Saturday, December 26, 2009

My Birth Story

I have some time today so I wanted to get this typed up, before I forget

Dan and I arrived at the Macondald Women's Hospital at 6 AM on Thursday December 17th. We got all checked into our room and of course I realized I forgot my cell phone in the car. So Dan ran to get it while the nurse checked my vitals and prepared me for the pitocin. I also had an internal and found I was 4.5 cm dilated, which was another .5 cm dilated than the week before.

The pitocin started at 7 AM and the monitor showed contractions but I couldnt really feel them. My parents came up to my room shortly after and sat with us but not much was going on. Around 10 AM, not much had changed and although the contractions were a bit more painful, they were tolerable. My dad had enough of sitting in my room and my sister took his place.

My OB came in to check me around 10 AM and I was at 5 cm dilated. Still not painful. So we continued to wait.

At noon, my OB came back and decided to break my water, which I was fine with. Honestly, I had a feeling that once my water broke, my labor would really pick up. And I was right! The breaking of the water was easy and shortly after, my contractions became closer together and alot stronger. Honestly, I tried to time contractions but then Id forget to time one and get off track so I just gave up!

At 2 PM, the pain became pretty strong and since I knew I was going to deliver the twins with an epidural, I requested one at that time. I was probably around 7 cm.
The epirdual was not pleasant. It was hard to sit still when I was in so much pain and they had to stick me twice because they didnt position the first one correctly. But once it got in, the pain was very tolerable. I would still get a feeling of pressure and some discomfort but no real pain. The downside was that it caused me to shake, sometimes pretty bad.

Around 3 3:30 PM, my OB came back and checked me and I was 9.5 cm dilated so they were ready to move me to the OR for delivery. My sister and mom were in the room with Dan and I so we said our good-byes to them and I got wheeled into the OR by my nurse, Ashley. She was with me the entire day, through delivery, and she was great!

I started pushing around 3:45 and continued until 5:21, when Emma was born. There was pain, I wont lie. But I just wanted to get her out so badly that it was incentive to just push through it.

I always though that once I delivered Emma, Joshua would just kinda come out. Well yeah, he did not. He basically scooted himself back up so I had to labor another hour and 9 minutes to deliver him. By this time, the pain was back and I was exhuasted so they gave me more pain meds which helped. Joshua did stay head down but he turned himself "sunny-side up" and wouldnt flip around so delivering him was alot harder and more painful. He also caused me a second degree tear (TMI but hey, its my story, lol)

Once they delivered Emma, they put her in a basinette right by my bed so I could look at her while I delivered Joshua. I remember thinking she was perfect. She had a perfectly round head, long fingers and little round lips that were already sucking.
When I delivered Joshua, they put him on my chest for a bit and it was the first time I held either one of them. I remember thinking how small he was and how long his legs were. He also had the most intense eyes, which he opened almost immediately and appeared to be staring right at me.

The next hour was filled with getting cleaned up and taken back to my room. I really closed my eyes most of the time but not before I asked my nurse, Ashley, if I would be able to order food when I got back to my room. She laughed but I was starved.

While Dan waited for them to finish on me, he went down to tell our families the good news. I really wish I could have been there to see their reactions but I can truly imagine and feel their joy even though I wasnt there.

I got back to my recovery room at 7:15 and by 7:30, Dan and I were ready for our families to come and see us, especially since they had been there all day and only had until 8 to see us and the babies.

So thats that. My story. In some respects, I feel like this story is the end of a long journey and I guess it is. But in reality, its really just the beginning of a different journey. One that will be filled with different ups and downs, challenges and rewards and one that will change the person that I am. Because now I am mother.

A few pictures for your viewing pleasure:

Last Belly Pic- 38w1d

In labor and delivery- on my laptop, of course

Emma Sophia Born 5:21 PM, 6 lbs 5oz

Joshua Robert Born 6:30 PM, 5lbs 12 oz

Dan and I right after delivery

Our families waiting to see the babies

...and coming home!

And I wouldn't change a thing

I'd walk right back through the rain

Back to every broken heart

On the day that it was breakin'

And I'd relive all the years

And be thankful for the tears I've cried with every stumbled step

That led to you

and got me here, right here

Thursday, December 24, 2009

My Life, One week later

This week has been a whirlwind! I cant belive how much my life has changed since last Thursday, its amazing.

We came home from the hospital on Sunday. I was actually released on Saturday, which is the standard 2 days after vaginal delivery, but they kept us in our room one more day with E&J so that they could continue to monitor them. I was actually glad to stay that extra day because I got alot of help with breastfeeding from several consultants.

