that time the mosquitos wouldn't leave us alone

Here we are on our last hike as a family of four! 

I was hoping the high elevation (~10,000') would somehow kick me into labor, but alas, that did not happen. 

More to come on that later. :)

Instead we just dodged mosquitoes and enjoyed the cool mountain air. Though our hike was more of a meander with frequent stops, it still felt really awesome to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Also, big thanks to my husband for putting up with a 39 week pregnant lady asking to go up to elevation for a hike. I'm pretty sure my doctor wouldn't have loved the idea, but he was a trooper and hauled us all up there. 

the things people ask pregnant women

Here are some things I've heard this week, the week after my due date.

"Oh my, when is your due date?!" 

"You must be expecting a girl." 

"You must be hating this hot weather we're having!" isn't everyone hating the 100 degree temperatures?

"Have you tried drinking castor oil?" no thanks, violent diarrhea sounds terrible

"Have you been having any contractions?" yes, maybe, kinda, I'll let you know when I'm in labor

"I bet you'll be glad to wear something besides the same maternity clothes all the time" yup

"Have you tried acupuncture?"

"Your tummy is hard" yep, fully filled with a baby at this point

"Have you lost all modesty at this point?"

"Is this your first?" haha, nope

"My sister swears by eggplant parmesan to start labor."

"Can I touch your belly?" luckily this was my friend, so it was extra sweet that she asked

Well, no baby news over here to speak of. I did want to show a few more pictures of the baby's nursery. Here is a link to Elinor's old nursery in Montana. Chloe's was designed pre-blog! Speaking of which, I'm about to celebrate 5 years of blogging!! That's kind of a big anniversary and I didn't even realize it until I just looked it up. I should probably do something special to commemorate it here, but chances are I'll just be in the newborn haze. More to come on that later! 

adventures in northern california

I finally got our travel video completed for our Northern California trip! This time around I wasn't as focused on filming everything, but I still managed to get about 8 minutes of content. Enjoy!

a festive schmorgasbord

Ready for some slightly old photos and a recap of a holiday from 10 days ago? Coming right at ya!

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. While, I could really do without the summer heat, it's still a great reminder that the country we live in is great and worth celebrating. Also, who doesn't love fireworks?! This is the first time we've been at home for the holiday since we moved back to Colorado. Usually we are camping up in the mountains in Montana with family this time of year. You can read about our adventures last year here.

So this year, instead of driving 10 hours away from my doctor and our hospital at 38 weeks pregnant, we celebrated at home. Our neighborhood has a kid parade along our main street followed up my popsicles at the community pool. It sounded like the perfect, close to home activity to celebrate the holiday.  The kiddos were encouraged to decorate their bikes.  The last time I was in Target, I tried to stock up on red, white, and blue stuff to decorate their bikes with. Also, the standard patriotic Old Navy t-shirt was almost the uniform of choice for most kids.

I think we made a pretty decent run at being patriotic for the holiday. I was even able to dig out a color appropriate shirt out of my rapidly dwindling supply of maternity clothes that still fit. My belly is definitely not fitting into all of my maternity clothes anymore. 

sidenote: still pregnant, fitting in even less clothes........

While the 'burbs get a bad rap from a lot of people (read: young people without kids), I am really starting to enjoy living here. Having young kids in a neighborhood full of other young kids and families is super nice. There are tons of walking paths and pocket parks tucked into each little neighborhood. Pretty much every night we are out taking a walk and we see lots of other families doing the same thing. The sidewalks are large enough for two bikes or two scooters and with big mature trees, we are able to enjoy the shade even if the sun is still up. 

Don't get me wrong though, if we had the choice, we'd take a little farm in Montana over the suburbs of Colorado any day. But our jobs keep us here and for now we are happy growing our little family in the 'burbs.

Speaking of growing, did you see that sidenote up there? No baby yet! My due date is tomorrow and I'm SOOO ready to meet this little one. I haven't ever gone this far in my pregnancies before and so it's all uncharted territory at this point. Also, I'm getting really sick of people trying to tell me all these things to do to start labor. Yes, I know (wink wink) what I should be doing, but medical science still doesn't understand what actually starts labor, so neither do you.

Can you tell I'm done? Haha. I apologize to anyone who has been around me for the past week or so. I have very little patience these days...

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!!