Wednesday, May 30, 2012

They're here!

On May 15, 2012 two beautiful little girls entered the Anderson family!
Alice Nichole was born at 7:00 pm weighing 6 lbs 6 oz and measuring 19 inches long.
Colette Parker was born at 7:01 pm weighing 6 lbs and measuring 19 inches long.

Here is my birth story:

Tuesday I woke up and had my last meal around 8:30 am.  My c-section was scheduled for 5:30 pm that evening.  I tried to nap through out the day to make it go faster and I did any last minute items around the house.  At 3 pm we got to the hospital to get prepped.  They hooked me up to monitors and got my iv started. My blood pressure was high but since it had been normal all pregnancy they figured it was from me being nervous and decided they would just keep an eye on it.  After being on the monitors for about 30 minutes I started having contractions. I was going into labor!  The girls were coming that day whether I planned it or not.  I was having contractions about 2-3 minutes apart that were not so pleasant.  
At 5 pm my doctor stopped in and said they need to push my c-section back so they could do an emergency c-section and I'd be going in a little later. Cue nervousness.  I was so anxious and hungry! Finally at 6:30 they wheeled me into the OR to get my spinal.  My blood pressure was still high at this point.  They gave me my spinal which is such a weird feeling. I think the numbing shot they give first was the most painful thing of the whole experience.  The anesthesiologist also gave me something to calm my nerves.  Good man that anesthesiologist.  As soon as I was prepped the doctors came in and began!  Gerry came to the curtain and held my hand and next thing I knew Alice Nichole was born screaming, butt first at 7 pm.  Colette Parker followed at 7:01 pm.  Both babies were total rock stars.  Apgars were 9/9 and 8/9. After a few pictures and kisses the babies were wheeled down to the nursery with Gerry while I got stitched up.
My blood pressure came down a little after they were born but it was still high. My doctor said she wanted to put me on magnesium sulfate and monitor me over night.  That stuff sucks.  I don't think I've ever been so hot in my life.  Miserable.  I didn't get to see the babies again until around midnight.  I didn't get to go to a postpartum room that night.  I stayed on the L&D side of things in a triage room where they monitored me.  My blood pressure got to the high side of normal over night so around 8 am I was allowed to stop mag and moved to my postpartum room.  
After all that I was so glad just to be with my babies!  We stayed in the hospital until Saturday May 19th then headed home and it's been a whirlwind since!  They are awesome and yesterday at the Pediatrician Alice was one ounce away from her birth weight and Colette was one ounce over her birth weight.  They are rock stars.  Alice seems to have some mild colic/reflux.  We are working on sorting that out since screaming after each feeding and at night is not so much fun.  Colette is a chill baby who is good to go pretty much all the time.  
Gerry and I are so in love and so grateful that they are here! 

(Oh and I just have to brag... I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight already! That's right, I lost 44 lbs in 2 weeks haha!)

Monday, May 14, 2012

37 weeks- Full Term!

•How far along?: 37 weeks 1 day

•Total weight gain: 41 lbs  

•How big is baby?: The size of a winter melon... I don't even know what that is.

•Maternity clothes?: Same old same old... nothing fits.

•Movement: wiggly wiggly babies

•Stretch marks?: Clear up to my ribs and on my chest

•Sleep?: Definitely practicing for babies... I wake up every 1-2 hours!

•Symptoms?: Heartburn, Rash (PUPPPs)- Itches like mad crazy.  Swelling...  So much swelling

•Food cravings: I made snickerdoodles at 11 pm last night because I wanted something cinnamon and sugar lol.

•Belly button in or out?: Off-center outie

•What I miss: Sleeping through the night 

•What I'm looking forward to: TOMORROW IS EVICTION DAY!!

•Best Moment this week: Knowing my little girls will be here tomorrow.  Their cousin is being born right now!  Yay for Todd and Jessica Labrum!  Baby Boy get here safe and soon! Their other cousin should be coming out soon too.  Baby Ian, come out and play!

•Milestone:  Full term!  Who thought I would make it to full term with twins?  It's amazing and I'm glad I did it but man was it hard!

•Nursery Progress: What is done is done and it looks pretty good. :)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

36 weeks

•How far along?: 36 weeks 2 days

•Total weight gain: 40 lbs  

•How big is baby?: The size of a honeydew

•Maternity clothes?: Clothes?  Who can wear clothes anymore? I have this t-shirt from high school that is from the football team.  I used to joke it was "one size fits no one"... apparently it is "one size, fits huge pregnant Nikki"  It's all I wear anymore.

