The Beans

15 Weeks pregnant with twins

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Per whattoexpect.com

Baby Is Looking More Like a Baby
Curious why your body is finally looking pregnant? It’s because at 15 weeks pregnant your baby is quickly growing bigger each week — he or she is as long as four and a half inches right now. Need a better visual (and a snack)? Hold a large navel orange in your hand — that’s how big your little darlin’ is. (Now that you’re done looking, peel that orange and eat it for a delicious two servings of vitamin C!). And with each passing week, your fetus is also looking more and more like the baby you’re picturing in your dreams. By now, the ears are positioned properly on the sides of the head (they used to be in the neck) and the eyes are moving from the side of the head to the front of the face — where they’ll soon meet your loving gaze.

So what keeps your baby busy all day? Mostly, your fetus is in rehearsals — practice, practice, practicing and getting ready for that big debut. Babies practice breathing, sucking and swallowing so that when they leave your comfy womb and move into your comfy house, they’ll have the skills necessary to survive. Your fetus is also holding daily aerobics classes — kicking, curling toes and moving those little arms and legs – but because he or she weighs so little (a bit over two ounces), you won’t feel the fetal movements going on inside your abdominal gym

The Bump – 15w4d

Sunday morning.  No make-up.  Right after an hour long walk with the boys.  And a weird leaning back situation.  This picture is a hot mess.

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But whoa…look at that belly!  This girl is really starting to feel pregnant.  It’s so funny…in my first trimester, I would sometimes forget I was pregnant.  I was always cognizant we had two Beans on the way but I would fail to remember that they were growing in my body.  But now…this belly is a constant reminder.

Doctor’s Appt

Weigh Gain: 2 lbs.  This puts my grand total at +7lbs.  That’s not a great number given the fact that I wasn’t sick at all the first trimester.  The doctor said they like to look at the number as an average and most women start out gaining small amounts but catch up quickly.  I need to start paying attention to what I’m eating and really focusing on nutrient dense calories as opposed to empty carbs.

It was a standard appointment.  Pee, weight, blood pressure (110/72), listen for their heartbeats..  The doctor put the doppler on my belly and instantly picked up Lima Bean’s heartbeat.  It was clear and strong and I could have listened to it forever.  It took a couple of seconds to find Butter Bean, but there it was.  A constant thumping, swooshing sound that was music to my ears.  I smied.  Ya know, when you smile and cry at the same time.  (It’s not my prettiest face, btw.)

I’m measuring at around 18 weeks with a singleton.  I’ve read that twin pregnancies often measure 5-7 weeks ahead so I’m a little behind, but not much.

We grilled the doctor on what OTC meds I can and cannot take.  Miralax every day!  GasX for the win!  And then we were told our next ultrasound would be at 19 weeks, not 16 as we believed.  whomp, whomp.  Major sad face.  I selfishly want to know what these Beans are!  But this one is the big one.  The anatomy scan.  They will look at all the babies major organs, their little brains, their spine, etc and they will also check to make sure my parts are doing their job.  And they can also tell us the gender(s).

I’m guessing I won’t get much sleep in December in anticipation of this appointment…but I have pinned the cutest little gender reveal idea for our families!

How I’m feeling

Anxious. I blame this stupid cold!  A couple of weeks into my first pregnancy, I caught a wicked headcold.  The worst symptom was a horrible cough that kept me awake all night and reduced me to tears more than once.  I couldn’t take anything and it was total misery.  A week or so after that we found out I had lost the pregnancy.  So I supposed I’m having a bit of deja vu with this illness because the symptoms are the same.  And I guess it’s normal to feel a bit anxious about our babies.  Once I heard the heartbeats, I felt better.  Back to being annoyingly positive!

The crud lasted over a week.  Lots of water, lots of coughing, lots of sneezing, lots of outfit changes.  Yes, we have a brand new symptom.  We’ll file this one under I don’t want to talk about it.  Bottom line, I need to do more Kegels.

