Walking around Ottawa this past week, it's almost like the city is waking up. People look so much more alive and friendly and in less of a hurry.... which is easy to understand if you knew just HOW cold it was here for the past two months. Apparently it was one of the coldest Februarys on record... ever. We were so joyful about the warmer weather on the weekend we opened up our windows and aired the house out a bit. It was maybe still a bit cold for this, but we pretended and just layered up for a few hours and enjoyed the fresh air.
My parents were here visiting last weekend which was amazing since we hadn't seen them since Christmas! My mom and I toured the new Nordstrom's they just opened up in Ottawa (second one in Canada and it's putting Ottawa on the Map... What!) and then, since Mike and I had such a good time on Valentine's Day at the Chateau Laurier we took there after we got tired of walking around the city. It was really nice to hang out and maybe one of the last times we'll be doing so sans baby since they don't live too close and I don't know when they'll have the chance to make another trip this Spring.
In other news, I'm sitting on a ball only these days. My work chair just isn't cutting it at this point anymore so I perch myself on a medium sized exercise ball behind my desk. So far it seems to be working - my back is still sore most nights though. Usually I get in the door and want to head straight to a surface where I can stretch out a bit. Third trimester aches and pains; hello! I'm trying not to complain too much as I anticipate I should reserve all my real discomfort pains for the last few weeks ;)