Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gobble, gobble, gobble...

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I hope you all have an amazing day full of love, laughter, lots of hugs and delicious meals!! Sending warm wishes to you and your families today and for the rest of this week/weekend!

Love you all,

Saturday, November 22, 2014

How to lose 30 pounds in 3 days

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How about by giving birth to twins? wink wink :)

Thank you all for your kind words, wishes and messages. I sure wish I could reply to all of you but, as you can imagine, my hands are pretty full right now :)

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We survived through the first week of their life. To say it's a challenging journey is an understatement.  On top of being majorly tired and sleep-deprived, I also deal with hormones and it's not easy. One of the problems I'm facing right now is that I can't sleep even when the babies do. I found myself staring at the ceiling way too many times in the past couple of days, and it's really taking it's toll on me. Also my milk never really came in, so, even though I'm relieved to always know how much our little ones are eating, I have a bit of mama's guilt, for sure. I'm trying not to dwell on it too much though because I am a Mom of four now, and all of my kids need attention and love.

The boys seemed to transition OK to the babies. The middle one struggled a bit at first (and even asked when we are going to take them back to wherever they came from) but is now enjoying talking to them. I'm really looking forward to the time when babies will start smiling back, so they can all interact. But that's still far away...

The biggest milestone I personally achieved (other than the one in the title. I didn't do much for it but I'm happy to be at my pre-pregnancy weight already even though I still have a small soccer ball to lose on my belly...) is putting away all of my maternity clothes for good. It's nice to know that our family is complete now and, honestly, I'm not going to miss being pregnant. Even though this pregnancy with twins was fairly uncomplicated, I was still constantly exhausted and missing being active and mobile. But this body gave birth to two (or four) healthy little ones, and I'm grateful for it.

I will try to do at least weekly updates and I promise I will bounce back to writing all kinds of money-related and frugal posts (just wait until all the bills will start rolling in...). In the meantime, I hope you all are doing wonderful and enjoying all of the hustle and bustle of holiday preparation (only 32 days until Christmas!!) and gearing up for the end of the year in just a few short weeks.

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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