Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Ties that Bind...

There is a recurring theme as you read through this blog. It is not intentional and never was, but when you read every entry, they revolve around family. Those that are dearest to us. Some are not family in the traditional sense, but nonetheless, are considered so. Some couldn't be closer, both in proximity and in our daily lives. Some couldn't be farther away, like my blood family. They all live in Montana. There are not many of us left, now that my folks died in 2005. My brother Lloyd and I still have a couple of living aunts on the Cunniff side, but other than that, it is just a few cousins here and there. So really, it is his family, his wife Brenda, and their three children, Crystal, Kegan and Kilian, and now the impending Cunniff twins. Boy, I pulled that off just in time to keep the Cunniff lineage abreast!

I guess what got me started on this rambling was an email from Brenda tonight. I was so happy to see that they had written and to hear their "voice" coming through on the page. I can't wait to see you all in a few weeks!

Before I sign off, I have a few words for my bro: From my earliest memory, I loved you. You were the absolute most amazing and remarkable person I had ever seen or known. And you were my brother...it didn't get any better than that! Whether you know or not, you made me the person I am today. I wanted to be as good as you in everything that you did...skiing, motorcycles, et al. You made me fight for every inch and every opportunity to win and beat you that there was, and through all that, you taught me how to win. I have carried that with me my entire life. So, as you were beating the crap out of me, or knocking the wind out of me, or trying to flush me down the toilet, I was filing it all away!! How I didn't end up dead is a minor miracle in and of itself! So, to close, you were my Evel Knievel. No, let me restate that. You are my Evel Knievel. I love you the mostest.





Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Stef's uncanny ability to find anything that is lost....

Ever since we were kids, Stef has had this amazing ability to find anything that was lost. I remember my mom lost her necklace on the north side of the house when we were kids. She searched and searched and searched and could not find it in the shrubs, grass, or dirt. She went inside and asked Stef to help her find it. Stef was probably out there for less than a minute and low and behold, there's Mom's necklace. I'm not sure how she does it, but she does. It's kind of like how she always would beat me at the game of memory when we were kids. She has a photographic memory or something. I've always been impressed by that.

Well, she's no different today. The girl found my keys!!! If I could do a happy dance, I would. The last thing I wanted to do was replace all those damned keys. I called the Honda dealership to see what it would cost to replace the integrated key for the Pilot. They said it would take 2 hours and at least $150 dollars in labor and programming time...ouch. Glad I don't have to do that.

Somehow the keys ended up in Stef's car, tucked in the passenger side door....I have no idea how that happened (courtney????) since I haven't been out of the house much lately and haven't been in Stef's car for ages. Regardless, they are found and I couldn't be happier. Thank you, Stef!!! Now can you help me find my purse?! :) I look forward to getting my brain back once these babies are born, although a friend just told me that her friend continued to have the dumbs the entire time she was breastfeeding. Uh oh.....

No new news on the baby front. It's getting much more difficult to walk pain-free. I suppose that's a good sign however it makes getting up and down the stairs at home a huge challenge. I feel sort of ridiculous at how long it takes me to get up them...luckily nobody else is witnessing it!

Mom and Dad brought dinner out tonight, good old breakfast for dinner, my favorite. Mom whipped up the curtains for the nursery room in about 24 hours flat and brought them out with her to see if they looked acceptable and to check the length. They are really pretty and the fabric is beautiful. She took them down so she can take them home and hem them and put on the finishing touches. Once they are up the room will be complete and I'll take a picture for the blog.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Baby Steps....

So, I was scheduled for an OB visit on Wednesday. My doctor was out of town last week and I saw a couple of different doctors in the practice. I didn't get an NST at my last visit and I think that made Bohmke a little nervous. When I got up this morning I had a voicemail message from Bohmke's nurse letting me know that I had an appt with Bohmke at 1:45pm today and to please call back and confirm that I would be there...

Court had to turn around from being at work only a few hours to come get me and take me to the appt. I so brilliantly lost my keys a little over a week ago and haven't succeeded in finding them...pregnancy dumbs at their best I guess. As soon as I replace every last one of the keys, I'll find the ones I lost...