My belly is pretty tender due to the Lovenox injections and I’m still having some growing pains.  But the body is feeling pretty good otherwise.

Food

Operation “stop eating garbage and carbs” is in full effect!  I’ve coasted on the carbohydrate highway long enough.  I’m feeling really good and I’m hungry all most of the time.  So I need to make it a priority to fuel myself with good stuff rather than Kraft mac & cheese (soooo good!) and Mrs. Ts (SOOOOOOOO GOOD!).  I’m not giving it all up…I’m just cutting it back.

I made this Garlic Ginger Shrimp Stirfry with broccoli and red peppers and served it with some farro.  I think it was the first non-comfort food I’ve made in a few months.  Jerry was clearly thrilled (he ate 3 helpings) and it felt good to eat a balanced meal.

We had a little Friendsgiving celebration and my girlfriend didn’t cut any corners.  It was a full fledged Thanksgiving meal and was SO amazingly good.  I had 1 (full) plate of food and was so uncomfortably stuffed afterward.  Grossly overstuffed.  I need to pace myself on Thursday.

Like: Mad Mex fish tacos and I are in love.  And their black bean dip is my BFF. Clementines, beef, Triscuits, cottage cheese, berries, pizza

Don’t like:  quinoa, fish

Sleep

Pregnancy dreams are in.sane.  So crazy vivid and it takes a few minutes upon waking up to realize they’re not real.  I’ve had some bad ones that leave me shaking and some good ones where I can’t wait to fall back to sleep to see how they end.

I’ve taken a 1/2 tablet of Unisom a few nights this week to get me through my cold and it worked wonders.  I wake up with a raw, dry throat (Jerry & I are having snoring contests) but I sleep hard.

Exercise

Pretty nonexistent.  Besides having the crud, it’s been like 11 degrees here.  I wouldn’t be walking around in this chill if I were 100% healthy.  My fitbit thinks I’ve jumped ship.  We did get a warm-up yesterday (65 degrees in November…oh yes!) and I walked for an hour.  It was a little much…my lungs are still cruddy and the hills killed me.  I’m better off doing several small walks for 20 minutes or so.

Mood

I think I’ve been in a great mood!  I get moments of crankiness but they pass quickly.

Gender Predictions

Jerry is so petrified of having 2 girls that I’m totally convinced that’s what we’re having.  I know he’ll get over that fear quickly but when we talk about them, he just shakes his head at the thought of 2 little princesses taking over his life.  Of course, I would secretly be thrilled!  20 days till we find out!  EEEEKKKKKK!

The Beans

14 Weeks pregnant with twins

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Per whattoexpect.com

Baby Is Standing Up Straight
Growing by leaps and bounds, your baby is leaping and bounding. Now the size of your clenched fist, your baby is on the move almost constantly — and those movements are a far cry from those jerky twitches of last trimester (though you won’t feel any of them for weeks to come). They are now ballet-like, smooth and fluid. Speaking of ballet, it’ll be years before you’ll start nagging your offspring to stand up straight — but unbelievably, he or she is doing it right now, without any prodding! No slouch anymore, your baby’s neck is getting longer, helping his or her head stand more erect. This gives your fetus a more straightened-out appearance.

Baby’s Sprouting Hair and Lanugo
By week 14 of pregnancy, your baby could be sprouting some hair (though the final color may not be determined until birth) and the eyebrows are filling in, too. Hair growth isn’t limited to the baby’s head, though. He or she is also covered with a downy coating of hair called lanugo, largely there for warmth. Not to worry — you won’t give birth to a monkey: As fat accumulates later on in your pregnancy (the baby’s fat, not yours — though that will accumulate, too), it will take over the function of keeping your baby toasty so most of the lanugo sheds. Some babies, though — especially those born early — still have a fuzzy coating at delivery (it sheds soon afterward).

