Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Glucose Test

Today I had my glucose test; to make it to this milestone is such a big deal! It's a normal thing for sure, but to make it this far is just another marker in our journey that is a gift from the Lord.

I downed the obligatory sugar drink and waited the hour for my blood draw. I have to say that it really wasn't as bad as people say it is. Would I want to drink more of it? No. But it really just tasted like sugary kid kool-aid. I have definitely had to drink much worse for tests {Golytely for a colonoscopy is WAY worse}.

While I waited, I got my Tdap vaccine and my second Rhogam injection. Today's Rhogam injection hurt much more than my first one, but then I got to hear our babies' heartbeats, so that made it all better :) And my doctor was really glad about my weight gain so far, saying that I was doing really well for a twin pregnancy. Made me feel a little better about the ever-increasing scale number haha.

I should have the results from my glucose test in about a week. I have to say that from a diet standpoint, I am not too worried about it. I eat fairly healthy and have really tried to limit my sugar {read: limit, not eliminate. Give me a break...I'm pregnant!} But since I tested borderline pre-diabetic before our transfer, there is some cause for concern. I will take whatever steps are necessary, I just want to make sure my body is doing what it's supposed to and no complications arise that could affect our babies. So we shall see!

And since I am officially in my third trimester, my OB appointments will increase from once a month to every 2 weeks. We're getting closer! :)


Monday, August 22, 2016

28 Weeks

I definitely understand why people think I'm further along than I am! Haha- woah babies! :)

How far along? 28 weeks
Days since transfer: 178 days
Total weight gain: +24.4
Maternity clothes? Yep...very few {if any?} regular clothes fit at this point. I'm all in with the maternity wear :)  {and the Magnolia Market shirt I am wearing this week had a double purpose: to have a dry shirt to wear since we were soaking wet in the rain, and to buy a larger t-shirt that actually fits, since most of mine don't anymore haha}
Sleep: I have slept A LOT this week. I have been so tired and apparently need more sleep. Poor Mike...I'm pretty sure he thinks that's ALL I did this week...
Best moment of the week: Seeing our babies again at our perinatology appointment, and hearing that they have healthy organs and are growing right on track!
Cravings: Not really. Just starting to feel more hungry in general again.
Symptoms: This week was the first time that I didn't feel great. I didn't feel bad, necessarily, but I feel like this was the first week where I really felt the weight of pregnancy. I have had to take my rings off at night because my fingers are swollen in the morning when I wake up. Usually that goes down by the afternoon, just in time for my feet to start swelling. It's not too bad yet, but I think it's definitely starting to become more of the norm. My body has felt more achy this week, with a little more joint pain. And the most fun symptom? Apparently I have started snoring. Poor Mike...when I noticed he had slept out in the living room, I asked him if he had had trouble sleeping. As sweetly and gently as he could, he said, "yeah...babies were snoring pretty loudly..."  Haha! My poor light-sleeper hubby...
Looking forward to: Passing my glucose screening test {I'm trying to think positively!} Also looking forward to our maternity photos, having my mama in town, and celebrating our second baby shower! Lots of fun baby things this week :)

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Size of baby? About the size of a coconut or head of cauliflower, a rollerblade {??}, or an echidna {a strange animal that looks like the cross between a porcupine and a platypus} :)
Development: Babies are getting better at controlling their own body temperature, and their adrenal glands are now secreting androgen or estrogen. Their wrinkles are starting to disappear as they pack on the pounds, and they are dreaming, coughing, and practicing their breathing.
Heartbeat: At 27 weeks + 2 days, Eli's heartbeat was 169 bpm, and Maddie's heartbeat was 152 bpm. Nice and strong!
Movement: All the time now! :)  Eli still moves a lot more than his sister, and he seems to be a bit stronger too. His kicks are harder, and he must be doing some sort of acrobatics in there, though I'm not sure how he has the room. He definitely seems to like stretching out, as I often feel pressure on my bladder, while also feeling little feet up under my rib cage. Maddie isn't quite as active, though she is definitely moving more now than before. Her sweet little taps are a little bit easier for me to handle, and I'm hoping she flips back into the head down position to stay.
Gender: Our baby boy {Elijah Winn} and our baby girl {Madeline Grace} are growing like crazy!



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Shy Babies + Name Reveal!

We had our monthly check up with the perinatologist, and babies are growing right on track! They both have healthy hearts, brains, kidneys, spines and blood flow. To hear the doctor say that both babies are healthy and doing great is music to our ears! 

With 2 in there, the photos are getting a little more difficult to obtain. After he kept hiding his face with his arm, we finally got a few blurry photos of baby boy, but we never could get any of baby girl. They are starting to cover each other, and she was just completely turned away. So we only have a photo of him today, which is a little bit of a bummer, but as long as they're both ok, I guess we can live without a photo...I guess baby girl was just being shy today :)

He had his face right up against the membrane that separates him from his sister...guess it's better than kicking her :)

Baby boy is still head down, but baby girl was flipped today. They still have plenty of time to move positions, so we're praying they both still end up head down. But we'll see!

