So when I saw Macy’s post go up on Monday I realized that I really haven’t thought about my 101 in 1001 in a while, and to be honest I don’t anticipate actually getting too much else completed on my list, especially since the girls are here now. But never say never, right? So we’ll see what else I can get done before my 1001 days are actually up! But anyways, let’s see what else I was actually able to accomplish since the last check in!
56. Get up to date on our family yearbooks.10I’m so happy that this one is finally checked off the list! I’d gotten so far behind on our family yearbooks that it took me a little while to actually get caught up. Thankfully though I got our 2016 yearbook printed up a month or two ago, and now I just need to get started on our 2017 yearbook and try to get some more of our vacation books done, and the girls’ baby books as well. I use Blurb for all of our photobooks and I’m so happy that they have layflat pages now! It’s going to make our vacation books that much prettier when I do full page spreads because I won’t lose things in the gutter!
61. Read 100 books. (93/100) Slowly but surely I’m making my way through 100 books! I’ve hit a little bit of reading slump since the girls were born, but I have full confidence in myself in reading 7 new books before the 1001 days is over. Plus I know that once I’m back at work, I’ll have a lot more reading time when I’m on the bus, if I’m not sleeping of course!
With the addition of the girls to our lives, I honestly don’t know how much more we’ll be able to check off my 101 in 1001 list, but I think that means that we’ll just have to try and check them off at a later date. There’s definitely a lot on the Travel and Houston sections that I’d love to still try and do, and I know that the girls would probably love to do them with us, like the zoo and the ball games. But I guess only time will tell!
Happy Show Us Your Books Day with Steph and Jana! Life has definitely been a whirlwind around these parts with the addition of our little girls, but I couldn’t miss the chance to talk about books today! Last month was definitely a good reading month for me, which is a good thing considering I haven’t been able to read much at all since the girls arrived. Hopefully that will change in the weeks to come so that I actually have something to talk about next month, but we’ll have to wait and see! Anyways, let’s get on with the book reviews!
This was the last installment in the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, and I thought that it did a great job of wrapping everything up. The only thing that I didn’t really love was actually the epilogue. Usually that’s one of my favorite parts of books, but I hated the love triangle part of this series, and I thought that the epilogue was kind of a cop out to make everybody happy. It was really cool though to see how everything tied together from the Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices as well though.
It seems like everybody and their mom had negative opinions about the Harry Potter screenplay, so when I started to read this book I definitely went into it with really low expectations. Maybe that’s the reason why I ended up liking it. It definitely wasn’t an original Harry Potter book, but I really enjoyed the storyline and how you still got to see what the other characters were up to like Ron and Hermione. Now the screenplay definitely didn’t have all of the details that we’ve all grown to love about the Harry Potter series, but when you take it for what it is, I think that it’s a pretty good sequel. Just remember to go into it with an open mind and I think that you’ll enjoy it.
I wrote a pretty detailed review of this book here for the Beyond Words Book Club last month. This book was really tough for me to review. It definitely kept me entertained and flipping the pages, but there were a few things that definitely bothered me about this book. The two main characters are quite a few years apart and they meet when Wavy is 8 and Kellen is in his early 20’s and they fall in love and develop a relationship, when she’s like 13 years old. While I definitely did care for the main characters and thought that they really did love each other and care for each other, it was hard to see past the age difference, especially since Wavy was SO young. Although, you could definitely make an argument that by the age of 13 she’d lived through way more than most people live through their entire lives. Anyways, it was a story that tugs at your heart strings and really makes you think twice about what relationships and love can look like.
I have to admit I didn’t do a whole lot of book reading about babies and pregnancy and birth while I was pregnant. I mainly stuck to the What To Expect When You’re Expecting, a few apps, and a lot of blog reading. But one book that a lot of people recommended to me, especially for getting sleep with multiples was this Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old. The book was really short and I was able to read it one afternoon, and the best part is that included a lot of really good ideas. Obviously we can’t try them out right now, but I’m hoping to try them out within the next month or two.
