Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Dr update

Today I went in for a normal NST(non stress test) and a check up. They had a hard time keeping both babies heart rates on the monitor, because they continued to move. The NST is checking for their heart rates when I have a contraction. Everything looked good and I'm scheduled for next week. The drs are just waiting to see when these little ones will decide to come. The dr mentioned she would like to see them make it at least another week, so that is the focus for right now. 

Next Tuesday I will have a NST and a normal check up. Wednesday morning I will have a growth scan to see how the babies are doing. Thankfuly Bill will be able to go to the scan with me. I'm so excited to see them on the ultrasound again. This could be the last time we "see" them before they are born. 

I think my belly button is officially gone. It used to have a slight dip in it. At the moment its pretty flat. 

Yesterday Bob went into my classroom to help set it up. He was a great help. The best part for me was that he could put the decorations on the wall w/o using a chair. I couldn't believe how easy it was for him to reach stuff. One of my coworkers came in today to help me with my room. It is pretty much finished up. There are more things I'd like to do to it, but if they don't get done I'm not too worried. Now I need to focus on my lesson plans for my sub. 

Oh yeah, and the knee looks worse than it did yesterday. I cleaned it out with peroxide and put some ointment on it. I don't want to even look at it right now because it looks so bad. YUCK!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Yucky looking knee!

34 Weeks

Can the belly get much bigger?
One of my favorites right now, Papa John's meats pizza. YUM!!!
Kaylee helped mom and dad with the laundry, as always she was dressed up in stuff we are getting rid of. 

Thursday, July 24, 2008


My right knee looks the worst cut wise, but my left knee is very bruised and there is a scrape on the outside you can't see. Both knees are swolen and make it interesting to walk. 
My ankle isn't too bad, just minor scrapes. 

Like one of my friends said, I need a stunt double. 

Monday, July 21, 2008

Interesting Night ...

So Karrie and I had an interesting night last night/this morning. We were lazy and didn't get out of bed until almost 11 yesterday, so when it came time to go to bed neither one of us were tired. As a result, I was up till about 12:30 playing games with Bob and Karrie was surfing the internet. Before we called it a night, I had to walk some trash down to the dumpster. I asked Karrie if she'd want to walk with me, and help carry and empty box for me.

So we started to stroll down the side walk towards the dumpster. As Karrie went to step off the curb and into the parking lot, she just so happened to pick the one place that the curb dropped quickly. In the dark, and carrying a box partially blocking her view, she tripped and fell off the curb. With the box in her hand, she was not able to brace her self and landed 50% on her knees and 50% directly on the left side of her belly. The result was a massive contracting of the her stomach muscles that lasted 20 minutes or so, and two badly scraped knees. We quickly went back inside, where I proceeded to clean my poor wifeys wounds as she called the emergency number for her Dr. The doctor told her to come in immediately. So I ran the trash, which was still sitting out in the parting lot, down to the dumpster and we headed for the hospital.

It was 1am at this point and I had to be up by 7am for work. We got to the hospital and the hooked up the monitors. We heard the most beautiful sounds in the world ... the steady, slightly excited heart beats of our wonderful little ones. After things calmed down, Karrie told me to go home and get some sleep. The nurse informed us that the minimum Karrie would be in would be 4hrs. The plan was for me to go home, grab a couple hours sleep, and get Karrie around 5am. I woke up at 6am and still hadn't heard from her. In a bit of a panic, I quickly sent her a message to see what was going on. The nurses were saying that she was having consistent contractions and that they might have to keep her for 24hrs. The final say was the doctors, and fortunately she determined that Karrie's contractions were her "usual" ones that she's been having for a while now.

With me on my way to work, and my wonderful brother on the way to pick up Karrie at the hospital, I finally received the good news at about 7:15am. So Karrie's home safe and sound, passed out with our puppy. She's doing fine, minus a couple scrapped up knees, and the kids are as good as ever. I just thank God that he was watching over us and our children!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

33 weeks

I can't believe how huge my belly has become. Bill keeps tellling I look normal and then there is the belly. :) I will be going every week to the drs. I went last week and will go on Tuesday. If I make it to 36 weeks we will have another ultrasound. :) According to some of the growth websites, the babies should be over 17 inches long. I can't believe I have that much baby in me right now.

