Friday, December 19, 2014

Oh Hey Friday Christmas

This is my last Oh Hey Friday (link up) post of 2014.  This time next week, I will be snuggled up on my couch with a fire a-blazing, latte in hand (handmade) and my pup cuddling me up.  Then we will be off to Truckee for a big feast with my in-laws.  I can't wait for next weeks festivities.

But in the meantime, I must finish my Christmas shopping.  I have been such a slacker this year and I blame it on being pregnant.  I have most of my shopping done thanks to Amazon and Cyber Monday, but I still need some stocking stuffers and a gift for my father-in-law.  Plus I need to wrap all these gifts starting now since I have little to no feeling in my left hand.  I am sure my presents will look like a five year old wrapped them.

But it also means babies will be here in a little over a month.  Yikes.  Our lives are about to change and definitely for the best.  Just think, in five years, we won't remember what our lives were like pre-babies.

My Five Christmas-y things:

One.    I got my nails done this week, and it has been awhile since I did any post with my nails in them.
And today I get my toes done in something festive (just needs to be something to wear for a long time because I don't know when my next pedicure will be).  I literally can't wait to get my feet and legs soaking in the pedicure bath and decrease this massive swelling going on.

Two.  I can't wait to indulge on all the wonderful cookies, cakes and pies in the next week.  Heck, I have been doing that most of December.  No shame in my pregnancy game. 

Three.  Having a five day weekend next weekend with my husband and pup is at the top of my list right now.  Relaxation, our last Christmas as a family of three and mega family time with both our families.

Four.  All the Christmas decorations through my house and seeing my neighbors finally put up Christmas lights.  I can't wait to drive around this weekend and go light looking.  We have been doing this since I was a child and I love continuing on the tradition with my husband and pup.  Next year, we get to share this with the twins!
Best picture of our Christmas tree I have.  Decorated and beautiful.

Five.  The Nevada Wolf Pack is playing in a bowl game tomorrow in Louisiana (New Orleans Bowl, also the first bowl game of the season).  We need this win for our seniors.  Our seniors haven't won a bowl game in their college career and this would be an awesome way to send them off.  Plus the San Francisco 49ers suck right now and we need some glimmer of sports hope.  Oh and did I mention that the Nevada Wolf Pack basketball team has lost 8 games in a row?  Well now I did and now you can see why I gave my season tickets up two seasons ago.  Fire Coach Carter and I will buy them again.  So here is to a Nevada Wolf Pack football bowl win!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

31 Weeks. Getting Closer.

31 weeks here and we are so close to being done, but yet so far away.  Baby girls made this momma beyond uncomfortable yesterday and a bit scared that labor was going to start, so I took the day off.  From everything.  I laid on the couch ALL.DAY.LONG with my little Walter dude and watched mindless tv.  I only got up to get water, pee and eat.  I promised myself I would watch my sick leave and not take any days unless necessary.  Well yesterday was necessary.  And with all of the upcoming days off/doctor's appointments and upcoming maternity leave, I should have enough saved up for 16 weeks off.  But I probably will only take around 12 weeks.

So please forgive me for my late baby update.  A picture may or may not make it into this post as I feel like a whale and really feeling under the weather.

How far along: 31 weeks, 1 day

Babies are the size of a: Coconut/Pineapple.

Babies are: According to Babycenter and The Bump, babies should be measuring around 16 inches long (but ours are around 17 inches as of last week) and weighing in at 2.5 lbs to 3.8 lbs (but we know that babies are around 3.9 lbs and 4 lbs).

Babies are getting so big that they are crowding mommas lungs and pushing on her bladder.  The only way to grow more is to grow outwards.  All five of babies senses are developed and working.  They are moving around, making faces, hiccuping, swallowing, breathing and pedaling around mommas uterus all day long.

Maternity Clothes: All day, everyday.  I have a few Old Navy sweaters that are long and non-maternity, but I have officially phased out most other non-maternity shirts as my belly is too big to contain.  I tried to wear a normal longer t-shirt and since the babies started dropping, my belly hangs out.  Way attractive.  I only have two pairs of shoes that fit too, so there is limited choices between uggs and flats.

Stretch Marks:None yet, and hopefully none appear.  I had my dermatology appointment last night and the good news was, no stretch marks.  The bad news: 2 or 3 biopsies after the babies are born.

Sleep: Awful.  It is easier to take naps or short sleep intervals as I am really UNCOMFORTABLE.  I can only lay in one position for a bit before having to change positions.  Oh sleep how I miss thee.