I had originally selected The Horse Dancer as my last book in Erin’s Challenge this time around, but I just couldn’t get into it. The Butterfly Garden had been sitting on my Kindle for forever and after hearing so many people rave about how good it was, I decided to switch this one out for the “animal on the cover” category. I’m so glad that I decided to make the change because it was so good and probably my favorite book of the month!
The Butterfly Garden tells the story of young women who are kidnapped and turned into butterflies for The Gardener. Even though they are cared for by the garden, they know that they aren’t safe for long and subjected to repeated rapes. I’m a huge fan of shows about serial killers, so this was right up my alley, plus it had me on the edge of my seat a lot. I thought that it was really interesting how the author told the story and flipped between the present time and Maya’s story of her time in the Garden. It helped to keep my interest up because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next during both sides of the story!
Overall this was a really good reading month for me. I read a lot of books that I really liked and I was able to finish up Erin’s Book Challenge as well! After not finishing up last challenge, I was determined to finish up this one, and I’m so glad that I did. Even better that it wasn’t on the last day of the challenge either! Hopefully I’ll have some books to linkup with next month, but no promises as we seem to be watching a lot of TV lately in between taking care of the girls! But one can hope, right!
If you follow me on social media then you probably saw my post over the weekend that our girls made their arrival on Friday! It’s surreal because their due date was always this far off distant thing in my head, that was always going to happen eventually but I had so much time to prepare before they got here. Then we got the news about scheduling our C-Section and all of a sudden the day they were going to be here was a real thing! Thankfully, Chris and I had everything ready to go for their arrival, so we were prepared as you ever can be for the arrival of a baby, and two in our case! So let’s get into my last bumpdate and I’ll have a post about the girls’ birth story eventually!
Week 33- Another Doctor’s Appointment
We officially moved to doctor’s appointments every two weeks because we’re getting so close to the due date and my doctor just wanted to make sure that I wasn’t progressing at all. At my appointment on Tuesday we talked about the ultrasound from last week. While the girls were both head down which is ideal for delivering twins, my doctor warned us that even though we could try a natural delivery, there’s still a chance that both babies could fight to get out at the same time which would mean we’d have to go a the c-section route. To be honest, I never really had a birth plan because I knew with twins that everything was always so up in the air, and my #1 priority has always been the safety of our girls and me.
The other thing that happened at this doctor’s appointment was that we discussed the fact that I probably should go on travel bed rest for the rest of the pregnancy, which basically means that I’ll be working from home. Thankfully my work already had me set up with dual monitors at the house and a docking station, but it was still so weird to think about not going into the office. Another good thing was that my appointment was on Tuesday so I was able to wrap everything up in the office that I needed to and get some last minute things done as well. It was still so surreal to think that I wouldn’t be coming back until 2018!
Week 34- Travel Bed Rest
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that the Astros have won their very first World Series game in franchise history! It’s been so incredible for the entire city of Houston to have something to rally behind, especially after all the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Right before I went on bed rest from the office, my boss offered me tickets to Game 2 of the ALCS, and of course, I jumped at the opportunity! It’s not every day you get the chance to go to a play off game! Thankfully that was one of the games that the Astros won, and it was also the game that Verlander pitched the entire game, which was pretty epic as well! It was literally so exciting to see the Astros advance one step closer to the World Series in person that I started jumping up and down when we won. Needless to say it freaked Chris out, but don’t worry it didn’t cause me to go into labor.
The rest of the week was spent working from home for the first time. I have to admit that it was really nice to be able to sleep in some, to be able to run errands at lunch, and I didn’t swell up nearly as much, but it was really hard for me not being in the office. I missed getting to talk to all of my friends and coworkers and see them on a daily basis. Plus I believe that when you’re not in the office you end up missing out on a lot, which was probably what I was the most nervous to be missing out on. Thankfully though, everybody kept me busy and I really didn’t have much to be worried about!
