We totally thought we were brave and decided to take all 3 kids to the beach since Magnolia loved it so much the last week…
Not sure what we were thinking… A) that dang stroller clearly isn’t made for sand… Ha! We looked so silly Im sure pushing it to the spot we wanted…
Magnolia wasn’t as crazy about the water and sand this time which was SO odd since she was obsessed when I took her!
We did build some sand castles – that she quickly stepped on after asking if she could… 🙂 And she loved the playground more this time!
It was going so well until Magnolia and I got back from the splash pad and Daddy was trying to feed a screaming Annabelle.. Logan kept saying “we need to leave right now. We need to leave”.
With Magnolia, I felt that SO strongly anytime she’d cry or fuss – we need to leave or I need to pull over in the car because it would just make me so anxious but with the twins, one of them usually has to cry unfortunately because when Logan is working, there is only one of me!
So it didnt bother me – but Logan said it was the last time we’d be taking them anywhere for a while…. Clearly the whole “lets get them used to being out little by little” isnt applying!
We’ve taken lots of pictures of the girls – or at least, I have!
Shocker, right? Ha!
We visited Eau Claire for a few days and hung out with family.
The girls have done a bit of cuddling…
We are not co-sleepers and they have separate bassinets but at 5 am – I’ll take some cuddles instead of getting up for the day!
We also had Logans siblings in town for a weekend visit to meet the girls..
And really to play with Magnolia more, of course 🥰 She sure loves seeing people after not for so long due to Covid!
The siblings and Logan took Magnolia to the zoo for a few hours (I stayed home with the babies since it was a hot one!) and she loved seeing the penguins!
And we’ve spent plenty of time trying to get the girls on a good schedule for night sleep!
That’s life around here for now! Low key somewhat and trying to soak it all in! We have gymnastics for Magnolia tonight and for the first time, I think I get to actually take her! She started when I was pregnant and really couldn’t lift her and I needed to be 6 weeks postpartum (tomorrow!) in order to be able to lift her again! So excited to be able to do “uppy” with her again!
The girls are officially a month old and I figured it was time to get to writing this post.. mainly for myself to share with the girls when they are older and to remember all the little details. Everyone cares about these things, right?! 🙂
At 28 weeks, we planned when, God willing, the girls would make their entrance into this world; 38 weeks. I just needed to make it to 38 weeks with them and all would be good (or so I thought!). We would have someone here for Magnolia – versus trying to scramble, and the girls would be fully baked… We put May 21 on the calendar and my doctor made sure he could make it (on his day off) to deliver the girls. If you’re new here, Magnolia’s birth didn’t go quite as planned and basically anything that could go wrong, did so he knew that I was a little apprehensive about this delivery. Even though it would be a planned C-Section (based on my previous delivery), I knew I’d feel better if he delivered the twins and because he’s been such a huge part of our fertility story, I really wanted him to be the one to tell us the genders of the babies!
I wasn’t SUPER surprised that I made it to 38 weeks… I feel like, while my body doesn’t do a good job of making babies, it does does do a good job of holding them in. With Magnolia, I made it to 40 weeks and she certainly didn’t want to come out – and with my miscarriages, I never miscarried on my own at home (meaning, we found out each time at the Ultrasound that the babies didn’t have a heart beat but my body didn’t want to let them go still…). I was anxious they didn’t come early because things don’t usually go as planned for us but I was so thankful that we made it to May 21. Less stress, I thought since my in-laws would be here with Magnolia and I thought it would be a peaceful delivery as planned and we could focus on the babies…
Fast forward to May 21 and we were getting all prepped for about 2 hours before actually going into the OR. My doc came in about 20 minutes before we headed into the OR to chat, ask if we had questions and to ask ONE last time what our predictions were for genders. We literally said (for the millionth time) that we’d be completely shocked if they were both girls (clearly, we have that intuition – ha!). He laughed and said he had no clue what we were having – and didn’t even have a feeling leaning a certain way! Anyway – I headed into the OR to get prepped and Logan waited in the other room until they were ready for him….
