Friday, May 29, 2009

Nursery University

I just finished watching the documentary, Nursery University, which follows five different New York City families through their attempts at getting their three year olds admitted into prestigious Manhattan nursery schools (at $20,000 per year). The documentary also follows the nursery school administrators as they face the difficult task of deciding which of the hundreds of adorable boys and girls are going to be admitted to their school. Sometimes, there are only 20 or so available slots!

All I can say

The drama begins the day after Labor Day when mom, dads and even nannies are making phone call after phone call trying to receive an application to the school. They spend hours speed dialing and getting busy signals, but if they're lucky, they'll manage to get through to one or two schools. Because the demand for these applications are so high, by the time the caller reaches someone on the other line, they may be informed that they're out of luck and all applications have been handed out.

These poor parents are driving themselves insane during the application process, the interviews with the schools then acceptance process which, by the way, takes about 6 months! One of the parents that was interviewed said that getting in to the best nursery school will lead to the best kindergarten, followed by the best grade schools, high school then on to an ivy league college. Talk about pressure. I may be naive, but I thought preschool was about socializing with other children, singing, reading and playing! At least that's what it was like for me, my brothers and sister...but then again, we don't live in Manhattan.

By the end of the documentary, one of the families actually left the city to move to a suburb outside of Boston where the nursery school process wasn't as competitive. They moved because of a nursery school...what?!

I'd love to hear from you if you've either seen the documentary or have been through this tough process. Do I need to start worrying about preschool now while the boys are sitting in my belly?! I sure hope not...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Baby updates and a birthday!

I had the first of my weekly non-stress tests at the hospital on Tuesday. Usually Justin attends every appointment with me, but I figured this wouldn't be a big deal, so I went solo. Nolan (Baby A) passed the NST, but Luke (Baby B) didn't, so I was sent in for an ultrasound. I was a little nervous, but they just needed to check out his breathing, heartbeat and the fluid in the sac. After about 15 minutes, I was told that he passed too...phew! I was upset that he didn't pass the first time around, but at least I got to see them both during the ultrasound. I'm so in love with these little guys!
On Wednesday, I had my bi-weekly OB appointment. Everything turned out well and I'm up 34lbs total -- think I'm doing well! At my next appointment in two weeks, they're probably going to schedule the c-section for 38 weeks, which will be the week of July 5th.

Today is Justin's birthday! Happy Birthday sweetie!! You're the most incredible husband and I couldn't love and appreciate you more. xoxo

Monday, May 25, 2009

32 Weeks

I can officially say that I'm eight months pregnant! At this point in pregnancy, a mother of a singleton, should gain about a pound a week. Approximately, half of that weight goes to the growing baby. I wonder if that means I will be gaining roughly two pounds per week? The babies have nails and toenails and (hopefully) some hair. I was bald until I was 2, so I'm hoping my kids don't take after me!

We celebrated Memorial Day on Sunday at home with a BBQ with some friends and family. Most of my family spent the week at our home in the mountains, but I didn't feel up to a 3 hour drive, so I stayed behind. The BBQ was very last-minute, which is pretty typical of Justin and I, but it turned out to be a lot of fun! At the end of the night it was pretty exciting to say to some people "the next time we see you, we'll have two babies with us!"

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Baby Cove

I was contacted by the ladies over at The Baby Cove and they featured my boys' nursery in one of their posts!

The Baby Cove is a multi-blogger baby blog featuring moms from across the United States from their pregnancies to the births of their babies, raising a newborn, baby advice, decor tips and so much more!

Check them out!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Nursery

Here are some pictures of the boys' nursery. Notice the divorce tree on the wall. I think it turned out nicely for all of the work that went into getting it up!

It was a lot of fun spending time with Justin getting the room together. I couldn't do a whole lot when it came to putting the furniture together and painting, so I basically just sat there and kept him company while he did all of the hard work. I can just imagine Luke & Nolan in their cribs talking their baby talk to one another...I can't wait!

Monday, May 18, 2009

31 Weeks

According to my baby book, the babies should weigh in at around 3 1/2 pounds. I know Nolan is there since he was 3lbs 6oz last week, but I'm hoping Luke had a growth spurt and is close behind. The boys have been moving around like crazy. Last week, Luke kicked me so hard, it woke me out of a sound sleep. The baby hiccups are also pretty cool. I usually feel the hiccuping around my butt (I know that sounds weird, but it's true) so I try to guess which baby is doing it, then I put my hands where the babies' heads are to see which one it is. This morning at 6:30 a.m., it was Nolan.

