Thursday, October 27, 2011

18w2d - OB appt Update!

Yesterday was our OB appointment, everything went great! We met at a different location this time due to scheduling conflicts but it worked out to meet at the Alpharetta location. It was about 11 miles from the office but really not that bad since traffice on 400 going the direction I was headed was pretty light and was moving well. I got to use my new GPS Kenneth bought for me last time he was home! :D

I got there a few minutes early and waited 'til the appointment time to check in, then gave a urine sample and met up with Jen in the lobby. We went back for vitals, blood pressure and weight and then waited briefly in the "2nd" waiting room (which was oddly identical to the one at the Northside location we usually visit!) We were taken back and got to hear both heartbeats on doppler and Jen made a request for a quick ultrasound since they won't let them film at the peri's office. Next thing we knew Dr. Jo was coming on in with a portable machine! Yay!! :D I didn't really see too much because the screen is really small (though resolution is great!) and Jenn was trying to get a good shot to film the images; what I did see was adorable though. The girls are beautiful and getting long arms and legs and moving around a lot. I have to say it was reassuring to see that because with how little movement I'm still feeling I do worry a little sometimes, though I'm always able to reassure myself when I pick up their beautiful strong heartbeats with the doppler! I really hope I can feel more within the next couple weeks - it's my favorite part of being pregnant and with the last two singletons I was definitely feeling more at this point then I am with these two which is so strange. I know it has to do with the baby's position and where the placenta is, etc. I just am ready for it to be more noticeable for sure, hopefully soon! I am still happy with the sweet little bumps and nudges I do get to feel for now!

Neither of us had any real questions, and I don't have any issues to discuss (yet, knock on something) so we moved on to the "what's coming up next". Next OB appointment will be with a different OB (apparently they start rotating us from this point forward so we can meet the other doctor's since there's no guarantee who will actually be delivering us when it's time)! That will be a ultrasound appointment (anatomy scan) on November 23rd (which is also Kent's 13th birthday! ACK!!) and then we'll make another appointment for 1 month later and that will be the glucose tolerance test if I understood correctly. That would put me at 26 weeks so that sounds right. I think not long after that they'll move us to appointments twice a month since we'll be in the 3rd trimester! That just blows my mind... 2 more months and we'll be in that final trimester. I know the next 2 months are going to absolutely fly by too with all the Holiday activity and get togethers coming up. We have a Halloween Party on Saturday, trick or treating either Sunday or Monday - not sure what the general consenus is yet then on the 10th of November we have our next peri appointment and I leave that afternoon to meet up with Kenneth somewhere in Mississippi for a couple days (he has a 3-day weekend we're going to enjoy together), home on the 13th, the next Saturday will be Kent's birthday party, the weekend after that is Thanksgiving then we're into December!!!! We only have 4 days left in this month and it already feels like November is pretty much over... Kent is so excited for his birthday and party and I hope he gets at least a few friends and family members to join us at his party - it'll be a lot smaller of a group this year since both of his aunt's are now out of the state and Kenneth won't be back for a few days after the party. Hopefully his grandparents and great grandmother can make it for the family support! I know it means a lot to him to get to see everyone on his special day and he really loves them all. Thanksgiving will probably just be a few of us too since Ken and Donna are going to Texas to visit Maggie and I'm not sure if April and David will make the trek from Tennessee since they won't be here. I don't mind quiet Holiday's, but it will be different this year, for sure. :) We'll probably just do something on a smaller scale at Honey's house - at least that's what I suggested when she and I talked a couple days ago. We'll get to see her on Sunday to take her to a belated birthday lunch! She had to go out of town for a few days to be with her sister who just lost her husband after a long illness.

In any event, I know this is getting rambly, lots of little updates! It looks like a beautiful fall day out there and I am hoping it lasts through the weekend, though I heard rain is coming in on Friday again. I think the puppies are probably heading out this weekend or maybe next on transport, just waiting for the details to be sure! They are getting so big and are so adorable! I can't wait to hear they have new homes lined up!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Our pregnancy: 18 weeks