Other developments this week include a roof of his own (inside your baby’s mouth, that is) as well as intestinal activity: His intestines are producing meconium (which is the waste that will make up his first bowel movement after birth).

The Bump – 14w4d

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Well hello there, pointy bump!  I think the waistband on my leggings is making it look so weird.

It’s funny, the bump is all balled up right in the front.  Like you took a cantaloupe and put it under my skin.  I haven’t filled out much on the sides yet.  I’ve been using coconut oil after every shower to help keep the stretch marks under control.  Thus far, I have none.  Yeah, I know…it’s early.

I had my first “outing” this week at work.  A co-worker asked my boss if I was expecting and then she personally congratulated me.  She said “I saw you the other day and noticed a little extra weight around your belly.  You’re in such good shape so I figured you had some news.”  In such good shape???  That’s cute 🙂

Maternity Clothes

My Mom generously offered to take me shopping for some maternity clothes.  These were the first pieces I didn’t buy blindly off the internet.  It was nice to try a bunch of different styles of shirts and pants and see what fits my body best.

I’m not a big fan of form fitting shirts pre-Beans so I was surprised that I liked the long sleeve, bump hugging t-shirts.  Perfect base to throw a long cardigan over.  And I totally shocked myself with full panel pants!  I like that they go over my already expanding belly and keep everything smooth and even.

And, I bought a new bra.  Just one for now because I want to see how I like it (and it was expensive).  I asked one of the sales associates at Nordstrom to measure me so I had a better idea of my actual size.  I took off my shirt and she took one look at the poor girls shoved into my bra and said “Oh my.  That’s awful”.  Turns out I’ve graduated from a full B to a modest D. Yes, I said D!   I couldn’t stop laughing…and neither could Jerry when I told him.  I probably could have fit into a C cup but I’m only 14 weeks.  They’re not getting smaller anytime soon!   And let me just tell you, I’m so much more comfortable!

How I’m feeling

Overall, still great.  Don’t hate me because I’m a happy pregnant person.  Most days are pretty darn fantastic…just a few little irritants here and there.

I wanted to avoid getting into the details of my bodily functions on this little blog but what the hell?  It’s life, it’s gross…deal with it.  I have gas.  I told Jerry I feel like a whoopee cushion that won’t deflate.  It’s all trapped in there and can’t escape and it’s awful.  You’re not supposed drink carbonated beverages because it apparently makes it worse.  But that’s the only thing that helps me.  So if you see me drinking a ginger ale, trust that I’ll be sounding off like a 14 year old boy in a burping contest. This and my back up digestive system will be the #1 topic addressed at next weeks doctor’s appt.

I’ve had some heart palpitations.  Just a few here and there.  #2 topic for the doctor’s appt.

The knee thing is going away.  The claw toes are still clawed.  The round ligament pain is there but not terrible.  I’m just bloated and gassy.

Food

I’m hungry!!  All the time!!  YAY!!

Healthy Food and I are friends again.  I’m back to eating a salad almost every day and chicken is not the devil it was a few weeks ago.  Shrimp sound delicious.

Likes:  Juicy fruit – Clementines, apples, blackberries, grapes…wishing more was in season right now.  Pizza (always), salad, greek yogurt, Thomas’ original english muffins, orange juice, dark chocolate almond milk

Don’t like…fish. That’s about it!

Sleep

It’s been all over the place.  Some fantastic nights…some nights like this.  Awake at 1:30.  Back to sleep by 4.

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Baby purchases

I saw this beauty on Craigslist and it was a bargain at $35!  I don’t love the color but we Jerry can paint it.  It’s really sturdy and well build and is the perfect size for the nursery.

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Speaking of the nursery, I also found this print on RH Baby and was instantly smitten!

Baby Elephant

Could you ever be in a bad mood looking at this little guy???

