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16 Week Bumpdate

How far along? 16 Weeks

Total weight gain: Again haven’t weighed myself, but I think I will start this week…not because I’m worried about how much I’ve gained for myself, but mostly because I want to make sure I’m gaining enough weight for the babies.  I will say, though, that my back is already feelin’ the extra weight!

Maternity clothes?  I am still wearing a mix of maternity and regular clothes.  And sweat pants are still my favorite thing to wear at home 🙂

Stretch marks?  nope!

Sleep: Well, we went on a retreat this weekend with our church, so sleep hasn’t been great this weekend.  Greg says he has to wake me up several times because he can tell I’m having a bad dream (by my breathing) so those pesky pregnancy dreams have not gone away yet….dang!

Best moment this week: People asking about when I’m due, without even knowing that I am pregnant….so that means my belly has gone past the “I ate too many Doritos” stage and into the “I’ve got 2 babies in there.”  Woo!

Miss Anything?   Laying on my stomach!  Today I just kept saying “Oh I want to lay on my stomach so, so badly…”  I am guessing I could probably still laying on my stomach for a short time…but I just feel ultra paranoid that I could potentially hurt the babies. 

Movement: I still don’t know that I FOR SURE felt something, but I felt more prominent “fluttering” this week and I’m pretty sure it was the babies.  It felt a lot like a butterfly trapped in my belly.  It hasn’t be consistent but from time to time I am thinking that’s what I’m feeling.  My doctor told me it probably wouldn’t get be consistent till after 20 weeks, but it is fun to start noticing those fluttering feelings.

Food cravings:  A good cheeseburger!   Mmmm.

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope!

Gender: Don’t know yet…but I was talking to someone who went to find out their baby’s gender and the baby was not cooperating.  They THINK it’s a girl, but aren’t sure.  Oh my.  Our babies will be on a time out if they do not cooperate when we have our ultrasound 🙂

Fruit/Veggie Size:  Avocado!  Babies are starting to hear, grow eyelashes and hair, and form taste buds!

Labor Signs: Nope

Symptoms: Sore back and body in general.  It’s very interesting how different my body feels without a huge drastic change…I know, the best is yet to come…haha.

Belly Button in or out? In….more and more flat.

Wedding rings on or off? On!

Mood This Week:  Feeling good.  Sometimes I get overwhelmed thinking how much longer I have to go….but at the same time I am thankful for the time we have before we meet the babies…lots to do, and lots of Greg and Tina time to be had!

Looking forward to: Sleeping!  Here’s to hoping being back my bed will guarantee a good night of sleep!


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15 Week Bumpdate

I’ve decided to change a few of these categories and add one…see if you can figure out what the changes are….
How far along? 15 Weeks

Total weight gain: Haven’t weighed myself since I went to the doctor last.  But I just read in one of my weekly email updates that I should be gaining about a pound a week now…give or take some.  That seems like an awful lot, but I guess I do have two people growing inside of me!

Maternity clothes?  Yup.  I have acquired a few more items this week….and I am planning to write a separate post about maternity clothes.  Be excited.

Stretch marks?  No.  And I was daydreaming today that I was at the end of my pregnancy without ANY….maybe a sign?!

Sleep: Tried sleeping on the couch last night.  I have noticed that when I sleep on my side, my front is supported (I used a pillow) but my back never is…so I always feel like I am going to roll over (yup, much like a baby learning to roll…when they are teetering on their side almost rolling but not quite).  In any case, I thought maybe the back of the couch would help to support me a bit.  Plus I really wanted to give Greg a break from all my tossing and turning.  So, I slept on the couch and it was fine.  I did feel a bit more support but I still tossed and turned.  I guess it’s trial and error.  I have a few more things I want to try before I give up and assume that I am doomed in the sleep department.

Best moment this week: Starting a baby registry.  It’s still very small….but we can add as we think of things.  Plus it’s a bit less daunting doing it bit by bit.

Miss Anything?   An ice cold Coca Cola.  I didn’t drink Coke THAT much, but I did drink it from time to time.  But I decided if I could avoid those caffeine intakes, why not.  So I’ve been resisting, but I did have a sip at the Timberwolves game earlier this week….ohhh, was it so good!

