Tuesday, July 31, 2012

30 weeks and Maternity Leave

30 Weeks with Twins!

Hummmm Well my stomach is still massive and growing like crazy. Super exciting news, I'm officially on Maternity Leave!!!! Woo Hoo!!!! No more work till 2013. I honestly don't know what to do with myself. I think I will start on the babies room tomorrow :)

Since things change so fast I will say the new things with my pregnancy this week are that It's getting really hard to drive. It's getting extremely hard to look behind me when backing up or changing lanes. Plus as soon as I start driving the babies start moving around like crazy and it feels like their trying to climb up in to my ribs. I've experienced my first pinched nerve from the twins and the pressure from the babies. It's a shooting pain that goes straight down my leg, it feels as if I pulled my hamstring. It comes and goes. Other things are if I'm laying on my back on the couch or in bed the babies start moving every now and then they will lay on my lungs and it's close to impossible to breath. The first time it happened it scared me cause I thought I was having an asthma attack. When this happens I turn on to my side or stand up and get instant relief. It's a trip.

 Sleep is still super hard I wake up in horrible pain because of my full bladder. Which I mean isn't even full, I freakin have to pee  every 20-30 minutes or less because there is just no room at all for my bladder and the babies. It doesn't help that I chug water all day because I'm always dehydrated. 

Last week was my last week of work before Maternity leave. My work threw me and 2 other co-workers a baby shower. We are all due around September 1st. The funny thing is we are all vegetarians so they got us lots of vegetarian friendly foods and Got us cakes from Nothing Bunt Cakes. Which I love love love!!! They also gave us baby Bunt cakes (above) which were soooo cute and sooooo yummy!!! 

This is my dog Buddy, he's really cute and sweet but today got us in to a bit of trouble!!!
(this picture was taken right before the incident)

So I play fetch with my dog a lot because I can't walk him cause I'm super preggo. I use the blue ball tosser and throw it across my lawn and neighbors lawn so that he can get his energy out since he is SUPER high energy. Today we played fetch 2 times. The 2nd time he was super worn out so while he was laying on the lawn I watered the roses and all of a sudden I here dogs barking and a guy across the street yelling. I turn and he's like help your dog is over here. 

My first thought is run as fast as I can to get buddy, I try to run and obviously can't and tell myself speed walk. So I get across the street and find buddy barking and jumping on 2 HUGE Boxers which scared the crap out of me. I then go to grab Buddy and he tripped me and I fall almost flat on my stomach. Thank god for my lightning fast reaction to throw out my hands and stick my butt as high up in the air as I could. Thank GOD I didn't land on my stomach. I then got up and grabbed buddy. 

The guy was so freaked out and thought I just landed on my stomach. I was so shaken up that all I could say was sorry and ask if his dogs were okay. I then said "Ya my dogs are fine, they are really nice well behaved dogs. Are you okay." I was holding my stomach with one hand and my dog with the other and just told him I'm fine, I'm just really scared and If everything was okay then I was going to go home. He then went on his way. 

I then got home and started crying my eye's out because I was sooooo scared that I put myself and my dog in that situation. Plus I just couldn't imagine what could have happened if I were to actually fall on my stomach. Here I am supposed to be taking it easy and I'm chasing after my dog and falling. I've come to realize that I can no longer play fetch with my dog in the front yard. It never really crossed my mind that he would bolt like that. Billy thinks its cause I didn't have the ball in hand, since balls rule his life :)

I cried for about an hour or so, my sister then came over on her lunch break and brought me Jamba Juice and talked to me and made me feel better. Once I calmed down I took out my doppler and checked on the babies heartbeats to make sure everything was okay. And I'm happy to say all is well :) 

Ugh!!! What a day. I'm still freaked out and just feel sooo bad for that guy cause he was so freaked out that I fell and because Buddy.  Buddy just wanted to play and was trying to jump on their backs. He loves playing with big dogs. Well that's about all for now. I need to go to Yogurtland :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

29 weeks and our high risk ultrasound.

29 weeks with Twin Boys!!!

