Monday, November 17, 2008

Super Busy (17w 4d)

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.


sushilover said...

Don't worry, you'll feel them soon. I only felt them randomly and mostly after I ate at around 17 weeks. This week I'm feeling them a touch more. It's like butterflies in your stomach. Or twitches. My two belly parts are almost completely one now. And I'm 18 weeks 3 days today. So you may just have another week. At first I thought both of the kiddies were down in my muffin top. I had no idea why I poofed out up top. But I later learned at an ultrasound that the boy is in the top part and the girl is in the muffin top. I worry that the girl has enough room. Maybe that's why I seem to feel her more. Glad that you got some good quality time with your hubby. Take care.

She said...

When I was pregnant I remember reading that the average time that most first time moms feel their babies move is around 18 weeks. (And you'll feel it from the inside long before you can feel it on the outside.) I was right on the money and felt my first baby move for the first time on Valentine's Day. Like Sushilover said, for me it felt a little like butterflies in my stomach. That first day though, I honestly thought that it was gas from my lunch! (Then it happened several more times, and I figured out that it was definitely the baby.) You'll feel them soon! Don't worry. :)

Somewhat Ordinary said...

I found you from Onwards blog and wanted to say hi! I'm a DI Mommy blogger that went password protected a little over a year ago. Congratulations on your pregnancy!

I think I felt my son move for the first time around 18-19 weeks. I wasn't really sure if it was the baby or if it was just my stomach. Pretty soon you'll be feeling it all day!

If you are interested in seeing my blog you can e-mail me at somewhatordinary at gmail dot com.

Best wishes!

JamieD said...

That is a wonderful blessing! I hope you have a great visit with your family. Especially exciting that your sister will be able to go to an ultrasound with you. I bet it will be a special time for you both.

Enjoy your work trip/romantic getaway!!

Blue said...

Hey there...hope you have a wonderful family get-together this weekend and then an equally great sono on Monday. I'll be waiting to hear the news! We've just found out the sex this week and I've spent the time since in a total day dream! Very excited for your Monday news!
As for the movement, I didn't think I'd felt a thing and then the last couple of days I think, "Is that it?". But its so faint that I'm not sure whether I'm imagining it. Hopefully it'll come soon...

Anyway....glad things are looking good!