19 weeks today!!!

November 30, 2008

We’re now past the halfway point!  YAY!!!!  And because I am super tired from a long day of trip recovery, I am copying the 19 week commentary from babycenter.com:

Your baby’s sensory development is exploding!  His/Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch.  Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom, and is about the size of a large heirloom tomato (or mango!).  His/Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of his/her body now.  His/Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on his/her scalp is sprouting.  A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

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I could go on and on about how I can’t believe that we are to the 19 week mark, or how lucky we are to be here, blah, blah, blah, but I start feeling like a broken record when I talk like that, so I’ll spare you.  I thought since it was Thanksgiving week, I would “borrow” the idea from several blogging buddies, and make a list of everything I’m thankful for this year.  When you struggle with infertility for as long as we did, it was sometimes hard to come up with anything more than friends and family when thinking of things we were thankful for in years past, but this year is different.  We are so incredibly blessed.

So, in no particular order, I am thankful for…

…BoGo, for making me believe in miracles again.

…Jeff, for being my rock, my best friend, and my number one supporter.

…Rex, for making me smile and laugh every day.

…my loving family, for always being there for us when we need them.

…my kick-ass friends, both online and IRL.  And who could forget the treefort?  Much love!

..the wonderful staff of RE’s, embryologists, nurses, phlebotomists, office employees, and therapists at Conceptions for making BoGo a reality.

…the house we (and by “we”, I mean mostly Jeff) have worked hard on to make a home.

…the fact that we are both employed right now.

…Jeff and I’s ability to make ends meet when times are tough.

…our health insurance.

…the girls who referred me to my new obgyn – thank you!!!!

…my “It” maternity jeans that make my ass look fantastic.  LOL!

I promise I’ll write more tomorrow – I am just exhausted from our trip, lack of sleep, and getting things done around the house today.  And I still have to have Jeff take the 19 week belly shot, so that will be up in a few minutes.  Tomorrow, I will add some pics from Thanksgiving, and tell you all about our super fun weekend in Omaha/Lincoln.

Kerry

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

November 26, 2008

Sorry it’s been so quiet around here – I have had a hella-busy week at work (short weeks are ALWAYS like that), and I’ve actually been going to bed really early these days, which is weird since I seem to have more energy…

Anyway, Jeff and I are off to Omaha for the long holiday weekend.  My sister is hosting Thanksgiving at her house, so we are taking the dogs and loading up the car for the super-sweet roadtrip across Nebraska (insert eye roll here).  I’m really excited, because not only do I get to see my sis, her husband, and my Mom and Dad, but my Grampy will be there, too!!!!!  He wasn’t going to come, but when he found out that I would be there, he decided he had better come check out “how big I was getting”.  LOL, he’s so cute!!!

I will try to update while we’re gone, but I’m not making any promises, as I want to spend as much time as possible with my family (not that I have to explain myself).  In the meantime, I hope all of our readers have a FANTASTIC Thanksgiving, and I’ll be back on Sunday for the weekly growth update and new bump pic!

Kerry

18 weeks today!!!

November 23, 2008

We’re halfway there (statistically speaking, of course, since you are considered full-term with twins at around 36 weeks)!!!!  And look how big the babies are getting…

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How appropriate for this time of year!  Mmmmm, sweet potatoes – I can’t wait for Thanksgiving!!!!  We have so much to be thankful for this holiday season…the babies have been keeping busy flexing their arms and legs, and boy have I been feeling it!  I have been able to tell the babies apart, which is kind of neat – it’s really helped me to bond with them – I just cannot wait until Jeff can feel them from the outside, I know he’s feeling cheated that he hasn’t been able to feel them yet.  I think it will really help me to bond with them when we FINALLY find out their genders, and that day – if BoGo decides to cooperate this time – is December 5th.  We just cannot wait.

Jeff and I have had a very busy weekend – Saturday I spent all day cleaning while Jeff spent the day cutting the new six-panel interior doors for the upstairs (they are beautiful, by the way).  That night, I went to my cycle buddy’s (Lanie) house for her annual ornament exchange party – it was really fun, and I’m sooo glad I went.  I was a little apprehensive, but only because for some reason, since becoming pregnant, bigger crowds of people kind of freak me out.  I get really anxious, and that’s only made worse if I don’t know the people.  Well, I only knew three people at the ornament exchange, and I was just fine.  It was a great time, I met some really cool people, and ate some damn good food!

