Monthly Archives: February 2012

one word wednesday…plus a few more

sweetness.

 

Ok, I know I am supposed to stick to one word on Wednesdays….but this picture deserves a few more words.

I just finished up a full day of teaching followed by 5 hours of conferences.  Normally these days are brutal….but being pregnant, this day was beyond brutal….My body just ached and ached as I walked in the door after my 13+ hour day…I was hungry….I didn’t know if I should lay down first, eat first, or cry first.  Plain old exhausted.

Greg helped me into bed and asked what I wanted to eat….I knew I had to have raspberries and scrambled eggs.  A few minutes later this is what I was presented with….hence the word for this post….sweetness!

I know everyone says they have the best husband, but I truly feel so blessed to have a husband who loves me and takes care of me so well!

 

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20 Week Bumpdate

How far along? 20 Weeks….since there are two in there, I am already past my “halfway” point.  My doctor said they won’t let me go past 38 weeks…

Total weight gain: I haven’t weighed myself since the last appointment.  So I’m guessing it’s a little over 10 pounds gained, by now.

Maternity clothes?  Oh yeah.  And I’m starting to get frightened that my “XS” maternity clothes are not going to last me much longer.  They said that you should buy your pre-pregnancy size, just in maternity and the clothes will grow with you….buuuuut, I’m not so sure that’s gonna work for this twins mama.  We’ll see.

Stretch marks?  Another victorious week!

Sleep:  Hmmmm.  I do hope to share better news each time I update this, but I’m afraid when one thing gets “better” something else comes up.  Lately I’ve been feeling more comfortable in bed….but I’ve been waking up from hunger around 3 am.  It’s not the kind of hunger that you can ignore, either.  Most nights I have a small snack before bed, say around 9 or 9:30….but by the time 3:00 rolls I’ve hit my max “no eat” time and I just need something.  Usually a handful of crackers does the trick….but then the problem is that I’m awake and alert, which means it takes me time to fall back asleep.  Oh the woes 🙂  It’s fine….I’m learning to accept it.

Best moment this week: So, so many this week.  I felt babies kicking (from the outside) on Wednesday.  I was at school and we were listening to a speaker from the zoo and all the sudden I felt a “thump”…it didn’t feel like a KICK, it just felt like the babies were floating around in there and happened to bounce and hit my belly.  But it happened a few more times…fun.  Then just like that, I started feeling them from time to time on the outside.  Again, I think the nature of my job is that I just am moving so much that it’s hard to keep track of when I notice it, but when I’m sitting or resting, I do.  The next day at our small group I felt the babies so I grabbed Greg’s hand and he felt it too!  He’s only caught it 1 or 2 times so far, but still very fun that he was abbe to feel them.  And the last great moment of the week was having our ultrasound.  Of course we were so excited to find out we are having a baby girl and boy….but truly the best moment was when the doctor came in to review the scans with us and tell us that we couldn’t hope for a better scan….both are developing well–brains, hearts, bones, etc….they have the right amount of fluid for each, etc. etc.  The list could go on, but it was just a great blessing to know that they are healthy, growing little nuggets!  Plus it was pretty fun to see them, too.  Though, I wish they would have just let us sit and watch them rather than taking so many measurements and moving the scanner thing around so much…..I guess, they had a job to do!

Miss Anything?   Being able to snuggle with Greg.  These days my pillows are taking over most of the bed, so the poor man is shoved to the side of the bed with very little space.  Plus even if pillows were not an issue, I get so, so hot….I could suffocate next to him.

Movement: As mentioned above….yes, felt babies move more and more this week.  They were going crazy in there a bit ago.  Also, now that we know which baby is on which side, it’s kind of fun to say “Oh, little girl is movin…” or whatever.  The doctor did say that the placenta is in the front of my belly….so that is probably absorbing a lot of their kicks and movements this far.  When they were scanning and I could see them moving around it was amazing how much I didn’t feel….I didn’t feel most of their movements during that time.  So I can only imagine how much they move and how much I just don’t realized.

Food cravings:  Oh boy….pancakes!  A friend at Small Group (on Thursday) said “pancakes” in some conversation and as soon as I heard that word I was stuck….I HAD. TO. HAVE. PANCAKES.  Nothing else would do.  So, at 9:30 on Thursday evening, Greg offered to take me to the Perkins down the road so I could get a Short Stack of pancakes…..they were so, so tasty!

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope

Gender: Boy and Girl.  Baby Boy is about 10 oz, Baby Girl is about 9 oz….both heart rates are almost identical (153 and 152)…and they are measuring only 3 days apart….which is pretty close considering they give a 2 week window of measuring difference that they consider normal.  Little boy is on the left side and I have been feeling him the most…and Little girl in on my right side.  Both head down for now.  Now to think about names!

Fruit/Veggie Size:  Cantaloupe!  Internet is being picky….I’ll update this section later!

Labor Signs: Nope

Symptoms: Continued stuff nose….even after my cold left.  We’ve gone through so many tissue boxes it’s crazy.

Belly Button in or out? Looks about the same to me…but it could be out just a tad bit more than last week.

