Tuesday, October 4, 2011

13 Week Update

Disclaimer: I have debated back and forth whether or not to write weekly updates. I have many infertile friends who deeply want to have children and the less news about pregnancy the better, in most situations. I had a really great talk with a friend this morning, though, and she made a few wonderful points. #1. This blog never was nor was it ever intended to be an infertility blog. It has always been our family blog with bits of infertility on it, just as infertility is only a part of our life. #2. As we are infertile, I don't know how many times I will get the opportunity to be pregnant. If the rest of our children come to our family through the miracle of adoption, I will want a good record of my experiences now, just as I will keep a good record of their adoption story in the future if we are blessed that way. #3. As soon as I found out we were expecting twins, I sought out every single weekly pregnancy update series of twin pregnancies I could find. I didn't care if they happened on their own or if they needed fertility treatments to get there. They were twin pregnancies and I was going to go through a similar experience...an experience I know absolutely nothing about. So, I'm thinking the pros outweigh the cons here. I'll be honest, during the tough times I blocked a few blogs from my reel. I completely understand if these aren't read or commented on or whatever. It's mostly for me and any twin mamas that happen to come by as intimidated by the blessings in their bellies as I am. When it comes down to it, this is our family. It has always been our family. And we are grateful for the two newest members of our family.

How far along? 13 Weeks, exactly.
Total weight gain/loss: as of this moment, +10. If we go by my pre-IVF weight, it's more like +12. But I was nice and round by the time IVF ended.
Maternity clothes? Maternity pants are magical. I still can, however, fit into one pair of my skinny jeans. I've bought a few things that were on sale and will be nice in the winter months, but they don't fit yet. The one pair of maternity pants I have bought, though, are the only part of getting dressed that doesn't stress me out :) Everything else looks so tight to me!
Best moment this week: Hearing the heartbeats on Friday and being treated like a normal pregnant woman at the OB instead of a pregnant woman we all have to walk on pins and needles around. Also, getting new pillows. I haven't slept that well in ages. It was the first time I've woken up ready to greet the day since we found out we were expecting!
Movement: None yet. My friend felt her baby move just yesterday and she is 2 weeks ahead of me, so hopefully it won't be long!
Waist Diameter: [coming soon]
Food cravings: Mostly veggies, sometimes fruit. No red meat (which resulted in mild anemia), even chicken makes me queasy. Just when I think the sickness is over, the puking starts again. I will say that I do feel extremely blessed with the sickness. I've only actually puked a handful of times, so I'll definitely count my blessings! I'm also just constantly thirsty.
Gender: Probably won't find out until week 20.
Labor Signs: None, thank heavens. :)
Belly Button in or out? Totally still in, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time!
What I miss: Nothing. We've been looking forward to this for so long!
What I am looking forward to: The Sing-Off. Maybe feeling the babes soon? And Cam promised me dessert at The Chocolate tonight.
Milestones: Went to a cousin's house last night and she squealed and said "You're showing!!" So apparently, it's getting more obvious I'm not just pudgy, but there are babies in there. :)
Realization of the week: The next time we watch General Conference, we will each have a baby in our arms. :)



  1. this is your blog! you shouldn't feel bad about sharing. you deserve to be excited about pregnancy. it made be hard for some, but we all have challenges in our lives, and like you said, if it's too hard for some to read, it's OK! Excited for you guys. Enjoy!

  2. i like it when you said you're looking forward to the sing-off. haha

  3. Love this! I'm glad you decided to post it. I remember when I realized the whole "next conference we will have a baby thing.." Too crazy. Love you guys!

  4. I heard that there is a theory pregnant women hate meat because in pre fridge days meat was most likely to be spoiled so it's a defense mechanism of your body... Just a random tid bit :) All very exciting stuff K.

  5. I am a total stranger to you but I just wanted to say CONGRATS! I started reading your blog awhile ago because we were also going through infertility and I loved reading your thoughts because you always had a way of saying exactly what I was feeling. In fact your "coming out" post is what gave me the courage to finally tell everyone what we were going through! Happily we have 4 week old miracle twins boys now and I can tell you from personal experience that it is the most wonderful, crazy experience you will have. Good luck with everything!

  6. I have to say(as if a strangers opinion matters lol) that I think that you keeping track of and posting about your pregnancy is completely ok, and you should definitely do it. Your friends dealing with the same issues may need to take a break from the blog, but you deserve to live your experience in the way that you want to. And someday you are going to LOVE being able to look back at all of those pregnancy memories. And so will your kids(my kids already like it and they are under 8). Anyway congrats on the new babies! I am due about a month after you with our 5th(we have 4 boys)

  7. I think it is great that you post about your pregnancy. Every moment you carry those precious little ones and then every moment you hold them in your arms is miraculous. As someone who is in the thick of infertility struggles again, I have to say I appreciate your sensitivity to the issue, but, I love being happy FOR you, so keep posting! And if you haven't discovered the wonders of the belly band (mine was from motherhood maternity) it is AWESOME. Oh, and one of my dearest friends lives in SLC and has two sets of twins if you ever want to read her blog or email her I'll pass on the info. And, finally, congrats again!

  8. Ditto and ditto. Being brave for life includes the happy too.

  9. I just felt I had to say MANY CONGRATULATIONS to you both, I know from following your blog for a while how much this means to you. I think it is great you are posting your progress, I am sure it will help many people & in years to come it will be a wonderful thing to look back on. You must do what feels right for you. I don't have children myself but I think you blogging about your pregnancy is wonderful. All the very best to you :-)

  10. I think that it is so important for you to keep track of these memories, time goes by so quickly and we tend to forget little cute details! Congrats again, I'm SOOOO happy for you two!

  11. Congrats yet again! I hope you'll share pictures as you grow, that's fun to watch (and from the mamas I know, they like looking back at that too afterwards)!

  12. I am so excited that you decided to share your journey through pregnancy. It seems only fitting that after all the pain you and Cam have had to live through, that you finally get to rejoice in a miracle. Especially one that kicks infertility in the butt! Bringing a child into your home -- no matter what the means! -- is a tremendous win. Besides, since this is a miracle, what better way to give glory to God then by sharing what he has done?

    I can't tell you how excited I am for you!! (I have been secretly stalking your blog since just before you "came out of the closet", and this news is the very thing that I have been longing to hear!) You bring hope to others.

    I look forward to reading more of your adventures!!

  13. You be sure to write down everything! I want to know all the juicy pregnancy details.

  14. Your video announcement is amazing. We are thrilled for you. And you never know, your belly button may just stay in! It happens. Good luck. Looking forward to the updates!

    :) Ali