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I don't want to be THIS me anymore!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Enough is enough!!!! Itís time to quit saying I should/will and to just do it!

I look in the mirror and am disgusted. I put on clothes and get upset because they are tight. I refuse to buy clothes that are bigger! I step on the scale and cringe.

I have twins that are just over 6 months old. During my pregnancy with them I ended up on hospital bed rest. I am unsure of what my ending weight was with them but I do remember the weight before I went on hospital bed rest. I am currently 7 lbs MORE than that weight! I am breastfeeding and GAINING weight I never got a single stretch mark during my pregnancy but I now have stretch marks on my stomach.

THIS is unacceptable!!!!

Today is the day that I am declaring itís time to change. Itís time to eat healthier, have portion control, have more will power with food, keep track of what I eat honestly, exercise more, drink water, donít emotionally eat, etc.

Itís beyond time and I am making a commitment to become a better me!!!!

Current weight: 257.6 lbs
My first goal is to get back to 225 lbs which is about what I was before I get pregnant. My second goal is to get under 200 lbs. My third goal is my ideal weight of 175 lbs.

  
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BOMBCHELL23 7/11/2014 7:43AM

    Nicole,
I am extremely proud of you because you have had a serious life altering experience w/ having preemie twins! I too have struggled lately and gained weight but I am not giving up instead like you I am recommitting myself to a healthier living and choices. This is something you can accomplish and I will be here cheering you on. Give yourself credit for all you have done you now have fairly healthy children and they are priceless! What can I do to help you?

Bombchell

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BANANAMAG 7/8/2014 9:04PM

    You should be incredibly proud of yourself for making this decision while still a relatively new mom. You know exactly what you need to do, and now you have the motivation to do it! Just make sure you're reasonable and forgiving of yourself. You have two precious ones to take care of, and they're a lot of work! You know you can start with just a few changes to your life and then rebuild on that when you feel ready. Good luck! You can do this.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/8/2014 3:51PM

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STRONGCOURAGE 7/8/2014 10:27AM

    You're standing up to the plate girl! emoticon This is awesome--taking ownership of your health. I never realized this was what I was doing back April 28, 2013, but its what I was. I wasn't concerned about an occasion to look good by or diet to follow. I just knew I didn't want to see the scale hit 250 (I was 248), I wasn't going to buy ANY more big clothes (I was a size 20 plus), and I hated looking in the mirror...I had a huge self loathing problem! I was disgusted with all of me. I had angry red stretch marks on my sides. I huffed and puffed when I walked with others. I could barely tie my shoes without losing my balance if I tried to squat. I suddenly was scared for my health and realized I couldn't blame shift anymore...I am accountable for ME. (--for my extreme poor health & what I had done to my body) I just decided to start out of the mud! It was the first time I was scared to exercise (I thought I might die of a heart attack or something :P ) So I started slow, but very committed. I didn't focus on my binge eating (as it just got worse when I did before) I just focused on getting outside and moving a little every day. As I got more active, I craved to eat healthier...things were a gradual change, but it was a huge inner change that started it. I was SCARED so badly, that I knew I couldn't live that way anymore. And 14 months later I've surpassed my ballpark goal (the last place I could remember when I was healthy & happy w/ my body-175lbs) Its an incredible journey you are embarking on & I'm soo thrilled for you. emoticon It isn't easy. Its tough work, requiring commitment, love, and responsibility from & for *yourself*. I KNOW you can do this. I love this blog, because it has your honesty in where you are at BUT also courage to forge into a hard place, into a wonderful place, into a journey of learning & self discovery & love, into a place where dreams become reality. A beautiful reality. I'm cheering for you muchly. Feel free to ask questions or drop a line anytime. I'm standing by you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAGIK0731 7/8/2014 9:25AM

    You can do this! Be patient with yourself and like Evie4now said, "baby steps." You will get there. You have the drive and determination. emoticon

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EVIE4NOW 7/8/2014 9:21AM

  Take baby steps. Once you are in control of one or two things add another. To do it all will be over whelming and you will burn out. If you haven't already, get a twin stroller and take them for walks. By this time next year you will be chasing them around and have the energy to do it.

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We're Having.....

Tuesday, October 01, 2013





These are the cupcakes I made to reveal the genders of the twins to my co-workers


Our little girl at 8 oz


Our little boy at 7 oz sucking his thumb


God is good!!!!!

  
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NBLONDHEIM 10/28/2013 8:42PM

    Thank you all very much!!

I'm 21 weeks 1 day today! :)

I keep our blog way more updated than here. blondheimtwins.blogspot.com

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CSINICOLE18 10/28/2013 9:57AM

    THAT'S AWESOME!! CONGRATS!! So excited for you! How far along are you now?

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ELISAJANE57 10/25/2013 1:44AM

    I just saw this post. Congratulations to you and your family! You must be so excited to have one of each.

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BOMBCHELL23 10/3/2013 8:05PM

    I could not be more excited for you to have one of each. My best friend has a set of twins like that and they are so special. I will keep praying for you and those beautiful babies. By the way you look adorable! You are looking awesome and I can't wait for you to hold your little ones. May God cradle you in His arms at this blessed time.

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SADDYSPOT 10/3/2013 12:49PM

    Wonderful :) Congratulations! Now I'm craving cupcakes ;)

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87BERKEBILE 10/3/2013 10:11AM

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God is so good!

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MCK0582 10/2/2013 2:25PM

    CONGRATS!!

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LCDOUGLASAU 10/2/2013 1:47PM

    Congrats on your exciting news!

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CHEETARA79 10/2/2013 12:43PM

    Woohoo! Awesome. When are you due? I'm due with my first baby around Valentine's Day.

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JEN3582 10/2/2013 12:15PM

    Congrats!!

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MOONMANSON 10/2/2013 6:23AM

    Congrats! What a perfect combo!

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LUANN7 10/1/2013 10:04PM

    THOSE ARE AWESOME PICS CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/1/2013 8:59PM

    On word: AWESOME! OH, yeah, another word: CONGRATULATIONS!!!

One more: BLESSINGS!

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PURPLEVALENTINE 10/1/2013 8:56PM

    Congrats!!! How exciting!!!

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CIROHIO 10/1/2013 8:37PM

    So excited. emoticon this is emoticon . You are looking great emoticon Just look st the little Blessings!!!!! Thank for telling us. emoticon

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STRONGCOURAGE 10/1/2013 8:20PM

    AW! I'm got so excited when I saw the blog tiitle!!! First, I saw the first balloon...I was aw, a boy...and then a scrolled...and... a GIrl!!! (I guess, I did guess right :D Not that, it matters, lol!) They are so tiny & adorable! What sweet little blessings are growing inside of you--yes God IS good that He has given you & your husband this journey to embark on! Happy with you! :) emoticon

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MIRMIUM 10/1/2013 7:14PM

    They look gorgeous! Congratulations! My mom has one boy and one girl (ME) and she says that is the best because you have the best of both worlds :D

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GONNAMAKE3 10/1/2013 7:11PM

    Awesome, congrats!

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Busy, busy, busy

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

That about sums up my life since school started. I truly have like no time!

Come home, eat, shower, and go to bed! Otherwise I am one crabby and sick momma!

The babies are doing well and we have a big ultrasound on Monday where would should find out the genders if they cooperate!

I kept a journal all through our journey and have recently transferred it to an online blog. You may check it out and stay updated at:

http://blondheimtwins.blogspot.com/

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BOMBCHELL23 10/3/2013 8:03PM

    I understand about being busy between work, tutoring, caring for my girls and trying to understand the new OTES system of evaluating the teachers. I keep praying for you and the babies. I don't remember what your due date is though, can you refresh my memory?

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CIROHIO 9/27/2013 9:31AM

    So Happy for you all! Can't wait to hear if you are having girls, boys or one of each. Take Care hun! emoticon

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ELISAJANE57 9/26/2013 10:13AM

    I'll be checking out your blog. I'm so glad things are going well!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/25/2013 9:16PM

    Awwww, hang tough (and you ARE tough!) . . . you'll get through this (and I know you now that, just sayin'!) Good luck with the ultrasound and HOPE those little ones decide to cooperate and let you know just "what they are!"

