All week, we have been talking about Friday as being a "big day" and it did not disappoint. First, the whole family came with me to my ultrasound; neither Paul nor Abby have been able to come since the 20 week one. The babies are getting so big and guess what? They are both vertex now (I knew I felt that little boy do a complete flip a couple of weeks ago) so I am all set for the delivery I want (not a c-section) unless they flip again- which is entirely possible- but we've had talks (the babies and I that is) and I think we are all on the same page. They looked great and were estimated at 2.2 and 2.6 lbs. give or take 5 oz. They are getting too big for good ultrasound photos, but I did get one catching the two of them putting their heads together, conspiring against their poor mummy; no doubt thinking up ways to make me even more uncomfortable. I also had a bunch of blood tests done and *SURPRISE* they couldn't find any veins in my arm so they had to stick and dig around on the tops of my hands until they found "a good one". Next time, they are getting ONE try. That's it! My next appt. is in 3 weeks (no ultrasound) and then every 2 weeks after that with Non-Stress Tests at the hospital which is where we are all hooked up to monitors that record each baby's heartbeat and measures the frequency of my contractions if there are any.
The other WAY major thing that happened was that we finally got Abby's hair cut. As you can tell by the photo, she was a little past due because I have been growing her bangs out all summer. We went to a place in Draper called "Cookie Cutters" which is a place just for kids. We really wanted her to have a good experience and she was so worried about cutting her long hair. Well, she LOVED it! They have themed chairs and they get to watch a video of their choice while the stylist cuts the hair. Abby told the girl, "I want my hair to look like Grandma's." I explained that meant a little bob that will grow out well... that was preferably not colored gray. I needed something fairly short as her hair was so thin and all different lengths from her baby mullet days.
Then, because her hair was so long, we were able to donate 7 1/2 inches of hair to Locks of Love and Abby was really excited about being able to give hair to a child who needed it. She was horrified that there were children who didn't have hair because they were so sick. (You can click the icon to learn more about it). She really surprises me with her understanding and compassion for others sometimes.
The end result was darling and we were both really happy with it.
When we got home, we found some strange people lurking in our darkened hall... it turns out, they were my parents!!! They TOTALLY surprised us and it was so awesome! My mother, of course, has been doing the laundry and the dishes and whatever else she could to help. Grandpa has been busy keeping Abby busy. That night, we all went to a nice dinner. I was so glad that they could feel the babies move and see how well Abby is reading in person. They're leaving Sunday in the late afternoon and I am already sad. What an unexpectedly fantastic ending to our BIG day.