Saturday, February 01, 2014

Our Owl Friend

The other night, Matt and I were laying in bed and we heard, "Whooo... whoooooo..." from outside. Matt said, "Is that an owl?" And I said it must be because what other animal makes that sound?

Then, a couple of days later, I was looking out the window into the backyard and I thought I saw a big wasps nest in our tree. But, upon looking at it some more, I discovered it was an owl.


So, I did the only logical thing. I went outside and took pictures of it. Sneaking closer and closer to get a better shot.





I looked it up and I think it is a western screech owl, common to urban areas. I haven't seen it again, but it was beautiful. I had never seen an owl in the wild before, so it was neat to see.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Snow Fun!

Some time in December, it snowed... and then we played in it. That is really all I remember about this. Other than it was really cold. And I made those brimmed hats for the kids.











Dano is so photogenic no matter what face he is making.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Remember Christmas?


Even though I am a month late, Christmas totally happened. We were sick, but it occurred. I am just late in posting because I have been sick with growing two babies for a while now.

We went to see Santa at the Riverwoods because you can take pictures with him for free. You just have to bear the cold to go and see him. No big.


Luckily, neither child was afraid of Santa this year. They just sat on his lap and Nicole asked for a turtle (which she did not get) and Dano didn't ask for anything. He just looked at me like, "Why have you placed me on this man's lap?"


Christmas eve, we went to Jake and Jill's for Derington Christmas dinner. Even though I was feeling crummy, it was fun to be with my family. Last year, only I went because the kids were too sick to go.


Christmas morning was full of tears. Even though the kids got some great stuff for Christmas, I suspect that it was a little overwhelming getting a bunch of gifts at once. Or maybe it is just difficult to watch your sibling open a gift and you want it so bad.  Difficult to say.








And that is the only picture of me on Christmas morning because I was behind the camera. That is Nicole modeling her new robe which at first she hated and then she eventually loved after we forced her to try it on. Kids!

Christmas evening, we went to our Kimball family dinner at Momma Kimball's and it was funish. The kids were still emotional about... everything, so it involved a lot of tears... again. Christmas was a day of tears for us. The day after Christmas was a lot better.

We had fun even though it was emotional and I was sick, but we all survived.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

11 Weeks

Remember how I didn't take pictures of myself during my Dano pregnancy because I was embarrassed by how large I was and then that was totally lame. Good thing I have recovered from that and I totally want to document how huge I am going to get with twins right?


So, I have started to swell earlier than is normal for my pregnancies and you can already see a little baby bump... or a big baby bump depending on who you are asking.

I will start with how the babies are doing. Baby 1 and Baby 2 (as they will be called until we know gender) are doing great. I had an ultrasound this week and they both had arms and legs and heartbeats and were wiggling around in there like little sea monkeys (I don't know what sea monkeys actually look like).

We did the ultrasound with my brother Norm and Nicole figured out what was going on as soon as we got there. Norm started doing the ultrasound and Nicole asked, "Are we looking at a dead baby?" Because she remembered the last time we did an ultrasound with Norm and I had to explain to her that the baby's heart had stopped. But this time, I said, "Nope, that baby is alive, it has a heart beat." Then she got all excited. Then, when Norm was showing us both babies at the same time, Nicole said, "Wait! There are two babies in there." I said, "Yeah, there are two babies." And she said, "Twins? It is just what I wished for." She was very happy excited to learn that we are expecting two babies. She is very concerned about the status of the babies. She keeps asking, "Are there STILL two babies in your tummy?" It is sweet.

Dano is completely indifferent to the babies. He just knows, "Don't kick Mommy because there's babies in her tummy."

Here is how I am feeling at 11 weeks...

Food cravings: Barbeque sauce, meat, blueberries, and granola... but not all together.

Food aversions: Pizza, pasta, and asian food of any kind.

Nausea: Only in the second half of the day. It usually starts around 2pm.

What Hurts: Pains in my abdomen as my organs continue to try and find their new home. Cramping as my uterus expands twice as fast as usual.

Sleep: Falling asleep is hard because I get worried at night but once I am asleep, it is great... until one of my kids wakes up in the night.

Movement: Not yet.

Gender: Unknown... we could get anything... and everything.

What I am looking forward to: No more nausea. Come on second trimester.

What I miss: Fish. I want fish (weirdly) but I can only have very little bits of it. And I miss sane Becky. I often feel like an emotional crazy person.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Double Blessed

Matt and I have been trying to get pregnant for six months. Every month, I would be disappointed when I, once again, was not pregnant. I started to think there was something wrong with my body. I felt like maybe I wasn't ovulating, or maybe we were missing our window due to Matt's work schedule or so many other things that could be happening. So, in November, I pulled out my trusty book, "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" and dutifully tracked my cycle. But, a few weeks into my cycle I concluded that I was really bad at it because my cycle was not looking like the cycles in the book. I decided that perhaps my body really was way off.

