Thursday, December 31, 2009

Without the Bitter, The Sweet Just Isn't as Sweet...

Ever since I was younger I've always tried to look for the positives that come out of negative events in my life. My ability to do this was strongly tested in 2009 with the loss of our first pregnancy early in the year. I will admit, it was not easy, but with the help of family and friends I was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now I look at it with a whole new perspective in that our first baby was not strong enough to do all they wanted here on earth. But God works in mysterious ways because he has blessed Ryan and I with two little miracles. Words cannot describe the excitement and joy running through my heart everytime I feel a little poke in my belly. I don't know if it's because of everything that happened early in the year that has helped me appreciate this precious gift or if I would feel the same if I was blessed with twins the first time around. I feel no worry, no fear because I know these babies will be born with so much love surrounding them that they will be stronger than they'll ever know.

In looking back through the year, there have been so many wonderful events. I have seen family and friends marry the ones they love (12 weddings to be exact) and I couldn't be happier for all of them. Marriage is such a wonderful gift and it always finds the soft spot of my heart when I see someone I care about find that person they want to wake up to for the rest of their lives. So many new babies have entered the world this year including a new baby niece, Ava, for Ryan and me. Ryan and I were fortunate to keep our jobs this year and we are both very thankful for that as well. We are both looking forward to all the excitement 2010 will bring to our lives!

All in all, I think 2009 was a year of tests of strength, courage, and love and I wouldn't change a single day. Here's to a Happy and Healthy 2010!

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne. We'll take a cup o' kindness yet, For auld lang syne."

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

We Got a Makeover!

Well at least our blog did anyways. It's not completely done so you may see some more changes to come soon! I figured I would make it a little more decorative. So thanks to the folks at, our blog now coordinates with the twins' nursery colors and theme!

I am hoping to set up a few new fun things on the site in the next couple of weeks mainly to keep me entertained while I am on bedrest in 3 1/2 weeks! So keep checking in!

Monday, December 28, 2009

26 Weeks...

How far along? 26 weeks
How big are the babies? Eggplants!
Best moment this week: Spending Christmas with our families!
Symptoms: Backaches are becoming more frequent
Movement: They are moving quite a bit these days. Less kicking and punching and more rolling.
Food cravings: No real food cravings this week.
Genders: A Boy and Girl!!!
Milestones: Less than 100 days to go!!

Development: Babies' are soaking up your antibodies, getting their immune systems ready for life outside the womb. Eyes are forming, and they'll soon be practicing the blink...perfect for batting those freshly grown lashes.

Headlines from the week:

Who are they...? AFC East champs
After missing the playoffs with an 11-5 record last season, the Pats clinched this year with a week left

UMass purchase ensures better future
AS AN alumnus of University of Massachusetts Boston, I am pleased to endorse the very smart purchase of the Bayside Expo Center for future growth and development of its very dynamic campus.

Weather today:
Mostly Cloudy, 36 Degrees

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

25 Weeks...

How far along? 25 weeks
How big are the babies? Eggplants!
Best moment this week: Seeing the twins at my appointment!
Symptoms: Everyday tasks like getting off the couch are proving difficult.
Movement: They are rolling and kicking all over the place in there.
Food cravings: The babies are on strike from real sweet foods now. They are loving the popcorn tin we got though!
Genders: A Boy and Girl!!! (This has been confirmed again at this last appointment)
Milestones: My belly button is starting to become an outie

Development: That oh-so-handy sense of equilibrium is kicking in, and the babies are learning to distinguish right side up from upside down.

Headlines from the week:

US agency investigates possible gender bias at colleges
A federal civil rights agency investigating possible gender discrimination in college admissions will subpoena data from more than a dozen mid-Atlantic universities, officials said yesterday

Can a lull in solar activity head off climate change?
It might help but don’t expect it to last, scientists say - the sun isn’t the real issue

Weather today:
Snowing, 21 Degrees

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Twins are on Strike!

So I may have indulged a bit at yesterday's holiday party in my building at work.

After sampling pretty much every sweet imaginable, I paid for it big time last night and had the worst belly ache. I couldn't even think about having dinner. Well I believe the twins were not impressed with their sugar highs which led to sugar comas and so today even the sight of anything sweet makes my belly turn. This may have a serious effect on my Christmas enjoyment this year. Also, isn't it supposed to be me lecturing them on how many sweets they should intake as too much will give you a belly ache. Ok, lesson learned!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

24 Weeks... V-Day!

Due to technical difficulties and a faulty memory card, there will be no belly picture for this week. I don't want to leave you empty handed though so I will provide a picture of what I think closely resembles myself at the current time.

How far along? 24 weeks
How big are the babies? Still Papayas!
Best moment this week: Tapping on my belly and having the twins kick back... We're already having play dates!
Symptoms: My belly button is offically flat and I have been getting quite a bit more tired lately
Movement: They are rolling and kicking all over the place in there.
Food cravings: I've had a bit of a sweet tooth, I blame the upcoming holidays
Genders: A Boy and Girl!!! (This has been confirmed again at this last appointment)
Milestones: I have reached Viability Day! This basically means that the babies now have a chance of survival outside of the womb. Not that any of us want them coming out right now, so keep cooking little ones!

Development: Babies' skin is becoming more opaque as the fat starts to pack on. And, thanks to the formation of small capillaries, their newly thick skin is taking on a fresh pink glow.

Headlines from the week:

Tiger Woods has cheated on his wife, but also been named Athlete of the Decade. Interesting week Tiger.

The Cleveland Browns beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-6!

Weather today:
Partly Sunny, 33 Degrees

Special treat for you... More updates! I also had my 6th Appointment today. The Dr. did a quick ultrasound to make sure heartbeats were doing well and they were. We also confirmed that that are still definitely a boy and a girl, however they may have swapped spots! We also got a great look at Kaylie's foot continuously kicking Cavan's head. I wish I had a video of that. I mean we actually saw her leg extend and flex her foot and proceed to kick her brother in the head several times!
My belly is currently measuring 32 weeks! Hence the whale picture above. There was a little glucose in my urine, but that may have been the juice I had with my lunch right before the appointment. Lesson learned. I have my Gestational Diabetes test at my next appointment so I am hoping that I pass with flying colors! *Note to self, eat protein and nothing else on that day!
PS. Don't forget to put in your votes by clicking on the box to the left! Remember it's all for fun and you don't need to register to make a guess!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

More Interaction...