I am breastfeeding both Emma and Joshua but have had to modify with Joshua because he was losing weight. Oh and he is a super lazy eater. So we did introduce a bottle to him, although I do begin with breastfeeding him each time and he does take to it. But the bottle is helping him get the nutrients he needs so he doesnt get any smaller.

Both babies had a bit of jaundice but by Tuesday, their numbers were in decline so they didnt have to put them under a light or a blanket. We went for a weigh-in at the pediatrician today and E&J are each up 3 oz from Tuesday so we are hoping to get them back at their birth weight in the next week. (Emma is currently at 5lbs 14 oz and Joshua is at 5lbs 6oz

Here is a newer picture of Emma:

And one of Joshua:

And both of them- on the day they came home:

I wont lie. Im exhausted and at times overwhelmed at all the things we need to do to take care of two newborns. But when I look at them, I realize they are the answer to a dream that I have had in my heart for so long. And it makes it all worth it.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. May God Bless you as much as I have been blessed.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Worth the Wait

Joshua Robert and Emma Sophia entered the world on Thursday December 17th after 12 hours of labor. Details to follow. And yes, Im in love.

Joshua on the left, Emma on the Right

Thanks for all of your prayers, cant wait to update with more details but right now, Im about to get some sleep!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

'Twas the Night Before Labor...

So this is it, Labor Eve. (Ok, ok, the Christmas-themed labor references are kinda lame, lol)

Anyways, Dan and I are packed and our bags are ready to go. We leave for the hospital eaarrrlyyy tomorrow morning so we are going to try to get to bed early tonight. Our Cavs are on TV tonight so we plan to watch them and just relax.

I dont know when I will be able to update again but I hope its soon. In the meantime, any prayers you have for us are much appreciated.

Wow, this is it. The time I thought might never come and the time I don't know if I could have reached without the support of all my friends. So thank you! I know I always say it but I truly mean it, thank you for always being here for me and thank you for never giving up on me.

Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
- Elizabeth Stone

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Things I don't want to forget Part 1

Its inevitable- Joshua and Emma will be here in a couple days. As we prepare for their arrival, I am starting to reflect on things that I don't want to forget about the past 2 1/2 years.

Dan and I officially started trying to get pregnant in June 2007 and that journey took us all the way through April 23, 2009, which is when we found out I was pregnant. Now, almost 8 months later, our life is about ready to change in ways that I can only imagine. And before things get too crazy, I want to make sure I list out things that I cant bear to forget. So here goes:

1. The feeling of repeated dissapointment that came from trying month after month. I dont want to forget this because it has made me appreciate where I am but also to respect and have full compassion for those who are still on the journey

2. The way it felt to see 2 lines on a pregnancy test and to run with that test into the kitchen to show Dan instead of crawling into bed to cry with sadness

3. Our first ultrasound, when we saw 2 bouncy gummy bears and the deep love that I immediately felt for those two babies, who I had dreamed of for so long

4. The sheer joy that my family felt when we told them I was pregnant

5. Yelling at Dan to move faster through the grocery store so that I wouldnt hurl all over the floor during my morning sickness months

6. Dan trying to get me to move faster to the parking lot at our initial doctor appointments because if we parked for an hour or less, it was free (he has this weird, weird thing about paying for parking, lol)

7. Dan making me breakfast in bed almost every day that I've been pregnant and always setting out my prenatal vitamin before I went to bed

8. Finding out the sexes of the babies- Dan was happy to find out Emma was a girl but there was something about the look in his eye when he found out Joshua was a boy. I think his dreams of having a son to share all of life's lessons with was fufilled.

9. Watching my belly grow and grow. I remember thinking that I saw a belly at 14 weeks. Now I cant remember the last time I saw my feet when looking down

10. Feeling the babies move for the first times. It was a reminder of the great responsibility that I have in carrying them

11. Laughing everytime Dan reminds me of this toothless lady who said to me "All this walkin' is gonna be good for labor" when she saw me coming out of a store. We both say this all the time and laugh so hard

12. Just sitting in the nursery, after everything had been put together, and visualizing the babies being here. But not just being here, also growing into toddlers and then older and dreaming of everything they will become.

I put a "Part 1" after this post because I am sure I will come up with more I dont want to forget. And after E&J have been here for a few weeks, I want to make another post of the early things I dont want to forget.

Alright, Im off to take a nap. Im really relaxing over these days before the induction, which isnt easy for me. Yesterday was kinda rough- I almost made a new to-do list of things that I wanted to get done. But then I realized that I've already done everything that I really need to do so I hid the pen and paper!

