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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Perinatologist update: 27 weeks + 2 days

Where to begin? Let's start with yesterday morning.

I woke up with a strong suspicion that I had a UTI. That was special, because my nerves weren't rattled enough about the upcoming ultrasound. Thankfully I called my OB's office in the morning and they agreed to have me come by before the perinatologist appointment to run a quick test and write me a prescription. Also thankfully, I was so busy running to and from the bathroom that I didn't have time to sit and obsess about what could go wrong at the ultrasound. Un-thankfully, it got worse throughout the day and had me in tears by mid-evening.

Anyway, let's talk about the appointment. Basically I would say it went the same as all of our most recent ultrasounds have gone: both babies are growing, but Clara is still pretty small (less than the 5th percentile). They both have a good amount of amniotic fluid available and the bloodflow from the placentas to each baby is looking good as well. Their heartbeats were good (154 bpm for him and 151 bpm for her) and everything else looked normal. Oh, and both babies are head down at the moment (which also explains the added pressure on my bladder).

Apparently we interrupted nap time because both babies were pretty mellow at this appointment, including our little wild man who normally won't stay still for measurements. We got a few peeks of him yawning, which was pretty darn cute, I must say!

The doctor said that typically at 28 weeks, they start having twin pregnancy patients come in once a week. However, due to Clara's small size, they want me to start coming in twice a week. So it sounds like this pregnancy will end much like it began with frequent trips to the doctor's office, especially when you consider that I'm going to start going to the OB more often as well.

They will measure the amniotic fluid, bloodflow from the placentas, muscle tone, and lung capacity for both babies at each perinatologist appointment, and every 3 weeks, they will do another growth scan. Assuming all goes well, she said we should expect to deliver between 34-37 weeks.

In case you didn't catch that, this means that Colby and Clara will make their debut some time in the next 7-10 weeks. HOW is that even possible?

In the meantime, I'll just continue to take it easy and keep the 3 of us well-fed. Brian will probably help quite a bit with both of those tasks as well :)

We appreciate your continued prayers that both babies would grow and stay put as long as possible! I'll be sure to keep you posted with our progress along the way, including the next bump-date on Monday. Until then, you'll find me popping antibiotics and downing cranberry juice like it's my job... try to contain your jealousy.

Monday, January 28, 2013

How did we used to spend our weekends?

We now have another productive weekend of preparing for the babies under our belts, and this time I even have pictures as proof. 

On that note, can I count a spa day as preparing for the babies... and as productive? I'm going to go with yes. I headed to the Woodhouse Spa after work on Friday afternoon for a prenatal massage and pedicure. 
Here I am sporting my robe, shortly before I went to the waiting room where I was greeted with a cold beverage of my choosing (ok I chose water) and a heated neck pillow. I'm going to have to get my hands on one of those pillows and then somehow coerce Brian into heating it up and bringing it to me after dinner every night...

The prenatal massage was great, and for those that were wondering how it works, I laid on my back propped up with a wedge pillow, and then rotated from one side to the other for the back massage. It was admittedly not as relaxing since I didn't get to lay on my stomach (my preferred sleeping position!), but she did make a lot of progress working out a knot in my left shoulder that has developed from sleeping almost exclusively on my left side, so I was thankful for that. 

I don't have any pictures from the actual pedicure, but here's a great shot I took right before getting out of the car to go to Target afterward. I picked what I thought was a pretty basic pink color but the lady doing my nails commented twice about how unique of a choice it was... anyone else think painting your toes pink 3 weeks before Valentine's Day is unique? Me neither.

All that to say, it was a relaxing way to kick of the weekend- thanks, Brian, for the thoughtful Christmas gift!

Friday evening was spent going through boxes of old baby clothes that my mom gave me to see if there were any we wanted to use for Colby and Clara. This task proved a little more overwhelming than I anticipated as I'm fairly certain my mom kept every single article of clothing my siblings and I ever wore. It was a fun trip down memory lane, although sometimes mildly terrifying, as was the case when we came across this jumper that my brother wore:

Lion or Medusa? You be the judge.

And speaking of throwbacks from the 80s, Brian finished painting the dresser and changing table this weekend! These happened to be pieces of furniture in Allison's and my nursery back in the day, which is why you might not be surprised to learn that the dresser was this color:

That would be the matching yellow crib to the right, which we opted not to keep. It's all Jenny Lind, though, as are the two cribs we are using, so it all still goes together. 

