Friday, September 4, 2015

Denver

As I'm sure many of you know, because I posted tons of pictures on Instagram and Facebook, we were in Denver last week to celebrate my brother and his husband's wedding. It was an absolute blast, and I've spent all week saying I want to go back. We spent a couple days in Denver and then headed into the mountains and stayed at Keystone Resort. I'm going to try and keep the words short on this one, not my specialty, and overload on pictures, something I tend to be good at.

Sunday we headed down to Indy to spend the day at The Children's Museum. We spent the night in a hotel, and then flew out Monday afternoon. By the time we got to Denver, got our rental, and checked into our hotel it was already 5pm. We headed to my brother's that evening to celebrate my now BIL's birthday. Tuesday morning we hung out at the Denver Children's Museum. Nap time for the kids equalled a mani-pedi for me and a few of the other groom's party members. We had family dinner at my brother's and enjoyed a walk to Sloan's Lake.









Wednesday we made the drive into the mountains. We stopped on the way to ride the Georgetown Loop railroad. By 5:30pm all of our roomies had arrived to the resort. We roomed with my younger brother and his wife, and well as a couple of our besties from The Fort who also happen to be great friends with my older brother. We got a 4 bedroom condo so the kids could have their own room. Possibly the smartest decision of the trip. So much better than sharing double beds with them as Rob and I had done the three nights prior. We explored the resort and had dinner before calling it a night.






Thursday morning the kids and I were up before everyone else. We did more exploring and picked up coffee and breakfast. When everyone else was up we played mini golf. Thursday evening was the rehearsal. It was an I Do BBQ and was held at Lake Dillion, which was beyond beautiful. Once the kids were asleep we all hot tubbed it for a couple hours. Don't worry, I only sat on the step so it wouldn't get to hot for the babies. Mid way through our evening of hot tubbing we decided to walk 10 minutes in 50 degree temps across the resort in just our swimsuits and towels to go to my brother's hot tub. Theirs had a waterfall, so how could we not? They also had a heated pool which was heavenly to swim in.





Friday was wedding day!!! Since we had a large 4 bedroom condo, we were hair central for all the attendants getting their hair did. I was up first at 9:30am. Rob took over kid duty and went out with my parents, sister, and nephew to keep them entertained while we ladies all got ready. Early lunch and naps, and by 2:45 we were headed up the gondola to 12,000ft. The ceremony and reception site were breathtaking. The ceremony was officiated by my SIL, and was perfect.




Pictures, cocktail hour, dinner, cake, and then the party started. Harrison, Brooke, and their cousins all took to the dance floor immediately, they weren't waiting for the rest of us. Once the first dance was done, the party started and didn't slow down. Glow sticks and other glow in the dark party accessories were broke out, and the dance floor didn't empty once. H and B didn't make it through the whole reception, so Rob pulled father of the year and took them back to the condo early. The rest of us partied the night away. I did learn that if your 21 weeks pregnant with twins it's ok to drop it like it's hot and shake it like a Polaroid picture, but it's not ok to do a conga line. You will pull a muscle in your hip and be sidelined for the rest of the night. Thankfully that happened after a couple hours of good dancing when the night was almost over.







Saturday we had lunch with all of the groom's families before heading back to Denver for the evening. It was of course a perfect day the day we left, and I wish we would have had one more day to play in the mountains. Almost all of my immediate family was crashing at my brother's in Denver that night, so we got some carryout Mexican for dinner and enjoyed our last evening together. We all had early flights in the morning and called it a night before 10pm.


Sunday we got up early to return the rental car and make a 10:10am flight. We found out after we dropped off the rental car that our flight was delayed 2 hours. We waited in the longest TSA line ever, so it was probably a good thing we were slightly delayed otherwise we would have been pulling a Home Alone and running to the gate at the last minute. It was 8:15pm by the time we made it home, but we made it home and that's all that matters.


