Wednesday, October 24, 2007

31 Weeks And Hanging In There . . .

I made it to 31 weeks, but I feel like I'm at 40. Even my LARGE maternity clothes are getting tight around my belly. The last few weeks have been relatively uneventful despite a short hospital visit to monitor contractions. At about 28 weeks, I started having contractions again, but they seem to have decreased since then. At this point, my belly is just itchy from all the stretching and from the elastics on my clothes.

I am praying I can make it at least another 2 weeks but I'm hoping for 5 more. My movement, especially at night, is getting increasingly labored. Getting to sleep is difficult, but I normally stay asleep once I'm down (except, of course, for the once nightly pregnancy pee).

My belly has taken on a life of its own. When I look at it now it almost looks fake. Each morning I wake up to find it larger than I remember it. I'm not sure how the babies can move at all since it seems like it would be pretty tight in there. The only thing keeping up my spirits these days is knowing that I'm on the homestretch.

Sunday will make 32 weeks, and that is my minimum goal. I would be happy at 34 or 35 weeks, but everyday I wonder how my body will possibly manage for that long. This pregnancy is definitely the most physically demanding thing I have ever done, and I will be proud if all 3 of us make it safely to the end. At this point, all I can do is hope, pray, and try to take care of myself.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

3 Years Ago Today

My mom has JJ for the day. I should be doing work, but I decided there was something important I needed to do today - thank my husband for 3 wonderful years of marriage.

We've had our ups and downs like every couple, but I do hope God blesses us with many more years to come.

After meeting in high school (and subsequently dating for 10 years), James I were married on Saturday, October 9, 2004 - a beautiful fall day! I cannot believe how the years have passed so quickly. Life passes so fast sometimes I wish I could capture every moment to relive it again later. It's been a short 3 years, and here we are with 1 beautiful son and waiting on our next two to arrive.

This one is for you, James, for all the years of laughter, love, and lunacy. I am lucky to have found you, and our children are lucky to have you as their dad. Happy Anniversary!




Monday, October 8, 2007

JJ Antics

I'm at 29 weeks complete and counting (up, not down). I've spent the better part of the last 2 months working from my parents' house or from home. It's been nice to be able to see JJ most of the day even though I've had to cut back a bit on my activity. He's quite a character and spending most the day with him just gives me lots of stories to share.

He's very into Sesame Street now. As far as television goes, it's pretty educational so I usually let him get his daily dose. He knows all the characters, but Elmo and Ernie seem to be his favorites. Here he is in this shot playing with his "Tetameet" toy. He is also a fan of cameras, and he insists on seeing the "picca" of JJ after I take them. He told me that it was "JJ paying with Tetameet on da bed". He seems to be enjoying that he's learning to speak in sentences, and he does his best to be as descriptive as possible.

Later he decided he wanted to pretend to sleep, so he laid down for me to take a picture of JJ "teeping".
Another one of his favorite games is hiding under the covers, so here he is again showing off for the camera. Once he was done having his picture taken, he said he wanted to take a picture.

This one, as JJ called it, is "momma's belly and compooter". I laughed, and I posted it only because he took this one. Ordinarily, I'm not really anxious to show off my ENORMOUS belly.

I'm looking forward to the arrival of the twins, but I hope I have just as much time to enjoy the crazy antics of my lovely JJ.

Here's two of our favorites "JJisms" his dad and I wanted to make sure we record.

"Good morning" - It doesn't matter what time of day it is . . . it's always good morning for JJ. He understands it as a greeting, but he doesn't quite have morning, afternoon, and evening all worked out.

"Oh my God" or "Oh my goodness" - probably a bad habit on my part . . . but it's funny to hear how dramatic he can be about things.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

I've been tagged by Chandra from Chatter's Chatter. I'm sitting here in bed timing contractions, so it seemed like a good way to pass the time.

Four Things About ME

Jobs I've Had

1. Vice President of Finance (current - for the last 5 years)

2. Soccer coach (several, but all the same stuff)

3. Human Resources Coordinator

4. Administrative Assistant at a school while in Madrid

Places I've Lived

1. Born & raised in Dayton, OH (still here & happy)

2. Hamilton, New York (upstate New York home of Colgate University)

3. Madrid, Spain (college semester abroad)

4. That's it . . . I'm pretty boring

Food I love

1. Ice cream & Cake

2. Real Whipped Cream

3. Authentic Mexican Tacos

4. Fruit (I've gotta like something that's good for me)

Websites I visit

1. Colgate Women's Soccer

2. Lakota Women's Soccer

3. Yahoo! News


Places I'd rather be

1. pretty sad, huh . . .




Movies I love

1. Princess Bride

2. I Love You to Death

3. Better Off Dead

4. When Harry Met Sally (yeah, I'm a sucker for romantic comedy)

TV Shows I Watch

1. The Office

2. Big Love

3. Little People, Big World

4. Dr. G: Medical Examiner

Friends I'm tagging

1. Tiffany (only friend I know with a blog - besides Chandra, who tagged me)

2. I'll update if I every tell my friends and/or family how/where to find my blog