10 weeks today!

September 28, 2008

We are 10 weeks pregnant today!!!  Little BoGo are the size of prunes (YUCK), and in the next three weeks, they will almost double in length if you can believe that (by the 13th week they should be around 3 inches long each)!  Their kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver are all working overtime and starting to function normally, as they will continue to do throughout their time in my womb.  They are getting fingernails, and growing peach-fuzz hair all over their body.  Their little limbs are now able to bend, which I cannot WAIT to see at our next ultrasound, and their foreheads are temporarily bulging with the super-fast brain development going on right now (which would explain their HUGE heads at the last ultrasound).  Too crazy!

It’s so hard to believe that I’m 1/4 of the way through this pregnancy already (well, actually I’m further along than that since a typical twin pregnancy is considered full-term at 37 weeks)…it still all seems like a dream!  The funniest thing that is happening so far (and this just started about a week ago), is that when I walk into a room, the first thing that EVERYONE does is look at my ever-expanding belly – it’s HILARIOUS!  I met with my cooking club group on Friday night, and everyone just kept commenting on how cute my little bump was, and how great I looked, etc – it was nice to have all of that attention since I’ve been dreaming of this day for so long.  Thanks to Cyndi for the awesome mandarin-lime scented candle and lotion (my favorite from Bath & Body Works), and thanks to Ann (fellow twin mommy) for the bag o’ maternity clothes and two books on twins (I finally got the Dr. Luke book – YAY).  And thanks to all of the girls for a wonderful night of laughing and gossiping – I still cannot believe I stayed out so late!

Yesterday my buddy, Tara, came down from Loveland and we went out to a nice lunch, and then she took me out for a pedicure (where I chose a lovely shade of bright-ass purple for my toes).  It was heavenly!  So heavenly, in fact, that I made an appointment two weeks from yesterday to go back for another one.  I really liked this place – my feet have never been so soft!  I do feel bad that I kind of cut the afternoon short, but I wasn’t really feeling that great after eating a salad and a half-pound burger (and homemade chips) for lunch.  Oops.  Hey, at least I ate, right?

We don’t really have anything planned for this beautiful Sunday, but I’m hoping to get in some sort of exercise starting today.  I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve been completely sedentary since we started the IVF process – mostly because I was told to knock off the exercise during the cycle, then I was on bed rest, and lately I’ve been too damn tired to exercise.  All of that stops now.  I am going to try really, really hard to try to get at least 30 minutes of cardio in every day, and I’m going to start lifting (not very heavy) weights for my arm, back, and leg strength.  I’m scared to death to lose the small amount of muscle definition I still have in my arms and legs, and it certainly can’t hurt to have a little muscle tone, can it?  Plus, with the around 40 pounds I’m supposed to be gaining (YIKES), I think that keeping active will probably help me lose the weight a little faster once the babies come (all of you moms out there can start laughing at my naivety right about now).

Kerry

Whew! What a relief!

September 26, 2008

We had an interesting afternoon yesterday…

I started spotting late morning, and because this has never happened before, I kind of freaked out a little bit, so I called our new OB.  The nurse didn’t think it was anything to worry about, since it was only a little bit of light pink spotting (not the scary bright red stuff), so she told me that if I didn’t hear back from her not to worry (yeah right).  Well, I heard back from her about 10 minutes later, and she had talked to the Dr., who thought I should come in for an emergency ultrasound.

When we got into the room, the ultrasound tech was asking me all sorts of questions, and the whole time I was just thinking about the fate of our little ones – totally freaking out.  Finally, she had me lay down for the exam.  She turned the monitor away from Jeff and I, and told me that she was going to take a peek before showing us anything (I’m assuming she did this to make sure that everything was okay).  What seemed like 10 minutes later (it was really only a little more than a minute), she turned the monitor to us and told us that both babies were perfectly fine.

For your viewing pleasure…Baby A (Bo) on top, and both babies (Bo and Go) in the bottom picture.  Go wasn’t being very cooperative and didn’t feel like posing for a picture by him/herself.  Boo.

Can you believe that you can see their little arms and legs now?!?!?  It was so crazy how much they’ve grown in the week and two days since our last ultrasound!  Both babies were totally moving around, too, they were twisting and turning, and flipping upside down – it was so cute.  The ultrasound tech measured them both, and they both measured exactly 9 weeks, 4 days, which is perfect.  They were also copying each other, each having a heartrate of 182.  Awwwww!

