Wednesday, December 12, 2012

drum roll please..... 35 WEEKS!

Wow!  I honestly can't believe we have made it this far!  It's exciting!

We had an ultrasound yesterday and both babies are doing so well!  Baby boy (baby A) is still breech and baby girl is head down.  I'm pretty positive baby boy isn't going to move lol.  There just isn't any room left.  They will be happy to be out of there I think- so they can stretch out!  Baby boy's head is resting on his sister's belly... talk about a pain in the gut!  Okay, sorry.. I couldn't resist.  The measurements were really hard to get because of how squished they were, but they are estimating that baby boy is 5lbs 3 oz and that baby girl is 5lbs 5oz.  Before you say "oh that's wonderful!" did you do the math on that??  That's 10.5lbs of baby!  Just baby.  No fluid involved.  I'm feeling a bit miserable lol.

My doctor isn't in the office on Tuesdays so I had to go back in today for that visit.  I had blood tests done yesterday and she had the results back today.  She is upping my thyroid meds.. wonderful.  I asked her what the chances of the hypothyroidism going away after the babies come and she said that I will probably have this the rest of my life.  Then she was like "but the good news is that your carpal tunnel will go away!"  That's the spirit!  Looking on the bright side lol.

Anyways, she was talking to me and she was like "really, how are you feeling?"  I said my usual, "I'm fine" and then she said "I think those who have gone to such lengths to get pregnant feel like they can never complain, but you have every right to complain!  It doesn't make you less grateful!"  It made me smile to hear her say that.  So then she asked again "so how are you feeling?"  I answered honestly and just told her I'm just miserable lol.  Then I went on to say that I really can't see myself going to 39 weeks like she wants me to.  However, it sounds like it's more about the insurance companies who are making them change their policies.  Seriously- men in suits are the ones who are making these policies!  They aren't the ones carting around 10.5lbs of baby at 35 weeks pregnant!  They can probably still fit in the same shoes and clothes too! LOL  Oh well. 

My doctor just kept looking over my information and just saying how amazed she was with me and how well I'm doing.  She just looked at me and said "It will be interesting to see how far your body will let you go".  She's happy with the growth of the babies and she said that they are both growing as if they were singleton babies.  She threw in the comment of "you are really good at this pregnant thing!"  I then thought in the back of my mind, "then why did it take me so long to get pregnant" lol.  She checked my cervix and it's completely closed.  She said I'm at 50% for the length.. but I'll be honest.. my brain is lacking in the memory department on that part.  Either way, it's still really good.  She also measured my belly.  Her eyes just went wide.  She was like a normal woman at full term should measure around 40.. and you are measuring at 42.  Way to go, body! 

Anyways, I am now going to be seeing her every week up until my due date (unless the babies decide to make their debut earlier).  She had me schedule all those appointments and then I got scheduled for a c-section.  So, if my body decides to play the hero... we are scheduled for Jan. 9th (a week before my due date) at 12:30pm!  4 weeks at most!  Crazy!

There is so much more I want to write and so much I need to catch up on.  However, my fingers went numb after the 2nd paragraph... There are just so many people I need to recognize and thank for everything they have done for us and for the kind acts of service we have received.  My heart is full and I can't thank everyone enough for their kindness and support.  We are truly blessed to have amazing family and friends.  I will have to catch up on all of that a little later :) 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

33 weeks

Due to my hands and wrist braces, this post will be short and sweet :)

We've made it to 33 weeks today!  Huzzah!  Each week is another milestone!  I had a routine check up this week with my doctor.  She is happy with everything she is seeing.  It's a good thing, but I'm starting to worry that my body is going to hold out to 39 weeks lol... that would be great and we want healthy babies... but if I'm already this uncomfortable... I can't imagine what I'll feel like then!  She mentioned having me go see a hand specialist, but I told her I wanted to hold off.  The braces have helped a lot and I really just don't want to go see another doctor.  I still get achy and my hands go numb still- especially when I'm driving!  No matter how far the drive, my hands go tingly and numb.  Awesome.

Cravings this week... sadly.. all unhealthy lol... burger, fries and ice cream.  Jon happily obliged to all of the above (on diff days) :)

Lastly, I am having tons of contractions.  None that are concerning, but I'm pretty much laying low.  When I change positions I start having multiple contractions, when I get up to walk they come, bending over, going up stairs, sitting down lol... so who knows what this means.  The doctor isn't worried or anything.  It's just weird.  So, I am being "lazy".  I mean, I am growing 2 humans after all... so I can't be considered THAT lazy.  I'm just itching to clean the whole house and do all this stuff, but I can't.  I'm just going to have to learn how to be okay with that.

Oh and one last thing.  Some of Jon's co-works threw us a baby shower the Friday before thanksgiving.  It was really so nice and generous of them!  Jon just got pictures today.  I figured I would post one :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

In all things give thanks

Anyone who has glanced at our blog over the last year knows that we have been blessed far beyond anything we deserve and have much to be grateful for.  As we pass 32 weeks, I wanted to point out a few things where I would like to express my gratitude. 

I am not only so thankful that we have been blessed with our pregnancy, but also with how the pregnancy has gone.  Through seven months Crystal has been blessed to avoid any serious nausea, food aversions, or strange cravings (that I know of!).  Couple those with no serious heath concerns and we couldn't have had a smoother seven months, all things considered.

32 weeks and looking great!  I'll talk about the brace in a moment...

