Wednesday, August 20, 2014

27 weeks with twins

Holy moly has this pregnancy been different. So different all around from what it was like with Maxson. At 27 weeks I'm feeling rather large, more like I'm 36 weeks pregnant and just have a little longer to go, but that is not the case (stay in there babies!). My lower back hurts so much, it's a constant thing, last night I told Casey I need to stop using "my back hurts" as an excuse not to do things because I could literally use that as an excuse for everything. I just need to suck it up for the next couple months. and realize my back is going to hurt for the next little while. I am carrying 25 lbs of babies and stuff right there in the front of me, I don't think the weight is anywhere else in my body.

I have not swollen up anywhere yet, (except that big old belly of mine of course) a big hallelujah there. Pregnant life is so much easier when your ankles, legs, hands and fingers haven't grown in size.

The babies kick like crazy. It's a mad house in there at times I swear (and of course anytime someone wants to feel the babies move they stop right away). With Max I can only remember "kicks" and "pushes" really. With the twins it's more like rolls of arms and legs and big jumble crazy movement; kinda cool how different it is. Lately they've been active right when I'm laying down to go to sleep, makes falling asleep rather awkward and impossible.

I have definitely slowed down immensely over the past couple of weeks. I am drained after chasing Maxson around for just a little bit, I feel bad for constantly asking Casey to do x and y for Max but I just can't keep up with him. I'm a slow mover now days (and Max just keeps getting faster I swear). Picking him up is getting harder and harder and I try to do it as little as I can. He still begs at my feet/legs sometimes to pick him up and all I can see are his little eyes sticking out behind my large belly.   I am NOT looking forward to having Casey go back to school just knowing I'll have to wrangle Maxson myself, I'm literally dreading it.

Clothes are beginning to have less options. Even though I could probably still fit into a bunch of them, I'd rather be comfortable in loose clothes (like Casey's shirts). Some maternity shirts that used to have tons of room to grow when I first saw them, now end at the bottom of my tummy and are border lining too short, it's stupid ha. Maxi dresses are definitely still a huge win though, love those puppies (and I can foresee those to be the only things that I can legitimately wear in public the further along I get)

I have a growth scan next week to see their progress, very excited for that. Back at 24 weeks we had one and they were approximately weighing 1 lb 9 oz and 1 lb 8 oz. We're hoping and praying everyday for them to grow at the same rate!

Breathing is hard at times. Sometimes I just can't get DEEP breaths and that makes it so very uncomfortable.

Food is great. I eat a lot. I'm kinda self-conscious when I eat around other people because I'm seriously packing in a TON of food. Probably as much as Casey if not more than at each meal. I am no stranger to getting seconds and thirds at each meal. On the flip side if the babies are in a certain positions (I'm guessing) and I eat too much food it just hurts and is so dang uncomfortable, almost sickening. And I just have to lie down for a long time in hopes that it goes away soon.

I get LOTS of braxton hicks when doing too much activity, mostly walking too much. Casey has been a great supporter of limiting and supporting my minimal walking because we've had a few scares where it seemed like the contractions weren't going to stop. I want to do all I can to keep these babies in and I think borderline bed rest is my best bet right now.

24 weeks
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25 weeks
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26 weeks
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Also I must add that it seemed SO MUCH harder to be pregnant in Arizona than it was in Nebraska. The humidity is awful, truly. But pregnancy wise, that high heat just DRAINS you. I was so unbelievably tired after just a little time in the sun. I hope I am never huge pregnant in the Arizona summer again.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

back and kicking

wowee, was that a long trip or what? we are glad to be back.

we are tired, oh so very tired.

we put maxson down at 8 tonight and promptly fell asleep ourselves for an hour. it felt great, but once we woke up at 9 we were suddenly awake again and can now not go to sleep, thus my blogging.

i am large with children. oh so large. we left and i was still comfortable and great with this pregnancy. we came back and i feel like 9 months pregnant. my back endlessly hurts and some of my "maternity" clothes are getting tight already.

we loved visiting family. we got to see all our families members, not a single person was missed, even grandparents. (ok, maxson missed seeing my brother in utah but we adults spent a week's time with him).

hawaii was wonderful. we came back mostly relaxed and tan. i suggest not going to hawaii 6 months pregnant with twins though, puts a little damper on some activities…

it's so hard to transition to being home after being gone a month. you have so much stuff to put away, there's no food in your home to eat, there's lots of mail to go through and thus people to call, random things in your house have molded (the toilet and syrup?). and now there are not all these extra hands to help out with maxson. it is oh so tiring.

i have a bajillion and half pictures to go through. i had a goal of keeping up on them each night but let me tell ya, it actually felt great to not get on my computer for nearly 3 weeks. i was still on my phone checking things here and there if there was hard core downtime (i.e.- the airport and long car drives), but it did feel pretty great to be overall disconnected from really doing stuff online.

we have this whole week to get things done before casey heads back to school. i'm so happy we have a week of downtime before school starts and not just a night or a weekend. hopefully i can squeeze in a little blogging.

can i just point out the best thing of being on a trip: you get taken care of. you have, at the max, your 2 suitcases of laundry to do, purely clothes. meals are mostly planned and made for you. we helped out when/where we could but the overall burden was not on my shoulders, what a beautiful break. overall housework pretty much disappeared. there were ALWAYS extra hands to help with maxson; as i'm getting bigger, slower, achier, and overall more tired, this meant the world to me. our families were so kind to take such great care of us while we visited them, we are so so so very blessed.

so there you have it, hopefully i can catch up with life this week!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

RIP Corolla, hello Odyssey

A few weeks we got rear ended while waiting at a stop light and then got pushed into the people in front of us. Gosh, being in an accident is such a crazy and fast experience. It just happens. You have no idea what's happening, it just does and you roll with the punches until it's over.