Here I am yesterday after breakfast with Mom & Dad V. in my 31 week bare belly glory!


The nursery is complete and I will be taking pictures soon! My best friend is off work today and may be coming up for a visit so perhaps we'll do it then.

In other (GREAT!!) news, my brother called me on Friday to let me know that he and his girlfriend, Terri are expecting a baby!! I'm so stinkin' excited! Justin and I both hope for a very large family and it feels like it's all coming together with the twins, my brother's baby and my cousin, Kevin & Bridgit's baby. I love it! I'm hoping that my cousin Stephen & Krystle are going to follow soon too.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Back in Labor & Delivery...again

Last night I was watching American Idol (go Danny!) and I noticed that I was having timeable BH contractions. It was every 6 minutes, then 8 minutes, then 7 get the picture. I had 6 contractions in the span of 30-40 minutes so I called the emergency line at my OB's office and the doctor wanted me to head to Labor & Delivery for monitoring.

I got myself checked in and they strapped the monitors to my belly to monitor the boys' heartbeats and any contractions I was having. I had to give a urine sample, so I lay in bed hooked up to the monitors while they ran that test. Justin was like the water police and kept bringing me water to drink because he didn't want me to get an IV -- I didn't want one either, so I drank like there was no tomorrow.

I could feel the contractions coming and was checking them out on the monitor. After every contraction, the boys would kick and punch belly and it looked like there was some sort of party going on under my gown!

The doctor came in and performed a fetal fibronectin test (fFN) to test for preterm labor and she swabbed me to see if I was leaking any amniotic fluid, which I thankfully wasn't! I was barely a fingertip dilated, which is also good. She gave me the results of my urine test which showed that I was a little dehydrated when I arrived at the hospital, but since Justin was so diligent about providing me with water, I didn't need an IV. The contractions had also subsided as I was laying there.

About 45 minutes later, the results of my fFn showed that I wasn't in danger of preterm labor (yea!) so I was sent home with instructions to keep drinking and take it easy. We got home around 1:30 and promptly went to bed. I'm feeling much better this morning and have been drinking water like a mad woman. As nice as the nurses and doctors were, I do not want to have to go back. The next time I go to L&D, I want to come home with my little bundles of joy!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ultrasound & Update

Yesterday was my first day of maternity leave, but it was a busy one for me because I had an ultrasound and an OB appointment. The boys were measured at the ultrasound and everything is looking great! Nolan (Baby A) is weighing in at 3 lbs, 6oz and Luke (Baby B) is 2 lbs, 12 oz. I was initially worried that Luke was so much smaller than his brother, but the doctor assured me that the weights are wonderful for being 30 weeks and there's nothing to worry about because she measured the blood flow to each baby and it looked good. Nolan is lying breech and Luke is vertex. My OB said that she can't see them flipping in the coming weeks which means I'd likely have a scheduled c-section at 38 weeks if I don't go into labor before then.

Basically, I'm just going to take it easy in the coming weeks and try to keep the babies in there for as long as I possibly can.
Here are the boys at their first Phillies game on Mother's Day. It was such a beautiful day, but unfortunately the Phillies lost which seems to be a running pattern with me attending the games. I had hopes of eating a hotdog & having an ice cream or some crab fries, but the only thing I could manage was about 3 quarters of a hotdog! Not fair! Part of the fun of going to the games is getting to eat the yummy food but I get so stuffed after half a meal that I can't fit anything else. Better luck next time.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day -- 30 weeks

Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful, hard-working moms in the world! I especially want to wish a wonderful day to Mom, Colleen & Momma V. Thank you for always being there for me and making life fun!

I guess you can say this is my first official Mother's Day even though the boys haven't been born yet. It's also a big milestone for me because today is my 30th week of pregnancy! Friday was my last day at work until after the babies are born, so now I can actually take it easy and rest during the work week. I'm hoping that my stress will significantly decrease because I won't be worrying about deadlines at work.

