Seven Quick Takes

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I’m wearing pre-pregnancy pants today. I’m not very comfortable, but my pants are zipped and buttoned, and I don’t think they look obscene. It won’t be long until I can wear them comfortably.

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This week I witnessed the first “conversation” between Baby A and Baby B (or is it Baby M?). I was nursing them (or trying to) and suddenly they stopped, smiled at each other, and started taking turns cooing. Every time they engage each other it is the cutest thing ever, but this event takes the cake.

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Mmmm… cake! What’s your favorite kind? I like German chocolate, and anything with “too much” buttercream frosting.

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Last weekend we went to Michigan, and my little twins got to meet these little twins, the sons of Thomas from Fuller Life and his wife Alison, a Cathsorority sister of mine. Thomas and I have been bloggy friends for quite some time, thanks to Quick Takes. It was so exciting to find that they were expecting twins too. Then Alison had an eventful pregnancy, with way-premature rupture of membranes. I was afraid she would lose one or both twins. But they made it, and they are adorable.

Augustine, Maria, Jacob and William. This is the only shot Brett took where no one is crying.

Augustine, Maria, Jacob and William. This is the only shot Brett took where no one is crying.


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Happy Valentine’s Day! Our tradition is to avoid restaurants like the plague, eat steak, and watch Slap Shot. Not very romantic, but that’s what we do. This year, we’re postponing the festivities because Valentine’s day is on no-meat Friday. Our first Valentine’s Day together, when Brett and I were dating, I went to his house for dinner, and he served STEAK. Not steak and potatoes, or steak and salad or steak and any side dish at all, but just STEAK. I think I had an IBC cream soda with my steak. And, as some people have said, I married him anyway. In his defense, he wasn’t feeling very well. I had even offered to make him some chicken soup, but he refused. These days for Valentine’s, I do serve side dishes.

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I’m thinking about a family member who has passed today. Please pray for my Aunt Eileen, who passed unexpectedly yesterday, and our family.

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When will this white stuff stop falling from the sky? I can’t remember this much snow since I was a little girl. I have gotten the car stuck in it twice now, I slipped in it downtown and hurt my ankle, I have gotten it into my shoes more times than I would like to count, and I’m over it. It was pretty up in Michigan, but here in Central Ohio, it is slushy, dirty, and there’s just too much of it. I feel like this little boy.

Have a great weekend. Maybe sometime soon, I’ll blog something that’s not Quick Takes. But don’t hold your breath.

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Seven Quick Takes

… In which I resurrect my blog.

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When last I blogged, it was October, and I was busy gestating two little humans. October and November, in fact, I spent pretty busily growing them. I didn’t work, I pretty much stayed home, slept, and grew a big belly full of babies.

Here I am, 38 weeks pregnant, and getting too big for my britches (and every other article of clothing I own).

Here I am, 38 weeks pregnant, and getting too big for my britches (and every other article of clothing I own).

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Well, the babies grew and grew until my doctor said, “It’s time for them to come out,” and I was scheduled for induced labor on November 20, when I was 38 weeks, 2 days pregnant. I’ll write about labor and delivery another time. Suffice to say, it was unlike anything I ever experienced before.

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On Thursday, November 21, 2013, Augustine Joseph G. joined the ex-utero world at 3:07 a.m., followed by his sister Maria Teresa at 3:17 a.m. He weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 18 1/2 inches long; She weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces, and was also 18 1/2 inches long.

Soon after delivery. Augustine is on the left and Maria on the right.

Soon after delivery. Augustine is on the left and Maria on the right.

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Since they were born, I have been a whole new kind of busy. There’s so much to learn and so much that has to be done with tiny babies. I had to learn to nurse them and get used to their demanding “schedule,” I have had to learn how to carry two babies at once, and how to calm them. I have learned to use a supplemental nursing system so I could give them extra milk or formula at the breast, and how to give two babies a bottle at the same time.

I "wear" both babies in a stretchy Moby wrap.

I “wear” both babies in a stretchy Moby wrap.

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Augustine and Maria lost more weight than expected in the hospital when they were first born, about 11% of their birth weight. Because of this, they had to stay at the hospital a few extra nights, and the hospital staff graciously allowed Brett and me to stay at the hospital in our same room even though I had officially been discharged. Since then, they haven’t gained weight as quickly as expected until last week. Now they seem to be growing by leaps and bounds, and we couldn’t be happier. Augustine is even finally getting too big for some of his newborn size clothes.

They were so skinny!

They were so skinny!

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Both babies were baptized into the Church on January 18.

Augustine wearing his Uncle Matthew's baptismal outfit.

Augustine wearing his Uncle Matthew’s baptismal outfit.

Maria wore my baptismal gown.

Maria wore my baptismal gown.

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A special thank you to everyone who has prayed for me, kept me entertained and occupied, done my housework, and brought me food during this time. I couldn’t have done it without you!  I am back to work this week, and the babies are with a sitter during the day. I am still overwhelmed, but I am learning that I must take things one day at a time. It’s the only way God gives days to any of us.

God bless you!

