Tuesday, July 08, 2014

10 Things I have learned while being pregnant for the third time, and with my second set of twins.


1. People say really strange things. I know its mostly out of shock or just having no idea what TO say, but really. Telling me that my family was already big enough is just wrong, stranger at the grocery store.
2. Nesting starts immediately. It's more of a scramble to the finish type feeling because you KNOW what is coming.
3. The pregnancy "senioritis" feeling hits more like the 24th week. Thank God I'm not going the full 40 or I may become a psycho.
4. All the things you say you won't eat or you won't do because you want to bounce back fly swiftly out the window because really, its survival mode.
5. Sitting modestly is totally out of the question. I feel like a SUMO wrestler when I sit. It's not pretty folks. But I'm sorry. I have no control over my body anymore.  Long maxi's are essential for the general public.
6. Did I mention people say really weird things? To your face? That are A. none of their business or B. Completely socially unacceptable.
7. The Bath is your friend. Live there.
8. Having older kiddos sure helps out so much better than doing this with a toddler in tow. Thanking God daily for the 6 year gap we have.
9. Leaving the house becomes increasingly stressful just for the one fact of trying to find clothes that actually cover my entire stomach and are not itchy. (I always get a fabulous rash on my belly. Yay for hot sweaty itchy pregnancies in the summers, shoulda planned that better....oh wait.....)
10. I have the best friends and family who have literally carried me through this pregnancy. From the first trimester shock, the second trimester marathon of finishing everything I could before complete misery set in, to the third trimester, literally calling me for grocery lists, driving me on errands because my belly is too big to drive, taking my children on fun outtings so they are not stir crazy here with me, going to my dr appointments, praying for the things that are closest to my heart, and calling and texting with the right words for the right moments.


And with that I leave you with this fabulous print that my cousin, Bethe, designed yesterday. It was so perfect for where my mind and body where yesterday.


Print is available here 



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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Family Funnies

Lately my kiddos have had some really funny things that I need to record. 

We were in the car and Ella asked "mom, why do men snore when they sleep?" 

And before anyone could even respond Hayden shouts from the back "because they have no respect for women!!" 

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Then today I was getting up to walk in the house and Ella come up beside me and put her arm around my back and looks at me saying "mom, I know how ya feel" 

I said "oh really??" And she replies "ginormica..... But you're still beautiful" 

She's also been frequently referring to me as "mother of life" and "mother of nature" . 


Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer 2014

We have been staying busy as we count down the days til the brothers' arrival. We've been very blessed with some unnaturally overcast days and rain which is wonderful for this massively pregnant mamma. It also helps us stay clear of any drought issue which hinders our firework business. 

So far, this summer, the girls have :
Been to two vbs and tomorrow are starting a three day sport clinic (cheerleading for the twins and volleyball for Hayden)
Started the summer reading club at the library
Seen Malifecent -twice 
Seen How to Train your dragon
Gone to a dr appt with me
Had several indoor campouts
Consumed a fair amount of sonic slushes and snowcones
Swam
Had sleepovers at the grands
And so much more. 

I've been trying to make them feel like their summer is not boring even though we really aren't doing much. 

I had a good Dr appt today. Baby b (Rivan) has flipped into head down position after being breech for weeks. But that still didn't put us into the clear of avoiding a csection, like I had hoped for. My Dr has been very watchful over all risks involved and with twins the main risk is stress on the second baby during delivery, including stress on the placenta of the second. Plus Liam (the baby in the lead delivery position) is sunny side up so VBAC is still not in the cards. 

I have a total peace over the whole situation. I've prayed the whole time for my desires not to hinder what is the safest way for them to enter the world. And mostly I feel good that I found a dr that honored those wishes the entire time and has my and the boys safety as her top priority. So today they started paperwork to schedule my csection and we are still taking it day by day and hoping to make it as far as we can and as close to 36 weeks as possible. 23 days and counting. 

We are all really excited to meet these guys and can't wait to start the next part of this experience. 

I was able to take some fabulous maternity photos, courtesy of Coon Photography. https://m.facebook.com/CoonPhotography?_rdr

 I've never done maternity pictures before so I'm glad with this being my last pregnancy that we were able to capture this time. The proud big sisters were able to jump in for a few as well! 


Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Revealed giveaway

THE REVEALED is a futuristic tale of a teen girl targeted by a mysterious organization known as The Revealed. As she fights to evade their grasp, she finds out that everything she thought she knew was a lie. Fans of The Hunger Games will love this book!

I am giving away one of these books this week! Comment below telling me what's at the top of your summer bucket list to be entered! Get an extra entry by sharing on fb. Comment that you did here as well. 


Winner selected Wednesday June 25 at 4pm CST.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

28w6d doctor day


Today the whole gang got to go with me to the dr. The girls haven't had a chance to see an ultrasound yet and were all very amazed to see inside my stomach. 

It was also great to have Bj with me and not have to drive. Driving is still possible for me but getting harder by the day. 

I had my diabetes test and bloodwork done as well as my Rho-gam shot. Two of my least favorite milestones of pregnancy. Glad they are behind me and praying I do not have gestational diabetes like I did last time. 

Now I'm at the point where I start going every two weeks. My stomach is measuring like a 37 week single pregnancy, which is why I've been experiencing more contractions. All is well though. Still 44 days and counting. Heart rates were 153 and 148. The baby on my left is head down and the right is sort of transverse. Hoping for him to keep heading down and not go breech. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

The boys have names

 
BJ's grandfather was named William Boardman. His dad also has the name Boardman and that is BJ's first name. This will make the fifth generation that we know of. Liam (pronounced Leeum) is a shortened variant of William and means helmeted protector. Seems a fitting first born son name.

Rivan (rhymes with livin') means ambitious, self sufficient, a star like the sun. It was pretty much the only name I came up with that I really liked. I love that it is unique and I've never heard anyone named that. Dash is my way of honoring my PawPaw. The runner:) We have a special bond but his names have both already been passed down and I wanted to acknowledge him through a name in some way. So since he runs track and is very fast, Dash seemed fitting. 

We are very excited to meet these two little guys! 

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

26 weeks

Another week down!! This one is a pretty big milestone for me because when I was pregnant with the girls, today, 26 weeks was the day I was admitted into the hospital for constant observation until they were born. I stayed for 47 days. It was extremely difficult to go through the remainder of my pregnancy alone. Bj would bring Hayden up on the weekends and she would sleep in my bed with me and my friends and family would come as often as they could. But being over an hour away made it extremely difficult to have regular visitors. My nurses became my extended family and I truly bonded with my babies during that time. Each day that I was there was one less day for my girls in the NICU and that was my constant thought.

So today I am grateful for the opportunity to be free of bedrest and hospitalization and thankful that I am still home with my family and my boys are still growing strong inside my belly. 

Though everyday is a milestone when you are carrying twins my next big one is to make it to 32 weeks. That means I've made it past when my girls were born and then I can keep on going. 

Thank you for all your constant prayers and kind words. 

Xo-Lindsay 

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