Baby Boy:
- Heart rate is 169 bpm
- Weighs 2 lbs, 5 oz.

Baby Girl:
- Heart rate is 152 bpm
- Weighs 2 lbs, 10 oz.

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We were keeping tight-lipped about names until they were born, because we wanted to introduce our little boy to his namesake when he got here. But we decided to go ahead and share the name with them, so now we are sharing their names publicly. Which I am super excited about, because I have already slipped once {oops} and am ready to start using their names in conversations outside of family.

So...baby boy is named Elijah Winn {Winn is the namesake of sweet friends and mentors} and baby girl is named Madeline Grace. We chose the names because we liked them, and I was surprised at how easy it was to agree on them. I had kept a list of names that I liked, and Mike went through and picked the ones he liked. He then came back with these names, along with middle names, and I loved them! So our babies will be Eli and Maddie :)

Elijah means "my God is Lord" and Madeline Grace means "God's great grace." Again, we didn't choose names based on meaning, but we thought these still fit pretty well. We're just so excited to meet them, and it's crazy to think that it will be in about 10 {short} weeks!


Monday, August 15, 2016

Magnolia Market at the Silos

So today I hopped back in the car and headed to Waco with Susan, Lindsay, PK, and Henley to go to Magnolia Market! I have wanted to go for awhile now, mostly just to check out what all the fuss was about. So when Lindsay invited me to join, I was definitely ready to go!

We weren't sure about the weather, but decided to brave it anyway. It was definitely an adventure of a day! It poured the whole time, so we got soaked, but we had such a fun girl's day! The big girls got to shop and talk and enjoy each other's company. And the littles did SO well being dragged through the rain. There may or may not have been some fun puddle jumping...

The store is SUPER cute, and it was also SUPER busy! But thankfully we didn't have to wait in any lines to get in. We talked with some of the employees and they were all surprised by the crowds given the weather. They were actually under-staffed. And by understaffed, they mean 80 employees working instead of the usual 100. Can you imagine?? But seriously, it's a well-oiled machine. From the expected employees {like cashiers} to the inviting touches {parking lot and store greeters}, it is definitely a fun place to be. 

Shopping inside the store

Our photo with the #MilestoMagnolia sign because it was definitely pouring :)  And yes- I'm wearing a poncho, not just a plastic bag over my head.

Having fun despite the rain!

We also made a stop at the bakery. The smell when we walked in? Warm sugar heaven :)  I want a candle with the scent of that bakery!


Soaked from the rain, but enjoying cupcakes!

I love that Waco is actually a fun place to be now...such a contrast from when I was at Baylor. I fell in love with Waco before Fixer Upper made it popular...just saying ;)


27 Weeks

Is it me, or did babies grow A LOT since last week??

How far along? 27 weeks {hello third trimester!}
Days since transfer: 171 days
Total weight gain: +22.8
Maternity clothes? Yep! I was actually excited to find a sale at Destination Maternity so that I could have some cute {but mostly comfortable} dresses for my baby showers :)
Sleep: Sleep has been pretty good. I have nights where I sleep with no problem, but other nights where I wake up and just cannot go back to sleep {mostly because I can't get comfortable, can't breathe, etc}. 
Best moment of the week: Celebrating our first baby shower with family and friends in San Antonio. So many people have prayed for our precious little ones, and it was just so special to be in a room together celebrating all that the Lord has done.
Cravings: Sugar {in any form: ice cream, cookies, sweet tea...} But mostly because I am watching my sugar intake a little more closely in preparation for my glucose test in a couple of weeks. 
Symptoms: Still feeling pretty good, but definitely slowing down. My feet tend to hurt by the end of the day, and I find myself taking breaks often when I am out and about or doing things. 
Looking forward to: Seeing our babies again at our appointment with the perinatologist. I'm interested to see how much weight they have gained in the past month :)

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Size of baby? About the size of a bunch of bananas or cucumber, a camping lantern, or fennec fox :)
Development: Babies' organ systems are pretty much fully developed and now most of their growth is now in their brains. Their brains are growing at a rapid pace and are now beginning to show electrical activity. They can open and close their eyes with ease, and they are packing on the fat!
Heartbeat: Looking forward to hearing those sweet sounds on Wednesday!
Movement: Lots of movement, ALL the time! Baby Boy is active during the day, and Baby Girl is active at night. Which means {in a good way} she is not going to be bothered by her brother's movement or noise. But also means {in a way that we're not excited about} that they currently have opposite schedules. So translation: we're awake 24 hours. We're hoping this changes before and/or when they get here!
Gender: We're having a BOY and a GIRL :)