22 Weeks: Baby(s) Moving! Time for Belly Massage

Belly Massage Pic croppedI’m really feeling our sweet little baby boy and girl move now. Though I’ve claimed to feel them for many weeks, secretly I’ve wondered, “Am I just having some serious trouble digesting something?!?!” These kicks lately are undeniable…  to the point where my husband and the kids can put their hands on the growing bump and feel them too. Awww. This has got to be one of the best parts about being pregnant; these sweet, not-yet-painful little love bumps that say, “Hi mom, we’re in here!!!” Just felt one now. How’s that for timing? *smiles*

Now, as any veteran pregnant women will tell you, I am fully aware that these love bumps have the power to turn into a whole ‘nother thing entirely. I have not forgotten [Read more…]

20 Weeks : Parents As Teachers

patlogoThis week I am signing up for an amazing program that you might ALSO have in your home town. The group is called Parents As Teachers (PAT). They are National, but lucky for me they got their start in Missouri and their headquarters are right here in St. Louis. PAT’s is committed to each and every child reaching their full potential. The programs they offer in my home town are largely FREE. Yep, free and making a difference for children and families around the world. I was a part of PAT with our first two for years starting 9 years ago and now I get to join again!

PAT’s believes that, as parents, our involvement in our children’s development and learning is critical, and that it starts well before they are born. This is why they have a prenatal program. I will be signing up for this through my local school district this week. It’s SO SIMPLE. I just got the number I need to call of their website. I had no idea until this week that I could sign our family up again now in my pregnancy.

Why might you also want to sign up for Parents As Teachers starting with prenatal visits if you are pregnant? I’ll give you the wording straight from their web site because I don’t think I could say it any better:

As a Parents as Teachers family, you receive:

  • Personal visits during which your parent educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information, help you learn to observe your child, and address your parenting concerns.
  • Parent group meetings which are opportunities to share information about parenting issues and child development. Parents learn and support each other, observe their children with other children and practice parenting skills.
  • Screenings to assess your child’s overall development as well as health, hearing and vision.

Think there’s not much to know before baby comes? Think again. I’m going to list a few things I’m already doing… and you probably are too. These are just the tip of the iceberg of what we can expect to learn as our parent educator holds our hand and guides us through not only the prenatal stage but the early months and years of our child’s development.

Nutrition. I don’t know about you, but I’m swallowing 2 horse pills a day full of Omega this and Vitamin that. Need I say more? OK, I will. I am also counting protein like a Weight Watchers person might count calories. I’m going for the gold… 70-100 grams of protein a day for my growing twin “twinkles” as we call our babies. Water. I feel like I’m drinking enough to drain the Mississippi. 64-120 oz per day. No wonder I’m up a couple times a night. But it’s well worth it as drinking lots of water carries nutrients through my blood to my baby(s) AND helps to prevent constipation, water retention, dehydration AND bladder infections… total bonuses.

So yeah, I am psyched to have my very own parent educator spending time with me, educating me, checking up on me… teaching me. PAT’s sees the prenatal visits as “the first step in helping parents develop parenting skills and confidence.” I like that. We can also expect these visits to:

  • lay the groundwork for a positive relationship between ourselves and our Parent educator.
  • provide information tailored to our family’s needs.
  • enhance our parenting skills… yes, even before a baby is born.
  • help us spot areas where we might benefit from other community resource.

So join me this week if you are pregnant or have little ones at home. Click to find out where there is a PAT’s program near you. If you are a part of PAT’s or have experienced the benefits of this program, I’d LOVE to hear from you. Tell me your parent educator stories. I’m all ears.

PS: We get to see our babies tomorrow. Ultrasound at 12:30pm. I’m so excited for the chance to peak in and say hello to baby girl and baby boy. More on this in next week’s post!

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Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy
In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003 and expecting twins in Jan of 2010, Suzanne co-owns a holistic health center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis, Missouri  where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne is a Co-creator of My Mommy Manual and the online parenting course, Yogi Parenting, a positive parenting approach for raising kids of all ages.

17 Weeks: Childbirth

brass tacksMy doctor’s visit last week made the birth of our babies feel that much closer. After our ultrasound which showed two beautiful, healthy babies, my doctor and I got down to brass tacks.

BRASS TACKS

I’d like to have these babies naturally and she’d prefer I had an epidural. She made her case. She was sympathetic to understanding how I wanted things, but let me know that in her opinion, having an epidural would help her better pace their deliveries. Pacing them… not really my focus to date. Where as I’ve grown accustom to creating a near “home-birth” environment in the hospital with our prior two births, she let me know that we would, in fact, need to deliver our bundles of joy in the operating room. Apparently, being in the OR in case of an emergency with Baby B’s delivery is the norm. This rules out another hope of Shawn and mine… to have our two children present for the twins births. All this said, I really like my doctor. She is gentle and informative in her sharing and takes the time to talk, which I respect. I figure we have 7+ more prenatal visits to trade questions/facts/opinions on how things will go come delivery.

