Pregnancy

Bumpdate: Week 18 Through Week 21

Happy Friday everybody! It’s so hard to believe that it’s already been another month, so that means that it’s time for another bumpdate! To be honest, not a whole lot happened since the last bumpdate, except that I’m getting bigger by the day it seems. I’m also fully in maternity clothes now, which is so crazy to me! So let’s get on with the bumpdate!

Week 18- Life As Usual

I’ve definitely been going through life as normal right about now. I really don’t have any side effects from my “condition” as my friend Stacy likes to call being pregnant, which I think is absolutely hilarious! The only thing that I’ve started to deal with now is a little bit of acid reflux. To me it’s crazy what ends up causing it, I might eat something like eggs in the morning and then all of a sudden I have some acid reflux. I don’t know if it’s because I end up getting hungry and instead of hunger pains I get acid reflux instead. Either way, I’d say that I’m pretty lucky that’s the only thing that I’ve had going on.

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Week 18 Through Week 21

Other than that, Chris and I have just been making our way through our “Before Babies” To Do List, and I’m so proud with how much progress that we’ve made! Who knew that having a baby was the thing that we needed to actually light a fire under our butts to get the things done around the house that we’ve been talking about for forever! Another advantage is that I’ve had most of these items on my 101 in 1001 list, so I’m getting some of those things accomplished as well!

Week 19- The BIG Ultrasound

I can’t believe that this is the week that we’re actually going to find out the genders of our babies, or at least my mom and sister are! We won’t find out until the end of July when we can have the majority of our families in town with us to share the news. We were honestly thinking about not letting my mom or sister know the genders until my sister’s birthday because my mom is notorious for not being able to keep a secret (I love you Mom, but you know it’s true!), but we ended up deciding that they could find out that day.

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Week 18 Through Week 21

So we had probably the maximum amount of people crammed into the room during the ultrasound, and not only did my mom and sister get to find out the genders but we got to see our babies for a lot longer than we have in the past! The sonographer when through all of the different sections of their bodies and did all sorts of measurements to make sure that they were growing at the same rates and that their organs were functioning appropriately. Everything looked great, and the babies are weighing in at a whopping 7 ounces and 8 ounces each! So I officially have about a pound of baby baking right now!

Another thing that we found out during the ultrasound was that I have an anterior placenta, which means that my placenta is in the front instead of in the back or on the side. That also means that it’s going to take a little bit longer for me to feel the babies moving around in my stomach. Usually right about now I would be able to feel them moving around, but because this is my first time being pregnant and the anterior placenta I probably won’t be able to feel them for a couple more weeks.

And in case y’all are wondering, my mom and sister are doing great with the gender secret! Chris Facetimed them both the night after our visit and asked them for the genders and they stuck to their guns, even though they were both enjoying a glass of wine! I’m so proud, and I know that the reveal will get here before we know it!

Other than that it’s just been the same old same old. My stomach is getting bigger literally by the day, and I have to admit that as the days get hotter, the more I’m missing wine and cocktails. I think that it’s just because summer drinks like rosé and cocktails just go so perfectly with the warmer weather. Oh well, I’m almost half way there, so not too much longer now, right!

Week 20- Fifth Doctor’s Visit & Half Way There

I’m very excited to say that during my doctor’s visit they were able to find both heartbeats immediately! It’s seriously such a relief that I didn’t have to go through the stress of waiting around for an ultrasound to make sure that both babies were doing well. Although I will say that this was the first time that I went to a doctor’s appointment that I didn’t get an ultrasound, so that was kind of sad. I’ve gotten used to seeing my little babies all the time, and man do I sound spoiled!

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Week 18 Through Week 21

Overall, the visit went pretty well, I’m up another 3 pounds, so I’m up a total of 7 pounds for this pregnancy. It’s still a lot to think about in such a relatively short amount of time, but I have to keep on telling myself that it’s normal and that I’m carrying 2 babies, so the weight gain is ok. So far I’ve been within what my doctor is expecting, so I’m going with that’s a good thing! He told me that he expects 5-6 pounds by the next time that I come in, and that’s going to be crazy to me if it actually happens!

