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Life Lately

Hey friends!!!! How are you all doing? Boy, have I missed you! It’s been a seriously long time since I’ve blogged, I know! After the birth of the babies, life got crazy (in a good way!) and blogging was put on the back burner. Taking care of two babies is no easy task; however, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Our lives have completely changed for the better. I love being a mom and although it’s hard work, it’s totally worth it when you see those adorable smiling faces looking back at you.

Gianna and IsaacThe Babes

Well, if you can believe it, Gianna and Isaac turned 6 months old this past Thursday! Wow, has the time flown by! They’re both doing amazingly well and growing fast so fast. Their little personalities are certainly making themselves known and it’s fun to watch them reach certain milestones.

Isaac is definitely our laid back baby. He loves cuddling and being held. He’s our happy little man – easy to please and smiling often. He loves playing with his toys, eating rice cereal, playing in his exersaucer, studying his hands, giggling and loves when daddy sings to him.

IsaacGianna is our little spitfire. She has quite the attitude and is very inquisitive, always observing and curious about her surroundings. She loves grabbing her feet, covering her face with her blanket, talking, playing on her play mat, bath time and going for walks in the stroller.

GiannaThese two are the light of my life – definitely the best thing that has happened to me! I can’t get enough! Just too darn cute!

Me

I’m doing great…FINALLY! Recovery from a c-section is no joke! I definitely underestimated how I’d be feeling, and with a few added complications, I had a rough recovery. BUT, I’m happy to put that all behind me because now I’m feeling back to my old self. At 6 weeks postpartum, I was able to resume all normal activity. It was such a great day when I walked out of the doctor’s office with a clean bill of health.

Since then, I’ve started to incorporate physical activity back into my routine again. Although, I worked out through the majority of my pregnancy, I was quite limited in what I could do, so getting back into my usual exercise routine has been amazing. Boy, how I missed it!

With the start of the New Year, I was looking for a way to challenge myself psychically and get back into shape, so I joined a challenge group with Sarah @ Creating a Better Tomorrow (a fellow twin mom!) as our coach. I started the Insanity Max:30 program at the beginning of January, finished it 60 days later and successfully shed the baby weight (more about the program at a later date). This connection with Sarah, the challenge group and the program led me to take part in a new endeavor, which I’m excited to share with you in the very near future, so stay tuned. :-)

Max30In addition, I’m back to work and have been for exactly a month today. After being on maternity leave for 6 months and being with the babes for so long, going back to work was SO hard. It was definitely a difficult transition – lets just say, they took it better than mommy did. They’re doing well at daycare; although, picking up every germ known to mankind, but I keep tell myself that that will just build their immune system for when they start school. Anyway, it’s still super difficult to be away from them all day, but I’m taking it day by day. I know they’re in good hands, so that certainly eases my mind. So, that’s where I’m at these days. Life is good!

AND, I’m going to end it hear in the interest of not writing a book, so I’ll see you all later!

Ahhhh…I’m so pumped to be back!

So, update me on your life – what’s new? – what have I missed?

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They’re HERE!

Justin and I are pleased to announce the birth of Gianna Rose (5 lbs 5 oz) and Isaac Julian (4 lbs 13 oz) born October 23rd at 9:31 p.m. and 9:32 p.m.!!! Mom and babies are doing great! 

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Week 37 – An End in Sight

Well, the babies must be awfully comfy in there because I’m still pregnant! Craziness! I know I said this before, but I have to say it again, never did I think I’d make it this far, and the fact that I did, means the babies should be in pretty decent shape when they make their debut, which is all I can ask for at this point.

Also, I had another ultrasound and doctor appointment yesterday and everything continues to be wonderful. They didn’t do measurements, but did check their breathing, movements and fluid levels and I’m pleased to report, the doctor was again, very happy with their progress. AND the big news is that their is an official end in sight! If the babies don’t come on their own within the next week, I have a c-section scheduled for Tuesday, October 28th. One more week!!! Eeeeeek!

37 WeeksBabies’ size? A winter melon (6.2 lbs to 9.2 lbs and about 18.9 to 20.9 in).

Stretch marks? Just a few.

Sleep? Ugh, not so great! I wake up about a million times at night to go to the bathroom and then as a result, it’s hard to get back to sleep and get in a position that is somewhat comfortable.

Best moment this week? Getting a date for the c-section! It feels so nice to have end date to focus on and know that our babies will be here soon.

Miss anything? Anything that I miss at this point doesn’t even matter because it’ll all be over within a week. The one thing I’ll miss about being pregnant though is feeling the babies move around in my belly. I love that aspect of pregnancy!

Movement? Yup, still moving like crazy!

Food Cravings? No.

Anything making you queasy or sick? At this point, food does not sit well no matter what I eat. The nausea, sour stomach and heart burn continues.

Genders? A BOY and a GIRL!

Labor Signs? The period-like cramping and back pain continues as well as some Braxton Hicks contractions. It definitely gets uncomfortable sometimes, but there isn’t any pattern yet. It just happens at random times during the day and night.

Symptoms? I won’t go over the symptoms again because they’re the same as last week.

Belly Button – in or out? Out!

Wedding Rings – on or off? Off.

Happy or Moody? Happy!

Looking Forward To? Meeting our new little additions! So soon! :-)

Mamas, what’s one thing you missed about your pregnancy?

