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The finish line

10 days until our official due date…

I am hanging on by a thread in the sanity department. I just want to be back to my normal self, stuff physician walking at a quick pace, off from one place to the next and wearing whatever I want. Right now, I’m lucky if I can get from my car to the office without being short of breath and I am down to about four outfits that are acceptable for public consumption.

On the bright side, I was a nesting fool before I came to this screeching halt, so, we’re as prepared as we can be for the home birth and for Foster. If you can really be prepared for either.

They will both be firsts for me– a birth at home and having a child with someone I love. I imagine both unpredictable experiences daily and feel as equally exhilarated as I do terrified. Will we ever sleep again? Will the kids adjust okay? Will Seth and I ever get time to ourselves? Yes. Yes. And, yes, I tell myself. But am I just lying to myself– did we ignore all of these obvious things when we decided to have another? Seth says all of our questions will be answered the moment we see his face. And, as always, he’s absolutely right. Knowing this is all happening for a reason and knowing that fear had no place in our decision assures me that everything will be more than fine.

Remarkable, really, how life just comes at you, like a wave.

I am a woman of few words as of late and have been extremely antisocial. I can say this- I miss you World and will be rejoining you very shortly in my skinny jeans back and with an extremely adorable baby on my hip.

xoxo,

Alaina

 

Nesting

We started in Yosemite National Park.

And I must say, salve this was the highlight of our trip. Yosemite competes with Glaciar National Park in pure, pills downright, jaw-dropping beauty. I made this nifty gallery instead of embedding a million photos. (Love you WordPress). You’ll see the beginning of a photo bombing “bunny year” war by Benjamin, which continued through the entire trip leaving us with very few good pictures of all three of them.

We camped in Yosemite – for three nights – in a tent. Normally, my un-pregnant self loves camping. I adore every minute of it, even squatting in the woods. So… I was willing my body to just do it. But, by the third morning when Seth had to literally roll me over because I couldn’t move, we decided hotels would be best from there on out.

The tent sleeping damage had been done though and I couldn’t hike at all from that point on.

We drove into Yosemite on the West entrance and exited from the East. So, in what seemed like moments the mountains changed from these

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to these

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After Nevada, we met Uncle Ezra at Craters of the Moon National Park in Idaho where he was waiting with a picnic and cool presents for the kids.

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An oasis of lava fields, the kids loved this place and felt like space aliens.

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This is what the lava looked like up close…

Craters4After Craters of the Moon we headed on to the Grand Tetons, which after the light crowds at Yosemite seemed crowded and jam-packed with tourists.

Being tourists ourselves though, we couldn’t really blame them.

Grand Tetons Picnic

I stayed back while Uncle Ez, Seth and the kids hiked up to Inspiration Point and reached 7,200 feet in elevation.

Grand Tetons hike to inspiration point

I wasn’t there, so I can’t be sure, but this looks like Ezra when he spotted a moose.

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After the Grand Tetons we ventured up to Yellowstone. The park paled in comparison to Yosemite and it was about Yellowstone when the kids decided to turn into full on Gremlins.

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The rest of the trip was a bit of a blur as we made the long dash back to Ohio from Wyoming and the Dakotas. We stopped along the way at Devils Tower, Mt. Rushmore, the Badlands and Wall Drug, where the entire family got to unload some frustration on a shooting range.

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So, we made it! Alive and well.  By the time we got home we were all so happy to be here and out of the car that all five of us

 

 

 
We started in Yosemite National Park.

And I must say, erectile this was the highlight of our trip. Yosemite competes with Glaciar National Park in pure, cialis 40mg downright, look jaw-dropping beauty. I made this nifty gallery instead of embedding a million photos. (Love you WordPress). You’ll see the beginning of a photo bombing “bunny year” war by Benjamin, which continued through the entire trip leaving us with very few good pictures of all three of them.

We camped in Yosemite – for three nights – in a tent. Normally, my un-pregnant self loves camping. I adore every minute of it, even squatting in the woods. So… I was willing my body to just do it. But, by the third morning when Seth had to literally roll me over because I couldn’t move, we decided hotels would be best from there on out.

And, in case you were wondering, Seth’s beard turned into this: Read More…

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