The cribs are actually a cherry wood color, but we opted to paint the dresser white. The changing table was actually already white, so Brian gave it a new coat but it's staying white as well.

Here's a picture of Brian hard at work. Meanwhile, I sat inside the house twiddling my thumbs and feeling generally unhelpful. When I told Brian that I felt like I wasn't being productive, he reminded me that growing two babies was productive enough and told me to go rest. Reluctantly, I obliged :)

Oh, and I did also go to the new/pregnant moms tea hosted by our local Parents of Multiples group, and even though there were only 6 of us (only one other of which was pregnant- with triplets!), it was still nice to get to know some moms who have been there/done that with more than one baby... and survived to talk about it! One of them had just had her twins 2 months prior, so I was extra encouraged that she was (a) dressed, (b) outside of the house, and (c) sane. 

Other baby updates: we have our next ultrasound with the perinatologist tomorrow afternoon and I would be lying if I said I wasn't fretting about it. We are hopeful that both babies have grown and are continuing to develop appropriately, but in particular that Clara's growth hasn't slowed down at all. I'll be sure to let you all know how it went, but prayers for peace between now and then and for a positive appointment are greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

This and that

- My friend, Lindsay, sent me this link last week about how to make a pregnant woman mad and it definitely had me laughing out loud. Obviously #8 was my favorite:

      Comment on her size. If she's looking big be sure to ask if she's sure there isn't two in there or if she's sure she's due in two months and not at noon. If she looks small be sure to ask her where she's hiding it or suggest maybe she just swallowed a grape. This one might also make her worry that something's wrong so it's a nice double whammy.

- Speaking of comments regarding my size, I am trying to make an effort not to be so offended if people say that I look "small." In most cases, I think they are referring to my general size and not specifically my stomach, and they are trying to pay me a compliment in saying that I am not large and in charge all over (yet). Also, I really think that some people are expecting me to be twice the size of a normal pregnant person just because I'm carrying two, so I think they are just genuinely surprised that I'm able to fit through the door frame.

Either way, I am just trying to remember that people aren't trying to insinuate that anything is wrong with me or the babies. But for the record, "you look great!" is still a much safer observation to make!

- Brian and I met with a pediatrician on Monday thanks to a referral from this gal and this gal. I have to say that I was a little taken aback at first because she is tiny and has a little mouse voice to match her size! This is a big contrast to my larger framed male OBGYN that I am used to seeing, so it was just a bit of an adjustment. But in the end, we liked her a lot and will probably end up choosing her as Colby and Clara's doctor, so hooray for crossing that off the list!

- We're going to tour one of the daycares that we're considering during lunch today, so hopefully that will also go well. And by "well," I mean to say that I hope that I don't collapse into tears at the thought of leaving our little babies in the care of strangers for 40+ hours a week when we walk out of the building. Blah.

And in other news, probably not a brilliant idea for a pregnant person to tour a pediatrician's office and a daycare in the same week during cold and flu season, right? So far, so good, but I'm thinking these were not wise decisions on my part.

- A few things we have to look forward to this weekend:
       - redeeming my Christmas gift from Brian by getting a prenatal massage and pedicure on Friday
       - attending the new/pregnant moms tea that our local Parents of Multiples group is hosting on Saturday
       - picking out colors to paint the dresser and changing table- can you guess which one of us will be picking out colors and which one of us will actually be doing the painting? :)

Monday, January 21, 2013

First baby shower

I'm pretty sure that in our 3 years of dealing with infertility, I never thought I would get to write this post. We had our first baby shower this weekend and while it was a fun time, more importantly, it was a reminder to me of how far God has brought us in this journey and of His faithfulness. To say that we have been blessed is a major understatement!

Anyway, onto the details. My sisters, sister-in-law, and a few friends threw me a shower in Austin this weekend. It was absolutely perfect, and Brian, Colby, Clara, and I are so very appreciative for the work they put into making it happen!

Cute invitation (what did we ever do before etsy?)

Allison made this banner with the babies' names on it!

26 weeks!

The brunch spread - mini quiches, pigs in a blanket, fruit, scones, brownies, M&M's (not pictured: lemonade and tea, courtesy of Auntie Shannon)

Me with the grandmothers (no wonder Clara is petite... look at those little shorties :)

Me with the hostesses - Elizabeth (big sis), Allison (duh), me, Shannon (SIL), Maryanne, and Elizabeth  (Kaimey was also a hostess but sadly couldn't join us for the party!)

Those lovely ladies gifted me with my diaper bag (which is necessarily huge) and some diapers!

