Pregnant with Twins – 37 weeks

Pregnant with twins…likely the LAST time I will get to type that in an update (I hope and pray I didn’t just jinx us right there!).  37 weeks and 4 days as of this morning HOLY COW!

Pregnant with twins at 37 weeks!

Pregnant with twins at 37 weeks!

Pregnant with Twins – 37 weeks

Best moment this week:  Realizing this is the LAST week I will be giving you all an update on our pregnancy and from this point forward it will be Balanced Mom updates…oh my it is enough to make me tear up.  I have never been more excited to meet someone (ok two someones) in my ENTIRE life! We had an appt this past Tuesday and the doctor said they would induce (or C section, kind of up to me at this point, yikes!) you on Monday I couldn’t have been more excited just to get this show on the road.  So Monday/Tuesday is THE action day!

Movement:  Still a going to town in there playing like brothers do…however, I’d say they are slowing down and not so ‘kicky’ but more just ‘movey’ like…I know that isn’t the best description but if I could imagine what it is like in my big ole belly I’m betting they are just plum out of room to kick too hard :)

Food Cravings:  Nothing in particular, they have definitely dropped some so I can eat almost a full meal without discomfort which is super duper nice.  Anything cold (well after breakfast I’m stuck on egg white oats for breakfast) sounds good, I love eating frozen fruit, chomping on ice, and salads…I did randomly want Subway the other day, strange!

Sleep:  Not terrible for this stage in the game.  Bathroom breaks happen so often that they are almost normal to me now (who knew we should have stocked up on even MORE toilet paper at Costco our last trip!).  Just getting NERVOUS for the big day and realizing, oh no I actually have to get them out of there…it seems so surreal at times.  Oh and trying to roll over or get up – well you try holding a 20 lb ball in your stomach and roll around – not fun!

Wedding rings on or off?  On

Happy or moody:  Happy..other than one melt down as we were going to bed, yep all out tears kind of break down, I’ve been happy happy happy!  I mean who gets a new ‘forever’ house and twins in the same week, I’m one blessed gal.

That all being said I plan to be back with a final post tomorrow before the ‘big’ day – please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers for healthy happy mom and babies!

Words from Grandma

Hi! This is Denise, otherwise known as “Sarah’s mom” and soon to be Grandma, Nanna, Mammie, Mamaw, or my personal favorite “Oma which is German for Grandma!! Since Mike and I both have German heritage backgrounds, it just makes sense, right? Honestly, I really don’t care what Baby A and Baby B (I call them Abe and Ben since Sarah and Dan are keeping those names top secret!) will call me in the future, I’m just thrilled beyond belief and feel so very blessed in so many ways every single day of my life!

Throughout Sarah’s pregnancy, I obviously have thought about how fast time flies! It seems as if just yesterday Sarah and brother Paul were just babies themselves. I have contemplated many times on the type of mother I was when I first ventured into motherhood in 1985 and again in 1987.

Me holding Sarah the first day she was born!

Me holding Sarah the first day she was born!

Me holding Paul the day he was born!

Me holding Paul the day he was born!

Was I good? Would I do anything different if there were “do-overs” in motherhood? Just exactly what would I change if anything?

First and foremost, I could NEVER, EVER change my everlasting love for my children…..it’s the very stongest bond one can ever have in a lifetime. Do overs? Well, of course! I feel certain that most every mom can always remember situations that she probably didn’t handle in the best manner, or things she said and wished she had never said, etc. However, we wouldn’t be human if we didn’t make mistakes (and learn from them!) That’s why being an Oma” is going to be so much fun…..we have experience, but mistakes will still be made and we will still be learning from them….that’s just the way God made us! If I could go back and improve upon “mothering” I would sum it up in one word “PATIENCE”. Anyone who knows me, knows that patience has never been one of my virtues, but I have definitely improved upon it throughout my lifetime and hope to continue on that path in the years ahead with Baby A and Baby B.

When I was expecting Sarah, one of my friends sent me a poem that I think will provide great advice and wisdom to Sarah and other mom’s out there – remember babies are only here for a short time, everything else can wait!  I never could find the author but loved it so much so I will leave you all with it today and thank you all for your continued, love, support, and prayers in the past as well as in the future for Sarah and family.

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow

for babies grow up we’ve learned to our sorrow…

so quiet down cobwebs…

dust go to sleep…

I‘m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep!

Pregnancy Weight Gain-Number on the Scale

You might remember my promise to myself to step on the scale backwards while pregnant.   I didn’t want to worry myself with pregnancy weight gain…I wanted to rest peacefully knowing I am eating healthy foods and exercising daily…I wanted to finally come to terms that the number on the scale is JUST THAT…A NUMBER ON THE SCALE!

Scale

Just a scale NOT a measure of YOU!

Well my plan was going great on not focusing on pregnancy weight gain until last week when the blasted nurse read the number out loud and wrote it out right on my chart in front of me.  Not only did I hear the number but I read the number.

When it happened it didn’t hit me at first, the scale was the only thing between me and the bathroom.  When 36+ weeks pregnant (especially with twins) you don’t care about anything really other than your next bathroom stop.  But then I went into the exam room and told Daniel…she told me my weight.  I was a bit annoyed with the nurse. What gal steps on backwards intentionally and you still read her weight aloud?  But it happened and I had to deal with it.

I am not going to share any numbers here with you today but I want to share something amazingly AWESOME that happened that day.

I didn’t care about the number on the scale!

I saw the number, I heard the number, I thought about the number, and I didn’t care about the number on the scale!

I saw two happy, healthy babies on the ultra sound.

I saw a mamma to be walking 3+ miles every day.

I saw a mamma to be eating 5-6 small, healthy meals every day with only an occasional splurge.

I saw me lifting weights (light don’t worry!) 5 times a week.

I saw how HEALTHY I was in that number.

You know what was even better?  My weight gain was right in the recommended range without me doing anything other than eating right and exercising when I can.  Throughout this pregnancy I’m learning to trust my body and truly listen to it.  If I can’t get in my morning walk and lay on the couch instead..I know that is what my body needs.  If I have to have another banana with peanut butter that day – I eat it, because I know that is what my body needs.  Now this is all in moderation BUT the key is – if you trust your body and treat it healthfully IT WILL RETURN THE FAVOR!!

Creating Better Tomorrow Tip – No matter pregnant or not forget the number on the scale!  Respect your body and treat it with healthy habits daily.  Trust your body to give you back just what you put into it!