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Maternity Photos

Hey there friends! I’m just popping in today to share some of our maternity photos with. A good friend of ours took these for us and we’re super excited with how they turned out. Sorry it took so long for me to get these posted, but here you go…

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Week 33 – No Birth Plan

Now that the end of my pregnancy is fast approaching, I’ve been thinking more and more about a birth plan; however, I’ve quickly come to realize that when it comes to labor and delivery, especially with twins, a birth plan isn’t necessarily the most practical option, so I’m going with having no birth plan. I don’t want to set my expectations one way or another for a specific delivery because I just don’t know. I’d rather take some of the pressure of myself by just going with the flow, relying on my doctors and my body to do what’s right. Whatever happens, happens and at this point, however the babies decide to enter this world is fine with me so long as they’re healthy.

Oh and on a side note, I can’t even believe I’m talking about a birth plan. This pregnancy absolutely flew by! I feel like I just made the announcement and here we are with such little time left before their arrival! Ahhh…so excited!!! :-)

33 WeeksBabies’ size? A durian (4.2 to 5.8 lbs and about 17.2 to 18.7 ins), which by the way, is a southeast Asian fruit – I had to look it up because I had no idea.

Maternity clothes? No, but I did purchase a few nursing pieces to bring with me to the hospital.

Stretch marks? No.

Sleep? Well, I guess I jinxed myself last week because this week, sleep hasn’t been all that great. I keep waking up a lot in the middle of the night and just can’t seem to get back to sleep. It’s like I get this bouts of insomnia. So frustrating, and it makes for a long, tiring day.

Best moment this week? Packing my hospital bag! It’s a good feeling to know if we need to leave the house in a hurry, my bag is already to go! Also, Justin installed the car seats and we got them inspected to make sure they were in properly, so we’re good to go on that front as well.

Miss anything? Wearing my closed toed shoes! The other day, I tried to put on my flats because we’ve had some cooler weather these days and they barely fit, so it looks like I’ll be wearing flip flops for the duration of the pregnancy regardless of the cooler weather.

Movement? ALL the time! They’re like little acrobats in there!

Food Cravings? No.

Anything making you queasy or sick? No.

Genders? A BOY and a GIRL!

Labor Signs? No.

Symptoms? So, so tired, stronger Braxton Hicks contractions (one of which nearly took my breath away), a heavy/achy feeling in my stomach (sometimes my stomach feels like it weighs 100 lbs!), a lot more swelling in my hands, arms, feet and legs and generally more uncomfortable.

Belly Button – in or out? Out!

Wedding Rings – on or off? On, but I don’t think I’ll be wearing them for much longer. Yesterday morning I pretty much had to force them on my finger. The swelling has definitely worsened over the past week.

Happy or Moody? SO happy!

Looking Forward To? My 34 week check-up at the doctor next week.

Did you have a birth plan prior to delivery? Were you able to stick to that plan or did it go out the window come time for delivery?

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Good News!

Firstly, I want to thank everyone for your kind comments, thoughts and prayers on my last post. I so appreciate your support and encouragement more than words can say. It really means a lot to me.

Now for a quick update – I had my appointment with the Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) doctor yesterday and am VERY pleased to report that the babies looked great!!! At my last ultrasound (which was over a week ago), the babies weighed in at 3.3 lbs and at yesterday’s ultrasound, one weighed in at 3.14 lbs and one weighed in at 3.15 lbs. I was completely amazed and SO relieved at how much they gained in one week and a day! The doctor was quite happy with their progress as well. Their movements were right on target, they were practicing their breathing and their weight is right where it should be at 32 weeks and 2 days. Overall, they looked great and at this point, there is no cause for concern. They told me to keep doing what I’m doing, which is eating lots of protein (I’ve incorporated protein into just about every meal/snack that I eat) and getting as much rest as possible. I have a follow-up growth ultrasound in three weeks.

Friends, I cannot tell you how happy Justin, myself and the rest of the family were to hear this fantastic news. After a week of worry and unpleasant thoughts, I wanted to cry with joy and relief. Such a weight was lifted off my shoulders! Granted, we’re still waiting for the results of the preeclampsia testing, but I’ve been feeling pretty decent and haven’t really been experiencing any symptoms, so I’m hoping everything will come back negative and it will be smooth sailing for here on out. And honestly, I really do attribute this growth spurt to the uptake of protein in my diet. It’s certainly something I NEED to keep up! Oh, and I was excited to find out that the boy turned and is currently head down! The girl is still breached, but there’s still time for her to turn. Honestly, at this point, I don’t even care how I deliver the babies, I just want them to stay in as long as possible!

Alright well I’m off to get some things done. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week!

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Weeks 31-32 – A Few Bumps in the Road

Hi there friends!

