i've been too entertained by reading about other blogger's christmases to bother writing about mine, but i guess it's time now. so, christmas eve was nice and relaxing. knowing that josh's family would be over the next day for christmas, we puttered around the house tidying things up, while taking breaks in between to watch a few episodes of 24, which we just got on dvd. as we were getting ready to go to the christmas eve candlelight service at church in the evening, i began feeling very uncomfortable aches...kinda like menstrual cramps. no matter what position i sat or stood or layed in, nothing made them feel any better. i really did not want to miss the service, so we went anyway, and i sat there and timed the contractions. i also prayed that i wasn't in real labor because even though we can hardly wait to have this baby, i did NOT want to be in the hospital on christmas day! well, the contractions faded away and by the time we got back home, they were completely gone. we watched it's a wonderful life (a christmas eve tradition) and marveled that, since we've been married, this is the first christmas that we're spending at home...the past 2 years we've been housesitting during christmas.
off to bed we went and, since i still had a head cold, literally tossed and turned and looked at the clock every 15 minutes, willing time to speed up. at 3.30 i got up to go to the bathroom and to my surprise, josh whispered, "you're awake?" apparently, he wasn't having the best sleep either, so after a bit of discussion, we decided to just get up already! we watched another episode of 24, then opened up all of the presents from my family and from each other. by then it was around 5.00, so we crawled back into bed for a couple of hours more sleep before the family came over.
we had a great time with everyone, especially watching the kids. johnny would get so excited about a paritcular present that he'd just hold it in his hand, unopened, and do a bit of a dance before carefully unwrapping it. we paused for breakfast (creme brulee french toast mmmmm) and then kept at it until around 2.00! there was just so much good food, tons of which we still have and our pantry is full from stocking goodies...i have no clue how i'm supposed to start losing weight after tristan is born!
i haven't had braxton hicks as painful as the ones that evening, but now that christmas is over, i'm so ready to have him! today i walked up a long hill near our house in hopes that would get something started, but so far nothing is happening. i have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, so will update you all then.