Week 35- All The Hospital Classes
After our last doctor’s appointment I realized that we hadn’t signed up for any hospital classes yet, and with the due date for our girls up in the air I figured that we needed to get signed up for some of them. Unfortunately, when I went to the website I realized that we’d missed a time for the actual birthing class, but after talking to Chris’s mom and a few other friends we figured that we really didn’t need to worry about it. Instead we had signed up for the Breastfeeding class, the Infant Care Class, and the Infant CPR class.
We were actually the only ones in the breastfeeding class but oh my goodness we learned so incredibly much! Plus it was nice to have the nurse one on one so that we could ask her questions specifically to twins. The Infant Care class was also really interesting because we got to learn about a whole lot of what happens in the hospital after your baby is born and then what it’ll be like during the first few weeks after your baby is born. It really helped a lot with knowing what to expect, but it was also a little overwhelming as well. There’s just so much to remember! Thankfully we have a lot of baby books at the house which I’m sure will come in handy!
On Saturday while we were at the classes, I all of a sudden starting getting an itch on the inside of arm, but thought that maybe it was just because my sweater was really scratchy and didn’t think too much about it after that. It didn’t really get any worse or better until about the middle of next week when I started to notice that I was itching more and that it had kind of spread to my stomach as well, but still I didn’t think that it was that big of a deal. I thought that it was just my stomach stretching because I was getting so big.
Even when we went in for my doctor’s appointment on Tuesday that week there wasn’t much of a rash showing at all, which is why I didn’t even mention it to my doctor. The exciting thing at that doctor’s visit was that we discussed the delivery of the girls again, and after talking with my doctor we all agreed that it would be best to be on the safe side and to go on ahead and schedule a C-Section to get the babies out. We decided to wait until my appointment next week to actually schedule a date, but we were looking at the first full week of November sometime which would put us at delivering sometime during 37 weeks, which made me so happy! My blood pressure was slightly elevated during that appointment which was why my doctor wanted to wait to schedule. It wasn’t considered high, but it was considered higher than my normal.
Week 36- The Biggest Milestone Of Our Pregnancy
I was so excited when Friday rolled around because that meant that we’d officially made it to the big milestone of the whole pregnancy, 36 weeks! It was so exciting, but at the same time my rash was starting to spread some more and was on the tops of my legs so I did what any person does when they have something wrong with them, they google the symptoms. From what I could find, I thought that I had PUPPS which is a rash that comes on during pregnancy sometimes, and of course, is more common in pregnancies with multiples. But there was another thing that it could be that was a lot scarier, cholestasis which is a liver problem that occurs during pregnancy that can be harmful for the baby.
After talking with Chris’s mom over the weekend who is a nurse, I called my doctor on Monday and he sent me in for some blood work. I had my appointment on Tuesday and unfortunately they didn’t have all the blood work in when we went to my appointment. My doctor didn’t want to take any chances so if the blood work came back ok we’d wait until next week for the c-section, but if anything came back abnormal then he’d schedule for Friday. That was really crazy for Chris and I because we’d always had it in our head that we’d be able to have one more weekend before the girls got here, but obviously we wanted whatever was best for our girls.
So we proceeded with the rest of the week hoping that we’d get our results back, but unfortunately we never did. We proceeded with the plan for the C-Section at 6AM on Friday morning! I of course spent a lot of time googling C-Sections and what to expect which made me so nervous, but then I really got to get excited about meeting our girls!
Week 36 was also a big milestone for the city of Houston as well because the Astros pulled off a World Series win against the LA Dodgers on November 1st! It seriously meant so much to the city of Houston, and I know that we all woke up in disbelief on the 2nd because we couldn’t believe that we had won! There were several close games throughout the whole series, and I’m still glad that it didn’t make me go into labor!
I will have plenty more updates of the girls, but right now, Chris and I are just enjoying spending time with family and our girls!