Cute pull toys - owl for Clara and monster for Colby

Eek I love these monogrammed onesies that my friend, Christian, made!

My favorite presents are, of course, still cooking inside :)

Twinsies (Isn't she looking slim and trim? And it's not just because she's standing next to me!)

Some of my high school friends- so glad they were able to join us!

So there you have it. We got a nice mix of fun gifts and practical gifts, and are so very thankful for each of them. So thankful, in fact, that I need to wrap this post up and go write thank you notes :)

The next shower is 3 weeks away, so I have just enough time to find places to put all of the gifts- ha! Oh, and we also picked up the babies' dresser and changing table from my parents this weekend, so fortunately we'll have somewhere to put everything... I hope!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A day in the life

My blog BFF, Erika, recently did a "day in the life" post, and I was so amused/inspired by it, that I felt compelled to do the same. I would apologize for how boring this post is probably going to be, but I have a feeling that your daily lives aren't all that thrilling either, so no apology from me!

5:40 am – Time to rise and shine! I couldn’t decide between these two pictures so you get both:

Apparently I’m planning to use this toothbrush as an assault weapon?

5:45-6:15 am – Shower and put on makeup
6:10-6:30 am – Make sure Brian is awake, eat breakfast, make lunch for the day, catch up on e-mail/facebook/blogs... a lot to cram in to 20 minutes, especially if I have to dry/straighten my hair!

On Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays, I usually have an English muffin and cottage cheese for breakfast, and Tuesdays/Thursdays it’s cereal. Today, however, I was feeling crazy and went with grapes and a waffle with peanut butter. And water, because that's pretty much all I drink.

6:30-6:45 am  Get dressed

Hair – wet bun
Pink 3/4 length sleeved shirt – Motherhood Maternity
Black cardigan – Motherhood Maternity
Gray pants – maternity pants inherited from my sis
Shoes – Bandolino

Let’s be honest, here’s the pic you really want to see:

6:50ish am – Leave for work! I am very fortunate to have my own personal chauffeur for the commute.

Handsome, isn’t he? Also, how depressing is it that we have to drive to work in the dark?

Usually during the commute, I finish checking facebook/blogs and check my work e-mail so I know what to expect when I get to the office. Translation: I am probably the most boring passenger ever, but Brian doesn’t complain (usually).

7:15 am – Arrive at work. Slave away until lunch time (breaking intermittently for snacks, of course). 
12 pm – Eat lunch with co-workers in the break room, more awesomely referred to as "lunch bunch." I hardly ever eat out because (a) we carpool and Brian has the car, (b) it saves money, (c) it saves time, and (d) it saves calories! Today I had an apple, some crackers, chicken pot pie soup, and yes, water.

Not pictured: the mini Kit Kat and Baby Ruth I had for dessert

1-5:30 pm – Continue slaving away at work, again, with intermittent snack breaks. My morning snack varies but my afternoon snack is almost always a Luna bar, with Caramel Nut Brownie being my current favorite flavor.
5:30-6pm – My wonderful chauffeur escorts me home, during which time I catch up on the important e-mails/blogs/facebook updates I missed while at work. Once again, I am not the most exciting passenger. I do make sure to ask how his day was, so I get credit for that, right?
6-6:30 pm – Dinner time! I have mentioned this before, but we usually make dinner for the whole week on Sunday and just heat it up when we get home each night. This week’s dinner is baked ziti with spinach.

After dinner last night, we had the treat of opening an early baby shower gift that arrived in the mail- thanks, Lauren B!

6:30-9 pm – I’m going to be honest with you: I typically only get up from my spot on the couch to go to the bathroom and/or get dessert. And most of the time I ask Brian to get my dessert, so that doesn’t even happen often. Heck, I would ask him to go to the bathroom for me if I could on some nights. In my pre-gestating-the-twins days, we would probably take the dogs for a walk, but in an effort to “take it easy,” I basically put on my pajamas before dinner and stay put for the night.

During that 2.5-hour stretch, I (you guessed it) catch up on blogs, facebook, etc. while we watch TV. And lately this strenuous activity also includes updating the baby registries and perusing etsy. Oh, and there is usually a heating pad involved because back pain has become a fairly regular companion of mine.

9 pm – Take a bath and get ready for bed.
9:30 pm – Lights out! Sometimes Brian stays up and reads/studies/watches X-Files (I’m not making this up), but I make every effort to be asleep by 10 pm.

