I seriously can’t believe that another week has come and gone, and we’re nearing the last few weeks of this pregnancy! And the closer that it gets to our due date I feel like the busier we get with the more activities that we’re doing not around the house. I’m getting more and more thankful for getting those things done in the early part of this pregnancy because I don’t feel too stressed about the things that we have to get done before the babies get here! But besides that, let’s get into another busy weekending with Biana!
Friday was a surreal day for me because it was the last day for me to work in the office until after the girls get here. I’ll go into more details on my next bumpdate, but my doctor asked that if I could work from home that I should when we went in for our last appointment on Tuesday. Thankfully my work had already set me up with some monitors and a docking station at the house, but I’m still going to be super sad to not go in and see everybody at the office on a daily basis.
Everybody was super sweet at the office, which of course makes me miss them even more! A couple of the girls gave me a new sparkly wine glass that says “I’ve Waited 9 Months For This” and you’d better believe that I’ll be drinking out of that wine glass as soon as the girls make their entrance into this world. We also had a little send off with some cookies with my group and that was so sweet as well, plus I got to take some of the extras home! I’m going to miss my coworkers so much, but I’m very thankful that we live in the day and age where it’s possible to work remotely!
We didn’t have plans for Friday night, so Chris and I just enjoyed a nice, quiet evening at home. It was just what I needed before a very busy weekend!
My friend Sarah came over with her daughter early Saturday morning and we had a lot of fun just hanging out around the house and talking again before heading up to the Fall Festival that my neighborhood was hosting. Unfortunately most of the activities were for kids that were a little older than her daughter, and it was hotter than all get out, so we walked around for a little bit before heading out to grab lunch. We did like seeing all of the animals that were in the petting zoo, but I felt so bad for them because you could tell that they were so hot!
After lunch we came back to the house and watched RHOC together because let’s face it, watching Real Housewives is so much more fun when you can talk to somebody about what’s going on in the show. We’re both so over Vicky and Peggy, and we just laughed about all that was going on.
Once the show was done Sarah and her daughter headed out, and Chris and I headed downtown to watch the Astros in the second game of the ALCS series. My office has season tickets and my boss offered some of the tickets to me, and of course I accepted! It’s not everyday that you get to see a playoff game in person, let alone a playoff game against the Yankees, let alone a playoff game that your team actually beats the Yankees in, and if you watched my snaps, you can definitely tell how exciting the game was! I’m so happy that Chris and I had the opportunity to go, and we had such a blast getting to hopefully watch history happen!
After the game, we were stuck in some pretty terrible traffic, but we headed to return a few things to Pottery Barn Kids before trying out a new restaurant that was in the area. Hopdoddy is a burger restaurant that was started in Austin that is known for serving local and fresh ingredients on their burgers. The location that we went to was very busy, but it was cool that they served small little margaritas and shakes to everybody while we were waiting in line. Once we had ordered we sat down and watched a little bit of the Aggie game on TV. Unfortunately for us, we seem to be a team that plays to the level of the team that we’re playing and we were playing so terribly against Florida.
We finished dinner and drove home and were able to catch the end of the Aggie game, and even though we didn’t think that we could do it, the Aggies actually pulled out a win, and by only scoring one touchdown! I seriously don’t understand how it was the same team that hung close with Alabama, but I guess that a win in the swamp is still a win! Needless to say, Chris and I were both exhausted after that so we headed to bed a little early.
We both woke up Sunday morning without an alarm, and again it was glorious! We didn’t have much on the agenda besides our maternity pictures that afternoon, so we took our time relaxing around the house before heading out to lunch and running a few errands. I decided that for the maternity pictures that I’d get a little pampered so I headed to DryBar for a little blowout before the pictures.
The same photographer that took our pictures with Dart back in March was our photographer for our maternity pictures, and seriously can’t wait to see how they turn out! We had a few poses that we wanted to incorporate into the pictures, but Lindsey also had a few ideas for poses that we didn’t even think of! I’m still just so excited, and can’t wait to see them!
Chris and I grabbed a quick dinner after our pictures before heading home to have a nice and quiet night! Needless to say it was a very busy and very fun weekend, but I’m very much looking forward to some quieter weekends at the house!
