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

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate Week 22- Week 27

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

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate Week 22- Week 27

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Twin Gender Reveal Weekend

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

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate Week 22- Week 27

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Weekend And A Dart Update

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

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate Week 22- Week 27

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

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate Week 22- Week 27

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!

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  • Yay! I love all the updates. I’m sad I’m not home to take my regular bump pictures- I may have to make it work in the hospital. I’m so happy you’ve got so much done- that’s awesome. My feet and ankles were getting so swollen too- but not anymore laying around! Hope you have a good weekend 🙂

    • I swear, the only good thing about Harvey was the fact that I didn’t really do much so I had to basically sit with my feet up so the swelling stopped. I hope that you’re still getting some of your bumpdate pictures taken at the hospital! Your little girl is going to grow so big that you need to make sure that you document it!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    I love the update beautiful mama! I am so sorry you’ve had a long week and that Harvey has thrown your great state for a loop. I love seeing your smiles and I wish you a nice long and relaxing weekend!

    • Thank you so much! Thankfully the city is on its way back to normal, and hopefully we’ll be able to recover quickly. And thank you so much! I still find it so hard to believe that I’m already in the third trimester! This pregnancy is going by so fast!

  • Rachel

    I always love these bump updates! I can’t believe you are already 27 weeks! That’s so great you made some progress on the nursery. I love the idea of the colors and the picture you posted on Snap last night! That’s one good thing about being stuck inside with Harvey, the swelling went down! Hope you guys have a great Labor Day weekend!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • Thank you! We finally got the bookshelf and the changing table literally today, so this weekend the plan is to try and decorate this weekend! I’m hoping that I’ll be able to post pictures next week! And I was definitely thankful that the swelling died down, but now that I’m back at work, my feet are back to swelling!

  • oh goodness what a whirlwind of emotions! i’m still so excited for two girls. and i live for that photo with the boots and dart’s feet. so so gorg. should frame and put in their room 🙂 and i’m so glad you guys are all safe and sound through Harvey. I still can’t get over it all. i hope you have a great weekend my friend!

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • I’m glad that y’all are safe to with Irma! It’s just so crazy that the storms happened so fast right after one another. And I totally agree, I think that we need to try and get that picture framed. My sister had gotten me a picture of a whippet with some horns on its head and it looks so much like Dart. With the horns it goes perfectly with the woodlands theme for the nursery, so I’m thinking that we’re going to frame that and put it in the nursery too!

  • Biana Perez

    You look amazing girl!! Two babies growing in that belly of yours 🙂 I bet Chris was so excited to feel them move for the first time!! Have a great long weekend girl! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • He really was so excited when he started to feel them move, and now he tries to feel them move all the time! It’s still so crazy to think that they’ll be here before we know it!

  • Nadine

    Such an exciting few weeks finding out the gender, picking names and planning the nursery. I remember the swollen feet. For the last two months of my pregnancy, I had one pair of flip flops that fit my feet and that was pretty much it. My blood pressure was always fine, the swelling was just so awful. They didn’t go back to their normal size until a few month’s after I had Zoe. Fair warning!

    The picture with dart is just so special. And I am glad that you guys are still safe and your house wasn’t flooded. We had some tornadoes in our state last night from Harvey. I am ready for him to get gone! At least there is some football to start looking forward to this week!

    • I totally agree! I mean I was excited when I found out that we were having a baby, probably more nervous than excited when we found out it was twins, but I’m so ecstatic now that we know that we’re having girls and we can plan the nursery and everything!
      And it’s almost to that point for me that the swelling is getting too much with my shoes for work. I’m thinking of going to payless and getting some extra wide shoes, just to wear until after the pregnancy is over. From what my Mother In Law told me, the swelling is totally normal because I have so much extra fluid with both babies.
      And the tornadoes really are so scary, aren’t they! We had some near us too, and it sucked getting those warnings all the time. I’m just glad that Harvey is gone now, and hopefully we’re done with all the hurricanes for the year! I don’t think we can take much more!

  • You really did have some highs and lows recently! I am SO happy that your pregnancy is going well and that both girls (!!!!) are healthy and growing strong. I can commiserate on the bloating and water weight since I was a beach ball with Britton: it was good by ankles by the third trimester for me. (Oddly, I didn’t have the same bloat with Gibson. Go figure.) I know your hearts are so full for the girls while being so broken for Dart. I love that you got that picture with the boots and his feet: what a special memory!

    • I know! Chris actually came up with the idea for that picture with the boots and Dart’s feet, and I’m so glad that he took it because it really is such a great shot! And my Mother In Law was telling me that I’ll probably be more likely to keep up with the swelling since I’m getting even more fluid and stuff with both babies. But hopefully I’ll have some time to get my feet up more so that I can hopefully get my ankles to come back, although the foot rubs from the hubby are always good too!

  • Wow, 3rd trimester- YAY!!! I can’t even imagine the emotions you must be feeling during this pregnancy…I know I always felt things (aka cried a lot) MUCH more intensely when I was pregnant. You are looking SO good though girl!! I love that denim top especially but you are looking very happy and healthy!!! Hope you guys have a relaxing weekend!!

    • Thank you! I seriously can’t believe that it’s already the 3rd trimester either! This pregnancy has really gone by so fast, and I can’t believe that they’ll be here so soon! And I know exactly what you mean, I feel like I’m way more emotional now and that I cry about things more and also might get a little bit angrier about things too. Hormones!!!

  • 3rd trimester already?? Wow, time does fly. You look so good! SO good. I can’t even imagine how difficult the last five days have been. Glad you all are safe and sound.