Yesterday was my beautiful cousin-in-law's baby shower! She's due on June 15th, but doesn't know what she's having yet. My guess is a girl! It was a beautiful shower and she had a wonderful time. I can't wait for our babies to grow up together!

For Mother's Day, Justin & I are joining his family in a suite at Citizens Bank Park for the Phillies game. I'm really looking forward to it and will post pictures later. Go Phils!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

29 weeks

At 29 weeks the little guys weigh approximately 2 1/2 lbs and are measuring a bit over 15 inches long. I have an ultrasound next Monday, so I'll find out then what their actual weight is. I feel like they weigh about 4 pounds each! My belly is feeling heavy, but the maternity belt has been helping with that. Last week, Chica and I went out for dinner then we went back to my house just to hang out for a bit. While we were sitting there, the babies were being extremely active and she got to see my "Alien" belly. Lots of protruding limbs and what looks like waves going across my belly. It was awesome!

Justin started assembling some of the babies' gear this past weekend and what we didn't realize is that we need a TON of batteries! Everything from the swings to the bouncers to the jumperoos all require them. I think that the battery companies are in cahoots with the baby industry.
Eating has become quite interesting lately. In the first trimester, I could eat, but my menu was very limited because I was put-off by certain smells. When the second trimester arrived, so did my appetite for everything and I ate until my belly was content. The third trimester has been quite interesting because I still have an appetite, but I can barely fit any food in my squished stomach. Then comes the water consumption: I try my hardest to drink as much as I possibly can, but the water fills me up and makes me eat even less. Let's not even go there with the constant burping that I've got going on.
Mother's day is this Sunday and Justin's family has a suite at the Phillies ballpark for the game that day, so that's where I'll be spending my afternoon. After that, we're heading to my mom's for dinner. I love dinner at my parents' house!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

I've fallen and I can't get up!

Remember that old commercial from the 90's?! I feel bad for this poor woman because now I know what it's like!

It's been a pretty relaxing weekend for me. Not because I intended for it to be this way, but because I threw my back out early Saturday morning doing the most simplest of things. I woke before Justin and went downstairs to make myself breakfast. I had to feed Tank too, so I got his food & water bowl and filled them up. As I was putting the water bowl back on the floor, my back went out and I couldn't stand up. Great. I tried to make my way to the living room so I could sit down, but I just couldn't make it. I ended up half-laying, half-sitting on the kitchen floor for a bit until I heard Justin moving around upstairs. I knew he'd be down in a few more minutes, so I just hung out and waited for him. As soon as he came down, I burst into tears (there's those hormones for you!) and told him that I was so embarrassed, but I hurt my back and couldn't get up. After he scooped me up, I spent the remainder of my day resting my back. I think it's just from an extra 31 lbs of weight on the front of my body -- my back had enough! It's Sunday morning and I'm still not right. I've been walking around bent over at the waist, but there isn't a whole lot more I can do. Until then, I'll be camped out on the couch watching TV. I'm happy that the weather is rainy and miserable because I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything good! I hope everyone else is having a great weekend though!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Ready Or Not Here We Come!

I just finished reading "Ready Or Not Here We Come!: The Real Experts' Guide to the First Year With Twins" by Elizabeth Lyons. I found the book to be very informative and I bookmarked certain chapters that I definitely want to go back and re-read once the boys arrive (like how to make your own baby food). So far, all of the other twin books I've read have been about twin pregnancy and delivery and not so much about how to handle two newborns throughout the first year of their lives. 'Ready Or Not' offered very practical advice from mothers of multiples on everything from breastfeeding twins ,to getting the babies on the same sleep schedule, to traveling with two babies.

The author makes it very well known that raising two babies at the same time is definitely a challenge, and yes, parents will be exhausted, but that having twins is such an incredible blessing and watching them grow and interact with one another is one of the most amazing life experiences. I also liked that there were certain excerpts written by fathers of twins and how they handled situations with their babies.

One of the main focuses of the book was to accept help when it's offered, which is really hard for a lot of women to do. There are a lot of Type-A personalities out there who want to be able to do everything themselves with little assistance from others. I have a bit of that going on! Thankfully, we are fortunate enough to have incredible families and friends who live very close by who will be there with us every step of the way. These babies are very well-loved already!

The next parenting book I plan on reading is "Babyproofing Your Marriage." I'll let you know how that one is when I'm finished!