30/31 Week Updates, Flooring Replacement, Baby Shower and the Nursery!

Wow, I am so behind! The last couple of weeks have been INSANE. I can’t believe we missed TWO weekly updates posts… Whoops! We had the flooring in our house replaced, both got sick with gnarly colds, had our baby shower and then completed our nursery (finally!). This post is obscenely long, I am sorry!

First, and most importantly, the babies are doing well. With everything going on, we missed our 30 and 31 week posts! We had two perinatologist appointments and an OB appointment and everything is stable. Two weeks ago, Harper was measuring in the 7th percentile (7.9 to be exact) and that was down from 8.5 two weeks before that. If she continues to fall behind, we will have a c-section to prevent her from going into distress or suffering from lack of nutrients. Going forward, we will have two appointments with our perinatologist per week. One will be an ultrasound for a biophysical profile and fatal doppler and the other will be a non-stress test. Every other week, we will measure them for growth. Tomorrow is a growth ultrasound, so we are hoping Harper is looking great. She was 2 lb, 12 oz two weeks ago and Elliott was 3 lb, 3 oz. Ashley met with our OB on Monday (it was the first time I’ve missed an appointment, I had to work) and the plan right now is to take them as soon as Harper falls any further behind. While so far things are great, we could potentially meet our kids tomorrow. It’s terrifying but also exciting! We are still aiming for 34 weeks for their safety, but everyone is just so happy that we have made it this far. 32 weeks is truly amazing considering the challenges these peanuts have faced, especially since there were points along the line when 24 weeks was the goal, then 28, then 32 and now finally 34. We are ready when they are!

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23 Weeks!!

How far along? 23 Weeks!

My babies are the size of: Not just any Mango, a LARGE Mango
Net weight gain: According to the doctor yesterday my total weight gain thus far is 4lbs. I am still down 6lbs pre-pregnancy weight.

Maternity clothes: Yes
Sleep: Hips are really the only thing that bother me, a friend is donating her snoogle to me, I will get it this weekend and hopefully that makes a difference!

Best Moment this week: FINISHING THE NURSERY!!!! AMAZING!

Miss Anything: Beer!

Movement: Every day, I love every second of it – WE SAW THEM MOVE TOO! My stomach was rolling around, it was amazing!

Food Cravings: Nothing really right now, but I’m not hungry give me a few hours lol

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’m feeling good!

Gender:  B&G

Labor Signs: Nope, just the Braxton hicks and our doc says that is OK and normal as long as I am not in any pain!

Happy or Moody most of the time: I am on cloud 9

Weekly Wisdom: Be happy!
Looking forward to: Meeting with our landlord to discuss the floor replacement this weekend.

 

23 weeks, how are you here already? We are going to have two babies in less than 100 days, how incredible. We saw the OB yesterday and she is pleased with everything. Our little man is measuring in the 67th percentile while our little lady is in the 46th percentile. She said there is an 8% size difference which is perfectly fine, and that everything looks GREAT. I have only gained 4lbs thus far, and when I brought it up she said “You are pregnant with twins and have only gained 4lbs, don’t question it, shit!” We absolutely love her – I don’t know why but Devan and I trust people more when they swear. Dr. B said that we will know around 30/32 weeks if I will need a C-section or not – she said if they’re breach around that time it’s very unlikely they will turn around because they won’t have a lot of room – at that point I will schedule a c-section if need be, and have an ultra sound right before to confirm they’re still breach since a c-section is not my ideal way to deliver. When she brought the heart doppler out she found Harper right away but little Elliott was squirming around in there like a crazy person, Dr. B referred to him as a “little shit” LOL! All in all the appointment went very well and our little babies are doing spectacular! My next appointment in early October will be a long appointment – I do my first glucose test, I’m hoping I pass the 1 hour test so I don’t have to go through the 3 hour test!

 

Devan already wrote a post all about the nursery construction you can read that HERE and see all of the pictures. I wanted to touch on it too. We had such a GREAT weekend. Michael was in town and agreed to help us with the nursery. It made me sad that he and Jeffrey moved to Utah because we had so much fun it reminded me of old times. The four of us have been through some shit together as friends and we always see it through – I couldn’t be happier about that. We spent the weekend renovating, playing bingo, going to a bar for our brother in laws 25th birthday and eating until we hated ourselves. While we were at the bar I was introduced to a young lady that was sucking down a cigarette – I was then told “she is the one who is newly pregnant” without being able to contain myself I said “YOU’RE PREGNANT, DID YOU WANT ME TO GET YOU A BEER TOO?” Whoops, my bitchiness came out but oh well. I just thought of all of you, about how you would give up a lung to have a baby and this bitch is sucking down cancer while she was carrying the gift of life inside of her.

On to a more positive thing, while Devan and Michael were priming the floors I went with Lisa and Kaitlyn to goodwill and got an entire maternity outfit for $10.00! Score! The pants I bought were even a size smaller than the ones I paid $50 for at Motherhood – same brand though! (Ignore our messy room)

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Lisa and Kaitlyn also made Harper & Elliott these sick onesies – they’re so sweet, and are already spoiling the shit out of these babies.