Hope everyone is having a good week!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Date

I had my 37 week appointment on Friday and everything still looks good. We talked about our next step and after much discussion, Joshua and Emma have a birth date. I will be induced on Thursday, December 17th. I am really excited!

My OB still does not think I will make it to that date since I am a "full" 4cm dilated and now 100% effaced but knowing my babies, Im sure I will make it to the 17th. One of them (most likely Emma, taking after her mama, lol) is pretty stubborn and not ready to come out.

So the babies will be born at 38w1d. I am thrilled to have kept them in for so long and am even more excited to meet them.

Dan and I have been spending our last weekend together as "just us" As excited as we are to become parents, there is that awareness that it will never, ever be the two of us ever again. Its an odd feeling to leave one part of your life behind and start a new chapter. I cant wait to see what this new chapter brings.

I will probably blog every day leading up to the induction, just so I can remember everything I want to remember.

Hope everyone has a great day!

I see a light in the sky
Oh, it's almost blinding me
I can't believe I've been touched by an angel with love
Let the rain come down and wash away my tears
Let it fill my soul and drown my fears
Let it shatter the walls for a new, new sun
A new day has...come

Friday, December 11, 2009

Still here- 37+ weeks

Baby Watch 2009 is underway but as of yet, no signs of E&J.

When I found out it was twins, I always thought they would come early but in all honesty, there are many women who carry twins to 38 and 39 weeks so really, its not a big surprise that they arent here yet. Im still patiently waiting for them but if I do make it to 39 weeks, I will be signing a different tune Im sure!

I had my 37 week u/s yesterday. Both babies are still head down, fluid and movement levels were perfect and they are both measuring around 5lbs 14 oz. The tech did say it was hard to get measurements on them because both of their heads are so low but if anything, they would be bigger than that estimate, not smaller. Im happy with that, I feel like those are good size babies.

Today is also my last day of work, which feels kinda weird. Work is such a huge part of my life that its going to be weird to not be here while Im on maternity leave. Im sure I will get used to it pretty quickly though!

37 week Belly Picture

How far along? 37 weeks, 2 days

Total weight gain: 35 lbs

Stretch Marks? None

Maternity clothes? Yes, but I have outgrown most of them. I refuse to buy anymore though and am just making due with what I have

Sleep: This is horrible. I cant get comfortable because my back hurts if I lay on one side, my ribs hurt if I lay on the other and my groin hurts the entire time so I can barely roll over or get up- which I have to do often because I always need to pee. But only a trickle of pee. I am!

Best moment this week: Every day I make it is a good day. Im so greatful for the chance to grow them a little bigger and a little stronger each day.

Movement: Yes and its actually kind of painful. If Emma moves, she is so low and that hurts. And then Joshua must have the strongest legs in the world because he still kicks the heck out of my tummy. But I have to admit, If I dont feel them move it makes me nervous. I do love being able to feel them move

Labor Signs: 3.5cm (almost 4) dilated and 90% effaced. I am still getting mild contractions on and off for most of the day

Belly Button in or out? Its not in or out, its just flat, like it blends into my belly.

What I miss: Putting on my own shoes and socks.

Milestones: I feel like every day is a milestone. But Im also proud that I made it to 37+ weeks at work and feel comfortable going on maternity leave at this point.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Almost 37 weeks

So Im still here. And no I have not had the babies yet! The list of people that I have to update daily is getting longer, everyone seems to think the babies are coming any day now. My sister is so sweet- she emails me every day just to check in. But they aren't here yet. If I had to guess, I think Im close and that they will be here by the weekend but what do I know?!

I did have an appointment and made further progress- I am between 3.5 and 4 cm dilated and 90% effaced. So really, these babies could come any day.

As I get closer to welcoming Emma and Joshua into this world, I hope I always remember the way I feel right now. I feel this amazing combination of excitement, greatfulness, fear, love, happiness- all rolled into one. I don't think I will ever feel the way I feel right now ever again. I know my life is about to change but I also fully comprehend that I have no idea how much its going to change. And I cant wait! I know things wont be easy but honestly, when are they? I hope I can remember to enjoy as many moments with my babies as I can and appreciate every chance I get to experience something new with them. And I wont ever, ever forget what it took to get here.

I have an ultrasound on Thursday and an appointment on Friday. I will update when I have new info.

Have a good week, my friends!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

36 weeks and Ouch!