So maybe not that short of a post, but it all made into one post, unlike our trip to Seattle last year. (1, 2, 3) Now all of us Justice kids are married, so no more Justice weddings for another 20+ years. I guess that means next year we can vacation wherever we want. Although with 4 kids under 4, maybe we'll just stay at home.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

21 Weeks

We've had a crazy last couple weeks with vacation and getting ready for vacation, so I've missed a couple weekly updates. I don't have the usual bump pic for this week, but I wanted to make sure another week didn't go by without an update. Posts should be back to normal for next week's post, but for now this will have to do.

19 weeks
How Far Along - 21 weeks 2 days
Babies' Size - 10.5 inches, 12.7 ounces - Either the size of a banana or a pomegranate depending on which app I consult. How do they decide these fruits, seriously?
Total Weight Gain - 21 pounds total.
Gender - A girl and a boy!
Maternity Clothes - Trying to put this belly and these hips and anything other than maternity is rather ridiculous at this point. I have still been trying to get away with a few pre pregnancy items here and there, mainly shirts, but I wind up pulling the tops down to cover the belly or pulling the pants up so they cover my ever expanding posterior.
Cravings - I had a wicked craving for gummy candy that I fulfilled while passing time in the airport last week. We bought every sour gummy candy the store had, and my brother and I killed the bag of candy. I've been missing lunch meat sandwiches, so I have started doing cheese toasties with turkey, extra cheesy. The gooier the better. 
Symptoms - I'm experiencing a lot of soreness at the days go on. Mostly in my hips and legs. Braxton Hicks have also started. I barely noticed them last pregnancy, but after too much walking on a long day, I definitely notice them. Heartburn and indigestion are also starting to rear their head almost nightly. I also think I may be starting to swell a little bit. That may just be my imagination though.
Miss Anything - If you asked me last week I would have said sleep. Being at home in my own bed has me sleeping great that last couple nights, so I'm going to say nothing right now.
Stretch Marks - None yet. I didn't get them last time until after delivery. I'm curious to see if they appear before delivery this time.
Looking Forward to - Our appointment next week. I don't feel baby boy near as much as I feel baby girl, so I'm looking forward to hearing two strong heartbeats to calm my worries. I'm also looking forward to some stronger more regular movement so the kids can really feel the babies move. Every time they feel my belly the say they can feel the babies kick, but I think they have yet to actually feel them.
Best Moment this Week - My brother's wedding!! Dancing with my big pregnant belly, seeing my siblings, getting to enjoy the mountains, spending a whole week with Rob and no work, feeling the babies go crazy while we were flying, all of it. 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

365 Challenge - Weeks 30, 31, & 32

Brooke and Harrison are going to be starting preschool in just 3 weeks! Between school and classes at the Y that start around the same time, our mornings aren't going to be as care free as they have been in recent weeks. I am thankfully still feeling really good most mornings, so we've been hitting up lots of parks, the zoo, and of course the library. 

I know we still have another 4 months until the babies are due, but I also know I could be told at any time that I have to start taking things easy.  I was very fortunate with H and B that I had only a couple weeks of modified bed rest, and that we made it to 37 weeks. I pray that we're blessed with another full term delivery, but just in case I'm making sure to enjoy every moment I can while it's just Harrison and Brooke. I know I'm already looking forward to fall fun with them, and they've been talking about the corn maze and apple orchard quite a bit lately. I think they're excited for it too.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