Symptoms: Carpal tunnel, backaches, swollen feet, pelvic pressure, shortness of breath.

Best Moment of the Week: Taking a day off to myself even though it was because of the babies, it was so worth it.  Mindless tv and relaxation is just what the doctor ordered.  Plus last Saturday we saw Daniel Tosh and he was amazing as ever.

Movement: Dancing little machines.  In the ribs to the bladder, these girls are moving like crazy and I LOVE IT!

Cravings: Pasta, pizza, sushi and sweets.  Same as usual.

Gender: Two precious baby girls.

Belly Button In or Out: Out.

Wedding Ring on or Off: On, but on the right side and not sure how much longer I can wear them at all. I just feel lost without them and don't want to take them off.

Anything Making You Queasy or Sick: The nausea has come back, but I haven't thrown up.  Just all around feeling queasy at times.

What I Miss: Sleep, being able to sleep on my stomach and being able to get out of cars/off the couch/out of bed/etc. easier.

What I am Looking Forward to: The Nevada Wolf Pack bowl game this weekend, relaxation, finishing the last bits of the girls room, packing my hospital bag and Christmas.

Labor:  Nothing yet, but I must keep taking it easy and letting these babies bake as long as possible.  Please oh please let me make it to 36 or 37 weeks.

Nursery: So so so close.  Just a few more things to do and we are finished.  I love sitting in the chair in there and staring at everything and all the progress.

Emotions: Feeling pretty good though I had a mini meltdown by myself since no shoes fit and some of my go to shirts are now too short and I don't want to buy anything new.  Why can't I wear sweatpants and slippers all day, everyday. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekend Update

This weekend went by in a blur.  Prepping for Christmas and our girls arrival while pregnant is harder than it looks.  I managed to capture two photos the entire weekend, but let me tell you it was a busy weekend.

Friday we unexpectedly carpooled together because my husband's truck is still at the shop to get one, yes ONE, tire changed due to a nail being on the side wall.  Let's hope it gets fixed today because he wasn't so happy about it.  Since we carpooled together, that meant that my husband had to run errands with me Friday.  We did some exchanges and purchases of baby things we still needed.  We had lunch, and bought a gift or two.

Saturday we ran errands ALL DAY long.  We had a lot of Christmas gifts to get and we managed to get all but my father-in-law done.  We had ordered a few gifts, but really made a big dent on Saturday.  Now to get my father-in-law a gift and get my husband the last of his stocking stuffers and I am all done.  But I still need to wrap with this bum numb hand. Haha.

That night we went to see Daniel Tosh at the Grand Sierra Resort.  Did I mention we had front row seats?

We saw him last year in Lake Tahoe and the show was great.  He did use some of the same jokes as last year, but plenty of new stuff.  I laughed so hard, we made eye contact a lot, but didn't get my wish of him making fun of my huge belly.  He did make fun of pregnant women, but not specifically me.  It was a great night and Tosh nailed it.

Sunday it was dreary, so we did some grocery shopping, did some laundry, cooked dinner and relaxed by the fire most of the day.  The girls nursery is almost done and I can't wait to reveal it.  The bad part of the day, my Walter roo got sick.  He was up most of the night and threw up a few times.  Poor little dude.  Though he seemed fine this morning.

And that was the extent of our weekend.  This week will be filled with some Christmas wrapping, last minute shopping, relaxation after work and a few pamper me appointments.  Life is pretty good other than the no sleep, being uncomfortable and swelling legs.  Awe the joys of pregnancy.

How was your weekend?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Another Set of Christmas Gifts for Her

Another Friday has come and I couldn't be more excited.  That means I can relax, kick my feet up (which I desperately need to do) and be lazy all weekend.  Ok not so much lazy, but not sitting in a desk with shoes on that are swelling my feet by the second.

Since I am so scattered brained today, we are going to kill two birds with one stone on this lovely Oh Hey Friday link up.  My in-laws and extended family want to know what this pregnant gal wants for Christmas this year.  This is hard as I have said before because clothes are really out of the question because I can't wear all the cute stuff I want to buy until after I have these babies and who knows what my body will look like then.  So I sit here, surf the net and try to figure out some options that don't cost what I gave my husband as ideas.

