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Just amazing

by Juliemara
07.27.11

Sometimes you come across something that just makes you go wow. Today that happen at work, look what one of my co-workers received for her birthday…

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Just amazing. They are real and smell wonderful! Happy Birthday Jean!

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Ultrasound Update

by Juliemara
07.27.11

July 25th 25 weeks

Is it just me or is time creeping along? I really don’t want to wish away the days, but I have to admit, when you ask how I am doing and I tell you “good, yes I feel great” I’m lying. I really don’t think I have it as bad as some. My morning sickness hasn’t come back, I don’t have headaches or back aches. and so far no gross stretch marks or varicose veins. What I do have are sore legs. I’m ok at work because I sit with my feet up on a pillow under my desk, but if I sit too long they hurt more when I get up, so I have to schedual laps around the floor every thirty to forty-five minutes.  I actually feel better when I am excersizing than relaxing and definitely better than  just standing around.  We are working hard to get the house ready but by the end of each day the last thing I feel like doing is organizing anything. I did make a huge step today in getting the babies room ready, I found the ruler I need for measuring out the stripes!

Speaking of babies, I have new pictures! And I am happy to report that they are growing well and staying healthy. They are each measuring approximately 2lbs now and my belly is measuring 43 1/2″, almost caught up to my husband.

Each baby is about the size of a head of Cauliflower, so in honor of the garden growing within me (oh how poetic) we ate grilled cauliflower for dinner the other night (since we still don’t have a functioning kitchen). But when we do finally have that kitchen we will for sure be making one of my husbands mothers famous recipes, cauliflower pasta. Basically you steam the cauliflower, set aside, saute about four heads (yes heads, not cloves) of garlic in a 1/2 cup olive oil, then saute the cauliflower in the garlic until it’s brown in places, then pour the mixture over perfectly cooked capellini pasta and serve with a ton of Loccatelli. Enjoy!

Oh babies, right! Here are their new pictures. I think they know I am thinking about them right now the are kicking and punching away as I write this.

The babies are positioned opposite of each other right now, a is head up/feet down and b is feet up (in my rib cage)/head down. Here you can see a’ skull in her brain and b’s butt and a little leg, I think. It looks like a chicken wing. I’m beginning to sense a theme with this post, maybe I need to go get another lunch.

moving down my belly this shows a cross section of the babies abdomens. Apparently an ultrasound machine takes picture similar to how an MRI does, in slices.

And way down at the bottom is a great butt shot of a and b’s skull.

Here is b’s face, sideways and half shadowed. A was facing backward the whole time so no photo ops today for her. I’m sorry but you’ll just have to check back next time.

While babies are on the forefront and the topic most seem to be interested in these days I have taken soem time to do a few things for myself that I’m sure there won’t be much time for one the girls arrive. So check back int eh next week for some fun posts on antiquing, my favorite places and a fun family celebration.

Thanks for visiting!

July 11th 23 Weeks

I’ve actually had two appointments since my last update, but since I get pics every two weeks at the perinatal my OB doesn’t print any for me, she knows they are not nearly as cute on her screen. But She did tell me the I am measuring 27 weeks as far as the size of my big fat belly as my 3yr old niece likes to call it, which I’m ok with, because she said that if I turned into a rainbow I would be a big fat rainbow, gotta look at the bright side.How big is that belly?…I’m measuring 41″ around. Still smaller than my husband from this post at 16weeks.

The babies measured 23weeks and 6days so it’s good that they are growing faster than normal. They weigh approximately 1.5lbs each,  the size if a rutabaga. And since I have no idea what a rutabaga is here is Wikipedia’s explanation. It’s a type of turnip, that looks like sweet potatoes after it’s cooked. But People in Sweden and Scotland eat it, no so much in the US.

My belly is making me laugh a lot these days, the babies move around about half the day for a few minutes each time. Last night my husband saw my belly pop up when someone punched me, he though that was pretty cool. I see it all the time, but I have the patience to sit there are stare at my belly all day.

