Sunday, June 28, 2015

Day in the Life - 3 Year Old Twins

This morning I woke up at 5 am to use the restroom and get a drink of water. After trying to go back to sleep for almost an hour, I decided it was time to get up and be productive. By productive I mean writing one of the many blog posts that I've been putting off for weeks. Hello, I haven't even go tot Brooke and Harrison's 3 year update. So here I sit eating a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, reason #1 not to shop while pregnant and hungry, and writing a blog post.

Most mornings do not start this way. We are pretty routine in how our days work, and I want to make sure I remember what a typical day is like with these two before our lives drastically change in a few months.


6:00 am - I wake up to use the restroom and realize I have a lovely headache to start the day. I warmed up my neck wrap, took some Excedrin, got a cool wet washcloth for my head, and laid back down.

7:30am - Brooke and Harrison's Tot Clock turns yellow. They come running into our room screaming "It's yellow! It's yellow!" Most mornings I get up with them and get breakfast started and turn on Mickey. Robbie is already up and getting ready for work, so he handles getting their day started.

8:30am - My headache is gone, so I get up and get the kids and I dressed and ready for the day. We are out the door by 9:05.

9:15 - I am still in need of a little caffeine, so we head to Starbucks for a little coffee and bacon sammie action. There were no tables available, so we sat at the bar which the kids thought was pretty cool.

10:00am - Puppet show at our local library branch. This morning's showing is a modern retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. The story included a whoopie cushion, and of course the fart jokes were the kids' favorite.

11:30am - We head home after the puppet show and checking out a few new books. 

12:00pm - Time to get started on lunch. H and B get to work on some cottage cheese, cucumbers, and carrots, while I slice up half a watermelon. With the exception of the 6 slices I freeze, we finish the entire half. When I say we, I mean mostly them.

12:45pm - I sit down and have lunch while they play in the living room for a little while.

1:15pm - It's time for stories before bed. They each pick out on a new library book to read.

1:30pm - Time to potty before getting tucked in for naps. Harrison did an extra good job and got to pick out two M&Ms.

1:50pm - After singing songs and prayers and laying in bed with Harrison for 15 minutes, both kids are finally asleep. The dogs are already waiting in bed for me, so I join them for a nap too.

3:45pm - Brooke come in to wake me up from my nap. We lay in my bed and watch a few SYTYCD videos on You Tube.

4:00pm - Shes ready for a snack, so we get up and get a banana. She watches Super Why while I read a couple blog posts. I read Amber's blog post on Grilled Caprese Pizza, and decide I must have that for dinner tonight! I plan my grocery list and text a few girlfriends to see if they want to join for pizza..

4:15pm - Harrison is awake and joins us for a banana and the end of Super Why

5:00pm - We hit up Meijer for a quick trip to get the necessary pizza items. H and B splash in every puddle they can find on our way back out to the van.

5:45 - We pick up Jules from daycare and head home to make pizza.

6:15pm - The first pizza goes in the oven. I continue working on dinner while the kids play with Mega Tiles and dance around in the living room. Our music selection for the evening is the Kelly Clarkson and More play list from Prime Music. Alexa is always mixing it up for us.

6:30pm - Our first Auntie has arrived for dinner just in time as the first pizza came out of the oven. The pizza was everything I hoped for, and we all chow down.

7:00pm - The kids are back out to playing in the living room, and Auntie #2 shows up. More pizza consumption happens by the adults.

7:30pm - H and B hop in the bath. While they bathe, I pick up the toys in the living room. We only was their hair a couple times a week, and tonight is not a hair wash night. They basically spend 30 minutes in the tub playing with bubbles and bath toys.

8:00pm - Time to get out of the tub. Vitamins, tooth brushing, diapers, and PJs come next. We have a nightly play list that includes "Who Let the Dogs Out," "Ms New Booty," "Hey Ya," and "Uptown Funk." Harrison and Brooke have a mini dance party before bed each night. Tonight Auntie Lynn joins them to shake it like a Polaroid picture.

8:20pm - Time for nightly stories. Auntie Kim reads them a couple of the new library books we checked out. Big Bad Bubble is one of the books, and we highly enjoyed this one.

8:30pm - Stories, prayers, and songs are done. The Tot Clock has turned blue, and H and B are tucked into bed. Girl talk, cupcakes, and coffee now follow for those of us over the age of 3.

9:15pm - We call it a night early, and the girls head home. I decided to work on a quick blog post.

10:00pm - Blog post finished and I'm headed to bed. Brush my teeth, wash my face, check social media before bed.

