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Twins-in-Progress: Week 34

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34 Weeks: June 15-21

How far along? 238 Days, 8 months, 2 weeks

Babies size: Butternut Squash(?)

What’s new with babies? Still cookin’

What’s new with Mama? My belly measures “40 weeks” now, which would be full term for a single baby.

Weight Gain: 1 lb in the last 2 weeks.

Sleep: Allergies are hitting with full force, so I am congested and SNORING like a logger. Shane is grateful we have a spare bedroom for his own personal sleep-retreat.

Exercise: Lots of yoga, walks, and squats, when I have the energy. Gearing up for the big day!

pottery mamaBest moment this week: Spending time with our families during our last trip to Casper without babies in tow. My mom and sisters and I thoroughly enjoyed a refreshing afternoon painting pottery. It is truly beautiful how God keeps us tight through the years. Now that we are all “grown ups,” our relationship looks different; but we will always be sisters and daughters… and now mothers! I look forward to our family-friendship blossoming through the years to come.

What do you miss/NOT miss? I miss wearing my wedding ring (our 4th anniversary is next week!).

Babies’ Movement: The Right ninja continues to dig his (I’m sure adorable) mangy little feet into my right side ribs. Baby B keeps me guessing on her position. I feel movement up high, and later down by my kidneys and bladder ( :/ ). Either she has a strong punch, or she keeps flipping around.

Food cravings: early in the week it was pizza. By the end of the week I was making a child-hood favorite snack: peanut butter and apple-jacks sandwich. YUM! (it’s a wonder I’ve only gained 1 pound in the last 2 weeks).

Genders:  a Boy and a Girl.

Kids room prep: We focused on getting the baby room and supplies 100% ready to bring twins home to.

Andy ripping the pallet apart while I hold it down with my planet-sized body.
Andy ripping the pallet apart while I hold it down with my planet-sized body.

My friend Andy and I made the sign (above) for the babies’ room from a pallet. She did most of the work, like a boss. In addition, Andy also sent us the “adventurous” photos that surround the sign. (If you like what you see, order some yourself! You won’t regret giving her your business! Check out her website: AG Photography)

The quote is from my baby shower. We played mad-libs and somehow ended up with the phrase “Never forget to adventure your space…” I think it’s pretty good advice.

Labor Signs/prep: No signs of labor still! With Lil’ Lefty potentially breech, our doctor is referring us to a clinic in Billings where we we can deliver Baby A naturally, then turn Baby B for a natural birth as well. I appreciate your prayers as we decide where is best to deliver these babies.

Symptoms: Allergies have taken over, but my spirit’s stay high, especially with my rash and swelling going down.

Mood: At Peace and confident.

Lullaby of the week: Shane said his song was “Waiting on the world to Change,” by John Mayer. As appropriate as this song is, I feel that his “Stop this Train” more aptly describes my emotions about this season.

Truth I’m dwelling on: Shane and I are building family “traditions” now, before the babies come, to support our values and convictions. One of these is to read scripture as a family. This week, we knew God was calling us to have greater faith in Him. We decided to read Hebrews 11, the Bible’s Hall of Faith. I have been reading the stories of these faithful movers and shakers out loud to our kids this week, and to myself.

take up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Eph 6:16

Looking forward to: Holding my babies in my arms (and having other people hold them for a change!)

Questions for the Mamas: I am making double batches of dinners (and desserts) this week to freeze. We also have a Meal-Train set up for friends and family to bring us meals when the babies come. (If you’d like to bring us a meal, click the link). But I’d love to know…

What meals did you prefer to eat after bringing the babies home? Anything to avoid?

Feel free to answer via commenting below!

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Twins-in-Progress: Weeks 32-33

These past couple weeks have been a major whirlwind. We celebrated our babies yet again with a shower hosted by our home church in Story, WY.

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Later, we had our 32 week ultrasound and check up. After that, we celebrated my June 7th Birthday by moving in to the new house!

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Mr. Darcy checkin’ out the view.

