Monday, November 16, 2015

32 Weeks

How Far Along - 32 Weeks 1 Day
Babies' Size - 2 large jicamas or squashes depending on which app or picture you consult. How either of those are bigger than the pineapple last week, I don't know. I do know that both babies are closing in on 4 pounds in the weight department, and they're just over 16 inches long.
Total Weight Gain - 42 pounds, up 2 pounds last week. My goal is 50 total, so we're going to be pretty close to that as long as I don't pack on a bunch of water weight.
Gender - One with a Y chromosome, and one without
Maternity Clothes - Can I just give up on pants? All of my pants, even my maternity jeans, are getting tight on the bottom of my belly. At home I proudly wear a maternity tees and boy short underwear around the house 90% of the time. Keeping it comfy but still PG. I do have a couple pairs of loose fitting sweats that make appearances for company or if I get cold.
Cravings - No real cravings this week. Last night we had the most amazing dinner. Creamy tortellini soup, fruit salad. and cucumber tomato salad. I love TWD nights and the food that comes along with them! I think I want to repeat that meal every day this week.
Symptoms - Mostly the general uncomfortableness that comes along with the end of pregnancy. My heartburn eased up last week, so yay to that. I still am not experiencing much swelling, unless you count my booty. ;) All things considered, I'm feeling pretty lucky as far as symptoms go right now. 

Sleep - Still lots of tossing and turning and hip pain throughout the night. I tried sleeping on the couch in a recliner for a couple hours last week. It was a big fail, but it did help relieve the hip pain enough I could go back to sleep for another hour in our bed before the kids woke up.
Miss Anything - Being able to get around easily. I'm slow, like really slow. Thankfully I have two very understanding kiddos.
Stretch Marks - No new ones this week. Definitely noticing a few white ones, maybe from postpartum with H and B. If I don't lube up the belly a couple times a day, they are definitely more noticeable.
Looking Forward To - Meeting these babies!! They'll be here in 6 weeks! Also moving! After being delayed for weeks, we find out today if we'll be moving this weekend or at the beginning of next week. I can't wait to get this situated for these babies to come home. We still haven't bought anything for them, we do already have most of it, so there will be a lot of Black Friday baby shopping going on, online of course. Car seats, rock n plays, double snap and go stroller, you get the idea. It's time to start getting ready!
Best Moment This Week - Getting the OK from my OB to enjoy an occasional treat and only have to test my blood sugar twice a day. All of my numbers have been really good. The dietary recommendations they gave me are basically in line with how I already eat, with the exception of no ice cream or sweets. Once I got the ok I picked up some Talenti Peppermint Bark and enjoy a little during the kids' nap time. 

Appointment Notes - We had our first NST at last week's appointment. Baby girl held still and we got a great reading on her. Little Man didn't want to cooperate, and we couldn't keep a reading on him for more than a minute or two at a time. We wound up getting a surprise ultrasound to make sure he looked ok. My insurance hasn't given us any issues about the number of ultrasounds we've had, so I think we'll be having ultrasounds every other week from here on out to make sure cord flow, fluids, and growth are looking good. My blood pressure was 122/80. Getting a little higher than my usual, but still looking ok. Honestly, I'm a little nervous about that number. I'm usually around 110/60. With H and B the numbers went up gradually each week until we hit 140/90 and got the dreaded preeclampsia diagnosis. I know there isn't anything I can do to prevent it, but I'd really like to not have blood pressure concerns during and after delivery.

Monday, November 9, 2015

31 Weeks

Sunday is the day each week when I start a new week of pregnancy. Sunday also happens to be one of the only two days each week when I can get mine and Rob's schedule to line up for a couple quick weekly pregnancy pics. If it doesn't happen Sunday then I have to wait until Thursday. Yesterday was crazy and it didn't happen. Between no naps, spending the afternoon getting dinner ready for our TWD night, and it being dark by 6pm, pictures were a bust. Rather than waiting until Thursday, selfies are it this week. I should really invest the $20 it cost for a remote timer, but oh well.

