Twin Pregnancy-35 Week Recap

by Natalie on July 13, 2015

Hey, hey!

This is my last official recap as we are scheduled to meet the girls this Thursday.  Crazy! Since the girls are measuring a bit small, the neonatologist and my OB think it’s better to induce early than try to go to term (which would be 37-weeks for our type of twins). We are expecting them to be little and may face some NICU time, but we have been preparing ourselves for this the whole time.  Send lots of positive thoughts our way on Thursday, if you don’t mind :)

Highlights of the Week:

Friday was my last day of work!  It was definitely weird saying goodbye and there were some tears shed, for sure.  It was a really awful week (i.e. broken mic, stereos, no-show instructors) but by the end of the week I feel like all loose ends were tied up, which felt good.

Colin and I spent the weekend getting things ready and enjoying the last weekend as a duo.  It was nice and relaxing!  Yesterday I met my girlfriends for an afternoon at the pool, which was much needed and a blast. We brought a picnic lunch and chatted and laughed the day away!

Workouts:

Walks!  I actually got in quite a few walks this week, along with trying to move as much as possible at work.  I plan to do some upper body weights in the basement today and Wednesday (hopefully) and will walk as much as possible.  I’m really looking forward to getting back into a workout routine!

Food:

My appetite has been minimal but I’m trying to eat a solid combination of protein and carbs every few hours to make sure my blood sugar doesn’t drop.  I’ve been drinking a lot of smoothies, loving peaches and plums, and crackers and hummus.

IMG_2108[Buckwheat Pancake+Almond Butter+Mashed Peach]

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[Protein Smoothie]

I picked up this packet of protein and used it in a basic recipe (almond milk, protein, banana, spinach) and it was delicious!  It might be my favorite plant-based protein powder I’ve ever tried.

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Pretty good nutrition stats too:

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[Snack Plate:  Veggies+Plum+Cheese+Crackers]

Looking Forward To:

Meeting our daughters!  It feels so very surreal.  Also, getting to see family.  My parents come on Wednesday and Colin’s parents arrive on Friday and over the next week or so we will get to see Colin’s brother/sister-in-law and my sister!

Miscellaneous:

The silly other things I’m looking forward to once the babies arrive:  high-intensity workouts, eating sushi, having a margarita, sleeping on my tummy, and having “normal” sized ankles and feet again 😀

I am already feeling nostalgic about missing some things about pregnancy:  the kicks and movement, hiccups, watching my body change and grow, and wondering/daydreaming about what life will be like with these little girls!

Here I am at 35-Weeks:

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Twin Pregnancy-Weeks 32, 33, 34 Recap

by Natalie on July 5, 2015

Hey, hey!

It’s been pretty crazy around here as we’ve had visitors two different weeks and are working to get everything ready for these baby girls to arrive here soon.  Wow, it’s definitely surreal to think about and type, that’s for sure!

Highlights of the week(s):

Definitely the visitors!  Two weeks ago, Elisa and her family came out our way for a Colorado summer trip. Her three oldest boys, along with her husband and father planned to camp for the week while she and her youngest son planned to stay with us.  While I was working she got to hike and swim with the boys and in the afternoon we would meet back up, eat dinner together, and chat the evening away.  There was one pretty crazy storm with rain, hail, and tornadoes which prompted the boys to come stay with us their final night out here.  Seven of them plus the two (four?) of us, plus a dog made for quite the houseful.  It was a blast!

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Last weekend Colin and I got a bunch of house projects and yard work done-storm cleanup-which felt really good and then his parents arrived for the week.  They wanted to plan one more trip out before the babies’ arrival and helped with some indoor and outdoor chores as well as cooked and froze some meals for us.  I was most excited to show my mother-in-law the nursery, which is just about done!  I want to eventually get a rug for the floor but I’ve purchased and returned three different ones because they just didn’t look right or fit the space.  When my sister comes to visit, I’m tasking her with that job as she has a great eye for decorating 😀

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The holiday weekend has been a great mix of fun and housework.  We had a pretty relaxing day on the 3rd (I worked a few hours) and we got ready for festivities on the 4th.  On Saturday morning we headed to our neighborhood picnic and parade which was so much fun!  We walked down there with our nextdoor neighbors and met some friends there.  After a few hours we hurried home to head out to a pool party with some other friends.  It was an afternoon of games, good food, drinks, laughter, and pool time!  I brought this festive “fruit pizza”:

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By about 7, I was exhausted and we headed home, watched a movie, and called it a night.  This is the first year that I can remember that I didn’t see a single firework, but was totally okay with that!

Workouts:

I should probably remove this section from the updates as I’ve been doing very minimal exercise over the past few weeks.  I always thought I’d be the type of person who would workout right up to my due date if I had the opportunity to be pregnant, but I honestly haven’t been able to do it!  I’ve been managing a few walks a week, but that’s about it.  I’ve been struggling with very swollen feet and ankles, so if I don’t do some form of exercise by about noon, forget it.  Needless to say, I definitely have an itch for a really good sweat and am truly looking forward to getting back into my fitness routine here soon.

