November 30, 2011

crafting space

What I wouldn't give for a crafting space that I could close up, without cleaning up, and open back up to work on. The furry critters in our house make it impossible to leave crafting projects out. I have a hard time starting a project, knowing I won't be able to finish it in one sitting. Then, I end up never starting it!

I would love one of these:

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Or goodness, what about this space?

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Unfortunately, all of these things take organization. I am so lacking in that department.

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I've heard that having multiples makes one super efficient and organized. I'll take anything right now. Just yesterday, on our way to dinner after a dr. appt, the hubs and I were talking about how I lose stuff all the time. Just then, the lab called and said I had left the ultrasound DVD at their counter. Oh timing!

November 27, 2011

there are people in there!

The hubs read my post about running today and said it seemed so sad.

In some ways, it is sad. Because I do honestly miss being active. And in some ways, I might (if I were in a certain mood) equate that with losing a part of myself...or at least earning a new role in life...the role of mama.

I do know that I am not losing any part of myself...and I'm going to fight my hardest to stay a person, me, not just a wife or a mama (not that either of those things are bad...they are fantastic. But I've been Heather for 28 years, I'd like to hold on to that part of me as well).

But...the good things is. These boys will be born (hopefully after 37 weeks, hopefully 6 pounds...we can all have hopes, right?) and I will be able to run again and it will be fantastic. I will be able to teach my boys that it's important for every person to do things for themselves, not just the people around them (which is also very important, but we can't do for others unless we take care of ourselves). I've got my double stroller all ready to go (SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THAT...thank you sis-in-law Cheryl for finding one for me). I will be raring to go as soon as I can.

In the mean time, I will think about how there are people in there...TWO OF THEM! They will be living, breathing, thinking, reasoning, loving people. There are times when it's hard for me to comprehend the weight of this fact. It's pretty heavy. I've been concentrating on the know, the babies stage. There seems to be so much to read and prepare for that sometimes I forget that one day I'll be able to have a conversation with these boys and it will make sense. We will have discussions and arguments and heart-to-hearts and I will give them "the look" (which my mother so graciously taught me through experience). It's so exciting! And so scary!

And with that...Here is week 25. I'm hoping to take photos every other week until week 30 and then every week. We'll see how that goes.

To the gym I go


To swim!  Some of the only working out I can do.  And it makes me feel weightless...a GLORIOUS feeling. 

Sweet Pea and Punkin say happy late Thanksgiving!  They enjoyed it immensely.

November 14, 2011

I need something...

...and that something is a race.

And by that, I mean a road race. I've been reading about my friends and blog writers who are running marathons and halves and I really need a race. It has been killing me that I CAN'T run AT ALL.

I love my boys (in fact, I think one of them may have turned over today. I felt something funny on the drive to work and now I'm feeling some maybe feet kicks up under my ribs. I know to some this may seem uncomfortable, but there is nothing I wanted more than for these boys to be head down when it was time (ok I want them to be healthy and all that other mama stuff, but you catch my drift).

But...I have missed running so badly I can barely describe it. I have missed my muscles being sore. I've missed stretching and being sweaty (and then taking a shower after I've been so dirty). I miss being able to see at least a little muscle definition in my legs.

I know that this is only for a short period of time. And, in a lot of ways I'm glad for it. It's really making me appreciate that time I had to myself...just me and the beach. I've even been saving my running magazines for after the boys are born. I don't need the discouragement now, and I know I'll need the encouragement when they're here.

I have dreams about running soon after I give birth. And I'm talking soon. Ok, maybe not running, but maybe walking. And maybe working up my endurance (considering I can barely walk two miles now). But I have dreams of being active. My hope is that I will take them with me in the double running stroller we just picked up from my sister-in-law's who was storing it for me. I want them to feel like that stroller is a second home, haha.

I know it's going to take a while to get back up to speed, but just the wind blowing in my hair might just be enough. I know I shouldn't have expectations of myself and what life is going to be like after the boys are born. My hope is that we will just stretch to fit. And that we'll make it work, whatever the situation. We'll see, I know.

But I can hope. And for now...I'm researching local races :).

And, of course, working on the nursery. It's coming together! Pictures soon!