It’s so crazy to think that this potentially could be one of my last bumpdates! My doctor set the goal for me and the babies at 36 weeks, and I can’t believe that’s only a mere 2 weeks away. TWO WEEKS! Like seriously, how in the world did that already happen? I feel like a ton hasn’t really happened over the past few weeks when it comes to this pregnancy besides me getting larger and my feet and hands swelling still, but I still want to continue on with these bumpdates!
Week 28- The Third Trimester
It’s so funny because I don’t feel like we really did much during the first and second trimesters as far as traveling is concerned and we mostly stuck around the house and tried to get little projects done, and then as soon as I entered the third trimester we started going and going and going. Maybe we finally realized that we’ll be stuck at home for a while once our girls decide to make their appearance, but you know me I wouldn’t have it any other way.
After all the chaos and heartache that came with Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey, Chris and I were more than ready to get out of the city of Houston for a while. Even if that meant just not having to see the local news and hear more sad and depressing stories for a while. So off to Dallas we went for a long Labor Day weekend with Chris’s family. It was so nice to just get away and spend some time with loved ones. We had a pool party to celebrate one of our nieces and just had a ton of fun and relaxed. I’ll tell you what, I honestly thought that maybe I was going to be wasting my money buying that maternity bathing suit at the beginning of summer, but I think that we actually went swimming more times this summer with me being pregnant than we have the past few summers!
After we got back home from Dallas, I had another doctor’s appointment, and I’m happy to say that things are still going great! Somehow I’m still gaining like 5-6 pounds between these 4 week appointments, even though I don’t really feel like I’ve changed my eating habits. I’m definitely not working out as much as I used to (meaning I’m not working out at all), but I guess with all the swelling, I can assume that a lot of my weight gain is because of extra fluid and the fact that there’s two babies in there! Oh well, I’m just going to enjoy it now, and then after New Years, Chris and I are jumping back on the working out and eating healthy bandwagon!
Week 29- Showered By Friends & Family
I’ve already written a post about my amazing shower that my friends hosted for me and the girls, but I just want to say again how truly thankful Chris and I are for Sarah and Kayla that hosted and for all of our friends and family that came out to support us as well. We got showered with more than we could have ever imagined, and while the bulk of the items did sit downstairs in our living room for a while until the nursery furniture got delivered, we finally got everything moved upstairs to the nursery when the furniture finally came and was delivered that Tuesday!
With everything that happened from Harvey, it just took Pottery Barn a while to ship everything to us because they didn’t want to deliver to a flooded house. I know that what Chris really loved was the fact that the dresser and bookshelf came already assembled, so all he had to do was just get them anchored to the wall once we figured out exactly where we wanted them. It seemed like as soon as we got the furniture in we would knock everything out with the nursery all at once, but it took us a little bit longer than we had originally planned.
Week 30- The Dreaded Glucose Test
This week was pretty much all about things pregnancy related if you can believe that! During my last doctor’s visit I was told that I needed to go in for the 1 hour glucose test before my next appointment, and already I was dreading having to take it because of all the horror stories that I had heard. So Monday morning I went to the testing center, took my drink (I got the orange flavor and didn’t have a choice on which one I could drink), and read my book for an hour until they could draw my blood. Surprisingly I didn’t really think that it was that bad and didn’t have any adverse reactions while I was waiting, except that I was so hungry and so thirsty while I was sitting around and waiting for my hour to be up!
I was thinking that I wouldn’t have any issues with the glucose test until my doctor’s office called me on Wednesday and told me that I had failed the 1 hour test by 3 points, THREE POINTS! 140 is normal and I had scored a 143, which meant that I needed to take the three hour test, preferably before my next appointment which happened to be the following Tuesday.
So I scheduled my appointment for that Thursday and went to another location for my three hour glucose test. This time I got the fruit punch flavored drink, which again wasn’t terrible, just really syrupy tasting, but the waiting around for three hours while I got blood drawn every hour on the hour was the absolute worst! I swear they kept the waiting room so incredibly hot, and you’re not allowed to drink or eat anything during the test so I just felt really lightheaded throughout the whole thing. It sucked! And as much as I knew that having gestational diabetes wouldn’t be the end of the world if I happened to get it, I was just being really lazy and upset about having to make extra effort every time I thought about eating. Thankfully though the very next morning I got a call from my doctor’s office to tell me that I passed! Hallelujah!
