I am Kathleen. A wife to Luke and a momma to boy/girl twins, Jack Henry and Hadley and the most precious baby boy, Walker. I am an RN and currently stay home with my precious twins. My loves. I believe that joy can be found in all things.
We had the best time with our sweet and amazingly talented friend, Elisa Copeland of Elisa Michelene Photography as she took the best pictures of our precious boys. We also snagged a couple shots of the whole family and my heart couldn't be more full!! Thank you Elisa for these precious treasures!
You guys!!! They are here!!!! Brooks and Ellis joined our family one week ago tonight. I will be blogging separately about their birth story but my water broke at 37 weeks and 3 days and it has been magical ever since. There are really no words to describe how it feels to give birth. There is NOTHING better, nothing else like it and the last week have created memories that will forever be burned in my heart and my mind for the rest of my life. At 7:01 our precious Brooks Ezra Davidson was born, weighing 6lbs 12 oz, 20 inches long. One minute later sweet Ellis Class Davidson was born weighing 7lb 2 oz. My heart grew and will never be the same. I am now a momma to FIVE amazing gifts. The last week has been full of recovery, nursing and baby snuggles. The babies eat every 2.5-3 hours and we set alarms to wake them, but sometimes at night they wake on their own. The are SO SLEEPY! I always forget how sleepy babies are in these early weeks. They sleep in rock n plays in our room and I find myself MISSING them because they sleep so much. Luckily we get so much great bonding and snuggling time nursing, which I treasure so much. Nursing is going great and we could not love these babies more. I am doing well postpartum, I always forget how hard those first few days getting up and walking after a C-section can be. But I'm on my 6th day of recovery and my pain is minimal, I just have to take it super easy. I gained a total of 49 lbs this pregnancy and it is CRAZY that I have already lost 35 of those lbs! Its SOOOO much extra blood that my body is getting rid of now plus fluid from the babies, and the almost 14 lbs of baby I was carrying! Jack Henry and Walker have been incredible with them! They love them and are so excited. My precious Hadley girl who is such a little momma and such a sweet girl is having the hardest time adjusting. Its not bad, but she is just not acting her self, and acting out some. I finally got her to open up and she misses me. I spent 4 nights in the hospital and spend most of my day in my room, nursing and napping and recovering from my C-section. She is my little shadow usually and has her grandparents taking care of her mostly right now, so I am really trying to make special time with just the two of us, little moments where we can connect, and I can fill up her love tank. I am extremely weepy and hormonal which is how I always am after birth. I am literally so euphoric and so sentimental that ANYTHING can set me off. Just looking at Brooks and Ellis does it. Thinking about how fast they grow adds to it, just talking about how blessed I feel with my whole family, and then thinking about my pregnant belly that is no more.... YUP alllllll those thoughts make cry right now. Our time in the hospital just the babies, Luke and I was truly unforgettable. We spent so much time just talking and being. I am soaking up these days as I know they go so fast and know we will soon be getting into a rhythm but for now, I am just enjoying each moment.
YAY! We made it to 36 weeks (the average birth week for twins) and each day I can keep them in longer, they will be bigger, healthier, better eaters and chances of NICU time will keep decreasing. I have NINE MORE DAYS until my C-section and I am READY!!!! Not ready for babies to come now because I want to give them the best chance at everything, but ready for 9 days to whiz by!
I remember hitting 36 weeks with Jack Henry and Hadley (my first set of twins) and becoming MISERABLE (You can read about that HERE) But this time, I have been feeling SOOOOO good at the end, considering how big and uncomfortable things can get, but I have to say, last night I hit my WALL. I'm officially miserable, uncomfortable around the clock and truly don't know how I am going to finish these last 9 days sometimes.
I had my doctors appointment today and everything looked great, praise the Lord. I looked good and babies looked good. My BP was 131/82 which is high for me but still a good number for carrying twins, Ive gained 45ish lbs (my scale and drs scale are 5 lbs different) and my uterus is measuring 58 WEEKS (That is why I am in such pain) Brooks and Ellis look great and the doc thinks they will end up being high 6 maybe even 7 lbs.
We are SO BEYOND thankful to the Lord for giving us such a healthy pregnancy. Yes, this has been my hardest one, but to still be carrying these healthy babies with no bed rest is a true gift. Sweet boys, I would do ANYTHING for you, carrying you is a true joy even when it seems impossible.
