Twins-in-Progress: Week 34

34 week

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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  • Sarah Boomgarden

    We preferred anything that was brought to us 🙂 I’d suggest checkout common things babies might not like in breast milk, I found broccoli did not settle well with Emily so I try to stay away from that. Most things she is OK with but I continue to try to have somewhat a bland diet while I feed her. Also look into making foods that help with breast milk supply such as lactation cookies, oatmeal and adding flax seed to foods.

  • Dani Hoffman

    I know the twin momma in my life got very very tired of pasta dishes once the babies came. Breast feeding two babies made her crave meat and protein, and pasta, as delicious as it is, just didn’t cut it for her. Pasta is a common meal-train item because it is so easy and inexpensive to make. The meal train is such a sweet and awesome blessing, but my suggestion would be to ask for more meat, or variety in meal types. 🙂

  • http://remainforalways.wordpress.com Musing Nanny

    I’m not a Momma, but I’m a nanny. With the family I began nannying for after birth, the mom really craved protein dishes, veggies, and fruit. A lot of people brought her casseroles and pasta dishes, so it made sense she craved the rest. I’d freeze some meat options and stock up on easy to make salads!