Monday, April 29, 2013

Cupcake Monday-18 Weeks

How far along? 18 weeks 2 days
Total weight gain/loss: Up 5 total
Maternity clothes? Yup, almost everything. 
Sleep: Loving it!
Best moment this week: The wedding!
Movement: Sometimes I feel them both move at the same time and I just adore it!
Food cravings: Ive been eating ice cream like crazy..
Gender: Two little men
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Innie
What I miss: Nothing at all
What I am looking forward to: Summer!
Milestones: Feeling both babies move at the same time. Im still waiting to feel the on the outside, though.

Ya know how I was stressed to the max in my last post? Things got crazier! Our POD was scheduled to be delivered on Wednesday and we hoped to pack it Wednesday and Thursday evening and leave a little bit for Sunday. They came out and after 30 minutes of trying, couldnt get it in our driveway! The ground was too wet from the flooding we had last week and the huge tires were just sinking. I couldnt believe it..I watched it drive away and couldnt believe we had nowhere to put our stuff. I had to scramble to find a storage unit and a truck to rent to move everything. After some time on the internet and a few phone callls, I had it set up. 

Thursday night, I met the girls to get our nails done for the wedding. I said I would take a break from all things moving once I did that and worry about it after the wedding. Friday was the rehearsal. It went well, the food was yummy and we had a great time with our friends.

Saturday morning, we went to Delaney's communion..for about 40 minutes. I was so sad I didn't get to take pictures with her or join in her after party to celebrate. She looked beautiful and took the whole process very seriously.

Tom dropped me off at the salon where everyone was getting their hair and makeup done. The whole day flew by..we got dolled up and let me just say, I felt like it was my own wedding day. Its been a long time since Ive been that put together...mani/pedi, spray tan, fancy updo and pretty makeup. 
 We hung in the bridal suite, got ready, took pictures, and before we knew it, it was time for the ceremony. The ceremony was quick and we were ready to party.

The reception was amazing. Seriously, the most fun Ive had in a long time! I had a blast standing up with some of my closest friends and many of our other friends attended the wedding. My speech went great, the cake was phenomenal and we danced for hours. 

Not to mention, it was the most time Ive spent with Tom in a while! Between being out on Friday for the rehearsal and having him overnight at the was wonderful. We crashed at about 2am and slept sooo good. We woke before 9 and went to pick up the kids around 11.

Then, we had to move! All day! We had 3 friends come by and they were lifesavers. After standing in heels for hours, dancing and staying up so late, I had the pregnant hangover. I helped out by directing what could go in the truck and was sent for Subway and beer. :) Thankfully, they got the majority of our house in the unit and we had a little time to relax. Miraculously, Tom was off today. We finished packing/moving and I'm left with a few last minute tasks for tomorrow and Wednesday. 

I am still sore from the weekend events and look forward to a very lazy month of May. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Stressed to the MAX!

So, this whole single Mom 5 days a week, who watches other children in her home during the day and happens to be 4 months pregnant with twins..its been hard. I cant deny it. The physical exhaustion of the 1st trimester that kept on going, the nausea that comes and goes, the emotional stress of missing my other half, the busy weekends that result in little down time as a family, the frustration of not finding good housing options...the list goes on and on.

I am not one to complain..but, I am fried. The second half of April has been nuts. The madness continues, as my best friends wedding is on Saturday. I have been packing like a madwoman, whenever I can. Tomorrow, a POD is being delivered to our driveway. We will start packing it Thursday and have Sunday to finish. Friday is the rehearsal and Saturday is Delaneys communion follow by all the wedding festivities.

We have to be out next Wednesday. I will stay at my sisters through Sunday and then officially move up to our cottage in Wisconsin until further notice. I liked the idea in the beginning. It allows us to save a little money and have the flexibility of jumping on a rental whenever something comes up. Now, the realization of living in a different state than Tom is killing my spirits and I want to have us all under one roof asap!

