Saturday, January 29, 2011

14w

Time seems like it's speeding up! I feel like I was just turning 12 weeks and super excited to be almost done with the first trimester... and reading my "week by week" book I feel like we were just looking at what the babies looked like when they hardly looked like babies. And now they are fully formed, just growing and changing in different ways!

Now that all the bloating is gone I can tell I'm starting the same slow, steady growth I had with Maya. I could tell I grew this week, even though it's hard to see how much (since it's not a crazy jump or anything) but I can definitely feel it in reference to where my uterus is. I may have said it before, I can't remember, but I'm VERY aware of it.

I've been full of all sorts of grace today! It's pretty funny, really-this morning while I was making breakfast was the winner. I made Maya's oatmeal, poured her a cup of milk, and gave it to her (as I do every single morning) ...but then when I was going to pour milk in my cereal I realized I had put cow's milk in her cup instead of Almond Milk (we give her Almond Milk to drink now because I'm going through a freak-out with the whole hormones in food thing). So I grabbed her cup, dumped it over my cereal because I still drink cow's milk, and got her Almond Milk... but when I started to pour it I was somehow pouring it in my cereal (I don't drink the Almond Milk at all) over my regular milk... boy was that interesting. I had another "duh" moment at the commissary that I can't remember right now and then this afternoon I opened a pop, completely missed my mouth and poured it down my shirt. I'm awesome!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

13w5d

Patrick's home! YAY! Now I don't even have to attempt to cook! Thankfully I have enough energy to clean and do laundry so I'm not AS completely worthless as before he went to Hawaii :) So glad to have him home... and so are Maya and Evie! (and my nausea!)

I think Maya left a note on my sciatic nerve for the babies saying "push here for a fun time". It's been acting up for the past couple of nights now (last night I sneezed while lying in bed and it triggered awful pain) so I walk around all hunched over. Not sure what to think of it-not sure if it's acting up so early because of the twin thing or if it's just hitting early this time around-I read a couple of places that some women who get it early on in their pregnancies have an easier time with it at the end. So for now I'll take getting it early as a small blessing, and I'll keep telling myself it'll go away-curious as to what the doctor says about it at my checkup! If it does kick in really bad we're going to have to really get on the ball with our bed situation.

Now it's almost time for bed (soooo tired!) but my stomach is screaming at me-I wonder how much jello it will take to fill me up?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

13w3d

Today will be an openly whiny post about how I don't feel well and how my hormones have reached an all time high.

The day started on the wrong foot-I had to get up a few times to use the bathroom, and then my normally amazing little sleeper thought it would be fun to wake up at 7:45. No thanks-I told her to go back to bed, she threw a fit, and was out 5 minutes later. Then when we got up for real (like an hour later) my head was throbbing-I think it was just the bad sleep and HOW I slept, my day started with two Tylenol and a big glass of water.

Lately my uterus has been really crampy, to the point of almost painful. I'm currently chalking it up to the fact that I need. to. drink. more. water but I'm going to ask the doc at my next appointment-usually it's just when I walk (so I walk hunched over because it hurts) but today it happened when I was just sitting down too.

On the hormonal note, we thought we'd be picking up Patrick on Thursday... well that changed. First it was a little over a week delay, then they figured it out and he'd be back on Thursday as planned, and then there was a big snafu and as of right now he has no idea when he'll be back. It's been so back and forth all day, I've definitely had my waa waa moments but I need the kid home. I'm fortunate it's not a deployment-things could be so much worse-but I still have a hard time eating let alone cooking (I've cooked maybe four or five meals since I've been pregnant-gag gag gag) and Maya is in dire need of an actual meal, not just canned soup and a turkey dog. I have a lot of guilt with him being gone because I just feel like I can't give her 100% right now and when Patrick was here he was doing a great job at picking up where I just plain dropped the ball.

Tomorrow's a new day. I hope it's a better one!

Monday, January 24, 2011

13w2d

I. Am. So. Tired.

Tonight I went to Ruby Tuesday's with a friend and had TWO wonderful plates of salad. Nom nom nom. My entire pasta entree is boxed up to be tomorrow's lunch and dinner.

I'm completely wiped though-I, as usual, had lofty goals for tonight of sorting and washing laundry and painting-neither of which is going to be touched because IF I can get myself up off the couch I am going to go get my pajamas on and try to stay awake for when Patrick calls (have I mentioned lately that I can't wait for him to get back so I can be spoiled again??).