We found out that the cause for the spotting was likely Baby A’s placenta was dragging along the cervix opening, instead of being where it was supposed to be.  The u/s tech told us that it appears that Bo’s placenta is attaching to the correct place, so there shouldn’t be any cause for concern, but she also told me that I will likely bleed a little more during the next day, or two.

So, everything is okay.  Whew!  I have to admit, while I was acting calm, cool, and collected – I was pretty scared at the possibility of losing one or both of our babies.  I think Jeff was a little scared, too, but we left the clinic with new pics of BoGo and big smiles on our faces, so all is well.

Kerry

Well damn.

September 25, 2008

I thought since I was past 9 weeks now that I was exempt from being any sicker than I have been…that it was too late to feel any worse.  Wrong.  To date, I haven’t thrown up yet…but…I have a feeling that is going to change today.  I feel like absolute crap today, and have that lump in my throat that is usually indicative of a massive amount of vomit getting ready to come out.  Ewwww.

I am thinking that I may need to call my new OB and ask them for a prescription for Zofran so that I don’t let this rule my days (if it lasts longer than today), but part of me feels like I’m admitting defeat if I call.  I thought I could handle this, but now I’m not so sure…

Kerry

Eat, pee, sleep, and repeat.

September 23, 2008

I wake up around 5:15 in the morning and eat before I get out of bed so I don’t get sick during my morning routine.  I would guess I pee around 15-16 times per day, and that’s not counting the 2-3 times I get up every night to pee.  I usually immediately fall asleep when I get home from work for at least an hour, and then I’m normally in bed before 9 p.m.  This is how every single day has been since before we found out I was pregnant – pretty boring, eh?

Kerry

Weekend update

September 21, 2008

In the words of the Dave Matthews Band, I have “So Much to Say”…it’s been a looooooong weekend!

I’ve been ridiculously tired this last week, sometimes not making it up past 8 p.m., which is a new record for me.  Those little kiddos are sucking the energy right out of me!  And no wonder…

The little ones are now the size of green olives – mmmmmmm, dirty martinis.  The 9th week marks the exciting transition from embryo to FETUS – we have two fetuses!!!  I cannot tell you how damn excited I am for our next ultrasound on October 7th, because after 9 weeks, these little olives start to look less like blobs, and more like real babies!  Both of their little hearts have finished dividing into four chambers, and their heart valves have started to form.  The best news this week?  Their embryonic “tails” are gone!!!  Their extinguishable sex organs are finally “there”, but it’s pretty impossible to distinguish if they are boys and girls quite yet – that happens in a few more weeks.  The babies’ eyelids are fully formed, but their eyes remain fused shut until around 27 weeks, and their earlobes, nose, mouth, and nostrils are more prominent.  Finally, the placenta is developed enough to take over producing hormones so that these babies can continue to grow at mock speeds.  It all seems so surreal!

I’ve updated the bump gallery with a new 9 week picture, and holy cow have I grown!  A few of our friends at Jeff’s birthday party last night commented on how “cute” my little bump is, and I just can’t believe I finally have one.  I’ve wanted this for so long…every time I look in the mirror, I just cannot wrap my mind around the fact that it’s REALLY HAPPENING.  Holy crap.  I also think that if I already have a bump now…I’m going to be HUGE in a few months!

This weekend has been pretty great – my mom got here on Friday night, and when she got to the house, the first thing she did was look at my growing belly – no “hello”, no “hiya, cutie” – just a nice long look at the belly.  It was hilarious, but only because that’s what EVERYONE has been doing lately!  Why should there be any exceptions when we’re talking about my mom?  LOL!  We visited for a while waiting for Jeff to get home, and then we all went to BJ’s to have dinner.  I was The babies were STARVING, so I had a wedge salad and a prime rib French dip – mmmmm, while my mom had her old standby, pizza, and Jeff had the patty melt.  It was a great dinner!  We got home, and I impressed my mom by actually staying up and talking until 10 p.m.!  Oh yeah, and I just had to show off what Kristy (my sis) sent me from her last trip to NYC…

Mom and I got up early in the morning, and hit up the farmer’s market at Southlands Mall, where we found lots of amazing, fresh produce – I have discovered that pregnancy finds me craving cold, fresh fruit, and the nectarines, peaches, and blueberries we picked up have really hit the spot!  We sampled some crepes from a local bistro at the farmer’s market, so we decided that crepes were the way to go for breakfast.  OMG, they were DELICIOUS.  I had a nutella, banana, and chocolate crepe, and mom had a strawberry and whipped cream cheese crepe drizzled with cream cheese.  We shared (when I saw how good my mom’s looked, I couldn’t resist).  The waitress gave us a comment card, and I filled it out – and when I was done, mom took it from me and wrote in under the “Were you here for a special occasion” – Yes, we were celebrating my daughter’s twins!  How cute is that?

