Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sally at 2 1/2 years old

Sally is just too cute for words and FULL of personality.  I just wanted to remember some things she is doing at this fun and challenging age.

She is STRONGLY opinionated about EVERYTHING.  She makes all kinds of very funny and expressive faces.  Her angry or disgruntled faces are the funniest.  She wants to do everything herself, in contrast to her sister, who almost always prefers to get help from us to do things.  If I try to help her buckle her seatbelt on her carseat when she wants to do it, she will say, "No mommy, that is MY job!"  She is very willful and can be very defiant.  She will scream, "No! I don't want to!" if we tell her to do something that doesn't seem very fun at the moment.  However, if she is sent to her room, she will usually emerge from it in about a minute saying, "I'm sorry for ____.  I am ready to be nice now."

She is very affectionate, as she has always been.  When either of us starts to leave the house without telling her goodbye, she runs after us saying, "Wait!  I want to give you a hug and a kiss!!"   She also still loves to be held and rocked.  She asks me on a pretty regular basis, "Mom, will you rock me and sing rock a bye baby?"  Who could say no to that?!  She always closes her eyes when I do it and moans these little fake cries to imitate a baby, I guess.  It is really cute.

She and Sophie are getting along better these days.  They still have their fair share of fights, but they are learning to play together more cooperatively.  One of the phrases most often heard around here is, "Hey, Soph!  I know what we can do!  Let's play. . . (long pause) Blocks!!!"  (or whatever activity sounds appealing).  They can be very sweet and caring toward one another if one gets hurt.  "Oh, you hurt your leg Sophie?  Are you ok?  Here, I will give you a kiss."  It is fun to see them affirming each other in the same way that we affirm them when they show us something they have done.  "Look Sally, look at my castle!"  Then Sally responds, "Oh, wow.  That's a great castle Sophie!"

She is growing like a weed!  94th percentile for height and 91st for weight.  She is like a constant ball of energy.  Always running, always bumping into things.  I have to watch out for her since I am pregnant and she is likely to hurt me if she bumps into my stomach too hard.  All of her movements are SO not gentle or slow or unintentional.  We started calling her "the wrecking ball" when she was a baby, and that is still a good description of her.  She has to jump everywhere--off of the potty, out of the chair, even getting dressed she will jump as she puts each leg into her pants or panties.

She has a very outgoing personality, and seems to have mo problem hanging out with new kids.  

She loves to play outside, swim, play with play-doh, color, play with blocks, dress up, and create a gymnastics center out of the furniture and couch cushions in the living room.  She has NO fear of "big kid" activities.  We took them to a bounce house type facility one day, and Sally was in heaven!  She did not stop running for about 2 hours straight except to ask for water.  She was up and down the 20 feet high slide all by herself before I even knew where she went.  I feel like she needs this kind of activity on a daily basis just to get all of her energy out!

She is a major night owl, and is usually awake till at least 10:00 every night.  We put them to bed around 9-9:30, but she usually sits in her room and sings or plays for a while.  She wakes up anywhere between 7:30 and 9 and takes a nap for at least a couple of hours every day.

Potty training is hit or miss with her.  For a while she was doing great, but she broke her leg and had to have a thigh high cast, forcing us to use diapers again for a while.  She has transitioned back to panties now, but doesn't seem so great at telling us when she needs to go all the time.  She'll get there soon though, I think.

She is not a picky eater, and her favorite foods are probably avocados, yogurt, cheese, broccoli (she asks for it sometimes before bedtime--cracks us up), ice cream, nectarines, bananas, really any kind of fruit.

Sometimes, I can't believe how old she seems already!  Her speaking abilities easily match Sophie's, and she is just so independent!  She is such a precious blessing!

Here she has a splint on her leg.  It was just a day or two after she broke it, and she hadn't gotten her cast yet.

typical Sally-the entertainer, typical Sophie-entertained by Sally

I LOVE watching her sleep.

silly girl

One of her late night activities that she wanted to show us--playing  dress up instead of sleeping.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Whoa Baby! 32 weeks!

Here I am at 32 weeks, looking more like I am about to give birth than that I have a good 5-6 weeks (we hope!) left.  In fact, every time I go somewhere out of the house, people comment on how big I am looking and ask when I am due (assuming I will say any day now).  It is a little annoying to have to constantly answer those questions, but I understand that I look bigger than normal. 

I have been feeling more and more uncomfortable, mostly because of digestive/stomach issues.  I already have IBS, and so being this pregnant plus being unable to engage in vigorous physical activity kind of exacerbates all of those issues.  I am not really sleeping well.  Getting up to empty my bladder every 2 hrs or so plus stomach issues keep me awake a lot.  When I am not having these issues though, I feel pretty good.  I am just pretty slow getting around.  I was walking into the grocery store the other day, and a man looked at me sympathetically and asked, "How are you doing today?"  I think he could tell I was having trouble just making it across the parking lot.  I am imagining that the next few weeks for me will hold fewer and fewer outings and activities.