Feel better. Glad you at least rest when you get home.

HUGS

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LAGUNAMAMA 9/25/2013 9:14PM

    So exciting to find out genders! Do you have preferences? My husband is an identical twin and so is a good friend of mine, so I'm more familiar with boy/boy and girl/girl than I am a split.

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STRONGCOURAGE 9/25/2013 9:08PM

    Oh, so excited to check out your blog :) Sorry to hear you've been so busy though! You are one incredibly determined woman to just keep going! No fun to hear about the sickness that comes w/ being pregnant...but on the bright side, that'd be super cool to find out the genders....babies you turn the right angles k? :D Your parents will be just thrilled :) But I know they will still love ya, if you make them wait a little longer :D Happy thoughts for you, husband & your growing babies, and wishing you the very best as you keep pushing onwards! emoticon

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Great Ultrasound....Panicked Night (TMI)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I know .... it's been awhile since I have been on here. I am still dealing with extreme fatigue, 24/7 morning sickness, and every other bad pregnancy symptom you can have! I spend most of my time sleeping, resting, relaxing, and forcing myself to eat at least something. I have been weighing myself weekly for the past 3 weeks and have lost 9.8 pounds. That is just crazy!

We had our 8 1/2 week ultrasound today and everything went and looked great. As soon as I saw the first baby on the screen, I could totally tell they were bigger! It was crazy to actually see some features this time. You could make out a head, body, arms, and legs! Baby A is measuring 2 days ahead with a heartbeat of 182. Baby B was a little more shy and didn't show us all of its wonderful features but is measuring 1 day ahead with a heartbeat of 180. The doctor was very pleased and as are we! He told us that we have a 95% success rate now which is amazing.

We have officially "graduated" from our infertility clinic now which is bittersweet. I absolutely loved them and quite frankly.... it's where we started our journey and all we have known! So the transition to something unknown is a little scary for me. I am calling an OBGYN tomorrow to establish with and continue our care. The upside to leaving the infertility clinic..... we won't have drive 3 hours one way!!!!

With that being said, I was sent into panic mode this evening......

I came home and took a nap with my husband and slept on and off. When I got up I went to the bathroom which was accompanied by blood.... and more of it then I would have ever liked to see. I immediately panicked but tried to remain relaxed. I called the infertility clinic after hours line and was able to speak with a nurse. She informed me that sometimes after ultrasounds this can happen. She said your cervix is very sensitive and the doctor may have hit an area. She said the good news is that it was only one episode and the bleeding has seemed to stop. I am also not cramping at all which is good. She put me on pelvic rest for the night and told me to keep them updated if it happens again. I just wasn't expecting this at all after such a great ultrasound.

And of course it made me cry.... as scary and intimidating as twins were at first.... I already love them more than anything and don't want anything to happen to either of them!

Fingers crossed!

  
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RELIVE 8/18/2013 8:59PM

    So happy to see how great everything is going! Smiling from ear to ear! Congrats!

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BOMBCHELL23 8/3/2013 7:27AM

    My friend how exciting to see more of your babies! I am sorry you had a scare I understand that too. I was always considered high risk and have lots of sonogram pictures which showed my girls development and I loved everyone of them. It is easier on a person to have a stomach sonogram though. I understand the love you feel for the babies as well, they are already people. I understand the fatigue and weight loss b/c w/ my last one I gained very little. With all three pregnancies I lost weight in the beginning b/c of morning sickness which lasted all day for me and at least 6 months with each pregnancy. I am glad for an update though and you will continue to be in my prayers!

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RRAKAPUNK 8/2/2013 5:18PM

    Glad to see an update from you. Sending lots of prayers and positive thoughts your way- stay calm and rested ( which you are doing). I'm so happy and excited for you and glad that you are taking us on this journey with you.