I've been so grateful for a peace of mind during the whole situation. We were all buckled properly in our respective seats. Our car was was registered properly and licenses were up to date. We have great auto insurance (more importantly the person who caused the accident is insured wonderfully). All our ducks were in a row. There were no "I wish we had…" in this situation. The Lord was truly watching over us and all those times we ask in our prayers to be safe and watched over we were even through an accident

I then was suggested to go to the hospital by my doctor and get checked out to make sure the babies were both ok and all was still well with the pregnancy. Yet again, a peace of mind knowing we are all safe and looked after and cared for by insurances is truly a priceless thing.

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Less than  week later we found out our beloved Toyota Corolla was totaled :( so many mixed emotions when we heard the news.

That was the car we dated in, our first experience together I asked him for a ride from one end of campus back to my dorm at BYU. The first talks of marriage happened in that car. So many make out sessions, ha. It was "our" car even though it was originally Casey's. We've lived in Utah, California, Indiana, New Jersey and Nebraska in that car. Countless road trip across the country including Wyoming, Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, New York, Iowa, Kansas. It's been through WAY more states than just those though. We drove completely across the country probably 4-5 times in that car. We brought Maxson home form the hospital in it. Learning how to use baby seats in it, so many crumbs in the back because of that cute little rascal. So many amazing memories in just our first car and now it's gone.

That car was so good to us, 209,000 miles and no problems ever, just normal maintenance. We're both sure it could have lasted us at least another 100,000 miles because Casey took such a good care of it. 

When we learned we were having twins we debated for months on what to do about our car situation. We knew a mini van was an absolute must (that was always in the plans for after graduation but now we had to bump it up a few years) but now suddenly all was changed. We were wanting to get through dental school with one car, and one car only, there was absolutely no need for a 2nd car but we didn't feel great about giving up our little car. We figured we'd get so much more use out of it over all the next years than we could possibly sell it for.  We had come to a conclusion, we weren't going to sell it and it would see us through so many more years. 

But then the accident. Our emotions were everywhere. Was it totaled? Was it worth fixing and keeping? Should we keep it? If it is totaled will the insurance company even give us a fair value for a car? So many conversations. Oh and the accident happened like 4 days before we were leaving for Nauvoo and we were only going to have 1 day between Nauvoo and traveling west for 4 more weeks. Awful timing.

We learned it was totaled and at the same time learned of the amount the insurance would give us and we were OVER THE MOON. We would have never been able to sell it for that price but that number was what the Corolla was worth to us and helped us exponentially when buying a new car.

As we went back to the auto shop to clean our car out we both felt very melancholy during the whole ordeal. It was like cleaning out a locker from high school: so many great memories, knowing you'd never come back to it and it will never be the same. So many great times yet all good things must come to an end. I couldn't believe how sad it was leaving that Toyota Corolla behind!!!!

But onward we had to go. We cut our trip to Nauvoo short by a day so we could car shop 2 days instead of 1 in Lincoln. We were disappointed at the selection we found in Lincoln and thought maybe we'd find something in Wyoming, Utah, or Arizona.

After another 4 or 5 days of car shopping, countless (exhausting) hours visiting dealerships and then talking through all our options over and over we settled on a car that would work well for us at a decent price point. 

So we are thrilled to introduce the newest member of our family:
the 2011 Honda Odyssey! 

It has lots of room to grow, will be perfect with twins and Maxson and  young family. I foresee lots more road trips in its future

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PS- I NEVER WANT TO GO CAR SHOPPING AGAIN. I would rather go swim suit shopping, now that is saying something!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

trip to Nauvoo

The week after school we took a quick little trip over to Nauvoo, IL. Nauvoo is a place with lots of rich, deep church history for members of the LDS church. The church has reconstructed a bunch of buildings there and just made it really fun place for families to learn all about the history of church. We got in in the super late afternoon one day, saw a tony little music show, walked around their country fair area and then saw the Nauvoo pageant that night. They did such a wonderful job with the production of it all. Maxson did ok during it, near the end we just had to switch out with Maxson so he could run around. We really loved finally getting to go watch the pageant (I've officially now seen all the church pageant productions!)

And to my surprise we were having camera card issues!!!! We got there and it wouldn't read the card we scrounged up! (Maxson lost the main one I use days before). It was great not having to lug that behemoth thing of  camera around for this adventure, a nice break from needing to take pictures of everything. But I did miss having the end result of all the nice pictures. Luckily for us we did have our phones for pictures and that's what matters most!