At the visit I talked to my doctor about my anterior placenta and he told me that I should start to feel them by the time I come back for my next visit. He also said that with twins there will be a time that I’ll feel them moving around like crazy, but then I won’t feel them move around as much because they’ll basically run out of space to move around. That I think is going to be the weirdest thing ever!

The only other thing that’s been going on with me as far as pregnancy is concerned, besides being officially at the halfway point, is that I’m officially only in maternity pants, or pants that can be extended with a belly belt. My stomach is that big! And I think that we need to talk about how comfortable maternity pants are. They’re basically yoga pants that you can wear in public without going to yoga! They’re amazing! I’m definitely getting way to used to them!

Week 21- First Lake Trip

This past weekend was pretty exciting for us because it was our first weekend trip in a long time and we were heading to the lake with some of our friends. Unfortunately, another side effect of being pregnant is that you have to avoid certain bodies of water. At my last doctor’s appointment my doctor was going through summer activities that were ok for me, and of course one that he mentioned that was off limits for me was going to Galveston. I mentioned that we were heading to Canyon Lake and he said that it would he would rather me be safe than sorry so suggested that I don’t get in the water. Luckily for me, it wasn’t too hot and I still had a great time relaxing on the beach while everybody else did some swimming.

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Week 18 Through Week 21

Other than that, it’s pretty much been business as usual around these parts lately, and the countdown is officially on until our gender reveal! Only a week left and Chris and I can’t wait! I have to admit that even though things have been going pretty well with this pregnancy, I have started to get one side-effect that I’m absolutely hating right now, sciatica. Basically there’s a nerve in your back that runs down your whole leg and sometimes when you’re pregnant the babies can put pressure on that nerve and it causes some pain.

So I noticed on Monday that after sitting down for a while that my hip would hurt when I would get up and walk around, and when I started googling sciatica was the first thing that popped up. They said that it was most common in the third trimester, but after a little more googling I found out that it normally starts earlier for women pregnant with multiples, so yay me! The good news is that I found a way to help it out, which is basically just getting up to walk a lot. I also changed my chair at work and that seems to help too. Hopefully this will pass, but I guess that I’ll just have to wait and see!

Well that’s all I wrote for this bumpdate! Like I said, not too much has happened between last bumpdate and this one, but don’t worry next time, I’m sure that I’ll have a lot more updates, especially since we’ll know the genders! So until next time!

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Bumpdate- Week 14 Through Week 17

I swear that even though there’s been a lot of baby posts lately, this blog is not going to turn into just a blog about babies. But it has already been a month since I got out of the first trimester, so I figured that I’d go on ahead and get caught up on the bumpdates. So here’s how the first part of the second trimester is going, including how it was to be pregnant while in Europe!

Week 14- European Vacation

This week means that I’m officially in the second trimester and I’m loving it! I felt like the tiredness that I felt during the first trimester and the nausea is completely gone! It couldn’t be more perfect timing because we left for our Europe trip this week and the last thing I needed was to feel exhausted for 2 weeks!

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Weeks 14-17

The other glorious side effect that did decide to show up though is heartburn. It hasn’t been too terrible, and I’m hoping that the only reason I have it is because of all the crap food we ate this week since we didn’t want to cook before the trip. I guess that I had it easy enough during the first trimester, so I have to have it rough at some point in time!

Week 15- The Big Reveal

One of the things that I had told Chris before we even booked our Europe trip was that it wouldn’t matter to me if I was pregnant on this trip or not because I just wanted to go! While I have to admit that it was tough to not be able to drink wine, nothing was harder than not being able to eat blue cheese or charcuterie, especially in Paris!

