Blue- Was that the snap and go? I can't remember if that is a stroller or an adapter for a stroller, but it's something that I will be thinking more about as I get further along. I have started researching though :-).
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IVF Graduates thread!! - Page 16post #301 of 224712/25/11 at 6:13ampost #302 of 224712/25/11 at 7:19am
Renavoo, I think I'll start with the snap and go double stroller (just put the carseats in a stroller frame). The babies can sit in their carseats for the first 8-12 months and from what I hear that is a life saver because it is so light and easy to use. After that you would probably have a better idea on what you'll need since they'll be bigger at that point and you can "test drive" some. From what I have read most double strollers are very heavy and the tandem can be hard to turn (but I think needed in the city!!!). I have an extra problem since I will also need to accomodate DD occasionally. I will probably get a stroller board that attaches to the stroller that she can ride on standing, or perhaps the really expensive stroller that has the toddler seat on top (read: expensive and heavy). I am not sure how much storage you have available but having all the different strollers for different needs would take a ton of space. The other thing I am considering instead of the bulky "triple" stroller, would be a small double side by side unbrella MacClaren after the snap and go with a boogie board :)post #303 of 224712/25/11 at 7:36am
Sorry for the double post, MDC started freezing up and I didn't want to loose my thoughts :)
Kewpie, I hope the sinus infection goes away soon and you aren't doomed to it for the remainder of your pregnancy! Do you have an induction date? I can't believe how close you are!! I have heard that twin pregnancies have to order "speciality" maternity clothes for multiples :(
Keira, I am glad your wrists feel a little better, but fluid sucking sounds horrible! I hope you don't end up needing that! Wow, you are measuring almost full term too! And with 7 weeks to go!!! Oh man, I am not sure I am ready for that!!!!!! I remember how huge I felt with just DD :)
Deborah, so glad they found a membrane, that is great news and so much lower risk!
Blue, I wrote on the other thread too, but I really hope these frosties are your BFP!!
AFM, still feeling like crap. I have almost had to completely stop the zofran because it binds your insides up. Hope it isn't TMI, but I am only able to go to the bathroom once a week and it has become extremely painful being so bloated all the time, plus the constant nausea...not sure what is worse, but I am completely miserable. I wish I was spending this pregnancy in bliss like last time and enjoying all my limited one-on-one time with DD, but instead I am just sick and second guessing all the decsions I have made that led me here. I really think being so physically ill has really affected my overall mood and I just wish I could turn it all around...hopefully time does.post #304 of 224712/25/11 at 9:54am
Belly- Yes, I believe this makes them only slightly higher risk than a singleton pregnancy. I'd have to check. I totally feel you on the tummy issues, only mine are kind of the opposite thanks to Prednisone. AFM- Hubby gave me lots of Christmukah/Hanukkahmas presents last night and this morning: two mystery rummy games and a Kindle gift certificate :-). The future grandmas also sent presents to the babies! They got adorable stuffed puppies (which the dog already tried to steal so they are being hidden), but I will take pictures later.post #305 of 224712/25/11 at 4:23pm
Blue - I accidentally figured out the steam from a shower trick the other night while trying to calm my back muscles down. I laughed when I came here to see you suggest the same thing.
keria - Thanks for the tip about the sinus massage. I'll definitely be googling that here in a few. I'm pretty sure I have some ginger root, I'll look into the tea as well. Sorry to hear your babies keep you up. Mine really never do and I'll count myself as very lucky. I guess you're getting in some practice for after they are born? :)
renavoo - no, it's not related to the pregnancy. I have a friend whose entire family was sick, neglected to tell us and had a birthday party for her kid. We found out after we arrived that they not only all had bad sinus infections, but also had been throwing up all night the night before. NIce, huh? If I were her, I would have postponed the party, but... well... she's the type where a social event takes priority over anything. SHe's brought her kids to our house very sick in the past. She's also the same friend that complains openly on facebook that her kids were sick and she has to lug all kinds of blankets and meds with her as she shops all day with them. I'm really irritated not only cause I'm so close to giving birth, but we're now sick over christmas which forced us to cancel our plans with my mom, so she's spending christmas alone. She has a bad heart and cant handle getting sick very well.