This is where things started to a little “out of the ordinary” for us… Imagine that! The anesthesiologist did my spinal tap in 2 different places, and we thought all was starting to go normal. After a few minutes, they checked me and while my legs were tingly, I could still feel the pricks up my sides. They waited a little longer, and kept checking me and were shocked every time I said, “Yes, I feel a prick”. They would test up my legs and stomach area and told me to let them know when I could feel it and it was pretty quickly, I felt it. They would tilt me basically on my head for a few minutes to see if that helped get it flowing down but I still felt all the test pricks. At this point, the anesthesiologist made it very apparent that this wasn’t the “normal” and that I should have been numb a while ago. She said they couldn’t do another spinal (their original thought) because my legs were tingly and numb so they wouldn’t be able to do another. Their only option would be to put me out completely – she got to my level and started explaning things to me (keep in mind, Logan was still out in the other room waiting to be brought in) and I couldn’t help but start to cry. I was scared, nervous, and thinking “why is this happening?!” Side note – my epidural did not work with Magnolia no matter how many times they flushed it and they believe it was placed wrong and that was the reason why but it’s odd this would happen with the spinal as well now! This is where i’m SO THANKFUL my doctor was there!
My doctor got to my level and explained to me that he had about 3 inches from my incision to work with that was numb – and that he believed he could do it and get the babies out with that amount of space. He said he knew I didn’t want to be put under (if I was put under, Logan couldnt come in to the delivery either and neither would be with our babies until they woke me up well after they stitched me back up) and that he didn’t necessarily want me to be put under either because that would get in the babies blood stream. I could tell the anthesiologist wasn’t happy with the option because there was literally 3 inches for my doctor to work with – but let me listen to my options. I knew my doctor and trusted him so I said, let’s give it a try. He had said if at any point, I felt anything then they’d knock me out immediately. He started the procedure and Logan was finally let in the room. He said later on that he knew something wasn’t right since it was taking so long! He was immediately pulled over to my face by the anesthesiologist who said “dad, here’s what’s going on..” and she said to let her know if I feel discomfort at all because she can give me something that wouldn’t affect the babies.. Logan’s comment was “don’t be superwoman! Let her know ASAP”
Baby A was pulled out pretty quickly and we heard a “Baby A is a… GIRL” and I said “a girl?!”. They brought her over to where I could see her while they cleaned her a little bit and in the mean time, the doctor started getting Baby B ready to come out. He was trying to deliver her “on call” which is where a baby is delivered outside of the womb in their sack still. It’s considered good luck and rare to have it done. We have pictures of Baby B in her sack still but as he was going to pull her out out, she had other plans, of course! 🙂 Still so neat to see in the pictures. My doctor started to laugh at this point and said “Baby B is a…. GIRL” and I looked at Logan who was laughing. Of course, 2 girls! We were literally both STUNNED like How?!?! Logan went into Daddy mode and helped immediately. Baby A (Annabelle) was crying so hard until Baby B (Clementine) came out and made one cry which caused Baby A to immediately calm down. Sweetest thing ever since it was their first time hearing each other. Annabelle was 6 lbs 13 oz 19 inches and Clementine was 5 lbs 14 oz 19 inches. Such little peanuts compared to Magnolia at 8 lbs 12 oz!
I could definitely feel a lot of tugging before the girls were born but afterwards, it was pretty bad. And my doctor immediately asked the CRNA to give me a shot in my shoulder and I knew something wasn’t right. I could also hear them saying “2200 ccs” or so I thought that’s what I heard and I couldn’t focus a ton on the girls because I had been crying previously, my eyes were itchy, I couldn’t breathe with my mask on and I knew something wasn’t right. I asked Logan “is everything ok?” and he said “Yeah, I think so!” as he held Baby A to my face. My doctor heard me ask and immediately said “Kristi, you’ve lost a lot of blood.