So I found this website that is basically like an online baby pool to see what everyone's opinions are. I thought it would be fun to see what everyone thinks. It's called ExpectNet! It's free to use and you don't need to register to make a guess. Basically just click on the little orange and white box with the teddy bear at the end of this post or to the left and then click on "Enter a Guess for Baby A" then "Enter a Guess for Baby B". Once there it will ask you a few questions about you (i.e. who you are and how you know me or Ryan) then it will ask you for your guesses on gender, weight, length, and birthday! You can leave me a comment on here if you have any problems entering your guesses.

It's fun too because once the babies come, I enter in all the correct information and the game tally's up who has the highest score based on all their guesses. Here is the breakdown of "Penalty points":
incorrect gender: 400 points
date & time: 5 points per hour
weight: 5 points per ounce
length: 10 points per inch

Remember to make your guesses for both babies! Also, as we know right now, Baby A (baby on the bottom) is Cavan and Baby B (Baby on the top) is Kaylie.

It's all for fun so Enjoy!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

23 Weeks...

Image and video hosting by TinyPicHow far along? 23 weeks
How big are the babies? Still Papayas!
Best moment this week: Katie and Baby Ava coming home.
Symptoms: Slight swelling is starting in my feet, but I still have ankles!
Movement:A lot!
Food cravings: Shrimp tempura maki!
Genders: A Boy and Girl!!!
Milestones: I am now starting my every 2 weeks Dr's appointments

Development: Babies' little faces are fully formed...minus the baby fat, of course. The next task at hand for baby: sprouting two teeny-tiny nipples!

Headlines from the week:

Banking on fewer branches
Financial institutions look to ATMs, online transactions, and nontraditional locations to keep costs down and customers happy

A consumer group contends one of the holiday season's must-have toys is unsafe.
But the maker of the robotic Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters defended its product Saturday against a study by San Francisco-based GoodGuide that said higher-than-allowed levels of the chemical antimony were found in the toy.

Weather today:
Clear, 33 Degrees

Friday, December 4, 2009

Letters to the twins...

Dear Cavan,

As fun, squishy and comfy as it may be, my bladder is not a play toy or a pillow. Thank you.


Dear Kaylie,

As fun, squishy and comfy as he may be, your brother is not a play toy or a pillow. Thank you.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Dr's Appointment Update

So I had my 5th Dr's appointment today and my Dr. said everything looked great. I got a little peak at Cavan and Kaylie, but unfortunately have no pictures to share this time. Although I can report that Kaylie is very determined to evict her wombmate. Poor Cavan was curled up into a little ball while Kaylie, the womb pirate, sprawled herself out just fine. They were VERY active in there, squirming and moving all over the place. I will say it does look to be getting a bit crowded in there and it took my doctor a couple minutes to determine who belongs to which body parts. All in all they both look happy and healthy. Cavan is considered breach right now, but will most likely end up head down. Kaylie is transverse and laying across my belly. She will most likely be the deciding factor or C-Section or not.

We are still a go for bed rest starting at 30 weeks. However, one bit of information that made my jaw drop a bit, if Kaylie and Cavan are both head down and we're all healthy my Dr. said she would let me go as long as 40 weeks. Now it's very unlikely that I will make it that far anyways, but the thought of lasting another 18 weeks is a bit shocking to me. Also it appears that my Dr. has decided to take a vacation during my 38th week which would have been as long they would let me go if I needed to schedule a C-section. So now that may be pushed out to 39 weeks. Again, it will be highly unlikely I will go that far out, but it's still in the back of my head now.

As far as me physically, the Dr. said she had no problems with my weight and that I was gaining at a healthy pace. I could beg to differ with that when I saw the scale jump 10 pounds from my last appointment 4 weeks ago, but if she's not worried then I'll just keep doing what I have been. My belly itself is measuring the same as a woman with one at 29 weeks.

One last bit of information, at our big ultrasound they noticed a bit a fluid around Kaylie's kidneys, but said it wasn't too much to be concerned about at this point and will only become a concern if it gets worse later. Well today my Dr. had referred to Baby B as a boy and mentioned that the fluid around the kidneys was common in boys. I politely mentioned that we were told Baby B was the girl. She then said, hmm, that's interesting, it still can happen with girls, but is more common in boys. So when I go for my next big ultrasound at 28 weeks I may just have them double check for safe measure.

Monday, November 30, 2009

22 Weeks...

Image and video hosting by TinyPicHow far along? 22 weeks
How big are the babies? Papayas!
Best moment this week: Spending Thanksgiving with our families
Symptoms: It is beginning to become more and more difficult to walk up and down stairs without feeling like I just ran a marathon!
Movement: They are rolling and kicking all the time! Now several friends and family have felt them!
Food cravings: Pretty much anything anyone mentions
Genders: A Boy and Girl!!!
Milestones: Seeing a bit of outside movement!

Development: Babies' settling into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.

Headlines from the week:

The maker of Samuel Adams beer has released an updated version of its biennial beer Utopias -- now the highest alcohol content beer on the market. At 27 percent alcohol by volume and $150 a bottle, the limited release of the brandy-colored Utopias comes as more brewers take advantage of improvements in science to boost potency and enhance taste.

American Top 40 #1 song for the week: Paparazzi by Lady Gaga

Weather today:
Showers, 55 Degrees

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

It's Time to Get Interactive Again!

Just for fun I set up another poll to see when everyone thinks the twins will make their debut! I decided to just go by weeks instead of single days for now. So put in you guess over to the left and wait in anticipation just like me!


Monday, November 23, 2009

21 Weeks...

PhotobucketHow far along? 21 weeks
How big are the babies? Bananas!
Best moment this week: Putting a big dent into clearing out the babies' room
Symptoms: I feel very heavy!
Movement: Tons!
Food cravings: Pretty much anything anyone mentions
Genders: A Boy and Girl!!!
Milestones: 5 Months down!

