Thirty Two Weeks

Our big venturing out this weekend was to see The Avenger’s Saturday afternoon. I took these photos that evening after a post-movie nap.

{Motherhood top & maternity capris}

How far along? 32w2d

Maternity clothes? Yes, absolutely. I threw on a super long normal top for a Target run Sunday & it looked pathetic. All maternity all the time.

Weight Gain? I’m up 45 pounds as of Thursday’s doctor’s appointment.

Stretch Marks? Yes, they’ve arrived for sure on my right side.

Sleep? Pretty decent with the Snoogle, an extra pillow at my back & another pillow between my knees.

Movement? Yes, we have night owls who definitely make their presence known.

Genders? Baby A, Zach, is a still a boy & C, Lucy, is a girl.

What I Miss? Baby B; the right side of the belly is full of Baby A & the top of the belly is full of Baby C. It’s clear to me that Baby B would’ve been on the bottom left & the belly is soft there instead. As we’re getting really ready for A & C’s so soon arrivals, I know that while we could’ve handled three babies, God had other plans for us, & we continue to focus on being the best parents to L & Z as we possibly can.

Food cravings? Fruit, fries, grilled cheese.

Food aversion? I think those are gone. Although much to Husband’s chagrin, his favorite Chipolte still doesn’t sound good.

Labor signs? I think I’ve started experiencing BH contractions but no real ones or other labor signs.

Belly button in or out? It’s in but just barely. I’m guessing it’ll be a tiny outie before these babes arrive.

What I’m Looking Forward to? A girls’ night dinner tonight. A dentist appointment Thursday morning that I never thought I’d make it to pregnant. Attending my first LLL meeting Thursday night. Another relaxing weekend ahead.

Symptoms? In light of my dear friend Diana’s loss last week, I’ve been feeling emotional about this pregnancy & really trying to take all the crazy, crappy results of experiencing 32 weeks with multiples in stride. Swollen feet, exhaustion, belly discomfort, moodiness & heartburn, I’ll take it & appreciate it for what it means ~ growing big, healthy babies.

Weekly Wisdom? Appreciate what you have. Be prepared because you never know when these babes will make their appearance {hospital bag will be packed this week}.

Milestones? Baby Center has photo & facts for twins this week ~ it says the babies’ fingernails & toenails have grown in & they also have peach fuzz hair.

Almost Finished Nursery

I alluded to our nursery being almost complete when I showed y’all how much has been checked off our pre-babies to-do list.

But I thought I’d share a few of the photos I took last weekend of the babies’ nursery.

The walls were painted green about a month ago thanks to my parents & aunt. Jason & his mom put together the two cribs & the dresser/changer. We also added the rocker/recliner last weekend.The drawers of the dresser/changer are still empty & I don’t think what’s in the bins will stay that way. Also I’ve stacked a few things in the cribs like the mobiles, breast feeding pillows & the little accessories that we’ll put in the tall/skinny chest my parents’ are bringing down along with the other mattress in two weeks.Ours is not a pinterest perfect nursery, but over-the-top, super expensive is not our style, nor in the cards for us. And I’m totally okay with that. I’ll post photos again in a couple weeks as things are more in their final places.

Guilt & Gratefulness

These two emotions have dominated at certain times throughout this pregnancy. Guilt, for all those still fighting the infertility battle. I’ve been there, I know how rough it is & my heart is thinking those who are continuing to struggle to make a complete family.

Guilt, for my three friends who’ve lost both of their identical twin babies while I’ve been pregnant. Three y’all. How unfair & awful is that?! I think of & pray for peace & love & strength on M, Amy & most recently Diana daily.

Guilt, that while I have experienced loss this year with our Baby B, we still are growing two beautiful healthy babies. & I think why me & not them?!

That’s what leads to the most dominate emotion: gratefulness. It’s seriously lead the way for 31w5d. Grateful for those first two pink lines, the doctors who’ve all been amazingly supportive, the ultrasound techs who go above & beyond to point out all that the babies are doing, our families for being the best cheerleaders, our friends for their generosity & excitement for us.

And the babies themselves. We’re so grateful to L & Z already. For making us parents-to-be. For showing off a little at the ultrasound Thursday morning. For Z showing us he can make a huge yawn. L for being sleepy & not a morning person {like her Mom already}. For L’s full bladder. Both for showing us healthy heartbeats & that they’re practicing breathing even now. For Z being a guestimated 3lb15oz & L at 4lb6oz. For measuring ahead & making all my eating & discomfort more than worth it.

