Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Stroller

Because my fellow mommy-of-twins-to be, Kelli from http://thesmithslittleblessings.blogspot.com/ asked me about the stroller we decided on, I figured I'd just post it here -- the Graco Quattro Tour Duo Stroller in "Rittenhouse."
Justin and I went to Babies R Us and tested out all of the double strollers that they carried. After lifting them, folding them, zooming them around the aisle and sticking baby carriers in them, we both ended up really liking the Graco Quattro Tour Duo Stroller. It's a bit heavy, but it folded up easily and Justin really liked the height of the handlebars because he's 6'3" and won't have to bend over uncomfortably to push the stroller. It's also nice because the stroller will last the twins through their toddler years.

Before the stroller was purchased, I went through Amazon reviews to see what others had to say about their experiences with it. Overall, people seem to really like it, the main complaint is that it's a little heavy, but the way I look at it is: it's a double stroller, of course it's going to be a little heavy. It will accommodate a Graco SafeSeat Car Seat.

We also spent some time looking at cribs and we found one we like. I just want to wait until after the ultrasound until we get serious about picking out furniture for the nursery. There's plenty of time for all of that!

Monday, January 26, 2009

15 week appointment

I would like to wish my very good friend Janeen the best of luck this week. She was just put on bed rest at 37 weeks due to pre-eclampsia. We're hoping that baby Gabriella has the opportunity to hang out in mommy for just a little bit longer. Good luck Neen! xo

I went for a check-up at my OB's office today. There are four doctors at the practice and every patient sees each of the doctors throughout her pregnancy. I've met two of the doctors so far, and today I got to meet the third -- Dr. Torres. She was awesome -- definitely my favorite so far!

I weighed in, had my blood pressure checked and had a urine test to determine if I have a UTI. They said it's standard procedure to check, even if I don't feel like I have one. I should get the results in a few days. Weight and blood pressure were great. Afterwards, it was on to the exam room to listen for the heartbeats.

Dr. Torres found the first baby right away and there was a nice strong heartbeat in the 150's. It was time to move on to the second baby and every time she would start to get a heartbeat, the little nugget would move! It was pretty funny and made me really happy. Baby #2's heartbeat was also in the 150's.

Next Monday is our Level 2 ultrasound and meeting with the Perinatologist. My mom and Momma V (my mom-in-law) are going to come with Justin and I to the ultrasound. It's going to be great to have them there! I haven't seen the babies since my 7th week. They looked like little glow worms back then -- I really can't wait to see what they look like now!

This week, the babies are the size of a naval orange. Their legs are now longer than their arms and even though their eyelids are closed, they can sense light. If I were to shine a flashlight at my belly (but why would I ever?), the babies are likely to move away from the light.

Here's this week's belly pic. It was taken right before Justin and I went to Babies R Us to look at and compare double strollers.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

A letter to my nuggets

Not only are my weekly belly pictures a nice keepsake for the future, but they're also a weekly reminder of how pale I am. I really need a tan. I think I could pass for one of the Cullens from Twilight...it's creepy. I can't wait until I can sit out by the pool in my maternity bathing suit and get a healthy little glow (with SPF 15, of course).

I've added a poll to the right about the babies' genders -- please vote!! We go for our big ultrasound on February 2nd, so I'm hoping the babies cooperate with us that day!


Week 13 belly shot:

Week 14 belly shot:

A little love note for my nuggets...
Dear babies,
You probably realize this already, from mommy and daddy's
screaming at the television every Sunday, but
we are a family of Eagles fans. This means
that, come next fall, you will officially
be Eagles fans as well.
Don't get too excited.
For some reason, the Birds let us down
year after year, but we remain their faithful, adoring fans.
We start out every football season
with guacamole, taco dip and beer -- our
hearts filled with hope and excitement and the thought that maybe
"this season will be the one."
It hasn't happened for mommy or daddy yet, little ones.
Hopefully you will get to see an Eagles Superbowl in
your lifetime.
Nonetheless, during every game, you will sport your
mini jerseys and sit with us while we cheer on our
beloved team.
I can't wait until we're all cheering together.
Love you both,
Mommy
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Times they are a changing

This past weekend, I went out to do some maternity shopping. I don't need pants yet, but some of my shirts are getting a little too short. They look fine in the morning, but after I eat all of my meals, my shirt is riding up and it looks stupid....so I bit the bullet, went out and got some clothes.

