December 13, 2017

Pregnancy 2 - Weekly Update: 30

This was written on time, but the oh-so-flattering picture was late (although this is better than you'd get if you showed up at our house unannounced - there'd be a lot more belly than that hanging out).

How far along? 30 weeks (Dec 2-8)

How much weight have you gained?  30 lb!! Yay! 
Any cravings? No cravings this week, but it was the last day of my Master Gardener class on Tuesday, and we did a potluck, so I got to feast on everything. And everything was good. I'm not finding much lately that I don't like. I've even eaten some olives, which I don't normally go for. 

What are you wearing? Pretty much anything when I'm around the house. I save the shirts that actually cover my stomach for outings but around the house it's normally just hanging out the bottom of whatever shirt I'm wearing. 

How are you feeling? Symptoms? It's definitely been a better week this week. We've been busy so I've been pretty tired still. The aches and pains are hanging around, but taking this new normal into consideration it's been a decent week.

Stretch marks? I think at least one is starting...

Belly button in or out? Out as always

Sleep? Has been okay. I wake up parched with a super dry nose even though we have a humidifier going full blast in our room - so that's annoying.

Best moment this week:  I think it was Saturday. We went out to cut down our Christmas tree from the forest and it was pretty idyllic. The weather was nice, the drive was pretty, the forest wasn't too crowded, and it was fun to meander around looking for the perfect tree. After we found it, we continued exploring the area and found some really great views (where my picture for the last post was taken). It was a fun day all-around. And it was so cozy and festive to get our decorations up. I sat in a chair and prepped ornaments with hooks while Tyler and Hazel hung them on the tree. Hazel kept trying to hang all of hers on the same branch because they were all friends, and some were married too. 

We also had a Dr. apt. on Monday and I'm always a little nervous for them, but all was good news. The girls are going fine and my cervix seems to be holding strong. I go back in at 32 weeks for the next growth scan and start going twice a week, every week from there on out. I also preregistered at the hospital this week and everyone I talked to was super nice. 

I also organized a meet-up with some other area twin moms, which was fun! I'm excited to have some people to talk to who are going through this same twin journey.  

Worst moment this week:  Preparing for Tyler to go out of town (Mentally. I didn't do anything physically, let's be real). I get nervous any time our family is separated, especially by great distances. And even extra when I'm super pregnant. But his parents are coming to hang out with me over the 1-2 days he is gone, so that will be nice! And he'll get to see my family while he is gone too!

Miss anything?  Time. I just feel like it's going soooooo fast. And the ability to breathe. I don't like having squished lungs. 

Movement? So much. Still a LOT at night. Sometimes it's even painful. They've also been getting the hiccups on occasion which reminds me of Hazel's pregnancy.  

Excited for anything? Looking forward to our CPR class and hospital tour next weekend. I feel like those are the last things I really want to do to feel prepared. Speaking of prepared, we got our third car seat this week and made sure they all fit. They did! Barely! And I started packing my hospital bag. So far there's flip-flops, lanolin, and chap stick... you know, the essentials. 

How’s dad-to-be? He took a dad bootcamp class through the hospital which was basically 'How to Take Care of a Baby 101," which is something he didn't get to do the first time around, but definitely felt like it should have been a bigger part of the class we did take. He even got a dad medal of honor token. 

How's sister-to-be? So full of energy. I wish I had even half her energy.

 ha ha ha! I know these are really awkward! :)

{  "Let's be unicorns!"  }

{  oh gosh.  }


December 3, 2017

Pregnancy 2 - Weekly Update: 29

{  A day late taking this photo, so I'm technically first da of week 30 here. And this beautiful adventure will be relayed in the 30 week post.  } 

How far along? 29 weeks 

How much weight have you gained?  Around 28 lbs I think!!
Any cravings? I would like pickles, cream cheese and salami rolls. Something my family has served frequently at holiday get togethers for a long time. 

What are you wearing? PJs as much as possible. 

How are you feeling? Symptoms? Emotional. Uncomfortable. I think I have SPD. Sitting for long periods has become a little painful. I just want to lay on my side like a whale all the time. It's crazy how much a weeks difference can be, and now that the babies are supposed to be gaining about a half pound per week, I think I'll be in a downward spiral of uncomfortable the rest of this pregnancy. Also, I've been pretty good about not complaining too much up until this week. Tyler has had to hear aaaaaall about my aches and woes this week.

Stretch marks? Still can't tell, but maybe.  

Belly button in or out? Out. 

Sleep? I've actually been sleeping a little better this week. I've been waking up at least once a night still, but I've been able to fall back to sleep pretty quickly. 

