Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cyber Stalker

I recently found out that someone has been plagiarizing my blog and stealing my photos from Instagram. The sick person created a Tumblr and Instgram account pretending to be me and shared my story as well as many details of my personal life. I do not know who the person was or how they were caught. It has caused an uproar on Tumblr because they had numerous followers, many more than I have. I woke up Friday to several emails and Instgram comments saying someone had done this. I've never felt more violated in my life. My husband and I are trying to recover from this horrible news and try to find out the best course of action for stopping this cyber stalker. The stalker's Instagram and Tumblr were deactivated since the time they were caught, so I didn't get to see everything they said. Since the Tumblr account was deactivated, I was able to recreate a Tumblr under the same name the stalker used in order to redirect people to my real site. I have no idea how to use Tumblr so I will not continue to use it. 

The support from complete strangers has been overwhelming. Many people have sent well wishes and helped to provide information regarding the situation. At this point I am unsure how I want to continue with my blogger and Instagram presence. Nothing is more important to me than keeping my family safe. I almost want to delete everything and disappear. 

If anyone has any further information regarding this horrible situation please contact me. Or if you know anything about stopping this stalker from doing this to me or another innocent person again, please let me know.

Friday, October 10, 2014

34 Weeks

 Happy happy 34 weeks babies! It's wonderful we've made it this far!

The clock is counting down and we (including my doctor) think these not so little babies are going to arrive in the next two weeks or so. I say not so little because when I saw my specialist today, baby boy weighed 5lbs 5oz and baby girl weighed 5lbs 3oz. Holy! They are growing beautifully despite the fact I can't seem to gain more weight. 


My doctor also confirmed that I will be delivering in an OR just in case. She will try to deliver vaginally even if little girl is breech, but they're both head down now. It's unlikely they'll move because it's so crowded in there plus gravity is helping to pull the heaviest part of their bodies down. When I hear c-section I just shrug and think whatever. Not that I'm being careless, I just know there are so many different scenarios (like vaginal birth for Baby A and c-section for Baby B...yuck) that I don't want to get myself set on things happening a certain way. I'm keeping my mind free of thinking or wanting the birth to happen a certain so that I'm not disappointed. Whatever will get them here safest sounds good to me. 

I'm still drinking TONS of water and peeing a billion times a day. I'm glad I enjoy drinking water so much because it helps to build important tissues, assists in circulating nutrients, aids in digestion, and helps with maintaining a good amount of amniotic fluids. I seriously think water and toilet paper companies should consider sponsoring me! 

Also, I now realize that "pregnancy brain" is 100% real. I'm forgetful and can't seem to make basic brain connections. It's ridiculous. Nesting is also 100% real. My last day of work was last Friday (yes!!!) and ever since then I've been running around like a chicken with its head cut off preparing everything for these babies. I have a never-ending list of things to do before they arrive. I'm constantly organizing, cleaning, and shopping. I seriously feel like a crazy woman. I think the only thing keeping me sane is when I can squeeze an episode of Gilmore Girls into my day ;) 


34 Weeks


How far along? 34 Weeks 3 Days 
Babies are the size of: A loaf of bread!
Total weight gain: 15lbs...it's pathetic. 
Maternity clothes?  Yes. Even some of my maternity shirts are having a hard time covering my huge belly.
Stretch marks? Still zero. Perhaps it could do with how well I'm keeping myself hydrated. 
Sleep: Sleep involves about 9 pillows at night and little girl always decides to nestle up in my ribs. So it's still not very good. 
Exercise: About 3-4 days a week.
Miss Anything: Traveling...I'm getting that itch to go somewhere. 
Movement: Lots and lots. I don't know if it's his position, but baby boy seems a lot more active. 
Food cravings: Water, water, water!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Labor Signs: Braxton hicks.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy :)
Looking forward to: These babies coming! Who knows when exactly, but it's getting closer and closer!


Oh, and this is how I feel.



Friday, October 3, 2014

Where to Register for Baby

Creating a registry can get pretty overwhelming, not to mention where to register. There are tons of options like Babies "R" Us, Diapers.com, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Kohl's, Buy Buy Baby, 
Baby Depot, BabyList, and more. I ended up registering at Target, Babies "R" Us, and Buy Buy Baby. Looking back I wish I would have simplified it down to just two registries maximum. 

In this post I'm sharing the advertised "perks" of creating a registry with the stores I chose, as well as some of the free stuff I got for registering and the pros and cons I experienced. Baby registries are such an excellent way for others to give you the gifts you need, and they also give you some great money saving opportunities!

