A baby shower for Brooks and Ellis

Saturday, November 18, 2017

I am so unbelievably thankful for all the amazing women in my life who showered me and our boys today! This is my third pregnancy and fourth and fifth baby, but wow, my friends are so incredible with making each baby feel so so celebrated and it is such a blessing to our family! 

7 of my closest friends threw me a beautiful woodland themed baby shower at church and it was absolutely beautiful! Jesus is SO GRACIOUS to me, for blessing me with these amazing women who love Him and love me so well.

Having the boys named and now with the shower, it is feeling more real! Getting so excited to get everything put away and ready for these baby boys!

27 Weeks with Brooks and Ellis

Friday, November 17, 2017

Well yay for only having one more day in week 27! This is the 

week that I believe all twin pregnancies really start to pick 

up! At this point you are measuring full term for a singleton 

and I still have 10ish weeks left. I am doing okay though! I 

feel like its not worth feeling "miserable" or "complaining"

 because I just have too much time left where I am going to 

get a whole lot more uncomfortable! Pregnancy is SUCH a 

gift and I want to soak it all in, even when its hard. Its just a

 season, right? I am SO happy to know their names and with 

my baby shower tomorrow, it is beginning to feel more real! 

SO exciting! Im excited for thanksgiving week and pray all of 

ya'll have a wonderful thanksgiving and truly reflect on the 

many blessings we all have.

27 weeks with Walker

27 weeks with Jack Henry and Hadley

Maternity Clothes? Well, I am having a hard time finding maternity cloths that fit now! If they are big enough for the belly, they are too big everywhere else, and if it fits me everywhere else, it is too small for the belly... A problem that will probably grow worse. I find myself wearing Luke's T-shirts around the home when I don't need to be fashionable.

Sleep? Decent. I just wake up with a very stiff and sore back.

Movement? Moving TONS :)

Cravings? Excited for thanksgiving food!

Symptoms: Belly is BIG and tight, some leg cramps, back aches, and some braxton hicks contractions (these have been happening infrequently since 15 weeks)

Best moment of the week? Passing the glucose test! 

What I am looking forward to: My baby shower tomorrow! Cant wait to celebrate these boys with some of my very most precious friends! 

26 weeks with Brooks and Ellis

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

I'm 26 weeks and feel like I have taken a good turn before things get really physically hard. I have been off my nausea medication for a week now and I am doing well with that! I also started seeing a chiropractor for my sciatica which has improved it DRASTICALLY. She massages my lower back and puts K tape on it as well as adjusting and I can't tell you how much better it is! I am getting my gestational diabetes test done this week and I am praying I pass. Ive never had issues in the past and with Jack Henry and Hadley, I passed my test but later in the pregnancy developed polyhydramnios (excess amniotic fluid) and one of the causes can sometimes be high blood sugars so I had to stick and monitor myself for a week with that pregnancy but ended up being fine again. A twin pregnancy is just a whole different ball game and your kidneys are overworked so much trying to profuse all the excess blood and fluid that GD can be common, so prayers I don't have to deal with that.

The most exciting thing though is we FINALLY have names. It has been so challenging and hard for Luke and I to be on the same page at times, but we have talked and talked and prayed and prayed and finally came up with our names and we couldn't be more excited or in love! I have been wanting to name them for so long so I can attach their names to their kicks. When I go into my doctor's appointment he will tell me which baby will come out first (baby A) and which one will come out second (baby B) and then I can identify them more and fall even deeper in love with them. 

So our names are Brooks Ezra and Ellis Class. They will just go by their first names unlike my precious Jack Henry. Y'all know I love a double name. Brooks has always been a name I have loved and Ezra, a wonderful biblical name Luke has especially liked. We both liked Ellis and Class is the last name of Luke's grandfather. He died in a plane crash when his mother was an infant. When choosing names this time it was SO hard because I felt like we had a million girl names but our boy well was dry. The names also had to go with our other children's names. We don't have a letter theme or a specific theme, but the overall feel had to be right. When I look for a name I don't want it to be too used but not too "out there" I love a good Southern name that has a classy feel but still kind of cool? Do you get me?? lol its a lot and while there are so many names I "like", there are few I would actually USE. 

So here I am with our precious Brooks and Ellis. 

 26 weeks with Jack Henry and Hadley 

Sleep? Sleeping is good. I am sleeping with my friends U shape pillow and it has helped a lot! 

Movement? Moving TONS and seeing and feeling so many cool "baby parts" in my belly. 

Cravings? nothing really. Food is still not normal for me this pregnancy. 

Belly Button In or Out? OUT. 

Symptoms: Symptoms have really faded this week, just overall hip pain. 

Best moment of the week? Officially deciding on names. 

What I am looking forward to: Next ultrasound and doctors appointment in 2 days as well as a prenatal massage on the same day.