18 weeks! Half-way mark to 36 weeks, first major "term" milestone in my head for these two (yes, I realize 37 is "full term", but if they won't let us go past 38 weeks with twins, it seems full term for twins should be a little sooner!) I cannot wrap my head around the fact that very possibly we are half way through this pregnancy already, and if not today we will be by next week... I am still feeling really good pretty much most of the time - I nap most days for about an hour and take it easy at least one day each weekend, most evenings are pretty low key too but as long as I do plenty of "taking it easy" in my off time I feel great! No real aches or pain, no extreme fatigue, no queasiness. I'm feeling little tiny baby "bumps and nudges" still - it hasn't really picked up much yet and I'm ready for it too! I can't wait to feel real kicks and rolls - not just these super tiny (but still so sweet!) little thumps where I stop and wait to see if it will happen again to make sure I wasn't just imagining it! :)

I did really over-do it on Sunday though - Kent and I met up with our good friend Sherry at Six Flags for our annual "Fright Fest" visit! I was pregnant last year when we went too, so I already knew there was literally NOTHING I am allowed to ride or do, but I enjoy walking the park and seeing Kent have a great time and getting to take lots of good pictures!! The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the crowds weren't bad at all. I ate every 3 hours or so and stayed hydrated with lots of fluid and felt pretty much great all day! I got tired once or twice and my feet were getting sore by the end of the day but otherwise I really felt just fine and was kind of amazed at how well I seemed to have held up! My opinion changed dramatically when I woke up Monday morning and felt like I couldn't walk. My bones ached from my hips down through my shins. I've never felt anything like that before. I was stiff and achy and so sore. I stayed on the couch most of the day and soaked in a warm bath hoping that would help loosen things up. Today is definitely better than yesterday, but I'm still really, really stiff. I know in pregnancy hormones cause joints to start loosening up but it seems that shouldn't happen 'til much later in a pregnancy - I think once again I've been reminded that my "playbook" from previous pregnancies has gone out the window and this is a whole new ball game! No contractions or pain that seems directly related to the babies which is good - but man, my legs are a mess and probably will need a few more days to feel back to normal! Definitely not going to start any long walks again any time soon! Maybe short 30 minute walks on the treadmill or some prenatal yoga but I think that's about as much activity as it appears I can handle going forward.

So, what does BabyCenter say is happening this week?

How Jenn and Chad's babies are growing:

Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the length of a bell pepper) and she weighs almost 7 ounces. She's busy flexing her arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. Her blood vessels are visible through her thin skin, and her ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from her head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around her nerves, a process that will continue for a year after she's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.
We have an OB appointment tomorrow AM and some labwork then countdown to the next ultrasound at the peri's in two more weeks! :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Meal Planning Week of 10/23

A few being recycled from last week that I didn't get around to making (since we ended up with more leftovers, as usual, but I still forget to plan them in correctly!) and a few "taste bud" changes when something just sounded better than what was on the list! Overall though this past week went pretty well, I tracked my food intake most days as best I could and am getting my 100 grams (or more) of protein in a day and doing well with getting enough fluids and eating fairly balanced overall. A little pre-planning does make a huge difference and the biggest thing I need to work on is making the effort EVERY evening to prepare my work breakfasts and lunches. One morning the puppies woke me up about an hour earlier than I usually get up but it ended up being a good thing, I was able to make myself a real breakfast (scrambled cheesy eggs, bacon and a whole grain english muffin with jam - yumm!) and pack up my lunch before showering and getting ready for work. Other days I was good and prepped at night, other days I just threw whatever in my bag the morning of and a couple times I ate out. Progress, not perfection! :)

So the game plan for this week is:

Sunday, October 23rd
Breakfast: Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Fruit Salad, milk
Lunch: LEFTOVERS
Dinner: Pot Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Onion
Snacks: Pudding Cup, Cottage Cheese

Monday, October 24th
Breakfast: 1 med ripe banana, 2 TBS peanut butter; in a whole-wheat tortilla, yogurt
Lunch: BLT sandwich on whole wheat, apple
Dinner: Beef Enchiladas, Corn
Snacks: ½ turkey sandwich, 1 cup milk

Tuesday, October 25th
Breakfast: Orange, Cream of Wheat, 1 cup milk
Lunch: Peanut butter and banana sandwich, Baby carrots w/ ranch, Granola Bar
Dinner: Martha Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli
Snacks: Cucumber and Celery Slices w/ hummus, 1 cup milk

Wednesday, October 26th
Breakfast: 1 small banana and 1 cup milk, 1 TBS peanut butter, 2 Eggo Waffles
Lunch: Turkey, avocado and bacon sandwich, Apple
Dinner: Shepherd’s Pie, Hawaiian Honey Wheat Rolls, Garden Salad
Snacks: Cheese & Crackers, 1 cup cottage cheese

