Wednesday, February 18, 2009

One grape-sized baby

It's official - I am only carrying ONE baby this time! YAHOO!! As of last Friday, the baby was measuring perfectly (it's about the size of a grape) and it's heart was beating strongly. It was so neat to see the ultrasound this early! Not much to see but a pulsing blob, but it sure brings home the fact that there is a living being in there. :)

I'm 9 weeks and 1 day pregnant today. Morning sickness and fatigue have been kicking my butt a bit, but nowhere near as extreme as when I was pregnant with the twins. I've been craving sweets like crazy, especially chocolate, which I don't normally crave.

The twins are doing awesome, as always! Ahead of the curve, according to the doc, in speech, comprehension, and motor skills! YAY! Go Giovanna and Roman! And go daddy and mommy! They charmed the heck out of the doc and nurses in the ob/gyn office where I got my exam last Friday. :) Both of them pretty much say any words or phrases (usually a bit modified for toddler-speak) and they are using 3-4 word sentences. They are doing pretty well at taking turns (unless they are really tired) and often make sure that their sibling gets their fair turns! "Boogie turn?" "Roman turn?" Roman has been singing the Batman song ("da-na-na-na-na-BATDAT!"), which we got on video (see below link) along with the kids talking like a rooster ("caw-doodle-doo!") and Giovanna twirling in her new dress.

They are both really exerting their 2-year-old independence. If we try to help them with something (like putting on pants), they say "No! My help!" and try to do it themsleves. If they get frustrated, they do ask for our assistance, though. One of their new games involves one of them pretending to fall or be stuck, then reaching their hand out and asking for the other's help, then the other holds their hand and "helps" them out of their predicament. Much giggling ensues.

They're still into being artsy, which makes a mama proud!! Some of their recent work (and other adorable pics and video) can be found at:

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Long time no post

Sorry everyone - I know it's been a bit since my last post.

Me and the new family addition:
As of today (2/3/09) I am 7 weeks pregnant. Morning sickness increases a bit each day, and I tossed cookies for the first time this morning. Much better than when I was pregnant with the twins, but it makes for unpleasant bus rides. :( My other main symptoms are fatigue and sore breasts - normal for this stage! Otherwise I'm feeling pretty good. Should be getting an ultrasound in 10 days to determine if there is just one baby in there this time.

The twins:
Giovanna and Roman are doing great! They are doing so well with their letters, numbers, and colors, and stringing together sentences like crazy. Giovanna almost always uses the potty to poop, and Roman is being a bit more consistant with the peeing (though I think he'll be content in diapers for awhile yet). They are certainly entering the "terrible twos" stage, including tantrums, random screaming, and being obstinate. Fun fun fun! :) We try to have a "and this too shall pass" mentality when they are going nutso, and time outs are often the result. Sigh... Still, when the Giovanna flings her arms around my neck or Roman snuggles up in my chest, and they say "I love you!" it makes everything else seem trivial. Happy mama! Kyle gave the kids AWESOME new haircuts (note the return of the 'hawk and a new do for Boogie!):

Doing great, too! As always, teaching the kids new stuff every day! I love coming home and seeing everything new they've been working on that day. They're doing numbers now. The kids seem to like the number 7 best, following both of their parents love of prime numbers. Haha!

Here are the rest of our pics from the last month: