December 26, 2012

They’re here! I know, I know… they’ve been here for quite sometime. Who knew caring for twins was soo difficult. It’s the first time I’ve been able to get on here and write about the day of their birth. They’re napping at the same time, but as I type this very sentence one of them is waking up.

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I will forever remember every detail of Wednesday, December 26, 2012. My life completely changed forever and ever amen. I remember being completely overwhelmed and it finally hit me that I was going to be a mom. What if I hated it, what if I didn’t do a good job, or be able to keep the little ones alive? All of these questions kept running through my head at the same time. I’m so thankful to have had my mom there though. She was such a blessing and huge encouragement!

Having my dad, brother, and mom there the day of the birth was so awesome. We got to celebrate my dad’s birthday two days before, and Christmas too!

The morning of the birth, we relaxed, went to target, and ran a few errands before going into the hospital.

We left for the hospital around 2:00PM. I went in and checked in, gave all my information to the hospital, and they sent me on upstairs to get prepped for surgery. It was a really fasts process. Before I knew it I kissed Will and was in the operating room getting a huge needle stuck into my spine. Honestly, this is what hurt the most about having a c-section. The spinal fluid going down your back is the worst pain I’ve ever felt. After that it was just a bunch of tugging, pulling, and the smell of burning flesh filling the room. I was completely out of it, but within a few minutes the nurses were yelling “will, look it’s your daughter!” and there she was sweet little Lily with her adorable cry. She had lots of hair and was the tiniest little blessing. Then one minute later at 6:39PM, Liam baby was pulled from my stomach. He was full of fluid and wasn’t breathing well, but they eventually got all the fluid out of his system and he was breathing like a champ in no time. All I remember was someone putting one baby on my chest at a time. I said Hi, kissed their faces and they were wheeled away with Will, being taken to the nursery.

I was laying on the table feeling somewhat abandoned in a way. Then I said, “Um.. i’m really tired all of a sudden. I Feel like I’m going to fall asleep and never wake up. The lady replied, “Yeah, I gave you a little something extra, didn’t want you to feel them sewing you back up.” “OK!” I replied. No problem with that I suppose. They transferred me finally to my recovery bed, and I had to stay in recovering for the next 2 hours, which felt like forever.  Will and my mom finally found me and stayed with me until I went up to the maternity ward.

All I wanted to do was see my babies. Where were they!? I called the nurses for about 2 hours and they finally wheeled L & L into our room! They were the sweetest, but I remember feeling like it was all a dream. Are these babies really mine and Will’s? What’s happening right now ? 🙂

The next 3 days in the hospital were good and bad. Will’s family came down to meet the babes. Our night nurse was pretty rude. Our wonderful friends came to the hospital and stayed for hours just holding the babies so Will and I could sleep for a bit. That was a huge blessing! Thursday evening though, both babies were crying, and Will and I both looked at each other like we were zombies. We both wanted to run, run far far away. We looked into each others eyes, and we didn’t have to say a word to each other. We knew exactly what the other was thinking. “What’s happening, and can we really do this?!!”

With Jesus and each other we did get through the night and the following ones in the hospital, and we were finally set free. Free to go home and raise these babies. Keep them well and alive. Hopefully thriving along the way. Looking back now, and remembering all of this is quite encouraging. We’ve accomplished more in the past two months than we have our entire lives. We love these little fockers more than words can say. I’m trying to be all sweet on here, and Lily just poops all over my legs as I write this…until next time!

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Last day waking up with that huge belly!

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My parents were in town, so of course we made a trip to the local Super Target! We didn’t have a pac’n play yet, so we went to the store to get one before going into the hospital.

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I wasn’t allowed to eat or drink anything at all 24 hours before the surgery, but I got to watch my favorite guys eat my mom’s yummy chicken stew. This was around 1:00PM that day, and we were leaving to go to the hospital at 2:00PM.