At least double of what you should have lost. Baby B’s placenta was attached abnormally and in a weird spot so it’s taking a lot more to get it out. You’re going to feel a lot of uncomfortable tugging because we can’t get it” He later, explained that he had to physically scrape it with his nail to try to get it to come off even which then caused it to bleed profusely. Once they got me stitched up, he explained that I would most likely need a blood transfusion because of the amount of blood lost and they’d be checking my hemoglobin ASAP. At this point, I thought “of course… heaven forbid, it be a normal, routine delivery!” He headed out afterwards and said he’d be back the next day later in the afternoon to check on me.
I got back to my room – which was almost like a “suite” it was so big thanks to having 2 babies!- and they began checking my levels as well as checking my bleeding to make sure I wasn’t hemorrhaging due to the blood issue at delivery. They monitored me very closely and once they got my numbers back, they were shocked with how low they were. They said when I started the day my hemoglobin was at almost 13 (10 or higher is normal range) but at this point, it was down to 6.
They wanted to do another blood draw later that day to check the levels and make sure they began to climb before making a decision for the blood transfusion. The nurse said she was stunned they were waiting because she had never seen numbers this low and with higher numbers, they do a transfusion. Due to the all of the liquids they gave me, they needed to make sure it was safe to do the transfusion as well…
Fast forward to a few hours later and the nurses wanted me to get up and start moving, if I could so they could get the catheter out of me. I thought all was well but the first time I stood, I wasn’t dizzy or light headed but had an immediate terrible cramping in my chest near my heart. As soon as I said that, they had me sit down right away and said they would try a little later… We tried again a little later and it was horrible again.
As soon as I sat down, (TMI) there was a gush of blood and the nurse called the doctor worried again about hemorhaging and was concerned with the chest cramping. The doctor on call thought that maybe I jsut needed more time to relax after everything that happened and said to keep the catheter in over night until they could figure out what was going on… REAL comforting at this point, huh?!
A new nurse checked in on me later that night and had me try to get up and move around again. Thankfully, this time, I was able to move, slowly, but without chest cramps. They said they got my levels back again and they had increased to 7.5 and the doctor was waiting to decide what the next step would be and we’d find out in the morning. The next morning, early, my doctor surprised us to check on me and the babies and explained they would do an iron transfusion instead (apparently at a level that none of the nurses had seen before because it was so much! And a 3.5 hour drip that they triple checked with my doctor the amount before setting it up) in hopes of increasing my levels up to a 9.
He said it would take months to get back to normal due to the amount of blood that was lost. He also said he was really nervous about me all day/night and kept checking my test results all night to make sure all was OK. He explained what happened again with the placenta and said they’d never seen that before (not a shock for all who know me!) and were really worried with so much blood lost. He also said he could tell I was a lot more sensitive/feeling a lot of it based on the way my body was reacting during the delivery and especially with removing the placenta…
Y’all… I swear I’m not meant to give birth! Ha! I can say that now but my goodness, both this delivery and Magnolia’s were ROUGH. My doctor kept checking on us throughout the day and actually was able to set up my discharge for Sunday AM so that I didn’t have to wait for a doctor all day the next day to go home. So we’d only have to wait for the pediatrician before being discharged for the babies (thankfully she came in at 7 am Sunday!). I was surprised he allowed us to go home on time but he said he’d still check my levels and assuming all is good after the iron transfusion, he didn’t see a need to stay any longer. He knew how worried I was about being away from Magnolia (since it was the first time ever) and didn’t want to keep me longer than necessary!
I can’t even tell you how good to feels to be done being pregnant and delivering! I am 4 weeks post partum now and while my stomach is still insanely sensitive – not even where the incision is but my excess skin, etc – it feels good to be done with some of the recovery. I’m looking forward to week 6 when I can be released to lift Magnolia again and I guess to start working out…. 🙂 We’ll see when that happens though! The craziest thing though? I don’t know that I feel like that was my last time being pregnant?!?!?! I know people say you just know when it is… but I didn’t feel that way during my pregnancy at all or even now? Ask me again in 29 minutes though because I’m sure my answer will change! Ha! But it’s too soon to tell… we need to survive the twin newborn stage first, right?! Because it’s not for the faint hearted that’s for sure!
