It’s been a rather exciting week between a surprise hospital run and Christmas festivities! I’d like to share some tidbits from my life last week as well as an accompanying photo recap with selections from my Instagram with you.
Don and I found out that our baby is breech at my 36 week doctor’s appointment a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been working on encouraging her to flip on her own with at home exercises as well as the help of wellness practitioners. When we went back for my 37 week check-up on Wednesday, we found out that not only had she not turned yet but my amniotic fluid levels were low. We were sent to the hospital to prep for delivery. The photo collage above on the left shows my nervous excitement and surprise checking into the hospital. When they scanned me again, they discovered my fluid levels had gone back up into the normal range so I was discharged. It was quite the whirlwind experience! I talk about it in more detail in this video if you’re interested.
After feeling pretty convinced we would have a December 23 baby, we were quite surprised and a bit relieved to be released from the hospital and not have to deliver our girl in an emergency situation. I’m happy she gets to cook a bit longer! It was also a blessing to be able to spend the holidays with our families. On Christmas Eve both sides of our extended families headed over to Don’s folk’s house for a delightfully festive celebration together. My mother-in-law, Suzanne, put out her traditional Christmas Eve spread of soups, fried fish, and seafood with the help of some elves. We feasted, exchanged gifts in a fun Secret Santa game, and sang Christmas carols together. It was an evening filled with laughter and love.
Don and I spent what will be our last Christmas morning as just a twosome together in our usual fashion. We enjoyed a leisurely morning exchanging gifts, drinking cocoa, and relaxing together. We share a look at what was in our stockings this year in this video if you’d like to see what we got. As much as I enjoy time with our families, it was nice to spend the morning quietly together with our pup after the excitement of the previous few days.
That evening Don and I headed to my parent’s house for Christmas dinner. My brother’s family was in town for the holidays. It was so nice to reconnect and be able to spend this special time of year with them. We always laugh so much when we’re together! We exchanged gifts and relaxed together. My Mom made her famous “fat chicken” and other delectable dishes for our Christmas feast. We are spoiled by all of the great food our family makes!
On Saturday, we took the family to see the Joffrey Ballet‘s The Nutcracker. This was the last year they put on their traditional performance as they’ve commissioned a whole new version for next year. Don and I have attended The Nutcracker every year since we’ve been married. I’m so happy we could share this beautiful holiday tradition with our family before the change. It was spectacular, as always! That evening we headed back to my parent’s house for a casual dinner with my family to spend more time with them before they headed back home Sunday morning. It was the perfect cap to a magical Christmas spent with loved ones!
On Sunday, Don and I spent the day prepping the house for the impending arrival of our little one, as she may very well come into the world this week. We got all of the holiday decor put away and the rest of her baby gear set up. I cleaned the house from top to bottom, did all of the laundry, and checked as much off my “To Do Before Baby” list as possible just in case. We feel ready and it’s just a matter of time now!
I vlogged a bit over the course of the Christmas celebrations:
I’d love to hear about your week and how you spent the holiday if you care to share.
I hope you enjoy the last week of 2015!
* This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *