Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Introducing ...

... the newest member of the VanHorn family! He or she will be arriving around November 3rd!

Keeping this secret off the blog has been one of the hardest things I've ever done, but we wanted to get a firm count on how many people we were growing this time. :)

So, let me catch you up! Here's our timeline so far:

February 22 - I write this blog post, insisting that I'm not pregnant. I knew it was a possibility, but figured it wouldn't happen, and wanted to wait a few more months before thinking about it again.

February 25 - Tony's last day of work at his old job. I wake up at 2 am with a strong feeling that I'm pregnant, and know I won't be able to fall asleep until I take a test. Sure enough, positive! I don't want to wake Tony, so I write him a message and go back to bed. What a fun surprise for him to see in the morning! (I taped the pregnancy test to the mirror. It looks different because it's a cheap one. :) And 11-9-11 was what I thought our due date was. Getting confused about dates yet?)

March 8 - I have my first doctor's appointment, where they tell me that my due date is 11-11-11.

March 9 - At 5 weeks pregnant, I start to outgrow my pants. This convinces me that we have at least twins, if not triplets, growing in there.

March 15 - The twins and I visit my parents. They wear "11-11-11" shirts to announce their new sibling. I don't have that picture because it was taken on another camera, but I'll post it when I get the chance.

March 19 - The morning sickness hits, full force, just like last time. After a weekend of throwing up, my doctor prescribed a nausea medicine that I didn't try last time, and miracle of miracles, it's working! I'm still exhausted, but not throwing up, and that's enough for me.

March 25 - Our sixth wedding anniversary! I take my first belly shot, which, at 7 weeks, is as big as my 15 week picture with the twins. I know, I'm not shockingly huge, but being bigger than carrying twins definitely played with my mind! This convinces me even further that we're having multiples again.

March 30 - Ultrasound day! I can't sleep, and when I do sleep, I dream that we suddenly have so many puppies that I can't find enough places for them to nap. You don't have to look very far for the symbolism there. :) The doctor only finds one inside, which we are very pleased with. She also moves my due date to 11-3-11.

Phew! Of course, I'll keep you posted as we go, even though I know that a single pregnancy isn't quite as exciting for my readers (but Tony and I are definitely just as excited!). Here's to 3 kids in 29 months!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring Skirts

Cutest. Kids. Ever. Seriously, how can I look at pictures of my own kids and just want to squeal and clap my hands? :)

(Hadley blue / Leila pink)

Friday, March 18, 2011

March Madness (And I'm Not Talking Basketball)

I'm overdue for a post, so I'm going to write a quick one with some pictures to catch you up. Like I said before, we have a lot on our plates right now, but I hope to be back to normal in the next couple of months.

Can you find the twins?

Leila's new favorite TV spot:

I love it when they choose to sit this close to each other without prompting. You'll notice that Leila is engrossed in a Dora coloring book, oblivious to Hadley, who has about 10 diapers strewn around her. Ornery kids.

Tony finished his second 5k, then promptly went mountain biking and broke his big toe. Poor guy has to be in a boot for four weeks, at least.

And lastly, Leila, my couch potato. Yesterday she watched an entire Dora movie like this while I made dinner. I finally propped a pillow behind her. :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Leila's Close Call

Today, I had the scariest moment of my entire life. I posted about it on Facebook, but I really want to get the whole story written down immediately, because it seems like the type of thing that might fade on me over time.

The twins and I went to a new park today. It's been nice for three days in a row, and we went to the same park for the first two days, so I wanted a change in scenery. The new park has a merry-go-round, which Hadley and Leila discovered right away. They weren't going around, just climbing on and off.

Not more than 10 minutes after we arrived, Leila stepped off the merry-go-round, barely caught her foot on a pole, and fell into the sand on her shoulder, hitting her head a little bit. I stepped to her right away since I knew she would cry. When I picked her up, I looked at her face-to-face to see if she had any scrapes. Instead of scrapes, I noticed that her eyes were rolling up into her head, and that they had turned "milky". The only way to describe what I saw in that moment is that she wasn't there anymore. She jerked, then she slumped against my shoulder. Out loud, I said, "Leila. Leila. LEILA!" In my head, I was thinking, I am watching as my greatest fear -- losing one of my twins and not the other -- is being realized. (In my head, I really do think it would be harder to lose one than both, although I'm sure that's not true.)

I ran over to the diaper bag, intending to call 911, and realized I had forgotten my phone. As I looked at the other family on the playground, wondering if I could use their phone, Leila woke up. It hadn't been more than five seconds. Her eyes cleared up, and she started crying.

I loaded the girls into the van and drove the mile home. At one point, when the car in front of me wasn't moving, I muttered, "go, go, go, go..." and Hadley echoed me from her car seat: "go, go, go, go..." Leila's own little cheering section. :) I left the girls in the car, ran inside to get my phone, ran back outside, and called my dad, who has some medical training. Once he had assured me that as long as her eyes were dilating, and she wasn't bleeding or throwing up, that she was probably fine, the relief and the tears came.

The picture is of Leila this evening. The only thing she has to show for her fall is that little scrape on her forehead. Believe me, she was as spunky as always tonight ... if not more. We're praising God for watching over us today, as He always does.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tony = BIDWA

Tony starts a new job today! He'll be a Business Intelligence Data Warehouse Analyst at the United States Olympic Committee. The girls and I are so proud of him!

In honor of his new job, I made Olympic pancakes for him this weekend.

And I hope he'll forgive me for taking this picture as soon as he woke up! :)

Good luck, Tony! Thank you for being a wonderful husband and provider.