Thursday, October 27th
Breakfast: 2 cups cereal, 1 cup milk, 1 banana
Lunch: Baked potato w/ bacon, cheese & sour cream, 1 small apple, 1 granola bar
Dinner: LEFTOVERS
Snacks: Yogurt, orange

Friday, October 28th
Breakfast: Bagel with cream cheese and 2 scrambled eggs, Yogurt, Banana
Lunch: 1 cup tomato soup & 5 Ritz crackers, Grilled Cheese sandwich, 1 cup milk
Dinner: LEFTOVERS
Snacks: 1 cup baby carrots and 2 TBS hummus, 1 cup cottage cheese

Saturday, October 29th
Breakfast: Brainless Banana Pancakes
Lunch: LEFTOVERS
Dinner: Tuna & Noodles with Peas
Snacks: Cheese & Crackers

Baking this week: Oat-Rageous Chocolate Chip Cookies

Friday, October 21, 2011

Meet Ken and Coy - the foster puppies!

I can't believe I haven't done an introduction of our most recent foster babies! They have COMPLETELY stolen our hearts and we absolutely adore them. I think anyone who adopts these guys is going to be so in love and so lucky too! :)

Find them on PetFinder here! Rotts N Pups Rescue's page is here.

They are brothers and are Border Collie mixes. They have such unique personalities, sizes and coloring! It's fascinating to see the differences between the two! Ken is the black and white and Coy is the gray one. They are both gorgeous and super sweet boys! They are very well behaved, LOVE to play and are pretty much crate trained already. They sleep through the night, only waking me up early maybe once a week or so when someone needs to go potty and can't wait 'til we wake up!!

Coy is SO photogenic - his eyes just sucker you right in. He's the littler of the two and tends to be a little more observant, reserved and quiet than his bigger brother. He loves attention and snuggling too but not as much as Ken! Ken adores people and tells you all about it, he gets so excited when it's time to come in and play or cuddle! He will flop back on you like a baby doll and smother you in kisses, and scratch his tummy and watch that back foot fly! :)



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Our pregnancy: 17 weeks

We already know the babies weigh about 6 and 7 ounces each according to our ultrasound last Friday, but here's what else BabyCenter says is going on this week:

How Jenn and Chad's babies are growing:

Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.
I am excited to be another week closer to the "20 week" milestone and still enjoying feeling pretty good most of the time. We've had some good weather to enjoy a few out door fall activities and most days I've felt up to cooking and baking too so all is well in my world! :) I'm still just getting occasional little baby "bumps and nudges" and waiting for the kicking to commence! From the u/s I found out Baby A's (the one in the middle) has a anterior placenta (if I read what she was typing on the screen correctly!) so I don't expect to feel as much on that side as fast as I should with Baby B who's placenta is posterior.

This is most likely going to be a relatively "quiet" week, not much coming up that I know about. I have a chiro/massage appointment scheduled for today which I am always excited about and get to pick up my Farmer's Market Basket this evening! I haven't picked one up in awhile and can't wait to see what all will be in this one, then incorporate all the fresh goodies into our daily meals! I think we definitely eat healthier when I make a point to pick up the baskets on a regular basis.

Kent and I are working on planning out his upcoming birthday party, in a little less than a month, and then counting down to Thanksgiving and getting to visit with Kenneth for a few days! I can't believe October is more than half way over, and it's only 2 weeks 'til Halloween... I knew the rest of the year would fly by once we hit this month, but it still never ceases to amaze me!

Editing to add in tonight's belly pic!

Monday, October 17, 2011

16w6d Weekend Recap!

Kent and I had a great weekend! We fit in lots of "fallish" activities and he had fun checking things off on the "Fall Bucket List"! On Saturday I fixed a batch of Cinnabon muffins from a bakery mix I'd picked up at Sam's Club. Kent loved them, but there was a little too much sugar in them for me and it left me kind of sleepy afterwards. I'll have to stick with my whole grain toast or cereal for carbs in the morning to go with my scrambled eggs (which I seem to have about 4 days out of the week lately!)