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These are the most unflattering pictures of me ever. BUT my mom and I put the pac’n play together. After we did this, my mom and I went to go pay our rent since it was going to be due in the next 10 days. No one wants to think about bills when you just gave birth.

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Last picture of the two of us before 2 little ones came into our lives. This is us in front of our door about to leave for the hospital.

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There are my parents and brother going to follow us to the hospital.

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Getting prepped for surgery! Thankful to have my parents there with me. It worked out so perfectly!

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Being monitored before the surgery.

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My poor family had to wait in the smallest waiting room ever.

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There they are ! Just freshly pulled from my stomach. I was getting sewn up while Will got to wheel the babies to the nursery! They happened to be wheeling by my parents right then. : )

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Sweet Hearts.

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I look like death, but whatever. It was a moment that we captured.

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We had never before been so ready to leave that joint.

The Past Two Weeks

The past two weeks we’ve been:

1. Waiting for these babies to get here!
2. Decorating for Christmas
3. Visiting with Family
4. Working too much

Waiting For Babies
We have scheduled a c-section for Wednesday, 12/26/12 at 5:30PM! At least I have this planned out now. : ) We hate that we have to wait until next week, and after Christmas to meet our sweet babes, but they are healthy and perfect and just not wanting to come out any time soon. Yesterday morning, my doctor checked to see if I have made any progress, and I haven’t dilated or show any signs of labor whatsoever. These two babies are just in weird positions to where there has been no pressure on my cervix for it to know it’s time for them to come out. They are just getting bigger and bigger too, so I’m pretty sure they’re just stuck where they are in there.

Thankful for big, healthy babies! Will and I just can’t wait to see their beautiful faces!! Did we say they’re 7.5lbs each?! yea!!
I’m personally feeling great. I don’t have any contractions or pain, I’m just tired and achy sometimes. But this past week or so I’ve felt the best that I have for a while.

Decorating for Christmas
Here’s what the living room looks like these days:

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Thanks Mom for Liam and Lily’s first Christmas stockings.

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I’m in love with my new Scentsy! It makes the whole house smell like a Christmas Tree!

Will and Christmas Decor

I also love my little Christmas Trees… and that guy sitting on the couch.

Visiting with Family 
It’s my favorite when we get to see family down here. Thankful to see my Aunt Karen, Uncle Mike, and my cousins Nick and Ceciley! Oh, How I love them! We just wish they could have met Liam and Lily before they went back to Indiana : (

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Working Too Much
Will and I work at a church, so of course the Christmas season is the most busy time of year. For me, I have been busy with an Outreach we put together here at the church. We put together 30,000 Bible Gift Boxes, and we have been praying for the people that will be receiving those Bibles, that they come to know Jesus as their Savior! Here are a few pictures taken by Curtis Copeland.

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It really is the best event to be apart of…

Will has been busy with Ocean’s Edge School’s big Christmas Event called Night So Silent Night production. They had two packed out shows, and everything went really well! Now he’s preparing for this weekend’s services and all 5 Christmas Eve services!

So… that’s what we’ve been up to lately. We are just anxious to meet our kids! Let’s get this party started!

Still Waiting! (37.5 weeks)

We had our last appt. with our OB this morning ! He checked to see if I had made any progress, and still nothing! I haven’t dilated at all. So we decided to schedule a c-section. He said I’ll receive a phone call sometime tomorrow to schedule it and that he would see me there to perform the operation. Baby girl is stuck in my pelvis, and Liam is breech still hanging out in my ribs.

I can’t wait to get that phone call! I’m so ready to meet these little babes.

So… We’re still waiting for these two to make their grand entrance. They really don’t want to come out at all!!

 

 

Doctor’s Update

Yesterday, Will and I had our last appointment with our specialist! No more ultrasounds for us… it’s just time for the babes to be here! Here are our stats for this week:

Me:

Weight – 188 lbs.
Blood Pressure – 105/59
Sugar Levels were perfect.

