Thursday, March 26, 2015

30 week update...

How far along? 30 weeks today! 

Total weight gain: Lost another pound this week. The doctor still doesn't seem concerned. She said creating two humans is tough and my body is doing well enough. She did encourage me to take in more calories... Im trying. So far I've gained a total of 16 lbs.

Sleep: I've been sleeping like a baby. A newborn that sleeps for a few hours at a time and wakes up constantly... Although last night I had a 5 hour stretch so that was good!

How big are the twins this week? I didn't get measurements at my appointment yesterday. :( the growth scan will be in early April. Hopefully they are both 3 pounds or better!

Peak of the week: Getting a lot of the nursery done. We hung a bunch of art, did some organizing - put a bunch of baby gear together. I say "we" it was really Mike with my direction. Bless him. 

Pit of the week: I had a bit of a breakdown yesterday. I don't know how else to explain it but that I'm frustrated... I'm frustrated with the way I feel, my doctors office, just anything really. I'm at this weird point where I selfishly want the babies now but I know that's not what's best. I'm over the appointments and worrying and waiting but I know the best thing is to keep them right where they are for at least 4 more weeks. Don't get me wrong - I know without a doubt what's best for the babies and that it's only a few more weeks. I also know how uncomfortable these last few weeks have been and will be. All of that said I'm more than happy to wait. I don't know how else to explain it. I just want our babies. 😔

Miss Anything? Nothing new.

Cravings: no - sometimes I will have a random craving but not the same thing over and over again. This weeks I've really been wanting Cheesecake Factory.

Symptoms/Labor signs: Contractions (Braxton Hicks) - swelling, numbness in my feet, all of the typical last trimester stuff

Looking forward to: My mom is coming next week! I can't wait. She will help to perk me up and get some things finished around here!

So I've been on bed rest for about a week now. I'm allowed to be "on my feet" for about 2 hours per day. This is also Jake's spring break week so he has been home with me. Overall he's done really well and been very good about understanding my new limitations. Thankfully, my 2 sister-in-laws took him for a day to the water park and that helped tremendously. He also had a friend over to spend the night which was nice because they kept each other entertained. Aside from that he has become extremely protective over me and is constantly checking on his momma. He really has been so sweet. A few times he's even told me it's time for me to lay down! Ha. Anyway, he and I took the dogs for a little walk and the only time he would allow me to have them is when I asked him to take my 30 week picture. When we came inside he told me I needed to go lay down. He's taking the doctor's orders very seriously! So here's my pic of the week courtesy of my sweet boy! I'm feeling H U G E!

Friday, March 20, 2015

29 weeks...

How far along? 29 weeks 1 day.

Total weight gain: I'm not sure but I would guess I've gained about 3 more pounds.

Sleep: It's been hard. I'm really uncomfortable, the babies move like crazy when I lay down, I wake up a bunch either sweating or having to go to the bathroom. I'm over the need for all the pillows... wahhh! 

How big are the twins this week? The size of a pineapple (x2) apparently. I would guess Anderson has hit the 3lb mark and Lawton has hopefully gotten close to it herself. I'll know next week!

Peak of the week: Our Orlando baby shower! I didn't get any pictures - :( but it was really nice. Mike's mom and sisters made it really nice and the food was wonderful. We got one of our car seats, diapers, and my big item - our stroller! Not to mention some cute outfits, bottles, feeding stuff, etc. Our house is exploding with baby items.

Pit of the week: I think just my attitude in general. I am exhausted. The bad sleep is catching up and my anxiety is increasing. So much to do and honestly - not much time left. There is a good chance that our babies will be here in the next 2 to 6 weeks! Oy vey! 

Miss Anything? A lot of things. I love being pregnant but I miss the control of my body.

Cravings: meh. Still not much other than sweets.

