Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Finding Out it was Twins

As I've mentioned in several previous posts, I was not yet blogging 5 years ago when I became pregnant with the girls.  I decided that in honor of the 5th anniversary of my pregnancy/their birth, I would document the highlights as their anniversary occurs.

July 26th was the anniversary of my first ultrasound.  I was 7 weeks 1 day.  It was at the RE's office.  It was also the day we found out I was carrying twins.

I suspected twins all along due to my high beta numbers but I was really hoping for a singleton.  When they told us it was twins I was really disappointed.  Now, don't get me wrong--I was THRILLED to be pregnant, and I would have taken twins or even octuplets over zero babies ANY day.  But I was sad that I would miss out on:
  • Mother/baby yoga - I had looked forward to going to a mom/baby yoga class, but with TWO babies, that wouldn't be possible.
  • A normal trip to the grocery store with the one baby in the front of the shopping cart.  What the heck do I do with the second baby when I go grocery shopping?
  • A natural, med-free birth.  I had dreamed of this for YEARS.  Now, even if I could have a vaginal birth (I couldn't because they were both breech) I would still have to have the epidural in case an emergency c-section for baby b became necessary.  No walking around during labor, no laboring in the position of my choice, etc.  All moot anyway as I had a necessary c-section due to both babies being breech.
  • Being able to sleep when the baby sleeps.  With two, there would be no guarantees that both would sleep at the same time.
I'm sure at the time I had a longer list, but those were the main concerns.  Nonetheless, I was still thrilled to be pregnant and loved both girls to death from the get-go.  We never did a yoga class, but I did take them to Gymboree when they were around 14 months, and when they did circle time I just had to switch off from one to the other and the instructor ended up doing things with whichever one I didn't have at the time.  It was hard, and I was so jealous of all the "normal" mothers with just one baby.  We mangaged to do lots of other fun things over the years--storytime, mall play area, indoor playground, childrens' museum, etc, so who cares about a stupid yoga class.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Vacation

Paul took 3 consecutive weeks off this summer and we're currently in the middle of it.  It's been busy but we've done so many fun things.  We just got back from a week in Leavenworth with a few days at Crescent Bar tacked on at the end.  Before that, we did a few day trips.  One was up to Mount Vernon/Burlington to see my mom and my dad and stepmom and while up North we decided to take a jaunt over to Deception Pass.  The girls had fun digging in the sand and walking on/exploring all the big logs on the beach.




The next day we went to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park which was really fun.  The girls loved the tram ride.













While in Leavenworth, we took a short side trip to Lake Wenatchee where the girls once again played in the water and dug in the sand.  One day we did an easy family-friendly rafting trip which the girls really enjoyed.  Then a friend and her son joined us half way through the week and all of us went to a water park in Chelan.  That was the highlight of the trip.  I didn't take in pictures of either the rafting or the water park because I didn't want to chance my camera (or phone) getting wet.  I was really lazy about taking pictures in general this trip, just because I rarely get any decent ones because the girls never look, etc.

I was so proud of the girls at the water slides, though.  They (especially Olivia) were a little scared at first, but after a few slides they were really into it.  They even went on the big slides sitting in front of us.

We swam every day and the girls are getting to be such good swimmers.  Kayley can swim for quite a ways with NO water wings!  She can even come up for a breath and keep going.  Olivia was going without water wings in Leavenworth because she could touch in the shallowest part, but the Crescent Bar pool is a little deeper.  When we go back in a few weeks I'm going to be sure to get a video.


Lake Wenatchee

View from our room in Leavenworth

The Hat Shop

Silly hats

Downtown

Fishing on the pond (catch and release--my friend's son wanted to do this so the girls got to try, too).

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Yum!

Pinterest and weight loss efforts are NOT a good mix.  I'm dying to try some of these recipes.  I think I'm going to make this first one for our upcoming trip.

Sea Salt Carmel Brownies

Salted Carmel Chocolate Shortcake Bars

Salted Carmel Chococlate Cake

Some yummy, gooey, carmel-y cupcake with bourbon in it

Gluten-free Chocolate Cake with Coconut Icing

Toffee Brittle with Chocolate and Sea Salt


Drool...

Friday, July 13, 2012

Summer Fun

Last weekend we went to Crescent Bar for the first time this year.  They always do their 4th of July parade and fireworks show the weekend after the 4th, so we were there for all of that.  The neighbors always go all out and let us tag along.  We decorated the girls' bikes and they rode while we walked with them and they did great.

Olivia

Patriotic girls

Kayley

The whole gang (Crescent Bar neighbors in/on golf cart, me, the girls and Paul in the background)


And now that summer has finally come to Western Washington, we've been able to set up the pool, try out our new slip n' slide, and make our first trip to the spray park.  The slip n' slide was given to them by grandma and grandpa and they're not quite ready for it.  They don't get how to run and then go down on your tummy and slide.  It was pretty funny to watch.




