Thursday, August 31, 2006

Baby Profile Portraits & Crowns



Bolline Babies Update

WOW, that's pretty much all I can think of to describe the neatest sight today. I volunteered to help Hope Pregnancy Center with its ultrasound training and I got to spend a lot of time watching my little ones on a big tv screen. It was also special because I got to bring my mom and sis with me to see them too. It's been over 4 weeks since I saw them last and MY have they grown. They now look completely like little babies and have such long skinny arms and legs which they kicked and flipped and waved all about.

We could see their profiles so well and they are just beautiful. They are positioned bunk bed style, lying one on top of the other. They are right on schedule and seem very content in their little world. They even put their little heads together for a while, like they are already planning to be mischievious together once they arrive =-).

A= 13w 2d, 149 bpm, 7.8cm

B= 13w 1d, 159 bpm, 7.2cm

They asked me to come back in 2 weeks and allow them to train some more and of course I was more than happy to oblige. I'll try to post some of the pics once they get scanned.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Only a few more days . . . .



We went to Aspen on Thursday and then Casey, Rachel, & the kids left on Friday. So now it's just me and my folks. Dana & Kenny left on Wednesday. I go home on Monday, I miss Kenny a lot but I sure don't want to return to the heat!!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Visitors!!


We had some very special visitors yesterday. Jeannie, Max, and their adorable son Max came to spend the day with us. We grew up with Jeannie and had not gotten to see her in years. What a fun day!

Sweet Kisses


Our niece Lauren was quite enamored with little Max and she couldn't get enough of his sweet kisses. It was pretty cute!!

There are so many great parks here!



Friday, August 18, 2006

I LOVE CO!!

This is the view we woke up to out of our bedroom window this morning. There are few sights more beautiful than the Rocky Mountains and few sights that can bring such peace to my soul! We've been on two long walks so far in the cool weather after arriving here late yesterday afternoon. I'm so glad to be here and it will be so hard to leave and return to 100+ degree weather back home.



It's all about me?

A few weeks ago my sister and I went on a fun maternity shopping spree due to my rapidly expanding belly from the twins. I found several cute and comfy outfits. One tee shirt in particular was surprisingly trendy for maternity and I chose to wear it yesterday to be comfy as we traveled from Texas to Colorado. I had found the eyeball in the middle of the shirt to be a little creepy but I didn't really pay any attention to it.

Then yesterday evening we were eating at Macaroni Grill in Golden, CO and Dana was sitting across from me, staring at my shirt with a funny look on her face. Finally she said "Are you aware of what your shirt says?" and I said I think it says Rock & Roll or something to that affect as I hadn't really paid attention. She said No! It says "I love me!!". I looked down in horror and realized she was right! I'm no saint when it comes to being self absorbed but I'm very much the type to make every attempt to cover my sins and not advertise them. This fact made the message even more amusing to my family and they all got a great laugh out of it, as did I.

I think from now on I'll save this one for sleeping and not public wear. You'd think a maternity shirt would say I love my baby or you or my baby's daddy, anything but ME, that's very junior high-ish for a tee-shirt! LOL!!!


Tuesday, August 15, 2006

10 Week Dr Visit

We had our 10 week check up on Monday. Everything looks great our doctor said. We were even able to hear both heart beats on the dopplar which he said was rare before 12 weeks. They are beating around 170 bpm. No ultrasound this time but hearing the heart beat is always reassuring. He said our goal is to make it to 36 weeks and they should be in great shape and be able to leave the hospital the same day that I do.

He seems to be very realistic about the risks and will monitor me very closely, especially after 22 weeks. It makes me feel good that we are in very capable and concerned hands, not to mention the secure hands of our Heavenly Father. If they come at 36 weeks, that's around February 11, 2007. WOW, that's less than 6 months away. With football season coming up followed by all the holidays, they will be here before we know it.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Fire at Sawdust Ranch

We had a large fire at the ranch on Friday evening. Fortunately no people or livestock were harmed. We had only completed this new barn a few months ago and our entire hay and alfalfa supply for all the cattle was destroyed. It must have been a slow night for local news as it was the lead story on the 10:00 news for KBTX.

Here are some photos I took of the blaze that, despite what the paper says, was still burning yesterday. Fire is so powerful and watching it spread so fast right before our eyes was stunning.




Never a Dull Moment

"Investigators blame hay for barn fire "

Eagle Staff Report

Grimes County fire investigators Saturday blamed a hay barn fire on spontaneous combustion.
About 800 bales of hay were being stored in a barn the size of a football field off F.M. 244 on County Road 121 near Iola.

The fire started just before 8 p.m. Friday, and volunteer firefighters from Iola and Bedias opted to let the structure burn rather than try to extinguish the blaze.