Movement: I am convinced that today I felt something.  I still feel some random things from time to time but today I was laying on the couch, completely still (which is when, I’ve heard, you could probably feel movement best), and I felt these two little “tink, tink” against my belly.  Who knows if it was anything, but it did feel different from what I’ve felt before like when I’m in the car or in motion.  I know that as they get bigger movement will be more and more defined…but I like to think I felt one of them move right when I was daydreaming (yup, again) about them.

Food cravings: Nothing in particular this week.   Just food in general.

Anything making you queasy or sick:  No…I’m lucky!

Gender: 5 more weeks till we know!  I like asking people what they think….though I’ve mostly only asked kids (since I’m around them all day)…there is quite a mixture of votes, but the last time a big group of people was polled (a class across the hall:)) 2 boys was the winner!

Fruit/Veggie Size:  Naval Orange…babies are squirming, hiccuping, and arms and leg joints are all functioning!!!

Labor Signs: Nope

Symptoms: Stuffy nose…ALL. THE. TIME.  It’s so bizarre.  I just recently read that this happens to when during pregnancy.  But I am blowing my nose like 50 times a day, no joke.  I always think I’ve blown the last of it, and then I have to blow it again.

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On!  I hope to keep it on the entire time…I love my ring!  If not, I will get a fake one at Walmart 🙂

Mood This Week:  Feeling pretty good.  Cried yesterday cause I just didn’t have energy to go to the gym, but I needed to go….laughed hysterically today about how many scratch off tickets we got at the grocery store from our purchases.  The emotions range widely 🙂  But, overall, pretty great.

Looking forward to: Eating more!  Haha….sorry, food on the mind.  Hungry again!


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major success

today calls for a celebration.

i have sucessfully had blood drawn, without Greg there, without passing out!

because i have a history of being squimish a passing out, this is a true victory!!!!  yippie!  in celebration, i bought myself some peanut butter m&ms.



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14 Week Bumpdate

I know I JUST posted week 13, but that’s because it was  over a week late.  So, 14 weeks is only a few days late…

holy hannah...14 weeks

How far along? 14 Weeks

Total weight gain: 3 pounds as of my 14 week appointment today!  It sure looks like I’ve gained more than 3 pounds 🙂

Maternity clothes? When I’m home, I’m living in sweatpants…but if I have to get dressed, I still would love to wear leggings at all times…though I did find a pear of comfy black pants (real pants) which I like a lot…and yes, they are maternity!

Stretch marks? nope!!!

Sleep: Still weird dreams!  Greg has to wake me up from time to time to “snap out of it”  I hear this is common but I am starting to wonder if I’ve just been watching too much Lost?!

Best moment this week: hearing both babies hearts at our 14 week appointment…that and realizing how amazing of a partner Greg is going to be in this whole process…I’m lucky!

Miss Anything? Going crazy at Zumba.  Just before I found out I was pregnant I was one of those crazy Zumba girls who was dripping sweat by the end of the first song.  So, the fact that I have had to tone that down has been difficult…I miss it!

Movement: No…I, again, thought I felt something yesterday…but I notice it most times when I’m in the car…so I am starting to think it’s the vibration of the car seat belt rubbing against my belly button or something like that 🙂

Food cravings: meat?  and still salty things.  though I still don’t think I’ve gone too crazy with anything…I usually want stuff but it doesn’t mean I go and eat it!

Anything making you queasy or sick: not really.

Gender: still don’t know…but Greg had a very mathematical talk with me about the percentages that are possible for each of the combinations.  He lost me for most of it, but that’s cool…math isn’t my forte!

Labor Signs: Nada

Symptoms: bigger belly.  That’s about it.  Doc said if I had one babe inside I would be measuring about 17-18 weeks…yowza!  Apparently right on track for twins!

Belly Button in or out? Still in….yes!

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!

Looking forward to: feeling babies move!

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13 Week Bumpdate

Bumpdate…get it…like “UPDATE”  Ahhh, I’m so clever!  Actually I just copied the idea from another blog I saw.  Not clever at all 🙂

In any case, I figured it was time to start writing about these babies.  My goal is to update weekly….but I don’t want to promise that.  It may turn into a bi-weekly bumpdate.  Either way, it’s a place that I’ll be able to keep you all in the loop with how things are going in our world!  So here it goes…

13 weeks...