So there you have it. Is my life every bit as glamorous as you thought it would be and more?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Making progress

Hallelujah, the cribs are now the same height! I'm not going to post a picture because I'd rather wait until the nursery is finished, but trust me when I tell you that Brian did a great job and should be hired out to help others solve their seemingly unfixable nursery problems... when he's done fixing ours, that is.

Our weekend was filled with baby errands once again, which left me feeling productive but also a little exhausted. I know I already mentioned this, but it is amazing how little activity is required to make me feel out of breath. I even sat down on the floor of Home Depot (under the guise of needing to look at what was on the lowest shelf, of course) just so I could get some rest. I was promptly dismissed by my husband and instructed to wait in the car, which was a-ok with me.

After we were finished at Home Depot, we headed to Babies R Us to pick up our crib mattresses. What I did not find amusing was that there was a man standing outside the entrance smoking. I am certain that I wasn't the only pregnant person and/or mother to glare at him as we walked by. What I did find amusing was hearing Brian talk trash (from the safety of our own car, thankfully) to another driver in the parking lot after he skillfully snagged a coveted "Expectant Mother" parking spot near the front. Whatever keeps him motivated, I guess?

Saturday's adventures also included a tour of the hospital where we'll be delivering, and although the tour didn't last more than 10 minutes, it was still nice to get our bearings and take a look at where all the action will be happening (in 13 weeks or less... eek).

Other items currently at the top of our to do list:
- Pick out a pediatrician.
- Pick up the dresser and changing table from my parents (so that Brian can paint them- lucky guy).
- Figure out whether or not we're going to attend any pre-baby classes (thoughts on this topic?).
- Procure a glider (Thanks for all of your suggestions! We have narrowed it down to 2 or 3 that we like but are stalking Craig's List for another week or two before we bite the bullet and buy one.)
- Finish decorating the nursery.
- Shampoo the carpets.

Sounds like a blast, right?

And to close I'll share a picture from a baby shower I helped throw for a co-worker on Friday:

Allie (left) is due this month with a boy, Teddy (middle) is due next month with a boy, and then I'm due in April with one of each as you know :). Although there is about a 14-week spread between the 3 of us, somehow I think this picture all makes us look the same size? I think it's just the angle and/or what we're wearing.

That's all I've got. Hope your weekends were equally as exciting!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Farewell, perfectionism

Now that I’ve had a couple of days to distance myself from the appointment, I am thankfully feeling much less discouraged, so hooray for that! Even though the appointment didn’t go as well as I had hoped, it was still great to get another look at our babies, so for that we are thankful.

I would have included a couple of pictures for you from the ultrasound, but unfortunately we didn’t get any good ones this time around. We did get a profile shot of Colby, but unfortunately it turned out blurry. Why didn’t we get a profile shot of Clara, you ask? Because someone’s butt was sitting on top of her face. And no, it wasn’t mine. Unfortunately for her, I’m guessing that won’t be the last time her brother puts his butt in her face.

And speaking of bad boy behavior, we also got a special view of Colby grabbing his private parts, first with one hand and then with the other. I understand this is also normal baby boy behavior once they’re out of the womb, so I suppose this is good preparation for the future!

Oh, and I'm happy to report that our second crib came in earlier this week! I'm not happy to report, however, that the wood colors don't actually match and more importantly, this crib is a good 4 inches shorter than the one we already have. Even though they are the same model (Jenny Lind), they are made by different companies (Delta and Da Vinci), and unfortunately the one that we already have isn't manufactured anymore, so getting an exact match won't be possible.

We actually discovered all of this shortly after getting home from the appointment on Monday, which resulted in me having a meltdown on the floor of the nursery. I think I reached my most rational point when Brian assured me that he could fix the crib, to which I responded, "But you can't fix our baby!" and then continued crying. I bet being married to a pregnant person is really fun.

Anyway, Brian consulted with his dad (the master fixer and handyman!) and came up with a solution for the height issue that doesn't involve propping the crib up on cinder blocks, so that makes me feel better. And I have just decided that the difference in wood colors is not a big enough deal to worry about, so we are going to leave that alone. Maybe this is a good sign that parenthood will make me less anal retentive? One can only hope :)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Ultrasound update

Thanks, everyone, for the encouragement and prayers for this afternoon's appointment!

We didn't get bad news, but we didn't get great news. Colby is measuring on track and estimated to weigh 1 pound, 8 ounces, which puts him around the 28th percentile. Clara is still measuring about a week behind and is estimated to weigh 1 pound, 4 ounces, which puts her under the 5th percentile.