It is the most amazing feeling, feeling them move around and knowing they are our children. We have waited and prayed so long for our family. God has blessed us so much that at times it is overwhelming. 

Please pray for our babies and their growth. They are looking great right now, and we pray that it continues that way. I would like to get to 36 weeks before we deliver. They will have the best chance at going home from the hospital with us at that point. Knowing that the babies will be here soon also brings great joy to our home because we know that when they arrive, family will be arriving too. We have missed everyone so much and can't wait to see family. :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Check up!

Billy is on the left in this picture and Bekah is on the right in this picture(they are on my opposite sides Bekah is on my left).

This may be one of the last together photos we can get of our little ones before they are born because of how big they are getting.

Bekah weighed in at 4lb and 5oz, measuring in the 44th percentile (very normal not to be above 50% because of being twins).

Billy weighed in at 5lb, measuring in the 66th percentile (staying steady percentage wise).

My dr is very happy with their growth and how healthy I am. Right now I weigh 2lbs more than I did when I found out I was pregnant. I lost over 25lbs in the beginning and have gained that back plus 2lbs. 

I asked her about our hospital visit and asked after what point won't they stop contractions. Her response was 35 weeks. I'm in shock. That means if I go into labor in 18 short days, they won't stop it. Both heads are down, and I would like to try for a vaginal birth. My dr said since they have had their heads down for the past month, they most likely won't change. I will be able to labor in my birth center room but I will have to move to OR for the delivery. She also said since I'm having twins I get the largest room in the birth center. :) he he, that will be nice. 

I'm not allowed to travel more than 30 min away anymore, so that will be strange. Also 32 weeks is a huge milestone, and the next one is 34. If I can make it to 34 weeks, we have a great chance of bringing home the babies with me when I leave the hospital. :)

While I was watching them on the ultrasound, I could see their chests rise and fall. They are already practicing their breathing. They have both have had hiccups the past two weeks, and that is them practicing their breathing. :)

Monday, July 14, 2008

32 Weeks

I can't believe that we are at 32 weeks already. The longest they will let me go is 38 weeks, so that means in 6 weeks or less we will be meeting our wonderful blessings from God. 

I'm having a harder time sitting or standing for a long period of time. I'm most comfortable when I'm laying on the couch. 

My next drs visit is scheduled for Wednesday. I will have an ultrasound to see how the kids are growing and then will have my normal visit. 

Monday, July 07, 2008

Happy 7yr Dating Anniversary!


As I sit here and reflect on our past 7 years, I can't believe how much our love has grown. Back then I never could have imagined how much I could love you. I sit here and look at my belly move as our children are growing inside me. My eyes start welling up with tears, just thinking how happy I am to be your wife, and soon to be the mother of your children. 

I look back through the pictures of us dating, engaged and married. I see how crazy we can be and how much fun we have together. We have grown from teens to adults, learning what true love really means. We have been there for each other through the difficult and wonderful life experiences. I don't know where I would be today without you by my side. 

I'll never forget the fireworks we were watching when you asked me to be your girlfriend, the first trip to the cabin and "my" rock. I'll never forget the first time we said "I love you", our first kiss and hours spent talking(into the middle of the night). I'll never forget the picnic in the back of your jeep, my first Red Wings game, or how I felt when you were in your car accident. 
I'll never forget our fun memories at college, the long walks around campus, or the Sunday pizzas. I'll never forget the moment right after my "dip" in the bay, the tears we shared when I said "yes", or the fireworks that were beautifully planned. 

The love back then, doesn't even compare with the love I have for you now. As we join the wonderful world of parenthood, I reflect on the road that brought us here. It has been a long road, but perfect for us. I can see how God planned it all out, just for us. I can't wait to meet our children and to see you hold them for the first time. 

