We made it! Wow! I almost thought we wouldn’t get here, but I’m so proud of myself for doing so! The goal with most twin pregnancies is 36 weeks and even though I struggled through every minute of it, I’m actually feeling really good this week!
This week I finally got to check something big off of my checklist- my son’s second birthday! It’s so bittersweet because I can’t believe he is two already, but I seriously love this stage of his life right now! He is so smart and grown up! We had his birthday “party” at Chuck E. Cheese. I put quotations around “party” because I had almost ZERO energy to actually plan a “real” party this year, so I broke down and left it to the professionals at Chuck E. Cheese. I invited a few family members and friends and used email/FB invites! GASP!! Last year his birthday was DECKED out! His “beach themed” first birthday was definitely Pinterest worthy. I had been stressing out over the fact that I wouldn’t be able to do this again or if I would even be able to attend. Would the babies be born on or before his birthday? Could I even make it to the party? What would happen to all of the beautiful “I’m Twoodles” themed (Mickey Mouse) Pins that I had pinned!? I didn’t want to be a “failure mom”, sacrificing my two-year-olds birthday memories for trying to keep in his twin brothers and not go into labor. I think this guilt comes from being the oldest sibling to a 22 month younger brother myself.
Luckily, the whole thing went smoothly and he was not scarred for life. He actually LOVES Chuck E. and has somehow figured out how to find videos of him on YouTube now and has been watching them all week.
While I’m relived that all went well with my son’s birthday, I will admit I failed in part this week with my gestational diabetes journey. I ran out of testing strips and material and took the pharmacy’s slow response as an excuse to take a cheat week. (THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED!) I never took a cheat week with my first son while I had gestational diabetes, but here’s my thoughts [excuse]…I’m having TWO. I’m starving this week, my babies need food, and I WANT them to get chunky! Not EVERY meal was terrible, but I snuck in a lot of FRUIT! Normally I can eat one serving of fruit a day WITH a protein. I also indulged in pizza at Chuck E. Cheese. Insert GASP emoji! Haha.
But, the meals I did good with this week are included here and are actually pretty tasty!
The first, Fajita Salad, is a regular meal for us and SUPER easy. We usually grab pre-seasoned fajita chicken or steak from Sprouts or any grocery store and throw it on the grill. I sautéed red bell peppers and red onions in a wok with some olive oil spray and Mexican seasoning (also from Sprouts). All these ingredients go on top of spinach (or your choice of leafy greens) and are topped with salsa, cilantro, and guacamole (our guac recipe is basically avocado and garlic powder and some Himalayan Sea Salt).
Meal two was crockpot Barbacoa Pork, patty pan squash, and some roasted red potatoes. I just took a pork tenderloin and put it in the crockpot all day with a packet of Barbacoa sauce from Sprouts. The squash and potatoes were roasted in the oven at 400 degrees until soft, seasoned with olive oil and Non-Salt Seasoning from Costco (one of my new favorite spices).
Finally, my favorite meal of the week was Honey-Seared Shrimp and Asparagus. Wok fried shrimp made with coconut oil, honey, and soy sauce! We also cooked the thin asparagus on the wok! It was delicious and definitely a keeper!!
In other news, the twins were moving like crazy this week! Baby B (Kayden) went from head down back to breech. Basically they have been “butt to face” throughout the entire pregnancy. I’m still not sure if I am going to try a vaginal birth because it’s difficult to say if we will be able to turn Baby B after Baby A is born. I also bought my first Boba Wrap on Offer Up and practiced double wearing the twins with some dolls. I’m excited to see how it works with the real thing! We had another Q & A online session with Twiniversity which I LOVE doing! Nat Diaz (the author of Twiniversity) is seriously amazing and so nice! I got my Cord Blood Registry Kit to collect the babies cord blood and tissue (let me know if you are interested in doing this because I have a discount code and I can’t wait to share more about this experience once the babies are born!).
I got to see the babies twice on the ultrasound. Tristan loves seeing his brothers “on the TV” and brought his Mickey Mouse toy from his birthday to show them. My waist is about 45 inches around the belly button, which is definitely no longer a belly button. I got more stretch marks… But, mostly I laid around, watched TV, and tried to enjoy the last few weeks with my singleton until these babies are born!
We will see if this week brings babies or more waiting!! Don’t forget to follow me on FB and Instagram for more updates! And, as always if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below or contact us at email@example.com!