Sorry I've been MIA lately. I have been so super busy. Really.
In a totally and completely impromptu phenomena, my family is gathering this coming weekend in South Dakota. My sister is actually coming to stay with us for a few days, and then us girls are making the trip together. This was thought up and decided on Saturday. The rest of the family has had a few more days to get their thoughts and lives organized.
I had been so homesick for my family just the week before, this is truly a blessing. What's more. No one has ever been to visit us in our home. I have lived in KS for 9 years and no one has ever been to visit. Ever. So, this is huge for me.
Work is a crazy everyday schedule right now, which has contributed to my not having any time. I have meetings and travel every single day. This is my 4th month in a row, and the end is not for another few weeks. Last Monday was the first time I had sat at my desk, in my office, since October 8th.
The state approved our final home visit last week on Wednesday, so we are officially licensed foster parents now. We are still awaiting our first placement, which surprises me. I thought we would have been called by now. They had one placement of 3 kids for Thanksgiving weekend, but I have to travel for work that Sunday, and I thought it was a bit much to ask my husband to take on three kids by himself overnight. So, we had to turn that down.
I also had an OB appointment on Wednesday which was normal. We listened to the heartbeats, I asked a few questions. We have a real live sonogram appointment for this coming Monday, 11/24 and of course we're hoping to find out the genders at this appointment. My sister and niece are staying over to come to this appointment with us. I hope the kids aren't shy, and we do find out the sex that day. It would be a great memory for all of us.
My husband had last weekend off, so I maxed out all the couple time I could with him. We watched a couple DVD's of Boston Legal, ate out, went shopping for us and for Christmas gifts, and just had a wonderful time doing what other couples get to do every weekend. He is staying behind from the family trip this weekend, so he can have Thanksgiving weekend off. He's going to go with me on my work trip that weekend, and so we'll have a nice romantic getaway which is just so amazing, because I normally spend that weekend alone or travel to be with friends while he works.
I'm still not sure I feel the twins moving. I lie with my hands on my belly until I get cramps in my wrist. Sometimes I think I feel things, other times I convince myself its gas. I'm ready to feel them move, for that reassurance and regular tangible sign that all is well in there. I haven't gained more weight, and I don't think the profile belly shots I've been comparing look much bigger. I'm sure I am, but until the two fat rolls become one, to me, I just look fat.
Looking forward to playing with my nieces and nephews this weekend in SD. And to just being their aunt for one of the last times. Not everyone will be together at Christmas, so this will be my last chance to hang out with them before I have my own kids to be feeding, changing, or chasing her pretty soon. SO grateful for my husband, this trip, and for my family, and for the blessing of time together.