Sorry to hear about your grandpa Barefoot. Annabelle, I lost my MIL in May of this year also.
As far as the holidays, everything is bought, wrapped, and under the tree. Christmas dinner in the fridge/freezer ready to go. We'll do seafood on Christmas Eve and then a Ham on Christmas Day. It will be just us as my family came down over Thanksgiving and Montana to Puerto Rico is too big a trip to take twice in a month! It doesn't seem like Christmas here with the weather. Hard to go from born and raised Northern girl to Tropical 83-85 every day. The plus, I think we'll go to the Beach on Christmas Day afternoon :) just because we can!
I am envious of those of you who are eating! I am always really hungry, but as soon as I take 2 or 3 bites I feel like I've just stepped back from an all you can eat buffet. I think it's been months since I had an actual MEAL. Just lots of little snacks. Haven't gained anything, lost some, but that's pretty common for me. I usually go to somewhere around 25-28 weeks before I gain, but I still end up with 8 lbs babies. Just seems to be how I do it.
Kawa, I go in on the 28th and will be just over 15 weeks too and I'm really hoping for a peep at gender too! If not, I'll be back in 2 weeks later, so I'm sure we can get it then. It seems crazy, but they want to see me every 2 weeks. I have ZERO risk factors and nothing abnormal going on, but it's just 'how they do it'. I'm going to a private 'upscale' clinic as that is actually the only place my insurance covers here on the island. And I guess when you're paying more...you expect to be seen more?? I will just push out my next appointment after that due to 'being out of town' or somethiing....LOL