Sunday, February 20, 2011

Porter Turns Three

Porter is now a 3-year-old!!!

We can't believe it.

And, yet, at the same time we can.

Right after breakfast, we brought down our present for him.

Ever since Christmas, he's been so excited about opening presents.



He was even more excited to see what it was!



And couldn't wait for Daddy to open it for him.



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That night, Porter invited his best friends over for some cake and ice cream!


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Happy Birthday, Porter!!!

We love you!

PS: Porter also got some sweet gifts from his grandparents!! We just haven't gotten pictures, yet...

Seth's #28

Sadly, on Seth's birthday he had a test to study for.

So, we didn't get to do anything for it until Friday.

We went out to Stanford's for Valentines and celebrated Seth's birthday at Cheesecake Factory where we each had a slice of cheesecake.

Seth's was sweetened with Splenda, of course :)

Starting next year, Seth's birthday should be more exciting since he wont have any more tests to worry about!

Happy Birthday, Handsome.

Valentines Week

I say "week" because we didn't really get to go out to celebrate until Friday.

Teddy picked out by Porter!

We hope you had a great one!

The Story & 12 Week Ultrasound

In case you were curious, I thought I'd explain how the last 13 weeks have been...
Seth and I found out we were pregnant before Christmas break.
I was only 3 weeks along, and was a little surprised at how quickly we had a positive pregnancy test.
It all worked out, though, because I was able to get on DHS (medicaid) and get my Lovenox shots before leaving town for almost 4 weeks.
The reasoning behind having to take the Lovenox can be found on >this post<
I was a little curious as to why I would have had a positive pregnancy test so soon...
...then at about 6 weeks I started getting nightmares (yes, nightmares) that I was having twins.
I assumed it was the hormones taking over my brain.
At my 8 weeks doctor appointment, I was a little concerned because I was spotting, so they sent me in to an ultrasound to "check the viability of the baby".
Same thing happened with Porter at 8 weeks.
Anyway, when the ulrtrasound technician got to the area where the baby should be, I thought it looked a little strange.
Like there was too much going on.
It's gotta be just the angle of the ulrasound device, I thought.
Then the technician turned to me and asked a question I thought I'd never have to worry about answering.
"Do twins run in your family?"
Slowly, I said "Yeeeeeeeessss" as I all-of-a-sudden felt flush and was very glad that I was lying down.
Because this changed everything...the technician left the room to give me a moment to deal with the news and prepare for a longer ultrasound.
Seth had a very big grin on his surprised face.
I felt like I was going insane.
Ican'tbetheonehavingtwinsIalreadyhaveamillionissusestodealwithwhenI'mpregnantthiscan'tbehappeningandyetthereisproofrightthereonthescreenthattherearetwobabieswhatamIgoingtodo
...
I was in shock for 2 weeks.
Seth was so excited that he started telling everyone he saw.
I started feeling ill about that same time.
I blame the news.
I started feeling excited and a little bit more ready last week.
Took a while...
I think it came with starting to feel better.
THEN...
We went to our 12 week appointment, where we learned that we would now have two doctors.
One close and the other in Portland.
There's no NICU nearby, and if these two come early, I would need to be in Portland anyway.
SO...
Last week I had my first appointment in Portland.
 It started with an ultrasound...which always makes me happy.
There, I learned that these little ones are IDENTICAL!!
I'm excited.
Afterwards, I met up with the doc who basically gave me a "gameplan" to go by.
In other words, he explained to me that because my babies share a placenta, there's a possiblity of  this or this or that or this.
I'd rather not go into all the details.
It's...overwhelming...and has been all I can think about all week.
And then he explained that there's also a possibility none of it would happen.
I'm hoping it's the latter.
I didn't much like the things he told me.
Starting at 18 weeks, I'll be going in for an ultrasound to check on them every other week in Portland to see if any of the "maybe this is going to happen" things are happening.
I'm not too fond of driving in Portland traffic, but I like the idea of seeing my babies every two weeks.

So, now you're all caught up!

I figured I'd save the ultrasound pictures for last so we can end on a cute and happy note!

Here is baby A for this ultrasound:



And, baby B:



Their cute litle heads:


And, a pretty decent one of their tummies:


Getting still shots of them was next to impossible.

They never stopped moving!

Just like their brother...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Latest

You probably already know about this if you:

1. Are a family member
2. Are a local friend
3. Are a distant close friend
4. Are a member of our ward
5. Happened to scroll down to the bottom of the blog in the past 4 weeks

If you are not or didn't do any of those things, here is the latest...

12 weeks

Yep, we are pregnant!

But, that's not all...

8 weeks--will be getting another ultrasound on Tues.

We're seeing DOUBLE!

The Yogurt Lover



Porter will eat at least four yogurts a day if I let him.

He goes to the fridge, grabs one, and even gets his own spoon.

I'm glad he is self-sufficient enough to do so, but come on, child.

You really need to eat other things as well.

Like the yummy food Mom makes for dinner.

Counting

Porter is very good at counting to 10!

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Mud


When you can't go outside in the mud to play with your little loader...


...play with the "mud" inside instead.

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Tantrums

There are no locks on our bedroom doors.

Porter's doesn't even really close the whole way.

So, when he throws his temper tantrums and refuses to let us have any sort of mute on his ear-splitting screams, we sometimes have to improvise...


Hoping this phase goes away quickly.