Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tic Toc

Waiting for this coming Monday is like waiting for Christmas. We will be finding out what we are having on June 4th, and this week already seems like it is crawling by. I am really nervous that with all this build up they wont be able to tell. Some friends of ours went at 15 weeks and no dice, but hopefully with us being 18 weeks they will be able to tell.

We have planned a little get together with my parents, my brother and a couple friends, so expectations have been set. We also have the stress of all the other tests at this appointment concerning the health of their hearts and what not.

So be praying for us, and stay tuned we will post a link to the video and the latest pictures as well.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Babies first outfit.

We took our trip to Disney World, and it was really tough to see all the cute kid stuff, like "My First Mouse Ears" and other similar stuff. Without knowing what we were having we tried our best to not get anything, it would just be wasting money as most stuff is not unisex. But on the last day we broke. Let it be stated though, that Allyson and I will be happy with whatever we have, and our prayer is for two healthy babies. With that said we sure would love to have a boy and girl if we were being selfish :). So with that thought process we stumbled upon two outfits one for a girl and one for a boy, and we broke. To our credit we did not buy them initially, we actually even left the store, but we had to pass the store to leave Downtown Disney and just could not resist.

Check out their first outfits...can you blame us?

First Outfits

Belly Watch

A lot of people have been asking "Is Allyson showing yet?" Well the answer is yes, over the past few weeks, we are starting to see actual external proof that we are having twins. She is the most beautiful pregnant woman ever (I know I am biased.), and let it just be said there is nothing more attractive that your lovely wife carrying your children. It is something guys will never understand and be able to truly respect.

Here is Allyson at week 14 and week 16.

Week 14

Week 16

Thursday, May 24, 2007

A Funny Story (Nothing to do with the Twins)

I know this blog is supposed to be for twin stories and stories about our pregnancy, but Allyson and I both agree this story was funny.

We were returning from Magic Kingdom on Sunday night, waiting in yet another line. Finally we got on the second bus that came, but the bus was full forcing us to stand. So it is late, we are tired and we are standing on a bus just to be able to go back to the hotel (Yes, we know this is the norm for Disney).

The bus driver comes over the speakers and apologized for the people standing, but that he would entertain us with some random facts about Disney World. So he started with the usual things like the size of Disney World, the fact that Disney Land would fit in the Magic Kingdom parking lot...and then he got to the amount of buses and drivers. This apparently was his transition into a rant about Disney. He started by saying that they will soon be going on strike, and had the right to, all because Disney thinks they can offer him a 4 cent per hour raise, and raise his health care by 25 dollars a week over the next three years, and that they were stupid for thinking that it would not cripple Walt Disney World. We all kind of chuckled at the rant and stared at each other in disbelief, but he just kept going. He proceeded to inform us that eventually Disney would give in, but being the kind of company Disney is they would not honor the eight months it took to negotiate the raise.

I think the entire bus was just shocked to the point of laughter, but there were some pretty angry people who would have just preferred ole Bill just to shut up; we are on vacation and could care less he was stupid enough to join a union and was unhappy with his job. Just drive us back to our hotel thank you very much! If anybody at Disney reads this, you might want to consider letting good ole Bill go since he is so unhappy with his job.

I am sure it does not seem that funny, but at 12:30 at night, stuck on a packed bus, I thought it was hilarious that in Disney World, where everyone must smile and wave, our bus driver took 30 minutes to dis Disney to everyone who had just had a great day at Magic Kingdom. Yay for free speech!

She felt the babies move.

Allyson can speak more to this, but at about 3 o'clock in the morning one night while on vacation, Allyson woke me to let me know that the babies are moving and she can feel them for the first time. This was a very exciting event, she says that girls move early, so maybe, just maybe we will add a girl to the family.

The many bathrooms of Walt Disney World.

First there was the one at the entrance to Epcot, then inside The Seas, then inside The Land, then in America, then in Italy, then in France, then in Great Britian, then at every food stand at Typhoon Lagoon, then at the entrance to Africa in the Animal Kingdom....oh I give up.

If I had a dollar for the number of times Allyson had to pee, we could have paid for the trip. So, the babies had a good time "jumping on her bladder" as allyson says. So basically Allyson got to visit every bathroom in Walt Disney World, some twice :).

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Babies first trip to Disney World

Well the babies will be making their first trip to Disney, keeping with the family tradition started by my mother, to visit the land of "The Mouse" while in the confines of their mothers belly.

