This week was a unique one. As I mentioned in an earlier post, we’ve been gearing up for our annual user conference at work and this week, it all finally came to fruition. While I’m technically not supposed to go into work, I didn’t want to miss out on a year’s worth of hard work from my team, so Greg acted as my “escort” so I could attend. They even got me a hotel room at the conference hotel, so attending sessions was as easy as taking the elevator downstairs. The accommodations made the week easy, light, and fun.
Among the festivities were a keynote from Michael J. Fox, a private concert from The Fray at Victory Field, and a performance by magician David Blaine. One of my favorite parts of the conference each year is getting to see the opening video. This year, Hannah and I made a split-second appearance — see if you can spot us in this video!
While I was away from home these past few days, my little Hannah took her first steps. (Sorry — I don’t have a video to share with you. She’s still in the practice stages! I’ll post one soon.) Needless to say, I was bummed that I missed it, but happy that she did it first in front of one of her parents instead of someone else. When I arrived home, a bouquet of flowers and a card that said “Mommy, it doesn’t count until you see it” was waiting for me. (Major “awww…….”)
Because Greg is on fall break from school right now (TWO WEEKS thanks to the new balanced calendar), he was also able to come with me to my doctor’s appointment this week. Unfortunately, it was a super long one — the gross kool-aid test for gestational diabetes!! Nonetheless, he stayed with me until it was over. They drew my blood three times (ouch!) and made me wait an hour in between each drawing. The lab technician asked if we were having a boy or a girl and we said “THREE girls.” (<– I love doing that.) You should’ve seen her face! She was nice to talk to, but from there, she just kept saying the standard comments about how tough it’s going to be for us and how sorry she was for Greg that we were having all girls! I was surprised by her gawking, especially since she said she has EIGHT kids of her own!! We’ll only have half that number, but somehow it was still overwhelming to her… 🙂
We also got to have an extensive ultrasound this week — not just a heart monitor. It’s been awhile since Greg’s gotten to see the girls, so the ultrasound was his favorite part. I’m elated to announce that each of the babies is about 2 lbs!!! They are growing extremely well, there’s plenty of fluid around each, and their heartbeats are exactly where they should be. I can’t believe that all three of our babies are so healthy — and that they can fit so compactly in my stomach (which is currently measuring about full-term for a singleton pregnancy). We also “double checked” their genders just for fun — and they’re all still girls! 🙂
For the last part of the visit, I saw a different doctor because Dr. D is out on vacation. Coincidentally enough, this doctor’s name is DR. TRIPLETT!!! What are the chances? She was a nice lady and had been brief by Dr. D on our situation. She was happy with our progress and didn’t have anything out of the ordinary to report.
This weekend, we’ll be attending a Fall Party with the extended Jansen family, which will also double as a small baby shower for us, hosted by Greg’s godparents, Jerry and Barb! We’re really looking forward to it — the family really hasn’t been together much since last Christmas! There’s a lot to catch up on and I’m sure they’ll love seeing how much Hannah has grown. Many thanks in advance to Barb and the whole family for the extreme generosity!!
We’re headed into the home stretch — in more ways than one. We move in just a week and half, so there’s lots to pack up and get coordinated. I’m also 25 1/2 weeks along, so we’re almost through the risky period. After that, it’s just a matter of weeks before the babies arrive. Can you believe it?
Enjoy this fall weather, and have a great weekend!