"Our goal was to keep it contained. It would've been almost impossible to put out," said Nick Harmon, Iola volunteer fire chief. "There wasn't enough water in Grimes County to take care of it."

It took about 2 hours for the fire to burn itself out. The loss was estimated at $150,000.
Investigators said they suspect the fire was ignited by the combustion of green hay.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

FUN TWIN STUFF

Here is some of the first Twin Stuff that I've gotten for the babies. It's going to be so fun to pick out things for them and decorate their nursery! I'll just have to restrain myself from buying everything I like!

I couldn't help but buy these little booties since they are gender neutral and perfect for going home from the hospital or wearing to their baptism. So precious!!
These Twin Bears are from my mom and once we know their actual genders we can swap them out if need be. Too Funny!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The Joys of Gestating

~WARNING, graphic post ahead ;-)~
I was so happy to have made it over 9 weeks of being pregnant without actually throwing up in spite of being nauseated every morning, afternoon, and evening. I was naively thinking I was one of the lucky ones but then I got some major pay back this morning. It was pretty miserable, I think I threw up at least 4 times. So much for all the vitamins that I had taken earlier. I'm not exactly sure what set me off since my morning was pretty routine but the fact that I chased a chocolate breakfast shake with a glass of orange juice and then proceeded to brush my teeth didn't exactly help matters any.

But IT'S ALL WORTH IT!! That's what I kept telling myself over and over this morning. And this temporary discomfort is miniscule compared to the joy of knowing that these two little lives are growing bigger and stronger every day.

Sunday, August 06, 2006


Our good friends Christie, Dave, & adorable 10 month old Owen Wittenburg came down to visit us this weekend. We had a great time swimming, playing Cranium, and eating out. Here is a photo of the whole gang after eating burgers at Koppe Bridge. Posted by Picasa

Friday, August 04, 2006

How We Found Out

Kenny & I went in on July 17th for our first ultrasound at 6 weeks along. I was so anxious to know there was really a baby in there and that it was in the right place and not ectopic or all the other things that can go wrong in the early stages. The doctor began the u/s and didn't say a word for the longest time, between 5-10 minutes. Kenny & I were both getting nervous with the silence and I was terrified that she couldn't find anything.

Finally she said "Well......It looks like you're having twins!" In shock I just said "What?? Really???" I was so happy I just started to cry and I never cry! As we listened to each baby's heart beat the tears just kept coming and I kept saying "I'm so happy" over and over. All the while, Kenny never said a word! Finally the light came back on and he said very matter of fact "So now I guess we have to come up with 2 names." And that was the first thing he said, too funny.

We wanted to share the news immediately with everyone we know but the doctor advised us to hold off until we saw them again and we knew they were progressing normally as often one twin will "vanish" in the early weeks of a twin pregnancy. Praise the Lord that ours are both still there as we love them both so much already!!

My How They've Grown Already

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This is our original ultrasound at 6 weeks. You can hardly even tell there is anything in the sacs at all.

Here are their stats then and now:

Baby A:

Was 6-7mm, 119bpm & Now is 1.78cm & 180bpm

Baby B:

Was 5mm, 109bpm & Now is 1.94cm & 178bpm

Books I'm Reading

Since Kenny & I will be novice parents raising two babies at once I've decided to start my reading early so that I can do everything in my power to have a safe pregnancy and be as prepared as possible when our little ones arrive.

I've read that 50% of all twins arrive before 35.5 weeks so we know this pregnancy is not without risks and we will continue to pray that our little ones will be born as close to term as possible. We want our babies to have healthy birth weights and get off on a good start and this book is a great resource to help make that happen as best we can. It recommends gaining 40-56 lbs for twins. That sounds super scary but I'll do my best! But my biggest peace and comfort is knowing they are already being held in the loving and caring hands of their Heavenly Father.

This book offers a practical but sobering look at life during the early days with twins but it's biggest message is to keep a good sense of humor and enjoy every minute of the joy and rewards of twins.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

We've been keeping a BIG secret =-)

Here is our u/s from today. Notice anything unusual?


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If you guessed twins you are absolutely right =-) !!!

They are both doing really well and are right on track, Praise the Lord!!! Thanks to all our friends and family for surrounding these little ones with your prayers, we are incredibly blessed!!!

Introducing the Bolline Babies

Here is a pic of Baby A, you can make out her arms and some facial features. Right now she looks more like Casper the Friendly Ghost than a baby!
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Here is Baby B, although it's hard to tell from the picture, he is actually the bigger of the two. We've been praying especially hard for him because last time he was behind and had a low heart rate, but now he's thriving, what a great relief!!
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By the way, we don't know the gender yet but for now I'm referring to A as she and B as he so I don't have to say "it" which sounds cold to me.