that means to me right now, being in such a vulnerable time. Just knowing that I have family and friends ready to help at a moment's notice gives me a lot of peace.
Yesterday we finally celebrated Mary Clare's 11th birthday with a skating party and a few good friends. The girls have continued their ballet classes at our old studio here, which is a nice evening distraction. Steven arrived on Thursday night bearing Valentine flowers and worked just a half day on Friday. Friday evening we had a family date night at Outback, and today we went to Mass downtown, followed by a long lunch/dinner at a favorite Mexican restaurant with our good friends and all the kids.
I've got my doctor appointment tomorrow and a few little playdates planned. We'll see what else this week has in store!
Some iPhone pics from the past few days...
Valentine date night
Belly on Valentines
MC with her cake
Tommy, the 3yr old roller skating star!
MC and her godsister
Getting to spin the birthday wheel, and she won a t-shirt!
Singing (more photos on my camera I'll share later)
And saying goodbye to friends after our lunch this afternoon.
Thanks to Fine Linen and Purple for hosting the link up!