Oh-and the official weight gain for the first trimester was a measly two pounds. Hoping it's good, wondering what they'll tell me at my next appointment in two weeks. I didn't gain anything with Maya until after 20 weeks (can NOT be that way this time around) but I'm wondering if that's just kind of how my body does things. I'm sure if I could manage to eat more I'd gain more, but we're taking things one step at a time for now.

Decided to not get a second crib for awhile. It's expensive and takes up a good chunk of room, and the babies will sleep together at the beginning anyway. That decision was a nice little weight off our shoulders.

Nothing more to report-just business as usual lately!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

13w

YAY YAY YAY!

When we went to the follow-up appointment from my bleeding at 7 weeks, I asked the doctor when I would be in the "safe" zone-when we could stop worrying so much (and before Patrick knew he had to leave, when we thought we'd tell everyone). He said we'd get excited once we passed the first trimester. Well today, we are here-hello second trimester! I'm SO HAPPY to see you!

Hopefully the nausea will start to leave soon, the all-day stuff has really died down, it just kicks in at night so every day as I'm getting ready to make dinner I take a Zofran just to prevent as much as I can. The fatigue is still there pretty strong, but I can deal with that.

I took a belly picture today, of course (for my belly book) but it pretty much looks identical to last week's picture. I imagine that'll be the case for the next few weeks, but I guess we'll see!

We also decided to not find out what we are having until our anatomy ultrasound in March. With the money we would have spent finding out four weeks earlier we can buy a car seat... the gender scan here in town (they just this past week finally e-mailed me their prices) is a lot more than we thought it was! We'll just have to practice patience until then-I think I have color schemes for all three scenarios (boy boy, girl girl, boy girl) picked out anyway :) So-51 days to go!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

12w3d

Another crappy cell phone picture-I'm literally too tired to go get my camera, take a picture, and upload it to the computer-but I made the first purchase for the babies today! (And apparently Maya is already practicing for twins)

Against my perfectionist nature it doesn't match with this one we have from Maya:
...but it was $7 on our local yard sales site, so I couldn't pass it up. After a little elbow grease from some Clorox wipes and a magic eraser the only wear is in the seat-you can tell it's been washed ehm, a time or two-but overall is in good condition and I was thinking of making covers for both of them anyway since Maya's is worn as well. (Yeah, add one more thing to the sewing list that'll never get done... I still have yet to sew Maya's quilt that I cut the squares for two months ago). I'm hopefully buying a Bumbo and tray from someone (same color as the one we have already) tomorrow for pretty cheap too. Woohoo for bargain shopping-and for getting a head start on what we'll need immediately and the month or two thereafter!

I've been SO TIRED today-woke up at 8, snoozed for an hour or hour and a half this afternoon and woke up feeling MORE sleepy, and I'm about to tip over now. My little sweetie is going to bed in a couple of minutes and I think I'll definitely follow-there's no way I'll make it to the end of Biggest Loser tonight!

Monday, January 17, 2011

12w2d

Woah woah woah woah-26 days till we could find out what we're having. I didn't realize it was that soon!

Feeling a little under the weather today-the rain and my mood isn't helping I'm sure, but at least I have this sweet girl here to keep me company-she's the best. And so funny lately. Well she's always funny, but there's just been something a little extra ridiculous.

I took an iron pill for the first time today since jeesh, like 8-9 weeks... I feel like I'm moving in slow motion and have no energy. I hope it gets working in my system soon.

Babies are growing because I've been so hungry (but so nauseous) and I'm becoming increasingly aware of my uterus all the time, not just when I'm lying on my belly. Still a couple of weeks away from feeling them move-can't wait!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

12w

12 weeks! 3 months! So excited! I feel so thankful today... honestly at the beginning I never thought I'd get this far.

The belly has been interesting over the past couple of weeks-I look the exact same as I did at week 10, I looked a bit smaller last week. I think the bloating that I had from about 3 weeks on finally went away-in time for the week 11 picture,there has been a lot less gassy pressure (not gross gas, gas like in my stomach or abdomen or something). I feel way better than I did at 10 weeks, that's for sure!