Z is back head down {with hands & one foot by his face Thurs morning}! With him in vertex position & our MFM thinking he’ll stay that way, I’m so grateful that vaginal delivery is not only once again an option but now my doctor’s & our plan. As the time of their births gets closer, I’ll share & expand on this more, but for now, I’ll leave you with a few photos. Turns out the tech didn’t get any good ones of L who’s transverse & facing in, but here’s a side profile of Z & one of his head measurement with his hands & a foot beside it.

Thirty One Weeks

While my husband & mother-in-law put together nursery furniture this weekend {did you see how much is now checked off our to-do list?}, I rested & actually remembered to take photos on the 31 week day. I’ll post on the photos I took of the almost finished nursery later this week. For now, here’s me & the babies at 31w. I’m wearing the same top I did in my ten week update; the belly’s just a little bigger now, huh?!

{Gap maternity top & motherhood jeans}

How far along? 31w2d

Maternity clothes? Yes, & using husband’s T-shirts to sleep in as even my L ones no longer fit around the belly.

Weight Gain? I was weighed at the doctor a week & a half ago & I was up 43 pounds. Husband thinks I haven’t gained much more as I’m running out of space for food.

Stretch Marks? Yes, they’ve arrived.

Sleep? Still so thankful for the Snoogle & heartburn perscription that are helping me sleep now.

Movement? Yes, while they’re still most active in the evenings, I’m feeling kicks & punches during the day sometimes too.

Genders? Baby A, Zach, is a still a boy & C, Lucy, is a girl.

What I Miss? Baby B always. As noted at our maternity photo session Sunday, I can’t cross my legs. Crossing at the ankle is possible but kinda uncomfortable. Also miss wearing my wedding rings but being too frugal to go buy cheap fake ones.

Food cravings? I’ve eaten a lot of strawberries this week. Topping angel food cake & strawberry ice ceam with them as well as eating them on their own. Also have had PB&J {with squeezable grape jelly} almost every weekday for lunch for two weeks & it’s good!

Food aversion? I think those are gone. 🙂

Labor signs? Still none. I actually don’t think I’ve felt BH contractions either {which appears to be weird since I think they’re supposedly happening?}.

Belly button in or out? It’s an innie but a tiny corner on the bottom right side is starting to pop out.

What I’m Looking Forward to? My doctor’s appointment Thursday which is both a high resoltution growth scan ultrasound & an appt to check my stats. Hopefully all will go smoothly & we’ll both be there & be able to cover some questions we have with our MFM. I’m also looking forward to seeing how Z is now positioned. I have a feeling he’s no longer breech, but we’ll see for sure Thursday. I’m excited to see the proofs from yesterday’s maternity photo session. It was a last minute idea, but very fun! We have zero plans the next two weekends; I’m looking forward to resting & getting a few things done around the house.

Symptoms? Most annoying is my swollen feet. But I continuously remind myself how grateful I am to be pregnant in the first place & still pregnant at 31w. Ha! Funny story~ we figured out Friday night that I no longer can eat at a booth at Outback. The belly sticks out too far for me to fit!

Weekly Wisdom? Nesting instincts are real. My desire to have things ready for the babies weeks & weeks before they could arrive seemed a little wild even to me, but the husband agreed last night that it’s so nice to have all the furniture & big items taken care of so that we can relax & just finish up the little stuff before they arrive. Also, pregnant ladies, don’t feel bad sitting on the couch reading with your feet up while your hubby puts together furniture! Take advantage while you can!

Milestones? This week Baby Center tells me the babies are getting ready for a growth spurt & are filling out due to fat! 🙂

To Do List {updated}

A couple weeks ago, I posted our then current pre-babies to-do list. Thought I’d update here all we’ve gotten done since then! At most, 7 weeks left!

Sell 3 2 vehicles. Get Jason new car.

Remove computer & desk from nursery. Have AT&T fix internet spot.

Put together & set up cribs in nursery. Put dust ruffles, mattress pads, crib sheets, etc on cribs. Set up dresser/changing table. Put diapers & sleepers in it.

Wash remaining blankets, crib pads, wash cloths, hooded towels & organize linen closet.

Trip to Buy Buy Baby: Buy second crib mattress, changing pad covers & crib tent. One more BBB trip, to return now recalled crib tent. Anyone have good ideas for keeping 18 lb cat our of the cribs?

Move den changing table to final location. Make room for hand-me-down rocker in den. Remove pile of baby things in corner. Put 3 mo clothes bins on top of babies closet. Move organizer into that corner. Set up pack-n-play in our room.

Clean out garage. Make place for second frig/freezer in garage.

Put car seats in van. Get ok’d from fire station.