Then we went shopping for Jeff’s big birthday bash, and when we got home, mom really helped me to clean up and prep all the food for the party, which was nice, since I didn’t get a nap all day long.  A few hours before the party, Jeff’s mom and dad came over, and Sue was loaded with gifts for the mother-to-be (don’t worry, Jeff already got his birthday gift)!  She bought me several maternity outfits, including a dress for me to wear to Jeff’s cousin’s wedding in a couple of weeks – all were super cute, and totally my style, so “thanks, other mom”!  Of course I will post pics when I actually put on a dress since most of you haven’t seen me in one…

Jeff’s brother, his wife, and our nephew came over shortly before the party, and LeAnn came bearing gifts – both for “Jeff”, but two of the gifts were really more for me and the babies…

If you can’t read the shirt Jeff is wearing, it reads “Real Men Make Twins”, and on the back it says “BOGO” – how cute is that?!?!?!  The onesies from LeAnn are my favorite…so freakin’ cute!  And so small!  I can’t wait to put them on our little ones!

Jeff’s party was a success – and I think I’m safe to say that my husband had a blast, as he ended the night by getting sick on our deck.  Oy.  I think he probably got the hard-core partying out of his system, because this morning he felt truly horrible for getting so drunk, saying “it’s ridiculous to get so wasted, I’m thirty years old for God’s sake”.  We had a great group of friends come over, and I can’t thank everyone enough for showing up to celebrate my husband’s big day!  Thanks to our friends, Ryan and Jaime, for showing up with gifts for BoGo (and me!) and to our friends, Tyler and Kari, for sending gifts for BoGo (and me again!) with Jaime, as they couldn’t come.  Ryan and Jaime got me a bottle of pear sparkling cider, along with two ADORABLE onesies(the one on the left says “genius in the making” and the one on the right says “new in town” – how CUTE!)…

And Tyler and Kari gave us (me) the CUTEST picture frame and two of the softest little rattles I’ve ever felt…

Thanks to our friends, Josh (Jeff’s BFF and our best man), and his girlfriend, Peyton, for helping me with Jeff, and also helping me clean up the house a little bit.  Our friend Kip also helped clean up, and that was a big help, too.  I actually stayed up until almost 2 o’clock in the morning, which means I was up for almost 20 hours straight.  Holy poop!  As Jeff said, “I was a trooper”!

This “trooper” slept pretty much all day today, and I seriously feel like I’m still “hungover” (don’t worry, I didn’t drink anything other than sparkling water last night).  I don’t think I’m going to try to stay up that late again anytime soon…and with that, I’m signing off for the night!

Kerry

My apologies

September 21, 2008

Holy cow, I can’t believe I haven’t updated the blog in three days!  Things have been a little hectic with my mom being in town, and then Jeff’s 30th birthday party last night, so I apologize.  I have lots of things to tell you all, I have some show-and-tell, and of course the 9 week update (how big are our babies today?), and I promise, promise, PROMISE I will do that later today.  Right now I am going to try to catch up on some Zzzz’s as I was up until almost 2 o’clock this morning cleaning up the aftermath of my husband’s 30th birthday extravaganza.

Check back for updates later tonight!

Kerry

Pregnancy brain explained

September 18, 2008

This is a good read:

http://www.apa.org/monitor/2008/09/pregnancy.html

Holy hell, I’m feelin’ it today.  I’ll try to write more later…

Kerry

What a big day!

September 16, 2008

Let me start by saying this…

Happy 30th birthday, Jeff!!!!!!

I cannot believe that you’re FINALLY 30 – it seems like just a few months ago when I met you at work (when you had just turned 22), and I just can’t believe how far we’ve come since then.  Who would have ever thought you would marry the girl you couldn’t stand, and who would have ever thought I would get the guy I had my eye on for months?  I am so thankful that you came into my life when you did…sometimes it’s hard to think of what my life would be like right now if I had followed the same path I was on when we first met.  Scary.  Now with five years of marriage under our belt, and the last three spent struggling with infertility, I can safely say that I really do think we can conquer anything that comes our way!  Twins?  Psssh.  No biggie!  I love you so much, punky – and cannot WAIT until I can finally make you a daddy!  Happy birthday!!!!!