    • Thank you! It really was so stressful with everything that happened with the hurricane, and after Irma hit so quickly after, I’m just ready for hurricane season to be over! And this pregnancy is going by so incredibly fast! They’re going to be here soon!

  • You guys had so many huge things go in in your life over the past few weeks– along with being pregnant, but I’m so glad you had so many happy moments sprinkled in there too. Your reveal looked so amazing and I can’t even imagine how awesome it was to feel the babies move for the first time. Yay for the 3rd trimester!!

    • August was definitely a whirlwind of all sorts of emotions, but we’re definitely trying to focus on lots of good memories instead of focusing on all the sad ones. It seriously was so crazy to feel the babies feel for the first time. I think that I actually felt them move way earlier, but I don’t think that I knew what it was at the time. The babies are seriously going to be here so soon, and I can’t believe it!

  • This has been a crazy month for y’all, hope it calms down a little. Yes, my sister started with the feet swelling early too, put them up as much as you can! I can’t wait to hear the names! Hope the third trimester is smooth sailing!

    • I definitely try to put them up as much as I can, and Chris has been really good about giving me foot rubs as well which has been nice. And August was way too crazy of a month, but so far September is going better! And I’m still so shocked that it’s the third trimester!

  • What a month for y’all. So many highs and lows (and look at you with that adorable bump!) Yay for having names picked out!

    • August really was so incredibly emotional, and I’m so happy that it’s September! Hopefully that means that things will be calmer and less emotional with the start of a new month and a new trimester too!

  • So many huge life events going on besides your pregnancy! You handle everything with such ease and grace, I admire you for that. I’m glad that your swelling finally went down, and of course that you guys are safe from all the devastation in Texas. How exciting about picking out names for the babies, can’t wait to find out what they are!

    • I think that you saw in my post about the baby shower, but they’re names are Addison Paige and Isabelle Marie, and I love them so much! It took us forever to figure out middle names, but once we found them they just stuck! And everything that happened in August was definitely a process for us to work through emotionally, but I definitely don’t know what I would have done without Chris to help me out. We definitely needed each other.

  • Happy anniversary to you and Chris! My heart is still so heavy for you guys about Dart. I can so how there’s been a lot happening all while being pregnant with twins! Love the baby bump updates and you’re looking fab entering your 3rd trimester! It seems to be flying by but I’m not the one pregnant. lol Enjoy the weekend and get some relaxing in while you can! xo

    • Thank you! Chris has been stuck at home for the past few weeks because of Harvey and I know that being at home alone for so long is making missing Dart that much harder for him. I was just glad that we had each other otherwise I don’t think that we would have made it through. And believe me I can’t believe how incredibly fast this pregnancy is going either! The girls are going to be here before we all know it!

  • I’m so glad that you are safe from the storm and that your swelling went down. You have had such a rollercoaster month and I am so impressed with how you are handling everything!

    • Thank you! I think that if Chris and I didn’t have each other we wouldn’t have made it through as well as we did. We definitely try to focus on the good things, and I think that helps too. And Harvey was bad, I’m just glad that it’s over, and hopefully no more hurricanes this season!

  • Nicole F

    Looking great girl!

  • Yay for a great 7th anniversary!! I’m so sad for you and Chris with the loss of Dart. 🙁 I can’t imagine how hard that must be with everything going on right now. Sweet pup. I had to LOL at the alien baby comment! I bet that’s weird to feel from the inside!

    • It really is! I have a really close friend that’s pregnant right now too, and she came up with the comment that we had alien babies, and it just stuck throughout the pregnancy. And we still miss him, especially when we come home, but we’re just trying to focus on the happy moments and memories and that definitely helps.

  • Oh my gosh, look at those bump pictures! Those baby girls are growing so fast. That’s so cute and exciting that Chris can finally feel them. I’m so sorry to hear about Dart. That makes my heart break. Y’all were amazing fur-parents to Dart. From what I saw, he had a great life and was so loved. I love the picture of Dart and the boots. Definitely one to be forever treasured. I’m so relived to hear y’all were safe from the storm. My heart goes out to Houston. The local church here is accepting donations and cases of water. They received so many donations that cases of water are overflowing outside of the semi. It’s amazing to see people helping any way they can.

    • That’s definitely been the best part about Harvey and Irma, that despite the devastation everybody has really pulled together and tried to help. Some of the shelters were seriously turning away donations of food and water and clothes because they had too much. And we definitely still miss Dart so incredibly much, but we’re trying to just focus on all of our good memories and that helps so much. And I seriously can’t believe that we’re already in the third trimester! They’re going to be here before I know it!

  • I can’t believe you’re almost there..! It feels like you’ve only been preggers for a hot minute! 😉 Happy 7th anniversary you two!! I’m still so sad for you two about Dart… Lot of love!

    • Thank you! It’s so crazy how long that we’ve been married and also how fast this pregnancy is going! The girls are going to be here before we know it!

  • Happy anniversary! I love your bump date posts. I’m getting teary though, having pets and losing them is just the hardest. 🙁 I’m so sorry. I’m very excited for you guys to meet your little girls though. 🙂 Also glad that the hurricane let you stay home and relax/take care of yourself though! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

    • That’s definitely the hardest part about being a fur mom, having them get sick or be in pain and you don’t know how to fix it! We’re just so thankful that if it did have to happen, it happened before Harvey because we wouldn’t have been able to get him the help that he needed because we were flooded in and because his vet got flooded too. But like I said, the hole that they leave in your heart is totally worth it for all the love that you had with them while they were there.