…but we’re back! Here is what has been going on for the last 5 months (in no particular order):
Well, two new lives actually. On December 17, 2012 our sons, Benjamin David and Caleb James entered the world. It has been an intense, amazing almost 48 hours as we have figured each other out. They clearly have distinct personalities already and both make the most entertaining faces.
Full story of their arrival and a ridiculous number of pictures to follow. We are completely smitten.
The key term here is “modified.” I spend no time in bed, and only as much time on the couch as needed to watch 2 or 3 movies a day. I am not doing anything productive, as far as cooking, shopping, laundry. But I have finished our Christmas shopping! Online shopping is a lifesaver. I also have some Christmas knitting I’m finishing up, and a number of baby related crafts. I made them some cute little hats, and am working on a quilt. My plan was to make two quilts, but I’m a little behind. We’re also working on getting the nursery together. It’s a small room, so poses some challenges. Babies will share a crib for as long as possible, so we can have a chair in the nursery for those late night feedings. Once we have two cribs in there, that’s all there will be room for.
There isn’t much new news. My OB visits have become very boring. I’m doing well, babies are doing well. Baby A is stubbornly butt first, so we have a C-section scheduled for 12/17. Just over two weeks until we have outside babies! Crazy.
So what do I plan on doing for the next two weeks? I need to finish getting ready for Christmas. I think this will be easier to do before the babies get here. I will finish my knitting projects (almost done!). I am trying to convince Adam we need a Christmas tree, and get our decorations out. I know it’s a busy time, but I love Christmas and can’t imagine going a year without breaking out the decorations. And we will need a tree for photo ops! I also want to make Christmas cookies. We had friends in town a few weeks ago, and made a few batches to freeze, but I have more I want to make. It just isn’t Christmas without oatmeal coconut crisps or molasses sugar cookies. I also want to make some freezer meals so we have food once those kiddos come home. Adam has been making double batches of dinners the last few weeks, so we have some. But I have aspirations of making more. I have a feeling we won’t be eating much in those first few weeks if cooking is required. And of course, we need to finish getting things ready around the house for the new arrivals. I know we will never be completely ready, and things will change as we find our footing. But I do want to finish making the shades for the nursery. The closet needs some more organizing, we have more laundry to finish for the kiddos (I suspect this is just the first of many many loads of baby laundry), I need to clean out a drawer in the pantry so we have a place for bottles, etc. We ordered some art work for the room (we are going with a vegetable theme based on some very cute fabric we found at Ikea) so will need to figure out where to hang this once it gets here. And we have a million books, so need to get a bookshelf so we have a place to put those.
I promise there will be pictures, but right now it still looks like a storage unit, so those will have to wait. For now, I leave you with my compilation of (almost) weekly belly shots. Only two more weeks to go!
After 48+ hours in L&D, we were released yesterday around noon. The entire hospital stay was very uneventful, and we still don’t know what happened, but best guess is a small placental abruption (do not google that–it sounds much much scarier than what actually happened to me). The concern is that it could happen again, which is why I am now home on “modified bed rest.” This means I can be up and about, but no prolonged standing, no heavy lifting, I can drive to my OB appointments, but really not much else. I was specifically banned from going to Costco (how did they know that was what I was going to do today?). And my maternity leave has officially started.
So I am home for the next 4 months. I have no idea what to do with myself. I have a few things to finish up with work. I had plans to stock the freezer with food, which I will still plan. I will just delegate the preparation. I have a lot of organization to do in the guest room and office, which I think I can do while seated on the floor, so that shouldn’t be a violation of doctor’s orders. My Christmas shopping will be done early, as long as I can do it all online. And I can work on some of my crafty projects that I’ve been putting off.
Hopefully we have a few more weeks before the babies show up. Although this isn’t how I planned on spending my first weeks of maternity leave, it’s not so bad. And it really is nice being home, even if we don’t have cable. :)
Last night we had our first visit to L&D. I had a bit of bleeding so they wanted me to come in for monitoring. Babies look great, no contractions but no good explanation for the bleeding so they wanted to watch me overnight. They also decided to give me some steroids which will help the babies’ lungs develop sooner in case they ultimately come early. I don’t think anyone is expecting them to show up this weekend, but better safe than sorry.