December was a month of sickness for us. All of us caught the flu and we were coughing and sniffling and aching and miserable. I was a week into my flu and 32 days into my cycle and my temperature was still high and I couldn't figure out if it was the flu or if possibly I was pregnant. I was so sick and feeling so crummy. I had to know because I wanted to take cold medicine and drink copious amounts of Airborne and I couldn't do that if I was pregnant. So, the week before Christmas, surprisingly, on the same day that my lost pregnancy baby would have been due, I took a pregnancy test. And it immediately showed me that little plus sign. I started crying with relief and happiness. My body works! I am pregnant! It has finally happened.

When I hit my five week mark, I was still very sick with the flu and feeling nauseated on top of that, so I went to the doctor to make sure there wasn't something more serious going on like an ear infection or sinus infection or bronchitis or something. The doctor I saw was not my regular doc and he informed me that I was fine and just had to wait out the flu and that it was way to early for me to be feeling nauseated due to pregnancy so it was probably the flu making my stomach sick. Sometimes I really hate doctors when they tell me I shouldn't be feeling what I am feeling. Because no woman feels sick before the 7 week mark right? That just never happens. Well, I made it through Christmas despite my feeling sick and feeling pregnant and it was a good Christmas.

From the start of this pregnancy, I have been super nervous because I lost the last one and I have also been super emotional. It reminds me a lot of my Nicole pregnancy where I felt stomach sick right away and super emotional right away. I know that my nerves and anxiety affect how I feel physically, which probably has a lot to do with it. I find myself feeling super anxious, especially at night when I am alone (because Matt works graves). I have trouble sleeping because I can't shake the anxiety; my heart starts to beat frantically and I feel the urge to do things, anything, to keep my shakey hands busy. This has been new for me.

So, because I am a super nervous preggo, I wanted to get in to see the doc as soon as possible to ensure that this baby has a heartbeat, unlike my last one. But, because I discovered my pregnancy around the holidays, the doctors office was closed a lot. So, I got an appointment in my eighth week of pregnancy. 

With my previous pregnancy, I went to my brother Norm for an ultrasound at nine weeks and he discovered the lack of heartbeat, I couldn't do that to my brother again, so I opted to see this new doc I found who does his own ultrasounds just in case we were once again facing a missed miscarriage. I asked Matt to come with me this time since I went by myself for my last pregnancy and it was really hard on me. So, we all went together, kids and all. It was a family affair. 

We got to the doctor's office and the kids were doing really well, if a little wild, and they were just happy that they got to play on Mommy and Daddy's phone's. I went through the regular routine of urine test, questionnaire, and having my blood taken. Then, they moved us to the ultrasound room and I had to get undressed from the waist down and wait. Dan was very confused by this. Even though I had a drape, he kept asking, "Why Mommy naked?" We tried to explain that the doctor had to look at Mommy to make sure I am healthy, but he was not understanding.

We had to wait like 15 minutes for the doctor to come and my anxiety rose the longer I waited. I was just so nervous that we would look and there would once again be no heartbeat. Dr. Holmes finally came in and he got right to it and got the ultrasound going. Because I was 8 weeks, we just did the regular ultrasound rather than the internal one. At first I was scared to look at the screen , but Matt was there holding my hand and I looked as Dr. Holmes moved the ultrasound around my belly. Matt said, "I see the heartbeat." I looked and sure enough there was the little flutter on the screen indicating that the baby indeed had a heartbeat. 

Dr. Holmes said, "Yep, there's the heart beat." Then he moved the ultrasound wand a little and said, "And there is the other one." At first I thought, "What does he mean? does he mean another chamber of the heart?" Matt thought, "What does he mean? Does the baby have two hearts?" But instead, Matt asked, "What do you mean?" And Dr. Holmes said, "There are two in there." Twins, fraternal twins. So, it seems that not only did I ovulate, I double ovulated.



Two babies! I looked at Matt and he looked at me and we both started crying and smiling. Not just one healthy baby, but two! I am pregnant with twins! Even though I kinda had a weird feeling about multiple babies a few days before the ultrasound, I was still surprised. I thought my feeling about multiple babies was just me freaking myself out. Because really, who expects twins? My sister Marie always said that she wanted twins, to which I would reply, "Why would you WANT twins?" But here I am, expecting twins and I am so happy. I am completely freaking out, because how do you take care of two babies, but I am overwhelmingly happy too.