I have officially reached the point in this pregnancy when everyone thinks I'm going to go into labor tomorrow. It started a few weeks ago, but now it seems everyone I run into thinks my water is going to break on their shoes. This past week we had to run to the laundromat to wash our comforter. A teenage/early 20s boy commented about me being ready to pop. I didn't mention that it was twins, I just said I had a few more weeks left. Harrison overheard the exchange, and he now comments on me being ready to pop all the time. 7 more weeks little buddy.

How Far Along - 31 weeks
Babies' Size - Two pineapples. Baby A is estimated at 3lbs9oz and Baby B is 4lbs3oz
Total Weight Gain - 40 pounds total. Up 1 pound last week
Gender - One little lady and one little man
Maternity Clothes -My new t-shirts came this week, and it's so nice to have shirts that cover my belly again. I'm wearing all maternity tops layered with cardigans or button downs, and wither maternity jeans, or prepregnancy pants with lots of stretch.
Cravings - ICE CREAM!! I miss my nightly bowl, but until I get at least a week or two of blood sugar testing under my belt to see how my levels are doing, I won't be indulging. I still haven't had the burger I've been craving for the last couple weeks, but I plan to change that soon.
Symptoms - My biggest issue is round ligament pain and the overall weight of my belly. I've started considering getting a support belt, but I am not sure if they're worth it. Walking with the kids has become extremely difficult because the ligament pain starts almost immediately. If you had one, or know someone who did, are the support belts worth the expense for only a few weeks?

Sleep - I go back and forth between having a really good night's sleep where I only wake up once, and a couple nights in a row where I am up every hour switching the side I'm laying on.
Miss Anything - Sleeping on my stomach. I can't wait until the day we come home from the hospital and I can sleep on my stomach. It may only be for an hour or two stretch, but I know it will be glorious. I also miss freedom to eat what I want. My diet hasn't changed all that much, but having to be constantly concerned about my carb vs. protein balance is a pain.
Stretch Marks - Lots of white ones. Most are I think from after H and B were born, but I think a few might be new.
Looking Forward To - Meeting these babies!! 7 weeks seems so close. Whether we are ready or not, they'll be here before we know it.
Best Moment This Week - Getting to see my little monkeys. In two twin pregnancies and 623 ultrasounds, I've never seen a good 3D/4D ultrasound until this week. The tech got a really good shot of baby boy. I know his looks will change between now and the time he's born, but it's crazy to see what he looks like right now. The picture of Baby girl isn't too bad, but shes got an arm or placenta in front of her face. Sorry you're so smooshed little lady.

Appointment Notes - I am down to weekly appointments now. We start switching between ultrasounds and NSTs up until they're born. Aside from the potential blood sugar issues, everything looks good. Blood pressure is still nice and low, 118/70. There was potential concern about a possible amniotic band, and they weren't able to see upper lips during our last ultrasound. I'm glad to report both babies have fully formed upper lips, and they were able to rule our an amniotic band. Yay!

Baby Boy

Baby Girl

Monday, November 2, 2015

Halloween Weekend

We had originally planned to kind of gloss over Halloween, but since our move got pushed back, we tried to fit a lot of last minute Halloween fun into a few days. On Tuesday we went to pick out big pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. Wednesday morning we painted our little pumpkins. Thursday night the kids got to wear their costumes to dance class. Friday morning we carved our big pumpkins, and thanks to a few free passes Rob brought home from work, we spent Friday afternoon with my parents at the zoo for their Halloween festivities.

Since we weren't planning to make a big deal out of Halloween this year, I told H and B they could pick whatever costumes they wanted. I've loved doing coordinated costumes with them, but I knew they'd love deciding on their own. Brooke almost immediately decided on a rainbow butterfly and stuck with it. Harrison went from a bee, to a lady bug, to a spider, to Lightning McQueen, to Dusty Crophopper. Dusty was his final answer, so a butterfly and a plane is what we ended up with. I have a twin skeleton shirt from when I was pregnant with H and B. I decided I would just wear that and call it a day. I decided last minute to paint my face to go along with the shirt, and boom, a costume was born.