I didn’t want the nursery to be too cutesy or “baby-ish”.  And I’m just in love with these modern, sweet, simple photos that are perfect for a baby’s room but will transition easily to other parts of the house once they’re older.

Baby Giraffe Little DarlingBaby Zebra Little Darling

I ordered 6 prints from The Animal Print Shop, which was much less expensive alternative than RH Baby.

High/Lows

High…getting started on the nursery!  We’re moving Jerry’s office downstairs and then we can work on getting things set up

Low…another cold!  UGH!  This one is bronchitis (according to Dr. Google).  At the very least, it’s crazy chest and head congestion.  I imagine the only thing worse than getting sick while pregnant is getting sick with two little munchkins to take care of.  Better suck it up, Buttercup.

Jerry

Jerry got a new job! He really liked his old job but this one leaves more room for growth.  And he gets a company car!  He works so hard and it’s fantastic that he can be rewarded for that. I’m so proud of him!!

Cooking, Uncategorized

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins

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If you like your muffins to taste like cupcakes, please move along.  There is very little sugar in this recipe and it’s just perfect for me.  But I’m not a huge fan of sweet.  There is lots of wholesome goodness packed in a small package. I’ve topped them with a little butter and they are fantastic…but they’re pretty tasty all by themselves.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine the following dry ingredients in large bowl, mix well

1 ¼ cup rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Combine the following wet ingredients in a separate bowl, whisk to combine.

1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
6 oz vanilla greek yogurt (should be @ ½ cup) – I used an 5.3 oz individual Chobani cup
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup
2 eggs

Sauté the following in skillet until the apples are soft.

1/4 cup organic coconut oil
1 apple, chopped
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Add the sautéed apples and wet ingredients in with the dry and stir to combine. Don’t overmix.

Spoon batter into lined or greased muffin tins (I used mini muffin tins).

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

The Beans

13 Weeks pregnant with twins

Second Trimester baby!  I can’t believe I’m in it!  I get all teary thinking about how lucky we are to have made it this far.  Wow. Seriously…just Wow.

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Per whattoexpect.com

Fetal Growth Rates

What’s up with your baby? Well, besides being as large as a peach now, that big old noggin of hers is now about half the size of her crown-to-rump length (that’s one reason why your little peach looks more like an alien from outer space at this point). By the time you give birth, her body will catch up, measuring three-quarters of her total size. But don’t compare your fetus with the fetus next door. Starting about now, babies begin growing at different paces, some faster than others, some more slowly, though they all follow the same developmental path.

Baby’s Vocal Cords Are Developing

What else is going on in there? At 13 weeks pregnant, tiny bones are beginning to form in her arms and legs. Because she can move them in a jerky fashion, she may be able to get her thumb into her mouth (a habit that may come in handy for self-soothing when she’s a newborn). Your baby’s intestines are also in for some big changes. Up till this point, they’ve been growing in a cavity inside the umbilical cord, but now they’re moving to their permanent (and more conveniently located) address, in your baby’s abdomen. And to serve your growing baby’s needs, the placenta is also growing. It weighs about an ounce now and will weigh one to two pounds at birth (something else you’ll soon be able to blame your weight gain on!). Also developing this week: your baby’s vocal cords (the first step toward saying, ‘I love you, Mommy!’). Because sound can’t travel through your uterus (your baby’s current habitat), you won’t be able to hear any sounds or cries just yet, but oh boy (or girl) — those vocal cords will get a good workout once baby is born.

Bump

We’re at that annoying point where the maternity clothes are too big and the regular clothes are too small.  I’m rotating about 3 outfits right now.

A couple notes about these pictures.  1.  They are very awkward to take.  Or maybe I’m just awkward.  2.  I was actually thinking I was looking pretty small until I saw this photo.  Oooffa!  The picture doesn’t lie.  3.  I had a bit of a sob fest before this picture, hence the puffy eyes and Medusa hair.