So, we are still early on, and we have to hope for no complications and no miscarriages, but we are so excited. After the initial shock has worn off, Matt and I are having opposite reactions to this new adventure we are on. Matt is in planning mode. Trying to work out how we are going to fit two babies in our small little house, cleaning out closets and trying to get organized so we have room for two babies, searching for houses online in case we need to move, and looking at our finances. I am reading twin blogs on pregnancy, making a mental list of baby supplies I will need, planning out in my mind how I am going to care for Dano and Nicole while dealing with a twin pregnancy. How am I going to do swim lessons for the kids this year? Am I going to be able to take them to do fun activities over the summer even though I will be huge? I also have a family reunion this year that I have been planning for two years and I will be seven months pregnant when it happens. That is weighing heavily on me as well. Matt is preparing himself for when the babies are here, I am just trying to prepare myself for this pregnancy. My job with these babies has already started, but I think Matt is prepping for when he can really help with the babies, when they are actually here.

It is probably well known, that I am not a pleasant pregnant woman. I am emotional and I get sick and I get big; like too big to fit in a booth at a restaurant big. I am not really sure how I am going to handle this one. I asked Dr. Holmes what to expect with a twin pregnancy and he said, "Same as a regular pregnancy, except there are two of them." So, I am going to try and go forth with that attitude. It is just the same as a my other two pregnancies, except there are two in there. I hope for a normal low risk pregnancy with healthy babies delivered at the end. 

I am due August 15th. But, who knows, these babies may come early. But, if this is like my other two pregnancies, they will be on time babies. I am just not entirely sure what to expect. I don't know a lot of twin moms... mostly because I avoid them because they have twins and twins are wild and there are two of them. I prefer to hang out with moms with one to two children around the same ages as my kids. But I guess, soon enough, I will be the scary mom with twins.

After the doctor's appointment, Matt and I were so excited to tell our families. I started making my many many phone calls as I have 6 siblings to call. Everyone's reaction was a little different, but everyone was a little disbelieving when I revealed that I am having twins. "I am pregnant. With twins." "Really?" Matt and I are the first to be expecting twins in our generation of our families. Matt and I both have twin cousins, but there have been no twins had by our generation yet. It is kinda a big deal.

We have decided not to tell Dano and Nicole just yet as it was so hard for Nicole to understand when I lost the baby last time. She kept asking for many months afterward when the baby was coming. So, we will wait until I am farther along and then tell her. We just don't want to burden her with this information if she is not emotionally and mentally prepared to handle an unexpected change in plans.

So, we go on this new adventure. It seems that things are never smooth sailing for Matt and I. It is always some new challenge that we are blessed with. We are doubley blessed with these two babies and we pray for their safe arrival into our life.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My Family Is Sick, It Must Be a Holiday

I thought that we had had the worst of the sick when the kids had croup over Thanksgiving. I thought that I had paid my dues and we were free and clear for at least a week. I was wrong. We caught the family flu that is going around the Deringtons. That's what I get for hanging out with family I guess.

So, we are on day five of awfulness. It is coughs and body aches and fevers and drippy noses and it sounds like a cold... but it is so much worse, it is like a cold from hell. Oh yeah, I said it and I'm not even sorry. The doctor tells me that Nicole and Dano have brochitis while Matt and I have been diagnosed with the flu virus. Sounds all the same to me. Sounds like I am going to in bed for a week is what it sounds like.

But, in an attempt to be positive; if we are sick this week, there is no way we can catch something new during Christmas itself! So, hopefully, we will be healthy for Christmas. Unlike last year where the kids had croup and I had bronchitis the whole week of Christmas and I missed all the fun activities with the Deringtons.

How are Matt and I suppose to alternate families for the holidays if we keep getting sick and missing the holidays all together? Stupid sick.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Not the Worst Thanksgiving

For months, we have planned a trip to Albequerque, New Mexico to see my sister, Sarah for Thanksgiving. I called her an excessive amount of times about the trip and we took weeks prepping Nicole for the prospect as she is very anxious about any change.

And then, the curse happened. Dano got a double whammy of croupe and strep. The day before we were supposed to leave, we went to both the doctor and the ER with Dano because he was so sick. And we thought that maybe he would feel better fast and we could go a day late, but, alas, he did not. His fever persisted through Thanksgiving and we were forced to accept that the trip was not going to happen.

This happened last year too. Sarah came out for over a week for Christmas and the kids got the croupe and I got bronchitis and we did not get to spend hardly any time with her. I am cursed. Doomed to not spend time with my little sister!

