Saturday, August 23, 2008

We've Picked the "theme" for the Nursery

Nursery Theme: "My First ABC"

It has been a busy "baby" weekend so far. We registered at Babies R Us today and we selected the nursery theme in the process. It's a somewhat different direction than we had started with - but we found that we just really like the ABC theme and it really opened the color palette up beyond just blue and brown, though both of those colors are still dominant in the set.

We also registered for car seats, a stroller, bottles, blankets, a "feeding chair", bath-time stuff, and so much more. There were 15 pages of stuff and we're just sure that we missed some very crucial items that we won't even know about until two screaming baby boys point it out (probably around 2:30 in the morning at that). We found a stroller that we liked that was on clearance and bought it. It's a Graco DuoGlider and matches the infant car seats we registered for. It will accept both of the car seats directly onto the stroller so it will be so easy to travel - I think this is what they call a travel system, but I'm not sure.

We also, before we left for a day of baby shopping, put together 2 bassinets and a swing that were gifts from 'Eli Lilly'. (uh... that means that Scott and Diana had accumulated some "points" from work and used those points to purchase some baby furniture - Thanks!!!)

So... we are both worn out from a very packed day. Hopefully I can put more up here as soon as I remember what it was that I wanted to tell you.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Back To Work and Thursday's Appointment

Well Monday (8/11) officially marked the end of my summer. It was a sad day. I am so grateful for the time I had off this summer though. I actually felt like I had a good break and the thought of starting school again didn't terrify me, although the thought of getting up early did. The first couple weeks are always the roughest, pregnant or not. While I worked a little later than I would like to I am going to make a gallant effort not to make a habit of it. My kids didn't start until Tuesday and that is when the reality of how early that alarm clock goes off hit me. I am just not a big fan of getting up early and there is not much in this world that I hate more than my alarm clock. I guess it is kind of a love/hate relationship. I obsess over it as I crawl into bed and I would like to beat it with a large metal baseball bat when it goes off in the morning but I digress.

My kids are great and I have to admit that, with the exception of the afore mentioned aversion to the alarm clock, I am truly enjoying teaching more than I have in a while. I thank God for this gift!

I have already had to take a half day off of work, one of many more to come I'm sure. Thursday afternoon was my 18 week ultrasound with Dr. Abernathy. It went great! Both boys looked perfect. I had decided not to start painting the nursery until we saw for sure that they are indeed boys (Wayne thought I was crazy but they saw that they were boys so early that I just wanted to make sure). This appointment provided more than enough proof that they are without a shred of doubt boys, probably more boy than you would expect this early on. The technician actually said she was 100% sure. From what I understand, they don't typically make a habit of saying one way or another so definitively.

Baby A had a heart rate of 145 and he was measuring 18 weeks and 3 days at the appointment, when I was only 17 weeks and 4 days. He was moving around so much she had trouble getting all the measurements done. It was fun to see him all over the place. Baby B had a heart rate of 144. He was also measuring 18 weeks and 3 days. Dr. Abernathy was very pleased to see they were measuring a little ahead. She said, "We like ahead!" Baby B wasn't moving around quite as much as Baby A but he had also found a new toy that was keeping him very entertained. Baby B was holding his "wee wee" (as the technician put it) throughout the entire ultrasound...let me remind you she said 100% boys! Once I saw that, I knew it was safe to paint the nursery:-) You will see pictures below. Both boys are weighing 8 ounces so I have a total of 1 pound of baby inside me right now.

This is Baby B's hand holding his
"wee wee",Daddy couldn't be prouder:-)

I am loving every minute of this pregnancy so far, even those moments when I don't feel great! Wayne has been so great and supportive through everything. Everyday I love him even more for the daddy he already is! I can't wait until the babies are moving enough for him to feel them (I'm not sure if I feel them yet or not). I think it is almost unfair that I get to experience this so much more than he does. I'm just very blessed! Between him and the girls at work, there isn't much I'm "allowed" to do. I think they have limited my lifting to 5 lbs. tops. It is funny! Everyone is so supportive. Mom and dad called me from Motherhood Maternity today and had me come over because mom found some things she wanted me to try on. They were just as excited to buy me maternity clothes as they are to buy onsies for the babies. They're so great! I can't thank God enough for the blessings of my parents.

My belly is starting to grow, although I continue getting the "are you losing weight?" and the "you don't even look pregnant!" comments. I know I should appreciate these comments but I am just so excited to be pregnant that I will be happy to start showing more. I have been wearing maternity pants for a couple weeks now. I could probably still button my regular ones but I can't hardly stand to have anything tight on my belly. Let's talk about maternity pants for a minute. I think all pants should be made this way. I'm thinking I will hang onto these even when I'm not pregnant. They're so much more comfortable than regular pants.

I am so excited about being pregnant that I have decided to expose my belly for all to see below. It's not a pretty sight but it will be as it fills up more with babies. I know this is out of character for me but we want to document everything because it is all so exciting. The top of my belly was the first thing to stick out and now the bottom is starting to catch up. You can't really see much in these pictures but they will be there for comparison in the coming months.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Doctor Appointment Notes

I had my scheduled appointment with my OB, Dr. Fenoughty, on Friday afternoon. Here is the latest scoop:
  • She listened to the hearbeats. They were 139 and 147. She said it should be easy to use the doppler since their heartbeats are so different. This way we'll easily be able to tell them apart by bpm's. As she was listening to the second one, he kicked the microphone. It was funny :-)
  • She confirmed my severe "placenta brain," as they call it. It is apparently an ongoing joke in their office. It is where the babies are just sucking my brains out. I don't remember anything anymore. Wayne used to rely on me to remember details and things but now we are relying on him...we are in so much trouble. I have locked myself out of the house, and I can't remember things from one second to the next. I'm a little nervouse about going back to work with my forgetfullness.
  • She felt my belly and confirmed what I thought, both babies are on the right side of my stomach. She said that is probably where my placenta is. The top of my belly has felt much bigger and she said my uterus has already moved everything up, causing the top of my belly to expand.
  • She said I have a 50/50% chance of ending up on bedrest. These odds are better than I thought so I was happy with this.
  • She told me to schedule my maternity leave to begin on January 5, the day we return from Christmas break. She said "if you make it that far, you'll be ready to get those babies out and won't feel like going back to work.
  • She said that our periontologist (high risk OB) will probably decide at my next appointment whether she will cut me loose to just work with my regular OB or if we are going to continue the "shared care".
  • She said we should schedule our birthing classes for sometime before 28 weeks. Wayne and I got carried away on this. Wayne loves learning and I love learning about my babies so we signed up for all of the following classes:
  1. Labor and Birth prep
  2. C-Section prep (the doctor told me to take this just in case)
  3. Breastfeeding with Ease ( Ease? yeah right, with two)
  4. Happiest Baby on the Block (soothing fussy baby)
  5. Newborn Basics
  6. CPR/First Aid for babies
  7. IU Hospital Tour (just in case we have to deliver there)
We are very enthusiastic about learning all we can before they are here, if you can't tell :-) My next appointment with the periontologist is August 14th so I will definitely update by then, if not before.

My next milestone...managing to go back to work and somehow function beginning Monday, August 11.

Lilypie Expecting a baby Pic