I can’t wait to share all of our adventures with our 3 girls – and hope you’ll follow along our craziness! Now, if I can just get myself dressed and out of the house with all 3, right?!
Now that you’re all caught up… (if you’re not, go here to see the news!) I’ll give an update on my pregnancy..
I’m 15 weeks pregnant and am finallly starting to feel better. I was nauseous 24/7 with Magnolia and this pregnancy has been no different. The nausea started at week 5 and regardless of what I ate or didn’t eat it didn’t change. Although I did notice eating sugar, made it a litttttle worse. It’s been rough!
Weight gain has been surprisingly low compared to Magnolia – I was only up 2 pounds at my 12 week doctor appointment (and we go back next week!! I’m living for all the doctor appts and am still so nervous in between) but with Magnolia, I gained like 8 pounds in the first trimester alone!
We found out we were having twins at 6 weeks after experiencing some bleeding followed by an ultrasound… I will tell you, Logan couldn’t come with and I was so nervous. I had a miscarriage in May (we can talk about that another time) and had to find out myself, there was no heartbeat, at the 8 week ultrasound since Logan wasn’t allowed in. I facetimed Logan and made sure to not look at the screen or show Logan it until we heard either way. I heard the doctor say “I think there’s a heartbeat there…” and I thought to myself… “YOU THINK?!” this isn’t good… and she said Yep there’s a second heartbeat! AND Y’ALL……. my first response was “There’s a heartbeat???” and I look at Logan and he has a huge smile and he says “There’s TWO heartbeats”. It was surreal to see. We knew it was still early at only 6 weeks but a heartbeat for us, after losing 2 babies and seeing them with no heartbeat, a heartbeat was what we needed! We’ve seen the babies 2 more times since then and it’s so sweet to see them!
We do not know the genders of the babies and we’re actually going to be CRAZY and not find out again! I thought for sure, our next baby, I’d want to find out ahead of time since we didn’t with Magnolia (and I reallllly wanted to) but this time around, it just doesn’t matter to me!
Hmm I’m trying to think of anything else to update you on with the pregnancy and babies so far… If you have questions, leave them below!
I am back after a LONG break from this blogging world…. like 10 months?! I didn’t necessarily mean to take a full year off – but after putting Magnolia to bed, it was so much easier to relax for about an hour before we went to bed as well!
I feel like SO much has happened since my last blog post but also that a whole year went by with not much to chat about due to Covid.. we haven’t done anything or gone anywhere in like 9+ months and y’all…. I’m so over it! But I didn’t come on here to tell you that…
I’m back to blogging about our lives and what we’re doing to stay from going too crazy in this new world we live in! To catch you up, I still work from home (not due to the pandemic but before that I did as well) and now Logan got a new job in September so that he is 100% remote as well (he had been remote since March with his old job due to Covid) and our sweet girl is now going to be TWO on Christmas Day. She’s absolutely precious and has such a fun personality (and girl LOVES to talk – wonder where she gets that from?! :)) and I think we’re both in disbelief that she’ll be TWO!
Otherwise… not a whole lot has changed for us this year… except one thing…
Just a little change for us to end 2020 on a high note 🙂
I plan to share more about our journey to TWINS and what we’ve been experiencing fertility wise the last few years after having Magnolia (I know many of you follow me from our previous infertility journey which lead us to our miracle).
Short and sweet to say Hi, I missed you all – and hope you haven’t had too rough of a year with what seems to be the “new normal”. Let me know how you’re doing below… and we’ll chat soon!
I can’t believe I haven’t done a pregnancy update since weeks 14 and 15!! I started off so strong and then clearly, didn’t quite document throughout this journey! I do plan to do so for the remainder of my pregnancy though – I just need to decide if I do them every 2 weeks or keep with every week….
For the first time, we missed week my 27 picture and we’ll take my 28 weeks one on Friday (even though I’ll be 29 weeks on Saturday!) so this is the most recent pic I have!
