Monday, November 30, 2009

Pregnancy - Week 13



What's happening with the babies this week?
Your baby is continuing to grow and mature at this point. Your baby's arms are going to begin to lengthen and be more proportioned to the rest of the body. The liver is beginning to produce bile, while the spleen is beginning to produce red blood cells. The development of your baby's brain enables him/her to use facial muscles to grimace, frown and squint. He/she may be sucking his/her thumb. Because you have begun the second trimester and most of the critical development has been completed the chance of miscarriage decreases.

How far along: 13 weeks 5 days

Total weight gain/loss: 8 lbs.

Maternity clothes: Pretty much in maternity at this point, except I can still wear some of my regular tops. I have one pair of jeans that are my absolute favorite, they are so comfy!

Stretch marks: None yet. And I'm rubbing lotion on like a mad woman! I figure I'm not going to avoid them but maybe I can scare some away.

Sleeping: I find I'm starting to sleep a little more peacefully at night. I still get up like twice a night to pee but I feel like I fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer.

Best moment last week:Spending time with our family and friends for Thanksgiving. It was wonderful to have so much to feel thankful for this year.

Symptoms: Moodiness!! I can go from happy and joyful to mad or crying in about the blink of an eye and over the stupidest stuff. Still pretty tired all the time. I'm also still having small waves of nausea but nothing terrible.

Food cravings: I crave food in general, but I still love my OJ in the morning and also I'm in love with chocolate milk right now.

Food aversions: Just bacon

Gender: We go New Year's EVE to find our the sexes. I still think boy/girl and Dalyn still thinks girls. We've had a lot more people tell us boys over the past week or so.

I miss: nothing really. I don't know that I could be more happier with life!!

What I am looking forward to: I'm so excited about finding out the sexes I could care less if we just skipped right on by Christmas. So I would have to say I'm more looking forward to what they are!!

Body Changes: My body is changing almost daily it seems like. I had lots of mixed reactions from family/friends. Some thought I looked smaller, some bigger but everyone was excited to see the belly! The doctor also told me yesterday that apparently my uterus has moved and is sitting right over my pelvic bone which is causing me a great deal of discomfort. He said its not unusual to get use to it! I'm also having what he called round ligament pain and yes its as uncomfortable as it sounds. He said in a single pregnancy most women wouldn't experience this until later but with two it happens a lot earlier.

Giving Thanks

So I know I'm a little late but I scarified blogging time for time with family and friends this week, I'm sure y'all understand! Dalyn and I left here Tuesday night headed home for 5 wonderful days!! Traffic was terrible and when we finally arrived I was immediately thankful for a safe trip, we seen so many accidents on the way home. Wednesday morning I got to sleep late, again something I was thankful for. Then I got my hair done, it needed it, so I was thankful for finally not looking like a bag lady. Wednesday afternoon we went a looked at the shower site and I was thankful for the amazing women in my life who want to shower these babies with love, I was thankful for my wonderful husband who gave me these babies, for God who is taking amazing care of me and these babies and lastly for these babies, who made my season even more thankful this year!! We spent the next few days with family and friends celebrating all that we had to be thankful for. We were so thankful to have amazing people surrounding us, amazing babies on the way, a roof over our heads, food on our tables and love in our hearts. We realize so many people don't have these things to be thankful for and we try our best to never take it for granted.

We have a family tradition, every year around this time we go to the Grove Park in Asheville, NC with my in-laws and eat their amazing prime rib buffet! Saturday we did that a viewed the gingerbread houses! If you've never been to the Grove Park I highly recommend it, esp at Christmas because it is beautiful. Dalyn and I have our picture taken in front of the same tree every year, only this year they were a little different. Here are the pictures, my hubby is a joker and so he decided to compare bellies! Although in the picture this dress does a pretty good job hiding mine.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Pregnancy - Week 12

What's happening with the babies this week?
Up until this point, our babies head has been the largest part of his/her body but that's beginning to change. Unique fingerprints are now located on the tips of our babies fingers. The kidney and urinary tract are completely functional which allows the amniotic fluid he/she has been swallowing to be excreted. Covering our babies skin is a fine soft hair call lanugo.

How far along: 12 weeks 3 days

Total weight gain/loss: I haven't weighed myself this week so I have no clue!

Maternity clothes: Its official I can no longer wear any of my regular pants. I can still fit into most of my regular tops some are just tighter than others.