Best moment this week:  Monday we spent in Phoenix, got to see one of Tyler's highschool friends, and spent most of the day going to the baby stores.  Even though it was exhausting, everything seemed to go our way that day. We finally got to test out all the strollers we'd been eyeing and picked one out to order (that wasn't the most expensive one, yay!). We got a few more essentials and made an Ikea run (Hazel peed in the Ikea play place and picking her up was funny because they were treating her like she was radioactive or something). I'm feeling pretty prepared now as long as our car seat test goes well and the ones we decided to use actually fit!

Also, Friday we had our company holiday party which was fun. Yummy food (like a second Thanksgiving) and Hazel got to see Santa! 

Worst moment this week:  Oh man, it was rough. I cried a lot this week. Like Tuesday I cried pretty much all day and I don't even know why. Getting home after over-doing it on vacation, an uncomfortable road trip, and extreme shopping excursion and trying to jump directly back into the routine might not have been the best decision. There wasn't quite as much crying the rest of the week, but definitely a fair share of it. We also received some heartbreaking news which was definitely a contributor. 

Miss anything?  I feel like I can't do anything. I barely have the energy to complete one house project at a time, like a load of laundry, but there's so much I want to do! I can start a project with gusto, but I'm barely able to finish one. I am constantly having to ask Tyler to move boxes or decorations or baby gear around the house, carry things upstairs, or finish a chore once I just can't be on my feet anymore. I feel like I'm constantly pestering him to do things and I'm no help.

Movement? Lots of slow sweeping movements. Not as many sharp pokes and kicks. I think they are practicing some interpretive dancing in there. It's mostly felt like they are still both head up (There's been a head just left of my belly button for like 2 weeks now), but I'm hoping some of these sweeping feelings are them trying to turn. 

Excited for anything? Holiday cheer! Lights are going up all over the neighborhood and town and Hazel is having so much fun already. We will be getting our tree and decorations up this weekend. Now we just need some snow!

How’s dad-to-be? Getting sick again! He caught Hazel's cold before our Thanksgiving trip and was just getting better, but now he's coming down with something else. On top of getting back to work, listening to me complain, and picking up all my slack - He's a saint!

How's sister-to-be? So excited for Christmas! And so conversational. She's such a big kid now. 


Pregnancy 2 - Weekly Update: 28

This post should have been published 11/24/17. Still catching up.

How far along? 28 weeks 

How much weight have you gained?  Not sure - No scale on vacation!
Any cravings? No specific cravings, but we had a DELICIOUS Thanksgiving meal (plus a lot of other yummy food all week. Some great ceviche!) and I had no problem eating a LOT! :)

What are you wearing? Got to wear some shorts and beach clothes while by the beach. Decided not to go for the super pregnant bikini look. 

How are you feeling? Symptoms? Pretty good, but doing lots of walking. My feet swelled up a couple evenings this week. Also, feeling tightness in my belly when I overdo it. Thanksgiving evening I was feeling stuffed with food and exhausted from being on my feet a lot that day.

Stretch marks? I can't really tell anymore because I can't even see the lower half of my belly. 

Belly button in or out? Still out. Not flattening out as I was expecting it to though. 

Sleep? Some days good, some days bad. Nice to have the white noise of the ocean though!

Best moment this week:  It's been a fun week in general!

Worst moment this week:  Definitely finding out some very sad news from a friend. They've been on my mind non-stop. Also, the road trip. Although it wasn't horrible, it still was not comfortable. 

Miss anything?  Speed. I felt so slow all week. We mostly walked everywhere and I was definitely the turtle at the end of the pack. 

Movement? A couple days I wasn't noticing much movement, which almost worried us, but I think we were just so active, it was a lot harder to notice them. But some nights they were still moving around like crazy,  so we're good!

Excited for anything? Being a hermit. This vacation was our last major plan before the babies arrive. We get to go home and hopefully just stay home and rest (although that never ends up actually happening). I'm excited to take down our Halloween decorations (never switched them out for Thanksgiving) and put up the Christmas ones. Holiday decorating is a nice nesting outlet. Also, I'm super excited to go pick out our Christmas tree from the forest this year!

How’s dad-to-be? Good. Still trying to feed me. He was also a lot more worried about the days of low movement than I was. He loves to be by the ocean.

How's sister-to-be? LOVING the beach. She calls it the giant sandbox and could stay there all day long. She's having so much fun with her aunts and cousins. Doesn't seem to mind sharing the attention with baby Zach, but I think things might be different when her sisters arrive. Also, she held baby Zach for the first time this trip and did a great job! She asked why his fingernails weren't painted though.