Friday, April 5, 2013

Birth Announcement

Tuesday April 2, 2013, Kale William-Morrison Marriott was born a sleeping angel at 2:58pm weighing 14.8oz and measuring 11 inches long. His brother, Logan William-Morrison Marriott was born at 2:56pm weighing 2lbs 3oz and measuring 14 inches long. Logan is doing well and is stable in the NICU at McMaster Childrens Hospital. I am recovering well from surgery and both Dave and I are devistated by the loss of little Kale. We appreciate all of the positive thoughts and prayers being sent our way from friends and loved ones.

Sincerely, proud parents of our little fighters,

Erin and Dave

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Better than TV

I keep meaning to write more about this amazing experience... but I'm just so tired and busy getting everything ready for their arrival.  Also, part of me hasn't quite believed it's really happening - that something will go wrong and it will all be taken away.  Now that I'm approaching 26 weeks, it's becoming more real.

I have been feeling movement for a while now.  Little kicks and jabs.  We even saw them hitting each other on the ultrasound!  Then last week D finally felt it from the outside for the first time.  He is still a little freaked out by the whole idea, but he has voluntarily touched my belly a few times since so I think he might be coming around.

This weekend I finally saw my belly moving!  I haven't been able to stop staring at my belly since.  I listen to TV, but watch my belly.  Yesterday I was in first aid training all day and when they started moving I even had a co-worker watching my belly for movement.  It was much more interesting than the instructions for treating wounds...  Today they started moving during a meeting and when I said something, everyone stared at my belly for the rest of the meeting.

My two biggest pregnancy complaints right now are heartburn and carpal tunnel.  The heartburn is really bad in the evenings and at night.  My midwives said it was fine to take several Tums as needed throughout the day to help relieve the burning.  I've got an extra large container by my bed, another in my office, and a small travel pack for my purse.  I went to my naturopath today and she gave me some marshmallow root tea.  I should make some now to see if it makes a difference.

About two weeks ago I noticed my fingers started to feel like they were asleep and numb.  Also, my wrists kinda hurt.  I suspected that I was developing carpal tunnel so I brought it up to my midwife at my last appointment - at that point it had only been going on for about 3 days -  her response was "ya..."  So apparently there isn't much I can do about it.  It should go away after the boys are born, but until then, I kinda have to suffer through it.  It's caused my fluid creating pressure in my wrists and compressing the nerve that runs across my palm, up my index, middle, and half of my ring finger ( that is a weird feeling... one half of my ring finger, the side closest to my middle finger, is asleep, but the half next to my pinkie finger is fine...). The naturopath gave me some homeopathic remedies to help with the water retention and told me to alternate hot and cold compresses.  I've also bought wrist braces to wear at night, but so far, nothing seems to be helping :(

For now, I will hold my hands above my head trying to get the fluid down while watching my TV-tummy as my boys duke it out inside!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

Things that go bump in the night


I had another midwife appointment today.  Everything is looking good.  All of the pains I feel, and I've been feeling a lot of them, are normal.  Mostly the pains are on my right side, from my mid-back/kidney area wrapping around to my pelvis.  It's just the stretching of the ligaments that are causing the pain.  I was told when it gets bad, don't try to be a hero, just take some tylenol, it's perfectly safe. I have a lot of walking to do tomorrow so I might just take some preemptive tylenol in the morning.

I asked to be measured at today's appointment. Not because I am worried that I'm too big, or not big enough, but I just wanted to know how I compared with a regular single pregnancy. I'm measuring 26 weeks today! 7 weeks ahead... I think I'm going to ask to be measured each time just for fun. I wonder at the end how far along I will get to :)

Work has been really great.  I've needed to scale back my site visits a little and my co-workers have volunteered to do some of it for me, or at least, they haven't complained when I ask them to do something.  For example, I had a bunch of notices that needed to be delivered on Friday, but it was one of the really bad days for the ligament pain and I just couldn't do it.  I called one of the buys and they did it for me.  He did mention that it was really cold and that I owed him a hot chocolate, but he was just being facetious. 