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Weeks 14-17

Other than not being able to partake in all the food and alcohol, I really didn’t have any pregnancy symptoms while we were gone! My ankles did swell during our first flight to Edinburgh, but I think that was because I didn’t get up and walk around enough. We also tried to not push ourselves too hard as far as walking, but that didn’t stop me from walking over 20K steps per day!

The most exciting part about this week was finally being able to announce to the world that we were having our babies! Before we found out that we were having twins we had bought a onesie on Etsy that we were going to use and take pictures with all of the big landmarks on our trip. Well when we found out we were having twins, I went on ahead and ordered another one so we could announce both babies! It was a lot of fun, I love the pictures, and I’m actually thinking about getting the onesies framed in some way for the nursery with some of our pictures that we used to announce their future arrival.

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Weeks 14-17

It’s super crazy to think that our babies have already been gallivanting all over the world, and they’re still fetuses! Already they’ve been to three countries, a whole other continent, and to a Disney Park! They’re definitely spoiled!

Week 16- The Case Of Jet Lag

We arrived back home on a Monday afternoon, and Chris and I both pretty much hit the ground running back at work on Tuesday. The week wasn’t too exciting for me between work and trying to get caught back up with life in general. I will say that the jet lag definitely hit me hard when we got back and I kept on falling asleep at 8:30 or 9:00 every night on the couch! Thankfully I was able to sleep in on Saturday, and I’ve definitely defeated it now!

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Weeks 14-17

I feel like I haven’t had really any pregnancy symptoms lately though, other than maybe I’m starting to have a few cravings, and those cravings have always been for Mexican food! I have a feeling that Chris is going to be pretty sick of Chuy’s by the time the babies make their appearance in November!

Week 17- Fourth Doctor’s Visit

I swear with the fact that we keep on not being to hear our babies’s heartbeats with the heartbeat monitors, I freak myself out with going to the doctor! Thankfully, the nurse was able to find both hearbeats pretty much immediately, so I didn’t even have the chance to freak out! I also found out that after all of this time, I’ve only gained 4 pounds total, which I think is pretty awesome! I’m giving all of the credit so far to our vacation where we walked so much!

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate: Weeks 14-17

I thought for sure that I wouldn’t get another ultrasound at this appointment, but my doctor wanted to make sure that both babies were developing appropriately and at the same rate, so I got another one! It’s seriously so crazy how much more they look like tiny humans now on the monitor, and I love it so much! He printed out some pictures too, which Chris loved being able to see. Everything looked solid on the ultrasound, which I couldn’t be more happy to hear!

Chris and I also finally started putting things on our registry at Buy Buy Baby this week, and I can’t even begin to tell you how complicated it is to try and figure out what you should register for with two babies! First off, I think that it’s ridiculous how much crap Buy Buy Baby wants you to register for. I live in the South and don’t think that I need this thermal wrap thing for my babies for their stroller, but you still want me to register for it? Secondly, why don’t you have an option for twins on your registry? Since finding out we were expecting two, I’ve found out that the number of twin pregnancies has increased drastically in the past 20 years, why in the world can I not select two babies? What if we have a boy and a girl? I’m still only going to be able to select one gender, which I think is stupid. Thirdly, it’s so hard to figure out what we actually need two of, and what we can get away with only having one. Thankfully Pinterest has a lot of checklists and ideas, but it would be nice if they had a comprehensive list at the registry places. Sorry for that little rant, but now it’s over. 

The other exciting news from this week is that Chris and I bought our first round of baby items! Chris found a lady with 10 month old twins that was selling some things on Facebook, and we ended up getting two MamaRoos, two bumbos, and two Rock N Plays, all for less than what it would cost to buy the MamaRoos at retail! Talk about a deal! The lady that Chris bought all of it from actually added me to a Facebook group that sells gently used twin stuff, so I’m excited to maybe buy a few more things once we find out genders!

And there you have it! I honestly thought that this pregnancy would go by slowly, but to be perfectly honest, it’s going by so fast! I can also feel myself literally getting bigger as the days go by, it’s kind of crazy! I’ll be back next month for another bumpdate!