And I think I’m doing them wrong.  I’m actually 13w6d in this picture, so almost 14 weeks.  I’m going to try to start taking them over the weekend so I’ll be at the midpoint for the week.

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How I’m feeling

I’m still feeling pretty fabulous!

I’m having some non-Bean related issues that are annoying.  I have a jacked up knee that tend to get sore when the weather changes (cue the old as dirt jokes).  I’ve dealt with this knee thing since college.  And I have 2 messed up toes…I don’t know what the deal is with these stupid toes.  My pinky toe and my “ring” toe on my left foot have curled under over the past year like two little a claw toes (it’s very attractive).  If I use a spacer between the ring toe and the middle toe, they’re ok.  But I should probably see a podiatrist at some point.

I’m having some growing pains in my stomach.  In addition to the round ligament pain, my abs are sore like I’ve been maxing out on my planks.  Rest assured, I haven’t done a plank in months!

Lack of digestion still sucks.  I only get really cranky about it after 4 or so days.  Please don’t tell me to drink more water/take a probiotic/eat more fiber/buy prunes…been there, doing that.  It just is what it is…

New symptom for this week is shortness of breath.  Jerry asked me the other day why I kept sighing.  Normally, this is a sign that I’m feeling overwhelmed or anxious but everything is peachy.  I told him that I didn’t even notice it.  Then I was walking with Jacob up a (low-grade) hill and was totally out of breath at the top.  Turns out, it’s a normal part of pregnancy!  per whattoexpect.com  pregnancy hormones (the usual suspect) stimulate your brain to increase the frequency and depth of your breaths, allowing you to take in more oxygen for your growing baby babies-to-be. Those hormones also swell the capillaries in your respiratory tract and relax the muscles of the lungs and bronchial tubes, making you feel like you’re sucking wind after nothing more strenuous than a trip to the fridge.

Baby purchases

I told Jerry we should be purchasing a case of diapers each month to create ourselves a nice little stockpile.  Then Stephanie sent me a ebates notice that diapers.com has double cash back & $10 off your first diaper order.  So yeah, I bought diapers this week.

Food

I enthusiastically proclaimed this week “Friday night we’re having meatloaf, mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts for dinner!”,.  Jerry’s response…“Well that sounds…light”.  Poor guy is just begging for grilled chicken salad.  It’s coming, I promise!

I know, this plate of food looks disgusting.  I’m posting it anyway.  It was amazing!

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After our light Friday night meal, we had yogurt.  Coconut with almonds and chocolate chips.  Yes, I did!

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We went to Sienna Mercato for dinner on Saturday.  We had a 2 hour wait and I was ready to eat my hands by the time we sat down.  The waitress came over to take my order.  “I’ll have a turkey meatball slider, mac & cheese, a salad with ranch and an order of fried pickles.  And I’m pregnant so don’t judge”.

All for meeeeeee!

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I only ate the salad, a few bites of mac & cheese and 200 fried pickles.  Not the healthiest meal.  The slider and remaining mac & cheese were fabulous reheated the next day!

I also had a very health conscious friend ask me if I was eating a super clean diet due to the Beans.  BAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!  Sorry, dude…no.  I’m eating carbs and cheese like it’s my job.  But I love fruit!  His response…”fruit has tons of sugar”.  Yes, yes it does.   Men are clueless about the power of hormones…it’s cute.

Speaking of fruit, Clementines are my favorite thing right now.  I could eat a truckload of them!

Love:  honey crisp apples, salad with ranch dressing, bagels and cream cheese, ground beef, clementines, egg sandwiches, yogurt, anything spicy.

Almost like:  chicken, shrimp, salad w/o ranch

Don’t Love:  fish, HB eggs

Exercise

Just walking.  65,415 steps this week and 5 days of 30+ active minutes.  I ordered some prenatal yoga DVDs…I’m super excited to try them out.  (Chiquita…come on over to the Lot256 yoga studio!)

