Saturday, December 20, 2014

Baby, Baby: 15 Week Bumpdate

The Kidlets
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How far along?
Today makes 15 weeks!  It sounds like such a small number compared to 40 weeks... but it's really flying by!

Genders?
Still only about 80% sure, so we're keeping it quiet. :-)

How big are they?
Crown-to-rump length is about 4 inches... about the size of a navel orange, apple, or Hass avocado (whatever that is).  When I was looking at pieces of paper I'd cut for our Christmas cards that had dimensions of 4 inches, I was just... awestruck... that there are TWO babies that big currently living in me.  Pregnancy is crazy stuff!! :-) 


I'm about to pop the buttons on my favorite pajamas!  What will I do!?!?

Changing Momma

Have you started to show yet?
Oh yeah.  Although I wore a hoodie I got at my M.Ed graduation, and you couldn't see my bump.  I was a little sad about it... I don't WANT to camouflage it!

Weight gain?
No new numbers on this, but probably still around where I was last week.

Maternity Clothes?
Yep.  Only my sweatpants and a couple of extra-long tee shirts still fit, out of my pre-pregnancy clothes.  And the sweatpants are getting close. :-/

Stretch Marks?
No new ones!

Belly Button In or Out?
Still in, but shallowing...
 
Momma's Feeling

Cravings:
Bacon.  Really, any meat.  My meat-loving side has definitely been showing this week!

Anything making you queasy or sick? 
This has been much better lately... I don't think I've taken anti-nausea meds at all this week!!!

Happy or Moody Most of the Time?
A little moody, I guess.  Not bad, I don't think, but a little more... changing. 

Movement:
YES!  We both felt both of them last night, and it was incredible!  

Sleep:
No complaints!  I wake up achy, but I'm sleeping. :-)

What I Miss:
I've been craving a caffeinated diet Coke pretty badly this week.  I know I *can* have *some* caffeine, and that one can is well below the recommended daily limit, but still... I feel safer avoiding it altogether.  

Other Symptoms: 
Burping.  Sooo much... burping!  Still fatigued, but overall, feeling pretty decent!  Oh, and one other symptom that is pretty neat, but would be beyond TMI for a blog my grandparents may read ;-)
 
Highlights and Coming Soon

Best Moment of the Week: 
I'd been feeling these little sensations that were not quite cramps, almost more like electrical pulses, and they were usually focused in one area, on one side or the other.  When I pressed my fingers over a twinging spot, I could feel almost a pulsing, fluttering feeling... it was like bubbles rising to my fingers and breaking there.  Like resting your fingers on the surface of slowly, gently bubbling water. I consulted google to confirm my suspicions, and called Ethan over to put his hand on where Baby B was playing.  He could feel the same thing :-)  A little while later, the twinging started on the other side, and I pressed my fingers there... sure enough, same thing.  Again, I called Ethan over and he got to feel our other baby moving, too.  :-)  About that time, Baby B woke back up, and we could put our hands on both babies at the same time and feel the differences in their movements... Baby A was a little calmer, and Baby B was going nuts.  Just like on the ultrasound a couple weeks ago!    

Looking Forward To: 
Really excited for Christmas, of course :-)  Also, our ultrasound on January 5, when we'll confirm the gender suspicions...  and hopefully, soon after, we'll do some kind of fun gender reveal thing here.  :-)  And... looking forward to each and every time I feel these babies move!  


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Baby, Baby: 14 Week Bumpdate

The Kidlets
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How far along?
14 weeks today <3 

Genders?
We were given a pretty good guess this week... we have another ultrasound on January 5th, and we'll confirm then and announce after that.  I just don't want to say one way and have to take it back!!

How big are they?
At the ultrasound on Monday, they measured about 8cm each. :-)  My apps say they're each the size of a lemon, a clenched fist, or a beet.  One sounds violent, the other makes me envision two little Dwight Schrutes living inside me, so we're going with lemons ;-)

Changing Momma

Have you started to show yet?
Oh yeah. 

Weight gain?
Still only up around 10 pounds or less.  

Maternity Clothes?
Yep, and I got a few more pieces in this week... a couple that are super basics that I'm going to use for projects :-)  And a couple that I can't wait to wear as is!

Stretch Marks?
No new ones...

Belly Button In or Out?
Still in... but we both think it's shallowing a little. 

Momma's Feeling

Cravings:
I got a whale of a craving for candy canes earlier in the week.  And I'm munching on some of those tiny ones right now :-)

Anything making you queasy or sick?
It seems like maaaaybe this is easing up a tiny bit?  I threw up once this week, but it seemed less like nausea and more of a super-strong reflux thing. 