Soooo, if anyone happens to see my keys please have pity on my pregnant brain and let me know where I left them. Thank you!!

Anyway, back to the doctor visit. I've made slight progress. I am 1cm dilated, 75% effaced and baby A has dropped a bit. My doctor is on call next on the 1st (Saturday) so I'm voting for that day. The only bummer is that I would miss the birthday party for Lillie and Claire.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

No Country for Old Men, Jennifer Garner and Gary Busey

And we haven't even seen the movie, so I can not even comment if it was worthy of all the Oscars. How hilarious was that interchange on the red carpet with a jacked up Gary Busey stumbling all over Jennifer Garner? Seacreast didn't know what the hell to do! That was the best!!! Wait till Kathy Griffin gets a hold of that clip. We will be laughing for a year over that...

Last year, Stef and I were in LA the week of the Oscars, so we had to go up to the Kodak Theatre and walk the red carpet and check it all out. Of course, there were no celebrities there since it was a Thursday night. Oh well, at least I can say we walked the red carpet and stood next to the full sized Oscar statues...

Nothing to report on the baby front. Except for the tummy is now officially big enough to set the remote and the telephone on as a convenience factor. A built in shelf...who knew?? Stef stayed the weekend helping me get last minute chores done and cooking for the Griz, since she is pretty much sequestered to her den now.

It won't be long now. I am still holding out hope for Friday, the 29th, but Mel says it will be March and if being stubborn has anything to do with it, they will be here first thing Saturday morning, just to prove a point.

You all stay tuned now...

Friday, February 22, 2008

Another Day, Another Ultrasound

I don't think I can top Court's last post so I won't even try!!

Today is 36 Weeks 2 Days and we were at the doctor for another ultrasound and check-up. The ultrasound was a short one, just to check fluid levels again. This time the boy measured ahead of his sister, he was at 11 and she was at 10.6. Both are at the lower end of normal but good since they increased from the last measurements.

We saw Dr. Miller today and he actually has twins as well. His wife delivered at 36 weeks so when he saw that we were beyond that point, he was pleasantly surprised. Everyone seems surprised that they are still cooking away, but I'm determined to make it to March.....as if it is up to me!!

Mom and Dad have been coming out on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help out and to feed us dinner. They've been so helpful and the warm meals are such a treat!! They also went to work to get the glider into the nursery and put together. The cats are so pleased, they now have a new cozy place to sleep and make all furry. I wonder how they'll feel about it once there are fussing babies in that room....I think it will lose its allure.

Suzie was out for lunch on Wednesday and brought the yummiest turkey lasagna. She's the best cook!!

Now the nursery has all the furniture in it and we just need to put pictures and shelves up on the walls and we're done. I'll take a picture and post it once it's complete. Mom is sewing the curtains as we speak. Stef is furiously finishing the cross stitches for the babies. They each have their own unique designs, too. She's done it for all the kids in the family and they always turn out so nicely.

What else have we been up to? Oh, we updated our wills, powers of attorney, health care directives, etc. and went to sign them with the attorney today, so that's done.

We are also mostly done with the adoption process for the babies. Once they arrive, we call the adoption attorney to schedule the hearing at the court. Everything should be finalized 2-3 weeks after they are born.

The next ultrasound and doctor visit is Wednesday when I'll be 37 weeks. That's considered full term for twins. Only one more week to go after that and if they don't decide to join the world on their own by then, the doctor will help them!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

36 Weeks...almost

Tomorrow is officially the completion of 36 weeks, but who's counting at this point? We had another u/s and OB visit today. The u/s was to check the babies and their amniotic fluid again. The little boy is measuring 7 lbs and the little girl is measuring 6 lbs 3 oz. I'm starting to get a little nervous if I carry them another 2 weeks. How big are they going to get? No wonder I can no longer roll over in bed by myself without grabbing the side of the mattress and hurling myself over with all my might!! Their fluid levels were slightly below normal but their NST's showed that they were very active and "happy" so no change to my situation. The doctor (Dr. Pray since Bohmke is out of town this week) said that the fluid levels would need to be really low at this stage to justify admitting me and inducing labor. I go back on Friday for another fluid check and NST.

