thirteen weeks

I’m really enjoying these weekly chalkboards… this is my favorite one by far and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the boards look like at the end of the pregnancy.20140729-020152-7312313.jpg

How are we feeling??!?!?!
So. Much. Better. My goodness, I’ve been feeling good and I’m loving it so much! I’ve heard that the second trimester is the most amazing trimester, and even though I’m only a week in – they’re right! A couple of mamas even said that they sometimes forget they’re pregnant they felt so good….. I didn’t understand that initially but I can totally see how it happens. Aside from being winded after walking up a few flights of stairs and enjoying epic naps, I feel very much like my pre-pregnancy self!

What’s going on with the bump?!?!
Making itself known, for sure! Lol. And, I love that with all of my being! If I was trying to hide it, it would be pretty difficult! I’m curious about how large I’ll get! These pictures are a 5 week difference – the picture on the left @ 8w, the picture on the right @ 13 weeks!

So, how are you feeling?!
Forever grateful and now pretty excited. I’m finally getting into planning mode; I’m ready to get the shower planning going (even though it’s probably months away) and nursery planning going. I’m excited about putting my ideas and imagination to work so that I can create some beautiful things for the babes.

The first trimester was a little rough because I wasn’t feeling well at all but also because I was so freaked out about something going wrong. I was so afraid of losing them, of something going wrong. I was almost waiting for the other shoe to drop. But!! We’ve made it to the second trimester….. we are all healthy. The babies are super active – well one of them is incredibly active, the other is pretty chill. I’m excited to find their gender to see who is who, then I can’t wait to meet them in person so I can look at them in their face and say “It was YOU kicking your sister/brother and moving all over the place so the doctor had to earn her check that day to find your heart beat…” and “…. It was YOU being kicked and punched and having to endure the party going on in the other sac. Hope you’re used to it… The only difference is that at home, there’s more space to move around.” LMBO!

Anything else?
Ehhhhhh……  also getting into the shopping mood. I’m having a buuuuuu-laaaaaaaaaast! I’m loving finding specifically dresses and skirts that style my growing little belly so nicely. I’m a bit concerned about buy shoes because of swelling feet & this supposed increase in shoe size, but other than that….. I’m just glad I’m so much more into the pregnancy and planning for the babes.

From mommy….
I swear I can feel you moving about every couple of days even though “it can’t happen” for another couple of weeks when carrying multiples. I looooove watching you move about. I’m guessing you’re playing, flexing your little arms and legs getting used to your little sacs! lol. I think it’s so funny how you guys will “interact” with each other even though you’re in different sacs. It’s so sweet. I’m sure you’re getting used to sharing space and having a partner with you constantly. I look forward to watching your friendship grow as you explore and learn together!
- mommy

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second trimester bliss

20140728-220830-79710649.jpgI’ve felt really guilty for the past four weeks because I haven’t felt the best and the girls and I have been cooped up in the house most days. Not only have we not been doing too much but I’ve slacked on so much around the house because I just felt so crappy. I slept a lot, rested a lot, and up chucked quite a bit. Going back to work feeling so crummy was definitely a concern because I didn’t know exactly when I would start feeling more like myself.

So, we’ve been hanging pretty tough the last few days! They are so easy to bring along and are so well behaved, we have no issues with taking them along to brunches and hanging out with our friends or planning play dates. Luckily, one of our couple friends has a daughter who Ari and Aliya get along really well with! Their names all even begin and end with A! lol.

Today, we tried a new tasty donut shop, Glazed, before heading to run an errand. And, this donut detour was completely out of the way, but I saw way too many posts about how good it was so we had to try! THEN, next a few doors down I spotted a cute little spa & decided to get my eyebrows threaded while I was close. Now, this is a big deal because 1. I’m incredibly routined & don’t generally switch things up unless I absolutely have to but 2. I was looking for a new spot because my usual location is way too far & out of the way. I’d go far too long without a threading because of the distance. So, I’m totally pumped to have a new place that’s super nice (that also has a stamp card!!) and is much closer! So, it’s a pretty neat find that I really enjoyed.