As far as doctor appointments, things are still going well.  I found out I do NOT have gestational diabetes!  Praise the Lord!  My last appointment was at 30 weeks, and I got to see the babies on a sonogram.  They were both still head down (which explains why I feel most movement on my upper left side--all four feet are there!).  Baby A weighed 3 lb. 6 oz. and Baby B weighed 3 lb. 2 oz.  They are in the 37th and 43rd percentiles for weight, so they are pretty normal size.  My doctor said my cervix is starting to thin a little because one baby's head is right on it, but the cerclage is holding it all together well still.  He didn't seem too concerned.  I have another appointment in a week, and then after that, I will see him every week AND have a sonogram every week. 

It is funny how differently you approach pregnancy and getting ready for baby after you have had one (or more!) already.  There are still some things we need to buy (most importantly, a carseat! so we can take both babies home!) and we still haven't really figured out the whole sleeping situation and when we will transition the babies to a bedroom and have the older girls share a room.  We still need a second crib (maybe?) I still haven't bought more cloth diapers.  I haven't gone through any of the baby stuff/breast pump stuff to wash it and see what we might need more of.  Basically, I haven't done anything!  And the babies really could come any time now.  But I am not too stressed out about it.  Honestly, I have been more concerned about getting our household projects and garage sale preparation completed than anything.  And then taking care of Sally and Sophie all day kind of gets in the way of any organizing/preparing for the babies.  We did have some very nice things lent to us from a friend who has 9 month old twins, which I am SO thankful for.  It will all come together when it needs to, I am sure.

If you think to pray for us, pray that the babies and I will continue to be healthy and that the babies will go full term.  Also, pray for our financial situation as we sort out how to pay for all our insurance deductibles.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Bathroom Renovations

We are SO excited to finally be done with our bathroom.  There are a few little details we need to finish up.  But, for all practical purposes, it is done!  All we need to do is add a row of rectangular tiles to the top of the shower (just like the ones that line the side).  They didn't have enough in stock when we first tiled.   We also need to caulk in a few places and touch up some paint.

My parents were SO generous to come and spend a week here to help us.  My dad and Ryan worked on the bathroom, and my mom landscaped our front flower beds (will do a separate post for that) and helped me with the girls.  Not only did they offer their manual labor, but they also funded the cost of all our renovations!  Wow!  We had planned on doing it anyway, but when they offered to pay for it, we were blown away and so thankful.

The before pictures of the bathroom really give you an idea of what the whole house was like before we fixed it up.  They are almost embarrassing to share, but they really make the new bathroom seem like a MAJOR upgrade (which it is).


I just love how clean and bright it feels.  All total, it took us three weeks to finish.  The first week, they worked pretty much nonstop.  The second and third week, we took our time a little more.  We have learned that projects always take 2-3 times longer than you think.   My dad helped us with some major plumbing stuff that we wouldn't have been able to do on our own, and my handy husband was able to deal with some pretty irritating plumbing issues under the sink all on his own!  I am so proud of him for learning as he goes with all our household projects. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

29 weeks

Well, I am a little overdue on posting an update.  We have been busy busy busy, but in a good way.  My parents were here for a week and helped us landscape our front flower beds and remodel our bathroom.  What great parents they are!   We did a lot more work than play though, so next time they come, I plan on doing "fun" things only!  We are almost done with the bathroom, and I will do a post on both our projects soon.

Right now I am at the doctor's office doing a 3 hr. blood glucose test.  This test checks for the onset of gestational diabetes.  I did the one hour test earlier this week, and it was a little elevated (limit is 140, and I was 146), so I have to do this longer one.  The drink doesn't taste too bad if you just take a sip, but drinking the whole thing makes me want to puke!  It is just so sugary.  Thankfully, since I have to have blood drawn 4 times, the lady doing it is a pro and has no trouble finding veins (usually people do with me).  I know next to nothing about gestational diabetes, but have heard that it can usually be managed with diet alone.  I hope I don't have to deal with it, but of all the things that could go wrong, at least this is something very manageable.

Otherwise, my pregnancy is going really well.  All appointments have been normal.  I am measuring around 34 weeks in size (for a single baby) and have gained a total of 20 pounds.  Last appointment, my doctor told me, "Now don't starve yourself!  Eat the good stuff, but don't starve yourself!"  I have hardly been doing that! He sure has changed his tune from the beginning of my pregnancy! I am thankful, though, that I haven't gained a ton of weight considering how far along I am as less weight gain will allow me to carry the twins longer.  They are still growing well too.  Although I am somewhat uncomfortable at times, it pales in comparison to my discomfort during my pregnancy with Sally.  I was just so so miserable so early on.  I know now never to judge by size if someone says they are really uncomfortable.  Pregnancy just affects everyone's body in such different ways.  With Sally, when I was this size, I had so much joint and back pain that it took me about 5 minutes to get in or out of bed or to roll over.  And when I stood up, I had this searing pain down my back and had to take inch-long steps for several feet before I could walk normally.  I felt constant pressure/contractions in my lower abdomen.  I had to be on medication to control that.  Sometimes I felt like all I could do was sit in one place, and even that was uncomfortable.  This time, however, I can get around great and have been able to do most any activity I wanted (minus exercising or working, per my doctor's orders).  I am just so thankful for that!  Especially since there is so much still that I want to get done before the babies come.
29 weeks!  Taken just after a nap, so I was a little sleepy looking :)