Sunday, November 16, 2014

They are here!!

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I've been trying to post a few times the past couple of days but the connection in the hospital was absolutely terrible! But yes, you got it right! The twinkies are here :)

I had a a pretty rough night last Tuesday with lots of contractions and back pain. I was up half of the night but they eventually stopped. On Wednesday I had my regular doctor's appointment and she said that I was 4 cm dilated. I was only 35 weeks and 4 days, so I was really hopeful that nothing would happen for at least another week but the babies had other plans.

At 2 in the morning I woke up to go to the bathroom and on the way back to bed felt like I peed myself (yeah, lots of fun :) I brushed it off but as I was laying down, I felt it again. That's when I completely woke up! I knew that was it, and the immediate contractions that followed left no doubt either. By the time we got to the hospital at around 3, they were pretty steady at 3 minutes apart and quite painful. But I was only dilated to 5 cm.

Since a delivery with twins is always risky, they do it in the operating room. It often happens that mom-to-be ends up getting an emergency c-section. They also give you an epidural right away for the same reason. So I got my dose of stuff and was enjoying myself there until about 7 in the morning when the nurse came to check on me and was surprised to see that I was fully dilated and ready to push. She quickly called my doctor and they wheeled me to the OR right away.

Both of the babies were head down but we knew that our little girl was a little lower and would come out first. She was born at 7:23 on Friday 11/14/14. We named her Tanya after my Mom. She was measuring 5'7 and 18 in tall (my smallest baby ever!) Her brother Alex soon followed. He was born at 7:47 am measuring 6'7 and 19 in tall. Both were born crying and pink, so no NICU for us. They are absolutely perfect! Teeny-tiny but cute, healthy and we are in love!

They passed every single test while in the hospital with flying colors. I, on the other hand, had a few issues. I was shaking like crazy for about two hours after the delivery (more than likely, epidural withdrawal). I couldn't even hold them at first. Then my blood pressure spiked last night and I got an infection so they kept us there for another day to monitor. They eventually put me on medication.

But we are finally home! Exhausted, happy, feeling so blessed and ready to learn to adjust and to live a new-to-us-normal life. Whatever that will be...

Only one picture so far but I promise an overload in a few days or so. I'm absolutely in love with their button noses...

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Now our family is complete!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

And I became...

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... no, not Mom again. Ha :) But I became an aunt!!!! :)

Yesterday my sister gave birth to the cutest baby boy. Yes, we were pregnant together :) He came 2.5 weeks early but still had a very healthy weight of 8.8 lbs and 19.5 in long. Both Mom and the baby are doing great, and I'm so excited for all of them. My sister already has a boy and a girl. And now another Halloween little one :)

It's a little hard that we will have the babies so close together, so we won't really be able to help each other but I'm excited for our little ones to grow together.

Now I just need to hang in there for a few more weeks...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My now favorite zero carb chicken salad

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I want to leave a disclaimer right away - if you decide to nitpick this recipe, then there are, probably, about 2-5 g of carbs in it (in tomatoes or olives, for example). But since most of the nutritionists consider all of the additions in the salad "free items", I prefer to think of it as a zero-carb option :)

I mentioned before that I've been struggling with a gestational diabetes diet, so I'm always on the lookout for something to fill in my tummy without the guilt trip afterwards. This salad was inspired by a local restaurant. Unfortunately, it was recently discontinued but since it's so easy to make at home, that's not much of a loss. It's filling and can be served as a separate meal with a side of brownie (right...)

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CHICKEN CHOPPED SALAD

You will need (for 1 serving):

2-3 leaves of romaine salad or red leaf for a little extra nutrition (as much as you want really)
1/2 cup chopped, cooked chicken
1 boiled egg
1 roma tomato
1 cooked slice of bacon (I cheated and used real bacon bits, about 1TB. Or more because everybody likes bacon :)
1/3 cup olives, sliced
1-2 TB ranch dressing (homemade or store-bought, can add more to taste)

How-to:

Chop the tomato. I actually added some halved cherry tomatoes from the last of our crop this year instead. Slice an egg.  Toss all the ingredients together, add dressing and enjoy immediately. The original recipe also asks for some croutons to top it with but since I'm trying to keep it as close to a zero carb version as possible, I omitted them. It's still delicious, and did I mention almost no carbs???
 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I'm still here :)

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I know it's been a while...  You can't even imagine how many times I came here to write a post only to close the screen a few seconds later. It's not that I have nothing to write about. In fact, I've been creating "blogging schedules" for weeks now. But it seems like my world revolves around this pregnancy and nothing else is as important right now. I have a TON of doctors' appointments, every week is a new surprise or struggle. Nothing bad or serious but by the time I get home, I can barely drag my feet... I'm always always tired. I get fake contractions (Braxton hicks) every single day and some of them feel almost like the real deal when I can hardly catch my breath. We also had a small scare about two weeks ago but, thank goodness, everything was fine eventually and I'm back to normal...

I'm sorry if you are sick and tired of me talking about the babies... But this is my reality, take it or leave it, lol :)

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Yep, 32 weeks with twins, measuring 41 (if I had only one there... what's 41 weeks in pregnancy even??) Keeping fingers crossed for at least 4 to 6 more healthy weeks...

OK, enough about me... HOW HAVE YOU BEEN????


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The last of the crop and quick veggie freezer pockets.

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We've been having an unusually warm week for almost mid October. It was 78 degrees today! After a very wet September and a pretty cold first week of this month, it's an unexpected and pleasant surprise!

I've been picking the last few offerings of the summer crop. I didn't spend nearly enough time in the garden this year but we were still blessed with an abundance. That's what we got last week:

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Look at this Japanese cucumber!! It's bigger than the zucchinis! Good thing, everybody in our family loves the cukes :)

And since it was 39F last week, I also picked all of the rest of the green tomatoes (some of them cracked from all the September moisture):

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As you can see, many of them have already turned red. I do it every year before the frost and let them slowly turn red at home. Last fall we had enough homegrown tomatoes to last us until mid-December. Won't happen this year but we should have enough for the next couple of weeks. And they taste so much better than the store-bought.

And since I'm on a freezing gig right now, I thought I would share with you something that my Grandma taught me to make many-many moons ago - quick veggie freezer pockets. I still remember her chopping their garden veggies in front of the open window every September...

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I used peppers and tomatoes from our garden. I like to use roma tomatoes because they are a little more meaty. I just chop everything but carrots. I like them grated better. Or, and I forgot to add an onion to the picture but, of course, I also chop about a half or a whole onion to the mix:

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Then mix together and separate into 1 cup each. I like to wrap each cup into plastic wrap before putting it in the freezer for easy usage. These pockets can be added to soups, crock pot meals, when you make pasta sauce and in many other meals. So easy and practical! Don't even need to be defrosted. Just unwrap and use. They will last for a couple of months in the freezer.

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