November 10, 2011

to dress the boys

I'm getting bigger and bigger everyday.

And, while I should be thinking about the boys' health and how we're going to handle two at one time (oh believe me, I've been thinking), I can't help but think about how I'm going to dress them.

You see, my mom gave me pretty much free reign over my wardrobe from a very young age. I do remember choosing my clothes in kindergarten. It was an easy way for me to have some independence that didn't really matter that much. I appreciate that and I'd like to pass on the same decision making skills to my kids. I think it's a good way to learn how to make decisions from a young age...and really, except for stupid pictures that people have scanned and put on facebook, who cares what you looked like in kindergarten.

BUT...all that does NOT mean that I'm not going to have fun dressing them when I get the chance :). I am super excited about this. There are all sorts of cool, fun outfits for boys (some from google, most in my head). I don't think we're going to be dressing them too much the EXACT same. We're pretty sure they're identical, and we want them to have their own identities and personalities. One way to make sure that happens is for mom and dad and others to make sure we call them by the correct name. That becomes much harder when they look and are dressed identically. But...I have no problem with COORDINATING outfits. In fact, I'm super excited about that.

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I especially love these from Miranda at one little minute.

November 06, 2011

baby project - 23 weeks

Well...the day got away from me today.

I had a lot on my mind. I was finishing up the changing table, only to figure out that the "white" trim paint I had gotten was really a base for tinted trim paint. This makes the paint look much more creamy than it does white. I figured this out AFTER I had primed and painted two coats on that thing. Thankfully, the paint man at my local ACE hardware was super helpful (I didn't get paid for that...but I L.O.V.E. ACE Hardware. They are smaller and don't have EVERYTHING, but ALL of their staff is knowledgable. AND...if they don't have what you're looking for, they know where you can get it in town. I love that.).

So, I got more paint;

I put ANOTHER coat on the changing table (that actually looked white!);

I went swimming (yay!);

I vacuumed the house;

I went for a walk with the hubs (extra points for me);

during said walk, we planned our dinner tonight which was to include my FIRST glass of red wine in FIVE MONTHS (I was so excited. It was delicious, the wine and the food, and it made me very very hot...more on that later);

I bought all the Christmas presents for the nieces and nephews on my side (there are seven, nine on the hub's side);

I went to Ross and found a maternity sweater, a shirt, and two more pairs of maternity leggings for a total of $30 (score!).

It was a busy day for me. I loved it. I loved that I had enough energy to get it all done and feel good about it. I loved that my husband cooked me one of the best meals I've ever had in my life. I literally could have eaten another entire meal right after.

And, in the end...the day got away from me. I forgot that today was the first day of regular time (not daylight saving time) and that it would get dark starting at 4:30 :(.

So, I had to make do. I didn't want to wait another week to take more pictures. it is. Please excuse the heavy photoshopping. As I said, all the moving around (and probably the wine) made me super hot and it looked like I had rosasia. I don't, and I looked funny to me, so I wanted to not have that.

AND, for your enjoyment (I know...get on with the picture) I have actual bare belly shots....whoa! It's a first for me! Also, check out my shoes if you can...I dressed up for dinner!

I had to move a TON of artificial light into our "sunroom" (haha) to get it bright enough. And I STILL had to use the flash.

There it is...this is the last thing I'm doing today. Right now, I'm going to finish my glass of wine, probably have another glass of milk (I'm up to a gallon a week!), drink some water (can you tell I'm thirsty?), and watch some TV. Very exciting for me!

Have a happy start to regular daylight time!

November 01, 2011

Bump update


We just watched the episode of the office where dwight gives birth to a buttered watermelon. So different watching that pregnant than not.

I also met a woman in staples today who is due a week later than me and didn't look like she was pregnant. I explained to her I am having twins.

Today I received more maternity clothes from my sister in law. She is awesome and I'm very very lucky to have her. This is he first time in my life I feel good about wearing horizontal stripes. ;)

i love these!

I mean seriously. How cute are they?

Would be a perfect gift for someone who is having twins....Oh wait! I'm having twins! Hmmmm... is the link, so conveniently placed on my blog :).