Access to Modern Medicine
This section of thanks is twofold.  First I must express how thankful I am that we are even pregnant.  Our followers are aware of all the time we spent working with the Fertility Doctors.  Without them we likely never would have been able to get pregnant in the first place. Second I am grateful that we continue to have access to modern medical facilities.  Two recent updates comes to mind. 

About a month or so ago Crystal started having regular, painful contractions one night, about every 5 minutes on the dot (you could set your watch by it).  The doctors were able to get her stabilized and address the issue, re-hydrating her body and getting it to calm down.  Then this weekend she started complaining of her hands hurting constantly and going numb.  Monday we called the doctors and after some deliberation they believed she had developed pregnancy induced Carpal Tunnels.  A trip to the pharmacy and two wrist braces later and she is doing much better (though looking like a boxer with taped wrists).  While we wish both of these issues never would have occurred, we are thankful that we have the access to and insurance to get help for them.

No list of thanks is complete without bringing up family.  We are so thankful to have my family near by.  We just wish we could be closer to Crystal's as well.  

Monday we didn't feel like cooking so we went to Papa John's for their Monday special.  As we parked to pick up our pizza, we randomly noticed the other car that pulled into the lot at the same time was my parents.  It turned into a nice opportunity to have our dinner together and visit for a little while as they have been rather busy recently with to-dos of their own.  Thankfully they ordered a different topping than us!

And since I'm already talking about family I cannot leave out the fact of how grateful I am that our little family will be expanding very soon.  We are so excited to meet the new additions, learn their personalities, and realize how little we knew about raising children and being parents.

I am so thankful for the blessings and challenges that I have in life.  While it would be nice to live a life free of hardships, I am grateful for the lessons they teach and the opportunities that we are given to overcome them.  I hope you are all able to enjoy the holidays with your loved ones, near and far.  Happy Thanksgiving from the Criddles.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sharing Infertility

I know that we have been very open about our struggle with infertility and that's what really helped us cope with it.  I understand the need to be private about it and I know there are those of you who have read our blog who are struggling privately and I totally respect that 100%.  It's a very personal thing and it is very heartbreaking.

As we are gearing up to bring these beautiful babies into the world, I sometimes feel guilty for blogging about it, knowing that there are others out there still struggling.   To those who are still struggling, please don't lose hope.  I can't tell you why you are going through this or when it will end or how to fix it, but I can tell you that you are so very loved by our Heavenly Father.  He knows what you are going through.  Never forget that. 

Lastly, I wanted to share this video that was shared with me about being open/private about infertility.  It's about 10mins long, but I really enjoyed it.

Monday, November 5, 2012


**edit... I am sorry this is so long!  There aren't any pictures either.. sorry about that.**

November is a time that we all count our blessings and give thanks.  It's just the season.  THANKSgiving is right around the corner, after all. 

This year, we have been blessed far beyond we deserve.  I'm not just saying that to make us sound like we're tooting our own horns or anything.  There have been things that have happened that are purely not a coincidence.  There were times where there was extra money in our bank account even though I knew it shouldn't have been there- the math just didn't add up.  Our families have been safe - esp those of our family in New England who had to experience the "franken-storm", Sandy!

Our list is never ending of things we are so thankful for.  I know that the Lord has a hand in all things and he guides and directs us through it all- no matter how little it may be.

The obvious blessing that we are so very thankful for is the blessing to being able to start our family.  So far, this pregnancy has gone better than we could have imagined.  We've had some hiccups with different things, but overall- everything is going well.

I hit 29 weeks on Wednesday (Oct 31st).  I won't lie, I was seriously dragging that day.  I was so tired.  I could tell I was developing a head cold.  I planned on taking it really easy on Thursday.  I wasn't going to go anywhere or do much of anything.  Well, Thursday (Nov 1) came and started out just fine.  I got a lot of reading done and was able to watch one of my favorite chick flicks. 

Anyways, just before 6:30pm I had decided to start getting ready to go to a church meeting (I was feeling pretty good and I knew I wouldn't be running around if I went).  As I was getting ready, I started to have a lot of pain in my lower abdomen.  At first I figured it was round ligament pain, but then it got worse.  Then came the lovely braxton hicks.  However, I guess at this point we'll just call them contractions.  They were painful.  In a half hour I had had 4.  Jon called me because he was getting ready to come home from work.  I filled him in and while on the phone I had 2 more.  I'm not going to lie.  I had to set aside my pride and make the decision to go to the hospital like my doctor told me to do if something like this happened.  Jon and I planned to meet at the hospital.

I first called my in-laws and they were about a half hour away at a meeting.  So, knowing that most of my lady friends were at the church meeting I was going to go to, I started to think "hmm... who to call??".  The only thing I could think of was to call a few people in order of how far they were from me lol... I was able to get a hold of my lovely friend, Kelli.  She is pretty much a rock star.  Timing was perfect as she was just pulling into her driveway so she dropped her kids off with her husband and headed straight here.  We stopped at chik-fila on the way.  I had eaten a granola bar earlier to tide me over so I could have dinner with Jon when he got home.  Oops..  so we stopped for some food on the way to the hospital.  Anyways, we got to the hospital and I signed in at labor and delivery and was told that all their beds in triage were full so they would come and get me once one had opened up.  I was still having contractions.  Jon got there while we were waiting- so that was nice.  Kelli stayed with us until we were called back to triage.  I really can't thank her enough.  The only thing I could do was buy her dinner at chik-fila- haha!

