Monday, April 27, 2009

28 week update


The babies have been living inside me for 28 weeks now and boy am I starting to feel it! The boys are approximately two and a quarter pounds and they’re quickly building baby fat to help prepare them for life outside the womb. What is mom & dad doing to prepare for the babies’ life outside of the womb? Thanks for asking…here goes:
Finish up the nursery: the only major thing left is the dresser which is still being refinished; then I can finally put away all of the clothes that I’ve washed. Justin and I took 3 hours to put a 7 foot tree decal on the wall between the cribs last week. We joked that the manufacturer should put a warning on the box: "Warning, installing this decal with your spouse may cause divorce." We put the thing up, which took about an hour, then we went to place the cribs where we wanted and realized that we put the decal up about a foot to the left from where it should have been. Yes, we had to take the decal off with TWEEZERS and move it over. Not fun. It looks great though! I'll post pictures when it's finished.

Home projects. Dad has been finishing up with all of his home projects while mom takes frequent naps on the sofa. Dad has been making breakfast, lunch, snacks & dinner for mom while she is most likely sleeping because she feels like that’s all she wants to do any more. It’s strange that I’m talking in the third person, isn’t it? I’ll stop now.

Hospital Classes. Tomorrow night we have our first class: child care. They go over the fun things: diaper changing, swaddling, bathing, what to do when the babies get sick, etc. Next week is the breastfeeding class where we have to bring a baby doll or stuffed animal with us (or 2 in our case). The strange thing is I think we only have one stuffed animal in the house. I may need to borrow another from my 6 year old neighbor.

I’ve officially got an "outie" belly button, but no stretch marks yet. I’m moisturizing like a fiend even though I know that does noting to prevent them. It’s just the luck of the draw. With how quickly my belly is growing, I’d be surprised if they don’t pop up eventually. I’m still sporting my pregnancy belt which actually does make me feel better, but I’ve still got some crazy back issues going on. I’ve got 9 days of work left before I start my "leave." It’s kind of bittersweet. I can’t imagine not working and I love who I work with, but I’m so miserable and tired by the end of the day. Not to mention the train ride home…it’s so crowded my back hurts so bad and I’m wedged into a seat between two people without any way to get comfortable. During times like that, it’ll be nice to be at home with my feet up.

Here's my belly a 27w5d . I'm wearing the t-shirt that says "does this baby make me look fat" that I wore at 7 weeks to tell our families we were pregnant. Quite a difference :-)


Here's a picture from my cousin's wedding last weekend of me & my beautiful mom & sisterAdd Image
And finally....the new bride & groom with all of the cousins (yes, I'm the oldest). If you're reading this guys, I love you both!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Hello 3rd Trimester!

I can’t believe it’s here already. It feels like just yesterday that I was wandering around my bedroom waiting to take a peek at the results on the home pregnancy test. I was so worried about the timing of the IUI I had 10 days prior. The timing felt completely off, whereas the timing of our first one was perfect, but resulted in a BFN. I just wanted everything to work out. I had previously taken so many tests where the results showed me only one line…it was heart breaking each and every time. I feel so incredibly blessed to be at this point in my pregnancy.

The babies are moving around more than ever and I’m getting to know their schedules a little better. It’s funny how they’re forming patterns already! According to my baby book, the little guys are measuring a little over 15 inches from head to toe and they’re probably opening and closing their eyes. I hope they aren’t mastering their father’s famous "wink." After Justin & I had been dating for about 5 years I had to point out to him that he was a ‘winker’ and that I thought it was giving women (aka, my competition!) the wrong idea. For instance, we’d be out to breakfast & the waitress would come to the table and say something friendly – Justin would reply & wink. Age didn’t matter. She could be 17 or 71 – he’d still give them a little wink. He didn’t even realize he was doing it, but I think these chicks thought he was trying to pick them up.

Anyway, back to my boys. Nolan’s been jabbing me in the ribs with his little feet. I was wondering about that. I thought it may have just been a pregnancy myth, but there is NO mistaking it when it actually happens. Another strange thing that’s been going on is the Michael-Flatley-Riverdance they’ve got going on in my nether-regions. What’s that all about?! Why didn’t anybody warn me about it? It’s very uncomfortable and the only way I can get them to stop is for me to bounce up & down on a chair. This is something I will warn my fellow woman about and let her know that it’s completely normal. I thought something was wrong with me (like one of the babies trying to make an escape) so I asked the doctor what was going on. He told me that it’s normal…but let me tell you: it doesn’t feel normal.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Greetings from New Hampshire

Greetings from New Hampshire! We're up here for my cousin's wedding, which is tonight. We made the 6 hour drive up here yesterday with quite a few bathroom breaks in between. Normally Justin likes to drive for as long as he can without stopping, but he was very being a very concerned husband and father yesterday, so he made frequent stops. I actually felt pretty good during the drive. I don't know if the babies have shifted around or what, but my back has been feeling much better lately!

I've got my green dress from the wedding I went to 2 weeks ago, so it will be making a re-appearance tonight. I don't know if I'll be doing much dancing, but it's going to be so much fun!

