Pregnancy

The FINAL Bumpdate: Weeks 33-36

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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery

The time is finally here everybody, the time to show off our woodlands nursery for our girls! I felt like Chris was such a champ during this whole pregnancy with thinking about and researching all of the practical things that we’d need for our girls like the car seats and the strollers, but I knew that as soon as we found out the genders that I’d get into full on baby mode and start planning out all the “fun” things like their nursery and clothes and just generally the more aesthetic side to having babies.

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery

Before we found out the genders we had already started talking themes for the nursery. Our house is a 4 bedroom house with the master being on the first floor and three bedrooms upstairs. From the day that we had moved into our house we already knew which room would be the nursery, and we were planning on keeping the other two rooms as guest bedrooms. Even after we found out that we were having twins, we wanted our babies to share a nursery because from what I’ve read about twins, you want to keep them on the same schedule, so having them sleep near each other is ideal.

Anyways, the themes that we had decided on before we found out the genders were a woodlands/adventure theme for two boys, for two girls I was all about a princess theme, and with a boy and a girl we wanted to do a travel theme. Well after we found out the genders I started going back and forth in my head because I wasn’t able to really find any super cute princess themed stuff that I loved, but I found some really cute woodlands themed items for little girls. I had no problem selling Chris on that theme since he’s a hunter and loves supporting anything that even remotely includes deer or deer antlers!

I originally started my search for the nursery decor that was all things girly and woodlands on Pinterest, which of course led me to Etsy, which led me to spending maybe a little bit more money than I should have, but at the end of the day it was all worth it! The furniture and how to actually set up our nursery was actually a little bit harder than I had imagined, so we decided to get some help from Pottery Barn. Did you know that Pottery Barn actually has a design service that will come to your house for free to help you design a room? We tried it out a couple of years ago when we first moved into our house to get some ideas on colors for the walls and drapes, and we had the best experience. I knew that I wasn’t going to have any idea how to fit everything into the nursery logistically, so we knew that the Pottery Barn design services would be our best friend.

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery

We had somebody come over the weekend after we found out genders, and when she looked at the room that we had slated for the nursery, she kind of deflated our bubble a little bit when she told us that it might not work that well for the nursery. The problem was that we had two walls with windows and one with doors/door frames, which make it hard for furniture placement. Thankfully the other guest room was just on the other side of the shared bathroom, so we decided to just flip the rooms. After that the furniture placement came pretty easily with the designer’s help, and we got some great ideas for furniture as well.

Originally Chris and I were planning on using a lighter natural wood for the furniture in the nursery, but when we received some free white cribs from my mom’s doctor who also had twins it was easy enough to switch to white furniture. The bookshelf and the dresser/changing table were recommendations of the designer so we bought those from Pottery Barn, but the chair we actually bought from a local store called Baby’s First. This chair is a little wider than normal chairs and is apparently perfect for twins, which is why we fell in love with it. We also got to pick a color, and ended up falling in love with the beautiful light grey.

I honestly thought that we’d be fine just choosing bedding from a big box store like Buy Buy Baby or Target, but when I went to search online, I honestly couldn’t find any quilts or anything that I loved. Then I turned to my best friend and black hole, Etsy, and immediately started finding prints and fabrics that I loved. The only problem was that everything was so EXPENSIVE, especially when you realize that you have to double the price because you need two of everything.

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery

Thankfully I stumbled upon Laci’s shop Dappled Daydreams and she was a lot more reasonably priced, and what I loved was that she worked with me the whole time that she was making the bedding for the girls and gave her opinion. Sometimes it’s hard to exactly visualize what the finished product is going to look like, but she did such a good job of sending samples pictures to me and telling me exactly why she thought that it would look better one way over the other. The other advantage was that she gave us a twin discount too! Laci actually shipped us our bedding right before Harvey hit and messaged me the whole time to make sure that we were ok, and to let me know when she got the notification that our bedding had arrived! Chris and I were so incredibly giddy when we opened up the packaging, and I can’t say enough how beautiful everything is and how much we loved it! Plus she was sweet enough to include something a little extra for us, a changing pad cover! If you’re shopping for nursery bedding, definitely make sure to check out Laci’s shop Dappled Daydreams, you won’t be disappointed!