Bumpdate- The First Trimester

As promised, here’s my first bumpdate for the new babies! I had originally started writing these with symptoms and stuff like that, and then they ended up morphing into more of a diary type of entry. I actually like the diary style of writing better, because I’m thinking of printing these out and creating books for our babies with my bump pictures and how I was feeling so they can know how much we loved them from the very beginning, and how shocked we were to find out that there were two of them!

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate- The First Trimester

So anyways, there’s nothing too freaky pregnancy in here, but there’s some funny stories about how Chris didn’t really think that I was pregnant, how we found out that we were having twins, and just life in between! So pretty much everything that I’ve been wanting to write in weekend updates, but wasn’t able to because we hadn’t formally announced yet! It’s a pretty long post, so be prepared, and again, let me know if y’all have any questions, or if you have any advice for a mom of twins!

Week 4- How We Found Out

I seriously can’t believe it Chris and I are going to have a baby! We started trying at the end of last year, and while I kind of expected it to happen quickly, it still blew my mind that we’re actually pregnant! On Friday March 10th I came home from work and decided that I needed to take a pregnancy test. I had taken a test earlier in the week, but it had come back negative, but I pretty much just wanted to make sure. Chris thought for sure that I was going to come back negative, so while he cooked dinner I went back and took the test. Way quicker than the three minutes that the box said it would take to get the results the test came back positive! I was literally so shocked and started tearing up when I showed Chris the test that we were going to be parents!

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate- The First Trimester

I think that we were both just so shocked that it came back positive that I decided to take another test, just to be sure. I had been chugging water since I came home so I could take a test, which I think ended up diluting myself and resulted in a negative pregnancy test. I immediately hopped on the internet and started doing research while Chris went to the drug store to pick up more pregnancy tests that were different brands. Instead of taking another one that night, I waited and took two different brands in the morning before I hopped in the shower. When I got out of the shower, Chris and I both looked at them and they both were very obviously pregnant! I couldn’t believe it!

We told our first friends later on that Saturday evening when we went over to their house for dinner. It’s so funny because when we went to Fredericksburg with them last April, they told us that they were pregnant fairly early because Sarah couldn’t drink wine with us, so it was ironic that pretty much the same thing happened for us! They were so excited for us, and I can’t wait to see our kids grow up together!

On Sunday we had family pictures that we had planned for the prior weekend but had to be rescheduled to this weekend. I had wanted family pictures of the three of us for as long as I can remember, and with Dart getting sick, it just put it at forefront of our minds. It’s kind of ironic though because as much as I wanted these to be family of 3 pictures, they’re actually family of 4 pictures because we had our little Poppy Seed on the way!

After our pictures we headed over to my parents’ house so I could do our taxes (boring!), but also so that we could tell them that they were going to be grandparents! Chris started off by telling them that we had some news for them, that we were going to Galveston to celebrate my birthday. They were like “Ok, so what”, so I told them that we were going to try and go to Fredericksburg again but that it wasn’t going to work out since I couldn’t drink because I was pregnant! I think that it took them a few seconds to comprehend what was going on, and then they were so excited and hugging us both! My mom has already sent me a copy of What To Expect When You’re Expecting, and it should be here Tuesday! I also called and made our 8 week appointment which will be in April!

I really don’t think that I have too many symptoms besides maybe being a little emotional and a some slight nausea, but nothing that makes me feel like I’m going to throw up right here and right now. The major symptom that I am noticing is that I just feel exhausted all the time! I think that the time change this past weekend, also has a little something to do with it.

Week 5- Being Pregnant In Vegas

It’s pretty amazing how much the topic of having a baby can come up in everyday conversation and how hard it is to not say anything! I felt like it takes all of the control that I have to not spill the beans to my coworkers on a daily basis. Good thing I can still tell my close friends and family though!

