40 weeks today. Rachel took this photo early in the morning before the heat of the day drained all our energy out again. I can't believe it's Thursday already. The Lord has been so good and has really helped me this week in being patient as we wait for baby and just taking it one day at a time. Hannah was 4 days over her due date - so we could have a bit of a wait still.
I had to smile at Hezekiah this morning - decorating Patches with his bugs. He really does love playing with his lovely bug collection. The only problem is that he loves chewing them and so when he sees a real bug in the house - the first thing he wants to do is pick it up and put it in his mouth.
Rachel and Ruth headed off for their sewing lesson this morning and so Hannah and Hezekiah had some time on their own outside.
I am used to having one of the older girls "keep an eye on him" so it was a new experience for me. Every now and again I would just check that he was still playing with her and not up the climbing frame or into some other dangerous situation.
It was sweet to watch him quietly observing for the first few minutes.
Then he got into the swing of things and sat himself down at the table for their picnic. It must have been a mud cake today. Hannah cutting up the pieces for them. I was pleasantly surprised when they eventually came in that he had not actually eaten the sand.
Hezekiah then had a nice nap, Hannah watched a movie and I had my 40 week visit with Sandy.
Rachel's swimming teacher was at the pool checking the temp ect and so I asked him if he had any tips for Rachel with learning to dive. It was the one thing they did not get time for last week and Rachel knows it's just 1 of the 2 things she still needs to learn for the current level she is on.
And under she went. Obviously her "Nanny Mac Fee" togs (as they are now called) meant she popped right up - but it was great for her to get her head under again. She is still not excited about the idea - but it's a HUGE improvement from last year for her to even get her head under once each swimming session - with no tears.
I had been watching that Hezekiah stayed back while Hannah had her turn but then I went to take a photo of Rachel diving. When I came back Hezekiah had obviously been under. Hannah had wanted to jump again - but too Dad and not go under. So they counted 1,2,3 and you guessed it - both Hannah and Hezekiah jumped in.
Thankfully although his leg looked scraped from stepping in, it must have only been red from bumping it and later you could not even see any red at all. Thankfully he was not too stressed about having gone under either. Brendon has decided to start getting him under a bit more regularly now so that he learns to close his mouth and not get scared about it. He loves the water on his head in the bath or shower - so we hope he can be relaxed about it in the pool too.
Every evening we will pray as a family and Hannah has her predictable things that she prays for. After that prayer though - when we say goodnight - she will come over to my tummy, kiss it, hug it and then pray for baby.
Before due date she would pray something like "please let baby be born in 3 days" but it has now changed to "tonight". As she was 4 days after her due date - she may have a few nights to wait.
Not only did I get all of Ruth's hair "tightened" before baby arrived - I even got it put up in this style this afternoon. When she goes swimming we have to put it up in a top pony so we can get the cap over - so this way we don't have to worry. It is a very helpful "swimming" hair style and looks really pretty too.
It was a long busy day and although Rachel got mucking out done early this morning (she goes out before 7am so she can get it done before it's hot) she has not gotten to ride much with these terribly hot days. I saw Christine out with the horses this evening so suggested Rachel go have a chat with her and perhaps get a ride on Auto. Christine suggested she bring Auto into the field to ride as they were moving the other horses around. It was nice for her to get out riding - but with Christine there Auto misbehaved quite badly. So she was a bit frustrated when she got back - feeling like she couldn't control him the way she used to. It's lovely that she could at least get out there at 8:30pm and enjoy the beautiful evening.
I had a great day too. Not only getting Ruth's hair done but actually getting to that final thing on my list - my desk. It's been far too long that things have been piling up on it and it was so good to finally work my way through everything and put everything "in it's place."
Part of that was also creating places for things including all the cables that were sitting on the one shelf. A great article went around fb a couple of weeks back and one of the ideas was using toilet rolls to keep cables neatly packed. It works really well - even though I have a couple with big ends that don't actually fit into the roll. It still keeps everything neat and tidy and makes it supa easy to clean around them now. So all in all a great day.