How far along? 13 Weeks

Total weight gain: 1.5 ish pounds gained at my 12 week appointment

Maternity clothes? I still wear many of my pre-prego shirts but I can definitely fit into maternity shirts and I mostly wear leggings or maternity jeans (ahh…already!)

Stretch marks? nope…a friend gifted me some belly butter but I don’t use it regularly…made I should!

Sleep: sleeping is not so great.  I have crazy dreams all the time, and I hate sleeping on my sides (I’m trying to train myself now since I know eventually I will HAVE to).  I did find a body pillow that has helped some, but still, it’s not great.  I know it’s not going to get better either…ah well!

Best moment this week:  making our facebook announcement.  I know it sounds silly, but it was so fun to be able to tell people…FINALLY.  Plus we had so many sweet words that it was really encouraging!

Miss Anything? wearing my favorite AE skinny jeans.  Thank God that Old Navy makes some pretty fashionable skinny maternity jeans!

Movement: don’t feel anything quite yet.  There are moments when I wonder if I’m feeling something, but I still think it’s too early.  Hopefully in the next few weeks!

Food cravings:  hmmmm.  Craving most things I shouldn’t crave….salty instead of my normal sweet tooth.  Doritos sound so yummy.  Nothing that I’m constantly craving, though…and nothing crazy like pickles with strawberry jelly.

Anything making you queasy or sick: not really.  I’ve been lucky that I kept my appetite most of the first trimester.

Gender: Unknown…though I think I am learning towards one of each.

Labor Signs: Nope!  Still a long way from that:)

Symptoms: a few aches and pains in my belly…but I’ve read that that’s normal as my stomach stretches.  Nothing too bad…I can just feel it.

Belly Button in or out?  Still in…but I can definitely tell that it’s stretching and getting more flat!

Wedding rings on or off? on…no problem!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!  Though sometimes I can get emotional…go figure 🙂

Looking forward to: Meeting our doctor and our 14 week appointment!


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here’s the story, of my lovely break…

Well Hello!

Let me reintroduce myself.  I’m Tina….it’s been a while. I have good reasons.  I truly do.  So (to the tune of the Brady Bunch theme song)…here’s the story, of my lovely break…

I remember writing a post a while back about how it had been a while since I had written and how I needed to take time for myself because blogging is something I truly enjoy…and then a week later I discontinued blogging (with the exception of a few “easy” posts simply so my account wouldn’t expire) because…I got knocked up.

I’ve been waiting for the perfect time to use that phrase.  I resisted using it when telling my Grandma I was pregnant…and I didn’t think it would be appropriate to use it when telling my students I’m pregnant.  So, blog world, you got the ridiculous term for…I’m pregnant!

So there, now you have it…the best reason why I’ve been on a little bloggy break.  A few reasons why this pregnancy has halted my blogging time:

1.  I have been taking naps most days and going to bed by 9:00 pm.  That doesn’t leave time for blogging.

2.  I have been a little preoccupied with reading blogs and doing craigslist searches for baby goodies.

3.  I would have spilled the beans had I blogged anything of significance in the last 3 months.

What I forgot to mention above (which I think multiplies my mentioned reasons for the break by at least 2) is that I’ve got two babes cookin’ in there.  Yup, I’m pregnant with twins.  I’m not sure if that doubles your tiredness, but even if not, I’m gonna go with it…cause I’ve been beat.

I will try not to get too graphic here, but I figured this is a way to document this part of my life, so when I’m old and have forgotten, I can hopefully look back and read about it (if I can figure out how to type in a URL on the World Wide Web at that point).