Buy Buy Baby

  • Free personal shop with a registry consultant (I did not use this "benefit" because it would have driven me crazy)
  • Hassle-free returns 
  • Free registry announcement cards and gift packaging 
  • Friends Referral Rewards: If you refer a friend and they create a registry you'll earn $25 off a $100 in-store purchase with each referral.
  • Direct competitors' price match 
  • Completion Program: You will get a one time use 10% off completion coupon for any or all remaining items on your registry. I received mine about 6 weeks before my due date and it expires 3 months after my due date. Perk: On the coupon it states, "We will gladly match our competitor's completion coupons for any or all items remaining on your registry." Target and Babies "R" Us offer a 15% off completion coupon, so if you mention this they will have to honor it. Also, the coupon includes most big brand names that are usually not included with their regular coupons. 
  • Goody bag: When I registered in-store I received a goody bag. This is what came inside:
Buy Buy Baby Pros:
  • Best variety. Think Bed Bath & Beyond for babies.
  • Buy Buy Baby is actually a sister company of Bed Bath & Beyond, so they will take Bed Bath & Beyond coupons and giftcards. Definitely a great use for all those Bed Bath & Beyond coupons you get in the mail and find in magazines (I frequently see them in Better Homes & Gardens magazine). You can also sign up to receive Buy Buy Baby coupons in the mail. 
  • Great customer service with a wide knowledge of products.
  • Having multiples? They offer 10% off the second identical item. 
Buy Buy Baby Cons:
  • Stores are few and far between.
  • Prices are often higher than stores like Target and Walmart.
Conclusion: I enjoy Buy Buy Baby and love the many coupons you can use there since that take Bed Bath & Beyond's coupons too. But because physical locations are so limited it makes it hard to be a good registry for friends and family. I only received two gifts from this registry mostly because no one had heard of the store. 


Babies "R" Us
  • Baby shower planning guides and registry announcement cards
  • New Parent Classes: I wish I could have used this service, however they don't offer any of these classes in Utah. Classes offered include breastfeeding, baby basics, infant CPR, and more. 
  • You’ll have up to 1 year after baby’s due date to make returns
  • Price match guarantee: Works on a direct competitor's printed ad or select online retailer's websites including Walmart.com, Target.com, buybuyBaby.com, and Amazon.com. 
  • Endless Earnings program: If you create a registry and sign up for the Rewards "R" Us program you can earn up to 10% back on any purchases (including your own) made from your registry in the form of an eGift card. 
  • Completion coupon: You will get a one time use 15% off completion coupon for any or all remaining items on your registry. It's valid for about 4 months. 
  • Goody bag: When I registered in-store I mentioned I was having twins and they gave me two! 

Babies "R" Us Pros:
  • Great selection of items. 
  • Multiples discount: 10% of second identical item.
  • I had great customer service when I ordered my second car seat. I ended up getting 30% off (20% off coupon and 10% off multiples discount even though the first car seat wasn't purchased there) plus free shipping. 
Babies "R" Us Cons:
  • Prices are usually higher. 
  • Coupons are rarely sent in the mail. 
  • Completion coupon was mailed late. 
Conclusion: I would recommend Babies "R" Us before Buy Buy Baby just because there are more locations and it's a commonly recognized store. However, every time I go in I can't wait to leave. 


Target

  • Convenient for all - Gift givers can order online or shop at one of their 1800 locations nationwide.
  • Hassle free returns and exchanges.
  • Registry app: You can scan items straight to your registry with their app and access your registry.
  • Completion coupon: Target offers a 15% off registry completion coupon sent 6 weeks before your due date. The completion coupon can also be stacked with the 5% off REDCard for 20% in savings! Target will also send you four 15% off registry completion coupons to give to friends or family. All the completion coupons are good for one use in-store and one use online. In addition to that, my coupons don't expire for about 7 months.
  • Goody bag: They gave me two also!
Target Pros:
  • Great returns - I had to return some baby clothes that had the tags removed and no receipt and they still gave me store credit!
  • Target stores are everywhere and are already a common place for friends and family to shop.
  • They sent me a $20 giftcard just for registering with them!
  • Target has some of the best prices, plus they will price match with online retailers such as Amazon, Babies "R" Us, and Walmart. 
Target Cons:
  • Very limited in-store selection of baby gear.
Conclusion: Target is probably the place I would recommend the highest. It's affordable and convenient, and I think they have the best registry completion deal.  Plus where else can you get all your baby AND household needs in one place? 

What are your experiences with baby registries? Leave a comment below!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

32 Weeks

I've become an addict.

Not an addict to chocolate, pickles, or watching Gilmore Girls (although that one might happen since Netflix is adding it next month!).


I've become an addict to WATER! Which means me and the loo spend a lot of quality time together.

Seriously though, I can't get enough water. It's like I crave it. Just between the time I go to bed and wake up in the morning I drink about 40 ounces or 8 glasses of water. During the day I drink at least a gallon. It's awesome.