I love you,
Me :)

Sunday, July 06, 2008

31 weeks/ trip to the hospital

Mommy and daddy had quite the adventure yesterday. Uncle Bobby and Auntie E came over to play in the pool. All I did was walk down to the pool and get in. I wasn't playing around or anything(the boys were playing basketball in the pool). I started having a bunch of contractions. I thought it was very strange because the pool usually helps me relax and this time it didn't. I tried sitting on the steps and not moving. That didn't work either. 

I told Bill and we all headed back inside. It took me forever to make it inside, because the contractions were getting pretty strong. I headed to the shower, thinking maybe that could help. The contractions didn't stop and started to have a 3-4min. pattern and getting even stronger. 

I knew that my dr would have me lay on my left side and drink fluids. So to the couch I went with water. I started writing down my contractions on a note pad, Bill looked at it at the 45min. mark and couldn't believe how many I had(there was quite the list).

After being on the couch for 90min strait, they weren't slowing down or getting easier. I called the nurse on call and she passed on the message to my dr. My dr returned the call very quickly, and she asked me to come in to the hospital(I knew she was already there, because the number that came up was the hospitals number). 

By this time I was having a difficult time talking through the contractions, and Bill looked a little nervous. 

When Bill dropped me off at the front door, the security guard met me at the door with a wheelchair(no guessing why I was there, lol). He wheeled me upstairs before Bill could even make it to the front door. They checked me in to a triage room, and started a bunch of questions. I answered them the best I could through contractions. 

Minutes later, my dr entered. She explained that she wanted to do check my cervix and run a few tests and give me a shot(terbutaline)  to stop the contractions. My cervix checked out ok, I wasn't dilated at all. So that was good news #1. The nurse put the monitors on my belly to check out the babies and contractions. She gave me the shot and tried to start the IV. The shot wasn't too bad and she wasn't successful with the first attempt with the IV. She managed to make the side of my wrist swell up and look like I had a growth. By this time I started feeling very strange from the shot. I told the nurse that the room was getting very dark and that I thought I was going to pass out.

She took out the IV from my arm and called in another nurse to put the IV in my other arm. They ended up putting me on oxygen and had me keep talking to them. It was the strangest feeling in the world, come to find out my blood pressure had dropped (didn't tell me what it dropped to). The other nurse was able to get my IV in w/o a problem. I can hardly tell where my IV went, but I can tell you exactly where the first one went, it is very bruised today.

They pumped me full of 2 bags of fluid and had me rest. My dr had to head to OR and said she would check on me as soon as she was finished. While I was waiting on my dr, the nurse came back in and said that my test results came back and that I was negative for actual pre term labor. 

When my dr came back, she said that my tests came back great. She said one of the tests showed bacteria, but she was sending it off to the lab and would contact me if I needed to be treated for it. She said that this could have been caused because of it being a twin pregnancy, an infection, dehydration, or the combination. 

So now I'm taking it even easier than before, drinking a bunch of water, and that is about it. Please continue to pray for our little ones and that they stay inside longer to "cook". We know that God has everything under control, and that he has it all planned out. We can't wait to meet our little ones, but we know they need to stay inside a few more weeks. 

Thanks for reading my "book".

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

30 Weeks

You can see how my belly is filling in more at the top. That is where it is getting painful. The kids are using my ribs to play on, and it doesn't feel the greatest. 

Mommy and Kaylee Grace. Don't worry, her paws were in my hands and I had to convince her to jump up, she won't do it on her own.
I was warm and we had been outside quite a bit of the day. I'm really not burnt, just warm. 
Handsome daddy. We don't get too many pics of daddy, but here is one. :) He is going to be such a great daddy.

Weekend fun!

Mini golf in Charlotte. Daddy had the camera. Can you tell? No pictures of daddy :(
Uncle Bobby!
Auntie E being her cute self. 
This is mommys new way of shopping, in a wheelchair. I did too much over the weekend, so to take it easy and still do what we wanted, I used a wheelchair. 

This is why....

we need a new car. This is the trunk after putting only the stroller in. Where is luggage and a pack n play going to go. How in the world are we ever going to make it to MI to see family in this?

Where would we put Kaylee? I don't think she would be too happy to fit in this little space.