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b. Casey walked with Maxson in the children's parade
c. children's parade again
d. wagon ride around old nauvoo. maxson was enamored by those huge horses
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a.-c. Thanks goodness for this kids station. It was the only area where we could finally enjoy some of the activities they offered without having to stop Maxson from touching everything and running everywhere. He was at such a hard age for visiting Nauvoo, just so active and busy but you couldn't quite be in that setting. So we were ever so grateful for this kids games area.
d. He FINALLY fell asleep after the kids game stuff and we were able to enjoy a couple of the house tours without chasing after him, glories.
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a.-c. Definitely a favorites of Maxson's was the blacksmith shop. The loud banging was right up his ally. The fire also got too hot and started throwing out sparks like a sparkler, which was fun.
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a.-b. We finished the Nauvoo area with a visit to Wilford Woodruff's home. An original home in the area. He's my 3rd great grandpa so it was special to me!
c.-d. We then drove the 30 minutes to Carthage to visit Carthage jail where the Prophet Joseph Smith was killed. What a sacred building. It was amazing to be there and see it all. The stories of the past are so richly with the filled the spirit.
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I am so grateful for all the effort time and money the church has put into this history site to remind people of the stories and sacrifices of the Saints in the early days of the church. There were SOOOOO many wonderful senior missionaries making that place function so smoothly and then the sister missionaries and summer performer missionaries were so beyond awesome too. Can't wait to take my family back when we all my kids are older!

Friday, July 25, 2014

picturas de iFono

a. collecting sticks at the park
b. otter pops post park
c. 4th of july parade
d. buying 4th of july fireworks (casey's fave)
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a. haircut time
b. astronaut maxson
c. camille stopped through lincoln with the kids on their drive out to arizona and we just LOVED seeing them for that brief hour
d. jade gave maxson a yoohoo and maxson devoured it
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a.-d. splash pad time. definitely more fun when dad is around
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a. eager for the park and ready with his buckets and shovels
b. for some reason we had a billion computers out at one time
c. found ourselves one of those free tiny library's on a street where you just take a book and put it back when you're done
d. not every moment is happy
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a. artichoke for dinner, one of my favorites. casey's is starting to warm up to it after 5 years of experiencing it (and when i say warming up i just mean not complaining anymore)
b. begging to go into the neighbors house but they're not home
c. the tractor museum
d. one day lincoln and mesa weren't far off from each other!
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my birthday day!
a. library time with a million kids
b.-c. dinner at sebastian's table
d. this boy knows how to get his target shopping done
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a. peach cobbler in my spiffy new pie pan
b. back to the library
c. nebraska scenery
d. owies :(
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a. sleepy car rides with monkey
b. hopefully this picture was him trying to clean up a mess he made
c. can't fit enough cars in his hands
d. putting all his ducks in a row
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a. first tomato of the season!
b. maxson wouldn't end up eating it although he was the one who wanted to pick it
c. contemplating important life decisions over breadsticks and endless salad at olive garden
d, gave maxson a keebler cookie in the car and he made a MESS
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a. getting energy out on our car trip by throwing rocks on a highway off ramp
b. family history work
c. tomato watering with grammy in wyoming (and joyous tramp jumping)
d. poor casey. this pregnant wife takes up way more than half the room on the bed. this bed seemed bigger than our queen at home but more often than not, i'll wake up in the middle of the night and find that there's about 1 foot of space between the edge of the bed and my body pillow for casey's legs to rest. that man never complains, he's a saint.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

picturas de iFono de casey

finally got casey's phone on the computer and pictures downloaded, here ye be.

a. teeth brushing
b. post bath
c. basketball time
d. balloon sword
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a. back in utah months ago, lounging in the blow up tent
b. bike ride
c. lotion fun
d. casey's workout
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a. emergency weekend doctor's appt for ear infection
b. puddle playing
c./d. pretend picture taking, didn't let him touch that for long ha
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a. golfing in wyoming
b. messes
c. messes
d. finding happiness in the back seat
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this next segment are pictures from casey's trip to wyoming for the wyoming dental conference (a glorified boy weekend if you ask me). he texted me a bunch of these pictures during the trip which was great for me.
a. taking a tiny plane to jackson, wy
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a. dinner with josh and (graduated) adam
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a. lon and casey tried running up this ginormous mountain in 20 min for $50. they didn't quite make it in 50 min but it was a great workout!
b. dirty fett from such an acitivy
c. the "mountain" they climbed 
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a.-d. making the toddler bed with josh.
we still haven't stained/painted it but i'm excited to have it in our house!
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a. churching it
b. sand box playing
c. churching it
d. church twins
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Friday, July 18, 2014

the difference 5 days makes

you guys, i kid you not, the difference in these pictures is FIVE DAYS.
#growinglikeaweed (or watermelon)

the first pics were taken on tuesday and the second ones on sunday.
holy moly that's growth!
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22 weeks
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

gardens and bubbles

this was our sunday evening.
blowing bubbles and admiring our growing garden.
it was a good evening.
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