Thursday, June 28, 2012

It's official...

None of my normal pants/shorts fit anymore LOL!! I bought some shorts at target that had an elastic waist (non-maternity) and those are the only ones that fit and they have gotten a little tighter since I bought them.  Yikes.  I'll start taking belly shots soon... I'm just trying to let it all sink in.  I'm in denial here lol... I just need to get used to it.  I sure hope Jon knows what he's in for haha! 

I went to my OBGYN on Monday.  It was a normal check up, nothing super exciting.  Pee in a cup, blood pressure check... all that fun stuff.  Anyways, she measured my uterus and I am measuring 15weeks lol... On Monday I was 10wks5days.  She was surprised with how large it was.  She said "you are measuring larger than I expected!  Those babies are growing!" So, it's a good thing... but with that also comes a moment of panic when you realize "I'm a month ahead in size... and nothing is going to be fitting me soon"  This was one reason why we wanted to announce everything this week as being official.  I'm in the awkward stage of "is she just getting fat.. or is she pregnant?" Awesome.

Some of you have asked why we didn't come out and tell everyone we were having twins when we said our results came back positive and that we were indeed pregnant.  At that time, when they were watching my hcg levels rise, things didn't rise as fast as they expected.  That happens sometimes when your hcg levels are really high to start with.  So it could mean one of two things: one of the twins weren't viable or my levels were just taking their sweet time to rise... and it was the latter.  I was just waiting to make sure all was well.  Since the scare of one of them not being viable we've been able to see and hear both heart beats every week for the last 5 weeks (starting at week 6)!  Both babies are always fighting to measure exactly the same in length and heart beats :)  There is one that is a little further back in positioning (the baby on the bottom of the ultrasound from our last post) and we have a hard time seeing all the details like we see in the other, but you can tell they look the same when they do a close up. 

Tomorrow is going to be bittersweet.  It is my "graduation visit" at my fertility clinic.  My actual doctor won't be there (he switched days with another doctor), but all the nurses will be there.  I'm happy to be moving on and out of their office.  I'm excited to stop paying $40/visit!!!  Our budget is going to start looking pretty good!!  I'm so thankful for the Houston Fertility Institute and for Doctor Griffith and his team.  I know we had a lot of ups and downs- but we could not have gotten here with out any of them.  I'm thankful for my OBGYN for referring me to them originally.

I am a firm believer that Heavenly Father places people in your life at the right time and for me, this was one of those times (how I found my OBGYN and how she referred me).  I cannot express how grateful I am.  We are truly blessed and none of this could have been possible without the guidance from our Heavenly Father.  He truly knows all of us and he knows what path to lead us down- even if that includes many stumbling blocks for us to learn from.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Rumor Has It...

A few weeks ago we posted this:

A picture of our official due date from Dr. G's office.

Since then there have been rumors floating around about our pregnancy and we are here to clear it up.

Before I go on, I wanted to talk about the special club on the movie UP.  Carl is given a special badge made from a grape soda cap from his new found love, Ellie.  At the end of the movie he presents this to the young Russell as the "Ellie Badge" for going above and beyond his duty as a Wilderness Explorer.  It is a very special moment- I pretty much cry every time I watch that part.  I mentioned in the previous post, how the movie UP is very special to Jon and me in our relationship. 

Anyways, about a year and a half ago, my sister, Shannon and her family found "grape soda" pins at Disney World.  They are so hard to find!!! When Jon and I went a little over a year ago we searched for the pins high and low and couldn't find them anywhere.  Since then, my sister found 2 more and sent them our way.  It was our way of being in this "special club".  It was silly, but special. Then, my dad went to WDW and he found a few badges and bought all the ones he could find (no joke).  I knew that whenever we got pregnant, I wanted a "badge" for our new addition to the family.  It was something between my family that was special and I wanted to pass it on.  Thanks, Dad for sending me what I needed :)

So, without further ado, we'd like to present the future addition to our "grape soda club"

That's right!  TWINS!  We've known for a while, but wanted to wait to make sure all was well.  Plus, it gave us something else to surprise people with :)  We know it will be tough when they come, but how more fitting will that be with our UP theme??? "Adventure is out there!!"   Besides, when do Jon and I ever do anything normal??  Also, don't ask me how I am going to carry twins.  I have no idea.  The thought is a little daunting, frankly.  :)  We are very excited and can't wait to welcome these little ones to our family.  It has been a long time coming, and we couldn't be happier.

Here they are at 10wks

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


So for the last LONG while I've been working on a project off and on.  It's a baby blanket.  I am still far from done, but I thought I would post it on the blog.  I've never done anything like this before.  It's one of those projects that I put down and pick up like a month later.  I decided I probably need to get on it and finish it haha!