I think we've checked everything off of our to-do list and by tomorrow everything will be ready for the babies. I got the call from Fedex today that the glider is here and they are delivering it tomorrow. I was a little worried it wouldn't make it here in time for the babies' arrival, but it looks like it will. The carpet cleaner came today and our carpets look FABULOUS!! I'm embarrassed to say that we haven't had them professionally cleaned since we've been here and it was rather obvious when he pulled the furniture out of the room.

Tomorrow I get to have lunch with Suzie and catch up. They are moving to Oregon before long so I have to take advantage of my time with her before she's a day's drive away...

Thursday we have an appt with a certified car seat inspection person to tell us whether we are capable of properly installing two car seats or not. I just don't understand how it can be that difficult but "they" say that 80% of car seats are installed improperly so we'll have them checked out just to be sure...

That's it for now...

Friday, February 15, 2008

In Memoriam...






This week my brother and his family lost their beloved yellow lab, Zeus.
With nothing much to say in these circumstances, we are sending our love from the rainy northwest...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

35 Weeks

Yesterday we reached the 35 week milestone and today we start 36 weeks. We had one of our many OB appts today and Bohmke said she wouldn't intervene if I went into labor now. She'd like for the babies to stay put for another week to ensure little if any NICU time. Apparently, 36 weekers and beyond usually go home with you and don't remain in the hospital. That's what I'm shooting for.

We had an NST today and the babies were extremely active with large swings in their heart rates. It kind of freaked me out to see the swings, but the nurse and the doctor said it's a good sign. I haven't made much progress towards going into labor; no dilating and only 25% effaced. We go in on Tuesday for a follow-up u/s and another OB visit to check progress.

An old co-worker and his wife are pregnant as well, she was actually due a week after us, and we learned today that they had their baby boy last night. He was 6 weeks premature and weighed 4 lbs 15 oz. The NICU doc said he's doing great though. The pictures they sent didn't show him hooked up to much of anything so that makes me feel a little bit better if ours came now. It's a reality check to learn that someone due after you has already had their baby. We could have them any day now.

Happy Valentine's Day!!

*PS - Julian-spell check is broken for me, too. I don't think it's working at all.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Time Suspended - A few of my Favorites


















Belly Shots!!

We had a photo session on January 26th to get some belly shots taken and we just got them back. Anna Crowley is the photographer and she does an excellent job. Her website is http://www.annaphotography.com/.


We couldn't leave Katie out, she was really interested in the snow falling outside the entire time. Anna snapped quite of few really cute shots of Katie that day. Court may post additional pictures later, but these are a few of the many...
The last shot is of the diaper cake Ashley and Joan (at work) made for us. I just love it!! I can't bring myself to dismantle it yet!!






















Monday, February 11, 2008

Good news.....

We had a repeat ultrasound this morning to re-check amniotic fluid. The little boy who has had the lower of the two levels (7.9) is now up to 10 and the little girl is at 12.5 (previously at 9). Both are now within the normal range.

We ran into Dr. Bohmke in the skybridge on our way to our OB appt. She was on her way to check in with patients in the hospital. She looked at the ultrasound report and was pleased with the results. She said no need to get an NST today and she was comfortable if we came in on Thursday for an NST. No additional ultrasounds this week either. Phew!!

We are officially in Week 35. Dr. Bohmke said she just wants me to make it to 36 weeks which is less than two weeks away. My goal is still to make it to 38 weeks, but I think the odds are against me.

Even Dad thinks I'll deliver in February!! I have nobody on my side! Dad recently travelled to Puerto Vallarta and one of his traditions is to get every grandchild their birthstone while he's in Mexico. He could have either gotten the March birthstone or the February birthstone for these babies. He got February!!

Court is still voting for a Feb 29th birthday! According to my measurements for a singleton, I'm measuring 41 weeks, so maybe that means I'll have them any day now.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Staring down the barrel...

