Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Another Post Pregnancy Battle

Today I am here to talk about hernias. More specifically, umbilical hernias.

On Tuesday, I went to my family physician for a yearly check-up. No big deal. But I wanted to have him take a look at my belly button. You see, when I was pregnant with the girls, my belly button popped out. I would always joke that it meant the girls were almost done baking. I guess I jinxed myself because they were born soon after that happened.

Everyone kept saying how cute it was. I didn't think so. It is weird to have your belly button be such a cute innie to become a weird looking outtie. But  my doctor's assured me that soon after delivering my girls that my belly button would go back in. Guess what, it hasn't.

It is still almost all the way out. A tiny portion has gone back in. And now you can see where I had my belly button piercing for years too. So I have lost all the weight and then some. And I am working on toning my belly and everything else up at the gym a few times a week and still nothing has changed.

So yesterday we did the trick to see if I have diastasis recti which means separation of the ab wall. I do have a slight separation, but not more than a a finger or so width apart which means that is ok. But my belly button bulged out completely and there was a ridge on top of my belly button that extended upwards. This pretty much means I have an umbilical hernia.

It also means, I can just leave it alone or have a minor surgery to treat it. But first, I am going to see my trusty doctor who did my breast abscess surgery for another opinion. My doctor was just worried that my abs or bowels could get caught in the hernia as I have been having stomach aches lately, but couldn't pinpoint why. I couldn't tell if I was hungry, just had an upset tummy or what was going on.

So I get to go see the trusted Dr. Devia again. And can I just say that these girls wrecked havoc on my body, but they are the best and I don't regret any of this AT ALL.

Have any of you had this? Did your belly button eventually go back in on it's own after pregnancy? Did you ever get yours checked out?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend 2015

This weekend flew by in an instant and it was one day longer than normal. Maybe it was because my dear sweet Sutton Bear has been a bit cranky. I think she is going through a growth spurt which also means a bit of sleep regression going on in the Butler house. That or she is teething. But even though she is a cranky bear, she is still so cute.

Friday morning I was sent pictures and videos to get me through my work day since my husband had the day off with the girls. So jealous.
 Tummy time pros

After work, I met him at his hair cut appointment to take the girls from him and show them off to the girls at the salon (I go to the same place). Then we did a bit of shopping where Avery did not care for being in the dressing room with mommy. So I was hurrying to try to find an outfit for this weeks family photos. So hard. Spoiler...didn't find anything in the short time I had. Then we met daddy for lunch and then off to our house for some nap time.

Saturday morning we tried a new place for breakfast. It was pretty good. I had yummy biscuits and gravy. I love biscuits and gravy, but so many places don't do them justice. This one was pretty tasty.

Saturday was sort of a blur. It was rainy most of the day, so we relaxed inside the rest of the day. But we had to get a photo of these cuties in their Patagonia jackets.
Patagonia ad?

That night we managed to cook dinner at home. Big feat I tell you. And check out Miss Avery in her jumper while we cooked.

Sunday morning we made breakfast (another feat) and did things around the house. That evening we headed to Truckee for a family dinner. The girls met their cousins (third and fourth) and had a great evening. They were cuddled all evening and enjoyed all the love and attention.

Monday we did more things around the house while daddy took a bike ride and then mommy went out on her own adventure to look for an outfit for the photos and grocery shopped. This time away was good for both mommy and daddy as Miss Sutton was not having a good few days and it was wearing on us. But she was super happy this morning, so maybe it has passed? Hopefully!? Please!?
Bumbo time while Mommy and Daddy cooked dinner

The night was ended with bath time (which Sutton enjoyed and Avery did not) and very sleepy parents. The girls did sleep most of the night which was a change from the last few (sleep regression, maybe?). 

And now we are onto a new week where the girls are 21 weeks old (can you believe it?) and will be 5 months this Friday. Time is flying.

How was your Memorial Day weekend?

Friday, May 22, 2015

MadBum Friday

Another Friday, another week that has gone by.

Can you believe it is almost June? Time is flying by and my girls will be 5 months next Friday! Seriously crazy stuff.

Onto my Friday five.

ONE. And can you believe the unbelievable Giants game yesterday? MadBum hit a homer off of Kershaw! Epic. Loved it. Only wish I could have saw it live instead of way later. I sure do love me some Madison Bumgarner.
 Proudly sits on my desk. There are a few Dodger fans here at work with their awful (Puig) bobbleheads.

