Then winter hit. And hard. It was the worst fall/winter in Seattle in many years. First it was record amounts of rain, causing bad flooding. (Thankfully our house is on top of a hill!) Then it was an early snowstorm, which made work for Jason very difficult as he was on the road all day long. I hadn't started work yet, so I got to enjoy it some. Then two weeks before Christmas we were slammed with the worst wind storm in the area since the early 90's. The windows in our house were shaking so hard, we thought they were going to blow in. Of course the electricity went out, and there were trees down everywhere. We survived by living next to our gas fireplace, and were thankful for our gas range as well. After 4 days without a warm shower and living by candle light, the electricity came back on, and I tried to desperately catch up on Christmas baking and shopping. In January there was another bad snowstorm. I tried to make it into work, but left to late and got stuck half way down our big hill. After 2 hours of inching along and watching cars slide into each other like toys, I abandoned my car and walked home. With temps in the 20's, it took about a week for the snow to melt and life to return to normal. For Jason and I, who were well acclimated to the San Diego sun, had a very hard time with the cold, dark, constant rain, wind, and snow. What was harder was that we hadn't met many people in the area, so it was a lot of just he two of us time. Finally spring arrived, and we spent Memorial Day cleaning our boat and getting it ready for the summer. But when we went to put it in the water, we discovered that it had a cracked engine due to the cold winter weather (never an issue in San Diego). Supposedly you're supposed to "winterize" your boats up here, and since we didn't know that, insurance didn't cover the damage. So we're hoping by next summer we'll have it up and running again. Still a sad blow for us.
It has all been so fun, and other than a little queasiness at the beginning, has been a very easy pregnancy. Jason has been great about taking over some of my chores and rubbing my feet, and he has enjoyed reading to our little guy at night. He seems to know Jason's voice, which is so cool. The last two months have definitely been the busiest, with showers and decorating the room. We are now down to less than a week till his suspected arrival!