Berry Berry Busy


Our twin girls arrived a little early at 33 weeks and 4 days. They're getting bigger day by day since they blessed us with their arrival. This blog is to document their amazing feats since we know they'll grow up entirely too fast.

Nursery Build: Day 6

Friday Grandad T-Berry flew into town, and when Grandad T-Berry comes to town, that generally means a trip to the hardware store to fill out more of the holes in my tool set. :) Speaking of holes, John swung by again Saturday afternoon and walked me through patching the hole we dug out of the window seat. John knows his dry wall and really taught me a bunch. You can see in the picture to the right the extent of his success in coaching me through it. Tara was as busy as ever on Saturday, so we tried to make her rest in between all the Team in Training and Michelle's wedding work she was doing on Saturday. You can see her in her lovely Co-Matron of Honor dress in some of the pictures here. On Sunday we rested, so we'll have more pictures from the finish work we're doing this week later.

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Nursery Build: Day 5

The bulk of the painting is all done now and we've pulled the tape off the trim. Everything looks just perfect and we're super happy. We are really lucky to have had GrandMom T-Berry in town this last week to almost single handedly paint the entire room. Tara and I both are really looking forward to getting cribs in and with the help of both of the Grandparents we will be getting that going soon.

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Nursery Build: Day 4

We have trim! Mom got all the trim and the posts in the window with the dark brown and the room is now really coming together! John (Merch) came by and gave us some ideas for what to do about the shelves in the bottom of the window seat, but in the end I decided that was probably too much right now for our nursery remodel. Maybe some day. :p John hooked us up with all the tools supplies and even the sheet rock to patch up the big hole we made in the wall. As soon as we get that patched up we'll apply the magnetic paint down there and that should be the final touch.

Nursery Build: Day 3

Day 3 Progress was great! Mom had the major sections of the walls painted perfectly and I "requested" that the girls take it easy tonight and enjoy themselves at Knit Wits. Tomorrow it's the trim!

22 weeks and 3 days OB with bonus Dentist appointment (was Monday March 22nd)

So today was a really busy day, or at least it was supposed to be.  I had a Pulmonologist appointment scheduled at 9:30, an OB appointment at 10:15 (no worries, they're right across the hall), and a dentist appointment at 11:15 (now that one was cutting it a little close)...

The Pulmonologist cancelled about an hour before the appointment saying there was a medical emergency - so one down, two to go :-D  Fortunately I haven't had any additional respiratory issues (at least since Thanksgiving) so this was really just a check up to make sure everything was going o.k.  Good thing it is :-D

The OB appointment went well.  I found out my little firefly friends (I had a couple of incidences where I was seeing little floaty light - very pretty, but probably not supposed to be there) were probably signs of me skimping on the water.  This wasn't an intentional skimping - more a matter of just being busy.  No worries, I'm definitely making it a priority.

The OB said everything is looking great.  Blood pressure was normal, cervix was nice and closed.  He listened to the girls with a doppler doing his best to listen as they flipped and turned.  He ultimately decided they were doing just fine since they were movin' and groovin' so much.  :-D

I talked to the Dr. about who will be able to be in the room during the delivery.  He basically said that since each baby is going to have their own medical team, he'll have a medical team, and then the anesthesiologist will have a medical team that Seth would really be the only one allowed in with me while the girls make their entrance.  This is a little disappointing, but understandable.  I was hoping the grandmas would be able to come in (especially since they both have medical backgrounds).  Seth will just have to take the girls out one at a time as they make their arrival to show them off.

Regarding the actual delivery - while I was hoping to be able to try for a normal delivery it seems the odds are not really in my favor.  95% of multiples, or so I've been told, are delivered via C-Section.  Apparently there was a study done (the Hannah study I think) that came out saying that (multiple) babies did better when delivered that way, basically since doctors didn't have enough experience with multiple vaginal births.  Ever since that study Drs. have done even less, boo.  I am lucky that my Dr. said if the babies presented themselves favorably that we could talk about it.  He did deliver many sets of multiples that way when he worked at Parkland (back before this study), but even he admits, the opportunity presents itself so rarely that even he is out of practice when it comes to multiples.