I am 35+5 today and everything is going great!! I am seriously amazing how well I am handling all of the discomfort... It has NOT been that bad!!! I'm not sure if its because I have done this before or if I am so busy with my other little ones, but I'm not "over it" yet and am honestly enjoying this so much. My belly has become HUGE, I have some swelling in the bottom of my belly and if im on my feet too much by the end of the day a few times, my feet have become a little swollen. I have tight Braxton Hicks contractions here and there but nothing patterned and nothing painful. I had a small amount of bleeding this morning but my doc just says its from my cervix softening and as long as theres not a lot of blood, I should be just fine. It scared me when I first saw it because I want to keep these babies in, especially past this weekend as my husband and is awesome team are launching the new campus with our Church. We are SO EXCITED! Im pretty sure they will stay put and if they don't, we will figure it out :) Only 16 days to go! I am sleeping well still thanks to that amazing pregnancy pillow and after another tachycardia episode from Benadryl (I thought I was taking unisom) which was SO SCARY, I am feeling much better! So for now, I'm resting as much as I can and drinking as much water as possible to hopefully keep these precious ones inside until the 29th. Here I am at 35 weeks measuring 55 weeks!!!
We are at 34 weeks!! Whoo hoo!!! I'm 34+5 today so 3 weeks and 2 days until our scheduled C-section. I hope I can get them all the way there! Honestly the end of this pregnancy has not been as brutal as the end of my first twin pregnancy, I guess its because my body has done it before, or its just flying by so much because I stay so busy with my other three. I have an AWFUL and PAINFUL sinus infection which has been worse than the discomforts of the pregnancy. Last night my ears were POPPING with PAINFUL pressure. SO not fun, but I had my OB appointment today and he called me some antibiotics which I desperately need.
We are so thankful to God for another great and uneventful appointment.
Blood pressure was good at 130/70 (higher than my baseline but still great for twins this far)
I am 34 weeks, uterus measuring 52 weeks!!!!!
Placentas and babies look great. Brooks (baby A) is head down And Ellis (baby B) is breach.
Ive gained 41 lbs so far.
I had a little swelling in my feet and toes last night but it was gone this morning. Hoping to keep that at bay. We are so excited to meet these angel babes but need to keep them in there another 3 weeks! We want big and healthy babies!
I am 33 weeks with these sweet baby bears and the last almost 2 weeks have been GREAT! I have been fairly comfortable, my heart rate is under control after a weird Benadryl induced tachycardia spell, and my sciatica is about gone. I have very hard moments but overall, I am not complaining! Im still sleeping pretty well at night, I just wake up with extremely sore ribs. The space right under my breasts is getting so so sore from the babies growing upwards. My belly is starting to swell ( I have pitting edema under my belly which Is pretty uncomfortable) and my belly just feels SO SO heavy! I have gained right at 40 pounds now and tomorrow I go in for a check (I will be 33+5) and then I believe I will go in weekly. At this point in the pregnancy with Jack Henry and Hadley my feet were starting to swell and I haven't had any of that yet! Praise the Lord. I feel like all over I am a little puffy from fluid but no crazy swelling. Im pretty sure my BP is good, but I will find out tomorrow. I am trying to sit with my legs propped up as much as I can throughout the day and I can't believe exactly 1 month from tomorrow I will be meeting our precious boys! Its starting to get real! I am ALMOST done with their nursery (planning on completing it THIS weekend)
Most of my maternity cloths don't fit me any more ( you can see where there is a weird flap under my shirt from where its too short) I am feeling so thankful to carry them this far with no complications yet. Praying for another month!