Development: Babies' digestive systems are busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion, and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, if baby is a girl, her womb is now stocked up with her lifetime supply of six million eggs (the number will drop to around one million by birth).

Headlines from the week:

Northeastern calls an end to football
Northeastern University plans to announce today that it is ending its football program after 74 seasons, saying it is unwilling to invest the millions of dollars needed to improve the team to meet the school’s ambitions.

Astronauts take spacewalk No. 3 after suit snag
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—A pair of astronauts stepped out on the third and final spacewalk of their mission Monday to take care of some odd jobs at the International Space station.

Weather today:
Cloudy, 46 Degrees

Monday, November 16, 2009

20 Weeks...

PhotobucketHow far along? 20 weeks
How big are the babies? Cantaloupes!
Best moment this week: Picking out the babies' names! We will be welcoming Kaylie Shea and Cavan Michael!
Symptoms: Starting to tire much easier than before. I just can't hang like I used to.
Movement: Oh yes! They are moving a lot now, and Ryan actually felt some movement last night too!
Food cravings: Pretty much anything anyone mentions
Genders: A Boy and Girl!!!
Milestones: Feeling actual movements and not just flutters!

Development: Babies gulp down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies respond best to tastes they've already had via amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you'd like your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.

Headlines from the week:

High tech to front line
Military tech is headed toward small, portable devices that can be tucked under helmets, stashed in backpacks, and sewn into uniforms.

Boston is getting ready to welcome its official Christmas tree. The 46-foot white spruce begins its journey from Nova Scotia this week and is scheduled to arrive at the Boston Common Friday. The Canadian province gives the city a Christmas tree each year as thanks for Boston’s relief efforts after a munitions ship exploded in Halifax Harbor in 1917.

Weather today:
Mostly Sunny, 56 Degrees

Friday, November 13, 2009

They are Forming Opinions...

So I watch this show on Monday nights called "Accidentally on Purpose" starring Jenna Elfman. Basically she got pregnant off a one-night-stand with a younger guy and they are now living together and going through the pregnancy together. Needless to say it's a pretty funny show that has remained a staple on the Monday night line-up since it premiered. ANYWAYS, in one of the episodes she was eating ribs and her baby began kicking so she ran to tell the guy and phrased it as "Tha baby's first opinion". The baby either likes or dislikes ribs, but they don't know which, they were just so excited the baby had an opinion.

My point of this tv moment promotion (CBS you can send the endorsement check directly to me) is that everytime I feel the babies kick, which has become more prominent lately, I think of them forming little opinions about what I'm doing at that moment. Yesterday I was on the train and one of them was kicking away (I believe it was baby boy) meaning he either likes or dislikes the train. This morning I had my Friday treat, Dunkins pumpkin decaf coffee, and they both were kicking. I personally think they were "like" kicks because who doesn't love pumpkin coffee in the fall? Then just a few minutes ago a Michael Jackson song came on the radio and I believe it was baby girl who was kicking away.

It's such an amazing feeling knowing that there are two babies moving around in there, expressing there opinions the only way they know how right now. It's almost like a fun little way for me to begin learning things about them. I can't wait for Ryan to be able to share in the experience and feel there opinions as well. Now I just hope they don't get too rough when they feel very strongly about something.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

19 Weeks... Ooooh we're half way there!

Image and video hosting by TinyPicHow far along? 19 weeks
How big are the babies? Mangos!
Best moment this week: Registering for all the babies' goodies!
Symptoms: I'm getting BIG and my belly button is getting very shallow
Movement: Still just a few little flutters
Food cravings: Chocolate!
Genders: A Boy and Girl!!!
Milestones: Since my OB will not let me go past 38 weeks, I am halfway through my pregnancy!! AHHHH!

Development: Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil, and dead skin cells (yum) now coats babies' skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.

Headlines from the week:

Mayor Tom Menino wins unprecedented fifth term

Markey presses for Cape Wind approval
Although Representative Edward J. Markey is chairman of a congressional climate change panel and a coauthor of the global warming bill passed by the House in June, he had never explicitly come out in favor of the proposed Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound.

Weather today:
Cloudy, 60 Degrees

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pediatrician - Check!

We can now cross one item off our to-do list. The twins have a pediatrician! Thanks to my wonderful Sister-in-Law, the twins will be going to the same pediatrician as their cousin Ava. I am so happy to have one thing set in place. Now only 499 things left!

Monday, November 2, 2009

18 Weeks and BIG ULTRASOUND!

Today was the BIG day! I'm going to start with the ultrasound and then go into the weekly update. So we went in for the ultrasound today! We both get nervous every time we get an ultrasound, but we also get so excited. First things first, heartbeats are perfect! We then move on to the measurements and they were measuring perfectly on schedule. They looked so perfect on the big screen. We just fall in love every time we see them.

So on to the BIG reveal! It's....a....BOY...and a GIRL! Congrats to all those who voted. Not to rub it in, but that was my guess as well while Ryan thought they were 2 boys. We are thrilled to be getting the best of both worlds and now can't wait for the next half of this pregnancy to pass so we can hold them in our arms. We did get some new pictures for all to see. Although we are saving the money shots for our personal collection as we don't want our children to be exhibitionists so early in life. So here they are!

Baby Girl's Profile

Baby Boy Profile

Baby Girl's Kinda creepy but still beautiful little face

Baby Boy's precious little hand saying hello to the world

PhotobucketHow far along? 18 weeks
How big are the babies? Sweet Potatoes!
Best moment this week: Finding out what our little babies are!
Symptoms: I apparently can no longer lay flat on my back as it puts pressure on my blood vessels and makes me sick.
Movement: A few little flutters
Food cravings: Decaf pumpkin spice Dunkin Donuts coffee!
Genders: A Boy and Girl!!!
Milestones: Big ultrasound! Our babies look perfect

Development: Babies' have become amazingly mobile (compared to you, at least), passing the hours yawning, hiccupping, rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, sucking, and swallowing. And the babies are finally big enough that you'll soon be able to feel her movements.

Headlines from the week:

Boston Bruins beat Edmonton Canada 2-0, scoring one goal for each twin, and we were all there!

Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’ Is Top Film With $21.3 Million

Weather today:
Showers, 48 Degrees

Friday, October 30, 2009

2 Days and a Wake up!

EEEEK!!! I thought this day would never come, but alas it is so close! We go on Monday for our BIG Ultrasound! We're really hoping that the babies will cooperate and we will get to find out what's cooking in there, but more importantly we both just feel so blessed to be able to see them again. Finding out the genders would just be icing on the cake. So stay tuned for a Monday update and hopefully some fresh faced pictures!

On a quick side note, my mind may have been playing tricks on me this morning but I swear I saw my belly move sideways!

Monday, October 26, 2009

17 Weeks...

My photographer fell asleep early last night. I will try to keep him up long enough tonight to get a picture!

How far along? 17 weeks
How big are the babies? Onions!
Best moment this week: I swear I'm feeling something in there...and I don't think it's gas this time
Symptoms: Sleepy and possible movement
Movement: Possibly!
Food cravings: Macaroni and cheese!
Genders: 1 week until we know, AHHH!
Milestones: Did I mention movement?

Development: Baby's skeleton is hardening, changing from rubbery cartilage to bone, and fat is finally accumulating around it. His umbilical cord is getting thicker and stronger, and those little fingers and toes now feature one-of-a-kind prints.

Headlines from the week:

Newspaper circulation down 10.6%
The decline in US newspaper circulation is accelerating as the industry struggles with defections to the Internet and tumbling ad revenue.

Paranormal Activity is the #1 movie at the box office over the weekend

Weather today:
Intermittent Clouds, 55 Degrees

Friday, October 23, 2009

But I'm Not Even Running!

So for the past couple of weeks I have been getting this pain in my side, very similar to that cramp you get when you are a non-runner taking a go at it for a change. It's not so much a "I want to keel over" type pain, but more of an annoyance. After a little chat with my mid-wife it appears this is normal, runner or not, during pregnancy. It is a sign that things they are a shifting in there. Maybe I can just tell people that I trained for a marathon during my pregnancy, runner's cramps and all!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

16 Weeks...

PhotobucketHow far along? 16 weeks
How big are the babies? Avocados!
Best moment this week: One of my best friends, Shannon, got married!
Symptoms: I have a definite bump going now, but I feel fantastic.
Movement: None
Food cravings: Cranberries, anything with cranberries
Genders: 2 weeks until we know
Milestones: I am the most pregnant I have ever been

Development: Watch what you say...tiny bones forming in babys' ears mean they can now pick up your voice. A few more minuscule changes: Eyebrows, lashes, and hair are starting to fill in, and taste buds are forming.

Headlines from the week:

Police: Balloon was a hoax
Last week's runaway balloon incident in Colorado was a publicity stunt, officials have confirmed.

patriots 59, titans 0
Snow doesn't slow Brady, Pats

Weather today:
Flurries, 36 Degrees

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Remembering our Babies: October 15th

"In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan Proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. "When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, their isn't a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes."

Robyn Bear, Founder, Lisa Brown, Co-Founder, and Tammy Novak, Co-Founder of envisioned a day when all grieving parents could come together and be surrounded by love and support from their friends and families, a day where the community could better understand their pain and learn how to reach out to those grieving. This would be a day to reflect on the loss yet embrace the love. While our babies’ lives were so brief, they were also very meaningful. Yet, their was not a time to talk about them. Our society seemed to forget or perhaps, simply didn't know how to reach out. Since October had been proclaimed "Awareness Month", she chose a day, in the middle of the month to become, "Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day". We are asking everyone in all times zones, worldwide, to join us in a candle lighting ceremony at 7pm on October 15th."

Tonight I will be lighting a candle for my little Teddy Graham and all others who were lost too soon. Please take the time to light a candle tonight at 7:00PM and leave it burning for 1 hour. If this happens all over the world, there will be a continuous flame burning all day remembering those little lives. I will also be saying a thankful prayer because as of today I am the most pregnant I have been and still going strong.

Thank you to all who participate today.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

15 Weeks...

PhotobucketHow far along? 15 weeks
How big are the babies? Naval Oranges!
Best moment this week: Hearing the babies' heartbeats and Having a date night with Ryan.
Symptoms: A little tired still and a few headaches.
Movement: None
Food cravings: Homemade macaroni and cheese with mustard... don't judge!
Genders: Unknown
Milestones: Scheduled my BIG ULTRASOUND!

Development: Continuing the march toward normal proportions, baby's legs now out-measure their arms. And, finally, all four limbs have functional joints. Your fetuses are squirming and wiggling like crazy down in the womb, though you probably can't feel the movements just yet.

Headlines from the week:

President Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

MONTREAL—Canadian space tourist and circus billionaire Guy Laliberte mixed star power, science lectures, music and poetry in hosting a show from the International Space Station that was broadcast on television and the Internet.

Weather today:
Partly Cloudy, 56 degrees

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I'm Getting Interactive...

So since we scheduled our "Big Ultrasound" for November 2nd, I want to know what everyone's thoughts are as far as genders. So I set up a little poll over to the left. I have my thoughts on what I think they are and Ryan has a different opinion, but we'll keep those secret for now so we don't influence your thoughts. Vote for what you think the genders will be and then hopefully the babies will cooperate on the day of the appointment and I will once again tell Ryan, "I TOLD YOU" I mean we will find out who's right.


Monday, October 5, 2009

3rd Dr.'s Appointment...

I had my 3rd appointment today and met with my mid-wife. First was the dreaded scale, a subtle laugh in the face every appointment. So far though I've only gained 4Lbs total which my mid-wife says is great. Next we talked about the flu vaccine, which I told her I already got, so that was good. Then she does recommend the H1N1 vaccine for me as well. So as skeptical as I am about this vaccine, it appears I will be receiving one anyways.

Then she showed me the numbers from my NT Scan and bloodwork which showed a less than 1 and 10,000 chance of both Down Syndrome and Trisomy 18. She said the numbers don't get better than that!

