Friday, October 31, 2008

Look what I did...

...with lots of help from Jason's Aunt and her very talented friends. These two pieces will be made into the crib bumpers for the boy's cribs. I love how they turned out and can't wait to see them completed.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

29 Weeks

From babycenter.com...

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.

Jason and I went to another doctor appointment yesterday afternoon. We got another big ultrasound. Kyle (Baby A on the bottom) weighed 2 lbs. 15 oz. and had a heartrate of 141. Kase (Baby B on the top) weighed 3 lbs. and had a heart rate of 134. There is only a one ounce difference between them now. That is good news. The ultrasound also measured my cirvex. They never tell me that number, but she said it was good. My blood pressure was good and I only managed to gain two pounds! The grand total is 38 pounds now! Man!

Neither boy was very excited to have his picture taken. You could tell that both of their cheeks are getting cubbier! We got a few good 3-D shots of Kase, but it was difficult becuase he is curled up and facing my back. His little butt sticks out of my left side some of the time. I like to pat it! I've felt both boys have the hicups a coulple times this past week. They feel like regular kicks or movements, but will be rythmic.

While we were getting the ultrasound, Dr. Moore got called to the hospital for a delivery. And since everything was measuring good they said we could just come back in a week for a regular appointment. We will see the doctor every week from now on.

On Monday, Jason and I went to another childbirth class. This class went over what happens during a c-section so we had to pay very close attention. Jason learned that there will be a wall of curtain set up to block all of the action going on at my belly. The doctor will give Jason a chance to peek over and see each baby being pulled out. He is still deciding if he will look over or not. There is no way I could handle seeing that, but Jason brought up a very good point... When would he ever have the chance to see that again? So, he is still thinking about it and can make his final decision on the boy's birthday.

I am going to craft night with Jason's Aunt tonight. I'm bringing along the pieces of the bedding that I want to be embroidered with either names or monograms. I'm very exctied to be moving forward on this project. Once the bedding if finished, I think I will start to feel a little more ready for them to be here. I still have so much to clean and organize, but that will still be a nice feelling.

And for an update on my friend, Jenn's, twins born a few weeks ago... They are both home now, keeping up their temperatures and gaining weight. They saw the doctor yesterday and both got good reports. How sweet are they?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

28 Weeks

From babycenter.com...

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of his head to his heels. He can blink his eyes, which now sport lashes. With his eyesight developing, he may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. He's also developing billions of neurons in his brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

You're in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. If you're like most women, you'll gain about 11 pounds this trimester.

Babycenter has jokes! 11pounds? Please! I'll gain that in a month. Or less!

They also have a picture of what fraternal twins look like at 28 weeks. This would be best case scenario positioning. My boys are more side ways, bunk bed style.
Can you picture them in there, hangin' out?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

We have fabric

I made decisions! Lots of them! Well, Jenny helped!

Now I need to meet up with the lady who is making the bedding to make sure all of my ideas will work. I'm very exctied!


And Happy Birthday to Deborah, who always keeps my jaw dropping! I won't tell you how old she is, but trust me, she's old!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

All a bit random...

Jason and I had a great time celebrating our anniversary last night. Almost two years ago, on the night Jason proposed, we ate dinner at Olive Garden while his friend, Michael, was setting up candles and roses back at our house. I love thinking about that night. It was so special. So, for memory's sake we went back to Olive Garden last night. After dinner we opened all the notes everyone had written us at our rehearsal dinner. Some of them were too funny. Megan, Rachel Warren, Jen Pitts, and Scotty Browder all predicted that we would have a baby on the way by the time we read their notes. Have you guys always had these psychic abilities? No one mentioned the twins thing though! After the notes we cut into the cake that had been in the freezer for the past year. It was surprisingly good! I may have had two pieces!

Back in August, for my birthday, I received three gift certificates for pregnancy massages. I made an appointment today to use one this Saturday. The description says it will do wonders for my achy, swollen feet. It can't hurt, that's for sure! Thinking of the massage on Saturday will help get me through the rest of this week. I can't wait!

I found someone to make the boy's crib bedding and I'm so excited. She wants to have both sets done by Thanksgiving so I am in a rush to pick out fabrics now. JoAnn's is having a great sale this week so if I have enough energy left after work I'm going to go by there and make some decisions. I have a feeling that I will need a second opinion (Lara, are you reading this!?) so it may take more than one trip!