Here are a few new pics of the girls. The doctors are trying to confuse me now, they both want to switch who’s a and who’s b. A is on my right side and b is on my left, but sice b is “presenting” head down they want to call her a. so far they are named as they have been, I’ll let you know if they really do change it.

A’s face and hands, two shots.

b’s head and spine

b’s face

Again, I’m sorry that the captions are not where they are suppose to be. Learning how to use wordpress has been much more difficult than I though, especially when your energy and patience are running low.

I think for the most part I am feeling pretty good, I haven’t had any scary braxton hicks contractions and the doctors give me a good to go as far as everyone growing like they should and blood pressure and such. That being said, it’s easier to breath when I stand, but after a while my legs hurt, so I am the happiest laying down, but not for too long on my back because then the blood doesn’t flow to my brain and I can feel my heart in my ears, or on one side because all the blood rushes to that side and it gets uncomfortable. I have to sleep on my side, so my arm falls asleep which hurts. And I have to tuck a pillow under my belly when I’m on my side because it’s so heavy I can feel it pulling down, which hurts. Last night both girls ended up on one side,so my belly was lopsided and I had a foot or two in my ribs again. b stretches out every evening and tucks her sweet little foot just under my rib so that it feels like someones poking me in the rib, which I guess technically they are. For the most party the face each other all day so all their little hands end up in my belly button area and punch punch punch, all day long. I love it when people get to feel it, they always get so excited, is fun to have those around me share the fun. Just ask first!

Almost 24 weeks, I could have a little as 8 weeks left, or as many as 14, I’m hoping for the later but preparing for the former and just trying to take in as much of the experience as I can while it lasts. Because one thing I have learned for sure over the past few years of my life is that a lot can happen in a very short amount of time so you better take a minute to enjoy it because it’s going to be over before you know it.

TGI almost F

June 27th 21 Weeks

It was back to the Perinatal again this week for a checkup and I’m happy to report everyone is doing great. The babies are each weighing 15ozs

that’s about this size, that’s a spaghetti squash.

They were moving around so much during the scan the tech had a hard time getting good pictures of them.

Here is b’s profile

and a’s head and body, mosltly spine.

and b’s big foot

and a’s little hand, awww

Have a Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

June 13th 19 weeks

I have finally started to feel them moving around, not much, just a tiny little bit here and there. It’s so subtle that if I’m not being super still when they move enough for me to feel them then I miss it. Sometimes I think I feel a little muscle twitch, but the more I talk to the other 15 women in my office who are pregnant I realize it’s them! My husband can’t wait to start feeling them move and kick and punch and whatever else they will do in there for the next four months (hopefully). And he’s really good about saying hi to them everyday, in Hebrew .

It was back to the Perinatal doctor this week and again, everything looks good, no ttts, good! They are very quick and thorough with their check, they just don’t take the time to get the good images like they use to, tisk, tisk. Hehe. That was a joke, they are doing their job making sure that our babies are growing well, which they are. They both measure 19wks and three days gestational age and each weigh the same at 11oz. Their heads are now above my belly button and they are both feet down, but they spin around like tiny dancers the whole time. Which is probably why it is difficult to get good pics. The tech did manage to snap these…

baby girl b’s head

baby girl a’s footsie

but the rest just look like blobs, like this one

or scary skeletor people, like this one…

She actually has her hands up by her head, which is a good thing for babies, it means they are relaxed (my sister told me that).

I feel really lucky that I get to check in with the babies every one to two weeks, I just don’t know how people can stand not knowing what is going on for months at a time.  12 days until next scan!

June 6, 2011 18 weeks

May 25, 2011 16weeks

just baby girl b

just baby girl a

May 9, 2011 14weeks

just baby girl a

just baby girl b

April 25, 2011 12 weeks

just b

just a

close up profile

April 5, 2011 9 weeks

March 22, 2011 8 weeks

March 16, 2011 7weeks

March 9,2011

See original Ultrasound Post here)

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Just the beginning

by Juliemara
07.22.11

All week I’ve been trying to find the time to post the new pics of our house. And when you ask you shall receive, my flight to my hometown for the weekend for one last visit aline is Delayed! By 45 minutes, so far.