On Monday, we're going to look at a new "family" vehicle. We may be getting rid of the Caddy for a Eddie Bauer Ford Explorer with third row seating. It'll be strange driving around such a big car since I'm used to driving something smaller, but adding two carseats to the backseat really limits room for other passengers. It seems like whenever I go anywhere with my friends or my mom & sister, I always end up driving, so I'll need the extra room. We'll see though. We've looked at the suv online, but haven't actually been to see it in person yet. Who knows, I may not even like it...

We'll be leaving to return home to Philly tomorrow morning. I hope we don't run into too much traffic in New York! I want to get home to see my little guy, Tank!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Baby Shower

This past Saturday, the awesome women in my life hosted a baby shower for Justin & I. I knew the date & time of the party, but the girls kept me out of the loop when it came to the theme. When I arrived at the hall, I was so surprised by the "Under the Big Top" theme -- it was so original! My sister-in-law, Christa, came up with the idea for the party as well as the decorations and the amazing (and delicious) cake. Being a martini guru, she even conjured up a pg-friendly libation for me to enjoy -- the 'CosMompolitan'. Yum!!
Overall, it was an incredible day. I was surrounded by 70 women whom I love as we ate, laughed and awwww'ed over adorable baby clothes! Here are some pictures:

Justin & I

Our "Big Top" cake

We saved the little sugar animals in the freezer to put on the twins' first birthday cake.

The diaper cake Mom V & Christa made

Melissa getting the tables ready

My little sister & my adopted "little sisters" helping me open gifts


Me & Dad V post-party

Mom & I taking a breather!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

25 week update, ultrasound & a confession

Justin and I went to a beautiful wedding this past weekend so I'll count the pictures from that as as this week's "belly pic." We had such a great time and I was able to wear heels without taking a header on the dance floor. I was only able to dance to a couple of songs, but at least I tried. About 10 minutes after I sat down, my back started killing me so it was time to go.

I had an ultrasound today and the boys are doing wonderfully! Baby A (Nolan) is still breech and he's weighing in at 1lb 12oz. He was being extremely active during the ultrasound. The tech said she could feel him moving around under the wand!
Baby B (Luke) is transverse at the moment and he's weighing in at 1lb 14oz! At the last u/s, he was smaller than Nolan by 3oz, so he's grown quite a bit! He's the calmer of the two, so the tech was able to get pretty clear shots of him. Little Nolan's face is smooshed up right against the membrane, so his face shot isn't super clear. Oh well, maybe next time!



As always, it was great seeing the two of them moving around inside my belly and I can't wait for my next appointment at 30 weeks.
Confession: I'm going to purchase a maternity support belt. The strain on my back is becoming unbearable. I start out the day so happy and pleasant, and then come 1:00, the pressure gets to me and I become a little miserable. I'm really hoping that this thing works because it's hideous. If you've ever tried wearing one, I'd love to hear about your experience!

the bathroom is finished!

The bathroom renovation is officially OVER! Woo Hoo!
I'd like to thank my little boys in advance because we sped the renovation along because of their pending arrival. Thanks guys!

Before
The previous owners installed a bath fitter (themselves) so there was glue all over the edges. I didn't take a picture of that though...
(this was the previous owner's stuff...)

This is the fake blue tile that was in there.
(this is my attempt at making it purty)

After







I think Justin did an amazing job! It took 9 days to completely finish...not too bad!

Friday, April 3, 2009

dimples

A few weeks ago, my father in law gave me a picture of my husband that was taken when he was about six years old. It captured my carefree, smiling Justin during a time when I didn’t know him. He’s got the most gorgeous, thick black hair, beautiful dark eyes with impossibly long eyelashes and those dimples that I am in love with….aaah, those dimples. I took this picture of my young husband-to-be and instead of framing it, I placed it in the book that I was reading so that every day when I open the book, it’s that happy, young smile and dimples that greets me.

I found myself staring at that picture today while riding the train into work wondering if this is what one or both of my boys will look like. Or will they have blonde hair and blue eyes like me? Will they have his intelligence and my sense of humor? It’s so surreal to me. I then began to think about the different features and personality traits that both of us acquired from our parents. I’ve got my mom’s delicate blonde hair and her (if I do say so myself) wonderful cooking skills. I’ve got my dad’s build as well as his feisty energy. I also think that I’ve acquired a lot from my step-father even though I’m technically not "his." I think he passed along his sensitivity and compassion to me. Justin is the perfect mix of his parents: he’s got his dad’s looks and intelligence and his mom’s friendliness and practicality as well as her artistic ability.
As my little guys are growing and forming their own personalities inside of me -- Luke is an active morning guy and Nolan is definitely a night guy -- I like to picture them a nice blend of the two of us. But I really hope they acquire those dimples.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

I'm SO getting this for Justin for Father's Day

Who comes up with this stuff?!

The Peekaru is a giant, $79.95, kangaroo-like pouch that you house your baby in. Justin was originally freaked out by the concept of a baby bjorn carrier (but eventually warmed up to it) so I wonder how he'd feel if he opened up his Father's Day gift only to find a Peekaru?



Kinda creepy to me.