Just so you know, the requests for pictures have not fallen on deaf ears â€“ itâ€™s just that I have become increasingly bad at remembering to charge up the camera batteries (itâ€™s this pregnancy lark you know, it does stuff to your brain! Though, now I think about it, I wasnâ€™t that good at remembering before eitherâ€¦..) which is slightly vital to being able to transfer the pictures onto the computer! Panic not though, I am endeavouring (even as I type!) to charge up at least one set so hopefully some pictures will emerge in the not too distant future!
This weekend, we headed down to Devon to stay at Hotel Winchurst and to watch the Holsworthy Carnival â€“ we could tell that Isabel was riveted by the Childrenâ€™s Carnival in the afternoon by the loud snoring coming from her pushchair! Luckily, she saw fit to stay awake long enough to watch the Adult Carnival in the evening and seemed to quite enjoy watching (and waving at!) the floats as they trundled past!
Our weekends between now and Christmas are going to be a little bit full-up I realised this morning. Next week we are combining a visit to Hotel Radcliffe with a catch up with Ian & Pip and Baby James â€“ having not yet met James in person, we are very much looking forward to seeing them and to seeing how Isabel reacts to there being a small Baby in the vicinity!
After that, we are expecting a visit from Uncle Ken followed by a visit from Aunty Catherine â€“ and by the time those are over, we will have one more weekend until Christmasâ€¦â€¦..rather a scary thought if you think about it too much!
Anyway, keep those eyes peeled for pictures â€“ I donâ€™t think there are that many but some pictures are always better than no pictures at all!
In case you hadnâ€™t noticed (and those of you in NZ etc probably wonâ€™t have!), the temperature has dropped considerably since the start of Novemberâ€¦â€¦â€¦.and I think itâ€™s great! We even had to put the heating on for the first time last week (which was an adventure in itself given this is a new house and we hadnâ€™t thought to test it before!) â€“ we only had it on for an hour, after which time I was seeking the cooler climes of the hall and kitchen as the lounge was a bit warm for my liking! (special thanks to my personal thermostat!)
We had a very nice week off, and enjoyed catching up with the families. Isabel was particularly pleased that, whilst staying at Hotel Winchurst, she got to share her cot with a â€œMioawâ€ â€“ all her Christmases had come at once! Charlie (said furry friend) seemed to think that the fluffy blanket in the cot was specifically for sharing â€“ and, much to our surprise, refused to budge when Isabel appeared! Luckily, he also resisted the urge to extend his claws otherwise it would have been tears before bedtime!
Last weekend we had a lovely visit from Ruth & Andrew and, being Bonfire time, we ventured out to a Fireworks display on Saturday night â€“ this year, Isabel actually made an effort to watch the display though we werenâ€™t sure at some points if she might cry! Last year we took her to see the Fireworks in Wellington Harbour but she was more interested in the people than anything exploding in the sky!
This week, I was due to have an appointment with my new Midwife as my original one has moved back to working in the Hospital rather than being in the community â€“ unfortunately, she was running so far behind that I ended up being seen by another woman who appeared to have come along for moral support! Having been told that I would now be into fortnightly visits, I was slightly surprised to find that it would be another 5 weeks before my next appointment! We have also worked out that it might actually be my last visit with the midwife â€“ once you start to figure trivial things like Christmas and New Year into the proceedings, it leaves very little time before we hit the magic 38 week mark and therefore C-section time! We shall have to wait and seeâ€¦â€¦..
This weekend we have Aunty Hannah coming to stay whilst Dan and I head out to the Fortis Dinner Dance on Saturday night â€“ this seemed like a splendid idea until I started to ponder the â€œWhat am I going to wear?â€ questionâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦.evening wear for people in my â€œconditionâ€ is one of those things that it is a little bit like gold dust! I did consider a trip to my local Outdoor Store to peruse their Tent collections but luckily I have now found something that will hopefully doâ€¦â€¦â€¦.itâ€™s a bit late now if it wonâ€™t!
Isabel is fine and her language skills improve on a daily basis â€“ though her favourite word appears to be â€œNOâ€ she will also now say â€œBye Bye, See Youâ€ which is quite amusing!