Then it was on to the fun part, hearing the heartbeats! This was the first time I had actually heard them, although we have seen them a few times on the ultrasounds. It was hard to get a really accurate beat count, but there were definitely two heartbeats still whooshing away in there. At one point it literally sounded like there was a horse galloping in my uterus! The babies have definitely moved from my lower left side to now the center and right at my belly button (explaining the more pronounced bulge I am sporting lately). She said the position is typical of a woman carrying one at 20 weeks which made me glow with pride for a second that my babies are already more advanced than the norm; however with two they are just where they should be.

So basically everything looked great. I was told to just keep doing what I have been and call if anything comes up. I was also told to get more rest which should help to alleviate the mild headaches I've been getting and to keep my feet elevated whenever possible to relieve back pain. I also need to be aware of my posture to help with the back pain. I guess it's time to whip out the old encyclopedias and stroll around the living room with them on my head.

Oh and we also scheduled our BIG Ultrasound for November 2nd! Now hopefully the babies will cooperate and let us see what colors we need to start buying!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

14 Weeks...

Picture to come... sorry!
How far along? 14 weeks
How big are the babies? Lemons!
Best moment this week: Painting pumpkins with my niece and nephew. It got me really excited to do this with the twins someday.
Symptoms: I believe I am completely past the morning sickness stage of my pregnancy (for now)! I'm still pretty tired though and my back is beginning to get sore.
Movement: None
Food cravings: My Aunt Janet's homemade macaroni and cheese. Thankfully my Mom knew the recipe :)
Genders: Unknown
Milestones: No more morning sickness!!!

Development: Your adorable little fetuses are busy with thumb sucking, toe wiggling, (not so cute but equally amazing) making urine, and breathing amniotic fluid as the liver, kidneys, and spleen continue to develop. Lanugo (thin, downy hair) is growing all over their bodies for warmth.

Headlines from the week:

#1 Song of the week on the American Top 40 list: Black Eyed Peas "I Got a Feeling"

#1 Box Office Movie this week: Zombieland

Weather today:
Partly Sunny, 57 Degrees

Friday, October 2, 2009

Finally, Here they are...

I have been experiencing some technical difficulties lately in trying to get the photos from th NT Scan up for your viewing. Well today I have Finally got them to work! So now here they are looking more like babies and not so much like beans with sprouts. I present to you Baby C #1 and Baby C #2:



Aren't they just precious already?

Sunday, September 27, 2009

13 Weeks...

PhotobucketHow far along? 13 weeks
How big are the babies? Peaches
Best moment this week: Getting a good night sleep!
Symptoms: Morning sickness and still tired a lot
Movement: None
Food cravings: I really wanted an ice cream sundae but I resisted
Genders: Unknown
Milestones: Received my registration forms for the hospital

Development: Your fetuses are forming teeth and vocal cords...savor this, their nonfunctional phase. Baby is approaching normal proportions, with their heads now only one third the size of their body. And intestines are in the process of moving from the umbilical cord to baby's tummy -- much more convenient.

Headlines from the week:

NASA orbiter discovers ice in craters between north pole, equator of Mars

MCAS scores fall shy of target
More than half of Mass. schools fail to meet new federal standards

Weather today:
Rain, 63 Degrees

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

NT Scan...

Sorry for the delay on the results. We had our NT Scan on Monday where we had an ultrasound to check for any anomolies and signs of chromosome disorders. Well I am happy, thrilled, extatic to report that both babies look absolutely perfect! Everything measured perfectly and there were no signs of any anomolies. As many of you know, this is a HUGE relief for Ryan and I as we lost our last pregnancy to Trisomy 18. Of course we were both nervous and just wanted to confirm to healthy babies. So as soon as everything was measured and looked great I think there was a simultaneous weight lifted off our chests and we enjoyed the rest of the ultrasound.

They were very active in there too. The bottom one we believe had the hiccups because it kept jolting every few seconds. The top one started out on its back and then when the Dr. went back it was on its belly nuzzled up with the placenta, haha. It was funny because she zoomed in on the face and it looked like its lips were puckering and it was giving me kisses. I said that has to be a boy and is already a Momma's Boy. Now I'm sure all the movement going on had nothing to do with the pop tart I ate right before the exam. Nothing at all.

I will say it was the most amazing thing so far to actually see them move in there. It's just so surreal to know that is all going on inside me. It's a feeling I don't think anyone could really put into words. I love them already and can't wait to show them the world.

We do have pictures, but I am having some technical difficulties at the moment getting them posted. I will add them as soon as I can. It's amazing because they really look like babies now, not just little beans!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

12 Weeks...

PhotobucketHow far along? 12 weeks
How big are the babies? Plums
Best moment this week: I could have sworn I felt a flutter, although it may have been gas :)
Symptoms: Still some nausea and still a bit tired
Movement: Possible, but inconclusive
Food cravings: Friday I had to have a taco salad
Genders: Unknown
Milestones: 1st Trimester down, 2 to go!

Development: As you move into the second trimester, babies shift into the growth and maturation stage. After weeks in the critical development stage, almost all of their systems are fully formed.

Headlines from the week:

Cleveland Browns sign Raymond Ventrone to the Roster. (That's Uncle Bub to the twins!)

On September 14, at the age of 57, Actor Patrick Swayze died after an extraordinarily brave and dignified 20-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Weather today:
Mostly sunny, 67 degrees

Monday, September 14, 2009

11 Weeks...and 1 day

PhotobucketHow far along? 11 weeks
How big are the babies? Limes!
Best moment this week: Getting the future nursery all cleaned out
Symptoms: Morning sickness, but getting more energy every day
Movement: None yet
Food cravings: Salt and vinegar chips
Genders: Unknown
Milestones: They no longer have webbed fingers and toes

Development: Your fetuses currently enjoy a 1:1 ratio between body and head, and has skin so transparent that blood vessels show right through it. But fingers and toes are no longer webbed, and hair follicles, tooth buds, and nail beds are forming -- setting up a significantly more attractive future.

Headlines from the day:

Obama pushes for new financial regulations
On the first anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse, President Obama declared that it's time for the federal government to extract itself from rescue efforts, but wants to prevent another meltdown in the future.

The Great Diaper Debate
Many parents who want to lessen the environmental impact of raising a baby are choosing cloth over disposable diapers. Problem is, they may not always be making the greener choice.