I promise I am not over-doing it. I dont move anything heavy and I call it a day when the kids go to bed. I need to keep these baby boys safe and sound inside my belly for many more months.

I know that in a few months, Ill look back at this time and wonder how we managed. I am not one to want to fast forward our lives..but this once..Id totally hit that button.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Cupcake Monday-17 Weeks

How far along? 17 weeks 2 days
Total weight gain/loss: Up 5 total
Maternity clothes? Yup, almost everything. Looking forward to summer so I can just wear dresses!
Sleep: Good!
Best moment this week: My ultrasound! Getting a fabulous report from the doc.
Movement: Yep! I feel baby A a lot more often. And I cant wait until you can feel it on the outside!
Food cravings: Nothing special. I put in special effort to eat as much as possible! 
Gender: Two little men
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Innie
What I miss: I am loving where I am right about now.
What I am looking forward to: Having my whole family under one roof again..
Milestones: One week closer to babies! Trevor keeps talking about when they are going to pop out of my belly. Pop!

I am in love with the picture below! Two brothers..fist pounding already. 

My appointments went well on Wednesday. I went to the OB first and saw the 3rd doc, first time this pregnancy. She walked in and said, "How is baby?" I responded by saying, "You mean babies!" I was annoyed! You could tell she totally didnt read my chart. She said everything looked fine and lets get you upstairs to your other appt. She listened to the heartbeats briefly, but didnt measure my belly. I was looking forward to seeing how big its gotten, so I was disappointed. By the time I realized it, the appointment was over. Needless to say, I dont plan to schedule any appointments with her again. Luckily, I adore the other two docs and can only hope one will be there on the big day!

My specialist appointment was quick. They did an internal ultrasound to measure my cervix, which was almost 5. She did a short abdominal ultrasound to check gender and listen to heartbeats. The babies look fabulous and healthy. 

Everyone wants to know how I feel about the genders. I feel..overwhelmed? Of course, I am simply thrilled that we have had an uncomplicated pregnancy thus far and that I have two healthy sons on the way. I think its more that I was coming to terms with being happy with 4 kids and being done after this. Then again, I really thought our chances for a girl were pretty high! Now, Im backtracking and reevaluating things. Life is going to be so much fun with 4 little boys under 4. They will always have someone to play with. We will take the term Mamas boy to a whole new level. 

Tom is simply thrilled. I mean, 4 sons? He couldnt be happier. I am beyond thankful that my sons have such an amazing Daddy to look up to. Tom is the best example of a good father. He is hands on, hardworking, loving and kind. Everything I want my children to be, and more. :)

I go back to the doctor at 18 weeks for a quick cervix check and then at 20 to the OB and for the big level 2 ultrasound. We thought we were 100% decided on their names, but now I am second guessing. I cant wait until we decide and can call them by name!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Our Cupcakes Are...

We decided to have a little reveal was easier than making a ton of phone calls. I made cupcakes after my appointment today and stuffed the inside of two with the appropriate gender color. I wanted Trevor to eat one and Gavin the other.

Since Daddy had a late day at the academy today, they didnt come over until bedtime. The boys were okay with staying up late and eating cupcakes instead.

We told Trevor to take a big bite and he kept licking the frosting. Everyone was begging him to dig in and he finally did! Gavin required some help from Daddy. He bit the bottom and Daddy flipped it over.


Two more boys. Four little boys.! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Cupcake..Whatever Day Today Is :)-16 Weeks

How far along? 16 weeks 3 days
Total weight gain/loss: I lost a pound on vaca, so Im up 3. I may be in trouble at the doctor tomorrow.
Maternity clothes? Indeed
Sleep: Sleep was rough on vaca, having 4 little men in one room! Ive been sleeping great since being home.
Best moment this week: Our trip!
Movement: Yes! Although, I didnt feel them while on vacation. I knew I was just so active and not paying attention, but I got a little worried by Saturday. As soon as we got home and I put the boys in bed, I sat back and listened to two perfect heartbeats and was relieved!
Food cravings: Mickey Mouse ice cream :)
Gender: T-t-t-t-tomorrow!
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Innie
What I miss: Cant think of anything
What I am looking forward to: Ultrasound tomorrow! And hitting 19 weeks, the halfway point!
Milestones: 4 months pregnant!