Week 31- Our Last Weekend Trip
Like I said, it seemed like we just had so much going on during the last trimester! Instead of going on a babymoon at the end of the pregnancy, Chris and I thought that it would be fun to just visit both of our parents at their place in the country. We visited my parents in Leakey after Dart had passed and this was the weekend that we visited Chris’ parents. We had so much fun just getting to relax, but also getting to explore some smaller Texas towns. We loved Gruene and Luckenbach so much, and I can’t wait to go back with the babies!
This weekend I also discovered how addicting a couple of Facebook groups can be for twin moms. A twin mom here in Houston added me to a couple of groups that basically do purges of clothes that are matching or coordinating for twin moms. Basically moms list those outfits in a purge and list the size, brand, and condition, and then other moms can buy the outfits. The really cute outfits go so incredibly quickly, so you really have to be glued to your device when you’re shopping a purge. I’ve been able to find some really cute rompers from Carter’s that still have the tags on them for like $8 for the two of them! It’s so awesome, yet so addicting, that I’ve had to start limiting myself to how many I look at because the one thing with babies is that we don’t really know how big they’re going to be until they get here.
Other than that, nothing else was really changing as far as pregnancy is concerned, just the same old swelling and feeling like a beached whale! I did have another doctor’s appointment this week and he did a full exam on me, besides just double checking my normal stats, and I was very happy to report that as of 31 weeks, I’m showing no signs of going into labor! Thank goodness! Addy and Izzy need to stay baking for as long as possible.
We finally got around to getting some more things done for the nursery as well. We ordered some pictures from Etsy and got them printed from Shutterfly, and when Chris had some time after work one day he hung up all the prints and signs around the nursery. We went with a woodlands theme in the nursery, so everything is all animals and antlers which makes Chris very excited. Last year at Christmas, my sister got me a very cute print of a whippet that had antlers and birds on it and it looked exactly like Dart! We still hadn’t put it up anywhere in the house, but it fit so well with the nursery theme that Chris had the perfect idea to put the picture above their cribs. That way it’s like their big brother is still watching over them from doggie heaven.
Week 32- Showered by Work
This week marked the last days of September, and also my shower at work. Again, Chris and I are seriously so incredibly blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives, and we were so happy and excited to celebrate with my coworkers! Like I mentioned, a bunch of them chipped in for our stroller, and as soon as we got home, Chris put it together and started wheeling it around the house. There will be some babies in there soon!
That weekend we took the girls to their first Aggie game, and while I didn’t last the whole game, I was very proud of myself for making it to the 3rd quarter! Next year will be a bit more expensive for all 4 of us to go to, but I know that it’ll be totally worth it! Plus the girls already have a lot of Aggie outfits that they can wear!
The rest of the week was boring and pretty uneventful except for the fact that we actually did laundry and started putting the girls clothes away. They seriously have so many cute outfits, and I know the thing that I’m most looking forward to is getting to dress them in all the adorable outfits they have! Having girls is so much fun!
This was also a really big week for us as far as the babies go because we went to our last formal ultrasound. It was so awesome to get to see our girls again, but I have to admit it’s almost harder to see them and all of their features the bigger they get, which makes no sense I know. The sonographer went through and checked them for everything, and we couldn’t be happier that everything looks good on the baby front. They’re weighing at around 3 pounds 11 ounces and 3 pounds 12 ounces which is perfect for twins to be so close in weight. Isabelle was cooperating with us that day which means that we got lots of pictures of her profile and her face, but Addison decided to be flipped over and facing my spine so we didn’t get to see her face at all. We did get to see that Addison had a head full of hair though, and I’m hoping that means that maybe she’ll have more hair than Isabelle which will make it easier to tell them apart. I swear that still makes me super nervous y’all!
Other than that, it’s still the same old, same old for this pregnant gal. My feet look more and more like Flintstone feet because of the swelling, and my rings that I’ve been wearing in replacement of Aggie and wedding rings are starting to get tighter on my hands as well. I don’t think that I’ll be able to wear them for much longer either which is super depressing. Oh well, it’s really not that much longer until the get here!
