Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Day

We spent Thanksgiving Day with both of our families. Lunch with my side and dinner with the husband's. We're lucky to have many of our relatives nearby and close to each other too. We only had to drive about 20 minutes from one party to the next!

It was also nice to have the husband home for the long weekend.  We spent the rest of the weekend volunteering at a soup kitchen, hanging out with friends, and eating more food.  We did stop by the mall later on Black Friday to check out a couple stores, but we weren't really in the mood to shop much. I did score a few cotton shirts and a super soft, plaid scarf from The Gap for 60% off! But that was the extent of our Black Friday shopping excursion.  How was your Thanksgiving weekend?

Cousin-in-law, Howie with my cousins, Tiffany & Amy
My sister and cousins posing w/ the turkey.
My sister and me
A family photo with our hunny bunny, Jobie.
Happy birthday to my MIL!
The husband and his cousins playing a drinking game.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Belly Wave + an Update

video

Here's a video of my belly that I took a few days ago at 32 weeks.  The girls have been super active, so my stomach looks like a wave.  It's pretty incredible and freaky!

At my 32 week ultrasound last week, the girls' organs and limbs were looking fabulous.  There was some concern raised about the size of Baby B though.  She isn't growing as fast as Baby A.  They used to be only a few ounces different, but now the gap has grown.  Baby A is 3lbs, 8oz and Baby B is only 2lbs, 11oz.  So I'm going to have to go in weekly for Doppler scans to check on their fluids, in addition to the weekly Non-Stress Tests.

I had my first Doppler scan this morning.  Thankfully, everything looked great.  A Doppler scan "examines the blood flowing through the umbilical cord between the placenta and the baby."  It also examines amniotic fluid levels.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Baby Bump Progression...I'm SO behind!

Bi-weekly progression update 

I'm currently 32 weeks and quite a wee bit behind on my "bi-weekly" photos. We've converted our guest bedroom into the nursery.  We moved the guest bed to our basement study, painted the walls a lovely, light gray, and added 2 cribs, a shelf, a dresser, and a glider.  Now all the walls are taken and there's nowhere for me to take my weekly photos.  So here's one from Week 27 in front of a crib (Don't mind my messy hair.  I think I just woke up from a nap.)  I just entered the 3rd trimester (in that photo.)  Yippee! 

So I just started Month 8 this week.  I can't believe I only have a few weeks to go.  I've been seeing my OB every 2 weeks for awhile now.  She just told me I also need to start going to the hospital to get a Non-Stress Test every week from now on.  Oh dear...  I think I may have felt my first Braxton Hick's on Saturday.  My stomach got really tight and there was a shooting pain that went down one of my legs.  It reminded me of my period cramps back in high school.  It happened 3 times within a 15-20 minute span.  Is that what Braxton Hick's feels like??

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Recent Project: An Art Deco Holiday Party Invitation

I love working with this client.  Carol is a dream to work with.  She knows what she wants, so when she sees it, we're done!  No wishy washy indecisiveness here.  I also designed their last holiday party invitation (click here.)  But I love this year's so much more!  They decided to go all out on the budget and went with black raised text, gold embossed letters, and a beveled edge.  It turned out spectacularly!  She asked for an Art Deco feel to go along with their new party venue, The Drake Hotel.  So this is what I came up with!