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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

36 weeks and still holding out

I had my check ups today and I haven't progressed at all since last week...we are still scheduled for a c-section on Aug. 7th but that's 10 days away and I could go into labor anytime before that. We'll all just have to wait and see, but in the mean time Andie and I are on pins and needles. We can't wait and the anticipation is killing us!!

Next Tuesday I see the docs again and they will measure the babies weights, I'm guessing over 5 lbs. a piece by then! My belly is feeling very stretched these days- I measured the circumference and it came in at 41 inches! That's pretty big. I'm up to 158 lbs and my feet and ankles are chubby! Can't wait for the water retention to go away.

The place where I ordered my nursery bedding from put pictures of my nursery on their home page- I thought that was pretty cool!! You can check them out at if ya wanna.

That's it for now, we'll keep everyone posted of any changes or progress. Looks like in a week to 10 days we'll have two little ones!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Any day now!

I'm 35 weeks now, and today and yesterday I had my rounds of doctor visits. My OB scheduled a c-section for August 7th but said she did not believe I would make it that far. When I asked her when she thought it would be, she said she would bet on sometime next week. I am 80% effaced and 1-2 centimeters dilated. She was surprised I had progressed that much just since last week and doesn't see me holding out much longer!

The cardiologist gave me two thumbs change in my status which is good. He does not need to see me again until after I deliver. Both twins looked great and are growing and moving!

We'll let you all know when we're heading to the hospital!

Monday, July 20, 2009

A "2 peas in the pod" baby shower!

This past weekend I had another baby shower with a "2 peas in the pod" theme- it was all so cute! My sister in-law Amy and Andie's aunt Kathy hosted the shower for me at Andie's Grandmommie's house. They did an awesome job!

Here's some of the beautiful flowers, and those little pea pods on the table are bath fizzy balls inside felt pea pods...too cute!

Amy the hostess, and her daughter Abbie showing off the food table.

They were even able to find napkins to match!

Amy made these cute centerpieces- she's so creative isn't she !?!?

More pea pods that Amy made. Me and my cousin Kristin- she's pregnant too!
The wonderful cake!

Me with the grandmothers and grandmommie

It was a great day with lots of great gifts including some very generous gift cards. Tomorrow I'm going shopping for the last minute items we'll need for the girls! Thanks everyone for such great gifts and a wonderful day!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Let's plan a birthday party!

The girls will be here any day now! We had doctor visits this week and Addison weighed 4 lbs 15 oz, and Allison was 4 lbs 3 oz.- for a grand total of 9 lbs 2 oz. (I'm not sure how much bigger I can get- the stretch marks are officially here!) My OB is very pleased with their weights and said that if I go into labor from this point on, she will not stop it from progressing- we'll just go ahead and wheel me into the OR and do a c-section! We were supposed to pick a scheduled c-section date for sometime during my 37th week, but my OB was very reluctant to even set a date because she is pretty sure I won't make it that far (I think 35-36 weeks is what she is thinking). If I do make it then it will be sometime during the week of August 10th, but we're all betting they'll be here before then. I am still 70% effaced but not dilated just yet. Braxton Hicks contractions are getting more frequent too.

As I reflect on the past 8 1/2 months I'm amazed at how fast it has all flown by...seems like just a few short weeks ago that Andie and I were discussing if we should even try to get pregnant given my heart condition. As cliched as it is, there is nothing more miraculous than creating and nurturing a life within you, and it seems doubly so when you have two little ones in there. I have never been a deeply religious person, but I have never felt a stronger faith in God than I do now. I'm going to miss feeling these little girls tumble around inside my belly, and I'm going to miss the anticipation of trying to guess what they will look like. It's a little bit sad for this chapter to be coming to and end, but I know starting the next chapter with them here will be the most awesome thing I will ever experience. It's been a long journey for me to get to this point, which makes me so much more grateful for my little angels.

When diagnosed with my heart condition at the age of 15 there was very little research on my condition in relation to pregnancy, and what was available indicated very bleak prospects... most women with my condition either had aortic dissections requiring emergency surgery, or died during or shortly after childbirth. After many years of seeing cardiologists, specialists, and even participating in research studies I still had many conflicting opinions on whether or not it would be safe for me to get pregnant, in fact, most doctors strongly advised against it. The risks were just too great for them to feel comfortable recommending pregnancy. Luckily, medical research rarely slows down and there have been many updates in the past 13 years. When we got married it was with the understanding that the only way we might be able to have children was to adopt, yet we kept seeking expert opinions and I continued to do a lot of research on my own.

