We celebrated his birthday with a little backyard party: hot dogs, hamburgers, the kiddie pool, a slip-n-slide, and the sprinkler. It was Joel's request, and he loved every minute of it. The Thiels, who all dressed in orange in honor of the birthday boy, joined us as did our good friends, the Elliotts (or 3/4 of the Elliotts, anyway). The boys played hard and loved the slip-n-slide and chasing people with water blasters. Even some of the adults enjoyed the slip-n-slide, though I wisely avoided sliding down on my watermelon belly. :) And of course we had a cake (orange, Joel's selection) decorated by the venerable Bryan Apinis. Joel asked for the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo's ship in Star Wars. Here are some pictures of our grand time celebrating Joel:
As for Beauty, my 32 week appointments revealed that my fluid is back up to borderline polyhydramnios. Technically I am .6 within normal, but my levels are up quite a bit from last week. My belly measurement grew two weeks in six days, so that mirrors increased fluid levels. I suspect my amniotic fluid will simply be in flux, and that's ok. I am happy it's not continually increasing and getting ever higher. Probably I will continue to jump over and under the upper limit of what is considered "normal." If my camera wasn't malfunctioning (or broken?), I would post the most recent 3D ultrasound pictures, but alas.