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WMMCCRORY 8/2/2013 3:03PM

    Glad everything seemed ok. Congrats on twins, love getting to know other twin moms! I'm 16 wks 1 day with twins :) My 8 week ultrasound ended up really only being 7 weeks so you couldn't see much. I really loved the 12 week ultrasound. Very specific arms with hands/fingers, legs, babies wiggling around and moving, it was beautiful. And definitely understand where you are coming from with loving them. I thought at first "Oh my goodness, I was ready for one but what am I going to do with two?!" But I love them more than anything and I couldn't imagine it any other way.
I had really bad morning sickness and fatigue too. The MS has eased up a little but still strong sometimes in the 2nd tri, the fatigue has not stopped at all and sometimes seems worse in the 2nd tri. I hope they ease up for you soon!
Good luck in your journey momma, and keep getting some rest!

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SOAPSTRESS1 8/2/2013 12:51PM

    Take care of yourself. It is very common to spot at first, once you feel that life It will bring this entirely to a whole new level. Motherhood is awesome! I am sure everything is fine, keep us updated. I lost 12 pounds with my pregnancy and I too was the 24/7 nausea. Keep in mind the nausea is a good thing, says everything is going well. Some women don't get sick but the ones like us sensitive to hormonal changes, well the puking is good.

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87BERKEBILE 8/1/2013 2:32PM

    Just wait until you see your babies for the first time... you won't know you were capable of such love! I'm so glad to see a blog from you again. I hope things continue to go smoothly and that there is no more bleeding.

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KIMBOLEENA1974 8/1/2013 2:16PM

    How are you feeling this morning?

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MIRMIUM 8/1/2013 9:14AM

    I'm glad to hear that this was just a scare! It sounds like a terribly upsetting experience but you got through it like a champ!



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GIGERNREZNOR 8/1/2013 8:56AM

    Aside from vaginal USs causing bleeding, various other things can as well--things that are completely harmless. Glad you were able to stay calm and that everything is back to normal.

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PENNYLANE15 8/1/2013 8:02AM

    Continued prayers your way!!!!! emoticon

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DEWADDICTNOMORE 7/31/2013 10:07PM

    emoticon the everything continues to go well for you. Take care of yourself. I too lost quite a bit of weight at the beginning of my pregnancy from being so sick.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/31/2013 10:06PM

    Honey, this is only the beginning of a Mother's love! Glad you're all right and glad that the ultrasound went well. Just keep taking care of yourself as you have been!

HUGS and smiles.

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A Mother's Instinct

Thursday, July 18, 2013

What a journey life has taken my husband and I on!

June 16th: Father's Day and our first insemination with a donor
June 28th: HCG labs done and confirmed we are pregnant with our first!
July 12th: Morning sickness leaves me down and out along with constant exhaustion
July 17th: First ultrasound at 6 weeks 3 days informs us we are expecting twins!!!

Yesterday was a surreal and amazing moment. Being our first, it was also our first ultrasound ever too! We got to see both babies and hear both heartbeats loud and clear. I really didn't even have words to say anything as I was in shock! I had 6 wonderful follicles so I knew what had a chance at multiples.

When we inseminated I just knew I was pregnant but tried to keep myself in check and I was right! Then I just had this feeling like we were have twins and kept telling my husband "dos" and he kept saying, "no, uno!" I guess I just have a mother's instinct already!

It was soooo hard for me to keep my mouth shut and not tell anyone but I lasted until yesterday. We went straight from our appointment to my mother in laws work and handed her her book. She opened it and freaked and we told her, no open it and read the message... it gets better. And she was like no I already know. Well then she read it and her eyes got huge and she repeated ....babies?!?! :P We left our father in laws book at the house as he was working. He called us after he got home. We caught my mom after work and gave her her book and pretty much got the same reaction from her as my mother in law. We thought my mom knew but she had no clue! She cried!!! She brought back the books for my stepdad, brothers, and grandmother. I have my dad talked into coming up by us on Saturday and we will give him his book then and grandmas to deliver. Dealing with morning sickness and riding in the car just really isn't something I desire so I am glad things worked out the way they have to tell our family.

