Sunday, March 29, 2009

24 Weeks

I've been posting belly pics every 3 weeks to keep people updated who can't see me regularly. Sometimes it seems like 3 weeks goes by very slowly, but this time seems like it flew! I think I must be getting used to my belly, because I'm not nearly as shocked at the growth anymore as I used to be. (That's probably also because nobody believes I'm having twins based on my size!) Remember, you can click "belly shots" on my labels underneath this posting and it will show you all of them.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Happy Snow Day!

It didn't snow as much as we were expecting here, but we still earned a snow day! Roxie loves the snow, so we put their coats on and sent them outside. Willow spent most of her time by the door, asking to be let back in. As for Tony and I, we slept in this morning (him more than me, as usual lately), and we plan to get the house organized this afternoon -- which is actually very fun for both of us!

P.S. I know the dog coats are corny. You don't have to tell me. :)


Friday, March 20, 2009

Another Reminder for Myself

It seems like every time Tony and I start to wonder how in the world we're going to manage all the aspects of having two babies, God laughs at us and shows us how He provides.

This time, we were worrying about buying all the items we need -- especially the most expensive item, a twin stroller. (I know it's not bankruptcy expensive ... but those of you who didn't have to think about where every item you purchased was coming from should consider yourselves lucky!) Yesterday I received a small bonus at work that both of us thought had already been factored into my paycheck a couple of weeks before. So, last night, we hopped online to window shop a little bit, not planning to buy anything. But wouldn't you know? We found a new, top-of-the-line stroller that matches the car seats we have, for about 45% of the cost that we expected to pay. And free shipping! We're so incredibly thankful.

Here's one of the items we saw online last night ... which I think is hilarious. Maybe someday!I know that we're only talking about a stroller here, but it's just one example of the big picture of how things have come together perfectly to pull off this twins thing! It seems appropriate to mention the verse that I have taped to my computer monitor at work -- it's been there since we found out that we were having twins. "Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish more than we might ask or think." (Eph 3:20)

Monday, March 16, 2009

22 Week Ultrasound

I had another ultrasound today ... sounds like they'll happen every two weeks for now, until they decide to do them every week. While it's fun and new now, I'm not sure I'll enjoy the time that they take out of my day eventually. Everything still looks great, though! Both babies weigh about 1 pound and still measure perfectly. Here's the highlight though -- a 3-D picture of "A" that we weren't able to get last time. She was wiggling a lot, and her forearms are covering her eyes, but you can still see her nose and lips.

And, if you want to compare the two girls, here's "B" from last time:

They sure look fraternal to me! We just can't stop looking at these pictures ... but that's what doting parents are for, right?

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Biggest Shoe-ser

Well, I've done it. I've unintentionally lived up to another one of those old pregnancy stories. Anybody who is close to me knows that there's no way I would do this in real life, but here's proof.I decided that I need a new pair of shoes for work, since I'll be wearing flats a lot more in the next three months, and my old pair of flats was ... well, flat. I was in the middle of my second shoe store when I looked down and realized that, with my black shirt and gray pants, I was wearing brown flip-flops. Now, I'm no fashionista, but I at least match my shoes with my outfit when I leave the house! I was so embarrassed ... people were probably walking by me thinking, "yes, she definitely needs a new pair of shoes". :) Tony reminded me when I got home that he sometimes intentionally makes choices like this, which makes me feel a little better. :)

On another note, Tony and I went to the bi-annual Mothers of Multiples garage sale this weekend. (It's put on by an organization called Mothers of Multiples (MOMS), but anybody can come.) What I thought was going to be a relaxed morning of leisurely looking for bargains turned into something entirely different when we arrived exactly on time ... and there were already at least 300 people in line in front of us. It was an animal house! By the time we got inside, all the strollers and most of the other big items were gone, but we did snag some nice matching car seats/bases and a couple of other items. We feel good about saving at least a little money, buying a few things used instead of new. And when the next sale happens in August, we'll be there plenty early!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Did you realize?

I laughed and laughed last night, when I realized that Tony will be sharing his home with SEVEN girls! (2 girl cats, 2 girl dogs, 2 daughters, and me!) We definitely realized that there was a trend, but I hadn't stopped to count. I'm sure that there were times when my dad was just as outnumbered, but for most of my life, he's only been outnumbered by six. But those were all human girls. :)

And, for your viewing pleasure, two of our girls. I promise I'll dress our real children better. :)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

21 Weeks

I know, it seems like it's been a while since I posted a belly picture. It's really only been three weeks, but look at how much I've grown! Believe me, I also know that it's only a fraction of the size that I will be in a few months. :)


Now that we know what genders we're having, we registered today for my baby shower. I had a minor meltdown (I'm not kidding) in the middle of Babies 'R' Us when Tony reminded me that we need to register for two crib mattress pads (again, I'm not kidding), because even though we'll only use one crib initially, they will have to be in two cribs after a while. And I thought I was completely ready for two of everything! I think the realization of how much having kids costs finally hit me. But, we walked out of there without any more problems, a little smarter than before. :)

And if you do happen to look at our registry, please help by letting us know if you see anything that we're missing. After all, we are doing this for the first time!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Twincesses!

Well, the verdict is in! Our ultrasound technician informed us that she is 100% sure that Baby A is a girl, and 90% sure that Baby B is also a girl! Baby A is on my right, head down, and Baby B is on my left, head up. B is also sitting on A's head. :) They're measuring perfectly, and there is no cause for concern in any area. We're so thankful! Here are a few of our favorite pictures:

Here are their profiles, side by side, in two different photos:

Their chests are touching, even though their heads are in different directions. Here are their hearts, beating next to each other.

Here are both babies in one shot -- the left of the picture is up, and the right is down. B is very clearly sitting on A's face. :)

Here's my favorite -- a 3-D image of B. (A was face down, so hopefully we can get one of her next time.) I love her big lips, and can you see her foot and toes to the right (her left)?

I'll be going in to the twin specialist every two weeks from now on, so we'll have lots more ultrasound pictures to show you as time goes on! Tony is already head over heels in love with his two girls, of course. We're so excited to meet them face to face. :)