We will be taking it easy no doubt, catching up on some much needed rest, considering rest will be an infrequent thing once the twins come.

I am sure there will be plenty of pictures and stories to tell when we get back.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Buying Clothes for a Pregnant Woman

I have always been pretty good at buying Allyson clothes (not sure if I should admit that or not), but when I went to purchase Allyson some clothes for our upcoming Disney trip, I found myself in a very interesting position.

If you go too small, it will then highlight in her mind that she is gaining a tummy, if you go too big, then alas she will think that you think she is getting big. So it was a very delicate process of holding things up and checking the stores sizes. Man how I wish sizes were consistent across the board; it would make life a lot easier.

Alas, I decided on a few shirts, and after she tried on the first shirt I had already gotten one with the wrong size. Oh well! Luckily Allyson is in the I am happy to be showing phase. Although that might be quickly changing...last night she pointed at her stomach and was yelling(jokingly of course) "Look how big I am getting, I am getting bigger by the day!" I cracked up of course.

What can a husband say at this point, she knows I am lying if I say she isn't any bigger, so all you can do is laugh and tell her she is awesome and very beautiful.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

The To-Do List

Wow how this can be overwhelming at times...but I got to thinking of all the things we had to do before the twins came...some of it fun, some of it not so much.

1. Order Furniture
2. Move office furniture to current upstairs guest bedroom.
3. Clean nursery carpet.
4. Paint nursery.
5. Hang closet shelves in nursery and and guest bedroom closets to increase storage space.
6. Hang 3 ceiling fans..in two guest rooms and nursery.
7. Build nursery furniture (two cribs total)
8. Organize garage (just need to do that since the twins will consume a large amount of my time)
9. Decorate nursery (I hope this will be mostly Allyson)
10. Register at Babies R Us and Target...with two this can be overwhelming
11. Install baby gates up and downstairs...I know it will be a while before they are crawling, I want it done just to have it done and also it will allow us to isolate the dogs if we have to.
12. Attend CPR class
13. Attend multiples class
14. Crawl out of fetal position :)

Ok...well that is at least some of the list..I am sure Allyson can make some nice additions to this list, that I am sure will be fun for me.

Let us know if you see anything we need to add to the list.

Funny Facts

This really belongs a few posts back, but I wanted to share how I ended up telling my work that we were having twins. We went through at least half a dozen ideas, but really thought the fact that the chance of us having twins is 1.7% was worth preying on.

So we put together a few funny facts, one particular for my work since one of our clients is Bayer Advanced, throw an ironic song in and the idea was complete.

Funny Facts from matthewmccay

Monday, May 7, 2007

A playmate for the twins!

I just wanted to say that I am super excited because we just found out that some good friends of ours are pregnant! She is 5 weeks, so just 9 weeks behind me! It will be fun to have someone else going through this whole experience with me! So everyone be praying that all goes well with them and their new baby! I know my two will enjoy having another rugrat to play with!

On another note, I was in a wedding this weekend and realized that I am officially no longer in a size 6 bridesmaids dress! Though I did manage to get it on (with Matts help) I was not able to breathe for 8 hours... When we got in the car after the reception, Matt unzipped me about 4 inches and for the first time that day I took a deep breath! invigorating! But I was able to wear it, and its not like I have to get back into it any time soon, so all is well! And so for anyone who knows her, congratulations to Sarah Muzer who is now Sarah Knighten! :)

Friday, May 4, 2007

Our Appointment

Again I have to add to Matt's post :) It was so exciting to hear the heartbeats! Of course, me being who I am, I have been trying my best to push the stethescope on my belly where I think the babies may be to listen to it, knowing good and well its far to early to hear it with my stethescope - but you can't blame me for trying! Since they could not differentiate between the two babies and hear separate heartbeats we got to see them again, and they were moving around like crazy! (I keep telling Matt they are jumping on my bladder and he got to see the proof for himself.) They dont look like little blobs anymore - more like little aliens! :) Its strange that they can move around so much and yet I still don't feel them. A couple more weeks. At 13 weeks I am measuring the same as a 17 week pregnant woman (with one baby). I'm not huge yet but I am sure it is coming.

I am in a wedding tomorrow and thank goodness I can still fit in that size 6 dress I ordered back in December. Luckily it starts to flow a little above the waist. Matt will just have to help me zip it. I tried it on about 2 weeks ago and it was definitely fine, and then I hit a... growth spurt if you will.. this week so I was a little worried.