10:30pm - I finally set down my phone and go to sleep.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

11 Weeks

How Far Along - 11 weeks 2 days (11w4d today)
Total Weight Gain - Up 4 so far
Maternity Clothes - Still mostly pre pregnancy clothes. A few maternity shirts here and there, but mostly flowy tanks and maxi dresses. I have a feeling maternity jeans will be purchased soon because more times than not, I wind up undoing my hair tie as soon as I sit down in the van. This belly needs some room.
Sleep - Still taking good naps every day. Night sleep has been hit and miss. I'm battling a head cold this week, and it definitely hasn't helped sleep.
Cravings - Cucumbers, nectarines, carrots, water, fruit popsicles. I've been craving Cebolla's chips, salsa, and queso for the last few days. That was finally fulfilled tonight, and it was glorious.
Symptoms - Still stomach issues and lots of gas. ;( I don't remember being uncomfortable with H and B this early, but I've had a lot of nights where I feel full and uncomfortable. It's always better by the morning though.
Purchases - A couple of non maternity maxis were purchased online this week. They should be arriving any day now.
Miss Anything - A normal digestive track. I'm counting the days until the end of the first trimester.
Best Moment This week - My firs OB appointment went well, and I don't go back for another weeks so hat's exciting. The best moment by far though, was telling H and B about the babies. They are pretty excited and ask what the babies are doing all the time. I'll share more details on that later.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Father's Day Weekend

I feel like a blogging professional today because I'm writing something other than a pregnancy update or 365 Challenge post. My little corner of the internet has become slightly predictable during my first trimester, but I'm hoping to make that change soon. Now onto our weekend.

Last week I had a recurring headache for days in a row. Friday was day 4, and I decided professional help was needed. I headed to the spa for a massage and H and B were off to Grandma and Grandpa's for a few hours. My headache was gone at least for the day, and H and B got to spend some time riding bikes around Grandma and Grandpa's culdesac. Win-Win. Brooke had been asking for a movie night, so we watch Tangled and called it a night early. We were all in bed by 8pm. My kind of night.

Saturday morning started with another headache, but thanks to great friends who deliver coffee, the headache didn't stick around too long. We had plans to go to Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, so we loaded up the party van, and made the trek up north. It was amazing to see the animals so close, and to hear the stories about the environments they were rescued from. I am in love with their chimpanzee, Tarzan, and wish I would have got a good picture of him. We were only a few feet away from gorgeous big cats like lions, cougars, and leopards, and the kids wanted to play in the dirt. At least we adults had fun.

Saturday evening we went to an outdoor showing of "Back to the Future." Our favorite food truck was there, we got dessert from Sweets So Geek, and we stayed up late to watch a movie under the stars. It was a whole lot of fun, and I hope they do it again soon. The movie started at dark, and by 11:15 the kids were done. We loaded up the wagon, headed home, and missed out of the last 30 minutes of the movie. Good thing I know how it ends.

Even though we didn't go to sleep until just before midnight, Brooke and Harrison were up and in our room by 6:40am on Sunday. We were meeting Robbie's family at the zoo for Father's Day, so we got up and got moving right away. It was a fun morning until Harrison told me he needed to pee as he was going in his pants. I feel like potty training with him will never end. :( So we headed home a little early.

That evening we hung out around the house and order pizza for dinner, Robbie's favorite. One of our favorite aunties came over to join us, and once the kids were in bed, we watched "Get Hard" before calling it a night.

It's been a while since we have had a weekend packed with so many outings. We had a lot of fun celebrating the dads in our life, especially Robbie. I am so luck to be able to share my life, and this journey through parenthood with him. He works so hard every day for this family, and I am ever appreciative. Brooke and Harrison are blessed to have him as their dad, and I love watching him with them every day. I know he's going to be just as amazing with the babies who are on their way.

I hope you all had a great Father's Day celebrating the men in your lives!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

365 Challenge - Week 23

I usually start these posts off with a little about what's been going on during the week, but tonight I'm cutting it short. It's late and I'm tired. Assuming that I awake headache free tomorrow, we are planning to surprise the kids with a day trip to Indy. We've been wanting to take them to the Children's Museum and decided why wait. It's supposed to rain here, so why not go have some fun and make a day of it? If we do go, there will most definitely be a stop at The Cake Bake Shop, so fingers crossed for no headache. Goodnight all!

6.11.2015 - speed racers

6.12.2015 - wink, wink, nudge, nudge, know what I mean?

