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Letters to my Babies (yes, I said babies!!!) - Week 7
We are so thankful for this pregnancy! After sharing our journey through infertilty on the blog, I knew I wanted to log our newfound 40 week journey of pregnancy on the blog as well.Not knowing if I’ll ever be able to experience pregnancy again, I have chosen to log our pregnancy by writing occasional letters to our babies.The letters will keep my readers posted on how we are doing each week, but the letters will also, someday, be something that our little ones can go back and read over, as a reminder of how much he or she was loved from the very beginning of their existence. You can read week 5 here.
seven weeks we found out that there is not just one of you inside of me, but TWO
of you!!!I can not tell you how blessed
we are to be given such a gift!It’s so surreal
to think that a few months ago, I didn’t know if I would ever be able to get
pregnant, and now I’m told that I’m pregnant with TWINS!!!
been suspecting twins from the very beginning of this pregnancy.The initial blood work indicated that there
might have been more than one of you when the test results revealed my HCG
levels multiplying so fast.However,
only an ultrasound could confirm our suspicion.Our very first ultrasound was a few days ago, and when the
doctor gave me a big grin and held up two fingers during the first ultrasound,
Mommy and Daddy were ecstatic to see the image of twin babies on the screen!Two sacs were immediately seen, and the first
heartbeat was detected rather quickly.The doctor had a harder time finding the second heartbeat, which certainly
brought a few moments of uneasiness, but once the second heartbeat was finally detected,
happy tears of relief, gratitude and pure joy filled both Mommy and Daddy’s eyes.
It was so special to see your little
heartbeats during our first ultrasound.At only seven weeks, you have already begun developing major organs and
have begun to sprout tiny arms and legs.You are now the size of blueberries.Still so very tiny, yet so full of life!
I wish I could
say that the effects on Mommy’s body were as tiny as you are, but that is not
the case at all!Mommy is still very
tired and takes naps as often as I can.Even
less enjoyable than the fatigue is the constant state of nausea in which I now
live.I haven’t really been throwing up,
so I guess that is a good thing.I know
it could be much worse, but my stomach feels queasy most of time. It’s certainly not just in the morning, although
I wish it was:/I often wake up in the
middle of the night feeling sick, so I quietly sneak downstairs to grab some
saltine crackers or a piece of toast to help settle my stomach before trying to
go back to bed.
are also a big thing for me right now.I
swear NOTHING to eat sounds good!It’s making it really hard for me to consume
healthy foods, like vegis, that I know my body needs.I do drink a spinach, banana, apple and pear
smoothie most days, but that’s about the only fresh produce I can seem to stomach lately.You have no idea how much I
wish I could just eat my normal diet again.I find that I am eating a lot of scrambled eggs and toast, and I snack
on wheat thins throughout the day.I am getting
plenty of water, and I am doing my best to down a glass of organic, no-sugar added,
prune juice on a regular basis to help with all of the lovely digestive issues
that come along with being pregnant.I
swear I have never felt so bloated in all my life!And according to my research, the only thing
I can do about it is to drink prune juice, which if you can’t tell, Mommy HATES
the taste of!
I know that
I must not just feel bloated, but I
must look bloated too.I know this, because today a stranger asked how
far along I was!!!I wanted to cry when
I said, “only seven weeks.”I did
quickly add, “but it’s twins”, to hopefully justify the fact that someone
actually asked me if I was pregnant so early in this pregnancy:/Knowing that you are only the size of
blueberries, I am very aware that you are not the reason my shorts felt a
little tight this morning.I completely
blame this on progesterone. It’s a
lovely hormone that slows down digestion to make sure the both of you are
getting all the nutrients you need. While it is making you healthy and well, it
is making Mommy feel bloated and miserable.My stomach looks and feels like a giant balloon!And just to make sure I have enough progesterone
to keep you healthy and well, I have been prescribed additional 200mg of
progesterone daily for the past five weeks, and I still have an additional five
weeks to go before hopefully being told I no longer have to take it. Inspite of the way I may look and feel, I am thankful for all of it! I'm thankful because it means I am indeed pregnant, and that's something I will never take for granted!
been a big help since I have been feeling sick so much of the time.He helps take care of the laundry and basic
house work that I am just too tired to get to.He has also been great to run errands for me and pick up groceries on
the weekends that I just don’t feel like getting out of bed.When I do get a sudden burst of energy and
have a few hours where I feel human again, Daddy has been great to try to get
me out of the house.Today, I had a few
hours when I didn’t feel sick (YAY!), so Daddy took me out to dinner to celebrate
the fact that we are having twins!Although
two bites into my meal, I was finished with it.It’s the same meal I always order at this particular restaurant, but
today it made my stomach turn!Ah, the
joys of pregnancy:)Daddy also took me
to get a pedicure, and best of all, we went to a few baby stores to get an idea
of all of the things we can expect to purchase for your arrival.I warned your father to not get too freaked
out about the cost of having one baby, let alone two babies!But you should have seen your father’s face
when he saw for himself how much everything costs. In all honesty, we are not really too concerned about the
money part of having two babies.We
spent a lot of money to try to conceive the both of you, and we know that it
will take a lot of money to provide for you.Yet, somehow God always provides our financial needs, and we know He
will prove Himself faithful once again.
Welcome to Loving Life! I'm so glad you stopped by. This blog has a little bit of everything. The intent of creating this blog was to journal the everyday experiences of life, creating a space that reflected my life's journey. My first post was in 2011, when I was still in the newlywed phase and a first-time homeowner. Much of those early posts were about our adventures in marriage and numerous frugal DIY projects. A few years later, this blog became my personal outlet, as I opened myself up and shared about our struggles with infertility, our exciting twin pregnancy and our how our plans to adopt were changed with a surprise second pregnancy. Being a new mom meant that my posts soon revolved around early motherhood. Currently, I'm the mom of three kids, four years old and under. I enjoy homeschooling our kids for preschool, so you'll find a little bit of that here too! It really is a hodge-podge of LIFE on this blog! If you like what you see while you're here, I invite you to leave a comment or click the follow button follower, and then invite your friends to do the same.
I'm just a girl who enjoys being creative. My three men are my world! I'm truly blessed to be a wife to an amazing man and a new mom of twin boys. In my spare time I love reading, thrifty shopping, home decorating, cooking, scrap booking, and blogging about this little thing called life!