5/27/18 - 3 months old!
This month we took a trip to DC for Daddy's conference. We met lots of mommy and daddy's friends, visited the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial, and went out to dinner at the Wharf. We also had our first baths without the sling and really enjoyed it! We're getting better at tummy time but it's definitely not our favorite.
4/27/18 - 2 months old!
We celebrated Easter, said goodbye to our extra helper (Gammy), and figured out how to survive as parents! We took lots of walks, worked on tummy time, got better at nursing and tried out our kick n' play. We also got fancy sunglasses for our outside walks!
3/27/18 - 1 Month Old!
We made it a month!! We're all still adjusting to our new normal. Jon has been back teaching classes and my mom (Gammy) has been helping me while he's at work. This month we had newborn pictures taken - Luke slept through the entire shoot while Graham was a little fussier but they both did great! We also visited the doctor a couple of times just to make sure everything was going okay and that the twins were gaining enough weight.
So I went in on a Monday morning for an ultrasound at my normal doctor's office - and then was sent over to the birthing center for yet another NST. I had just had one on Sunday and their heartbeats were strong. I called Jon to let him know what was going on. Once I was setup in the hospital and they did the test, the nurse came in and let me know my doc (Dr. Champine) was coming to run another ultrasound on me. I had told Jon not to come but he said he was going to anyway which ended up being good as the doc on call came in to tell me it was time for the babies to come. Baby B was laying on his cord, causing the blood flow to his placenta to not really work anymore. He wasn't going to get anymore nutrients at this point so out they had to come!
WHAT?! I hadn't packed my to-go bag... I had nothing set... I had told Loki I would be right back... my parents had just left the day before to go back to Raleigh. Jon had been in Tampa for a conference so my mom was with me just in case. I was given the option of being induced or scheduling a c-section for the following day with Dr. Champine. The on-call doc gave it to me straight... there was a chance that Baby B's placenta would not make it through regular labor and I would have to have a c-section anyway. Jon and I talked it over and we decided we would rather them be safe. So I took the c-section option, scheduled it for noon the next day (2/27/18) and then we proceeded to get everything set for these babies to come!
Parents were called, Jon got his classes covered, one of his students came and got Loki, and he ran back to the apartment to get a few things so we would get through the next couple of days. It was a pretty sleepless night for both of us- I was trying to get comfortable on a hospital bed with my giant belly plus they were coming in every few hours to check the babies' heart rates and Jon was sleeping on the pull out couch thing that looked real uncomfortable.
Both sets of parents arrived the next morning to check in with us before I headed into surgery. Jon got set in his scrubs and I headed into the OR to get my spinal block, etc. The whole experience was surreal as of course I couldn't feel anything. Jon was sitting by my head as we waited and then baby cry! Baby B (Graham) was out 5lbs, 2.5oz and 18in (he had switched places during my pregnancy but we kept his letter assignment the same). Then lots of pulling and pushing happened to me and another baby cry! Baby A (Luke) was out 5lbs, 5oz and 18.75in! We both burst into tears since they came out crying. They brought Graham over to me after he was cleaned up a bit (still surreal!) but Luke was breathing really rapidly so they took him out to do more tests and get him some oxygen. After being stitched up they took me down to recovery, where I got a little nauseous but ended up being ok and able to come back up to our room. Jon was there with Graham who was doing great. He headed out to go check on Luke in the nursery- they had him in a warmer and under an oxygen hood- trying to get his breathing to stabilize. We waited for a bit hoping that Luke would be able to come back to the room. Then finally I told Jon to go let our parents know what was going on, oh and what the baby names were. They all came in and met Graham. :)
After they left, I met with lactation to help get my milk to come in. We did opt to have the twins get formula in the beginning while my body was figuring out that the babies had been delivered. Jon spent most of the evening and night with Luke in the nursery, holding his hand, and telling him it was going to be ok. In the middle of the night they sat me up and wheeled me over to the nursery so I could hold him since he hadn't had any mommy time yet. I had been holding Graham and trying to nurse him. Finally the next day he was released to be with us in the room. Our parents came back and met Luke. :)
That next day I took a turn for the worse. I had lost a lot of blood during the surgery/delivery and my hemoglobin was at a 7 (I had started at a 12). I had to have a catheter put back in (worse than anything else) and got two bags of blood. I felt SO MUCH BETTER after that. Like a new person really. The color returned to my cheeks and everything seemed a little more manageable. We were already on kind of a three hour feeding schedule that the nurses put us on. We were nursing but also supplementing with formula to make sure they were getting enough.
