Friday, August 31, 2012

First NST & a Happy Mistake

I had my first NST this morning and I wasn't sure how it would go for two. I had NSTs with Noah, but they monitor the hearts and your contractions--and I didn't know if I would just have three straps instead of two or what. Well, they called me back and brought me into an ultrasound room.  I thought it was odd, but I figured it was just different with twins and didn't say anything. So, just as the tech was finding where the babies were (and noting that both are head down again! yay!) one of the girls popped in and told her that I was just an NST and wasn't supposed to be there! Haha. That was our happy mistake though, because the tech said since I was all prepped & started she would see about getting me a few pics anyway. Finally, this is how we got our first real peek at our little Miss. Haylee Anne! :) Her umbilical cord is a little in the way, but you can still see her face pretty well. I really think both these babies are little Noah clones! They all at least seem to have the same nose--their daddy's. ;) 

Anyway, the NST went great, both their little hearts are beating just right & it is actually kind of crazy to hear them going at it at the same time through the monitor. Now, we are all set until my next appointment on Tuesday evening! There are so many visits from here on out, before we know it, they will be here!

I'll put Haylee's 3D from today here, but I also created an Ultrasound Pictures! page so everyone could see them all in one place! Hope you all enjoy! ;)

Haylee Anne at 33 weeks & 6 days!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

We're in the Home Stretch!

So, I had my appointment (that was rescheduled from last week) yesterday and everything is still looking good! I am 33 1/2 weeks along and everyone is still looking great. Callen is still head down and presenting first, while Miss. Haylee is now head up, but still perfectly fine. Both of them, or one of them--who knows, has been causing a lot of pain/discomfort for me lately, but it is nothing to be concerned about. It is just from the added pressure and force (in other words, kicking/hitting, haha) in my pelvis. Not fun, but definitely not the worst that could be happening! Also, for those who are curious, I made a little jump in my weight since last appointment! I now have gained a total of 25lbs--I thought that was a surprising jump from 17.5lbs less than three weeks ago! haha :)

I got to talk with my doctor a little more about the delivery, and so far everything is looking good for me to be able to go forward with a natural birth plan. I meet the last of the three midwives next week at my appointment and I will have a midwife and my OB present during the delivery. As long as there are no obvious complications and whichever baby does come first is head down, I will be able to labor normally with a midwife, and even use the laboring tubs that they have at the hospital. I will deliver in the operating room just in case of an emergency, but I am very excited at the thought of such a different labor process from when I had Noah. I was induced with him and couldn't get up for anything, plus none of the hospital staff was supportive about me not having an epidural. It is a really reassuring feeling to be on the same page with my doctor this time! As long as everything looks good, my plan is to labor without an epidural. 

Please keep praying that I can have both babies without any complications, because in not having an epidural, even if I deliver one and then there is a complication needing a c-section for the other, I will have to be put to sleep. Honestly, if I need a c-section, it will probably be better for me to be out (I have major fear/issues when it comes to surgery!) but, I will miss the baby being born and have to wait for the anesthesia to wear off before I will get to wake up and meet my little one(s). That possibility scares me, but as far as everyone is concerned the babies are positioned well enough & should be small enough for there to be no major problems; and in the worst case where I do have to be put to sleep, it isn't the end of the world. Prayers are definitely still appreciated though! ;)

I do have to start scheduling NSTs (Non Stress Tests) for every week now, along with an appointment at the doctor once a week, and I think I have two more ultrasounds left. My next full ultrasound is on the 10th, and then we will see from there! 35 weeks is when they will not try to stop me from going into labor (less than TWO weeks away!) but our goal is still definitely 37-38 weeks so that the babies have time to keep growing and hopefully won't need to be in the NICU. Although everything looks great, there is always the possibility of my water breaking and labor just starting, so please do keep praying that the timing is just right! :)

I have my 33 week belly shot updated here, and after Noah's birthday party & all that fun dies down this weekend, I'll be sure to add week 34! :)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

32 Week Ultrasound!

Yesterday I had yet another ultrasound! I am 32 weeks along now and everything is still looking great, PTL! :)

The babies are still growing right along their own growth curves, and the weight difference between them is even less now. Haylee is now measuring at 3lbs 4oz and Callen is measuring at 3lbs 7oz. As always, their hearts, fluid levels, and everything else look great. Callen seems to be my cooperative, calm boy and is still head down. Thankfully, he seems to be holding out for the presenting position, and if it stays that way, that is one step closer to being able to deliver naturally. Haylee really worries me, I really think we have a serious little stinker on our hands! ;) She was sideways, with her head to the right, all the way into my liver and ribs. (Which explains a lot of the recent discomfort I've had!) She is still moving like crazy, and I am just praying that she settles head down sometime soon!

