It is a BEAUTIFUL Saturday morning here in Oklahoma, and this week finds me in MUCH better spirits than last week's complain-fest. Thank you all so much for your kind words and thoughtful encouragement. Truly, you ministered to my spirit in so many ways.
The best news of all is that the nausea/puking cloud has lifted significantly. Sure, I threw up Monday morning (my girls were like, great. Welcome to Fall Break!), but I've found if I really, really stay on top of my hunger and make sure to eat a little something pretty much around the clock, I can keep the pukies at bay. I've been trying to do that all along, but it's hard to eat when you gag on every swallow. Finally - FINALLY - that isn't happening anymore and I can actually not only get through dinner, but enjoy it. Glory!
A few weeks ago, Dacey told me that she thought she remembered a memory (or maybe it was a dream, she said) of when I was pregnant with AJ and she got to smear the blue goo on my belly and listen to AJ's heart beating. I'll tell you what - that was not a dream! She really did go to one of my appointments and help the doctor listen to her sister's heartbeat. I cannot believe she remembered that - she was two and a half!
Since I had a regular check-up with my OB on Tuesday and the girls were out of school, I thought it would be fun if they got to come along and listen to their brothers' little hearts beating away in there. I am here to testify that taking elementary-aged kiddos along for doctor's appointments is a bazillion times easier than taking a toddler along. They were so good and so interested in everything.
When it came time to check the heartbeats, AJ went first and her job was to check Twin B's heart. Twin B is the one I have told y'all from the start is going to be a handful. Every time she pressed down to listen to his heart, that little rascal would run away! It took a good minute or two of chasing him around for us to get a good read on him! He was in the high 150s as usual. I think he and Aliza Joy are going to get along like peas and carrots. They both corner the market on ornery.
Dacey got to check Twin A who was his usual completely mellow, chill self. He consistently is in the 130s for heartbeat. Both girls absolutely loved getting to do this, and I love that they are old enough to really remember it. Such a sweet time.
At the appointment, I found out I am weighing in at 185 pounds. GULP. That's how much I weighed at 41.5 weeks with Dacey! And here I was worried that I wouldn't put on the recommended 25 pounds by 20 weeks with twins. Heh. Somehow amidst the sickies, my body has managed to really pack it on.
As I've mentioned before, carrying twins means I measure at about 8 weeks ahead of where I would be with a single. It's interesting because I feel like my body is as confused and conflicted as my mind is about things. Somewhere deep inside, a nesting switch got flipped to on this week, and on Wednesday, I was compelled to get the girls' winter clothes down from the attic, clean out their closet and drawers, put winter clothes away, pack up summer clothes, and completely clean out and organize their room.
As I explained to Kyle, it wasn't even like I wanted to do any of that. All of the sudden, I had to. Like, now. Part of me wonders if this is just normal nesting energy that would normally come with the third trimester and part of me wonders if there is something within encouraging me to bed-rest ready the house. It seems like everywhere I turn, I see things that need to be done that only I can do. Whatever the reasoning is, it felt really good to get the girls' stuff in order!
Oh! And it was such a happy, happy mail week here, too.
I've revised and revamped my thoughts on cloth diapering the twins, and that's a whole 'nother post. But my first cloth purchases for them arrived this week (you might have seen it on the SortaCrunchy Facebook page):
Two Flip covers and a big ol' stack of flat diapers. Yes, much to more to share with you on this topic.
And then, the sweetest package arrived via Kate Endle on Etsy from my wonderful friend Keara and her husband Joe:
This week, we've also shopped a JBF sale, wandered the OKC Zoo, had grandparent visits and Mom and Daughter mall time, brought home a new hermit crab, and battled the tummy bug. Again! Ay de mi. What a week it has been, indeed. And we still have a full week of Fall Break ahead of us.
One teeny tiny little complaint to log: for whatever reason, I cannot sit comfortably for more than about 15 minutes. I can't sit long at the computer and I can't even sit to do crafts/art projects with the girls. I am just having SO much nerve pain in my back. There are so, so, SO many emails in my inbox that I just have not been able to get to. Many of them I can read on my phone, but when it comes to responding - I am slower than the slowest slow. I am leaning hard on grace for those! If you have emailed or messaged, please don't be hurt or bewildered by a non-response. Hopefully, I'll have settled on a laptop in the next few weeks and I have to believe that being able to do all the computer-ing from my comfy bed will help me make a dent in unanswered bizness.
We're getting bored with calling the twins A & B and have been playing around with nicknames. We've been trying out Batman and Robin, Finn and Jake, and Mordecai and Rigby. Throw in your suggestions for nicknames to last the next few months? I know y'all can think up some good ones!
Happy weekending, everyone!