Today I am 33 weeks and 2 days pregnant. 6 weeks and 5 days to go! Time is flying by. I can't wait to see and hold my son, but things are going to be hectic once the time does come.
July 14th came and past. For those of you who don't know, that should've been Alice's first birthday. My mom had decided to come up to Washington that weekend and she ended up staying with us 2 nights. On her actual birthday, we lit her memorial candle and bought her a pot with a light pink mini rose bush. We brought her ashes downstairs and Chris, my mom and I all sat down and talked about her. It was extremely hard. I wanted to put up her picture next to the candle, flowers, and ashes, but we couldn't handle that much. It was a very hard day and I'm hoping every year will get a little easier. September 7th, her "angelversary", is quickly approaching. I'm not sure if that day will be harder or easier, but I'm not looking forward to it.
We're also in the process of moving right now. 3 days ago we wouldn't have thought we were moving for a few months, and now I'm busy packing boxes and cleaning house. Getting a U-haul next weekend! We'll be staying with our friend Joe in Kelso, WA. It's too far away from my hospital, so looks like I'll soon be needing to switch my office as well. All of this PLUS unpacking is going to be pretty difficult being so pregnant, but it needs to be done.
We also decided that I will be working and Chris will be going to school full time soon after Jude is born. He's going to start taking his terminal leave in the beginning of October, he'll be out of the military by late November, and then he will be attending college (not sure what degree yet) and watching Jude at home. I'm going to take CNA classes fairly soon, hopefully to be completed by the end of this year, and while working as a CNA, try to finish up my Nursing Associates Degree. Also, I'm hoping that over time I will be able to get my Bachelor's Degree for Nursing. It's going to be interesting -- having Chris at home with the baby while I'm working -- but this is the best option we have at this point and will help us all more in the long run compared to our other options.
Aside from the updates, I cannot wait for Jude to get here! I'm uncomfortably big and I just need him to be here. We're almost ready to go for him, aside from moving and re-setting up his nursery. Hopefully he stays in until his due date so I can finish his knitting projects as well :).