Well I made it to 36 weeks, Im so happy! Its hard to explain but I guess I kinda feel proud of myself for making it this long, without any complications and still working. (and not that ANYONE who goes earlier or has complications or goes on bedrest SHOULDNT feel proud, because carrying one or more babies is alot of work.) But just for me, Im happy that things have worked out this way for my situation.

Here is my 36 week picture. I dont know, it doesnt look alot bigger than last week but its feels alot bigger. I have tried not to complain much during my pregnancy but man, I feel horrible lately! My back, my hips, my groin, my tummy- Ouch! I actually cant remember what its like to not have something hurt every time I move or talk. Or breathe. But its all worth it and Im prepared to do it as long as I need to for E&J

I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow so we'll see if there is any new info after that. If not, I plan to take it easy this weekend and get ready for a new week!

Monday, November 30, 2009

New Pics and Where Babies Come From

Just wanted to share some pictures from Thanksgiving and a few of our Christmas Decorations. We didnt do much decorating but we did put up some things for E&J.

Our mantle with 4 stockings!

E&J's ornaments- they say "Baby's First Christmas"

Close up of one of the ornaments
Dan and I with his parents

Dan and I (and a good shot of my humungo belly)

Me, my sister and my grandma

Me and my sister

I will leave you with a video clip from one of the funniest movies, Knocked Up. Seriously? The movie is hysterical. I happened to catch this part over the weekend and was laughing so hard.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

35 weeks and being thankful

How far along? 35 weeks
Total weight gain: 33 lbs
Stretch Marks? Not yet but my tummy is really red. And it hurts.
Maternity clothes? Yes. Or Dan's t-shirts which are starting to get too tight on me
Sleep: Still sleeping good but its pretty hard to get in and out of bed
Best moment this week: Every day I make it is a good day. Im so greatful for the chance to grow them a little bigger and a little stronger each day.
Movement: Yes but its slowing down a little. I think they are running out of room.
Labor Signs: 3cm dilated, 70% effaced. I might be getting some mild contractions, feels like cramps.
Belly Button in or out? Its not in or out, its just flat, like it blends into my belly.
What I miss: Not having every part of my body ache when I walk. Or sit. Or stand.
Weekly Wisdom: As much as you want to get a million things done before your babies come, spend some time just RELAXING. I am really trying to do this because something tells me this might be the last relaxation (and dare I say sleep) I get for awhile.
Milestones: 35 weeks! And completing my giant to-do list. Aside from making some more freezer meals, I got everything done!

My 35 week picture. I look exhausted but its a good picture of the size of my belly

In honor of Thanksgiving tomorrow, I want to say what I am thankful for:
1. The opportunity to be a mother to the most amazing babies, Emma and Joshua
2. A husband who supports me and accepts me just as I am
3. A family who loves me like crazy
4. Friends (and loyal blog readers) who have been there through my ups and downs and have never given up on me
5. A roof over my head, a sweet minivan and a job thats not half bad

My life has changed in amazing ways over the past year and I am forever thankful! I hope everyone has a wonderful time with family and friends over the holiday weekend.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Progress and End of an Era

I had my 34 week OB appointment on Friday so that she could go over the ultrasound results and then do my NST, check blood pressure, etc. Everything looked good- blood pressure is in a good range, no protein my urine, babies are moving (like crazy, might I add) After all that, I had my first internal and found out that I am 3cm dilated and 70% effaced. I was kinda suprised but I do know that women can be dilated for a long time before they go into labor. My OB did advise me, however, that since I am progressing and pregnant with twins (that are most likely approaching 10 lbs together) that its likely I will continue to progress.

I still want to make it until 38 weeks but right now, my new goal is 36 weeks, which is 9 days away. Its also a full moon, so maybe that will be it?! :)

Also, this weekend represented the End of an Era. When I graduated college, I bought a brand new Jetta and this weekend, we traded it in towards the 2010 Honday Odyssey that we purchased. Dont get me wrong, I actually lvoe the Odyssey, its a great car and I think its going to be good for us as a family, but it made me a bit nostaligic to get rid of the first (well and the only) car I bought on my own. Dan has been driving it for the past 5 years since I have a company car, but I guess I always thought of it as my car.

Here is a picture from when I bought the car in 2001- my friend Amy and I got the same car.
And here is a picture right before we went to trade it in

Pictures of the Odyssey and my growing belly will be coming soon. I swear, my belly grows by the day. All of a sudden, none of my t-shirts (which I was previously squeezing into) fit. Gotta love growing babies!

Have a good week!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

34 weeks

Another week, another post. I will be 34 weeks tomorrow but since I had my LAST growth ultrasound today, I thought I would update.