Middle of November rolled around and I hadn’t suspected that I was pregnant, although I knew it was a possibility.  I figured if I was pregnant I would be throwing up or lashing out with moodiness, but I wasn’t doing either of those things.  However, Greg and I decided that if my monthly visitor didn’t arrive by November 20th that I would take a pregnancy test “just to know” either way.  So, November 20th rolled around and I woke up early because I had been thinking about taking a test before going to bed.  I went in to use the bathroom, read the directions from the box, and took the test.  In the meantime, Greg was still asleep and I tried to occupy those LONG 3 minutes by brushing my teeth.  As I was done brushing my teeth I looked at the test and as soon as I saw the little “result window” I started to get all clammy and sweaty, and shaky.  It’s hard to explain but I think Jenny McCarthy shared my feelings exactly, “As I peed on the stick I hoped I was pregnant but just ‘knew’ that I wasn’t…I held up the stick and…my mouth dropped to the floor and I rubbed my eyes in total disbelief.”  (Yes, I am guilty of reading her book Belly Laughs)

Two lines on my test meant KNOCKED UP.  I saw two lines.  But I was sure it was wrong.  I was happy but so many thoughts ran through my head that the feeling of pure joy (as you always imagine and picture) was not the first thing I was feeling.  It would take a long time to explain it (mostly because I don’t totally know that I was feeling in the initial moments) but because I was sure I read it wrong, I ran to wake up Greg.  The conversation went a little something like this:

“Babe, wake up…I just took one of those tests…but I’m not sure if I know how to read it…can you come help me figure it out????”

He stumbled out of bed and read through the long page of instructions and got to the part that was titled “Reading Results.” Within a few seconds I heard him calmly say, “Babe, I think this means you’re pregnant….”  Like I said, I always pictured jumping up and down, crying, screaming, etc.  None of that happened.  It wasn’t because we weren’t happy….it was simply because we were just shocked.  Just tryin’ to keep it real here.

sorry if this grosses you out...had to include it!

After we let it soak in a bit I tried to figure out how far along we were…started googling things because I was like “Oh crap, I ate lunch meat…I remember hearing that you’re not supposed to…”  and of course taking our planned Christmas Card photo…We were trying to soak it in and in the midst of it took some time to thank God for the huge gift that He had blessed us with.

my thoughts: holy crap, I'm pregnant...are these jeans tight already?

Ironically, a few days after I took the initial test, I felt the urge to take another one…just to double check.  Kind of funny because in the end I had one prego test for each of the babies 🙂

Fast forward a little bit….about a week after we found out there was a bun in the oven, I had noticed something that seemed a bit unusual (I’ll spare you the details) and of course the mommy alarm started to sound and I was nervous.  So I called my clinic and explained the situation and they said they’d see me earlier than the pre-planned 10 week appointment.  I was so thankful that they were willing to take me in.  I just wanted to make sure everything was ok and I couldn’t stand the idea of waiting another month to find out.

I went in a few days later and expected them to check things out and send me on my way.  Greg wasn’t there because I took the first appointment they could get me, which happened to be when he was out of town.  My nurse practionier came in, and did an ultrasound to see if she could see the baby and heartbeat.  While I was laying there looking at the screen I thought to myself “Hmmm…that’s odd…there are two little areas in the picture…”  Like I could see two well defined “areas”….and as soon as that thought left my mind I heard her say “Oh….I think there are two little people in here…”

NO WAY.  Really??  TWO?  Like Twins?  I was thinking that, but it came out as “Oh, wow…yeah…I can see them…”  I didn’t freak out at all.  I was cool as a cucumber which is crazy cause I’m usually the dramatic, irrational one.  She showed me both babies and I saw two fluttering heartbeats.  But because she was just the nurse, she wanted to send me to an actual ultrasound tech. to confirm the two babies.  We were both pretty confident since we saw both babies at once, but she didn’t want to say with 100% certainty since she is not an actual technician.

I called Greg and he calmly said “Really….that’s crazy….well I always thought it was a possibility…”  Cool as a cucumber, as well.  So we waited another week and a half or so and then went in for official ultraswound and sure enough two little nuggets floating around in there.  We heard their heartbeats, saw them moving, and it was pretty amazing.  Again, I imagined myself to cry at those moments, but I think it was so surreal that all I could do was just smile from ear to ear…plus I was afraid of missing any little details.  So, I just smiled, squeezing Greg’s hand each time we catch a glimpse of our BABIES!  It was pretty fantastic.

And then the waiting game began.  Of course I wanted to tell everyone, but we wanted to wait until our 12 week appointment…so it was our little secret (along with our family and close friends).

And that, my friends, is the story of my lovely break!

More to come about this journey so far…and weekly updates on our growing babes!

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