I’m stuck here for 24 hours, since I won’t get steroid dose #2 until 11pm. It’s really pretty boring here. At least they have cable and wireless! I’m still waiting to hear if this means I’m done with work a week earlier than planned but clearly no one is terribly worried about me since I haven’t seen a doctor in over 12 hours.
I am hoping this little episode doesn’t buy me bedrest. I have so much to do before these kiddos make their appearance. But this does make it all a little more real. Guess it is time to buy some diapers!!
Over a month since our last post. I’m not a very good blogger.
At the end of September, after Adam returned from a work trip to San Diego, we drove down to Portland for a fabulous Oktoberfest party. I made 6 authentic Austrian apple strudels, which were devoured in a matter of minutes–I think next year we need more! I even managed to stay up until 9 pm to enjoy the festivities. It was great fun. The drive, no so much. Apparently all of my internal organs are now residing in my chest cavity, which puts a lot of pressure on my ribs if I’m sitting upright. So Adam drove, and I rode the 3 hours home in a reclined position. Not bad… but I do not see anymore road trips in our future.
We managed to keep pretty busy in October. I had my baby shower, hosted by my sister. It was lovely and perfect and involved no games what-so-ever. We had a delicious brunch, it was a beautiful sunny afternoon, it was wonderful to spend time with friends, and everyone was so generous. These babies are very loved, will be very clean and have a fabulous European wardrobe thanks to Mom and Illona!
The next weekend operation “acquire baby stuff” continued. Seattle has a “twins club” for families with multiples, and hosts a big used gear sale twice a year. I managed to score the swing I wanted for about 1/3 the price, some bottles, a couple cute newborn outfits and added to my collection of cloth diapers (which I still haven’t decided if I’m going to use). I also got some nursing pillows. Then I drove about an hour south to meet up with an internet friend, who has twins who just turned one and have out grown all their baby stuff. I bought their infant car seats, snap-n-go stroller, rock n plays, car seat adapters for the fabulous amazing stroller Dad and Marcy got for us (I am in love with this stroller… it deserves a post all its own!), car seat swings which she says are lifesavers for getting the kiddos to sleep in restaurants so we can still leave the house once they are born, and their Christmas outfits. I picked up a used bouncy seat the next week, and our cribs arrived (a gift from Adam’s mom). Now we just need to get things put together and organized and figure out what we still need (bottles? blankets? bedding?).
Really, we’ve just spent most of the last month trying to get as organized as possible in anticipation of the babies’ arrival. I’ve started doing my grocery shopping online, which saves me about 2 hours a week. We are hiring a cleaning lady (yay!). The nursery is painted a fabulous orange, thanks to Adam. And I’m trying to throw things away. I actually gave away my yarn stash, and have another closet of crafty supplies to clean out. I’m only working two more weeks, in the hopes that these guys stay put until at least 36 weeks, so I have a few weeks at home to finish up some of these tasks. We shall see.
Once we get the nursery presentable, I’ll post some pictures. For now, I leave you with my 32 week Halloween bump.
Every June in Seattle we wonder where is summer? We seem to forget that summer never starts until mid-July. It may be a late start, but my favorite thing about summer in Seattle is that it often continues September, and if we are lucky, early October. This has been a particularly dry summer. I think we have had two days of measurable rain since July. It’s been really lovely. It almost makes up for the rest of the year.
So we have taken advantage of these continued summer weekends by trying our best to get out of the house. A few weeks ago we took a day trip out to Whidbey Island, just about an hour from Seattle and yet somehow I’ve never been there. We started the day with a quick ferry ride to Clinton, on Whidbey Island. Our first stop was Langley, a lovely little town with cute shops and a nice beach where Wylie enjoyed a run in the tideflats.
After some running on the beach in Langley, we drove out to the other side of the island to Useless Bay, so named because it is so shallow that you can’t really bring a boat in there. They have a very nice beach, half of which is an off-leash park. Wylie was thrilled. It reminded him of his San Diego days. And it was a gorgeous day to be out on the beach.