Sleep

Sleep is mostly good. Check out my rockin Friday night!

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3 potty trips and a bunch of flopping around…but 9 hours of zzzzzzzzz.  Bliss!

Mood

I’ve been kind of a pill this week.  Not the whole time but I definitely have moments.  Jerry said I haven’t been too bad and he would know.  I’m still pretty emotional.  I think about finding out the gender of the Beans and I start blubbering. I watched Nine Months this weekend (that movie is super ridiculous) & when Hugh Grant is watching a video of the ultrasound and gets all choked up…game over.

High/Low of the week

High…after a trip to IKEA, we have a pretty good idea of what we’re doing, furniture wise.  Can’t wait to find out what these Beans are so I can get to decorating!  I’m still thinking we’re having one of each.

Low…just my dumb claw toes

The Beans

First Trimester Observations

As we’re officially in the second trimester, I wanted to jot down some notes about Trimester One.  So I can look back in another 13 weeks and laugh…

Not everyone gets morning sickness

I read a lot of blogs and have read hundreds of pregnancy journeys.  When I would get to one where the expectant Mom gleefully exclaimed “I can’t believe I haven’t gotten nauseous or sick one time!”…I’d just shake my head.  Shut. UP!  Just shut up, you big dummy.

So I completely understand if you want to throat punch me after reading that I didn’t really get sick.  I had a few moments of dizziness and nausea and honestly, I can’t imagine feeling like that all day, everyday for 10, 12, 18, 36 weeks.  I am so sorry for those of you who have suffered (my poor Chiquita). 

I didn’t stuff my face

I’ll admit, I was really looking forward to this part.  This mama loves to eat!  And after reading When You’re Expecting Twins… where I was instructed to eat 582 million calories a day, I figured it wouldn’t be much of a problem.  Considering I had a pretty hefty appetite to begin with. 

But I haven’t really been all that hungry.  Definitely not ravenous.  I’m not missing any meals, but I get full quickly.  There haven’t been any of the wake up in the middle of the night to nosh sessions I have read about.  And I’m usually up for a few hours before I eat anything.  Booooooooo!  I’m 100% ok with that changing.  And I expect it too.  I’ll be smack dab in the middle of my second trimester during the holidays!  Strap on the feed bag!

I don’t pee a lot

At least not anymore than I did BB (Before Beans).  I have gotten up at least once to pee in the middle of the night for as long as I can remember.  I drink a lot of water and I know that contributes to it.  And I have a teeny bladder and I can’t stand feeling that it’s full.  So I guess I’m used to going a lot. 

TMI alert…But the real thing that has surprised me is the volume when I do go.  It’s just not very much.  Even with all of the water I drink.  The doctors seems unconcerned so I guess I should be too.  But I think it’s odd. 

OK, enough about pee.  Let’s talk about boobs

The girls are out of control

They weren’t lying about this one.  I was excited about the big part…not so much about the sore part, but come on. How bad could it be?

They’re big, but not in a it’s so cool to finally have big boobs kinda way.  Big enough to make my bras suck.  Big enough get in my way.  Big enough to make my shirts look weird.  But not big enough to be fun. And they hurt, a lot.  I know this is gonna get way worse, too.  I’m just gonna say it.  Big boobs are overrated.

Moving on…

I’m not turning into a total head case

I am shocked, SHOCKED at how relaxed I’ve been these first 12 weeks.  By nature, I’m very anxious and a horrible worrier.  These Beans kinda took over and just said “Chill out, Mom…we got this”.  I’ve made the conscious choice not to read sad stories and worst case scenarios.  The internet is a scary place and if you let yourself get sucked in, it can ruin everything.  This is my story, no one else’s.  My experience is mine (and Jerry’s) alone…and it will turn out the way it’s supposed to.  It makes no sense to fixate on bad stuff.  I know the risks involved.  I know the potential issue that could arise.  But I’m taking things one day at a time and enjoying the ride. 