My first stop was the maternity section at Kohls. What a joke. There were 3 small racks of clothing. That's it, just 3 -- and hardly anything in my size. I ended up heading over to the clearance rack and found a summer dress for $4.90 and shirt for $3.20. That made me feel a lot better about their crappy selection!

I then headed over to the Motherhood Maternity Outlet in Franklin Mills. I did a little better there -- I got 2 dresses for work and a pretty black shirt and only spent $51. For shits and giggles, I tried on that "baby belly" that they provide in the dressing room. It's literally a lumpy round pillow on a strap...not too attractive under my dresses.

Last night before I went to bed, I laid out my outfit for the following day. A pair of Express Editor pants and a black shirt. These pants fit me a week and a half ago with a belly band...but I barely got them over my butt this morning. They were so tight around my hips and butt that there were these awful creases in them that I would never be able to hide! I couldn't believe that my butt grew that much in a week and a half! I need to get some cardio in or something...

The babies are the size of a peach this week and are forming teeth and vocal cords. I should enjoy this quiet time with them because once they make their arrival, I'm sure they'll be putting their vocal cords to good use!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Justin's nickname for me...

The other day Justin called me his "little hobbit." I said "huh?" I thought he was trying to insinuate that I have large hairy feet or something (while I do wear a size 10 shoe -- gasp! -- I can assure you that my feet are hairless). He laughed and told me that hobbits eat many meals throughout the day, much like myself. The one he pointed out was my new-found habit of eating a "second breakfast." As I type, at 11:43 in the morning, I'm having my " first lunch."

I did a bit of research and found that hobbits typically eat seven meals a day:

breakfast
second breakfast
elevenses
luncheon
afternoon tea
dinner
supper (aka Captain Crunch cereal in bed at 10 p.m. for me!)

He's right, I really DO eat like a hobbit!

In my 12th week, the last week of my first trimester, the babies are the size of a plum. Male or female organs are clearly visible and may be detected via ultrasound. My uterus is growing and will slowly make it's way north in the 2nd trimester. If I poke at my uterus now, since the babies reflexes have developed, they will wiggle and squirm in response even though I can't feel it. That amazes me!I'm definitely feeling a lot better, but I notice that if I don't eat every 2 hours, I start to get a bit shaky. Last Friday, I woke up early in the morning to get ready for work and while I was in my bathroom, I started to feel dizzy. I went downstairs to make myself a bowl of cereal and I started sweating and blackness crept into my eyes. I sat on the floor until it passed then stood up, grabbed my cereal and went to eat it while watching my lady-crush, Ann Curry. I called my ob/gyn, and the nurse told me that she gets a call like this every day and it's totally normal, I just need to eat more frequently. I was only awake for a half hour though! Does she want me to eat immediately upon waking?! I can barely drag myself out of bed to take a shower! Thankfully, it hasn't happened since.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

I've been pretty bad about taking pictures of my belly during the pregnancy. Honestly, up until this week, I haven't really noticed a change in anything. Once I hit 11 weeks though, a little pudge arrived!

Here I am at 9 weeks --

Here we are on Christmas morning -- I think I was 10 weeks 4 days...

Here is 11 weeks 4 days -- I've got a little pudge action going on!

I haven't needed any maternity clothes yet, but I have used the belly band a few times with my jeans. I could easily get my jeans zippered, but if I sat down, it was pretty painful on my belly. My mom bought me some maternity clothes for Christmas and I have to be honest...I'm a little scared of them! She got me a couple of shirts and a dress which is really pretty, but the pants with the belly panel freak me out. I don't want to return them because I'm sure I'll need them eventually, but when I tried them on, there was lots of extra room in the butt and thigh area. I know that they will probably get big as well, but it was strange putting the pants without a 20 week pregnant belly!

I hope that everyone has a lovely, happy and healthy New Year! May 2009 bring you lots of love and happiness!