Sunday, November 30, 2014

We made it through week 2 :)

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The "twinkies" officially turned two weeks old yesterday. This week was definitely a roller-coaster. We had days when all they did was sleep and eat, and others when they were screaming their little heads off without apparent reason. It seems like even a little distraction can throw them off the loop. And on Wednesday they had a big one. We had our first appointment with their pediatrician. Normally she wouldn't schedule it for a few more weeks because with both of our boys she would stop by the hospital while we were still there. This time around we had to go in because she doesn't work with our hospital. And it was brutal! We stayed there for almost two hours discussing everything twins, getting them checked, poked, weighed etc. On a good note, Tanya gained a whole pound and caught up with her brother, Alex only got back to his birth weight but at least he's gaining. He's just my lazy one :) She already had her first growth spurt, lost the umbilical cord stump (can't wait until he loses that nasty thing) and, overall, she's usually way more alert and independent. But I know, it's only a matter of days until Alex "wakes up", and then I would be longing for these sleepy days to come back again. That's exactly what happened with my oldest, and then we haven't slept for like a year. Oh, the bliss of motherhood! I'm not going to miss the newborn stage... Even though they are so cute:

The other thing I'm struggling with right now are my emotions. I'm a pretty emotional type, period, and I always get some "baby blues" (who doesn't when you only get an hour of sleep sometimes??) but this time it seems a little more severe. I can actually physically feel the "wave" of emotions coming over me, and that's definitely new. I haven't experienced it as much in the past three days, so I'm hopeful I will snap out of it very soon but I'm sure happy to have my sweet hubby here with me right now to keep an eye on me. I really don't know how I would do it without my amazing man! Meeting him was truly the biggest blessing of my life (and now I might just start crying. Darn hormones...). I do have an appt. with my OB GYN on Monday, we'll see what she says...

On a very non-related note, I'm pretty much done with Christmas shopping. I only need 1 more gift for Hubby's uncle who lives out of state and I need to send a package to my parents that's been sitting in our bedroom all packed and ready to go for almost a month right now. Other than that, we are DONE!! And the best thing is that we stayed within a budget (I do love me some online shopping deals :) and we did not have to dip into our regular savings, let alone pull out a credit card. We added another $100 to what we saved by July, and it covered everything. As I mentioned in that post, most of the money came from the other sources, and I love it. Now I just wish we had the energy to decorate the tree...

And are you done with your Christmas shopping? Did you end up going out for Black Friday this year?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gobble, gobble, gobble...

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you all have an amazing day full of love, laughter, lots of hugs and delicious meals!! Sending warm wishes to you and your families today and for the rest of this week/weekend!

Love you all,

Saturday, November 22, 2014

How to lose 30 pounds in 3 days

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How about by giving birth to twins? wink wink :)

Thank you all for your kind words, wishes and messages. I sure wish I could reply to all of you but, as you can imagine, my hands are pretty full right now :)

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We survived through the first week of their life. To say it's a challenging journey is an understatement.  On top of being majorly tired and sleep-deprived, I also deal with hormones and it's not easy. One of the problems I'm facing right now is that I can't sleep even when the babies do. I found myself staring at the ceiling way too many times in the past couple of days, and it's really taking it's toll on me. Also my milk never really came in, so, even though I'm relieved to always know how much our little ones are eating, I have a bit of mama's guilt, for sure. I'm trying not to dwell on it too much though because I am a Mom of four now, and all of my kids need attention and love.

The boys seemed to transition OK to the babies. The middle one struggled a bit at first (and even asked when we are going to take them back to wherever they came from) but is now enjoying talking to them. I'm really looking forward to the time when babies will start smiling back, so they can all interact. But that's still far away...

The biggest milestone I personally achieved (other than the one in the title. I didn't do much for it but I'm happy to be at my pre-pregnancy weight already even though I still have a small soccer ball to lose on my belly...) is putting away all of my maternity clothes for good. It's nice to know that our family is complete now and, honestly, I'm not going to miss being pregnant. Even though this pregnancy with twins was fairly uncomplicated, I was still constantly exhausted and missing being active and mobile. But this body gave birth to two (or four) healthy little ones, and I'm grateful for it.

I will try to do at least weekly updates and I promise I will bounce back to writing all kinds of money-related and frugal posts (just wait until all the bills will start rolling in...). In the meantime, I hope you all are doing wonderful and enjoying all of the hustle and bustle of holiday preparation (only 32 days until Christmas!!) and gearing up for the end of the year in just a few short weeks.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

They are here!!

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I've been trying to post a few times the past couple of days but the connection in the hospital was absolutely terrible! But yes, you got it right! The twinkies are here :)

I had a a pretty rough night last Tuesday with lots of contractions and back pain. I was up half of the night but they eventually stopped. On Wednesday I had my regular doctor's appointment and she said that I was 4 cm dilated. I was only 35 weeks and 4 days, so I was really hopeful that nothing would happen for at least another week but the babies had other plans.

At 2 in the morning I woke up to go to the bathroom and on the way back to bed felt like I peed myself (yeah, lots of fun :) I brushed it off but as I was laying down, I felt it again. That's when I completely woke up! I knew that was it, and the immediate contractions that followed left no doubt either. By the time we got to the hospital at around 3, they were pretty steady at 3 minutes apart and quite painful. But I was only dilated to 5 cm.

Since a delivery with twins is always risky, they do it in the operating room. It often happens that mom-to-be ends up getting an emergency c-section. They also give you an epidural right away for the same reason. So I got my dose of stuff and was enjoying myself there until about 7 in the morning when the nurse came to check on me and was surprised to see that I was fully dilated and ready to push. She quickly called my doctor and they wheeled me to the OR right away.

Both of the babies were head down but we knew that our little girl was a little lower and would come out first. She was born at 7:23 on Friday 11/14/14. We named her Tanya after my Mom. She was measuring 5'7 and 18 in tall (my smallest baby ever!) Her brother Alex soon followed. He was born at 7:47 am measuring 6'7 and 19 in tall. Both were born crying and pink, so no NICU for us. They are absolutely perfect! Teeny-tiny but cute, healthy and we are in love!

They passed every single test while in the hospital with flying colors. I, on the other hand, had a few issues. I was shaking like crazy for about two hours after the delivery (more than likely, epidural withdrawal). I couldn't even hold them at first. Then my blood pressure spiked last night and I got an infection so they kept us there for another day to monitor. They eventually put me on medication.

But we are finally home! Exhausted, happy, feeling so blessed and ready to learn to adjust and to live a new-to-us-normal life. Whatever that will be...

Only one picture so far but I promise an overload in a few days or so. I'm absolutely in love with their button noses...

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Now our family is complete!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

And I became...

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... no, not Mom again. Ha :) But I became an aunt!!!! :)

Yesterday my sister gave birth to the cutest baby boy. Yes, we were pregnant together :) He came 2.5 weeks early but still had a very healthy weight of 8.8 lbs and 19.5 in long. Both Mom and the baby are doing great, and I'm so excited for all of them. My sister already has a boy and a girl. And now another Halloween little one :)

It's a little hard that we will have the babies so close together, so we won't really be able to help each other but I'm excited for our little ones to grow together.

Now I just need to hang in there for a few more weeks...

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