How Far Along? 28 weeks
Size of Baby: An eggplant or bowling pin; whichever you like better 🙂
Gender: Still waiting to find out… it’s been SO hard! We had our big 20 week appointment at the specialist downtown and it took everything not to say “yes, we want to know!!”. I really feel it’s a boy though – I don’t know why, since most things point to a girl but I do feel that I will be a boy mama first 🙂 We will be happy no matter what though as long as Baby is healthy!
Weight Gain: Ugh… I was up 22 pounds at my last appointment which was at 24 weeks. We’ll see what they say today… fingers crossed it’s only 4 more pounds (like they’d like) and that I pass my glucose test!
Maternity Clothes: I’m definitely wearing some maternity and some non-maternity clothes! All pants are maternity for sure – surprisingly i’m enjoying below the bump leggings versus over the belly though! When they go over my belly, it’s just itchy!
Nursery: We officially have the nursery started – we have wallpaper on one wall and the rest of the walls painted 🙂 Oh yeah, and curtains hung! Otherwise, Baby’s room is pretty empty aside from Baby Shower gifts! We are going to shampoo our carpets so have been waiting for a few things before we schedule that – because we figure we might as well do the rest of the house while we have someone here! We are doing gray, cream and white though with some elephant and pom-poms!
Movement: Baby G is definitely moving around! More sporadic still but definitely gets in some kicking fits! The doctor said around this time, it’ll start to be more consistent though so I can’t wait! Logan has officially felt Baby G twice and both times, I cried watching his eyes get so big and happy 🙂 I love when I wake up to a kick too in the morning. It’s like Baby G is saying “Good morning Mama!” already!
Symptoms: The nausea finally went away for the most part at 18-20 weeks thankfully! I’m still pretty exhausted most of the time and I have some back aches from my chest as well as my lower back! Also, acid reflux and heartburn have been killing me lately! My oh my… it gets bad!
Sleep: Sleeping is getting a little tougher – Logan ordered me a pregnancy pillow because I was trying to hold out and I can’t say I love it… it’s the Snoogle or whatever it’s called, after having friends refer it to me but it’s just awkward. I reallllly don’t love having to use it for a pillow as well – I’d prefer to use my own pillow then use it for back support and stomach support but that’s not how that works. I’m hoping I get more used to it! OH yeah, and I think i’m up at least 2-3 times peeing so that doesn’t help either! But some nights I get a whooooole lot of sleep and it’s amazing! 🙂
Cravings: Still not craving too much! I definitely want #allthesweets but that was before as well! ha! And I’m loving pizza which I wasn’t obsessed with before but now I’m a happy camper when I get any!
What I Miss: I miss mimosas (that everyone got to enjoy last weekend!) and loving the way everything fits! I feel like when I try things on that are maternity or other things I own, it just doesn’t look as good as I’d like! But I’ll do anything for this little one and am so thankful to be pregnant that I shouldn’t complain! 🙂
Best Moment This Week: My baby shower last weekend with my Dad’s side of the family! It was just so nice to get together and chat and love on Baby G! This little one is already so loved and I just can’t wait to share him/her with everyone!
Looking Forward To: My baby shower this coming weekend and maternity pictures! And finally doing more in the nursery! We need to get that carpet done ASAP and I really need to pick out a dresser for the room – so we can start working my magic in there 🙂 I can’t wait to put it all together!
One of my most asked questions about fashion is – “can you please share some girl/guy duo outfits?!” Why yes.. yes I can! If you’ve been following me long enough, you know that my sweet husband is not a big fan of pictures… as in, he hates them! So getting him to do a few pics with me for the blog is always a challenge BUT he surprised me with agreeing to some holiday looks!
JCrew Factory is another place I love to shop for myself and Logan! It’s Jcrew quality without the hefty price tags! And right now, they’re offering crazy deals with Christmas approaching – which is is a huge win in my book!
This skirt totally made me feel a little like Britney Spears circa 1999. This skirt is perfect for the holidays – holiday party – yep, work with tights – oh yes, Christmas day – yes yes! And it’s 50% off so who doesn’t love that?! I’m also lusting over this velvet skirt for the holidays – and for under $40, it’s a no brainer!
