33 Weeks! Getting closer to the finish line!

Can’t believe tomorrow I will be 33 weeks! As of Sunday, I’m pretty much going to lay low all week and not strain myself.

So far, so good though. My latest NST and round of doctor’s appointments (had these yesterday) still show no signs of preterm labor. Hooray! I want these little babies to bake away so that they can continue to grow and gain weight. As of abut a week or so ago they were measuring about 4 pounds each. I have gained 34 pounds this pregnancy. I gained four pounds in one week, which again is slightly insane to me. All of my levels have come back normal. The only thing that is a little out of control is my thyroid. I have hypothyroidism and it is currently a 9 which is pretty high. My doctor has adjusted my medication repeatedly and right now I’m taking 150 mcg and 175 mcg every other day. The nurses and doctors all seem impressed that I’ve made it this far. I have a good feeling that I will go full term. I will be having a C section because the babies are transverse. I also have/had marginal placenta previa but my doctor said that it has moved enough that if I wanted to do a v delivery and the babies were in a better position, I could have gone forward with that. However, because they have not moved positions, and the doctor is convinced they will most likely stay in the same position, C Section it is. My tentative C section date is August 23rd. I still have SOOOOOOO much to do.Like what? Here we go:

  • Give my house a very THOROUGH cleaning. Baseboards, cabinets, closets, etc. I know that I will need help to do this and I’m hesitant to ask, even though I know my mom and mother-in-law would be willing to help. I think I will have to wait for a day my hubby is off.
  • Make my hospital bag. My husband and mom have made themselves in charge of this one! My doctor has advised me to start carrying it with me starting at 34 weeks. My husband and I attend church one hour away in DE (we’re from Jersey) so we need to get on this one super soon.
  • Schedule a hospital tour. The hospital that I’m delivering at is by no means a new hospital to us..it’s the hospital my mother works at and we’ve been there a zillion times but I’ve never ever been in their labor and delivery section so that’s kind of important!
  • Decide which doctor, out of the five from my practice, will be doing my C Section. I’ve been interviewing them but I still have a few more questions to ask. It looks like we are leaning towards the doctor who owns the practice and who has had over 30 years experience. He actually delivered my younger brother (who is currently 23). We’ll see.
  • Purchase the rest of the baby items we need. So far we have all of our big items and *most* of our smaller items but still have to pick up some things!
  • Landscaping. Sounds so silly, but the front of our yard needs some landscaping. I know we are going to have so many visitors when our sons are born. However, we are on a super tight budget. As a teacher, I have my savings but no salary in the summer so we have to be super careful with our spending. So this most likely won’t get done..lol. But it would be nice!

I have decided that I’m officially done buying maternity clothes. I alternate between summer dresses when I have to go out, a pair of maternity shorts, and a pair of maternity jeans. I just don’t want to buy anything else. I’m home often anyway, so at home it’s an oversized t-shirt and my underwear (lol don’t judge me..maternity underwear is amazing). Thankfully, a good friend of mine donated a lot of maternity clothes to me so I’ve also been using that as well. I just think it’s close enough to the end where I just don’t want to spend the money anymore! I don’t have any major events coming up except for my aunt’s 50th birthday party (will wear a maternity dress I’ve worn a zillion times..I’m okay with that) and the wedding. It is what it is 🙂

Baby names, baby names. Hubby and I keep going back and forth between our baby names. We had two that we absolutely loved to pieces..me especially..but then when we looked up the meanings we were like ehhh. So now we are leaning towards two biblical names. Yet…we have not made anything official yet.  We really need to figure this out!

At the end of it all, I’m so grateful to be pregnant and to have had a complication free pregnancy so far. This morning my husband and I were reflecting about how hopeless we felt and how many tears we shed last year..but we feel so blessed and are so thankful to God for all that He’s done for us. We don’t want to forget to simply be grateful. We are being blessed with double the blessing. As nervous as I am, I’m also super excited about it as well. I can’t wait to be a mom and to share this next journey with my amazing husband. We will have our own little family and all that we’ve gone through will have been well worth it.

Maternity photoshoot..finally!

So here are some of my favorite maternity pictures from our shoot taken about a week ago. I’m currently 32 weeks. So excited!! It’s almost here. Six more weeks! I’m posting about a zillion pics, so I apologize in advance. Made 32 weeks on Friday! Will post more updates soon, but so far so good! No signs of preterm labor, thank the Lord!

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Baby shower and officially enjoying summer vacation!