I went to Naval yesterday and got a new concoction of medicines. In one day I now take a prenatal, folic acid, and iron, three or four Fiber Choice tablets, two Colace, and a Zofran or two if needed. It's more than fits in my one pill container so I have to grab another! Oh these babies.

Yesterday I also had such pain in my lower belly that I could hardly walk. I think I had some major stretching going on because of the growth spurt the babies were/are going through-thankfully it didn't last for long!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

11w5d

Woke up today super duper crabby. Twice. I've been sleeping terribly lately-that magic at the beginning of the pregnancy is gone-I can't nap during the day or I'm in BIG trouble so I just rest, but still once I go to bed I'm there for a good two hours at least trying to fall asleep. Good thing Patrick is such a heavy sleeper-I'd drive him nuts with all of my moving around (though he doesn't help me with his snoring and teeth grinding, even with his night guard in). His alarm goes off at 5 to work out, 6 to skip the workout and go to work. Consistently I don't fall back asleep till between 7 and 8. Easy solution would be to just get up and deal-but my body needs a little more than four or five hours of sleep to function. I'm so frustrated. And tired.

On a fun note, I put up an ExpectNet poll on the right hand side of the page, same as when we were pregnant with Maya, since in 5 or 6 weeks we'll find out what we are having. It's pretty neat-it actually has a twin option so don't forget to vote for both babies! Maybe we'll do a fun little drawing for the winner this time-so why not participate?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

11w4d

Note to self: Call tomorrow and ask for a refill on the Zofran! Tonight I've been too nauseous to eat much of anything, and I'm kind of too tired to really care.

Kind of missing seeing the babies-I know this is just the dry spell in the middle, but in about a two and a half week span I got to see the babes three times-so now that it's been two weeks and I haven't seen them again, well, I miss them! Around 4-5 weeks till I see them again-I can't wait to see how much they have changed in that time. Funny because I saw Maya 5 times total (edit: I should note, that wasn't necessarily "normal". You can read about the extra times here, here, and here) and thought that was a lot!

Monday, January 10, 2011

11w2d

For everyone's stalking pleasure: mostly for family, because I am always asked when my next appointment is-I updated the "upcoming stuff" tool on the right hand side (not visible if this is just in your reader). There's going to be a lot of things to keep track of in a couple of months, going to two doctors and all, so it'll help me as well!

This morning I had to call and make my next appointment at Naval, and then just an hour or so later-I was literally thinking of it when the phone rang-they called with my referral appointment to the Perinatologist. A little disappointed that we don't go until the middle of March, but thankful because that means my pregnancy has been a healthy one so far and I don't NEED the extra ones yet. That's when we'd find out what we are having-but Patrick and I kind of don't want to wait-we can go to a local place to be scanned, for a pretty cheap price, just to find out anytime after 16 weeks-so that's what Patrick is getting me for my birthday present, haha!

A month will be worth it (to me, I'm sure some of you reading will shake your head and call it unnecessary) because that's 4 weeks earlier that we can get the nursery painted and start collecting stuff as we are going to go the "used" route for things like dressers and doubles of things like the bumbo, bouncer, etc. You can't just find those items overnight! And since I plan on making the bedding and everything I can get started while I'm still feeling good. NOT being a Negative Nancy, I do NOT foresee these things happening but some people go on hospital bedrest (working my hardest to avoid that!) and Patrick can always get deployed so in this case (wouldn't be the same if we were just having one) we'd both just kind of rather have it done and out of the way so that later on we can just focus on spending some special time together as a family of three and me resting before our world is turned upside down! Again, I do NOT see any of that happening but when do people ever? Plan for the worst, hope and pray and expect the absolute best!

Energy wise I feel good today. A half hour ago I was going to write that it was a complete 360 and I'm going to get so much done-but that's changed :) I'm sleepy, but I think today I will power through-our 2010 calendar is still hanging up and since I'm getting these appointments for 2011 I better make this year's pretty quick!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

11w1d

Gained another pound! Woooooohoo!

Also-my habit of eating a pint of strawberries at night could get a little pricey, especially since they are not in season... better choice than a box of cookies though :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

11w

Happy to get to this point! My next "goal" wasn't today, it's to get to the second trimester, but today is good-all vital organs are developed at this point, the embryonic period has ended and the fetal period has begun. Sigh of relief!

