Twin Story #1

So things happen with little kids.  Some stories are just worth writing down.  So I am going to try to start writing down more of my twin stories on the blog because well I need to remember them, and some are just too good to pass up.

 

So today I had to take Troy and Chad (21 months) for a check up.  I only had the two of them, Gramma had Liana.  We made it to our appointment with one minute to spare!! 🙂  So we saw the nutritionist and then we were on our merry way.  When I got to the car, Chad had gone number 2 so I decided to change him before we left.  I put Troy in the car to tinker around and play while I changed Chad on the floorboard of the car (mistake #1).  I also placed my keys within view of Troy and forgot they were there (mistake #2).  So I got Chad all ready, put him in his car seat and shut the door (mistake #3).  When I walked around to the other side of the car to put Troy in his car seat, I could not open the door!  I looked at all the locks and they were all down.  Every door had been locked.  Now I know I didn’t lock them, so Troy was the culprit, but where were my keys now!  I was searching the floor boards, the seats, his hands, etc and couldn’t find them. (mind you I am looking for them from the outside of the car)  I looked at Troy, who is now roaming freely in the car, and said Troy where are my keys?!  He could hear me and he walked right up to the ignition and pulled them out and said, “see”.  Doh!  Well now they are both locked in the car, so instead of panic I was laughing.  This seemed pretty funny to me.  I have AAA so I could have called them right away, but in my mind I said, he pushed the button on my key to lock it, so he can push the button to open it right?!  So I said, “Troy push the button!”  He looked at the key and dangled them, laughed then stuck it back in the ignition and kept on playing. Hmmmmm, “Troy, get the keys!  Troy push the button!”  He grabbed them again and dangled them for me once again and put them back in the ignition.  Welp, this is not going how I hoped at this point.  So I call my mother in law to tell her I may be late.  I had one last idea…”Troy, get the keys and give them to Chad!”  So Troy grabbed the keys and gave them to Chad, who is still strapped in his car seat at this point.  I said “Chad, push the button!”  Well what do ya know, he pushed the button and I swiftly opened the door before he managed to push the lock button again.  We were on our way with no AAA call and the twins teamwork.  They keep me on my toes needless to say.  All is well.

 

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Ode to Kingdom 113

I have been an athlete my whole life.  I thrive on competition, working hard, doing something alongside others and seeing just how much we can push each other to do more!  I stopped playing competitive sports in 2006 when I had my last season of soccer at Cal Baptist University.  At the time, I definitely felt ok with taking a break, being done having a rigorous schedule and getting to work out as I pleased.  As time has gone on, I definitely longed to do something that would give me the competitive outlet I needed and the opportunity to stay active and push myself to do things I never thought possible.  I started playing soccer again after having my daughter Liana, which was a blast.  It was definitely what I needed at the time to get me moving and to help me remember how much I love competition and working hard toward a common goal with others.

Then I had two more babies, at the same time.  I love those twinsies to death, but they pretty much put my body through the ringer.  I felt like I had been hit by a mac truck for 3 months after I had them, and I knew my body as I knew it would never be the same.  I did have moments where I let that get to me because it was so easy to bounce back after one child, and it was not going to be so easy this time around.

I have been bound and determined that I would not let that get me down, and I never would have imagined it would be CrossFit that would whip me back into shape, but here I am.  In four months of going to Kingdom113 Crossfit 2-3 days a week, I am doing things I did only when I was in gymnastics competitively.  Now for a few reasons, my body will still never be the same, but I will be stronger and more fit than I have been since playing college sports as I continue along this journey.  So if you have ever been someone that enjoys pushing yourself, or knows you just plain need others to push you, or you need a community to join, I suggest trying this out.  It has made me feel like I can continue to be competitive and enjoy doing physical activities, and keep up with my kids.

A few things I want to say about Kingdom 113 🙂

Kevin, thanks for pushing to have the best form possible so that I can only get better, lift heavier, and get results.  Thanks for keeping my hubbie in check as he learns the ropes and for loving us in so many ways!

Nolan, I would probably not give myself any credit to lift the heavy weights if it weren’t for you saying, “You should probably be doing the Rx on this one”.  Well ok, I guess I will then!  Your calm presence in the Box gives me comfort as we work out, because you are seriously so kickin at this sport, and I don’t feel intimidated by you at all!