So June 22 was my baby shower. My mom and hubby hosted it for me and tons of my friends pitched in to help. Everything was fantastic…love my hubby, friends, and family sooo much for putting the day together! Here are just a few pics. More “professional” ones are to come, we are just waiting for the person to put them on a CD for us! These are just a few that friends and family took off cameras and phones 🙂

Here are some of my faves:

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Hubby giving the babies a little kiss <3

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My beautiful niece..super excited for her first set of cousins!

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Baby shower cake created as a gift for me from a friend at work!

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My hubster and I, who put most of this together for me along with my Mom! Super impressed by hubster’s creative chops.

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My girlies from my job! Love them and after the shower I found out they helped out in tons of ways, from decor to set up. So blessed! They purchased the Chicco Double Stroller for us..so generous of them!

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My brother in law and best friend..these are the two that will be getting married at the end of July, where my husband and I are MOH and he’s BM.

I had an amazing time and felt so much love from so many people. Everyone on the guest list came, to the point where we almost ran out of chairs! My church family from Delaware came as well which meant a lot to me and all of our family came through, except for my family from New York who sent me gifts through the mail. We now have SOOO many wipes and diapers, some cute outfits, some essential baby gear we needed and literally all of the furniture for the nursery was purchased for us as well. BLESSED. It feels more real every day that soon we will be welcoming two little boys into our lives.

We are having a hard time coming up with baby names. We had two that went well, but when we further researched them we weren’t too impressed on the meaning and we are big on name meanings. That put us back at square one. We may have narrowed it down to two once more but we still struggle at times! I wonder if we are going to be  those parents who don’t name their child until they see them (nothing against that!) I’m just such a planner I thought we would have everything down. We’ll see.

Tomorrow we are supposed to have our maternity photo shoot, but we may get rained out so we have a couple of rain dates saved. I kind of wouldn’t mind using the rain dates instead of tomorrow just because I don’t feel ready and I have absolutely NO idea on what to wear. I also didn’t get to purchase any props for the shoot and we don’t have our baby names either so we can’t do anything cute with that…so more time would be a good thing for me.

I’m 30 weeks and will be 31 weeks on Friday!! I’m in the 30s…hooray!! The boys move around often and seem to be doing well but space is getting tight! My stomach is veiny and tight tight tight. So far I’ve gained about 30 pounds for this pregnancy. All of my appointments are next week and I have my NST test along with more ultrasounds and a visit to the obgyn. My next thyroid appointment is on July 16th. We have some busyness happening for us for the next couple of weeks. My husband will be going away to the Poconos (about 3 hours from where we live) for his brother’s bachelor party this weekend..which I am really nervous about this far along in my pregnancy with TWINS. When he goes whitewater rafting he will be without his phone for seven hours straight. My best friend is staying over with me and I’m going to put my mom on “call.” I know I’m being paranoid but just having my husband far away during pregnancy makes me a little crazy! I realize that he has to have fun and this is probably his last “chance” to do something like this because once these babies are born…well, he won’t be going away anytime soon.

Anyway, I could go on and on but I plan on posting more frequently not that I’m on summer break! I’ll leave you with a pic of me at 30 weeks:

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Last thing – mother’s…what bottles did you use and absolutely love? We are having a hard time deciding and are leaning towards Tommee Tippee. Thanks!

27 Weeks and NO gestational diabetes! Almost 28 weeks!

I am 27 weeks and will be 28 weeks this Friday. 28 weeks is a huge milestone because at 28 weeks babies have a 90% of survival if they are born. For me everything has been a milestone. Reaching 12 weeks…hitting the second trimester..and 28 weeks. I can’t wait to be in the 30 week zone! Today I found out that Every day is a blessing!

Took my glucose test on Thursday and received my results today..no gestational diabetes! I am anemic though (test results revealed low iron) so I was encouraged to increase my iron. I can hang with that. I’m just so happy not to have GD. I was a little worried.Before the test I was also super nervous I would throw it all up, but my friends told me it tasted like flat orange soda and super sweet. Once I prepared my mind for that, I was ready and drank it like a pro. In the doctor’s office I ran into two other people I know who are pregnant and was able to kill most of the hour through conversation which was cool.

Some cool things that have happened:

  • We’ve received overwhelming love and support from everyone that we know.
  • Hubby’s mom and my mom went and bought us the cribs along with the mattresses.
  • We have already received super cute donations for baby boy clothes!!
  • The girls from my job chipped in to purchase me a $300 twin stroller…so happy!
  • I’m healthy, happy, and have had an “easy” pregnancy so far.
  • I’m pregnant with twin boys. After infertility treatments and so much pain, emotionally and physically. God is AWESOME.
  • In two weeks, school will be out and I can finally get my nesting on!

There are so many things to be grateful for. Let me focus on those amazing things!