Today, Jeff and I got up early and worked on the doors again.  I painted the doors (with a mask on, don’t worry Mom), while Jeff kept busy cutting holes for the hinges and other hardware.  While I waited for the paint to dry, I came inside and put up Christmas decorations!  I know, it’s a little early, but we will be in Omaha this weekend, and I wanted to come home and not have to work on putting up decorations, so today it was!  Yes, I listened to Christmas music while I hung the ornaments on the tree, and while I placed each individual Snoopy on their respective door knob.  Jeff thinks I’m crazy, and made fun of me for listening to the Siruis “Holly” channel, even though he was totally whistling along to the music!  Ah well, I don’t care – during the holiday season, I am most definitely my mother’s child – and if you think I go crazy for the holidays, you haven’t been to my parent’s house!  One time, my dad found a lingering Christmas knick-knack sitting on the bookshelf – in April.  LOL!

Happy holidays everyone!  Remember to give thanks for every blessing in your life, even though sometimes it seems like life is out to get you – there are always people out there who have a lot less than we do.

Kerry

So, most of y’all know that I am a super duper, anal-retentive, obsessive-compulsive cleaning machine.  I mean, I used to bleach the refrigerator twice a month for God’s sake (yes, the entire fridge – I would take all the food and shelving out and go nuts)!  There would be days where I would literally spend the entire day cleaning (we’re talking 10 or more hours doing nothing but cleaning) – Jeff would always call me “Meth Maids”, LOL!  Anyway, I just don’t have the energy for it anymore.  Seriously. 

This morning when I woke up, I had it in my head that I was going to clean the entire house, top to bottom, and then put up our Christmas decorations (I know, I know, it’s early – but we’ll be out of state next weekend).  I started at about 7:30, and by noon I was completely wiped out.  Like I had just run a marathon, against the wind, backwards, and barefoot – wiped out.  Ridiculous.  And I only got done with the upstairs…the downstairs hasn’t been touched.  My back hurts, my neck hurts, my hands hurt – hell, even my feet hurt!  Again…ridiculous! 

I guess I’m just going to have to start listening to my body more – and when I need a break (like right now), I’ll take one.  I did take a nice, long, hot shower and use my super moisturizing body wash and lotion, so I feel a ton better.  The Christmas decorations may just have to wait until tomorrow though…

Kerry

Aaaaaaaah!

November 21, 2008

I have beautiful, shiny red toenails right now, and my feet are as soft as a baby’s bum.  Aaaaaaaah!  Thanks so much to Liz for meeting me for pedicures (and I’m sorry you couldn’t come with us, Molly, hope your neck gets better soon, buddy)!

I don’t have any big plans for the night, other than jumping in my jammies, grabbing a blanket, and watching some smut on TV (Lipstick Jungle anyone?).  Jeff is out with some co-workers, and I am relishing both dogs being well-behaved so I can R-E-L-A-X.

Edited to add:  I almost forgot!  I got two CASHMERE sweaters (a medium for now, and large for later on, LOL) ON SALE at Mimi Maternity today for $32 a piece!!!!!!!!  So, fellow preggos – run, do not walk, to Mimi before they run out!!!!!

Kerry

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November 20, 2008

I’ve been super busy the last two days (catching up with two days of missed work), but I just wanted to tell y’all that I’ve been feeling the babies on and off, a lot more frequently, all day today.  What an AMAZING feeling…

Kerry

Introducing Regan and Drew!

November 18, 2008

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Awwwww!  This is Regan (Baby A) on top, and her sister, Drew (Baby B) on the bottom.  Regan Allyn arrived first via c-section at 10:51 p.m. on November 14th, weighing 4 lbs, 3 oz, and was quickly followed by Drew Ann at 10:52 p.m., weighing 4 lbs, 10 oz.  The proud parents are Jeff’s cousin, Molly, and her husband, Brett.  The babies are in the NICU, where they will remain until they learn how to take all of their feedings by mouth.  I am looking forward to feeling better ASAP so that I can go to the hospital to visit them (and mom and dad) while we are in Omaha next week!  Molly emailed me today to tell me that their little personalities are already showing – she tried to pose the girls with Regan on the bottom, since she was on the bottom in Molly’s uterus, but Regan wasn’t having that at all!  How cute is that?!?!?  Ooooh, I just cannot wait to meet them in person – these babies were wanted for a very long time, and were already so loved before they were even born.  I can’t help but be so excited for when Jeff and I’s time comes to meet our little ones…

Please join me in welcoming little Regan and Drew into the world!