The nurse was nice and she hooked me up to 3 monitors (1 for contractions and the other 2 for the babies heart beats).  She proceeded to do different tests to determine if I was going into pre-term labor or if there were other problems.  She spoke to the doctor who was on-call for my dr's group.  It wasn't my doctor, but I've met the one who she was talking to.  Anyways, while we were waiting for test results to come back, my contractions were 4 mins apart on the dot.  There was still discomfort/pain but it was lessening.  The most serious tests came back negative- which was really good.  However, they found that I was dehydrated.  For those who know me, you know that I'm always carrying a water bottle with me EVERYWHERE!  So, I was honestly super surprised.  We figured it was because of the head cold I've been getting over.  Anyways, the dehydration was causing the contractions so I was hooked up to an IV and I drained 2 bags of fluid.  Once I got through the first bag, my contractions started to slow down to every 6 mins and then as we started the new bag they slowed to every 8mins.  The on-call doctor was happy with this and said as soon as I was done with the fluids that I could go.

My discharge instructions:  I was told to drink more water than usual because I am having twins and to rest as much as possible.  So, not full bedrest, but still keeping my feet up as much as possible.

I won't lie, I did feel a little sheepish going to the hospital because I knew everything was probably fine, but the nurse eased my feelings by telling me "well, this wasn't nothing!".   I am thankful that it wasn't anything super serious and that I was able to slow my contractions with the IV.  I am so thankful that I felt prompted to go to the hospital.  The Lord always knows how to reach us, no matter what.  We just have to be willing to listen. 

I am so thankful for Jon and for everything he does for me.  I know that coming straight to the hospital from downtown wasn't the easiest commute, but I am so thankful that he was able to be there with me.  He is such a wonderful and supportive husband.  I'm pretty much the luckiest girl on the planet.  I love him so much and am so thankful that he is the one I get to share this adventure with.

30 weeks on Wednesday!  About 6-8 weeks to go!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Well, Hello, THIRD trimester!!

Holy smokes! 28 weeks.. TODAY!  Seriously, where has the time gone?

This past Saturday, Jon and I had a maternity photo session with his sister, Beth.  It was in this really cute orchard.  I am dying to see how they all turned out!  She posted one, so I'll post it on here as a sneak peak!  After the photo session we went out to dinner at the Olive Garden.  We haven't been there in YEARS!  It was so worth it- delicious!!  It was a perfect evening.
Back tracking a little... I had an appointment last Monday (15th) that was very busy!  Glucose test, ultrasound, blood work and regular appointment.  The glucose drink wasn't too bad.  Just a non-carbonated tasting orange soda flavor.  They gave me 5 minutes to drink it and then they sent me and Jon to the ultrasound room. 

The ultrasound went as usual.  Both babies are breech.  They are both laying "L" shape, head up and on top of one another with feet near heads lol.  No wonder I feel like someone is reaching for my ribcage!  Baby girl (on top) weighed in at 2lbs even and baby boy was 1lb 14oz.  So, we had 2oz under 4lbs of baby in there!  I'm assuming since then... I am a little over 4lbs of baby now lol...

Seeing our Doctor (Doc. D) was good.  Jon was able to ask some C-section questions.  It is looking more like a c-section.  The babies are running out of room.  I'm not really bothered by it, to be honest.  Seriously, the thought of having a normal birth with 2 babies is quite frightening lol.  As long as my doctor is there, she will be the one who will do the C-section too.

Oh, and from last post, I mentioned having some braxton hicks with some pain.  I told her about this and she said that if it happens again that I need to note the time and if I have 6 in one hour, I need to pack it up and head to labor and delivery.  She said "Don't even bother calling us first, just head straight here.  Calling us will just be a waste of time. "  Haha... nice.  At least she was honest.  I am happy that my doctor's office is right in the hospital where we are delivering.  It makes it convenient. 

I didn't get a call about my glucose test so that is good news!  Wahoo!  They did call me about my thyroid levels (as they are still monitoring that).  My levels looked good and normal, so I am to keep taking my meds.  I have my next appointment on Monday, so if there was anything they didn't call me about, they'll talk to me about it there.

If I make it to 38 weeks.... that brings us to 10 weeks away!  Ah!!  Jon thinks it'll be the week before Christmas (36 weeks).  I want these babies in there cooking as long as possible... but I won't lie... it would be nice to have them here for Christmas!  Shh... I didn't say that!  Go babies, go!


I haven't slept through the night in... I can't remember how long it has been lol.  My sleep habits are getting worse though.  I just can't stay asleep.  My hips will start aching so I'll need to roll over... and rolling is the right word for it haha...  It takes a lot of effort these days.

Leg cramps in the middle of the night?  Crystal: 0.5  Leg cramps: 1.5  - I was able to stop one by flexing my feet.. so I felt like I earned half a point lol

I'm not sure if it is b/c it is hot out, but since the temps have gotten warmer again, my rings have gotten a little tight.  I haven't worn them the last 2 days.  Sad face.  So, I'm ringless... probably for the rest of the pregnancy.  I hate not wearing them!

I'm ridiculously hot.. like all the time.  I haven't "slept" (quotes because... I don't sleep haha) with any sort of blanket or sheet for the last few weeks. 

