Monthly Archives: July 2012

19 weeks

19 weeks

The twins are each the size of a heirloom tomato about 6 inches long and weigh about 8.5 ounces.  Maybe they’ll take after their daddy and actually like the taste of tomatoes.  I’m getting better… if they’re sliced up real small I do okay.  I think it’s the texture of the seeds surrounded by the slimy sack that always turned me off.

Sex Party & The Three Legged Monsters

Sex Party & The Three Legged Monsters

Saturday we had our gender reveal party and it was so much fun!  We ended up having about 20 or so people stop by. We asked people to wear pink if they thought it was two girls, blue if they thought it was two boys, and white if they thought it was one of each. I represented team white and Steve was team blue.

It was a gorgeous day in San Francisco so most of the time we hung out in the back yard.  Steve made some burgers and we had a few other things to munch on.  For desert we did the gender reveal cake for baby A.  It was beautiful.  I love Mitchell’s Ice Cream cakes… we might need another occasion to get one before we move out of the city.

We had everyone gather around and Steve cut through the cake.  It was still a little frozen and one of Steve’s friends shouted “PUSH!  PUSH!”.  It was good times.  The inside of the cake was oreo ice cream with a layer of blue frosting.

I was pretty shocked when Steve flipped it around and we all saw that it was a boy.  I was certain baby A was going to be a girl!  My instincts were way off. I immediately had to verify that the card did say “Boy”. The ultra sound tech included a couple pictures of the male parts… to me it just looked like a 3rd leg.

Here’s a picture of our surprised faces.

We did have someone record a video but they were more interested in the results so there are no videos of our faces… just the cake and balloons.

I made everyone wait to find out the gender of the second baby. As everyone was finishing up their desert we took the box outside into the yard. Then we gathered around and opened it…

I’m not exactly sure what the balloon shop was thinking adding those ugly green/yellow balloons. The guy asked if he should put other colors “like white” and I said, “sure, if it looks good”. Guess I should’ve been more strict to sticking to the color of the babies! They threw me off and I definitely had to open the cards to verify the results. Again, we saw a third leg. These babies have HUGE genitals! …maybe that is normal.

Steve convinced me to nix the scratch off cards… after I spent an hour trying to find a place that printed two sided cards. Even the online places didn’t have options except for the pre-designed versions. With all the house work we have to do and other stress it made more sense to just call our families and tell them “in person” using facetime. Everyone seemed so happy for us. My parents are looking forward to having 5 grandsons under 2 (Knox will have just turned 2 when the twins are born). The race for the first granddaughter is still on…

I have to be honest, I was a little disappointed that one of them wasn’t a girl. I am going to be outnumbered. But I told Steve that there are going to be strict rules about how to respect mom… no toilet seats up, no cussing, no farting… I will just have to try again for my chick flick watching buddy. The idea of having twin boys has grown on me in the time since we found out. I think it’s going to be fun for them to grow up with each other. Being the same sex would be more fun than opposite genders… they’ll be super close. I can’t wait to meet them! Now to start coming up with names…

Here are photos of our 3-legged monsters


Gender reveal party

Gender reveal party

We find out in about 24 hours what the genders are of the twins!  I can’t wait!  We’re having friends over for a simple bbq followed by an ice cream cake from Mitchell’s and some balloons.  After lunch we’ll cut into the cake and either see pink ice cream (New York Cherry) or an Oreo with blue frosting.  I’m hoping for a girl… the cherry ice cream looked delicious.

I just dropped the giant box Steve and I wrapped off at a balloon shop across the street.  They’re going to fill it will 6 or 7 blue/pink balloons.  So we’ll get to space out the excitement of each babies gender.  I can’t wait!  It’s going to be so real once we know the genders.

After the party is over I’m going to create some gender reveal scratch off cards to send to immediate family.  They’ll have a little bit of a wait for the post office to deliver their answers.  I found the idea on etsy and copied it to make it work for two babies.  Here’s an example of what it would look like with one of each sex:

Then on the back I’ll put some pictures from the party in black and white so it doesn’t ruin the surprise.

