Health's Kitchen

Friday, February 5, 2016

I've been hearing a lot about a restaurant in my town called "Health's Kitchen." All the cool, hipster, healthy people go there and I've been wanting to try it out (not that I am any of those things). Yesterday while out running errands I happened to stumble across it and checked it out with Blair.

I ordered a chicken salad sandwich to go and some mac n cheese to go for B. While we waited for our food the server brought her a cup of tangerine juice and some homemade flax seed crackers (which were delicious!)!
Poor girl has Daddy's cold. Those eyes!
We played "I spy" for a while..which is another story in itself. Blair basically says, "I spy a glass of orange juice" instead of saying "something orange." She kills me. I've tried explaining her fault but she doesn't seem to care. Oh well.

We also checked out some cool gold fish they had swimming around. Apparently they release carbon dioxide and then that water gets transferred to some plants that take it in and release oxygen back to the fish pond. I know that sounded super legit and scientific. Definitely quote me on your next bio paper.

We got our food to go and the server opened the door for us (chivalry!) and told us he hoped to see us soon. I was nice and shared half my sammy with M when I got home and then Blair shared half her mac n cheese with me. Everything tasted super fresh and hormones or antibiotics! I'm for sure going back...maybe even this weekend for breakfast! Nom nom. :)

Have a great weekend friends! And even though I'm ten weeks now here's my late 9 week photo from earlier this week. :)

Jamberry Giveaway

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Have you guys ever tried Jamberry nail stickers? I used them many years ago but started getting fed up with them because they weren't sticking to my curved nail beds and I just felt like applying them was taking too long. Susan reached out to me and asked me if I would be willing to try them again. She recommended a you tube tutorial that would help with application and sent me an awesome Jamberry package full of goodies to try out!

Having the heater made a huge difference in ease of application. The kit comes with some cuticle oil but I learned the hard way that you can't use it after applying the stickers...they lifted right off. Maybe it's ok to use after a few hours or in between applications.

Blair and I got matching decals and they are SO cute on her little hands! She loves doing girly things with me and since she's been sick I've been letting her relax and watch some TV. This made applying them super easy. ;)

Clearly someone got her Daddy's olive skin.
I love that the decals don't chip...especially for her. I can be careful when I paint my nails but whenever I paint hers they don't last half a day. The designs that Jamberry has to choose from are seriously adorable. I can see myself using these more in the future and I'm sure with more practice I will get faster (and better) at applying them. 

Here's the fun part! Susan has offered to give away $50 in Jamberry products to one lucky winner! Enter below for your chance to win! Winner announced early next week.

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A Gray Decision

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The struggle has been real for us picking out the perfect grey. Thank you for all of your suggestions! Our house doesn't get a lot of natural light (boo) so I had to keep that in mind when choosing a color. I couldn't go too dark because I want to keep it airy and light. I spent a small fortune on paint samples but I wanted to get it right! Keep in mind paint looks so different in photos than in person. Here's what I tried...

From left to right: 1. wheat bread by behr 2. amazing gray by sherwin williams, 3. repose by sw 4. agreeable gray by sw 5. revere pewter by benjamin moore 6. dolphin fin by behr

For our house we need a warm gray. Some of these looked too blue/green. The second one was just too dark (although I do like the color). I think we are going to go with the first choice of wheat bread. I like that it's a little more greige and taupy. It flatters our carpet (blech I would love wood floors) and is gender neutral.

Our next project we have in the works is painting this dresser. I'm thinking of leaving the drawers as is with the natural wood and painting the rest white. Here is the dresser...

And here is the look I'm going for...

via Land of Nod
I like how the dresser looks a little modern. I love that we can recreate the look by just adding some white paint. The awesome thing about our dresser is that 1. it was free 2. it has a nook for a changing pad on top 3. It has a lid that can be closed when the twins are no longer in diapers. Winning! One piece of furniture that will last from babyhood to...? You can see the top of the dresser that slides over the changing pad area when needed.

For Blair's nursery we went all out. I wanted new everything. This time around I'm trying to be a bit more savvy and find ways to keep this nursery budget friendly (is that possible with twins?!). I just can't WAIT to find out the sex!

