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Fragments

Inspired by my friend who does a weekly blog called Fragmented Fridays, I’m going to update you with fragments, rather than try to create a coherent chronology of everything that’s been going on. In no particular order:

  • The ten days between when Kamryn and Kenley came home (8/13-8/23) were some of the most hectic days ever. Having Kamryn at home was wonderful but I still spent many hours at the NICU with Kenley.
  • Tom went back to school and came down with a nasty cold almost immediately.  Both the girls caught it, but luckily it was very mild for them. No fevers to deal with, thankfully!
  • Both girls got their 2 month vaccinations and seemed handle them just fine.
  • We’re still settling into our new house. Lots of boxes still to unpack in the house and the garage.  There were some plumbing troubles (that resulted in one huge mess and one smaller mess), but our awesome landlords had the house repiped last week.  This is the first weekend since both girls have been home that we haven’t had to deal with either a household crisis or illness.
  • Toady was the first day we cooked a meal in our new kitchen–scrambled eggs, turkey bacon and toast!
  • Having twins is a huge challenge and a lot of work. They eat about every 3 hours and it takes about 45-60 minutes to get them both fed and changed. At night they can go about 3.5 to 4 hours, so that’s when am able to get a little bit of sleep. I usually nap for a few hours when my mom is here to help and/or when Tom comes home from work. On the weekends, Tom takes over the night shift so I’m able to get more sleep.
  • Kenley is finally outgrowing her Preemie sized clothes and diapers. At the doctor’s visit on Friday she weighed 5 lbs, 5.4 oz. That was a gain of about 1.5 oz per day since her last visit the Thursday before!  So the doctor lowered her caloric intake from 30 calories per ounce to 24 calories per ounce. I’m a little nervous about this, but she’ll be monitored to make sure she’s still gaining.
  • Kamryn is doing very well, too,  She weighed 6 lbs, 6 oz as of 9/10, so I bet she’s close to or over 7 lbs now!
  • I joined a twin mom group and twice a year they host a clothing exchange, the last one was 9/8. Everyone brings in their baby clothes, volunteers sort them into age groups, and then everyone just takes what they want. I brought in a few preemie things and left with two shopping bags filled with clothes for them.  I won’t have to worry about buying any clothes for them for the next few years with the help of this exchange.
  • I started using cloth diapers this weekend. I’m trying a sampler pack through this great store/website, Jillian’s Drawers. They have a program where you try out a bunch of different styles of cloth diapers for 3 weeks and then you return them for a full refund, minus $10. Right now I’m leaning towards the Thirsties All-In-Ones, but I’m not sure yet. I still have to try the old-fashioned pre-folds and use them all a few more times before I make my final decision.  But with the major blowouts the girls have had this weekend using disposables (and not while in cloth diapers), I’m definitely ready to make the change.  Also, the cost of cloth is so much cheaper in the long run.  One year of disposables for twins will run us about $1800 (!!!), while the most expensive option for cloth for the entire time they will wear diapers is about $1200. A huge savings.
  • I’ve become a big fan of Freepeats.org. You should consider joining them in your area if you have kids.
  • I’m so grateful to the people who have brought us meals during the last few weeks: Mom, Gram and Gramps, Dad and Lizz Andy, and Adana. And most especially my sister who has made us the most delicious lasagna and lentil soup. Thank you everyone!!!
  • Oatie is settling in to the new house and family members as best she can. She doesn’t like the hardwood floors–it’s hard to explain to her that we’ll get rugs eventually. She’s mildly interested in the girls, and way more interested in what’s in their bottles. I actually caught her grabbing a used bib off the couch so she could lick it. Yuck.
  • Curtains.  My next big household goal is to hang curtain rods and curtains. Wish me time and luck!
  • Both girls are so amazing to me still.  I wonder when it will finally seem normal to me to have two healthy babies. It’s still a wonder to me. They’re both very sweet and very good and I’m lucky to have them both.
  • Keep checking my Facebook page for new picture of the girls. That is where I will post all the pictures (and videos, too).
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I’m back…

…or should I say “we’re back” since I’m now three people in one?

I’m not exactly sure where to start or how to structure an entry that will cover the last 3-1/2 months, but I’ll try. I think I’ll try a quick summation and then move on because, frankly, things are way better now.

The first week of January we found out that we were, in fact, expecting triplets. Although we had three embryos implanted, the chance of all three taking was so low that it truly was a shock. A huge shock. Although it’s sad that the life of the third little embryo was over as fast as it had begun, I was relieved that it passed on its own, without us having to make a dreadful decision regarding selective reduction.

However, I still had the hormones of three developing embryos in my system and I became very sick–and this lasted until about a week ago (though today I am feeling a bit nauseous and hoping that everything stays down). I’m going to gloss over this section ‘cuz who wants to read about it. Suffice it to say, it was really gross and both physically and emotionally depleting and I’m glad the worst of that is behind me.(*fingers crossed*)

At the end of January, I “graduated” from HRC and made an appointment with my new ob/gyn, Dr. Jick. Just before my first appointment with Dr. Jick, I was sitting on the couch when all of a sudden I felt a gush of something come out of me. I went to the bathroom and was totally freaked out to see that the gush was lots of bright red blood.  Dr. Evans at HRC was able to see me (since I was not yet a patient of my new dr.). I was trying to keep calm and I couldn’t get a hold of Tom at school, so I had to drive myself. Now, it’s only a couple of miles, so it’s not a big deal. Still, I was crying and upset, but I made it there. They took me in right away and the ultrasound showed two strong heartbeats. Of course, an amazing relief. But they take the whole bleeding thing very seriously (and they’re not sure what caused the bleeding, btw), so I was put on bedrest for a week.  About a day before my bedrest was up, I started bleeding again, so I had to go back to bed for another week or so. But, again, the babies were fine, so everything turned out okay.

By this time, I started seeing Dr. Jick; he had me come in weekly because of the bleeding and how sick I was. It was great getting such attentive care and I loved seeing the babies every week. And there’s nothing so wonderful as hearing their little heartbeats. When I was about 13 weeks we learned that baby B was a little girl. However, baby A had her legs crossed so we didn’t find out she was a little girl until the following week.

Meanwhile, while all of this was going on, both Tom and I discovered our jobs were in jeopardy. I’m definitely going to gloss over this part, because it ends happily for both of us. For me, my advisor tried to kick me out of the program and take away my TA assignments. Luckily, the school was totally behind me and fought her on my behalf. We won on all counts–not only did she not succeed in kicking me out, she is no longer my advisor and I have a better TA assignment for this quarter. It took the entire quarter to get this situation worked out, which was stressful, but at least it worked out in my favor.  Of course, while this was going on, Tom’s school district announced they were going to proceed with layoffs because of the budget mess. We were both shocked that they had to make cuts so deep that they had to go back six years. I’m going to gloss over this–it’s tedious and stressful to think about. It wasn’t until Tuesday of this week that we learned that Tom’s job is totally secure.  Needless to say, however, while we were living through it, it had to be one of the scariest times of my life. I felt totally irresponsible for having a baby, let alone twins, given our situation.

At 18 weeks, Dr. Jick had me go see a perinatologist, because I’m high risk pregnancy (in that I’m 37 and carrying twins). So I went to see Dr. Bruce for an ultrasound and he recommended that we do amniocentesis because baby A had some markers for Down’s. He said her femur measurement was small (my saying that her daddy has short legs didn’t seem to appease him) and that her bowels showed up prominently on the ultrasound. So, Tom and I agreed to the amnio, even though there is a tiny risk of miscarriage from the procedure.

I had the procedure on April 1st, no joke, and it was a miserable experience. I almost fainted on the table, which is scary in and of itself, and he had a lot of trouble getting fluid from both sacs. Baby B is bigger, so he did her first. After he got fluid from her sac, he injected blue dye so that he could make sure when he got fluid from Baby A that it was hers, ’cause it wouldn’t be blue. Well, Baby A, being smaller and surrounded by all my fibroids, plus, she moves around a lot, was very difficult to get fluid from. And everytime we got fluid….guess what?….it was blue! So after an hour and a half of trying to stay calm and not faint, we ended the procedure. Dr. Bruce wasn’t sure if we got fluid from Baby A, which was distressing because that’s the one we most wanted the information about.