18 Weeks and Gender Reveal





How Far Along - 18 Weeks 4 Days 
Babies' Size - 5.6 inches, 6.7 ounces, about the size of a sweet potato. Their actual estimated sizes at today's ultrasound are 8 ounces for Baby A and 9 ounces for Baby B
Total Weight Gain - 3 pounds last week and already another pound so far in the 4 days of this week. Total gain is at 17 pounds. All my weight gain is gauged by our at home scale. At my doctor's appointment I was up 9 pounds from my appointment 4 weeks ago, so I think my home estimates are pretty accurate. It's pretty safe to say I'm going to make it to 20 pounds by 20 weeks no problem. 
Maternity Clothes - Maternity clothes and yoga pants are my friends. I can still do a lot on non maternity shirts, and if I really want to pants with my Bella Band, but I'm more comfy in things with extra stretch.
Sleep - Lots of tossing and turning at night, but overall good sleep. I wake up on average 4 times per night to pee, switch positions, or because the babies are kicking me. 
Cravings - Anything that's easy, which could get me in trouble. While frozen burritos are super easy, there's not much nutrition there other than 20 grams of protein. I have quite a few easy dinners planned to make this week, so that should keep things on a healthier track. I posted on Instagram (@jennpargeon) earlier this week that I found Pumkin Noosa at Kroger. I have been eating some every day, and will probably continue to do so until they take it off the shelves. So amazingly good, and at 14 grams of protein, it's a perfect pregnancy snack.
Symptoms - Hip pain and general uncomfortableness sets in right about dinner time most evenings. While I'm still feeling pretty good and the weather is nice, I make sure the kids and I get out to do something most every morning. I pay for it in the evening, but it keeps us all sane, so it's worth it. 
Miss Anything - I'm going to say sleep. Even with almost daily naps, it feels like I'm not getting enough. Harrison waking up and coming into our room almost every night this weeks hasn't helped either.
Looking Forward to - Shopping and going through baby clothes. Now that we know what sex these babies are, I can go through all of Brooke and Harrison's clothes and see what we'll be able to use and what we won't. Since we're in opposite seasons, I know we'll need to supplement with a few warmer pieces in the beginning.
Best Moment this Week - Seeing the babes during the anatomy scan today. Both babies are measuring slightly ahead, and everything looks to be developing properly. Baby A's heartbeat was 143 and Baby B's was 133. It will be another 8 weeks before we see them again, so I'll staring at their sweet ultrasound pictures for the next 8 weeks. 



And now the news everyone has been waiting for. Robbie and Harrison have been firmly in the boy/boy camp for the last couple weeks. Robbie thought it was going to be two boys because when I was pregnant with H and B, I had a dream about boy twins. Harrison had previously thought it was boy/girl twins by switched teams. Brooke originally said she wanted two girls, but switched to one of each about 3 weeks ago. I have been in the boy/girl camp since the beginning, and decided Baby A was a girl and Baby B was a boy at our 10 week ultrasound. Baby A was very active, and Baby B barely moved, just like Brooke and Harrison, although they were B and A respectively.

Sure enough, I've been right this whole time. We are having another boy, Baby B, and another girl, Baby A. We are all very excited, even Harrison. Within 2 minutes of starting our ultrasound, we know Baby B was a boy. While the ultrasound tech was measuring Baby A's head we had a very obvious penis pop into frame. Little man was not shy about letting us know he was there right from the get go. It's a good thing we wanted to know, because he gave us no choice. Baby A waited her turn, but was more than willing to cooperate when it came time for leg measurements and gender determination. 

I can already see lots of Brooke's features in our little baby girl. Baby girl's profile looks very similar to Brooke's. Baby B wasn't to quick to give us a good profile shot because he was too busy sucking his thumb. I didn't even notice it, but the ultrasound tech pointed it out, and sure enough as she moved the wand you could see his fingers with his thumb in his mouth and the small movements of his lips. So adorable. Neither H or B were thumb suckers, or pacifier lovers for that matter, so it will be interesting to see if this little man is. We did finally get a profile pic in the end, and I'm not sure who he looks like. He looks like a baby, I know that.



Our balloon photo shoot yesterday was kind of a cluster, but we got decent shots so I guess that's all that matters. The wind was fighting us, balloons kept getting tangled, and we had a few balloons pop in the process. Since I was feeling boy/girl babies, I had H and B take a few extra b/g pics with all the balloons we had left at the end. I'm glad I did because this is my favorite shot of the day. :)

Cheers to keeping a balanced home!!!!!