Saturday, March 30, 2013

Witnessing a Miracle

I certainly don't take anything that God does for me for granted. But, am I surprised when he works miracles in our lives? No. Is my heart completely and utterly thankful? Yes!

We've been praying for twin baby Andrew since the first ultrasound. He's always been tinier than Amelia and although it hasn't been a huge concern of the doctors, it has been for me. I worry. It's my motherhood instinct. I fear. It's a sin that I ask forgiveness for every day. I have lifted Andrew up all times of the day....mostly during the middle of the night when sleep is not happening. :)

With twins, the goal is to have no more than a 20% discrepancy between the two weights. If it's greater, one is likely getting more nutrients than the other. We've always hovered around the 16-18% and that 20% was too close for comfort.

We went in for an ultrasound last week (32 weeks pregnant now), and the ultrasound tech said, "I think Andrew has caught up to his sister!" What did this mean? Is Amelia not gaining weight?? Are they closer in weight than they've ever been?

She took Amelia's measurements first and her weight came out to about 4 lbs. and 3-4 ounces. Such a peace came over me that Amelia was ok. Next, was baby B. She measured and measured and flipped over to the calculation screen. There it was.

Andrew. 4 lbs and 3 ounces!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Welling up inside, shaking on the outside....all with a heart that knew who to thank....relief and tears came. God is so good to me. God is SO good to me.

There are days when I feel like I never deserve ANY of God's grace and goodness. It's been a journey and I'm no where near perfect, but I am so thankful to be redeemed and completely loved by my Savior. Sitting in the doctor's chair, stats being thrown out all around me, talk about c-sections and the sort....all I wanted to do was thank God. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for loving my sweet babies and answering the deep prayers of a mommy's heart. Thank you for giving me, your undeserving child, such sweet special news.

As Easter comes this weekend, I am reminded by how loved I am. And my little ones. God is bigger than anything. God loves, he forgives, and he can do the unthinkable. He did it for me.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Nursery and 30 Week Pics!!

Andrew and Amelia's Nursery!

Mommy LOVES you sweet babies and I can't wait to meet you! :)

**Thank you Mom and Sissy for helping to make the nursery so special! And Dad, thanks for watching the big brother so we could get work done! xoxo

View from the stairs

Ordered raw wood letters and scalloped circle from Etsy and had fun painting :)

one of my favorite lamps that we got at our wedding! 

:) attached the chalkboard to the scalloped circle 
Loooove bunnies!!

the white wicker furniture was my baby furniture!! we purchased one additional piece and TWO cribs to finish it out! :)

:) Possible Halloween costume idea!? :)

LOVE all the twin books....didn't know there were so many!

still looking for some kind of curtain or valance
Amelia's all-girl bedding xo

just waiting for Amelia!
turned my old dresser into a changing table

pictures from Etsy

Andrew's sweet boy bedding xo

waiting for Andrew!
seeing two cribs REALLY makes it real!
a fun closet full of boy AND girl goodies!!

 Okay, these are not as fun, but here are a couple of 30 week pics. The babies are doing great and my belly is measuring 37.5 weeks! I feel it! :) Just keep cooking sweet kiddos. I'll make it!!!

30 weeks!!! guessing twins are 3-3.5 lbs here 

WHOA babies!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

3rd Trimester!! :)

:) 28 weeks! This was the week that our high risk doctors told us was most important for the twins and their development. I'm so thankful that we made it this far! Praise God!! I do feel like I'm going to bust open at any moment though!

The docs want us to come every 2 weeks now and I can't believe it!! We are getting close! I've been told to just take everything easy. With the babies being the combined weight of a full term baby, contractions could start at any time. I'm so blessed to have a 2 year old who can be very independent! :)  Plus....he likes to cuddle and read books. Sweet baby!

Differences from this pregnancy and Collins' pregnancy:

  • The babies are shooting out forwards....with Collins, he was on the sides too
  • I feel the babies in my ribs and my hips....with Collins I only felt a few jabs to the ribs :)
  • The babies wake each other up! 
  • I eat smaller meals more often because of space....with Collins I ate as much as I could at a meal...ha
  • It's difficult to sit in a 90 degree angled chair because of Amelia being so low
  • Haven't moved as fast on the nursery, baby book, etc.....whoops!!
  • Items are being donated to us from sweet friends! It's been so helpful!!!
  • Blood pressure has been wonderful this time around!!
  • A little more worried about how things are going to work out this time....but putting my full trust in the Lord. He is faithful and sovereign!! 
  • Same weight gain :), but clothes are fitting different?!
  • Same food cravings: root beer, water w/ lemon, pizza, FRUIT!!, sweets, milk, caffeine free diet coke and Starbucks
  • Can't wait for them to get here!
  • Supportive hubby and family!
  • Despise getting ready in the mornings :).....just want to stay in pj's!
  • When I sing, the babies calm down! Collins would literally stop moving completely!
  • LOVE them ALL so much!!!!
What a great BIG brother he's going to be :)

May God bless your week abundantly!