Wedding rings on or off? today I took off my engagement ring and I’m just wearing the wedding band 😦  They fit still, but it’s just tight.  Since my rings lock together (one goes inside the other), the engagement ring makes the wedding band tight…if I take the engagement ring off, the band is more comfortable.  We’ll see…I’ll probably still wear both until I just can’t….but it was more comfortable for the moment to take the one off.

Mood This Week:  Thankful!  So thankful for the two little people inside me…

Looking forward to: Finishing registering and getting our recently (TODAY) purchased cribs put together.

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To Find out Genders…or Not

So, I decided that since there are several things that we’ll be contemplating over the next few months, that I’d share my personal thoughts on them in a weekly or bi-weekly (we’ll see how many of these I can write without falling asleep) post called “To ____, or Not.”  Keep in mind, I’m not trying to write about what I think is right for everyone…I’ll solely be sharing my thoughts on what we have decide is right for us and our babies!

With that said, my first post will be:  To Find out Genders….or Not

Most of you that have been reading weekly have probably already guessed that we WANT to find out the gender for our babies!

Here’s a few of the reasons why we decided this….

1.  I am the least patient person when it comes to a surprise…the weeks before Christmas or birthdays are horrible…I ask Greg constantly if he wants to tell me what he got me.  Of course, if I absolutely had to, I could wait…but since we have the opportunity to find out, I’m all about it!

2.  I am a planner.  If I had to wait until the day I gave birth to find out the genders, I would probably break out into hives from not knowing…do I need pink blankets, or blue blankets…do I need ruffles, or do I need stripes.  You get the point.  I want to have clothes ready and waiting for these babies and knowing their gender obviously helps with that.

3.  I still believe we get to experience the surprise element.   My view is that regardless of WHEN you find out the gender of your baby, you are going to be surprised.  Why not get the surprise a few months earlier than their birthday?!  I’m going to be just as surprised when I find out on Friday as I would be if I found out once they decide to join the world.

4.  We will be able to think more seriously about names.  If we didn’t find out the genders till they were born, we’d have to come up with 4 names to have handy…and for us, that’s just too much of a task to take on….we’ll be lucky if we can come up with two names!  Plus once we’ve determined the genders, and determined the names, I feel like it becomes much more personal….being bale to talk to the babies using their names!  Oh, I can’t wait!

There you have it, folks….why we plan to find out the genders of our babies!!!

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one word wednesday

introducing…

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19 Week Bumpdate

For all you faithful readers….sorry this is coming a day late!  The Mr. and I were enjoying a little R & R at a cabin in Wisconsin with some good friends…and this particular Wisconsin cabin was in the middle of NO WHERE…aka, no internet!  So, without further ado…

How far along? 19 Weeks

Total weight gain: I went in for an appointment on Wednesday the scale said I have now gained about 9.5 pounds.  Which was actually pretty accurate with the gym scale…so now I can feel fairly confident that the two are close.  I asked the nurse about that much weight gain and she said that they usually estimate a woman with one baby to gain about 10 pounds by 20 weeks….so the fact that I had gained nearly 10 pounds by 19ish weeks was just fine.  She didn’t seem to think it was too little or too much.

Maternity clothes?  Yup.  I pulled out this cute little velor suit that Greg bought for me 2 Christmas’ ago and I discovered that if I want it to fit, I must sag the pants in the front considerably.  It’s cool….as long as I can wear them again, normally, some day 🙂

Stretch marks?  None that I can see 🙂

Sleep:  I think I have slept fairly normal nights in the last week.  My nose cold got the best of me a few nights….but once I was able to clear my nose long enough to fall asleep, I generally stayed asleep.  A few things that are working well:  Prenatal Bobby pillow has been a lifesaver.  It still feels like we have a third person in bed, but for a bit extra sleep, it’s worth it.  Also my new humidifier has helped.   I guess I’m asleep while it’s working, but the air has been so dry which also could be a reason why I’m waking up, and having a humidifier has helped some.  I continue to have crazy weird dreams…several about school related disasters and one about attending a Lady GaGa concert.  All in all, though, I must say the sleep department continues to improve.  Don’t be fooled…I don’t sleep amazingly….but little by little, better!  That’s all I’m looking for!

Best moment this week: Greg was out of town so I was talking to him via speaker phone.  I had my phone resting on my belly because holding it was simply too much work.  Greg said something and then I felt one of the babies move….then a few seconds later I felt another move (not sure if it was the same baby or not….I have no idea how they are laying in there)…I’m not saying they were responding to his voice, for sure….but I am saying, it was a fun little moment and to think that they responded to him was really pretty fun.  Other best moment…hearing their sweet little beating hearts at my appointment!  I love hearing that!

Miss Anything?   My normal gym classes.  I could probably push it and go, but it’s just not worth it to me…especially with two in there.  So gym time has gotten fairly boring between the bike and the treadmill.  It’s fine, it’s just not quite as exciting as Zumba or other fast paced classes are. 

