Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Week 24

Yesterday we had another ultrasound and an appointment with our new OB. The twins are growing well and weigh about 1 pound, 4 ounces each. I don't have any pictures to share since we accidentally left them behind. I hope they return them to us at our next visit.
As for our new doctor, we like him. The visit seemed a little rushed, but he didn't leave without answering the 700 questions I had for him. He is very supportive of me wanting a VBAC, will let me stay pregnant up to 38 weeks, and will deliver the second baby breech if that happens to be the situation. I am very glad we found someone we like right away and that all my birth questions have been answered. Now I can really start to think about my birth plan knowing what to expect (although birth with multiples can have many curves in the road).
As for me, my blood pressure was low (per usual), I've gained about 11 pounds, and my fundal height was around 28 cm. At the end of the day, I'm ready for bed. My back hurts and it is hard to find a comfortable position. I'm not looking forward to the upcoming discomforts, I can tell you that!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Crappy Phone Pictures

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We are officially minivan owners. Never thought we would be, but there was no way three car seats were going to fit in the back of our old car, so here's our shiny, new (used) purchase.

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Since we bought the van, we've spent hours and hours in it. Not going places.. just sitting outside the house. It is Mason's current favorite hang out. The most expensive playhouse he'll ever have, I guess.

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Tyler built my garden a fence, how nice was that? Luckily my beans have grown back their leaves and now the rabbits can't eat them off.

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One of the (many) great things about having my husband home for the summer, he can take Mason outside to his new playhouse for a few minutes while I clean. Because, as I read on Pinterest today, cleaning your house with the kids in it is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos. So true.

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We purchased the lumber for our deck. It's going to be a big one! We're pretty excited.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Mason - 19 Months

I had planned on doing an 18 month post, but before I knew it another month had passed. We are really enjoying this age right now. Mason is in between getting his eye teeth and two year molars, so he's usually pretty happy. It has been a long time since he's had a break with the whole teething thing. The hardest part of his age is the growth spurt that has messed up his sleep. We seem to be steering back towards familiar nap times and bedtimes, which would make life a lot easier. His brain is just so busy. It is amazing how much he is learning!

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Mason has a nice sized vocabulary and we usually can understand what he wants or needs, but certainly not 100% of the time. He has well over 100 words, so I won't give you a big list, but some of his most used words are: car, more, truck, trailer, tractor, up, poop, drink, kitty. Whenever he wants in the fridge he says "ah-bul-dah". Open that? He doesn't say two word phrases too often, but the other morning he was chasing after our cat and said, "Hi, kitty." That was pretty cute.

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His artistic interested has grown in the past couple months. His favorite medium is probably bath crayons, and lucky for us, he only uses them on the tub. Sidewalk chalk usually doesn't hold Mason's interest for very long and we've only tried paint once. Playdough is fun, but only if there are tools to use with it. He doesn't like how it sticks to his fingers.

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Mason self weaned during his 18th month. My milk dried up due to my pregnancy hormones, so he lost interest. However, it wasn't an easy transition. The week he weaned he also had roseola (high fever, followed by a rash), the nights were rough. I wish I still had milk and I know he misses it, too. Every once and a while he whines a little and pulls at my shirt. It was a little heartbreaking since neither of us were necessarily ready to be done, but not something I can change. The positive is that he's sleeping so much better now that he doesn't nurse throughout the night. The long stretches of sleep I thought I'd never experience again are plentiful (unless you count getting up to pee.. ugh..)

We've tried giving Mason almond (vanilla and regular), hemp, coconut, and whole cow's milk. He seems to like the whole milk best lately, but just like with every other kind he seems to lose interest. Perhaps we will just have to keep switching it up? I'd like to maybe try goat milk or raw cow's milk. We just need to make sure he is getting the fat and vitamins he needs from those drinks, which can certainly be a challenge.

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Mason loves to snack. He eats the most at breakfast, wakes up with a big appetite. I made these muffins a while back, thought they turned out awful, but they are one of his favorite things to eat. My freezer stash has finally run out, so I'll have to attempt them again. Some of his other favorites are Annie's fruit snacks and cheddar bunnies, fruit leather, blueberries!, hamburger, ketchup, peaches, guacamole, spaghetti, pretty much any tomato-y substance, and cereal with milk. He really enjoys fruit, but seems to just chew on veggies for a while before spitting them back out.

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We went to Mason's well check on Friday. {Did I ever mention we switched clinics? Well we did, and it was a good decision} He does not like the nurse at the clinic. Her voice is a little higher than anyone else's we know and I think that scares him. He pretty much cries anytime she gets near him. Luckily he is more of a fan of the PA than the nurse. She's pretty awesome. We learned he's perfect health wise, weighs 25.5 pounds (average), and is in the 10th percentile for height.

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Mason is very affectionate and loves to share with us. Just the other day, we were at the zoo and he was chasing around a little girl twice his age trying to give her a big, open-mouthed kiss. So cute. He never got close enough, but had fun following her around. (Don't worry, she was having fun, too).