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate- The First Trimester

On Tuesday I went to a play with my mom and sister and I couldn’t even contain myself. Again, I would have loved to tell my sister in some cutesy way, but after the rough day that she had, all I could say was “Well the good news is that you’re going to be an Auntie!”. She was excited, but I’m pretty sure that she already knew. She already has her name picked out and is going to be Aunt CC!

This weekend was also the weekend that we were going to Las Vegas to celebrate my 30th birthday with my friend Kayla. I pretty much told her right away as soon as she walked in the door that sorry there wouldn’t be any wine shenanigans in Vegas because she was going to be an Auntie! She was excited and we had a great time basically being alcohol free the whole weekend.

My aunt and uncle also happened to be in Vegas the same weekend that we were there, so we met up with them Friday afternoon. My aunt really wanted to buy us birthday drinks, so I told her of course, as long as mine was non alcoholic. We tried to hint to my uncle what was going on, but he didn’t pick up on it at all.

Week 6- My Birthday

This week started off rough for me because I was so exhausted from Vegas and also came down with some sort of cold or something. I ended up staying home from work one day in order to recover, and actually both Dart and I needed to recover that day. He had a bad case of garbage gut because he ate a whole bird in the backyard. Yes, the only thing that was left were all of the feathers in the backyard!

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate- The First Trimester

On Thursday, we celebrated my 30th birthday and I wrote down my reverse bucket list of all the things that I had accomplished in my 30 years. I wanted to put down starting a family, but obviously had to keep that a secret for a little bit longer! We also had the book club at work on Thursday and a couple of people made comments on the fact that I was only drinking water, and all I could say was I just wasn’t feeling well. They’ll find out soon enough!

That weekend we went to Galveston for the weekend and it was so nice to just relax on the beach with Dart and enjoy the beautiful weather. On the ride home I FaceTimed Stacy so we could talk about Europe plans and told her the good news that our babies are going to be besties since they’re due two months apart. She was so excited, and it’s been so much fun to talk to her about all things first trimester since she just went through it and Sarah as well!

When we got home on Sunday we called Chris’s parents and told them the good news. They were so excited, and I know that they’re excited to be grandparents again! I also know that Chris is looking forward to asking his mom questions now that she officially knows!

Week 7- The First Doctor’s Visit

We had our very first doctor’s visit on Monday, and we also got our official due date, Monday November 13th. I have a feeling that it’ll probably end up later than that because we took ovulation tests, so I know about when we conceived. Everything looked good so far at the doctor and he said that he could tell that I was pregnant from my body which is pretty interesting. We tried to do an ultrasound to hear a heartbeat, but unfortunately we’re just a week too early, so we’ll have to wait 4 more weeks to hear it. It’ll be well worth the wait I’m sure!

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate- The First Trimester

We celebrate my birthday with my family on Tuesday and it was a very surreal experience since it was the last family get together at the house that I grew up in before my parents’ move to their new house. I know that if I was to listen to Miranda Lambert’s The House That Built Me I would break down in tears because it applies to me so much! This was also the first time that I was really around a lot of other people that were drinking that I couldn’t. And while I definitely wish that I could have a glass of wine every now and then, I really haven’t missed wine too much.

Chris called and told his brothers this week and they were all super excited along with all of our nieces and nephew. They even gave us a few name suggestions like Rosemary, Light, Poop, and Little Bunny Foo Foo. You can definitely tell, or maybe not so much, what they had on their minds when they were coming up with names!

Nothing really changed much for me this week as far pregnancy symptoms go, except that I actually started dealing with morning sickness. It’s not too terrible, I just feel slightly nauseous in the morning but never get to the “OMG I’m going to hurl!” phase, thank goodness! I’ll be very excited when this phase is over though!

Week 8- Routine

Chris was out of town this week for training so I had the whole house to myself and Dart and I got into our own little routine. I’d come home from work, we’d go on a walk, then I’d run, eat dinner, and then end the night with some TV watching. It was very nice and very relaxing.