So in the mean time, I am happy to say, we live in our new house! Sort of, it depends on your definition of live in. If live in means you sleep there, then yes, we live there. But I your definition of live in I more like the place where you come home to after a long day of work to relax, unwind, make dinner for or with the ones you love then we are not quite there, but we will get there. And all the hard work and personal touches will make it the best home for us.

Since our Internet I not yet functioning I had to take the photos with my phone in order to be able to post them. So I apologize for the quality. But here are a few highlights of how we are roughing it for a few more days.

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All the major parts should be complete by next weekend, then I get to really get started on setting up the babies room and all my DIY projects, like curtains and wall art!

Have a great weekend!

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I’m published!

by Juliemara
07.19.11

I always get a kick out of seeing my designs on little people. Today Elle Apparel a blog a like to check out announced baby #2 for their family by having their son wear the Carter’s Spring ’11 Big Brother Tee. We sell these year round in our stores but the style changes every six months if they last that long so get your while you can!

 

Hope you are having a good week.

 

P.S. more house updates coming, I promise.

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Ultrasound Update

by Juliemara
07.14.11

July 11th 23 Weeks

I’ve actually had two appointments since my last update, but since I get pics every two weeks at the perinatal my OB doesn’t print any for me, she know’s they are not nearly as cute on her screen. But She did tell me the I am measuring 27 weeks as far as the size of my big fat belly as my 3yr old niece likes to call it, which I’m ok with, because she said that if I turned into a rainbow I would be a big fat rainbow, gotta look at the bright side.How big is that belly?…I’m measuring 41″ around. Still smaller than my husband from this post at 16weeks.

The babies measured 23weeks and 6days so it’s good that they are growing faster than normal. They weigh approximately 1.5lbs each,  the size if a rutabaga. And since I have no idea what a rutabaga is here is Wikipedia’s explanation. It’s a type of turnip, that looks like sweet potatoes after it’s cooked. But People in Sweden and Scotland eat it, no so much in the US.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My belly is making me laugh a lot these days, the babies move around about half the day for a few minutes each time. Last night my husband saw my belly pop up when someone punched me, he though that was pretty cool. I see it all the time, but I have the patience to sit there are stare at my belly all day.

Here are a few new pics of the girls. The doctors are trying to confuse me now, they both want to switch who’s a and who’s b. A is on my right side and b is on my left, but sice b is “presenting” head down they want to call her a. so far they are named as they have been, I’ll let you know if they really do change it.

A’s face and hands, two shots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

b’s head and spine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

b’s face

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again, I’m sorry that the captions are not where they are suppose to be. Learning how to use wordpress has been much more difficult than I though, especially when your energy and patience are running low.

I think for the most part I am feeling pretty good, I haven’t had any scary braxton hicks contractions and the doctors give me a good to go as far as everyone growing like they should and blood pressure and such. That being said, it’s easier to breath when I stand, but after a while my legs hurt, so I am the happiest laying down, but not for too long on my back because then the blood doesn’t flow to my brain and I can feel my heart in my ears, or on one side because all the blood rushes to that side and it gets uncomfortable. I have to sleep on my side, so my arm falls asleep which hurts. And I have to tuck a pillow under my belly when I’m on my side because it’s so heavy I can feel it pulling down, which hurts. Last night both girls ended up on one side,so my belly was lopsided and I had a foot or two in my ribs again. b stretches out every evening and tucks her sweet little foot just under my rib so that it feels like someones poking me in the rib, which I guess technically they are. For the most party the face each other all day so all their little hands end up in my belly button area and punch punch punch, all day long. I love it when people get to feel it, they always get so excited, is fun to have those around me share the fun. Just ask first!