For the decorations, I found a few wooden pieces on Etsy that I fell in love with immediately and purchased those as quickly as I could because I knew that they’d take a while to make and ship. The signs above their cribs with their names on them I found just by searching through Etsy and immediately fell in love with them! They’re so incredibly beautiful and I loved how they turned out! We also stumbled upon this adorable bear rug on Pinterest and Etsy and Chris and I both just melted and had to order it for the girls’ nursery.

I knew that I wanted some animal prints in the nursery as well with a little mixture of words as well, and I had no problem finding a wide variety of them that were available for instant download on Etsy. It might have been a little hard to get Chris to agree on which ones would be perfect for the nursery, but in the end I loved everything we chose!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery

Surprisingly, I felt like one of the hardest decisions that Chris and I had when it came to the nursery was deciding on what frames we were going to use for all the prints we ordered. We looked all over, from Overstock to Pottery Barn to Wayfair and honestly couldn’t find any frames that were a more natural color that were actually reasonably priced. So in the end we decided to get some cheap frames from Amazon that were the same as the frame that I was using for my monthly bumpdate picture. While they definitely weren’t the cutest or prettiest, they’ll definitely work for what we need them to.

The last piece of the nursery puzzle ended up being a suggestion by Chris. As you know, we recently lost Dart a couple of months ago, and both Chris and I were so incredibly upset because we know how good of a big brother he would have been to our two baby girls. At Christmas last year, my sister bought me this picture of a whippet that looked just like Dart with antlers and deer on his head. We hadn’t decided where to put it in the house just yet, but since there were antlers involved, Chris thought that it would fit perfectly in the girls’ nursery since it worked with the theme. I couldn’t have agreed more, so we decided to put Dart up right in between their cribs to show that he’s always watching over them.

Once we had everything picked out and ordered, the fun part came of putting everything in the right spot in the nursery. Chris and I spent about 30 minutes one evening just laying out all the prints and other wooden signs that we had ordered to make sure that we didn’t have too much wood in one area or too many animals or too many words, and then Chris spent one day during lunch when he was working from home putting all of those signs up on the walls. I instantly fell in love, and couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out and looks! Then a couple of weekends ago, Chris and I spent a few hours putting away all of their diapers and clothes and everything else that we had received from our showers, so the nursery just feels complete. Which is perfect because technically the girls could come any day now!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery

Anyways, sorry for the super long post about how we decided on everything, but to be honest, it was hard to find a really comprehensive list for setting up twin girl nurseries. We were able to find a lot of pretty pictures online, but I guess that nothing was exactly what we were looking for. Below are the links to everything that we bought for the nursery, a lot of items were from Etsy shops. Any direct download prints that we bought we got printed on cardstock from Shutterfly. Thank goodness for Shutterfly constantly having 40% off sales, am I right? If you’ve made it to the end of this post, you’re a champ, and if you’re expecting girls and want a woodlands theme, I hope that I’ve given you some inspiration!

Furniture

Cribs | Changing Table | Bookshelf | Chair

Prints/Signs

Animal Prints | Dream Catcher Print | Arrow & Antler Phrase Prints | Arrow Compass Print
Wild One Wood Sign | Wooden Name Signs | Fawn Wood Sign

Bedding

Custom Order From Dappled Day Dreams

Other Decor

Curtains | Curtain Rod | Curtain RingsBear Rug | Frames | Baskets
Map Letters & Wreath- Made by friends for my shower

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery
The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery
The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery
The Wandering Weekenders- Our Twin Girls Woodlands Nursery

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All the little details of our twin girls woodlands nursery! From the furniture we chose and how we arranged it to the prints and frames we used.

Bumpdate: Weeks 28-31

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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