Movement: Feeling babies move (and noticing) most days…the days kind of blur together, but I do tend to notice them a lot more in the evenings.  I felt a few stronger movements from the outside of my belly over the weekend…it wasn’t a KICK it was more like this odd movement that felt like someone was doing a flip in there.  Who knows if it was the babies or if it was food moving through my belly…but it was something new.

Food cravings:  Nothing in particular.  Though a pudding pop does sound delicious right about now.  Good thing we have some in the freezer 🙂

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope

Gender: Only a few more days!  Yippie!  Cast your votes now.  Next Bumpdate will have the big reveal….these babies better cooperate 🙂

Fruit/Veggie Size:  Mangoes!  Babies are working on their five senses right now.  Nerve cells for taste, hearing, feeling, and smell are developing!

Labor Signs: Nope

Symptoms: Back aches.  This is self explanatory….and as a result of this symptom I have decided a monthly massage is in order!

Belly Button in or out? About the same as last week.  Flat with a little outtie popping out 🙂

Wedding rings on or off? On for now!

Mood This Week:  Excited to see our babies!  So much anticipation…especially since we haven’t seen them for nearly 10 weeks!  I know they have changed so much and I can’t wait to see them!

Looking forward to: Our ultrasound…and a short work week!

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Whitney Tribute

I haven’t really been following the story of Whitney Houston’s passing…

Of course it’s sad, and I truly hope that her family finds comfort during this time…but she’s a person…and a person I never knew…and if I were to get all crazy over this story, I feel like I’d be idolizing her, which I definitely don’t want to do.  With that said, I truly hope that those that did know her will find peace.

The only clip I’ve really seen of this coverage (so far) is of the PS22 Chorus…they did a tribute song on the eve of her memorial service and it was pretty great.  I love this group of kids and it was just neat to hear them sing one of her famous songs.

So, for the weekend, I will leave you with this:

PS22 Chorus Tribute

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18 Week Bumpdate

How far along? 18 Weeks

Total weight gain: It appears that I am up about 8 pounds…though I am still leery of the gym scale.  I guess I will see what the doctor’s scale says next time I’m in.

Maternity clothes?  Yes.  I did try to wear my pre-prego jeans with the BellyBand thing this week….that is already getting pretty impossible.  It fits everywhere other than my belly, but even with the band over the pants its pretty noticeable that my jeans are all the way unzipped and unbuttoned.  Haha.

Stretch marks?  None….woo woo.

Sleep: Sleep improved some this week…I got a Boppy prenatal pillow and the pillow seems to be the right thickness, length, and curves in the right places.  So I had a few nights of BETTER (that’s the key word) sleep….and then I woke up early on Saturday morning with the start of a small cold…so back to not so great sleep.  Hopefully after this cold passes I’ll be back on track.  Side note about sleep:  we tried out a Tempur-Pedic bed over the weekend….and I’m in love.  If any Tempur Pedic people out there are reading this, I wouldn’t say no to taking a mattress off your hands.  Just sayin’ 🙂

Best moment this week: We were waiting to meet some friends for brunch and our quirky waiter said “So, are you expecting 2 more…or should I say 3??”  As he chuckles at himself for being so clever.  I responded, “Well, actually 4…”  Which he thought I meant I was pregnant with 4….not that we were waiting for our 2 friends and 2 babies…then he went into a long talk about how we should definitely not find out the genders, and how it’s great that they will be born during nice weather, etc.  It was kind of amusing…from anyone else I would probably have felt that was a little too much…but he was such an interesting fella I couldn’t help but be amused by it.

Miss Anything?   Belly laying.  I think I have mentioned this before.  But I still miss it.  I probably will for a long, long time.

Movement: Feeling the babies more this past weekend….the little butterfly movements woke me up, even.  I feel them most in the evening….and it’s still not consistent, but it’s fun when they bounce around in there.

Food cravings:  A cheeseburger.  Mmmmm!

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Not really.

Gender: 2 more weeks…..and I’m praying that they cooperate with us!

Fruit/Veggie Size:  Sweet Potatoes!  Babies quite the acrobats in there..passing the hours yawning, hiccuping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking and swallowing.

Labor Signs: Nope

Symptoms: Prego brain!  Oh man.  I didn’t think this was true….it definitely is…and it’s already hit me.  I can’t keep days straight, I misplace things, I forget what I had just set out to do….the list goes on and on.  It’s crazy!  So now that you know that my mind has gone crazy, you know why there are so many type-o’s and whatnot on these posts 🙂

Belly Button in or out? Hmmmm.  Partially out.  One little spot is sticking out.  But not the whole thing.

Wedding rings on or off? On…but if it wasn’t winter, I am guessing it would be off by now.  I notice my hands swell more these days.

Mood This Week:  Exhausted.  I know, I know….it only becomes more difficult.  I get it, and I am anticipating that.  But that’s really the only way to describe how I’ve felt this week.  It’s not bad, it’s just different than I’m used to.

Looking forward to: Greg feeling the babies kick.  I still haven’t felt them from the outside of my belly….so it will still probably a few weeks before he does, but I can’t wait for him to get to experience it….it makes things so much more real!

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