Almost 24 weeks, I could have a little as 8 weeks left, or as many as 14, I’m hoping for the later but preparing for the former and just trying to take in as much of the experience as I can while it lasts. Because one thing I have learned for sure over the past few years of my life is that a lot can happen in a very short amount of time so you better take a minute to enjoy it because it’s going to be over before you know it.

TGI almost F

 

June 27th 21 Weeks

It was back to the Perinatal again this week for a checkup and I’m happy to report everyone is doing great. The babies are each weighing 15ozs

that’s about this size, that’s a spaghetti squash.

They were moving around so much during the scan the tech had a hard time getting good pictures of them.

Here is b’s profile

and a’s head and body, mosltly spine.

and b’s big foot

and a’s little hand, awww

Have a Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

June 13th 19 weeks

I have finally started to feel them moving around, not much, just a tiny little bit here and there. It’s so subtle that if I’m not being super still when they move enough for me to feel them then I miss it. Sometimes I think I feel a little muscle twitch, but the more I talk to the other 15 women in my office who are pregnant I realize it’s them! My husband can’t wait to start feeling them move and kick and punch and whatever else they will do in there for the next four months (hopefully). And he’s really good about saying hi to them everyday, in Hebrew .

It was back to the Perinatal doctor this week and again, everything looks good, no ttts, good! They are very quick and thorough with their check, they just don’t take the time to get the good images like they use to, tisk, tisk. Hehe. That was a joke, they are doing their job making sure that our babies are growing well, which they are. They both measure 19wks and three days gestational age and each weigh the same at 11oz. Their heads are now above my belly button and they are both feet down, but they spin around like tiny dancers the whole time. Which is probably why it is difficult to get good pics. The tech did manage to snap these…

baby girl b’s head

baby girl a’s footsie

but the rest just look like blobs, like this one

or scary skeletor people, like this one…

She actually has her hands up by her head, which is a good thing for babies, it means they are relaxed (my sister told me that).

I feel really lucky that I get to check in with the babies every one to two weeks, I just don’t know how people can stand not knowing what is going on for months at a time.  12 days until next scan!

June 6, 2011 18 weeks

May 25, 2011 16weeks

just baby girl b

just baby girl a

May 9, 2011 14weeks

just baby girl a

just baby girl b

April 25, 2011 12 weeks

just b

just a

close up profile

April 5, 2011 9 weeks

March 22, 2011 8 weeks

March 16, 2011 7weeks

March 9,2011

See original Ultrasound Post here)

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Bumpdate!

by Juliemara
07.8.11

I’m am now almost 23 weeks. Time really does stand still when you are waiting for something huge to happen. I’m so envious of those women who are at 36, 37, 38 weeks, and I still have a lot of growing to do. My belly measures 41″ around and my outfit options are getting scarce quickly. I realized that I much prefer to wear clothing that hugs my belly around the bottom, otherwise I feel like a beached whale, lovely.

Overall I am feeling good. I have a facebook group of over a hundred women who are all pregnant with twins so from what they are going through I seem to have it pretty easy. Aside from sore feet and legs if I am on my feet too much and my back achy, probably because I don’t stretch enough each day and getting a little winded from a phone conversation or walking up a flight of steps, I have no complaints, non at all! I built a little contraption under my desk to have my feet up as much as possible, it’s quite comfy.

When I look at these pictures my big belly looks so civilized. It seems so much bigger to me or maybe in person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The whole standing thing gets a bit exhusting after a while.

Have a Great Weekend!

