I had an ultrasound about a week and a half ago. And for the first time we weren't able to tell what gender the baby is! I don't know if we will try to stick it out and wait for the dr. to say, "It's a _________!" Or if we will get another ultrasound via the dr.'s office or pay for a "Gender Check" at this ultra sound studio in Tulsa. We are going to think about it.
Yesterday was my first OB appointment. He estimates that my due date is Oct. 18 which puts me at about 16 weeks pregnant. The heartbeat was really strong and very easy to find - it was 160. I have an ultrasound scheduled for May 11 to confirm the due date. Since we weren't expecting this I wasn't keeping track, that's why there's a question. We always hope to find out the gender of the little baby at the ultrasound. I'm guessing boy. Any takers?
A few weeks ago we were heading to Angie and Sean's (my sister and BIL) in Katy, TX for Spring Break. We got an hour away from home and Lyndal realized he had forgotten his hang-up clothes. He was going to drive over to San Antonio and work while we stayed at Angie's for a few days, so his hang-up clothes were his nice work clothes - we had to go back! Lyndal leaned over and whispered, "Don't tell the kids, and lets see how long it takes them to notice." Conner and Nicci were watching a movie while we traveled. So, we turned around to head back home, neither of the kids said a word. We pulled into our neighborhood and Nicci says, "I better get my shoes on cuz we are almost there." Conner says, "HEY! What are we doing back home?!" Pretty sad huh?
I am a wife to a wonderful man, and a mother of five beautiful, healthy children. If I had time, I would get organized, read, research stuff, exercise (pressing on!), and take more naps. We live in the great state of Oklahoma. Life is good. God is great!
A List of Common Adoption World Abbreviations and Terms
SWI - Social Welfare Institution, the orphanage, but also sometimes an orphanage and a home for the elderly
SN - Special Need, some of the families request a child with a special need, we have chosen not to
LID - Log In Date, the date your dossier is officially logged in in China
Travel Group - All the other families who have the same DTC/LID date as we do and we will all travel together unless one of them chooses a child with a special need. Usually all the referrals in a group come from the same orphanage, which will be another thing we will have in common with our travel group.
I-171h - a PPP that we waited 6 weeks on so we could finish our dossier
USCIS - United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Bethany - Our adoption case worker at Dillon who is very patient and has a great sense of humor
Dillon - Our adoption agency, which we love, is based in Tulsa, but serves many parts of the country, and it's Christian based
PPP - Pretty Peace of Paper, once you have received the pesky one it becomes the pretty one ;)
PPP - Pesky Piece of Paper, which is any piece of important paper you are waiting on
Referral - The first picture you see of the child you have been matched with and a brief medical history