Winter is coming...

...but it's not here yet!  And thank goodness!  As a result of my ever-expanding middle, the only piece of winter outerwear I can button up right now is my black cape from H & M, a Christmas gift from Matt a couple seasons ago.  While it is stylish and classic, it is certainly not the warmest, so I am enjoying the fact that temperatures have been consistently warmer for November during the day here in the Midwest.

Monday was our 20-week anatomical ultrasound at the doctor for Baby S, and I have to admit that I was a nervous wreck.  One of the downsides of living in this internet age is the unlimited access to data on myriad subjects, so of course I was Googling all of the things they would be looking for at the appointment, and worrying myself sick.

Beautiful view of the park

So Matt had the wise suggestion that we take Hank on a walk through Riverside Park to get some fresh air and help calm my nerves pre-appointment. (I swear, I don't think I would have made it this far through my pregnancy without my amazing husband, so I have even more respect than before for single mothers and how strong they are.)  It was a beautiful day, and being outside always makes me feel better.  Almost all of the leaves in that area have started to fall, but as you can see from the pictures, there is still a fair amount of green on the ground.

I swear Hank dog knows when we are taking pics of him and he poses for us!

Thankfully, I have only good news to report about Baby S.  So far everything looks great, and it turns out that it is a blessing we want to be surprised about his or her sex, because Baby S kept it super secret during the sonogram!  Even if you want to be surprised, the doctor likes to know for her records, but our little one kept those legs crossed.  :)

Not the best family selfie, but I really enjoyed Hank's slobber that he flung across his nose.  He looks like a Thanksgiving turkey!

November is definitely a time when we are reminded to count our blessings.  So today, I'm grateful for all the little (BIG) things.  My baby is healthy and the weather is nice, and I have the most amazing boys at my side, helping to keep me sane.  Soon those temps will be dropping though, and I will need a proper winter coat.  Instead of spending money on an expensive maternity coat, my mom offered to make me two with old fabric she has.  That way we can make something really one-of-a-kind and do it in a way that I will be able to wear them next winter after the baby arrives!

Stay tuned for more about my coat project!


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