What do you think about my grays? Happy Wednesday!

The 911 Call

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

We had the kind of day yesterday that no one wants to have. If you follow my personal facebook account you may have seen that M was taken to the ER early Sunday morning. Here's the scoop (with his permission of course)...

We woke up around 7:30 (correction: Blair woke us up around 7:30) and M hadn't been feeling well with a cough and a headache for the last couple days. He got out of bed to get a thermometer to see if he had a temperature and next thing I notice is that he's collapsed in a chair. I initially thought, "Oh, he must just be really feeling bad and needed to sit down." I started saying his name and when he didn't respond I flew out of bed and tried shaking him and saying his name. When he was still unresponsive I grabbed my phone and called 911.

By this point I was hysterical. I had never seen him act this way before and I thought he was either having a seizure or a heart attack. The poor 911 dispatcher probably told me to calm down three times but the only thing that was going through my mind was, "Oh my gosh he's dying. I can't raise three kids without my husband!" I think I may have even mentioned this to her, "Tell the ambulance to hurry up! I'm pregnant with twins!" It's a little funny now... always thinking about myself. ;)

While I was on the phone she asked me a bunch of questions and had me determine whether or not he was breathing. This was after I had searched for his pulse and was unable to find it (insert AWFUL gut wrenching feeling here). Later I would discover that his blood pressure was really low which made this difficult. I was able to feel his breath coming out so that was a good sign. Once this was determined I ran to put pants on (priorities), unlock the door, and then flag the firemen inside.

By this point M was in and out of consciousness. I couldn't keep him alert and he was dripping in sweat. At one point he opened his eyes and said, "What?" And I was like, "You're freaking me out! I just called 911!!!" He shut his eyes again and said, "Ok" like it was something I do everyday. It seemed an eternity for help to arrive. It was likely about five minutes but still! When you think your husband may have had a heart attack every minute counts!

The firemen came upstairs and ran a bunch of tests on M. They suggested that I take Blair out of the room so she didn't get scared. Too bad she was watching a show on the iphone (like she does every weekend morning so we can sleep) and was completely unaware of what was happening. I'm like, really Blair?! Did you not think anything of me crying and shaking your Dad?! In hindsight I can see that this is a good thing but geeze child...get a clue!

After a few tests they determined M did not have a heart attack and they weren't sure about a seizure either. They said they thought he fainted and that his blood pressure was low. Either way he couldn't stand on his own so they loaded him up in this blanket thing with handles and carried him down the stairs. I apologized for him being heavy and they were like, "Um this is nothing Ma'am." They threw him on a gurney and loaded him into an ambulance to take to our local hospital.

By this time he was somewhat conscious which made me feel better. I put on a bra (it had to happen) and my Mom drove me down to the hospital while my brother and his girlfriend took care of Blair.

After running blood tests, urine tests, an ekg, and a CT scan all M's results came back normal (praise God!). They mostly pointed to dehydration which seems pretty lame but I was happy to hear it! M spent the rest of the day pretty out of it but when they brought him back after his CT scan I asked him how it went and he said, "Well, they didn't find any cats." He was so serious about it and said it with his eyes still closed so it made us all laugh. Real funny, M.

After he was released from the hospital we spent the rest of the day resting. I was SO thankful for our friends and family that day. My parents flew out of bed to come help with Blair immediately and our friends brought us food, company, and prayers. Having people who love us so much close by makes a huge difference. And while I'd love to move I really can't replace them! Friends/family is where home is...or something cheesy like that. ;)

Fast forward to today. I was anxious to have my ultrasound (no surprise there) after all the stress my body had been through on Sunday. I knew that kind of panic couldn't be good for growing babies. But my ultrasound was great and God protected those little peanuts! He is the sustainer of life and I'm so thankful he kept those babies safe! I'm sure they did get a healthy dose of cortisol though. ;)

Both babies are measuring 9 weeks 3 days and had heart rates of 179 and 178. Music to my ears every time! We could see them wiggling around, moving their arms and legs. We even saw their umbilical cords moving to the beat of my heart. Such a miracle! Next week is my last appointment at the fertility clinic...I can't even believe it! Then I transfer over to my OB and see him once a month.

