Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sugar and Spice

And all that's nice,

That's what little girl's are made of.

But that's not all

Frogs and snails
And puppy dog tails,

That's what little boy's are made of.

In case you don't get the correlation, we are having A BOY and A GIRL!!!!

We couldn't be more happier!! They were both very very active, so much to that it took the tech several tries to get pics of our little girls heart and several tries for the little boys spine. We got an amazing picture of the girl sucking her thumb and another of the boy swallowing. And of course we got pics of the money shots. My goal in the next few days is to get something that will allow me to scan the u/s pics so I will post those later and also a pic of us before the big reveal.

But both babies are perfectly healthy and every part of them looked perfect. They also took a measurement of my cervix and it was nice and long. She said everything looked so good they didn't want to see me for another 5 weeks. Wow!! way to cooperate body and babies. We have absolutely overwhelmed with excitement!! Our plans for tomorrow include going to register and do some baby shopping.

Thanks for all the guesses!! Looks like 11 of you got it! Please continue to pray that my pregnancy continues to go easy and the babies continue to remain amazingly healthy and that they continue to grow as they should.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Emergency Doctor Visit Number 2

Twice!!! in almost 18 weeks!!! I don't know if that's a good sign or a bad one. This morning I woke up about 4:30 with menstrual like cramping, I thought it was probably ligament pain and took some Tylenol and laid back down. When I woke up again at 7:30 I had intense burning along with the cramps. After hopping in the shower I decided I needed to call the drs office. Of course you would know it would be the day they didn't open until 9am. I called the on call doctor but he was in surgery. Go figure!! So I waited until 9 and called the office, they said they wanted to see me right away so off we went. Unfortunately when we got there we were suppose to see the on call doc and he was still at the hospital so we had to wait a while. After we finally got to see him he checked me and my cervix and listened to the babies heartbeats. He said my cervix was perfect and the babies heartbeats were 148 and 162. He is going to send my urine off to check for UTI and then he gave me some stuff for a yeast infection. He also said he wanted to get a little more aggressive with the constipation I had been experiencing off and on. So I'm pushing lots of fluids! He did say we could come back this afternoon and do our scan but we decided since I wasn't feeling great we'd just keep it tomorrow. I've been home all afternoon just being lazy. It has eased off some and the pain has been bearable this afternoon. He did say it could still be some of the round ligament pain kicking in.

In other news I have gained 5 lbs in the last 2 weeks. I'm blaming it all on Christmas but that puts me up 13 lbs so far. He also said that my uterus was now measuring about 23 weeks or so. I'll update more tomorrow after I get from my appt and hopefully have the much anticipated sexes!!!!! My appt isn't until 2:30 and I dread having to wait all day but maybe it will go by fast.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Pregnancy - Week 16 & 17

So I couldn't get my normal little pictures to load so I found this picture of twins at 16 weeks. I know I'm a little behind but with the holidays things just got away from me. So I'm going to do a dual update as I doubt I'll get two seconds to blog for the remainder of the week.

How far along: 17 weeks 2 days

Total weight gain/loss: I haven't weighed myself but will @ my appt on Thurs so then I'll know for sure.

Maternity clothes: Pretty much in maternity at this point, except I can still wear some of my regular tops. Speaking of clothes, I spent half the day yesterday cleaning out my closet. I have way to many clothes normally but add in all the maternity clothes I've been blessed with and I had no more room. So I packed up a whole bunch of my pre-pregnancy clothes.

Stretch marks: None yet.

Sleeping: My sleeping continues to suck. Last week while we were at Dalyn's parents house, I slept horrible. The bed is so firm and without laying on my back I couldn't get comfortable.

Best moment last week:Spending Christmas with our families. Everyone is in such an uproar about the babies that pretty much all it was focused on. I'm also still feeling them move with never ceases to amaze me.

Symptoms: Lack of sleep, constant hunger, headaches, peeing all the time and round ligament pain still. My itching has pretty much gone away with some Aveeno soap and body wash and lots of lotion. I am still have ligament pain about once to twice a week. I'm starting to think I'm growing those days but who knows.

Food cravings: Still loving my onion soup. I'm still craving some weird things here and there.

Food aversions: Not much of anything anymore.

Gender: We go New Year's EVE to find out the sexes. I still think boy/girl and Dalyn is now on the fence, he's started to lean towards two boys. After hearing all the old wives tales this weekend people have started to make him think boys.

I miss: NOTHING!! I'm so ready to find out what the babies are I'm about to jump out of my skin. I can't wait to start buying stuff.