The ultrasound went great. Both babies had adequate fluid levels and their heartbeats were right on target. They were both practicing breathing- we could see their little diaphrams/lungs moving up and down (or in and out, lol) They both listened to their mother and stayed head down so I was happy about that. The specialist told me that based on their size and gestation, its not likely they will flip at this point.

In regards to size, Emma has closed the weight gap on Joshua. Emma is 4 lbs 9 oz and Joshua is 4 lbs 12 oz. For those of you that are adding, thats 9lbs 5 oz of babies! We were very happy with their weights and their progress, its pretty exciting to make it to 34 weeks.

I meet with my OB at the end of the week to establish my final plan for the induction, that is unless the babies have ideas of their own. Id like to make it until 38 weeks, of course, but if they decided to come around 37 weeks, Id be ok with that, too. I guess we'll see how the next 4 weeks go.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

33 Weeks

I just dont understand how I am 5 weeks (or maybe less but hopefully not too much less) away from having our sweet babies, Joshua and Emma. It almost doesn't feel real. There are so many emotions involved as we prepare ourselves for the biggest change of our lives. Im nervous, Im excited, Im scared but most of all, I feel blessed. Im going to be a mom soon! And to TWO babies! Wow, how did I get to be so lucky?

I have been doing alot to get ready for the babies- I washed their NB clothes, washed sheets, bought a few weeks worth of diapers, and organized every last cabinet in our house. Im also working on freezer meals this weekend and we have our hospital tour. Im trying to do as much as I can, within reason, before I get too tired to do it. That time will be here before I know it- I got winded today ironing my clothes and then putting them on, so sad!

Here is my 33 week belly picture and a few pictures of the nursery. I know I posted some in progress pictures before but these are the completed pictures. Dan and I both love the nursery.

The closet

Rocker, Dresser, shelf and quote

Full Room (My friend Tara did the letters over the crib)

And my belly at 33 weeks. I notice (and feel!) a big difference in one week.

Have a great week!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Baby Joshua got the hiccups last night! I was in bed and felt him kicking so I put my hand on my tummy. After awhile, the kicking stopped but then I felt it- a constant and little "blip" that continued at a regular pace for about 10 minutes. It had to be hiccups and it was so cute! Now Im on a mission to catch Ms Emma with the hiccups, lol.

Hope everyone is having a good week- one more day until TGIF!

When I raise my hands, bow my head
I'm finding more and more truth in the words written in red
They tell me that there's more to life than just what i can see
I believe

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

32 Weeks

Im 32 weeks tomorrow, I cant believe it! Its amazing to think that in 6 short weeks (or less) the babies will be here.

I dont have much to report. My doctor's appointment this week went good and my OB is happy with how I am doing. Once again, everything looks good- weight, blood pressure, baby movement, etc. I feel so fortunate that I have made it this far without any complications.

Here is my newest belly picture. I have quickly started to outgrow my current size shirts in Maternity sizes. I guess Im going to have to purchase one size up, I was hoping to get away with my existing maternity wardrobe but it looks like the babies (and my belly) have other ideas!
How far along? 32 weeks
Total weight gain: 26 lbs
Stretch Marks? Not yet but I did add another inch to my belly!
Maternity clothes? As mentioned above, I need to buy some new shirts. Or invest in a mumu.
Sleep: I am still sleeping good but the peeing thing has changed to hourly at times, lovely
Best moment this week: Im trying to remember everything about these last 6 weeks. I've listened to their heartbeats, read them books, sang songs. Its been nice.
Movement: Tons but its not so much kicking anymore. Its long, drawn out movements from one side of my belly to another.
Labor Signs: Not yet but braxton hicks are still in force
Belly Button in or out? Its mostly out
What I miss: Being able to tie my shoes. Or shave my legs.
Weekly Wisdom: Learn the "Nod and Smile" which is what I do to 75% of the people who offer me advice (note- this does not apply to friends and family, I appreciate that advice)
Milestones: 32 weeks feels like an awesome accomplishment for twins. Im going to be thankful for each day from here on out that I can keep these babies inside!

"I love you all the way to the moon and back"

Monday, October 26, 2009

Baby Shower

My shower was on Saturday and it was such an awesome day. My mom had it at a local restuarant, Carrie Cerino's, and we had our own room for our 27 guests. The food was amazing- we had salad, chicken cordon-bleu, veggies and redskins. They also had pastries and served the cake, so good!

