Feeling Lots of LOVE This Week

26 Weeks! Yay! I feel huge this week (like I have the last few weeks, only bigger). This week the babies should be about 1 2/3 lbs. each (about 1 lb. 10 oz. if you don’t want to do the math) and they are about 14 inches long. This week’s food comparison is a scallion. I assume this is for length only because a scallion weighs about 0 lbs. In baby development, they should be able to hear voices (not just mine). I think they can because it feels like they kick in response to sounds sometimes.Yesterday 2 of them started kicking when Addison sang at the school talent show. So cute (Addison and the babies). Their man parts are also developing this week. It’s still weird to me that I have 3 sets of man parts in my belly!

We’ve had a super busy week this week but we are feeling so loved. First, my mom and aunt Lou Ann came in town on Friday and painted the nursery. I love it! Here’s a preview:
For now I’ll just say that I love it! I love the navy wall and the stripes! I could never paint stripes on a wall, much less 5 stripes (and I would never try) but my mom is very talented and patient. Those stripes took a lot of time! Thanks Mom and Lou Ann!

I’ll do a separate blog post just about the nursery once it’s finished. We ordered a glider and a dresser over the weekend so we should have all of the furniture in about 2 weeks. 

We also had 2 baby showers this weekend. Thanks so much to everyone who came and made both days special for us! We got lots of baby gear so we’re well on our way to being ready for the boys to make their appearance.
The first shower was my mother in law’s friends (who are also the teachers from Addison’s school). They are professional shower throwers! Thanks Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. Veach, Mrs. House, Mrs. Mentzer, Mrs. Peters, Mrs. Poldrack, and Stephanie. And thanks to Meredith Snape for making the cookies! Here are a few pictures from the first shower. The family and the cookies. These are the only pictures I got!

We had a second shower on Sunday. Here are a few pictures from the second shower. Thanks Shannon, Shay, Veronica, Kacky, and Lizzie (and your husbands too)! We had lots of fun and you did a great job with the circus theme! This one was a family shower so Brian got to come too! 

I came home to 3 more gifts on my front porch today! I love coming home to packages on my porch! Thanks everyone! We really appreciate everyone thinking of us!

I also saw Dr. Dora this week (yesterday). She said everything is positive! I passed my diabetes test. I gained another 13 lbs. this month. That’s 42 lbs. total if you’re counting. I think the trick is lots of granola bars and absolutely NO exercise. (Unfortunately this 42 lbs. has not helped my bony butt at all as I learned last night sitting on bleachers for 2 hours). My blood pressure is still normal. And the babies heartbeats are still good. Yay! I get to keep working for now too because I haven’t had any contractions or other signs of problems. From here on out I’ll probably see either Dr. Dora or Dr. Wendel every week so they’ll reevaluate every week. 
Here’s my weekly picture. Getting huge!
Next appointment is Monday with Dr. Wendel. We should get a full level 2 ultrasound with pictures then! 
Finally, Addison went to her sibling class today at the hospital. She learned how to change a diaper and the right way to hold a baby. Good stuff that she’ll need to know! Here’s a cute picture of Addison and Brian at the class. 

I know that was a lot for one post! I wanted to break it up but didn’t have time to do anything else over the weekend. 
Again thanks to everyone who has supported us during this crazy and exciting time! It means the world to us!

23 Weeks!

23 weeks today! This week the babies are a little over 1 lb. each. So huge! And they are between 11 and 12 inches long now. This week’s fruit is large mango. I think that refers to weight not length (because a foot long mango would be weird). I do know what a mango looks like. Thanks to Adrienne I also now know what a spaghetti squash (last week’s food) looks like, both before and after the “spaghetti” is taken out. It’s pretty big! Maybe I’ll cook it some time if I can convince Brian to be adventurous with me.

The babies are all doing great. Lots of kicking this week. And Brian finally felt one of them kick over the weekend. I think he felt Baby C (which is weird because he is usually the calmest of the 3 babies). Yay! I can feel them all the time now. Baby B is not only in my ribs all day, now he’s kicking me in the ribs all day too. I kind of like the kicking part though.

I’m feeling huge. It’s hard to get comfortable and stay comfortable for very long now. And I have a while to go too! Basically I have to alternate between sitting and standing then I’m ok. If I sit too long I have Baby B in my ribs. If I stand too long my back starts to hurt. I can stay on my couch in my recliner (yes my couch reclines and it’s awesome) for a pretty long time. I fall asleep there almost every night. I highly recommend the recliner couch if anyone is looking for a new couch.

I’ve also come to the conclusion that leggings may be pants, at least for pregnant people. I only have 1 pair of pants (maternity jeggings to be exact) that actually fit me now.

We had a very busy week. Yesterday when I got home from work I had 2 packages on my front porch. One from Pottery Barn and the other was a mystery package. From Pottery Barn, we got our baby bedding! Yay! Thanks Mom! Here’s a picture of the crib blankets that we had monogrammed with their names.

I’m in love! I haven’t made the beds yet so no pictures of that yet. I figured that my doctors (and Brian) probably don’t want me lifting crib mattresses and leaning over crib rails so I had to wait until Brian got back in town to do that. Now that he’s back, on the agenda tonight – make baby beds!

The other package was a gift from a grade school friend. Really made my day! I almost cried it was so sweet. So thanks!

We also made some major acquisitions in baby gear this week. Last Friday we bought 2 used triplet strollers. One is a frame that holds 3 Graco infant carriers. The other is a back to back triplet stroller that we can use once the babies are a little bigger and can sit up on their own. We got a really good deal on these too which is a huge relief to both of us. Triplet strollers are hard to come by and they are pretty expensive, especially the infant ones. Here’s a picture of the back to back stroller:

I’m sure we’ll be a spectacle with either stroller but we need to get around! I want to make sure we still go to all of Addison’s activities. My parents did that for me and I was the oldest of 5 and it really meant a lot to me. I don’t want Addison to feel left out now that she has to share us with 3 babies!

Oh and we found a nanny! She was referred to us through the grapevine because the family she works for now is moving. Brian called all of her references and everyone had great things to say so we’re pretty happy. One more thing done!

I also took my last trip before the babies get here. We drove to Memphis for the weekend to see my family. Every time we go I am reminded how much I love Memphis and how much I miss it. But I love it here too so I’m good. (But I do tear up every time the song “Walking in Memphis” comes on the radio because I’m a huge baby – even when I’m not pregnant). We had a great trip. I’m not allowed to travel after 24 weeks so I won’t be leaving Little Rock again until well after the babies get here. Probably a good thing though because riding in the car was very uncomfortable. And we got stuck in traffic on I-40 both ways (we even took the detour on the way back).

We left Addison in Memphis for the week so it’s been really quiet around here. I miss her when she’s not here! I think Addison forgets we exist as soon as we leave though. It’s out of sight out of mind for her I think. She promised to call or text me every day. Guess how many times she’s called me? One. And no texts. But she’s having a great time. Today my mom took her to the zoo and she got to ride a camel.

She looks a little scared. I guess maybe I would be scared too.
And last but not least, here’s the weekly picture of me. I almost didn’t post it this week but changed my mind at the last minute.

Next up – Dr. Wendel on Friday! I’m super excited to see my boys again on the big ultrasound! One more reason to look forward to Friday too!