Our trip was great. Exhausting, hectic, fun, rewarding and oh, so special. I will have to talk about it another day.Now that were home, my life consists of packing the house, making a ton of phone calls to make arrangements, preparing for a weekend full of showers and parties and doing last minute tasks for a wedding next weekend.

Tomorrow, I have my OB appointment followed by the maternal/fetal specialist. Im hoping for good reports on all 3 of us and cooperative babies. Tom works late so I wont be able to see him until about 7pm. Were going to stop by my parents house and tell my family the sexes with cupcakes, I think. Then, itll be public. :)

I still cant believe we are here. I am thankful every day for the two boys I chase around and the two babies wiggling inside me. Now, if we could just get our whole family living in one place, life would be just about perfect...

Monday, April 8, 2013

Cupcake Monday-15 Weeks

How far along? 15 weeks 2 days
Total weight gain/loss: Up 4 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Yup
Sleep: Having some detailed dreams, but sleep is happening!
Best moment this week: A super productive weekend! 
Movement: Yes, yes, yes!! About halfway through the week, I was pretty sure I was feeling it. I let it happen a bit more and now I know I am for sure feeling babies! Mostly baby A, who is on my left side. They move right after I eat!
Food cravings: I am really having issues with food. I feel nauseous on and off, even more than the very beginning! Thursday was my worst day of the entire pregnancy. I felt bad from the minute I woke up and fought throwing up all morning. I grabbed a bagel on the way to the zoo and it saved that day! Most days, nothing looks good. My go to meal when I know I have to eat or Ill be sick is plain pasta and cottage cheese.
Gender: 9 days..
Labor Signs: No way
Belly Button in or out? Innie
What I miss: Not being sick.
What I am looking forward to: Our vaca, which starts tomorrow!
Milestones: 15 seems big. I cant believe how fast this is going. Its going to be over before I know it.

As far as my last post guys crack me up! Some of the comments and emails I got were so funny and sweet. I would never just walk away from here and leave you hanging. There will be pictures of the twins. :) I decided I wont go anywhere for now. I may go back and delete some posts..will be posting less pics..etc. Speaking of, I post pics daily on instagram. I am trevmama11. You can follow along on our trip if youd like. Now, I just need the lovely Leslie Lambert to help me update this space. I will email you when I get home, Leslie!

Our flight is in roughly 24 hours and we are so ready! Today is dedicated to gathering the last few items to pack and cleaning the house. We will be back late Saturday and Ill be back next Monday for my 16 week post!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

This Blog..

I have a few things I want to say about this blog.

First, I have gotten so many sweet emails lately and I am constantly reminded why I keep up with it. Women have emailed me congratulating me, asking for advice, giving advice, etc. I love when our story touches someone enough for them to take a moment out of their day to send a personal email. For anyone that may not know, my email is 

Ive been thinking a lot about where I want to go with it. I feel like my kids are a little too exposed. I post pics of them on fbook, instagram, here. I think its just too much. Of course, my fbook and ig are private, but I realize anything you put on the internet isnt completely safe. This blog has no privacy settings, which is something I have always liked. I love sharing our story. I have connected with some families for over 4 years now! 

In addition to that, Ive always kept blog friends separate from real life. No one in my life knows about my blog. Well, until lately. A few people have come across it and I dont really mind..its just that know the two are overlapping. I am very open and honest here. I talk about very personal issues. Some things I am more comfortable sharing with internet "strangers" than friends.