I didn’t get a chance to post about week 32, since we were furiously unpacking (and I was too excited to be working on the nursery!). Here’s the catch up post for the past few weeks.

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32-33 Weeks: June 1-14th

How far along? 8 months, 1 weeks

Babies size: Babies are still about the size of pineapples, just fleshing out some fat for insulation after birth. They are going to need it, because our new house has this ROCKIN’ air conditioner keeping it a balmy 67 degrees inside for this very preggo mama.

What’s new with babies? Baby B turned breech sometime in the last few weeks. Our little ninja is still head-down and ready to go.

What’s new with Mama? Tingly hands.  At this point, there isn’t a “comfortable” position to be in: sitting is as rough as laying down. So I just try to stay active and go for lots of walks/stretching sessions.

Weight Gain: At my appointment I was at a grand total of 207 lbs. They guessed the babies should weigh 4 lbs 10 oz (boy), and 4 lbs 5 oz (girl), give or take 10 oz. If we are even close to this weight range, I am carrying a good 8 pounds of baby around, with 1 1/2 months to go. Game on!

Sleep: My hands (and now hips) go numb when I lay down. What am I supposed to do with the limb underneath all the weight of this planet-sized mama when I sleep?

Exercise: Now that we are in the new house, I am establishing a very relaxed but active routine. I write one thank-you note a day and take a walk to submit it to the mailbox. I also have a glorious back porch to do yoga on. I find I am so much more comfortable when I make stretching a priority.

Best moment this week: 

God answered a prayer in a very personal and intimate way this week:

I was succumbing to anxiety regarding finances (a new mortgage, twins, and adoption can be intimidating). Taking that fear captive, I immediately prayed, “God show me how you are going to provide in all things.”

Within an hour, 3 things happened:

1. We opened a $100 gift card that was misplaced after the church baby shower. It was just significant enough to touch my heart, knowing God will provide each day at a time.

2. Later, I noticed on Facebook a friend who was looking for a gently-used woombie for her baby. I have also been looking for some woombies, so I commented on her status to keep her eyes open for a couple more. When I checked the mail less than an hour later, I discover a friend had sent us 2 woombies!

3. Finally, as I was praying for our adoption and provision, God brought to mind a family who has been struggling for three years to adopting a boy. I sent this waiting mother a message saying I was praying for them today. An hour after that, she posted on Facebook a picture of her and her son… That very day was their “gotcha day!” They will be bringing him home soon.

These 3 gifts testified to how amazing my God is. He loves to give good gifts to His children, even within hours of our prayers. I didn’t deserve these special gifts of encouragement, and I don’t expect them all the time, but I am no longer overwhelmed by looking at our finances. Instead, I am BEYOND overwhelmed by looking at the bigness and faithfulness of God’s kindness.

What do you miss/NOT miss? I am missing hiking and kayaking this week. The Yellowstone half marathon is this coming weekend…. Back in October I signed up to run in it. Thankfully I was able to sell my ticket and a friend of mine can enjoy the beautiful outdoors while I gear up for the FULL marathon coming my way in July

Babies’ Movement: I feel ninja kicks in my right rib cage. He also has a tendency to stretch his whole body and I can feel pressure from my ribs to my bladder and even on my side. Lil lefty does a tap dance on my left ovary (or around there) every once in a while. I’m pretty sure these kids are determined to scramble up my insides, making sure they never have to share with anyone but each other. Too bad, my beauties, we already have kid #3 on the way.

Food cravings: twizzlers. Snickers (I have never enjoyed snickers before pregnancy… so weird).

Genders:  a Boy and a Girl.

Kids room prep: My marvelous parents bought us these cribs, and thanks to my spectacular sister-in-law and MIL, they are all set up and ready for babies!20140614-045802-17882266.jpg

For my birthday, my dad took over my dresser-to-changing table UPcycle for me. I couldn’t be happier with the project!! (He used spray paint… I am still determined to tackle a chalk paint project another day)

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And finally, my GLORIOUS and particularly good-looking-as-of-since-forever husband bought this bad-boy for my Birthday too. I will now be cushioned in luxury as I spend 40% of each day attached to the wee ones.

