Monday, January 31, 2011


So I was playing around with my blog design and layout.  About 2 minutes into it, I realized that I have limited abilities while at work.  I wanted to make my blog a little more "boyish" since I don't think the twins would appreciate pinks and oranges and flowers. 

Well, guess what...I can't remember how to do anything. So for the time being, I'm going to have a plain background with blues and greens. 

Oh well!

Friday, January 28, 2011

I'd like to thank....

Isn't that how all acceptance speeches start?  I'm not much on watching the actual award shows, but I love seeing what everyone is wearing.

I've been nominated by 2 lovely ladies for the Stylish Blogger Award.  Thanks to Rebecca and Megannjay

Rebecca's blog once one of the first blogs I started following when I discovered the awesomeness of IF blogging.  Be sure to stop by her blog and say "Hello!".

I "met" Megannjay online as well.  She and I bonded over our shared troubles and frustrations where TTC is concerned.  We started emailing occasionally, became friends on FB and now we email regularly.  She's just starting her first IVF cycle.  I've got everything crossed for her and her hubby.  Be sure to stop by her blog and give her some encouragement :)

The rules of the award:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award. (check, check)

2. Share 7 things about yourself. (see below)

3. Award 15 recently discovered new bloggers. (see below)

4. Contact these bloggers and let them know about the award. (on my to-do list)

Seven random facts about warned - I'm not that interesting!!

  1. I grew up in the country - like in the middle of a field.  No stop lights, no grocery store, no WalMart.  Nadda.  My dad grew up there and my parents moved there when I was about 5 years old.  They lived there until recently. 
  2. Mr. MBC & I met at a bar.  Oh, the shame!!!  We dated for a few months, stopped dating for about 6 months and started dating again.  We talked for about a month when we were "not dating" and then went out on our 2nd first date in October and were engaged the next June.
  3. I have one brother and he is 10 years younger than me.  He and I have a good relationship and can talk to one another about almost anything.
  4. Other than Mr. MBC, my mom is my best friend.  She and I talk almost daily.  Now that I'm pregnant, we talk 2 or 3 times a day on certain days.
  5. I do not like elevators.  I've gotten better in the past few years, but for the longest time I would not get on a crowded elevator.  I will not go to the back.  I'm that person that stands to the side and lets you walk past me.  I cannot handle the thought of being stuck in the back of the elevator - as soon as the door opens.
  6. The thought of having 2 newborns at once scares the bejeezus out of me.  I don't know what it's like to have one newborn, but the thought of two is so overwhelming.  Don't get me wrong, I love my boys and cannot wait for them to be outside babies.  I guess the number of phone calls between me and my mom is going to keep on growing.
  7. Right now I'm sitting in my classroom with thirteen 14&15 year old girls.  As I listen to their conversations and see how silly they are, I'm very glad that I'm not having two girls!
Now it's time to share the love.  Blogs that I'm awarding the Stylish Blogger Award to (in no particular order):