Food:

It’s pretty much the same for me on the food front, but I’ve been trying to enjoy as much summer food as I can.  Smoothies and fruit top the list, for sure!  I did make this salad when my in-laws were here that is a keeper:

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Summer Potato Salad
•2 lbs. baby potatoes, quartered
•1 lb. thin green beans, halved
•2 small bunches green onions, diced
•1/4 cup chopped parsley
•1 cup fresh corn kernels, cut off the cob
•2 cups cooked chicken, diced

•3T. champagne vinegar
•3T. olive oil
•1 large garlic clove, minced
•salt and pepper

Combine vinegar, oil, garlic, and seasonings in a jar and shake to combine.  Set aside.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add potatoes.  Cook about 12-minutes or until fork tender.  Remove with a slotted spoon and put directly into a bowl of ice water.  Add green beans to boiling water and cook 4-5 minutes or until crisp tender.  Remove with a slotted spoon and add to the potatoes.  Drain potatoes and green beans.  Combine remaining salad ingredients and add dressing.  Toss gently to combine.

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Other food highlights were this buckwheat pancake tipped with peaches, and this delicious dinner of grilled chicken, grilled baby carrots, and kale salad that my in-laws made!

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Miscellaneous:

I’m now going to the doctor twice a week, which feels like a lot!  I’m getting two Non-Stress Tests, one appointment with the neonatologist, and one appointment with my regular OB.  They usually are able to make them back-to-back appointments, so once a week I’m there for like 3-hours!  The girls are measuring a little small, so we’re hoping the next few weeks will bring on some major growth.  The most common comment I get from people is “are you sure there are two babies in there, you’re so tiny”.  My usually response has been “that’s what they tell me”-with a smile-but I swear, people say the strangest things to pregnant people!

Lastly, I only have about three more days of work!!  It’s been a doozy of a last few weeks with lots of emergency sub coverage and people who said they could cover classes backing out.  I sure won’t miss the 5AM texts and calls from instructors telling me they can’t teach their 6AM 😉  I’ll miss my co-workers and seeing the instructors a lot, but definitely am feeling ready for this next chapter!

Okay, with that, I’m off!  I’m hoping to post one more update before they arrive.

32-weeks:

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34-weeks:

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Twin Pregnancy-Weeks 30 & 31 Recap

by Natalie on June 15, 2015

Hey there!

I hope you’re having a lovely week so far.  I’m just popping in with a recap of the last few weeks, which have really flown by.  I can’t believe we’re about 5-weeks away from meeting our girls!  It’s definitely surreal.

Highlights of the Week(s):

Colin and I have been spending a ton of time together and a lot of time with friends.  I think we both understand that life as we have known it for the past 14.5 years together is about to change dramatically, so we’re savoring every moment that we can just the two of us so we can savor all the good (and challenging!) times together as a family of four.

Last weekend I met a girlfriend for a pedicure and then we did a bunch of house stuff before meeting friends for dinner.  One of Colin’s good friends from college was visiting before heading out on a backpacking trip so we swung by their house to catch up for a while.

I had a pretty crazy work week but it went super fast and before I knew it, we were meeting friends for dinner last Friday.  We’ve been getting afternoon showers nearly every day since April and Friday was the first sunny evening, so we decided to hit up a patio for dinner and beers/iced tea.  It was a fun night of conversation and laughter.  Two of my girlfriends are going to Mexico for beach vacations in the next three weeks and to say I’m slightly jealous would be an understatement!  I could definitely go for a margarita and a beach right now 😀

On Saturday Colin and I had an infant care class that lasted pretty much all day, but we kicked it off with a workout (more on that below) and ended with an evening of grilling, sitting on the patio, and laughing.  It was so nice!

Yesterday I met a bunch of girlfriends for a day at the pool.  It was just what I needed and I don’t think I got out of the pool for 3-hours!  We had so much fun and I hope for a few more pool days before the girls come.

Workouts:

My goal has been to get in about three solid workouts per week and as much “activity” as I can manage.  So far, it has worked pretty well and has been about perfect for my energy level.  I’ve been trying to lift once per week and get in two cardio days in the form of walks, water aerobics, or another type of group fitness class.

This is the workout I did on Saturday morning and it was a great one:

Full-Body Strength

repeat each circuit three times through before moving on to the next

1A.  15 Chest Flyes w/ Band
1B.  18 Overhead Presses w/ 10# Dumbbells
1C.  18 Tricep Kickbacks w/ 8# Dumbbells

2A.  25 Body-Weight Squats
2B.  15 Walking Lunges (each leg)

3A.  15 Reverse Flyes w/ Band
3B.  18 Bicep Curls w/ 10# Dumbbells

4A.  25 Pulsing Plie Squats (alternating lifting heels)
4B.  25 Lateral Band Walks (each leg)

This workout took me about 40-minutes total and I felt really good after!

Food:

Still, my appetite isn’t very strong but I definitely had a few weeks’ worth of good food and some delicious indulgences!

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Ginger Berry Smoothie
•4oz. Apple Juice
•6oz. Water
•1-inch Nob of Ginger
•3T. Hemp Seeds
•1T. Chia Seeds
•1/2 Frozen Banana
•3/4c. Frozen Berries
•2c Spinach

Blend all and enjoy!

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[Homemade Nachos]

IMG_2049[Frozen Custard-Oreo for Colin, Key Lime for me]

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Even thought we had a bunch of social outings and I got dressed in “real” clothes for all of them, I kept meaning to have Colin snap a picture but we both kept forgetting.  So this one will have to do for this week…in workout stuff, of course!

Here I am at 31-weeks:

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