I can't believe I'm about to share this... but before I do.. know that I am target with weight and my doctor was very happy about that this last appointment (seeing as I was struggling to gain enough 2 months ago).  She wanted me to be at 24lbs by 24 weeks, as this would bring the risks of pre-term labor down.  I had to work hard to get to that, but I did it!  Stuffing your face isn't as fun as you'd think it would be- haha!  Anyways, in total, I have now gained 30lbs.  My doc wants to see me gain 40-50lbs.  I've been gaining 1lb/wk for the last few weeks.  So, things are good :)  Just not the fitting of my clothes lol. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Finton & Gimery


- We hit 26 weeks yesterday- wahoo!!

- I am a BLIMP and I try really hard to avoid the waddle but can't always help it

- Per pregnancy books and other resources- the babies should be around 2lbs each... 4lbs of baby?? It's possible.  We'll have a better idea after our ultrasound on Monday of where they're at in weight :)

- Check the ticker on the right... we are in the double digit days (going off of the actual due date)

- I think I'm starting to have braxton hicks?  I used to think it was the babies rolling around... but my stomach gets wicked tight and firm.  After reading some preggers books and my little weekly newsletters.. I'm finding out that they could be b.hicks.. who knew??  I realize that these are normal and have been really painless.  However, the only concern I have is that yesterday and today I have had a few that were accompanied by some pain.  Not like "I'm dying" pain, but definitely more than just a little discomfort.  I called my Dr's office today and left a message.  I feel bad for whoever has to listen to that gem.  We'll see if anyone calls me back.

- My next appointment is on Monday.  Ultrasound, glucose test, reg appt and blood work.  Busy (and LONG) appt!

- I've started sewing fitted sheets for the cribs!  We now have both cribs and mattresses- woohoo!  I never thought I'd sew sheets, but it is a lot easier than I expected it to be!  There aren't a whole lot of options out there for mini cribs.  There are stores on etsy that will make really cute custom bedding, however, it is way more than I'm willing to spend.  My goal is to make 4-5 per kid.

Alright, let's talk names.  We can't decide.  I realize we don't need to settle on any now, but it's hard to imagine that this decision will get any easier by the time they get here haha.  We have 2 names for each of them that we really like as first names, however, we can't decide between the two!  So, for now, we have morphed them together to make talking about them easier lol.  Finton and Gimery (pronounced: Jim-ery).  I realize that these mash-ups are terrible haha... but for now, they will do :) Shouldn't each kid come born with a card letting us know what their name is supposed to be??

I had you going with the title of the post, huh? lol... I wonder if any of you thought those were the real names ;)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Grow them babies!

So, I figured for those who care to see- here is an updated belly shot!  It's a few days late, but oh well :)  Jon had taken one earlier, but I had opened it up and it was a lot blurrier than I thought it was.  I then took my own later.  Not the best quality, but a lot less blurry. :)

On September 25th my sister-in-law, Beth, threw me a darling baby shower.  The theme was "cookies and milk".  She had a table of well.. you guessed it... cookies and milk :)  All the guests signed the book "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" and then they also filled out some "advice cards".  They also had a bingo card they could fill out.  They had to write out what they thought I would get for gifts and if they got a "bingo" they won a mason jar filled with the dry ingredients to bake cookies- so cute!  I believe my friend, Kelli brought those (feel free to correct me in the comments!!).  It was great to see friends and to spend time with people.  I was overwhelmed with gratitude from the kindness and generosity of everyone (this includes even the awesome people who weren't there!!).  Jon and I are so grateful for all the service that has already been given to us.  We can't begin to thank you all enough for your love and support.  It was a great night!  I don't have any pictures of it (oops), but just imagine the best cookies you've ever eaten and you're there :)

The next day my dad was scheduled to go in for back surgery.  I won't lie, I was a bag of panic!  I wasn't worried about the procedure, I was just worried about how he would hold up during the process.  My dad has a heart condition (a-fib) and he has has previous experiences where his heart will pause for a little while.  It happened once while he went under for another procedure.  So, needless to say, I was nervous.  Thankfully, the procedure went smoothly and he did very well!!  The problems came after the surgery.  The doctors and nurses were struggling to keep his sugar levels down (he has type 2 diabetes) and he had a few heart pauses.  One pause lasted close to 7 seconds.  I know that doesn't sound like a long time... but for your heart to stop for 7 seconds- that's scary!!  They were also struggling with the different medications that he is currently on and knowing what his correct dosages were.  So, it was a day or two of complications and for me, being so far away, it was tough not being able to be there to help. 

The day after the surgery I went to the temple.  I really needed it.  A few people who I knew saw me and commented on they couldn't believe I was there.. you know.. being preggers and all.  However, I had (and have!) so much to be thankful for and I felt good enough to go.  It was exactly what I needed.  I am happy that I took the time to go.  I know as soon as these babies come, it will be much harder to go. 

My dad was released from the hospital on Friday and has been doing well.  He doesn't have pain in his back, but he has some pain in his legs.  Hopefully in time, that will go away.  He is taking it one step at a time, but he is walking around and is able to go up and down stairs.  I really hope that this surgery will help in his mobility.  The other good thing that has come from this surgery was that while he was there, he had an insulin specialist take a look at him.  They did a 24 hour test on him and they found that his body isn't producing insulin at all anymore.  So they put him on a new plan that should help keep his levels down in a good normal range.  I talked with him today and he has been seeing a big difference with his sugar levels!  I'm so happy for him and glad that they doctors took the time to take care of him like that.

