Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Zulily Deal today for Breastfeeding Moms or Moms-to-be


Today through Friday 2/03 at 6am PDT, Zulily.com is practically giving away these great A Mother's Love breastfeeding bras.  The cost is $11.99/bra, and they originally sold for $24.00/bra.  A 50% savings.  
Now this is a great deal for you breastfeeding moms or moms-to-be.  And if you are having multiples, this is great place to save some money and we all know with needing double everything for your babes, you could benefit from saving some cash!


So check out this great sale today at Zulily.com and save yourself some money while getting a comfortable, attractive and user-friendly breastfeeding bra!


Here is some additional information about the company, 

Black Cotton Wireless Nursing Bra

A Mother's Love:
As a mother, you're in charge of supporting your little ones whenever they need you. Now that you've begun your most important adventure, allow these nursing bras and accessories from A Mother's Love to support you and hold you up when you need them. Soft fabrics, quality materials and easy one-hand release cups ensure a flawless, comfortable fit.



     

365 Days of Twinipedia - Day 44




Day Forty-four of Twinipedia: 

















Fact #44

WhatToExpect.com has a great post about twin pregnancy and weight gain.  The article shares some information about what most doctors recommend as a healthy weight gain when a woman is pregnant with twins. They state that most Md's would encourage a woman carrying twins to gain between "35 to 45 pounds during a multiple pregnancy (a little less if you were overweight pre-pregnancy; a little more if you were underweight)." Now this is nearly 50 percent more weight gain than is recommended for singleton pregnancy.


But the author goes on to stress that women carrying twins do not need to freak out about this amount of weight gain.  The mother-to-be is going to put on about 30 pounds of that weight just from the babies weights, which will average  10 to 12 pounds alone, and then also the weight from the extra blood volume in their bodies, the amniotic fluid, and water weight, which could be another 20 or so pounds. 

Most moms who have twins find that those 30 pounds from baby and pregnancy related fluids are almost gone before they even leave the hospital and then "at that point, they’ll be in the same boat as their friends who had one baby: trying to get rid of that last 10 to 15 pounds."
To read more at WhatToExpect.com, go to:

Monday, January 30, 2012

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365 Days of Twinipedia - Day 43


 




Day Forty-three of Twinipedia: 












Fact #43
About 44% of twin pregnancies start with some form of fertility assistance.  Couples who are having trouble conceiving sometimes opt for InVetro Fertilization, more commonly referred to as IVF.  This is when the egg cells are fertilized by the father's sperm outside the mother's body.  Those eggs are then placed back inside the woman's uterus in hopes that the eggs will implant and the couple will become pregnant.  
In cases of IVF, About.comabout Pregnancy noted that most Md's who are helping women to become pregnant this way, will usually place 3 or more fertilized eggs back into the uterus. The rationale is that not all of these eggs will implant...  
And although not every woman will successfully have eggs implant in her uterus, some women will actually have All the eggs implant in their uterus at once, taking them from their lives of infertility-issues to their new lives as Multiples-Mamas-To-Be.





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Flower, cloth beanbag-like (aka Pouf) chair/ table/ blanket...GORGEOUS! From Etsy


I just Had to share.  These floral, handmade, cloth beanbag-like seats/tables (that are referred to as Poufs) along with the matching blankets are just so, so unique, chic and fun.  



The Poufs and blankets would be great for a photo-shoot, a baby's nursery or kid's play room, a t.v. room for lounging or using as an ottoman and the Pouf could even be used as a beautiful accent table in a living room.  It would surely be a conversation piece and would add beautiful color and whimsy in any room.  I just LOVE LOVE LOVE!  


Here is the creator, Hailey's description of these fun "Poufs" from her Etsy page...

...Flattened rose pouf! Which just happens to be my most popular!!...great as a decorative piece, a photography prop (as shown above) an ottoman or even a coffee table if you put a tray on top. I LOVE this piece and hope you do too!!! 
Lewiston, Idaho,  United States       

Just so pretty and you can see they are made so beautifully and with great love and care.
I think the solid cream one is amazing and the vibrant blue just pops with elegance and fun!  And this blanket...Oh how I wish it had been around when I had been decorating my 3 girls' nurseries!

These items sell for about $260-275, are hand-made in the USA and are just such a gorgeous investment for your home that you can enjoy for years to come!


So check these "Poufs" out today at    on Etsy: 

 

      

Sunday, January 29, 2012

365 Days of Twinipedia - Day 42





Day Forty-Two of Twinipedia: 















Fact #42
Twins, while In Utero, can be seen in many different positions throughout their development.  This can be seen via a regular ultra sound or a 3D ultra sound.  Knowing the position of the twins is most important toward the end of the pregnancy.  This is because birth options are typically determined by how the baby's bodies are aligned in the mother's body.  Whether the twins are feet down or head down can determine if the mother can give birth vaginally or if she must have a Cesarean Section. 

About.com talked to some Md's about twin positioning and birthing options.  The writers learned that "the position of the babies will largely determine how the twins are born - vaginally or by cesarean. They also learned that about 40% of twins are both head down (vertex) at term, while another approximately 30% see the first baby (Twin A) vertex and Twin B breech. Both of these positions are acceptable to consider a vaginal birth.