Symptoms/Labor signs: Contractions (Braxton Hicks) - swelling, numbness in my feet, all of the typical last trimester stuff

Looking forward to: bitter sweetly leaving work for a while. Starting Monday, I am officially on limited bed rest. No more than a couple of hours a day on my feet. Between my anxiety of getting things ready and the boredom of laying around I'm not sure how I will cope. I keep telling myself it's what's best for the babies.

my last at-work bathroom selfie! ha!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

28 week update...

How far along? 28 weeks today!

Total weight gain: I lost 2 pounds so I'm up a total of 20 now. My doctor wasn't concerned - between water retention and my body burning more calories daily it isn't abnormal.

Sleep: It's been slightly better. I have been taking a warm bath each night which is helping still.

How big are the twins this week? I have their weights this week! My doctor appointment was Tuesday and at the ultrasound Lawton weighed in at 2lbs 4oz while Anderson is at a chunky 2lbs 11oz. 5lbs of baby in this belly!

In all black today - mourning the loss of my belly button ;)

Peak of the week: Seeing the babies again. :) I am so spoiled with my ultrasounds every appointment. It's been a month since I saw them last and they are so much bigger! Jake also had his first baseball game of the season. He caught a pop fly for an out at 2nd base and got on base every time at bat!

Pit of the week: I had my glucose test and two shots at the doctor this week. My arm is still SO sore. You'd think I'd be better about needles after IVF - nah.

Miss Anything? The ability to see my lower body without a mirror. Picking things up off the ground - shaving my legs with ease...

Cravings: Nope - it's getting more and more difficult to eat.

Symptoms/Labor signs: I swear each twin has grabbed a hip and pulled this week. When they aren't yanking on my hips they are using my bladder as a spring board. My contractions are getting increasingly harder to ignore and I'll get into it more below, but my cervix is beginning to shorten some. Oh and my poor feet and ankles cankles... I am starting to swell.

Looking forward to: Jake's first soccer game of the season this weekend, followed by my baby shower on Sunday. Although finding something to wear may be the "pit" next week. It's getting harder to keep this bump under clothing!

28 Week Doctor's Appointment Update:  This was the first time I have gone to the doctor alone for a check up. Mike has been at every appointment, but due to his new job I told him to not worry about getting to this one. He didn't like missing the ultrasound but I brought him some pictures and honestly, the ultrasounds are more about checking measurements, my cervix, etc rather than watching the babies move. Anyway, the babies look great. Both are right on track and measuring pretty closely. Anderson has 7 ounces on his sister, which doesn't sounds like much to us, but when you think that he only weighs 43 total ounces it is a large increase over Lawton. The doctor told me they will continue to monitor the weights but that they aren't concerned with anything until the gap in weights gets larger (like over a pound). Anderson did flip to head down from breech and Lawton is more head down and less transverse now - giving us a much stronger chance at a natural birth. That being said the doctor would like to see baby A (Lawton) be the "bigger" baby. She said it doesn't rule out natural birth but it does make it harder. At this point I'm just leaving it up to God and trying not to think to much about the birth or stress about it. I will do whats best for the babies - period. My cervix was measuring (width wise not dilation) at a 5 and had dropped to a 4 in the last month. A 4 is still considered good but once it drops to a 3 or lower things get a little more risky. For this reason and my swelling, the weight of the babies, etc I have been given my date of "bed rest". March 24th will be my last day working and from the 25th on I have to take it easy and stay off of my feet as much as possible. We need these babies to stay put until at least April 30th to give us the best chance at them coming home with us from the hospital.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Tea for Two!

Last weekend 2 of my amazing friends from back home (Charleston, SC) threw us the most amazing baby shower!

It started with this gorgeous invitation and went from there. Every detail, every handmade decoration, the food - it was all way more than I could have ever imagined.

My friends, Chelsea and Amanda, not only were wonderful to us in the weeks leading up to the shower but have been so supportive of our journey to babies from the beginning. They both were always praying, texting, emailing, calling and checking on us through out our entire IVF process and have been keeping up with every detail ever since.