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Labor Signs/prep: No signs. I am no longer subscribing to anyone who says “they’ll come early.” My body is a power house and both babies are healthy. My doctor said my cervix is like Fort Knox, so not to worry about preterm labor. With no complications, we are in this for the long haul. I’m getting off my Heineken and back in the game for overtime.

Symptoms:  My doctor confirmed my skin issues as Puppp, a common skin rash, especially for MoMs (moms of multiples). At a few suggestions, I invested in virgin coconut oil, really hoping I wouldn’t be allergic. TA-da, it has transformed my skin, cleared most of the rashes, and even significantly helped my acne. God knew what he was doing when he made the coconut. As a bonus, I smell like a piña colada all day.

Other symptoms include the tingly hands, difficulty sleeping, and occasional bladder leak when I sneeze. Hey, there’s not a lot of room in there, what can I expect.

Mood: the move has kept me distracted from potentially disheartening emotions this week. Still, when I feel a sensitive moment coming on, I try to warn Shane ASAP if the emotional forecast. It helps us both be better prepared for the emotional climate which may or may not include 50% chance of tears or “scattered thunderstorms” in the evening.

Lullaby of the week: At Last by Etta James. It’s an ode to finally settling into our new home, but it will be appropriate for the day in hold my twins in my arms too.

Truth I’m dwelling on:  There is life after labor and delivery!

Last week, I became very discouraged after we discovered baby B was breech. I was actually a little bit angry with her. I have put so much thought, practice, exercise, good posture, education, and prayer into having my best chance for a natural delivery. We were doing so good, then lil’ lefty decided to flip, and who knows if she will have room to flip back again?

After the ultrasound, a friend texted me to ask if I would like hand-me-down girl clothes for the winter. It truly lifted my spirits to know my friend was thinking of our little girl at 6 months of age. I gained perspective that day, that bring babies into the world is not just a one day event… just as a marriage is not all about the wedding day. In 6 months, we will be celebrating Christ’s birth at Christmas, regardless of my birth experience. I will keep praying and working hard for the optimal birth story, but in the end it’s all in Jesus hands.

In the meantime, I learned something about our little girl. Unlike her stretchy brother, she is a cuddler, and just wants to be closer to the sound of my voice. That makes me smile and feel quite endearing toward my daughter. Still, Shane is going to try talking through a paper towel roll at the bottom of my belly to get her to flip head-down again. We will see if it works!

Looking forward to: Hitting that all-too important 34 week twin milestone.

Questions for the Mamas: what would you change about my Go-bag list? I compiled it based on the “must haves” mentioned in various books, blogs, and magazines. Would you add anything or find anything unnecessary?

Thanks for answering by commenting below!

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Adoption-in-Progress: Home Study Complete

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It is my Birthday tomorrow, and I am celebrating our adoption home study being complete and paid for! God has done great things through this adoption process. As I document our progress for the twins (due July 2014), I figured I might as well add a few progress reports for our adoption as well. If you are new to our family-making saga, catch up here.

How far along? Home study is complete! We have now been officially in this program for 8 months now. If this were a pregnancy, I’d be nearing the home-stretch. Adoption takes a bit more time, so I’ll say we have finished our first “trimester”. The next stage is submitting our Dossier to South Africa, then wait 1-2 years for the right child (the one God has in mind) to be placed with us (the family He has chosen for this child).

World-traveler size: Who knows!? Our beautiful “baby C” might not even be born yet. Our program designates a child between the ages of 1-4 years.

Best moment this season: Receiving God’s provision, financially and emotionally, through this whole process. Though the adoption process slowed down to accommodate the coming twins, we continue to take steps in faith and great expectation! Every financial milestone we encountered in this last year, God has provided effortlessly.

Gender:  Not sure (I think it will be a girl, Shane thinks it will be a boy).

Lullaby of the Season:  Somewhere, Beyond the Sea from Finding Nemo… I sing this song often while thinking about our dear world-traveler. Whenever and however God chooses to bring us together, it will be a great adventure indeed.