In other news, my belly is measuring full term! I feel like if I can handle a twin pregnancy as well as I have, a singleton will be a total breeze. Yes, I know every pregnancy is different. We'll see. The babes are as active as ever. We poke each other all the time, although it would be nice to know who's foot, bum, and legs I'm playing with. It's a bit of a jumbled mess in there due to baby girl's indecisiveness on how to position her little body. Braxton Hicks are getting more frequent and every time all the tightening makes me run to the bathroom. Poor little abused bladder. 


I had my forth and hopefully last glucose test on Monday. Another lovely three-hour test involving the nastiest drink imaginable, a starving stomach, and blood draw after blood draw after blood draw. I watched the documentary "Fed Up" the day before which is all about exposing how terrible sugar is for us and how it's added to practically everything. And then the next day I drink 100 grams of sugar for the test...not a smart idea. My doctor also told me that if I were to go in to labor before 34 weeks they would try to stop it, but any time after 34 weeks she would deliver. Things are getting real!



Funny story time: I texted my husband telling him that I was 60% effaced and half a centimeter dilated and he started freaking out. His coworker that recently had a baby exclaimed, "She's effacing and dilating already?!" which didn't help the situation. Chris was about ready to leave work and take me to the hospital. The poor thing. I love him to pieces.  
32 Weeks





How far along? 32 Weeks 4 Days 
Babies are the size of: Jicama...I honestly don't know what that is!
Total weight gain: 14lbs.  
Maternity clothes?  Yes and my husband's clothes as well ;)
Stretch marks? None - don't ever mention this on Facebook unless you want a battle of the moms. 
Sleep: If only my bladder knew how to sleep!
Exercise: I'm doing about 3-4 days a week now.
Miss Anything: My ribs not feeling like they're being ripped apart.
Movement: All the time! It's so fun! 
Food cravings: Not food...but water?
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing.  
Labor Signs: More and more braxton hicks.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Utah deciding to change seasons...enough with this 80-90 degree weather!

And this picture makes me feel like super woman:



Thursday, September 11, 2014

30 Weeks

So remember how I've been so excited for pumpkin season? Well I tried a pumpkin recipe last night that looked really good and it was awful! I still feel sick and have no appetite because of it. Now when I see a pumpkin recipe on Pinterest it makes my stomach churn. I'm so sad :(

I saw my doctor on Monday and had the honor of taking a third glucose test. I don't know how people can enjoy the glucose drink...no thank you! Since gestational diabetes occurs more in pregnancies with multiples, they have to check you more often. And often times you fail the one hour like I did last time. I'm just praying that by some miracle I passed! A fellow blogger friend and expecting twin mama (check out her fun site, The Word Of A Nerd) told me her doctor said she could eat 28 jellybeans or 3 pancakes with syrup instead of drinking the glucose drink. How cool is that? If you're going to consume all of those sugary calories might as well enjoy it right? 

(Update: I got the call from my doctor...I FAILED again! I have to do the 3-hour next week. Boooooo.)




The twins are great. Baby boy had the hiccups when we checked his heartbeat so that was cute. They are definitely starting to take over. Pain in the ribs and back, as well as lots of pelvic pressure is the norm these days. I hope I'm not offending anyone by saying this, but it literally feels like someone karate-chopped my vagina. 

Yep. 

My doctor said I'm about 20% effaced. Trying to explain how the cervix works to Chris was entertaining. He's still confused. Female anatomy frightens him. 

And finally after 16 days of being sick with a cold/flu thing I am better! My babies might not recognize me by my voice but they definitely will by my cough. Pregnancy tip: Don't get sick! It takes forever to recover.

Lastly, I had a "virtual" baby shower with some wonderful friends in Washington last week. My mom was with them in person and I was on FaceTime. I really wished I could have been there. I miss everyone so much! I was stunned by everyone's kindness and generosity. I'm hoping at some point I can take a trip to Washington with the twins so everyone there can meet them!

30 Weeks



How far along? 30 Weeks 2 Days 
Babies are the size of: Cantaloupes.    
Total weight gain: 11lbs.  
Maternity clothes?  Most of the time. I've got the comfiest maternity yoga pants :) 
Stretch marks? Still zero...let's keep it that way! 
Sleep: Ugh.  
Exercise: Yes, still aiming for 5 days a week.  
Miss Anything: An unsquished bladder. 
Movement: Oh yes, we've starting playing games.  
Food cravings: None. I'm so weird.  
Anything making you queasy or sick: See note about pumpkin above. 
Labor Signs: Braxton hicks and 20% effaced.  
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy-tired.    
Looking forward to: The change in seasons. Fall is my favorite.

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