Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Nursery Inspiration

As soon as people found out the genders of the babies, they asked 1 of 2 questions.
"Have you picked out names yet?!" and "How are you doing the nursery?!"

So to answer your first question...No, no names yet. We've talked about a few and our favorites have changed about 3 times. It stresses me out because I feel like it's a huge decision that my children will live with for the rest of there lives, literally! So we don't get very far in that discussion.

And for the second question...I've decided to put them both in the same nursery. So that means, it needs to be gender neutral. And I really like the color combination of yellow, gray, and white. But when people hear yellow for gender neutral, their eyes roll back in there heads with disgust. So I thought I would share a few pictures I found on Pinterest that gave me a little inpiration.


I've decided to do gray and white stripes on the wall (or I mean, I've decided to have David do gray and white stripes on the wall!). Even though I love this Chevron pattern, I think we will go with a simpiler plain horizontal stripe instead.
I already have a white dresser in the room and now I'm on the hunt for white cribs that are close to the same white as the dresser.

I've picked out my bedding but just haven't ordered it yet. I'm thinking a yellow bumper, white sheets, and a steel gray bed skirt for both cribs.
And I plan on doing a collage of art and pictures in shades of yellow, white, and gray above the dresser.


This is a better picture of horizontal stripes but I think I'll make ours thicker.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Gender Reveal Party

As you can tell from my previous post...We are having a BOY and a GIRL!!!

A few of our friends hosted a gender reveal party for us on Friday. The theme was "What will they 'Bee'?"

Me & my mom

David & I

I had ordered cupcakes with the appropriate filling to match the genders of the babies. Everyone was supposed to bite into a cupcake to find out what we were having! And those are little jars of honey for everyone to take home.

Everyone also brought a package of diapers. I got VERY excited about this considering how many diapers we'll be going through with 2 babies!

Me enjoying my Capri Sun. Kristen thinks it's hilarious that I drink these and she always takes a picture when she catches me.

David gave a speech...

He told everyone that this was the best "sex" party he's ever been too. Such a funny guy!

I didn't have anything good to follow that with so I just thanked everyone for coming and for being so supportive of us (while David drank his worries away).

And then everyone bit into their cupcakes.

This is my mom comparing her cupcake with my dad's. And then realizing that it's a boy and a girl. She was convinced it was 2 girls so I think she was in shock. My dad looks very content on just finishing his cupcake.

We were finally happy to be able to share our secret!

We are so excited and can't wait to meet our babies. We really couldn't ask for anything more.

My hostesses

Amy, Molly, Me, Kristen, and Shaye
They did such a good job!

Then it was time to make phone calls to the rest of the family to spread the news. I was trying to call my Mamaw that lives in Alabama and she wasn't answering!! She finally called me back later. It was such a good party (thank you girls!) and we are so happy we got to share that moment with everyone.

And last night I decorated cookies for David and I to take to work to share the news with our co-workers.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Reveal

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Friday, August 26, 2011


I've recently realized a plus side to all of my friends getting pregnant before me...I get to borrow all of their maternity clothes!! Which really helps out when I'm spending all of my money on stuff for the babies and I forget that I'm quickly growing out of my normal clothes until I get up in the morning and I have NOTHING to wear!

Thank you Keina ;)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Today's doctor's appointment

Even though I'm not technically 15 weeks until Friday, I had my 15 week check up today. I'm happy report that everything looks good! Ok, not good...GREAT!

I didn't get a full ultrasound like I'm used to. Instead the doctor brought in this little hand held thing that was about the size of an iPhone, just a little thicker, with a scope on the end. It was a portable ultrasound machine! And we could see the babies on it perfectly. We saw the hearts beating and the babies moving around. Baby B was moving around a lot more which is normal because this one has been our show off the whole time.

The machine was so good that we even got to see the sex of each baby on there! Ok, so I know this is where I would be announcing if they are boys or girls but I have to keep you waiting a little longer. I can let you now that we do already know and we have known since before the embryos were even transferred into my uterus. How is that possible you ask? Well here's how it works...
Do you remember that PGD test I told you about? The one where the embryologist did a biopsy on the embryos and sent it off to a lab to test all of the chromosomes for abnormalities? Well, that's how we know...your gender is the 24th chromosome, so the test was also able to tell us that little bit of information. And we didn't have an option of not finding out because our fertility doctor blurted it out to us the day of the transfer. So we've known since before I was technically pregnant!

But I do have to say it's much different when we finally get to see what we have known about all this time. Not that I doubted the chromosome evidence or anything, but it was good to finally have the confirmation.

The genders will be revealed soon...so stay tuned!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Birthday Weekend

David's birthday was a few weeks ago and his gift from me was tickets to the Dallas Cowboys game this past weekend. And since the game fell on the weekend of my birthday, we celebrated together with a short trip down to Texas.

We stopped at the outlet mall in Allen to do a little shopping (my part of the birthday weekend). We got a few things for the babies and a few things for ourselves, including my gift from David...

A Coach diaper bag! I know it's silly to some, but I've dreamed of having a Coach diaper bag since we started trying for a baby. I love my Coach bags and it's only right to keep my style going while I'm out and about with my babies!

The outlet mall was also the place where I'm pretty sure I felt a baby move for the first time. I was waiting on David to get out of the restroom and I felt a flutter and it was like I knew right away what it was. So I concentrated and waited for it to happen again and it did! I got very emotional and excited about it. It hasn't happened since then, but I'm on constant alert for it!

The next day, we spent some time at the hotel pool. The hotel was pretty dead all weekend long, so we had the pool to ourselves.

It seems like the belly grew a little more while we were down there. I'm not sure if it was all the food I ate the night before or if it's actually the babies growing.

