Tuesday, March 31, 2009

PG - 23 Weeks 2 Days - Mole Removal! Yuck! Baby Planning! Yeah!

Sorry I've been off the radar again. It's been busy with work and home stuff and the 3rd trimester tiredness started early. But I just had to post my update today. I had an emergency visit with my regular family doctor this morning as last night one of the moles on my back half fell off and started to bleed all over the place. I knew this mole on my back was beginning to become a problem, but I've been too busy (or tired) to add another doctor's visit to my plate. Well last night I had the worst heartburn of my life and I was trying to get out of my work clothes and I realized that the mole on my back was bleeding and hanging 1/2 off. I had Leo put me back together with some Neosporin and a band aid. I went off to the doctor this morning and my mind is at ease now. First off, it's gone. She cut it off for me. Second of all, she said that it's a normal occurance in pregnant ladies to have a mole become more of a lesion that bleeds and falls off. They still did send it out to the lab to be checked out, but it made me feel better thinking it's normal and most likely not skin cancer.

This weekend we started our baby planning. We pulled up the bins from the basement with Phoebe's old clothes and started going through them for reusable stuff. It isn't much. But the great news is that I'm getting loaned so much baby equipment. I just borrowed a twin infant double-stroller. It's just the frame that can hold the infant carriers, which is simple to use. It's made for the Graco brand, but can use other infant carriers. I have the manual, so I can see what it can take. We also came up with a nursery theme. We're going with Dr. Seuss, but I think we'll probably find our own fabric and design work. I think Leo is going to paint the bottom half of the wall in a red color and then the top in a cream color, with a white ceiling. I say I think, because I am horrible at picking out paint and Leo always does it exactly right the first time, so it's his de facto job in our house to pick out paint colors. He might paint next week when Phoebe's on spring break and he's taking off work.

I have to run and get more work done. I'm working from home the next two days, so I need to make sure all my papers are cleaned out.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

PG - 22 Weeks 2 Days - Dewey Beach & Ultrasound Today

One of my friends invited us at the last minute to come down to Dewey Beach, DE on Saturday and stay overnight to Sunday. I've never been there, so it was great fun even in the off season. It's also really close to Ocean City, MD and we have good friends there that had triplets a little over a year ago. Since these friends moved there right before the triplets were born, we hadn't seen the babies yet. So we visited with them Saturday afternoon and then met our other friends in Dewey at dinnertime. The next day, we went to the beach and took these pictures. I know I haven't posted any official "belly pics" yet, but these can give you an idea of how big I am these days. BTW, Phoebe took this pic. Isn't she a great photographer?



Here's a some cute pics of Phoebe on the beach too! She loves the beach (just like her Daddy!). She had to put her feet into the freezing water and take long walks on the beach with her Dad and pick up rocks along the way. That's what the blue bag is for - to hold all the rocks she could carry!





I also had another Level II ultrasound today at the Maternal-Fetal Medicine department at the hospital. Each of "the boys" were estimated at 1 lb 3 oz. I was also surprised that they still have room to move their positions!!! During my 18 week ultrasound, they were both heads down/feet up. Today they were both heads up/feet on my bladder (!!!!), which explains a lot. We got to see them kick my bladder around. How nice they are to their Mommy already (sarcasm here). We could see them roll around and flip over during the ultrasound, so they were being big show offs with their gymnastics, but then when the ultrasound tech would try to get a pic of their face, they'd put a whole arm in front of it or curl up in a ball with their butts up, like Phoebe does when she doesn't want to get up on a school day. It was great, but we didn't get many nice pics from this trip because of their antics. But they are healthy and everything is going well. I worked from home the rest of the day, since we didn't get back until lunchtime. It takes them almost two hours to do a Level II ultrasound on twins, as they need about an hour per baby. It gets boring after awhile, but I try to sit there and check them out, trying to bond now even before they are here.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

PG - 21 Weeks 4 Days - Busy At Work

I'm sorry I disappeared for so long again. I've been crazy busy at work and then when I'm not busy doing that, I've been very tired this week. To sum up the past few weeks: two weeks ago I felt horrible physically (big and pressure everywhere), last week I felt great, this week I'm tired and feel like I could keep sleeping for the rest of this pregnancy and still not have enough.