Stretch marks: None yet. And I'm rubbing lotion on like a mad woman! I figure I'm not going to avoid them but maybe I can scare some away.

Sleeping: I have started to be uncomfortable some at night now. I notice myself tossing and turning a lot more. Still getting up about once a night to pee.

Best moment last week: Getting to see our babies moving and growing. They are so amazing to me and I love them so much already.

Symptoms: I'm exhausted this week! I thought when I hit the 12 or 13 week mark I was going to have this amazing burst of energy but it sure hasn't happened yet! I am still hungry almost 24/7. And have had a few waves of nausea this week.

Food cravings: Still on my OJ kick. And chocolate milk!! Yum, I'm in love with choc milk right now. (I find it weird that I'm not really craving foods but drinks)

Food aversions: Pretty much just bacon now

Gender: Couple more months, I'm guessing boy and girl, Dalyn says girls. We had our first person tell us boys this week though which was neat!

I miss: nothing what so ever. I don't know that I could be more happier with life!! With Thanksgiving coming up I told Dalyn this morning that I couldn't have imagined having such an amazing blessing to be thankful for. God certainly does work in amazing ways!

What I am looking forward to: Thanksgiving Break!!! YAH for 5 days of rest, spending time with family & friends and of course FOOD!!! I'm also looking forward to my doctors appt when we get back.

Body Changes: I feel like my belly just grew out of no where overnight!! I still have the road map which is now moving down my arms! I've also moved up a bra size this week.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Spreading The Baby News

So I've been wanting to tell everyone how we told our families we were pregnant and their first reactions but I hadn't been able to get the video to upload until now and I fill figured it out this morning. So we didn't get to record every one's reaction but we did get our in-laws on video. We first found our we were pregnant on like September 23. I had started to get sick and one morning as we were leaving the house Dalyn said you better just test so you will know what you can take. So I marched off to the bathroom knowing it was way to early to test and thinking there was no way it would be positive. Well like not even a minute after I peed on the stick it read pregnant. I was shocked, I was testing like 5 days early!! I think we were both in total shock, we didn't say anything on the way to work. The next few days I spent in bed sick with a upper respiratory infection and so we didn't even get to celebrate until days later. But we had decided we would wait until at least after our first u/s to tell anyone!! Well Ashley being the best friend knew we had done IUI and that I should be testing anytime. So after she had asked for days I decided to tell her. I told her that I had finally picked out what my Halloween costume was gonna be, an oven, and she knew immediately! We told our other good friends Casey and Jonathan a couple of days later when they called to check up on me! We had decided that would be it though until after the u/s and somehow we managed to keep it secret.

So when our first u/s rolled around on Sept. 16, we had debated for weeks how we were going to tell our families. We knew we wanted to go home to tell them in person because we wanted to see their reactions. So that Friday we packed it up and drove 7 hours to break the news of not only the pregnancy but twins!! The first people we told were Dalyn's parents. We met them out for dinner and we set up the scenario. We had told them we had stopped in Raleigh and bought a new camera. So the plan was when we got home I would sit down and start playing with the camera, after a few minutes I would ask Dalyn to run get the manual out in the car. While he was out there we had devised a plan that he would tie a pregnancy test around Max, his parents dog. We had no idea how it would go but it went perfectly!! So here's the video of when they found our we were pregnant. Excuse the poor video skills! Oh and excuse Dalyn's mom's robe.



Dalyn's mom calls Max the gift that keeps on giving and it certainly played perfectly into our plan!

After that video stopped rolling of course they started asking questions, so we told them we had made a pregnancy announcement to send out and we wanted to see what they though about it. It was a card and on the front it had a picture of mine and dalyn's feet and our dogs paws. It said "Our 4 foot, 12 paw family is. . . " and on the inside was a picture of the ultrasound and said "Growing by 4 feet!" So here's the video for it!



After we told them I was pretty much ready for bed, after the long trip and all the excitement so we headed to bed with plans to tell everyone else Saturday.