Honestly the next 8 days were kind of a blur, first we were dealing jaundice issues (Luke), then possible bacteria so an IV (Luke), then temperature issues causing both babies to go into warming boxes, then another possible bacteria causing an IV (Graham) and then finally we were able to go home. I finally got out and walked around the hospital on one of our last days there. I had been moving but just around the room- the nurses really wanted me to get out for a bit. While I did not want to spend 10 total days in the hospital, it was helpful to have lactation visit every day, and have nurses to take care of the babies so we could get some sleep a couple of nights. The staff at the birthing center were amazing and I'm thankful we had our babies there. The entire experience was pretty crazy, I couldn't believe the twins were here and that I was now a mom and Jon was a dad. And with Loki we are now a family of 5!
February 27, 2018 | 12:43PM & 12:44PM
Introducing Graham Edward and Luke Patrick to the world! Our sweet baby boys decided to make an early appearance at 35 weeks, 1 day. Full story to come soon. :)
When I found out I was pregnant I had just started my comeback from my TFL injury. I had cleared PT and was finally starting to get some good running back in. And cue life! Here comes pregnancy and BONUS there's not one but two babies. WHAT?
I knew that whenever I got pregnant I wanted to stay as active as possible. This was incredibly important to me- for the baby as well as for recovery afterwards. Well when I found out I was carrying two babies I wasn't sure what that meant for my fitness plan. My OB told me I could continue running and working out for the meantime. She said I would know when it was too hard/too much and to stop.
I slowed my running down A LOT and just focused on getting out there regardless of time. No real long distances- the most I did was 5 miles. My first goal was to make it to 20 weeks. I thought if I could get halfway that would be fantastic. Then I hit 20 weeks, ran the Richmond 8K, and felt great! I decided then I would keep going and reevaluate each week how I felt.
Weeks continued to pass by and then suddenly it was the end of the year and I was approaching the 30 week mark! Craziness. The belly was quite large at this point and I had shifted to intervals but was still doing some running. I decided I was going to get to 30 weeks and then shift to walking and yoga only for the remainder of the pregnancy.
I ended up with 183.6 pregnancy running miles. Something I'm incredibly proud of. Now to continue staying as fit as I can before the little guys get here!!
2018: The year of the comeback
Now I know I'm starting off the year out of commission but I have big plans to make a comeback as a stronger runner than I was before!
I'm planning to hire a coach to get back into shape. One to help with my body and core strength after pregnancy and two to give me a solid plan to get back to running.
The only real goals I have other than strength and learning to run again are to complete a half marathon by the end of the year.. maybe even hitting last year's goal of a sub 2-hour race, and a sub 26min 5K. Just giving myself GRACE to comeback strong.
Here's to the comeback!
Richmond, VA - November 11, 2017 | Time: 59:31
Pregnant running is no joke!! I took this on at 20 weeks pregnant with twins?! I wasn't sure how it was going to go- but then on the day it went great!!
The weather was ridiculously cold so dressing was harder than expected but I had on my running for three tank over various layers. :) My plan was to run to the mile marker and then walk a couple of minutes (repeat) until I made it to the end. Jon's mom stayed with me the entire time to make sure I made it ok. We ended up finishing in under an hour which had been my tentative goal... I just wasn't sure if I was going to be able to achieve it. But yes.. 59:31!! BOOM. I felt like such a badass afterwards. :)
Jon ran the half and totally rocked it out of the park and his dad ran the marathon and qualified for Boston in 2019!
It was a great weekend with family and I'm so proud of how far I've come with pregnant running. Anything past this point is just icing on the cake!
October 28, 2017 - Catawba, VA
Our good friends JJ and Kevin came to visit - our annual tradition! We took on a VT football game (of course) and decided the next morning that we'd do a hike on the AT to experience the fall leaves changing. McAfee Knob seemed like the 'easiest' choice for this pregnant lady so we headed out Sunday morning to give it a go.
Going up was definitely more challenging for me than any other time we'd done this hike but I kept moving. I was SO HAPPY to reach the top and take some fun photos and rest for a few. Then it was time to head back down (which I did in record speed compared to going up). After I was SO HUNGRY. Definitely glad I did it, but it will be a little bit before we try another!!
Well, large life announcement on the way.... we're expecting TWINS! I found out just after camp that I was pregnant and got an appointment scheduled with my doctor. When I went in for that first ultrasound (what I thought was around 7 weeks) actually turned about to be 9 weeks AND there was more than one baby. Ironically the tech asked me if there were twins in my family and at first I said no forgetting about my aunts ;p So guess I got that gene... haha!
We waited until we passed the 12 week mark, had all the genetic tests done, and made sure everything was viable before sharing the news with our families. It has been a whirlwind for sure since then! Everyone is excited! I have to say I wasn't sure how I would feel about pregnancy but so far minus about 2 weeks of morning sickness it has been fine. I'm absolutely terrified that I'm growing two babies but at least this way I only have to do this one time. We only ever thought about a family of four... so bam instant family! I'm hoping to continue being active for as long as my body allows. And hopefully completing at least one race with them!