Weather today:
Partly Cloudy, 74 degrees

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Letter to the Twins...

Dear Little Twinsies,

I love salt and vinegar chips as much as the next person, but wanting to have them everyday is not helping me keep a semi girlish figure throughout this pregnancy. All these chips will do is make it look like I am carrying you in my bum even more. Remember the days when all you wanted was cold fruit? Let's go back to that. Thank you.



Sunday, September 6, 2009

10 Weeks...

PhotobucketHow far along? 10 weeks
How big are the babies? Prunes
Best moment this week: Getting to see the little bambinos on the big screen again!
Symptoms: Morning sickness is still in swing, bed time is officially 9:00.
Movement: None yet
Food cravings: Tomato and rice soup and cheese sandwiches have been hitting the spot lately
Genders: Unknown
Milestones: Second Appointment

Development: With bones and cartilage starting to form and vital organs beginning to function, babies are making major progress. Body length will almost double in the next three weeks, and arm joints are now working. (Soon, legs will start working too.)

Headlines from the day:

Study links humans to warming in the Arctic
Human-generated greenhouse gas emissions have helped reverse a 2,000-year trend of cooling in the Arctic, prompting warmer average temperatures in the past decade that now rank higher than at any time since 1 B.C., according to a study published in the online version of the journal Science.

Obama’s planned speech criticized
DALLAS - President Obama’s back-to-school address next week was supposed to be a feel-good story, but Republican critics are calling it an effort to foist a political agenda on children, creating yet another confrontation with the White House.

Weather today:
Partly Sunny, 64 degrees

Thursday, September 3, 2009

2nd Appointment...

I had my 2nd appointment today and everything looked great! We got to see both the babies again and they were still measuring on time with strong heartbeats. Here is their 2nd debut:

The Doctor tried to get one with both of them in it, but they are already independent and want their own spotlight. I'll have to give them a nice lesson about sharing early on, I can tell. It's funny because the one in the top picture appears to be our little movie star, looking straight at the camera and the one in the bottom picture seems a bit more shy, covering its face up and curling into a ball. We are told that they do appear to be fraternal twins right now so we could have 2 boys, 2 girls, or a boy and a girl!

All in all the appointment was pretty quick and painless (i.e. I didn't have to give up 4 pints of blood... this may be an exaggeration, but it was a lot the last time). I was told that I will be able to give birth naturally (with meds of course) as long as both heads are facing down, otherwise I will have a C-Section. One last tid bit I was informed of is that as of 30 weeks I will be put on bed rest. So I will be 30 weeks as of January 24, 2010, please open your calendars now and plan on making many visits. Or I may be moving in with someone :)

Monday, August 31, 2009

9 Weeks...

Picture to Come!How far along? 9 weeks
How big are the babies? Green Olives
Best moment this week: I had one full day without nausea... it's the little things
Symptoms: Very nauseous and very tired. Also starting to feel a bit heavier these days
Movement: None yet
Food cravings: I had my Mom make me stuffed peppers Saturday because I really wanted them
Genders: Unknown
Milestones: Our babies are now fetuses instead of embryos!

Development: Your little embryos have now officially graduated to fetus-hood. Adding to the excitement, a Doppler ultrasound device might be able to pick up the beating hearts. With basic physical structures in place and increasingly distinct facial features, babies are kind of starting to look like...well...babies!

Headlines from the Week:

Senator of Massachusetts Edward Kennedy dies at age 77 after his battle with brain cancer

Disney to buy Marvel
The deal, which is for $4 billion in cash and stock, will bring such characters as Iron Man and Spider-Man into the family of Mickey Mouse and WALL-E.

Weather today:
Cloudy, 70 Degrees

Sunday, August 23, 2009

8 Weeks...

PhotobucketHow far along? 8 weeks
How big are the babies? Raspberries
Best moment this week: Finding out we're having TWINS and seeing their strong heartbeats!
Symptoms: Definite morning sickness, a little bit bigger belly, and still very tired.
Movement: None yet
Food cravings: I've really been liking soup lately
Genders: Unknown
Milestones: First ultrasound and appointment!

Development: Babies are growing like mad, putting on about a millimeter every day and continuing to straighten out in the trunk. Though you can't feel it yet, the babies are moving those little arms, legs, and (now only slightly) webbed fingers and toes like crazy.

Headlines from the day:

Hurricane Bill taunted the local coastline with a string of beach closings and safety warnings still in effect. Above, lifeguards check out the Edgartown surf.

Aerosmith’s future questioned amid woes
The band’s followers, and some people close to the band, can’t help but wonder: Is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-enshrined group - whose median age is 58 - nearing its end?

Weather today:
Partly Sunny, 80 degrees

Friday, August 21, 2009

Houston We Have a Heartbeat...

Oh, I'm sorry, did I say a heartbeat? I meant two heartbeats! You read right, we're having twins!!! Ryan and I are beyond excited right now. I will post some pictures from the ultrasound as soon as I get them scanned in. The Ultrasound Tech saw within 3 seconds that there were two babies in there. Both are measuring exactly the same at 7 weeks 5 days giving us a due date of April 4. Their heartbeats were strong too at 163 bpm. I have my next appointment September 3rd and hopefully we'll get more pictures of the little ones!

Here is there first debut!

Baby C #1

Baby C #2

Both Babies!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I was mistaken before...

I NOW officially have morning sickness. The feeling before, it was just a "light breeze" of nausea compared to what I felt this morning. On my way to the train this morning, while eating a breakfast bar. I got to the end of my parking lot and got "the feeling". You know what feeling I'm talking about, the sweats, lightheaded, and that strangeness creeping up the throat. I braced myself for the worst, fully nder the impression I would be needing some serious detail work on my car in the near future. I blasted the air conditioning on my face and tried to find any sort of bag in the car, to no avail. Then, by the grace of God, everything started to retreat. Needless to say I was a bit nervous for the train ride into work and just hoped I'd be able to keep everything to myself for the duration of the ride. So my body's response to keeping everything in was to knock me out cold the entire ride. It was a nice little nap I must say.

Now since this morning's little episode, I have had several similar moments where I thought it would for sure happen. It seems to subside after I eat something. It's just getting to the point of actually putting the food into my mouth that seems to be the issue.