All I can do is pay attention to my body and take good care of it.  Not to worry Beans, I’m on it!

Pregnancy agrees with me

I really like being pregnant!  I think the changes that are happening to me are pretty cool.  And I’m digging the bump.  Grow belly, grow!  I may have mentioned a few times before…my skin and hair and nails LOVE being pregnant!  I haven’t been super grouchy.  I’m in a pretty fantastic mood most of the time.  Go ahead, say it.  Shut up, you big dummy!

I know, let’s talk in March.  I’m a big fan of complaining and will be doing plenty of it as the symptoms show up:).  No need to throat punch me yet…

Weekend

Halloween 2014

Of all the holidays there are to celebrate, Halloween would be my least favorite.  I don’t love candy, I despise dressing up, I’m soooooo OVER everything pumpkin (way to ruin a good thing, America) and for me, it symbolizes the death of warm days. 

The only redeeming thing about Halloween for me is 1) scary movies and 2) kiddos is costumes.  Oh and this year, it was our coming out party!

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I saw this shirt before I was even pregnant and saved it to my Etsy favorites just in case.  Sensing a trend here?  I’m kind of clairvoyant.  I ordered it as soon as we found out about the Beans and I couldn’t WAIT to dress up this year! 

We are now FB official…guess that means we’re really pregnant!

The Beans

12 Weeks pregnant with twins

The baby files are no longer secret!  And we hit our first goal.  12 weeks!  Just about 1/3 of the way there…seems surreal.

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Per whattoexpect.com

By now your baby weighs a full half-ounce, with a crown-to-rump length of about two and a half inches — about the size of a large plum. It’s hard to believe (especially from the outside, since you’re probably barely showing at this point), but your baby has more than doubled in size during the past three weeks.

This week marks a turning point for your baby. At 12 weeks pregnant, the herculean task of developing new bodily structures is nearing an end, as most of your baby’s systems are fully formed – though there’s still plenty of maturing to do. Now comes the maintenance phase, during which your fetus’ systems continue to mature for the next 28 weeks and the organs get to work. For one thing, the fetal digestive system is beginning to flex its digestive muscle — literally — as it starts beginning to practice contraction movements, a skill your baby will need after birth to push food through the digestive tract. The bone marrow is busy making white blood cells — weapons which will one day help your baby fight infection once he’s out of your safe haven (including all those germs passed around the snot-nosed playgroup). And the pituitary gland at the base of the brain has started producing the hormones that’ll enable him (or her) to make babies of his (or her) own babies in a couple of decades or so.

Bump

Here is the first official bump photo!

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Not so big in the morning but by 8:00pm…whoa.  It’s big.  My uber slow digestive tract is contributing to the bigness, which is really annoying.

Ultrasound – 11w6d

The first ultrasound I’ve ever had where I got to keep my pants on!

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Lima Bean – 4.9 cm long, measuring 11w5d, HR 153

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Butter Bean – 5.5 cm long, measuring 12w1d, HR 167

*For those of you needing a little help with the acronyms…cm=centimeters; w=week; d=day; HR=heart rate.  

Aren’t our babies beautiful?!?!  Hands down, this was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen!  And yes, I know things just get way cooler from here.  Those little beans were flipping and flopping all over the place.  We got to see their little arms and legs and spines.  Butter bean had her legs crossed, which now makes me believe she’s a girl!  I just love them so much…

Twin Stuff

So let’s talk a little bit about our whole twin situation for a minute.  I’ve been getting some questions so I’m hoping this helps.

Our twins are not identical.  Identical twins (or Monozygotic twins) occur when a single sperm and a single egg hook up and form a blastocyst.  This “blast” then splits in two, creating 2 separate embryos.  Identical twins will always be the same sex.  Obviously.