But all the details of the amnio were forgotten the next day when, once again, I was sitting on the couch and felt a gush come out. I went to the bathroom and was surprised, but not upset, to see watery blue liquid. I called Dr. Jick and was quite shocked that he wanted me to go straight to the hospital. But I still wasn’t freaked out, and figured I’d be sent home after I was checked out. But no. Dr. Jick was extremely worried, even though the girls looked fine on the u/s. If I kept leaking, I could go into labor and lose both babies because they’re still too young to be viable.  So he admitted me and put me on strict bedrest–no getting up to go to the bathroom. Luckily, the leak stopped and I was released the following Monday, 4/6 (just in time for my wonderful friend, Michelle, who came to visit on the 7th).

So, now, 10 days later, I’m fine, the babies are fine, are jobs our fine and now I can enjoy the rest of my pregnancy.  We got the results of the amnio yesteraday and both girls are fine!! I am feeling tired and uncomfortable–after all, I’m carrying twins–but at least they’re normal effects of pregnancy. And I’ve graduated to only seeing my dr. every two weeks, so things are definitely improving.I hope that the rest of my pregnancy will be as uncomplicated as the first half was difficult.

For those of you wondering about the doggies during all of this…here’s an update. Roscoe went to stay with Mom and Mike in January because I was just too sick to be able to take care of him. He is very happily settled there–he loves having the run of the house and the yard–and Mom and Mike have become very attached to him. As long as he’s happy and they’re happy, then we’re okay with it.  Oatie is still here with us, she’s was more low maintenance than Roscoe, though she’s reverted a little bit to some of her more annoying neuroses.

I’ll be updating more regularly again, so see you here soon! And thanks for reading such a long post!

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The week in pictures

Angie came over last week and we decorated this gingerbread house.Our piping skills rock, don’t they??

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Last Thursday I volunteered at the L.A. Regional Food Bank. My job was sorting cans on a conveyor belt–very Lucy and Ethel at the chocolate factory. Here’s a tip, though, next time you donate cans of food–make sure there’s an expiration date on each can, otherwise they won’t use them. Also, keep those half-eaten jars of peanut butter for yourselves (seriously, can you believe people do that?). I got this lovely fork pen as a thank you gift.

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And on Sunday, Monica, Jess and her boyfriend, James, and Adana came over for some cookie decorating madness. What’s more fun than piping icing from a pastry bag onto some funny shaped cookies? Doing it with friends! It was great to see everyone and I loved having the little holiday get together at our place. Unfortunately, I was too lazy to take pictures of us actually having fun, but here’s a picture of our awesome cookies.

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Today, Oatie and Roscoe got groomed. Oatie got the same ‘do, so she looks as pretty as always. However, Roscoe opted for a shorter cut. Doesn’t he look mature? Little guy is all grown up.

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Roscoe’s Graduation

Our little baby is growing up. On Saturday he graduated from his puppy education class.

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He learned how to “watch me,”

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to sit, and lay down

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and other things like, leave it, take it, and he can shake your paw, too. After he passed all of his tests, he proudly wore his mortar board. dsc04952

He also posed by his new bumper sticker for his very proud parents.

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Dog Park

We took the dogs to the dog park today and all of us had lots of fun. Okay, maybe not all of us–Oatmeal needed to be held most of the time.

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Whereas Roscoe seemed to be a little over-stimulated. He just couldn’t stop sniffing the grass or looking to see who was barking. However, he did leave some time to do a little bit of frolicking…

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Oatie’s Birthday

Besides being the most amazing election day ever, yesterday was Oatie’s 9th birthday! She wanted you to see how she celebrated it:

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Happy Birthday/Halloween!

As most of you know Tom’s birthday is on Halloween. Every year since we’ve lived here, Tom invites his students over for trick or treat-ing and we dress up the dogs to make the trip that much more enjoyable for the kids. We closed up shop around 8pm and then head out to dinner, this time to Mike and Anne’s, Tom’s favorite local restaurant (sorry, I forgot to take pix of the b-day dinner).

This is the lovely cake I made him, along with the pumpkin Tom carved.

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The dogs dressed up as a lady and a gentleman, otherwise known by Tom as Fred and Ginger.

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Roscoe’s costume came with a top hat, but it made him look too much like Harpo Marx.

Here’s Roscoe anxiously awaiting the arrival of the trick or treaters.dsc04367

And exhausted after a long night…

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