Anyways, other than that, things around here have been good.  I can't complain :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Today I am 25 weeks!! Can you believe it??  I'm starting to have this irrational fear that my belly isn't going to grow as large as it needs to and at the same time, I can't imagine getting any bigger!  Anyways, I started this post last week and never finished, so I am going to be doing multiple posts this week because there is a lot to cover!  So, first up... projects!

These past few weeks have been busy!!  Between projects, growing babies, activity days, an amazing baby shower, my dad having back surgery and dr appts- I'm exhausted!

One of the projects I've been working on is figuring out how to make sheets for the cribs.  Because we have mini cribs, there isn't a whole lot to select from to fit our mattresses.  People on Etsy have custom bedding for mini cribs, but it's too dang expensive!  So, I decided to take matters into my own hands :)  I found a tutorial with measurements and directions for the exact mattresses we are getting- score!  However, we don't have the mattresses yet.  Even if I made the sheets now- I can't try them on the mattresses to see if it fits.  So, I decided to get some practice in.  I decided to make a cover for our changing pad (which btw I scored on clearance at Target.  I found it stuffed between crib mattresses.  $7!  Woo hoo!).  I figured, the pad was like a really small mattress and it totally worked!  I am really happy with it!  My friend, Christy let me make one for her too.  They are super easy to make and I am excited to be able to make my own sheets for not very much money!  If you want to try your hand at this let me know- I have the video/tutorial if you want it :) 

Next: crib skirts!! I've only finished one. Our 2nd crib got here yesterday, so I will be starting on the 2nd one today (I have everything cut out and measured, just need to hem it to fit and put on velcro!).  The best part about this- no sewing whatsoever!  I mean, I had to measure and cut the fabric, but no thread, needles or machine :) I made 3 panels- no one is going to see the side against the wall anyways.  To get a nice hem I used Heat N Bond to help me out.  You just iron out your hem and then place the Heat N Bond inside and iron it down and it bonds the fabric together.  Genius.  So, no raw edges!  Then, I had fabric fusible velcro (it's washable) that I bonded to the fabric and then regular sticky velcro that I attached to the crib and stuck it all together.  I made 3 sides total.  Really easy to take off and clean!!  (PS: it is all the same length.. the fan was on and it blew the long side in when I was taking the picture)  I did follow a tutorial for this.  If you are interested, let me know and I'll send it to you! Also... check out the sky blue paint job!!  Gorgeous!!

This next project was a team effort.  I painted a birdhouse to look like the UP house and Jon hung these awesome plastic balloons we found at Hobby Lobby.  It looks so awesome!  I am so excited about it!  The balloons are hung with really thin fishing line and when the fan is on, they just look like they're floating :)  Awesome.  Not the best picture in the world.. sorry.

Okay, last but not least- mobiles!! I found these really inexpensive wire photo mobiles and instead of hanging pictures on them... I hung mini Japanese lanterns (to look like balloons) and homemade clouds from them.  I used fabric scraps for the clouds and I ended up running out of white fabric.  I ended up making 2 pink clouds and 2 blue clouds :)  Jon helped me stuff the clouds during the BYU vs. Hawaii football game and then we finished hand sewing the last little bit of it the next day.  I'm just waiting to hang these!  We first hung them on the fan to get an idea of what it would look like.  We really like them :)  This picture is the girl's mobile.  I know the clouds look red, but they are pink.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

23 weeks- update

On Monday we had an ultrasound and then a doctor's appointment that followed after that.  Jon was able to come with me too.  It is always so fun to see the babies!  The ultrasound room has a flatscreen on the wall that we can look at instead of looking at the small tech's screen.

A few minutes into the ultrasound when the tech was trying to get a better view of the boy (baby A) someone in there kicked her lol.  It startled her at first and she was like "woah.. just got kicked!" Haha... It was funny.  Both babies are looking great.  Obviously measurements are subjective, but, both babies are showing that they are both weighing in at 1lb 1oz.  Over 2lbs of baby in there!  Woo hoo!  Keep growing little ones!

During the appointment we asked about the birth process and if we'll have to have a c-section or not.  Our baby girl is transverse and baby boy is breech.  They still have room to move, but I won't lie... I have a feeling that won't happen.  She said that delivering twins is always a tricky business.  If the first baby isn't head down, she automatically calls for a c-section.  If they are head down, you can try for a normal birth, but it must be done in the OR due to chances of complications with the 2nd and having to have a c-section anyways.  So,  I hate the thought of a c-section, but I think we are pretty much expecting it.  I really don't care how they get here, just that they are safe and healthy.

So, my last doctor visit I told me doc that I have been noticing that I have been losing more hair than usual (wonderful...).  Thankfully, because I have really thick hair, no one can tell. :)  However, this concerned my doctor a little and she decided to test my thyroid to check the levels.  So, for this appointment she went over my blood results for that.  She said that I was on the very high end of normal and wanted to test my levels again.  The normal range for TSH is from 0.5-4.5.  I was at 4.45.  Jon and I just figured that my levels just run high.  This was not the first time my thyroid has been checked out and I have never had a doctor tell me I was abnormal, so I figured all was fine.

The next day, I got a call from my doctor's office telling me that my levels had reached close to a 7 and that I had developed hypothyroidism aka: I have an under-active thyroid.  Great. I would have to start taking a pill for it.  I know that this isn't anything serious, and I'm glad that I mentioned my hair falling out in the first place, but it was a real shock to me.  I might've had a meltdown.. lol.  I asked if there was anything I could have done to prevent it and the woman on the phone told me "not at all".  It was good to hear that, I guess.  I just hope that once the babies come that my thyroid will get back to normal.   Here is the tricky part... I have to take an extra folate pill because I am having twins.  My new pill and my folate pill look identical.  I will need to try really hard to keep them separate!