In the midst of all the drama I forgot to take my 9 week photo...I guess there's always today!

Disneyland Adventures with Family

Friday, January 29, 2016

Yesterday my parents took our whole family (minus my brother who is at college) to Disneyland and we had so much fun! It was my first trip back there since having gone through the IVF process. I was a little nervous about all the walking around but my body seemed to handle it well. I ate my corn dog with the best of them and finished the day off with clam chowder in a bread bowl. Now that's how you do Disneyland!

I went on all the toddler rides with Blair like the carousel, tea cups (no spinning please), train etc. We watched the parade and enjoyed the sunset from the top of the Ferris wheel. We even got my dad to ride on Radiator Springs Racers in Cars land. It was a hoot watching him go by all smiles.

Two sets of twins...three if you count my Mom who is an identical twin!

Family of five coming up!

Heaven forbid you smile. While at Disneyland. On your favorite ride. :/
You can follow me on snapchat (nataliebushman) to see some snippets from our day.

Oh, and just for the record if any of you have twins out there feel free to send me advice! I want to know your favorite products, how you breast fed, sleep trained, and remained sane. Happy Friday!

Crafty Things for Toddlers

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I don't know about your toddlers but mine is majorly into crafting lately. Play doh, kinetic sand, name it! I thought I would round up some of Blair's favorite crafty activities lately in case any of you mamas are looking for something new to try!

From top left
1. glitter glues
2. kinetic sand- this stuff is really weird and like having the beach at your house!
3. water colors
4. princess play doh set- she LOVES creating dresses for all her magic clip princesses
5. jewels- she likes gluing these to cards that she makes for her friends
6. do a dot colors- grab a dot art coloring book to go with these...great hand eye coordination!
All items can be found on Amazon.

Pregnancy: 8 Weeks

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mondays are just the best! For me anyway...I realize I'm probably the only person to ever say that. ;) But Mondays are when we get to see our little babies and it just makes my heart soar!

It always takes the tech a while to find the babies (in my opinion)  and I find myself holding my breath. The sense of relief I get when she points out their little hearts beating is a good way! Baby A's heart rate was 173 (last week it was 147) and Baby B was 181 (last week it was 148). I'll never get tired of seeing their little hearts go buh bump, buh bump (according to Blair). Baby A is measuring 8 weeks 4 days and Baby B is measuring 8 weeks 2 days. The tech also pointed out the babies umbilical cords that have formed. Did you know that their intestines start out in the umbilical cord and then move into their stomach?! So crazy! Oh, and my ovaries are still large and in charge...hence the Buddah belly. ;)

Babies are the size of gummy bears! Which is way more fun than raspberrys. ;)
 My meals have been super lame lately. I don't have nausea but I have some serious food aversions. I was the same way with Blair. The only things that sound good are carbs, smoothies, soup, and any form of take out. M has been eating healthy (grilled chicken and veggies) and it's all I can do to not gag while putting away his left-overs. I just can't do meat (chicken in particular) and veggies. Woof. This changed for me later in my pregnancy with Blair so hopefully healthier days are ahead!
Tomato soup and grilled cheese...nom nom nom! I may have eaten this for lunch AND dinner yesterday.
I still can't believe we are having TWO babies! I remember when we were struggling with infertility these last two years how I would lay in bed and think, "What would it be like to wake up and not have this problem?" I would wonder if that would ever be the case. I would also wonder if I would ever be pregnant again and that I regretted not enjoying my pregnancy with Blair even more. I find me having to remind myself that this is now my reality...times two! I'm soaking up every moment as this may be my last pregnancy (never say never!). I still have bad habits and wake with anxiety occasionally but I would say I'm making progress to being more fearless. It's a journey, right?

Tomorrow I go to meet my OB! I'm looking forward to it and we will see what he thinks about my hope to deliver naturally. Insert eyes popping out of my head emoji. I just want to try it...I'm curious! And I think I'm tough enough to do it. I'm very aware this may be difficult with twins but a girl can try. ;)