Well everyone, it’s definitely been more than a while since I wrote a bumpdate, but there has seriously been so much going on in our lives lately that I just haven’t had a chance to really sit down and write what it’s been like for us lately. So instead of trying to force a post, I thought that I’d just want a few weeks longer and post about the tail end of the second trimester because as of today, I’m officially on the home stretch and into the third trimester! I seriously still can’t even believe it!
Week 22- Life As Usual
After all of our fun festivities at the lake, Chris and I were very much looking forward to a nice and relaxing weekend at home. We did a few more things around the house that we wanted to do before we found out the genders of the babies, and one of those was the gallery wall up our stairs. Chris did all of the heavy lifting as far as the arranging and hanging of the frames and I just helped him to pick out the pictures. I couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out, and the thing that I love is that there’s still room to add more, especially since I know that we’ll be taking tons of pictures of the babies in the future!
The other exciting thing about this week was that we celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary! Chris and I usually like to celebrate with a nice dinner in town, and we decided to branch out and try a new to us restaurant B&B Butchers. Everything was phenomenal, but what I think that I loved the most was the amazing sides that we had (the creamed spinach was out of this world) and our appetizer of the carpetbagger oysters (fried oysters, a piece of steak, buffalo sauce, and blue cheese dressing- obviously I had to do without). To say that it was heaven would be an understatement! Although we had fun celebrating and the food was fantastic, I have to admit that I’m looking forward to being able to have a glass of wine next year!
Week 23- Gender Reveal
This week was a week that I was probably the most excited for because it was the gender reveal! Chris and I were beyond excited to finally find out what we were having, and I have to admit that we were both kind of prepping ourselves for getting two boys or two girls based on what team we were originally on when we thought we were just having one baby.
We had a ton of family in town for the gender reveal, and I have to admit that there were very few of us that actually guessed right as far as the genders were concerned. Most of us took the easy way out and guessed boy and girl, while Chris’s brothers and our sister in law all guessed 2 girls and they were totally right! It was absolutely pure excitement when I opened up the first box and saw girl, but I can’t tell you how excited and shocked I was to see the second box that was filled with pink balloons! Chris was slightly disappointed I know, but he’s definitely gotten even more excited about being a girl dad! I can’t thank my mom and my sister enough for putting together all of the decorations and for keeping the secret for a month! They’re the best!
We were definitely riding the high of our gender reveal when the worst thing that we could imagine happened, Dart got another bleed with his cancer. We realized something was wrong when we picked him up from daycare on Tuesday and he spent the rest of the week in the hospital. To say that it was a stressful week would be an understatement.
Week 24- Cuddling With Dart
Thankfully we got to pick up Dart from the hospital on Thursday so that weekend we spent the whole weekend just cuddling with him as much as possible. We did venture out once to test drive cars a little bit. With two babies on the way we definitely need a bigger car that we’ll actually be able to transport us and two babies and all of our stuff in across longer distances because let’s face it driving anywhere in Texas is a long distance!
We spent the rest of the weekend loving on Dart and trying to spend as much time with him as possible. Chris took the cutest picture with Dart and our boots and two pairs of pink baby boots, and I know that I’ll forever treasure that picture. We also spent the weekend starting to plan for the girls’ nursery. We decided on a Woodlands Theme with lots of pink and coral and mint and deer and all sorts of other woodlands-y things. I also was able to finalize things on our registry now that we knew the genders. It took a while, but I’m so excited with everything that’s on there!
Another exciting part about finally knowing genders was that Chris and I were finally able to decide on names for our baby girls! We already knew what their first names were going to be before we knew genders because we’d talked about it for so long, but that weekend we finally decided on middle names too! I love them, and I can’t wait to buy them all the things with their names and monograms all over!
On Monday that week I had another doctor’s appointment and so far everything is still going great! It’s absolutely crazy to me how I can gain so much weight in such a short amount of time even though my eating habits really haven’t changed, well except for maybe ice cream for dessert every night. This month I gained 6 pounds which is so incredibly crazy, and other than that nothing too exciting happened at the doctor’s except that Chris was there and we got another spontaneous ultrasound. It was nice to see them after not seeing them for about a month.
Unfortunately as y’all know, we woke up Thursday morning to Dart having another bleed. We both already knew what was more than likely going to happen when we took him to the vet, but it didn’t make it any less difficult. Chris and I were both just so emotionally raw and devastated, and I was so glad that we both had the day off on Friday so we didn’t have to be at the office.
Week 25- In Mourning
If y’all have lost pets you know that sometimes being home is the worst because that’s when you really miss them the most. Chris and I were already planning on heading to Leakey for the weekend, and we were very relieved to get out of town for a while and be with my parents away from it all. It was some much needed time away from it all, and we were so thankful. Other than that the rest of the week wasn’t too exciting, it was just a lot of mourning for Chris and I. There wasn’t too much going on for me as far as pregnancy is concerned either, except for just feeling like I was getting bigger and bigger.
Week 26- The Swelling Feet
Thankfully my sciatic nerve pain seems to be going away some and I haven’t had too many other crazy pregnancy side effects until this week. I still don’t understand how in the world that it happened, but all of a sudden on Friday, my feet started to swell a crazy amount. I had my Toms on Friday night when we drove to my parents house for the weekend and when I took them off you could seriously see a line where the Toms had been on my feet and my feet were swollen while my toes were not.
I was hoping that the swelling would die down some, but my feet and my fingers a little bit were swollen pretty much the entire week. I was a little worried that I might have pre-e, but I didn’t have any of the other symptoms so I didn’t worry about it. Plus we asked my mother in law who’s a retired nurse and she said that I didn’t have anything to worry about.
But the swelling isn’t the most exciting thing that happened this week as far as pregnancy is concerned because this was the first week that Chris was able to feel the girls move! I was lying on my side one night and I could really feel them and when I put my hand where they were I could feel them moving. So I told Chris to come over and put his hand where mine was and when he first felt them move he literally screamed like a little girl! It was the funniest thing ever, and he called them alien babies which was funny because that’s what I called them in the beginning. He was really excited though, and asks to be able to feel them all the time!
Week 27- Hurricane Harvey
As most of y’all know, especially since I’ve been posting about it, Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey pretty much devastated the Southeast part of the state of Texas, including the city of Houston. Chris and I were one of the lucky ones that didn’t have any damage to our house and are both safe, but the same cannot be said for the thousands of other people that live in the effected areas.
Chris and I spent the past week pretty much holed up in our house watching the storm unfold and being blown away by the devastation but also by the amazing kindness of humanity and I think that’s what we really need to hold onto through all of this. Chris and I had some anxiety when we thought that our house might flood, and I seriously don’t even know what I would have done if we did flood. It will be a very slow recovery process for Houston and the surrounding areas, but I know that we’ll make it through it.
I guess that the another positive that’s happened during this craziness is that having to be stuck at home has made me put my feet up for a good 5 days, which means that my swelling is non existent anymore! I’m hoping that it’ll continue that way for the future! Another negative though is that I couldn’t get the picture printed up for this week before Harvey hit, so no bump picture.
And there you have it, how the rest of the second trimester has gone for me and our sweet girls! Things are still going great so far, and I really don’t have anything negative to see, except that I still miss wine! Good thing I’m on the downward slope of things because I’ve very much looking forward to meeting our baby girls!