A Happy Weekend

I don’t think I mentioned we are taking prenatal classes. A friend told me about a lady who is famous in our city for the prenatal classes she teaches at the YMCA, so we signed up for those instead of the free ones through the health region. At the first class there were 170 people in the room because it was accidentally overbooked. That’s 85 pregnant women crammed in one classroom. It was such a weird feeling to be surrounded by that many pregnant women… and to be one of them.  Thankfully, they’ve moved some of the other couples around and now there’s about 100 of us. We’ve taken 3 classes already and I understand why they are so famous. The instructor is an older lady with white hair and a total hippie (my kind of lady!). Every class she says and does things that you don’t expect and make you bust a gut laughing. For example, last class she was talking about how labour progresses and how to breath properly in each stage. She demonstrated deep breathing, mid-breathing and shallow breathing. And you know how she demonstrated this? By faking an orgasm, people. She started off deep breathing with oohhs and ahhhs and ended with the shallow breaths of yes! yes! I wish I could have recorded the various reactions of people in the class. There was a really innocent looking girl in the front row whose support person was her Mom and I wish I caught their reaction because I’m sure it was priceless. The class is at 8:00 pm on Thursdays. Sometimes I’m tired after work and don’t feel like leaving my house, but I know she’s going to be entertaining and funny so it’s easy to find the motivation to go. Thursdays are quickly becoming my favourite week night.

Friday night I was planning to go to one of my husband’s shows. I haven’t seen them play live in a long time and I thought it would be a fun night out. The venue was a fundraiser for the Sunday Art Market in our city and also a celebration of the arrival of Spring. It was going to be a very hippie event so I knew I’d like it. I’ve been to a show they did at the Art Market once before, and I loved the vibe of that place. Unfortunately, I found out they were scheduled to start at 11:30 pm and I knew it would be too late for me since I’m usually in bed by then. Instead, Andino took me out for supper before the show. We make date nights a priority because it makes me so happy to get dressed up and spend time together (and of course to eat good food I didn’t have to cook!) After supper, we got Andino’s nephew to take a few photos of us since we haven’t taken any together since I’ve been pregnant:

A Family Photo: (I couldn’t fix Lola’s eyes)
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The classic pregnancy pose:
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I like this one:
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On Saturday morning we went to the indoor farmer’s market which was really nice. I grew up going to the farmer’s market back home quite regularly with my Dad because he had a table there. Although the market here is a lot smaller in comparison, the vibe is the same and we picked up some delicious treats. We bought organic raspberry jam, a raspberry danish (SO GOOD!) butter tarts and cookies. (Do you think we have a sweet tooth?) We never buy store-bought treats because the preservatives in them upset our stomachs but since this was all homemade we bought lots!

Later that night, Andino’s band was playing at a fundraiser for Engineers Without Borders and I was able to go watch. We caught the end of a lecture on designing wells for developing countries which I thought was interesting. There were photographs of people and places in the developing world for sale that some of the Engineers had taken over their travels. Andino offered to buy me one for my office but since I only have 6 weeks left (30 working days!) I didn’t pick one out. The show was great and the crowd was dancing the whole time. I didn’t dance but I still had fun on the sidelines. Don’t you love people-watching? I looked at some of the Engineering students and thought about how much I’ve changed in the past 4 years since I’ve graduated University. How much I’ve grown and how I wouldn’t go back to being 23 again if given the chance. It was a good night.

So we had a busy weekend but it was nice. Andino and I spent a lot of quality time together and we got out of the house and did things which were different from our regular routine. I know once baby arrives our weekends will probably never be the same and I am looking forward to making new memories as a family of 3 (plus our dogs!)

What are your favourite things to do on the weekend?

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Photography

I’ve been thinking about photography lately. I was getting into the hobby last summer and it was fun to read tips and tricks on how to create better photos. Some people are such naturals and take incredible photos with no training at all because they have the eye for photography. That’s not me. But I do think that with some practice, a decent camera and a basic knowledge of photography I could take some nice photos. With winter’s arrival I stopped practicing, but here are a few of my favourites from last summer:

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Relaxing at home in the Maritimes…

 

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A wheat field in PEI

 

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I love how he hops like a bunny in the tall grass

 

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My big slobbery girl

I contacted a professional photographer to have maternity photos taken, but we decided against it. We really want to have a newborn photo shoot and we can’t justify spending hundreds of dollars on a professional photographer twice in the span of a couple months. However, we may end up having Andino’s friend who is an amateur photographer take the photos because I really want to have photographs of me pregnant and I feel kind of awkward posing for photos like this and asking Andino to “take a picture of me!”

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Date night last Saturday

I’m hoping to get ourselves a good quality camera and a tripod before baby girl arrives. We haven’t upgraded our camera in almost 5 years so I think it’s time anyway. Baby Makin’ Machine has some great photography tips that have gotten me inspired. I especially like her tips for taking self-portraits with your kids. I love the idea of having a tripod with a self-timer and a portable camera (I don’t want a DSLR because they are too bulky for my needs) so I can snap a few shots whenever the mood strikes me. Have you read Huffington Post’s article The Mom Stays in the Picture? I found it quite touching. Plus, if we had a tripod and a good camera with a self-timer, Andino and I could be in photos together for once! The vast majority of our vacation photos are of just me (Andino is actually the photographer of the family).

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Cuba 2011

When I was putting together our adoption photo book I was hard-pressed to find enough nice photos of Andino when he wasn’t performing with his band. Speaking of photo books – that’s my plan. I really enjoyed putting together the photo book for our adoption and I want to start making one each year. We aren’t the type of people to have family photos in frames around our home, but I love photo books. We got a photo book as a wedding gift from Andino’s cousin & wife and I love it. It’s the best memento of the wedding we have, a small hard cover book filled with photos of our wedding that we can easily pull out to reminisce.

Anyone have some good photography advice/tips they want to share? Suggestions on a good little camera that’s not crazy expensive?