sixteen weeks

photo 4.PNGHow are we feeling??!?!?!
Pretty good…. I had a random bout with vomit for a day; I was terrified that MS made a U-turn and made it’s presence known again. Thankfully, I haven’t had any signs since. My feet have started swelling just a tad, so I’m going to have to be extra careful to follow the suggestions in my When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, & Quads book. They suggest sitting as much as possible, transferring weight often, and using a step stool to rest one foot on if you must stand a lot. I’m also going to consider having a barstool in my classroom. LOL. We’ll see how it works.

What’s going on with the bump?!?!
I love it so much. I have an abnormal obsession with it. To watch it grow and change shape is really fun. LOL. The questions of what I would like at a certain point in my pregnancy or what I would look like pregnant are slowly but surely being answered.photo 3

So, how are you feeling?!
Emotional. Very, very, very emotional. We were able to see our babes this past week and I cannot believe the reality of the gifts we’ve been given. I’m falling in love with them more and more everyday. I literally just sit and rub my belly at times, I feel that I’m at a loss of words when I think about them. I just thank God over and over and over again. We’re trying to settle on names so I’ll say the name and use it in different scenarios… wonder how they’ll sound as they’re learning to talk and say each other’s name. Wondering if they’ll have nicknames or if their names will match their personalities. I’m just in awe. Complete and utter awe. At this point, I have no idea how we’ll function once they get here because I don’t think I’ll be able to do much but hold and stare at them. (Feeding and diapering will be thrown in there, too, of course!)But, I just cannot believe it. We’re closer to the halfway point which is scary and funny and exciting. I’m just so thankful.

I had a rough day yesterday….. struggling with not feeling well, swollen/swelling feet, hot flashes, and all of the not so fun things that come along with pregnancy. The best part of twin pregnancies is that everything comes sooner and it’s all more intense. Yay, right? Later that day, I walked past a mirror and saw my belly and that alone put so much into perspective. While it didn’t make me FEEL better, it made everything a bit more tolerable. Let’s hope each day, week, and month that passes I find something to outweigh the sucky parts of this experience!

Anything else?
I’m actually gaining weight which is exciting and it all seems to be going to my belly which is even more fun!!! lol. I had my first “Are you pregnant?” whispered to me a few days ago and it was fun to be able to say “Yes…. with my first two!” That last little bit always throws people for a loop and their body language and facial expressions are hilarious!!

Actually getting dressed (versus throwing on something quick) makes me so happy! lol… I LOVE my maternity dresses and tops; it’s so fun! I look forward to wearing my favorite pieces…. while it’s true that beautiful clothing can make you feel just wonderfully, theres nothing like a beautiful maternity dress!!! photo 1.PNG-2

From mommy….
I love you guys so much. I think I’m going to start reading to you and playing music for you. I know you hear my voice all day everyday, but I think it will be fun to just have some “us” time…. after talking to everyone else all day, certainly it would be fun to just talk to you, ya know? Part of me is so afraid to welcome you into this big world. It’s as wonderful as it is scary and as cruel and it is kind. I hope to teach you to understand, expect, and accept that bad things will happen to you intentionally and unintentionally and how to move past it with grace without allowing it to alter your character or personality. We are working to prepare for you in every way possible. There’s so much to do on so many levels in so many different areas. So much that won’t be “fixed” or made perfect by the time you arrive, but we believe in a sovereign God who loves us and does what’s best for us so we believe that all things will be fine. I can’t wait for you to be a part of our growth, of our family, and of the lives of the people you who have prayed for you, who are waiting for you, and love you already. Keep growing strong, be kind to each other. We love you.
- mommy

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quick thoughts

flourishThis print was a Flourish gift. I recently framed it and placed it next to my bed. It’s such a sweet reminder that no matter what you go through or experience in life, you have the opportunity to flourish and sit in the presence of God if you choose.

If you aren’t too angry, if you aren’t too self focused or short sighted. Feelings and emotions that are real and hard to get through when you’re in the thick of hard times. It’s not easy, but understanding who you belong to and what that truly means & how those truths effect your life, are perspective changing.

I’m learning a lot about God’s sovereignty & just resting peacefully while He works on my heart & the hearts of the people around me.

Psalm 58:9 is pretty sweet, too..
For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And, I will hope in your name for your name is good.

At the end of the day, God is good and his goodness is a part of his character that never changes or is affected by outside influences. It doesn’t waver due to our sins, how He is seen or thought about, or because his feelings about us have changed for any reason.

That’s worth hoping in Christ for.

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fifteen weeks!!

photo 2.PNGHow are we feeling??!?!?!
Good….. noticed a bit of heavy breathing (panting, really) from running up the stairs or doing a lot of walking or moving around too fast. Kinda throws me and makes me want to run and get back in the gym regularly. I am going to try to make a yoga class or w a l k the treadmill a few times this week!

What’s going on with the bump?!?!
It’s growing!!! Others notice the growth more than I do, which is encouraging!! Pictures make me smile because I can see what I actually look like. LOL. (same as last week!) Starting to feel some not so normal activity in my belly. A definite poke once and a few flutters. It’s sweet. I’ll be doing my hair or laying in the bed and all of a sudden feel “something”… Then, think, “What tha…….” I have to remember that there are two people flipping & turning around and stretching their little limbs and that I will feel that movement at some point! lol.photo 1-3

So, how are you feeling?!
Very thankful. Very, very thankful. Overjoyed to be able to experience such an amazing act of selflessness and love. It’s humbling and I’m blown away all. the. time. at my growing belly and at the fact that I was blessed with not one, but TWO, babies to love and be sweet on! I’ve truly never felt more loved and favored by God!

Anything else?
I love wearing maternity clothes. Dresses in particular. OH MY GOSH. I loved my wedding dress….. It was/is truly insanely beautiful and I almost love wearing maternity dresses just about as much as I love wearing my wedding dress. I’ve never felt so girly and beautiful! I wanted to take pictures in it again at 5 yrs but seeing as how I’m praying to be giving birth within a week or two of our anniversary – that’s outta the window. So, let’s all reminisce, shall we?
trash the dress 1 trash the dress 2

And, can you get adjusted while pregnant? My back… I just feel like I need a quick adjustment. Laying on my back is so uncomfortable because of the ____ in my lower back. :(

From mommy….
I just can’t wait to find out what you guys are!! I’m literally dying to know……. I pray daily that you’re growing so well. I think about how God planned you. He is knitting you together so well. That He had thoughts of you and a perfect time to bless us with you when I didn’t even think you would ever exist. You are already so well loved and the cause of much praise and honor to God. I am so thankful for you. I hope you are so patient and forgiving of me because I am going to smother you with so many hugs and kisses and my camera will be in your face all the time… you’ll probably mistake it for one of my limbs. But, mommy, just wants to be able to capture and savor every moment of your sweetness.
- mommy

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