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 I couldn’t ask for better friends! Devan’s mom just texted me with a picture of a laundry basket full of baby blankets, wash cloths, socks etc. saying “Grandma has added to her stock!” How the hell did we get so lucky?! Our babies are coming into a world full of more love than anyone could ask for.

 

Here are some other pictures I snapped this weekend — A picture of the clothes hanging up in the nursery (all of the shorts and what not have now been put in an organizer until we buy our dresser!)

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These sick crab shoes I bought for $2 at Babies R Us for when we go to the lake, it matched perfectly with this outfit…

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Baby Kimball and Elliott striking the same pose – NO PICTURES PLEASE!!! ❤

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And lastly, 23 week baby bump, I’m having a bad hair day today 😦

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HAPPY THURSDAY EVERYONE!! ❤

ASHLEY

A Nursery Construction Zone

Oh god, this nursery… This weekend has been a crazy affair filled with lots of manual labor (and beer.)

Our nursery needed a lot of work. Our house has four rooms, two of which are upstairs. The second room upstairs has never really been used, because we just never really had anything to put in it (our guest room and my craft room are both downstairs). For a while, we used that room for our cat’s litter box just so it was out of the way. A while back, our cat Bean got sick and peed in a couple of the corners there, so we just shut up the room and expected to replace the flooring before moving out. Once we started TTC, we couldn’t imagine using another room in the house for the nursery because this room 1) was right across the hall from our bedroom and 2) has a dutch door. This left us with a bit of a project.

Fortunately, our landlord was already intending on replacing all flooring in the house, including putting wood floor tile in the entire first floor and in the bathrooms (yes, we have carpeted bathrooms. Yes, it’s the most disgusting thing in the entire world.) My first thought was that I could just rip the carpet and padding out of that room, paint and then have the new flooring installed. I got to work ripping out the carpet and padding a couple months ago and to my horror there were a couple of small spots in which the urine had reached the subfloor. I had a few friends look at it and suggest replacing sections of the floor, which would have cost us about $700. Then, our amazing friend Michael came up with a better idea. He suggested since there were only a couple of small areas, we could rip the baseboards out of the room, disinfect and prime the affected areas to completely neutralize and seal off the damage and then put new baseboards in. We used KILZ, an oil-based primer that could seriously be used to cover up a murder (the thought occurred to us several times during this process…)

Michael is one of our oldest and dearest friends, and he’s always been our “help something is broken in my house and I have no idea what to do right now” friend. I can’t tell you how many times he has jumped my car, helped me paint, grilled our steaks, rewired our ceiling fans and just generally saved our asses. Equally important is the fact that he’s fun as hell to drink with and is the only other person I know whose idea of a wild night is midnight bingo at the casino. We just love him to death. Thank you for all you do for us, and for being so excited that you would be written about here on the blog! (I heard “this is going on the blog, right?” so many times this weekend <3)

He forgot to bring paint clothes so we hooked him up with a shirt that was given to me by my friend Shad… We called the shirt Michael’s “party dress” this whole weekend. Once we were properly protected, we got to work ripping out all the old baseboards.

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We then used bleach to scrub the areas and let it dry overnight. We went out to bingo the next night to blow off some steam before the work got too hard on Saturday 😉

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We went to Lowe’s the next morning to buy our baseboards and the rest of the supplies. We started the intense tasks of painting the ceiling (ugh, popcorn ceilings!) and priming the subfloor around all edges of the room (about 2ft up the walls and out from the walls to be completely thorough). We also gave the chair rail in the center of the room a coat of fresh paint and followed that with the light gray paint on the top half of the walls. Ashley went shopping with our friends Lisa and Kaitlyn to avoid the fumes, which were BAD.

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We relaxed after a job well done by going out to celebrate my brother in law’s birthday. It was my sister’s first night out since having our nephew Kimball!

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The next day, we installed the new baseboards and gave them a fresh coat of white paint. While waiting for the calk (I just want you to imagine three adults with the maturity levels of 13 year-old boys purposely mispronouncing the world “calk” as “cock” and using it in every sentence we could fit it into… true adult behavior)

The paint went on, and the work was COMPLETE!

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We even celebrated having the room ready by putting all the clothes we have collected in the closet. It was such a great feeling to see our little ones’ tiny outfits on display in their beautiful, sparkling clean and lovely nursery! We are meeting with our landlord this weekend to talk about the actual process of installing the new carpet, which he has told us will be completed before the baby shower. We asked for it to be completed before the shower so we can immediately set up and organize in the nursery without having to worry about moving things around for the carpet installation.

Ashley is 23 weeks tomorrow so she will of course be posting her weekly update about the babies. I’ll give you a preview: saw the doctor today and everything is absolutely perfect. So perfect that it’s surreal!

I can’t wait to keep updating you all about the nursery as we get the furniture and decor in there! We already bought one piece, and our friends Lisa and Kaitlyn found an amazing and ambient tree lamp at Kirkland’s that is just perfect. My mom has been buying us a ton of amazing and adorable wall decals, including one that is one of my absolute favorite Shel Silverstein quotes:

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We are working on figuring out what will go where, but what we know so far is that we will be using coral as Harper’s accent color and mint as Elliott’s. We have the furniture picked out and we will be creating a gallery wall over the dresser between the cribs. (You can look at my Pinterest board if you want to see the creative direction we are taking.)