I did a little shopping this week and realized that most stores now carry maternity wear - well thats actually just the style even if it isnt intended to be for pregnant women. Its great though because I dont want tight shirts, yet I am not in maternity clothes either. Gotta love the fashion of the day.

Oh, In case Matt did not say, we find out the sexes June 4th at noon. I am so excited! I tried to convince him to sneak us in for an early appointment before we go to Disney World in two weeks, but it would still be too early. I dont care what he says, I think I saw a boy in there. :) Off to get ready for the rehearsal dinner tonight! I did find a cute dress that hides my belly (for now)

Thursday, May 3, 2007

How it becomes so much more real.

We had our 13 week and two day appointment today. It was exciting to know we were going to get to hear the heart beat, but nothing can really prepare you for it. I mean we have seen it on the screen, so how much more different can hearing it be?

And I am sure it takes it being your child's heartbeat to really appreciate it, but hearing it makes it so much more of a reality. It is one more step toward the day you will actually be able to hold and touch your child. I am sure it sounds sappy and cheesy, but for me it was an awesome experience.

We asked if you could hear both babies hearts separately, but the nurse explained why you couldn't at this time, so Dr. Ross let us take a peak at them and make sure everything is ok with both. Babies are doing great; they grew 2.5 inches in the past month. So right now Allyson has 7 inches of baby in her :).

Baby A
Baby A - 13 Weeks

Baby B
Baby B - 13 Weeks

Our next appointment will be the big one where we get to check out the heart and other things as well as find out the sex of the babies. So stay tuned, its getting really really cool now!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Gadgets for the Twins

I stand by the fact that I bought this just for the twins, it has nothing to do with the fact that it is palm sized, shoots 720p HD video, 7.1MP and has a 10x zoom. Pretty cool so far, can't wait to use it for video and pictures of the twins.

All for the Twins!

For the Twins!

Prayer Request

This hit just a little harder because Allyson and I are considered a high rick pregnancy.

The roommate, Beth, of one of our best friends, Sara, lost her baby at 7 months due to heart complications. They named the little girl Love. I cannot imagine the pain that her and her husband, as well as her family is going through. Please keep them in your prayers, that God will give them the strength to know He is in control.

Also Ben and Sara are trying to raise money for Love's funeral, costing around $6000 dollars, if you would like to help their family during this tough time, please contact me or Ben.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Allyson's side of the beginning

I had to add my two cents about all this!

Finding out:
Ok, so it was my first month off birth control. That means its normal to feel queezy and like you have been overdosed with benadryl, right? Well thats what I thought the whole weekend before I took the test. I went to see my grandparents and have never been more tired in all my life. I hoped that these could be signs of being pregnant, but honestly I didnt think it could be true. I drove home from their house and almost fell asleep on the road. The next day I was on the phone with my mom and had an uncalled-for reaction to something she said. I randomly started crying and she asked what the heck was wrong with me! I wasn't going to take a test that early because I did not want to get a false negative, but I couldnt resist. The tests say that the line may be lighter than the control but that was definitely not the case. A minute later and I had two very dark pink lines - (maybe that should have been a sign). I thought about waiting before I told Matt; find a way to be creative, but he was not going to be home until after 10pm! That was about 8 hours away and there is no WAY i can keep something that long. So I had to call him at work and was so excited I sounded like I was crying. That of course worried him, but when I finally got through that I was pregnant he called me back from outside his office and we got to talk about our happy news!

Our First Appointment:
Matt pretty much summed this one up. It was one of the happiest and most shocking news I have ever heard. Who would have thought, Matt and I - with no history of twins in the family- would have twins. I wanted to shout to the world but we had to wait to tell the family!

Since then:
I am 13 weeks pregnant now and we have had two appointments so far. Our third is this Thursday and we will hear the heartbeats! At about 12 weeks (which is so cliche) I finally started to feel better after 7 weeks of throwing up everything I ate. I lost 4 pounds and have gained 3 back. But at least now I am eating again! We had a little get together in the neighborhood this past weekend because I was once again able to entertain. To tell you the truth it was rough for those weeks, but I am so happy I am feeling better now and have a renewed spring in my step! I feel like in the last 2 days I kind of popped - my belly got a little bigger all of a sudden... guess I still have a lot of growing to do but it makes it that much more real. :)