Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy Fal Y'all

I hope you are enjoying this fall weather! It is finaly cooling down but not that much. Instead of the 90's it's in the 80's. So we are getting busy doing fall things! Enjoy these pumpkin patch pictures.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Halloween Costumes

This year I knew I wanted to do something fun for Halloween. Last year my twins five months old and had no clue what was going on. So we dressed them up in some skeleton jammies and went Trick or Treating with my niece and nephew.  I think they looked really cute.

When I started thinking about costumes I knew I wanted them coordinate. I knew it wouldn't be long when Levi would be asking to be some Star Wars person or a super hero and Emma would want to be a princess or something of that nature. So I racked my brain for something cute to do. I also wanted to be original. 

I first saw the Strawberry costume mentioned on twitter I knew I wanted Emma had to be a strawberry! Her first outfit when she was in the NICU was a strawberry one and I love strawberries on her.  So we went and bought the cutest Strawberry costume.  At this point I still had no clue what I wanted Levi to be and finally settled on the thought that they didn't have to coordinate this year.

But something kept bothering me. Ha! (Side note- I know this is really a problem but just being honest)  I could not for the life of me pick something for Levi and it was driving me nuts.  So my mom finally convinced me to do something else.And let me just say it isn't original but they will be the cutest Mickey and Minnie out there on Halloween! 

Here is a sneak peak of Levi in his costume! 

So there you have it! What are you kids going to be for Halloween? Are you coordinating your twins?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Blog Day of Silence

Today we are taking a blog day of silence to remember Matt Turner and to pray for Julee and her family! Please take any time that you have today to pray for this family today. They need us today, tomorrow and in the days to come to carry them through this tough time! 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Scentsy for Julee

A while back my friend, Amanda, asked if I would be interested in hosting a Scentsy party in October. I said sure, of course!

Today, she told me she wanted to donate 30% of her profits for the ENTIRE month of October to Julee and Preslee. I told her that was incredibly generous of her and I would very much want to spread the word.

I've blogged about Scentsy quite a bit. I have it around my house and the plug-ins are my favorite. Knox & Sloane both have a Scenty buddy, too!

I have some wonderful friends who sell it and I think everyone should give it a try.

Amanda set up a link for my blog on her Scentsy shop HERE. You can purchase anything online through that link.

Thanks for supporting this sweet family during this extremely difficult time.

Please Pray

Over the weekend a fellow blogger named Julee lost her husband in a terrible car accident.  He leaves behind a beautiful daughter named Preslee.  The blogging community has come together to help Preslee and Julee out. You can read Julee's blog here.

Please go to Jenna's blog and read about all the ways that you can help this sweet family. also this month I am giving 30% of my profits from any Scentsy sales to Preslee.  You can shop my Scentsy site here.

Please pray for Julee as she grieves for her husband. Please pray for comfort and guidance! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My Twin Pregnancy Experience

Hey its me Jenn! Finally, right? Sorry Ive been MIA from the MOMS blog but we are back and and better than ever!

On Friday Heather told you about her twin pregnancy experience and today I'm going to share mine!

I had such a wonderful pregnancy and I loved being pregnant! There are some things that happen during a multiple pregnancy that they don't tell you about and you would never think. Heather was right on about most of it.

Up until about 26 weeks of pregnancy mine went perfect. At that 26 week mark i started having contractions! They were about 3 minutes apart by the time we got to the hospital and oh yeah it was my birthday. They decided to keep me overnight and gave me a sleeping pill and a shot to slow the contractions down. For some reason i was never nervous, i knew it was going to be OK and God was going to take care of everything. They released me the next morning and put me on procardia every 4 hours until i was 37 weeks pregnant. Yup, i had contractions for a whole 11 weeks. So fun... NOT. But on the bright side you do get use to the pain and wont even know its a contraction before long. This is something that is completely normal during a multiple pregnancy. Our uterus is growing twice-four times faster than it would in a regular pregnancy. I was so scared that i wouldn't know what a contraction would feel like but believe me you'll know. A little advice... if you start having contractions try lying on your left side with your feet up and stay hydrated. If that doesn't slow them down try getting in a bath and relaxing. Always call your doctor but they usually will tell you everything i just said. If you have 6 contractions within one hour is when they want to see you. So wrong right? Ha. Just remember to not panic and try relaxing as much as possible.

I started swelling around week 29 of my pregnancy. When i say i "started swelling" it literally came overnight. My baby shower was held when i was 29 weeks preggo and i couldn't even wear shoes. This is another thing that is completely normal. It is not very fun but it is normal. I couldn't wear my wedding rings anymore and i wore slippers everywhere. You feel like it will never go back down but i promise you it will! One thing to look out for is that swelling is a symptom of Preeclamsia. Preeclampsia is a serious condition that can occur during pregnancy. Swelling, high blood pressure and early labor could happen. I had these symptoms at the very end of my pregnancy but truly blessed they didn't happen any earlier. The day I had JP and Jocelynn my BP was 158/110. Just keep a close watch on your BP at home. They sell monitors for less than $30 at most pharmacies!

The numbness. Oh, the numbness. Heather talked about this too and oh is she right! It is no fun. I couldn't feel any of my fingers and i thought i lost feeling for good. The feeling came back a few weeks after the twins were born and it felt so wonderful to be able to write.type again. Another fun symptom of a multiples pregnancy.

One more thing about my pregnancy was i couldn't stand for very long without getting very dizzy. Jocelynn sat way down low on my pelvis and put a ton of pressure on my spine and that would cause my tailbone all the way down to my ankles to go numb. I would get very dizzy and have to sit down. After resting for a minute i would be fine and get back up. That doesn't mean i sat down all the time. I was still vacuuming the house and cleaning up until i was 37 weeks pregnant! It hurt but i would just get a little bit done at a time. and when my body told me to sit down i SAT!

I know all of these things sound bad but they truly aren't! We are moms, we are forces of nature and we can handle anything. Honestly, it took me reading Heather's post from Friday to remember all of my symptoms because right when you see your precious babies you forget about everything your body went through to carry them!

How is your pregnancy going? How did it go?

Happy Hump Day!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Twin Pregnancy: The things they don’t tell you

I didn’t have too many “symptoms” when I was pregnant with my girls. I had a little bloating in the beginning but that went away in a couple of weeks. I never had any morning sickness and my blood pressure was always good.

However, one thing that started very early on….probably around the beginning of my second trimester, was swelling. It was mainly in my legs and feet and would get worse later in the day. Swelling is normal in twin (multiples) pregnancies because you have so much blood volume and fluid flowing through your body to accommodate TWO or more growing babies. My doctor assured me it was very normal for a multiple pregnancy and to just put my feet up as much as I could. In some instances swelling is an indication of high blood pressure but this was not the case for me. In fact, I had pretty low blood pressure during my pregnancy.

Toward the end of my pregnancy the swelling got so bad I could barely wear shoes. Even if I would have my feet up most of the day the swelling wouldn’t go down.

So my advice on swelling…get your feet up as much as possible and be sure to have regular blood pressure checks and just know that swelling is very normal.

Another “symptom” I had during my pregnancy was numbness in my hands. It started out pretty mild but about a month after it started, I could barely write. This is also normal because the babies are putting so much pressure on your body that they’re bound to be pressing on nerves. My doctor suggested wrist braces but they didn’t really help. Just another annoyance to deal with but is also totally normal. I will say though that they numbness didn’t go away until a few weeks after the girls were born.

Be sure to check in on Monday when Amanda gives you her take on her twin pregnancy.

Also, if you have any questions about twin pregnancy that we don’t cover, feel free to email us!