Saturday, December 31, 2011

More Strategies and the Waiting

Note: I am updating this because I nearly forgot a strategy!!!! 

Well Little Miss continues to play the I'm-not-coming-out-until-I-want game. Seriously! Come on, baby girl! I told her this morning she must be getting bored and should just come on out. 

Only 8 hours for her to make her debut if her parents are going to receive the tax deduction for this year. 

We have continued to have fun preparing, talking, laughing, and just living life together as we wait and wait and wait. 

The strategies have continued as well. They will be sprinkled in with other fun things going on around this place. 

Inducing Strategy #21 
Ben and Hannah walking with Ben's new magnetic flash light (gift from Grandma - thanks, Grandma!). Ben wants to use this in the delivery room as well in the case the doctor needs additional lighting. 
Hannah has been very kind in letting me use her car the past few days to run around. So I have also been her driver to and from work. So fun! 
 Inducing Strategy #22
This utilizes a previous strategy with massaging pressure points. Ben went to town on the massage element! Ben and Hannah's expressions crack me up! I told them it was good practice for the real birth! 
It then became my job to try and distract Hannah with the ipad. It didn't work so well. 
 This is probably my favorite picture from this time. 
The bags are all packed and waiting by Hannah and Ben's door. Come on, Little Miss!!! 
They say you learn something new all the time. (I don't know who "they" are, but here goes nothing). I have learned on this trip that right-handed and left-handed people hang up clothes differently. I knew there were significant differences in the kitchen, as my mom and I have constantly turned pots and spoons around to our way of being. BUT clothes hanging? Who knew? Apparently, right-handed folks hang the clothing so that the clothes face to the left. This is after massive amounts of research, namely the 47 different items hanging in baby's closet and the 913 items hanging in Ben and Hannah's closet. (Note: these are estimated numbers, not an exact answer). 
Inducing Strategy #23
I almost forgot this one because I don't have a picture to go with it. Ben made pancakes and bacon for us this morning. There were two hub-cap sized pancakes leftover. Ben wondered if slapping Hannah with them would induce labor. It doesn't. I so wish I would have had a picture of this because it was HILARIOUS!! Hannah and I kept on laughing and even now when we talk about it, we burst out laughing! * This sounds traumatic, but it was not. There was no intent of wife-beating happening at all!! 

Inducing strategy #23
Drive around and run errands while momma and tia are dressed in stripes. 
  Do you ever see billboards and wonder what people were thinking? I've seen this one since being here and finally got a picture today. I can't tell you how many of my friends who were getting married said to me, "Oh, Abby, how I wish I could have hot pink hair blowing straight up on my wedding day." (Insert sarcasm). 
 Whenever I am away from Panama, I am much more aware of Spanish ANYTHING around me. So I had to take a picture of this truck when we were running around.
 Inducing Strategy #24
Eating Chili's chips/salsa/ranch. This reminds me so much of growing up in Dallas. 
Inducing Strategy #25
Turning on the heat full blast to thaw out from the arctic like conditions of Chili's. 
 

Inducing Strategy #26
More neighborhood walking. It is GORGEOUS outside today!! It feels like spring. It's like a little gift from God as I love springtime and the lovely weather.  
First attempt: sun shining in Hannah's face. 
Second attempt: laughing at the first attempt
 And this, my friends, is why you should always carry a camera with you. You never know what you will see. I've never seen this on a car before. Congratulations, new retirees!  
 After making a pit stop back at the house, we left to walk again, this time without jackets! It is SO warm! (Not Panama warm, but spring-y warm). 
 Inducing Strategy #27
Helping Ben with his business things by doing data entry. 
Inducing Strategy #28
Take a nap to gear up with extra energy for the baby's arrival. Poor sister is so tired! She is so beautiful!!! Love that sister!

That's all for now. 
Oh, Happy last day of 2011. Where has the year gone??? 

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