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Seven Quick Takes

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Elves cleaned my house yesterday. That is, elves named Mum and Grammy. I knew they were coming because Dad had called and asked me to make a list, but they did even more than I asked. I love a clean house, but I haven’t kept my house very clean since March – I started having some serious smell sensitivity around the same week as my positive pregnancy test, then I started having to sleep as soon as I got home from work, and then I became unable to even clean up after myself (okay, the last one is an exaggeration, but not too far from the truth). My house looks great! I’m so relieved it’s not even funny.

I love you guys! Thank you SOOO much!

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Here’s a 31-week belly and my new ‘do. I got tired of always leaning on my hair and getting it caught in things. After 4 years of no professional haircuts and only a few self-trims of the length, I was ready. It was awesome to have my hair washed, cut, and styled by a professional. I’m sure it will never look as good as it did when I came out of the salon, but then again, it will feel nicer without all the “product” in it anyway.

31 weeks and I think I've finally figured out how to take a picture of myself.

31 weeks and I think I’ve finally figured out how to take a picture of myself.

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I saw these awesome early color photographs of Paris earlier this week. I didn’t even realize that they had a form of color photo processing that long ago. They are fascinating and dreamlike.

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They announced an April 27 date for the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII. I don’t “know” John XXIII that well since he was before my time, but John Paul II became Pope when I was only about a month old. With his long reign, he was “my” pope, and sometimes, even though I read Catholic news all the time, when people say “the pope,” I still think of him. I’m thinking a canonization party would be fun. I’ve been looking up (gluten-free) Polish recipes (pierogi here, kolacky here). Do you think six months is long enough to plan a party that will probably include ten or fewer people ;), where two of them are tiny babes?

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I have also been looking up recipes to assemble, keep in the freezer, and put in the crock pot. I think this would really be helpful for after my babies are born. Do you have any favorites? Maybe even things that I can make in just a few minutes rather than making freezer meals, because we have a small freezer and I have a feeling I’m going to want to fill it up with milk for when I go back to work.

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Yes, I’m having twins and going back to work. It’s not my first choice, but families have to do what they have to do to make ends meet. Any tips for entrusting your tiny infant to a non-family caregiver or for the time you get to spend together would be greatly appreciated.

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I made Six Sisters’ Crockpot Orange Chicken for dinner on Wednesday (and we had leftovers for dinner last night). Oh my yumminess. I know it’s not “real food” but soooo tasty. It tasted like something you get at a Chinese restaurant. I served it over brown rice because that’s my default. Brett liked it so much he got a piece of bread to mop up the sauce on his plate. I will definitely make this one again.

Have a wonderful weekend and God bless you!

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Seven Quick Takes

A Week in My Life

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Friday I had to see the midwife for my routine pregnancy checkup. Pretty much everything was fine. She said I had gained weight a little fast. I’m not eating everything in sight, so I don’t think it’s a reason to make any changes. She also said that I should wear compression stockings and if my feet and ankles are still super swollen by 28 weeks, we might have to cut back my work hours. I hate compression stockings, but I don’t want to mess with my disability pay or family/medical leave, so I’m wearing the stockings. I scheduled my next appointment for 28 weeks. I get to take a 1-hour glucose tolerance test, have an ultrasound, and see my doctor… on my birthday. Waa.

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Saturday was a super busy day because I felt called to substitute for someone in the perpetual Eucharistic adoration chapel. My hour-long shift was at ten, and there was a funeral, so I couldn’t get out of the parking lot until 11:35. I hadn’t even done my grocery shopping yet, I was hungry, and Brett had to be at church to help clean up from said funeral (meal) by 2:00. So I went home, had lunch, and took a nap. Then I drove Brett to church and went grocery shopping at the worst hour of the week possible. It took almost twice as long as usual. The highlight of the day was that after I picked Brett up and we put the groceries away, we went to visit my Mom and Dad. It was a lovely visit.

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Sunday when I got home from Mass, I slept for two hours. I guess the shopping on Saturday wore me out. Then we drove all over town for a specific reason.

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Monday, the reason for driving around on Sunday came into effect: BRETT GOT A JOB!!!! And I needed to know how to get from his school to my office and back, so I could drop him off, come to work, and pick him up at the end of the day.

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Tuesday must have been a whirlwind. It’s only Thursday and I can’t remember what happened. I vaguely remember getting home pretty late, gulping down some hamburgers and baked potatoes, and saying goodbye to my husband so he could go to a Knights of Columbus meeting.

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Wednesday I made a very yummy dinner without using a recipe: Chicken in salsa. Here’s what you do: Dice 4 chicken breasts, fry w/ a little olive oil, and taco seasoning (1/4 t onion powder, garlic powder, and oregano; 1/2 t paprika; 1/2 T cumin; 1 T chili powder; S&P if desired). When brown add 12-oz jar salsa. Simmer until rice is ready. During last 10 minutes, add 1/2 bag frozen corn. Serve over rice w/Mexican shredded cheese and hot sauce if desired. You can probably use a different veg if you like (or if you don’t think corn is a vegetable, which it isn’t, but I use it that way anyway).