  1. Alex at Alex's Adventures.  She's about to start her FET cycle.  Good luck, Alex!
  2. LadyProf at Attacked by Evil Ovaries. She's celebrating her BFP after her second IVF cycle.
  3. Busted Kate at Busted Plumbing.  She's a new mommy to Tuck.  He's so precious!
  4. Fertility Chick...she and her hubby have went through many IF treatments and are now seeking adoption.
  5. LGLDVM at Hoping For a Chance.  She is in the middle of her first injects + IUI cycle.  Stop by and enjoy her drawing of the difference between a rock and her ovaries
  6. Emily at Living After Losing.  Her blog is her diary to her boys that were born too early.  She also reflects on the journey.  She's very brave and honest in her writing.
  7. Al at Mission: Motherhood.  I began following Al's blog long before I ever thought of starting my own.  She and her husband had trouble along the way to parenthood, but she's pregnant now!  It happened on a break cycle and she's less than a week behind me in her pregnancy.
  8. Mrs. W at Nothing Easy.  She's another friend that I've made through online communities.  She and I actually "met" when planning our weddings.  She's expecting her first in September after IVF #2.
  9. Kelly at Our Silly Rodriguez Family. Kelly is a full time mom, wife and student.  She blogs about a little bit of everything.  If you're thinking of cloth diapering, she has quite a bit of knowledge on her blog.
  10. Melissa at Rick and Melissa plus 1.  Melissa is expecting her daughter in May after losing her first daughter during the 2nd trimester.  She's currently on bedrest, but is making the most of it.
  11. Egg at Such a Good Egg.  Egg is expecting boy/girl twins after a long and heartbreaking road.  She's just hit the 3rd trimester and is moving right along in her pregnancy.
  12. Christine at The Conception Craze.  Christine is about to start her FET cycle.  Stop by and wish her luck.
  13. Lolo at The Little Things.  Lolo is expecting girl/girl twins in June.  She and her hubby were gearing up for IVF and did one last IUI cycle before moving on. 
  14. Amber at TTC Isn't as Easy as 1-2-3.  Amber is expecting twin girls in April.  She has been on bedrest for nearly a month and was admitted to the hospital earlier this week due to a shortened and irritable cervix.  Stop by and show her some love.
  15. MSC from GP at What's Left? There's Life.  MSC is a new mommy to sweet Lillian.  Stop by and check out the cuteness that abodes from little miss Lily's face.

Thanks again to Megannjay & Rebecca for this awesome award. 

Coming up next - nursery ideas and an update from my OB visit yesterday.

Monday, January 24, 2011

It's been a while....

Sorry I haven't updated in a while, but there hasn't been much going on lately.  Just passing time until my next OB appt and then our 4-D ultrasound. 

Here's the uneventful update I know you've been waiting for:

How far along? 23 weeks and 2 days....I can't believe I'm this.close to 3rd Tri.

Weight gain/loss: About 11 pounds up.  Luckily, I feel like it's all belly.  I'm still using the Bell.a Band to hold up my pants because they are too big even with my growing belly.

Maternity clothes? Love them!  Just last night, I had on a pair of yoga pants that were not maternity.  Even though they have an elastic waistband, they were SO TIGHT!

Stretch marks? Just the belly...I guess I could consider it one big stretch mark or several small ones.  Not sure what the better option is.

Sleep? Definitely lacking.

Best moment since last update? Mr. MBC felt one of the boys last night.  It wasn't exactly kicking or nudging, but there was definite movement up near my ribs.  It's weird being able to feel movement on the outside.

Food cravings: Still loving a chicken biscuit in the morning. 

Genders: TWO BOYS!!!! Double trouble :)

Belly button in or out? It's an innie, but it's growing.

Movement? Yes!  It's like it happened over night.  I'm pretty sure I'm still feeling just one of the boys consistently.  And, let's go ahead and admit it - they have their days and nights mixed up. 

What I miss? Sleeping

What I'm looking forward to:My mom is coming up this weekend we are going to do some shopping for the boys.  I have not bought one thing for the boys yet.  I know that when I start, there  will be no stopping me. 

Milestones: Nursery furniture and bedding picked out!  My parents are buying the bedding for both cribs as a gift.  I'll post later this week with pics of the furniture, bedding and other decor ideas for the nursery.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2010 - A year in review....

I've seen this on a couple of different blogs and thought I would join in as well....

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

Gotten pregnant!!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don't remember making any major resolutions.  If I didn't make them, I guess that means I didn't fail at any, right?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes - several internet friends and a couple of real-life friends.

4. Did anyone close to you die?


5. What countries did you visit?

Just the good ole' USA.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you didn’t have in 2010?

Two healthy baby boys.
A new house.
A new car.

7. What dates from 2010 will be etched upon your memory, and why?

January - April 2010: My dad was deathly ill and in the hospital for the better part of 4 months.

September 8, 2010 - getting my BFP :)

September 23, 2010 - finding out it's TWINS!

December 23, 2010 - Two boys!

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?

Tough one....I feel like so much of my time and energy for the year was put into IF and treatments that I didn't do anything great.  Unless you count surviving the heart ache month after month.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Geesh...I should have read all of the questions before deciding to play!