Ultimately though, the check-up went well and I'll be back in two weeks for another follow up with an ultrasound.  I am seriously so spoiled getting to see them every month!  I just love it!

After the OB, I made it to the dentist with time to spare.  The appointment went really well.  I was told my teeth are in great shape and there's no sign of infection (I only mention this because I've read that it can negatively impact the pregnancy if there were).

That's about it for the appointment updates.  I'll make sure to update when we have our next one.  It's fun times in Berry land!

Nursery Build: Day 2

GrandMom T-Berry made great progress getting the room prepped and painting the ceiling and back wall by the time Tara and I got home. While I finished up the ceiling the ladies verified the paint colors and went and picked up the rest of the paint. Tara taped off the walls while GrandMom T-Berry touched up the back wall and then I had to drag them both away so they would get some rest. I think the colors turned out great!

4D Sonogram photos

Tara posted the pictures from our 4D sonogram last week. Here's a small collage I made for Grandma Buchanan so she could take some pictures back with her. That's baby A on the left and baby B on the right. I think baby A looks just like Tara. :D

Nursery Build: Day 1

Grandma T-Berry got in to town yesterday and the Nursery planning started in earnest. After punching some holes in the wall of the window seat to see what's under there we're not sure if our book shelf plan is going to pan out. Attached are some some photos of the Nursery before we start painting and from our Lowe's trip for paint & supplies. We got some paint color samples and a big bucket of blue for the ceiling. Grandma T-Berry is starting on the ceiling today and then we'll try out some samples of the paint for the wall and trim and see how they look this afternoon. We'll post pictures of our day-to-day progress.

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5 months - say hi to Daddy!

Seth got to feel one of the little ones kick for the first time today. He thought he had felt one before, but this time there was no doubt about it. His eyes lit up with pure joy. I love my hubby.

Cloth diapering adventure

Today, after a most enjoyable trip to the Ft. Worth Zoo for Racheal's birthday, we met with April from Green Baby Diapering Service. We are really excited about starting our girls out with the cloth diapers and April made everything sound perfectly doable. We'll definitely start out using the service, but I would like to eventually like to stock up on our own diapers so that we can benefit from their use on the financial side of things too. I'm really excited, I'm thinking about making the inserts myself.... Wish me luck!

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20 weeks and 3 days Drs. appt

Today was the 'big scan'. It was so amazing. Seeing not only the girl's hearts beat, but seeing the four chambers of each of their hearts beating beautifully. The technician measured around their little noggins and their tummies. She measured the length of their legs and arms. We got to see their adorable little feet as well as their kidneys and stomachs. The technician even surprised us with a 4d picture of each of them. They're just beautiful. They've apparently already started sucking on their thumbs and playing footsie with one another. Baby A was especially active starting out head down, kicking her sister in the head, and then flipping over so that they were both feet down.

Baby A had a heart beat of 148 and was 14 oz and baby B had a heart beat of 152 and was 13 oz. Needless to say they are two very healthy girls.

After the Dr. reviewed our scans he came into the patient room saying that really he couldn't be happier with their development and progression. He also said that with the way my body is adapting to the pregnancy he was really optimistic about us being able to make it to term and come home with two health 6 or 7 pound little girls. My Dr. seems has started referring to my support system as a 'cervix of steel'. He gets a big grin on his face every time he says it. Even though it's silly, part of it makes me feel a little proud. It's like I was made to bring them safely into this world, even though I've got to admit sounds a little scary from the view point of my elastic belly. Really though, I'd do anything to make life easier for our little girls.

Here are some of the pictures from today's visit:

Baby noggins:
Baby A 4D:
Baby A Profile:
Baby A 'girl':
Baby A stretchy legs:
Baby B 4D:
Baby B profile:
Baby B 'girl':
Baby B feet:

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