I look far smaller today than I did last week-or more appropriately, I can say I looked huge last week. I guess that's what I get for taking my picture at the very end of the day, with the last bit of light, right after I ate. I did get more maternity clothes this week, thanks to an awesome sale online at Motherhood, so I'll be far more comfortable when I go out (especially since I ordered another pair of Secret Fit Belly pants-soooooo cozy and well worth the investment).

Still feeling pretty nauseous and tired-hoping I can add the iron supplement back again. It caused some awful problems before so I stopped taking it but... I need to get through the day, especially when Patrick leaves! Things have changed and now we're not sure how long he'll be gone, but we're hoping for the lesser time, of course-I am NOT prepared to have to cook every day yet :) If it were up to me, I wouldn't eat at all!

We switched Maya to a big bed and put the crib in the babies' room, and today we were in there taking my picture and Maya was very interested in the crib and that the babies were going to sleep in it. She's starting to get really excited about everything, and very interested-she always wants to read her "special sister book"-I really think she's at the perfect age to be getting new siblings. I can't wait to involve her in decorating the nursery after we find out what we are having!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

10w4d

This is the worst picture I could have possibly taken, but we got our new mattress today!

When I was pregnant with Maya I had a horrible time on the one we had, and swore I would get a new one soon... well almost three years later, we finally did! Unfortunately for me, I can't hardly get in bed now.

It was a very tall bed to begin with (that I've loved) and at the end of my pregnancy with Maya, even though I had a stool to get in and out of bed with, I still had to wake poor Patrick up every half hour or so to use the bathroom. Since I found out I was pregnant, especially with twins, I knew the bed situation was going to be another rough one... since at 5-6 months I'll be the same size as I was nearly full term with Maya. We decided though that since we are going to be buying a van and a slew of new baby gear it wouldn't be practical to get a new one.

Fast forward to today. The mattress gets delivered and immediately we knew there was going to be a problem... it's 7 inches taller than the last set, which might not seem like much, but I'm 4'11" folks. In order to get up in the bed now, I have to kind of hop up in. I'll tell you that for as many times I have to get in and out of bed... oh no. Not going to work. Especially when in a few months I'll be as wide as I am tall.

So. We're kind of left with no options. Fortunately we participated in the Heroes at Home program with Sears this year and have a generous gift card waiting for us to use, so I think we are going to take that and get a new bed with it. They are on sale right now anyway (sweet!) and there is one we like that we can get for just over $100-and they have $2 or something shipping right now. I think we're going to head down to Savannah this weekend and see if there are any set up in store to check out and go from there. If the stool solution didn't work with Maya, there's no WAY it's going to work with twins. So, unfortunately, the decision has been made for us.

Hopefully, though, I can get some good sleep on it tonight! Almost as bad as my nausea are my migraines-probably adding to my nausea actually-and until I break down and go to the chiropractor I'm hoping this can give me short term relief (or one of my kids is going to be born looking like a Tylenol capsule, and the other one will be a little Zofran!)

As for how I'm feeling, today has been a better day than the past couple of days. Things would be better if I could eat. Getting closer to 11 weeks though, and that inches me closer to the second trimester so I'm happy! This won't last forever!

Monday, January 3, 2011

10w2d

Crampy today... the babes must be growing!

I haven't had Taco Bell since I was pregnant with Maya. After I had her and until now, it just seemed completely calorie-ridden and repulsive to me (this is after years of a love affair with the place). We were watching Food Network's show Unwrapped tonight, and Taco Bell was on it... and that's all I have been able to think about for the past hour. Kind of fortunately, it's not just a "quick" drive to go get it where it's located here. Sure it wouldn't take long, but it's not exactly just down the street. I debated hopping in the car for a second, but then reality hit and I knew that as soon as I got there, ordered, and got my delicious fresco tacos it would just repulse me. So I settled for an Edy's real fruit strawberry popsicle instead, even though that did NOT hit the spot. I'm hungry. It's late, so my motivation to do anything about it is waning. Interesting dilemma!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

10w


Well the pattern before held true-following every good day is a sort of lousy one. No thanks to the party animal neighbors behind us blaring music and setting off fireworks, I was up till 3:30 last night... woke up pretty nauseated, and just feeling super cruddy all day long. I took a tiny little snoozer this afternoon and it only made things worse-I think I am going to attempt to eat some pizza (does NOT sound really good right now, nothing does) and count down till bedtime. Woohoo to 10 weeks though!