Twin pregnancy: week 10 in review

How far along? I'm 11 weeks today. That means I am officially done taking progesterone! Woot woot!

Weight gain: 146lbs, total gain of 8 lbs so far. I would have liked to see the scale go up a little more this week, but I am eating well so I guess my body just doesn't need more yet!

How are you feeling? SAME. Tired and nauseated. Getting bored of that answer? Me too. I did have two days last week where I felt like I had a "good day." Less nausea, was able to get more done around the house... but it's now back in full force. I even threw up this morning which marks my first pregnancy puking experience. Milestone moment! As much as I am looking forward to feeling better, I say a daily prayer of gratitude for this constant reminder of the life growing inside of me. It feels so good to feel so bad!

Noteworthy moments: I had my first OB appointment. I think I am going to really like my OB. She has lots of experience with both twins and treating my blood clotting disorder (FVL). At my appointment we spent a lot of time talking about how to best address my FVL. After my appointment she took the time to print off a recent academic literature review about FVL and pregnancy so I could read it and made some decisions about my course of treatment. I was so impressed that she wanted to empower me and help me understand my options. I felt respected. A great start to this important relationship!

Get a little spiritual: John and I want to give each of our children a "life verse." It's a verse that we read over them at their baptism, a verse that we hope will serve as a guide and encouragement to them in their lives. Arie's life verse is Isaiah 43:19, "See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."

I've been keeping an ear/eye out for verses that I think would serve our twins well. I think over the course of this pregnancy I'll start making a list and by the time they are baptized, we will have decided. Last week Sunday John read a verse that is the first one to make the list!

John 7:37-38, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink! Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them."

When I heard that verse I thought that is exactly what I want for my children. To be quenched with the love of Christ and, in turn, to be a source of that love for those who need it. As I'm typing this I'm realizing too that both this verse and Arie's life verse share a water motif. Perhaps I should start looking for a third water verse for our third child!

Have any of you given something like a "life verse" to your children? Share in the comments!

Bump shot:

I know last week I said I was going to wear the same clothes each week and take a bump picture. Here's the truth: I'm still in my pajamas. I feel like throwing up. I just don't even have the energy to take that picture for you. So this is a picture from instagram two days ago! You can see my belly is really starting to show! Yay!



  1. I'm so glad that I found your blog through the BlogHer group! I am loving these updates so much!

  2. I love Arie's verse, and I honestly think it speaks to his personality really well, to the spirit of adventure, creativity, and hope he seems to have. I think the water motif is a fine idea! I'm sorry to hear you threw up and I hope you feel better soon. You look lovely!

  3. Jessica LaMer11/03/2015

    Yay yay yay! So grateful to hear things are still going well, even if that means throwing up.

    I noticed the water motif in your verses as well... It is fascinating to me that you pray these verses over your children at their baptism and then they can be reminded of the waters of baptism every time you pray those words over them. That's really beautiful, even if you didn't intentionally choose "water" verses.
    I was not given a life verse by my parents, but other significant people in my life have given me verses throughout the years. The verses that I have claimed most often and with the most intensity is Isaiah 43, especially the first few verses.
    Isaiah 43:1b-2a “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;"

    A few weeks ago, I was visiting a church and a few kids were baptized. The pastor explained that they are beginning a new tradition. When a person is baptized, the pastor looks up the meaning of the person's name and chooses a verse based on the name. I thought that was unique and lovely.

    1. I didn't even make that connection between the water motif and the waters of baptism. Thanks for pointing that out Jessica!

  4. Wow did you cut your hair? You look a lot better than I'm sure you feel! I'm so glad you like your OB - you're right, that's so important!

  5. Love your updates. My daughter who also had FVL did great throughout the pregnancy - due to a great OB. I'm glad you found yours.
    My verse for all three of my children is Philippians 4.4-7 - "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
    It is my favorite. The verses that follow are wonderful as well.
    Praying for you, John, Arie and the twins! (and not in the middle of the night anymore :) )

  6. I love this! I don't know you but I love following your journey. We chose Zephaniah 3:17 for our daughter who is 1 today, "The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing." We had it printed on a large vinyl decal (Etsy) and placed it on the wall over her crib.

  7. I love this! I don't know you but I love following your journey. We chose Zephaniah 3:17 for our daughter who is 1 today, "The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing." We had it printed on a large vinyl decal (Etsy) and placed it on the wall over her crib.

  8. We have verses for our birth kids based on their names. We'll probably go that route once we get our girls, just with their name meanings (since neither of theirs are actually Bible names). I try to keep them in my head when the kids are being difficult, so I can speak words of life (instead of, you know, frustration and impatience and the rest of my own words).

  9. are you taking a blood thinner and baby aspirin for you FVL?

  10. Can you share a bit about deciding to go off the progesterone at 11 weeks? We conceived and my progesterone was low so my doctor had me on injections and monitored me my entire pregnancy-- I had two shots, twice a week, my entire pregnancy (delivered at 37 weeks).

    1. Not really a decision I made; just standard procedure for my RE's patients after IVF. The placentas take over the production of progesterone at this point.

  11. TraceyRiddle11/04/2015

    I always picked a song for each of my babies. Always a prayer type song. I would sing it to them on our way to/from each OB appointment. Then, of course, after they were born as we rocked as they were falling asleep. Once they were toddlers, they knew it as "my song." So, when they were hurt or tired or just needing cuddles they would often say, "sing my song Mommy." Not wanting to bombard you, here are 2 of the 4 songs I used for our kids.
    Keith and Kristyn Getty's Mother's Prayer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoy74orJu10
    Rachel Aldous Mother's Prayer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re5EIUIXbhc

    Praying for you!

  12. "And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail." Isaiah 58:11

  13. Both of our children have life verses. They are hung up in large frames in their rooms, and they pray them every night! Hers is Prov 22:11 and his is 1 Timothy 6:11. In her frame it says, She who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the King as her friend. His says But you man of God pursue righteousness, Godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. We hung these verses up before they came home, and prayed them every day until our children came home, now we all pray them together!


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