•Movement: wiggly wiggly. 

•Stretch marks?: Clear up to my ribs

•Sleep?: Definitely practicing for babies... I wake up every 1-2 hours!

•Symptoms?: Heartburn, Rash (PUPPPs)- Itches like mad crazy.  Swelling...  So much swelling

•Food cravings: None really...

•Belly button in or out?: Off-center outie

•What I miss: Sleeping through the night

•What I'm looking forward to: My girls being here!  We got our c-section date changed and they will be here in a week!  May 15th! CRAZY!

•Best Moment this week: Knowing that this is my last week as a family of 2 and getting ready to be a family of 4!

•Milestone: almost full term!  I'm almost to 37 weeks! I can't believe I made it this far.  Full term for twins is considered by some to be 36w 3d and I'm there!

•Nursery Progress: What is done is done and it looks pretty good. :)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

34 weeks! GOAL!

Here is me today after church!

I feel like this one really makes the belly look HUGE!

We did it!  My doctor set a goal for me at the beginning of my pregnancy.  She said first thing was to make it to 24 weeks which was Viability Day.  Did that.  Second thing was to make it to the third trimester, 28 weeks.  Check! Final goal was to make it to 34 weeks.  After 34 weeks they would let the babies come.  If labor starts they won't try and stop it any more!  I did it! It's 34 weeks officially today!  I am scheduled for a c-section or induction exactly one month from today on May 22.  I can't believe I only have 30 days left at most!

On to the survey!

•How far along?: 34 weeks

•Total weight gain: 34 lbs  (Big jump this week but you'll find out in the survey why!)

•How big is baby?: The size of a durian... ok you guys are crazy

•Maternity clothes?: Are getting to small!  My selection gets smaller and smaller each day since I'm getting bigger and bigger.

•Movement: So much movement! My stomach was doing the wave today.  Hopefully it was Alice trying to turn! Keep trying little girl!  You can do it!

•Stretch marks?: Where don't I have stretch marks these days...

•Sleep?: Hit and miss.  Definitely practicing for babies... I wake up every 1-2 hours!

•Symptoms?: Heartburn, Rash (PUPPPs)- Itches like mad crazy.  I'm allowed to take Benedryl and put Benedryl cream on it but I'm still scabbing up since I scratch... I can't help it.  Swelling.

•Food cravings: Ice cold water still.  I really want a chocolate eclair but I haven't gotten one yet.

•Belly button in or out?: Off-center outie

•What I miss: Sleeping through the night and not wanting to rip my skin off from the itching.

•What I'm looking forward to: May 22! haha.  I am also having my baby shower on April 27 (this Friday) and I can't wait!  Then I can finish getting the last few things we need!

•Best Moment this week: My MFM appointment was awesome and awful at the same time.  I had to go to a different doctor this week since my regular MFM is apparently in the hospital (get better!)  They scheduled me for the same day as my original appointment but at 11 am.  Totally fine.  Their office is in Thousand Oaks (about 30 minutes away).  When I got up I couldn't remember if my appointment was at 1030 (my original appt time with old doctor) or 11.  I listened to a voicemail they had left the day before and it said 11.  I left to go to my appointment around 1015.  I was going to be a little early and that was fine with me.  I got a phone call on my way there asking if I was still coming to my appointment since it was scheduled for 1015 and it was now after 1030.  WHAT?!  I even had a confirmation voicemail it was at 11.  Luckily they were still able to see me that day but I did have to wait a long time.  I got there at 1045 and I didn't go back to the ultrasound until 1155.  I was a little annoyed. BUT good news is that my girls are total rock stars! Alice was measuring 5 lbs 12 oz!  (94th percentile) and Colette was measuring 5 lbs 8 oz (89th percentile)!  Yeah baby girls!  Grow grow grow!  Only bad thing was they are BOTH breech now.   Silly babies.  Turn around!  I am going to say my massive weight jump is from them growing so much!  2 lbs each since their last appointment!

•Milestone: 34 weeks!  Major milestone!

•Nursery Progress: I don't think we will ever hang things on the walls... haha

Monday, April 9, 2012

32 weeks

This is me on Friday at 31 weeks 5 days
•How far along?: 32 weeks 1 day

•Total weight gain: 24 lbs

•How big is baby?: The size of a squash!

•Maternity clothes?: Gerry's shirts are getting to be too small to stretch over my bump... sad day

•Movement: So much movement! They get in the weirdest positions. I poke them and they squirm away haha.