Holy Moly my stomach keeps getting bigger and bigger. I've pretty much outgrown all of my shirts and I can only fit into maternity pants. Which I'm sure everyone is like Duhhh Gina! Hahhaa.. I'm definitely surprised I've gone this far being able to where my regular jeans :)

So life has been really really crazy for me this last week an a half. We found my replace and she is AWESOME!!! I'm so glad and relieved. We've been doing a ton of training and I've been working 11 1/2 hour days trying to get everything in order. I'm pretty stressed because I don't want to leave anything out. So this weekend I did a bunch of work from home so that I wouldn't get behind since I've had doctors appointments the last two days and couldn't put in a full 8 hours of work.  

Sunday night I got a call from my doctor asking how I was doing with the results of our last high risk Doctors appointment. She seemed pretty concerned and said we would go over it more Monday. If you don't know what I'm referring to please click here to read the scary test results we received.

So Monday we met with my Doctor, the one who will hopefully be delivering the babies. She wanted to go over the test results from our last high risk appointment. The results showed that the babies may have early signs of Hydrocephalus  which is extra fluid in the brain. A normal fetal brain has 1cm of fluid in the brain. Both of our babies brains had 1.1cm's of fluid. She then explained to us the game plan if the fluid increases. If the fluid reaches 1.3cm then we would need to deliver the babies ASAP and they would need to surgically drain the fluid in their brains to alleviate the pressure.

Now when I got this news yesterday I really understood why the Dr we met with at the High risk appointment reacted the way that he did (which I at the time took offense to). Now I don't really blame him because with the news I got last night I couldn't imagine having to sit on that and wait 2 weeks to see if it had gotten any worse.  So Billy and I took in the information.  I'm pretty sure he was as freaked as I was but we didn't really talk about it and tried to not worry ourselves sick. I silently freaked out a bit to myself and became a total space cadet and lost my disability paperwork that I needed to turn in today. Fortunately for me the Doctor found it at the office :) 

So today was the big day. I tried not to think about it and tried to stay focused at work for my temp, but it was really hard. I met Billy at the High Risk facility and we headed in to the appointment. We were both quiet and wide eye'd while the ultrasound tech scanned both babies. The Tech then said out loud their brains look good, I think you guys have nothing to worry about. She said it happens and normally baby's brains end up growing in to the fluid and leveling out. 

Next we had to then wait for the doctor to review the test results and give us the news. The doctor then came in, the same doctor that gave us the bad news for our last appointment. He said that everything looks good and as of right now they are out of the danger zone and the Fluid levels look healthy. They will continue to keep an eye on it, but as of now we shouldn't worry and that everything up to this point looks great. He told us my Doctor called him earlier in the day to see if we had come in yet and that she wanted to get the results cause she's really worried about us. God I love that woman She has been my doctor for the last 10 years and is AMAZING!!! 

YAY we are two happy parents. I was soooo happy that I came home and passed out. I felt a weight lift off my shoulders and my mind could finally rest. If you have been reading my blogs then you know I've been having a really hard time sleeping, I'm realizing a lot of it has to do with stress and my mind going a mile a minute going over everything. Now that I know that babies are both healthy and looking fantastic I will definitely sleep better and hopefully be less of a space cadet at work.

Below are pictures from today of their little baby faces. They are so cute and look more and more like new born's every time I see them. They both have little pouty lips.  the First thing I thought when I saw these pictures was, "Hey nice duck faces boys!" haha.. j/k...kinda. 