Happy or Moody Most of the Time?
I've been fairly moody this week, but we're also grieving the loss of my grandfather, so I'm pretty sure it's not so much a pregnancy hormone thing....

Movement:
Possibly?  We learned that Baby A moves fairly constantly, and Baby B goes NUTS when not napping.  :-)  

Sleep:
It could DEFINITELY be worse!

What I Miss:
Baths...

Other Symptoms:
Prevacid has changed my life :-)  Heartburn was getting unbearable, but it's gone now!  Other than that, just some aches and stuff.

Highlights and Coming Soon
Best Moment of the Week:
Baaaaaabies!!  We got 45 minutes of face time with the kiddos on Monday, and it was just... wonderful.  Our ultrasound tech was a lot of fun, and taught us a lot about what we were seeing, so we felt like we were really getting to "know" them.  And we got the genetic test results back yesterday, and they place our odds at either twin having trisomy 13, 18 or 23 at 1 in 10,000 per condition.  That's the lowest odds they can give :-) 

Looking Forward To: 
Nothing major coming up in the next week... I'm looking forward to getting into the Christmas groove with my new little bump in tow :-)  And of course, counting down to January 5.  :-)
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Baby, Baby: 13 Week Bumpdate

The Kidlets

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How far along?
Today, I'm 13 weeks and 1 day pregnant :-)  Sorry about not posting yesterday... except not THAT sorry.  We had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas with some of our best friends!

Genders?
Still don't know.  We may get a pretty good idea tomorrow, though!  Only about 80% sure at this point, so we'll probably keep the info under our hats until we're more certain.

How big are they?
They're about as long as a pea pod, a peach, and a hot jalapeno. They still weigh a little less than an ounce each :-)
Changing Momma

Have you started to show yet?
Oh goodness, yes! (Excuse the end-of-a-long-day hair and eyes, haha!)

Weight gain?
I'm not sure.  We'll find out tomorrow... I don't watch a scale at home. 

Maternity Clothes?
Yeah, about half and half.  We had a neat moment a couple nights ago when we dug out the stash of maternity clothes we'd bought a piece or two at a time when we found great clearance deals... almost everything still fits, and I have almost an entire maternity wardrobe for no NEW cost!  Yippee!!

Stretch Marks?
No new ones...

Belly Button In or Out?
Still in... but we both think it's shallowing a little.
Momma's Feeling

Cravings:
Not a whole lot lately.

Anything making you queasy or sick?
Waking up... breathing...

Happy or Moody Most of the Time?
Still happy most of the time, but moody is starting to make a few more appearances...

Movement:
Still just the "maybe?" from last update :-)

Sleep:
It could DEFINITELY be worse!

What I Miss:
Baths...

Other Symptoms:
My back aches pretty much always... but my sweet hubsband has been great about extra back rubs :-)
Highlights and Coming Soon

Best Moment of the Week:
I got my first belly pat/rub last night!!  It was really fun to be with our group of best friends and all their kids, and to finally have at least a belly, if not babies yet to add to the wonderful chaos :-)

Looking Forward To: 
Tomorrow's doctor's appointment!! I get to see the doctor, and they'll do the really in-depth nuchal translucency ultrasound... we'll get lots of face time with our little ones <3 And hopefully finding out what gender/s they are!  Eep!  It's been four weeks since we've had an ultrasound, so I'm missing those sweet little wiggly kids <3

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Jamberry Nails Review and GIVEAWAY


You've probably heard of Jamberry Nails.  They are ALL over blogs, Instagram and Facebook lately, and I must admit... I've spent my fair share of time the last couple of years on the website, salivating over the most adorable designs.  I put off trying them because they seemed a bit pricey to me, and honestly... with the expenses that keep showing up on our horizons (IVF, then FET, now twins...) the last thing in the world I needed was another expensive addiction.  

But, one of our cousins (technically, she's Ethan's, but she's cool so I'll claim her too) became a consultant fairly recently and asked me to consider writing a review of the product for me blog.

OW, OW, OW... my poor twisted arm.... ;-)

Ha!  

So she sent me an applicator kit and a sheet of super-stylish black and white chevron wraps.  If you're not entirely clear on what "wraps" are (I wasn't), they're fancy stickers with super-duper strong, heat-activated adhesive.  I used my blow dryer, along with the tools in the kit, to apply them. Let's be totally honest here... applying them the first time was pretty tough!  But by my 5th and 6th nails (that's all I did - I got tired and distracted), I was getting the hang of it. :-)  For the nails I didn't wrap, I used black polish that I usually use for seasonal nail art. 


