Sunday, March 16, 2014

Six Months!!

My teeny, tiny newborn baby A and baby B are 6 months old today. Six months. Half of a year. I thought this would be a god time to check in here and update a bit. We just got back from a long vacation. Tom had a furlough from the department, so we roadtripped South with 4 little boys. We were gone 12 days and drove 3,034 miles. We had a great time and made amazing memories. The babies experienced a lot of firsts, Gavin turned 2, we visited Disneyworld, etc. Here's a little taste of the trip.

 
 
 
   
 


 

                                               

 

 
                                                 

I got to thinking today, about these last 6 months. If I had to choose one word to describe them, it would be rewarding. Sure, I have 3 kids in diapers, don't get a lot of sleep and only sit down if I'm nursing. But, there is something so special about twins. You get double the smiles, double the giggles, you get to watch them interact with each other and be a witness to their incredible bond. I love having a baby around and this time I got two. Its the best! 
In the 3 pictures below, Brody is on the left and Dylan is on the right.
 

                                                                          
          
                                                  

                                      
 
I hope all is well with each of you. Im glad I can keep up with so many friends on instagram. I hope to come back here soon. Its the place Ive always run to..my online therapist friends, my cheerleaders, my family.

 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Checking In..

Oh, hey. 

I am SO sorry to have stayed away so long. After getting numerous emails wondering if he we were okay, I made some time sit down and check in here.

But, where do I start? How do I recap the past 7 weeks? 

Ill start with our newborn pictures. Taken at 6 days old. 























These two angels fit into our lives just perfectly. We have continued on..working, going to school, enjoying family fun days, celebrating holidays, relaxing..we just get to enjoy every day with 2 more little boys. My heart is so full. 

I know you want more details. And boy, do I have them! Im trying to decide what to do with my little spot on the internet. Im considering making facebook page for it. Its so much easier to keep in contact and do quick updates there. I want to be able to keep up with this "family" I have made over the last 5+ years Ive been blogging. I just dont see myself making the time to sit and share like I used to. So, whats plan B?

I will be back here soon. I have a long overdue book review I want to share. And that birth story..

Monday, September 30, 2013

Four Feet!

Hi, all! Babies are 2 weeks old today and things are going well! I have 
been working on their birth story and hope to have it done tomorrow. In
 the meantime, my friend, Bren, just announced that her family will also be growing by 4 feet and she asked me to help her spread the good news. 
Good luck to everyone who enters!

It's Giveaway time! Join us (Bren from Perfectly Imperfect Mom, Erin from Hoping for Our Own Peanut, Kelly from Modern Camelot, Emily from Live a Charmed Life and Jen from Liv, Laugh, Love) for an epic giveaway! Over $200 worth of prizes. We are helping Bren celebrate the announcement of her TWO baby girls!
Check out what all is going to be given away to one lucky reader! 

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First we are giving away a $25 Gift Card to Target because who doesn't love Target? 


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Next up is League of Letters. League of Letters is probably the best Etsy shops when it comes to wooden monogram letters. They are so generously giving away a 18 inch Monogram that you can use for your home. We will be getting two for the girls' room since we are going with a vintage/shabby chic theme. I can not wait.

Another amazing contributor to the giveaway is Stella Bella Designs. I saw these great nursing covers that also can be worn as infinity scarfs. I thought what a genius idea! First of all you can wear them out and look cute and they cover you comfortably when nursing your little one. If you don't want to wear it it still fits easily in a diaper bag. It's a win, win for any new Mom!

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Of course a giveaway would not be complete without a little something from The Anchor & Bows Boutique. One winner will get their choice of an item from the boutique!


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And last but not least is an amazing anti-aging blend from Christine's Essential Oils called Immortelle, Who woman doesn't love a good anti-aging product?

All entries are optional, the more entries you do the better your changes are for winning. You can enter daily by tweeting the giveaway.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

They Are Here!

Introducing Brody Matthew, born 9/16/2013 at 8:13am. 7 lb. 1 oz. 19 1/4 inches long. 

AND

Dylan Gregory, born 9/16/2013 at 8:14am. 5 lb. 10 oz. 18 3/4 inches long.

We are madly in love and all happy and healthy. I have lots of details and a birth story to share. We're being discharged in a few hours and can not wait to be together with the big brothers. 






Thursday, September 12, 2013

Four Days

I am happy to report my appointment on Tuesday went really well!! I had my final NST first and of course, the babies looked amazing. Their fluid levels were great and the best news is that baby B went head down! I couldnt believe it when the tech told me. He has been transverse for so long I never imagined he would flip down at 37 weeks. I thanked the staff for taking such good care of the 3 of us and then walked downstairs to my OB appointment.


All the basics checked out fine and doc came in quickly. She was very kind and listened to what I had to say. She was totally up for inducing me, but had to check their policy as she is newer to the practice. It does state 38 weeks, even with twins. She listened to heartbeats, measured my belly-44 weeks!, and checked me. Im dilated to 2 now, which made me very happy. I mentioned I think the babies will be around 7 lbs. and she said looking at me, she didnt think theyll be that big. We will see!

We talked about the plan for Monday and decided that I will keep my c-section on the books for 7:30 am. She said theres a good chance B will flip again, since he has moved so much the entire pregnancy. I will go in at 5:30 as planned and have an ultrasound to check position. Then, we will decide which route to go.

