For the most part, it was a very nice three-day weekend here.
On Saturday, the roofers came around 8 a.m. and got started stripping the old shingles off the roof. Ava managed to sleep through all that noise for about an hour and a half before waking up. Lucky. Then I headed to my photoshoot that went pretty well, though - a word to the wise - a three-week-old baby will NOT fit into a belly cast done when mom was 36 weeks pregnant no matter how you try to bend her/him. ;) Thankfully, I wasn't the one doing the bending.
The rest of the day was spent listening to the roofers drop things LOUDLY (making all of our hearts jump), hammering and just making noise in general. I was so glad when they finished around 9 p.m., though wasn't pleased that they saved cleaning up the yard until it was pitch black outside. Go figure that we've found nails out there the next couple days. I think I'm going to ask that they come back out with their big magnet and try to find the rest of the nails. I DON'T want one ending up in either of the dogs' feet or Ava's! The good news is the roof looks great! :)
On Sunday we went to a couple stores looking for the Naturally Playful Sand and Water Activity Center for Ava's 2nd birthday (which is coming up in less than a month!). I was just going to order it from Amazon (cuz they had it on sale), but the shipping was outrageous. We managed to find a store that had them in stock and picked one up. It's going to be hard to NOT set it up before her birthday. Both Jody and I want to play. ;)
Yesterday we packed up a lunch and had a picnic on a blanket at a park in town. The weather was perfect and we had a good time. After lunch, Ava played on the playground there with a couple of older girls who seemed like they wanted to adopt her, and we also spent some time throwing (and skipping) rocks into the lake. I think we're going to have Ava's birthday party at that park. It's really pretty with the lake and great views of the mountains, and it has a picnic shelter, bathrooms, playground, and lots of open space for running around.
After that we came home at watched "Ray," which was really good. And then we had a cookout of Tofurky Beer Brats (which were quite tasty with grilled onions and mustard) and yams for dinner.
In baby news, I had an appointment with my doctor of choice (the one I will be sticking with) last week. We heard the heartbeat again and got the OK to schedule our ultrasound anywhere between 18 and 22 weeks. I'll be 16 weeks on Thursday, so it's coming up soon! It's kind of weird that we haven't seen the baby at all yet, because we'd already had a few ultrasounds at this point with Ava. Of course, the first was because we were under the care of a fertility doctor when we got pregnant with Ava. Then I had a subchorionic tear (bleeding) at 11 weeks with her and we had an ultrasound that day as well as a few after to make sure everything was going OK. So it's been wonderful to have not had to worry about anything with this baby so far (knock wood) and to be having a "normal" stress-free pregnancy. And, while it's nice to see the baby as it grows, I'm glad we haven't had a need for any ultrasounds because I've been reading/hearing more lately questioning their safety. Anyway, the appointment went well, the doctor took her time with me and was sure to answer any questions I had, and I just like her a lot. I'm so glad I took the time to interview her and not stick with the other practice just because that's who I started with.