That did not happen with us.  Our RE indicated that, due to my age and other factors, the likelihood of multiples was very low. He suggested we transfer 2 of our little “blasts” for the greatest chance of a successful procedure.  We all know how that turned out.  Of course these “blasts” could have split once they were transferred, leaving us with 4 babies (or more!).  But not to worry, we have confirmed that did not happen!  Whew!

So our twins are fraternal (or dizygotic). They each have their own placenta, which is providing them all of the blood and nutrients they need.  And in my case, the placenta is posterior.  This means it’s attached to the back of my uterus and I should be able to feel the babies move sooner than later.  If the placenta is in the front (and in front of the babies), it can take longer to feel them wiggle.

A friend pointed out that it’s possible that one of the blasts we transferred could have split while the other didn’t stick.  I hadn’t even thought of this possibility but considering their are two separate sacs and two placentas, I’m guessing that didn’t happen.

How I’m feeling

95% of the time…I’m feeling pawesome (that’s for you RB!).  I don’t know how I escaped the first trimester without morning/all day sickness but I am so lucky that I did!  It’s still lights out by 9:30 but the daily fatigue is pretty much gone.  No aches or pains (yet), no headaches, no heartburn.

Round ligament pain is picking up, but it’s still not terrible.  I’m having major digestive issues (i.e. nothing is happening) and that’s making me bloated and uncomfortable.  My whole ribcage is expanding (including the boobs) and I’m finally going to bite the bullet and buy new bras.  But if that’s all I have to complain about, I’m way ahead of the game.

Gender Predications

Ugh, I just don’t know!  Old wives tales say…heart rates above 140 often indicate girls.  Could my original predication of TWO GIRLS be correct!?!?  Gah!!  I want to start buying bows and glitter and everything pink!!  167 is pretty high.  Just saying….

I’m going with one of each.  Butter Bean is a girl, Lima Bean is a boy.

First baby purchases

I bought these 2 years ago.  10 was Jerry’s high school soccer number.   They look huge in this picture but they are teeny tiny!  I can’t wait to get a squirmy little baby in them.  And we can strap a tutu on one or both if needed!

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 Food

I ate a real meal this week!  And it was chicken!  I had a craving for chicken cordon bleu so I went for it.  Truth be told, I had a craving for this amazing Parmesan-Dijon cream sauce you slather all over it…but I couldn’t just eat a pot full of sauce (could I??).  So, so good.  I made brown rice and peas and Jerry ate two helpings (poor guy has been so cooperative of my pasta-bender).  I’m back!!

I also made a pan of dark chocolate brownies (from a box…Ghirardelli’s.  They are insane.).  And I ate 2 of them.  The Beans must have a sweet tooth.  Because their Mother certainly does not.

Love:  cheeseburgers, pasta, honey crisp apples, salad with ranch dressing, bagels and cream cheese, grilled cheese, spinach, frozen grapes, ground beef, clementines

Don’t Love:  Meat, HB eggs are off this list again.

My fish oil pill is supposedly “strawberry flavored”.  This is total BS!  I still take it everyday because it’s good for the Beans. But that fishy aftertaste lingers for hours.  Bleh!

Exercise

Just walking.  56,268 steps this week and only 1 day of 30+ active minutes.  Not my finest performance :(.

Sleep

Sleep is mostly good. We’re averaging one night of insomnia.  Not too shabby.

Mood

I’ve been kind of a pill this week.  Not the whole time but I definitely have moments where things just get to me.  None of it’s pregnancy stuff, just everyday stuff.

Most of the time I’m pretty happy though!

High/Low of the week

High… so many!  No more progesterone shots!!  Our ultrasound was amazing.  Telling our friends and family about the twins was amazing.  Knowing we have two healthy Beans cooking was super, duper amazing!

Low…waking up at 1:30 am and not falling back to sleep.  That kinda stinks.

Jerry

Jerry is his usual amazing self.  He puts up with my grouchy mood swings and takes care of business when I go to sleep at 9:00.  He’s a peach.