Sorry I disappeared from the blog for a little while, but the fact is my pregnancy has been met with a few bumps in the road and quite frankly, I’ve been distracted. I’ve had a few doctor’s appointments over the past several weeks (with lots more to come) and although, the news isn’t necessarily really bad, it’s not exactly what we want to hear either. So let me start at my 30 week appointment – I went in for a routine doctor’s visit. At each and every appointment, they ask that you bring in a urine sample so they can test for any protein. If they find protein in your urine, this could be a sign of preeclampsia. Well, at this particular visit, they did find some protein; however, my blood pressure was normal and I wasn’t experiencing any other symptoms associated with it. They asked me to come back in a week to be retested and to have a growth ultrasound of the babies (which was something they were going to do anyway).

The following week, I went for another doctor’s visit. There was no protein in my urine and my blood pressure was fine; however, the morning of my doctor’s visit, I was not feeling well at all. I was somewhat dizzy, I had a fuzzy head, I was very nauseous and overall I just didn’t feel right. Luckily, I had taken the day off of work and my dad was home, so he came over and drove me to my appointment. The doctor couldn’t figure out the cause of these symptoms so as a result, she ordered more testing to be done to rule out preeclampsia despite the fact that no protein was detected and that my blood pressure was normal. Later in the day, those weird symptoms went away and I started to feel okay again and have been feeling okay (other than the normal pregnancy symptoms) for the past few days, but I’m still waiting for the results of the testing.

The main thing that has us worried were the results of the growth ultrasound of the babies. As of last week’s ultrasound, they were both measuring in at 3.3 lbs, which we’re told that’s on the low end of normal for where they should be at this point. It’s not dangerously low, but in comparison from the previous ultrasound, their growth is “sluggish” – NOT a word we wanted to hear! As a result, my OBGYN is sending me to a Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor (I have an appointment this week) to have additional testing done in order to determine what’s going on and to determine if the placentas are functioning properly. I’m told that if there is an issue, the worst case scenario is an early delivery, which has been my fear throughout this pregnancy. Granted, it wouldn’t be exceptionally early, but we want them to stay in the womb as long as possible to avoid any stay in the NICU.

I wasn’t expecting this news, so to be quite honest, it hit me hard. I can’t help but worry even though everyone tells me not to and that they’re really just sending me to the specialist as a precautionary measure. I love these babies more than anything already and all I (we) want is them to be as healthy as possible. When I made my appointment with the specialist, they told me to up my protein intake, which is exactly what I’ve been doing for the past few days. I’ve made a conscious effort to add in lots of Greek yogurt, almonds, protein smoothies, eggs, Quest bars, chicken breasts, etc. I’m SO hoping this will help and we’ll find out that all is going okay. I’ll keep you posted, but now on for a bumpdate of the last two weeks.

31-32 WeeksBabies’ size? At week 31 their size is that of a pineapple (about 15.2 to 16.7 ins. and about 2.5 to 3.8 lbs) and at week 32 the size of a squash (about 15.2 to 16.7 ins. and about 2.5 to 3.8 lbs).

Maternity clothes? Nope.

Stretch marks? No.

Sleep? Aside from multiple trips to the bathroom at nights, it’s been surprisingly pretty good.

Best moment this week? The mobiles for the cribs came. They’re absolutely adorable!

Miss anything? Now that the weather is starting to feel like fall, I miss taking long with Justin. Unfortunately, walking too far and for too long brings on Braxton Hicks contractions, so I have to be super careful.

Movement? They’re moving all the time! From the growth ultrasound, we found out that the babies are currently in a breached position, so hopefully with all they’re moving, they’ll flip around during the coming weeks.

Food Cravings? Not really.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope, and I’m back to eating chicken.

Genders? A BOY and a GIRL!

Labor Signs? No.

Symptoms? Very tired, more Braxton Hicks contractions, a heavy feeling in my stomach, aches and pains and the pelvic bone pain is still giving me a lot of trouble. I actually purchased a maternity support band, which has helped to provide more support and ease up some of the pressure.

Belly Button – in or out? Out!

Wedding Rings – on or off? They’re still on, but feeling a bit more snug.

Happy or Moody? I’m happy, but on the nervous side about the babies growth.

Looking Forward To? It’s more like I’m anxiously awaiting my appointment with the Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor at the end of the week.

Did your pregnancy hit any bumps in the road?

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Preggers by Therafirm Review

For those of you who are pregnant, today’s product review is pretty exciting. During pregnancy, swelling in feet, ankles and legs is a very common symptom, especially as you enter into the third trimester. Over the past several weeks, I’ve definitely starting to experience quite a lot of swelling in those areas. It’s gotten progressively worse and is much more noticeable by the end of the day. The doctor recommended I wear compression stockings, which I have always found to be ugly and not so practical to wear to work. Luckily; however, I was introduced to Preggers by Therafirm by Sarah @ Creating a Better Tomorrow.

Preggers by Therafirm

Preggers is a line of maternity wear that focuses on support hosiery and compression products that are designed to energize tired and achy legs and help prevent and reduce swelling during pregnancy. This is accomplished by the true gradient compression design of these garments, which provides the greatest amount of compression at the ankle and gradually decreases toward the top in order to help with circulation. Preggers offers a variety of compression and support products some of which include pantyhose, tights, footless tights, knee highs and leggings at very reasonable prices.

