You've caught me with my pants down. There's no new design for December today but there should be one over the weekend. I completely spaced that today was the first of the month and thought I had more time to cook something up. That and well... I've been pre-occupied with being knocked up.
I told two more of my co-workers yesterday about my clown car condition. I literally said, "I'm knocked up" and hushed them to secrecy. It was getting difficult keeping it from them since they were the only two people in our team's daily meeting who had no clue. Kerrina almost outed me to them on Wednesday so I felt that the time was right to let them know. Of course the "Holy shit you're having a litter" and "Congrats" talk dominated for the first 20 minutes of yesterday's meeting, but it's definitely a relief not to have to sneak around them anymore.
The current plan is that I'll officially announce my pregnancy to the rest of the group in January, although, truth be told, I'm not being all that careful when I talk about it. I'm sure there are a few people that have guessed or overheard me yapping about something related to it -- three instantly come to mind -- but I don't want to announce before three months. I'm thinking I'll let my boss announce it in our monthly newsletter. There's a section for folks' achievements or new things that are going on so I may have him write "Liz done gone and got herself knocked up!!!" Then again, maybe not.
I finally scored an appointment with the super high risk obstetrics docs for Tuesday, December 12. The appointment is like THREE hours long! They're going to have us watch a video on selective reduction, do another ultrasound, do a physical and then have a consultation. I'm a little anxious but Mark and I have decided a couple of things already that should help make things easier for us. (For those who are curious, we're planning to continue with all three provided that it will not endanger my life or the entire pregnancy.)
So we wait another two weeks -- what is it with all these two week waits! -- until we get to the appointment and start our pre-natal care. In the meantime, I've got a copy of When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads by Dr. Barbara Luke to help me cope until then. It came highly recommended through my friend Ish so I had Mark run out and buy me a copy ASAP. I've cracked the book open a couple of times, quite predictably to scary spots, so I've yet to hunker down and read it, but read it I will. It's the most important thing I need to do this weekend, so I'm setting aside Sunday to laze around in my jammies and do it.
Speaking of pants... (Well, it was jammies, actually, but who's checking...) I broke down and bought my first official pair of maternity pants at the Gap yesterday. My "what to work" dilemma had been slowly turning into a crisis. My usual "uniform" of suit and baby tee had to be abandoned weeks ago because NONE of my 12 suits were fitting me anymore. Don't get me wrong, I could wear most of the jackets, unbuttoned or partially buttoned, but forget the bottoms. Those were getting tighter and tighter around the belly (duh!) and had gotten so uncomfortable that I switched to separates. I started rocking some of my old "fat pants" (sizes 12 & 14) but even those have gotten tight recently and are not fitting correctly.
Now I haven't put on that much weight. By my scale, I've gained about six pounds since the middle of IVF treatment (the last time I weighed myself was mid-september). I don't have back fat, nor have my arms ballooned or my face filled out. I know a little of it is pregnancy bloat but those six pounds of baby are making a huge difference in the fit of my clothes. And my ability to breathe.
So I decided to try out the Gap's maternity line and headed over after work with two of my girlfriends to the nearest store that carried it. I grabbed a size 14 in their "wear anytime" (demi panel) line. They practically fell off. The size 12. Baggy as all get out. The size 10... perfect. Except for the belly. They're too big there. I bought one pair of pants and am ordering two or three more later today.
In knitting news, Obi has been moved to the "on hold" pile. Somehow, the thought of casting on 244 stitches for mindless stockinette isn't appealing to me at the moment but I'm sure I'll get my second wind at Christmas. Shedir needs some uninterrupted weekend love as the pattern now requires a titsch more attention than I can give it while commuting so I'm planning to eke out some time for it this weekend.
So my commuting knitting now consists of the "His/Hers Reversible Scarf" and "Balsam." Yup... I started something new. More about it later... I need to get ready for work.
Keep growing lil sea monkeys! Get big and strong!