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Week 20
~ Two Missed Concerts and a Tree

Sherah at 20 weeksI was supposed to perform in two concerts this week, but it didn't happen. My voice didn't come back in time. I skipped the first one entirely because of my cough. Yaheli had a fever too, which didn't help me get out the door. I attended the second one, but was only able to watch from the audience. What a let-down. I worked for three months for something I couldn't participate in. I won't be able to perform this next semester either because the concert dates are smack dab on my due date and a little after. I doubt I will be making it. I am considering joining in on the rehearsals just to sing, if I have time and energy to do it. It's nice just to get out of the house and participate in something. Most importantly, it's nice to exercise my voice.

This past week we celebrated Tu B'Shvat, which is the Jewish Arbor day or the "New Year of the Trees". I have never really celebrated it myself; it's usually one of those holidays that just passes me by. You eat nuts and dried fruit and people go out and plant trees. I am not big on dried fruit and I have never actually gone out to plant trees. Maybe next year when Yaheli is older and understands more we can go out and plant trees with everyone. This year everything organized for the holiday was canceled because it stormed on Tu B'Shvat and will probably be rescheduled for this weekend. Yaheli's grandmother did buy her a tree to plant in their front yard though. So, the day before Tu B'Shvat, when we were visiting their house, we found a window when the weather was nice and we took Yaheli out to plant her tree. She cooperated very nicely and we have a cute video of her planting the tree.

I am finally starting to show. I didn't think that it would take this long. I thought for sure I would show already at four months, but it didn't happen. I am so glad that I am not just looking fat now.

YaheliWe have been searching for names over the past couple days. This one is going to be really tough. Yaheli is such a special name, especially in Hebrew. In Hebrew it's really tough to find a name that 100 other kids in the same neighborhood aren't named. There is a real shortage of names. You can go down the biblical route, which a lot of believers do, but to me the names all sound too bombastic and funny compared to other Israeli kids. You can go for really unusual names, but not too many Israelis name their kids something other than the normal list of 200 names to name your baby. Yaheli was a great compromise because it is rare, but sounds close enough to the normal names that no one blinks when you introduce her. It's going to be hard to find a second act to this great first one. So, the search is officially on. We have found some, but most of the good ones are for girls. We'll find out at the end of the month if we will need to search harder for a boy's name.

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