Blazer’s on men are legit one of the best things to me! They can be dressed up and down depending on the occasion – which is perfect during the holiday season. Logan loved this flannel because it’s one he’ll wear on a regular basis for work (he has a “dress down” pass for winning a golf event) or just a day out and about! Also.. the flannels are under $25 which is just crazy!
I have so many things on my “bucket list” for October through January 1 and somehow I’d also like to do absolutely nothing at the same time. Is that possible?!
Last year, we visited my Brother and Sister-in-law (to be) and she had these delicious muffins. Ever since then, I stalked her Pinterest board for the recipe and finally got a chance to make them this year.
They take 10 minutes to prep and they’re seriously ridiculously good so you should give them a try 🙂
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin (pure pumpkin puree)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
8 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place paper baking cups into muffin pan. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk flour, pumpkin spice, baking soda and salt until well combined. Set aside.
In large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, sugar and brown sugar.
Beat in eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture, until there are no lumps. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full.
In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add in sugar, egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat until well combined.
Top each muffin with about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture and use a toothpick to swirl it into the batter. This will not look smooth, but it will bake up much prettier. (You can see exactly how I did this in the video above.)
Bake muffins for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
I liked these best at room temperature or even slightly chilled! Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
I had every intention of recapping some of our trip today but then laundry, jet lag, work and a new special little one happened! So basically I’m here to say, there won’t be a blog post today but I’m hoping to share part of our trip tomorrow – if I’m not too busy snuggling said little one 😉
Hope everyone has had a great few weeks and a fabulous day!
I can’t believe how quickly this week is flying by! I thought I’d share some life lately since it’s been a while- mixed with some Lilly Pulitzer sale purchases!
We had dinner with the Johnsons last week and it’s always so good to see them! Elaine is due next week so we’re hoping the next time we see them will be with their little baby in their arms (or my arms, whichever ;))! Ps: doesn’t she look amazing?!
I finally got my butt out onto the golf course since I hadn’t been since Memorial Day! Can you believe that?! These busy weekends are getting in the way of my other activities! It was so fun to finally walk the course (and attempt to play since I’m not the best) and catch up!
I got a nice catch up session with Michael, my hair stylist and he covered up those gray hairs! I’ve been getting gray hairs for so many years and sometimes going every 8 weeks for color just isn’t enough!
Now, let’s chat the Lilly sale.. I was so happy to hear things that y’all were able to scoop up 🙂 I thought I’d share a few things I purchased and can’t wait to get!!
I purchased this dress and am so excited to give it a try! My SIL has the same one (in another print) and it’s super cute on her so hoping it’s the same for me!
These tops were just too cute and such a good price!
How cute is this print?!
And even though this next one is more plain than screaming Lilly – I’m really excited to wear this one in the fall with some riding boots and a scarf 🙂
I did get a few Christmas presents too which is always nice to cross off the list!
What were you able to get? I thought it was a lot smoother this year – I mean it took 3 hours to get in but once I was in – it was nice that everything wasn’t gone!
I’m linking up with Holly over at Osborn Extravaganza to chat about summer fashion! So grab your cup of coffee or wine (I’m not judging!) and let’s get chatting!
I’m all about easy and comfortable wear most of the time and summer isn’t any different!
I love shorts that are stretchy and comfy (and not up my butt!).
I’m also very into dresses, in case you hadn’t noticed! 😉
I wear a lot of Lilly in the summer since I can’t get over all the colors!
I love any type of kimono with shorts that can double as a swimsuit cover up!
My summer fashion is seriously all about looking great with easy outfits 🙂 Doesn’t this make you want to go on a shopping spree with me?! 😉
Before I go… Logan and I are entered into a giveaway to win a free Anniversary Photo Session with the amazing Jess Nolan and we’d love it if you’d help us win! What do you need to do, you ask?! It’s easy! Just go here and “like” our picture! The person with the most “likes” will win! It also has a little snippet of our love story in case you’re interested!
Thank you in advance for the “likes” and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for a few favorites from the last week!