25 weeks with our boys

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Well, I failed to get week 24 out because I was babymooning and at a conference in Las Vegas. Such a fun refreshing week. I feel like I look like a full term singleton momma right now, every where I go people think "I'm due any day" lol Nope.... only TWELVE more weeks! And FIFTEEN until my "due date" lol 
I feel like the "uncomfortable part" is approaching here soon, I think I was 27 or 28 weeks with Jack Henry and Hadley when it started getting hard. I have an appointment with a chiropractor tomorrow which I am excited to go to. My other pregnancies I went to a chiropractor from start to finish and haven't gone ONCE this pregnancy since my Chiro moved. I am FEELING the effects! I have really bad sciatic nerve pain which is starting to get severe. Im planning on seeing a PT next week along with getting a massage. My belly is going to get much bigger. Ive gained 25 pounds here at 25 weeks which is right on track for the goal to reduce chances of premature birth (24 lbs by 24 weeks) CRAZY I know, and they are going to start packing the pounds on in the next few weeks! I also stopped taking my nausea meds again (last time I stopped was at 16 weeks and it was a big mistake) and I've been off for three days now and SO far SO good. Praying it keeps away! 

(left, pregnant with Jack Henry and Hadley, right, pregnant with Walker)

Maternity Clothes? All maternity at this point and some arent covering my belly!

Sleep? Sleeping great with my friends U shape pregnancy pillow... much better than my C shape.

Movement? Moving TONS! 

Cravings? Fruity lemonades 

Belly Button In or Out? Out

Symptoms: Belly getting big, sciatica getting bad 

Best moment of the week? Starting to feel body parts thru my belly! I'm still not sure of what I am feeling but love when they pop out.

What I am looking forward to: Scheduling their birthday next week!

23 weeks with our boys :)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

These sweet ones are still not named and I dropped the ball on their 22 week chalkboard because we were getting our house painted and everything was out of sorts :/ So here we are at 23 weeks and things still aren't put back together so I opted to just take a pic while we were out to dinner tonight:)

 23 weeks with Walker

23 weeks with Jack Henry and Hadley

21 weeks with our boys...

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Im slacking a little since I will be 22 weeks tomorrow and my chalkboards that I used to spend lots of time decorating are now very quickly written blurbs, but hey, I am getting it done! We are having a hard time naming these boys but I am hoping we can nail it down sometime this week. I made a list of the things I need for these babies and even ordered some baby bedding for them! I feel like I grew a lot this week but I am still feeling comfortable for the most part. I have kind of accepted my stomach/ appetite is what it is and I probably won't feel normal until delivery, but I am thankful I'm not constantly nauseated. Just taking my nausea medicine daily still and dealing with the food aversions. I love feeling them more more often and stronger, it is such a joy, Thank you Jesus for these precious boys who you already know by name :)

21 weeks with #4 and 5 

21 weeks with Walker 

21 weeks with Jack Henry and Hadley 

Maternity Clothes? Can still pull off a few maternity items but not many :)

Sleep? Still sleeping great!!! 

Movement? Feeling movement more often and stronger. 

Cravings? Still nothing 

Gender? Boys

Symptoms: Mild heart burn and sciatica still. 

What I am looking forward to:Naming these boys.

20 weeks with our boys :)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Here I am 20 weeks with my baby boys! I am getting so excited and am most excited to name these boys! We have always had such an easy time naming out children but this time has been a lot harder. Boy names have always been hard for us and to come up with TWO more is challenging. Luke and I have always really agreed on names, but this time, that has been hard too! I really love getting attached and connected and excited about my babies when I name them, so hopefully we can nail that down soon. I began feeling tiny movement in my 18th week but as of now, I am feeling them move much more often and loving every minute. 
I still don't feel like myself (as far as appetite and nausea go) which is a bummer but I'm not constantly nauseated so I am thankful for that! Still taking my diclegis at night and I'm going to finish this bottle up and see how I do with out it and my nausea. I can't believe I'm in the 20s now! Ive gained 16 pounds so far ( a little less than I did with Jack Henry and Hadley but also had a heavier start to this pregnancy than I di with theirs) It's getting exciting!

 20 weeks pregnant with Walker
20 weeks pregnant with Jack Henry and Hadley 

Maternity Clothes? Can wear really long t shirts and a few dresses and tunics that aren't maternity but for sure hanging out in mostly maternity yoga pants and maternity tanks.

Sleep? Sleeping well!

Movement? Feeling the baby more and more, especially at night. I am loving every moment. 

Cravings? I had a strawberry lemonade that tasted AMAZING

Gender? Boys

Belly Button In or Out? out 

Symptoms: Heartburn totally controlled with pantoprazole (miracle drug) Still averted to foods, sciatica 

Best moment of the week? Having Luke feel them move for the first time.

What I am looking forward to: Naming these boys.

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