For strollers, we got really lucky in that we had a friend give us a side by side jogger and then we bought a used in-line duo glider for about $30 on craigslist. It's in perfect condition, but just needs a good wipedown. So, we've got the side by side for trips to the park and zoo type stuff and the in-line (front to back) for narrow places like the mall. We plan to baby wear when the babies are too little for the stroller itself. We got britax convertables for car seats instead of infant bucket carriers, so that just seemed to fit. DH and I pretty much go everywhere together, so it works. Good luck in figuring out what you want!post #306 of 224712/25/11 at 4:40pm
Sorry for the double post, but I was afraid to switch pages before posting what I already had...
Belly - Thanks, I hope I get over it soon too (DH as well). Tentatively I have an induction date right around the 14th of January, but it hasn't been setup with the hospital or anything yet. It's just been briefly discussed with one of the doctors. I'm SOOOOO hoping to avoid an induction cause I don't even want to be touched with pitocin.
I'm so sorry you feel so lousy. I wish there was some sort of magic solution out there. :(
Deborah - The word Christmakah made me laugh. I'm assuming you are a blended Jewish and Christian family?post #307 of 224712/25/11 at 5:44pm
Kewpie- Actually Jewish and Atheist, but DH has celebrated Christmas his whole life with his family, so we acknowledge both; mainly because it's another opportunity to show appreciation for each other.post #308 of 224712/26/11 at 5:03pmThread Starterpost #309 of 224712/26/11 at 5:59pmpost #310 of 224712/27/11 at 6:50amThread Starterpost #311 of 224712/27/11 at 4:01pmThread Starter
Ok here are the rest of the pics
this is the best pic we could get of little girl but we got a hand and a foot too
These ones and the one from yesterday are from little boy
Now the city select review
I only played with it for a little while and then put it back in the box and it's in the storage room so take it with a grain of salt. I don't love it I hope to start loving it once the kids are here since we spent so much money on it. I think a lot of the reasons for me not loving it have to do with where I live so take that into account. My first impression was that it's big and heavy. I can see it being a great stroller if you live somewhere where you can leave it assembled in the garage and just put the kids on and go. Right now we live in an apartment and it won't fit in the elevator with the second seat on so I really don't see how I'm going to be able to take the kids out by myself. You have to remove the second seat in order to fold it so you have to put it together and take it apart every time you put the stroller in the car or take it out of the car we have to drive everywhere so that will be a pain in the butt.
Now the good things. Both seats do recline completely flat so you don't really need the bassinet, even though the seats do say they can only be used form 6 months+ I think that is just a trick to get you to buy the bassinets. The wheels are not plastic so it will be great to take it to parks or other places where the terrain is not as smooth. I love that one kid is up and one is down so both kids will be able to see. The handle goes up and down so it works for my tall DH and short little me. It has a good resale value so even if I end up not loving it at all I know we can get most of our money back. We got convertible carseats but you can get carseat adpators and use it as a snap and got for the first few months if you are getting bucket seats.
I think I want to get a single lightweight stroller and wear one baby for when I want to go out by myself but we'll wait on that and see how it goes once the kids are here.
Edited by Keria - 12/27/11 at 4:26pmpost #312 of 224712/28/11 at 3:05am
keria - Your pictures ended up stretched on my screen, but I definitely see some super baby cheek cuteness going on! I'm glad you got some good shots this time!
..and in the first shot it looks like your boy is pursing up to give a kiss. So cute!post #313 of 224712/28/11 at 3:27am
Well, I will be considered full term in 3 days. In some ways I feel SO ready to have these babies. On New Year's Day, DH and I will have been together for 14 years and sometimes I wonder how we made it this long with IF and not gone crazy. In other ways, I feel so unprepared and scared. I keep waiting for the "news of doom" to come and blindside us and take this all away. It's happened so many times before that it's difficult to let go of that.
I can't remember if I mentioned this last week or not, but at the last scan, the babies were each measuring at over 5 pounds and still both head down and in good position for vaginal birth for both. The tech said that at their clinic, they tend to underestimate size and the u/s also cannot take density into account, so we could end up with 6 pounders very easily. DH is scottish and is built like an ox, so I would not be surprised. Our boy seems to have gotten his bone structure from what we've seen. Maisie seems to be more like how I was as a child, very skinny and tall. (that changed as I aged.. haha) She's taller than Liam right now by a bit, but thinner.post #314 of 224712/28/11 at 3:50am
Keria, thanks for the review! That was fantastic. It's interesting too because on the websites, they really make it look like a snap to close the stroller for storage so I'm surprised that it is so difficult. It's amazing what good marketing can do, huh? But at least I know that I need to continue looking! Aww I love the 3D photos!! Do you have an idea of who he and she look like right now? I love the idea of 3D images and while DH supports me if i want them, he says that they look a little freaky to him (not your photos...I google searched 3D ultrasound images to show him what they are like and that's when he made the comment.) I personally think they look amazing and I can't wait until I can get my own!