Jenn your smile lights up the box!!  You are so full of energy and you make people feel at home there.  You are the best cheerleader ever!

Lindsey, thanks for cheering louder than anyone I know for the whole workout, even when you are tired yourself!  That is so boss!

Nicolle, you give me numbers to shoot for and you probably don’t even realize it!  I pay attention and I am competitive, so thank you for helping me know that I can push myself even further.  You are a young mom that works it in there!!

 

Mama Gouveia!  You are awesome.  Can’t wait to see where you go with this.  Your determination and feistiness is so infectious!!!!!

There are so many great people in the gym and I am thankful for this season Charlie and I will have to spend with you.  Kev and Nolan thanks for taking us in and helping us to see the good, the bad, the ugly, and the totally awesome of owning your own CrossFit.

 

Don’t Hold on so Tightly

I had heard about the curse of the nurse ever since nursing school. It was not something I ever really expected to happen to me in regards to birth. I ha already had a somewhat unconventional birth with my daughter and now I was facing another complicated birth with having twins.

I started working for a birthing center last summer as an assistant for midwives while we help mamas deliver babies at home or in the clinic. I was so hoping I would get to deliver my baby at the clinic with the lovely ladies at South Coast Midwifery. I had my consultation ad within three days I went to see the OB/GYN and he informed me there were two heartbeats in my womb! My hopes for having a home birth were shattered. CNM’s are unable to deliver twins due to license restrictions, so the hospital it was.

At kaiser, the physicians were ok with a natural birth, they were even ok with delivering baby B breech (butt first) so long as he measured smaller than baby A and that is what we got. Baby A stayed head down the whole pregnancy. Baby B turned his head down around week 31! I was so excited! My hopes of having a natural birth were coming true! Why couldn’t I deliver twins naturally?! I then went back to the doctor 2 weeks later and baby B put his head back up. I was so bummed. I tried standing on my head, doing exercises to try to get baby B back down. It never happened. I was definitely a spectacle and an anomalie to the medical community at kaiser because I still wanted to deliver baby B breech. I was bound and determined to attempt to deliver naturally so long as they were willing to help me do so.

I made it to 37.5 weeks. I was miserable. I was going to the hospital 2 times a week to get testing and I was having contractions for the last three weeks of pregnancy. I was checked when I was 37 weeks and I was already 4cm. I walked around at that dilation for almost a week.

It was a Sunday evening. I had been walking around with my husband that morning hoping I could get my body into labor. We staying home that day and I switched off with napping, bathing, and walking to try to get labor started. We went to dinner at Esther’s Taco House where my mom had gone prior to going into labor with me and my sister to have some hot salsa! I was already thinking it wasn’t going to happen that day because it was already 7 pm by the time we got home.