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate- The First Trimester

I still have some morning sickness in the morning, but I really think that the running is helping it to pass. If only I could get myself out of bed early enough to try and get it out of the way in the mornings! This was also the busiest week for me at work, so I got really tired in the afternoons, so much so that I’ve been napping in the afternoons on the bus ride home. It’s been kind of nice though!

I also decided that I wanted to do some Bump Date pictures for this pregnancy and then maybe make a little book out of the picture for little baby. I ordered these off of Etsy, and what I love is that I can customize them to how I want! I haven’t really said anything too exciting on them yet because I feel like nothing’s really changed for me so far during this pregnancy, but I’m sure that I’ll think of something!

Week 9- Easter

Chris and I are officially split down the middle as far as whether or not we want a boy or a girl, although I think that he’s 51% boy and I’m 51% girl, so it’s pretty even. There’s really know rhyme or reason why we think we’re having one over another, except that that’s what we want. But to be perfectly honest, we’ll be super happy with a happy and healthy baby, no matter what. We’ve polled the family and overall everybody tends to think that we’re having a girl, although I think that there are quite a few people or think that it’s going to be a boy.

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate- The First Trimester

I find that I’m still not really having that many symptoms of pregnancy, other than the stuff that you really don’t talk about except with other pregnant moms or in the What To Expect When You’re Expecting book. The one thing that I have noticed is that I’ve been drinking water like crazy! I don’t know if it’s completely normal or not, but I can drink two bottles of water at the office in under two hours. I’m either turning into a camel or it’s a normal pregnancy thing.

Chris’s parents and Matt and Shele and the girls came down for Easter weekend, and it was so much fun to talk and see everybody. The girls were all hoping for another girl cousin and had some fun ideas for names as well, although nothing quite as interesting as Little Bunny Foo Foo or Light. It’s hard to believe that I’m almost done with the first trimester!

Week 10- An Emotional Roller Coaster

The baby’s nickname I think is officially Alien because it’s just weird to think that a baby is officially growing in there! My What To Expect email told me this week that my baby is officially a fetus and that it has finger nails, and of course all I could think of was the line from Juno. But seriously, I guess that the baby is looking less like an alien and more like an actual baby now!

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We have our next doctor’s appointment next week and I have to admit that I’m practically head over heels excited to finally see the heartbeat on the ultrasound! We’ll definitely know for the next baby that we’ll want to wait until 8 weeks so we can see the heartbeat on the first visit!

This week has been an emotional one for sure. On Monday my parents moved out of their home that I’ve lived in my entire life, well up until college, and officially moved into their retirement home in College Station. It was definitely bittersweet because that house holds so many memories for me, but I know that we’ll have even more memories in the new house!

That same evening, my mom received word that my grandmother had passed away. I know that she’s been thrown through the emotional ringer lately, and this was kind of like the icing on the cake. Memaw always loved to know what was going on with us and she seriously knew all the names to all of my friends and would always ask me about them and what I had going on in my life whenever I’d visit her. She also called me Courtney, Brenda, Marsha, and Bonnie before calling me Ashley, but I think that’s just a trait that runs in our family because my mom and I do it all the time too. If we have a boy I’m sure that he’ll be called Dart at one point in time! We’re all going to miss her so much, but I know that she’s not in anymore pain and is with Papa and Aunt Marsha again and couldn’t be happier about it.

Week 11- We’re Having Twins!

I was so excited to have our second doctor’s appointment because we were finally able to hear the heartbeat. I was too early the last time we visited to see a heartbeat by normal ultrasound, so I’ve been patiently and probably a little nervously waiting to finally hear that our baby has a heartbeat!

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We went to the doctor and after the nurse did all of the normal checks on me, she tried to use the little heartbeat monitor on my stomach to read the heartbeat. She tried for what felt like the longest minutes of my life, and still couldn’t find a heartbeat. She told us that it was normal to not hear it sometimes, but of course, that only made me more nervous.