Babies –

Weight – 7.5 lbs. – Craziness I tell you! Thank You Jesus. I started crying when she told me this… I’m just so thankful.
Heart Rate – perfect – about 150 BPM for each baby

They are both in the 60% for their growth and development.

Position – Lily is ready to get out of town, and is in my pelvis, head down. Liam is still breech and just having the best time in my ribs!

Tomorrow we go to see my OB at 10:00AM… so hopefully we’ll know when these babies are going to make their entrance. We’re ready to meet them and have them home for Christmas!

Love you all and thankful for your support and love that you have shown us. It’s been a huge blessing…. we couldn’t have asked God for more!!!! We can’t wait for you to meet these little ones. YEa!

The Questions and Comments Never End!

Top 5 Questions I get asked about 100 times a day:

1. When are you due?!
2. Woah! Really, when are you due?!!
3. OOHH! May I? (with hands one inch away from my belly)
4. How are you feeling?
5. When are you due? How are you feeling?!!

It might sound dumb, but I really get exhausted putting on my happy face and smiling when I answer peoples questions. I just want to stare at them and not answer their questions. I think that would be hilarious. But I do understand people are curious. I’ve looked like I’ve been about to have a child for the past 10 weeks, so people are truly confused when I am still walking around, working, and pregnant still.

Someone wanted to know how many inches I was around. I told them, I’m not sure I haven’t tried that yet. I’ll just have to check on that, and I’ll let you all know.

36 Weeks 2 Days & Merry Christmas!

We had our two appointments today. Here’s the doctor’s update:

Dr. Barada (he’s the one that does our ultrasounds and is the specialist)

Me –

Weight – 183 lbs. (same as last week!)
Blood Pressure – 110/55
Sugar Levels were perfect.

Babies –
They’re getting so big now, that’s it’s really tough to get a good look at them through the ultrasound. They don’t show their faces anymore, they are just so cramped in there.

Weight – we’ll find out for sure next week, but my guess, since they were 5lbs. 2 oz. – 2 weeks ago – they are at 6lbs. now. : )
Heart Rate – perfect – about 150 BPM for each baby

Position – Lily is ready to get out of town, and is in my pelvis, head down. Liam was breech last  Monday, but moved, and is transverse now. His head is on my left side and his feet are on my right side. I still don’t understand how Lily’s even in there. Her brother throws himself all over my belly all day long. She just takes it… poor thing. 🙂 She’s definitely the calm and collected one out of the pair.

Dr. Blanc0 –

He just checked the babies heart rates again, and looked over the report that Dr. Barada gave me to give to him. He said that I’ve had a perfect pregnancy, and he’s never seen twins act and grow as if there were only one baby inside. The babies are already sharing all the food and wealth with one another. I’m very proud of such perfect little ones so far. : ) Again, it’s completely the Lord that has brought us this far. He’s too good to us, and I’m thankful that He would keep them so safe and sound for all 9 months.

I’m not going to lie, Will and I were a bit disappointed in a way leaving the doctor’s today. We want them to stay inside as long as they possibly can, but we are getting quite anxious to meet these two little babes. I’m wanting to rub their actual backs, and not through my belly anymore.

Will and I went to a Ugly Sweater Party last night, and we wore some pretty tacky christmas shirts instead.

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We also wrote a little jingle last night, at the last minute, and shared it at the party. Enjoy.

 

 

35.5 Weeks – Doctor’s Update

We went for our ultrasound this past Monday, 12/3 at 2:30PM.

Here are the stats:

Me –
Weight – 183 lbs. | Blood Pressure – 105/60 | My sugar levels are good, although I had to admit I was eating some sweets the past 10 days. I just couldn’t pass up a cookie.

Babies –
Fluid Levels are perfect and they are continuing to grow. I go back on Monday again to see the specialist for another ultrasound and my OB after that to see where they are again. Lily figured out how to get out and decided to move head down. They are now vertical instead of horizontal, for the first time the entire pregnancy. Liam could care less and decided to keep his head snug in my ribs. They are always and forever moving. They never stop.

