Monday, April 30, 2012

a lot!

Today we took Little Toot to the Disney Store (one of her favorite places on earth).. She ran to the pile of stuffed animals, picked up Cubby (from Jake & the Neverland Pirates) and yelled CUBBY! CUBBY!!!!!!!!!!

How on earth does she memorize characters like that?!?!

She really wanted (REALLY WANTED) the big Peter Pan doll. Note that she's only seen Peter Pan *once* in the Jake and & the NP special on TV. She carried him around the whole time and her lip stuck out and she *almost* cried when we had to put him back at the end. A little heartbreaking. But she ended up getting Rapunzel instead. Way cooler :)


My belly is getting so big! The babies are definitely growing and I feel movement daily but not too often. It's sporadic just here and there! It feels like little squiggles in my uterus. I can't wait to be kicked hard and tell them apart based on location!


We decided on the diapers for the twins! Prefolds using Thirsties covers and Bummis covers:

And here's an example of a newborn in a prefold (not wearing a cover) in case you have no idea what I'm talking about:

You just stick the cute colorful cover over it and that's it! I've never used prefolds, so I have no idea what to actually expect. Some people love them and some people absolutely hate them. I'm going to force myself to love them since they'll be saving us lots of money :) Plus they're super cute!


This little nugget is 18 months old. 22.4lbs and 25% on weight, 75% on height, and 90% for a big head. I love my little munchkin to death. And that concludes this blog post.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

18 months WHAT!

 My Little Toot is 18 months!

A year and a half old!

6 months until she's TWO! AHH!

I've been feeling pretty crummy lately, so I haven't been taking photos as usual. But! I did get a few while we were in Kentucky.


Adalyn is such a little spitfire. She's changed so much since 12 months. Now she's extremely social, very very very talkative, and can tell you exactly what she wants! Now, she still hates  the church nursery. But I have my suspicions as to why. And when I say "hate" - I mean we were actually paged to pick her up on Sunday. But any other time, she is literally running up to strangers, touching them, saying hi and wanting to be their buddy. I thought for sure that she would be quiet and reserved around Grandma and Poppy when they came to visit. Um, nope!! She was RIGHT up all over them, giving them kisses on the lips and was immediately attached as can be!

snuggling cousin Hudsie!

Some of the new things she does:
-Saying the animal name when she sees it (dog, elephant, cow, etc.)
-Can say "woof woof" when asked what a dog says and "moo moo" for cow, and "ribbit" for frog
-Actually talks to me now and tells me what she wants (small words, I mean)
-Can work an iPad like nobody's business. which isn't always a good thing :)
-Tells us "I poop" when she's pooped and points to her butt. Knows we put poop in the potty and says ew.
-Knows the oven is "hot" and we don't touch it :) Luckily, she trusts us on this and hasn't touched it to find out just how hot it is!
-Stands by me as I throw up and says yuck yuck yuck yuck!! 

 The top 3 words said each day are: Oso, Mama, and nurse. In that order.

Yes, she still nurses. And yes, it definitely hurts now that I'm in my 2nd trimester!

She now tries to sing along to songs that we know. We sing the ABC song multiple times a day (always during brushing our teeth!), and she chimes in at "G" "K" "P" "S" "Z" and at the end she says "WITH MEEE" .. of course it's just memorization since we sing it so often. She also chimes in during the theme song of Little Einsteins and Oso.. my entire family can testify. She just says a few words here and there - it's way cute! I must get it on video somehow!

Sigh. She's growing up so big. Lately, she seems more like my best buddy than my little baby. She shares (steals) my food and drinks, gets blankets and pillows for me, and runs up to us and hugs/kisses us all the time! I'm pretty certain that we'll be having her 2nd birthday in July, since the twins are due RIGHT at her birthday. And I definitely can't throw a party with newborns or while I'm in the hospital. So we'll have to do it early. That's okay, though! Who knows what our theme will be.. but I'm crossing my fingers that her Elmo obsession will be long gone by then :) :)

I love her to death. I really do.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

13 weeks with my twinnies

 Well! Here I am, 13w2d pregnant with twins! Yesterday I had an appointment, so I thought I'd update everyone on the growth of our little nuggets!

How far along? 13

Total weight gain: 0 - currently at pre-pregnancy weight

Maternity clothes? I do love maternity pants/shorts, but my regular clothes still fit!

Sleep: A little better but still waking up at night

Best moment this week: Seeing our nuggets!!

Movement: Yes! I feel them ever so often, just randomly. I sometimes feel a little squiggle in my uterus! Only a few times a day, though!

Gender: I'm going to guess a boy and a girl today, but I definitely don't have a huge intuition or anything.

What I miss: Not being sick and not having these HORRIBLE headaches all the time!

Weekly Wisdom: Don't listen to the receptionist, because they really don't know anything!!

Looking forward to: My gender ultrasound on May 19!! Come on!!!!


So I had my 12-week appointment a week late, because I was in Kentucky (oops, I totally forgot to blog about that!) and I was SO wanting an ultrasound. Thankfully, the nurse decided to put me in the ultrasound room since I had twins, and my new doctor came in and didn't even whip out his doppler - he went straight for the ultrasound machine! (He later said it would be incredibly difficult to get both babies on the doppler because they're so small and close to each other.) Seriously, the grin on my face was HUGE! I was so, so excited to see them!

The membrane separating the babies was REALLY thin. I'm talking like.. a piece of paper thin. At 8 weeks, they had a big separation, but not anymore. They are so close that the doctor couldn't tell if I had 1 or 2 placentas - keep in mind that this machine was *ancient*.. it looked like one of the first u/s machines ever created :) We saw them squirming away and he zoomed in and gave me photos of each kiddo!

                                                                           Baby B:

Look at the baby's butt, Baby A is under its butt. 
They are SUPER close to each other.

Baby A:
 little arm!

There really wasn't much to "do" at my appointment, so the ultrasound sadly went too fast for me. He did tell me that the practice does not force me to be induced at any week - so we can go as long as we're all healthy. And they're completely fine with vaginal twin births and breech babies. So that's a blessing! Of course, everything can change and I may actually NEED a c-section - but we're taking it one day at a time and praying for healthy, big babies and hoping our darndest for a vaginal birth!! (And I mean really hoping!)

I'm definitely "accepting" the twins more. I don't know how good or bad that sounds, but everyone with twins always says that there is no RIGHT way to cope with having twins! It's definitely a shock and it definitely takes time to adjust. But now, at 13 weeks, I feel so much more at ease about having two babies at the same time and more confident in my mothering. At 8 weeks, when we found out, it was like "Oh my mercy, how am I going to do this..." And that feeling still creeps in daily. Sometimes by the hour! But Big Sis has turned out pretty fantastic, so that makes me feel a little bit better about everything - ha!

I'm still really confused on a lot of "logistical" aspect of twins - like where/how they'll sleep at night, for instance. My current PLAN is that they'll both sleep in the Fisher Price Rock & Play Sleepers as newborns. I didn't co-sleep with Ad until 8 weeks, and she slept fine on her own - so I'm really unsure if we'll co-sleep with the twins? Not against or or for it at this point, but we'll just play it by ear when they come! The only thing (for now!) that freaks me out is nap time for 3 kids and bedtime for 3 kids.. how do you get 3 kids under 2 to sleep at the same time!? Oh mercy :)

We're settled on ONE girl name - no middle name for her. And we're kind of settled on a boy name (first & middle!) but I'm not SET on the boy name just yet. Something feels off about it. My girl name matches Adalyn's name, so if it's 2 girls, I would hate for the 3rd girl to have a name that.. didn't match.. so I don't know. I'm through with the name search for a few weeks - it's exhausting! :)

My next appointment is in 4 weeks, and my next ultrasound is in THREE! Yahoo!

Monday, April 2, 2012

10 weeks!

How far along? 10 weeks.. woohoo!

Total weight gain: -5

Maternity clothes? No, still fitting comfortably in my regular clothes!

Sleep: Eh. Last night was horrible because I had a headache all night, but normally it isn't too bad! I do wake up more than usual, and I can only get comfortable by sleeping on my belly!

Best moment this week: We decided on our boys' names!! Finally.

Movement: Nope - can't wait!

Gender: Right now I'm feeling both girls. I go back and forth between B/G and G/G!

What I miss: I miss Ibuprofen!

Weekly Wisdom: Nothing much here :).. yet!

Looking forward to: Finding out the genders!!!!! And getting our baby items!

I thought it would be "fun" to make a little list of what's currently making me nauseous these days:

-Mr. Noodle
-"Draw Something" the iPhone app
-thinking about Mexican food
-being hungry
-any kind of meat. Sometimes I can deal with chicken but I *hate* the thought of beef

I wish I were kidding about some of those. But literally, I get nauseous over Elmo and the iPhone game. It's completely bizarre - I had to delete the app!

We've finally decided on our two boy names, which I love! I'm kind of getting closer to deciding on girl names, but I'm really still up in the air. Nothing ever feels "right" the way Adalyn felt to me. I always just knew that Adalyn would be Adalyn! Even before we conceived her! This time, it's so different!

I can't remember what I've blogged and what I haven't, but we've decided to use prefolds & covers for the first bit of our babies' lives until they can fit comfortably in FuzziBunz. We're going to need more FB's too, and probably get new inserts for them! I'm extremely excited, though, and can't wait to see my little nuggets in their cloth!

I just found both babies on the doppler - one was 176 and one was 181. I am really hoping I'll miraculously get an ultrasound sometime around 12 weeks; I cannot wait to see them again and get some of my questions answered -- I'm dying to know if I have 1 placenta or two! And at 12 weeks they'll be able to kick around and look absolutely adorable on the screen.

Adalyn @ 12 weeks!

Holy moly! I can't believe how BIG she was at just 12 weeks! It makes me so anxious to see these babies! And if anyone has any girl name suggestions (unique ones!), send them my way! Pleeeease!