camprunner - how great that the in-laws will watch your older ones for a while after baby comes. i've been thinking how different things will be this time around. when dd was born i was able to devote all my time to her. i was off on maternity leave for four months and then when i did go back i worked nights so i could be with her during the day. it was exhausting, but so worth it. we got to bond in a way i'm afraid i won't be able to with this one. dd will be four when baby arrives, so i think she'll be great and will understand, but it will be different.
ibusymomto5 - i love your j.o.y. gift giving tradition. that's a really great idea.
MamaChef - yes, those are L.A. doula prices. still looking for something a little less expensive. i'm thinking i should just meet with some and find one i really click with rather than judging by price or others' recommendations.
don't think i'll be getting dh anything this year. things are tight since i got laid off in october. we never really get each other much anyway. he is an L.A. native and life-long laker fan, so if he does get anything, it will probably be laker-related.
lasagna is a x-mas eve tradition in our house. it's also tradition to eat a warmed-up piece of lasagna on x-mas morning when we're opening presents. the tamales sound great too!
love all the fabric you bought for your x-mas jammie project (especially dh's).
so glad you found a sitter you're excited about.
crystalyn - things sound pretty stressful right now. hope there's some light at the end of it all.
got a call on tuesday from dr's office with my second trimester screening results. turns out i screened positive for ds. i was especially bummed because my first trimester results were so good that i declined getting the amnio. now, i'm not so sure. i just don't know if i can go the next 22 weeks without knowing. what really bugged me though, was that when i got the second blood draw on nov 15th, i asked if i should call to find out my results or what. she assured me that if the screen came back positive, they'd hear in a week and let me know and if it was negative they wouldn't know for two or three weeks. well, a week came and went and two weeks came and went and i was feeling pretty good that the results must have been negative. then i get a call from the office at 6:00 p.m. on nov 30th (two weeks and a day after). i was annoyed.
other than that, i'm feeling great. baby's moving pretty consistently now. oh, and our birth bead swap is now up to 25 lovely ladies. so glad for that. can't wait to get started.
hope everyone is well.