We went into another room for the ultrasound, and I was a little anxious waiting for my doctor to come in. He went through all of the normal questions about our family history with cancer, medical conditions, and whether or not twins ran in the family. He also asked me I still had pregnancy symptoms because he didn’t think that it was a good sign that they couldn’t hear the heartbeat. I still had all of the normal pregnancy symptoms, so we started with the ultrasound.

Almost immediately we could see this little thing jumping around on the monitor, and the doctor said “Look, there’s your baby. Also you see this little line right here, that usually means that there’s another one, and oh look there’s you’re other baby. You’re having twins.” About a million things rushed through my mind, but all I could say was “You’re joking right” about 4 or 5 times. Our doctor told me nope, y’all are definitely having twins and he was able to get the heartbeat on both babies! I totally freaked Chris out and started crying because I was so overwhelmed with all of the emotions that I was feeling. Like what, we can’t be having twins! It doesn’t even run in either of our families! I guess not being able to hear the heartbeat on the monitor was a blessing in disguise because we found out pretty early on that we’re having twins!

Our doctor asked us to make an appointment with a sonographer to figure out how far along we were exactly (our doctor thinks that we’re actually a little bit earlier than he originally expected) and then we’ll be back in another couple of weeks to see him. We have our appointment on May 4th, and I cannot wait! From the looks of the ultrasound, the babies (still weird to say) have separate amniotic sacs which means that more than likely they’re fraternal and not identical twins, but there’s still a chance that they could be identical.

I had plans to tell my coworkers and bosses as soon as I got back from the doctor, and I pretty much did nothing the whole rest of the morning except for tell people that we were expecting, and that it wasn’t one baby but actually two! Pretty much everybody’s responses were to laugh, and I have to say even though people were expecting me to say that I was pregnant, they had no idea that it was going to be twins!

I pretty much spent the rest of the week doing some research on Pinterest about twins and trying to figure out what we’re going to need now with two babies on the way. Basically it’s a whole heck of a lot! We also told our last few close friends that we hadn’t had the chance to tell yet. They were all super excited and shocked like us that we’re having two!

I don’t know if it’s the fact that I know that I’m supposed to be eating for three now, but this week I’ve been a lot hungrier. I’m also trying my best to drink as much water as possible. I read online that a woman expecting twins is supposed to gain 35-50 pounds and drink about a gallon of water a day! Can we say yikes? I’m still attempting to get some exercise in, whether that’s walking or running on the treadmill, but I’m definitely trying to not wear myself out too much.

We’re still so totally and completely shocked at the news that we’re having TWINS! There’s two little alien babies floating around in fluid in my stomach! It’s just so surprising! We had joked that maybe we’d have twins and do the whole one and done pregnancy thing, never actually expecting that it would really happen! I will say that the best part about discovering that we’re having twins is that now Chris and I are on the same team when it comes to the gender, Team Boy & Girl! But we will see what ends up happening!

Week 11 Part 2- Our First Sonogram

So after finding out the beyond crazy news that we were having TWINS last week, our doctor told us that one of the advantages of having multiples is that we’d probably get way more ultrasounds than normal, which is totally fine by me! After my appointment last week I called the sonographer that my doctor recommended and we made our appointment for Thursday morning.

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate- The First Trimester

We got there super early and were the first ones in the waiting room, so we were also the first ones to get our ultrasounds. I have to admit that I was kind of nervous about this appointment and didn’t sleep very well the night before because I was kind of worried that our doctor had made some sort of mistake and that we really didn’t have twins in there, but just one baby, after we just told all of these people that we were expecting twins. Thankfully, as soon as the sonographer turned on the ultrasound we were able to see both babies and hear both of their heartbeats!

I think that Chris and I were both just still in shock but so excited finally being able to see our babies on the big screen again! During the appointment one of the babies was seriously just bouncing around like he or she was hopped up on sugar, while the other baby was just chill. Both heartbeats measured at 159 bpm, and we also found out that both babies had their own amniotic sacs and placentas which is means that they’re getting their own separate nutrients and aren’t fighting each other for it. The sonographer also saw the “lambda” sign which means that are babies are fraternal twins, so there’s actually hope that we might have a girl and a boy!