Anyways, before I post the picture of it, I wanted to give a little background.  We love Disney's Pixar movie: UP.  I love the message of the movie and the first like 15 minutes have really meant a lot to us.  Our road of infertility has been quite an adventure and there have been a lot of ups and downs.  However, having each other to get through it has been such a blessing.  So just like the characters in the movie, we are ready to face our next adventure :)  We've also decided to do an "UP" theme for the nursery.  Completely gender neutral.  Lots of bright colors.  Don't worry, we're not going to have the dogs or the bird lol... just the parts of the movie that stick out to us the most.  The house, the mural painting Carl and Ellie have in their baby nursery that you see for like a split second in the beginning.  Because they work at a zoo- animals and some carnival type things fit in quite nice too :)

Here is the blanket so far!  I need to add clouds and maybe some more detail on the house.  Then I need to back it and bind it.... I've never done any binding before.  Wish me luck!

Also, I made the painting with the help of paper and mod podge :)  Oh, and since this picture was taken, it has been framed.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Cucumbers and Ice Cream

Time sure does fly!  I can't believe we're already approaching the middle of June! There hasn't been a whole lot going on around here to be honest.

I've had a few really crappy days where I don't even want to leave the house because I'm feeling just a little green.  However, I've had way more good days than bad (knocking on wood).  I'm thankful for that, but being pregnant does bring on the hormonal worry of "is this a bad thing that I'm not feeling sick all the time?"  Oh well. I could be eating these words at some point, so I'll just stop talking about it in fear of jinxing myself :)

I know I mentioned it a few posts ago, but we have been catching up on the marvel comic movies so we can see The Avengers.  I am happy to say that we finally finished!  We watched Thor like 2 weekends ago and then we watched Captain America on Friday.  Sadly, we probably won't make it to the theaters to see the new one, so now we'll be waiting for it to come out on Redbox.  What's new?  We always end up doing that- haha. 

Speaking of movies, last weekend we saw Men in Black 3.  I was a little skeptical about how it was going to be, but I will admit, I loved it!  I wasn't feeling good at all that day, so I am glad I was able to go and feel OK during the movie.

Anyways, Jon told me I should write down what cravings I've been having.  I promise they're not weird!  First off- I have to say thank you to our friends the Bowens for filling my need for Cafe Rio.  Oh my goodness, it was so delicious- thank you!

Current Cravings:
-cottage cheese
-scrambled eggs
-chicken salad sandwiches
-yellow curry from that Thai place off of FM1960.  Jon's dad called yesterday to ask what Jon ordered when we went a few months back and I've been thinking about it ever since lol so.delicious. Note: we've only ever been there once.
-Sandwiches.  The whole "no deli meat" thing has weird-ed me out so I haven't really found a good balance of how to get my turkey sandwich craving in without buying and cooking turkey breast.
-diet coke... weird.
-gummy bears.. this is nothing new... but I'm blaming it on pregnancy now :)

Weird things about food:
I have always been a lover of salads.  Jon has termed some of my salads as "bucket-o-salad".  Salad bars are my favorite.  However, since being pregnant I cannot stand the smell of lettuce while I make my own salad... I can only have it if someone else makes it for me-haha.  Once I pull out the lettuce to make it myself, the smell of the bag or the lettuce (haven't identified the main culprit yet) really bothers me and I can't make the salad.  If the salad is already made, or if Jon makes it- I will eat it gladly without any smelling issues.  Pathetic.  I'm a grown woman! I should be able to make my salad myself.. It just sends my smeller to the edge when I have to handle the lettuce myself.

Along with the lettuce issue... tomatoes and cucumbers have now fallen under that category too.  However, those are come-and-go.  I had some pre cut cucumbers the other day and they were really good.  Later in the evening, I thought they were the nastiest things I've ever had.  Sad.  I really love cucumbers.

Some leftovers have been an issue for me.  We made these amazing  enchiladas this last week and we had left overs of the filling.  I got it out to construct a small enchilada and as soon as I opened up the tupperware, I just couldn't handle the thought of it.  So, that left the rest for Jon.  Sad.  They were really good too!

If you're still reading this, I'm impressed!  I guess one last thing to note- I am now 8wks 4days today.  We met with my OBGYN this past Monday and then on Friday I went to my fertility doc office.  I had another ultrasound and all is measuring perfect :)  The office was a little low on staff, so a girl who doesn't have a whole lot of experience with ultrasounds came in to do mine.  I know she isn't that great at them, because she has done an ultrasound during a previous fertility treatment and that one was bad and the doc needed a re-do.  Anyways, so I won't lie, my heart sunk a little when I saw her walk in the room.  Jon was with me and he was all excited to see everything and we barely saw anything.  She couldn't get her aim right with the heart beat and her aimer thing on the screen kept moving all around instead of staying exactly over the heart.  So, it was really awkward and she was really nervous.  I am hoping that this week it will be the normal nurse who does it.

Anyways, that's all for now.  Jon has been sick this weekend.  He started coming down with something on Thursday night and he was miserable all Friday.  We really haven't left the house all weekend.  I was heading to church this morning and then I got slammed with "morning sickness", so that took care of that.  So, we are alive but Jon is sick and I'm just dealing with feeling "sick" off and on. We're just a pathetic pair trying to take care of one another lol

If only we had some ice cream... we could both use that today. Yum!