My birthday was Monday the 16th! I turned 38. Birthday's don't really bother me, but I think it's because mentally I forget I've aged. Sometimes I look at Leo, Phoebe and my belly and think, "I'm married? I have an 8-year-old? I'm having two boys? When did this all happen?" Even though "this has been all happening" over the past 15 years, it feels funny to look back. Life moves so quickly that it's odd to stop and look at what you've been doing.

I had a great birthday weekend though. Saturday we all cleaned the house, which was great. I love it when Phoebe and Leo help me get through that, because then my brain can relax on that item on my to do list. We went out to dinner with friends and our kids to a place we haven't been before and it's just around the corner from our house. It was really yummy. We went back home and vegged out on the couch with Phoebe and Leo turned on "Gandhi" as it was on TV and was right at the beginning. We let Phoebe watch most of it until it was getting really late for her. I have it on video, so I'll need to have her watch the whole thing one of these days. I found it funny, because I never realized Leo liked this movie as much as I do until he asked if we could keep it on that night. And it was funny with my last post and all. Sunday we relaxed some more and ran some errands. Especially looking for an Easter/Point to Point dress for Phoebe. Didn't see anything we liked, but we just ordered her a dress online. I can't wait to see it on her!!!! She doesn't get all "girlied up" very often, being our jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. So I love that she loved this dress and is very excited to wear it. We're going to find her a different hat to wear as the Point to Point 'do is a very hat kind of thing.

Monday, my actual birthday, was a cr@p kind of day until I got home. I loved the sappy card Leo gave me although I told him he shouldn't do that to a pregnant lady. Phoebe gave me a funny card, and wrote on the inside "Please share the truffles". Which goes with what I got as presents: a box of Godiva dark chocolate truffles and a movie "Vicki Christina Barcelona". Our whole house is full of dark chocolate lovers. None of us are big likers of milk chocolate. The dark stuff is the best! And after Phoebe went to bed, I watched Gossip Girl!!!! I was so happy they had a new episode!!! I've been missing my weekly doses of Chuck Bass. A girl has to do have something to make her heart go pitter-pat. On that topic, Twilight comes out this weekend on DVD!!! I didn't take Phoebe to the movies to see it (I went with a friend), but I told her we'll buy it and watch it at home.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Amazing Quote

I saw an amazing quote today on a bumper sticker on a car, believe it or not. I just looked it up online and I think I'd like to read it every day. I think it's profoundly changed the way I'm looking at things:
Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.

I was not surprised to see that it was Mahatma Gandhi who said this. I've always found him to be completely inspirational. This quote made me think so much of the things I do every day that I know no one pats me on the back for doing, and sometimes I want to cut corners in getting it done (or procrastinate, I'm really good at that!). It could be my mile long task list at work or the mile long task list for home, or the tasks I get done that never make it to any list at all. All the things we accomplish in one day need to be completed no matter how small. Now I need to go fold a load of laundry while I ponder this quote some more.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

PG - 20 Weeks 2 Days - 5 Month OB Appt

I'm too tired to try to put together any belly pics tonight, but I'll tell you all about my 5 month OB visit. Everything is going great. My blood pressure was 110/64. We heard both the boys heartbeats with the handheld thingy. That was the first time that was used on me to monitor the boys. I talked to her about my aches and pains and she thinks everything is fine. She even said something I never thought of which was that height is at least on my side to be OK to have twins. She also talked to me about a patient she had that had triplets who was a little taller than me that went to 33 weeks. I felt good today, so I agreed with her. I think all the walking I've been doing lately has been helpful.

I also got my hair color touched up today, my hair trimmed and my eyebrows waxed. I feel like a new woman!!! So tomorrow I'll work on pics, I promise!!!

Monday, March 09, 2009

PG - 20 Weeks 1 Day - Vivid Dreams

As most pregnant women, I've been having very vivid dreams since early on. Funny thing is I've had very few dreams about babies. I don't think my brain can wrap itself around the fact that we will be bringing home two babies and not just one, so my brain isn't thinking much about babies yet. I only remember having two dreams about the babies. The first one was a direct result of the whole "octomom" thing. I dreamt I had to be knocked out for the delivery and when I came to, they told me I had 8 babies, I told them, "No. I was having two babies." They kept insisting that I had 8 babies in the NICU to go see. On the way to the NICU they changed their tune and said I had 4 babies (BTW, all even numbers! Even in my dreams I like even numbers!). I kept telling them, "No. I was having two babies." Then when I got to the NICU, they showed me my two boys and acted as if they never said there were any other babies. By the way, I didn't know we were having two boys yet from the ultrasound, so I dreamt we were having two boys before I really knew. The second baby dream I had I just remember dreaming that the babies were born on June 12th. It'll be interesting to see if that is the truth.

