a blog about adventures in early marriage, the effort in making a house a home on a budget, the unexpected struggle of infertility, an exciting twin pregnancy, a surprise second pregnancy, adventures in doing preschool at home ~ really this is just a blog about where each season of life takes me!
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ~ Proverbs 3:6
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 be something that our little ones can go back and read, as a reminder of how much he or she was loved from the very beginning of their existence. You can read previous weeks by clicking on the following posts: Week 5, Week 7, Week 9, Week 12, Week 13, Week 15, Week 16,Week 18, Week 19, Week 21.
is a few days late, but oh well…..at least I’m getting around to writing
it.We went to the doctor on Friday at
22 weeks.We had to go in for a routine
appointment to check my cervical length, and we were supposed to do a growth
ultrasound.Daddy and I requested that
the growth ultrasound be pushed back two weeks to help get us back on schedule
with our ultrasounds.Our medical care
required a 6, 9 and 12 week ultrasound.We weren’t supposed to get another ultrasound until our 20 week anomaly
scan, but the placenta previa for Baby A had us going back for an additional
ultrasound at 16 weeks.Then at 19
weeks, we had the unexplained bleeding and that put us in the hospital with two
ultrasounds in one day.It also threw
off our ultrasound schedule, but I think we should be back on track when we go
back to the doctor at 24 weeks for a cervical ultrasound and a growth
weeks to 28 weeks, we are supposed to get a cervical ultrasound every other
week.I am told by our doctor that this
is proper protocol with twins.The extra
weight of multiples can cause the cervix to shorten, potentially causing early
labor. The cervix is checked every other
week, and if it has shortened, they put a stitch in to prevent labor.After 28 weeks, my doctor said there is
nothing they can do to prevent the cervix from shortening.Since babies born at 28 weeks have a high
survival rate, it is not a big concern after that point anyway, so we can stop
going in every other week to measure my cervix once I reach 28 weeks.
beginning at 20 weeks, we are supposed to have an abdominal ultrasound to check
for fetal growth every four weeks.While
we didn’t do an abdominal growth ultrasound on Friday, they did quickly check
your positions and take a few pics for me.You have both changed positions since our last appointment.As of Friday, you were both vertical, head
down and feet up.No detailed pictures
this week, but here you are at 22 weeks.
Baby B 22 Weeks
Baby A 22 Weeks
keeping up with all of the doctor appointments, I’ve been getting a lot done as
far as the planning and preparing for you arrival goes.Nursery
completed – CHECK! As soon as we found out you were both boys at 16 weeks,
we got started on the nursery.I am very
particular about the details of the nursery, and I wanted it done before I was
too big to put hours of work into it.By
20 weeks, the nursery was completely finished.Registry completed – CHECK!I did all of my registering online from the comforts
of the couch.We are officially registered
at Target and amazon.com. Much like registering for a wedding, I found
registering for a baby to be a little overwhelming, but I somehow managed to
get through it.I don’t like clutter in
my home, and babies come with so much stuff….especially when you need two of
everything!Family baby shower planned – CHECK! From what I’ve read, twin baby
showers need to be done early, so I wanted mine done by 30 weeks.They say that if you have it after 30 weeks,
you’ll be too miserable to enjoy it.Grandma
is helping me mail the invitations this weekend, and our shower is scheduled
for January 25th…..I’m hoping the weather cooperates that weekend.
also note that I’ve started to feel you move within the past few weeks.As I’m writing this, I can feel both of you
moving within me.My doctor told me I
would not feel anything until 22 weeks, because both of your placentas are anterior.
However, around 20 weeks I could feel what is described as quickening.Since I had never experienced pregnancy, I wasn’t
quite sure what I was feeling at the time.By 21 weeks, I was feeling occasional jabs and kicks if my hands were
resting on my belly.By 22 weeks, I feel
you often and can tell which one is moving inside of me.You are very wiggly.It’s funny because you are routinely wiggly
at certain times of the day.For
example, you are usually active from 9-12 in the morning, and then you are very
active in the evenings from 5-9.Last
night one or both of you would kick every thirty seconds while I was eating my
dinner.This lasted a very long
time.It was the most movement I had
felt from you at one time. Daddy loved
it, because he often misses out on feeling the kicks, but last night he felt
plenty of kicking.
you get and the more you move, the more uncomfortable I become.However, I remember that it was not too long
ago when I was asking myself if I would ever know what it was like to feel a baby
move and grow inside of my belly.Having
those thoughts still fresh in mind, you won’t hear me complaining about any
discomfort your movement might cause me.Rather, I am simply thankful I get to experience what it is like to be
able to feel two little active babies growing inside of me.
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!