Last year we went trick or treating in my parents' neighborhood. They have sidewalks on both sides of the street, our neighborhood doesn't, which makes for perfect trick or treating. We decided to do the same thing again this year, so we headed there as soon as naps were over. We got the kids ready, and they were out the door with Rob, Aunt Lynn, and Stewie the pumpkin as soon as trick or treat hours started. I knew I wouldn't be able to make it the full two hours, so Tyson and I stayed back for a little bit.

When Rob had to head back to work, Tyson and I joined in for the rest of trick or treating. Brooke and Harrison made it the full two hours, and I'm pretty sure they would have kept going if trick or treat hours were longer. They have enough candy to last them until Christmas, and lucky for them I won't be sneaking any of it. Well, at least not more than a piece or two. Before we headed home, Grandma warmed them up with hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies. Yay Grandma!

Harrison woke up wet from naps earlier in the day, and I didn't have time to switch over all of the laundry before we left, so they got to crash in our bed to start out the night. We stayed up late in hopes of maybe adjusting to daylight savings time, and then they passed out shortly after 10. Even though I don't sleep well while I'm in bed with them, a couple hours of slumber party time before Harrison's bed was ready was a perfect end to the evening.

Sunday morning they were up by 6:45, so much for staying up late. We spent the day cleaning up from all of our Halloween fun, and being bums around the house. I was pretty sore from so much walking the night before. We watched a lot of football, and both kids were terrors all day. I'm blaming it on the time change. Avocado Burritos were had for dinner, and the grown ups got to watch TWD before calling it a night.

This week is crazy busy for us. We have something going on every morning this week, and there are a few busy nights mixed in too. It was great to have a down day before the chaos of our week starts.

I'm pretty sure that Thanksgiving is going to be an afterthought now, thanks to our move, so I'm already looking towards Christmas. My first Target Christmas shopping trip is already planned for tomorrow while the kids are at school. Complete with my first peppermint mocha of the season. I'll make it a tall, but I can't always be expected to avoid sweets, right? ;)

On a mostly unrelated note, on Target's Cartwheel app they are doing 50% off one toy each day through the month of November. So if you don't have the app, download it and check it daily. I'm not holding my breath for any of the toys on our list to be 50% off, but if they are there will be some repurchasing and returning going on around here. I am always one for a good sale. Happy shopping!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

30 Weeks

How Far Along - 30 weeks
Babies' Size - 2 cucumbers, which just happens to be one of my favorite foods right now. Weighing in at close to 3 pounds each.
Total Weight Gain - 39 pounds total. I am definitely starting to feel the extra weight.
Gender -  Baby A is a girl and Baby B is a boy
Maternity Clothes - Mostly sweats, yoga pants, and maternity tees. Leggings and maternity jeans make appearances if I need to look presentable. I finally ordered new Gap maternity tees in a size up. They will be here this week and will hopefully keep my belly covered for the next 8 weeks.
Cravings - I have been craving a big burger from Red Robin for the last couple weeks. I haven't satisfied the craving yet, but I'm hoping to soon.
Symptoms - Lots of soreness. I have a swollen round ligament that has been causing me a lot of pain. Indigestion and heartburn are my daily enemies. Sore hips and lots of pelvic pressure as well. As uncomfortable as I am on a daily basis, it's all worth it.
Miss Anything - Sleep, ice cream, and being able to shave my legs with ease. I am in desperate need of a pedicure and would just do it myself, but that hasn't been an option for weeks now.
Stretch Marks - I got stretch marks after Brooke and Harrison were born. They were never red, just white. I can definitely tell where those ones are, but no new ones that I've notices.