I am happy to report that we have tied up most loose ends that needed to get done before the babies come. The only thing I didn't get done was everyone's taxes. I am about 70% done with all of them so I just need to sit down and bang out the rest of them. So far, all good news for everyone. The worst is counseling people on their taxes all year and then having them owe a load come April 15th. It only happened to me once with my good friends Karla and John, and we were both mortified! For different reasons, of course. We laugh about it every year and today on the phone, she said that she was sorry that their taxes cause me so much strife. Good thing they are getting a refund. Phew!

In addition to errands and readying the house, Stef stayed the weekend and we hand a "Bourne" marathon. None of us had ever seen any of the movies and Brian and Glenn love the trilogy and own all of three, so they lent them to us. Well, we are now officially fans, as well. Who knew Matt Damon could be so sexy???

Speaking of Brian and Glenn, we are suffering withdrawals since they went to their cabin at Mt Baker this weekend. I will see them tomorrow when I take Katie there in the morning for some play time. She is getting sick of us girls and needs some boy time and some doggie time.

Mom and Dad came out today and helped us with all that needed to be done and made a yummy pot roast for dinner, topped off with a chocolate cream pie. We are all stuffed sitting here watching the Grammy's on E, with Katie snuggled right smack between Mel's belly and Nana. Does life get any better?

Mom and Dad booked their tickets to Paris and London today for their trip in September. Argh...and we won't be going along. Say it isn't so. Just give us a few more months under our belts and we will be ready to be jet setting once again. Puerto Vallarta here we come, January or March 2009. Back to tradition. Maybe my brother and his family would consider coming??? I know that Crystal would be in but Lloyd, we will have to see. Brenda, you will have to come with Crystal and the boys. I heard from Crystal today and she has returned from her shift in the North Sea and is home for a few weeks to return for what I believe is two more turns. I will keep you updated on her comings and goings as I get word. For those of you who don't know, my one and only niece, Crystal Cunniff, is a petroleum engineer, based out of Houston and is working a couple of turns in the North Sea. We don't get to see each other nearly enough but she is the most intelligent, beautiful, fun, successful, young woman I know. And I not biased. I love you Crys.

Off tomorrow for another ultrasound at (7:30AM, yikes that is early to be in Seattle) to measure amniotic fluid, followed by an NST to monitor contractions and heartbeats. Then off to work which is getting harder and harder to concentrate on or really care about. It all seems inconsequential now. But it pays the bills... Unfortunately, Lloyd and I were NOT trust fund babies!

So, everyone, what is the birthday going to be? I am still sticking to February 29th.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

And so it goes...Bed rest has been handed down

34 Weeks and the doc says, no mas. So here we are in the upstairs media room. Mel has commandeered the couch and I have moved in the chair from the sitting room so I can hang out as well. I am not a big fan of the big black chair, so it is a little crowded. I prefer cozy.


We have been spoiled the last few days with lots of help. They say never turn down the offer for help so, ok, we won't. Wednesday night, Brian and Glenn came over, whipped up chicken stir fry, did the dishes, and cleaned the kitchen while Roby fell off the second step right smack on his forehead. Within seconds, he had a big ole black and blue bump on his forehead. He was a trooper and was heading back for the stairs before we knew it. Time for a gate...


We got both of the car seats in the Pilot; one behind the passenger and one in the middle. The passenger seat isn't very comfortable but the driver is ok. I am waffling on buying a van right now with the market down as much as it is. I think we will hold off until either the market improves or we just can't stand it anymore. I have a feeling it will be the latter. We'll see.


Tonight, Mom came out and spray painted the dresser, folded baby clothes, and whipped up some yummy dinner and served it to us. And tomorrow, Stef will be on babysitting duty, making her famous macaroni and cheese.


Another weekend of last minute to do's coming up. Another run to the dump, taxes, laundry, and I know there are many other items that I am just blanking on at the moment.

Back to the doctor on Monday for another ultrasound to measure fluid and to have another NST. We will keep you posted.

In the meantime, vote (or should I say caucus) for Hillary.




