If Your New Start Here

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy 1st Valentines to my Twins!

Life has been a whirlwind since the birth of my twins.  Everyday that goes by I am reminded more and more just how blessed I am by the lord.  It brings me such happiness to stay home with them and take care of them.  How could I ever of become this lucky?

I will never forget the journey which brought me to them.  I will forever be thankful to all of those who helped Joe and I become parents.  We could not of done it without the help of my fertility doctor and staff at The Fertility Centers of Illinois, Hoffman Estates. 

Today we took their 1st Valentines Day Photo's.

Who needs a kissing booth?

Happy Valentines Day!!

I would also love for you to please check out the Giveaway at CharBella Design. They have such cute stuff, which I would love to get for my twins.  Let them know I sent you, Kait to enter us to win a gift certificate.  You can see them on facebook website (www.facebook.comm/charbelladesign), website (www.charbelladesign.com)  and their blog (blog.charbelladesign.com).


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

37 weeks

How far along: 37 Weeks
"Get excited. At 37 weeks, your babies have reached full term. That means they have developed the most crucial functions. Of course, they will get even healthier and stronger over the next few weeks, so don’t get too impatient. Around week 37, many moms-to-be find themselves organizing cupboards and scrubbing their floors. That’s the nesting instinct kicking in as your body senses baby will be here shortly. It also might be your brain’s way of making sure you’re prepared for just about anything, so you can feel like you have an extra edge on this whole new parent thing." - The Bump

Size of babies:

The Bump:
This picture was taken at 37 weeks and 1 day,

It's offical, I am heading into the hospital tonight at 6 pm to be induced.  Wish me luck, and I will be back with a recap hopefully soon.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

33 - 36 Weeks

How far along: 33 Weeks
We’d tell you to take a deep breath and relax, but it’s probably tough to do either of those at 33 weeks. It’s probably tough to be comfortable at all, since you might be feeling overheated on top of your other symptoms, too. But you’re probably getting super excited to meet your babies, and we can’t blame you. Week 33 is a good time to make sure you have a safe car seat for the babies -- go ahead and install it already. Sure, you might not see baby for another month, but if you have an early surprise arrival, that’s the one thing you really need to have ready."–The Bump

Size of babies: Well finally onto a new fruit, and man does this feel true to size!  But rememeber I have this times TWO!
Your babies are the size of a honeydew!

Weighing about 4.2 to 5.8 pounds and measures about 17.2 to 18.7 inches. And they may grow up to a full inch this week -- amazing.
We had to switch out the orginal Britax Chaperone car seats for the twins (which I was so bumbed about but everything happens for a reason, they ended up being recalled).  The had amazing safety ratings and were way too cute with the cowmoflauge print, but the would not fit right in the Tahoe.  So we changed them to the Graco Snugrides.


How far along: 34 Weeks
"Watch what you say! Your curious babies are listening in to your conversations at 34 weeks -- and might enjoy a lullaby or two -- so go ahead and sing to them. Some say that baby will recognize songs mom sings while he’s in the womb, and may even be more easily soothed by them if he’s/she's used to them once she's/he’s on the “outside.” At week 34, you might breathe a little easier, since baby may descend lower into your pelvis and give your lungs some space. (Ahh!) Of course, some babies don’t do this until the day they’re born, so we’re not making any guarantees. The pitfall of this descent, of course, is even more pressure on your bladder, so be prepared to make even more trips to the ladies room over the coming weeks." - The Bump
Size of babies:

At less than two months to go, They weigh in at about 4.2 pounds to 5.8 pounds and measures about 17.2 to 18.7 inches.
How far along: 35 Weeks
"Growing, growing, growing. Yup, the babies and you. You’ve reached 35 weeks, and your uterus has grown about 1,000 times its original size, a number that might sound exaggerated to everyone else -- but to you it probably feels more like a million. You can expect to gain about a half-pound a week before birth, and babies are beefing up, too. At 35 weeks, some moms-to-be feel like they have a ton of stuff left to do before baby’s arrival. Others can barely wait for baby to make his/her debut. Either way, try not to stress. Baby will show up when they are ready, and they won’t care if you haven’t checked every little detail off your list." -The Bump

Size of babies:

They are about 17.2 to 18.7 inches. From here on out, they won't get much longer, but they are plumping up. They are now about 4.2 to 5.8 pounds, and they will put on a pound or more of baby fat before birth.


How far along: 36 Weeks
"Your due date is just four weeks away. Hasn’t time flown? Your once-poppy seeds would probably be able to breathe on their own if they were born right now. (If not, they would probably need some TLC, but they likely would be okay.) Most of their systems are in working order at 36 weeks. Since the babies really could decide to make their arrival any day now, try to put in a little prep work. For example, if you took a child birth class a few months ago, you might want to reread any materials you were given and practice some of the breathing techniques you learned with your partner. Go over your plan for getting to the hospital, and all the what-ifs (like, if you go into labor while you’re at work, will you go home first or straight there?). You might also want to remind your boss and colleagues of the status of all your work projects, so they know exactly where to take over if you’re suddenly out of the office. Week 36 is also a good time to enjoy a date with your partner. We’re guessing you won’t be up for dancing, but a nice dinner might be just what you two could use." - The Bump

Size of babies:

They are still in the 17.2- to 18.7-inch and 4.2- to 5.8-pound range and continues to beef up.


