Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving and a Pregnancy Update

We had so much fun on Thanksgiving!  We were originally going to just do it really low key at our house and just have it be our little family.  We got a turkey and potatoes and all the fixin's and Rick was going to help me put it together while I sat at a chair at the counter :)  A few days before Thanksgiving, a friend of ours from the ward called and said she was trying to get a few of the families together that weren't really doing anything. Since we didn't have family out here, she thought she would give us a call!  We had so much fun with The Wrights and The Richards in our ward and it made me realize how much your ward really is your family when you don't live by family.  It was a special Thanksgiving and Daci had a blast with her little friend, Addy.  They spent most of the day playing Princess Dress Up. In fact, Daci was so excited about the Princess dresses that she wouldn't sit still long enough to eat ANY of Thanksgiving Dinner!  By the end of the night, she was sure munching on all the veggies that were leftover :)

Daci and Addy. They got their own little table.

Family Pic

Now for the pregnancy update.  I have been to my regular OB once a week this last month and everything is looking good and I haven't dilated anymore since our first little "scare".  I also haven't gained any weight in the last 3 weeks!  Wahoo!  I am hovering right around a 30 pound weight gain so far.  This makes me extremely happy considering I gained 50 with Daci!

I went to my high risk doctors today to get a growth ultrasound done and the babies are doing wonderfully!  Baby A (girl) is 3 lb 5 oz and Baby B (boy) is 3 lb 6 oz.  That means I am carrying almost a whole pound more than Daci was born at!  What!?  She was only 5 lb 15 oz when she was born and I have 6 lb 11 oz of baby in me with 8 more weeks to go.  I said to the doctor today, "So, it seems like they gain about a pound every four weeks, does it start to slow down now?" He laughed and said, "Oh no, it speeds up! They will gain 1 lb and a half to 2 pounds by the next time we see you at 34 weeks and then another 1.5lb-2lb before delivery." Wow!  I always thought they would be smaller than Daci considering there are two of them, but I guess I was wrong :) Sounds like they will each be around 7-7.5lbs. This is just a testament to me of how much my Lupus affected my first pregnancy.  We had no idea I had Lupus at the time so I wasn't on any of the medication I needed to be.  I retained A TON of water with her, gained 50 lbs, and she was only 5lb 15oz.  I am SO grateful that everything turned out okay with her.  We are so very blessed because so many things could have gone wrong.  I'm also so grateful that we know what is happening in my body this time and can take all the precautions necessary for the twins to be healthy and strong!

The doctors are very happy with how healthy the babies are and with how well I am doing now.  A few weeks ago I would have said I didn't feel well at all and that I felt like I could have the babies at any moment.  Now, I feel great (except for that I am EXTREMELY uncomfortable :) ) and feel like they will go all the way to 38 weeks.  I know this is because I have slowed down and taken it easy.  I was pushing myself much too hard before.  I also know that I couldn't have done any of this without the wonderful women in my ward that have helped me out so much with Daci and with meals for my family.  The doctors say everything looks great and that I don't necessarily need to be on bed rest but that I need to continue to take it easy.  I can go out for a quick run to the store if I need to, although it wouldn't be smart to take Daci because I can't lift her into the cart.  I can do little meals here and there for my family on the days where the ward isn't bringing in food.  I can even do little outings for my sanity, as long as the outings aren't walking around and I can sit the whole time, like going to the movies (Breaking Dawn here I come!), or to an hour or two (or three if I'm feeling ok) of church!

I feel so blessed to have the love and support out here that I do.  I'm so grateful to be a member of the church and have an instant built in network of friends and support.  We have loved living out here in Naperville and I feel like this is where we are supposed to be at this time in our lives.  Don't get me wrong, I still miss my family and friends in Utah SOOOO much!  Sorry this turned into a testimony....I'm just feeling especially blessed today.

Now for some pics!  They are getting so big now that it is hard for them to get good pictures of the babies anymore.  These are a few of the ones that turned out okay:

Little Girl with her foot by her face

Little Boy with his foot AND hand by his face

Side profile of Baby Boy with his arm up across his face


Liz Smith said...

ok, seriously! you don't look at all pregnant in that first pic. you are all tummy and you look great! i'm so glad you had such a fun thanksgiving. sounds like the perfect holiday. we are SO lucky to have such great friends out here. :)

i'm so happy the babies are doing so well and growing strong everyday. here's to a healthy last few weeks. :)

Karen Pedersen said...

We missed you guys so much on Thanksgiving. I can't tell you how grateful I am for those in your ward who are taking such good care of you guys when we aren't there to do it. Don't overdo. Keep those babies cookin'!

Darren and Kelli Haub said...

I'm so happy things are going so well. And I'm with Liz, you look amazing! Keep taking it easy. We love ya and miss ya!


thats so awesome you are doing so much better! And that the babies are good and will make it to 38 weeks! 30lbs is amazing!

kiley said...

Korrine! I saw you linked your blog from Facebook. You look so great!! I imagine it's not easy carrying twins. One at a time was difficult enough for me! Seems like your handling it wonderfully and you're still so stinkin cute!

P.s. If you want a link to my blog let me know, it's private. Send me your email address.

Lynette said...

I'm so excited for you Kori! and I'm so happy you're feeling as well as you can be.

Kade and Kaylee said...

Thanksgivings without family are a bummer, but seriously the most memorable! We've had a few of those living far away from family too! I'm so happy you love living out there! I know you weren't exactly thrilled to leave Utah :) It really sounds so fun to live there! I am SO happy that you are doing so well carrying these twinners! I cannot wait for you to have them! Do you know names yet? I need to call you so we can catch up! Seriously missing you so much lately! I can't believe how long its been since we've seen each other in person, but I'm so grateful we can keep in touch through blogs! Love you to pieces!

Sarah H said...

Hi Kori,
I'm glad that everything is going good with your pregnancy now! What a blessing. Thanks for sharing. now I need to see a belly pic since I don't live in Naperville any more. I miss the ward there; it's truly a great ward.
Take care!

Mrs. Ham said...

oh, i hope i look as good as you when i'm prego. you look sooo good! crazy how much they they gain in the next coming weeks! hope you stay healthy!!!