•Stretch marks?: I'm starting to get them in my birthmark which is pretty high up on my tummy. Also, I am getting a rash on them... :(

•Sleep?: It was horrible but last night I slept with our memory foam mattress topper and slept so well! My hips didn't hurt and it cradled the belly. Life is good if that continues.

•Symptoms?: Heartburn, Rash (PUPPP i think)- This thing is murder. It showed up in a few stretch marks and has just been spreading. Itches like mad crazy. Doctor said to put cocoa butter on it. Doesn't help. I've googled the crap out of it to try and find remedies. People said to try washing with Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap. I went to a health food store today and bought some. It seems to be helping a bit. They said it takes a few days. Only thing is that it stinks! I smell like a campfire and some smell I can't quite place... it's weird but if it helps I'm ok being stinky!

•Food cravings: Ice cold water still, I am liking sprite and graham crackers. Also I've been cooking a lot of things with sour cream in them.

•Belly button in or out?: Off-center outie

•What I miss: Gerry's cousin Michael took us out for sushi this weekend and I couldn't have any of the good stuff! I had to stick to the cooked rolls so I guess I'm missing my rainbow roll.

•What I'm looking forward to: May 22 for sure since I can't wait to meet these girls! I have a regular dr's appointment on Thursday which should be fun and a MFM appointment next Thursday. I love finding out how big my girls are. I also have a second baby shower coming up for church and friends here in Woodland Hills. I'm excited for that!

•Best Moment this week: Being able to sleep last night! But really my friend had her baby shower on Friday and I had a really good time at it. I love all of the people I've been able to meet here.

•Milestone: I'm 32 weeks! In 2 more weeks they won't stop labor and in 6 more weeks my girls will for sure be here! ahh! Crazy and I can't wait.

•Nursery Progress: Still need to hang stuff on the walls... but the extra boxes and bins are put away!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

31 weeks

•How far along?: 31 weeks 2 days

•Total weight gain: 23 lbs

•How big is baby?: The size of a pineapple!

•Maternity clothes?: Pants are getting hard to put on. I'm wearing more skirts now.

•Movement: More hiccups which is a sign of lung maturity so even though they are CRAZY annoying, they are good things yes? Sometimes Gerry and I just sit back and watch my stomach roll and get poked at.

•Stretch marks?: The ultrasound tech commented on them... That's when you know they are bad.

•Sleep?: I'm sleeping in 3 hour increments whether at night or during the day... I guess I'm preparing for babies?

•Symptoms?: Heartburn, rib pain, contractions, leg cramps, sore joints

•Food cravings: Ice cold water. and it has to be SUPER cold.

•Belly button in or out?: Off-center outie

•What I miss: being able to paint my toenails easily and reach things. Bending is getting hard.

•What I'm looking forward to: I have an eviction date for these little girls!! If they don't come before this date I will be induced or have a c-section on May 22!! That's less than 50 days from now! I can't wait to see them!

•Best Moment this week: Hmmm... It wasn't exactly this week but whatever. I had my MFM appointment and the girls were rockstars! Alice measured 3 lbs 8 oz. She was in the 70th percentile and was measuring 30 weeks 5 days (I was 29 weeks 1 day). Colette was 3 lbs 5 oz. She was in the 65th percentile and was measuring 29 weeks 6 days. They had flipped from their transverse states and Alice was head down and Colette was breech. I have had another u/s since then at my OB's and Alice is breech, butt first, and Colette is trying to be head down but is a little more transverse thanks to her sister taking up all the room.

•Milestone: Each week is a milestone now. My doctor said "each day you stay pregnant is a victory" I have to remember that on the days I feel like I'm going to burst I'm so big.

•Nursery Progress: Still need to hang stuff on the walls... but the extra boxes and bins are put away!

I do have a favor to ask you all! Pray that these babies get into position! Yesterday Alice was still butt first and I really want her head down! I want to try and avoid a c-section and the farther along I get the less likely she is to turn. Practically the whole pregnancy she was head down and now in these last few weeks she is head up! Twins typically settle into final position at 28 weeks but mine have changed position twice since then so there is hope!

Sunday, March 18, 2012


So blogger is not letting me upload photos right now. If you are friends with me on facebook I put some pictures up in my Baby Anderson #1 & #2 album instead for right now. I will try to get blogger to cooperate later this week. Sorry!

UPDATE: So my computer crashed and along with it disappeared my photos. Temporary delay will be continued. Sorry!