After breakfast we did a few chores around the house and then packed up a picnic lunch. We took Brutus with us and headed out to the Pumpkin Patch! We found 2 beautiful pumpkins after walking up and down the aisles a couple times. Kent picked a HUGE one. Go figure! :) We loaded those up and got a couple goodies from their fresh fruit and veggies stand as well and then headed back towards home, stopping at our local park for a little meandering and to eat our picnic lunch. It was a beautiful day and we had a good time getting out and enjoying the fresh air. I know Brutus was very excited to get out of the house and backyard and get to do some sniffing in new-to-him places too! :)

We headed home and watched our Netflix movie that had arrived, Marmaduke! It was pretty silly but good for a couple hours of down time on the couch to relax and rest for a little while. That evening we rounded up some goodies and all our fire pit "fixings" and started a little fire! We roasted hot dogs over the flames and when the embers died down to perfect "toasting" coals, we roasted marshmallows and had s'mores. Kent's friend came over and joined us for our little "bon fire" party in the driveway! It got pretty chilly pretty quickly as the sun set so we had sleeping bags to huddle in and stay warm with until we called it "quits" for the night and cleaned up and headed back in.

I think we both slept good that night. We didn't do too much on Sunday, took it easy most of the morning as I definitely needed to rest after all the activity on Saturday. I didn't actually sleep much but I rested a lot on the couch and watched a few of my shows. Around 1:30 we got ready to go again and headed out to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes! I got given a gift certificate to Regal Theaters from my "Secret Sister" from surromomsonline.com (we do a fun gift exchange every so often) and Kent and I decided to go use it that day. It was another gorgeous day and the movie was good and I always enjoy popcorn and some slushie at the theater! :) That was about as much as I could handle for a weekend though and we picked up some take out Chinese on the way home and vegged pretty much the rest of the afternoon. It was really a great weekend though and I am glad Kent had a good time and got to do a few things he was interested in.

We have Caramel Apple making on the list for this coming week/weekend and I'm looking forward to that! :)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Meal Planning Week of 10/16

I have re-introduced my daily meal planning print out at home, in an effort to help make sure what I'm taking in has enough protein and calcium and also it really helps curb me getting lazy and ending up doing something out of the freezer or take out or something "easy". I keep it pretty simple, and it just takes a little prep the night before but I know this is going to be a much more balanced diet for me and the babies and Kent and I will get to start spending a little time together in the evenings in the kitchen getting both of our lunches ready for the next day! I did this throughout my last pregnancy and kept it up afterwards for awhile, and now that I have some of my energy back I'm looking forward to utilizing this great tool hopefully throughout the remainder of this pregnancy as well!

I'm sure things will shift as the week comes up and I get a better sense of how much I actually eat each day and if I need to add/delete things or pay more attention to certain nutrients but I think this is a good start! :)

Sunday, October 16th
Breakfast: Muffins, Scrambled Eggs, Fruit Salad
Lunch: Burgers on Buns w/ condiments, baked french fries, Veggies & Dip
Dinner: LEFTOVERS
Snacks: Yogurt, Whole Wheat Ritz Crackers with Cheese
Dessert: Brownie

Monday, October 17th
Breakfast: 2 muffins, 2 scrambled eggs with cheese, 1 cup 1% milk
Lunch: work lunch (ordering out)
Dinner: Lasagna, Steamed Green Beans, French Bread
Snacks: 1 apple with 2 TBS PB, Granola Bar
Dessert: Brownie

Tuesday, October 18th
Breakfast: Breakfast Sandwich, yogurt
Lunch: Egg Salad Sandwich on whole wheat, 1 orange
Dinner: Shrimp & Noodles, Potstickers, Egg Rolls
Snacks: 1 serving wheat thins and 3 TBS hummus, Pudding cup
Dessert: Caramel Apple

Wednesday, October 19th
Breakfast: 2 cups cereal, 1 cup 1% milk, banana
Lunch: Turkey Pita Sandwich, yogurt, 1 orange
Dinner: Chicken Enchiladas, Corn
Snacks: Cheese & Crackers, Baby Carrots & Hummus

Thursday, October 20th
Breakfast: 1 pc whole wheat toast w/ 1 TBS PB, 1 orange, 1 cup 1% milk
Lunch: Baked potato w/ sour cream, bacon and cheese, apple, granola bar
Dinner: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and steamed green beans
Snacks: 1 cup baby carrots and 3 TBS hummus
Dessert: Caramel Apple

Friday, October 21st
Breakfast: 1 cup milk, 1 slice whole wheat toast, 1 hardboiled egg
Lunch: Meatloaf Sandwich, veggies & dip
Dinner: LEFTOVERS
Snacks: Large apple w/ PB, 1/2 cup trail mix (seeds, nuts, dried fruit)

Saturday, October 22nd
Breakfast: Pancakes, Sausage Links, Eggs, cantaloupe
Lunch: Fish Sandwiches, Fries, yogurt
Dinner: Martha Chicken, au gratin potatoes, steamed broccoli
Snacks: 1 oz cheddar cheese, Ritz Crackers, 1 cup milk

Friday, October 14, 2011

16w3d - Perinatal Appt Number Two!

