Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to drop in to say Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours.

I am keeping it short and sweet today as we have lots of family time and food to consume.  Bring on the pie!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hospital Tour and an Update

Last night we took our hospital tour.  Sure I have been in this hospital a few times, but mostly for death stuff.  But we finally got to see the good stuff.  The nursery full of the cutest babies, pre-registering, seeing where we would have our little girls pretty soon and scoping out food options.

The entire time I felt like a deer in the headlights.  Wide eyed at everything that was explained to us.  I can't believe this is really happening in a few short months.  From the assessment to the labor and delivery to the postpartum.  Plus we have some extra decisions to make....who we are allowing in the labor and delivery area (max three others than myself), pain intervention, etc.  I am so happy we have started our birth plan (I know they don't always go as planned) and can make some additional contributions to it.  Plus we were told to pack our hospital bags now because you never know when it is going to happen.  It was all so surreal and exciting all at once. 

But again, I still can't believe how real this is all getting.  Ok, I knew it was getting real when my bump and boobs got really big really fast, but now that we are taking tours and taking classes (December 6th), and the girls will be here before we know it.  I can't wait to see their precious faces, hold them and shower them with kisses.  Plus the idea of seeing my husband hold these babies melts my heart.  Oh pitter patter.

So now my hunt starts for packing a hospital bag for myself, the babies and my husband.  Please send me your links on what to include, what not to include and any advice you all have.

In the meantime, I have my last fluid check appointment with my Perinatal doctor in a couple of hours.  So say some prayers that baby girls are good to go and we only have to see the perinatal doc monthly for growth checks.  But at least I get to see their cute little faces on the ultrasound today.  They have been moving a ton today in preps for their shots on camera/ultrasound.

Until tomorrow for my weekly bump date.   

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Wolf Pack Loss, but We Still Got Our Cake (Popcorn)

I am really sad that the weekend is over, but really excited that today is my Thursday since we took Wednesday off.  Oh I love holiday weeks.  I am super excited about this weeks events, but I thought I would recap this weekend first.

Friday after work I ran errands and wore myself out.  Boo to thinking I could handle the errands only to barely be able to get out of my car once I got home.  Luckily my husband gave me a foot rub and took care of the chores around the house.

But one one of my errands, I went to a local store called Sippies and about died when I saw their tutu bar and the bathing suits.  I needed these two bathing suits for the girls, but I don't know how big they will be come swim suit season, so I refrained.  FOR NOW!  But check these out, aren't they the cutest?

And this tutu bar...Oh the girls will have some tutus very soon.

Friday night was a mini date night where we had some yummy Taiwanese food and went to the IMAX theater (for the first time) and watched Dumb and Dumber Too.  We thought it was good, but not great.  If you liked the first movie, then you will like the second movie.  Go in with expectations that it will be like the first movie in the sense of comedy, lines and stories.  We enjoyed it and we really enjoyed our lazy boy style seats.  Makes it so much easier for this pregnant girl to relax.

Saturday morning was a lazy morning.  My husband ran to the local bakery while I made lattes at home.  We had a fire burning and it was raining outside.  Perfect little Saturday morning. 

But in the middle of it all, I made some yummy popcorn for the tailgate.  This was a new recipe for me, but it sounded great and would end our chili cook-off just right.  Plus we may have snacked on some while making it.

Then I had a surprise visitor.  My dear friend Nathalie came over to give the girls and myself her shower gift.  The girls received some cute socks, the cutest 6 month old outfits and two heart receiving blankets.  She sure did spoil them.  And she also brought this momma a gift.  What was it?
This was after opening.  I can't share the contents yet just in case other bridesmaids haven't gotten their boxes yet.  But let me just say, I am super honored to be a bridesmaid after Nathalie was my Maid of Honor.  I can't wait to celebrate Nick and Nathalie's wedding come August 2015!

That evening we went to the tailgate for a chili cook-off and the last tailgate/game of the season.  Spoiler alert....Nevada Wolf Pack lost in a really horrible game.  It was ugly, my husband was pissed off and it was really cold.
Prior to the game and a 27 1/2 week bump picture
At the tailgate.  Also used for our Fans of the Game photo (too bad we lost that game)

Sunday was spent recovering from the game.  Me not my husband.  I felt like a train hit me and I sat most of the tailgate and game, but it really took it out of me.  I watched football while my husband helped his parents move furniture, took a nap during the Niners half time game and had a hard time staying up last night.  But the good news is, we got some more registry items from Babies R Us due to a mini black Friday deal going on and we are saving the rest (which isn't that much) for Cyber Monday.  Please oh please have some deals on carseats and bases.  