What I am looking forward to: Our OB appt Thursday

Body Changes: Not a ton to report. I think my hips are starting to spread some because the one pair of maternity pants that fit me perfectly before are getting a little snug. I also think I'm faintly started to get the little line down the center of your belly called Linea nigra. Its very very faint but I definitely think its coming. Other than that, stay tuned for the sexes in just a few days.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Pregnancy - Week 15

What's happening with the babies this week?
Your baby is preparing himself/herself for a growth spurt over the next several weeks. Your baby's head is more erect now than it has been in the previous weeks. His/her ears and eyes are situated in their final positions. These three things are giving your baby a more "normal" appearance. Several of the more complicated body systems are also beginning to function including your child's urinary and circulatory system. Your baby's heart pumps around 25 quarts of blood per day.

How far along: 15 weeks 6 days

Total weight gain/loss: 9 lbs as of yesterday

Maternity clothes: Pretty much in maternity at this point, except I can still wear some of my regular tops.

Stretch marks: None yet.

Sleeping: This has been the worst week of sleep I think I've had in my ENTIRE life!!! Don't ask me why but I feel like I haven't slept all week.

Best moment last week:Feeling the babies moving! Yep, that's right I have started to be able to feel them. I thought I had for the last few weeks occasional but now that my uterus is high, I can definitely feel them. Of course its not constant yet but its a relief to be able to feel them whenever I can. Sometimes they get to fluttering around it almost tickles from the inside out. I can't wait until Dalyn can feel them but he loves being able to know when they are moving around.

Symptoms: Oh where do I begin, I thought this was all suppose to stop in the second trimester. Lack of sleep, constant hunger, headaches, peeing all the time and I am constantly itchy and round ligament pain still.

Food cravings: I am in love with Japanese Onion Soup right now. Weird, huh? I think I could eat like 3 bowls a day. I'm also eating things that I never eat before I was pregnant. I had BBQ ribs last night for dinner and have only ever had ribs like twice before in my life.

Food aversions: Just bacon

Gender: We go New Year's EVE to find out the sexes. I still think boy/girl and Dalyn still thinks girls. Remember to vote!!

I miss: sleep! I've always been one to sleep like 8 hours and sleep sound. I miss that sound sleep but I'll deal without forever to get these two little ones here healthy.

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: I think my belly is growing at a much faster rate than I imagined it would. I'm going to try and start taking weekly pics from now on but I can't promise anything. I had a small scare yesterday, I was having terrible pains and pressure so when I call the drs office they wanted to see me right away. Turns out it was that darn round ligament pain again. He said my uterus is measuring at about 19 weeks which is pretty common. Its right at my belly button which I could feel too. He said the ligament pain normally starts about then in a singleton and continues to about 30 weeks, so he pretty much said to get use to it. Oh and did I mention he informed me I was going to be huge!! Thanks doc! He also said I needed to start sleeping on my side now, so I'm trying to get use to that. We asked him if we could do an u/s to try and peek at the sexes but he said we only about a 30% chance of being able to correctly tell both of them, so we decided to wait. I'm really dying to know!!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Humbled By the Grace of God

So for the past week I've found myself in ever constant complaint. My head hurts, my hip hurts, my back hurts, my boobs hurt, I can't sleep. On and On and On!! But this morning after waking up and complaining that I was tired of not sleeping more than two hours something hit me. I got up without saying another word, went and took my shower and prayed. I all of the sudden remembered how desperately I've prayed for a child for the past two years. I remembered how jealous I was of everyone around me who got pregnant so easily. I remembered how desperately I wanted to feel those pregnancy pains. I remembered all the tears I cried with each passing month. I remembered how I use to blame God for not blessing me with a child. And then I remembered all those women out there, many of them friends, who were still in those shoes and who still longed to be pregnant. And I cried. I have felt so amazingly blessed throughout this pregnancy so far but I think its easy to lose sight and take what you've been through for granted. I from this day forward will never take an easy day of pregnancy for granted. I will love, endure and cherish every ache or pain. I have begged, cried, longed and prayed to be here and have by the grace of God been given this magical opportunity and I will cherish it through to the end!

To all of those women out there who are still longing for that miracle, I pray for you. I pray that you will remember the reason for this magical season. I pray that you will see God's grace through your pain, tears and anguish. I pray that instead of feeling sorrow because another holiday has come and gone without a child that you will feel blessed by what amazing gifts from God you already have. And I pray that in God's time, he will bless you with your own miracle. I went back and read a poem someone forwarded me right before I got pregnant the first time. I wanted to share it with you, because it carried me through for the last 6 months of my infertility.

I Give This Up To You

Lord, help me to know that You are enough. Take my eyes off of myself. Take my eyes off of the child I desire. Help me to delight myself in You. Mold the desires of my heart to be in line with Your will. I don't want to need to be a mother more than I need to be your humble, obedient child. I don't want wanting to have a baby be a stumbling block between You and me anymore.

Lord, I want to give this desire, this drive, this ache up to You. Help me not to snatch it back as I so often do with the burdens I place in Your hands. Help me to be truly content with Your will and Your timing. Lord, You know that I still desire a baby- someone to mold, teach, train, shape, guide, and help to grow in You. But until the day You give me that joyous blessing, help me to grow in You. Let me reach out to those around me. Let me witness and minister to the children You place in my path.