Today was our 2nd perinatologist appointment, honestly it's kind of hard for me to wrap my brain around the fact that it has been a MONTH since that last visit! Time flies! :) This appointment went much, much better than the last one, I promise I will not be going home and crying tonight! :D

We had a really nice u/s tech for the first portion of the appointment who took lots of measurements on the babies (A and B have flip flopped again, now the one in the middle is back to being A and the one on the left is back to being B!) They were both vertex, and Baby A's head is directly over my cervix (we told her not to be getting any ideas any time soon though - however I am happy to see they both are head down at the moment, and hopefully getting comfortable and practicing for the position I hope they STAY in! :D ) There was lots of measurements of the brain, stomach, checking the heart, arteries, blood flow, measuring femur length, etc. Both are measuring about a day or two ahead and have heart rates (identical, yet again!) of 156! They looked just perfect and we saw lots of adorably cute toes and fingers waving at us and kicking around. Apparently I have some feet right under my belly button. :) We did get confirmation again that both are indeed chaderfina's! Two baby girls for Jenn and Chad! I am still a little confounded at statistically how this has happened with now 4 for 4 surro babies being girls, but it's kind of cool at the same time! :)

We all got "gold stars" from the perinatologist after she came in and did a quick look herself and asked us how things were going and if we had any questions. I didn't realize she was the peri who had worked really closely with my FIM "L" and it came out at the end of the conversation the Jenn and Chad knew "L" and then that I had been her surro and that was another cool small world moment! So much connectivity! It's really neat! I was told "protein, protein, protein" on her way out - so I will continue to track what I'm eating and do my best to take in that minimum of 100 grams per day. So far I'm doing ok, definitely harder some days than others to eat as much as I want to or should. Last night it took me probably an hour to finish my plate of spaghetti and meat sauce but I just rested, watched some TV and when there was space I finished it all eventually! I just have to make an effort to continually keep the flow of good food coming and make each bite count. With how I'm already starting to feel "full" a lot more than I was a week or two ago I'm wondering how long until eating gets to be a serious chore... fingers crossed I have a while before I get to that stage yet! I have noticed that I'm starting to get just the littlest bit of heartburn throughout the day... oh JOY! I am just so excited THAT has already started back up! (insert eye roll here!!) :) I guess I shouldn't be too surprised since my stomach is getting "squished" sooner than normal, but Tums are going to become my friend again I guess. Good thing we buy them at Sam's Club. Ha ha! :)

There were lots of great images captured on the screen, but their computer system wasn't working right so they couldn't print any pics for Jenn and Chad, but said they'll mail them to them when it's running again and then Jenn will text me some - I can't wait to see which ones they send them. A couple of my favorite shots were one with two little feet, one on top of the other and then one with both Baby B's hands up under her face like she was napping. SO SWEET! :)

So yesterday I got "bumped" on the freeway on my way home which was a crappy way to end my day. Thank God it was very low speed, no air bags, no bumping the steering wheel and nothing but a little neck soreness and a scratched bumper that probably needs replacement, but it definitely got my pulse racing and left me feeling queasy most of last night. I was a little crampy but it went away by this morning and since we already had the ultrasound scheduled for today we were all ok not making a point to get checked last night. But because of that lovely incident, I was all the more relieved and happy to see babies looking healthy and happy, no bleeds, nothing weird or out of the ordinary going on. As accidents go it really wasn't a big deal, more of an inconvenience than anything else, and I'll have to deal with the other person's insurance to get the claim settled and get the repairs done, but not too bad in the scheme of things. I am ready for a relaxing and relatively boring weekend though! Kent is really excited about going to the pumpkin patch tomorrow and I'm excited to watch him and enjoy what has certainly got to be one of my last years of watching my nearly 13 year old be excited about pumpkin picking and caramel apples and all the other fun fall things that we get to do this time of year!

