"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." - La Rochefoucauld

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

25 Weeks 2 Days

Wednesday is the big day!! We have another weight check. We are hoping Ben will be 1 pound 4 ounces and Jake will be 1 pound 12 ounces. I guess we need to be grateful if Ben grows period!!! I can’t tell you how stressful these appointments are for us! We just hold our breath the entire time!! Please say a prayer tonight that our little guy has grown!! I strongly believe in the power of prayer!!

On a side note, I do have to vent and say after almost two months of bed rest, I am ready to pull my hair out! This is getting really old!! Sitting on a coach for two months may sound fun to most…but it is awful!!! I pray for patience and strength everyday. I think about last year at this time when I was training for my marathon, in the best shape of my life, and now here I am in the worst shape of my life. I am just watching my body turn to mush!!! Yea…it’s pretty hot! I know it’s a small price to pay for my sweet little boys!

I try to stay busy with house stuff and educating myself about the twins and their condition, but that is even starting to get old. For some reason, I feel guilty reading for fun or watching movies. I only watch three TV shows on a regular basis- Baby Story, Bringing Home Baby, and Oprah. Ohhh and the Tigers every night with my dad and Kevin. I normally do not like watching sports, but with two boys on the way, lets face it… I am going to eat, sleep, and breath sports!

Thank GOD I have such wonderful parents who make me laugh and smile every night. I feel bad that even though they have a 29 year old, they still have to take care of me!!! I know the job of parenthood lasts a lifetime…but who knew I’d be sitting on their couch at 29 years old and they’d STILL be taking care of me! Kevin and I are very lucky to have such great parents. We could not do this without them!!

Hope this doesn’t sound like “poor me!” Despite everything that is going on, I continue to feel blessed to be pregnant with these little miracles. I know this is just a short period of my life, but it seems like an eternity. I know it is 100% worth it!!! Kevin’s message to me today on the calendar was “Thank you for giving our boys the best chance possible.” That makes it all worth it for me!

Almost done with another day!


Anonymous said...

Danielle, read a book for fun for crying out loud! After the boys arrive, it will be years before you have the chance!!!!! You deserve it :) Maria

Anonymous said...

I agree with Maria, after the kids are here there will be no time for reruns of Golden Girls or made for TV movies... use this time wisely...on YOU! Before you know it you'll be addicted to the Wiggles...

Dave and I will say a prayer for you guys tonight!

xoxox Jodi

Jenny Marie said...

You're doing great. Hang in there! I will say a prayer for a positive appointment tomorrow. Girl, I remember that feeling well. I thought my heart would pound out of my chest. Remember that over a pound is all you really need at this point and I am confidant that he will be there.

I know it's hard to see now but this time really will seem like a blur one day. DON'T feel guilty. Do whatever it takes to take your mind off of what you're going through. Your parents are thrilled to help you. Think about your boys, and that's how they feel about you. :)

Kelly said...

Hi Danielle! You have every right to feel bored and sick of bed rest. It is a tedious situation. At least if you could be active, it might keep your mind off things a little!

As for the guilt, let me just say from experience PLEASE do not EVER feel guilty for doing something for yourself. (A very important lesson I had to learn for myself with two small children). I don't quite understand the "natural" guilt feeling that seems to come with motherhood, but it is there and real. FIGHT IT DANIELLE!! :o) Make bed rest as enjoyable as you can for yourself, whether your are reading up on TTTS or watching LOST re-runs, it doesn't matter because you are still doing the most important thing for your babies! Besides, I am sure you could use a mental break, so fire up the DVD player and have someone check out books from the library for you!

OH and let me tell you of a new thing Julie just showed me... Sudoku!! OMGosh Danielle, it is addictive and FUN! It makes time just fly by!

Anyway, I am continuing to pray for you. I know tomorrow is a big day and my heart will be with you, Kevin and the boys. XOXOXOXOXOXOXO

Anonymous said...

Danielle sweetie, if you don't keep your mind and interests active and lively than what will you do when the babies are here. Keep you going and they will realize what an interesting and brave mommy they have in their lives. Watch b-rated movies, movies where you don't have to think but just enjoy; watch bad t.v. and figure out what you could have done better than those writers or performers; watch something that will make you laugh for that is music to the babies. Who knows maybe you will be released from lockdown to go see a movie like I was but for only one glorious day, what a glorious day it was too. :-)

Aunt Margaret (who forgot her log in name and password - I've been really busy give me a break. Note to Danielle: this is what happens when you don't keep your brain going LOL )

John said...

Hi Danielle,

This is such a neat site. I hope and pray everything goes well tommorrow. As far as "poor me", it's all about you, the babies and Kevin. It sounds like you have an excellent circle of support. I remember my wife when she was on bedrest,(it started to get old for her too after awhile) one of the nurses taught her how to do needle point. Well as soon as she would start, someone would come in and do a test or just to talk to see how things were going. In five weeks time she only finished a small part of the needle point, it was a heart. I don't remember what the rest of the needle point was, but she was so proud that she made the heart.
The NICU we were in gave us a folder that explained how things work in the NICU. Included was a poem titled "A Childs Angel".
When the girls came home from the NICU my wife Typed the poem and printed it on some fancy paper and made space to fit the needle point heart in the bottom corner, framed it and is on our wall in our bedroom. This is just a reminder to us everyday to never give up HOPE and that miracles really do happen, not only our twins being born healthy, but we all survived the rollercoaster ride of 2004(alot of ups and downs and
Life will get better and you have evry right to vent(your the mommy). My TTTS survivors will be two on the 16th. It goes by fast.

Oh ya on a lighter note, you might want to switch from "Tigers fan" to "Red Sox fan"
it helped us back in 2004. :)

I think I still have that poem and would like to send it to you.

Praying for healthy babies,
Take Care,

Anonymous said...

Hang in there. Hand held Yatzee is another good way to kill time, not much mental stimulation but it's really fun. Can't wait for the next update. Sheila

PS. Kayla says hello.

Anonymous said...


I'm so glad to hear you and the babies are doing well! You all are in my thoughts and prayers and yes it will be 100% worth it when those boys arrive.

Love, Leah & Aaron Tackett
Gabe, Bret,& Cole

Not too much longer:):)

A child is the greatest gift
That our lives can bestow.
It brings the most exquisite joy
That we will ever know.
Some days deliver happiness,
Far more than we can touch.
We need the help of all our friends
To comprehend how much.

And so we thank you for the gifts,
Both those you brought and are,
That celebrate this rich, full life
And its rising star!