TWO. In other news, I got a mini fridge at work. I know super exciting right? Well it is for me because now I can pump and store my parts at work without having to wash them every.single.time. And I can store my breast milk in there too and not worry about putting it in a cooler in the fridge so no one freaks out. Pretty excited.

Isn't it funny how we used to get excited about going out, what we were going to wear that night, our next adventure, etc. and now I get excited over appliances.

THREE. Crisis adverted on getting myself a dress for my dear friend Nathalie's bridal shower. The theme is Marie Antoinette, pretty in LIGHT pink and I didn't have much around the house. Sure I have a wide variety of pink things, but not light pink. And I am not even sure my BRIGHT pink dress would fit these huge knockers. I have a very similar dress to the one I picked out, but the other is shorter, strapless and tighter. All bad combos after having a baby. This one makes me look "normal" again after having twins. I got it from Nordstrom and will show you all after the shower. (meaning I am too lazy to photograph it now)

FOUR. My babies get to meet their second cousins this weekend and I am pretty excited. Little Harper is just over 3 months old (she was due the day before the girls) and I can't wait to see how my girls interact with her. The girls are really starting to notice each other. Just last night they were staring at each other, smiling away and then kept holding hands and watching each other while sucking on their pacis. Major heart melt right there. Man they grow up way too fast. Love this stage right now!

FIVE. I really want to shop for things to wear next week for our family pictures and our trip to Graeagle next month. Here are a few things I would love to add to my closet.
Spring/Summer Wants



Happy Memorial Day weekend all!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Random Thursday Post

Sorry I have been MIA all week. I spent my free time (during work) Monday and Tuesday at the gym, followed by an awful lunch time dentist appointment yesterday. Why did I make a dentist appointment during lunch? Those are the worst kinds of lunch times.

Good news is....no cavities. The bad news is...I have to have two fillings replaced from when I was a kid and my teeth are still sore from my cleaning. I guess my teeth have taken a backseat since having new babies. Luckily, no new cavities, but I still have to get stupid shots to replace those pesky fillings. Why can't they last forever? No one wants to get unnecessary shots unless they are the whiskey kind.

In other news, we are finally biting the bullet and fully changing to new bottles in the Butler household. Big news, right? Haha. We have been avid Dr. Brown bottle users (we received some from the NICU that the girls used), but were tired of cleaning 7 parts per bottle, 8 bottles when we got home from work. And that doesn't include the 5 am feeding nor the 8 pm feeding. It was a laborious 15 plus minutes of my day plus the other feedings and my pump parts. Way too much time spent when I could be cuddling those precious babies of mine.

So we went with Tommee Tippee bottles. Plus we had to transition out of our 4 ounce bottles to 8 or 9 ounces. The girls seem to do very well with their medium flow nipples (we tried the slow flow and they hated them) and it is only 3 to 4 parts to clean per bottle. Win-win for this momma.

I am so looking forward to this weekend. For one, it is a long weekend (3 day weekend!). Two we get to see some family that the girls haven't met yet. Three, this momma can sleep in. I fell asleep on the way to work again (my husband was driving). But we do have a million and one errands to run.

I do have a question for you pumping mommas, when did you transition to less pumps per day? I currently pump 6 times a day and want to drop to 5 times. When I dropped from 7 to 6, my supply increased. I want it to stay the same or up again (wishful thinking). Is it too early to do it at 5 months? On a related note, can you believe my girls will be 5 months next Friday? Time is going way too fast!
 
 
   Cutest babies EVER!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Graduation Weekend Recap

This weekend was super busy. From the time I got off work on Friday until my head hit the pillow Sunday night.

Friday I finally got a pedicure. My feet were in desperate need of some TLC. I had partial gel on some of them, super long nails and rough feet from wearing sandals. After they got a little love, I finally got to eat for the first time that day. So bad of me to wait all day, but I forgot to pack some breakfast. It was super rainy that day, so when the evening hit, we watched some NBA playoffs and relaxed by the fire. But first we fitted ourselves with our baby carrier. Finally. And the verdict...the girls loved them. Sutton took a bit longer to love it, but eventually she did while walking around.