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Thursday, I forgot to take these pictures, so I took them this morning. With today’s blouse you can’t see my ridiculous belly button like you could yesterday. It’s not exactly turning into an outie, but right above it sticks out. LOL, the things pregnancy does.

What will today and the coming week hold? God only knows. I’ll leave it up to Him.

Have a good weekend!

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Seven Quick Takes

I’ve had a rough week, but I don’t want to let it get me down. So, here are seven things that cheered me up this week:

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I definitely look pregnant now.

22 weeks

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Ice cream.

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My sweet husband.

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Bach Rescue Pastilles.

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People are so generous! I just realized yesterday that although I have a pretty full wardrobe, I have only bought one maternity top. All my other maternity clothes have been given or lent to me. In addition, I have been told I won’t have to buy any baby clothes; I have two cribs, a swing, a baby rocker, a Bumbo seat, car seats, a tandem stroller… I’m very blessed.

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Even when I cook something that I don’t care for, Brett posts a photo of it on Facebook. I made liver and onions on Wednesday and it appeared on Facebook quite quickly. I ate it, even though it is so yucky, but Brett loved it.

liver and onions

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God is in control, even when I feel like I’m falling and going to crash.

Wile E. Coyote Falling

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Seven Quick Takes

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I’ve been having weird dreams lately. Last night I dreamed that my brother had a traumatic brain injury that left him looking normal but mentally not there. It was terrifying. I woke up crying. I’ve heard that pregnant women often have vivid dreams so I’m not surprised, but I hope I don’t have too many like this.

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If laypeople don’t love their Catholic faith enough to struggle for it in the public square, nothing the bishops do will finally matter.

-Archbishop Charles Chaput

So true. We have to stand up. The bishops are leaders, but they are also servants, and they are also such a small segment of the Church. We have seen that what they say doesn’t always sway even Catholics (for example, Church teaching on birth control). If we believe, we can’t expect someone else to change the world.

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Here’s a breakfast idea that I swear, sounds gross, but was yummy even when I wasn’t pregnant: scrambled eggs with rice. I whisk two eggs, stir in leftover rice until the eggs are pretty much full of rice, and fry them up in a pan with a little butter. That’s what I had for breakfast today.

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Thank you to my girlfriends here on my blog, and at Living the Sacrament for suggesting some increases in iron and protein in my diet. I have started feeling better already. Someone recommended the Brewer Pregnancy Diet, which I found does have a protocol for twins. I can’t imagine being able to eat everything on the twins plan in one day, but at least approaching it has been helpful this week.

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I heard my husband say something I’ve never heard from him last night: “For some reason, I’m really craving pizza.” I know he likes pizza, but I’ve never heard him say he has a craving. I accused him of having pregnancy cravings. He didn’t think it was too funny, but I did. Now I’m craving pizza too. I’m pretty easily suggestible when it comes to food.

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I can’t believe this year is almost half over. And my pregnancy is almost half over too! My doctor told me with twins he’d like to see me get to 36 weeks. On Monday, not only will it be the first day of the second half of the year, but I will also reach 18 weeks. It’s amazing. I would like to get further than 36 weeks, but still, I’ll be halfway to that.

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I’ve been very busy at work this week, so I’m really looking forward to the weekend. It’s going to be something of a busy weekend, but I get to sleep in on Sunday. I hardly ever get to sleep in.

I hope you enjoy your weekend too! God bless you!

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Seven Quick Takes: Where have I been?

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I consciously decided to take Holy Week off from blogging this year. It would be good for me. I had had a whirlwind Lent and I didn’t really feel prepared for the holiness of the Triduum liturgies and Easter, so I wanted to unplug for a little while. I didn’t realize that I would unplug for so long!

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Coincidentally, something was going on inside my body that I wanted to watch as well. See, Good Friday was to be P+18. For those of you who don’t do NFP, that means I would be welllll past ovulation. Like, most people would take a pregnancy test around P+12. Because of the medications I was taking, my doctor asked me to wait until P+17 to test, but I had had a few heatbreaks on P+17, so I decided sometime last summer that I would wait until P+18. But, P+18 was Good Friday, and since the doctor’s office might not be open, Brett asked me to test on Holy Thursday.

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So I did.

Two lines means positive!

Two lines means positive!

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And what a whirlwind it’s been since then! I had an ultrasound at 9 weeks on April 29, and we saw this.

The tech said "Oh, you have two."

The tech said “Oh, you have two.”

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For those of you who aren’t skilled at looking at ultrasound photos… that’s right. There are TWO BABIES in there!

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I had about eight weeks of exhaustion and intense nausea (no vomiting, thank you very much). I’m due December 3. And now I’m just exhausted and eating like a horse, and I look something like this.

14 weeks, teeny baby bump

14 weeks, teeny baby bump

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By the way, at the end of last month, we took a long road trip out west for a friend’s ordination. Congratulations, Father Chris! We also went to the Grand Canyon.

At the Grand Canyon

At the Grand Canyon

God bless you. I hope you have lots of good news in your life, too!

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