Belly Button - Baby Boy is positioned right under my belly button, so depending on what he's doing, depends on if I have an innie or an outie. Mostly I'd say it's popped though.
Sleep - Starting just in the last few days, sleep has been rough. My hips hurt after laying on one side for an hour, so then I roll over and wait for the other side to start hurting. I was so uncomfortable last night I wound up moving to the couch around 5 am. I also had to go to the bathroom 5 times last night, which is a big change from the once or twice a night I had been experiencing. I am hoping the last few nights were flukes, but I have a feeling sleep is now a thing of the past.
Looking Forward To - Finding out weights on these babies. We haven't been told approximate weights yet at any of our ultrasounds, so I'm excited to see what I'm carrying around.
Appointment Notes - I had my one hour glucose test last week. I found out I failed, so I had to do the three hour test. I failed that too, so I've now been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I don't know what the levels on my three hour test were, but I know two of them were abnormal. I get to meet with a nurse practitioner this week to find out how exactly they want me to proceed. I'm hoping my levels were just barely above normal, like the were for my 1 hour, and that I can still eat a mostly normal diet and not take insulin. I'll know for sure at the end of the week, but I know for sure I'll be testing my blood sugar daily. Bye bye ice cream. :(

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

365 Challenge - Weeks 40, 41, & 42

October has been a great month for us. We haven't done nearly as much fall stuff as we usually do, but that's ok with all of us. Last year I think we went to 5 different pumpkin patches or fall festivals. This year we kept it to just a couple. We were planning to move over Halloween weekend, but our closing has been pushed back a couple weeks, so that took off a little bit of timing pressure. Now as long as we don't get pushed back again, we'll be able to move before these babies keep me from moving at all.

Brooke and Harrison are still loving school, and as much as I wanted them to go three days a week, two days seems to be perfect. The only activity they have had going on over the past couple months has been dance class once a week. We had originally planned to do gymnastics and swim class at The Y, but their school schedule didn't work with the classes available. Me waiting until the last minute to get them registered may have also had something to do with it. Luck for them, we did manage to get registered for both swim and gymnastics for the next session. Classes start next week and run until the week of December 20th. Perfect timing to go along with the arrival of the new babies, who are scheduled to make an appearance just after Christmas. Harrison asks every morning when he wakes up if we are going to go somewhere, so keeping him busy is a must, unless I want to spend all of our time at Target. He alwyas wants to go and get new toys. Sorry buddy, but no.

I missed another day over the last few weeks. October 16th is missing a picture, and I honestly can't remember what we did that day. Maybe packing, because I do remember going to bed early after having lots of braxton hicks that evening. Anyway, here's 20 pictures for the last 3 weeks.




10.11.2015 - Nikon















10.27.2015 - Nikon

10.28.2015 - Nikon

Sunday, October 18, 2015

28 Weeks

How Far Along - 28 Weeks
Babies' Size - 2 Eggplants, around 14 inches and 2 pounds each
Total Weight Gain - 34 pounds total, up 3 pounds over the last two weeks
Gender - Still nameless baby boy and baby girl
Maternity Clothes - I only have a few shirts that still over the belly. Either I'm going to have a cold belly over the next 10 weeks, or I need to buy a few new shirts in a size or two up. I'm still holding strong with my one pair of beloved maternity jeans and non maternity leggings and yoga pants.
Cravings - Iced coffee, breakfast burritos, fruit, and carbs. At the grocery store this morning I decided I needed Pop Tarts, Toaster Strudel, and Pumpkin Krispy Kremes. Apparently there will be a lot of sweet breakfast food consumed in this house over the next week.
Symptoms - Heartburn and indigestion are in full force. One night this week I spent over an hour laying in bed convinced I was going to throw up because the indigestion was so bad. Lots of contractions and cramps, nothing consistent though. General uncomfortableness, but nothing terrible.
Miss Anything - Being able to keep up with the kids on walks. I have definitely slowed down quite a bit, so they are always 50 feet ahead of me, and I constantly have to tell them to stop and wait. They're so good at being patient with me even though I move slower than an 80 year old woman.
Stretch Marks - None have broken through the skin yet, but the red marks are very visible through my skin.
Looking Forward To - My appointment this week. I'm ready to get the glucose test over so I can forget about it and eat my ice cream with no worry for the next 10 weeks.