And that ends our weekend.  I am looking forward to our hospital tour this evening, our last fluid Perinatal check tomorrow (then only once a month after that), working on the nursery Wednesday, Thanksgiving, then Christmas tree cutting Friday and the last Wolf Pack game (vs. UNLV) Saturday along with a family dinner that night.  Lots of good things to come this week.

What do you have in store for this week?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Oh Hey Friday Link Up and Christmas Wish List

It is finally Friday.  Thank heavens.  This has been the longest week EVER.  With coming in early every morning, due to not being able to travel with my team to New York City (boo), but living their schedule this week, I am drained.

In honor of Oh Hey, Friday link-up, I thought I would do a Christmas wish list or even a push present gift list.

One.  I am obsessed with Kendra Scott jewelry right now.  I want it ALL.  I have my eye on two special pieces right now.

Meet the Rayne Necklace
and the Elle Earrings
Two.  I really want a warm cozy down jacket and these two caught my eye.

Three.  A Digital SLR camera.  I have my eye on a few different ones, but haven't decided.  I just want to be able to take better photos for my blog and of my cute little babies once they are born.  Iphone pictures just won't due.

Four.  Black booties.  These are just two of the pairs I want.  I am eyeing a few more too.

Five.  Hunter Rain Boots.  It doesn't rain that much in the Reno/Tahoe area, but I have been wanting a pair of these for a long time.  I just need to bite the bullet and get a pair.  Aren't they so cute?

Six.  Michael Kors watch.  I have been eyeing one of these for a few years now, but always miss out on sales and decide I need something else.  But this beauty has caught my eye.

Seven.  Jo Malone London perfume.  I love a lot of their scents, but I need to narrow it down to one or two.  Which is your favorite?

I could go on and on, but I will post another Christmas Wish List later with more items for the lady in your life or to pass onto my husband for me.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

27 Weeks (the last week of my second trimester)

It is Wednesday again which means it is bump/pregnancy update.   I know you are all on the edge of your seats waiting for my update.  So without further ado...onto the babies.
  27 Weeks and counting

How far along: 27 weeks, 1 day (last week of the second trimester)
Babies are the size of a: Head of cauliflower/rutabaga

Babies are: Growing and doing so well.  I can't believe how much they have grown in the last month.  On Friday (at 26 weeks, 2 days) I was measuring 31 weeks.  Yikes.  How big is my belly going to get?
Babies are getting on a better sleep/wake cycle and finally opening and closing their eyes.  Their brains are very active now, but still developing.  That is why momma needs to up her protein intake.  The lungs are still maturing, but babies could survive outside the womb if they came at this point.  Which they better stay inside and bake as long as possible.

Maternity Clothes: Yep still rocking them.  But my maternity work pants suck because they itch and stretch out that I have opted for leggings at work now.  No one seems to notice or care, so leggings it is.  Plus I need to up my game on some sweaters for this bitter cold weather.  Suggestions on places to get cute sweaters maternity and non-maternity at a great price.

Stretch Marks: I have one, but it isn't as noticeable right now.  I freaked out because my sweater left a huge mark on my belly and I thought I got a big stretch mark there, but nope, it was just an indention.  But I do have that dark line that runs from the belly button down now.

Sleep: Ehh.  I have been having some carpal tunnel issues in my left hand so sleep has been a big issue this week.  So much that I cried in the shower yesterday morning because I am so tired and my hand won't stop tingling.  But I caved and bought a wrist guard yesterday.  Good news is, I woke up twice last night and slept a ton.  Not enough to catch up on my sleep, but we are working on it.
Symptoms: Carpal tunnel, backaches, swollen feet, tired and nasal congestion.

Best Moment of the Week: Having the twins baby shower.  We are beyond blessed and received so much.  We don't have much left to get (the car seat purchases will hurt though), but so much to set up and lots of laundry to do.

Movement: Lots of baby kicks and movement.  Still no hiccups, but these babies love to move, press on my lungs and bladder and have some kick boxing workouts inside.

Cravings: Pasta, pizza, sushi and sweets.

Gender: Two precious baby girls.

Belly Button In or Out: Out.

Wedding Ring on or Off: On, but they have been moved to my right hand as my left hand is experiencing the carpal tunnel so it is often too swollen to take the rings off my left hand.

Anything Making You Queasy or Sick: Nothing right now.

What I Miss: Working out, not being in so much discomfort,
holiday drinks (eggnog and brandy, hot chocolate and peppermint schnaps, etc.), moving with ease, and basically anything that involves being active.

