Monday, July 13, 2009

27 Weeks & A Big Reveal

You might want to read all the way to the *end* of this post.

Looking Huge & Tired!!
Baby Center: (You know I don't change the gender in these... just think "they" instead of "her".)
"This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle."

I am so grateful for each passing week that these babies keep growing with no problems. It's a bit of comfort to know that that if they were born at this point, they have a good chance of survival, but each week is so important. We're shooting for 5+ pound, healthy babies!! I go to the specialist downtown tomorrow for more level 2 ultrasounds. We will have a better idea of their growth, weight, and any concerns after that appointment.

I am still feeling very good. My minor aches continue; not so much my back now, but more leg cramps. Not tragic, but funny to see me walk.

These babies already have it made. I'll have you know, they have so many clothes!! I don't remember if I have mentioned it before, but I have gotten a lot of like-new (and some were new w/ tags!) hand-me-downs. Truly, these babies will not need any additional clothes until they are at least 6 months old! I am so grateful for such generous friends! Check out the collage (the first one I have ever made) of their clothes. Everything that is "put away" -in drawers or hanging- is just 0-3 months and I'm almost out of space. The stacks in the cribs are 3-12 months, which I am going to have to put in tubs and change out since there is no more room to put them in drawers/hang. You can click on the picture to make it bigger and read the captions.

Dad has been available for some meals lately, so I've actually cooked some and had him over. Here's photographic evidence of such an evening after the meal. I think that night was roast. Next up, dad, is BBQ chicken.

I am not allowed to travel very far, since my risk for preterm labor is pretty high, so Todd & I have not really gone anywhere. It's strange; We have nothing really pressing to do, but are still so busy! There's always something going on... my car repairs (don't get me started!!), doctor appointments, small projects around the house, the lawn (Todd), running errands. Anyway, we decided that we needed to go & do something before I have a harder time getting around, so we went to tour the Battleship Texas and San Jacinto Monument. It was hot (I was careful), but we had a GREAT day out!
What's this? Another collage?!

We might go to Galveston later this week for the day if things work out. I love spending time with Todd. We are relishing these last few months with just the 2 of us. Summer is so great!

Rollei pictures:
My view. 3 boys on my lap! Look how he covers his nose. Ha!

Cuddly Beagle.

Oh, I'm sorry... Were you waiting for a BIG REVEAL!?
Okay, here's two:

Nathan Grant

Logan Todd


Amber said...

Love the names! I have another friend who had twin boys thanks to IVF. Becca's boys are named Nathan & Jordan :)

Casey, Alicia, and Ada said...

LOVE THE NAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Natalie, you just get cuter and cuter as your boys grow. Love the names! Special men honored in them! You will need all those will be amazed at how many it will take! Thanks for letting us share in the excitement. ;>) Mary Sue