One.  Gift Cards.  Once I am able to fit in normal-ish clothes, I will want to go shopping again.  I want to be able wear jeans that don't have that lovely stretchy fabric that covers your belly.  I am talking my low rise, Big Star jeans that I covet so much.  Plus shoes that don't make my feet swell.  And cute tops that flatter my new figure.  Oh how I miss my pre-pregnancy wardrobe.  So gift cards are awesome.  J Crew, Zara, Buckle, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Sephora, etc.

Two.  Leather clutch handbag.  Similar to the GiGi New York All in One Bag
Three.  Infinity or Blanket Scarf.  Similar to these.

Four. Weekend Bag.  I really need a weekend bag (especially for our delivery coming up) as mine were stolen a few years ago when our house was broken into.  I never replaced mine and now seems like the perfect time.  Here are a few I really like.

Five.   I am stumped, so we are just going with 4 items.  Any suggestions that you all have?  I need to send some of this info onto my in-laws and family.

I hope you all have a good weekend.  I am going to be laid up for the rest of the day (once I am off of work) and nursing these swollen feet.  And then we are off to see Daniel Tosh tomorrow night and I.CAN.NOT.WAIT.  What do you have in store for this weekend?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Our 2014 Christmas Card

It's that time of year again...Christmas card season.  Now that we are married and big kids, we get to send out yearly Christmas cards.  I look forward to getting everyone's Christmas cards and I can't wait to send out our own.  This year we chose a photo from my sister-in-laws wedding when I was pregnant (just found out), but wasn't even showing yet.  Plus it was a professional photo and included the best little dude around, Walter (my pup).

Without further ado, here is our 2014 Christmas card.

Isn't Walter and my husband the most handsome fellas you ever did see?  And I just die over Walter's bow tie for his aunties wedding.

Check out 2013's Christmas photo here.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

30 Weeks

Another week checked off the pregnancy countdown.  Folks, we have made it to the 30s, week 30 to be exact.  I can't believe how time flies.  If this were a singleton pregnancy, we would have 10 or so more weeks, but since this is a twin pregnancy, we have about 6 to 8 weeks left.  Wow.  I can't believe our girls will be here that soon.  They will be here next month!  Crazy to think about.

Update on our perinatal appointment:  The girls are weighing in at 3 lbs 8 oz and 3lbs 1 oz for a total of 6 lbs 9 oz.  That is the size of one full term baby.  Wow this momma is really carrying lots of weight.  The doctor said the girls are on target to gain at least half a pound per week with an estimated weight of 6 lbs 8 oz and 6 lbs 1 oz at birth (around 36 to 37 weeks).  They are doing very well and he says momma looks great, but to be prepared for more back aches and more weight added to the front of my belly (only can go out from here).  And I must keep my eye out for consistent Braxton Hicks because he doesn't want me to go into labor too early, and if I do, we can stop it if diagnosed early.  So our goal is babies due around January 21st - 28th.
Wow the flash did nothing for my complexion this morning.  Sorry about the ghostly white look.

How far along: 30 weeks

Babies are the size of a: Cucumber/Head of Cabbage

Babies are: Baby A (who still has more amniotic fluid) is weighing in at 3 pounds 8 ounces and Baby B is weighing in at 3 pounds 1 ounce for a 11% difference.  As long as we stay under the 20% difference rate, we will be fine.

The babies brains are getting bigger and their skin is smoothing out.  An important fact: the babies bone marrow has taken over production of red blood cells meaning they will be able to thrive more once they are born.  They are strong enough to grasp a finger now!

Maternity Clothes: All day, everyday.  As I have said before, I still manage a non-maternity shirt here and there plus my non-maternity Old Navy leggings, but otherwise this bump is too large to contain.

Stretch Marks: Good news, my lovely waxer lady said I have no stretch marks yet and my stomach is growing beautifully.  I call that a win and thanks to the obsessive amounts of coco butter I use in the morning/day and the coconut/lavender oil I use every night.

Sleep: Still crappy.  Though I get a bit more here and there.  I just wish I could sleep for a total of at least 7 hours a night regardless of how many times I wake up each night (around 3 to 5).

Symptoms: Carpal tunnel, backaches, swollen feet.

Best Moment of the Week: Hanging out with friends (at my friends birthday celebration) and seeing the girls on their growth scan Tuesday.

Movement: Dancing little machines.  In the ribs to the bladder, these girls are moving like crazy and I LOVE IT!

Cravings: Pasta, pizza, sushi and sweets.  Same as usual.

Gender: Two precious baby girls.

Belly Button In or Out: Out.