Saturday was again busy with running errands to get some graduation cards, breakfast and ready for a grad party. Then we went to said grad party with the girls looking darling as ever. They got SO much attention and loved every second of it. Plus it gave mommy and daddy a second to relax sans baby with a glass of wine. Saturday evening we had family dinner at my in-laws. Steak. So good.

Sunday morning we took family generational photos for our university. And let me tell you, getting the girls and ourselves ready by 9 am is hard. We get ourselves ready to leave at 6:10 am every weekday, but try to get us somewhere by 9 am and we fail. We are usually 15 minutes late. Can't seem to figure it out.

After pictures, we went to breakfast with the family and then I headed to Carson to spend time with my mom, sister, aunt and our family friends. We went and saw Pitch Perfect 2. This was a late Mother's Day treat for my mom. Oh and I got her a gift certificate to Picasso and Wine for a fun girls day. I can't wait to go. My mom has never been and I love it so much, so why not share it with her? As for Pitch Perfect 2...I really liked it. I didn't even think I would like the first one, but after my mom got me to watch it with her during my maternity leave, I loved it, so I had to go this time around. Have you seen it? So good.

Then I headed back to Reno for another family dinner of spaghetti and meatballs. Definitely the way to this girls heart is through spaghetti. And the girls got more family time. They met so many new family members this weekend and had a pretty awesome weekend. The girls are definitely loved by ALL.

But since we were out and about ALL WEEKEND, we had things to finish that night. Ugh, laundry and not even my babies laundry (that comes tonight). Several laundry loads, prepping bottles and things for daycare, giving Walter a bath instead of the girls (because he got into the compost pile....GROSS), making our bed, etc. We didn't even get to bed until 11 pm which is so late for this momma now a days. The girls....asleep by 8:45 pm.

And that was our busy weekend. How was your weekend? Did you go to any graduation festivities?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

My Fours

I have seen this post floating around on quite a few blogs, so I figured I would jump in and let you get to know me a little bit better.

Four nicknames I've had:
D
Dirty D
Dizzle
Danni G

Four movies I have watched more than once:
Devil Wears Prada
27 Dresses
Knocked Up
Sex and the City

Four jobs I've had:
Web Designer
Agent
Cashier at a video store
Secretary/student worker at the University (while attending school there)

Four things in my purse:
Iron pills (from after delivery of the babies and I had to take them before every meal)
Southwest drink coupons
Lotion
Candy

Four places I've lived:
Reno, NV
Carson City, NV
College Dorm
and nowhere else...so boring.

Four places I've visited:
Australia
The UK
Canada
Hawaii

Four places on my travel bucket list:
Italy
Germany
Ireland
France

Four things I don't eat:
Bugs
Pate'
Spam
Eel/Unagi

Four tv shows I watch: (Currently)
Grey's Anatomy
House of Cards
Modern Family
Deadliest Catch

Four cars I've driven:
Honda Prelude
Toyota Tacoma
Chevy Trailblazer
Subaru Legacy

Four things to look forward to in 2015:
Watching my babies grow
Graeagle trip
Beach days this summer
Babies 1st Birthdays
What are your fours?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Finally Back in the Gym!

Monday marked my first day back at the gym. This is a big deal for me as I was a big time gym rat prior to being told to stop working out while I was pregnant (mid-October). I have been dying to get back to the gym, but hadn't found the time to do so at lunch time. Sometimes it was, I would rather see my babies than hit the gym. Other times it was, Sutton got pink eye and this momma had to make her time up which meant short lunches and no gym time. I know....all excuses.

But I am back and it feels good. I am taking it really easy as I have a lot of catching up to do. But I am really looking forward to the day when I can go running again. Then I can compete in Reno Tahoe Odyssey and Tough Mudder (next year). In the meantime, its light weights and elliptical for this momma. Now I just need to buy some new cute gym clothes (all are stretched out from pregnancy) and get back at it. Though I did buy some new ear buds (mine broke around September). Baby steps.

Anyone out there have some workouts that are lighter and can help put my abs back together? They separated a bit from pregnancy.

Also, I tried fruit bars from Trader Joes on recommendation from someone at Trader Joes and I am in love. Have you tried these? What is your favorite flavor? I love coconut so these are right up my alley. But I do wish they had strawberry and coconut or mango and coconut.