Wednesday, March 31, 2010

#5

I can't believe we have just four days left!! Wow! I am really excited!

For today, my 5th reason that I love being pregnant:

#5 I love watching our babies progress each week through some emails I get and a book on their weekly development. It is really neat to me to get to track what is developing this week and what they are doing that's new. Even though I have read through this book already 2 times, I still find it fascinating how their bodies grow and form so intricately and beautifully. What a creative God we serve!

As for an update on my latest appointments, I saw my doctor for the last check-up yesterday. He walked in the room and said, "Well, one more week left." I smiled and said, "Yeah, Monday!" He did a double take and realized that we were down to just several days instead of a week. Good thing I reminded him or he might not have made it to my c-section. :)

We pick up my parents Sunday evening and I'll do my best to sleep before heading to the hospital around 10 a.m. on Monday. We are so thrilled to be closer and closer each day.

Check out a really sweet and fun gift a friend sent me in the mail:





Inside a cute cupcake box are 6 onesies wrapped up with socks and curly barretts on top to look like cute cupcakes!! So adorable and such a fun idea for a gift!! Thanks Meg!

And thanks to everyone else for following my fun reasons thus far and keeping us in your prayers these last few days!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Reason #4




With just 5 days left, I am ready for reason #4 of why I LOVE being pregnant!

#4 I really do love my maternity clothes! No belts are necessary, just accessorize and look cute! I have some great maternity jeans from target and gap. I am also a huge fan of these great tank tops from Target that I wear under every top, every day.

My clothing options have dwindled in a serious way over the last 2 months. I think I have 3-5 tops that are still kind of long enough and only one pair of jeans that fit comfortably. The others are too tight probably because my hips have done some adjusting. :) I am also loving any sort of exercise pants, but what I don't want is to look like I have given up on life as I stroll through wal mart at a snails pace.

See you tomorrow for reason #5!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Reason #3

We are now down to 6 days from meeting our girls face to face and I have another great reason for why I love being pregnant.

#3: I am so thankful for such great genes that I can pretty much eat whatever I want when I'm pregnant!

This is especially true with twins on the way. You have to double the amount of calories, calcium, protein, iron, and other essentials to your diet. A great book on twin pregnancies even said to have premium ice cream or milk shakes in order to get the amount of calcium needed in the pregnancy. Because of that, I've been one of Chick-fil-A's biggest customers!!

Why I love being pregnant!

Reason number 2 on this Monday evening, just 7 days away from having our girls:

I love getting to tell people about the baby or babies I am carrying.

It was fun seeing people react when I was pregnant with Molly and we weren't finding out if we were having a boy or a girl. I didn't really get to do that with Micah since I wasn't really showing that much when we miscarried. But it was fun to tell people that we were pregnant and show off the ultrasounds we had of him.

This time is different because I look like I am about to burst and so people think I am way over due. I've only had one person, a man, ask if I was carrying twins. :) It's been fun to tell people I am having twin girls. At just 20 weeks I was in Texas visiting my friend, Christy, when one of the ladies in her bible study asked if I was due any day. :) I smiled and told her that I was just halfway to the finish line because I was having twins. She was so shocked! I guess I looked like I was pretty close to being done.

Stay tuned tomorrow for reason number 3.

Friday, March 26, 2010

8 Days to go!!

(Before I begin, I am dedicating this post to one of my readers: Kristin Shope. She is a faithful reader and friend, who would probably prefer that I post something every day as I think she checks my blog that often. :) Thanks for your prayers and support Kristin!)

When I was a kid, it was a really big deal when you went from being 9 years old to 10 years old. You were no longer single digits, you were double digits!! I know, it sounds like I had a boring childhood, but it was really a milestone for me to go from 9-10. I wonder if I'll make it to triple digits??

Ok, so I don't really sit and think about turning 100. I am excited to say that we are in the single digits of our countdown to meeting the girls and hopefully taking them home. Note the word "hopefully".

Now on to what's really going on in my head and heart.

A big mix of everything, all jumbled together. Granted, I am hormonal and tired but in the middle of all those feelings are others that I knew would come to the surface at some point or another.

I am really, really missing Molly.

I am really scared to have these babies and find out something is horribly wrong. (And while I'm at it, please don't tell me that everything is going to be fine. I don't know that and neither does anyone else, except for God of course. I have learned that just because I've lost two babies doesn't mean I deserve to have these two.)

I am feeling sad that I won't be the first to hold them in my arms.

I am angry that I have to wait an hour to be stitched up, or possibly more, before they can be in our room with us. Haven't we waited long enough?

I am ready to meet them and yet not at the same time.

And on some lighter notes...

I am excited that we have made it this far and have had such a great pregnancy!

I am so grateful that they are still kicking me and moving around, letting me know that they are content.

I am thrilled and humbled beyond words that God would give us two precious daughters to take care of.

I love Piper and I love Lily.

The latest update for me and the girls hasn't changed much at all. I did see my doctor last week and had another non-stress test, which I actually look forward to. Everything is on track and looking good.

When I saw my doctor last week I mentioned to him about this new pain I've been experiencing. The bottom line is that the weight of the girls and my uterus, is placing such pressure on my ligaments and joints that at times I experience a painful, pinching sensation in my legs that calls for immediate change in position.

I was at PetsMart the other day to stock up on dog food when I had this happen. I was walking towards the checkout line when it struck me in the left leg. I had to stop in the middle of the main aisle and twist and turn my leg around until it quit hurting, probably one of the longest it has hurt like that. One of the managers walked up to me and asked if I needed help with anything or if I was ok. I could tell he was a little nervous with a way pregnant lady in the aisle not looking at anything but instead with a pained look on her face. I told him I was fine and that it was just part of pregnancy. Thankfully he didn't call 911. I just wanted the dog food and then wanted to get to Panera across the street for my own chow.