Other than that, the babies are just fine and doing well.  I am still working on the whole weight-gaining thing.  I'm close to where I need to be lol.  I feel ginormous.

The nursery is coming along!  Jon and my father-in-law were so amazing and painted the room this past Saturday and I am in LOVE with it!!  It is probably my favorite room in the house!  Thank you, thank you!!  I even made them cookies for when they finished to help them know how much I appreciated it :)  Pictures coming soon!  I will have another post soon of some of the things I have been working on that I am really excited about! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

High Fives

Can you believe how quickly time is flying by?  Here we are at 22 weeks already!

Without further ado, check out this wife and babies!

Magnificent, aren't they?  Crystal continues to do very well and her belly continues to grow.  Being a health nut she's very self conscious about it, but I keep trying to emphasize what a marvelous belly and miracle it all is.  I just hope she is able to remain comfortable throughout the remainder of the pregnancy.

Before I close the post I wanted to share yet one more milestone that we have reached in our pregnancy.  After days of failed attempts I successfully felt a baby kick for the first time last night.  I was so excited!  Crystal has been feeling them for some time, but I have not been able to experience the same until last night.  It was incredible to feel the little baby pushing back at my hand on C's belly.  High five, baby!  Amazing!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

20 weeks!! Half way there!

Okay, so my doc's goal for me is 38 weeks... so I'm over half way if you look at it that way :)

 Sorry, I didn't really feel like being in the pictures today lol.... I'm sure you understand :)

This week I went out with a friend to get pedicures!  I was given a giftcard for my birthday and I was waiting to use it for when bending over to paint my toes seemed completely out of the question!  It was really nice and totally needed.  I really like the color too!  Bright and pink!  (thankfully my feet haven't gotten swollen yet lol)

On Monday (27th) night Jon and I went out to dinner at Chuy's (so.delicious!!).  We had a few things to celebrate.  It was my mom's birthday and we figured that she'd be okay with it ;)  She would have been 63.  Then we also got news that Jon got a raise!  We knew he was promoted, but hadn't heard anything about a raise or anything else.  I am so very proud of him!  Sadly, I forgot to take pictures.  We had a good time though and the food hit the spot! 

Also this week, we found out that Jon is being given the opportunity to go to BYU next week for a recruiting event!  I would be lying if I said I wasn't jealous :)  He's so excited.  He's planning out all his meals so he can hit up a few of his/our old favorite places.  India Palace, costa vida, jdawgs.... okay, I'm getting hungry just talking about it!  I told him that if he isn't going to bring me a to-go box from costa vida (lol) then I would settle for a few BYU mint chocolate truffles and 2 outfits for the babies.  :)

We've also been busy trying to get things together in the nursery!  We've been given a few things from friends this week (a swing and lots of boy clothes!  thank you thank you!) 

Anyways, we bought an Ikea expedite shelving unit and we made a few modifications to it and it is awesome!  This will be our changing table along with being storage!  We put a few drawers in. I found the cute knobs at Hobby Lobby.  Then, we added legs from Ikea's kitchen section.  I love it!

One of our cribs came yesterday.  We are still needing to get the other one and both mattresses.  Jon was excited to put it together last night when he got home from work.  He kept saying "Are you seeing this??? Doesn't it make it feel more real and exciting??"  He's so cute :)


This last weekend I finished the UP blanket!!  I backed it with a soft yellow flannel and then binded it with bias tape.  It feels good to have it done :)  Also, notice the rocking chair!  Jon's parents were very kind in offering it to us.  I won't lie... it has already gotten some use!  When my back is really hurting, that's the most comfy place for me to sit!

All is going well so far.  No weird cravings to report (other than wanting mexican food this week at Chuy's) :)  The only thing that I'm not looking forward to is our pool closing.  They are closing it after Labor Day.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do.  I can go on walks, but there are still a lot of discomforts (even with my belly belt).  The pool is where I feel the best.  I don't want to spend the money for a gym membership to use a pool either.  Decisions decisions... we'll see how it goes.    Other than that- things are great. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What will it be? Snips and snails? Sugar and spice?

Okay, so I've been dying to put this up here since we found out the genders on Friday!  I guess I could've forgone the scratch ticket thing and blabbed it all on Friday... but we were so excited and wanted to do something special for it- can you blame us?? Years of shots, tons of doctor visits and procedures and we finally are here! 

We have been blessed more than we deserve.

We went to the temple on Saturday night celebrating my father-in-law's birthday.  We did sealings as a family and then we were able to sit in the celestial room for a little while.  I know being pregnant makes you more apt to be hormonal... but I definitely got weepy while in the celestial room because I started thinking back about everything we have done and gone through to get here and I know that we couldn't have made it this far without our loving Heavenly Father.  His timing is always right. We couldn't be more thankful and we know that we have been given a wonderful gift. 

With that said, I am 19 weeks preggers today!  I still have a ways to go, but things are looking great!  Our ultrasound could not have gone better on Friday.  The babies are developing the way they should and all looks wonderful.  There was definitely no question on what the genders were.  :)

We saw our Baby A and HE is super precious :)  He is weighing in at 8oz and all of his measurements were normal.  He wasn't shy either lol.  We saw him first and after we found out it was a boy I looked over at Jon who just had this goofy smile on his face and I said "So, are you planning out all your football and basketball watching?"  He had a good laugh and then said "Forget watching! Playing!!"