I also came to the realization that ultrasound techs really love taking pictures and cracking jokes about babies privates. I swear I have more pictures of my kids junk then I do of their faces. No joke! If you where to give me two un-labeled pictures of their little Vienna sausages, I would be able to tell you which is Baby A and which is Baby B. hahaha.... But if you gave me 2 face shots I'd have no clue :)

Baby A

Baby B
This is such a great shot :-)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

7 months & our baby shower

28 weeks aka 7 months and starting my 3rd Trimester Pregnant with twins

The picture above is from Saturday 7/14/12 My Mom made this for my Baby shower. I LOVE LOVE LOVED it :) Its so stinkin cute. She did such a great job.  Last Saturday I hit my 7 month mark with the twins. It was also our baby shower. It was Coed and super awesome! We invited 60 of our closest friends and family and had a Taco bar come out and cater, Wine, Keg and some really nice banquet umbrella tables with center pieces. It looked like it could have been a wedding. Besides being Super hot I had a really good time. The beer and wine looked super refreshing, but the 6+ bottles of water plus watermelon and cantaloupe juice I guzzled down did the trick :)  I'd like to send a big HUGE thank you to Billy's parents and my Mom and Sister for throwing us such a kick ass baby shower. You guys are the best!!!

Here is a Belly shot.  Everyone tells me I look tiny for 7 months with twins, I would have to agree but am not complaining because I feel huge. So far I've only gained 23 pounds.

Below is a picture of what the twins look like right now. Crazy!!! They look like real babies and not little skeleton babies :)

So week 28 has come with a few new changes. The babies are now stronger than EVER! They are constantly awake and constantly kicking. My stomach is constantly moving and changing shapes. I can also feel and start to tell what body parts are kicking, poking and pushing out on my stomach. It's so wild how fast things have changed. The baby email updates that I get say that the babies are now sleeping in 30 minute intervals as to where before they would sleep all day.

One thing that hasn't changed is my lack of sleep. I swear I'm not tired at all and will stay up till 1am every night and wake up at 6:30am every morning. Since I am so big it's getting harder and harder to sleep. I wake up 3-5 times a night in pain. Either from a full bladder or a Charley horse in my leg/legs. This week I was getting them almost every night. They were so bad that they pulled both of my calf muscles. So nuts! 

Week 28 has been quite eventful. Not only did we have our baby Shower but 2 day's later we celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary!!!! We saved the top to our wedding cake and couldn't wait to eat it. I was Aighttt........ A little too sweet though, it made me feel totally ill :-P  But it was cool and fun to unwrap the cake and eat it a year later :) This year Has gone by Soooo freakin fast it's blowing my mind. I might as well get all my x-mas shopping done now because I will have no time once the babies arrive. 

Behold! Some pictures from our baby shower 

This is a picture of Billy's car, mine was equally as full. My good friend Jessica (above to my right) has twins and she mentioned to me that we had to do a diaper raffle. And boy am I glad we did. I can say we easily got over 2,000+ diapers. Which are going to help us out soooo sooo much. I'm so grateful to have such wonderful, amazing, loving friends and family.  Thank you to everyone who came to our shower. :) It was so awesome to see and hang out with everyone.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

27 Weeks with 3D/4D Ultrasound Pictures

27 weeks with the Twins

I took this picture below because I thought it was funny that my stomach stuck out so far over the sink while getting ready for bed :)

This week has been really stressful for me. I'm a bit emotional and super stressed with work. I have 2 weeks left before maternity leave and still no temp or replacement. Plus my co-worker is leaving for Hawaii for 2 weeks this Sunday. I need to somehow next week do my job and train a temp to do my job, while holding down the accounting fort during one of our busiest months of the year. With a new billing system that I don't 100% understand. Awesome! 

Okay enough of that mess. Sooooo things this week with the babies. Lets see they are getting stronger and bigger. Monday we found Baby B is 2 pounds 5oz and Baby A is 2 pounds 1oz.  I've been in a lot of pain (round ligament pain) all day, everyday for the last week. This Saturday will mark 7 months pregnant, so it seems about right since they are putting on their baby fat :) Baby A is head down and kicks me in the ribs all day, so much to where my ribs are sore and feel bruised. He also must be kicking his brother in the head all day because Baby B is breached and with the recent ultrasounds we've gotten to see that Baby A  has been using Baby B's face as a foot rest. And Baby B is using Baby A's face as a butt rest. So Funny!!!!  

My Stomach is getting so big it's been uncomfortable to walk.  I haven't slept well all week and have been so tired at work. I think I'm just mentally drained. There is so much going on in my life all at once and I can't think straight. And to think I haven't seen nothing yet. FanFreakinTastic :) 

Check out my Sweet Cankles!!! My calf's and ankles have been quite swollen these days. 

