Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dr. Appointment, Monday, December 29th

Our last doctor appointment! There was a small chance that if my blood pressure was high or if something else was wrong that we would have a c-section that day. My mom and sister had checked my bp every day since the last appointment and it was always good so I didn't think that the 29th would be the boys' birthday. We brought our bags along just in case!

My blood pressure was normal and my weight stayed the same. I gained 55 pounds total! I saw Dr. Moore and he measured both heartbeats and found that I am still dilated to a one. I'm not sure if I have had any contractions. My belly gets hard sometime, but I don't really know the difference between contractions and babies moving and stretching out. If they are contractions, they don't hurt and they don't happen close together so they must be of the mild variety. So we escaped from the doctor office one last time and will see Dr. Moore again at the hospital on Wednesday.

Today is the last day for the rest of our lives that Jason and I won't be parents. That is just crazy for me to think about. Lara made us a delicious dinner last night and we have plans to go to dinner with our parents tonight for our last supper. Its like the calm before the storm! Bring it on. I am so ready for this!

Merry Christmas

We had such a great Christmas this year. After Christmas Eve candle light service at church, we went to my parent's house for dinner and presents. Megan loved the autographed picture of Super Ag that Jason gave her! And the boys had presents too, just in case they had decided to make an early appearance.

Christmas morning we woke up and Jason and I had our Christmas before going over to his parent's house. We included Lola in our little family Christmas tradition too. We were so excited to give Lola her Christmas present.

She pranced all around the yard with that huge bone in her mouth. She walked around so proud that you would have thought that she took down the cow it came from all by herself! She has buried and unburied it at least 3 times now!

I finally gave in and got Jason a PS3 that he has wanted for a year now. I still think it will go untouched in a week, but whatever! He has enjoyed playing the crap out of it so far!

I never know what to ask for for Christmas so I was very intrigued when Jason wrapped up this box for me. The tag read "To: Babies Mama From: Babies Daddy." He got me a Coach diaper bag. I love it and didn't even know that I wanted it! The inside is hot pink and matches the wallet he gave me last year!

We spent the rest of Christmas Day at Jason's parents house. We opened even more presents for us and the boys. My parents and sisters came over later to have Christmas dinner all together. It was great sharing that time together as one big family.

37 Weeks, December 25th

from babycenter.com...

Congratulations — your baby is full term! This means that if your baby arrives now, his lungs should be fully mature and ready to adjust to life outside the womb, even though your due date is still three weeks away.Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

How uncomfortable does that look? Yeah, well it pretty much is! I've been spending a good part of each day laying on my left side. As much as I can at least. I get really bored on bed rest and the list of things to do keeps popping into my head. I know anything that doesn't get done in the next five days probably won't get done for a very long time. They really aren't important things... stuff like cleaning out the refrigerator and wiping down the bases boards in the half bathroom. And I know in five days they will be the furthest things from my mind, but right now they are nagging me.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Dr. Appointment on Wednesday, Dec 24th

Our appointment this week was on Wednesday because the office was closed Thursday and Friday for the Christmas holiday. And I was scheduled to see the Nurse Practitioner because Dr. Moore was either not working that day or was booked up.

A nurse took my blood pressure and it was out of control high. Everyone kinda freaked out, but settled down after there was no protein in my urine. The NP did want me to be monitored for a while though. I had never had to do that before so I was trying to watch everyone else and go with the flow. Three other ladies and I got to relax in some comfy recliners with monitors strapped around our bellies. I got an extra monitor because I had an extra baby.

The nurse gave the girl to my left the remote to let her pick a tv station to enjoy while we waited. She landed on MTV and the season finale of The Hills was playing. She asked me if I watched the show and I had to admit that I did. I had actually finished the second half of that episode on the DVR while putting on make up that morning. My blood pressure was checked a few more times. It came down a little each time. It probably would have been better, but that Spencer on The Hills really makes my blood boil! Ugh, what a jerk!

After 15 minutes, the NP checked my print out and said that the boy's looked wonderful. She wanted me to come back on Monday to see Dr. Moore one more time and told me to officially start bed rest... on Christmas Eve. Yeah, that would go well!