Truth I’m dwelling on: Experiencing pregnancy and adoption at the same time has been a whirlwind. I deeply appreciate Romans for bringing perspective:

“For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits—we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees?” Romans 8:22-24

Wow! All of creation—the trees in my yard, my dog on the couch, the babies in my belly—we are all longing for reception, completion, and the perfection of meeting our Father face-to-face. I am so excited to meet our world-traveler in person (even just to have a picture!), but none of it compares to the longing I have, along with all creation around me, to be one with Christ.

Looking forward to: Doing more training and working on the next set of documents.

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Twins-in-Progress: Week 31

 

31 week31 Weeks: May 25-31

How far along? 7 months, 3 weeks

Babies size: Pineapples! (cue the craving!) 

What’s new with babies? According to some books, babies are now able to form memories. I certainly can’t recall any memories in utero; regardless I hope to make these first few potential memories quite delightful by vocalizing lots of songs, stories, and scripture.

What’s new with Mama? Rings are off 🙁 Starting to feel the swelling, but it’s not bad yet. I am definitely feeling “uncomfortable” at this week in pregnancy. The planet is growing, my belly is stretching, babies are moving, skin is itching. I’ll take the good with the uncomfortable though.

Weight Gain: Not sure this week. Haven’t had time to track down a scale!

Sleep: I got in a few naps this week!

Exercise: I am enjoying walks outside, in addition to sorting/purging/moving work (don’t worry, I’m taking it easy).

Best moment this week: Shane and I were singing on our back porch, enjoying the view of the river for the last few days before we move. Every time I hit a high note on “How Great Thou Art” the babies would kick and roll around. I’m not sure they liked the song, or if they were telling me to pipe down. But it was fun.

What do you miss/NOT miss? I miss camping.

Babies’ Movement: Sunday night, I could have sold tickets for the cirque de sole show happening inside my belly. Shane and I enjoyed the kicks and rolls (till I got nauseous).

Food cravings: Pineapple, frappuccinos

Genders:  a Boy and a Girl.

Kids room prep: Started moving some stuff over… just need to organize it and set up some cribs!

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Labor Signs/prep: My belly seems to have sunk a little. I’m not so sure it’s “dropped” per say, but I can breathe a little easier now (and have to use the restroom a lot more often). I can feel both babies’ little bums on either side of my belly button. Hopefully they stay head-down and turned toward my back.

Symptoms: Holy hives batman! Ok I don’t think they are hives, but these marks have appeared, like chiggers or bug bites, all over my ankles, wrists, knees and elbows and belly. It started on Monday with raised bumps on my already inflamed stretch marks, then spread from there. Could be Puppps? Could be a combination of previous eczema/bug bites, etc.? Hopefully I’ll get some clarity at my next OB appointment.

I also have INSANE acne all over my face, chest, and back. Please excuse my “glowing” appearance in public.
I have a few other new symptoms this week, but I will spare you all the details.

Mood: Stable this week. Praising the Lord.

Lullaby of the week: All that I can Say by David Crowder Band

Truth I’m dwelling on: 

Wait patiently for the Lord.
    Be brave and courageous.
    Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

Psalm 27:14

Looking forward to: Visiting with family, a church BBQ/Baby shower, and organizing the new house a little at a time.

Questions for the Mamas: If you’ve had a baby, chances are you experienced diastasis recti, or the separation of your tummy muscles. This leads to the all-too-frustrating “When is your baby due” a year after you’ve already had her. C-sections actually create this problem by cutting the abdominals. My doctor assured me I would definitely have the separation since the twins have already stretched my stomach so much (regardless of a c-section or not). My goal is to have a healthy body, not “get my body back” per-say. The issues that accompany diastasis recti include back pain, pelvis instability, deteriorating strength of the abdominals, and the tummy “pooch.”

So my question for the mamas (and any kinesiologist/physical therapists who keep up with this blog) is this:

What body wraps, exercises, or posture habits worked for you to have healthy connection in your abdominals after giving birth? (Or what things did you avoid?)

Feel free to answer via commenting below!

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