Thursday, October 29, 2009

The carseat dilemma.

Brent and I just bought a new car in June, and it was meant to accommodate a family of four. Oops. We'd really like to avoid a second and/or bigger vehicle if we can, so we're going to attempt to fit 3 car seats in the back. It's a challenge, to say the least.

Maeve currently rides in the Cadillac of carseats - the Britax Marathon, in the ever so cute cow pattern.

In order to manage 3 car seats, we'll have to replace her Britax with a Radian, which is significantly narrower.

We'll also have to replace our current Safety 1st Infant seat with two Combi seats, which are again, narrower.

Who knew we'd become experts in carseat width?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The return of the blue sweater.

When I was pregnant with Maeve, I wore the same blue sweater for weekly belly pictures. And so, the tradition continues. Here I am at 17.5 weeks, with a comparison picture from my pregnancy with Maeve where I was 20 weeks..

Hmmm..I think I had a much better haircut back then...

Friday, October 23, 2009

16/17 week update.

I saw Dr. A today, my lovely GP. She's so great. She spent 45 minutes with me, and answered all of my questions. And trust me...there were many.

The babies and I are both doing well. Baby's A's heartbeat was 145, and Baby B's was 160. I also got a copy of the ultrasound report, and was happy to hear that the twins are diamniotic dichorionic (two sacs, two placentas), which is the best scenario for twins. :)

My biggest question was if I'd still be able to try for a VBAC. She's not sure, as she hasn't encountered it before. I'll have to wait until I see an OB. And speaking of OB's, I'd been asking around for recommendations, and we've decided to go with Dr. Somerset, who is apparently very competent and pro vaginal birth (even with twins). So, I'm hoping he'll be up for a VBAC. That is, of course, assuming twin A cooperates and is head down at the time of delivery.

The biggest shocker is that I'll likely be off work from 26 weeks on. Yikes. I'm hoping that's somewhat negotiable, as the majority of my job is sitting down, so I can't see how that would be much different from being at home.

Ack! So many unknowns! My type A planning personality just can't take it.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Say what?

I love seeing people's reactions when they find out we're having twins.

Many conversations go like this...

Them: "You're expecting! Congratulations! Is this your first?"

Me: "Second and third, actually".

It takes them a minute to process it, but their reactions are priceless.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The logistics of having twins.

Now that the shock has started to wear off (we've known for over a week now), the task of working out the details begins....

1. Car: We think we've figured this one out. We'll try to get 3 car seats in the back of our sedan, and if that doesn't work, we'll move onto plan B (TBD).

2. Room: Maeve will move into the spare room with her "big girl bed". The twins will move into Maeve's room, but will sleep in the same crib for the first few months.

3. Stroller: I think we'll go with a Double Snap 'n Go initially, and then pick up a twin stroller when they're a bit bigger.

4. Childcare: This is still very much up in the air, but I think we'll be looking at a live-out nanny...

5. Sanity: Still very much up in the air...

I'm dying to start sorting through all of Maeve's baby clothes, but will wait until we know the sex of the babies, which hopefully will be in the next few weeks.

Wiggly Worms!

I'll be 17 weeks next Friday, and I've been feeling lots of wiggly fluttery movements lately. I can't begin to imagine what it will feel like when they get really big!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hindsight is 20/20

I should have known...denial is a very comfortable place.

Pregnancy #1: Very little nausea, no vomiting, moderate hunger and fatigue, didn't start "showing" until 13-14 weeks, and didn't really "pop" until closer to 18 weeks. This is me at 16 weeks with Maeve:

Pregnancy #2: Lots and lots of nausea, vomiting, ravenous hunger, crippling fatigue, maternity clothes at 9 weeks, and was on the receiving end of "congratulations" from strangers at 11 weeks.

The only explanation...TWINS!

On October 9th (14 weeks), we discovered that we would have 2 babies in March/April of next year.

Wow, what a year it will be.

Here I am at 15 weeks with the twins: