Bump Pictures – Part 1

Life has been a roller coaster over the past 6 months (2-3 years really).  Blogging has slowed way down but I really want to document my pregnancy and this joyful part of our lives.  And I want to share with family/friend/anyone that cares to read this!  So here is my recap of roughly the first half of my pregnancy with my precious twin babies.

Five Weeks

  • My pants still zipped.
  • We hadn’t told ANYONE yet.
  • I had started to feel twinges of nausea and pregnancy symptoms.  But I felt pretty good overall.  I was counting my lucky stars for no morning sickness.
  • No real cravings, other than FOOD.  I kept saying, “I haven’t done anything to warrant being this hungry.”  Scott always gave me a look and said, “You’re growing two humans.”  It just didn’t feel real yet.
  • Frank Beamer’s last home game.  Won in overtime against North Carolina. Go Hokies!DSC00922DSC00923DSC00924

Ten Weeks

  • Last Christmas before we become a family of four!
  • I used a hair tie to hold my pants up (but was anxious to try my newly purchased belly band and Target maternity jeans).
  • Had told both of our families and close friends.
  • Got 3 high fives per touchdown (one for me, one per baby)  during the VT bowl game on 12/26.
  • Exclusively used the “Virginia Tech Mom” and “Virginia Tech Dad” mugs during our stay at my parents house.
  • Got nauseous if I didn’t eat basically once an hour.
  • Felt like I was hungover every morning (this was the extent of my morning sickness – not nausea but tired/dehydrated/hungry).DSC00943

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Eleven Weeks

  • Scott’s 31st Birthday! Celebrated with friends, old and new from near and far.
  • Hosted a New Years Eve gathering.  I prepared by fighting with Scott because I was cranky from a week-long headache (no Advil for pregnant women!?) followed by crying in Scott’s lap because I was so happy.  Scott prepared by hanging out (hiding) in the basement and riding the hormonal waves of his wife.

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Twelve Weeks

  • My 30th Birthday!
  • I squeezed myself into the pretty tulle skirt I bought pre-pregnancy.
  • Still felt hungover every morning.
  • The Bump had popped!
  • Scott and I saw our babies looking like babies (not beans) for the first time at our 12 week ultrasound appointment on my actual birthday.  After a broken ultrasound machine and a rush to the hospital, we got to watch our babies move and kick onscreen for a good 45 minutes!  One was nicknamed “The Kicker” aka The Scott Twin.  The other was much more laid back, aka The Rebecca Twin.  Yes, I am laid back in this equation. 
  • We officially passed into the “safe” zone and made the big announcement to the world (Instagram and Facebook).

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Fourteen Weeks

  • Officially out of the first trimester.
  • Started to feel less hungover each morning.
  • Everybody knew and it was so fun to talk about it. DSC00995

Fifteen – Sixteen Weeks

  • Life started to feel ‘normal’ again.
  • I often commented that I hadn’t realized how bad I felt during the first trimester until now – I felt so much better than I had for the past 3+ months.  But I still think I got it easy overall.
  • Forget to do official pictures with the good camera, but I snapped a little something weekly for mom.
  • Craving=chocolate cake.

Eighteen Weeks

  • Feeling good!
  • Went on 2 mile hike with Scott.  Get shell-shocked at the difference in my 16 week picture and this one.  I believe I said, “Why didn’t anyone tell me!?”
  • Took advantage of the unseasonal warm weather (and my new pink Hunter boots) at the beach.
  • Was getting seriously anxious to start setting up the nursery, but had to wait until we found out what we were having!!
  • At this point, I haven’t worn pants that zip in months. Elastic is my friend and there are usually at least 3 layers of clothing over the belly at any given time.
  • Prince has to make accommodations for the new shape of my lap.
  • Still craving = chocolate cake.

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So there you have it- the first half of my pregnancy!  Back with more soon!

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The Christmas Season

I’m still trying to get back into the blogging swing.  Being a commuting homeowner is hard to get used to! But I have so much I want to catch up on.  Both personal and home things.  So up first – the Christmas season for the Fitzgeralds.

Oh, right. We bought a new car.  A Jeep, actually.  Scott couldn’t be more thrilled (he drove a Jeep in high school so I think he’s doing a little Glory Days reliving).  It did an excellent job getting our first real Christmas tree home!

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I admit, I grew up with fake trees.  And I have to say, I prefer fake to real. I’m sure that is Christmas sacrilege or something. But they are perfectly symmetrical, pre-lit, and and don’t shed!  Oh, and they don’t need to lean against the wall to stay standing. Our sweet, leaning tree.photo 1-4

I’m a huge fan of Christmas and Christmas ornaments in particular.  It’s a bit of a ritual to take each one out, reminisce on the story behind each one and pick the perfect spot on the tree.  We added a few new ones this year, including an Adirondack from our trips to Cape May,Cape May Ornament

and a new home ornament.photo 2-4

Our new Jeep has also come in super handy with the snow we got over the past month.  We’re learning that our neighborhood is adorable in all seasons.  I greatly appreciate the effort all of our neighbors put into decorating their homes.  I hope they didn’t mind that we left our pumpkins out until mid-December and didn’t so much as put a candle in the window.  I’m going to milk this new homeowner thing for all its worth!  We’ll pull our weight next year, folks.photo 3-3

Our town is also adorable in the snow. This is the train station where Scott and I commute every morning.
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We also had a few work parties over the holiday season.photo 4-3

Which gave us a nice excuse to spend a few evenings time in the city.  photo 2-3

I miss the city, especially during Christmas.  She always dresses up so nicely.photo 3-2

We spent Christmas with my family in Virginia.  What a perfect, welcoming sight!photo 4-2

We had time with friends and sweet, relaxing time with my family while we were there.

My sister Megan has joked that she always gets stuck with our family cat, Emily since Scott came into the picture.

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Christmas was filled with laughter,
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goofiness (if you haven’t downloaded the app “Heads Up” you should do so immediately)IMG_5636

and love.

IMG_5630I hope everyone had an equally Merry Christmas!