Lord, if adoption is the path You would have us take, prepare our hearts, and prepare the child who will share our home. If adoption is not Your will for our lives, keep me from pushing ahead of Your plan. Help me to stay submitted to my husband's will, and to Your will. If we are headed in the wrong direction, change our hearts.

Thank You for lifting my burden. Help me to keep You first! Let me seek Your face daily, and let me know that You are enough!

Infertility has brought me closer to God than almost anything I've experienced in my life. I pray now that God has blessed me with these children that I can mold, shape and guide them to grow in God. I hope that this poem will help those of you struggling with infertility grow in God and give your burdens to him. And I hope all of your who have struggled with infertility and now have children remember those who still struggle to be where we are and lift them up that they may one day be able to experience such an amazing gift from God.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Belly Pics - 14 Weeks 5 Days

So now I see why some people tell me I'm gonna be huge. But I'm not worried about it, that's just part of baking two babies. I wish I could post my side by side pics on here but I can't figure out how to do it, so if anyone can help please let me know!

What's In A Name?

So Dalyn and I have been asked I guess a million times if we have any names picked out for the kiddos. Well, in case your wondering, we don't. But we did. Confused yet? So of course as long as we've been trying to get pregnant we had come up with some baby names we liked. But something about all those changed when we found out we were having twins. Now something tells me in the end we'll probably go back to those names but for now we've been scrounging through baby name books to see if something just jumps at us. Have any of you looked through baby name books? I mean I have to question, where do they honestly come up with some of these names?!?!! If I can't pronounce it nary am I going to give it to my child to be stricken with for the rest of his/her life. So with all the confusion we've decided to wait until we know what they are to seriously start nailing down names but it got me to thinking, how does everyone else have such an easy time with their babies names. How did you come up with your child, children or child-to-be's name? I am interested to know peoples stories.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pregnancy - Week 14

So it depends of what book you read or who you ask but this week I officially consider myself into my second trimester. My doctor say the first trimester ends at week 13. What an amazing feeling it is to know that God has helped us make it this far and that I've been amazingly blessed with perfect pregnancy so far. Its so hard to believe that I have two miracles growing away inside of me but as hard as it is to believe, I already love them more than life itself.

What's happening with the babies this week?
Your baby's skin is very thin, and his/her blood vessels can actually be seen through the skin. Your baby's ears are continuing to develop externally and continue to look more like normal ears. Your baby's eyes are continuing to move towards the nose from the sides of his/her head. The baby's bones are beginning to ossify, which means that if an x-ray was taken the skeleton would be visable. Babies at this age have also been caught sucking their thumbs on ultrasound pictures.

How far along: 14 weeks 3 days

Total weight gain/loss: 8 lbs. I haven't weighted myself this week so I'm gonna stick with that.

Maternity clothes: Pretty much in maternity at this point, except I can still wear some of my regular tops.

Stretch marks: None yet.

Sleeping: This past week hasn't been the best week for sleep, I've started having a hard time getting to sleep or getting back to sleep when I wake up.

Best moment last week:Finding out I'm going to be pregnant with a very special friend!!!

Symptoms: I have started to get dizzy from time to time but other than that I feel pretty good.

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 out 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 put up a poll today so be sure to vote!

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: I don't feel like I've had a lot of changes this week. Although I will say when I looked back at the pics from Thanksgiving I feel like I just look different, pregnancy glow maybe?!? I think my belly took a growth spurt this week, I'll try to remember to post some belly pics soon.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Doctor's Appointment

Appointment 4 - December 2, 2009 - 13 weeks 4 days

I'm not really going to do the typical doctor's appt post because well this was just a routine visit and they didn't even do an ultrasound. Dalyn couldn't get off work so I went to this one solo. I got to listen to the babies heartbeats and it was amazing to hear them pounding away. Although we ordered a doppler a few weeks ago, so we've been listening to them at home anyways. My blood pressure was still amazingly low, 98/57, no wonder I feel like I can't move at times. The doctor said it was normal and should start rising slower here soon. I've gained 8 lbs so far! He seemed pretty content with that so I guess I am too. He also went over about a million different things on how things would progress over the next months. He said I'd most likely be put on some kind of bed rest but he couldn't say for sure. He also said they would recommend me stop working around 30 weeks or at least cut way back. All my blood work from last appt came back normal. I'm O neg, which means I'll be getting a Rhogam shot, which I already knew! But the most exciting thing about our appointment is that next time we'll be finding out what we're having. He said they would do about an hour scan over both babies!! One full hour we get to watch them!!! So our next appt is . . . . . December 31st!!! Yes, New Year's EVE! I thought that was super fun, although I doubt I'll make it to see the ball drop this year. In a week or so I'm going to put up a poll so people can vote on what these little munchkins' are, I can't wait to see what people think.