I was truly blown away by everyone's generosity. We got so many gifts and many people bought something for both Joshua and Emma so there was a lot of pink and blue, which I thought was so cute. They both got tons of clothes, blankets, sleep sacks, towels and bedding. We also got both car seats, stroller, more nursery decorations, high chairs, bath tub, etc. We went and finished up most of our must-haves yesterday at BRU but honestly, we got so much of it at the shower.

Here are some pics:
Dan and I opening gifts

My cake

My sister and I (she was such a huge help at my shower)

My mom, me, my sister and grandma

Some of my friends at my shower

I felt so honored and special to have everyone come together to celebrate our babies. Sometimes I cant believe how lucky I am to be carrying my son and daughter and then to have such a wonderful family and supportive friends to share it with. Yep, life is pretty good.

Hope everyone is having a good week!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

30 weeks

30 weeks, seriously? The time is flying by. I cant believe it!

I had a growth ultrasound and doctor's appt. Everything went good, here are the highlights:

1. Both babies are head down, woohoo! I know that can still change but this is a pretty big feat for Joshua, who has yet to be head down on any ultrasound. Hopefully he stays put!

2. They are growing right on schedule. Emma is 2lbs 14 oz and is in the 27th percentile and Josh is 3lbs 5 oz and in the 57th percentile. The doctor was happy that they are both maintaining or moving up in their percentiles and although Josh is bigger, the variance in their weight is still appropriate.

3. My blood pressure, cervical length, weight gain are all good. My OB would like to see me gain a little more weight over the next month (Im up 24 lbs total so only 2 lbs from 3 weeks ago) but isnt overly concerned since the babies are doing good. She did encourage me to splurge on some fattier foods like cubed cheese and milkshakes so Im definitely going to take her suggestion on those! Oh, and I am measuring 39 weeks, 39!!! I still have alot more belly to grow though if I plan to get these babies to 38 weeks.

So thats about it! I have my baby shower on Saturday and am so very excited to see everyone and share our excitement with them. I promise to post pictures after its done!

Hope everyone is having a good week

As you wander through this troubled world
In search of all things beautiful
You can close your eyes when you're miles away
And hear my voice like a serenade

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

29 weeks and Blogs I follow

I love Wednesdays- I can wake up and say "Happy x week, babies!" Dan always laughs at me but its really the first thing I say when I get up. Its just exciting to be one week closer to bringing my babies home.

I don't have much to report pregnancy-wise. I don't have any appointments this week and am feeling pretty good. I notice I am alot more tired throughout the day but Im trying to take it easy and not overwork myself and that seems to help.

One cool thing did happen this week- I felt a rather sharp kick around my belly button so I put my hand over the area. After a minute or so, I felt something movie from my belly button over about 3 inches- I swear it was a little foot or hand, it was so cool! It happened again on a second day and Dan was able to feel it, he couldnt believe it. Gotta love the baby movements.

Lastly, I've been thinking alot about the girls that still on their TTC journeys, especially the ones listed in the blogs to the right. Everytime I read the exciting news that someone new has gotten a BFP, I am elated to move her blog to the Pregnancy Blogs I follow. But then I go right back to thinking about those who are still TTC. I want you girls to know that Im always thinking of you, Im always hoping this is your cycle and I will continue to follow every single one of your blogs until I can move them to the Pregnancy Blogs. Tons of thoughts and prayers are always headed your way!

Hope everyone is enjoying their week!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Third Trimester and Work Shower

And just like that, I got behind in updating my blog again! But Im here, with updates and pictures.

My appointment went good last week. Emma is measuring 2lbs 1 oz and Joshua is at 2lbs 4 oz. I passed my gestational diabetes test and my blood pressure, weight, etc all look good.

Im officially in 3rd trimester. I have heard conflicting dates on when it actually begins but today, my somewhat creepy Pregnology ticker (I mean, what the heck is this weeks picture of anyway? I see legs, an umbilical cord, maybe a hand? Who knows) has given me the OK to move onto Third Trimester. Thats about the latest out of all of the websites but nonetheless, Im here!