I’ve been seeing my belly move in crazy ways which is pretty insane. Sometimes it looks like the waves of the sea. I do have marginal placenta previa which means that here is a good chance I will have to have a C section based on that alone. The babies are currently head down so if they decided to stay that way and I did not have marginal placenta previa, v delivery could be a real possibility for me. I have my next ultrasound this Thursday so I’ll find out if my placenta is still in the same spot. I want to go full term!! Once school is over, I will really be able to take it easy and put my feet up and relax! That’s pretty much how I plan to spend the majority of my summer. If we last up to 37 weeks then I will be having these adorable babies in the 3rd week of August as opposed to September 6th. With twin pregnancy the babies are considered full term at 37 weeks.

Here is my cute picture for the week:

Hubby singing songs to the babies!

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I do have to say that I have the most amazing husband in the world.

Okay, that’s all I have for you this week. Rooting for everyone out there and reading every blog post!! xoxo

 

 

 

Holy Belly and Happy Easter!

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This is me at 17 weeks! Happy Easter!! Christ is risen!!

Last year during this time my husband and I were preparing to see the fertility specialist. We had an activity at our church called, “Nail it to the cross” where we could nail (or better yet, thumbtack lol) our petitions to the cross. My petition last year was to be pregnant with a healthy baby..and here I am, pregnant with TWO healthy babies. My petition this year was for a FULL TERM healthy pregnancy. I have so many people trying to tell me that I will without a doubt go on bed rest, and that I will have trouble doing xyz and whatever else and it gets annoying. I would rather here positive comments than negative so one of my prayers is that  would have a FULL TERM pregnancy. First off, for the sake of my precious babies..secondly..because I would love to just prove the naysayers wrong. Every twin pregnancy does not have to result in bed rest and premature delivery. Does it happen? Yes. But I am trying to focus on the positive more than anything.

As I reflect though, I am SO grateful for God answering our prayers and hearing our heart’s cry and blessing us. I continue to pray every day for my precious babies. Those who have dealt with infertility know that it is a daily battle to not feel fearful or let anxiety overtake you..but I am taking it day by day and feeling really good.

Of course today I was talking to another woman at my church who is about my age and has a son. She had two miscarriages prior to her son and of course I chose today to ask her about her prior complications because we were discussing all these things related to birth..she walked me through everything she went through and I kicked myself the whole time for asking about it..but I was really curious because she had spoken about it before but her and I never really got to talk in depth..so today she shared some of what she went through. My heart really broke for her…I have experienced a chemical pregnancy and have dealt with infertility and know how awful it is..but she was much further along her pregnancy so I cannot even imagine how she felt. Nonetheless, I was so happy to see the end result and her healthy gorgeous little boy. There truly IS light at the end of the tunnel. I absolutely cannot wait to get to meet these two! Can I please please fast forward to 38 weeks?! I am enjoying this pregnancy but I want to meet my little ones!!

I have off this week so expect lots of blogs! God is good and I hope everyone had a beautiful resurrection Sunday!

15 weeks! Pictures and some updates.

So I used to blog like every other day but now that I am pregnant I have been off my blogging game. Why? Mostly because I’m tired all the time. I come home from work, eat, lay down..repeat. I know that I need to be exercising more but as a teacher I get a lot of walking in through my day and by the time I get home I am flat out beat. But I do want to post more and get on my posting game.

As of Friday, I am officially fifteen weeks and into the second trimester. Super exciting! I wish I can say that all of my fears have vanished but that would be a lie. I know pregnancy is supposed to be enjoyable, and there are so many aspects of it that I do enjoy (not you morning sickness..I’m ready to be done with you!) but I think once you have dealt with infertility it leaves you on edge. Plus, being pregnant for the first time is scary. Every twinge, pain, and anything else I feel makes me so paranoid. I then remind myself that as a Christian, anxiety is NOT something I need to make room for in my life. I have always struggled with fear and it seems like it doesn’t want to leave me alone but I take one day at a time and am placing my trust in God’s hands. As a friend once assured me, “This is YOUR time!” I will believe it!

Here is a picture of my belly from week 14:

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Now here is a belly pic from today:

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It is looking especially large today. lol.

How Far Along: 15 Weeks and Two days

Symptoms: Morning sickness pretty regularly, afternoon nausea if I don’t hurry and eat when I get home. Major breast changes. Left side twinges that come and go.

Maternity clothes: My mom purchased two pairs of maternity pants for me. One is a pair of jeans, the other a pair of black work pants. My regular pants don’t fit anymore so I’ve been leaving them unbottoned and unzipped with long tunic like shirts/sweaters. Leggings have also been a dear friend.

Cravings: Nothing in particular. As long as I”m eating I’m happy.