My belly must be getting big enough that strangers are not afraid to assume that I'm pregnant and not just carrying extra weight around my midsection. Three different times over the past weekend strangers made comments about me being pregnant. They were all very friendly comments that struck up nice conversations. Its actually nice to be at this stage. But, I wonder what kind of comments I will get 2 months from now when I'll be measuring well over 40 weeks pregnant (with a singleton). I hope they are as friendly!

My friend, Jenn Higgins, delivered boy/girl twins last week at 35 weeks. The babies spent a few days in the NICU, but they were all released on Sunday. Then at their first pediatrician appointment yesterday both of their temperatures were too low so they had to be admitted back into the hospital. Please keep Jenn, her husband, Chris, and those sweet babies in your prayers. I'm sure they are all ready to be healthy and back at home. Here is a picture of Michael and Mackenzie.
Our next doctors appointment with ultrasound is a week from tomorrow.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Happy Anniversary to My Best Friend!

Today is our one year anniversary. The past year has been the best year of my life because I've been able to share it, laughing and making memories, with my best friend. Love ya, Jason!

Some of my favorite pictures from that day...





Thursday, October 16, 2008

27 Weeks

From babycenter.com...

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with his legs extended. He's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing his eyes, and perhaps even sucking his fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While his lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if he were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother him, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.We had another good appointment yesterday. I got another big ultrasound to check my cervix (good) and look in on the boys. Baby A has flipped around and is now breech (not a big deal because we are planning on a c-section). He is bottom down with his legs to my left side. During the ultrasound he pulled one of his legs up by his head to show off for us. He weighs 2 lbs. and 5 oz. Baby B is transverse with his head on my right side, close to his brother's, and his body going across me with his feet at my left side. He wanted to sleep on his belly during the ultrasound, and then when he did wake up Baby A kept getting in all his close ups! But, we got a few good profile 3-D shots. He weighs 2 lbs. and 12 oz. That is 5 lbs. and 1 oz. of baby in there! We could see that their little chubby cheeks are filling in. And both are most definitely still boys!

We will go back in two weeks to do all of this over again. They want to monitor their size to make sure there isn't more than a 25% difference between them. Yesterday the difference was 16%.

I gained 5 more pounds. Dr. Moore isn't freaking out so, I guess I won't! I passed my sugar test from last time, my blood pressure was okay, and he said my ankles are just going to swell with two babies pushing on the veins to my legs. I got an all around good report and was told to come back in two weeks. From the outside I am measuring 33 weeks pregnant, but that would be if there were only one baby.

Here is a picture from last weekend in Lubbock. The game was so exciting, but Nebraska lost in overtime. We still had a great time though. This is from Sunday morning in the hotel parking lot before the 6 hour ride home. We are all looking a little rough. And I'm not sure why Jason is wearing a blanket!


And probably the most exciting news... We have decided on names for the boys. No more Baby A and Baby B. For some reason it was hard for me to say "OK, this is it" and make the final decision, but we really stopped looking for other possibilities weeks ago.

Baby A is Kyle Randall Coats. Yes, Kyle after Kyle Field in College Station, home of the Fightin' Texas Aggies (excepts there hasn't been much of a fight lately). Jason is genuinely concerned that Baby B might be jealous once he finds out he is not named after something Texas A&M. So years from now please try to console Baby B! And Randall is my Dad's name. I hope Kyle has my Dad's extreme work ethic and his desire to always do things the correct way (but not his communication skills! hehe!)

Baby B is Kase Warden Coats. After we found out we were having boys and our list of possible names went blank, my friend Lara texted me "What about Case?" I liked the name and decided to spell it with a K instead of a C so that both of their names start with the same letter. Warden comes from Wardenburg, the last name of my Grandpa (who had a twin brother) and therefore my Mom's maiden name. My Grandpa died last summer and we all miss him tons. He was very smart, loved his family, and could play a mean game of cards! I hope Kase has his intelligence and his generosity.

I always wondered how we would assign each name to each baby once we came up with them. I finally figured we would just do it alphabetically. But, one day I was trying to explain to Jason what I think their personalities are like based on when and how they kick and move around inside me. I was saying something about Baby B and accidentally called him Kase. So, I'm taking that as a sign that Baby B is supposed to be a Kase!

Are you tired of reading yet? Well, I'm tired of typing! And that is about all the news I have right now. We are going to College Station this weekend for a football game. Maybe I'll remember to take some pictures to post about next week!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Take a look at what almost made me pee my PJ's...

