Monthly Archives: June 2012

Welcome Babies!!!


Joshua Edward (left) and Sophia Jane (right)

Born on Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Joshua:  5:49 pm, 4 lbs + 13 oz, 18 inches
Sophia:  5:56 pm, 4 lbs + 2 oz, 17 inches

Both babies are just amazing…I don’t think we’ve studied anything so closely…we couldn’t love them more!  They will stay in the hospital for a little while in order to gain some weight and master the skill of eating.  We are hoping that the days fly by so that we can be at home with our sweet babes, SOON!  More to come soon!



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35 Week Bumpdate


How far along? 35 Weeks….who would have thought!? I am so, so happy to be arriving at 35 weeks because truthfully, I didn’t think I’d still be pregnant at this point. And some moments I wish we could get this show on the road, but more of the moments I’m so happy that they’re still cookin!!!

Total weight gain: Well……I had an appointment on Tuesday and one on Friday….Tuesday I had gained a total of 30 pounds, and by Friday I had gained another pound. Wowie! Those numbers keep creepin’ up!

Maternity clothes? Yeah….surprisingly most of my “XS” maternity stuff still fits and some of the “S” that I purchased (thinking I would surely need a bigger size) is too big.

Stretch marks? Yeah. I noticed a few more this week. Oh well. As Greg says, “The more stretch makes you get, the more the babies are growing…” I guess he is right….even though it’s hard to stomach some times. Like I said last week, hopefully once my stomach shrinks a little, the stretch marks will shrink too 🙂 Crossing my fingers.

Sleep: Well. I have compe up with a new system for sleeping based on a couple of really horrible nights. I was up several times, waking up early, hot, uncomfortable, etc. So, I have been getting into bed when Greg gets into bed…and we’ll read or talk until like 10:00 or 10:30. Then I say goodnight to Greg and head down to the basement and watch TV for a few hours. I’ve been going back upstairs between 12 and 1 most nights because that eliminates at least one time I get out of bed (bothering Greg) to go to the bathroom. Once I go to bed (around 1) I usually can then manage to make it until around 6 am, when Greg wakes up, only having gone to the bathroom 2 times. Then I am either awake because they are kicking or because I am not or whatever….but eventually fall back asleep again until around 8. I kind of dread going to sleep….not because I’m not tired….but because it’s just such disruptive sleep it almost seems better to stay awake. Oh, I also added a fan into the process last night….even setting AC to 67 at night was not cool enough for me….so I put a fan right on my face last night and it worked like a charm! I was so coool, it was glorious! I think the plan is to keep up this routine until the babies come….and once they come, just never sleeping 🙂

Signs of Labor: Nothing major! Dilated a bit more from last week but nothing crazy.

Best moment this week: Seeing so many friends!!! I got to see 3 of my roommates from when I lived in South Minneapolis (2 which live out of town, now)…Calleigh, Hilary, and Laurie. Reminiscing about the glory days when we were all wild and crazy (or not:))….I got to hang out with Small Group friends and play the Newly Wed’s game (and WON)….we got to see some of our favorite double dating buddies….and one of my dear, dear college friends, Darcy, is now in town visiting (and staying here). It’s the most social my life has been for many weeks. So fun, and so exhausting at the same time 🙂 Not used to all this interaction!

Miss Anything? Being able to bend down and pick things up. Often times if I drop something I just leave it on the floor until Greg is around and ask him to help….he has found everything from towels, to food, to papers just laying around waiting for his assistance. My belly is just to much in the way to bend down and squatting….oh boy…trying to get back up is quite the task!

Movement: Hmmmm…it’s becoming down right painful. Often times Greg and I will be talking and my face will go from listening intently to sheer pain….I truthfully worry they are going to break my ribs. Most of the day it feels like they are trying to pass a soccer ball back and forth….my bladder being the ball, of course. Love those little kickers, but boy oh boy….I think my stomach is going to be permanently bruised!!!

Food cravings: Burgers. Real Ice Cream. Lots and lots of Strawberries…..

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!

Fruit/Veggie Size: Coconuts! Nothing super interesting this week other than talking about my son’s testes which I don’t think anyone really wants to do….so I’ll skip that part. However, one interesting fact is that by 35 weeks my uterus has grown about 1,000 times its original size. I didn’t really believe that when I read it….but apparently it’s true. I wonder what that means for me since I have two babies in there and I’m measuring more like 41-42 weeks pregnant. It must be at least 5,000 it’s original size in my case Dang! Oh, and the babies are both right around 4 pounds (estimate from last ultrasound)…I know this picture indicates more, but ours are little peanuts, which is not surprising since there are two in there!

Symptoms: Stretched out stomach muscles….it’s not like I had incredibly strong abs before, but I can tell you that my abs have surely gone out the window as of the last few months. I barely have any use of my abs now….which is obvious when I’m trying to get out of bed, or up from the couch, etc. Quite the sight to see!

Belly Button in or out? Same.

Wedding rings on or off? Same.