The past few weeks have been a whirl wind and are flying by.  ON my birthday, The 15th I had to make an unexpected trip to my doctors office and was put on Bed Rest for the remainder on my pregnancy.  The days of working were too much and too stressful.  I must admit I was so relieved to here this because I was exhausted all of the time.

Belly Pic:  35 Weeks 6 Days

Sunday, November 6, 2011

32 Weeks

How far along: 32 Weeks

At 32 weeks, baby’s birth still seems kind of far away, but you and baby are physically ready in a lot of ways, just in case there’s an early arrival. Baby may have turned so she’s in the head-down position by now, poised for her trip down the birth canal. And you may have noticed your nipples looking darker. That’s so a preemie can see them for breastfeeding -- isn't your body so amazing? Intensity might be building in the symptoms department, as heartburn and contractions intensify around week 32. But we’re guessing you’re so excited about baby’s impending arrival, they’re not slowing you down much."–The Bump

Size of babies: Little Squashes (But I feel like they are getting HUGE!)

Best moment of the previous week: My shower earlier today.  I will do a post tomorrow about it.

Symptoms: Very sore bottom, from my fall on Thursday morning.
Food cravings/aversions: Anything that anyone says. Don't you know your not supposed to talk about food around a pregnant woman??

Weekly wisdom: Be careful with everystep
Belly Pic: (to come, waiting on some pictures from my shower.)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

31 Weeks

How far along: 31 Weeks

“Welcome to week 31. Can you believe all five of baby’s senses are fully developed? He also keeps getting smarter. That’s probably good to know, since you might actually feel a little dumb. You’re not! It’s just that many moms-to-be find themselves acting absentmindedly during the third trimester. Some say that “pregnancy brain” isn’t a proven physical ailment, but can you think of another time in your life when you’ve had more on your mind than now? We’re guessing no. That right there is enough of a reason to be so forgetful. From 31 weeks on, you’re bound to feel a lot of the same symptoms -- some may get worse, some may become bearable. And you might start to have more trouble getting around as you get heavier and feel more and more short of breath. Remember not to push yourself too much. It’s good for you and baby to get some exercise, but definitely take breaks to rest as much as you need..” –The Bump

Size of babies: Little Squashes

Best moment of the previous week: I had my work shower on friday.  It was great, we had a Pot Luck and then also some cake.  Followed by presents!  I got so many great things from my co-workers!

Symptoms: I have reached the "achy" stage.  I can't seem to get comfortable.

Food cravings/aversions: Nothing new.

Weekly wisdom: The day's fly by, try to enjoy every minute!

Belly Pic: None this week, sorry I was too busy and forgot.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Our First Family Shower for the Twins

Yesterday was a perfect day, my husband and I drove out to Wasco our first Twins baby shower.  My mom was hosting this one and it was at the same place we had our rehersal dinner, Niko's Lodge.  Love that place! It was acturally even in the same room.
All of these photo's were taken my one of my Project Wedding friends, Liz. 

My mom worked so hard to add so many special touches!  It was a perfect shower.

My mom made the Bout' herself.

So I got a bit emotional when my mom talked about my journey here. 

I was blessed with so many friends and family there, even those who couldn't make it sent things!  Spoiled mama and babies already!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

30 Weeks

How far along: 30 Weeks

"At 30 weeks, your belly’s doing more than just making it tough to find a comfortable sleeping position. It’s made itself a conversation piece. Everywhere you go, someone seems to have a comment about your physical appearance, which isn’t always so fun. And no doubt, you’ve encountered quite a few people who don’t think before they speak and say something embarrassing or hurtful (what’s up with that?) Try not to take those comments seriously, but know which ones should be taken to heart. Like when they tell you you’re glowing, believe them! And take advantage of some of the perks (when someone offers you their seat on the train -- take it!) At week 30, your dreams might be getting even weirder -- if you’re actually sleeping, that is. That could be a result of anxiety, so consider doing some prep work to help you rest easier. One idea? Do a test drive to see exactly how long it really takes you to get to the hospital. Then maybe you’ll stop having nightmares about giving birth in your car." - The Bump
Size of babies:

Size of babies: Still my 2 little squash's!!

Best moment of the previous week: Spending time with my amazing friends and family!

Symptoms: I have started having braxon hicks, but on Wendnesday night they seems to not stop, my stomach contracted when I stood for a tour at our hospital (After a C-Section class) and did not relax.  After about 30 minutes of a very tight tummy, and nto much movement from the twins I got nervous.  We called my Doctor when we got to the car, he wanted me to head back into the hospital to Labor and Delivery.  Talk about scary, I quickly realized how not prepared I felt, and was getting worried for my babies coming that night.  Thankfully after a few hours of monitoring I was able to go home.

Food cravings/aversions: It's hard to eat much and be satisfied, I have been getting reflex so bad, I'm pretty miserable after I eat.

Weekly wisdom: Never hesitate to call your doctor.  That's what they are there for!

Belly Pic:  I have tons this week!  My little sister and I were able to get together for some pictures, and there are many from my shower.

These are 2 which were taken at my "Rauch" Family & Friends shower by Liz Mazur.  She is starting to dip into photography like me, it was great to have her take pictures at my shower.