What I am Looking Forward to: The last home game for the Nevada Wolf Pack football team.  Tailgate theme is chili cook-off.  Since I can't cook for more than 30 mins (max), we will be bringing a dessert, but you bet your tush that I will be enjoying lots of yummy food.  Plus we are going through our baby shower stuff, setting some of it up, seeing what we still need and going into full nesting mode.  I love it.

Labor Signs: We have some Braxton Hicks contractions going on, but no signs of labor.  Thank the heavens for that.

Nursery: We put up the gold polka dots last week and now we got a bunch of things from the shower to start setting up.  Our girls are going to be so spoiled and I can't wait to reveal our nursery to all.

Emotions: Good, but more emotional this week over my exhaustion.

Stay tuned for a baby shower post soon.  I hope to get the camera today or tomorrow to start my post.  I can't wait to show you all how amazing it was.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Why You Should Join Influenster

So I know it is Tuesday and I never did a weekend update.  But that is because I am saving it for my Baby Shower post.  I am waiting on some photos that were taken with my moms camera in order to finish the post.  Let me just say the girls and I were spoiled.  Everything from the amazing food, decor, cake to the presents galore.  You name it, we were treated the very best.  I can't wait to share that with you all.

In the meantime, I am going to tell you more about one of my programs I participate in.  I will keep this short and sweet.  I am an #Influenster.  I have talked about my Vox Boxes a few times (here and on twitter mostly), but my favorite box was the Something Blue - I Do Vox Box which had some of the best essentials to prepare for your wedding.  From teeth whitening toothpaste to fake eyelashes to Dr. Scholls foot cushions, this box had it all.  I used it all and still use my KissLashes because they are so much easier to put on than the ones I have bought at Mac and other stores.

I have received quite a few boxes since becoming a member in May 2012.  It is super easy, fun and you get to try out some of the latest and greatest new beauty, electronic and practical every day items.  You can sign up at Influenster or download their new app in your app store.  Just search #InfluensterApp.  It makes taking pictures, uploading pictures and reviews so much easier.  Plus you can take pictures using the products and put them into your reviews, questions and answers.

Did I also mention that you can get perks for becoming an Influenster?  They have deals on clothes, pet insurance, gaming memberships, wine, etc.  It is a great way to connect with other bloggers, test products and get your name out there.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Holidays Are Upon Us

I can't believe November is almost half way over.  Where has the time gone?  I still have so many holiday things to get in order before December 1st and I haven't started one of them.  Until today.  I really need to get my butt in gear now as I am sure I won't have as much motivation in the weeks to come.  

First...Christmas cards.  I am slacking here and usually have mine ordered and already being sent to me.  I need to get these created ASAP, so I can get them sent out early.

Second....Christmas shopping.  I know what you are all thinking.  It is only mid-November.  But I am a procrastinator and have the hardest time  choosing gifts for people.  I will sit in a store staring at the same item for 30 minutes contemplating if said receiver will love it or not.  I usually talk myself out of it, get frustrated and end up buying it later.  I do this in front of the computer too.  I put it in my shopping cart, let it sit there and if I forget about it, it wasn't meant to be, and if I remember it, I assume it's the perfect gift.  I do a lot of my shopping on Cyber Monday though.  So I do have some time to prep, but I would rather go in with ideas.

Third....Decorations.  With the babies coming, I want to start buying way more holiday decor.  This means decor for Halloween (missed that mark), Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I have been trying to get my husband to go to Hobby Lobby with me for some crafting stuff and Christmas decorations.  Hopefully I can wear him down tomorrow after our doctor's appointment.  If all else fails, tears should do the trick.

Fourth....Maternity photos.  I was told that taking photos around the 7th month mark would be a good idea for myself as we are pregnant with twins.  They say I should still be able to bend down, sit in positions for awhile and get some cute photos.  Well I am at 6 1/2 months and I still haven't scheduled anything.  Heck I feel huge now and not sure how this belly and pregnancy will translate into something magical and cute that I want to keep forever and hang up around the house.  Plus they are expensive and with the holidays and massive amounts of baby things we need, I am at a loss here.  Do I skip them or buck up and get them?  Opinions?

Fifth...Annual Wish List.  I always do a wish list for this blog and my family.  I haven't even thought of anything I want for the holidays.  My mind is fully on the twins and I am not sure how to "spoil" myself.  Clothes are pretty much out of question, so that leaves me jewelry, perfume and shoes.  And the more I "shop" around for these, the more likely I will just buy them for myself.  Any holiday wish list suggestions?

Are you prepared for the upcoming holidays?

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