Saturday, May 26, 2012

Almost there

 Theo's first trip to the ER at the beginning of the month. Luckily a simple case of nurse maid's elbow but was scary anyway. This could probably be in its own post but when you're in your last days of pregnancy these things happen.

Theo's first solo ice cream cone at Ruby Jewel. Big on the list of things I will miss about Portland!

 39 weeks. Sitting very still this weekend while Jon is doing boards but I'll probably go late anyway.

 Made some newborn leggings. Yep, the openings at the bottom are two inches! I love tiny things.

39 weeks pregnant, Jon taking his dental boards this weekend, graduating, Theo turning two. All big things that are happening soon. Oh and moving, I guess that's a big one. In less than two months we are packing all our stuff to head to Jon's first job in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Yes, you read that correctly--there is a town in the U.S. that exists with that name, we are moving to it, and it may be the opposite of Portland, Oregon in most ways including its Wal-Mart. I have not seen this place yet, but I will eventually when I move there. It's crazy, a little scary, and feels right all at the same time. And the chilis, friends, are probably going to be worth the move alone. Right? Right? I need to buy some sunglasses.

My heart is going to hurt for a while leaving Portland and its temperate weather, friends, food, and domestic comforts. But I'm packing up my mood stabilizing placenta pills (yep, just typed that out loud), Amazon Prime, internet recipe searching skills, and am going to embrace my inner southwesterner. That person I didn't know existed. And I think I'm going to take up paddle boarding.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


A few weeks ago we made a Saturday visit to the coast to meet some friends (and Theo's BFF, Elli). It was supposed to be 70 degrees, so I made sure to bring a sweater, extra hats, socks, scarves, and coats. It's always a lot colder on the coast than you think. But to my surprise, the weather was beautiful and we all got a little sunburned. No one else did, but of course the Halls are extra sensitive to any sunlight. My friend Cathleen and I are due days apart, and nothing feels as good as stretching your large-bellied self out in the sun while we made the husbands chase the kids. Theo loved flying our kite and chasing the waves, although he has developed a sand-walking intolerance since last summer. That surprised me, but he also started eating rocks so I guess I shouldn't be surprised by anything he does lately.