Tuesday, July 26, 2011

24 Weeks

First of all I have to say thank you for all the sweet comments you leave about my blog - they really make a girl feel good!

Today I am 24 weeks pregnant with the twins!

We had an appointment with Dr. Drake this morning and it went great. The best news is that the babies are both growing right on track. Ainsley is 1 lb 7 oz and Benson is 1 lb 11 oz. We are so grateful Benson is growing so well since that is the main concern now with his two vessel cord. It was really a rather quick visit and Dr. Drake said everything looks great. We did talk about my eating habits briefly and she said I shouldn't be eating during the night which I do somewhat frequently. Last night I had Honey Smacks at about 2am though I just told her it was cereal, leaving out the fact that the cereal I chose probably had about a million grams of sugar. And thank goodness Jeremy didn't mention all the chocolate cake I had been eating in the middle of the night!

Here are a few ultrasound pictures from today:

This is Ainsley in some sort of acrobatic position that made Jeremy squirm (he can't touch his toes).

This is Ainsley kicking Benson in the head:

Here is Benson sitting on Ainsley's head:

And Benson returning the head shot to Ainsley:

Lastly, here they are putting their heads together (plotting against Mom and Dad I'm sure:

Tomorrow is our regular OB visit and my glucose screening. I'm so hoping that goes well!

After our appointment we went out to Jordan Creek and walked around awhile. I tried on some shoes at Aldo, or I should say I TRIED to try them on. My feet were so swollen I couldn't get a darn thing on! This was a major bummer since there were tons of good shoe sales today! Oh, well, probably better on my bank account anyway.

I have been feeling pretty good this past week and have really enjoyed having a little mini-vacation. I took Friday and Monday off giving me five days total off work. I'm starting to have a lot of hip pain especially at night/in the morning. I do sleep with a pillow between my legs but I still wake up feeling about 80 years old.

This past Sunday we went to a Chicago Cubs game - my first ever MLB game! It was a really good time and we were in the shade so it wasn't even too hot.

While it was great that the Cubs won 5-4 in the 10th, this was probably the best part of the game:

I hope you all have a great week!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Happy Anniversary

Five years ago today I married my best friend. I don't think I knew then how lucky I was to have found such an amazing man who is the PERFECT husband for me. I am grateful everyday that God gave me such a great man. I can't wait for all the rest of the years we'll get to spend together! I love you so much Jeremy!

Here are some beautiful pictures from our wedding day.

All of these beautiful pictures are by Stalzer Photography.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

23 Weeks

I'm 23 weeks pregnant with the twins!

I have been feeling pretty good this past week. My feet are still unhappy with me and how much I now weigh but I'm trying to sit more and baby them a little. I also accept foot massages any time they're offered - thanks Jeremy and Mom!

This week the babies are about 11 inches long and weigh over a pound each, according to Baby Center. They can feel me dance, their blood vessels in their lungs are developing to prepare for breathing and the sounds they are hearing are preparing them for the outside world. So they'll be used to Daisy's bark when they arrive.

I've still been craving tomatoes and I got one from my garden! I had BLTs this week and sweet corn - a great summer meal. I have also been craving bruschetta from Biaggi's and Jeremy and I went there for lunch today and I had that - it was AMAZING!

Jeremy gave me a gift card for a maternity massage and also a manicure and pedicure today and I am SO excited. I'm also a little nervous for the massage because I've never had one before but I'm sure it will be amazing. Maybe I'll schedule it for after my next six day stretch of work.

We are looking forward to our appointment with Dr. Drake next Tuesday and I have a regular OB appointment and my glucose test next Wednesday. We can't wait to see the babies again!

Lastly, and completely unrelated, my Mom and Grandma Betty came up for dinner tonight and we had this Three Berry Lemon Trifle for dessert. I got the recipe here. It was so light and summery. And with all that fruit is must be healthy, right?

I hope everyone is having a GREAT week and staying cool - IT'S SO HOT!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

22 Weeks

I am 22 weeks pregnant with the twins!

I have been feeling better than last week. I'll have a couple of good days and a couple of bad days so I'm just trying to make the best of it. Again, please don't misunderstand, I'm not complaining and I wouldn't trade this for the world. I'm just documenting what's happening and how I'm feeling being pregnant. I think my feet are a little unhappy with how much weight I've gained. The perinatologist, Dr. Drake, recommends gaining 20 pounds by 20 weeks or 24 pounds by 24 weeks. I've got that! I have gained about 23 pounds! Apparently it is harder to gain weight the further along you are so they like to see patients gain weight up front with twins (or more). But like I said, my feet do NOT approve. Standing at work can be quite uncomfortable. I did buy a pair of Crocs this past weekend. Stylish - NO. Comfortable - YES.

Baby Center says the babies are 11 inches - the length of a spaghetti squash and are almost 1 pound! Their lips, eyelids and eyebrows are becoming more distinct and they have tooth buds forming!

The more exciting news this week is that we have decided on names! Now, I can't say any name is 100% certain until it is on the birth certificate. However, we are 99.9% sure - sure enough to buy personalized onesies!

And here they are:

I love that is just so happens Baby A is the girl - Ainsley and Baby B is the boy - Benson!

Also wanted to share an adorable gift the twins received from my friend Ashley.

They say "Mommy Loves Me" - how CUTE!

And she made this ADORABLE card

Thank you Ashley!!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week!

21 Weeks

I know this is super late but I thought I'd post it anyway.

Here is me at 21 weeks with the twins!

It was kind of a rough week which is probably why this post never got done! I am having good days and bad days and it seemed like there were more bad than good this week. Just feeling very tired and sore and uncomfortable. I know I have a long way to go too! Obviously I wouldn't trade it for the world - don't get me wrong! I think there are days where I "grow" more and those days hurt more but I'll make it though!

This week, according to Baby Center, the babies are about 3/4 of a pound (12 ounces). Baby B was actually 13 ounces last week at the ultrasound so he is kicking butt! Baby A was 11 ounces so she is probably right on track. They are about 10&1/2 inches long which is the length of a carrot.

Week 22 will be better and on time - I hope!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

DIY Unity Candle

Hello friends! I wanted to share a little DIY project I did somewhat recently. My friend and colleague, Sara, is getting married this fall and I made her a unity candle. I also made one for my wedding which was FIVE YEARS AGO this month! Crazy!

It's a SUPER simple project.

This is what the finished project looked like

It will fit in a candle holder like this one

Here's a little closer

And the monogram. I LOVE monograms!

So like I said, this is a very easy project.

You just need:
White Pillar Candle
2 White Taper Candles
1 Sheet of Vellum Paper

I made the monogram in Powerpoint and printed it on the vellum. Then just cut it so it fits the candle how you like it. I attached it to the candle with scrapbooking adhesive. Then add your ribbon to cover the top and bottom edge of the vellum and around the taper candles if you like (I just used some glue to do that).

I couldn't find any good pictures of the unity candle I made for my own wedding but here is one of us lighting it.

I also made a memory candle for my Grandpa the same way.

What are you DIYing lately?