Crazy to think that 4 ounces would make such a difference, but when you're that tiny, it's pretty significant! The good news is that they are both growing, and that the discordance between them didn't increase (18% at the last appointment and 17% at this appointment).

They both have a great amount of amniotic fluid, so that's a plus. They also checked Clara's umbilical cord to make sure the bloodflow was good from her placenta, which it is. So at this point, there is not any obvious reason as to why she is not as big.

We will go back again in 3 weeks for another ultrasound, and they will also do biophysical profiles on both babies, which will basically measure each baby's heart rate, muscle tone, movement, breathing, and the amount of amniotic fluid.

Until then, we just wait and I take it easy. The perinatologist also suggested that I start taking some extra folic acid, in addition to the extra iron I will be taking after today's call from my OB letting me know my iron count was a little low (they were supposed to call by Friday so I thought I was in the clear, but apparently not... argh!). Other than that, not much I can do.

In the scheme of things, I know this is not terrible news. And I also know this is fairly common, especially with boy/girl twin pregnancies. That doesn't make me worry any less, however, and it is frustrating feeling like I am just holding my breath for 3 weeks until the next appointment. And while I appreciate that the doctor is not emotionally reactive one way or the other, it would be nice if she would just tell me it was no big deal and not to worry about it.

Anyway, that's all I have to report at this point. We will continue to pray for both of them to grow and stay in there as long as they can, and we will trust that just as it always is, God's timing with their arrival will be perfect.

In the meantime, I will try my best to be unreasonably lazy (sorry, Brian) and have as few meltdowns about significant issues like one of the car seats we registered for going out of stock as possible (sorry again, Brian). Thanks for reading and thanks for praying!

"When I am afraid, I put my trust in You." - Psalm 56:3

24 weeks

Well hello there, stomach!

How far along: 24 weeks and 1 day... can we all stop for a moment and acknowledge that these babies will be arriving in 14 weeks or less?

Total weight gain: 15 pounds, and I'm pretty sure at least half of that comes from cheese products

Maternity clothes: Yes, indeed. It seems I did not invest in (or inherit) enough maternity clothes for cold weather, unfortunately, but I'm making due. Thankfully Allison did lend me her maternity coat, which has been a life-saver these past couple of weeks!
Stretch marks: Not that I've noticed, but if we're being honest, I can't see the underside of my stomach anymore.

Sleep: Sigh. Santa did, in fact, bring me not one, but two body pillows for Christmas, but it has unfortunately not been the solution to my sleeping troubles. I usually fall asleep on my left side with the pillow between my legs and my arm wrapped around the top, but it is very difficult to roll over to my other side and successfully bring the pillow with me. So usually I roll over onto my right side and fall asleep before the pillow makes it with me. And then I wake up with back and leg pain. Spesh!

Best moment this week: Getting the nursery ready AND getting my second baby shower invitation- can't wait for both of those!

Miss anything: Being able to eat and/or perform normal activities without running out of breath

Movement: Yes! Colby and Clara are rocking and rolling in there, most often after meals and right before bed.

Food cravings: Nope. Oddly enough, I have not been one of those pregnant people that has (a) been ravenously hungry or (b) craved specific foods.

Symptoms: I think the most noticeable difference lately is how easily I run out of breath. I also seem to get tired more easily than I used to, and strenuous activities like walking around Target require brief sitting breaks.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, thankfully!

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy- fortunately (for Brian), the pregnancy rage didn't last past the first trimester. Let's hope that continues to be the case.

Have you started to show yet: Yes, and I have been known to get my feelings hurt if someone points out that I look "small for being pregnant with twins," particularly because I am sensitive about Clara's growth, even though I know my size is not directly reflective of her size!

Boy or Girl: Colby Wayne and Clara Lane :)

Looking forward to: Seeing the babies at the ultrasound this afternoon, my first shower in a couple of weeks, making more progress on the nursery

That's all, folks. I'll be sure to report back on the results from this afternoon's ultrasound. Your prayers are greatly appreciated!

Friday, January 4, 2013

What's new with the babies (and their host)

It's been a while since I filled you in on the life and times of Colby and Clara, hasn't it? Well you'll be glad to know that they have been busier than ever, constantly poking and prodding me to make sure I haven't forgotten that they're in there. And it is because of these little active babies that I discovered a new purpose for my bladder - a trampoline! I am fairly certain that Colby is the culprit, and I fully intend to ground him for it when he's born.