I'm going to print that "Fall Bucket List" I posted the other day and put it on the fridge and let him check things off and decide which ones we're going to do and which ones aren't so important (I'm thinking he's not going to be a big fan of the "leaf art"! :) ) Only 2 more weeks (pretty much) until Halloween!! Craziness!! This month is half over already...!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fall "Bucket List"

I LOVE this!! I saw it at Memoirs of a Marine Corps Wife here and thought this was so cute!


I can check off a few of those already, we've done the apple picking and hay ride, baked a pie and are going to a pumpkin patch this weekend. We'll definitely be making cookies and trick or treating at some point and a picnic and nature walk at the Silver Comet Trail sounds really nice! I was actually already thinking about that for our Saturday "day out". I know I want to take Kent to a local roadside farmer's stand that has a pumpkin patch out and thought we could stop at the Silver Comet Trail on the way home for a walk, adding a picnic would be perfect. I love the "drink fancy coffee drinks" too! :D I usually pass on the pumpkin flavors at Starbucks this time of year, they just don't do much for me, but I am ready to jump back into the world of peppermint mochas... mmm... (decaf of course!!) I have a coffee treat maybe a couple times a month and that does sound very nice, and very "fall-ish".

Just had to share this very cute bucket list idea and hope you're having a beautiful fall so far and that you can check lots of these great items off your "list" too! :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Our Pregnancy: 16 Weeks!

Another week has arrived! It's been a pretty good week so far, feeling pretty good most of the time - energy levels are pretty steady and I'm sleeping ok most of the time. I usually wake up once or twice but don't have too much of an issue going right back to sleep most of the time. My belly is still rounding out slowly and getting firmer. I am up about half a pound from last week, so about 10 1/2 total since conception. I don't feel as hungry as I'm used to the past few days, and haven't been snacking as much. Meals seem to tide me over until the next meal most of the time, with an ocassional granola bar or fruit in between.

We had the BEST dinner last night! I had found a "double decker kit" at the grocery store for tacos and we fixed some ground beef with diced onion and mushrooms along with the seasoning packet, made some cheesy refried beans and then took the soft taco shell, smeared some nacho cheese sauce on it, wrapped it around a crunchy shell and filled it up with beans, meat, shredded cheese, sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes and I was one happy camper! I can't wait for leftovers tomorrow but promised Kent breakfast for dinner tonight - so waffles, scrambled eggs and maple sausage links it is!

This week, according to babycenter:

How Jenn and Chad's babies are growing:


Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.


I love having my doppler at home, to be able to "peek" in on the babies every so often - I heard both of their heartbeats quickly, easily and very strong on Sunday night and that put a big smile on my face to head to bed with! Counting down to Friday for our ultrasound! Can't wait to see Jenn and the babies!

As for me, this is how I look this week (I think about the same as last week):

This is 16 weeks last (singleton) pregnancy!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

15w6d - the weather is a changin...

And with the cooler, damper weather, along comes sinus pressure. Sinus pressure I am used to. I usually feel it around this time and in the spring too - it usually is just a little annoying but nothing too bothersome. This time, not so much. It's beyond bothersome. It has brought with it several VERY painful sinus headaches this time around. I think it has to be the combination of my normal sinus reaction and "pregnancy sinuses" to boot. The combination is not working out so well for me and I've woken up with some pretty nasty headaches a couple days over the past couple weeks. This morning was one of them. I am one of those who absolutely hates taking ANY form of medication pretty much all the time and especially when pregnant. But this morning I woke up, wanted to die, took two Tylenol and went back to sleep for 45 minutes until the headaches was just a dull pain and no longer sharp and tear inducing. I can still feel it right behind my eyebrow. Sigh. I'm going to have to look up and start trying some home remedies, steam, warm wash cloths, something, because these headaches are killer when they do hit.

Other than the occasional headache I am feeling pretty good! I have enough energy to run errands on the weekend and still cook and I even baked an apple pie on Saturday morning which we have been enjoying all weekend. Yumm! I have missed having my oven and missed having the energy and desire to actually bake - so good timing for it to come back, fall is perfect baking weather! :)

Our internet has been out at the house since Saturday mid-day so a tech is coming this afternoon to see if they can fix the issue. Fingers crossed it's not too big of an issue!

