By the time we got back at 9:30 though it was already starting to get hot. Thankfully it did rain in the afternoon which helped cool things off nicely. There was however a break in the rain late afternoon and it was terrible hot and humid for a while.
The cake needed to be iced today so I suggested Rachel stick to a "neutral" colour so that if baby arrives in the next couple of days it could perhaps still be the "birthday cake". If baby waits till the end of the week we can just make another one.
The afternoon job I wanted to see get done was vacuming the lounge / dining room. I asked Brendon if he wouldn't mind giving the dinning room table a good clean. The girls do an ok job - but sometimes it just needs a bit more muscle to get really clean and shiny. I then also took the vacuming to another level and not only did we (Ruth and I) get the whole house done but we also got to those often unreached spots that needed a bit more effort. Brendon says that "nesting" thing has kicked in again. :-)
It rained a bit through the day too - so that kept the children indoors. By the time 6:30 came Brendon and I were both exhausted from the two younger ones who had cabin fever from not having enough time outside and were just really moany.
So I suggested we go for another walk. This lovely Willow always attracts the younger girls and they run under it's branches and Hannah calls it their house. We all had to have jerseys or jackets on for the walk though as it was rather cold out. It's to be expected with snow on the mountains from last night. It has been lovely to get out for these walks. Hezekiah is so happy to sit in the pram and look at everything. I am sure I have walked the neighbourhood more in the last week (trying to encourage this baby to be born) than I have in the year before. And each night the girls are hoping "that tonight baby will be born".
It was a public holiday today - so although Brendon was working he was home by lunch time. After lunch he had Hezekiah outside with him getting some things done around the garden. Hezekiah had not slept in the morning and so he had a good nap in the afternoon.
When we left I walked out the first 10 meters or so where the path is really too bumpy for me. The younger two girls asked to walk with. Then ended up running ahead. Hannah tired and hopped in but Ruth kept going. He had a nice run too (you can hardly see her there on the left).
Rachel then asked if she could get out and run a bit with her - so I got the photo on the right of the two of them running the last section before we got onto the proper road.
We got home, offloaded the trailer and then still managed to make our weekly call to Nana and Grandpa.
Thursday 7th: Not one photo taken today. It was such a busy day. It started with me having a horribly sore back again and this time the walk after breakfast did not help.
The older girls then went off for their sewing time with a friend and my midwife Sandy came for a visit after lunch (41 weeks today). Thankfully after having a feel of baby's position and listening to baby's heart (which was all great) - baby moved around a bit (as baby often does when she listens to baby's heart) and when I got up my pain was gone. So I think this time baby might have been lying in a way to be pinching the nerve. It was wonderful to so instantly have relief from the pain that I could not seem to get away from through the morning. Had a busy afternoon with this and that and then after dinner headed up to my physio to have another session with her (urgently organized this morning when my back was so sore). Even though my back was feeling better in the afternoon it was lovely to have a session at her place with a nice relaxed environment and no children in and out. So all in all a good but busy day.
Friday 8th: Rachel got the photos of Hezekiah just enjoying playing with me this morning. He loves playing with my hair and then decided he wanted to give me big wet kisses.
We have been alternating some of the "educational" toys that we bought for Rachel so many years back. It is amazing to see him trying to threat the shoelace through the holes already. Great fine motor skills.
Kerry asked if we would like visitors in the afternoon and it was just lovely having them come over.
For the first hour and a half it was just the 2 younger boys - but they were a great distraction for Hannah and Hezekiah. Especially Hannah who I have realized this week is the loud one. She just does not seem to stop - moving or making a noise (including getting on her sisters nerves).
My older two girls walked up to the school to meet the rest of the Spencer children and walk back with them. Then it was time for afternoon tea on the deck. It was lovely having all the children over for a visit (missing one in the photo).
And lovely for me to have the time to chat with Kerry.
The children ate their dinner really quickly so that there was still time to head to the pool.
When we arrived there were 2 families enjoying a game of passing a golf ball (and diving down to get it when it was dropped). Rachel had such a great time joining in with them. She learnt to go so much deeper without even thinking about it (because she was thinking about getting the ball before the Dad).
Cool photo too Brendon - with Rachel mid dive.
Ruth has started reading through this Children's Bible in the evening. It's normally bible story time with Dad for Ruth and Hannah - but as Hezekiah was so busy I got to have a break from him and got to enjoy Ruth reading to me.
And so ends our week of waiting. 8 days over the due date now and everyone praying that baby will arrive soon.
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