Before Baby Arrives

Over the past nine months, I’ve had a hard time documenting Baby #4’s arrival. But the one thing I have done (thankfully!) is take pictures. From eating healthy to practicing how to feed baby using an Anna doll from Frozen, to building a crib, to late night snuggles when I couldn’t move around anymore, to coloring pictures for the baby’s room, we have all been excited to welcome our new baby boy to the family!

Around Here: Blake

A lot is happening this week: we move, baseball practice starts, choosing paint colors has to happen NOW, planning parties…

But, Blake’s days are still filled with playing at the park with his buddy Caleb, homework, practicing his site words (“have” has been a tough one!), and tormenting his sisters when he gets bored. Thankfully, we have had a few fun activities this past week to keep us busy: a soccer game and winter concert at school.

At his second soccer game, it finally clicked that Blake is a perfect defensive back. He is protective but still wants to be in a little bit of the action. It was neat to see him learning the game and respecting his coach.

And then the winter concert. Who knew he has been practicing songs that go along with a little sign language?! Not once has this kid said anything or I guess signed anything. :) I liked watching him sit alongside his classmates, all dressed up and ready to perform.

My Maternity Shoot

After A LOT of convincing, I decided to get a few pictures taken of my pregnant body carrying these twins. Originally, I wanted to include Blake and surprise Mike with the pictures. But, of course the day came and all Blakey wanted to do was play outside with his friends. Then, trying to get past a husband who never really sees you dolled up anymore… Long story short–questions were asked, I broke down and told Mike I was off to get pictures done, and Blakey had a wonderful afternoon riding around on his bike with his buddies on the block.

This post is mostly to share what a complete talent our go-to photographer (CHARD photographer) is. He not only made me feel comfortable but the pictures look flawless (and I’m definitely not). If you are getting married, need family portraits done, are having a child or two… I would definitely recommend him.

Here’s to some conceitedness! Just a few of my favorites:

33 Weeks

Today was a two-part doc appointment and I anxiously awaited to hear how much these babies have grown. Twin A is four pounds, four ounces and Twin B is four pounds, two ounces. I now know what my mom felt when she was carrying me… a big eight plus pounder.

The ultrasound showed that their heads are together (cute!) on my right side and the feet are facing down (also together) on the left. No wonder one side of my body feels completely beat up.

Contractions. Uncomfortableness. Feeding frenzies. Daily intake of Tums. I’m ready!

Pic, courtesy of myself because I get ready about one day a week and it’s usually at a time Mike isn’t around. And then by the time he does get home, I’m back in comfies. Add: “Can’t get myself dressed because I fall over” to the list above.

My Rustic Owl-Themed Baby Shower

Last weekend, my loving sister, cousin, and mom threw we an intimate baby shower for the twins. At first, I was planning on having something after the babies were born (since we aren’t finding out the sexes) but after some convincing, a shower was planned to take care of the necessary stuff (and so much more). Since it was just going to be my family, I envisioned it as a: let’s grab some sammies, kick up our feet, chat about girl stuff, maybe watch a movie, really relaxed baby shower. Then I walked in.

I’m warning you now, I posted way too many pictures. But the DETAILS. And the love and energy that went into making it such a memorable day: from the cute “When is the water going to break?” plastic baby-in-an-ice cube-game, to the delicious sit down lunch, to the table decor, to the adorable invitations. My family is an amazing one.

Thank you Jamie, Crystal, and Mom. I love you.

P.S. Check out Crystal’s blog for even more inspiration if you are planning a baby shower with an owl theme. She shares about how they did everything, where they bought most of the goodies, the cute games we played, etc.

30 Weeks & Craft Night

Well, today I went in for my 30 week ultrasound of the twins. Have they grown! Each are weighing in around three pounds. Can you believe it? That’s bigger than Blake’s total weight when he was born!

Like I’ve shared with many of you lately, I’m not 100% sold on the C-section route so wish me luck that these babies turn (Twin A has his/her feet down while Twin B is diagonal). I also was told that my appointments, as of 2/11/13, are going to be twice a week. Whoa. It’s really getting close… and I can’t wait!

Since the twins weren’t really cooperating when we were trying to take their picture, I decided to share a few shots of my baby Blake. We had a little craft night filled with way too much glue, water-colored hearts, flowers made out of tissue paper (remember making these as kids?), and card stock. Valentine’s Day is weeks away but who knows what is going to happen with this belly full of babies!

26 Weeks

Today, I went in for another doctor appointment to see our little twins. They are moving around all the time, especially at night and when I eat. Both babies are right around one pound, 12 ounces. (They’ve grown almost one pound each since my last appointment!) Twin A was much more cooperative this visit and even looks like he/she is smiling. Twin B was hiding but we did get a picture of him/her looking at us. Gosh, I wonder what we are having!

As for me, I couldn’t be more tired. I really don’t want to move unless Blake wants to play soccer, baseball or golf. Thank goodness because it keeps me active and away from all the leftover goodies from Christmas! Here’s a pic:

21 Weeks & 6 Days

Yes.. once this posts I’ll be 22 weeks already! I can’t believe how fast it’s going… and how slow it’s going. I’ve been so sick lately (hence the lack of blogging) because my immune system sucks.

Thursday, I went to another doc appointment. Here’s some updates on the twinsies:

Twin B is officially ONE POUND and Twin A is not too far behind.
Twin A is still really really active while Twin B poses for the ultrasounds…
Hmm Boy/Girl maybe? :)
And, yes, we still aren’t going to find out the sexes until they are born.

15 Weeks

Well, I’ve grown.

I’m finally kinda looking pregnant. And I’m definitely feeling the pains of being pregnant–hello sciatica! With Blake, I got a taste of this uncomfortableness that runs down my back to my bootie. Yes, my bootie. And now with the twins, I’m that girl with a thumb shoved into her “cheek” walking along trying to just get from one room to another.

Four months is just around the corner. Can’t wait to see what new things I can share!