Then came Baby B.  This little one was on the move! SHE was quite the active little one!  She weighed in at 9oz, her head is in the 97th percentile lol and she had a chubby belly.  So cute!  At this point I don't know if Jon was holding back tears, but he was holding my hand and he was shaking.  He said to me "we got our girl!" The night before the ultrasound I asked Jon what he thought we were having and he said that he felt like we had at least one girl :)  Sweet.  She is going to have him wrapped around her little fingers!

 Here's the winning scratch ticket  (they came out so good!)

The ultrasound itself was 2 hours.  We were there for almost 3.  We didn't go to our regular doctor (I think I mentioned this in a previous post) for this anatomy scan.  It was a specialist.  The ultrasound tech was a little gloomy.  I think she was having a rough morning.  She thought we already knew what we were having so when she showed us baby A first she was like "well... 'sigh' there's the boy" and we were both like.. "Wait! What?? Go back!"

Dr. Tam Tam who came in after to go over the ultrasound and to do his own scan was a little on the weird side.  His delivery of information was really awkward.  When he was telling us something good he would build it up to sound like it was going to be something terrible  and then would end it as "so all of this is excellent" lol.  Then he tried to get me make an appointment with his dietitian because he didn't see a need to schedule me for any other visits. He said that seeing a dietitian gives mom's of multiples an opportunity to spend more than an hour talking with someone about nutrition.  I politely declined.  Christy- I'm sure you can relate to this!  After hearing your story the whole thing seemed comical while he was talking. 

Yep... we're going to have our hands full, but we are completely over the moon in excitement!


What are little boys made of?
Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails
That's what little boys are made of !"
What are little girls made of?
"Sugar and spice and all things nice
That's what little girls are made of!"

Friday, August 17, 2012

Scratch Tickets!!

Here is the winning scratch ticket!  Remember, I'm not writing anything on the blog about the results until the rest of my family finds out- family trumps everything :)  I'm so happy how these came out!  My awesome scratch off parts that I made with metallic acrylic paint and dish soap were perfect! 

Keep voting! We'll announce the results on Wednesday ;)  Sorry... I know you all are just dying here! 

For now, here are the babies profiles for you to enjoy :)

Twin A

Twin B

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

18 weeks!

*Edit: vote on the poll to the right of what you think we're having!*

Today marks 18 weeks!  Okay, so I feel like I have a zillion weeks to go (not to mention all the lbs I have left to gain) but still- 18wks!  Excitement!

 Blurriest photo ever... sorry about that.  PS: Cutest shirt ever from my mom-in-law, Anne!  

I'm feeling really good.  I can't complain.  I usually need a nap a week lol  I'm still able to get in the pool a few times a week and do some exercise- so that's really good!  I really don't have any food aversions anymore (thank goodness!) and I'm not crazy with cravings all the time.  There have been a few moments of "that sounds really good right now!" and my sweet husband acts on those (because it's usually something he wants too haha).  Let's see... I think I've felt some form of movement.  Then again, I have no idea what I'm supposed to be feeling, so who really knows!  Other than that, life is pretty normal still and I am so thankful for that. 

Here is what "the bump" has to say about this week:

"What the heck is baby doing in there at 18 weeks? A lot! He’s working his muscles and practicing all kinds of moves. (Can you feel them yet?) Over the next few weeks, you should make sure to start sleeping on your side. That’s because baby (and your uterus) are getting big enough to press against large veins in the back of your abdomen, which can reduce the amount of blood going to your heart, making you feel lightheaded, or worse, lowering your blood pressure. Of course, your veins aren’t the only things that are prone to pressure -- you might be too! Not only are you super busy, but you might be having some not-so-fun symptoms, like swollen feet or hands, backaches, leg cramps and nosebleeds. And the stress and discomfort might be keeping you up at night around week 18. Be sure, in your hectic schedule, that you plan some time to unwind. (Great excuse for some pregnancy pampering! Can you say prenatal massage?!) It’s important to give your body and your mind a break for a little while. That just might help you get the sleep you need, too.

Your baby's the size of a sweet potato!
She's about 5.6 inches long and about 6.7 ounces now and she keeps on growing rapidly. (That's why you're probably feeling so hungry.)"
Okay.. so I realize this is only talking about one baby... so things might be different.. but eh- whatever.  Technically, we have 11.2" of baby (if we're going off of this info). :)

So, 18 weeks... shouldn't we be finding out what we're having soon??  Heck yes!  We have our anatomy scan on FRIDAY! 2 DAYS AWAY!  I'm dying over here!  I've been trying to fill these last few days with projects and other things to keep me and my mind busy!

Here is one project I completed today!  I started this a little while ago, but ran out of balloons before I was done.  So, I picked up some more balloons today and tada!  I'm quite happy with my balloon wreath.  This will go on the door to the nursery :)  Also, we bought a ceiling fan for the room and Jon and his dad are going to put it in on Friday- yay!

Anyways, back to Friday.  We are going to a specialist instead of our obgyn because they apparently have fancier equipment.   The nurse on the phone told me to expect 1 + 1/2hr for the scan, but I've heard from others that it's closer to 2 hours.  Hopefully I will get to have a bathroom break! The nurse also told me to bring snacks... haha.  Little does she know that I always have a snack or two in my purse at all times- so no worries there :)  So, who knows how long we'll be there.  I'm expecting 3-4 hours (if you include wait time).  