When we got home from dinner my husband was outside playing ping pong with my mom and I sat inside on a ball watching duck dynasty ha! I started having some contractions that seemed different than all the previous ones I had been having. I got out my handy contraction timer app and started tracking them. They were about 7-8 min apart and consistent for an hour. So I went upstairs and told Charlie I was going to lay on our bed. When I did, the contractions got a lot stronger. I had called my doula at this point and told her to come on over. I decided to get in the bathtub a while and it gave me great relief, however they just got stronger and closer together and we decided it was time to go to the hospital. At this point it was 9 pm and I had only been in labor for two hours. I was having a hard time moving in between contractions. It took me a while to get dressed, down the stairs and out to the car. Then we had to drive 15 min down the road. My husband wheeled me up to labor and delivery. Thankfully there were not a lot of people at the hospital that night. My contractions were pretty strong. My biggest fear was to show up, have them check me and only be 6 cm with all the pain I was having. By the time I finally got in my triage room it was 1030. It took a while for me to get undressed, hooked up to the monitor and seen by a midwife. Of course everyone was making sure I wanted to deliver baby B breech and that I was ok with having no drugs. I didn’t want and epidural. Not because I am stubborn but because I believe it to be the best way to deliver a baby. (I believe there are amazing reasons to have an epidural and I am willing to discuss those if anyone has a question about that). The nurses were unable to get a good read of the heartbeats on both babies. While they were struggling, I was still laboring. The MD came in and asked if she could just check me. Low and behold I was completely dilated. Eventually during an amazing contraction my water broke. It was to time. The staff was frantic. They had to set up the OR because all twins are delivered in the OR in case of complications with baby B. I was excited, tired and scared all at once. Someone drew my blood, someone started an IV, someone drove my gurney into the OR. It was all moving so fast. When I got into the OR the clock read 1150. I was ready to go but the staff wasn’t quite ready. If I had gotten to push right then my babies would have had different birthdays. As I was waiting it was miserable to fend off the pain as I waiting for them to be ready to catch my baby. I was finally given the green light to push with the next contraction and within 4 pushes total baby A was out. They put him on my chest but it was so weird knowing there was more work to be done. I am grateful they did that but I had to keep going. They eventually took him from me to prepare for baby B. As we were waiting the contractions subsided briefly. Right away baby B’s heart rate looked great. Then, as we were waiting for contractions to continue, baby B’s heart rate just tanked into the 70’s. The doctors gave me a short opportunity to try to push the baby down but he was stuck up pretty high and trying to put his foot and head out together (he flipped his head down when baby A exited). He wasn’t coming. The doctors decided to go ahead and do a crash c section. I was trusting them in that moment. Charlie had to leave the OR and I had to be put under general anesthesia. This was the perfect storm I had been praying against. At this moment I trusted they were doing what was best for the baby and I wanted a healthy baby. I woke up an hour later to two crying baby boys. I was in so much pain and they were hungry. The work started right away. They were so precious and worth all the trauma and work I went through. I do not recommend surgery. I hated the recovery. It was so painful. If I could do it all over again I would do everything the same way. It was so worth it to me to try to deliver naturally and without having surgery.

I have been so blessed by these two babies. It has been hard as I’ll get out. I love them but it has tested my patience and perseverance in ways I never thought imaginable. All birth stories are different and so beautiful in their own right. I have now experienced birth with an epidural, without an epidural, and via c section. I am so thankful I can relate to so many different women in this way and I hope I can encourage women as they have create their own birth story.

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All Things Brittany!!!

Last weekend we celebrated with Brittany the fact that she is getting married this summer by throwing her a bridal shower, this weekend we had a graduation party to celebrate her graduating college, next week is her graduation, later this month we will have an other shower for her, we will celebrate her 22nd birthday on June 16th, and then she will be married on June 20th!!  What a summer for that girl!  I am so blessed by her, and so excited for what is happening in her life.  I am thankful for her spirit and for the way she honors the Lord in all that she does!  Yea Brittany!

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I love My Husband!

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So I have to say that he has been a champ.  I seem to be so overwhelmed with school right now, and when I am not doing homework, I am exhausted.  He has cooked, cleaned, made the bed, sat with me through 12 hours of homework (on the weekend) and helped me stay awake in order to get done what needs to be done.  I really appreciate having his friendship.  I know that this will pass one day, but right now it doesn’t seem like it.  So I love my husband for encouraging me and praying for me when he knows I need it most instead of being jealous for my time!  Thanks love!

My Sister is Getting Married!!!

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Yea I am so excited for these two!  They got engaged on December 15th, exactly one year ago from when Charlie and I got engaged, Sorry Dad!  We are all so excited for them and we can’t wait to celebrate with them.  We were able to go and surprise Brittany by being there after Andrew proposed to her, he totally surprised her!  What fun we are going to have this summer!  Brittany is such a beautiful woman, and Andrew has a heart of gold!  You guys are awesome!

Everything but the Kitchen Sink!

Yesterday, Charlie and I were so graciously visited by none other than Mama Weaver.  She came up to do what?, to take us to Costco so that we can have food in our pantries.  She stocked us up and we are so grateful.  We had such a fun day and we are so thankful that we have such a thoughtful family that she would drive all the way up here to spend the afternoon and evening with us!  We had such a fun time.  Our love bank is full.  She filled our hearts and our cupboards!  We also took a trip to Don Jose’s for some dinner to top it all off.  Cindi also brought up some of Charlie’s old clothes and…Stuff.

What a fun time!  Thanks so  much for giving us so much yesterday!  We love you!