A Beautiful Day in Seattle!

by Esther on Sun, Apr 25th, 2010

in Documentation,Pregnancy by week,Week 38

You can never trust what any weather forecast says about Seattle.  You only know it’s going to be a beautiful day when you look out your window and see a beautiful day!  Sometimes, on a dime, that beautiful day can change with quickness.  Likewise for the rain we are so well known for.  Sometimes there is a break in the gray when the misty clouds part and, suddenly, you are overcome with how gorgeous this Pacific NorthWest can really be.

Sadly, we haven’t had too many of the fully gorgeous PNW days lately.  We had to keep rescheduling our final pregnancy shoot with our friend Jana K due to fussy weather.  It’s been grey, rainy, and far too windy for comfort lately.  There was some sun yesterday, but oh man was it chilly and holy moly did that wind gust!  I was worried that today would show much of the same.

The forecast for today was grey and cloudy, with a high around 50.  Not good, but really the last day we would be able to get together with Jana before she goes out of town and we possibly give birth.  We decided to chance this morning, since it wasn’t supposed to be totally rainy.  We only had an hour free that we could all meet, but Milton and I live just a few blocks away from the Pike Market, and spend at least a small portion of every single day walking through those alleys and streets.  It was the perfect place for us to shoot a few photos and it’s literally right down the street.

Imagine our surprise when Seattle presented us with a BEAUTIFUL day!  It was almost too beautiful for photos as it approached noon and sunlight got a little too high, but Jana found some terrific spots!  This one is bound to become an all-time family favorite!  I almost cried just now when she sent it to us… then I decided to make-out with my husband instead.

Cuddling at the Market

After our shoot at the market, we hopped into a zip car to head out to Greenlake and take a walk around the lake with our doula, Cheryl Murfin.  She brought another lovely lady with her who is expecting her baby on May 6th.  We walked and walked .  I noticed right away that I could keep a pace that was much more vigorous than the turtle’s pace I’ve been sporting for some months.  I didn’t feel winded at all!  But, oops, I did have to pee a whole lot more than usual.  Cheryl thought that some of the pre-labor suspicions that I had were right on, which was really encouraging.  I’ve been a frenetic nesting crazy lady for the past 2 days, and my uterus is practicing contractions like crazy for a big big show.  Couple this with my being able to breathe, having to hit the bathroom a whole lot more, and the fact that I ate a HUGE brunch after our walk at Portage Bay (a feat I have not been able to accomplish for months), and I’d say that this baby is on his way to getting here on the sooner side of my due date.  (If I’m wrong, I’m wrong, and that’s fine too!)

SO, we went home and I started to cross things off my list of 12 final things.  Some friends came over and helped me set up our little patio a little better.  Then they left.  I wrote some thank you notes, took a nap, and woke up to more friends stopping by!  I cooked us a quick dinner and enjoyed the awesome company.  Now I’m looking around our little loft and thinking that I definitely should pack a hospital bag… which is a chore to me since I dread having to transfer to the hospital once this labor starts… but a family has gotta be prepared for anything!

I’m expecting more visitors tomorrow!  I love it that everyone is stopping by!  Also, I think that I’ll bump up all of the final beautifying appointments that I made for next Saturday to Tuesday and Wednesday.  I’d sure hate to go into labor without having my eye lashes dyed, hair tinted, or toe nails perfect.  Yes, people, I am serious.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jana Kleitsch Mon, Apr 26th, 2010 at 8:46 am

Awww, so happy we got some good shots and you didn’t have to freeze your bum off in the process! And that the photo induced making out. That is what I strive for!

Will be keeping close tabs on you for the next few weeks!!

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2 Esther Mon, Apr 26th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

We really can’t thank you enough, Jana! This pregnancy wouldn’t have been so well documented if it weren’t for your awesomeness!

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3 Jen Mon, Apr 26th, 2010 at 8:48 am

You just reminded me of how my aunt’s bag for the hospital contained her hair curler and hair drier along with make up bag. We all had a laugh, but I can see the comfort of it all for sure.

The photo looks great :D

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4 Esther Mon, Apr 26th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Now, see… I’m not doing any hair- even my own- until September! Hah.

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5 Liene Mon, Apr 26th, 2010 at 10:25 am

Pictures of you two radiate sweetness, and I can only imagine how much that’s about to be multiplied.

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6 Esther Mon, Apr 26th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

That is very kind of you to say! Thank you!

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7 kirsten Mon, Apr 26th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

You two are gorgeous — and so was Sunday’s weather!! I’m finally to that place in my second trimester where getting outside to exercise is fun again. I only hope I can keep the pace at 38 weeks that you have.

Congrats on all of it.

kirsten
(Issaquah, WA)

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8 Esther Mon, Apr 26th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

I couldn’t exercise at all during my first trimester! I was too dizzy and sick all the time. You’ll snap back into things just fine, I’m sure.

I will also say that I don’t have the vigorous yoga practice that I had prior to my pregnancy! Mostly long stretches and lots of balancing.

Thank goodness we had a day like yesterday to prepare us for the ick of today…

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9 Daniel Tue, Apr 27th, 2010 at 11:14 am

That is a great picture. I love it.

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