As another side project- I had some help from my brother-in-law to make these awesome scratch tickets.  These will be our gender announcement!  I made the scratch off circles (so easy to make!) that will go on them and I am mailing them out to my family in NH on Friday.  Local family will be finding out on Friday.  So, sadly, I won't have the results on the blog on Friday.  But! I'll post the scratch ticket on here on Friday and then the guessing can begin :)

So, what do you think? 2 boys? 2 girls? One of each?  Vote your guesses on the poll to the right- under the twin gadget :)

Friday, August 10, 2012

NH pt 3- Last NH post!

Thursday (our final day) was a more relaxing day :)  We went with my dad and met my Uncle Roger for breakfast (what's new lol).  After that we headed to Walmart to pick up drinks and ice for a planned BBQ at my sister, Shannon's house.  Dad kept piling in drinks into the cart and Jon and I kept looking at each other like "isn't that too much for only like 10 people??"  I didn't bother asking, because I figured my dad knew what he was doing and was probably planning on left overs.  So, I just let that slide :)

Now, I realize most of you have never had to do this and it will probably sound really weird, but in the town I grew up in NH- we don't have a trash pick up.  So, you are required to pack up your own trash and drive it down to "the dump".  When you get there you have to pull up and there is this little building where you throw your trash bags into trucks that are parked under the building.  There are also sections for recycling, brush, old appliances... etc.  Anyways, so when we got back to my dad's house, we piled up the garbage bags and headed to the dump... lol.

When we got back to Dad's he asked Jon to help him with an antenna that he had put up on the side of his house.  He has a tower on the side of his house that used to be for ham radio use.  Anyways, so he put the antenna on the tower and he wasn't getting some of the TV channels he wanted and he needed someone to help him turn it.  So... Jon was brave and climbed up!  I won't lie, I was nervous for the whole thing because I knew Jon had never climbed up something like this before (it's harder than it looks).  Although, after finding out that my dad has been climbing it by himself freaked us both out- so Jon was that much more willing to do it.  Dad really appreciated it.

Once that was done, we just hung out and relaxed until it was time to go to Shannon's house.  When we got there, there were a few extra cars that I didn't recognize.  When we headed to the back of their house, I saw balloons on their shed and I knew something was up.

The shed "UP" house lol

It was a surprise baby shower!!  I was in serious disbelief!  My family had planned an UP themed shower for us and it was so cute!  

When we got there we were adorned with "mom and dad to be" pins

There were balloons everywhere, the UP movie was playing inside for the kids and there cute little details everywhere.

This was one of the first things we saw.  My brother-in-law, Ron made this awesome banner for us.  This is the actual file- pictures just don't do it justice!  This will be going in our nursery for sure.


My brother, Scott made us this really cute adventure book that we used as our guest signing book.  He also made small "grape soda" decals that went with our favors- so freaking cute!

 Angel and Leah put this together- cupcakes that looked like balloons coming out of the UP house!

Shannon made the popcorn favors, really cute rubber duck punch (hehe) she also put out these awesome collages of pictures of our family and tons of pictures of my mom.  It was like she was there too :)  I know there were so many other details she put into this- balloons, food etc...

Two dolls signifying twins lol... the doll on the right was made by my mom.  My sister, Leah made the other one.  The basket is full of the popcorn favors- you can see the grape soda decal Scott made too!

Ron manned the burgers and hot dogs :)  He also made our invitation!

 In attendance:

Shannon, Ron, Madison, Scott, Angel, Hunter, Jacob, Dale, Leah, Alina, Eleanor, Dad, Jackie (Ron's mom), Debbie, Chuck, Kyle, Melissa, Uncle Roger, Charlene, Rich, Aiden and Cameron.

Charlene, Aiden, Crystal & Jon
Leah, Kyle, Chuck, Debbie, Melissa, Crystal, Jon & Shannon

Madison & Alina
Leah, Scott, Angel & Dale

Uncle Roger, Jackie, Eleanor (with Dale) & Dad
There were a lot of family that weren't able to make it because they were out of town and I had an Aunt who had just gone through surgery.  So, I am thankful for all those who could come and missed those who were unable to make it.

We played a cute game where there all these baby items on the table and you had a little bit to look at them and then they were covered with a table cloth and you had to remember everything that you saw.  It was cute :)

I cannot express how thankful I am for my family and for all they do for us.  This was truly a wonderful experience and we are filled with so much gratitude.  It was unexpected and everything turned out so amazing!  Thank you to everyone who helped plan, I promise nothing went unnoticed.

This is such an amazing time in our lives and we were so glad to share it with you all.  It has taken us a long time to get here and now that we are- it is so very surreal.  We are so thankful for all of the support of both of our families and we couldn't have made it here without all your love, prayers and support. 

Also, I can't forget this picture lol... Madison being consumed by all the balloons before the shower :)   I heard she was a huge help the day of the party- Thanks, Madison!

Other pictures from that day:

I can't believe how fast Madison is growing up! 13!! I fed this girl rice cereal for crying out loud! haha

Blanket help lol  (which BTW- all the detail on it is now done! I put detail on the door on the house and then I stitched a cursive "Adventure is out there!" on the bottom- so cute!!  Just need to bind and back it... waiting to find out genders so I can do that and start a 2nd one!!)