Here is my 27/28 week picture:

In honor of 3rd Tri, Im going to fill out the pregnancy survey that I haven't done in awhile:

How far along? 28 weeks
Total weight gain: 22 lbs
Stretch Marks? Not yet, but my belly has grown to 41 inches!
Maternity clothes? This is all that fits! Although I am still wearing pre-pregnancy sweatshirts and t-shirts around the house and to the store
Sleep: I sleep pretty good but am up to pee every 2 hours
Best moment this week: My work baby shower (more on that below)
Movement: Tons. I can feel Emma more but Joshua will toss out a jab every now and again
Labor Signs: Nada. I do get a few Braxton Hicks contractions a day
Belly Button in or out? This is a weird question. Sometimes it looks like its going to pop out but then the babies will shift and the belly button area will flatten out. So I would have to say "half in and half out"
What I miss: Laying on my back. Even if its just to watch TV but I cant do it, I cant too dizzy
What I am looking forward to: My baby shower in 2 weeks and minivan shopping this weekend (OMG, please tell me I didnt just type that.)
Weekly Wisdom: The To-do list has saved my sanity. If you feel overwhelmed during pregnancy, put one together and add items as they come up. It also feels amazing to cross things off!
Milestones: Third Trimester, baby!

The other pictures I have are from my work baby shower. I work in an office with about 20 people and I feel so honored that they threw a surprise shower for me yesterday. Its been such a blessing to be able to share parts of my journey with them. There was cake (yum), balloons and a generous Target gift card. It was very thoughtful!

Me trying to think of something thoughtful to say

The cake
Hope everyone is having a good week!

Monday, September 28, 2009

And the names are...

After much discussion, false calls (we thought we had names at one point and even told our families) and yelling names up and down the hallways of our house to see what they sound like, we have selected names for our twins.

The boy is Joshua Robert. Robert is after my paternal grandpa and my only uncle, who passed away 2 years ago. The name means "God Saves" which is a pretty powerful message.

The girl is Emma Sophia. Sophia is after my maternal grandma. I never thought I would select a more popular name but I cant explain it, she feels like an Emma. And she already likes the name- she kicks like crazy when I call her by the name :)

So there they are. It feels even more real to have names for our babies. I have a growth ultrasound tomorrow and my 27 week (along with my GD test) on Wednesday so I will post an update then.

I hope everyone had a good Monday!

"The faith of knowing deep inside your heart
That heaven holds more than just some stars
Someone's up there watching over you
That's the kind of day I wish for you" Faith Hill's Wish for You

Friday, September 25, 2009

Nursery Pictures

As promised, I have some nursery pics. The nursery is 90% done. I still need:

1. The rug that matches our decor
2. To purchase and hang up a frame that has 12 slots in it for the babies' monthly pictures
3. Decide if Im going to hang anything over their cribs. I dont want to do their full names but maybe their first initial? It kinda goes with the whole Alphabet Soup theme. To be decided....

Anyways, here goes:

Full View (or as much as I could get)

(Changing table with wall hangings)

(Dresser with quote over it)

(Girl Baby Clothes)

(Boy Baby Clothes)

So its coming along! Maybe I will try to pick up the frame (I saw one at Michael's) this weekend and decide on the possible initial letter over their crib. I would also be able to buy the actual letters this weekend because we do have names picked out! But that info will have to be for another post. I have a few more people Id like to tell before I put it in my blog. But I promise to tell soon!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

99 bottles of beer...

...Or 99 days of pregnancy left, you pick! I just looked at my ticker and it caught me off guard. Im used to seeing triple digits but its nice to welcome the double digit ticker.

Things are good over here, not much new to report. We have our last childbirth class tomorrow, Dan goes to Daddy Boot Camp on Saturday, the nursery is almost done (I promise to post pics by the end of the week- so cute!) and my shower invites have offically been mailed. Some of the other things we are working on are car shopping (all indications point to a minivan in our future), selecting a pediatrician and reading about breastfeeding. Oh the excitement!

This will be short for today. I think Im going to celebrate my new double digit status with some ice cream. Hope everyone is having a good day!

All things bright and beautiful You are
All things wise and wonderful You are
In my darkest night, You brighten up the skies
A song will rise

Friday, September 11, 2009

Recent Twin Purchases

We have a fair amount of stuff for the babies already- clothes, toys, stroller, furniture, etc. But here are two of my recent purchases that are amongst my favorites:

1. Vinyl Wall Quote

The picture is from the EBAY site where I purchased the quote, seller is ag-auctions, in case you are interested. It says "Two angels sent from above, double the blessings and twice the love" I love it and plan to put it over the changing table, which is in between both of their cribs.

2. Baby Hats with Ears

I literally almost die from the cuteness of these babies in the hats. Also from EBAY, the seller is lilylushoppe1216. I ordered the boy the darker blue and the girl a darker pink. I am already swooning when I think about how stinkin' cute they will be in the hats.

Just wanted to share some of my cute purchases!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Whats been goin' on?