Our ultrasound couldn’t have gone any better!  Bo and Go were both measuring on track – Baby A (Bo) was measuring 8 weeks, with a heartrate of 168, and Baby B (Go) was measuring 8 weeks, 1 day, with a heartrate of 164.  We got to hear both babies’ heartbeats again, and it was just about the coolest thing ever.  I didn’t cry this time, but I had the biggest cheesey grin on my face the whole time.  I asked the ultrasound tech how they could tell which one was Baby A and which one was Baby B, and her answer was kind of interesting.  They always refer to the baby closest to the cervix as “Baby A”.  This way, we won’t get them confuzzled.  =) 

Today was a big day for us – GRADUATION DAY from the RE.  We finally get to go to a regular old OB, just like a regular old pregnant couple…who would have ever thought?!  This afternoon, I also got the news that we get to stop the PIO injections (which means no more setting our alarms for 6 a.m. on the weekends) – YIPEE!!!!!  My progesterone level was 148 today (they like to see it over 40 for twin pregnancies) without having taken the injection this morning, so that’s fantastic.  I had brought a syringe full of PIO to work just in case we had to continue with the injections, and when I found out we didn’t, I joyfully squirted that nasty shit (sorry Mom) stuff into my work trash can and shouted out a little “woo hoo”!  No more bruised and lumpy butt!

The highlight of my day was giving both our RE, Dr. Swanson, and our embryologist, Sherri, big hugs to thank them for finally giving us the chance to be parents!  I got to talk to two of the IVF nurses I worked with over the phone, and they thanked me for being such a great patient, and made me promise to bring the babies in when they are born.  They said that once couples get pregnant, that they tend to be forgotten about…how could I ever forget about the important crew of nurses, doctors, and staff who made Jeff and I’s dreams come true?!?!?  You better believe we’ll be back for show-and-tell!

We’ll update the blog later tonight or tomorrow once we scan in the new ultrasound pictures – you all will not believe how big our little “raspberries” are now!

Kerry

I’ve been tagged!

September 15, 2008

Tarah tagged me!

The Rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you
2. Post the rules to your blog
3. Write 6 random things about yourself
4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them
5. Let each person you have tagged know by leaving a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is posted.


Six Random Things About Me:

1.  Before I got pregnant (and too tired) I used to be so obsessive compulsive that I seriously couldn’t fall asleep if the pillows weren’t on the couch just right.  I have been known to actually wake up during the middle of the night just to check.

2.  I really never thought I would be a mother.  I just didn’t really want kids until I met Jeff, and saw how he was around his nieces and nephews – then I knew – I would have babies with him and only him.  And just look at the lengths I went to just to have children!

3.  When I was young, I didn’t dream of having that “fairy-tale” wedding that most little girls dream of.   I would have preferred getting married by a justice of the peace or Elvis, but instead, I gave in to my future husband’s wishes and had a big ass wedding.  I picked out my dress and the music, and that’s about it.  Jeff and his mom planned pretty much everything else.

4.  I would be willing to bet that I could count the number of times Jeff has seen me in a dress on my 20 fingers and toes.  I don’t think I look bad in dresses, I just feel extremely uncomfortable and awkward in them.  And I haven’t worn a skirt since jeans skirts were popular in high school!

5.   I’m slightly ashamed to admit this, but I would estimate that the contents of my shower (including shampoos, conditioners, face washes, body washes, etc) equal somewhere around $500.  The contents under my sink?  Probably another $500.  Hey, some girls have handbag and shoe addictions (Kristy), and some people like beauty products!

6.  I never, ever, ever paint my fingernails because I think I look weird.  The last time I painted them a color other than clear was on my 30th birthday when my sister convinced me to paint them black (yikes) to match my toenails (double yikes).  Before that, it was my wedding day.

The people I’m tagging are:

1.  Liz

2.  Lanie

3.  Alexis

4.  Stacy

5.  Rachel

6.  Angelika

Kerry

I just made a funny

September 15, 2008

I was just talking with Jeff about how it sucks that I’m so lame right now because I’m tired all the time, and I called the first trimester the first “TIREDmester”.  LMFAO!!!!!!  I am cracking myself up over here!

On an even better note, (other than being tired) I am feeling pretty good today so far. 

:::knocking on wood:::

Kerry