Wedding Ring on or Off: On, but I am not sure how much longer they will be.  The hands are swollen from the carpal tunnel.

Anything Making You Queasy or Sick: The nausea has come back, but I haven't thrown up.  Just all around feeling queasy at times.

What I Miss: Sleep, being able to sleep on my stomach and being able to get out of cars/off the couch/out of bed/etc. easier.

What I am Looking Forward to: Going to see Daniel Tosh this weekend.  Loved his comedy show last year in Tahoe and I am sure I will love it this time.  Especially since we are front row and I am hoping he makes fun of me and my hugely pregnant body, haha.

Labor:  Thankfully nothing yet and hopefully nothing until around 36 weeks (my personal goal) or later.

Nursery: We are getting closer and closer to the finished product.  My husband has their names and mobiles to hang and I have a few more things to set up.  Good news is, we have almost all their clothes, blankets, swaddlers, bath towels, changing pad covers, etc. washed and ready for them.  Just need to take count and put away a few more things before the nursery reveal.

I love going into their room daily.  I love seeing how it has turned out, knowing they will be in there in less than 2 months and seeing the transformation.  It is everything I wanted and more for their room.

Emotions: Feeling pretty good emotionally.  Physically is another story.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Weekend Update and Randomness

Sorry for the lack of blogging yesterday.  I was too busy getting my Green Monday shopping on (?).  I didn't even know about Green Monday shopping day (or whatever it was called) until perusing around on amazon looking for stocking stuffers.  Then I went into panic mode and tried to figure out what to get everyone so I could get the second best deals of the month (next to Cyber Monday).  I managed to get my mom and sister something and even a little cardigan wrap for myself (oops).  I (we, as in my husband and I) still have a bunch of online shopping to do and he gets nagged about it daily because this hugely pregnant girl wants to avoid actual stores if possible (which it isn't sadly).  But we are well on our way to getting most of our shopping done.  Phew.  That was long winded.

We did a lot this weekend and of course I only have two photos to show for it.  Boo.  But these two are quite funny and mostly the same.

These were my feet Friday evening.  I got the biggest laugh out of this sight and showed everyone and anyone I could the next day at my friend's birthday party.  Can we say cankles big time?!  Don't worry, they don't always swell like this and my OB saw them a few hours before and didn't seemed concerned.

My OB appointment went well even though I waited for an hour and a half to be seen.  Ouch.  Not sure I am liking their new office.  I never waited more than 20 minutes before the move.  The bad news: I gained about 7 to 8 pounds in a month (yikes to all that amazing holiday food).  The good news: my doctor said it was fine since the babies are gaining weight like crazy right now.  I am measuring around 35 or so weeks now, but I am just about 30 weeks now.  Plus we got a better idea on when we will deliver.  And it all depends on my appointment this afternoon with my perinatal for our growth scan.  Hopefully my little girls are chunking up and packing on the holiday weight too.

Friday I also got my hair done and it feels even more amazing getting your hair done while being pregnant.  Awe back to blonde.  Plus she can hold the hair dryer and do wonders to my hair as my hands can barely hold the blow dryer on a daily basis.

Saturday we went to our child birthing class.  It was an all day class, but it went super fast.  We learned a lot about labor, delivery, where we would do everything, our options and figured out our plan (birthing preferences).  I can't wait to meet our girls, but boy am I scared about the whole laboring process.

Saturday night we went to my friends birthday dinner and then out for drinks.  Well dessert for me, drinks for everyone else.  It was so good seeing my friends and showing off the huge bump for those that haven't seen it in awhile.

Sunday I was pretty lazy around the house.  But I did manage to vacuum, do some of the girls laundry, grocery shop, decorate the Christmas tree (it has been up with lights, but no decorations), clean house a bit and watch the awful Niners lose to the Raiders.  Ugh, Niners season is over.  So sucky/crappy/awful/bad/anyothertermassociatedwithsucking.

Oh and I managed to prep our holiday food for our day at the office on Monday.  Every December, we sign up for a day and bring in breakfast food.  My husband and I made, 2 pounds bacon, french toast bake (that wasn't all gooey and gross, but amazing), juice and cookies.  I called it a win with how much I can actually move around lately.

Today brings a pernatal appointment where we get to see the girls and a day to pick up our new Digital SLR camera.  I can't wait.  Can you believe Christmas is in 15/16 days? 

How was your weekend?

Oh and one last photo from the last home Nevada Wolf Pack game.
Best tailgate crew.  My husband and I are on the far left front row.