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So Much to Celebrate: 2 Amazing Years!

Yesterday, Trent and I celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary! It’s hard to believe that 2 years have gone by so quickly. I still feel like the luckiest girl in the world. It is such a blessing to be able to marry your best friend, and honestly, I could not be happier!

Since we are in our 36th week of pregnancy, our celebration was low key this year and we both had a wonderful, relaxing weekend with each other!

On Thursday, I was feeling very sore and tired, laying in bed with my snoogle. Trent came home with a dozen roses, a card, and a gift certificate for a pregnancy massage at Skinsations Spa in Tustin, which I took advantage of on Saturday! It was so wonderful!

Last night, we had dinner at Roma D’Italia, a little Italian restaurant nearby, and then we came home and celebrated with a slice of cake!

The cake was from Rockwell’s Creative Cakes in Orange, the same bakery that made our cake for our wedding day.

As part of our wedding cake package, they offer a complimentary Anniversary cake one year after you get married. Since last year was so busy, we were able to celebrate with our Anniversary cake this year!

This weekend we also decided to take a few pictures of the baby bump. We want to put a couple pictures on the wall in the baby room. Trent was an amazing photographer with his diaper box tripod!

Now, we anxiously await the arrival of our girls. Our original birth plan is to not induce and we are hoping to go into labor naturally and deliver vaginally.

It’s only a matter of time before our angels arrive and we could not be more excited!

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Delivering at Kaiser Irvine

Last night we took our maternity tour at Kaiser-Irvine, the brand new hospital located minutes from Trent’s work. Kaiser Irvine opened in May 2008 and is the first brand new hospital in the area in more then a decade.

You may remember reading about our maternity tour at Kaiser-Anaheim on March 14 in an earlier post.

Before now, we were planning on delivering at Anaheim because it was the closest hospital for us, but just when things were starting to run smoothly, we have decided to move to Tustin at the end of the month. (that is another story) Now, we will be right in the middle of the Anaheim and Irvine Hospitals.

As long as there are no complications and the girls are born after 32 weeks, we will be delivering at Kaiser-Irvine. If something were to happen and I went into labor before 32 weeks, we would go to Kaiser Anaheim where they have the Level 3 NICU for babies born after 28 weeks.

Here are some pictures from the Irvine Hospital:

Kaiser Permanente – Irvine

Labor & Delivery Entrance – Located on 3rd Floor

Observation Room – Labor is evaluated to see if you are actually in true labor. If you are, you are moved to labor & delivery.

Birthing Suite – All of the Birthing Suites are private rooms. For a normal pregnancy, this is where you would labor, give birth vaginally, and recover.

Cesarean Birthing Suite – This is where you would have a c-section.

Postpartum Room – After delivery this is where mom will recover.

NICU – This is a Level 2 NICU department for babies born over 32 weeks. They care for premature and sick newborns that need extra care or treatment.

We are counting down the days now and will be entering our 3rd trimester in just over a week. (27 weeks) Time really is flying by!

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Ultrasound Pictures: 19 Week Anatomy Scan

At 19 weeks, we are halfway though our twin pregnancy! It seems like time is flying by and the girls little feet are still giving me butterflies.

Today, we had our hospital anatomy ultrasound. This ultrasound is routinely performed by a hospital sonographer between 18 and 22 weeks.

For most women, this may be the day that they find out the sex of the babies! Lucky for us, we have doctor appointments and ultrasounds every two weeks, so we were able to find out early! And yes, we reconfirmed today, we still have two beautiful girls in there!

The “big” ultrasound day arrived. I got to lay on a table for 45 minutes (with a full bladder) while the sonographer took measurements of both babies to make sure everything was growing appropriately. I was a little worried about the requirement of the full bladder, but I survived!

She measured and checked the face, brain, skull, neck, spine, heart, limbs, kidneys, and just about everything else in between!

Since she is not our doctor, she is not allowed to tell us anything about the scan aside from the genders, and everything else will be reviewed with our perinatologist (high risk OB/GYN) at our next appointment on Friday.

Until then, I thought I would share a few of the ultrasound pictures from today’s scan! Don’t worry if you can’t see them yet, some look like my cute little aliens. :-)

One more note: Once they are born, we do need to have a talk with our girls about kicking, since they do enjoy kicking each other… a lot!

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