This ultrasound was fun too, because my little man was yawning and it was just so cute and amazing to see. Haylee was FINALLY face up, however, she had her entire fist in her mouth and wouldn't take it out. Doesn't make for a good picture, but it is still so neat to see. The technology we have is just incredible, and it just makes me so anxious to hold my babies! :)

I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, and I'm fairly certain we will be starting the NSTs (Non-Stress Tests) and more monitoring after this to keep an eye on how the babies are doing and if I am showing any signs of labor. It is so hard to believe that we are really in the home stretch, but I am so ready to be! haha

Here are the best pictures we got of each baby yesterday: 

This one is our Mr. Callen Daniel--I still think his profile is very similar to Noah's :)

This one is our Miss. Haylee Anne--her forehead and nose are to the left, and then you basically see a blob where her mouth is completely open and her fist is shoved all the way in her mouth ;)

I also updated my Pregnant Belly Pics with the most recent 32 week picture today. :)

Once again, thank you so much for the continued prayers and support. I am definitely feeling the soreness and exhaustion that comes along with carrying two babies, but things are just going so well and I know it is because so many people have been praying. Our whole family is just so grateful! :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Choose Faith over Worry

I have to say, that if I had to pick my biggest struggle in the Christian life, I think it is worry. It's so easy to justify worry, but really, it is sin. It is not trusting God to do what He says he will do, and I have to remind myself of that daily. Since getting pregnant this time, right after miscarrying, and then finding out it was twins, I have really learned that worry is a tool that the devil is good at using. I have worked really hard at reminding myself through scripture and well, looking back at my entire life, that God is in control. There are no surprises or mistakes with Him, and He promised me He will provide. Today, we got to see that in a big way, and I just have to share!

When we found out I was pregnant, we knew we needed a bigger car than our two door cavalier, but we didn't have a way to just go buy one. Sure, we could probably get approved for a car loan, but for one: we took Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University--it changed our lives and one of the things it made us not want to have ever again was a car payment, and for two: we don't actually have any money for a car payment. True story. So, we figured out that if we could hold off until tax time next year, we could buy a used mini van outright and we were happy with that solution. Then, we found out that we weren't just having one baby. And, not only that, but my younger sister moved in with us. Well, let's see, that makes a total of six bodies (three car seats!) that we may have to fit into a vehicle at one a five seat, two door cavalier. That clearly wouldn't last us until February of next year. haha. Neither Ben or I freaked out when we found out about the twins, we were excited from the moment we found out, but the car was one of the first things we both brought up. We knew God had known about these babies from the start, and He knows exactly what car we have and what finances we have, so we have just kept telling each other that He had to have a bigger car for us somehow. I'm not going to lie and act like I've kept it all together everyday. Trust me, I had a meltdown or two telling God that He needed to figure this out and soon because, how are we supposed to fit all those car seats in the back of the cavalier to even get home from the hospital?! And then I would be firmly reminded that He doesn't have to tell me what He has planned, I just have to trust. A bigger car is a need now, not a want, and He promised to supply all of my needs. 

Well, Ben has worked all the jobs and side jobs he can. He's applied and been on so many interviews these past few months its ridiculous, but we still are not ahead. We've been racking our brains to figure out what we could make work, and just praying like crazy. A month and a half ago, someone posted a van on fb and I asked the lady to message me if the people ahead of me fell through. It seemed decent, it was older, but not too bad, and they wanted an okay amount for it. I thought maybe there was some way we could make it work, but I never got a message. (Or so I thought...) 

Then, last month another lady posted a van on fb and my friend Karen pointed it out. I called Ben right away and then messaged her and got our husbands in contact. It looked much nicer than the previous van, it was a little more expensive, but not much and they had OBO listed with it. The guy brought it to PepBoys where Ben works the next day and let Ben and the mechanics check it out. It was very well taken care of, super clean, new tires, and only had a handful of minor things wrong that just come with the age of the vehicle. Ben decided to offer him a lower amount than even the first van was listed at, and told him that he still needed to talk to me. Well, we still didn't have cash on hand, and that really bothered me, but, we did have the availability to finance the amount on credit for 0% interest and we still will have the full amount to pay it off with our tax return. We talked and prayed about it, and decided that we would tell them that we wanted it, but it would take us two weeks to get the money (waiting on the transfer and all that) and see if they still wanted to take our lower offer. That way, we gave God the chance to close the door if we were just forcing it to work. Much to my surprise, I got a message from the lady that night telling me that they were more than willing to do that for us, that they were going on vacation but they would just take it off fb, keep it in the garage and call us when they got back. Plus, she sent me more pictures (I hadn't gotten to see it in person) and told me she would love for us to have it for our twins instead of some random guy who would turn it into a work truck. I was floored, and so entirely relieved! And the best part? I somehow never noticed that the other person who had the previous van on fb had indeed messaged me about their van and I never saw it! Talk about God guiding us to the right choice!