Dr Appointment on Friday, Dec 19

Surprise, Surprise! Behind again!

Last week we went to our regular doctor appointment. It was an easy in and out appointment. Dr. Moore checked both boys' heart rates. Good. My blood pressure was good and I actually lost TWO pounds! That appointment was after a week of half days of bed rest. I'm thinking it did wonders for my swelling.

This was also the appointment when we would schedule my c-section. Dr. Moore knew we wanted to have the boys in 2008 to get our tax credits. Nothing like punking the government! Almost better than spending our stimulus checks on vacation in the Dominican Republic! Anyway, at one point during the appointment Dr. Moore left the office to go get a nurse. When he came back he had a piece of paper in his hand with instructions on when to show up to the hospital. He told us he had to do some bargaining with Labor and Delivery to get us in on December 31st. Jason and I were hoping for December 29th, but after a comment like that we figured we should take what we had been given. So unless the boys decided to come early, they will forever share their birthday with New Year's Eve. And Jason still thinks he will be able to watch bowl games on the TV in our hospital room.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

36 Weeks

from babycenter.com...

Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. He's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered his body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected his skin during his nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely he's in a head-down position. But if he isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying he'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating him from the outside of your belly.

There is the awesome belly shot of the week. There is no full shot so far because I had been awake for about 2 minutes when this picture was taken. And as scary as the Belly of Thunder looks, I promise the top half of me would have been even more scary!

I'm very proud that I have gotten to 36 weeks... just one week shy of my goal. I can do it! It has been nice working only half days this week. I can really tell a difference in the way I feel.

We go to the doctor tomorrow afternoon and should get to schedule the c-section. It is crazy to me to think that I will get to hold my babies in less than two weeks. I can't wait!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Blogging from Bed

I started working half days at work on Monday of this week. Jason asked about it at the last doctor appointment and Dr. Moore said it would be a good idea. He said the more time I spend horizontal the less swelling I will have.

I took the morning off on Monday and slept until 9. I was up several times throughout the night so it was nice to get to catch up on sleep. The rest of the morning I spent in bed, filling out the boys' baby books. I ordered a set of baby books for twins a few months ago and hadnt had a chance to mess with them. There are some really cute pages about when we found out we were having twins and about my pregnancy. I wanted to get as much filled out ahead of time as possible.

I could really tell a difference in my ankles after laying in bed for an extra 4 hours. By the end of the day they were swollen again, but not as bad as they can be. It is actually really hard to stay in bed instead of do things around the house, but I am trying to remember that I won't have this quiet time to myself again for a VERY long time. And resting now will help me get to my goal of 37 weeks.

I actually have a to do list to accomplish while in bed this week. I need to finish up writing thank you notes for all of the wonderful baby gifts that we have gotten. I want to read a book I bought a long time ago on raising and breastfeeding twins. And I have a few blogs to write. And I won't deny that I snuck in a few naps here and there!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Friday, Dec 12 Doctor's Appointment

We went back to the doctor on Friday. It was much less eventful than I thought it would be. I was under the impression that the fluid levels were something that needed to be closely monitored. But, when we saw Dr. Moore on Friday he said our numbers from the last ultrasound were good and we didn't even need to check them again. He measured both boy's heartbeats and checked for dilation. I'm still only at a one. And I'd like to stay there.

We go back again this Friday and we will schedule the c-section for between 37 and 38 weeks... between Christmas Day and New Year's Day. I think we will ask for Monday, December 29. I like that day because it is after Christmas, but sooner rather than later. Jason likes that day because we will be home from the hospital in time for bowl games on New Year's Day. He still thinks there will be time to watch football! Ha!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The nursery

I promised more nursery pictures a while back so now I'm delivering.

The two cribs. Kyle's on the left, Kase's on the right. I think they will probably share a crib in the beginning. I'll have to see if they sleep better together or apart. Don't mind the stack of Christmas presents on the floor. I didn't put up a tree this year so all the presents got stashed in the boys' room.