Prenatal Massage

Prenatal Massage

Back in October of last year I bought a livingSocial deal for an hour massage.  Since we’re going to be moving I decided I needed to use up the massage so I finally got around to scheduling it for last night after work.  The name of the place was “The Body Works”.  It wasn’t very obvious that it was randomly on the 4th floor of a building in San Francisco a block from Union Square.  They had no signs out front and when I got off the elevator on the 4th floor there was a hall with lots of off white doors which looked a little eerie like something from a Tower of Terror movie.  The room itself was not the best, or even in the top 5 spas I’ve ever been to.  The atmosphere was lacking.  BUT… I really liked my masseuse.  She was a young girl named Megan who just recently moved to the city.  It was clear from the beginning that she knew what she was doing.  The massage felt amazing and she was very friendly.  This was my first massage as a pregnant lady and they don’t let you lay on your stomach.  So i had to lay on my sides for the back massage.  It was exactly what I was needing.  She got out lots of the “kinks”.  I didn’t want it to end, and I was a little shocked when it did since it ended 10 minutes before the hour was up… I had purchased the one hour massage, not a 50 minute massage.  One thing that she told me that I had never heard before that with pregnant ladies you have to be careful around their ankles (inside and out, but mostly outside), near the pinky toes, and near the pinky and outside area of the hands.  The masseuse said it was because it can actually induce labor.  I’m glad she told me because I plan on forcing Steve to give me foot rubs a little later on.  🙂

All in all I’d go back for the masseuse but there are much better places in the city for atmosphere.  I definitely need to treat myself to a few more prenatal massages for the twins!

First stranger to notice I was pregnant… and tell me

First stranger to notice I was pregnant… and tell me

Today I had a dentist appointment and when I was called in I unzipped my coat and the dental assistant who was leading me to the chair for the cleaning said “Oh! You’re pregnant!” and then immediately caught herself and said “…you are pregnant, right?”.  I’m sure other strangers have noticed but just weren’t sure if I was just a fat lady! haha… made me feel good to have the bump noticed.

Gender Poll

Gender Poll

What will be the genders of the Twins?

Bonus points for adding a comment with which baby A or B you think is the girl vs. boy for those of you thinking it’s 1 of each.

Anatomy Scan

Anatomy Scan

Today we had three appointments, a checkup with our OB, the anatomy scan, and then some psychologist appointment.  I also had to have the 2nd blood test/2nd trimester screaming taken.  So it’s been a busy day!

Today I am exactly 18 weeks pregnant.  Baby A measured 18w5d and Baby B measured 18w2d.  A had a heartbeat of 150 and B 159.  It was amazing seeing them again… they have grown so much.  They now look like little babies.  Baby B was dancing all around and Baby A seemed very calm.  They are both heads down, which hopefully they stay that way so I can try a natural birth.  It was amazing what we could see.  The appointment took about an hour or so and they took pictures of every limb, the spines, stomachs, brains, kidneys, bladders, and even the eyes… so cool!  Baby A’s placenta was anterior and B’s was posterior.  So if the theory that you can’t feel babies moving when the placenta is towards your belly is true then I will most likely be able to feel baby B first.  Baby A is to my left side and B to my right.  I *think* I’ve been feeling them and the ultrasound tech said it probably is them.  It’s not a kicking sensation… it’s more of a rolling sensation.  Like a snake is under my skin or something.

We are doing a gender reveal party on Saturday with friends in San Francisco so we asked the ultra sound tech not to tell us but to write it down on some cards that I brought.  She did a good job of not giving it away.  We had to look away a number of times.  She said she put a picture of their “parts” in the envelope as well.  We’re going to have to give them to the ice cream and balloon shops quickly in order to not want to peak!

The appointment with the psychologist was odd.  They wouldn’t let Steve come into the room with me and asked all sorts of questions about my and Steve’s previous drug and alcohol use, my mental state, stress levels, and our relationship.  Complete waste of time.  The lady said it was routine and mine was triggered because we drank more than 3 drinks a week before getting pregnant.  But when I answered no to all of her questions “no cocaine, no ecstasy” she said “Lisa, you are boring… but it’s a good thing”.  Um….