We also found an adorably cute black kitten in our bushes on Thursday, it wouldn't let us get anywhere near it so we kept putting food and water out for it hoping it would change it's mind. It didn't, but it did stick around. So on Saturday we went to the animal shelter and checked out a "cat trap" - I hate the idea of animals just being left outside to fend for themselves not to mention animal overpopulation issues and knew I wanted to get him/her to the shelter one way or another. So we were able to trap the very cute but very scared kitty and they are coming to pick him/her up today. I feel a little guilty since the kitty is obviously very scared of people, but good too, knowing they will have food and shelter and a chance at having a home.

It's been kind of a random and busy weekend I guess! Pie, kitty, shopping for fall jeans and clothes for Kent and internet issues! That's enough for me! :)

16 weeks tomorrow! Yippee!! Cannot wait for Friday's ultrasound appointment too! :)

Thursday, October 06, 2011

15w2d... Food...

That about sums it up... how can a person spend so much time thinking about FOOD?! Food and sleeping... my two favorite past times lately! :)

The Chinese cravings continue - last night I had an eggroll, potstickers with lots of that fabulous tangy dipping sauce and we tried out one of those P.F. Chang's frozen dinners - Garlic Chicken and Noodles. It wasn't fantastic and I don't think I'd buy it again but it still hit the spot... mmm...

So, what are we going to have for dinner tonight? I have been craving my favorite Better Homes & Garden Sweet & Sour recipe. It comes out of probably my oldest cookbook I have - probably a wedding gift! I adapted it to remove the frying step and I think the original recipe calls for pork but I use chicken, I also add way more fresh veggies than it calls for but it is one of my favorite recipes. The thing that stinks is neither Kenneth or Kent really like it! They have NO taste I tell you! So, I am going to make myself a big batch of it tonight and make Kent suffer through one dinner then I'll eat the rest for leftovers. I'm a mean mom. What can I say? I haven't cooked pretty much since Kenneth left last week so I'm excited about cooking tonight and can't wait to eat some of one of my favorite dinners! I haven't made it in forever, since the boys informed me they didn't really like it much - but I am going to enjoy bringing it back tonight! I just need to pick up some celery on the way home and I'll be all set.

I am also having a nostalgic craving for my mom's "irresistable double chocolate oatmeal cookies" that we all used to love and enjoy making growing up. We ALWAYS took big baggies of them anytime we went on a road trip or camping. I remember making a batch with my brother when we were going on a vacation with friends and the entire bag of cookies crumbled - so we had choclatey granola to enjoy instead of cookies! :) I am pretty sure I have the recipe somewhere - I just have to dig it out and see if I can get my kitchen helper to assist in whipping up a batch this evening... we're about 6 weeks out from the 2-year anniversary of mom's passing and I definitely have been thinking about her a lot lately and missing her like crazy.

No-Fry Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, diced into bite sized pieces

  • 1 16-oz can pineapple chunks in juice

  • 2/3 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup vinegar

  • 4 TBS cornstarch

  • 4 TBS soy sauce

  • 2 tsp chicken bouillon

  • 2 TBS cooking oil

  • 1 cup bias sliced carrot (2 medium)

  • 2 tsp minced garlic

  • 1/2 green bell pepper, in 1/2" pieces

  • 1/2 red bell pepper, in 1/2" pieces

  • 1 large celery stalk, bias sliced

  • 1/2 medium white onion, in 1/2" pieces

  • 3 cups hot cooked rice


  • Create sauce by draining pineapple, reserving juice (set pineapple aside). Add enough water to the juice to equal 3 cups. Add sugar, vinegar, cornstarch, soy sauce and bouillon. Set aside.


    Pour 1 TBS oil in wok or large skillet (add more if necessary during cooking), heat over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook 5-10 minutes or until no longer pink and cooked through, remove from skillet and set aside. Add more oil to skillet (enough to equal about 1 TBS total). Stir-fry carrots and garlic in hot oil for 1 minute, add remaining vegetables and stir fry for 3-5 minutes or until desired crisp-tenderness. Add chicken back to wok and push mixture out from the center.

    Stir sauce and make sure ingredients are evenly combined. Pour sauce into center of mixture and cook and stir until thickened and bubbly (you will see the color start to darken as it thickens). Continue cooking and stirring for one more minute after it begins to bubble. Add in at least half of the reserved pineapple, or all of it if desired, depending on your taste preference (I usually add half).

    Tuesday, October 04, 2011

    Our Pregnancy: 15 Weeks!