After a quick nap, we made our way to Cowboys Stadium.
Please ignore my hair!! It was 104 degrees outside and I knew I would be walking so it was up in a ponytail but it looks horrible!! So just look at David in each photo, thanks!

The Stadium was AMAZING! This is what we saw when we walked in. And it was nice and cool in there! I love enclosed sporting events!

And this screen was incredible! I would love to watch some Real Housewives of New Jersey on that thing!
The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders! They are all gorgeous!
How would you like to have your belly front and center on that giant screen?!
And this is what happens when the Cowboys are being introduced. Very exciting! And you can feel that heat all the way up in the stands.

We even saw Troy Aikman in a suite a few feet away from us.

It'll probably be a very long time before we're able to run off for a weekend trip like this again, so I'm glad we did this. Happy Birthday to us!

Friday, August 19, 2011

14 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 14 Weeks
Size of babies: 3.5 inch long
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 6.2 lbs
Maternity Clothes: Yes, I have a few pairs of pants but I'm in desperate need of more. I hope to go shopping this weekend. And I love dresses and skirts the best because they are the most comfortable.
Gender: It's a secret...for now :)
Movement: I haven't felt any movement yet, but they move around like crazy every time we see them during an ultrasound.
Sleep: I love it! Can't get enough of it.
What I miss: Coke
Cravings: I haven't really had any cravings, except for Snickers Ice Cream Bars. I don't really have an appetite so I just eat because I need to.
Symptoms: Mainly just exhaustion and headaches, oh and extra large butt syndrome.
Best Moment this week: Buying furniture for the nursery and playroom.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

How we did it - Part 4

The 2 week wait after the transfer was torture. I started out with so much confidence but as each day passed I started to worry that it hadn't worked. We were already coming up with plans on how to pay for the next IVF cycle. It was a very long couple of weeks for me!

But finally, the day came. David and I both took off work because I didn't want to have to be sitting at my desk if I got a call with bad news and I also knew that if I got good news, I wouldn't want to be doing work! So we ran a few errands after my blood test because I didn't expect to hear anything until after lunch. But the call came shortly after 10:00 and a part of me knew it was good news before I even answered because I think they have their system figured out. They call all the positives first and save the negatives for later in the day. The nurse told me congratulations and what steps we had to do next.

We were over the moon! But it was so different from the first time we found out. I think this was more shock and it didn't really feel real. And I think the sudden fear that I was going to have a miscarriage again come over me and I just had to keep telling myself that I wasn't in the clear yet.

About a week after we got our news, I woke up with horrible cramps that wrapped around my side into my back. It hurt so bad that I was in tears. And of course this had to happen on a Saturday so we had to call the on call nurse about it. She spoke with the doctor and told me what I should take and to just rest. I took some pain medicine that was given to me for after my egg retrieval because the doctor said it's safe to take throughout the entire pregnancy. It helped and I ended up sleeping the entire day.
The doctor called back later that day to check on me and she told me it was a good sign that the medicine helped because if it hadn't she would have been worried it was an eptopic pregnancy.
I had the back pain for about another week, every time I stood up for too long. So I stayed sitting or laying down for most of the time.

Then, a week after that, I started spotting. And of course it was on a weekend again, so I call the on call nurse. She tells me spotting is normal but if it gets really heavy then I need to call back. Luckily, it stopped after a few hours.

Finally it was time for my first ultrasound. I was extremely nervous that I wasn't pregnant anymore because of the cramping and spotting and just the fear that something bad is bound to happen. But instead of bad news, this is what we saw:

(I'm not sure why it's sideways! I can't get it to rotate! Frustrating!)
Two babies! Both embryos had made it!
The doctor also checked out everything else going on in there and found that my left ovary was really swollen and that had been the cause of my back pain. The swollen ovary was caused by the IVF process. She said that she had experienced the same thing and that it would go down by my 12th week.
She also said that the spotting is normal. And I'm glad she did because I had more the following weekend.

After that appointment we had to wait 2 weeks until our next ultrasound. It was another long 2 week wait for me. I was feeling so anxious that something bad was going to happen. I never felt like that with the first pregnancy and I think that's why I was blindsided when we found out their hearts had stopped beating. So I felt like I needed to prepare myself for bad news each time. I wouldn't allow myself to think I was pregnant yet. I kept saying, "If I'm pregnant, we should do this...".

So with each appointment, I would go in holding my breathe until I saw those heartbeats and I knew they were beating normally. And each time they showed growth and perfect little heartbeats and that made us realize how much that first pregnancy was not normal from the beginning. There were tons of signs that something was wrong, but we had never been pregnant before!
I eventually asked the doctor if I could come in weekly instead of every 2 weeks because of my anxiety and she was very happy to do it. Thank goodness.

So each week, I would go in very nervous and leave very excited. And when we finally made it past that 11 week mark (I lost the other babies at 10 weeks 5 days), I was in heaven. The doctor was very relieved as well and she told us that we should be in the clear now, that we had made it past a very important step. She was so confident that we were good to go that she released me to go to my OB! But I wasn't ready. I needed that 12 week appointment to make it official. Then I would go see the OB.

And so here we are. I'll be 14 weeks tomorrow. We've met with our new OB and we're planning the nursery. My belly is poking out and I'm running out of clothes that fit. We are full on pregnant and I think I'm the happiest I've ever been. As far as we can tell, the babies are healthy and right on track with growth. They move around like maniacs with ADD each time we see them. They kick each other and show off with flips and spins. We can already tell that they will have big personalities.

Even though it's been extremely hard to get to this point, I'm happy now with how we did everything. If that makes any sense. Yes, it was a long road filled with tons of disappointments and tears and sadness. But if all of that wouldn't have happened to us, we wouldn't be having these babies. This is all just part of our story and I can't wait to tell it to them one day.