Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Then they were 2!!!!

Tomorrow our twins turn 2!!!

Oh my goodness where on earth has the time gone?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Just thinking about the past two years makes my caesarean 'wound' (as the midwives kept referring to it) ache.

(Picture taken 27th February 2012 with their Great Nana & Great Nanda, it was Nana's 80th birthday)

Tomorrow is just for the four of us, though we will be doing the rounds visiting Grandparents and Great-Grandparents and I'm sure my sister, the self-proclaimed favourite Auntie (she really is the favourite Auntie and the girlies make sure everyone is aware of it) will be up after work to see her girlies. Inbetween visits we'll be taking them to Victoria Square to have a nosy round the Build-A-Bear Workshop and see if anything catches their eyes and then onto Frankie & Bennys for some nom noms.

Fingers crossed between all the visiting and dandering about we'll knacker the pair of them and they'll sleep through the night as they've a busy weekend coming up with a bouncy castle birthday party being held in our Church Hall for them both (courtesy of the favourite Auntie). 

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Listography: Top 5 Things That Makes Me Happy

  • kate takes 5 asks us this week for our Top 5 Things That Makes me Happy so here are mine...

  • Our identical twin daughters. They may be little monsters but they're our little monsters and we wouldn't want them any other way.

  • My kindle that Santa brought me Christmas past, I feel completely and utterly lost if I don't have it near me at all times.
  • My husband. Despite being made redundant he hasn't let the dooms and glooms overtake him and he's turning his down time into something productive (like diy round the house) and focusing on what the next stage of his working life is going to be.
  • My Mummy. Regardless of what age I am she'll always be called Mummy. She's had it really rough the last year or two but she's still standing and if it wasn't for her I don't think any of her children would be as strong as we are today, it's thanks to her that we turned out as well as we did and nothing we can do can ever show her how much she means to us, although according to her her twin granddaughters were a good start!
  • Baking. There's nothing better than creating something you know everyone will enjoy and even better when your friends and family know you're planning on doing some baking at the weekend and they put in requests for their favourites. I love that feeling.

Two years to practise...

Hopefully that's enough time for me to overcome my nerves and play the piano at my niece's wedding, won't it?

I'm not so sure as I'm shaking just thinking about it right now and I haven't even started to think of what I'm going to play for her.

She asked me if I'd play as she walked down the aisle, and obviously I couldn't refuse (well I could, she's not my niece, she's my hubbie's niece) but I have a really hard time telling people no. I then heard myself offering to play the hymns for her and also to play before the service started and while she was signing the register with her new husband (all the while chanting in my head, shut up you stupid woman!!!!!).

Needless to say I went straight onto Amazon and ordered a couple of wedding music books and I'll be rummaging through my library of sheet music and books also to find the perfect pieces to play but I'm terrified!

Dum dum de dum.....

Wordless Wednesday - Eeeeekk!!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Zumba 2 for Wii

Zumba Fitness 2 Wii

I took the plunge and bought this last week.

I've tried it once and oh my goodness my legs are threatening to file for divorce!

Nearly all my friends on Facebook are talking about Zumba and how amazing it is and that it's changed their life and things like that.

Now I'm not brave enough to go to classes just yet, I'm scared that when the class stops jumping about all my flabby bits will keep jiggling long after I've stopped moving so I thought this would give me some confidence and hopefully get me a head start on losing some weight and you never know I might actually have some fun at the same time.

Monochorionic Diamniotic Twin Pregnancy

Monochorionic diamniotic (MCDA) twins share a single placenta with a single outer membrane and two inner membranes. MCDA as described by the NHS 

 From the day we told everyone I was pregnant everyone joked that we would be having twins, my Mother being the biggest culprit and more than likely the ring leader of it all and when the Midwife told us she could see a second blimp on the screen and had to go get the Consultant we still thought she was joking, until the Consultant Mrs Scoffield confirmed that yes we were having twins. I started giggling, I couldn't help it. Hubbie just sat there with this weird look on his face. We were then taken to Mrs Scoffield's room and again I was covered in the horrible gel and our twins were examined then we were told that they were MCDA twins and as straightforward as possible we were told the facts, what my ante-natal care would be, what the worst case scenarios were and what actions would be put into place should the worst happen.

We left the clinic feeling completely and utterly drained we were on an emotional high after just finding out we have conceived identical twins naturally but we were also terrified about what may happen to them but that wasn't the end of our day cause we then had to go and get bombarded with all the healthy eating info etc from another Midwife (and I must admit I don't remember a word of what she said).

Our twins shared a placenta and even though there were two inner membranes the dividing wall between them was far too thin and we were at a risk of Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome and our babies would need constant monitoring to ensure that if it did happen they caught it in time to act on it. Coupling TTTS with my history of high blood pressure I was going to be poked and prodded every chance they got.

That was the start of having an appointment every Wednesday fortnight until Christmas to make sure both our babies were growing at a rate they deemed acceptable, I was taken off my blood pressure tablets and it was watched constantly and I was put on aspirin and iron tablets earlier than I was expecting because of our twins (the 1st time I had a pee after taking those was quite a shock!!) and instead of being scanned by a Midwife I had another Consultant doing the honours and the only thing he really said to me was don't worry if I don't talk, that's a good thing cause it means everything is ok with your babies. Some talk would've been good as it would've put me at my ease a little more but he was doing his job and I can understand he couldn't be distracted.

We managed to get to Christmas without any fear of Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome and for that we were grateful but as soon as I thought I'd be able to have a semi-normal pregnancy I was told I still had to have fortnightly appointments, but at least this time I was allowed to go to the normal ante-natal clinic and not the Specialist upstairs so I got to feel a little more normal at least.

We were really lucky in that our twins didn't suffer any problems, we were able to avoid TTTS and our girls were born healthy at 36 weeks, because they were MCDA twins I wasn't allowed to go over 36 weeks as it posed too great a risk for them. My caesarean was planned for 1st March 2010 and everything went smoothly with our girls as perfect as possible

Catherine (L) born 9.46am 6lb and Anna (R) born 9.48am 5lb 7oz

And now in a fortnight's time they'll be 2!!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

My Valentines

It started off with me losing my temper with my hubbie, followed by my in-laws down for lunch and the afternoon, I took my mummy-in-law to Tesco for a dander round then up to theirs for tea and now I'm sitting in the house all on my lonesome because I left the girlies with their granny and granda and hubbie is still in work.

Such a romantic day.

Fingers crossed Saturday will be much more romantic when hubbie and I go out for a meal and do a bit of shopping (I get to spend his money, yippee!!).

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Me Right Now

Found this by just being nosy on Tara Cain's blog and I loved going through seeing what everyone else was doing so thought I'd share what I was doing also.

Can't post a pic right at this moment but thought I'd share a pic from the internet that kinda sums up what I'm doing right now (other than blogging of course).

I'm thinking, though the pic doesn't really display that all that well. I'm meant to be busy re-writing a business portfolio to hand out to perspective clients and business associates (or so I'm told) but I have had my head in my hands a few times so maybe this pic isn't that bad a representation of me right now after all.

Creative Writing

Attempting to write my cv is not a task I enjoy. I'm beginning to struggle and I haven't even gotten any further than my name, address and contact details.

How on earth are you meant to bum and blow yourself enough to appear confident and an asset to any company without making yourself seem like an arrogant cow is beyond me.

I wrote my husbbie's cv for him and when the guy in the recruitment agency read it I got commended for it so it's a complete giggle that writing my own cv is nigh on impossible.