On Saturday morning, Peter and I got up extra early and set out on a 3 hour road trip to Edmonton. We were on our way to the 2014 Edmonton Comic Expo. It was our second year driving up to Edmonton to visit the expo and to be honest, probably our last. It just wasn’t as fun as we wanted it to be. We might be getting a little tired of them? We’ve been to 5 expos in the last 3 years and they are basically the same thing each time. The only thing that really changes are the celebrity guests. As we are too cheap to pay for autographs or photographs, the change up of guests really doesn’t matter to us.
Once we got to Edmonton, we stopped at Cora’s for a delicious breakfast before the expo. As it was 9:30am on a Saturday morning, we had to wait about 25 minutes for a table. After breakfast we finally made our way to the expo. It was nice arriving after opening because we didn’t have a huge line to wait in as we have had done in previous years. We wandered around the vendors and admired all the amazing costumes. So much thought and effort go into them, it’s nuts. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture, but my favourite costume was a woman who wore plain clothes, but she had a puppet of Audrey II on her right hand. It was so cool! I love Little Shop of Horrors so it made my day. She was rushing off somewhere so I didn’t want to bother her for a picture. Peter and I didn’t dress up, but we wore some nerdy t-shirts.
I bought some BTTF Delorean earrings from my favourite vendor, Pinz N Thingz and also an awesome headband that says POW, so it will match my POW earrings and POW sweatshirt! I can’t wait to wear them all as a combo. We also bought this adorable little onesie quoting Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother. After 5 different expos, Peter finally give in and bought a matching set of sword and shield from Zelda. He’s been humming and hawing for years and finally splurged. They are hanging on the wall in his man cave already. He’s a happy guy. Of course we also had to take our traditional expo selfie:
After the expo, we decided to zip over to West Edmonton Mall for a bit of shopping. We didn’t really want to go, but we thought we were all the way there that we probably should. Well we didn’t end up buying a single thing expect lunch. We could have been on our way home 2 hours earlier. Oh well, we made it home eventually. We also know how to make a separated 6 hour road trip seem like an all day thing. Haha, as I have a little baby kicking my bladder all day long, I had to use the washroom a lot more than I would have liked. So we made a couple impromptu stops in towns we’d never been to before. While we were stopped we also felt the need to stock up on snacks. So silly. We truly know how to road trip! LOL
So we’ve come to the conclusion that we are only going to attend the Calgary comic expo from now on. As I said above, same stuff every year and it’s getting a little boring. I also think that Edmonton has lost it’s allure for me. I used to love going there to shop and visit. They had many stores that Calgary didn’t have. Well now Calgary has everything (and more) that Edmonton has, so it’s really not worth the drive. My Mom goes to Edmonton for business a couple times a year and I might go with her once in awhile, but other than that, I don’t foresee myself going again any time soon.
Now that Peter and I are pretty much settled in our house, my life has been consumed with thoughts and plans of baby baby baby. It’s the only it thing that is coming up and so it consumes most of my life right now and it’s not even born yet! Although, I have been working a TON and that keeps me occupied most days. Otherwise I am just waiting patiently, or rather impatiently, for baby time to come. We have a nice supply of diapers, every piece of new clothing, bedding or blanket is washed and ready in the nursery. We have our crib and cradle ready. The car seat is all set to be installed in the car. The only thing that hasn’t come in yet is the stroller. It is ordered and paid for and should be ready for pick up mid-October. I love love love my car seat and stroller combo by the way! They are red and black and suit me perfectly. Plus the stroller is made for jogging, so I can take the baby out on runs with me!! As soon as I get into good enough shape for running that is LOL Anyway, I bought the Graco lotus car seat and the Valco tri-mode stroller.
I seriously feel as if I am ready. I am so excited to meet our new little addition. I have decided for sure which day will be my last at work and am almost ready to start counting down the days. It may be cutting it a little close, but November 9th will be my last day of work, given baby doesn’t have other ideas and comes early. Due date is November 15th so I should be alright. They say that the first baby often comes late anyway. Although I wouldn’t be opposed to it being a bit early. Just as long as it doesn’t come October 22-24 because Mom and I really want to go to Great Falls, MT those days. If for some crazy reason I do go into labour while we are in the states, we will throw everything in the car and safely speed our way back into Canada. Great Falls is only about 1.5 hours from the border anyway. I’ll just keep my legs crossed haha
Babies seem to be in every corner of my life as well. I have been visiting my friend, who had her baby in July, quite a bit and I am finding it harder and harder to give her back her daughter each time. She’s so cute and adorable and my motherly instincts purr while I hold her. Another one of my online friends had her baby daughter on September 17th, after being almost 3 weeks past due. Although she spent a few days on oxygen in the hospital, she’s happy and healthy and home with her family now. Then I went onto Facebook this morning and saw that Lissy and her husband welcomed their son this morning!! Congratulations to the start of their new little family!!! Ah so many babies and so much joy.
It’s my turn next and I feel like it can’t come soon enough. I am getting antsy. Although, I am definitely trying to treasure every minute of sleep that I can get these days. I know it will be a precious commodity soon enough. It will definitely be hard for me but the joys of motherhood will outweigh the loss of rest, I hope. My goal is to try my best to sleep/nap when baby sleeps.
So anyway, that is where I’m at right now. I am feeling fantastic for being almost 33 weeks pregnant and I really have no complaints. I truly hope the remainder of this pregnancy sails smoothly by! I am sure that I’m starting to annoying my friends with my constant baby talk and regaling of my baby related dreams. Crazy stuff happening in my head in the middle of the night let me tell you hahaha. Here is my 31 week bump photo
I have been meaning to write this post for the past month and a half, however, I didn’t want to start it until we had the house mainly unpacked. I hate pictures of stacks of boxes. No one wants to see that. However, we are now mostly all unpacked and settled in and so it’s a great time to post about our new home.
We started on this journey back in April to purchase our second home. After we found out that we were expecting a baby, we knew we had to move to a bigger place. Although, Peter and I both agreed that we weren’t going to move unless we could find a significantly bigger upgrade with most of the features we wanted. Our biggest requirement was that we found a place with a garage. After over a month of searching and countless viewings, we found the perfect home. Possession date was August 1st and we have been settling in ever since.
As we were packing and before we had even moved, I felt a little sad and homesick. I honestly thought that I would miss my old home terribly once we were in the new place. Now that we have been living in our new home for a month and a half, I realize that I don’t even miss the old one! I love our new house so much. The only thing that is a little weird is being so far away from everything while we are sleeping. At our first house, everything was on one floor and we could hear anything that was going on. Now with this house we are all the way upstairs and really have no idea what is happening on the main floor or basement. It’s a little scary and I am a tiny bit paranoid about burglars. However we live in a safe neighbourhood, so I’m really just letting my mind get away from me too much. All is well, really.
Here are pictures of the new place. There are LOTS of them, so you are forewarned!! You can also view the complete album here.
Living room 2
Kitchen eating area and main hallways
Family room (my computer area)
Upper floor bathroom
Master bedroom 2
Master walk-in closet
Nursery (almost complete!!!)
Storage and furnace room
Basement (Peter’s “man cave”)
Basement (Peter’s “man cave”) 2
Basement (Peter’s “man cave”) 3
Back of the house