Saturday morning we woke up and headed to walmart to make copies of the u/s pics. We got two frames to frame them for my dad and grandmother. We ran to see Dalyn's grandmother first, we handed her an u/s pic and told her those were her new grand babies. I think she was in such shock, she didn't really say much while we were there but call later extremely excited. Next was my grandmother, we had wrapped the frame for her and I told her we had brought her an early birthday gift to open it. When she pulled the picture frame out she said "oh you got me a picture," bless her she had no clue. So I said, "do you know what it is" and of course she said no. So when we told her she said "TWO!" She was excited but I think she didn't know how to respond to twins either. Lastly, we told my dad. We did the same thing as we did for my grandmother. I had wrapped it up and taken it in and he said what's this for. I told him a present for making it through having his mouth wired shut. When he pulled the picture out I could tell he had no idea what it was either. So I said "do you know what it is" his response was "a picture of an owl!!!" everyone couldn't help but laugh so I said no its an ultrasound picture. And he said "a recent one?" So then his girlfriend was like is there two? And he finally figured it all out. He started crying and it was just the sweetest thing ever! He's over the moon about these babies and because of the owl comment he now calls them, "Hoot" and "Screech" nicknames I'm not crazy about but whatever. We ended the weekend by having dinner with our best friends and heading out the next morning. It was a wonderful weekend and I couldn't have imagined better reactions from anyone!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Much anticipated belly pics. . .


Notice the maternity pants! Out of no where this week I can't wear any of my regular pants, so it looks like I'll be in maternity from here on out. And you know what, I'm perfectly fine with that!! I think I must have been breathing in when he took this one but my belly looks caved in but its not really like that! Hopefully I'll get better about taking them and keep uploading more!

Also, totally un-pregnancy related, I'm trying to get the videos of when we told our parents uploaded but can't seem to get it to work. Can anyone give me any pointers?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Pregnancy - Week 11

What's happening with the babies this week?
This week our babies will begin to take on a more normal appearance as the eyes move closer together and the ears move closer to their final position. Their intestines have grown so fast that they actually extend into the umbilical cord, but they will begin to move back into the abdomen. Their kidneys can now secrete urine, and their nervous systems are continuing to mature. Our babies have developed more complicated reflexes such as sucking.

How far along: 11 weeks 3 days

Total weight gain/loss: 122lbs - up 7 lbs so far. I have a feeling the way my clothes are fitting its gonna start going up pretty fast from there.

Maternity clothes: I'm discovering more and more of my pants are fitting at this point and the belly band would work if I could get them half way zipped, but some I can't even get to that point. I would say by next week or the next I'll almost exclusively be in maternity clothes. I think at this point my regular clothes are just going to become to uncomfortable.

Stretch marks: None yet. And I'm rubbing lotion on like a mad woman! I figure I'm not going to avoid them but maybe I can scare some away.

Sleeping: Still being woke up at night by my bladder, dreams or my tummy! I'm only getting up to pee about once a night now but am just waking up occasionally for no real reason. I'm also having some pretty crazy, imaginative dreams!!

Best moment last week: Getting to see our babies moving and growing. They are so amazing to me and I love them so much already.

Symptoms: A good majority of my symptoms have pretty much gone away. Last week after they drew 8 vials of blood and after going all weekend, I'm exhausted this week! I am still hungry almost 24/7, sometimes so much it almost annoys me!!

Food cravings: I crave food in general, but I'm really loving OJ and Naked smoothies this week. I also don't I've discussed with you guys my love for Fruity Cheerios right now. I normally eat like two bowls a day!! Dalyn thinks its so funny.

Food aversions: Bacon and Fast Food, I added Mexican to my aversions this week.

Gender: Couple more months, I'm guessing boy and girl, Dalyn says girls.

I miss: nothing really. I don't know that I could be more happier with life!!

What I am looking forward to: Thanksgiving Break!!! YAH for 5 days of rest, spending time with family & friends and of course FOOD!!!

Body Changes: I feel like my belly just grew out of no where overnight!! I still have the road map which is now moving down my arms! Other than that I haven't had a lot of other changes.

Stayed tuned, I've set a reminder for myself to take a picture of the baby belly tonight.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Differences with twins

So of course I knew things would be different with twins but I'm slowly realizing just how different things are. I thought I'd just list a few of our most recent examples below.

This:







Became This:










This:










Became This:










The one thing I didn't expect is for This:











To become This:








So that leaves us with where we are today! Frustrated, miserable and stuck in the middle of the car buying fiasco!! I am to the point where I would just buy a car to be done with this whole process. I love a bargain! but car salesmen just really annoy me and I refuse to settle for less than what I feel like is a deal. I mean let's face it, do we ever really get a "deal" on new cars. We've been to every car lot with what feels like 100 mi radius just to be faced with the same things over and over. So tomorrow we're going to Carmax and one other Chevrolet dealership and for the life of me, if we don't come home and be done with this car buying ordeal tomorrow, I'm going to buy a roof rack and strap the little twinies in on top!! (just kidding don't call dss). So wish us luck, but mostly I think the hubby needs it :-)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Doctor's Appointment

Appointment 3 - November 11, 2009 - 10 weeks 4 days

How we were feeling?
We were very excited to get to see our little miracles again this week!! Two weeks seems like forever. I told Dalyn we needed to rent a U/S machine for our house so I could see them anytime.