That's our new pool in the background.  I was having a hard time inflating it and gave up, but Paul finally got the thing inflated and it's now taking up half our yard.

Spray park rock wall


Paul has the next 3 weeks off work, so we have lots of fun stuff planned.  We want to go to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and maybe the zoo, we're spending a week in Leavenworth (a cute, Bavarian-themed touristy town) and camping at Lake Tapps again.  It's going to go so fast.

SUYL-Mantles

The home tours continue at Kelly's Korner and this week is mantles.

My mantle is pretty simple.  A vase, a few candles, some smaller colored vases and some pictures.







I'm tired of the cat picture and want to replace it with a big mirror or something.  I found that at a kiosk in the mall way back in the mid-90s and fell in love with it.  I needed something for my apartment mantle and it was perfect.  But, for some reason I didn't buy it then.  Awhile later I was in the mall again and decided I was going to buy it this time but it wasn't there anymore!  Awhile later still I walked by the same kiosk and decided to check again and this time it was there.  It was meant to be, so I snatched it up.  Now it's followed me to 3 more homes, but I'm ready for something new.

I change my mantle decor for fall,





and again for Christmas


I'm always looking for new ideas so I'll be checking out everyone else's mantles from Kelly's link-up.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Early July, 2007

Since I wasn't blogging yet when we went through IVF and got pregnant with the girls, I've decided to use the 5th anniversary to commemorate the event.  It was 5 years ago today that we found out I was pregnant.

We had an appointment in the morning for my blood draw (beta).  I mentioned before how I didn't want to test any of the days leading up until the 5th because it was either too early or could potentially ruin the 4th of July holiday or make me unable to go to work, so I had to wait until the 5th to test (I took the day off from work, and if it would have been negative, I probably would've taken Friday, too).  I didn't want to test before my appointment, because if it had been negative I didn't want to have to put myself through the whole ordeal already knowing I'm not pregnant.  I definitely wanted to find out in the privacy of my own home, though, not over the phone from a nurse.  So I decided to finally test when we got home from the appointment, but before they called with the results.  And for the first time in my life, I didn't have to pee for like, two hours.  Figures.  (In hindsight, I should have peed in a cup first thing in the morning and just dipped the stick as soon as we got home, but that didn't occur to me, plus, having a cup of urine sitting around the bathroom is kinda gross.)  I remember being kind of worried that they were going to call with the results before I'd had a chance to test!  Finally, a few hours after getting home, I had to pee. I did the test and set it on the counter without looking. Then Paul and I decided to take a walk around our condo complex rather than just sit there in agony for 3 minutes (I'm sure a line appeared right away, but I didn't want to sit there and watch and have it not appear). When we returned from our walk, we raced upstairs and into the bathroom, but he was ahead of me and right before I got through the bathroom door I heard him say, "you're pregnant!". I grabbed the stick, saw those two lines and we just hugged and cried.

That night we went to dinner to celebrate.  The next day was Friday and I had to go to work.  I wasn't going to tell anyone at work until I was 12 weeks, so I didn't mention anything.  I felt funny all day, not morning sickness but just weird.  I wonder if I would have felt that way had I still not known, or if it was more of a pyschological thing-now that I know I'm pregnant I suddenly feel weird. 

Anyway, Saturday I had my second beta (which, by the way, almost tripled from 501 to 1400) and then we left to spend the weekend at Crescent Bar, just the two (four?) of us.  I was really tired that day (and most days thereafter), and very emotional.  I remember watching some movie that normally wouldn't make me cry and I was just bawling.

I suspected twins right away, given my beta numbers.  A few weeks later it was confirmed!

July 4th

We had a really fun 4th.  First of all, summer came to Western Washington a day early and we had gorgeous weather!  Our community has a little parade and festival with bouncy houses, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, etc.  We've been at Crescent Bar for the last few 4ths but this year we were able to go and the girls really enjoyed it.  They're really into horses right now so they loved the pony rides.  We waited in line forever but they were really good and patient.  After the pony rides, we went to the petting zoo, then on to the bouncy houses.  While they waited in line, I went and got some free popcorn and cotton candy which was a big hit.

Waiting for the parade to start


old fire truck


Olivia on a pony.  I was trying to walk with Kayley on her pony while taking this picture.

Kayley on a pony


petting a donkey


cotton candy and popcorn

We went home for lunch, then later went to our neighbors' to play on their new bouncy house that their girls got for their birthdays (their birthdays are both in July).  Then we came home to grill burgers and hot dogs, and then after that the same neighbors came over to shoot off some small fireworks with us.

Neighbors Abby and Emma, Kayley and Olivia





After they left, it was bedtime but the girls were watching all the neighbors' fireworks out of our windows upstairs.  Our neighbors put on a pretty good show!  We were also watching the Lake Union fireworks show on TV, so the girls ended up not going to bed until close to 10:30, I think.