More Thanks to Give!

My parental units came to town for the long weekend.  The main goal was to try and get the nursery put together and be ready for the Nuggets.  Additionally, give Josh some time away from caring for my every whim.

First, I wanted to thank my mom.  She finished up everything that was left to do in the nursery.  She washed more clothes/blankets/towels/sheets.  Organized the mess of the closet by putting things in order and just overall making it look nice.  She also did the shopping/returning of things that The Hubs really did not want to do.  Mom also brought food.  Lots of food.  She had frozen lasagna, enchiladas, taco soup and more.  She ensured everyone was fed all weekend long.  And probably most importantly, relieved The Hubs of this duty for three or so days.

Next to thank is my daddy.  He put together the pack and play (which was more challenging then it should have been), bouncy seats, rockers and hung the blinds in the nursery.  Again, all things removed from The Hubs to do list. 

Of course it was also nice just to have others to talk to, and since The Hubs had to work on Saturday, they were around for company. The Hubs was no slacker, he got my shelves up in the closet but he also got a bit of fun in with Daddy on the golf course.  We also hit up the pool for a few hours, BBQ-ed and overall enjoyed the day on Sunday. 

Our maternity pictures were scheduled with Brittany at B Faith Photography for Saturday evening but she is also expecting and was having some challenges, add in the super hot tempatures (103) and we didn’t feel it was safe for either of us.  So, pending Wednesday’s appointment, we’ve rescheduled for next weekend (in the morning with hopefully cooler temps).  Keep your fingers crossed that I’m still stable!!

If the babies were to come tomorrow, I’d feel 100% more confident in being prepared. I am this close to posting pics of the nursery for your viewing pleasure but I’d like to get the curtains up and the dresser/changing table is scheduled for delivery tomorrow! Almost done.


Out of Hot Water

When I saw the specialist last week, he expressed concern about my cervical length shortening (first indicator of preterm labor).  He said, “Reduce your activity and we’ll check with your next appointment.”

That appointment was today, along with my glucose tolerance test.

The length is okay, stable.  That is what they were looking for, I guess.  Whew.  I spent the last 6 days worrying they might put me on some sort of bed rest.  I have waaaaay too much to do still to be stuck in bed.  But of course, I’ll do whatever is best for the Nuggets.

The glucose tolerance test is to ensure I don’t have gestational diabetes.

When you are pregnant your body becomes very different…obviously.  I’m no medical person but I understand it to mean, ones body can become intolerant to sugar because the digestive process slows down so much to allow the baby(ies) to absorb all the good nutrients from you.  Your body has to adjust to how much insulin it releases and when, to ensure it is processed right.  That sums it up in layman’s terms.

This involves you sitting in the lab, chugging an orange flavored (yuck), sugary, sweet beverage in under 5 minutes.  Lucky for me, it was ice cold and the ladies in the lab were gabbing and keeping me distracted.  I love sweets. This was not horrible but it wasn’t enjoyable either.

Hopefully all is well because otherwise I have to watch my sugar intake and I have no idea how I’d do that…..  No news is good news. 

The Nuggets are moving so much these days I swear they are either 1. trying to escape via my belly button or 2. trying to switch places and then switch back.  The Hubs was laughing at how much movement is happening just by watching my belly. 

In regards to still needing to be ready the following needs to be done in the nursery:
1. Curtains – I am going to try and sew these.  Seriously…shouldn’t be that hard, right?
2. Crib Bed Skirts – Again, homemade…following this tutorial by Ernie Bufflo.
3. We need a dresser/changing table
4. Install shelves

Time to jump on it!

XOXO – Lindz

Quick Trip to San Antone

As most of you area aware, the Allen’s called San Antonio home for about 6 years.  It was a great 6 years and a lot happened in that time frame.

We moved away from all of our friends and started our relationship in the same city (for the first time).

We got married (twice actually).

We bought a house.  Had lots of fun, projects and excitement in said house.

When we left it was sooooo bitter sweet.  I had a better opportunity with work in Houston and shortly after Josh obtained a new job too.  Although his job didn’t work out in the end, they are the reason we ended up back in the DFW area and we are grateful.

I was in San Antonio for a business trip and forgot how much I love that city.  And some of the friends we left behind. 

Our old neighbors were the greatest.  Super long story and a coincidence later, we became friends with a couple that lived right down the block.  They are those kind of peeps you meet and just know, they’ll be our life long buds.

In the time we’ve been gone, they’ve gotten married and had a little nugget of their own.  Meet Mr. Rylan!

He’s a super observant, friendly, drool-y and all around happy baby (or was that day)!  I couldn’t get enough of him.  I missed him and our friends as soon as they left. 😦

This weekend was pretty productive.  We are making major progress on the nursery.  Here is a little sneak pic. 

Painting -check. Cribs assembled – check.  I’m holding myself back from buying anything else right now (even crib mattresses) until after the showers because I’m hoping my awesome friends and fam will get us all the stuff we need.  Pretty exciting stuff though.  Every time I walk past the nursery I get excited because we are getting that much closer.
We have one (first) name picked out pretty solid-ly — meaning we both agree on it.  But we’ve I’ve decided that I’d like to meet them first prior to officially naming them so we won’t be sharing the names until they get here.  The other names and middle names are all up in the air still. 
Pregnancy stats:
  • We’ve got another ultra sound with the specialist this week and then I think we are going to be cleared by the specialists and only have to see my Ob-gyn going forward. 
  • I’m not craving anything in particular, just everything sweet in general. 
  • My belly button is completely flat
  • I’m feeling pretty good for the most part but occasionally I’m starting to get uncomfortable (tail bone hurts, back achy, feet hurting)
  • I’m weighing in at a 21 pound gain…gotta stay on track.  That would be a lot if it wasn’t twins but that tidbit gives me extra wiggle room in the gaining area.
We start our child education classes tonight!  I’m really hoping we get a lot out of them.

Pinterest Predicament

Most people know about Pinterest by now. It’s a really cool website where you can “pin” items to different “boards” to organize recipes, design, crafts, ideas, pretty much anything from the web that you want to save.  Whether it’s to make you smile or so you can have a quick reference to one of the aforementioned topics. 

I LOVE it for recipes.  I don’t know how many times I find a recipe online and then cannot find it again when it’s time to actually cook/bake said recipe.  I love it for recipes.  I also love it for craft ideas, for the same reason.

My predicament stems from the design aspect of it.  I definitely have a “board” to organize different designs, projects, paint colors for this new, awesome house we’ve moved into.  Plus I’ve got all kinds of things pinned for nursery ideas.  This is when it hit me.  SO many people use Pinterest or follow the same uber popular blogs and therefore they are all starting to look the same to me.  Whether it’s printables, Chevron fabrics or stripped walls, the ideas are all starting to blend.

My goal is to not.  I had an idea of how I wanted the boys nursery to look but I’m not going to let the trendy, overly popular looks take precedent in this design.  I’ve never been a fan of the pastel-y, baby-ish nurseries.  A friend of mine did a antique sports motif (old golf clubs, baseball bats, etc) in deep blues and red and I thought that was fabulous.  It’s a room that a baby can grow into a little boy.  That is my intent as well.  Although, I am going with a nautical theme.  Navy, gray and white with deep barn red accents.  I don’t want to feel obligated to change it as they get older because it’s too infantile.  I think that theme will “grow” well.

Speaking of the Nuggets, they have learned to do somersaults or something because these little guys are on the move quite a bit as of recent.  I’m feeling a bit more tired lately but I’m attributing it to maybe a growth spurt or something.  Other than that, all is well in the baby making world.