I feel like I am in some time-warp universe where days go by like seconds! I cant believe its been 2 weeks (AGAIN) since I've updated. Here's whats been goin' on over at my house:

1. Nursery- Dan diligently put together the 2 cribs, changing table and dresser and our nursery is well underway. I have actually been purchasing most of the nursery decor pieces on my own because BRU is discontinuing it (of course) so I dont want to miss out. The only piece that I really want but dont have is the rug but its on my "to buy" list. Im not overly concerned about the mobiles or the matching garbage can so if I dont get those, no biggie. Here are some nursery pics:

Dan with Crib #1

All furniture set up (the other crib is directly to the left)

2. Child birth classes- Yep, we started them and it is well, interesting. I really like learning the relaxation techniques and have a feeling that I will focus alot on those as my pregnancy progresses and I move towards delivery, whether its vaginal or c-section. The interesting part came when the instructor discussed various things that occur during childbirth. Now I havent been through childbirth but I have read enough books and heard enough stories to get an pretty good picture of what goes on. Dan on the other hand? Not so much. He looked at me about 5 times and said "Did YOU know that happens" I just laughed but I think it was eye opening for him.

3. Baby Movement- I have no lack of movement from my babies, they are all over the place. The funniest thing is that the boy likes to shift positions alot so I can literally see my stomach change shape and oftentimes, its lopsided. Its such a strange sensation to feel them roll around but its also amazing!

4. Belly and weight- I am up 16 lbs at 23 weeks and my doctor was happy with that. I sometimes feel like I can watch my belly grow bigger day by day. Here is my latest belly picture, actually taken at 24 weeks, which is today.

OMG, Im getting so big! Its funny because my legs, arms and booty are all the same size but then it looks like I swallowed a huge watermelon. I know I need to get used to the belly because, lets be honest, its not going to get smaller anytime soon!

Finally, today is 24 weeks, which is Viability Day. Its the first time that the babies have a chance (statistically) of surviving outside of the womb. Although I hope they stay put for a long, long time, it is a milestone and Im all about recognizing any milestone I hit. So happy V-Day babies! Mama Loves You! :)

Hope everyone is having a good week!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Little Soccer Players, perhaps?

I wanted to post because I dont want to forget when this happened. So for the past couple weeks, I have been getting some flutters here and there but no real kicks. Until yesterday. Now the babies are kicking like crazy! And its pretty funny because I can feel some kicks lower so I know its the girl and then the others are higher so I can only assume its the boy. Either way, its pretty cool! Dan felt them last night and he looked at me and said "Did you do that or was that them?!" Um, thats them, Dan! He loved it!

We also got all the nursery furniture set up. And by we, I do mean Dan. He spent 7 hours over the weekend assembling and then arranging the furniture in every possible way in the nursery until I was happy with it. It looks so good and I will post pictures soon!

We watch the season pull up its own stakes
And catch the last weekend
Of the last week
Before the gold and the glimmer have been replaced
Another sun soaked season fades away

You have stolen my heart
You have stolen my heart

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Im here, Im here!

I've been a bad blogger. Its been almost 2 weeks since my last post! I wanted to let everyone know Im here and alive. We've been pretty busy with baby related things including:

1. We ordered our nursery furniture. My parents and grandparents were generous enough to buy it as an early shower gift and we couldnt be happier. We hope it comes in within the next few weeks.

2. Dan painted the nursery. We chose a tan color because our nursery decor is pretty colorful. We are going with Cocalo Alphabet Soup decorations, here is a pic:
3. We signed up for our birthing classes, which starts in December. Dan is also signed up for "Daddy Boot Camp" I think both classes will be helpful for us.

I am officially in maternity pants and, if I am being honest, pretty uncomfortable right now. Im having some moderate to severe rib pains which my doctor attributes to everything shifting up and the fact that Baby Boy is positioned high. Well whatever it is, it hurts! I wince when I laugh, I want to cry when I cough. Hopefully my body adjusts to this soon!

Here is a 21 week belly pic. Its official, I have popped. But other than the rib pain, I really do feel good. Im really getting excited when I think about the fact that the babies will be here in a few short months.

I hope everyone is having a good week. Even though I havent written in 2 weeks, I have been reading everyone's blogs and keeping up to date.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Some photos

I still don't have good scans of the actual ultrasound photos, but I do have some pictures from that day so I wanted to upload them.
Me after the ultrasound (I almost passed out from lying on my back for so long so I look so pale)

Dan with the ultrasound pictures

Me with the cupcakes that I made to tell everyone the news (they had pink and blue frosting inside)

My 19 week belly

Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy -- because we will always want to have something else or something more.