With the support of my phenomenal cardiologist, faith in God, and good gut instincts, we decided to take our chances with a "que sera, sera" (what will be, will be) attitude. We believed that if God wanted to bless us with a child he would, and if we weren't able to conceive then we would take that as a sign that it was not safe for me to be pregnant. We were so excited when I quickly became pregnant last July, but our confidence was shaken when it turned out to be an ectopic pregnancy requiring me to have emergency surgery and losing the baby. After we got the go ahead to be able to try again from my doctors we decided we would give it one more try, and lo and behold we got pregnant right away with TWO!!! Of course we had mixed feelings because being pregnant with just one was going to be a high risk situation that would strain my heart, and now I was going to have to carry two. We decided that being blessed with two was God's way of saying..."This is your chance- take it and like it cause this may be all your body can handle!"

I feel so blessed to have made it through this pregnancy with not one little issue. We were told early on that I would likely have to go on bedrest around 24-26 weeks...that came and went without any concerns at all. I've made it to 34 weeks now and am just on partial bedrest and that's only because I'm 70% effaced, not because of any heart complications!!! My body has breezed through this pregnancy better than I ever could have imagined and I attribute that to good health habits and answered prayers.

Throughout this process we've had a few negative people say insensitive things like "your life is gonna suck with two to manage," "how're you ever gonna handle this," "just'll see how hard your life is gonna be," "you'll never have fun again," "I'd never want twins," etc. (Sidenote: I'm not sure why people feel free to say insensitive things just because we're having twins...I've never heard anyone say these kinds of things to people having just one baby. Furthermore, why would you want to be discouraging to someone who's going to be a new parent??? What's up with that?) Despite some of the negativity we have remained optimistic and positive. Fortunately, the number of positive supporters far outweighs the negative people. We feel really lucky to have so many great people rallying around us.

While we are fully aware that our lives will inexplicably change forever and will have some challenges, we truly see this as a "double blessing" and are so very excited to take all that comes with it. We believe the positive times will always outweigh the negative. As anyone who truly knows me can attest; anytime I am presented with a challenge I become fiercely determined (some may say hard headed), so I know that God gave us this blessing because he knew we were up to the challenge and would rise to the occasion. So to the naysayers I say, "There's a reason that not everyone is given twins!" ;)

To all of our really awesome friends and family (too numerous to count) who have been nothing but positive and excited for us, please know that we truly appreciate your support and with deep, heartfelt gratitude, we say "Thank you". We can't wait to start this new chapter of our lives in a couple of weeks (or maybe just several days) with all of you standing behind us, cheering us on! The count down is on- let the journey begin!!!! Bring on the birthday party, we're ready!!!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Finally- the nursery bedding is here!!!!

I'll apologize in advance for the ridiculous amount of pictures- I just couldn't help myself! I'm so pleased with how the custom bedding turned out. I highly recommend for any custom bedding needs. I wish you all could see it in person; the colors are so vibrant and pretty...the pictures just don't quite do it all justice.

Here's all the pieces laid out before I got them put in the cribs.

Allison's color is green...

Addison's color is blue...

Here's how they look in the cribs...the pink and ecru sheets can be mixed and matched between them.

The finished product for Addison...

The finished product for Allison...

Yay!!! I'm so glad I got this finished before the girls make their debut in a few weeks!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sooner rather than later???

Today we visited the perinatologist and my OB. Everything was right on track with the babies and next week the perinatologist will measure their growth to see how much they weigh. They tried to get a good 3D sono picture but the girls have their feet in each other's faces and we couldn't really get a clear view.

At the OB we were supposed to pick our c-section date today, but my doctor wanted to hold off on setting a date because after she checked my cervix she found that I am 70% effaced but I'm not dilated just yet. This is a big change from the last time I saw her when I wasn't effaced or dilated at all. She told me from here on out I am on a modified bedrest and need to "lay low" and not do any activities that aren't "absolutely necessary". Because I have progressed a little bit she was hesitant to set a c-section date until after we have the growth measurements done next week since their size may alter how soon she wants to move forward with things. Ideally she would still like me to make it to 37 weeks but she feels like the babies would be okay and not have to stay at the hospital if they came at 36 weeks, but again she wants to confirm all this after the growth measurements next week. I also had my first Braxton Hicks contraction this morning which also contributed to my OB wanting me to take it easy.

I was just telling my best friend yesterday that I thought I could tell things were changing with my body...guess a woman's intuition is right on!

The nursery bedding arrived yesterday and it is awesome! I need to iron the bed skirts since they were packed for shipping, but as soon as I get it put on the beds I'll get some pictures posted. That is if Andie will let me do some ironing...he's being a bedrest nazi already and making me lie down a lot!! Guess that's what good, loving husbands are for. I'm secretly happy that he'll have to do the grocery shopping this week!!! I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to sneak out of the house to get one last pedicure before the girls arrive. To me a pedicure is an "absolutely necessary" activity, but Andie isn't buying this rationale. I'll keep you all posted minute by minute!

I almost forgot...I did post a 33 week belly picture on the right for those who are keeping up with the growing circumference!