One of the two mobiles that my mom bought for the boys. They play a lullaby version of the fight song! The longhorn version is pretty cute for all of you Texas fans out there. Sorry, but the Baylor one is pretty freaky!
Kase's crib and bunny rabbit. Can you make out his name on the bunny's ear? Too cute!

Two of the three curtains that my sister, Jenny, made for the boys. Open wounds aren't the only thing she can stitch up! And I have to thank my other sister, Megan, for working with my Dad to hang them. She got to practice her mind reading skills while working with the Great Communicator!
On the left, the artwork I commissioned Jenny to paint. And on the right, a print of John David Crow, Texas A&M's only Heisman winner. Yes, I'm aware of the brain washing that is about to take place!

A batting helmet and bat that Jason "acquired" while in college and a print of Tony Romo that looks nothing like Tony Romo. And I'll have you know that the changing pad is securely fastened to the back of the dresser. I'm a safety girl! Thanks Dad! There is a cover for it on its way from Target. It should be here any day.
I found this little sign at the Deck the Halls market a few weeks ago. Pretty cute!

There are a few more finishing touches to complete, but we are getting there. I don't think I would feel completely unprepared if the boys were to show up now. But, I will definitely take another weekend to work on things.

My Mom, the painter

I purchased our house almost four years ago. And back then it looked quite a bit different than it does now. My parents and I worked for months to remodel it. Just about every surface in the house got a make over. All the walls were textured and painted, a beadboard ceiling was installed in the kitchen and dining room, all interior doors were replaced, new base boards put down, all new light fixtures, new floors in the bathrooms and kitchen, and every cabinet in the kitchen was pulled out and remade to my specification. Friends and family members helped after work and on weekends for months. We finally got to a point where I was able to move in. I had all the essentials... and the essentials did not include cabinet doors. I lived with out them for about two years and then hired a cabinet maker to make the doors. A cabinet maker who makes cabinets but does not paint them. I started to paint them and then stopped. There were much better things to do at the time. Like plan a wedding... or really anything else besides paint cabinet doors.

After we found out I was pregnant, my Mom decided that we could not bring babies home to a house with unpainted or missing cabinet doors. And because it was unsafe for me to breathe in the paint fumes, my Mom took it upon her self to finish painting all of the doors. Our house is by no means big, but it has tons of cabinet doors. 38 to be exact. And my Mom primed, sanded, and painted almost all of them for me. And she did an awesome job!

She finished up the painting last weekend. My parents came over and Jason helped my Dad hang and install knobs on all the doors. The project is finally finished! And I love how it looks. Somehow I think that it makes the kitchen look larger.

So if you are looking for a good painter, I know someone. But, I'm not giver her name and number out. I'm sure she is ready to hang up her paint brush for a while.

Thank you, Mom for this and every other selfless thing you do for us. Painting cabinet doors is one of the many ways you give of yourself to others. And that is something that makes you a great mom... a mom I hope to be like one day! Love you!

35 Weeks

from babycenter.com...

Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew). Because it's so snug in your womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

Two more weeks until my goal of 37 weeks. It will be a miserable two weeks, but I'm going to try and tough it out. I really want the boys to come out completely healthy.

And I would like a couple more weekends to get the house ready for them. The nursery is looking really cute. We have all of the bedding now, and Jason helped me put both sets together the other night. I really love how it all turned out. Here is a look at Kyle's crib. I'll post more pictures of the rest of the room later.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Doctor Appointments

I have gotten behind on posting about our doctor visits. We are going so often now that it is hard to stay on top of them.

Last Thursday, the 4th, we went in for an ultrasound. The boys were due to be measured again. It had been 5 weeks since they took measurements to estimate their weights. The ultrasound tech measured the length of the femur bone, the circumference of the belly, and the circumference of the head, and the computer came up with an estimated weight for each baby. I was blown away when she told us that Kyle weighed 5 lbs and 6 oz. and Kase weighed 5 lbs. and 8 oz. That is two measly ounces shy of 11 pounds of baby. At that point, I was feeling a bit like Wonder Woman! I was able to grow my boys over 5 pounds each! No preemie clothes here!

While looking in on the boys, the tech also wanted to measure the fluid levels. She was able to find two good size pockets of fluid, but could not be certain that they were in separate sacs. The boys are so smashed together in my belly that it is getting hard to tell what belongs to who. She was able to see that Kyle was practicing his breathing. Then she showed us how his chest was moving in and out.

Dr. Moore had to go deliver a baby, so he just poked his head in the ultrasound room before he left. He watched the screen for a while and determined that everything looked good, but that we should come back on Monday for another fluid check. I was supposed to drink tons of fluids and be aware of the babies' movements throughout the day. My blood pressure was good and I actually lost a pound. More than likely the difference can be explained by the fact that our appointment was before lunch instead of after like it usually is, but at this point I'll take what I can get!

We were told to not be surprised that at one of these appointments, if something didn't look quite right, we would be sent over to the hospital to possibly deliver. That freaked me out just a little bit. So far "pack a bag" had only made it on to my to do list. It had yet to be crossed off.

Fast forward to Monday, the 8th. We started off with the ultrasound to measure fluid levels. The ultrasound tech said that they looked good, but we still had to get approval from Dr. Moore. While waiting to see Dr. Moore, he got called again to go deliver a baby. Sheesh, what is up with that? We were seen by a nurse practitioner instead. She looked at my chart and the measurements that were taken during the ultrasound. She said the numbers were good, but not great so she wanted to take a look at the pictures. Once she had her hands on that information she said that the pictures conveyed a better situation than just the number measurements. She also checked me and let us know that I was dilated to a 1 and was 50% effaced. That was more news that freaked me out just a little bit. Not long after, Dr. Moore was back and gave us the okay to go. I got the same instructions to drink plenty of fluids.

We go back Friday to do it all again. We really need to be sent home after that appointment because my sister, Jenny, is graduating from Physician Assistant school in Galveston on Friday. She and my parents won't be back until Saturday afternoon. So, you better believe I am drinking my weight in water these days. I don't feel like Friday is my day to have babies though... so much that I scheduled my last pregnancy massage, a pedicure, and a haircut all for Saturday. But, if you could cross your fingers just in case, I would appreciate it!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

34 Weeks

Today is a big day. 34 weeks is the point in a twin pregnancy that labor will not be stopped and chances are high that the babies would get to go home with us after being born.

Looks like I'm trying to carry a watermelon under there!

Here is what babycenter.com says this week...

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. His fat layers — which will help regulate his body temperature once he's born — are filling him out, making him rounder. His skin is also smoother than ever. His central nervous system is maturing and his lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

I got my ring off last night. I keep my ring on 24/7 so I didn't notice the day that my fingers got too swollen to get it off. Its very bitter sweet. I needed to be able to get it off before the c-section, but I miss wearing it. I ate virtually no sodium yesterday so that the swelling would be at its least. Then I soaked my hand in ice water and used Windex to slip it off. It was not easy and it hurt like heck. How pitiful does my empty ring finger look?

Speaking of sodium? Are you aware that EVERYTHING has sodium in it? The Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich from Chick-Fil-A has 1,300 mg! I'm trying to only eat things that have 100 - 150 mg per serving. So my lunch yesterday.... A veggie Subway. Wheat bread, lettuce, bell pepper, onions, cucumber, pepper, oil and vinegar with apple slices and water. No meat, no cheese, no pickles, no olives, no mustard. I'm going to try and be super strict on myself from now until the end of this.

Monday, December 1, 2008

33 Weeks

Well, Thanksgiving Day marked 33 weeks for Kyle, Kase, and I. And I completely forgot to post anything about it. I was much more concerned with all the yummy food I was about to eat. So, I don't have a picture to post, but I'll post what babycenter.com has to say about the 33rd week.

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

I had the worst case of pregnancy brain last week. My appointment and ultrasound were actually scheduled for Tuesday instead of Wednesday so I missed it. I was able to get in on Wednesday to see Dr. Moore, but the ultrasound appointments were full because of the short week. We do have an ultrasound scheduled for this Thursday at 10am. Hopefully, I will have it together and be able to make it!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Ours was wonderful and filled with family, friends, and food!