Kewpie, this is so exciting! Just 3 more days...after all you went through, this is amazing news and i'm so excited for you. I can't wait for you to hold your babies in your arms. (And take photos to show us your beautiful babies...) ;o) It's also great that they are so well developed and that you are in a great position (or I should say they are!) to have a vaginal birth...are they going to induce you if you're not ready to give birth in a few days? By the way, i just started thinking that at the end of this journey, each of us will hopefully be having babies around the size your babies are...which is about a 10-12 pound baby, if it was a singleton. ummm ouch. haha i hope you're feeling better (and ugh to that friend! how selfish!) and thanks for the stroller tips.
Blue, I'm SO excited for you...just a couple of more weeks and then it's transfer time! I'll write more on the other thread but I just wanted to say that...I can't wait until you graduate!
Belly, how are you feeling?post #315 of 224712/28/11 at 4:45am
Hi! I'm definitely jumping into the graduates thread early, but I am pregnant now, and I want to join with the graduates, because I'm so optimistic and excited! I'm 16 DPO now, and had two HCG tests. 10 DPO: 45; 15 DPO: 589. It's taken us long to get here (not long compared to others' journeys, but it sure felt long to me), and we luckily got pregnant just before we started our IVF treatment (due to my sweetheart's dismal sperm). I'm feeling super hopeful because my high HCG levels put us in a statistically low group for miscarriage risks. My acupuncturist explained to me today what I need to do to start with my prenatal monitoring, and there's nothing to do for a couple weeks until the pregnancy is more certain. I'm going to keep visiting the acupuncturist weekly for the next month, to help the little one be cozy and loved and more likely to stay, then I'm traveling to the US and can tell my friends the wonderful news.
Kewpie- that is wonderful. I remember when I first joined the IVF group you were worried about your babies being born early, and now here you are, keeping them in full term! Congratulations.
Belly- I hope this unsolicited information isn't unwelcome- I have a friend who also had constipation problems during her pregnancy, and she found drinking psyllium husks helped her a lot. She just mixed it up in water and drank it down.post #316 of 224712/28/11 at 6:12amThread Starter
Welcome Mole congratulations!!
Rena don't take just my opinion there are many people that just love this stroller. If you have a buy buy baby near by have one on the floor for you to they usually have one on the floor for you to play with. The folding thing it's the biggest con for me. In theory you can fold it with 2 seats but only if they are forward facing which you cannot do with newborns and it ends up being gigantic. Even folding it with one seat rearfacing it still gigantic the most compact fold is with one seat forward facing. You still have some time to look around let me know if you find something better.
Our little boy looks a lot like DH's baby pics I'll scan one so you guys can see Our little girl is hard to say because we couldn't get a good look. But I'm really hoping she looks like me. I'm growing these kids from start to finish so least one of them has to look like me lol
Kewpie Thanks I love his little kissy face so much. That's amazing that you are so close to full term. I cannot wait to see little Maisie and Liam on the outside. Do you have an induction date? How are you feeling?post #317 of 224712/28/11 at 9:14am
Mole- Welcome and congratulations! I joined the graduates board the day I got my BFP, so it's never too early! I am now 10 weeks and babies are doing great. Kewpie- Great news about having full-term twins! That's so exciting! Can't wait to see them (outside of ultrasound pics, of course) :-).post #318 of 224712/28/11 at 10:46am
renavoo and Keria- They won't induce me until the middle of January, so if things don't happen on their own, it could be a while yet, but with how the last week has gone, I don't think they will have to induce, which is definitely preferred! I'm scared to death of pitocin! How are you doing? You're almost in the second trimester, Renavoo!!! Woot!
mole - Congrats and welcome!
Thanks and yeah, it's amazing to remember back to when they were threatening to come so early and now we're thinking of ways to kick them out. haha I hope your pregnancy is nice and easy!
Deborah - Thanks!
Belly - I so hope that you're doing ok and that things in the tummy dept are starting to calm down for you. I'm thinking of you
Everyone else - I think of you all often!post #319 of 224712/28/11 at 2:43pmpost #320 of 224712/28/11 at 4:45pm
Glad things are looking good for everyone. I actually had to buy maternity clothes today! It was fun :-). I couldn't resist the maternity/nursing nightgown that came with an adorable elephant onesie and was also on sale.
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