Kerry

Home sick (again). =*(

November 18, 2008

And I feel like death.  I had to move from our bed to the couch last night because I was keeping poor Jeff (Rex and Freddie) up with my coughing fits.  So, to my husband, who probably only got about five hours of sleep last night, I’m sorry punky.  =*(

I did the whole thing where I picked up my cell phone every time I started another major bout of coughing, and it went a little something like this – 12:30, 12:50, 1:25, 1:45, 2:00, 2:30, etc.  And then I was dumb enough to think I was actually going to go into work, but when I could barely stand up in the shower because I was coughing so much, I decided to just stay home.  I have to say, in my 18 years of working for someone else, I don’t believe I have ever missed two days in a row because I was sick – but I just had to. 

I don’t think this upper respiratory infection would be as bad if I wasn’t pregnant, but these babies are pushing up on all of my organs, and boy I can feel it!  That’s probably why I’m having a hard time controlling the coughing, and why I had a hard time breathing last night – I actually had to prop myself up on three pillows just to try to fall asleep for a little bit. 

You know what I keep thinking of every time I cough?  BoGo.  Can you imagine what they are thinking when I’m coughing up a storm?  I know they are well protected, but I also know that they can feel me coughing, because when I cough really hard, they move.  Like they are super annoyed at their mom for keeping them up – it’s so crazy.  Poor little punkins!  I’m sorry, BoGo!!! 

Love, Mommy

Mom, you will be happy to know that I gave in, and stayed home from work today.  I still feel like complete crap, and the day is almost over.  I did end up going to the doctor, but there isn’t much they can do for a pregnant lady with a viral infection.  They actually don’t give antibiotics for upper respiratory infections anyway, so they told me to keep doing what I’m doing – Tylenol Cold and Sinus – yay.  Apparently my thoughts on the ear infection were spot on, but it’s at the tail end of the infection (my ear has been bothering me for about a week now), so they can’t give me any antibiotics that are safe for pregnancy.  My doctor did tell me to put a warm washcloth on my ear if it’s bothering me.  Well, poop.  I don’t think that’s going to do the trick, but I’ll try!

I hadn’t seen my doc since my last physical almost a year ago, so she was a little shocked to see that I had a little baby bump.  Jesus, I thought she was going to cry she was so excited for me – that was nice.  I had forgotten that her best friend did IVF multiple times and it didn’t work, but she started talking about that, and how incredibly lucky we were that it worked on the first try – and I just got the warm fuzzies all over again.  We are lucky!  I’m so glad I decided to stay home today and take care of myself and these little ones.  For the last few weeks, it’s just been go, go, go – and I’m sure it’s just catching up with me.  A little time to realize how important my health (directly impacting BoGo’s health) is to me wasn’t a bad idea at all!  And hopefully I’ll be feeling like my old self come tomorrow morning, because being home sick certainly doesn’t help pay the bills!

Kerry

17 weeks today!!!

November 16, 2008

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Our babies are the size of onions today.  This week, their skeletons are changing from cartilage to bone, and their umbilical cords are growing thicker and stronger.  Their fingernails are well formed, and they are starting to fill out with a little help from our good friend, fat.  =)

Not much else is happening this week, but I am excited to report that I have been feeling the babies a lot more lately.  The flutters are pretty much gone, and now I’m actually feeling movement from both babies.  I can tell that it’s both babies because if I press down hard on either side of my abdomen, I can feel different movements coming from each baby.  It’s so cool, I seriously don’t think it will ever get old, despite what I have heard from several people.

Starting a few days ago, I’ve been experiencing the joys of RLP, round ligament pain, which still makes me happy because that means that my uterus is expanding to make room for BoGo.  I find that if the pain gets too bad, I can just lay down on my back and stretch my body out as much as I can, and the pain just disappears.  It’s weird.  I’ve also had some problems sleeping, but I’m attributing that to the fact that I haven’t felt very good the last few days.  As a matter of fact, I had a full day of fun planned today (including brunch with old friends, a walk with my girlfriend and her little girl, and dinner with Jeff’s family), and I had to cancel all of them because I’m feeling so crummy.  I think I have an ear infection, and my throat is so raw that it hurts to talk.  It’s no fun being sick.  But it’s really no fun being sick when you’re knocked up.  Ugh.  Hopefully it goes away soon…

Kerry