So far, we are $250 into this nursery. That includes all the supplies and paint that were used this weekend (I am not going to add our food and beer budget into this!)

As always, I am thinking of my TTC and pregnant mamas. Your struggles, fears and grief are with me while I simultaneously grieve and rejoice for my little family. The sharp reminder of where we’ve been and where you all are is so humbling, and it makes us so incredibly grateful. We are rooting for each and every one of you! ❤

Until next time,

Devan

22 Weeks!

How far along? 22 Weeks

My babies are the size of: Spaghetti Squash
Net weight gain: A solid 5

Maternity clothes: You betcha! I love it!
Sleep: Guys, how do I make my hips stop hurting? I can deal with the peeing, but these hips – I can HEAR them grinding!!

Best Moment this week: Started the nursery, finishing it this weekend!!!!

Miss Anything: Beer!

Movement: Every day, I love every second of it.

Food Cravings: My friend Lisa made a pizza cookie (giant sugar cookie, cream cheese frosting, pineapple and cherries) it was fantastic, I’ve been dreaming of it since!

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’m feeling good!

Gender:  B&G

Labor Signs: I’ve been having Braxton hicks (not very often) not sure if that is a labor sign, but my docs don’t seem worried. I feel pressure, then feel my tummy and its rock hard for a minute and then goes back to squishy with hard spots where the babies are!

Happy or Moody most of the time: I am on cloud 9

Weekly Wisdom: Be happy!
Looking forward to: Finishing up the nursery this weekend!

HAPPY 22 WEEKS!! I am in a spectacular mood right now, we saw our perfect babies yesterday and they were doing amazing. Elliott, our little chunk, is already 1lb 2oz and Harper our dainty princess is an even 1lb. Each ultra sound gives me a level of excitement I can’t even put into words, our babies ARE COMING! They are healthy, and growing, and beautiful. The tech focused on all of their little organs this past ultra sound, specifically their hearts and they sound spectacular. I got to see their little kidneys and they’re the cutest kidneys I’ve ever seen in my life!! Elliott was a total ham, and was giving us shot after shot of his perfect face, Harper on the other hand, not so much! We got maybe 1 or 2 good shots of her. Our doctor came in and said she was more than happy about their progress and that they’re growing VERY well and that even though 24 weeks is considered viable, after they hit 1 pound they immediately have a chance of survival outside of the womb and the number only grows with time. I talked with her about our baby moon and how we are going to be in Disneyland for a day. She said to set my next appointment right before and they will check my cervix to make sure it is still 100% closed and long, and recommended that I use a wheel chair 90% of the time while we are there. I’m not excited about being in a wheel chair the entire time, BUT safety comes first and it is worth it to be with my amazing wife and great friends in Disneyland. I do feel bad for poor Devan – she gets to wheel around 200lbs of my glorious ass! But again, SO WORTH IT! We are HUGE Disney fans and when an opportunity to go with our favorite Disney buddies comes up we can’t say no to it! It really is perfect because Disneyland is EXPENSIVE and really not worth it to spend 150$ per ticket when I can only do so much, so instead we are joining them for the Halloween Party which gives us access to the entire park but the ticket is only $50!! Here are some pictures from the appointment: (Top 3 are Harper, all of the rest Elliott, the show off!)

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Aren’t they cute? I’m am SO EXCITED FOR THE NURSERY PLANNING!! We are doing a woodland theme, and Devan’s mom has already been ordering decals for the nursery! We have a clear picture in our head about how we want everything to look and I’m so excited we are actually starting the process!! We will be replacing baseboards & painting this weekend. Here is a lovely before picture of the nursery & some paint samples we have looked at so far, no decisions have been made yet. You also get a shot of our friend Michael, this was last night at like 9pm – him and Devan were up pretty late starting the process, its nice to have friends that will help you with the hard work, thanks Michael!


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In the next few weeks we will be getting all of the flooring in our home replaced so there will be brand new carpet in there for the babies!

What is better than nursery planning? BABY SHOWER PLANNING!! Devan and I have been doing a lot of planning and have a place locked in. The place we checked out last week ended up not working out but we were able to find another community that I manage that has an EVEN better clubhouse. The space is beautiful…and we can serve alcohol. Mimosas anyone? The space will fit 200 guests, 100 indoors and 100 outdoors, the indoor/outdoor space have a lovely open concept so everyone will feel a nice flow — and the weather in late October is pretty nice in Arizona, 80 degrees maybe. It will be a great day.

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Lots of exciting things ahead, it will help the time fly by so that we can be in November/December and meet our beautiful babies. The day can’t come soon enough. I am feeling overwhelmed with happiness, my life is without complaint right now. I have a wonderful wife, two beautiful children on the way, great friends, great family and Devan and I are both working in jobs we are happy with. Life couldn’t get any better.

I almost forgot, 22 week belly shot!

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Happy Friday, and enjoy your holiday weekend everyone!!!

❤ Ashley