Seven Quick Takes

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I’m so tired of snow. I got my car caught in the street in front of the babysitter’s house yesterday morning. I was able to get it out, eventually, but I felt pretty stupid. Come on spring!

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One of my managers got me this for Christmas. I know Christmas was a while ago, but I use it every day and it’s so fun. I’m not a big fan of the color orange, but I like the look of the little fishies swimming in my water.

Goldfish Tumbler

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My kids are just so cute! I don’t have a lot of stories to tell yet since they’re so little, but I enjoy them so much. Their little smiles light up my day.

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I am so spoiled with people bringing us meals. Next week is the first week that we’ll only have one meal brought to us. Now we have to cook again. I enjoy cooking, but since Brett can’t nurse the babies, he’s the one who usually gets to fix dinner. I’m thinking about starting to do once-a-week or once-a-month cooking, but at the same time it’s so daunting. Has anyone had success with cooking this way?

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I filed our taxes, and thanks to having two babies, we are getting the biggest tax refund I’ve ever seen. With that money, we plan to purchase a new (to us) car. Okay, an old car, because it’s not that much money. But having two cars will be sure to feel luxurious after sharing one for so long.

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The best thing I’ve read today, from Leanne at Life Happens When.

This particular holiday changed and defined me as a memory maker. From here on out, I’m not going to worry if the moments aren’t perfect.
Things will go wrong. More often than not, nobody else will even notice. There is no need to beat myself up over it. Sometimes things will go horribly wrong, but often the things that went wrong are the most fun to remember down the road.

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Mental Floss offered an e-booklet of the “25 Most Powerful Songs of the Past 25 Years.” My favorite was number three on the countdown, “The Song that Eases the Anxious Bovine Mind.” Researchers in the UK have discovered that REM’s “Everybody Hurts” is the best song to play in the barn to help cows give more milk. They also included five other “Great Milking Songs.” I just thought that the category was so funny. I decided to make myself a Pandora radio station based on their recommendations. Not because I have a cow, but because I pump milk for my babies. I play my Milk Radio station during my pumping breaks. It doesn’t make me produce half a pint more milk like it does to those cows in the UK, but it is relaxing music. Relaxation is key for making milk.

And on that note, good night folks! Have a great weekend!

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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

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On Monday, you may have seen that my fingernails looked like this:

Already a little chipped...

Already a little chipped…

Today, they look like this:

Nails on Friday

Because yesterday, they looked like this:

That didn't last a week!

That didn’t last a week!

Here’s my question: Should I buy the clear polish for a base and topcoat since I like the color so much, should I try to use it with solvent-based base and topcoat, or should I cut my losses and only paint my nails with it just before a big event, and remove it after?

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Oh, in case you’re wondering, this week I look like this:

Once, I wondered if I'd ever look pregnant...

Once, I wondered if I’d ever look pregnant…

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I had an appointment with my obstetrician yesterday, and there were a few big developments: I gained ten pounds since my last visit (two weeks ago), bringing my total weight gain up to 50 pounds and putting me past a big milestone weight that I never, ever thought I’d see; My feet are still swollen (big surprise) and so I have to rest over the weekend; I don’t have any other signs of complications, but I’m going to have to start fetal non-stress tests twice a week in a few weeks – because of my age.

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I’m not looking forward to my weekend of rest. My bathroom is dirty, my bedroom needs sweeping, there’s laundry to be done, the nursery needs to be emptied out and cleaned before painting, and I have to send my husband grocery shopping alone. I figured it would be okay to go to Mass, my baby shower tomorrow, and my Bradley childbirth class, but housework is right out. I’m going to be bored. I sympathize a little with women who have to rest through their entire pregnancies. I have been very blessed not to have any serious problems.

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I do have a couple of friends who are having serious problems in their pregnancies. Please join me in praying for them.

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The fall stuffies and sneezies have taken hold of my house. They hit Brett harder than they have me, but I have sneezed about ten times in the last half hour. I am trying really hard not to take any medication for the sake of the babies, but Claritin is looking pretty attractive right about now.

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I ran out of takes. I guess that means I can’t take it anymore ;).

Have a wonderful weekend! God bless you!

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Unsolicited Plug

I actually did this last night:

Already a little chipped...

Already a little chipped…

I don’t often paint my fingernails because of the time it takes and the way it makes my house smell for the rest of the day, but I had to try this out.

Yesterday I won a bottle of Honeybee Gardens WaterColors Nail Enamel in a drawing (because I turned in my nutrition worksheet at my Bradley Method Childbirth course). This nail polish doesn’t stink, it’s water-based and it doesn’t have any toluene, dibutyl phthalate, xylene, or formaldehyde, which is wonderful for pregnant ladies because these chemicals can harm unborn babies. It’s supposed to last a long time, and it comes off with rubbing alcohol, vodka, or their special nail polish remover.  The color I used is called Risqué, and although it is not the same as the color swatch on Honeybee Gardens’ website, it is a lovely color (which I wouldn’t call risqué by any stretch). I can’t wait to see if it really lasts a week like they say it will. So far I’m impressed because of the lack of odor and the shininess – natural polishes I have used before seemed oddly matte. I was not asked to review this product, and in fact the manufacturer has no idea who I am, but I just wanted to share my first impressions. I’ll try to remember to add a take about it to my Friday Quick Takes so you can see how it has endured.

This reminds me have a review to write! Oops! Stay tuned.

Seven Quick Takes

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This is what I’ve been busy with:

29 weeks down...

29 weeks down…

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I am still obsessed with pregnancy, so I don’t have much to talk about.

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I went to my first Mothers of Twins Club meeting last night. It seems like there are some really nice ladies there. I hope to get to know them better, and after the babies are born and get a little bigger, I hope to get active with this group.

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We lost a great lady last Saturday, my Ma, Olive Taylor, at age 92, went to be with Jesus and my Pa, who preceded her in death by about 11 months. You can read her obituary here .

I will never forget Ma’s cookies and muffins. She showed me one way to love people is by providing food for their bodies.

Ma and Pa

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.
May she and all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

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I was super bummed because I couldn’t go to Ma’s funeral. I went to Pa’s funeral last fall, but because of distance, money, and pregnancy, I couldn’t go spend this time with family in Maine. My mom, dad, sister and nephew drove up and they’ll be home on Saturday.

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I have been doing quite poorly on my gluten-free diet. My diet these days is more like a see-food diet (when I see food, I eat it). I am sure this is because of the babies, but I am a little nervous about how it will be to lose the weight after they are born (as of last week, I had already gained 40 pounds!). I know what I have to do, though: eat mostly gluten-free, eat only when I’m hungry, and stop eating when I’m full. That’s how I lost about 20 pounds at the beginning of 2013.

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A co-worker came to my desk this week and asked if I would be offended if they start an office pool on the birth date, genders, and weights of my babies. I laughed, of course I wouldn’t be offended. I’m glad I can provide entertainment.

Have a great weekend. God bless you.

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