Best Moment This Week - Reaching the 3rd trimester! We're getting so close to the end. I can't wait to meet these little munchkins. Well maybe I can wait just a little bit longer so we can find names we like.
Purchases - I had been keeping my eyes open for a Jumperoo. It's one of the few things we don't have and I knew I didn't want to buy new. We happened to see one while driving past Salvation Army yesterday, so we stopped in and bought it. It looks brand new, and as a bonus score they had a brand new Crane humidifier we picked up. Less than $60 for both. Win!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

3 Years

I originally wrote this in July, shortly after we got their 3 month pictures back. Then I procrastinated on going through their pictures to pick out favorites, because going through 250 pictures and narrowing it down to a few favorites seemed daunting. I finally made myself go through their pictures and narrowed it down to about 20 pictures. A lot has changed since I wrote this update, but I figured I should leave it as is so it's a true representation of them just after they turned 3.


My sweet, sassy, independent little lady. She want to do everything on her own. From opening doors to getting dressed. It seems like each day she wants to do something new on her own. If you open the van door for her, be prepared for the fit of a life time. She is bound and determined to do it all her way. That especially applies to her clothing. She has 4 dresses that she wants to wear all the time. If those are dirty, it's a struggle to get her dressed. Underwear, shoes, and accessories have to be her choice too. She'd really prefer to only wear her underwear all the time. As soon as we walk in the door, her clothes come off immediately. Same thing in the morning. Her jammies stay on for approximately 2.3 seconds after she walks into our room in the morning.

She loves music and loves to sing. Some of her favorite songs to sing include "Daisy," "Itsy Bitsy Spider," "Wheels on the Bus," and "The Alphabet Song." She's starting to pick up lyrics from songs we hear on the radio. "Milkshake" and "Uptown Funk" are her two favorites to sing. She has a pitchy singing voice which kills me. It's about two octaves higher than her speaking voice, and so darn cute. When she dances she does lots of twirls, kicks, splits, and somersaults. Her newest thing thanks to "Hey Ya" is shaking it. When it's time to "shake it like a Polaroid picture," everyone must stop what they're doing and shake it.

Aside from knowing how to sing her ABCs, she also know them all on sight. Occasionally she needs a little reminder, but 99% of the time she can tell you what letter you're pointing to or holding up. This only applies to uppercase letters. She is a great counter, and can make her way to 29 all on her own. She understands the concept of 30s, 40s, 50s, etc, but she needs help as you move up each set of ten in counting. We work a lot on number recognition, but we still have a ways to go. 1-5 are always reliable. Anything after that is hit or miss. Sometimes she surprises me when we're in the store and I say we need to go to aisle 22 or 16, and she knows right where to go. Although, that could just be luck. Colors and shapes are something she's been good on for a while.

She loves playing dress up. Her current favorite is her Cinderella dress. She and Harrison like to play Cinderella and the Prince. You can hear them acting out Cinderella the movie pretty regularly. It usually starts out with them dancing, then she has to leave, he says wait, and she kicks off one of her glass slippers. Love, Love, Love it. 

Her favorite movie right now is "Planes Fire and Rescue." "Planes" comes in a close second. She still loves "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," but her love of shows like "Sophia the First" and "Doc McStuffins" has faded. 

Baby girl loves breakfast and is always eager to eat in the morning. Bananas, strawberries, watermelon, and blackberries top her fruit list. She loves breakfast smoothies, veggie muffins, and toast with peanut butter. She'd actually prefer Nutella, but I'm stingy with my Nutella. ;) Lunch and dinner are always hit or miss. Carrots, cucumbers, peas, corn, avocados, and broccoli are safe vegetables. She's branching out and trying more things so occasionally a tomato, squash, or onion makes it's way onto her like list. Cottage cheese, yogurt, and colby jack cheese slices are frequently requested. Just within the last few weeks she's decided she like hard boiled eggs, and she asks for those almost daily. She prefers peanut butter and honey sandwiches to PB&J, and would pick a cheese quesedilla over a cheese toastie any day.

Reading is still one of her favorite things to do. Right now her favorite books are "Cordoury, " "Cordoury Gets A Pocket," and "Babies Don't Eat Pizza." She loves having us read to her, but also enjoys reading to herself. If it's a book she's familiar with, you can hear her reading abbreviated versions of the pages aloud. If she isn't familiar with the story, she makes up words based off of the pictures in the book.

