Friday, April 29, 2011

36 weeks!

WOOHOO! I can't believe I made it to 36 weeks. There were many days that I really thought that I wouldn't get here. My groin is feeling better but my ankles are super swollen and my wrists are not feeling the greatest with the carpal tunnel. But right now, I feel so blessed to be able to make it this far. My c-section is scheduled on May 11th at 4:30...only 12 days away! We will see if I make it to that date :) but I am just so happy right now. I just hope everything continues to progress well and the babies get here safely! I will feel like I've just finished a marathon...but I think it will mark the beginning of another one! Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers for us!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Fun

The kids got to play a game where they hopped from hoop to hoop without trying to drop any eggs out of their baskets. Turner is jumping above.
Tony relishing his pancakes and sausages

Derrick was able to take the boys to the church for a pancake and sausage breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt. I was home recovering from my pulled muscle. I am glad they had such a good time!

Pulled Groin

Really? How can I possibly pull a groin while getting in and out of bed? I am not sure but I accomplished it. I pulled it on Thursday evening before bed. I thought I had just tweaked it and it would work itself out but I was in for a suprise.

I tried to get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night (I make about 3 to 4 trips nowadays) and literally couldn't walk. It was an incredible effort just to get on my feet and after a couple of steps was reduced to tears. I was trying to be quiet because I knew Derrick was tired but after a couple of minutes he heard me and got up to help me walk to the bathroom. It was a good 10 minutes to walk less than 10 feet. I felt so helpless and was just grateful that he was able to help me. It took a while to get back into bed and after he lifted my leg up for me so I could lay down, I was having some doubt as to how I was going to manage the next day.

Luckily Tony and Turner didn't have school on Friday, and my sweet boys helped me put my legs in and out of bed. Derrick gave me a priesthood blessing. I am so grateful that he is able to do that for me. I felt inspired to use the office chair as a "walker" to move from my bed and rocking chair to the bathroom. I knew that my boys weren't strong enough to help me walk and I needed something to lean on. Levi thought it was pretty cool and wanted to ride on it when I pushed it around. Tony helped me make grilled cheese for lunch and Derrick decided to take a half day so he could take care of me. My visiting teacher brought me some dinner and I was able to make it through a day.

It is now Monday and I am hobbling around. I am trying to stay off it as much as possible. I no longer need my "walker" and am so grateful that I am able to function :) So much drama for a little pulled muscle. I am sure that a pulled groin is painful anyways but all my extra girth isn't helping much :) I told Derrick that I am sure that I will look back and laugh about it. It is pretty funny to think of how pitiful I was for a couple days.

Getting into stuff

Levi got into some chocolate cake mix while I was putting my feet up. My feet have been getting really swollen so I have been trying to stay down as much as I can. I hadn't heard him in a while but I figured Tony and Turner would be home from school in 5 mins or I was probably safe.

When Turner got home he went into the kitchen and came back "Levi is having a problem!" I quickly (well okay...I can't move that fast anymore) got up to investigate. Levi had got a box of chocolate cake mix out of the cupboard (it is usually child proofed but I guess wasn't latched), opened it and was sticking his fingers into it. I looked at him and he turns to me and says "I just wanted some cupcakes Mom". I guess I haven't made cupcakes in a while and figured I should just take a picture and clean it up. At least he opened it on the table while sitting in his chair. He could have dumped it all over the floor...which would have been practically impossible for me to bend over and clean.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Man of many talents

There have been so many instances that I am soooo grateful that I married Derrick! He has been so great in taking care of me and us. I am very grateful that his mom (G-ma) taught him how to cook and clean. He does a VERY good job of it and since I have been trying to be down so much lately, he has made most meals and we are eating at least as good as if I were cooking for us. The house is hanging in there and he and the boys are really doing a great job helping out where I can't. He is doing an awesome job at work and just is amazing. Thanks so much babe!

Crazy Boys

Not sure what they are doing here...but boys will be boys :)

34 WEEKS!!

This is the last shirt that fits me. Luckily I can wear some of my Dad's old 2xl shirts around the house.
Me and my 5 boys :)

Phew! Made it to 34 weeks. 34 weeks is a really big milestone for twins. I guess there are a LOT of problems that are mainly avoided by having twins early as long as they are after 34 weeks. Maybe I will talk Derrick into taking a picture of me to post up on the blog. I'm pretty much huge. I thought my stretch marks were bad before!!! I am pretty sure that my skin isn't stretchy at all. It is so crazy to watch these boys move around in my abdomen. I can almost always see/feel a foot, leg, or other apendage sticking out at some odd angle. Their positions are transverse. Basically A is laying at the bottom of the uterus like a hammock and B's head is by A's feet and B's feet are by A's head. It is probably a good thing that I have been planning on a C-section this whole time because there is no way that I could have these kids naturally with their positions.

I had some preterm labor last Saturday that ended well. I just went to the hospital and they monitored me for a couple of hours, gave me a couple of shots of tributiline (sp?) that calms all your smooth muscle tissue and slows down contractions. It worked like a charm for me.

There have been a few days lately where I wish I was in the hospital having these kids. Mentally, I would like to wait until they are at least 36 weeks but my body feels like it is at the breaking point. At my dr. appointment this past week, they took measurements of the babies and A weighs 4 lbs 10 oz and B weighs 4 lbs 2 oz. That is over 8.5 lbs of baby...not to mention the extra fluid, placenta, blah blah blah. Tony was my heaviest kid at 7 lbs 3 oz. No wonder my body is struggling! It was pretty difficult for them to get all the measurements correct because of how the babies are laying in my uterus and how cramped it is in there for them. I was really happy about their weights because 2 weeks ago they were about 3lbs 11 oz and 3 lbs 9 oz. I guess there is a reason that I have still been so hungry lately.

Derrick and the boys have been great helping with everything. I pretty much stay down all day (which can get very boring) but they are helping out with the cleaning and running the household. Wish us luck! Every day I am pregnant seems like an accomplishment and something to be grateful for.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Baby shower

Hollie and Tausha who did the baby shower for me! Thanks guys!
Cute pea plants that Hollie made for everyone.

I had a lot of fun this last week and my sweet Visiting Teachers did a baby shower for me. It was really nice and people were very generous. I guess the "twin" thing hasn't completely sunk in because when I opened the first gift and saw a cute outfit, I was suprised that there was another one in there! Kinda funny huh? The theme was "two peas in a pod". Hollie made little pea plants for everyone. It was awesome.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Making the twins stockings with G-ma

Grandma Johnson (G-ma) has made very detailed stockings for all of us and is working on the new stockings for the twins. Tony and Turner decided they wanted to help and actually did a lot and loved working on the stockings. I was very impressed that they had that kind of patience.

Dr. Turner Johnson