Friday, August 28, 2009

Staying Girlie in a House Full of Boys

Just because Dan and I are having two boys doesn't mean I can't buy/make girlie-girl crafts and gifts... I have 2 sweet nieces; Mia - who will be turning 3 next month, and Shawna - who is 14 and totally fun to shop for gifts for... I also have a lot of other little ladies in my life. My 2 best friends from college have 4 girls between them, and some other close friends have daughters (or are having them soon), as well.

So first, let me apologize... I totally lied about not posting anything until sometime next week, but I had to put up some pics of the tutu I just made for my niece Mia's upcoming 3rd birthday. (No peeking, Mia!!) I found this simple tutu tutorial here at Plumtickled, which is a great blog filled with lots of great ideas for all you crafty people out there. I used beautiful purple satin ribbon and 3 rolls of tulle (pink, purple and shimmery silver) and had plenty left over. Maybe even enough for one more toddler sized tutu. I still have to trim up the bottom a bit to make it even, but I think for less than an hours work, this turned out totally adorable and would make any little girl smile! This tutu is perfect for a tea party, playing dress-up, and even for a trip to the grocery store with mom or dad! (Sorry Joe, but it just might happen!) I hope Mia loves her handmade tutu along with the other gift we got for her, (something Dora, of course!)
XOXO, Mimi and Nee ;)

*Can't get much girlier than a pink and purple tutu!*

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

37 Weeks Pregnant with Twins (...and counting!)

When I first starting documenting my belly size, I did a self photo-shoot in my bathroom mirror, much like many pregnant girls do. I soon realized that there weren't many options for variety in this type of photo, and although I loved my 16 week shot seen here, I started having Dan take pictures of me. We got some good ones, and plenty of the not so flattering ones!

16 weeks pregnant with twins, self portrait

Now I've gone back to basics and even exposed myself a bit more than the 1st time. I'm at the 37 week mark, which is considered full term for twins and I decided to re-do my bathroom mirror shot. I'll be perfectly honest, I was a bit leery of showing some skin (...some? More like a lot!), but was actually pretty excited that my belly still fit in the mirror ;) Who cares about the extra poundage and a few stretch marks, right? I know that down the road, I'll be glad I have these pictures, and hopefully the boys will get a kick out of seeing them someday, too. So here it is... Drumroll, please!

37 weeks pregnant with twins, self portrait

We also have some exciting news. We now have a date for the boys birthday! Unless they have other plans in mind, they will be born on September 2nd. It's kind of weird knowing the exact day, but who knows, maybe it'll come sooner than that! Being considered full-term now, I'm certain that they will be healthy, bouncing babies, whether they decide to wait or not. My next post will most likely be in another week and a half or so, after the boys are born, and after we get home from our hospital stay. Stay tuned for plenty more pictures! I can't wait to capture our new little ones, and family and friends that help us celebrate during their first few days in this world!

Friday, August 21, 2009

36 & change

I had another NST as well as the full ultrasound again today and the boys are estimated to be 5lbs, 11oz (Baby A- Vertex) and 6lbs, 2oz (Baby B - Breech). Baby A is measuring 34 weeks, which is a bit small. These days he should be packing on the pounds and growing in size. His weight is OK, just the estimated age of the baby is a bit behind. Baby B is right on target at 36 weeks. My doctors all said that the babies are a healthy size, but the nurses who perform my weekly tests all agree that they should bake just a little bit longer.

I'm so glad that I've made it this far without any medical complications other than the normal aches and pains (and believe me, there have been plenty!) Dan is amazed that I have made it as far as I have. I am too, I guess. Ever since we found out we were expecting, I set mini goals where the risks of carrying multiples decreased as I reached each mark... First the 12 week mark (end of the 1st trimester, before we knew there were 2), then 20 weeks (the '12 week mark' for twins), then 26 weeks (when my friend's cousin delivered twins that are now healthy one year-olds), then 34 weeks (when my friend Missy had her twin girls - who were in the hospital for about 2 weeks and are now healthy, happy one year-olds), and lastly 36 weeks (my personal pregnancy final goal...) Now I'm ready to go. Lets get the show on the road, boys! We're ready to meet you! ;)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thirty-Six Weeks!