Purchases: Nothing yet! I don’t think I will buy anything until late spring/early summer. We WILL, however, start painting the nursery and such come late May/early June.

Doctor’s appointments: I did have an appointment with a dietician who told me that for a singleton baby I need to be eating at least 1800 calories a day..for twins..more than that. She set me up with a whole meal plan. I have been trying to do my best to follow it but sometimes it’s just not easy.  Other than that, my NT scan is looking good so far I just have to back for my second set of blood tomorrow. I also have a doctor’s appointment with a high risk doctor April 16th and a gyno appointment before that. Fun fun. My question..when on earth is my next ultrasound?!!?

Anyway, that’s all for me for now! I love following everyone’s blogs and my best wishes to anyone who is currently struggling with infertility..and my joy goes out to those who have gotten pregnant and made it to the other side. God bless everyone!

Weird pregnancy dreams and symptoms.

Lately I have been having some really WILD dreams!! Last night I dreamed that I was at a buffet filled with AMAZING foods of every variety! There was Puerto Rican food (I’m PR..lol), Shepherd’s pie…Asian cuisine…delicious pastas..basically everything yummy in the world that you could possibly imagine. So I got a plate and kept trying to get my food..first of all..it was like a maze trying to get the food, then when I did pile it on my plate and set it down..it would disappear ! Someone would come and clean the table and take my plate away! I tried eating for about ten hours it seemed and it wasn’t happening for me. Finally, when the place closed…I snuck in and ate the food cold. I woke up and had a craving for a smoothie and some fries. RANDOM. I’m only nine weeks..isn’t it too early for this madness?

Another symptom…you know how constipation is supposed to be a big thing during pregnancy? Well for me it’s the exact OPPOSITE! I wake up having to go, go, go..so get out of the way people! Literally it’s pretty much like…you better be out of the way because when I say I have to go, I have to go! We only have one bathroom in our house. In fact, I just kicked my husband out from taking a bath because I had to go so bad! Sorry boo bear.

Other than that, I’ve still had slight cramping on both sides (this has been happening since five weeks), tiredness. Yesterday (Friday night) I knocked out at 8 p.m.

I have also been sanitizing everything like crazy because hubby had some crazy cold for like two days. Like Sweet Brown says, “Ain’t nobody got time for DAT!”But for real. I don’t have time to be getting sick. The whole thing feels so surreal! But it’s happening. I shall walk in it!! Happy Saturday everyone.

Eight Weeks!

So I am officially eight weeks as of Friday! It’s really exciting and feels quite unreal. Every ultrasound brings me a sigh of relief and this Monday is my next ultrasound. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers! I will post a picture on Monday! I decided to use a survey from a fellow blogger (check out her site! click here to check out her blog) about pregnancy!!
How far along? 8 Weeks
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Total weight gain: +2.8 pounds. And that will probably disappear when I use the bathroom. lol
Maternity clothes? No, not yet! I don’t think I’m showing yet but at 5’0 and 100 pounds I will probably start showing sooner than later.
Sleep: I’m sleeping like a beast.
Best moment this week: Monday I have my eight week ultrasound! YAY!
Movement:Nopers! Too early
Food cravings: Greasy food that’s not good for me! Example, a yummy burger with the secret sauce from a Mom and Pop shop in our town.
Gender:I won’t know for awhile!
Have you started to show yet: I think I popped
Symptoms: Morning sickness, literally..only in the morning. Sore breasts, round ligament pain on and off, and extreme fatigue. Also, I feel very nauseous when I smell certain smells!
Happy or Moody most of the time:Both! My husband would say M-O-O-D-Y. He has reminded me, “Get your hormones in check girl!”
Looking forward to:These next seven months passing quickly so I can have my babies in my hand!
So the people that know so far: Our two best friends, our parents and siblings, some of our work friends…that’s about it! I really don’t want to tell anyone else until twelve weeks! Will I last? Probably not! Tonight we are going out to dinner with some good friends. Let’s see if I will spill the beans or not!
Anyway, just a quick update! I will give a more detailed update this Monday after our next ultrasound. Hope everyone is doing well!

 

Keep the good news coming!

So my nurse texted me and told me that my beta is at 1618! That would be my third beta. She said that I will possibly have an ultrasound after I hit 2000 which at this rate I should be at that by Saturday, which is when I have my next beta. This is the furthest we’ve gotten on our Infertility journey so to say that I am excited does not capture how I feel adequately! We have a long road ahead but I’m so grateful for the good news we have received thus far. Lord please let it keep coming!

On top of that, a random teacher at my job told me she had a dream I was pregnant. I do not work anywhere near this particular teacher and she has no idea on our struggles. It made me happy to hear that!