For the next two or three days, I went back and forth between "my nails feel weird, this is annoying!" and "these are the cutest flipping things I've ever seen!"  I was able to wear them for a little over two weeks (they last 2-3, but I'm convinced my prenatal vitamins made my nails grow out faster than they normally would have).  By the end of those two weeks, I was getting more than a little sad that they were eventually going to have to come off!!  And the black nails that I painted?  I had to touch them up every other day, and by the end, they were still a fright! 

I really like the look of mixing polish and "jams"... either like I did, or with just one accent nail.  If you did that, a sheet of wraps would last you forEVER!!  Using them normally, you should be able to get two full manis and two full pedis out of them.  Manis last 2-3 weeks, pedis last 4-6!  Considering wraps are around $15/sheet (depending on fanciness, I think), that's a great bargain if you tend to get professional manicures a lot.  If, like me, you usually paint your own nails and chip them off a few days later... it's definitely more expensive per manicure than buying a reasonably-priced bottle of polish.  BUT! The staying power!!  Aren't you tired of only having pretty nails for a couple of hours, max? And the designs!!! I'm fairly decent at free-handing designs on my nails, but I cannot even APPROACH these things!!  Check out some of this adorableness!!

"Let It Snow" - Seasonal, or for all you grown-up Queen Elsa fans!  And check out the Juniors version, too!
They have a collegiate line! They don't have my alma mater - Miami U - but these will do ;-)
Sweet Whimsy - I love almost everything in the Garden Party line!
Reminisce - More from the Garden Party.  I mean...
Leopard - fierce!
Yeah, I could do this all day... Go check them out yourself at Becky's consultant page! You still have time to order a bunch as stocking stuffers... orders placed by December 10 will arrive in time for Christmas!

Oh... right... the title promised a giveaway... ;-)

This is the perfect opportunity to try Jamberry for the first time!  Especially if you're nervous about starting a new "thing" and investing before you're sure you'll love it.  Becky has given me a whole sheet of "Black & White Polka" nail wraps to give to one lucky reader!  It will also come with the application kit, so you'll be set up for a lifetime of Jammin' :-)  

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Baby, Baby: 12 Week Bumpdate

The Kidlets
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How far along?
12 weeks!  Twelve glorious weeks along!! 

Genders?
Still don't know...

How big are they?
It seems like they're just a little bigger than last week... comparable to a lime (still?), a large plum, or an apricot. And now I'd like some fruit :-)

Changing Momma

Have you started to show yet?
Yep, although I don't THINK I'm any bigger than I was last week.  I just love this little bump, though!  I find my hands running over it, or cradling it, when I'm just sitting or standing around.

Weight gain?
Haven't seen a scale this week :-)  

Maternity Clothes?
I wore my maternity jeans to Thanksgiving dinner... but I'm still wearing non-maternity shirts.  I prefer them, because my cute little bump shows better in them!

Stretch Marks?
No new ones...

Belly Button In or Out?
Still in :-)

Momma's Feeling

Cravings:
Still wanting cold meat... Thanksgiving leftovers have made me a happy camper these last couple days!  And I had an isolated craving for pizza... we took care of that today :-)

Anything making you queasy or sick?
Yes.  Pregnancy ;-)  Everything... I had had a few good days and was thinking morning sickness was over.  I was wrong.

Happy or Moody Most of the Time?
Still happy most of the time, but moody is starting to make a few more appearances...

Movement:
Possibly.  I have this weird symptom where I feel like something is triggering my gag reflex, but I can't put my finger on anything that could be triggering it.  An experienced mom-friend of mine said that she sometimes felt something similar when her little ones moved, even before she could feel them moving (based on ultrasound, etc).  I'm sticking with that explanation, because it makes me all happy and googly-eyed, and that's always nice. ;-)

Sleep:
Not bad at all!

What I Miss:
I took a bath last night, to celebrate being 12 weeks... I kept it at 100 degrees, since it's safest for the babies to stay near body-temp. Turns out, I prefer my bathwater a LOT hotter than 100 degrees!!  So I'm still gonna go with missing my hot baths. :-( 

Other Symptoms:
Occasional backaches, but other than that and the nausea, I've been feeling pretty decent.

Highlights and Coming Soon

Best Moment of the Week:
There weren't a ton of twins-related moments this week, really... it was nice to celebrate my first major holiday pregnant, though.  I can't wait to have a pregnant Christmas, too!  And a pregnant Valentine's Day!!  Realizing that I might never have another childless Mother's Day, and that Ethan would definitely not have another childless Father's Day, was a pretty special moment, too!

Looking Forward To: 
December 8th's doctor's appointment and ultrasound... canNOT come soon enough!!!
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