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Everything In-between

Brian Regan at the Majestic

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Emily’s Sunbeam class

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Unexpected Surprises

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A typical night out in San Antonio

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Hot chocolate at a fun cafe

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Emily out to lunch with her UTSA coworkers

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Peter Pan for Valentines Day

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Ally visiting San Antonio

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Favorite bakery – Bird

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Firefighter’s 1940s Gala – tickets from Rackspace

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Texas Friends, Kelsey and Nicole

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Cupcake decorating class with friends from church

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Last date night before the babies came – “Friday Night Lights”

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Twin Pregnancy


I wouldn’t recommend being pregnant during the Texas summer. There really isn’t a way to avoid summertime in Texas though considering it’s hot about 300 days of the year. I’m exaggerating a little, but it was truly a hot summer this year! Luckily most of my pregnancy has been spent in an air-conditioned office or in our extremely air-conditioned apartment, so I haven’t been too uncomfortable. Richard has spent most of the summer wrapped up in a blanket because our apartment is so cold. Luckily I have the trump card with “I’m pregnant with twins”. Speaking of Richard, he is the same prince charming he always is. Back rubs, cooking me dinner, carrying me to bed… you name it. I can’t say it enough, I don’t deserve that man.

I don’t have much to compare my pregnancy with since this is my first, but it seems to be going better than I ever expected. The twins have continually measured well and I haven’t had too many ailments. The first trimester was plagued with the typical sickness and extreme exhaustion. The second trimester was wonderful, expect for the awkward phase of people being unsure if I was pregnant or let myself go. The third trimester has just been uncomfortable, but so exciting because every week we get closer and closer to meeting our sweet ones. I’ve prayed my heart out that they would stay in place and not come early. Despite being extremely pregnant, it hasn’t stopped Richard and I from getting out and enjoying our last few weeks with just the two of us. He is patient with my slow pace and my waddling around from place to place. He even convinced me to use one of those electric wheel chairs on our last visit to Target. I must say, it was so divine to not have to walk. My stomach is just so heavy, I can’t stand or walk for very long. I will be excited for the day when he doesn’t have to pull me and my large belly out of the car anymore.

I am so grateful for the experience to be pregnant. I wasn’t sure that I would ever have the opportunity to feel this. We weren’t going to give up on having kids if IVF didn’t work, but some of those alternative avenues would have meant that I wouldn’t get to experience pregnancy. It has been such a joy to feel my little twins kick inside my belly, have the hiccups and flip around. I’ve loved seeing my belly grow larger and larger to the point that I have trouble even putting on my shoes. All those cliches about pregnancy are so true and I’m just glad I got to see the humor of all of it. It has been such a blessing and I’m so very grateful.

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Richard is the best partner to have around when shopping for maternity clothes.

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4th of July at our friends Nicole and Brad’s house. Not pictured: me spilling searing hot baked beans into my lap!

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Richard putting together one of four thousand baby items and then disposing of the oodles of packaging.

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This is deceiving. I didn’t work out nearly as much as I should have, but those seemed to be the times

I snapped a photo of my growing belly. 
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The nursery! We gave up on a coordinated theme and just did two different styles.

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Saying goodbye to my work friends.

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Dragging (emphasis on the word “DRAG”) Richard to the infant prep classes.

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Nearing the end!

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Thank you gifts for the nurses. I must note that Richard helped me assemble all of these.

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Last girl’s night out before the babies arrive. Kelsey and Nicole have made my Texas experience.

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Richard and I have a few bands that we are dying to see live someday. At the top of Richard’s list, way above all other bands, is Coldplay. So when we heard they were coming to Dallas for their final concert tour, we knew rain/shine, pregnant or not, we would be at that concert! Luckily it was on a Saturday, so we made a little weekend trip of it. We stopped in Waco on the way up. After months of watching the TV show, Fixer Upper, we had to see the stomping grounds of Chip and Joanna Gaines.




The concert was absolutely amazing! Coldplay knows how to throw a great show. Everyone in the audience was given a wrist band that would light up with whatever song was playing, so it made the audience look like a sea of sparkling stars. It was quite the sight to see! One of the benefits to Richard and I being the same age is that a lot of music coincides with the same memories. We sang along to all the classic hits of Coldplay remembering “this was so high school” or “this was so college” and best of all “this is when we fell in love”. Coldplay came out with one of our favorite songs, “Till Kingdom Come”, right before we got engaged. It was a special memory to hear it live, but this time married, even more in love, and very pregnant with twins.







Babymoon in Austin

Richard and I had always wanted to take a “babymoon” before the day we became parents. One last hurrah before ending our party of two. Well, having twins changes things so we had a limited area to where we could travel. Really it was anything driving distance, so Austin we went! Austin did not disappoint between the great food, entertainment, and “weirdness”. (There is a saying, “keep Austin weird”.)  During our time in Austin, we visited some of the eclectic antique shops, ate at the most delicious Indian food restaurant, and saw an old classic film, Suspicion, with Carey Grant and Joan Fontaine in a vintage theater. We also tried to see the bats (millions of them) fly out from underneath the Congress bridge at dusk, but we had to run to catch our movie. Overall, it was some wonderful quality time just the two of us. We will both miss these days of just us two, but we couldn’t be more excited for the changes up ahead!