Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
We have arranged a pediatrician. I will register with the hospital and also with Labor and Delivery in the next week or so. We will tour the Labor and Delivery Unit when we do this. We also purchased our car seats and double stroller. They ship out the day after Christmas. Once they come in, I'll make an appointment to make sure we have the car seats installed correctly in my car.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Then we moved around every other bedroom of furniture in our house! It was a busy day, but things are finally coming together. I will post more pictures of the nursery as we get it finished. The rest is up to me. Finally! I have a project! I'm thrilled that I get to do something!
Doctor appointment tomorrow. I'll update again after that! Enjoy the pictures.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Back-tracking to the 18th, Matthew and I were spending a quiet evening at home watching the University of Texas football stomp Missouri. Well, it might not have been a quiet evening. I tend to get a little rowdy over UT football. Anyhow, Matthew got to feel the baby on my right kick for the first time. Both girls were all kinds of wiggles in my tummy that night. I told Matthew it must be that our girls are also going to be UT fans! He didn’t think this was funny. He’s too much of a Texas Tech fan…I guess we’re going to have to work on converting him! Hehe! Really, how many sets of batting eyelashes can he resist?!?!
Matthew moved the furniture out of the nursery, and we got rid of a bed and recliner to make room for the babies and their new furniture. My parents painted the nursery last weekend. Matthew and my dad will install the new floor and chair rail next week. I can’t wait to get the furniture in there and get the room decorated! It is definitely going to be a little girls’ room. I am going to put my crafting skills to work this weekend and work on making cute letters that spell their names to hang on the walls. I’ve been looking forward to adding my personal touch to things since I wasn’t allowed to paint the nursery.
My tiny dancers are more active by the day. Sometimes one of them lets out such a big kick it startles me and makes me jump! That’s a little embarrassing when you’re in a meeting and then everyone stares at you! Getting used to the babies movement has definitely taken some getting use to. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. It was weird and unlike anything I could even compare it to. Now, I welcome the kicks and jabs, and if they haven’t moved in a while I worry that everything is okay.
I’ve noticed my energy level draining by the week. Some days I believe I must have a guardian angel that guides me home as it is a wonder I don’t fall asleep at the wheel. I miss having energy to go all the time and I really miss working out. I look forward to when I can return to the gym.
Baby Shower planning has been in full force. Invitations went in the mail last week. My shower will be on November 15. Registering was the biggest task ever. I don’t think I’ve ever been so tired after walking through a store and mind boggled. It’s like a whole new baby world out there! Yikes! Matthew and I have much to learn. We are going to take a Saturday birthing class at the beginning of December. I’m sure this will either answer a million questions we aren’t quite ready to face, or scare the crap out of both of us! Either way, it will be interesting!
I’m posting a picture of me at 22 weeks, 0 days. Matthew actually took it this morning.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Matthew got to hear the heartbeat of both babies for the first time today. Baby A (left side) has a heart rate of 140 bpm. Baby B (right side) has a heart rate of 152 bpm. Both babies have all four chambers of their heart.
We also got to check out their brains, which look good, stomachs, bladders, kidneys, and diaphragms. The technician measured each one and estimates them to both weigh 10 ounces. Everything looked good. I see the doctor again next Tuesday. He is receiving a copy of my sonogram and will probably go over it in more depth then.
Both babies were exceptionally wiggly. The technician had a hard time getting Baby A to turn over and smile for the camera, but at last she finally gave in! I have been feeling them move in my tummy for the last couple of weeks. It’s the weirdest sensation. When I eat, they get really squirmy!
Oh, and in other interesting news, we have to wait until they are born to find out if they are identical or not! Ha! Yeah, that chance has not been ruled out.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I literally felt my stomach lurch and had to tell myself to keep breathing as I'm yelling at him over the phone and asking why he didn't call my mom and have her continue looking when he had to go to work. I felt like I had lost a child. All I could think about was living in BFE and all that could happen to our pampered pooches.
I called my mom and she was quick to head out to our house with my aunt and cousin in tow. By sheer luck of a miracle, someone had found our dogs and put them back in our yard and closed the gate. Matthew left it open in case they came back. They let the dogs in and got them squared away in their kennels and headed back into town.
By the time my mom and I made it back out to the house, the back gate was open again. Obviously the dogs hadn't figured out to unlatch it because they were in the house. It was a stiff push to get the gate closed back tight and latched. Anyhow, Mom chained and locked all four of our gates.
I have never been so thankful to see a poop covered Izzy and dirty Jack. Yes, that's right, Izzy relished her freedom by rolling in poop. Jack and her were both punished with baths. They spent the rest of the night sleeping. I can only imagine what kind of adventure they had together. I'm just glad they are safe and at home.
Oh, and the stupid bastard that keeps opening our gate...don't you know you'll get your ass shot in the country for doing shit like that?
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
The babies are so much bigger now that he can no longer get their entire body in the picture. They both look great and very healthy. Their spines are straight. We even saw their ribs and diaphragm. It was amazing to see how much more developed they are in three short weeks.
Both babies have a strong heartbeat. I got to hear this for the first time today. It was fast and loud! I am so thankful that they are growing and developing as they should.
I go in for my Level 2 sonogram on Tuesday, October 14. This sonogram will go over all the health aspects of the babies. We will know then for sure what we are having. In the meantime, the doctor looked between legs today and didn’t see any little pickles. He is 80% sure that both babies are girls.
Right after I found out I was pregnant I had a dream that I was pregnant with twins and that they were both girls. Maybe my intuition was right after all. Kinda freaky to think about!
Anyhow, my cervix is holding up, but the babies are putting pressure on it. The doctor has decreased my workout activity to a quarter of a mile. He said that is like walking once around the block. He said I can no longer bend and lift anything. I’ve gained three pounds. He sees me again in three weeks.
He also told me ideally it would be best in November if I only worked part time. Not sure what’s going to happen yet, but it looks like I could end up on bed rest a lot sooner than expected. I’m going to talk to my principal and see if my mom can volunteer in my room and do my walking back and forth to the office for me. That might prolong my chance to stay working longer.
The main thing is keeping these babies in as long as possible. I’ll do whatever it takes to give them the best chance and start to life in the outside world.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Oh, and in other news, I was informed that cribs take 16-20 weeks to get in. Matthew and I ordered one of our cribs this weekend from JCPenney. It is back ordered until October 25. I assume it will ship after that. We can hope anyway. We will order the other crib next month. If we do have a girl, it's definitely going to be a girly piece of furniture! In the meantime, if the second crib isn't in on time, the babies will be small enough that they can share until it does come in. Now, we just need to paint and install the new floors in the nurseries!
It didn't take our girls long to catch on to my bedtime routine. I get my school stuff all together and put it on the table, iron clothes for the next day, put on pajamas and finish getting ready for bed. In the short time this take me, the cats disappear. They know I am about to let the dogs inside and put them in their kennels for the night. They know they are next! The search begins! At first I could pull out the catnip and my little stoners would come running out from their hiding places. Now, not a chance. They are wedged under a bed somewhere and you practically have to force yourself under the bed and pry them out. This is getting much harder to do with my growing belly.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The babies are right on schedule. Baby A (right side) is measuring 10 weeks, 5 days and 3.79 cm. Baby A was sleeping during our sonogram. Baby B (left side) is measuring 10 weeks, 6 days and 3.84 cm. Baby B waved at us and kicked! Both hearts are beating and both babies look healthy.
My next appointment is in four weeks. Carrying twins puts me at a higher risk, so I will see the doctor every three weeks after my appointment next month. I will also have an ultrasound every visit. My due date remains March 5, but it's more than likely that I will not carry to date and we will have the babies sometime in February. The doctor has already told me to watch my physical activity. Instead of walking a mile, I'm only supposed to walk half of a mile.
I feel pretty well. My morning sickness is beginning to subside and I feel like I have a little more energy during the day. This is a good thing considering that I return to work tomorrow. Matthew has been working out daily in preparation for our little ones. We are both so excited that words cannot even begin to describe how we feel.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
We are still working on the house. Last year we painted and painted, and painted some more. We installed new wood flooring in the hallway and main bathroom. Two weeks ago Matthew and my dad installed the same wood flooring in our living room. It looks fabulous! I never thought I could be so thrilled about a floor! I am still working on the kitchen. Painting a wall is easy in comparison to the kitchen!
We also rescued a 10-week old puppy the last month of school. We named him Jack. The poor little guy is a trooper. He had a broken back leg when we found him and was tick infested. He wore his cast for a month, then contracted parvo and had to spend a few nights in the vet's office. After all of that drama, we got him neutered. Then it was Izzy's turn to get sick. She came down with kennel cough and tape worms the week after! YUCK! Finally, both dogs are doing well! Izzy and Jack are best buds. We just hope he gets a little bigger so he has a fair chance at play with Izzy. Izzy is 75 pounds and Jack is only 25 pounds! She likes to herd him around with her butt!
Aside from all of that craziness, Matthew and I got some very exciting news four days before our first anniversary. We found out via home test that I am pregnant! We are excited, a little shocked, and a bit nervous. My first prenatal appointment is August 12. By that point I will be almost 11 weeks! I never thought I'd say this, but I'm ready for that doctor's visit! We should get to hear the baby's heartbeat and hopefully he will do a sonogram so we can see the baby. I think seeing is believing! Although my morning sickness is doing a pretty convincing job! We will keep everyone updated with our excting news.
Until next time...