Probably not supporting Mr. MBC as much as I could have when he was dealing with some issues in February and March.  I was too focused on my dad and his health.  I didn't realize how much Mr. MBC was hurting and feeling lost.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?


11. What was the best thing you bought?

Maternity jeans....seriously, they are like heaven!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

The Sweetest Little Girl in the World.  She's such a trooper.  Her "mother" is not the greatest in the world, but SLGW is one of the happiest, smartest and outgoing children I've ever met.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Dr. of the first doctors to see my dad when he first got sick.  Let's just say she's been reported to her hospital & the state medical board.

14. Where did most your money go?

Mortgage and household expenses - day to day crap that's not fun.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Finding out that I was pregnant, finding out it was twins, finding out that it's two boys.

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?

"Anything Like Me" by Brad Paisley.  It came out right before we  had our anatomy scan.  If my boys turn out to be half the man Mr. MBC is, I'm a lucky woman.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?

a. happier

b. fatter, but pregnant

c. poorer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Date nights with Mr. MBC

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?


20. How did you spend Christmas?

All over the place.  We had 5 gatherings over 5 days.

21. What was your favorite TV program?

Bravo's Real Housewives of .....  you pick the city.  I love them all!

22. What was the best book you read?

Plain Truth by Jodi Piccoult.  I enjoy her writing and have read several books by her.  But most of my reading in  2010 focused on Infertility and being pregnant.

23. What did you want and get?

A Nook and digital camcorder - both Christmas gifts.

24. What did you want and not get?

To move to another house.  Our house has been on the market for almost a year :( 

25. What was your favorite film of 2010?

Don't know....

26. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 32 last June.  I went to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory with Mr. MBC, SLGW, my parents, my brother & my MIL.

27. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Not putting so much energy into my TTC troubles.  I wish I had put more energy into becoming a better teacher, wife, daughter, sister, etc.

28. Who did you miss?

My old roommate.  She moved a state away and we rarely see each other.  We chat mostly through FB these days.

29. Who was the best new person you met?

I met two internet friends that are pretty awesome!

30. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.

I'm an optimistic person, have faith in people, and belief that given a choice people will do the right thing.  I was reminded by a couple of people over and over again that they think only of themselves and put themselves above everyone else.

20 week update and more....

How far along?  20 weeks (and 3 days)....officially on the downhill slide :)

Weight gain/loss: As of last week, I've gained a total of 9 pounds.  Although it's not much, I'm struggling with the way my body looks.  I know that pregnant women are supposed to gain weight, have a big belly, etc.  But I've always struggled with my weight and I feel like I just look fat and not pregnant.

Maternity clothes? All day, every day. I had to invest in some pants for winter over the weekend.  All of December I was able to wear jeans to work, but now that the holidays are over we are back to the professional look Monday thru Thursday and casual Friday. 

Stretch marks? Still just the one on my belly.  I've been keeping a close eye on my hips, boobs and butt, but I have not seen any new ones there.

Sleep? Let's not discuss it.

Best moment since last update? The anatomy scan and our reveal to our families on Christmas Eve. 

Food cravings: Can't beat Chik Fil A in the morning :)  I was good over my two week break from work and did not have CFA once. 

Genders: TWO BOYS!!!!  Mr. MBC and I are so excited. 

Belly button in or out? Still in

Movement? Sort of....I've felt flutters a couple of times, but no major kicks or anything.  I have an anterior and posterior placenta, so Dr. H says that's why I'm not feeling much.  He said he's going to remind me of my disappointment around 30 weeks when they are fighting for space in there.

What I miss? Still missing wine, but not as much now that the holidays have passed.  The one thing I really miss is being able to get comfortable in bed.  I have a body pillow, but it doesn't seem to be helping too much.  My body hurts when I get out of bed in the morning.

What I'm looking forward to:OB appt this week.  My blood pressure has been on the "high side of normal" at my last three appointments.  I've been monitoring my BP at home and it's been holding steady.  I really anxious about the possibility of being put on BP meds.

Milestones: Mr. MBC and I have started making some decisions about the nursery now that we know that we are having 2 boys.  It's nice to get back to my Type A, OCD self and start making a plan.