    Today we are officially 15 weeks! Yippee! Half way to the 30-week mark which I will be very relieved to pass and then on to the "full term count down" after that! :)

    Since breakfast today I have eaten a ham & cheese lunchable, a mushroom tortellini lean cuisine and just now I finished off a club wrap on a spinach tortilla with a pickle spear and a small bag of cheetos... feeding two babies is a full time job! :) I've gained just under 10 lbs so far. Almost all of that gain happened in the previous two weeks, I haven't gained anything since a week ago as of today which I was somewhat relieved about because I was beginning to wonder how long I could possibly gain nearly 3 lbs a week before my scale would break! Ok, not really, and I'm still aiming for that 20 by 20 goal I was given, which I realized I'm having a hard time with mentally. I'm used to being very weight conscientious during pregnancy and I would worry every appointment about getting the "speech" about weight gain and limiting carbs and sugar, etc. but this time although of course what I eat is very important, I am kind of supposed to be eating pretty much as much as I can handle to maintain a steady weight gain early on to hopfully sustain the babies when space starts running out and I'm not able to eat as much - at least that's the theory I'm told! :) In any event, it's hard for me to not 2nd guess what I'm putting in my mouth, to not mentally start adding up the calories, to choose a couple eggs and a piece of whole wheat toast for a before bed snack  (or 2nd dinner as I call it!) instead of a tangerine like I might normally eat... it's just a shift and hopefully I'm close to reaching the recommended goals and hopefully these two are getting all the nutrients they need to grow, grow, grow! I can't wait to see them next Friday and see how big they are now!
    According to BabyCenter, this week:
    How Jenn and Chad's babies are growing:

    Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or a girl! (Don't be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby's sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby's position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to "hide the goods.")
    Of course we've already been told Jenn and Chad have twincesses on the way, but I'm still holding out for an updated verdict as we get further along! I hope they will check again next Friday! :)

    I can't wait to get home and take an updated belly pic this evening! I feel like I am definitely showing a little more - the same sweater I wore a couple weeks ago that did a great job of covering everything up is now showing a rounded bump today and I can't wait to compare the pics and see if there's a noticeable difference from the last couple weeks! It's exciting to be growing and changing and think of how much the babies are growing and changing too!

    Monday, October 03, 2011

    14w6d - OB Appointment!

    Today was our OB appointment - it went well, everything is "fine" and normal for the moment which is FANTASTIC news! :) I like normal and boring appointments, they're my favorite! I've gained some in the past 5 weeks which is great, BP was fine, no protein in my urine - all vitals were fine. They took us back to the room and we got to hear both heartbeats on the doppler - the one on the low left hand side is really tricky to find though and we only got to hear her for a couple seconds before she disappeared again!

    It was really great meeting Dr. Jo. I really liked her a lot. She was very attentive and responsive and friendly. She had great answers for all of our questions and really took her time with us and not only talked to us about our prenatal care but took the time to learn more about Jenn and her history as well which I thought was awesome! We talked some about delivery again and how she prefers to handle multiples and she seems to be pretty much on the same page as us which was great. Keeping my fingers crossed for head down babies, but we shall see when it's closer how things shake out! As long as the end result is happy healthy babies, really I am ok with whatever delivery experience we end up with. Yes it will not be my "ideal" delivery, but it will be unique, special and one of a kind resulting in two beautiful babies for Jenn and Chad and that is MORE than enough for me!

    We had a great week with Kenneth home, it went by way too quickly! He fixed everything on the saved up "honey-do" list for me while he was here and we got errands run and packing done. I still have to put away his suitcases of things he didn't need anymore since this is a whole new training session and they'll be doing completely different things than the previous training portion. He took a bunch of his gear with him, I'm sure way more than he will actually need! He also took my baby... my Corvette... sigh. I will miss her. However, I'm already starting to have a hard time getting out of that car because it's so low to the ground and my belly is growing more and more each week! So, I know it was definitely the right car to send with him, but I will still miss my baby! :D (Kenneth kept showing me pictures of Corvettes when he was home... I'm beginning to wonder if he's considering having one delivered to me for a Christmas present or something - I tried to convince him the LAST thing we need is another VEHICLE around our house! We already have 2 trucks, 2 motorcycles and 2 cars!)

    We are hoping to maybe pick a weekend that we can meet half way just the two of us between now and November, otherwise we won't see him again 'til Thanksgiving when he gets a few days off for break.

    There are only three months left in the year! It's hard for me to believe how fast time seems to be passing by!