I am also very excited for my first appointment tomorrow. Typically the first appointment is just a lot of the basics and a checkup, nothing really exciting. However, with my last pregnancy my first appointment also included an ultrasound to see the baby's heartbeat. I am hopeful that since I will be seeing the same mid-wife that she will do the same this time around! Maybe I'll even have a picture to post up tomorrow! So until then I shall work on keeping my food down.

Monday, August 17, 2009

7 Weeks...

PhotobucketHow far along? 7 weeks
How big is baby? A Blueberry
Best moment this week: Going out to Wisconsin to visit Ryan's friends and going to his 10 year High School reunion.
Symptoms: A few waves of nausea and very bloated, but other than that doing pretty good.
Movement: None yet
Food cravings: None really this week, but eating a bit more these days
Gender: Unknown
Milestones: First flight with the baby :)

Development: Baby's brain -- both hemispheres! -- is growing fast, generating about one hundred new cells every minute. Arms and legs are emerging as joints start to form, and a permanent set of kidneys (baby's third!) is now in place.

Headlines from the day:

Here are a couple events from the past week: 40th Anniversary of the original Woodstock.

Les Paul, who helped revolutionize popular music with his innovations on the guitar and in the recording studio, died Thursday from complications of pneumonia in White Plains, NY. He was 94

Weather today:
Partly cloudy early...then clearing. Humid, 81 degrees

Sunday, August 9, 2009

6 Weeks...

PhotobucketHow far along? 6 weeks
How big is baby? A Sweet Pea
Best moment this week: Believe it or not, getting morning sickness. It's starting to feel more real.
Symptoms: Morning Sickness, slight food aversion at night, definite bloating, very tired
Movement: None yet
Food cravings: Cold foods like fruit, veggies, and cereal
Gender: Unknown
Milestones: Starting to wear some maternity clothes, mainly to stay comfortable.

Development: Growing like crazy, baby is starting to sprout eyes, ears, nose, cheeks, and chin. Those little hands and feet -- still webbed like paddles -- might wiggle by week's end, the heart is beating (almost twice as fast as yours!), and blood is starting to circulate.

Headlines from the day:

In his weekly Internet and radio address, President Obama uses the hopeful jobs numbers to make his case again for a healthcare overhaul.

More than a half-century ago, scientists helped eliminate rickets and goiter by fortifying food with Vitamin D and iodine. Now, scientists are altering the very structure of ingredients in laboratories, hoping to make things like milkshakes and mayonnaise into a new generation of healthier foods that fight cancer and obesity.

Weather today:
Cloudy and windy, 70 degrees

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Dinner is a Bust...

So for the past two nights I have had very good intentions of having a solid dinner. I keep telling Ryan, tonight we can have the steak tips, potatoes, and green beans. This all sounds fine and dandy until I get home and actually envision eating all of those items. So what have we ended up having instead you ask? Apple Jacks and Fruity Pebbles. Cereal seems to be about the only thing I can stomach at night.

It's funny because during the day it is game on with anything in sight, but once I walk through my front door the baby says, "Let's keep the running joke going and have cereal...again". This baby I am thinking has Ryan's sense of humour and eating habits for that matter, since Ryan is actually content with having cereal for dinner. So ok Baby C, I know you're due in April, and very close to April 1st, but the steaks are really going to go bad if we don't eat them soon. How about a night off from cereal tonight? Judging by the wave of nausea I just received, I'm thinking it will be another Apple Jacks night tonight. Anyone want some steak

Sunday, August 2, 2009

5 Weeks

PhotobucketHow far along? 5 weeks
How big is baby? an appleseed
Best moment this week: Starting to clean out the room that will become the nursery
Symptoms: BLOATED and still pretty tired
Movement: None yet
Food cravings: None Yet
Gender: Unknown
Milestones: Began a walking routine during my lunch breaks

Development: Your embryo, which doesn't look like much more than a tadpole right now, is actually starting to form major organs (heart, kidney, liver, stomach) and systems (nervous, circulatory, digestive). Baby's presence in your uterus triggers production of HCG (the hormone detected by pregnancy tests), which triggers the production of other hormones like estrogen and progesterone, which triggers all those great symptoms you've probably been noticing!

Headlines from the day:

"A federal jury on Friday ordered a Boston University graduate student who admitted illegally downloading and sharing music online to pay $675,000 to four record labels."

"The Senate passed a $34.3 billion energy spending bill yesterday that backs up President Obama’s promise to close the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility."

Weather today:
Mostly Cloudy with Thunderstorms, 80 degrees

Thursday, July 30, 2009


Can nesting take place this early on? I am becoming a regular Martha Stewart lately. I went grocery shopping (a task I despise), cooked dinner for the past 3 nights in a row (only one was a meal in a bag, but I still had to cook it), put the laundry away (another task I despise), and washed the pot and wok before bed last night (usually an event that takes place next day or so). I'm also planning to clean the bathrooms tonight, although this I do on a regular basis anyway because well, I scheve a dirty bathroom. Hopefully I stay motivated to continue.

I have also welcomed a new guest, bloat. It's probably from the increase of water intake per day from about 6 glasses a day to about eleventybillion. Looks like I might be dusting off those maternity clothes in just a few more weeks (certainly not yet).

Sunday, July 26, 2009

4 Weeks...

PhotobucketHow far along? 4 weeks
How big is baby? a poppyseed
Best moment this week: Seeing the positive pregnancy Test and our niece Ava being born
Symptoms: Slight nausea, slightly sore breasts, and very tired
Movement: None yet
Food cravings: None Yet
Gender: Unknown
Milestones: Scheduled my first Doctor appointments

Development: In week 4, now safe in your womb, the ball of cells (blastocyst) splits in two, becoming the embryo and the placenta. The amniotic sac and fluid are forming around baby, and will act as a cushion for the next eight months.

Headlines from the day:

Resignation Day for Sarah Palin
Jerry Rice Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Weather today:
Cloudy, Scattered Thunderstorms, 79 degrees

Friday, July 24, 2009

Baby C Makes Three...