Wednesday, February 6, 2008

34 Week Ultrasound

We had our 34 Week ultrasound yesterday and the babies are doing very well. The little boy was very active and doing some "practice breathing" which the ultrasound tech said is a sign of a happy and healthy baby. His weight is estimated at 6 lbs 6 oz, oh my!! The stats show he is in the 89th percentile. Our little girl was also very wiggly and as usual did not want to show her face. She, too, was doing the "practice breathing" which is a good sign. Her weight is estimated at 5 lbs 5 oz putting her in the 48th percentile. The is only a 16% difference between their weights which is acceptable.

Mom would be proud that my blood pressure was 100/58 so no concern so far about hypertension...

The tech noted that the amniotic fluid levels were lower than they like to see so we got sent over to the OB's office for a non-stress test (NST). So we waddled over to the office and I got hooked up to the machines for the first time. I was having more contractions than they wanted me to have (4-5 in a 15 minute period) so they gave me Terbutaline to see if they stopped. The contractions stopped within minutes. One of the unfortunate side effects is that it causes your heart to race. It's very unpleasant, but luckily does not last long. We met with Dr. Miller afterwards and he said that this is potentially just an anomoly and that things will look totally normal in a couple of days. He sent me home to bedrest (or recliner rest) but is fine with me working as long as I stay off my feet.

I have my OB appt tomorrow so they had me schedule a follow-up ultrasound before my appt to check the fluid levels again. I will probably have another NST to check contractions. Depending on the results of the u/s and the NST I could either be all fine and dandy and off bedrest or get admitted. I'm voting for the former and have been sitting still all day long drinking my water religiously.

I think that's all for now. I'll post more tomorrow after our doctor visit.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Super Bowl Weekend

Where to start? Our life is starting to move at a break neck speed with the "unknown" date approaching quickly. At the latest, March 5th...four weeks and that is the best case scenario. I am now carrying my cell phone with me at every minute that I am not with Melanie, just in case. As most of you probably know, I am not the best at carrying my phone or even knowing where it is. It is kind of like my wallet.

We are desperately trying to take care of all the "to do's" before the babies arrive; last minute items from Target and Babies R Us, washing and folding all the baby clothes, thank you cards, another trip to the dump, with another to go, buying lamps for adequate lighting, and finally a minivan. Yes, it is true we are moving out of any realm of cool. Bye bye Pilot, hello Odyessey. That will probably be next weekend. Anyone want a 2005 Silver Pilot? We are selling it outright.

Stef spent the weekend with us being the best little helper there is. Of course, Xbox 360 came with her and we had a Guitar Hero fest until my eyeballs about popped out of my head. We also had a pizza party with the "boys" at their house. The boys include Brian, Glenn and Robby, plus Katie, Autumn, Buddy, Jo, Cooper, Finnegan, et al. It makes for an interesting scene, particularly when Robby is feeding all of his dinner to Autumn and Katie, and Brian is doing his dance routine with the pink ribbon! You probably had to be there, but when you see him, ask for an encore.

We are off to the store for Super Bowl munchies and over to the boys for a small party. Brian, Glenn, Robby, Stef, Mel (with 2 in utereo), Court, Katie, Autumn, Buddy, Jo and whoever else has checked in since last night.

Why is Ryan Seacreast in the Super Bowl pre game show? Good God.

Off to the store. Go Pats.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Testing

This is a test to see if I have the ability to blog. It can't be that hard right? My purpose for creating this blog is to keep everyone up to date on what's going on with the babies...especially after they arrive. I think this will be a great place to share photos, updates, etc.

So we'll see how it goes.

I'll first try to post a link to the photos from the baby shower we had on January 19th.

This link is to the pictures our dear friend Suzie took. Thank you Suzie!!
http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=uvgfqah.2rtso9g5&x=0&y=-h93kgd

This link is to the pictures that Stef took at the shower. Thanks Stef!
http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=15llxh0h.b3m9b30l&x=0&y=-4exg4b

And here is a link to the photos Stef took at our work baby shower on January 22nd:
http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=15llxh0h.cdk2q4ud&x=0&y=-4cfjrv

Goodnight!!