So, Im not sure what to do. I considered moving over to blogpress because you can make posts private. I dont want to delete everything here. I use it as a reference all the time! Baby stats? Check the blog. What was my beta with Gavin? Check the blog. If I do stay here, I need to do some updates. My header is from when Trevor was 6 months old. Yikes. 

The friendships I have made here are so special to me. I have confided in a lot of twin moms lately, checking in to see when they had their babies..if there were complications..what gear they loved. Infertility scars run deep and its comforting to have so many cheering us on and hoping for the best.

The best thing I got out of writing here is Evan. Years ago, we were two young girls, being thrown into IVF cycles at the same time. We held eachothers hands(virtually) and made a little pact. Get Evan pregnant, get Erin pregnant and then introduce our babies at Disney. We did it! In September 2010, I hugged Evan for the first time and laid my eyes on the most perfect triplets Ive ever seen. Since then, we have visited numerous times, experienced more fertility treatments, celebrated birthdays, experienced heartbreak..and more births. Evan is done having children and I was petrified that my FET wouldnt work. After all, I only got pregnant when she did. Months ago, I told her my new pact was to get pregnant, get Tom the job and then I would come visit. They both went on sale and BAM, we are heading down to visit!!

Next Tuesday, I will fly down to Atlanta with the boys and hang with the Hopkins crew! Wednesday, Evan and I will load up the car with 4 little boys and drive down to Disney. We will spend Thursday and Friday at the parks. Saturday, Evan will head home and I will fly home that evening. My brother and his fiance and parents will be in Orlando, looking at wedding venues. We are flying home with them, which will be so helpful! I am really looking forward to it!

In baby news, we find out the genders 2 weeks from today! And we are set on names if its two boys or two girls. The boy/girl combo is still up in the air. I am relieved we came up with such perfect names..

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Cupcake Monday-14 Weeks

How far along? 14 weeks 2 days
Total weight gain/loss: Up 3 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Bottoms
Sleep: Pretty good
Best moment this week: All week..getting a little Spring Break with my boys!
Movement: Thinking soon? I felt the boys around 15 weeks.
Food cravings: Nothing major
Gender: Find out THIS month!
Labor Signs: No way
Belly Button in or out? Innie
What I miss: Nothing
What I am looking forward to: Knowing who these babies inside me are!!
Milestones: Weeks are starting to FLY, now that were in the second tri!

We had a fun Easter weekend! Saturday morning, we went to bites with the bunny. Its a little breakfast food with the bunny there to take pics. Gavin is not a fan, Trevor liked him. There was a hunt afterward. We enjoyed it, but its over so quickly!

In the afternoon, we dyed eggs and watched Hop.

Sunday morning, the boys were greeted with their baskets. Trevor got a car launcher, some superhero masks, new cups, sunglasses, a book and a chocolate bunny.Gavin got board books, new cups, instruments, a pool floatie, new sunglasses and peeps. 

After a healthy breakfast, the boys each had a peep. Gavin was a big fan!

We had brunch by Toms mom and dinner by my parents. We did a hunt for my nephews..again, fun..but over so quickly! 

I made ham in the crock pot and it turned out so yummy! The kids all played and it was a fun night. My niece, Rylan, is in love with Gavin. She recently went from calling him baby to Gabee. The below pic shows how much she adores him.

Easter felt like a mix of Halloween and Christmas! We have so much candy and the boys were spoiled with total of 5 other baskets from family and friends. 

Its hard to believe today is April 1st! I am super excited about this month! There are a lot of big dates to look forward to. Of course, we have our trip down to Atlanta/Disney next week. We find out the sexes of the babies when we get back. The following weekend Im co-hosting a sprinkle shower for a friend as well as attending a very special shower for my friend using a surrogate. The last weekend is my best friends wedding! 

On top of all of that, I have to pack the house and start getting ready to move. We are officially heading to the cottage come May 1st. I need to try and not stress and keep these babies cooking for a lot longer!