Well, today we met up at the Currency Exchange and bought our van. Not only is it as nice as it is in the pictures, but this family was extremely kind and generous. They insisted on giving us the GPS they used with it, it has a tv (with a VCR, lol!), they remembered that they had a remote starter for it and found it for us (what?!) AND ended up giving us $100 back after we paid for the title and registration as a "baby gift"! I seriously almost cried, and I am so beyond thankful that God worked this all out. We are having all the little things fixed on it later this week and all of it still cost us much less than I was ever imagining we'd have to spend--especially for such a nice vehicle. It seriously leaves us in the position to most likely still be able to pay off the van debt and all the rest of our credit card debt that we have been working on with our tax refund. Words cannot express how incredibly thankful I am to serve such an amazing God. I am so glad we kept our heads on straight and trusted Him to provide, it couldn't be any more perfect! :)

THANK YOU times a million to everyone who has prayed, it is AMAZING to see God work and I just had to share!! :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

30 Weeks and Counting!

Well, I had my (rescheduled) doctor's appointment today! I am 30.5 weeks along and, praise God, all is still going well! Callen is still head down, and well, Miss. Haylee (being the stinker that she is) has flipped again and is head up. No worries there for now though, both babies were moving like crazy today and she has plenty of time (and apparently, room, lol!) to flip once again. Both hearts look good and fluid levels are high. 

As for me, I have officially gained 17.5 lbs, which puts me almost exactly where I was at 3 days overdue with Noah where I gained 18 lbs total. Seems right on track and boy am I feeling it! haha I am having to wear a maternity belt almost all the time now, and I do have a lot of muscle discomfort, but all of it is expected, no worries! 

I am really thankful for the great doctors and midwives I have, they really make me feel comfortable and are so reassuring. It is great having the blessing of medical care that you love, I can't imagine going through all of this with any other people.

I have updated my belly pictures with the latest one from Sunday, which you can check out  here! And my Things Needed post is always up to date. (There have been a few minor additions/changes to the registry and just FYI to anyone who might be looking to buy something, if you do intend to buy from walmart a lot of it is online only, but can be shipped to the store for free.)

It has also been awhile since I have specifically mentioned what to pray for, so here is that as well! :)

*Updated Prayer Requests:
(Bold are new things/info!)
  • My health-- I am currently healthy, but I am at high risk for preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and most concerning, preterm labor. *I still am not showing any signs of any complications, PTL, but please pray for my discomfort in these last few weeks! :)
  • Callen & Haylee's health & growth--they are both currently healthy, PTL, but keep praying that they grow at the same rate, and grow enough to be nice &  healthy for a safe delivery
  • My delivery--I really would 100% prefer to be able to deliver naturally & without an epidural. A C-section is my worst fear. Obviously, I will do whatever it takes for my babies, but I would greatly appreciate the prayers to be able to do it on my own with no complications. This is possible, and no, I'm not crazy. :) *As long as the first baby comes head down, a natural delivery is the plan*
  •  Noah--to adjust well, as this will hit him as a surprise more than anyone else
  • 38 weeks is considered Full term for twins. My official due date is October 13th, which puts 38 weeks at September 29th.*My doctors' goal "safe date" is 35 weeks but they won't rush anything if I go longer. Obviously, the longer they're cooking the more developed they will be! My personal goal is 37 weeks so that they will hopefully avoid the NICU*
  • Our finances--Ben works two jobs plus sides jobs now, I would love for him to find one, good, full time job that he enjoys.
  • A big enough car--we currently have a 2 door cavalier >.< *As of Monday, we should be the proud owners of a 2002 Mini Van! God has truly opened some doors for us & we are very excited and relieved.
  • Wisdom in this whole journey!
  • That I will be able to fully breastfeed these babies--I *should* be able to, just pray for my emotions, and that I can keep up with taking care of myself so I am healthy enough to nurse both without supplementing.
  • That we can figure out an affordable storage solution--we're looking into a shed or something for all the baby things and clothes. Our house is pretty small :) 
Thank you so much for all the prayers and support, I know they've gotten us this far. Can you believe it? We're in the home stretch!! :)