My weight?
Well this is the interesting part. So I've steadily kept my weight on the scales here at the office. Pre-pregnancy I was 115 or so. At my second appt I was 120. So yesterday I weighed myself so I would be prepared and I weighed 124. Well, today when I stepped on the scale it said 117. So who knows, is there a scale in the world that measures weight correctly???!!!???

The ultrasound?
We went in for our complete work-up today and let's just say I thought that included an ultrasound. I was so excited for it!! So we go through everything, dr pokes and prods and carries on with me, answers our questions and then says we done to stop by and have my b/w done on the way out. So I'm completely disappointed at this point, so my hormones must kick in and I tell him I want an ultrasound today. After much convincing he agrees and we head off to wait on the u/s room to be ready. The babies were all over the place today, kicking, waving, flipping. It was the most amazing thing ever!! Baby A was moving but was fairly calm during the whole thing but Baby B was a whole different story. When she scanned over to B, it immediately flipped over facing us and started waving! It was just unbelievable to see them moving around. She said within the next few weeks I should be able to feel them, esp since there are two.

The Babies Stats?
Baby A - Measured 10 wks 6 days
Heart rate 176

Baby B - Measure 11 wks 1 day (yes Baby B is an over-achiever, sounds like its daddy!!)
Heart rate 180

My guess is that A is a boy and B is a girl!! Dalyn still says two girls!!

Next Visit:
I'm not sure why exactly but they are going to see me back in 3 more weeks. Next appointment date is December 2.

Also, a side note about today's visit. . . do they really see a need is taking 8 vials of my blood, when I already feel like walking to the car might do me in for the day!! I was feeling good this morning like I had some energy and then she drained 8 vials and I lost it for the whole day. Oh well, I guess its one small sacrifice. She said I'd probably only have to have it drawn like 2 more times.

Of course, a couple of pics from today. . . .
Both babies together

Baby A

Baby B saying "HI" to everyone!!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Pregnancy - Week 10

What's happening with the babies this week?
Our babies have now completed the most critical portion of their development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in their body rapidly grow and mature. They are swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy. If you could peek inside you would see the babies have tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin. Our babies limbs can bend now. Their hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over their hearts, and their feet may be long enough to meet in front of their bodies. From crown to rump, they are about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, they will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.
(BabyCenter.com)

How far along: 10 weeks 2 days

Total weight gain/loss: Haven't weighed myself recently but will update when we got back to the doctor on Wednesday.

Maternity clothes: I'm finding myself at an interested in between right now. My regular clothes are just a little to tight but my maternity pants still don't fit just quite right. Casey sent me a belly band and I'm using it with my regular clothes and I've also found dresses with leggings are super comfy so I'm sporting lots of those too! I've been gifted so many maternity clothes at this point I don't know how much more I'll have to buy.

Stretch marks: None yet. And I'm rubbing lotion on like a mad woman! I figure I'm not going to avoid them but maybe I can scare some away.

Sleeping: Still being woke up at night by my bladder, dreams or my tummy! I'm now getting up pretty much twice a night.

Best moment last week: My daddy sent me a box of maternity clothes with the sweetest card. I must say he did an excellent job picking them out (although I think some kudos go to Pam, his g/f).

Symptoms: I haven't had a ton more morning sickness, thank goodness. I'm starting to feel like I have a little more energy during the day but certainly am still worn out by about 5pm. I've had a bout with constipation which the doctor says is normal. (TMI, I know but I want to remember everything). I also have a constant runny nose. I've also started having some abdominal cramping which the doctor said was normal and most likely my uterus growing!

Food cravings: I crave food in general, I just want to eat all the time.

Food aversions: Bacon and Fast Food, I added Mexican to my aversions this week.

Gender: Couple more months, I'm guessing boy and girl, Dalyn says girls.

I miss: my mom :-( This week it really hit me that I'm going through this without the most important woman in the world. Don't get me wrong I have plenty of amazing supportive women in my life, including my fabulous mother-in-law. But I certainly wish my mom was here to go through this with me.

What I am looking forward to: Our appt on Wednesday. I can't wait to see how the babies are growing!!

Body Changes: I decided to add this one because my body is certainly changing overnight it seems. I def have a baby belly. Dalyn says some days I look more pregnant than others. Everyone says I'm gonna be all belly but my hips seem to be saying otherwise. This week I discovered my torso looks like a road map! Blue veins going everywhere!!! I think it happened during the course of a day and its very interesting.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

HI HO HI HO, TO THE RD I GO

So somewhere along the way, along with my Dr, we decided that it was a grand idea for me to go see a Registered Dietitian (RD). Now keep in mind, in case y'all didn't know, I have a minor in Nutrition, yes minor like from an accredited college. I can't ever remember going over a lot about pregnancy during my time in class so I decided I'd seek a little extra advice. So yesterday was the day and well I knew she was going to ask what I'd had to eat the day before. Let me give you a quick recap (no judging), 3 bowls of cereal, pop tart, bowl of soup, about 10 peanut butter crackers, 3 slices of pizza, 3 cucumbers, and an apple with peanut butter. Okay so I'm not proud but you know babies gotta eat, and let me tell you they sure can take it down!! So when I initially sit down and she asks me the dreaded question, my first instinct is. . . . LIE!!! But no I told her the truth because I figured what am I gonna get out of it if I tell her only the healthy stuff. Then as we get more and more into the secession, I realize she really has not a lot more clue about healthy pregnancy eating than I do. She referred me to the Food Guide Pyramid Website, duh, I could have gotten there by myself. She gave me one semi-informational handout that referred to single pregnancies but the only thing it said about twin pregnancies is that I should gain 35-45 lbs (knew that already to). She recommended that I take lunch meat for lunch, which the American Pregnancy Assoc clearly says to avoid because of listeria concerns. I think I might have educated her about some of the dos and donts of pregnancy eating. Oh well, I tried at least! (Jes O. I'll wait on your comment here)

I will say the one ah ha moment that I had yesterday was when she weighed me. Now pre-pregnancy I was 114-115. At my first OB appt at 6 1/2 weeks I weighted 115.4, at my second appt I weighed 120.0. Now after I was weighed (at the OB) I proudly marched back into the waiting room to announce to the hubby that I had only gained 2.4 lbs. So all along I've been so proud of that, almost through the 1st trimester and at a good point with weight gain. It wasn't until yesterday when she weighed me (119lbs) that I realized my math had been terribly wrong! Yes, once again I do have a degree in accounting from an accredited college. So if you read the blog post below and question how from 115.4 to 120.0 I only gained 2.4 lbs, keep guessing, its only math that makes sense in my head!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Pregnancy - Week 9

What's happening with the babies this week?
Our babies are nearly an inch long and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. They are starting to look more and more human. Their essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: our babies heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth (which daddy is excited about). The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. Our babies organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Their eyes are fully formed, but are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. They have tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that our babies basic physiology is in place, they are poised for rapid weight gain. (BabyCenter.com)

How far along: 9weeks 1day

Total weight gain/loss: As of Wednesday I had gained 2.4lbs.

Maternity clothes: I've bought two pairs of pants so far. I can still fit into a couple pair of my old pants. I can still wear most of my tops but have bought a few that are a little bigger to hide by bump at work. My dear friend, Casey sent me a huge box of clothes also, so I'm hoping I won't have to buy tons and tons of stuff.

Stretch marks: None yet

Sleeping: egh ok, if I'm not interrupted by going to the bathroom several times a night, its retarded dreams, or hunger pains. I'm averaging a snack (normally a bowl of cereal) about 1/2 way through the night

Best moment last week: Seeing out two little amazing babies growing, moving and perfectly healthy.

Symptoms: I had my first encounter with morning sickness last week. Thursday was not a good day at all. I've learned very quickly Zofran is my friend :-) My other main complaint is exhaustion. Body wise I feel great, other than the occasional hip pain I'm experiencing. I've been lucky so far in the symptom category.

Food cravings: Cucumbers (weird I know)

Food aversions: Bacon and Fast Food

Gender: Couple more months, I'm guessing boy and girl, Dalyn says girls.

I miss: having energy

What I am looking forward to: Our next appt on Nov 11. I love seeing the little babies and how they are growing and developing.