Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Nesting and Irritability

Nesting has fully taken hold of me. I decided to paint the entire house...! I started with the downstairs living area a couple of weeks ago and that's mostly finished now. On Sunday I painted the upstairs hallway a much more cheery colour, and it's looking very lovely. We do need someone to come in to paint the high parts as neither of us is going to wobble about on a very tall ladder. The walls throughout the house are incredibly grim with two dirty little boys!! Next is the spare room that will also serve as baby girl's room. At least for now that's where we'll store all of her things.

In other news, I have been experiencing dreadful practice contractions. Not really Braxton hicks but probably not doing anything, either. I seem to have a very, very irritable uterus and I've been up literally all night for the past two evenings. I keep reaching the more unhelpful midwife so not sure what to do other than hope that this is not once again preterm labour.

It's going to be a long 9 weeks!

Winter Break

Laat week Raf was on winter break. It doesn't, unfortunately, correspond to any of my breaks at school but fortunately mum was here and our new nanny was starting - so good timing. It has been an incredibly cold winter (the coldest February on record, apparently) so there were a lot of snuggles for the brothers, some movie time, and some trips out.

After work on the Monday I took the boys to the Children's Museum, which was terrible timing as there was some huge event going on in Portland and it took us almost an hour to park! Still, we had a nice, albeit brief visit before we had to pick up Nana from the shops where we'd dropped her off earlier. First things first, Charlie demanded a snack - so we headed to the snack tables and the boys played in the 'diner' there. I had some lovely veggie pretends and plastic ice creams.

Next to the farm.. to stack hay.

And 'water' the cow.

And then off to the fire truck.

Then to fix some cars...

Lots of art was created.

And the boys very much enjoyed being looked after by their nana... ice pops, movies, tucked up on the couch 

Alarmed that there was even more snow.

So the boys played 'sleeping kitties'...

On Wednesday, our new nanny, Mollie, started. She is GREAT! Both boys headed over there for the day. On Thursday they were there again... It was bitterly cold but the big boys braved the elements. Chas was a bit sad about being left inside but dressed up in James' furry costume with the massive tale and he was a happy camper once again.

So glad to have Mollie. The boys really like her and she's been great about taking Charlie and Annie out on adventures. 

Friday, February 20, 2015

29 Weeks

Today Raf and I headed to the ultrasound place so we could check on girl-poppet (supposed to be our 28 week scan). Raf had been poorly when we last went so I purposely scheduled the ultrasound for 7:30am so Raf could come with me and not miss school... except it's school vacation week :) This meant I had to get to the gym before 5am in order to get back, shower, and drive to Portland. It was lovely to just take Raf with me, and whilst he ended up watching youtube clips of Thomas and Friends on my phone, he was so happy to see his sister. He even got to meet the nurse who attended his birth!

Poppet Girl is doing very well. She passed her biophysical within a few minutes and she seemed very happy. She's weighing in around 3 pounds 1oz, and is around the 60th percentile for size. Her head seems smaller than the boys (thank the lord) but with longer legs! It'll be interesting to see if this is the case when she joins us some time soon...

Aside from the ongoing nausea (it's honestly pretty grim) and fatigue (pregnancy when you're almost 39, with two kids and a full time job is very different from a first pregnancy at 33!!) things have been going very well with the pregnancy. I feel much better when I can get to the gym to run, though since this involves a 4am wake-up it's not always possible to go... (see note about fatigue). last week I also failed my one hour glucose test so had to go in for the extended test the next morning. Thankfully all was good and I don't have gestational diabetes.

Not sure how I got to be this pregnant so quickly...! I am a little nervous for the next couple of months, which I am guessing will fly-by.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Valentine's Day

January and February are fairly dreary months in Maine: post Christmas excitement, it's cold, it's snowy, and Spring feels like a long way off. So we all look forward to Valentine's day as it's a good excuse to make a fuss, to have a party, and to just celebrate! It started on the 13th when Raf had his school Valentine's party at school. I was very last minute about the entire thing and had to put together a last minute little valentine's gift for his school friends (as is the tradition here). We had fun putting together the little bags and Raf helped write all the labels.

I remembered to pack him a little heart shaped sandwich (my sad attempt at a Valentine's lunch!) and off he went. He had an absolute blast, coming back with some yummy treats from his fellow classmates and teachers. He'd made some lovely cards for his teachers, too, and he was seemingly quite proud of them!

We had a busy actual Valentine's Day, mostly because it fell on a Saturday and on Saturday mornings we have swim classes to get in followed by gym class and naps for the youngest Oliver-Campbell. We were still planning a family Valentine's party, though (any excuse for cake!). That afternoon I whipped up some cup cakes and some heart shaped cookies for the boys to decorate, and we had a nice teatime icing and decorating with sweeties the baked treats.

The boys were quite generous with the sprinkles!

Charlie, especially, found it difficult to find spots for his sweeties after he covered his cookie and cup cake with so many delicious and colourful sugar sprinkles...


A few more, mum!


And, hurrah, pressies!  The boys are all of a sudden on a chuggington train kick and they were lucky boys to receive some special treats from both nana and us.


Raf's love note to this brother... "Charlie, I know you are excited for the party'! And indeed it was a lovely party!

Especially the lovely trains!

And after present opening and present playing, back to the table to eat our lovely decorated goodies.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Catch up week.

Another week, another storm (or three!). Last Monday was another snow day. It's truly awful how cold and snowy it's been! We're all very much ready for spring, but the question is how long the snow will hang around. I am guessing we'll still be seeing snow towards the end of April. Indeed we had another 6-8 inches overnight, though thankfully it didn't produce the almost 2 feet we had forecast. Still, cabin fever is very much alive...!

Chas and Raf seem to be coping, though, and enjoy their cuddles on the couch with snacks and shows. They're also loving trains, at the moment, and play endless games together as they make up stories with their trains and tracks.

We may never leave by the front door ever again....!

Charlie is quite into hats, at the moment.

Last week he went to hang out with Annie and her grandma for the morning. Annie's grandma had knitted her a lovely hat and jumper, which she wouldn't wear, so they very, very kindly gave them to Charlie. He LOVES them. In fact for the next two days he wouldn't take them off. He slept in them... and after his bath the next morning he put them right back on. Even at swimming he walked out to the pool in his swimming costume and red hat!

raf has been learning the art of the selfie.

Many of them...

On Thursday night, after a last minute trip to the shops for Valentine treats for Raf's teachers and friends, we headed out for an early dinner as none of us could face cooking. It was a really nice evening with nana and the boys.

And there's Charlie in his jumper and hat...

Chin Chin...

And of course the red hat and jumper... 

Nice and snuggly...