The sonographer also told us that the babies were measuring about 11 weeks, which is what I expected since we took ovulation tests when we got pregnant. We also got our very first pictures of our babies, which Chris and I both love, and can’t stop looking at.

After the appointment I went literally right next door to get my first round of blood work done. If you know, then you’ll know that I’m not the biggest fan of needles whatsoever. I swear when we did physicals at the office my blood pressure was higher than normal because I was so worried about the finger prick I had to do later on!

Anyways, so when I went to get my blood taken I told the nurse that and she said ok, and stuck me with a needle. Well I wasn’t really flowing, even after she kind of moved the needle around, so she used a different device to get my blood. Around the half way point of the second vial of blood that she was taking, I started to feel light headed and I told her, so she told me to lie my head back and she called somebody else in. Needless to say, I woke up with both nurses calling my name and fanning me because I had full blown passed out. I don’t know if it was because of the amount of blood I was giving or just because I hate needles, but I’m not looking forward to this process for the rest of the pregnancy. And of course then my mom asked me how in the world I was going to have these babies if I pass out when I give blood. We’ll have to wait and see I guess!

Other than that we had a really busy weekend filled with family time and even a 5K. I definitely didn’t do my best as far as running the 5K, but I guess this is the only opportunity that I’ll have to blame my crappy running times on being pregnant! The major bummer for me was the fact that I couldn’t drink any of the beer after the race, but I opted for a root beer instead, and hopefully we’ll be back next year two little ones in a stroller to run the race again!

Week 12- Mother’s Day

With as much stuff that has been going on the past few weeks with the babies, Week 12 was as uneventful as it gets. I still haven’t had a ton of morning sickness, just some slight nausea, and the only thing that randomly happens is that I’ll get headaches every now and then. I’m hoping that my doctor will be able to tell me something that I can take when that happens next time.

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate- The First Trimester

This weekend also happened to be Mother’s Day. While I didn’t get to celebrate with my mom on Sunday, Chris and Dart and the babies definitely spoiled me for my very first human Mother’s Day! They got me the cutest pineapple shirt along with some Kendra Scott jewelry. I’m beyond spoiled, and love it so much!

Week 13- Third Doctor’s Visit

Since we were leaving on our Europe trip the following week and my doctor was going to be on vacation too my next appointment was only 3 weeks after my last appointment. As much as I told myself to not get freaked out if they couldn’t hear the heartbeats with the heartbeat monitor this time around, it’s still really nerve wracking when it actually happens.

The Wandering Weekenders- Bumpdate- The First Trimester

After the nurse had done all of the normal stuff like blood pressure and weight (I’m only one pound up during the the first trimester, which I think is really awesome considering that I’m having two babies) she could only find one heartbeat with the heartbeat monitor. So I found myself back in the ultrasound room trying not to freak myself out that there was something wrong with the babies. When the doctor came in he was immediately able to find both babies and both heartbeats with the ultrasound. The problem was that the babies were sitting on top of each other which is why the heartbeat monitor only picked up one heartbeat. Chris and I now have bets on how many times we’ll only be able to hear one heartbeat!

The rest of the week was pretty uneventful until Friday when Chris and I took the day off work so we could look at daycares nearby. We found two that we really liked, but ended up going for the one that was closer to our house and had a great program for older kids, even if it was a little more expensive.

That weekend was also my Cousin’s wedding and after my sister and I showed up in the same dress, the dress that I ended up wearing showed off my little twin bump! It’s crazy that after only 3 months I’m starting to show!

And that’s a wrap for the first trimester! If you made it to the bottom of this post, you are amazing! It was super long, probably the longest post I’ve ever written! I hope that you enjoyed, and check back soon for my second bumpdate which includes our Europe trip!