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Week 36 – Still Pregnant

Yup, I’m still pregnant! Honestly, I can’t believe I even made it this far, which is good for the babies because as we know, the longer they stay in, the better! And, I’m happy to report that all is going really well. The babies and I got a clean bill of health last week at my doctor’s appointment and ultrasound. The little guy is weighing in at 4 lbs 15 oz and she is weighing in at 5 lbs 5 oz, which is perfect for 36 weeks. However, it turns out that I’ll likely be needing a c-section. While the little guy is in a head down position, she is currently breeched and blocking the birth canal. It’s highly unlikely that she would move at this point because of the lack of room. The plan is to allow my body to go into labor naturally, but delivery will be through a c-section. If my body doesn’t go into labor on its own, then a c-section will be scheduled no later than 38 weeks. Waiting is the hardest part!!!!

36 weeksBabies’ size? A honeydew melon (4.2 lbs to 5.8 lbs and about 17.2 to 18.7 in).

Stretch marks? A few small ones on the underside of my belly, but overall, I think my skin did pretty well for all the extra weight I’m carrying.

Sleep? Actually, not too bad this week; although, I hope I didn’t just jinx myself!

Best moment this week? My ultrasound! I love being able to see the babies, hear their heart beats and most of all, finding out that they’re growing and measuring as they should!

Miss anything? Moving around easily. Right now I feel like a beached whale. Other than doing a few things around the house from time to time, I’ve mostly been staying on the couch. I’m just so uncomfortable!

Movement? Yup, still moving like crazy!

Food Cravings? No.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Not anything specific, but my stomach and appetite hasn’t been all that great lately. I have to eat small meals throughout the day (not much room in there!) and when I do eat, the food tends to make me either nauseous, give me a sour stomach or I get heartburn. No fun!

Genders? A BOY and a GIRL!

Labor Signs? I’ve still been experiencing some period-like cramping (with some more intense spurts) and lower back pain. I brought it up to my doctor again at my last appointment and she’s not at all concerned. She said my body is getting ready for labor.

Symptoms? The same as last week – lots of swelling in my hands, feet, ankles and legs (some days are worse than others), generally uncomfortable, a very heavy feeling in my stomach, hot flashes, exhausted and LOTS of trips to the bathroom.

Belly Button – in or out? Out!

Wedding Rings – on or off? They’re still off. I haven’t even tried putting them on at this point.

Happy or Moody? Happy!

Looking Forward To? Meeting our new little additions! Any day now! :-)

If you were pregnant, did you have a c-section or natural birth?

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Weeks 34-35 – Reality Sets In

So, I’m officially on maternity leave from work and thank goodness for that! I’ve been so tired and so uncomfortable these days, which is part of the reason for not getting a blog post up last week. I’m just having a hard time concentrating on anything but babies! I’m excited and nervous all at the same time!

At my last doctor’s appointment (which went really well by the way), the doctor and I talked a lot about labor and delivery and WHOA…did reality set in! This is really happening! The doctor said twins are typically born between 36 and 37 weeks; although, it can happen at any moment. OH.MY.GOSH! It’s so close!  The cut off point is 38 weeks, so basically, if they don’t come on their own before that time, then they’ll either induce or I’ll be having a c-section. We’ll shall see…

34 and 35 weeks Collage

Babies’ size? They went from a butternut squash (4.2 lbs to 5.8 lbs and about 17.2 to 18.7 in) at 34 weeks to a coconut (4.2 lbs to 5.8 lbs and about 17.2 to 18.7 in) at 35 weeks.

Maternity clothes? No, and I’ll be removing this question for the remainder of my bumpdates (which may be very few!).

Stretch marks? There may be a few at the bottom of my belly, but it’s kind of hard to tell.

Sleep? Ugh! Some nights just okay and some nights terrible. There have been a few times when I just turned the TV because I was wide awake.

Best moment this week? Sterilizing and washing the baby bottles (I shared the pic below on Instagram last week – there are so many and so many parts!) and making a few dishes to put in the freezer for after the babies’ arrival.

Baby BottlesMiss anything? Feeling like myself. I know I’ve said this before, but carrying around all this extra weight is definitely taking its toll. I’ve been so sedentary over the past week; although, I did manage to get a session or two of prenatal yoga in and do a few things in the kitchen, but other than that, I haven’t been doing much. I start doing stuff around the house and tire easily and am so uncomfortable, so I end up right back on the couch.

Movement? Oh yeah! They’re constantly on the move, which is surprising at this late stage in the pregnancy. You’d think they’d run out of room by now.

Food Cravings? No.

Anything making you queasy or sick? No.

Genders? A BOY and a GIRL!

Labor Signs? Well, I have been experiencing some mild period-like cramping and lower back pain over the past week or so. The doctor says this is perfectly normal. It sounds like my body is getting ready for the big day. Eeeek!

Symptoms? Still lots of swelling in my hands, feet, ankles and legs, generally uncomfortable, major hot flashes, exhausted and LOTS of trips to the bathroom.

Belly Button – in or out? Out!

Wedding Rings – on or off? Since I’ve stopped working, I haven’t been wearing them. My hands and fingers are swelling quite a bit these days. I doubt I’d be able to get them on at this point.

Happy or Moody? Happy and crazy excited!

Looking Forward To? My 35 week check-up tomorrow and another ultrasound coming up at the end of the week.

At what point in time did reality set in that you were going to be a mom?

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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…

_GST5492_resize_GST5517_resize_GST5531_resize_GST5549_resize_GST5548_resize1_GST5553_resize_GST5625_resizeHave a great weekend and I’ll see you next week!

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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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