Monday, October 20, 2014

The Truth About Pregnancy

Ask most women about how they liked being pregnant, and they'll tell you (if not exclaim) how much they LOVED being pregnant. And they'll tell you how magical it is, and how wonderful you'll look and feel, and how they'd be pregnant forever if they could be.

Now ask me.  And I'll tell you how it really is.

Pregnancy is magical.  It's wonderful and amazing and I feel so blessed to be going through this horrible journey.  Yes, I said horrible.  That's because, my friends, so far I've had a really, really rough pregnancy.  All of the "you might feel (insert horrible side effect of pregnancy) this week" side effects you read about, I got.  Yet none of the "this week you'll start to feel better" things have really been true for me.  And, at almost 23 weeks, I am still experiencing the joys of morning sickness.  Which, by the way, isn't just restricted to the mornings.

For instance, last night at dinner I had to leave the table to go be sick.  And this morning, even though there was nothing in my stomach, I was sick again.

And then there's the wonderful side effect of not being able to poop.  Or, pooping too much.  Very rare is the Goldilocks of poop anymore (juuuuust right).  And don't get me started on having to pee all the time...

And also, I'm still in the "aversions" stage.  Most of my food no longer "hits the spot".  Which is mostly OK because I can't really eat much anyway.  (Think 1/2 of a hamburger or baked potato.)   When people ask me if I'd had any strange cravings yet, I think my shoulders sink a little.  Because, boy, would I love to have some cravings.

I do look pretty cute though.  My bump is definitely showing now and my skin and hair looks great.  And the boys have started kicking much more in the past week or so and B1 can actually feel it now too.  And that's pretty amazing.

And since we're talking about B1, I have to mention yet again how lucky I am to have him.  I really REALLY hit the jackpot with him.  He's simply the best person I know.  And it get awesomer and awesomer every day we go through this magically horrible journey together.

This morning, for instance, after being sick I went out into the main cabin for some water.  Cold, wet and shaking, I sat down on the bed and B1 came right over to rub my back.  Even though I was dripping water all over the bed, and even though he'd just heard me hurling first thing in the morning (no one likes that-and remember-we're in very close quarters).  And even though he still had some more time to sleep before getting up for work (and-even though he's not been sleeping well because I'VE not been sleeping well).

And when I got to work, I received an email from my love, which brightened my day:

Our fraternal elephants, Frank and Krackle.  (Who I owned long before getting pregnant, BTW.)
So.  My summary of pregnancy so far is that yes, it is magical.  But it is also horrible.  And I am very blessed to be able to be experiencing it and to be doing it with my B1.

23 weeks pregnant with twins

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Babymoon

This weekend B1 and I took our last vacation before we become parents of twin boys.  *Gulp*  The trendy term these days is "babymoon".  Truthfully, that terms seems silly to me, but really, I don't care what it was called because it was pure heaven.

Ever since I was little I wanted to go to the Poconos.  Specifically, I wanted to stay at the couples resort which had the champagne glass hot tubs in the rooms.  Those commercials seduced me as a child and it just always stuck in my head.  "One day I'll go there", I said.  And go there I did.

B1 and I always take a mini-vacation in December, usually to the mountains in New Hampshire.  Knowing that this year I'll likely be...unable to travel...we thought it would be fun to get away during Columbus Day weekend while I'm still fairly mobile.  Imagine my delight and surprise when I saw a Groupon for the very same resort I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO!  A quick call to B1 confirmed he had the time off, and it was booked.

The room offered was NOT a champagne room...but it was actually BETTER.  Why?  Because it had a POOL IN THE ROOM!  Yes.  A heated pool.  In. Our. Room.  In addition to a heart shaped whirlpool tub, a sauna and a fireplace.  Oh-and a round bed.

When I told B1 about all of these amenities he asked, "What kind of sex palace IS this?!"  But of course he said it was a smile.  I prefer to call it a lovers haven...

It was everything I'd hoped for and more.  All you can eat breakfast and dinner was included, along with all of the activities we wanted to participate in.  These included: archery, ice skating (yes, really), archery, pool, boating, ping pong, basketball, tennis, heated outdoor pools and hot tubs, indoor pools and hot tubs, and nightly entertainment.  We saw a live band and a comedian.  For an additional fee, we could have gone to the spa or gone horseback riding too.  But, with a pool and whirlpool tub in our room, we opted to use those amenities most of the time.


The resort is definitely in a time warp.  It was outdated but not run down.  Our room was clean though it probably could have been a tiny bit cleaner.  We knew going into this that would be the case though, so we weren't surprised or upset by any of this.  In fact, we were delighted and excited and we had such a marvelous time.  In fact, on our last morning, B1 didn't want to get up from the breakfast table because, "that means we have to leave".