Lola. But, not just Lola.

The second thing I do each morning (after a bathroom stop) is feed the dog and play fetch with her. Lola is a fetch playing machine. She would play until her legs fell off, all four of them. This morning I took her outside and told her to go find her fetch ball. There are always two of them somewhere in the jungle that is our back yard. She usually makes a lap, finds one of the balls, and brings it to me to play. She can even find them when it is dark outside, like it was this morning.

This morning instead of bringing me a ball, she trotted up to the patio where I was standing with a dead squirrel in her mouth. I freaked out. I hate anything small and fast and I especially hate dead small, fast things. I squealed and ran inside and locked the door. She didn't get to play fetch this morning. I hate when she forgets to act like a lady.

When Jason got up I told him about the squirrel, and later he walked outside with a plastic bag to get rid of it. Except he couldn't find the disgusting thing, and now he thinks I'm crazy. But, I'm not. I don't know what she did with it, but I know I saw it in her mouth. Ugh, sick!

In less grotesque news, Jason and I went to the first of our childbirth classes last night. We had about an hour of instruction and then got to tour the Labor and Delivery floor. The class is 5 weeks long, but we got permission to skip class next week. That lesson is all about breathing and pain management, which we won't need because I'm having a c-section. Our anniversary is next Monday, so that works out nicely!

Another doctor appointment and big ultrasound tomorrow! I can't wait to see how much the boys have grown!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

26 Weeks

Well, I totally forgot it was Thursday until babycenter.com sent me my weekly e-mail update. Here is what they say...

The network of nerves in your baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you chat with each other. He's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he's born and takes that first gulp of air. And he's continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel. If you're having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days.

Obviously, I forgot to take a picture this morning at home. So you get one from work instead.

Last night Jason and I met Deborah and John at the fair. John got us VIP treatment while there. We got to watch the bull riding from about 20 feet above the chutes. That is something I hope my boys never want to get in to. I was cringing while watching those skinny cowboys try to avoid being impaled or trampled. At least they can wear pads when they play football!

Things are still going well with me. My feet have not been swelling as bad (I've really been watching what I eat) and the heartburn hasn't shown its ugly head in a while either. I can tell the uncomfortable stage is starting to set in. If I stand for too long, my back and belly start to hurt. When I sit all day at work I feel like I am crushing the babies inside of me. It feels better to sit straight up and sit way back in my chair. Only problem with that is I can't reach the keyboard on my desk very easily.

This weekend we are meeting my Aunt Brenda and Uncle Jeff in Lubbock for a Nebraska football game. They usually drive south from Nebraska once a year and meet us at a game. I'm looking forward to the game and all the fun that we have being together, but that drive is gonna be a long one!

Next appointment is Wednesday... less than a week away. And it should be an informative one! I should have new estimated weights for the boys.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

25 Weeks

From babycenter.com...

Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. His weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but he's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more and more like a newborn. He's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.

Jason and I went to another appointment yesterday afternoon. We didn't get to see the boys on an ultrasound (first time ever - we've been spoiled), but we heard their heartbeats on the Doppler. They were 148 and 155, but I can't remember who had what. I'm sure it's not the last time I will mix up something between them!

My blood pressure was good, and I took the glucose tolerance test. I had to drink this super sweet orange drink and then give a blood sample after waiting an hour. Another blood sample given with out passing out! YES! I'm guessing they will call with results. Probably a no news is good news kind of thing. He also checked to see if I was dilated. I'm not... very good thing at this point.

I am now to the point where Dr. Moore wants to see me every two weeks. And at our next appointment on October 15, we get another big ultrasound where they will measure each baby again and make sure they are still growing at the same rate. They will also start measuring my cervix with the ultrasound to watch for thinning. Babycenter.com says the boys weigh about a pound and a half this week (they measured one pound at 20 1/2 weeks), and their weights will be measured again at the next appointment. I am interested to see how ahead of the game they will be by then.

We asked a few questions about the delivery and Dr. Moore told us that he wants to wait until as close to 38 weeks as possible. White baby boys are the worst breathers so we want to give them as much times as possible to develop their lungs. 38 weeks is New Year's Day so we are looking at sometime between Christmas and New Year's. That is just 100 days away! Crazy!

And I gained another 11 pounds, bringing my grand total to 31 pounds. Out of control! I still have three months to go! Ah, what's a girl to do? Please don't answer that!

And now the picture...