So that is the latest. One week from tomorrow, Monday, we will be meeting our babies for the first time. We are thrilled, nervous, excited, anxious, and scared all at the same time. It will be quite the celebration at the hospital when they arrive and we are hopeful and prayerful that everything will be fine and that we will get to take them home with us when we go home.

Thank you for all of those prayers. We still need them. We will definitely update the blog again before next Monday and will also post pics once the girls are here.

I will also be making it my goal for the next 7 days to come up with one thing each day that I am thankful for about being pregnant. An excellent suggestion by my handsome hubby!

Today I said I was thankful for: Feeling them kick and move around, especially when I eat or drink something sweet. They really like ice cream! :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

2 Weeks left, but who's counting?

With 2 weeks to go, I am feeling more and more ready and excited to meet these girls! I am really ready for the craziness to begin, to get less sleep, to be calming crying babies, etc. Everyone tells me to enjoy these last few weeks before it all starts. I am definitely doing my best to enjoy them, but I gotta tell you that I am so excited to have 2 more in our family! We've been waiting for over 2 years for this!!

With my clothes options getting smaller and smaller, literally, I am looking forward to more options in the coming weeks. Today, it is warm and sunny out and supposed to hit in the low 60's. I stood in my closet and looked at the one pair of jeans that I can still wear and thought, "hmmm, should I wear these jeans or these jeans?" :) I opted instead for a non-maternity skirt that is so springy and fun! If it didn't have the elastic waistband and drawstring, I wouldn't be wearing it now. I'm just so darn hot to be wearing jeans!!

A friend just asked me yesterday what it was like to have two babies in my belly vs. just one. I told her that it's definitely different and I can really tell there are two based on all the squirms, kicks, and jabs that I feel.

If you were looking at my belly, Piper (baby A) is on the right side facing her sister. She's head up and her feet like to play the drums on my bladder and major arteries in my legs. I can definitely feel her head and lately I've noticed what must be her shoulder pushing out as well. Or maybe it's her fist, I'm not sure. Lilly (baby B) is on the left side and is also facing her sister. She's head down with her feet straight into my ribs, maybe she's trying to tickle me or something. :) I can feel her two feet playing my ribs and sometimes I can feel what must be her bottom pushing out my side.

It's really quite fun to sit and imagine what they're up to in there. Sometimes one is awake while the other is sleeping, and sometimes they are both awake and likely having a party or something. One of the great things about sleeping at night, or not sleeping, is that they aren't waking me up with their acrobats. I've found that they typically sleep when I sleep, maybe lulled to slumber by my resting heart rate. Who knows! It is fun to imagine what they're doing and how they'll be once they're born.

We've settled on their names: Piper and Lilly. Although we're not sure how we want to spell Lilly. Either: Lilly or Lily. We can't decide. And another thing we need to decide is middle names. Yeah, we have no idea on that one. :)

The countdown continues... 2 weeks from today! Wow, it is really happening. I almost can't believe it!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

35 weeks down... less than 3 to go!

After another fitful and frustrating night of sleep last night, I got up and hurriedly dressed for my morning appointments.

At 10 I went to the labor and delivery unit of our hospital and my nurse, Donna, helped set me up for my non-stress test for the week. Lilly, our baby B, must have been awake and happy because her heart was going up and down just like they wanted to see. After a yummy juice cocktail from Donna, Piper, baby A, perked up and followed suit. After being hooked up for over an hour, they let me go.

I made my next appointment the same as today, 10 am. Wednesday the 24th. After the NST, I went and saw Dr. A around 11:45 and all he did was measure my belly and ask if I had any questions. I had none so he said he would see me next week. :)

My belly is measuring 45 weeks, which is just wild to think about! I am still gaining weight, which means the girls are getting what they need. I am so thankful for that.

For now we keep on waiting till labor starts on its own or until the morning of April 5th. Jacob has a few bets going for when I'll have the girls. The wager: Chick-fil-A milkshakes. :)

Thanks for the prayers! I'll update again next week or if labor starts before then!! :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Scratch that

April 5th is the new date for the c-section. I guess they can only schedule so many c-sections at the hospital so we are on for Monday the 5th at noon. Jake wanted the 1st if the 7th wouldn't work, but they said that was too soon to induce me. But I guess he can still pray for April Fools babies! :)

We now have a line in the sand for the girls' arrival. Now we wait, some more. :)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Babies update #12

Our last ultrasound this morning went really well! Both babies haven't budged at all and are both in the same position they were the last time. Sweet little A, who we are naming Piper, is still feet first. It makes sense since I feel like she's going to kick her way out of me! Piper's heart was beating steadily along at 152. She weighs in at 4 lbs. 10 oz. Our baby B, who we've pretty much decided is going to be Lilly, is still head down. Her heart was doing well at around 145. She weighs around 4lbs. 14 oz, just a bit bigger than her womb-mate. :)

I saw my OB next and he said we were pretty much on target for a scheduled c-section, unless I go into labor on my own. I am measuring 43 weeks, for those of you who get that. Definitely overdue if I were only carrying one.

April 7th is the big day for the c-section. I don't have a scheduled time yet and it could change of course if I go into labor before then. All of these things shall be revealed in due time! :)

Tomorrow I go to the hospital for a non-stress test. I'll be happily reading while they watch the girls' hearts for about 45 minutes. I don't go back until next Wednesday, when I'll be 35 weeks! Woo woo!!

Oh and I have to share this great picture we took last night. Shows me in all my belly glory plus a sweet gift from a friend of mine in the great state of Washington. She also lost a son at full term and read Molly's book. While we have never met in person, I do think of her as a close friend. Thanks Becky for the wonderful gift! I love the ladybugs!!