Oh my, this was a busy time on the forums to be out of touch for a week and a half! Just caught up on the chat threads - hugs all around for the various things everyone has been dealing with.
I can't believe we are so close to potentially having babies show up in our DDC. Maybe it's partly because I'm not due until the end of March, so I have a bit of a ways to go yet! That said, sometimes I get a little freaked out that if the baby comes on the early side, it could be here in six weeks. At least we've picked what car seat we want, even if we haven't gotten it yet.
I had a great trip to California, teaching a couple classes and giving a talk at my old grad school. While many people have moved on, it was great fun to see everyone who was still in town, and I got some really complimentary feedback from some professors in our department about my dissertation research (which is what my talk was about), and further encouragement to publish the work and get it out there. I wish academic writing wasn't so much like pulling my own teeth. And that baby planning wasn't so much more fun!
I also got to see my family while down there, which was super fun. Everybody got to ooh and aah over my belly, and most people got to feel it move. My youngest brother was the funniest - he is 29 now, but doesn't have any friends having babies yet, and the only person in my extended family to have a baby so far lives in Portland. So my brother has not been around pregnant people! At one point when the baby was kicking, I had him put his hands on the two spots that were jumping, and his surprised "OH!!!" followed by several more each time it kicked was one of the highlights of my trip. My dad lucked out to be around me at a time when the baby was more active than any other point on my trip, so he got to feel the baby move around a bunch. I think before this, he was more excited about me being pregnant and having a baby, than about him getting to have a grandbaby, if that makes any sense. But in addition to feeling the baby move, he sang/played guitar for several songs to the baby to help "imprint," and afterwards I got a note from him that he felt like he and the baby had mutually bonded with one another. So fun.
And now I'm home, and happy to have no more trips planned, and so happy to see my husband again, and my new range came yesterday, so now I have a fully working stove AND a fridge that's not in my basement, and life seems to be pretty good right now. Aside from assorted aches and pains and cramps and whatnot, of course.