Organize nursery making room for skinny chest from Mom & Dad’s. Put tiny baby stuff {socks, mittens, pants, shorts, bloomers} in that chest. Make room for & purchase glider for nursery.

Set up video monitor. Buy second video monitor camera {Trip to Babies R Us}?

Childbirth class 4/14 & 4/21

Breastfeeding class 4/18. Finish reading Mothering Multiples. Attend LLL meeting?

Cloth Diaper class 4/19. Wash new cloth diapers. Buy few more cloth diaper covers.

Hospital Tour 4/25.

Maternity Photos 4/29.

Pack hospital bag.

Tour one more daycare. Decide daycares.

Cloth Diapering Multiples {take one}

My guess is that this will turn into a two {or three+} part post. My pre-babies cloth diaper plans, how things are going once we’re home & doing it, how cloth diapering happens once I’m back at work & them at day care.

I figured I’d share my stash & plans now for cloth diapering the babies. This could will be funny to look back on. I’ve mentioned before that thanks to blog giveaway wins & the Haute Green party last August, I have a decent starter stash of pocket & AIO diapers as well as a pack of FuzziBunz cloth wipes. My friend Jenny passed down her size NB & size one Green Mountain prefolds & my book club buddy Jamie is letting us borrow 20+ Kissaluv fitteds & a few covers {Thank y’all!}.

Our my plan is to start using cloth on the babies fairly soon after they get home & after we use up the two packs of NB disposables from showers. We’ll use a mix of the Kissaluvs & prefolds with a snappi, using covers for both, & see which we like best. I think we have enough fitteds & prefolds to be able to go a couple days between laundry washes, but we’ll need a few more covers. At this point, I’m holding off on buying anymore until I see which brands works best.

Over the last few months, I’ve purchased four Thirties covers, been given another one & had received one at the BH party {mostly in size XS or 1}. This past Thursday, I went to a cloth diaper class at a local boutique & after hearing the store owner rave about Flip covers, I purchased two of those. I also ordered two Rumparooz NB sized covers last week. Are there other covers y’all would recommend?

I think we’ll wait on trying the pockets & AIOs {most are 8 lbs+ & I don’t expect Z & L to be that big}. I’ve heard pockets & AIOs are great for night time, so I’m guessing we’ll move in that direction when they’re big enough. As you might be able to spot on the laundry line, we have one Bumgenius freetime AIO, an Apple Cheeks size one, two Itti Bittis {both size ones, a pocket & an AIO}, a SoftBums pocket, a Thirties duo wrap, a Charlie Banana pocket, a Happy Heiny’s pocket & a FuzziBunz pocket. Like the covers, I’m willing to review/try more brands & also then purchase more of our favorites.

Sunday night, I washed all the brand new cloth diapers ~ the covers, pockets, AIOs, inserts & wipes. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous & overwhelmed. You know the saying, “opinions are like a$$holes, everyone’s got one”, that’s how I felt as I was asking for how-to-wash-CDs advice. So I stopped searching online & asking everyone, & I just listened to a few friends & went with what they’d done/do.

First cloth diaper wash

We have a top loading Whirlpool washer & I discovered it has a Heavy wash with a Rinse, Spin, Rinse cycle. I used Tide free & gentle liquid detergent {this is a bit controversial} although I’m looking into ordering some Country Save or making my own powder for the long run. I also have Rockin Green & Eco Nuts samples I plan to try. For the first cycle, I put everything in, set the water level to medium, the water temperature to HOT/COLD {I don’t have a HOT/WARM option} & poured in the Tide {to the 2 line in the cap}. I checked to make sure the water level covered the diapers {it did}, then opened a book on the couch near by. I went to check it again at the first rinse {still some bubbles} & again at the second rinse {no bubbles}.

Since I saw no bubbles, I knew had been told it was okay to then take out the covers & pocket diapers. Again there’s some discussion on line drying vs throwing them in the dryer on low. Since it was the first time, I line dried.

Drying Covers & Pocket Diapers

In the washer then, the inserts, wipes, & AIO diapers remained. I’d read the wipes only needed to be washed once but I figured why the heck not wash them again vs trying to figure out what was a wipe & what was a thin insert. Since there was less, I did the same wash cycle, at same temperatures but as a small load size & only poured in a level 1 cap size of Tide. I checked again at the beginning of the second rinse, saw no bubbles, so once that wash was complete, I threw them all in the dryer on low. A few thicker ones weren’t super dry after two dries on low heat, so before I went to bed, I hung those inserts on the drying rack too.

Clean Cloth Diaper Stash!