Monday I did my Glucose Test and yes the Orange soda drink was gross. How this test works is they take your blood, then you have to drink a water bottle of super sweet orange soda tasting juice. They give you 5 minutes to drink it. You then wait one hour and they take your blood again, then wait another hour and they take your blood once again. I almost threw up 5 times during the first hour of waiting. What they are testing for is gestational diabetes.  Lucky for me the Lab people gave me my own room with a bed, so I didn't have to wait for 2 hours in the waiting room with all the sick people, since they were super busy. 

This week we went to the high risk facility to get the babies tested, they get tested every 2 weeks to make sure their are no signs of twin to twin transfusion which is uncommon but can occur in identical twins who share a placenta. So how are appointments go are we arrive and they do a in depth ultrasound of each baby 20-30 minutes a baby.  Once the scans are done a random doctor on staff who is available then looks over the results and comes in to the room and tells you the results. What looks good, what looks bad and what looks abnormal that they want to keep an eye on.  Like for example 2 ultrasounds ago Baby B had an enlarged kidney so they wanted to keep an eye on it. Then during our last ultrasound they found the kidney was back to normal size and posed no threat. 

So Monday we get the scans and a Doctor comes in the room to give us the results. I will admit the guy was not as professional as the other doctor's we've worked with (every appointment we meet with a different doctor). So the good news is still no signs of twin to twin transfusion and the babies look fantastic except for one thing. He then tells us that each twin has 1 cementer of extra fluid in their brains. I think OMG WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN!!!  He then explains that it's called Hydrocephalus and that the level of extra fluid that they have in there brains does not pose a threat and would only pose a threat if they gain two more centimeters of fluid in their brains. He then rubbed me the wrong way by saying it's a serious condition but don't worry about it, I mean you should be worried but it's not bad yet so don't worry, while smiling. Ugh! Not at all professional. Have some respect Bro! 

So they are going to keep an eye on it and see what it looks like in 2 weeks. Holy Crap! I tried telling myself everything will be fine and not to worry about it and that it's probably very common, but people never even know about it cause there baby's aren't getting the kind of attention our babies are. But as the day went by I began to get more and more upset. Once I got to work I vented to my coworker/best friend Katie broke down crying, she gave me a big hug and I then felt a lot better. I couldn't imagine what I would do if my babies had any problems or serious illnesses or disorders. So that's my sob story and the HUGE reason for my stress this week on top of a dozen other things. 


So if you read my last blog I wrote about how we where going to get the 3D/4D ultrasounds done on Saturday. Billy and I invited all the grandparents to come join us. So we all headed over and packed in to the room for the ultrasound. Dr. Lance scanned each baby for 30 minutes a piece. Baby A was semi cooperating while Baby B did not cooperate at all. I was sooooo sad that we didn't really get any good shots of them so he had me come back and charged me $20 for another 30 min's. So I did and These were the pictures we got :)

Meet Baby A
So the big white blob in front of the half of his face is Baby B's butt :) 

Looks like we have a thumb sucker :) So cute!

Meet Baby B
This was trip #2 right off the bat we got a good face shot :)

Then a minute later Baby B put his feet right in front of his face and began playing with his toes. It was sooo cute. Yet I was bummed because after that we couldn't get anymore face shots. Below you can see his profile, his arm is covering his mouth and his leg goes right over his head.

You can see here with the regular ultrasound view that his feet were right in front of his face. I don't know how he's able to bend that way but I totally understand why I've been in so much pain all week. haha.. So cute. 

Here are some shots outside of the womb for are 3D/4D Ultrasound.

Crazy how you can see little baby lumps on my tummy. 

Billy and the Twin's Grandparents!!!

From Left to Right Billy, My Mom, Billy's Dad, My Dad and Billy's Mom

Listening to the babies heartbeat

Billy and I with Dr. Lance of Scan Babies


The Grandma's My Mom and Step Mom