Saturday, December 27, 2008

Baby, I wonder...

We have been doing a lot of wondering lately... my belly continues to grow, the realization that we really will have a little person of our own is becoming more real.  This leads us to a lot of questions that we can hardly wait to have answered:
1. curly hair or straight hair?
3. dark hair or light?
2. left handed or right?
3. chin dimple? (I hope so!)
4. big ears?
5. big head???!!

I know that it may be silly to focus on all of the physical features but how can one not be curious as to what two people mixed together will look like?  Then there are the personality traits.  It will be so interesting to see these develop - I would be happy if the baby was exactly like Carmon - Mr. easy going, smart, big heart.  Of course we are being open minded and are trying to be prepared for anything - soon enough, all of these questions will be exciting!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas in the City

Merry Christmas!

This was our first Christmas in Toronto, surprising actually, considering we have been living in this city for 7 years.  But for 7 years we've headed home to the Alberta prairies to celebrate the season with our families.  Christmas at home is always wonderful and we try our best to cram in as many visits as possible with family and friends.  It was strange to think that we would not be able to see everyone and enjoy the traditions that our parents had established.  Today we experienced Christmas in the big City and it was pretty good!  We started the day with stockings and banana chocolate chip pancakes in our jammies.  Then headed downtown to watch a movie.  Christmas day is opening day for a number of shows - we chose to watch  'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' it was a great way to spend the afternoon.  

We had a ham roasting in the slow cooker while we were out so were greeted with the smell of dinner when we walked in the door - nice!  Normally I cook Schwartes hash browns whenever we have ham, but decided to try potato pancakes from my new Giada De Lorentiis cookbook.  This was a good project for a relaxed afternoon - as it took a few times to get these just right and each pancake required about 12 minutes to cook on each side - so I was glad that we did not have hungry guests waiting!  Our meal was delicious but it did not really feel like a true Christmas Dinner...I suppose that it will always feel this way if we are not at home amongst the hustle and bustle and the endless spread of delicious food.

The New Year will bring us a new addition to our little house so we did our best to savour the quiet atmosphere.  We are already talking about next Christmas and how fun it will be to celebrate with a child - we will certainly be heading home to share this with our family and friends in 2009.  We missed you all today!
Lots of Love, 
Carmon and Cheryl

Friday, December 19, 2008

Snow Day!

My last day of work before a week of holidays - TGIF!  
We were warned of a winter storm coming our way on Thursday night - they were calling it "snowmageddon" on the news.  This certainly generated some chatter in the office and many people opted not to come in today, fearing they may never get home in the afternoon when the storm was set to hit.  I went in although, I have to admit, I was like a child on the last day of school.  Finding it difficult to focus, all I could think about was making my way home and snuggling up on the couch out of the snow.  Finally!  We got the go ahead to pack up and head out at 2 pm.  Perfect timing as I had managed to squeeze in my last minute shopping at the Eaton's Center and placing a new order on Etsy - all in a days work!!  
I have to admit I have become a bit of an Etsy addict, and find myself checking in on the crafters of the world numerous times a day.  Today I was thrilled to hear from Michelle at Little Paper Dog.  I fell in love with her Home Sweet Home print awhile ago, however, I was not sure if the bright pink would work and that was the only color she was offering at the time.  After a few emails back and forth she kindly reproduced the print in my requested shade of orange today!  Merry Christmas to me!  

Sunday, December 14, 2008

What?? 30 weeks pregnant!

So time has just been zipping by and I was shocked the other day when I realized that I am 30 weeks along already - what??   That means I have (approx) 10 weeks to go!  I guess I have been distracted with Christmas just around the corner and keeping up with work and the great number of doctor, chiropractor visits that I have had over the last couple of weeks - it seems that we have something on the go almost every day of the week.  Doctor's appointments are a pretty regular occurrence at this point - I see Dr. Shapiro every 2 weeks, just a quick check-up to ensure that all is still going well - and then I am outta there - usually pretty quick and painless.  I had been dealing with a sore back and hips when I arrived home from China and it was recommended by my prenatal yoga instructor that I see a Chiropractor...I will be the first to admit, I was a little wary but Karen was pretty keen on this specific Dr.  ...Well let me tell you - I could just HUG Dr. Ho every time that I visit - I have been seeing him twice a week for the past few weeks and he has practiced both acupuncture and chiro and I feel SO much better!  My pregnant waddle has left me for the moment and my speedy walking pace is back.  It is nice to BE pregnant but not to FEEL pregnant.  I realize that this will soon change as the weeks progress but this is where I am at today and I am happy...