6.13.2015 - puddles and sunshine - iPhone

6.14.2015 - feeding time

6.15.2015 - Chee-ee-eese - iPhone

6.16.2015 - ceiling art? - iPhone

6.17.2015 - watermelon two fister

Sunday, June 14, 2015

10 Weeks

How Far Along - 10 weeks
Total Weight Gain - Still at 2 pounds
Maternity Clothes - I did wear a couple of my maternity tanks this week. They are extra long, and really good at covering the hair tie trick on my jeans. I have a feeling they'll be getting worn pretty frequently from here on out.
Sleep - Better than last week, but still not as soundly as I'd like. Today was the first day I didn't pass out immediately at nap time, so I think maybe the every day nap will soon become a thing of the past. I'm not giving up on naps quite yet though. I love a good nap.
Cravings - I had a totally random craving for tater tots today. We planned our dinner around it, and then I barely ate any. My intake is still mostly carbs, fruits, and veggies. And a nightly bowl of ice cream, or slice of pie as is the case tonight.
Symptoms - Lots of tummy issues still. I unfortunately experienced my first upchuck session of this pregnancy yesterday. I'm hoping it was a one time occurrence.
Purchases - I've been keeping shopping to a minimum. Nothing new this week.
Miss Anything - The ability to eat a meal and not sound like a frat boy belching up a storm. I'm so ladylike lately.
Looking Forward To - My first OB appointment is on Tuesday, and it starts with an ultrasound. Unless there's a cause for concern, I'm pretty sure this will be the last time we see the babies for another 8 weeks. :( After so many ultrasounds in the span of a few short weeks, that seems like forever.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

365 Challenge Weeks 21 & 22

If you follow me on Instagram(@jennpargeon) you probably saw that we were at the lake last week. The lake is the land of no internet. On days where there aren't too many other people trying to use the lone cell phone tower, you can get a 4G signal on your phone if you have the right carrier. If you don't, sorry about your luck, and there's definitely no Wifi. Tethering to your phone is potentially an option, but that's only if you can get good enough cell coverage. So, no blogging will probably every happen at the lake. Hence the blog silence that I'm sure none of you noticed.

I did manage to still snap pictures every day, so this week you're getting a double dose of my daily photo challenge. I'll be honest, I've started to become a little lazy with me pics. I often don't think about the required picture until it's almost bedtime, or even after. Now that we're back into the usual swing of things, I'm hoping to get back to being more diligent about breaking out the Nikon.

5.28.2015 - daddy snuggles

5.29.2015 - pool day - iPhone

5.30.2015 - bedtime snack

5.31.2015 - tablets with Uncle Jeremy

6.1.2015 - I scream, you scream

6.2.2015 - no running on the pier, unless it's for pictures

6.3.2015 - 3 goof balls

6.4.2015 - little fish

6.5.2015 - ski practice - iPhone

6.6.2015 - are we done yet?

6.7.2015 - pony rides

6.8.2015 - peaceful little man - iPhone

6.9.2015 - making a birthday cake for Dusty Crophopper (yeah, I don't get it either)

6.10.2015 - splash pad shenannigans

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

9 Weeks

Today was our final appointment with our RE's office. We got to see two healthy babes with great heartbeats. One of them even gave us a little wave and some kicks. Since everything looks good, we got the release from our RE. It's very bittersweet. We love our RE, but are excited that things are progressing well enough that we get the release. On a super exciting note, I get to stop my suppositories. Hell to the yea!!

How Far Along - 9 weeks 2 days
Total Weight Gain - Up 2 pounds
Maternity Clothes - Not yet, but I have a feeling we're not too far off. Most pants require the hair tie trick. Lots of maxi dresses and loose fitting tanks are getting extra wear.
Sleep - Not as well as I'd like. I've been getting in a nap everyday, and sleep great at nap time. Bed time is a different story though. I can't get comfy, and the dogs make me extremely hot. They may be getting the boot from bed sooner rather than later.
Cravings - Nothing really. I've still been relying pretty heavily on carbs, and mixing in lots of fresh fruit and veggies.
Symptoms - Headaches have thankfully gone away. I'm still tired all the time. It's 10:30 now and I'm already looking forward to naps. my stomach is still all kinds of messed up. Brooke and Harrison are constantly saying "excuse you," because I'm burping all the time.
Purchases - I picked up a Snoogle yesterday, but I'm still not sure if I'm going to use it. I've heard lots of mixed reviews when it comes to supporting a twin belly later on in pregnancy.
Miss Anything - Energy. I'm ready to be able to make it through the day without feeling exhausted.
Looking Forward To - Telling H and B about the babies. They still don't know yet, and Rob and I haven't agreed on when is the right time to tell them. Today he suggested we wait until 7 months.