Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Cuddle Buddies!!!

The Babies at 12 weeks and 4 days!!

Baby A is being stubborn and turned her/his back to us!!!

12 week checkup!!!!

Today we went in for my 12 week checkup, and I will admit, it was much better than my last! Since I am carrying multiples, Dr. Joseph wants to monitor me with an ultrasound every month during the first part pf my pregnancy .
We could not wait to get to see the twins again ! Among all the stressful events of trying to sell our house, having a contract on another , and my constant worry of future bedrest, seeing the twins would make all of these worries seem so small and once again remind us of how thankful we are for these two blessings.
I was relieved to have a "regular sonogram" on the belly this time! haha! As she turned the screen around for us to see, I just thought about how far I had come in the last month from that scared and emotional parent-to-be of multiples to the proud and very excited mommy of twins!!!
I had told Michael that I could feel them moving even though I knew it was very I could see why! "Baby A" was just a goin, kicking and moving those arms so fast!! Meanwhile, "Baby B" was relaxing and sleeping through his/her brother kicking him/her in the head!! We can almost tell that "Baby A" will probably be a little fiesty!! The sonographer confirmed that they are in two placentas which have fused together and that the twins are in their own sac. They each have their own umbilical cord and are separated by a very thin membrane which allows them to feel each other's kicks! What I love about this is that they are fully aware of their "womb buddy"!! Dr. Joseph is still quite certain that they are identical, but we won't actually know until they are born!
The babies are facing opposite each other for now, but we were told that could change too! For now, we do know that they are right on target and very healthy! Both babies have a heartrate of exactly 165 and are both exactly 3.5 inches long! It is truly amazing!
Today was a good day!! Thank you, God.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

sonogram picture at 8 weeks

Here are our babies!!!!

12 weeks

10 weeks


Yay!!! February 23rd had finally arrived and we were so excited to get to see our sweet baby and hear the heartbeat! Michael and I anxiously awaited for the sonographer to call my name, and finally, she did!!! I think I almost ran all the way to the tiny little room! I got up on the table and my heart started beating out of my chest! Michael and I were just chatting away as the sonographer began her work. She joined in with us asking us questions about our other children and how I was feeling, and then she got very quiet....."Um....what is this?" she said with a smile on her face. I sat straight up , looked at her, and then the screen...."It looks like there are two in there, Mrs. Cantey." I don't exactly remember what happened in the next five minutes or what was said because I think I blacked out!! haha! How could this be? I only wanted three children, not FOUR!! How was I going to do this? I think a million thoughts ran through my head until finally, the tears came, and boy did the tears come!!! I cried so loud that I could be heard from the waiting room! Looking back on it, I feel really bad about this. The sonographer really didn't know how to console me. Then she informed us that the babies were identical with both heartbeats at a strong 178!!! It was at that moment we heard the most beautiful sound of two heartbeats ! I finally started to feel a sense of calmness and could proceed with the appointment. Oh, and before I go any further, many people ask how Michael did with news....he was thrilled!! He laughed the whole time and held my hand..i don't know what I would have done if he would have been any other way.

Okay, so after blood being drawn, we head into Dr. Joseph's offcie for a little conference. apparently he had heard me earlier and was going to do his best to reassure me that everything would be okay! We even later learned that he is a twin himself!!

We just couldn't wait to tell our family the exciting news, especially Gracie and Bryce ! They would be ecstatic knowing they wouldn't have to share the baby because now there would be two!!!

The reactions we got were priceless!! We couldn't ask for more supportive family and friends!

This experience has been a true testiment in our family. We have had to let go of "our plans" and know that God has big and wonderful plans of His own! I am learning very quickly to let go of trying to control everything and just take a backseat and enjoy the ride!

And so our journey begins....


Much to our surprise, we conceived pretty quickly. I instantly just felt it in my gut that I was pregnant and couldn't wait until I could validate everything with a pregnancy test. Being also the impatient person that I am, I took a test a couple of days before my cycle was expected and ....oh my gosh, it was POSITIVE!!! I hadn't seen that little pink line in about 6 years since I found out I was pregnant with Bryce, and instantly I was on my feet jumping for joy!! Michael knew when I called his name from the bathroom that we had done it!!!!
It was so difficult to keep such a big secret from the kids, but we felt it was best until I was further along, and we really wanted to do something special for them to let them know that their new baby was on the way!
Off to the doctor we go!!! The receptionist had scheduled me to come in at 5 1/2 weeks...which I thought was a bit early but it had been so long since I had done this that I didn't question it.
We were both very excited to go and hopefully see our new baby , but unfortunately , I was too early and was told to come back in the next 4 weeks so they could get a good look !
Valentines Day came around and the perfect time to let Gracie and Bryce know the exciting news!!! Needless to say we made it very special for them and they were thrilled!! They were already fighting over who would get to hold the baby, and feed the baby,and play with the baby.
Little did we know that this would not be an issue!!

The decision to build...our family!

For the most part, I consider myself to be a planner. I'm not too big on surprises, well, until now....

Michael and I had been going back and forth for over a year about expanding our family. We are both one of three,so it only seemed natural to eventually have a third child of our own, but it always seemed as though something along the way would cause us to wait. Being the "Type A" person I consider myself to be, I kept waiting for the perfect timing...waiting until both kids were in school, planning a fall or early spring delivery, or waiting until there was plenty in the savings account became my consistent reasons for postponing my pregnancy. Little did we know that God had already planned it out for us, which we would later find out.

One evening, Michael finally put his foot down and was done with all my "wishy-washyness"! He explained to me that just as before, life was not going to lay out the perfect path for us and we either needed to proceed with another baby or stop altogether! We had a long talk that evening, and without a doubt in my mind, we were going for it!!!
Above all love each other deeply,
because love covers a multitude of sins.
I Peter 4:8

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I am married to my highschool sweetie and together we have two very active but very loving children, Gracie and Bryce. I work part time as a pediatric dental hygienist and am a fulltime cook, cleaner, and driver :) I love all my jobs and thank God everyday for getting me to where I am...