I was lucky enough to try out the leggings in black and the tights in purple. First and foremost, I was impressed with the fashionable options and colors. Typically, I tend to think of compression garments as being ugly and drab, but that’s certainly not the case with the Preggers line. I also liked the fact that the material is very soft and not at all itchy. Both these products were super comfortable, and not only helped to reduce swelling in my legs and ankles, but also provide the right amount of support for my growing belly and achy back. I could seriously wear these everyday and would highly recommend them for all my fellow pregnant mamas.

LeggingI do want to mention; however, the leggings and tights are bit challenging to put on, but if you follow the instructions, it does make getting them on a bit easier. Also, the leggings are sheer in the top portion, so be sure and wear a long tunic to cover the bum area.

Oh and, by the way, if you’re not expecting, Therafirm has a sister brand of compression and support garments called GOGO, which I’m very much looking forward to trying after the babies arrival. Bottom line, compression garments are miracle workers and if you haven’t had a chance to try them yet, I would suggest you do.

What has your experience been with compression and support wear garments?

Disclaimer: Although I was sent these products free of charges, I was not compensated in any way to give this review. All opinions are of my own.

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Week 30 – Slowing Down

I hope all my US friends had a wonderful Labor Day! We did absolutely nothing, which was perfect since I am really starting to slow down these days. Getting up in the morning, going to work, household chores, going to events and so on are getting harder and harder these days. My energy and stamina is certainly not like it used to be. I tire so easily and on the weekends, I pretty much just want to stay home and do nothing. Justin’s been doing a lot of the household chores because I either physically can’t or I’m just completely exhausted. It’s definitely not easy, but the time is going by quickly and I just keep picturing the end result.
30 WeeksBabies’ size? A cucumber (15.2 to 16.7 ins and 2.5 to 3.8 lbs).

Maternity clothes? Nope.

Stretch marks? No. Yippee!

Sleep? Not too, too bad this week.

Best moment this week? Going to the breastfeeding class this past Friday. I really enjoyed it and learned quite a bit.

Miss anything? My energy and stamina!

Movement? All the time, especially in the middle of the night!

Food Cravings? Not really.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Not really, but chicken is still off limits.

Genders? A BOY and a GIRL!

Labor Signs? No.

Symptoms? A lot of the same as in previous weeks; although, as I already mentioned, this week the exhaustion from my first trimester is definitely back with a vengeance. I’ve also had more swelling in my hands, feet and legs and lots of weird dreams at night.

Belly Button – in or out? Out!

Wedding Rings – on or off? They’re still on, but my fingers are definitely swelling a lot more these days.

Happy or Moody? I’m feeling happy!

Looking Forward To? My 30 week doctor’s appointment scheduled for this afternoon.

Did you find that in the third trimester, you lost some of your energy and stamina?

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A Twin Baby Shower

As I mentioned a few days ago, this past Saturday was my baby shower hosted by my mom and mother-in-law. I’m not the biggest fan of surprises, so I was involved in some of the planning including where the shower would take place. Since my family is Italian, I wanted the shower to take place at a local Italian restaurant. I arrived to the restaurant a few minutes prior to the time on the invitation. The restaurant and the decorations were beautiful! We didn’t have a specific theme per se, but there was lots of pink and blue.

Baby Shower1Baby ShowerIt was fun to greet my friends and family as they arrived seeing as some of them I hadn’t seen in quite some time – like my best friend Abi who hadn’t seen me since I told her I was pregnant and was barely showing.

Baby Shower6After everyone arrived it was time to sit down and enjoy some food. Believe it or not, we didn’t get any pictures of the food (I know, bad blogger!), but everything was super delicious and we had lots of courses. There was 3 different appetizers (bruschetta, calamari and antipasto), a garden salad, penne with marinara sauce, the entrée (the options included veal, chicken, fish and a vegetarian dish) and dessert.

In between courses, I walked around a bit and socialized some more with everyone.

Baby Shower3After we dinner, it was time to open presents and there were lots of them! I had help from Abi, two of my cousins and my mom, so things moved along fairly quickly.

Baby Shower2Baby Shower4In the midst of opening presents, Justin arrived (we forgot to take a picture of the two of us…bummer!). He said hello to everyone and started loading the cars with all the open presents. It was quite a task, but he managed to fit everything in our two cars.

After all the presents were opened, it was time for dessert – carrot cake from a local Italian bakery and a mini cannoli on the side (not pictured). I absolutely love how the cake turned out!

Baby Shower Cake

Before I knew it, those fours hours flew by, so we made sure to start handing out favors and I started saying my goodbyes.Baby Shower7Overall, the baby shower was a great success and turned out fantastic! We have a lot of wonderful memories from the shower and received a lot of much needed baby items to get us started for our little ones’ arrival!

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