Next stop was Coupeville, the second oldest town in Washington state. There we had a declious lunch at a little hidden restaurant with a deck overlooking Penn Cove, home of the famous Penn Cove mussel. We walked a bit on the pier, checked out the sea stars, and then continued our journey towards Deception Pass.
We stopped at one of the state parks on the island, so Adam could try his hand at fishing, but we had trouble accessing the lake. So we continued on our way north up the island. We stopped at a roadside fruit stand for some U-pick raspberries. Then took a short hike to the beach at Deception Pass State park. This area is known for having some impressive tides, which make it look like a river much of the time and can serve as a quite a challenge to boaters.
Our final stop was a boat tour of Deception Pass. Coincidentally, the day before our planned trip to the island there was a Groupon for a boat tour, so we bought it and were able to get in on the last tour of the day. It was a little challening getting the Groupon pulled up on my phone. On that part of the island you are pretty close to Victoria, BC so my phone kept thinking I was in Canada. We got to take a boat under the bridge, with a close up look of the crazy tides, saw some dolphins, and enjoyed a beautiful hour on the water before sunset and heading home.
Other activities? Adam is in San Diego this week, so I’m outsourcing Wylie’s exercise. I just can’t keep up with his these days. Today he is going for a 10 mile run with my sister. I’m also cleaning out closets. I think this is what they call nesting. For those interested in baby updates, things continue to go well. I’m 26 weeks, babies are weighing in at almost 2 lbs and just over 2.5 lbs.
I’ve also finished a couple of baby gifts. I think I’m all caught up on gifts for others, so can finally start work on the quilts for these kiddos.
Next weekend we are off to Portland for an Oktoberfest celebration. Following weekend is my baby shower. Time just keeps flying by… we are going to have babies before we know it!
Oh my how I have neglected you my dear readers. It has been a few months, so a quick update and preview of posts I promise are soon to come!
April, May and June were pretty uneventful months for the most part. I went to Philly for a conference at the beginning of June and finished up my fellowship at the end of the month. Adam went fishing in Canada and stocked our freezer with salmon and halibut.
July was a month of vacation: two weeks at a cabin on Flathead Lake and one week at the Jersey Shore. More on these adventures to come…
August I started my new job, which I’m now almost a month in and still loving. Adam spent a weekend hiking in the Enchantments (he has pictures which I will post). We cleaned out the basement–exciting!!
But the biggest event of the last 5 months is that I have been very busy growing humans. Yes, we are having babies. Twins! Technically the due date is 12/29, which puts me at 21 weeks. But since most twins come between 35 – 37 weeks and they won’t let me go past 38 weeks, we should have our babies by Christmas.
So many things to fill you in on. And I promise to be a better blogger. In the meantime, our 20 week ultrasound pictures to tide you over:
Spring is officially here, but the mountains remain snowed in until mid to late August around here. So if you want to get out and hike, you either need to go west to the Peninsula or east of the Cascades. Last weekend we went east to Ancient Lakes. I forgot the camera, so we just have crappy cell phone pictures, but it gives some sense of the hike. We left Seattle at 6 am for an early start. We didn’t want to have to deal with the heat. If it was going to be 70 in Seattle, we figured it would be closer to 80 in eastern Washington. It was a beautiful day, and Wylie had a blast “hunting” for birds.
After a 2 mile detour (we didn’t actually know where the lakes were and initially went the wrong way), we were finally on the right track and after 2-3 miles of hiking through what looked very much like desert, we finally found the lakes.
Wylie went swimming, we enjoyed a rest on the shoreline, and then headed back. We stopped for milkshakes on the way home (our traditional post-hike ritual), and were home by early afternoon. It was a lovely day. Can’t wait to get out for more hiking!!
We got a video of Wylie swimming too, but WordPress sucks and won’t let you upload videos unless you pay $60 per year. I uploaded it to YouTube, you can look at it there: http://youtu.be/Ytkso0HcZnw He’s looking for a rock. He’s persistent, and will stay out there forever if you don’t call him back. He hasn’t yet figured out that rocks sink.