All this has made me want to do one thing… RESEARCH. I woke up this morning an extra hour early with google on my mind. Since we learned we were pregnant with twins, I have purposely avoided googling about “birth/delivery” specific to multiples. I know how alarming medical information on the internet can be, and I figured I just didn’t need that. Now that we are nearing the half way mark… my feelings have changed. Bring on the information.

RESEARCH

I want to share three things I found with you.

#1: A video that not only makes a touching and beautiful case for full term, natural multiple deliveries, but  home birth as well. Not that it says it’s better all the time… it just says it’s possible, and reminds us mamas to BELIEVE. Just because 60% of all twins are deliverd via Cesarian doesn’t mean we need to go there as well.

#2: An article writen by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada, author of “Mothering Multiples”, and other books. She is a lactation consultant and La Leche League Leader, and had a planned homebirth for a singleton baby. So although very pro-natural birth and even home birth, this article makes a great case FOR birthing twins in a hospital setting. She doesn’t weigh in on epidural vs. no epidural, nor does she mention needing to be in the ER to deliver twins (even if birth is going well.) I’d LOVE to get her thoughts on these two things. (Crossing my fingers and toes that she stumbles into this blog and comments!!!)

#3 A BIRTH PLAN template for multiples that can be easily modified (I’ve already started working on on ours!) by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada as well. And here’s a great birth plan to copy and modify from Kathy and Scott if you are having a “singleton”. Ha. I’ve had two of those and never knew it until all this reading up on birth. 😉

POWER TO THE PEOPLE

OK. So per last weeks post, I am “getting in the center” of my pregnancy and upcoming births. No longer scared of what I might read (or see), I’m all about the information. As I find informative sites, I’ll post them in the comment section below. And if you have some favorites, please do the same.

Knowledge is power. Let’s step right into the thick of things ladies!!! Hope you are doing well this week. Post ‘ya later. Smiles.

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Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy
In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003, Suzanne co-owns a holistic health center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis, Missouri  where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne is a Co-creator of My Mommy Manual and the online parenting course, Yogi Parenting, a positive parenting approach for raising kids of all ages.

16 Weeks: Sex of the Babies. We’re Having…!

I HAD to add an addendum to week 16 ’cause since I posted this yesterday, we’ve had an ultrasound and know the sex of the babies!!! The US tech (Katie…LOVE HER) asked me what we thought they were before hand, and I told her, “If you tell me anything other than Baby A is a girl and Baby B is a boy, I’ll be floored.” And sure enough, IT’S [Read more…]

15 Weeks: Baby Name Game

twinsLots of information on the wed on pregnancy… and they’re RIGHT. I feel like a million bucks compaed to only a week or so ago. The fog of the first trimester settling in phase has lifted,the energy is returning and I feel more like myself again.

My round ligaments are even stretching as predidcted by one or more sites as evident with the lower right abdominal achiness. Just startign to wonder this morning actually when I read this is normal as the ligaments are stretching. Cool.

On the fun side, we are full-on into the Baby Naming Game. (For one of my leading girl names, click this here.) If there is ever a dull moment (or one where I think our kids might be close to physically hurting one another) I know I can rely on the baby name topic to bring some good cheer. My girls have there favorites and lucky for me most of them jibe with MY favorite’s. How much of this is actually due to them hearing them from me? I don’t know… but I have to say, it is not so for my hubby who came bounding down the stairs this weekend to announce his two new favorite twin names (truly inspired as they had come to him in the shower) only to meet much resistance on the kiddo front. Nothing like a subtle, “I don’t LIKE that” to kill the joy.

At any rate, I have a feeling this baby naming thing may be a little more involved this go around, if not only for the peanut gallery weighing in… for the fact that now there are two. Not only do we have to consider how they sound side by side, we have our two girls names to stay in time with as well. Here’s a link I like on baby name ideas because you actually don’t need to give your email address to see the list. DANG. Took me a ga-jillion sites to find one that didn’t demand to know my due date…

Yes, these truly are the sort of stream of thoughts that go through the 15 weeks pregnant mind. Wish it were alot deeper, but alas… I am thnking of stretching ligaments and naming babies. 😉 Next week, we plan to find out the sex of the babies… and THAT will serve to move the baby name game right along, if no ones to shy for a conclusive babies sex naming picture in there! 😉

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In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003, Suzanne co-owns a holistic health center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis, Missouri  where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Infant Massage Instructor and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne is a Co-creator of My Mommy Manual and the online parenting course, Yogi Parenting, a positive parenting approach for raising kids of all ages.

14 Weeks: Prenatal Yoga

14weeksWhat shall I write about this week? I started prenatal yoga tonight. The teacher (veteran yoga instructor and guru to all things birth, Maria Carella) started the class in a very cool way. She asked us why we were there. [Read more…]