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a little getaway

by Juliemara
07.7.11

 

This was the first July 4th Holiday that my Whole family did not spend at the lake together, while it was a great relaxing weekend it didn’t feel like the 4th as much as past years. But with my ever growing belly I was perfectly ok with the mellow mood of the holiday. But where was everyone?? Well, My Mom, and My Dad were at the lake with my sisters two youngest cuties, and the dog, BAXTER. He’s such a cute dog, even if he does try to bite me every once in while, I forgive him. And While my parents were in charge of the two youngest Camp Barny was in charge of the oldest. Her first time at summer camp! Full report to come. As for my sister and her husband they are on a two week tour/learning trip in Israel courtesy of all my brother in laws hard work and being accepted to participate in the Wexner program. Reports so far are that they are seeing a lot, learning a lot and having a good trip. My other sister wasn’t able to make the trip down the GA from NC this time around, we missed her, but she did tell me that she learned how NOT to smoke a chicken for dinner, they ended up eating salad and sides on the overnight camping trip. And my sweet husband had to stay back and keep working hard on our new house, update soon to come.

I spent my time at the lake, swiming, naping, ating, and putting my feet up while watching the kids. I played with them some but they were perfectly content with nick jr and the disney channel, BUT NOT NICK TEEN, It was made perfectly clear to me that 3yr olds and 5yr olds are not allowed to watch NICK TEEN or sponge bob, but they are allowed to watch Peppa Pig, who I have become very fond of!

On the actual holiday we got some visitors, my best friend nurse Peggy and my aunt/Uncle/cousins on My Moms side.

 

We got to sit on the dock for a while enjoying the lake and watching the boats go by, like this one. The father and son built it themselves! We though it was beautiful.

And Yes, I wore a bikini! Apparently not everyone thinks this is an OK thing to do when you are a pregnant woman, but I figure I wear bikinis normally, they still fit, I’m not fat, and aside from a very small dark line in the center of my tummy I don’t have any gross stretch marks or viens, so until that day comes, I’m wearing my bikini! Warning for all you pregnant women in bikini haters, bikini pictures NEXT!

 

Then a storm started to come in from the west, so we headed up, and sure enough, five minutes later it was pouring. But it was nice to sit outside and watch it rain.

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Ultrasound Update

by Juliemara
07.1.11

June 27th 21 Weeks

It was back to the Perinatal again this week for a checkup and I’m happy to report everyone is doing great. The babies are each weighing 15ozs

that’s about this size, that’s a spaghetti squash.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They were moving around so much during the scan the tech had a hard time getting good pictures of them.

Here is b’s profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and a’s head and body, mosltly spine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and b’s big foot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and a’s little hand, awww

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

June 13th 19 weeks

I have finally started to feel them moving around, not much, just a tiny little bit here and there. It’s so subtle that if I’m not being super still when they move enough for me to feel them then I miss it. Sometimes I think I feel a little muscle twitch, but the more I talk to the other 15 women in my office who are pregnant I realize it’s them! My husband can’t wait to start feeling them move and kick and punch and whatever else they will do in there for the next four months (hopefully). And he’s really good about saying hi to them everyday, in Hebrew .

It was back to the Perinatal doctor this week and again, everything looks good, no ttts, good! They are very quick and thorough with their check, they just don’t take the time to get the good images like they use to, tisk, tisk. Hehe. That was a joke, they are doing their job making sure that our babies are growing well, which they are. They both measure 19wks and three days gestational age and each weigh the same at 11oz. Their heads are now above my belly button and they are both feet down, but they spin around like tiny dancers the whole time. Which is probably why it is difficult to get good pics. The tech did manage to snap these…

baby girl b’s head

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

baby girl a’s footsie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

but the rest just look like blobs, like this one

 

 

 

or scary skeletor people, like this one…

 

 

 

 

She actually has her hands up by her head, which is a good thing for babies, it means they are relaxed (my sister told me that).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel really lucky that I get to check in with the babies every one to two weeks, I just don’t know how people can stand not knowing what is going on for months at a time.  12 days until next scan!

June 6, 2011 18 weeks

May 25, 2011 16weeks

just baby girl b

just baby girl a

May 9, 2011 14weeks

just baby girl a

just baby girl b

April 25, 2011 12 weeks

just b

just a

close up profile

April 5, 2011 9 weeks

March 22, 2011 8 weeks

March 16, 2011 7weeks

March 9,2011

See original Ultrasound Post here)

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