What a perfect place for a babymoon.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

21 Weeks

I officially look pregnant.


It seems like over night, my belly "popped' and people who haven't seen me in a long time have asked when I am due.  My boss today said, "You realize...you actually look pregnant now, right?"

Um...yes.  But thank you.

This weekend was our annual turkey roast at the marina.  It's an event which draws many of the summer crowd in addition to our winter friends.  Many of these people I haven't seen in at least a year and so I know they haven't heard the news.  It pleased me when several of them came up to me and congratulated me, or asked me when I am due.  Yay for not just looking fat anymore!  I have a bump. :) 

It feels wonderful.  And also weird.  But mostly wonderful.

Our registries are completed, baby shower invites have been mailed (we're having them early due to the holidays, and also due to the fact that I could have these little guys earlier than February)...we even bought a little something for our boys already.  We couldn't resist:


I mean, c'mon.  So cute, right? As B1 likes to say, "It's getting very real."

And life is good.


Friday, October 03, 2014

Survey Says!

Twin Fraternal Boys!




Amazing, no?  I think the pic of Bobbie show's Jack's head in the background and that's why it looks like there's a double outline. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Wellness Wave=Progress

I've had a good week so far, and for that I am very thankful.  I've managed to do some major organization (mainly in the kitchen and dining areas), attend a class about breastfeeding, visit Ikea and Target, clean the bathroom and have dinner with a friend.  All in the same week.  For un-pregnant Maggie, this is pretty normal.  For pregnant Maggie?  Not so much.  I'm not silly enough to believe that my morning sickness and tiredness is over, but I am smart enough to take advantage of this little reprieve to get shit done!

Yesterday was an absolutely lovely day in Boston.  It's days like these that really make me appreciate the uniqueness of where we live.  Last night while cooking dinner, this was my view from the stove:


And if I go outside and stand in the cockpit of our boat, this is the view:

The Boston Garden and my favorite landmark, the Zakim Bridge.

That's the Old North Church on the left, and the famous clock tower next to it.   
I know that city life isn't for everyone-and I'm still in love with the woods-but man, I really, really love living here.  Especially with a view like this.

Oh!  Another thing I did this weekend was update my little garden inside.  Since I'm the only person in the world who can't keep air plants alive (?!?!), and this little terrarium came with an air plant, I decided to replace it with a succulent.  I thought this one looked quite pretty against the orange and the green, so I'm giving it a whirl.  So far, so good.  It makes me smile every time I'm at the stove:


Sadly, my other plant, along with our fruit hammock has been infested with spiders (ew!)



:)  The one thing I really miss about living in an apartment or house is the seasonal decorating.  It's pretty hard to do in such a small space, but I thought those little critters would add a little whimsy to our lives, and so far, they have.

I hope to ride this wave of wellness for as long as I can.  This weekend we have dinner plans with another couple, and next week I start knitting classes, in addition to choir practice.  Oh-I joined a church choir.  We'll see how long that lasts-I'm not sure I'll be feeling well enough in the coming months to venture out in the evenings, but for now, it'll be fun.  And it'll help me establish a position in the congregation where our children will be baptized in May.  Yes, it's already scheduled.  I'm trying to be as proactive as I can now, because I know once those little mangoes get here I won't have any time. :)

19 Weeks: Fraternal Mangoes


Friday, September 19, 2014

Baby Wearing

Over the last couple of weeks we've been working on finding the best baby gear to add to our (not yet finished) baby registries.  It's so hard to know who's opinion to trust and what will work for us.  It's even harder to try to figure out which gear will work for us on the boat, with twins.  Luckily, there happens to be a blogging family who lives on a sailboat...with twins.  For the most part I've taken a lot of cues from the Mom and it's helped, but there are still quite a few things we're trying to navigate through.  Baby wearing is one of them.

My choices are plentiful.  I have ring slings (which I've chosen) and Moby wraps (also chosen for when they're newborn's) and hammocks (a little weird).  They come in pretty colors and patterns and seem to be very popular.  I'll be able to crisscross the babies on each shoulder with the ring slings, making it easier to carry them both at one time.

But for men, these options don't always seem to be appealing.  Mainly, I think, because the slings look pretty feminine.  I think B1 may break down and wear the Moby wrap though because it's the only way we'll have to carry both infants hands free until they can hold up their own heads.  99% of the backpack type carriers, which men seems to gravitate toward (from what I can see), only carry singletons.  We did find one, however, which seems like it'll work well called TwinTrexx.  It looks pretty versatile and gender neutral, and B1 seems to like it, so there's that.

Earlier today I emailed him to ask him if he made a decision on which baby carrier he wants...This is what you get when you have a silly husband:





Yep.  He's alllll mine ladies.  ;) 

Needless to say, we'll be getting the TwinTrexx...