I've successfully reached my goal of 36 weeks! Yeah! Doesn't my belly look small from this angle? (Haha! It doesn't look small from ANY angle at this point!) I just posted the real 36-week side profile shot on flickr, so take a looksie... I think I've expanded in the past two weeks, but maybe it was just that black dress in the 34 week shot made me look a bit less, well, ...round. Off to the Dr. on Thursday to schedule my delivery for September 1st, unless I go into labor before then. Friday, I have another NST and ultrasound and I should get new weight estimates on the boys. I'll post those as soon as I can. Any guesses?

I can't believe that in 2 weeks or less, we will be parents to two tiny little boys. We can't wait. It's been a long 9-month road, but we are so close to the end ...and so close to the beginning of a new one.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Week 34!

Well, here's a picture of me, taken today at the start of week 34... The boys are baking quite nicely. Still no signs of pre-term labor, which is a really good thing. Dan, being a good sport not only allowed me to take his 34 week photo, but is also letting me post it here on DTGs. What a guy!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Nursery Preview

Last night I finally got around to straightening up the nursery to take some pictures. Alright, I'm lying... I FORCED myself to begin nesting, because the instinct hasn't kicked in naturally and it desperately needed to get done! (Is that bad?)

First, here is the awesome dutch door created by Dan... He's quite talented, eh? It turned out fabulous and will be perfect for keeping the dogs out (or the kids in)! I hung a junk collector/organizer on the door with the basics that I'll always need to grab quickly - onesies, burp cloths, socks and receiving blankets. Hopefully I can get a system down where these are replenished soon after they are used. The bookshelf was my dad's when he was a little boy. It's traveled through our family (not sure of who used it last), but now it's here to stay for a while. I love being able to use (and am honored to have) something that has been in the family for years. The elephant pillows, boxes and wall canvas are all Amy Coe designs and go with the crib bedding.
Then we have a view of the front window with the boys' cribs and the glider. I'm working on getting plain white valances for the windows (either store bought or handmade by Nana Stefko) and I'm planning on covering the chair in a light blue fabric. All of my furniture in the nursery (with the exception of the bookshelf) was purchased off of craigslist. I saved a BOATLOAD and figured the green chair was too good to pass up, even if it didn't match. I can make it match!! Crib bedding is Amy Coe, and I got it all off of ebay, along with some other matching accessories (hamper, garbage can, mobiles, etc.) ;) Again... I think I saved a boatload by going this route. I also have some of my mom's knitted blankets on display at the end of each crib. The are so soft and snuggly! I can't wait to wrap the babies in them!

Above shows a good view of the painted walls. That's not wall paper, folks! Dan painted the lighter color, I measured and taped off the stripes, then he added the darker color. I made the frames with plain wooden frames, paint, scrapbook paper and some decoupage, inspired by my friend Kim who creates more glam versions of these as well as other amazing products such as invitations and party packages.

Lastly, here is a close-up of one of the cribs. How adorable is this Amy Coe crib set??? So cute! The bear (or should I say bears, there's one for each baby) was hand-made by my sister-in-law, Janet. It's totally me, and matches PERFECTLY!

Only thing missing are the babies and the name banners that I painted using papermache letters and ribbon (names are being kept a secret). You'll all just have to wait until the boys are here to see those!!! ;)

Think the boys will like their room?

Quick Update on Yesterday's Ultrasound

OK, for those of you taking bets on the babies' weights and positions... Baby A is approximately 4lbs 10 oz (still head down) and Baby B is 5 lbs 1 oz (breech again). Great twin weights for 33 and some change weeks! If they stay put a bit longer, I should have another weight update in 3 more weeks. Otherwise, I'll be posting the birth-weights ;)