Her best friend right now is her baby doll. Baby goes everywhere with her. Yesterday baby even went swimming in the pool with her. She's had the baby doll since her first birthday and has always liked her, but now they're inseparable. I'm not sure if it's just her age, or if it has to do with the new babies on the way. Either way, I think she's going to be a great big sister.


My sensitive little lover. He has the biggest heart and is truly a mama's boy. He always wants to be where I am and gets worried if he can't see me, even if I'm just in a different room of the house. He has been very attached to me, and hesitant to give his love to anyone else lately. Even his aunties, grandparents, and daddy. The timing of this behavior seems to coincide with when they found our about the babies. Since then, all his love is only for me. He is very emotional and his feeling get hurt easily. Brooke knows this and will push his buttons on purpose. He lives for snuggles and hugs, and it usually only takes a few minutes of snuggles to get him settled down. He wants to try and do things on his own, but he gets very frustrated if he's not able to do it the first time. It can be frustrating for us too, but we try to make each of his frustrations a learning experience.

Harrison is very often over tired, which may have something to do with his emotional state. His sister needs less sleep than him, and she frequently wakes him up when she gets out of bed. Once he falls asleep he sleeps like a log, but getting him to sleep at nap time requires adult supervision. Rob or I lay in bed with him each day until he falls asleep. He tries everything to keep himself from falling asleep, so we get to lay there and tell him to close his eyes, be quiet, no playing, stop fidgeting, no biting yourself. It works, but we definitely miss the days of turning off the lights and walking out of the room.

He has finally in the last couple weeks really taken a positive turn in the potty training department. After months of struggles he is finally telling us when he needs to go. I think it's been almost two weeks since we've had an accident which is a huge deal because they were a daily occurrence. We recently started telling them they were going to have to be able to go on their own without help in order to go to school, and I think that made a huge difference in his mindset. He still doesn't want to pull his pants up on his own, but we're getting there. I'm so proud of this big accomplishment for him.

Harry loves to do puzzles, and is extremely good at them. We have started doing jigsaw puzzles that are anywhere in size from 9-40 pieces. Usually while I'm working on sorting pieces, he is already putting together half of the puzzle on his own. His favorite is a big two sided floor puzzle that's a fire truck on one side and a city scene on the other.

He finally moved past "K, L, M, M, P," and we now have definite "L, M, N, O, P." He knows most of his uppercase letters on sight, but still has a few he struggles with. His counting is hit and miss. 1-13 are always perfect. Sometime 14-19 get a little mixed up, and other times he gets it exactly right. He is working on his 20s and getting much more reliable with them as well. 1-5 are reliable numbers he knows on sight, and 6-10 are ones we are still working on. Colors and shapes he's 100% on, and he's even getting to the point when he can draw almost recognizable shapes. Triangles and circles mostly. :)

Harrison is still my champion eater. Yogurt is definitely his favorite food. It doesn't matter what flavor or brand, the kid loves yogurt. "Ficy cheese," or hot pepper as us adults refer to it, is another favorite of his. He will try any vegetable, any fruit, any meat, pretty much everything you sit in front of him he'll try. Most things he actually likes too. Our biggest eating struggle with Harry is to keep him focused on eating and not playing.

He has recently discovered he really likes "Jungle Junction" and "Handy Manny." His interest in watching "MMC" has completely dropped, although he does still love his Mickey toys. He loves the "Planes" movies as well as "Cars." "Cinderella" and "Penguins of Madagascar" are pretty high on his list too. He usually chooses a different movie each time is his turn to pick.

Harry loves reading. When he picks out books, they're usually different each day. He doesn't have any sure favorites, he just seems to love them all. He loves looking at books on his own, but much prefers for us to read them to him. He loves snuggling up next to us while we read to him, or while he and Brooke look at a book together.

In the few short months since I wrote this update so much has changed. From school, to favorite activites, to their attitudes. Everything changes so quickly when they're little. Reading where they were three months ago reminds me to savor every minute with them, and also to remember that the tough stages will pass before I know it.

I love you little munchkins, and can't wait to see what the next 6 months has in store for you!

All photos by Gillian Dyan Photography