All my other vivid dreams have nothing whatsoever to do with the babies. They make it difficult for me to get a restful night sleep and then in the light of the day, like now, I can't remember for the life of me what I dreamt last night. Hmmm. I was almost at the end of this post, but I'm coming back to this paragraph, because I remember one of last night's dreams. I dreamt I was drying my hair and styling it. Except it wasn't my hair today. It was my "real" hair color (light brown with some natural blonde highlights) and it was short. Like to my chin short with layers. I didn't like it since it wasn't my hair I have today. Do you think I'm dreaming this as I know my life is going to change when we have these babies? I think that is possible.

Off topic, but interesting, I saw Heather Armstrong from dooce.com on the Today Show this morning. It was a really interesting segment on us "Mommy Bloggers" and other techology-savvy Moms. It made me want to commit to being a better blogger. Tomorrow I'm getting my hair color touched up and I'll try to get a picture of me with my belly to post. I do have older ones too, but I haven't even asked Leo if he downloaded them to the computer yet so I can post them. I'll work on that. I'm also "interviewing" two moms of twins that are in my department over the next few weeks to try to get some tips for when the boys come home. I know one of the ladies breastfed both of her boys for 10 months and she did work to get them on the same feeding schedule so that at night she didn't have to keep waking up twice as much for feedings. I promise to post these tips I get here, so other future twin moms can learn what I'm learning.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Celebrity Question

OK. I'm not that huge into celebrity gossip, but I just read the information on People magazine's website about the description of what happened in the Rihanna/Chris Brown altercation. I'm really confused about why she would go back to him. I mean I understand the whole psychology about why battered women go back to their abusers, but please!!!! If you step back and read what happened, can't she realize that this is a definite reason to break up with someone. It's a total relationship breaker. Even if he doesn't have any problems with abusing women in his future, if he ever did this to me, I could never have a relationship with him again.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

PG - 19 Weeks 3 Days

Wow! It's so hard to believe I'll be 5 months along next week! Time is going by so quickly with Phoebe's activities, work being crazy busy and of course that nasty cold that is still making me congested and cough a lot.

But I'm back at work and things are starting to get back to normal. Leo called me a spaz this weekend, because I had so many important things with deadlines that were whooshing by. Phoebe's registration for her first ice skating competition was due on Saturday, she had her First Reconciliation at church on Saturday and my car registration and inspection had expired. We also had dentist appointments we had to cancel in January that I still hadn't rescheduled and work stuff was getting all backed up.

Between the weekend help that Leo was and having an unexpected snow day that wasn't that bad on Monday, and then two days in the office of not too many meetings, things are getting more manageable now. Saturday we left the house at 8:30 AM, handed in Phoebe's competition registration, went to her First Reconciliation (we're Catholic, it's also called confession) and then to the grocery store. Sunday I got all the bills done and registered my car online, but I knew I still couldn't drive it until I got the inspection completed and the new inspection stickers on the car. The snow day on Monday allowed all that to happen. Phoebe's school was closed and Leo postponed his work trip to NYC. The roads were clear by noon on Monday and it stopped snowing! Then I called the car inspection place and they were open and said to come on over! So I worked from home on Monday and at lunchtime Leo and Phoebe came with me to get the car inspected. I also on Monday got to call the dentist and reschedule our 6-month checkups!

I went back into the office Tuesday and between that and today, I've been getting caught up on some work stuff. There's still a huge amount of work stuff to do, but as long as I get the critical things done, we're doing OK.

BTW, riddle me this - why is it that a common pregnancy "symptom" is to drop things all the time during the time in your life when you really don't want to bend over and pick them up? I think it would be really nice for either that "symptom" to go away or for gravity to stop working for pregnant women. What do you think?