Will put the car seats in the car yesterday, and our bags are all packed and ready to go. Now I just need to make sure everything’s squared away at work! Which I’m going to be doing all this week. The house is clean, laundry is done, and the house smells and looks like Christmas. We are prepared to bring them on home now!

Here’s a picture of Lily. She’s doing the duck face, so we will be chatting about that when she arrives soon. Duck face is not allowed in this house. : )

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Of course Liam wouldn’t cooperate for a decent picture.
That’s the update for now, we’ll keep you posted!!

35 Weeks and still going strong!

I’m getting so huge! These babies are too comfy inside my stomach, which I’m so thankful for! Here’s the update from this past weeks 2 appointments.

Dr. Barada (the specialist)
Me –
Weight: 183 lbs. – I’ve gained 48 lbs total this entire pregnancy, which isn’t too bad for two!
Blood Pressure: 105 / 60
Blood Sugar levels have been great. I’ve been eating sweets again though, so I’ve had a few high numbers. I just gave in, I know it’s no good!

Babies –
Weight – 5lbs. 2oz.
Fluid Levels are perfect.
They are still transverse. I think that’s why they’ve been able to grow so well! there’s more room side to side on me, my bodies so short.
Heart Rates were perfect. They are in the 50% for their size and weight! yea.
They both have lots of hair too…

Here’s Baby Lily and all of her hair floating above her head. Her brother wouldn’t cooperate for a picture this past week.

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I’m pretty sure Baby Sister is going to look like her cousin, Avery. This is a picture looking at her face. She’s got some chubby cheeks. 🙂

Dr. Blanco (my OB)
Babies – heart rates were perfect again

Me –
I have a rash called puppps. It’s a random rash that effects women that are pregnant for the first time, having multiples, and/or having a boy. It’s soo itchy! I feel like I have chicken pocks again, but it’s not contagious or anything, just annoying.

Here’s a picture of my knee:

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Gross, right?
Here’s a picture of me writing this post/working. That’s right, I’m still working and planning events! It’s such a blessing, and I’m so thankful I haven’t had to go on bed rest this entire pregnancy! Jesus gets all the glory for a great pregnancy, and healthy babies.

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I’m pretty sure the babies grew over night. I mean, I just can’t stop growing. My belly’s huge!
We go back to Dr. Barada tomorrow for another ultrasound. We actually go back every week to see where the babies are and what’s going on with them. It’s the best to see their faces all the time now.

 

Doctor Update

I saw my OB, Dr. Blanco today. Here’s the update:

ME:
I haven’t gained any weight since about a month ago! Yea!
My blood pressure is perfect.
Sugar Levels are perfect.

BABIES:
Babies move so much it’s craziness.
Their heart beats were perfect.
They are monitoring Little Lily’s fluid levels, just because she has less than Liam, but they don’t seem too concerned.
They are both in the 60% for their weight and height!

I go back to my OB in two weeks. Starting Monday, 11/26, I go to the specialist once a week for an ultrasound to monitor the babies growth and their position to get prepared for their arrival. We’re hoping for another 4-5 weeks of them staying inside. Everything’s looking good for that to happen, but we shall see.

We were blessed once again with another little baby shower today. It was the cutest and so wonderful. I am completely overwhelmed by all of the support and love that Will and I have received. We have been given soo much and God has truly met our needs through this entire pregnancy. He is so faithful, and I’m thankful for wonderful friends and family for loving these two little babies. I feel like thank you will never be enough.

Here’s a little video from a class of students, that I don’t know at all. They wrote a little jingle for the babies:
They say “This is crazy… Liam and Lily are two awesome babies.” Love them and I love their teacher, Miss Alexa.

 

ps. i’m waiting for pictures of the shower from a few weeks ago.