You heard right, WE'RE HAVING A BABY!!! Ryan and I are beyond excited right now. I got anxious on Tuesday and just had a very strong feeling that I was pregnant so I went out and bought a test. I felt like it took years for the answer to pop up on the screen, then there it was...
So now it was time to tell Ryan. Well Wednesday was his birthday, but I couldn't wait until then. So he got into the shower and I left him a little message on the mirror to see when he got out...
and then left the test on the vanity. Of course he came out of the shower, read the message and didn't see the test so he ended up looking all over the place for it. Finally he found it and saw the "Yes". He was so excited.

We were going to wait to tell everyone, but the way we look at it, most people wait until their 2nd trimester to tell, but we lost our first baby in the 2nd trimester. So even if we had waited, it wouldn't have made a difference. Right now we did decide to just tell close friends and family just until we're a little further along. I'm going to keep updating my blog along the way. What I want to do is weekly updates that will later be made into a scrapbook for the baby, as well as any other updates I want to add in between.

For now we are beyond the moon. Today I am pregnant and I love my baby.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


I am pretty confident I am in the 2 week wait now judging by my temps the last couple of days. I also had a bit of spotting today, not a lot, but just a little. Well I'm trying not to read too much into it, but the only other time I had spotting in between cycles was when I was pregnant the last time.

I am going to try to be good and not test until I'm due for my next cycle. This is going to be a long 2 weeks! So here is a list of things I will be doing to occupy my time:

Go to New Hampshire this weekend
Cookout next weekend
Head to LC after the cookout
Celebrate Dolce's birthday on the 19th
Celebrate my birthday on the 20th
Celebrate Ryan's birthday on the 22nd
Hopefully meet my new Neice Ava on the 20th
Then most likely test on either July 24th or 25th and see a BFP (Fingers crossed)

Lord, please let this be our time.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Anniversary

One year ago today I married my best friend and my soul mate. We have been through so much this past year and I couldn't imagine going through it with anyone else. We are closer now than we have ever been and I look forward to many more years together.

I can't help falling in love with you...

Monday, June 29, 2009

Cycle Day 1 yesterday

And so begins the process. I won't be posting every detail about this process, but maybe just an update at the end of this month with what we hope will be great news. So until then, you can wait in suspense with me!

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Big Decision

So Thursday night when I got home, Ryan and I talked a bit about our future and our "Plan". Originally we had wanted to try to conceive another baby in August. Well, August just seems a bit too far away now so we've had a change a plans and will begin trying to conceive in July. We are both really excited with this decision and are anxious to get started. So the wait has begun, but hopefully we will have some good news in about 4 weeks!

We know that things don't always work out as "Planned". Believe me, we are well aware of this. We just don't want to prolong the events any longer. We want to hold our baby in our arms,and start being the parents we long to be. Here's hoping our prayers will be answered and this will be our time.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

My First Entry

Some of you may already know my story and some may only know parts of it. Ryan and I first found out the news in December that I was pregnant. We were shocked, scared, and excited all at the same time. We told our family and friends and they were all shocked as well and happy for us. As the time went by, I had the waves of nausea, food aversions, and all the other glories that come with the first trimester. I went to my first appointment and got to see our little bean on the big screen. Heartbeat was strong. Second appointment Ryan got to see our little baby too. He said the baby looked like a teddy graham and well that's what we ended up using as a nickname.

I hit my second trimester and was ecstatic. That is when they say that you are least likely to have a miscarriage. A relief in my eyes. Then I hit 15 weeks, primarily 15 weeks 2 days. I started to have a little spotting. Nothing major so I didn't think too much about it and just took it easy that day. Then came 15 weeks 3 days on March 9, 2009, probably the scariest and worst day of my life. I woke up to blood. Bright red blood. I panicked. I went into work and immediately called the doctor. They sent me to get an ultrasound. Ryan came and picked me up to take me. I was hoping and praying that our baby was ok.

When we got to the waiting room I started to feel a little cramping. Off and on, but not too strong...yet. We got called into the room and the tech went to check our baby. No heartbeat confirmed. There was my beautiful, lifeless baby on the screen, still in my belly, and there was nothing I could do but cry. Ryan held me in his arms and we both just cried and cried.

I then had to go back to my OB's office and get checked out to schedule the D&C. On the way to the office my "cramping" became stronger and more frequent to the point where I couldn't even scream anymore. I immediately ran to the bathroom after checking in and threw up. The nurse came to check on me and brought me to the room. I told her about my cramping and she said she was going to the waiting room to get Ryan and bring him in. It was at the moment I felt a "rush". I stood up and looked down. The entire table and floor was now covered in blood, my blood. Again, panic.

The rest is a rush of events, Doctor telling me I "Passed" the fetus, sending me to the hospital for another ultrasound. It hit pretty hard to see the second ultrasound, an empty ute. The place that once carried a life was now just an empty space. Confirmed that no D&C was needed and I was able to go home. The next few weeks were very painful and very hard. I had the greatest support from my husband, family and friends. They were my strength.

We later found out that our baby had what is called Trisomy 18, a chromosome disorder where there is an extra chromosome in the 18th strand. Only 5% of babies that have this disorder make it to birth and the ones that do typically do not make it past the first year. Our baby was sick and God knew. He was looking out for our baby. He took our baby to a place where s/he could be stronger than we could ever dream. And though I may never hold you in my arms, I forever hold you in my heart.


An angel wrote in the book of life, the story of our baby's birth. Then whispered as she closed the book, too beautiful for earth.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Contact Me

I'm not looking to make a living off of this little site. My primary intent is to keep family and friends up to speed on the happenings of the twins.

However, my stats indicated that I get roughly 1,200 views each week, and I'd be willing to bet a lot of those are other mothers that, like me, want to know what is the best of the best.  If you have a product or service that may appeal to my readers and you'd like a little exposure on Our Journey, please feel free to Email me at

I also enjoy doing product reviews, but I'll warn you in advance, I will not review and/or promote just anything.  I will only review and/or promote products that I feel 100% about. This is first and foremost my baby blog so I don't want it turning into a QVC website for just any product.

With that said, if you have something that may truly benefit my family (thus other families), I'd love to hear about it.

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