When they asked if they could host a shower for the babies I had no idea what an amazing job they would do. The girls spent more time and effort than I will every know, all just to make us smile. Here are some of the pictures from Saturday...

opening the presents for Lawton & Anderson

My boys dropped by!

Some of the beautiful decorations

The sweet gowns and shirt for Jake - my 3 will be wearing this in the hospital ;)

Opening more gifts! I love anything monogrammed!

Me giving out my hostess presents - which weren't nearly enough to thank these two!

The pregnant ladies at the shower Amber ( in purple) is about a month behind me and Emily is about a month behind Amber!

The photo guest book!

Some of my out-of-town family that came just to support us!

The coffee/tea station. No detail got overlooked!

The spread of delicious food!

Each baby had their own cake!

Me :) 27 weeks 2 days

More of the gorgeous decorations

Amanda, Me, & Chelsea - my shower hostess who blew me away!
I seriously can't say enough how wonderful it was. I wanted the shower to feel like home and to represent where I'm from and the girls nailed it. It was perfectly southern. The weather was gorgeous, the food was great and the company was even better. Special thank you to my mom and Tom for letting us crash Tom's beautiful home as our venue.

Of course, it was also just on time because I am officially on travel restriction. The next time we make a trip back to Charleston we will be a family of 5! C-R-A-Z-Y

I also want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who came and made our day that much more incredible. It was all around perfection and we feel so loved. God has blessed us with the most amazing family and friends and that doesn't every go unnoticed. We had several wonderful people who couldn't make the shower but took the time to send notes, gifts, and well wishes and that was so incredibly thoughtful!

I can't wait to meet the babies and I can't wait for all of these wonderful people to meet them too!

27(ish) week update...

How far along? I am way late on my weekly post but today I am 27 weeks 4 days.

Total weight gain: I had to go to the doctor last week so I know I am officially up 22lbs. I couldn't believe what I saw when I got on the scale. Not that 22lbs is a lot of gain with twins but that it all happened in the last 2 months!

Sleep: Oh sleep. How I miss thee. Falling to sleep has become a miserable task. Most nights I lay in bed until about 1 am moving, adjusting, trying to crack my knees or hips. It really has become a fight. There have been a lot of midnight baths to try and relax and help me to fall asleep. I honestly think it's a mix of the inability to get comfortable and my racing brain.

How big are the twins this week? Big. Or at least they feel that way. I will get a weight on them at my normal check up appointment tomorrow but according to my app they are probably around 2.5 lbs each.

I forgot to take my weekly picture but here is a picture of me (in the mint dress) from the shower with my friend Amber who is about 3-4 weeks behind me with her 3rd.

Peak of the week: My baby shower in Charleston. I will do a post for it soon. It was incredible.

Pit of the week: Last week I wasn't feeling "right" and decided to give my doctor a call. Since we were going out of town I just needed to know everything was ok. I ran through my symptoms and was told by the nurse I needed to come in right away. (Never a good feeling) When I got there I saw a doctor I hadn't seen before and he ran a series of tests. Long story short I have an antibody in my blood that can become harmful to me and the babies if the levels get to high. I knew about this a few months ago but after monitoring it for a while it seemed to be nearly gone. Well it came back. After testing, meds, and stress the 3 of us are fine and will just be kept under watch. It became stressful but I am confident that it will be ok so I'm not going to worry to much. That's that.

Miss Anything? full lungs, sleep, laying on my back. :)

Cravings: Eating has become a chore, so I haven't been craving much. I think in the last week I've had 3 PBJ smoothies from Planet Smoothie so I guess we can call that a craving. :)

Symptoms/Labor signs: Nothing new. Same stuff.

Looking forward to: The weekend and our Orlando baby shower - we are really just overwhelmed with all of the support people have given us and the babies. The nursery is filling up!