Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Babymoons in Maui

Jon and I just got back last week from a beautiful and relaxing week in Maui. We wanted to take a beach vacation together and hoped to find some time to relax a little just the two of us before everything changes in the coming months and pretty much for the rest of our lives. Maui was beautiful, lovely, and a place I'd love to return to someday when I'm less pregnant and can engage in all the fun looking adventurous activities! Kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, sailing, paddle boarding, etc. All of it looked so fun and it was hard to not want to join in on all the beach activity fun. Jon was a super trooper though and he rented beach chairs and made a nice little beach lounger for me while he went snorkeling nearly every day we were there... he of course informed me of every fish he saw on the color guide they gave him at the snorkel shop ;)

One of the days Jon got back from snorkeling and I let him know that baby A had kicked the crap out of me and he could probably feel for himself now. He eagerly laid on the sand next to me with the ocean in front of us and put his hand on my stomach and waited patiently, till then without fail she delivered a swift kick. He jumped and said "omg I FELT IT!"  They've been letting me know they are in there ever since then, and are kicking and punching up a storm ...sometimes at all hours of the day. I can't imagine what it will feel like when they really start putting some weight on, I swear at times they are practicing kung-fu.

Besides the moving girls and finally having something tangible to share with Jon in this experience other than an ultrasound and my occasional (ok regular) complaining...

We took a drive along the north shore which was not really written about much but was seriously one of the most beautiful and freaky drives I've ever been on, think large sections of cliff-side one lane two way roads.... really room for about 1.5 cars. It's not a drive I would suggest for most drivers, in fact... please if you are the least bit faint of heart in yours or your partners driving do yourself and everyone else a favor and DO NOT drive this stretch of road :)

On our final day we had to check out of the hotel by 11 and our flight didn't leave till 11 that night, so we set out for Hana hwy and the Garden of Eden, it took quite a bit longer to get there due to some of the less than skilled aforementioned drivers who decided to they would try their hand at Hana hwy driving, confusing the gas and brake pedal at randomly determined times within the curves of the road. The garden was so perfect, I only wished we had more time to explore before we had to head back to the coast for our whale watching excursion! It looked like we weren't going to get to see any whales, but on our way back we came across a mom and her week old baby whale splashing, playing, flapping, nursing, breeching... it was so amazing to witness. What incredible animals they are! It was so special to get to see them up close  (for a good solid 10-15 minutes) and before they made their way further away from our boat, for an extra bonus, you could see their tails flap and dive in the setting sun out the back of the boat for most of the ride back to the harbor, it was a fantastic way to end the trip.

In other news....
We have our 24 week appointment next week making it just a little more than 3 months left before we will likely meet our two little girls (assuming they make it to 37 weeks, which I HOPE!). My stomach is growing like a weed, and I'm finding it harder and harder to eat much, my stomach feels like it's the size of a peanut and my bladder, maybe smaller. Fun times! I'll update next week with some video and mini's related news.... after that it should be more frequent as our appointments will start to be more frequent than they have been to this point.... we're getting closer everyday.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Nursery is finally done!

After a lot more work and more time than we could have even anticipated the nursery is complete! (Glad we got an early start!).... except for a few minor details. But it's most certainly time for the big reveal! :) We're thrilled with the room and can't wait to share in all the memories this room will hold in the coming years.

Ta Da! 

My grandfather Jack made this chest for me a very long time ago.

A few trinkets from around the world, and generations before them.

A dear friend made this for me, and I adore it. 

Pound puppies! 

Update: Twenty week Scan! Photos And Videos!

We've officially past the halfway point for twins. It's wild to think we've come further than we have to go before our little girls will grace this earth with their presence. It's been a pretty crazy past couple of weeks: we've finished the nursery (my next post); my mom came for a great week-long visit to help buy clothes & organize; and of course help me celebrate my 33rd birthday! This may be the first birthday in 12 years that hasn't included a glass of wine or toast with bubbly, somehow the cucumber water I was drinking just didn't do it for me. Oh well just a few more months and then it will be five o'clock somewhere!

It was wonderful and special to have my mom in town for the week, we were able to hit up the thrift stores and found a MAJOR score at our very first stop, two onesies for a buck you say? We went item by item, ooo-ing and ahhh-ing at the cuteness of it all with the intention of going back through the cart and narrowing it down to the really good quality cute stuff. That was our plan, anyway. In reality, we put back three things from a cart full of clothes. We checked out and the gentleman at the counter was so sweet and overwhelmed at the quantity of things we purchased he just gave it all to us for 30 bucks! Mega score! We also found a few other stores that were filled with cute and adorable things we couldn't resist. After the first day of shopping, we got back and needed to do three laundry-loads of infant clothes, then sort, fold, and hang it all! After going gleefully through our purchases again, we decided it was probably best to focus on the bigger sizes now -- "9 months and bigger from now on!" -- and we held to it, mostly. Let's just say these two little girls are going to be quite stylin' and will have a wardrobe to challenge mine.

Marvel at the collection of hanging dresses
Mom made these while she was here! So adorable! 
This drawer is stuffed full of newborn and 0-3 month clothing

And the bigger sizes! 
Mom also took me shopping for my birthday (waaay to generously) and we picked up some very exciting maternity items for me, a beautiful maxi dress, a totally banging hot red tankini for the upcoming babymoon next week, a pair of cute maternity jeans (if I have to wear the ones I have another day I might start screaming), and some maternity underwear!! Yahoo! Who knew you could get so excited about maternity panties?

It's been a fantastic month, I can't believe if all goes well.. we have just four months left..... I also can't believe my stomach will be growing for another four months! YOWZA!

The two week span shots I have taken are really alarming! Babies, they are a growin'. Oh and one more great thing, I did hit my weight target for the 20 week appointment, so at least now I know I've done what I can to give these little ladies the best start they can possibly have, hooray for bread, cheese, and the occasional fried pickle for helping make the weight gain happen!

I have some exciting pictures to share this time, ultrasounds, clothes, belly shots, and a few video clips from the ultrasound. PS, did you know with twins, you get charged for TWO ultrasounds! Ouch.

Video Clips!

Baby B's face and she's touching her head

And let the space feud begin! Some pretty good punches and kicks, the thing waving back and forth in the middle is the amniotic sack, looks strong enough I guess.