It’s a new week – a fresh start after a great weekend. We can barely believe that it is already the middle of May and that our current school year is starting to draw to a close! What’s been going on lately with the Essers in China?? Here’s a little recap on a few areas as we approach the middle of May, and our last few weeks of “just the two of us”…
Justin has been a busy husband! Working full-time, doing extra jobs, cleaning, cooking whenever I don’t feel I have the energy to do it (which is almost everyday), giving me a daily foot massage, preparing my lunch for school every evening, setting up baby’s room, helping me with crafts, and even waking up to help me get out of bed almost every time I go to the toilet in the night. He is one incredible husband, and I am so thankful for his love and support. He says that he is ready, calm, and excited to become a dad!
I can’t wait to see our baby in his arms!
We went to have dinner at our friends, Ben and Amy, about two weeks ago. They very kindly made us a delicious dinner and then some chocolate chip cookies. When we left, they gave us the cookie dough that we hadn’t finish, and that meant we got to make cookies at home from the next two days!
Two nights later we went to our neighbours, the Mosby’s, for Korean-style raclette. If you missed our blog post about what raclette is, go have a look at this post: We Love Raclette, in which we explain this style of home cooking and how much we like it! We bought this raclette-cooker for the Mosby’s last Christmas, and now we thoroughly enjoy hanging out with them and eating around this mini-grill! We are thankful for sweet friends here in Qingdao.
I am now at the end of week 35 of my pregnancy, and I still feel pretty good. Nothing much has changed – I’m still taking the bus to and from school and working my normal schedule. My feet are starting to swell now because of the heat that is creeping in, but as I said, Justin gives me daily foot massages and those help tremendously. Even though I still feel good for the most part, I am NOT that impressed with my reflection sometimes so Justin has threatened to cover all the mirrors in the house. I won’t stop him if he tries, haha! Most of my shirts fit me like this…
The above photo was taken nearly two weeks ago, so my “boep” (South African slang for a protruding belly) is now hanging out even more! Thankfully it is getting warmer everyday so I don’t need to try and cover my belly when I am at home. In fact, I generally just walk around with it hanging out since I’m quite warm. My only complaint at this stage of the pregnancy is that I feel HUGE and that I have picked up weight all over my body, and not just in my belly! At church on Sunday someone asked how many weeks I had left until baby would be arriving, and then they asked if I was having twins. Urrg! Justin continues to tell me that I look beautiful so that really helps a lot. It’s amazingly special to have someone who loves you no matter what, and I appreciate his kindness even when I really do feel like a whale! This pregnancy has been a joy for us, and we couldn’t have asked for a more smooth eight months (minus the eight weeks of nausea in the first trimester). Despite the extra pounds, I am pretty sure that I will miss being pregnant because I love knowing that there’s a little baby inside my belly.
On Saturday, while Justin was doing some extra lessons, I went to a moving sale at a friend’s house and bought tons of little extras for baby, and even some stuff for our home. The rest of the weekend was spent setting up the last few things for baby. All of the drawers are packed. The crib is set up. Eli’s clothes are washed and folded. We are all ready for this little guy to make his entrance into the world. Now we just have to wait. It could be two weeks, it could be six weeks. Who knows!?
We are very excited!