Our errand was downtown so we had fun walking down the streets and even checked out a possible baby shower location. Of course the “shuttle” caught their attention so we’re looking into taking them on the train before they leave!

I’m just HAPPY that I’m feeling so much more human-esque these days. I mean, it’s been hard, but I’m literally in such a better place mentally and physically. I’ve begun shopping for this new work/regular wardrobe situation that is NEEDED & starting to fill up to preparing for these sweet little people that will be gracing us with their presence so very soon…………………………..

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12 weeks!!

20140721-192939-70179171.jpgWhen first found found out I was pregnant, imagining and dreaming of what I would “be” like at every stage of the pregnancy was something that happened quite a bit. Getting out of the first trimester with both of my babes healthy and strong was definitely a goal that I felt I would never reach. 13 weeks felt so far away. But, here we are, just days a way from that mark and so far, so good. And, I’m thankful to experience a swelling belly much sooner….. I literally love the roundness and rounding of my tummy!

We made 12 weeks on Thomas’ birthday, and if I were to color a bit more in the lines it would have been the day we announced we were expecting. lol.

How are we feeling??!?!?!
Better!!! Literally every day is better and I’m so grateful for that! I’m not as worn out as I used to be and I actually woke up twice before 9a on my own. THAT is victory, my friends! I’m definitely eating a  lot more. Late night snacks at midnight at even in the 2a hour (yup) are becoming the norm, as are hunger pangs right after I finish eating and declaring myself  ”full”! lol.

What’s going on with the bump?!?!
It’s growing…. OMG. And, I love every bit of it. What makes it even more fun is that other people can see the week by week progress so that makes me feel a lot less delusional about the fact that I “have a bump”! lol. Shopping has become quite interesting as I try so hard to wear “regular” clothes and find dresses that can kindly stretch around my bump, but that’s proving to be very difficult. I’m starting to step into reality and bought a few pieces at Motherhood maternity that I’m really, really excited about wearing. I reasoned with myself that it’s a lot smarter to buy clothes that would grow with me and wouldn’t look like I was trying way to hard. lol

So, how are you feeling?!
Grateful.
I’m so thankful as my babies and sweet babes grow. So thankful that I get to see my babies at every appointment. I laugh that these appointments have nothing to do with me other than my weight (which I’m praying has increased more than a little bit) and blood pressure. My Dr. is so patient and takes her time with us, that she allows us to watch the babies move and roll around in their sacs, I’m grateful that she doesn’t rush through our ultrasound or questions! I’m also grateful for the opportunity to see the babies at every appointment. I’m realizing that most mamas only get a few ultrasounds throughout their pregnancy and I’m glad that we get to see our sweet kiddos every month! A perk of being high risk! lol.

Anything else?
Way back, I posted a poem about how it felt to be infertile as you painfully watch all of your friends and family become moms and as they painfully watch you struggle. To be on the inside of the Chateau now, mingling and exchanging experiences, belly rubs, and joys with other mamas has been the most amazing experience. Now that I’m on the inside, watching as other mamas and mamas to be struggle particularly due to losing their babies is so very difficult especially after coming & going the way I have over the past months. It’s hard to find your place again. I’ve learned that motherhood wells up entirely different kinds of fears that I believe nothing else could, one of those fears would be losing your child. My heart goes out to these mamas who have lost their babies….. 4 mamas in the past couple of months. It’s heartbreaking and difficult but knowing that God redeems us, repairs our hearts, and has a plan for our lives which surpasses anything we could ever dream is the ultimate comfort.

From mommy….
There’s a list of things I ‘can’t wait’ for…. a list of things I want to see and experience… a never ending sea of questions I have about you. I try not to rush through the days to get to the ‘next’ thing, but work hard to enjoy every moment. Knowing that while each passing day brings me closer to having you in my arms, it’s a day that you need to grow strong and develop well. I won’t rush you, take your time. I’ll be right here waiting for you… (This is one of my absolute favorite songs in the entire world… lol)
- mommy

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