But really, it has been so fun to watch and feel them move around. I did so much sitting around during the holidays that I had plenty of time to just watch and wait for one of them to make a move, and I was actually worried that once I went back to work, I would be too busy/distracted to notice or enjoy it. Apparently it was silly of me to think that, however, because I feel like I have been hosting a dance party in my stomach during just about every meeting I've sat through in the past couple of days!

I had my glucose test on Wednesday morning (yep, right after the holidays- special, right?) and I should know by the end of the day today if I passed or not, as well as whether or not I'm showing any signs of anemia. And for the medical update you're all wondering about, no, we haven't had another ultrasound yet, but will be going in for one on Monday afternoon. We appreciate your continued prayers for growth for both babies, but particularly for Clara to catch up with her brother.

In other news, we finally got started on preparing the nursery, thanks in no small part to the motivation of my sissy while she was in town last weekend. I would have been perfectly content to lounge worthlessly around the house in my pajamas, but she kept me in line and insisted that we be productive- God bless her.

In the short time that they were here, we:

- moved the treadmill out of the nursery and into the garage
- moved the extra desk into a guest room closet
- cleared out the closet in the nursery and redistributed its contents into other closets
- installed the ceiling fan
- set up one of the cribs (the other one has been ordered and is en route from Amazon!)
- went through several boxes of hand-me-down girls' clothes from my mom/older sister and organized them by size AND washed and hung up the newborn sizes
- did the same with the hand-me-down boy clothes, except washing/organizing them wasn't necessary because Allison had already taken care of that once Davis was done with them :)

We also set up Clara's bedding in the crib just to see what it looked like, and I am so happy with how it looks! We decided to get coordinating boy/girl paisley bedding, which Allison actually happened to pick out. I know what you're thinking, and yes, she is the most helpful sister ever created. And no, you cannot take her because I've already claimed her.

Here's a pic of both of the bedding sets:

Not sure why the pictures are two different sizes, but you get the idea.

So that's where we are so far! A big thank you to Allison for all of her help, especially when I know helping someone else prepare for a baby is the last thing she wants to be doing right now :o/ Hopefully I will get to return the favor soon, and in the meantime, I will just say thank you as much as I can!

Anyway, our next item on the to do list is picking out a glider... suggestions welcome, as are donations :) Hope you all have a great first weekend of 2013. Stay tuned for a 24-week bump update on Monday!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Looking forward by looking back

Happy 2013, everyone! 13 just happens to be my lucky number, so I have high hopes that this year will be one of the best yet. With Colby and Clara on the way and our 30th birthdays coming shortly thereafter, there will be no shortage of things to celebrate, that's for sure!

It feels strange to be starting off a new year with a positive outlook, after spending the last 3 new years in a prolonged infertility-induced slump. And I am all too aware that so many of you (my sis included) are starting this new year in a similar slump. My prayer for you is that God would meet each of you where you are at this moment, and that the new year would bring a renewed sense of hope, regardless of what your current circumstances might suggest.

Sometimes I think it's a little cliche to treat the new year as a "fresh start," because really, it's not like God's action (or inaction) has anything to do with the date on the calendar. However, much like the ending and beginning of each day, I don't think it's any coincidence that God designed our concept of time to operate like it does. And just like Lamentations reminds us that His compassions are new every morning, I hope we can all be encouraged by the fact that they are new every year as well.

Anyway, now that this post has become much more serious than I anticipated, allow me to wrap up with a re-cap of some of the highs and lows from 2012:

- Resuming fertility treatment and embarking on year #3 of our unsuccessful efforts to get pregnant
- Undergoing a hysteroscopy (that almost wasn't covered by insurance)
- Failed IUI #1
- Failed IUI #2
- Getting hand, foot, and mouth disease
- Resorting to IVF
- Allison and Wade losing their baby

- No abnormal findings on the hysteroscopy (AND it was eventually covered by insurance)
Davis turning 1!
- Celebrating 5 years of marriage
- Trip to South Padre Island
- Finding out that we were FINALLY pregnant!
- ... and then finding out it was with twins
- ... and then finding out we were having a boy AND a girl
- Babymoon Part I to New Orleans

I have always found that in times when I am uncertain about what lies ahead, it helps to look back and remember ways in which God was faithful in the past. And despite the many lows that 2012 brought, as you are all aware, it brought many highs for our family as well... highs which would not have been possible without some of those low points!

So with that, cheers to putting another year behind us and a getting a fresh start with a new one!

"I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry." -Psalm 40:1