It makes me a little crazy that we wont know what route we will take until that morning! Im really thinking itll be an induction. Somehow, I have to mentally and physically prepare for both scenarios. I am repacking all of our bags for Mon-Friday, in hopes that we will be out of the hospital by Thursday. My inductions are long, but I am hoping that with contractions for weeks, being dilated to 2 and a 3rd pregnancy will help keep it shorter! 

Its starting to become real now. Any upcoming birth has so many risks and unknowns and I feel like we have double that. However, theres nothing like waking up, knowing youll be meeting your long awaited miracles that day. I will endure anything on Monday that will end with two sweet boys added to our family.

Four more days. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

37+ Weeks!

Thanks to everyone for checking in...didnt mean to leave you hanging. I am still here and very much pregnant. I am scheduled for a c-section next Monday, the 16th. Let me back up to how we got here..


Last week on Thursday, I went to my OB appointment. I made it with the doc I am hoping will deliver me. She delivered Gavin and I really like her. I made my appointments early in the morning so I would get back in time to drop Trevor to school at 11:30. I got to the appt. 10 minutes early, hoping we could do the nurse stuff before the doc even arrived. I had more protein in my urine than ever before, but apparently not too much. My bp was a little high, but not too bad. I was down a pound or two so Im sitting right at 26 right now. Then, I sat in the room..with my pants off..for 55 minutes. I was so frustrated! I understand doctors run late, but considering I was the first patient of the day, it wasnt a nice way to start the appointment. 

She asked how I was feeling and I said something along the lines about being done and ready for them. She went on a tangent about embracing these last weeks of pregnancy and to try to take naps. I felt like she didnt even skim my chart to remind herself that I have 2 other kids. She listened to the babies heartbeats and felt their positions. Based on her belly exam and her dilation exam, she said she would really recommend a c-section. First, Im only dilated to 1, which is what I was back when I was in the hospital for constant contractions. Second, she said baby A is still so high and not engaged at all, which isnt good for induction where we already have to worry about baby B being in a bad position and needing to be turned. He remains transverse with his head on my right side and legs on the left. She basically said she could see me laboring all day and still needing a c-section. Not what I wanted to hear. 

She told me to think about it and go ahead and schedule with the front after my appointment with the maternal/fetal medicine, which I was very, very late to. They took me back quick, checked and confirmed positions and fluid levels. I had my NST and babies got an A+. There was a different nurse there that happens to work in the birth unit sometimes and she was very kind to share c-section advice and even printed out some paperwork for me. 

I left the appointment and called the office. The absolute soonest she would let me do it is 38 weeks. Unfortunately for me, that falls on a Saturday. That puts me at the 16th, 38 weeks, 3 days. One week from today.

Needless to say, Trevor ended up missing school unnecessarily and I was devastated the rest of the day. I was also very upset due to Toms work schedule and not knowing if he would be able to be off for more than a day. Thankfully, that has worked out a bit and his regular days off that week are Monday and Tuesday and it looks like he has enough OT hours to take 1-2 days. I MAY get out of the hospital before he has to go back to work. I have had a lot of time to think, Ive asked a lot of advice, I like to be informed.

However, tomorrow is my last NST and OB appointment. The OB I see is a different doctor and I am hoping the babies changed position..I dilated significantly more..and/or she has a different view on this c-section. Depending on what she says, tomorrow night Ill map out our week with childcare and plans and start accepting my fate. Until then, Im holding out hope for a vaginal birth, less time in the hospital and two healthy, full term baby boys. 

I am not usually one to complain..particularly when it comes to pregnancy. BUT, I am fried. I keep joking that even my hair hurts. I cant sleep more than 2 hours straight, I believe Ive developed some sort of carpal tunnel, as my fingers/hands hurt. I ache from head to toe. I am really afraid at what my poor body will feel and look like after all of this. Today was 95 degrees and tomorrows going to be 97. Icing on the cake. ;)

Cross your fingers for a much better appointment for me tomorrow! Im actually going to a foot spa afterward and still hoping all the walking Ive been doing has helped! I told Tom how most women beg for their twins to stay in as long as possible. And then there is me, begging for them to come out. Ive done my part. Now, come out!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Letter to the Twins

Dear my sweet baby A & baby B- I made time during my first two pregnancies to write your brother letters. I took me until today, the very end of your pregnancy, to realize that you need a letter too! This pregnancy and entire year has been a whirlwind for our family.


Ill never forget the first time I saw the word pregnant on the test. I was only 4 days post my transfer and had never seen that beautiful word that early. I had a feeling in my heart that it meant you both were strong and held on to Mommy tight. I was so nervous for that first ultrasound. I remember laying their and at first the nurse only saw baby A. We left that ultrasound with the uncertainty of one or two babies. The second ultrasound we saw both of your little heartbeats flickering away and it was incredible. There you were, two little lives growing inside me. I couldnt believe it..and still dont quite believe it..

Fast forward 30 weeks and here we are! We made it to our goal of 36 weeks and we are getting anxious for you to come out and make us a family of 6. You have two older brothers that love you so much already and cant wait to snuggle you. Daddy can not wait to hold you. He always wanted a twin brother and now he gets to watch you grow up together. I am looking forward to seeing your faces and kissing your cheeks. 

You two can make your debut at any moment and it makes Mama feel very anxious. I just want you here, safe and sound. Then, maybe this will become real. I still try to wrap my head around the idea of having four sons under four years old. The four of your are the greatest blessings and Daddy and I are lucky to call you ours. 

Come on, A & B! Come out of Mama so we can give you proper names and share you with the world. We love you endlessly!

Mama