Locked Twins presentation
Other positions of the babies like two breeches, two transverse (babies bodies are perpendicular to the mother's spine, feet toward one side of the mother, heads towards the other) or Twin A breech and Twin B vertex are usually delivered via cesarean surgery."  This last scenario can cause a presentation at birth called locked twins (see image) which can cause serious issues for both babies if it occurs thus why most Md's will choose a c-section for the birth plan. 


"The position and birth plan is usually known ahead of time with ultrasound technology. However, even twins can change positions late in the game and even into labor. This is particularly true of Twin B after the birth of Twin A."

So if you want a vaginal birth and are having twins, seems like you might want to start chatting with those twinnies of yours early on while they are developing, telling them how you would like them to get comfy in there together with their heads down.  Let your Twin A know too that letting Twin B get upside-down first while not doing the same himself could make for a tougher labor-time for mama.  Gotta assert some parental influence and rules as early as possible :):):):) LOL

To read more about pregnancy and multiples, go to - http://pregnancy.about.com/cs/twinsmore/a/aatwinlabor.htm

Our Skiing Mia (3 years old) at Cannon Mountain - New Hampshire 2012

My Mia hittin' the slopes in New Hampshire - 
Cannon Mountain 2012
3 Years Old

Accompanied by Papa Leo on camera, 
Daddy on Pick-up duty, 
Sister Ailey on encouragement patrol and 
Mama as back-seat observer


Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Twin-Buzz: World News about twins...Their twins but not twins??

I Got Pregnant While I was already Pregnant! Woman gives Birth to Two babies on the same day but they are NOT Twins
By ASHLEY VAN SIPMA

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today, Pregnant with Twins or Parent of Twins 
We think this is very interesting!)





After struggling with infertility for three years, Julia Grovenburg and her husband Todd seriously considered adopting a baby from a foreign country in order to complete their dreams of having a family.

But in a final and desperate attempt to have children of their own, the couple gave it one last try and on one lucky Sunday afternoon in July 2009, Julia's pregnancy test finally came back positive.

However, because Mrs Grovenburg, 33, and her 34-year-old husband had been trying so hard to conceive, she actually became pregnant...

To Read more, go to The daily Mail at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2010005/Woman-gives-birth-babies-day-NOT-twins.h

365 Days of Twinipedia - Day 41





Day Forty-one of Twinipedia: 


















Fact #41
I thought this was interesting and actually did not know this about pregnancy. The site Amazing Facts and News- Pregnancy Fact, shares that when a woman is pregnant, her senses are heightened. No wonder smells become more pungent while pregnant and temperatures can feel more hot or cold.  

But this got me thinking, women carrying multiples must be practically super-human when it comes to their sense-levels while carrying their babies. It must be like sensory-overload from all those hormones and babies inside them. (Of course I know this is not the case but it is such a fun visual to roll around in my head).  Super-eye site, super-hearing, super-smell, super-taste, super-touch.  


Something like this...


Super Multi-Mama:

  • She's made of steel.
  • Faster than a speeding grocery-cart!
  • More powerful than a toxic diaper!
  • Able to leap through tall multiplication problems in a single bound!
  • It's a dad! No. It's a doctor, No. It's SUPER MULTI-MOM!

And watch out Kryptonite, you'll have no effect on this Super Sense-filled Wonder Woman of many babes! 

The Twin-Buzz: World News about Multiples

Miracle' identical girls born - QUADS
2012-01-26 09:34

 Leipzig - Doctors at a clinic in eastern Germany have described the birth of four identical girls as a miracle.

Laura, Sophie, Jasmin and Kim were 10 weeks premature but doctors at University Clinic Leipzig say they have good chances of surviving. They were conceived naturally and were delivered by Caesarean section...

To Read more about their birth and how these rare identical quads are doing, go to http://www.news24.com/SciTech/News/Miracle-identical-girls-born-20120126 and via TwinMagazine

And check out this amazing 3D video of Quads in the womb...Breathtaking!


Friday, January 27, 2012

365 Days of Twinipedia - Day 40




Day Forty of Twinipedia: 






















Fact #40
Being pregnant can bring with it many unexpected events and medical experiences but most women do go through pregnancy without many serious complications.  Those who do end up having more dangerous issues medically are usually classified as high-risk and often times need to go to specialty doctors who are trained in high-risk pregnancies.


I had always thought that any multiples pregnancy, whether it be twins to quintuplets, was always considered high-risk.  While reading an article from About.com, located under their pregnancy section, I found that this belief of mine was not scientifically correct.  The article shared that "being pregnant with multiples is not necessarily a high-risk situation, except when dealing with higher order multiples or specific problems." And they stated that one of their readers was correct in sharing that twin pregnancies and births are certainly "high-need" but not Necessarily high-risk  The article goes on to suggest some good advice stating that "finding a practitioner who is experienced with multiples births, but one who will not panic at every corner" is a good start for most women carrying twins.  
High-risk scenarios may happen, but not all woman expecting two babies will need high-risk care and so getting the appropriate care from an expert is a good beginning point (for any pregnancy).