August is nearly here!

Only 2.5 weeks until we meet our baby! We're so excited. I've been easing Griffin into the idea of being a big brother & what a baby means. I put the bassinet in his room today and told him, "You get to share your room with the baby!" and he nearly laughed for half a minute. I must have had a funny expression on my face or he thought I said something different, cuz I'm not sure he's going to think it's funny all the time. I'm starting to think he'll love being the center of attention for this little one. He's always pulling on my legs trying to get me to look at him. It's hard to get a meal cooked. Also, I've bought some gifts for Griffin for the week of the birth, but just had the though to have him bake a cake for the baby's birthday (with a little help) and maybe buy it a birthday gift. Griffin is big into birthdays as we sing "Happy Birthday" for a week when it's someone's birthday. So I think he'd get a kick out of celebrating the real birthday. However, I'm afraid too much fun at the hospital might cause him to not want to leave... which will be hard on him and I. Any ideas?

I can feel the baby is getting bigger. It's estimated at this point to be around 18 inches long and 5.5 pounds. It supposedly gains 1/2 to 1 pound a week near the end! So it hopefully will be a healthy weight when it's born (c-section is why I'm not concerned it'll be too big).

Keir has been working hard on the basement. Much of the electrical is now in place and we now have a fireplace! I'm looking forward to a nice glass of wine in front of it! A big THANKS to my dad who's come up a day the past three weeks to help out and Keir's friend, Tyler for helping.

I'm looking forward to seeing my friend, Becky on Friday. Her due date is a day away from mine, so we'll see who has the baby first. She has been having contractions and thinking she's going any day, so she may beat me to it. I'll be sure to post a picture of the two of us and our 37 week bumps.


Ahhh... vacation

Gracie & Griffin chillin on the beach

Over the 4th of July we went on our annual vacation to Leech Lake with the Nickel clan. Yes, 15 of us in one cabin for a whole week! It's amazing we can get along so well for the entire week. Griffin had a great time playing with the cousins and aunts/uncles and of course Grandma and Grandpa. He loved the sand, lake, pool & to our surprise, he loved shuffle board. I guess he does like anything with a stick and something to push or shoot (hockey, baseball, golf). Mama and Dada had a good time too. It's always nice to spend quality time with the family. Mama was however feeling the 8 month of pregnancy along with worrying about a toddler next to the lake. She was happy to see her fenced in backyard when we got home.