20 Week Twin Update!

Well, we've hit the halfway mark! Actually, we hit the halfway mark at 19 weeks, because the latest I am allowed to deliver the twins is 38 weeks :)

I promised I would keep up with this blog this time around, and once again, I haven't. Poor Daisy and Dalton! By this time during my first pregnancy, I had kept up with my blog and also taken tons of "bump" pictures. I laugh saying that now because my "bump" was basically a nothing at this point last go 'round.

I figured I would just do a photo dump tonight and share the first "bump" photo I've taken this pregnancy, which was tonight...how is that even possible? I didn't really feel picture ready, but Fen was in a good mood and I felt like blogging, so I made Josh snap a quick photo, and man, I am HUGE! At my last appointment I was 17 weeks, measuring 21 weeks. I can't even imagine what I am measuring right now. I guess we will find out at my appointment next week.

20 weeks pregnant with Fen (2 years, 3 months)

This pregnancy has been a lot harder then my pregnancy with Fen. I am moving around slower while still chasing my active two year old. My symptoms seem to be more severe and coming on more quickly then last time. A few weeks ago, I spent the weekend in the hospital because my heart rate spiked. That was fun....not. I had to document this because I figured it may help someone down the road with a twin pregnancy or with things just feeling weird. We weren't doing anything that day, but my heart rate started to sky rocket, and I felt like I was going to have a heart attack. We went to the hospital just to be safe. After numerous tests, two cat scans, and an echocardiogram, things checked out fine. We still aren't really sure what happened that day, other than I might have had an infection and the symptoms just hit me really hard. I've been told that I need to be really careful heavy lifting and to completely stop picking up Fen. He's about 40 pounds, so it's not exactly fun holding him anyway, but it is hard to keep this in mind sometimes. 

This was day 2 at the hospital. Still looking just as gorgeous as ever and hair not really greasy.....yet..........

Day 3....my nurse finally offered me a new gown, and I found a ponytail. PRAISE GOD. Greasy hair in full force, and big girl was ready to shower but just waiting to go home.

Moving on to  bigger and better things. I chose the bedding, and we got started on the room!

Shoutout to my friend, Liv who helped me make the tassels above the cribs. Not only did she go pick out the fabric with me, but she helped me cut all of it. We got carpel tunnel together...it was monumental. Basically, all we have left to do is move Fen's grey rocker in here. We are also going to buy a love seat pull out bed. I figure it will be nice to seat 2-3 people in here since I am going to need all the help I can get :) Oh, and Josh is hanging curtain rods this weekend....THIS IS THE THRILL OF HIS LIFE, Y'ALL. HE CAN'T WAIT.

Since we needed Fen's crib to get started on D & D's room, Fen got promoted to a big boy bed, and I must say that has been a fun transition....HA!

Here I was dripping in sweat and working hard on setting up Fen's bed. Josh just sat there like a lazy man. What the heck is his problem? :)

Bubba was SOOOOO excited about his car bed. He loves to go in his room now and say "lights" and turn on the car bed headlights and show everyone his big boy bed. I feel bad....Fen is sick of me talking about the twins' room. 

Moving on....
I scored a Twin Z pillow on Zulily, which I keep hearing is a must have for twins. 

I ordered some bows and bow headbands off Etsy for sweet little Daisy, but I've got a feeling Fen is going to give her about 5 seconds before ripping those suckers off her locks....

My grandma bought Fen some baby dolls so we could let him practice holding babies. It was so sweet for about 5 minutes while he kissed and hugged them. The next thing I knew, he was throwing them in the air and smacking them on the ground repeatedly. Daisy and Dalton better run for their lives. Helga from Hey, Arnold is waiting for them....but don't tell Fen I said that.

I bought a few bottles this week. Gosh, this post is so thrilling. If you are reading this right now, you deserve a free Publix bakery cookie...on me.

Last but not least, I ordered Dalton a few cute burp cloths off Etsy. I figured after all the dresses and bows I got for Daisy, this was the least I could do for Dalton.

Alright, alright, I know you're sick of reading this and just ready to go party or watch Netflix with your snacks, but now I have to end the post with the questionnaire I answered through Fen's pregnancy, so deal with it. I mean at this rate, you'll probably only read one or two more of these posts before the babies are born. You can thank me, now.

