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photo 1.PNG-4How are we feeling??!?!?!
Good and sleepy. Not getting the best sleep these days, but I’m enjoying the naps and full night’s rest that I am getting. The babies are active, which is great. I’m starting to get a little nervous about my weight gain again… doesn’t seem as if I’ve gained much weight since my last weigh in but I guess we’ll find out at our next appointment this week! (I refuse to replace the dead battery in our home scale because I KNOW that I will become obsessive about weighing myself and that is not what I want.)

What’s going on with the bump?!?!
It’s growing… sometimes it takes weeks for me to notice that my belly has grown; other days I can tell growth by how difficult it’s become to do things that used to be a lot easier. Bending over, getting out of bed, and out of chairs at times can be pretty laborious. lol. There’ve been a few instances when I’ve tried to get up or bend over and a protest erupted inside my belly which was shocking but hilarious at the same time.

I’m definitely enjoying feeling the babies move a lot more. It seems like over night I felt them poking me a few times for a couple minutes a day to me feeling them poking and rolling and moving throughout the day! It’s definitely an odd acknowledgement to make – that the people living inside of you and stretching and kicking and flexing and moving around. lol. Seems odd that the movements inside your abdomen aren’t your stomach’s growls or your food digesting, but proof of your babies growing stronger and larger! It’s beautiful nonetheless and I love feeling them!photo 3.PNG

So, how are you feeling?!
Good!! Excited about maternity pictures and our upcoming baby shower! The celebrations are definitely worth looking forward to, but I have to be careful to not allow negative thoughts creep into my mind. For so long, we have had so many amazing up that were followed by devastating downs. But, I’m thankful for friends and family who encourage me and remind me of who is truly in control; who don’t allow me to speak negatively or allow my fears to rule my mind.

Anything else?
I’m still in love with my preggo body, this belly is so neat to look at!!! Not thrilled about my swelling feet but that’s really the only true complaint I have so far. For that, I am very blessed! I love iced strawberry Pop-Tarts, canned fruit (hello DelMonte & Dole fruit cocktail and sliced pears, peaches, & mandarin oranges!!), grapes, and apples. I eat fruit all day long which is super healthy and wonderful but not helping me much in the weight gaining department. Another odd fun fact…. I literally risked being late to work to swing by Sonic for a Strawberry Limeade one day. I had to have it!! lol. I wasn’t late, but it was so worth the risk!!

From mommy….
So, we’ve snuck peeks and have a pretty good idea of what you guys’ genders, we’ve watched you grow for months now….  but I’m looking forward to your anatomy scan this week! We get to see how your organs are developing and how you are truly doing at this point in your intra uterine life! lol. I hear these appointments last an hour and a half to two hours (!!!!!!!) so I’m thrilled to be able to watch you for that long! I’ve been thinking of you guys a lot; wondering about your personalities and character…. wondering about what your relationship with each other will look like and how our family will look once you arrive. You will be with us so very soon although it feels an entire lifetime away, and I’m looking forward to the very first second I see each of your sweet faces!

– mommy

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seventeen weeks…

photo 4.PNG-2How are we feeling??!?!?!
Still doing pretty good. I miss my babies so I can’t wait to see them again in a few weeks. Although, I saw them twice last week, it feels like forever! Never in a thousand years would I have thought that I would miss seeing my babies kick, roll, and “play” on an ultrasound machine. I wonder how happy they are or what they’re thinking about, lol.

What’s going on with the bump?!?!
The kids are getting bigger and stronger everyday, and I can definitely tell! There have been a few thumps here and there, a few “sensations”, but am looking forward to more consistent movements. I KNOW! I KNOW! I KNOW! I’ll be wishing the for the day two kiddos weren’t so active and big and strong very soon, but we all know that we, as mamas, take comfort in feeling our babies move about our bellies! So, for now and probably forever more even when I’m woken up or completely uncomfortable, feeling these babies move is and will be a joy.

The bump is growing and can be quite tricky…. I love how small it looks from the front, and how completely different it looks from the side. It can also look much smaller than it’s actual size depending on what I wear. One thing for certain, twin mamas measuring 3-6 weeks ahead of a singleton mama is definitely true!! lol. I do not look like a typical 17w first time mama of one! …. And, I’m completely fine with that!

photo.PNG-2So, how are you feeling?!
Ebbs and flows of pregnancy are real! I’m getting throughly acquainted with the effects of two growing little people housed in your belly. The fun part? To quote my doctor “… {things} will get worse before they get better….” and “… you’ll experience everything sooner and more aggressively than a singleton mom.” Gee, thanks! LOL. And, she was/is (obviously) right. So, I’m enjoying the fun parts of being pregnant and finding remedies, resting, and enduring the not so fun aspects of pregnancy. It’s well worth it, and I’m learning to take precautions and do my best to avoid the drama.

But! I will say that I am enjoying the perks of pregnancy….. It’s funny, sweet, and very kind of strangers to be so accommodating and helpful. I’ve skipped long restroom lines, constantly offered food and water (which I do not turn down), and had a waiter quickly turn a large fan my way after being told I was carrying twins! “Twins? Really? Oh…. I’ll move the fan right away!” LOL. The understanding nods, smiles, and looks of other preggo mamas and strangers are pretty sweet, too!!

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I also love that I was able to get into some of my pre-pregnancy clothes! This “skirt”is actually a BCBG maxi dress I folded at the waist and paired with a Guess by Marciano tank, then belted.
Truth: the top of the maxi, ehhh.. no longer fits (eek!!) but I really wanted to wear the dress. So, wah-la!

Anything else?
There are days I feel wonderful and like I can hang out for hours and be out all day, and other days where I just want to crash and am so uncomfortable I just want to be at home. I’ll get hot flashes or over heat and will literally have to take a break, find some air, some water, and a snack before I feel better. One of my struggles is feeling guilty about having to take it easy, not being able to do so much, or needing a bit of  “extra” – like a fan and a mask at the nail shop. Inconveniencing others is never something I want to do. BUT, I believe that a part of being pregnant and needing to protect yourself and care for yourself is nature’s way of preparing you to care for your child. There are certain things you need, your body requires and cannot handle and the only person who can advocate for you and your baby/babies is you. And, your spouse or significant other, but mainly you. Getting over that hump has been easier said that done, but easier at some points than others. The more comfortable I am with knowing what I need, when I need it helps a lot, too!

From mommy….
I think I squished one of you guys earlier today  – I’m really sorry…..
– mommy

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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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