I still sit and think twins to myself throughout the day! It is hard to believe!

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RELIVE 8/18/2013 8:58PM

    That is amazing! Congrats on your twins!! :)

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DEWADDICTNOMORE 7/30/2013 12:15AM

    OMG!!! Congratulations hun!!! I am so happy for you guys!!!

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MCK0582 7/29/2013 11:34AM

    Congratulations!! What a blessing.

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BEKAH0511 7/28/2013 9:36PM

  congrats on twins i have to say i kinda understand twins my last two babies was 11 months apart and boy can i tell you it get right fun sometimes but i wouldnt change a thing and our momma instincts kick in very early hope babies are doing good and please keep us posted love to hear about how they are doing and how you are doing

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EG8383 7/25/2013 1:25PM

  congrats on twins! Hope you and babies are doing well!!!

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BOMBCHELL23 7/24/2013 6:54AM

    Isn't it amazing what we already feel and understand early on within a pregnancy. I too understand those feelings and the feelings of being overwhelmed with the love, joy, the fear, and the responsibility on how it changes your life for the better. I am glad you finally got to share the news w/ your family and that you have given out the cute books. I will continue to pray for everything to go well. I am thrilled for you and am looking forward to enjoying this journey with you. Thank you for sharing your sonogram pictures they are darling. emoticon emoticon

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JEN3582 7/23/2013 2:51PM

    Congrats!!! emoticon

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MELISSAB1104 7/22/2013 9:25AM

    Congratulations!

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DEIDRESH 7/19/2013 9:18AM

    oh my goodness...how exciting!!! I am so happy for the two of you, er, the four of you I should say. YAY!

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GIGERNREZNOR 7/19/2013 8:28AM

    Congrats again! How fun--twins!

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KEEP_GOING247 7/19/2013 12:02AM

    Congratulations. Awesome news! Twins! Woohoo!

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ARTSY_GURL 7/18/2013 10:53PM

    So very happy for you! Exciting news :)

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SOAPSTRESS1 7/18/2013 8:27PM

    I am so incredibly happy for you. I so glad your mom knows, of course she cried you are her lil girl and your dream is coming true. emoticon emoticon

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ELISAJANE57 7/18/2013 5:03PM

    Congratulations on twins! I'm happy for you! I hope everything goes well!!! emoticon

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CMCGRUN 7/18/2013 4:52PM

    Oh my gosh!!! How fantastically exciting!!!!! I am amazed you waited! You are so much better than I am at keeping secrets. Lol. I have been following your story and just couldn't wait to find out how the ultrasound went. TWINS!! I didn't even think of that! Congratulations to you and your hubby and thanks for posting the ultrasound pics! emoticon

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BLINGANDBOWS27 7/18/2013 4:11PM

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH TWINSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS SO FREAKING EXCITING! Congrats love!

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CSINICOLE18 7/18/2013 4:10PM

    Amazing wonderful news! So happy for you.

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LITTLE1DER 7/18/2013 3:13PM

    Doubly blessed! Congratulations to you and your family!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/18/2013 2:47PM

    Double the pleasure, double the fun! How exciting! So happy for you that you got to "reveal"! Finally, eh!

HUGS

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RRAKAPUNK 7/18/2013 2:44PM

    Very happy for you both. Exciting and now you can share with your family too.

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MENEFF 7/18/2013 2:36PM

    Congratulations!!! I alway tell my husband if & when we start haivng babies I am totally 100% ok with twins- once and done!

So excited for you & your hubby! Babies are a true blessing from God!

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87BERKEBILE 7/18/2013 1:58PM

    I see dos! Your life will never be the same! I'm so happy for the two of you!
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ZMADAME 7/18/2013 1:57PM

    What a blessing. Congratulations.


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A-NEW-PAULA 7/18/2013 1:21PM

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Congrats!!!! (times 2)

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PENNYLANE15 7/18/2013 1:11PM

    So exciting!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FARIS71 7/18/2013 1:10PM

    Amazing wonderful awesome! I have goosebumps!!!! Congrats on double baby love!!

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