Friday, October 24, 2014

37 Weeks Pregnant with Twins & A Very Special Today

 
today, I'm 37 weeks pregnant...

today, there's an autumn chill in the air...

today, I'm 37 weeks, 5 days pregnant to be exact...

today, the forecast is nothing but sunshine...

today, I'm 2 days short of 38 weeks pregnant...

today, I'm going to meet my babies...
TODAY, I'M GOING TO MEET MY BABIES?!!?!

today, my bags are packed...

today, I'm going to become a mom...
today, we're headed to the hospital...

today, I get to witness this amazing, wonderful man become a dad...
today, is going to be a happy, wonderful, amazing, life-changing sort of day...

today, is my children's birth day...
today, may be an ordinary day to some...

but for me... 

today happens to be the absolute most important & special one!

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Wishing you a happy, wonderful TODAY!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Burt's Farm | A Day At The Pumpkin Patch

With fall in our midst and the twins impending arrival, Brian and I have been taking full advantage of these relaxing autumn weekends.  In wanting to try something new and not buy my pumpkins from the grocery store (what a novel idea: buy your pumpkins from the source - who knew?!), two weekends ago, Brian and I decided to take a day trip to North Georgia to visit Burt's Farm.
This place by far exceeded our expectations and turned out to be more than just a farm stand with a few small pumpkins.  They offer a multitude of pumpkin varieties and sizes range from under a pound to upwards of 150 pounds ~ I mean look at these pumpkins below!

They have a country store, hayrides and serve delights like pumpkin loafs and funnel cakes.  But plan to get there early as this place gets crowded!  Admission is free and pumpkin prices are beyond reasonable.  The drive from Atlanta took about an hour, but the photo op alone is worth the trip!

We plan to go again next year with the twins and hope to make pumpkin picking a fall must each October.  What other fall favorites do you share with your family?


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

36 Weeks Pregnant | Twins

I don't even have the words!  
We've made it 36 weeks, the twins are growing big and healthy and to say we're lucky is an understatement!  We're looking forward to meeting these two pumpkins (I couldn't resist that one) and are so excited for this great, big, fun, crazy, wonderful adventure ahead!
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36 Weeks Pregnant With Twins

HOW BIG ARE THE BABIES?  They should both be somewhere in the 5-5.5 lb mark

EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS THIS WEEK:  We're still pregnant!

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK:  Having another fun fall weekend with Brian.

CRAVINGS:  Pumpkin Loaf!  (ironically enough)

TOTAL WEIGHT GAIN:  54 lbs

WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO:   Meeting these two!!!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Serenbe | A Day In The Utopian Countryside

Last weekend Atlanta got it's first taste of fall weather that brought lots of sunshine and cold air.  In wanting to take advantage of one more weekend before the twins arrive, Brian and I decided to get out of the city and visit the utopian countryside of Serenbe.  Just a short 30 minute drive south of Atlanta, this 1,000 acre community boasts sustainable green living, an organic farm, quaint tree lined streets, boutiques, farm to table restaurants, stables, an art gallery and an inn all surrounded by lush grounds and eco-friendly homes and townhouses all within walking distance from one another.  
Every Saturday from May to October, there's a quaint farmers market that features produce from Serenbe Farms and other local Chattahoochee Hill County farmers along with artisanal products from local and regional vendors.  Bag in tow, this is where we started our morning, purchasing fresh produce for our weeks meals along with the most amazing fall baked goods ~ I'm now wishing I had brought home more of the Sweet Potato Bread as it was AMAZING!
From there we walked along the central  'town center' and went into the few boutiques that reside in Serenbe.  For lunch we ate at the Hil, a refined casual dining restaurant with farm fresh cuisine.
I absolutely adored the ambiance and decor of the space and the food was perfect for a Saturday Brunch.  
The pimento cheese was the perfect southern starter and for entrees Brian ordered the
 Fried Chicken Sandwich with Fried Egg, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Organic Lettuce & Hil Made Ranch 
And I ordered the 
All Natural Chicken Salad Melt, Farm Fried Egg & Organic Lettuce Salad
which was delightful!  Not the traditional chicken salad melt I expected, but better.  If anything I'm trying to figure out how to create it with turkey for a Thanksgiving weekend brunch!
And of course the pregnant lady ordered fries...and they were amazing!
After brunch we decided to drive around the grounds, stopping by the Inn and the barn on Selborne Lane where we ran into this handsome fellow:
The community itself ended up being smaller than I had imagined and in driving to it, I was surprised to see that this development lived right in the middle of a somewhat highly populated rural area (I think I expected it to be in the middle of no where).  And the houses and townhomes, while beautifully eclectic, were quite close in proximity to one another.  But for those looking to move to a sustainable community without the hustle and bustle of city living...think country living without all the personal upkeep, Serenbe is the perfect modern utopian countryside.
Before heading back to Atlanta, we walked the quaint community again, stopping into the Blue Eyed Daisy Bakeshop for an afternoon coffee & pastry. 
While Brian and I didn't make any plans to move out here, it really is the perfect place to visit for the day.  The eclectic mix of houses alone would make for a wonderful Saturday walk and of course the food and quiet atmosphere of Serenbe is the perfect escape from the city.  You better believe double stroller in hand, Brian and I will come back!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

34 Weeks Pregnant | Twins

This week calls for a celebration!!  While I'm typically a postive person, I truly didn't believe we'd make it to see 34 weeks.  Pre-term labor, hospital stays, non-bedrest, bedrest and multiple doctors' opinions will do that to you.  But, we made it and I'm officially doing the happy dance!!
I feel so fortunate for how this pregnancy has gone and grateful that our twins are growing big and healthy.  At this point I'm just so gosh darn excited to meet them and I can't wait to see what personalities they bring into the world!!  Because they're fraternal, they could look and act very similar or very different from one another, but no matter who they are or who they become, Brian and I are so excited to have the privilege of becoming their parents!  So, whether they decide to come this week or the next or the next, I say bring.it.on!
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34 Weeks Pregnant With Twins

HOW BIG ARE THE BABIES?  Baby Boy is 4 lbs 14 oz, Baby Girl is 5 lbs 3 oz

EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS THIS WEEK:  A month ago, we really didn't think we'd make it this far, so simply reaching the critical 34 week mark!

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK:  Spending some major quality time with Brian, we took a mini babymoon staycation over the weekend.

CRAVINGS:  Water ~ swelling is really starting to set in, some days worse than others.  Avoiding any added salt and trying to stay hydrated.

TOTAL WEIGHT GAIN:  49 lbs

WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO:   Meeting these two!!!


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