And that’s the end of this bumpdate, again if you made it all the way to the end, major props to you! I always tell myself that I don’t want to get into the details in the bumpdates, and then as soon as I start to sit down and write them all the details come out! At least it’ll be easier to put all of this information in their baby books when I get around to putting those together!
The first thing people usually think of when they think of Red Rocks is the fantastic concert venue that’s located right outside of Denver, Colorado, and I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I was one of those people too. But during our trip to Denver last year, we found out that Red Rocks is actually way more than just a concert venue, it’s a truly beautiful place to visit for any occasion! So I’m going to break down the three ways that you can experience Red Rocks during your next trip to Denver!
Red Rocks- The Concert Venue
Like I stated earlier, the number one thing that comes to people’s minds when they hear Red Rocks is this mega huge concert venue that all the big name artists want to play because it’s so beautiful but also so acoustically pleasing. And what I think makes it even more special is the fact that it was completely made by nature! I am definitely in that bucket of people which is why I looked up the concert information when Chris and I were planning our trip to Denver.
I personally didn’t recognize any of the names that were going to playing the Saturday that we were in town, so Chris and I didn’t think that we’d have any problems getting tickets if we wanted to go during our trip. This trip hadn’t been very well planned for my Type A personality so we were planning on just going with the flow. That is definitely NOT something that you can do with Red Rocks.
Even if it looks like Jo Schmo is going to be playing at Red Rocks the random weekend that you happen to be visiting Denver, you still need to buy tickets in advance for his concert at Red Rocks. I guarantee it will be sold out the day of, which is exactly what happened with us. We still attempted to get into the venue, but when they say sold out, they mean sold out! So that is definitely my words of wisdom if you’re planning a trip to Denver specifically for a concert, buy your tickets ahead of time! From what we could hear outside of the venue though, it sounded like it was going to be an amazing concert!
Red Rocks- The Workout Facility
Don’t worry, if you happen to miss out on a concert at Red Rocks during your trip to Denver, you can still get a chance to visit the beautiful amphitheater because it is open every day from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset during non event days and one hour before sunrise to 2:00 PM on event days. That gives you plenty of time to get out and explore this beautiful area that was created by nature.
When you arrive at Red Rocks, you’ll immediately notice how many ramps and stairs you have to walk up in order to get into the actual amphitheater, and once you’re inside you’ll notice how many stairs you have to walk up in order to actually get to a seat, if you were going to a concert. That’s why Red Rocks is used a lot by many Coloradans as a workout facility!
When we arrived the Sunday that we were going to leave, we walked up to the Amphitheater to just see what it looked like, and we fully expected to see other tourists like ourselves checking it out as well. We were completely surprised when we saw how many work out groups there were spread out all over the Amphitheater running up bleachers, lifting weights, and using basically anything and everything they could find around the Amphitheater. It definitely would be motive for me to get in shape if I saw how many stairs I’d need to climb on a daily basis!
Red Rocks- The Park
While you might remember that the Red Rocks Amphitheater was created naturally from the earth, sometimes it’s hard to remember that this beautiful concert venue is surrounded by even more beauty in the surrounding areas, which is why you definitely need to try and hike during your trip to Red Rocks.
That was our main objective when we visited that Sunday afternoon, and after finding a map online we set off on a small trail that wasn’t too extreme for us Texans that are used to being on flat ground at sea level! I was so glad that I brought my big camera with me because seriously around every turn I felt like I kept on seeing even more beautiful rock formations that just didn’t seem real!
During your hike you can definitely expect to see lots of native Coloradans out for an early morning hike with their favorite pooches, but you might also run into some native animals that include deer! Chris and I were very lucky and ran into a beautiful doe when we were hiking and spent a long time just taking in the beauty of the surrounding area and the animals before heading back on our hike.
I believe that Chris and I hiked the Trading Post Trail, which had easy access from the Amphitheater, and it definitely wasn’t too hard for us Texans. It was quite toasty outside once we got done though! Afterwards we stopped into the Trading Post to cool off for a bit and to pick up a souvenir, of course!
As you can see, while most people might consider a trip to Red Rocks to be a once in a lifetime experience to see a concert, there really is so much more that this venue has to offer! I definitely recommend planning a morning or afternoon to go hiking, or if you’re a huge workout buff, don’t miss the opportunity to work out here either!