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Excited to see what the next stage of development brings!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

More Twins Stuff

When we went in for our ultrasound on Friday, we told the tech we wanted her to be as speedy as possible. She assured us it would take 15-20 minutes tops to get all the measurements she needed to check for abnormalities. We hesitated, not sure if that was too long.. but in the end, gave the go ahead.
She squirted my belly with the goo, which made Mason cry (he hadn't napped yet and it was 2:00). Right away Tyler and I both thought we saw two heads, but didn't really think much of it. The tech looked around for about a minute and said, "Well, the first thing I have to tell you is that there are two babies in there." We looked at each other and laughed.
We learned those two babies are monochorionic twins.. they are identical, share the same placenta, but are in different sacs. This means there is a 15 percent chance they could develop Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. TTTS is when one baby (the donor) doesn't get enough blood and the other (the recipient) gets too much. There is a couple procedures to fix the problem, one including amniocentesis, the other a laser.
Hopefully we don't have to go down that road, but there is always a chance. We were relieved to find out that our babies are measuring the same size (around 11 ounces) and everything looks great. However, we have to have an ultrasound every two weeks! It only takes a week or two for TTTS to occur and ultrasound is the only way to monitor it. So, we are going from not really sure we wanted an ultrasound at all to getting one every two weeks. Geez. But, if something were to happen that could have been fixed, that would be awful. So, ultrasound, you win this round.
AND, we are no longer allowed to see the midwives. They can't have twin mommy patients. We've switched to an OB that was recommended by one of the midwives and will see him at the end of the month.

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While this pregnancy started off very similar to when I was pregnant with Mason, some things have been a little different. I was more sick and for a longer amount of time. I started to show sooner and have gotten bigger faster. I felt movement a lot earlier and not just the little flutters. My back hurt (perhaps from carrying my 25 pound toddler?) and I still needed to take a nap weeks into my second trimester, you know, when your energy is supposed to magically return. All of these things I chalked up to being pregnant with baby number two. If we hadn't had an ultrasound, I wonder how long it would have taken to find out there is more than one baby.

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I feel now like I am nearing the third trimester, even though there are 7 more weeks to that point. I need to sit down to rest often, I can't carry Mason for very long, I just feel big. My acid reflux is bad and my back hurts. I can tell already the rest of this pregnancy may be kind of hard.
I didn't get stretch marks the first time around, I'm thinking that will be hard to avoid now. I felt like there was barely enough room for Mason in my belly, how the heck are the two babies going to have enough space?
All that junk aside, how lucky are we? 
Blessed for sure.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Miscellany Monday

1. When we found out Friday that we are having twins, we were happy of course. But I will admit we also freaked out a bit. As in, we got on the computer the instant we got home and started looking at minivans and new houses and new diapers and swings and car seats.. But, we've calmed down and have realized while we do need a larger vehicle (no way three car seats will fit in the one we have now), we do not need to buy a different house. The one we live in now is sufficient for a couple more years at least. We just need to do some rearranging. As for all the other stuff, yeah, we'll need it, but there's time.

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Baby A. They didn't print any good pictures of Baby B.

2. I'm pretty sure Mason is going through his major 18 month growth spurt right now. He's learning things like crazy which is great, but he is having a hard time settling down to sleep with so much going on in his brain. He used to go to sleep between 7 and 8, now we take him upstairs to read/rock/settle in and he goes wild. Running back and forth, bouncing on the bed, we have no idea where he pulls that energy from. This usually goes on until after dark and it ends up being 9:30 before he can calm down and fall asleep. Naps have been pushed back quite a bit, too. I keep telling myself that it is a phase and won't last forever. That's true, right? I'm not lying to myself am I? While it can be funny and entertaining, I'd love to get a little more time to myself and with my husband before I go to bed.

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3. I planted my garden a couple weeks ago, but there are rabbits galore in this town and they've been munching on my beans.
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4. The very far back section of our yard is my favorite. The grass is green and there is nice shade, it is just so pretty. If only our whole yard looked that way. Someday..

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5. Whenever we spend time in the yard, I always pick Mason some rhubarb to snack on. He loves the stuff. It is funny to watch him walk around with the big leaf.

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6. Last weekend we spent some time at my parents' house. My dad was gone on his yearly fishing trip and my mom was really sick. So we tried to take care of her, but she is like the worst sick person ever. She only sits down and relaxes when things get really bad (which she did sit still more than I've ever seen before) and I couldn't get her anything because she just wanted to do it herself. She's recovered and my dad is home.

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Have a good week!
We'll be looking for minivans.


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Friday, June 1, 2012

Surprise

We ended up deciding to go with the ultrasound and we are kind of glad we did because..

We found out we are having twins!


Holy cow.


We have lots going through our heads right now. Things from we will need two more high chairs to the fact our car likely won't fit three car seats in it to what kind of birth experience will we have? to how the heck does bedtime work with three babies and one adult?


It may be unexpected and overwhelming news, but we do know how extremely blessed we are and are incredibly thankful.