How far along? 20 weeks
Maternity clothes? Sister, I was in maternity clothes about 5 minutes after I found out I was pregnant.
Stretch marks? Yup. I've had those suckers since 2013....or was it 8th grade when I gained weight in my thighs? Who is keeping track anyway?
Sleep? Still sleeping pretty well. I have a hard time moving from side to side, but my pregnancy pillow does wonders! Very vivid/weird dreams.
Best moment this week: Eating Japanese Wednesday night....or was it sleeping in until 8am yesterday?
Miss anything? My sexy body....
Movement? Yes! Just started feeling the babies this week!
Food cravings? Salads, ground beef, spaghetti sauce, hot dogs
Anything making you queasy or sick? Not really, thankfully!
Gender? Boy and girl :)
Labor signs? None
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? I wear my anniversary band, but not my wedding ring or band. Fat fingers, what can I say?
Mood? I would have to say decent. Josh would probably say Jekyll and Hyde.
Looking forward to? A fun weekend and spending time with family :)

How we told our families we were expecting

See "Baby #2" post if you would like to read about me finding out I was pregnant.

So, after Fen and I told Josh the news, I told him I couldn't keep this from our families. When we were pregnant with Fen, we waited to tell them and this time I didn't want to. My mother in law was leaving town that night and wouldn't be back for a few days, so we decided we would wait to tell Josh's side of the family until that weekend when we were all together. 

That night, I asked me parents if they wanted to meet us for Mexican. This wasn't uncommon for us to do, so I knew no one would be suspicious of us at this point. The game plan was to tell them at dinner. Well, I happened to be off work that day and went to hangout with my grandma and aunt during the day. They were going to make raw kibbie (Syrian food) for lunch. This is a meal where you eat raw meat...definitely a no no for pregnancy. The reason they were going to make this is because I had requested it a few weeks ago. As they talked about lunch, I was thinking to myself, UH OH. If I tell them I don't want raw kibbie for lunch, they will immediately know I'm pregnant because there's no other reason I would not eat this. I casually said, "how about we take Fen to Chick Fil A? That would be fun?" They said, "but I thought you wanted raw kibbie?" I told them I just wasn't in the mood. Immediately, my grandma said, "ARE YOU PREGNANT?" Sh*T. How do you lie to your grandma? Unfortunately, I immediately smiled and started laughing and spilled the beans. In retrospect, I'm kind of happy it happened this way, because the look on their faces was GREAT! I forced them not to tell mom, dad, and my brother. Well now, Maga (my grandma) was roped in. She was going to keep Fen that night so we could go get Mexi with the family and not deal with Fen running around like a hyena and freaking out about sitting in his high chair. She begged me to wait until after dinner when we got back to the house so we could tell the family in front of her. Josh and I agreed. 

Fast forward to dinner. We went over to my parents house to drop Fen off with my grandma and left for dinner. Man, that dinner felt like an eternity. We love queso, so I had a bad a feeling everyone would notice right off he bat I wasn't eating it. Like clockwork, they did. I made up some dumb story about meat and they razzed me the entire time about being on some vegetarian diet to lose weight. I just let them dig at me so I didn't give it away. The great thing is my family doesn't pay attention to pasteurization so it never crossed their mind that was the reason I wasn't eating queso. 

After dinner, we went back to my parents. ARE YOU STILL READING THIS? If so, I commend you. The only person interested in this isn't even alive yet, but hey, I have to document this for my baby! 

When we got there, Maga told us that Fen was saying a new word and she wanted us all to see. So the whole family was sitting there watching Fen talk, when I said, "Fen, why don't you tell everyone how you're going to have a little brother or little sister?" Well, what do you know? My family wasn't listening to me. So, I said it again. At this point, everyone is still chattering and not paying much attention, except Trey. All of a sudden Trey says, "WAIT, WHAT?????" I had to repeat myself one more time. Next, was the look of shock. My mom looked like she was seriously confused? "Huh? Are you pregnant?" To which I said, "YES, I AM!" The next thirty minutes were spent with my family in shock...excited...laughing...freaking out! It was a lot of fun!

That weekend, we were going with my in-laws to a "Sip & Sea" for one of our sweet friends' grand babies! The party was right during Fen's nap and close to my in-laws' house, so I asked my mother-in-law if we could bring Fen to their house afterwards so he could nap and we could just hangout. She agreed. Last minute, my brother in law got sick, so we FaceTimed them and told them thew news. This was exciting because she is due in October, so our kids are only going to be a few months apart! Woohoo! After the Sip & Sea, we went to the Downing's. We got Fen down for a nap, and we were sitting there with my mother-in-law, father-in-law, and one of my sister-in-laws. We told them we had some news, and my sister-in-law immediately guessed! Little stinker! It was a lot of fun....followed by my mother-in-law realizing there would be two new grand babies within a matter of months!! Let the crazy begin!!!!
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