I bought him a hot chocolate today anyway, it was the least I could do.

A full nights sleep is almost non existent over here. I never did get an increased need to pee in the early days. It wasn't until about 2 or 3 weeks ago that I started to go more often. Now it's every few hours and every night between 2am and 3am. Sometimes I'm also waking at 5:30am but I usually try to hold off on that one because I have to get up at 6:30 for work anyway.

A couple of nights ago I had a few firsts.

1.  I had my first Braxton Hicks contraction.  It was a little scary, I wasn't sure what it was.  I was on the computer and trying to ignore how uncomfortable I was but then D came in and asked me how I was feeling.  My first instinct was to say "crampy" but then quickly realized that I shouldn't feel crampy.  The feeling passed in a few minutes and didn't come back so I didn't worry about it and decided it was just a BH.

2.  I was sitting on the couch with my hand resting on my belly and I felt a kick!  I have been feeling a lot of movement, but never anything strong enough that would be noticeable from the outside, but this one was really strong and I could definitely feel it on my hand.  I can't wait until that is happening more often so D can feel his babies too.

Saturday, January 26, 2013



I had my first gender dream the other day, but it only had to do with Baby B.

You know how as you get further along in pregnancy, sometimes you can see the baby moving inside?  And sometimes you can see the outline of a foot, or you just know what body part it is that's poking out?  Well this was that to the extreme.  I could see the entire baby.  Like it was sitting on my belly rather than in it, but it was till covered with my skin and inside me.  REALLY FREAKY.  Anyway, you could see clearly that he was definitely all boy!

Later in the same dream, I was at my cottage and I gave birth to Baby B - only Baby B, not Baby A... Baby A was still safely inside me.  This was particularly worrisome because in my dream I was only around 24 weeks along and I actually gave birth in the cottage, not at a hospital...  Good news is that baby seemed fine and was sleeping upstairs when everyone woke up the next morning and they all got to see him.

I've had a feeling ever since the very first ultrasound that Baby A is a girl.  I don't know whether it's because she was smaller or what, but I have always referred to Baby A as "her".  And now with a dream that Baby B is a boy, I can't wait to find out if my instincts are correct!

Only 17 more sleeps! (but who's counting...)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013



Last week I started a prenatal yoga class.

It feels so strange being in a room with 20 other pregnant women after being so uncomfortable for so long around preggo's.  It feels like I'm in hiding, like  I don't really belong and that someone will finally clue in, call me an impostor, and ask me why I'm here.

I know I'm pregnant, I have the growing belly to prove it, but somehow I'm still infertile.

I'm infertile and I can't have babies... and yet I have two growing inside me.  It's a bit of an identity crisis.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Symptom Check

16w 0d

How the hell did I get to 4 months already???

So far I've had it pretty good symptom wise **knocks on wood**.

In the first trimester, my main complaints were of heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and nausea.  My "morning sickness" always happened in the evening around dinner time, but it never got too terrible.  A lot of twin moms describe having exaggerated morning sickness but I've been pretty lucky in that department and have only thrown up once.  I keep catching my self thinking that I was made to be pregnant, but then have to remind myself if that was the case, I would have been able to get there on my own. But I digress...

My nausea has finally subsided only to be replaced with heartburn (Tums are my new best friend).  Some nights I still feel a little off.  I seems that I either have heartburn or nausea, but not both or nothing.  I'll take it since it means I will have two little miracles in my arms by the summer.

Other symptoms have included:
round ligament pain (ouch!)
spotting - which has stopped, thankfully, for now...
back pain
less frizzy hair - yes, I hardly have to straighten it anymore!

So far I haven't had any real food aversions or cravings.

I think I may have felt baby B a couple of times, but nothing with any consistency, and I may just have gas...