So, we spent our Thanksgiving apart. I went to my parent's for dinner, then brought food home to Matt and the kids and then Matt left for his Mom's to have dessert. Even though it was a fairly crummy Thanksgiving with sick kiddos, it still was not the worst Thanksgiving ever.

I can only hope now that Matt and I will be able to plan some other get away to New Mexico to see Sarah and hopefully it will happen next time.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Family Photos

Because I am the worst Mommy ever, I haven't gotten professional photos of my family in two years. Last year I bought a new camera instead of buying new family pics. I love my new camera, but I felt like it was time to get some family pics this year. Plus, my photographer friend Jasmine now lives in Utah which means she could totally take our pictures.

You can check out her photography website here.

Jasmine did an awesome job taking our pics for a totally reasonable price (cuz she was running a holiday special). Check it out.

















We took the pics in this really pretty orchard and I love the way they turned out. Jasmine was so good with my kids! Which is not an easy thing with Nicole's anxiety and Dano's need to pull out grass by the handfuls. I am so pleased. She will definitely be my photographer again next year.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Quilting

I really like quilting. I made my first quilt a few years ago after Matt bought me a sewing machine. I made a quilt for Damon before he was born. You can read about it here. I made another quilt a little later for my niece Morgan. And then I ceased my quilting efforts for a bit. Then, I realized that I wanted a quilt for my own bed and I set about making it... two years later, I have finally finished it. I learned a lot about quilting in those two years.

1. Quilting takes a long time, especially if you are making it for a queen sized bed.
2. Quilting is expensive, especially if you are making it for a queen sized bed.
3. Quilting is tricky, especially if you are making it for a queen sized bed.

I don't think I will make another queen sized quilt. I always wondered why quilts are hundreds of dollars. It seemed like it wasn't that much more fabric for a bigger bed. And then I made one and spent 100 dollars on it in fabric and supplies (like thread and batting and glue and such).

So, it took two years because I kept stopping and starting and because I ran into snags like the quilt not being quite the right size because my math was off and I didn't have quite enough squares to make it the length that I wanted it. I was two squares short to add another row. Not sure how that happened. All the squares ended up smaller than I anticipated. I need to be better at my math skills. So, I had to add a significant border which required more math skills and a lot of cutting, pinning and sewing.


I learned this new technique where I could sew a lot faster and use less thread if I chained my pieces together. It was a lot faster!


So, I sewed triangles into squares, then sewed two strips on each square, then sewed for squares together to make my final square.  Did that make sense? No? Okay, just look at the pics.




Right sides together.

sewing the strips to the half square triangles.


Finished product. 


One complete square in the quilt
Okay, there were a lot of steps that I didn't photograph because it took two years to finish, I think it is obvious that I got lazy along the way. And, I tied the quilt instead of machine quilting it because that thing was massive and it just wasn't going to be an easy thing to feed through my machine with as big as it was. But, Matt had bought me a Quicksnap quilting frame last year, so I used that to tie the quilt. And it is a little more youthful looking with the ties, but I am pleased with the results. Even though it took forever.

Then, after finishing the massive queen bed quilt, I decided to make a quilt for Dano's bed as he had no quilt, just the little baby blankets that he had been using in his crib. I looked up patterns online and decided to go with a chevron quilt. I used this website as my guide.

And, I once again had bad math or something because it ended up being smaller than I anticipated. Seems really to make the whole thing smaller. So, I had to add an extra row on the sides and the end and add a border and I thought it was big enough and somehow it still ends up just covering his bed. It doesn't have the overlap on the bed that I wanted it to have. So, he can still use it and it looks awesome, but I am disappointed with the size.

 These are the fabrics I used for the pattern. I bought them at Fabric Mill. I used white from my stock of fabric and I bought the backing at Joanne's. The quilt cost $40 to make because I used designer fabrics.




I love the way it looks. I think it turned out awesome. But the technique that I used from the website I found I did not like. It stretched the squares a little and it turned out that one side is slightly longer than the other because of the stretch. I wouldn't use that technique again. I would just cut regular triangles like I did for the quilt for my bed. It takes longer in cutting, but a lot less time in ironing. So I think it all works out.

So, I shall stop quilting for a bit now since quilting is expensive. But I love doing it. It is fun to see strips of fabric turn into a beautiful quilt. But, I don't think I will ever quilt to sell because it would end up being a astronomical price to account for the time that goes into it. But, Dano's quilt only took two months to make. Smaller is better. And it was a monumentally easier pattern to piece together. I would definitely do another chevron quilt.