Mood This Week: Content. I was telling Greg that now that I’ve reached 35 weeks I feel really OK about the babies coming now….I think if they would have come before now (even last week) I would have felt like someone how I let them down….or my body let me down….something. I’m not sure exactly what I would have felt, but I feel really content now. Knowing that we’ve made it this far, and that by the grace of God, my body has cooperated with me to keep them growin! It’s a really good feeling!

Looking forward to: Being off bed rest in just 1 week, even if I haven’t had the babies yet! Next week marks 36 weeks which is when the doctor will let me off bed rest if I’m still pregnant….which also means I will be allowed to go out for dinner….or glance up and down the Target aisles….to be in any public place other than the Doctor’s office will be such a grand, grand feeling! We’ll see if I get there!


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34 Week Bumpdate

How far along? 34 Weeks plus 1 (I was really dragging my feet with taking a picture this week….oppsie)!  Anyway, Yipppie for 34 weeks!  We made it to our 2nd big goal since being on bed rest!  Our take is, anything beyond this is just a huge bonus!  Of course I won’t ask for them to come join us, just yet (though I want to sometimes) but if they do, we feel really, REALLY great about how far they’ve made it inside!

Total weight gain: It seems to be the weekly norm to gain another pound.  Up 29 pounds total…..I find it crazy that I’ve gained so many pounds yet the babies are still so little.  I get there is weight gain for other things, but I wish more of it was actual baby weight!

Maternity clothes?  Yup…..but I have been wearing this pair of sweat-type pants that aren’t maternity and they actually have been the most comfortable pants to date!

Stretch marks?  Oh boy…..I thought I was in the clear.  I noticed a few stretch marks right around my belly button late this week…it’s like I went to sleep without any and woke up with some…..NOOO!   Thankfully they aren’t dark or anything, and hopefully once my stomach shrinks down a bit they will “go away”…or maybe that’s wishful thinking.  Either way, I’m gonna be smothering my belly in lotion so I don’t get any more!!  🙂

Sleep:   Up several times a night….I guess that’s to be expected at this point in the game.  Sometimes I can go to the bathroom and fall right back to sleep….other times I am up because of weird dreams….or I’m too hot….or uncomfortable.  Really just depends, but I know I’m not sleeping great!  Tha’s ok.

Signs of Labor:  Nothing to report here!

Best moment this week:  Lots of great moments this week….First, seeing a few friends!!  I got to see my dear friend, Laurie as well as a friend from work and we had small group at our house….those moments were grand!  Also, being blessed with meals delivered to our house by church friends!  And waking up on Saturday morning to a donut and a “Fit Pregnancy” magazine from my sweet husband!  It’s the little things, these days, that really make the weeks awesome!

Miss Anything?   Enjoying the beautiful MN weather!  I am kind of limited with my outside time, since I’m on bed rest….we do have a great deck and a lounge chair but even those things are difficult to enjoy.  The lounge chair is so low down it’s nearly impossible to get up from….plus it just lacks support and comfort in general.  And I get super hot, very quickly….so I always see the sun and the blue skies and contemplate going out for even a bit….but it always ends up being a lot of work.  Oh well….soon enough I’ll be enjoying the lovely MN summer with my little family of four!

Movement:  Babies are responding a lot more to my touch and my voice.  They have done this for a while but because their movements are so much stronger, it just seems like they are doing it more often.  I will say something or rub my belly and they just go crazy!  It’s really kind of fun, and it makes me imagine what they’re doing in there, and how they will respond to me/Greg once they are out!

Food cravings:  Nothing in particular….though I am compiling a list of things I want to eat/drink as soon as I have the babies….chips, Coke, cookies, brownies, bagels, etc 🙂

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope!

Fruit/Veggie Size:  Butternut Squash…2 of them!   Babies are recognizing and responding to songs (they already love the top dance tunes on the radio!) and they are peeing about a pint a day!

Symptoms:  Inability  to do anything quickly!  That’s a symptom, right?

Belly Button in or out?   Depending on where the babies are, sometimes it sticks out a TINY bit more than it has….but it’s definitely NOT a full on outtie.

Wedding rings on or off?  Same old, same old.

Mood This Week:  Thankful and uncomfortable.  I hate to complain about discomfort because I am just so thankful that the babies are still staying inside…but, this is really doing a number on my body!  My hips, and back, and sides, and feet, and everything in between are just super achy and often times in pain.  I think this may have been a bit different if I hadn’t been on bed rest….but just getting out of bed is a big ordeal.  All that to say, I truly would take this pain and discomfort 100 times over, if it meant that the babies stay inside as long as they need to.  So as hard as it is to say, I am thankful for all the discomfort!

Looking forward to:  Meeting my babies!!!!  I can’t even believe how close we are to seeing our sweet little ones….it still feels so surreal and Greg and I were talking about how we just can’t even begin to comprehend what it will be like…like there is no way for us to really prepare for that time.  But we know we’re SO, SO excited!!!  And since we’re at 34 weeks now, I’ll be greedy and be hopeful that they stay in till 35 weeks.  We’ll see 🙂


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