Hello again! I've gotten a little busy and haven't gotten a chance to post anything new for a while...I actually started a post about 2 weeks ago and got about 3 sentences in and got busy doing something else and never made it back! I had two group projects due last week (which are 100 times harder when you've never met your group), and then was in Missippi for Jeremy's brother's wedding last weekend. Needless to say, it's been a little crazy!! So, this week I only have two tests and regular school, work and kids stuff...so I may actually have a few minutes to breathe! Today I have a few minutes before I need to get Noah to school and head down to Columbia for a clinical lab at school, then back to Fort Mill to do my clinical from 1-9...busy busy busy!
Enough about that, here's what is really going on around here (well, the interesting stuff anyway)...The parents of the baby(ies) that I will carry are in town from the Netherlands. They got here last week right before we left for MS, but I did get to spend a little time with them right before we left. They also came to see the boys do karate and are coming for dinner tomorrow night at the house. It's been really great to get to spend time with them like this. I never really got to spend that much time with the other couples, and I feel like we are really getting to know each other, which is really great! It's going to be sad when they have to go back home and we are back to just email and skype! Why are they here, you may ask??? Well, sometime this weekend the egg donor will be ready to retrieve the eggs and then 5-6 days later we will have the IVF for me to get pregnant!!! Woohoo! I'm ready to be at that point so I'll be a little closer to being done with medications. As of now, it's not too bad, just some shots, patches, and pills...but soon it will move into the bigger shots...which is never fun, but it has to be done. So, hopefully within a couple of weeks, we should have a pretty good idea if it worked or not. I'm just going to assume it's going to work (and that it will most likely be two babies :), and they will be parents somewhere around Halloween!! Yes folks, do the time line...that will put me close to the end of pregnancy during the heat of the summer....awesome...great timing this time...so let me apologize in advance to those around me who will have to listen to me complain!! I will definatly keep everyone posted on how things are going with all of this (well, once we know something for sure, I don't want to jinx it!)
In other areas...we have kind of been in a holding pattern for the adoption stuff because of the money. We needed a chunk to send in with the contract and to get the home study started so we were waiting until we could do our taxes and get that back. Good news!! I did the taxes this week and we will have enough to get started. So, I think we are going to try to get our stuff notorized this week so when we get our stuff back we can get everything sent it. So....no turning back after that!!! We are really going to do it!! The boys have already moved into a room together and surprisingly they are actually sleeping, and they love it. We have lots of work to do to get the room ready for a baby, but I think right now we will wait until we get a little closer. It's pretty exciting that we are really starting!! Keep praying for a smooth process for us!
So....that's where we are. Seems like this post was a little boring...I am sorry for that and will try to do better next time...As a recap: gotta get through two tests this week, work, kids stuff, then I get to have my last unpregnant girl's night (woohoo), last minute put together cookout on sunday, then gotta get pregnant next week, get paperwork in for the adoption, and whatever else gets thrown in there. I have to say, I know it all looks crazy and overwhelming and trust me, some days it is. But, it is all such awesomely good stuff, that it would be impossible to give up any of it! It's probably a good thing that I don't have any extra time to sit and think about all of it because I would probably go nuts. It's all about taking things one day at a time, and that's about what I can handle, so it works well. I am so incredibly blessed with pregnancies, children, work, the opportunity to go to school that I can hardly stand it. Does it get any better than this life in our little tornado? Even if some days I do feel like that cow spinning in the wind??
One last thing, don't forget to get yourself a great tshirt!!! Visit our site at www.adoptionbug.com/asherussia. They are really great shirts!!! Also, we are having our fuundraiser garage sale on March 3rd, so we need your stuff, and we need you to come shop!!! Let me know if you are in the area and we will be happy to come pick stuff up from you. Thank you for your prayers and support! I will try not to wait so long to post next time, but I can't make any guarantees on that one...