Saturday, July 26, 2008

Week 12

Jennifer, Jill and the kids!

Claire and her cousin, the donkey!

Mamaw, Pop, Marshall, Claire and Audrey at the zoo!

We spent week 12 (last week of the first trimester, yea!!!) at Aunt Jenn and Aunt Gregg's house in Amarillo. Claire calls her Uncle Gregg, Aunt Gregg and we think it is cute so we don't correct her! We had lots of fun with Jenn, Gregg, Marshall, Audrey, Mamaw and Pop! We went shopping, eating out and we took a trip to the best free zoo in the world.

All in all, I am feeling pretty good. The day trip to the zoo had me a little tired, but I bounced back. According to my weekly update on the babies, they are the size of limes now. I can't wait until August 14th. We will have another sonogram on that date and hopefully we will know what are babies will be: boys, girls, or a boy and a girl!

We have started thinking about the twins room. Junior is thinking about building some shelves in the closet. Things like, where are 2 cribs going to fit in this little room, have started consuming my mind. I know we will figure it all out soon. If anyone has any helpful hints, send them our way!

Happy 12th week babies!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

week 11

Week 11! I know, I already look 6 months pregnant!

We went to the dr. Thursday for our 11 week check up! I was a bit nervous, but there was no need to be. I had a sonogram done and the tech said that the babies both looked absolutely perfect. They are the same size (which is not normal, but very good news). This means they are already sharing politely with each other! We teach our kids very young to share!!! Baby A was moving around just a little, but baby B was really making waves! From the looks of the sono., the tech said they look to be fraternal, but there is really no way of telling until they are born. Of course, if it is one boy and one girl, we know for sure they are fraternal.
All in all, things couldn't be better. We are so thankful for everyone who has prayed for us during these last few weeks! We love you all and can't wait for you to meet our twins!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Beach Bums

Claire and all her cousins! (very hard picture to take!)

Claire and her Dad at Murdochs! One of our favorite beach stores! (yes, that is a wheel chair Daddy is sitting in!)

Beach Bum!

Claire at the "seaside"

Well the Gonzales family headed to the beaches of Galveston, Texas last week. It was a vacation we will not forget! We had a great time with our family, but Junior did not have such a great time hobbling around the beach with a cast on his leg! (You can only imagine)
Claire is a true beach bum. As soon as we drove up to the Seawall, Claire says, "Oh Mommy look! It's the seaside!" Too cute!
We were slated to stay in Galvestion until Sat., but Junior's leg had a different plan for us. After "trying" to go swimming with his "leg rubber", it was time to just call it quits! Junior got his cast a little wet and really that was a blessing in disguised. He was worried about the cast sticking to his leg and it had become, what he described as, walking on razor blades! OUCH! Sooooo, after a lot of soul searching, Junior headed to Urgent Care. They took his cast off and his incision looked to be infected. Well, that was it! We headed home, but not before we had a little more beach time.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Week 10

Week 10! (sorry a little late, the beach got in our way this week!!!!)

See the big picture How your baby's growing:
Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.

He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.

If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.

In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.

Something else new going on this week is that I am being monitor with a halter monitor. I had it put on today. Basically this is going to monitor my heart for the next 72 hours. I have been having these weird heart flutters for about 2 weeks now and they are really starting to bug me! Hopefully after Sunday we will know what is up with my heart. It could be a number of things including anxiety. I will keep everyone posted!

BTW, pray for Junior and Claire. I can't shower until Monday so they are going to have to put up with a dirty, stinky momma for a few days! EEEWWWWWWW!!!

Happy 10 weeks babies!

Claire's 4th of July

Who's ready for fireworks?? Claire is! Claire is!

Daddy and Claire


Claire and Mimi getting the bubbles ready!

Claire and her green thumb!

We spent the day with Mimi and Papa in Allen. Claire had a great time hanging out with Mimi and digging in Papa's flower beds. After a wonderful dinner of chicken kabobs, we headed to Frisco for the big fireworks show at Pizza Hut Park. I didn't really know how Claire would react to the fireworks. As it turned out, she absolutely LOVED them. We got to the park around 7:30 and the show didn't start until 9:30. Needless to say, we had some time to kill. Thank goodness for bubbles! Claire was so funny! At one point she was running around chasing the bubbles and said, "BUBBLES, I like you!" Junior and I nearly fell out of our chairs laughing! Finally the fireworks began. We couldn't have had better seats! It was like the fireworks were right over our heads. Claire sat very contently in my lap and watched the whole show. Once we got in the car she said, "Those fireworks were so fun!"
Gotta love the 4th!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

9 Weeks

Here is what is going on this week in a 9 week old fetus (this is not for twins, as I can't find exact descriptions for twins this early), so this will have to do for now.

How your baby's growing:
Your new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She's starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Your baby's heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. Your baby's organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that your baby's basic physiology is in place, she's poised for rapid weight gain.

We have moved from sesame seed, to lentil, to blueberry, to kidney bean, and now the grape! I love the way this site relates everything to food! Now that I am regaining my appetite food finally sounds ok! At first I just wanted to eat watermelon all the time. I still don't want any Mexican food, which is not normal for me at all!

Happy 9 weeks babies!