So I skipped a week again :( It seems life with three littles and two on the way requires more of a bi-weekly update :) I can't believe I am at 32 weeks! Its starting to sound a little closer. I have 6 weeks from today before my scheduled C-section which in ways seems close but in ways seems far. We had a great 31 week check up. Boys looks great and my uterus is measuring 46 weeks! I had been having really bad itching all over my body with no rash, so I was worried it could be a liver condition called cholestasis which can be dangerous for the babies and sometimes the only symptom is itching (but usually just on the palms of your hands and soles of feet, but wanted to get a blood check to rule it out) Turns out I think I was taking way too many baths (up to 3 a day, because they help me get comfortable) and my doc recommended Benadryl which ended up putting me into tachycardia (High heart rate) My heart rate was in the 140s for 24 hours and I have to tell you it was kind of scary! Luckily we figured it was the Benadryl and its back down. My blood pressure remains good. I'm up 35 pounds. And I go back on 12/29 for my next check (right after Christmas so it should come quickly) I will be almost 34 weeks and then believe I will go weekly. Its starting to get physically hard but I'm not miserable yet. I definitely have miserable moments but I'm not allowing myself to be "over it" yet because I still need to carry these boys another 5-6 weeks and I will do nothing good for myself to go there. Even though these next 6 weeks will be the hardest, I am still enjoying this. I mean, I am carrying two precious lives inside me?! How INCREDIBLE! I'm still amazed. Christmas is a week from today and I know that will keep me busy. Side note, the way my friends and church family have stepped up, has been INCREDIBLE! Meals, help and kind gestures have absolutely humbled me and blown me away. Luke and I enjoyed a nice Christmas date tonight down to a restaurant I went to with some girls last month and fell in love with,Rise, in Ft.Worth. It was a lovely evening and a much needed night just the two of us. We took this picture when I got home (sorry, the chalkboard just isn't happening)
We loved taking our photos with my beautiful friend, Kate of Kate Parrish Photography If you are in the DFW area, I would highly recommend her! I love these photos because they capture the end of the season of "just the 5 of us" I will always treasure them! Jack Henry and Hadley (age 5) Walker (2.5)
So I slacked during thanksgiving week, and even though I got a pic, I didn't make a chalkboard... Im sorry sweet boys, I love you no less but I am super pregnant and have three other little ones. But yay for having a THREE in front of my weeks!!! Only 8 weeks to go!! We had another successful appointment last week at 29 weeks. I was measuring 40 weeks for a singleton so the next two months are going to be "over time" as far as belly growth. I am for sure entering into the uncomfortable stage but I am hanging in there. Sleep is getting a bit harder but it is still intact. We scheduled our C-section for 1/29/18, I will be 38+1. Our doctor really wants me to get to 38 if possible. Having two white boys (they fare the worst when born early) he said its best to get to 38. I was induced at 37+4 with Jack Henry and Hadley and the main reason was my blood pressure and fluid overload was starting to creep. My doctor told me thats most commonly seen in first time pregnancies so we are just going to pray we can all make it til then. Its nice to have a light at the end of the tunnel.
30 weeks with Walker
30 weeks with Jack Henry and Hadley
Maternity Clothes? Getting harder to wear maternity cloths, getting small!
Sleep? Still okay but getting harder
Movement? Lots :) And Love every little move!
Symptoms: Painful and itchy belly, hard to get comfortable lying down, evenings are the hardest.
Best moment of the week? Another healthy check up and progress on the nursery.
What I am looking forward to: Next appointment 12/15 and finishing up the nursery.
Yay for being in my third trimester! And I only have 10 weeks TOPS! Probably more like 9? The last few weeks I have been eased from nausea and the growing belly is getting a little intense. Nothing CRAZY but for sure picking up in intensity. Its getting harder for me to find a "comfortable" position and sleep is not UNBEARABLE but its getting a little more challenging. I passed my glucose test and babies are looking perfect. Heads are measuring Davidson style... one month ahead (Good thing I'm having another C-section lol)
I get pretty out of breath pretty easily and am trying to stay off my feet for long periods of time as I want these babies to grow INSIDE of me as long as possible.
We had a great thanksgiving with my in laws and Next Friday I will have another OB appointment and will choose their birthday! Tomorrow is my last day of week 28 and as excited as I am to meet them and not be so uncomfortable, It kind of hit me that this is the last trimester of what is more than likely my last pregnancy. I love love love the gift of carrying my babies and I will surely miss it, even though over the next 10 weeks I will probably be crying for mercy lol
I also was too whooped to make a chalkboard but hey, at least I got a pic right? Brooks and Ellis, 70 days MAX til I will be holding, loving, cuddling and kissing you! I can't wait!
Pregnant with Jack Henry and Hadley (left), With Walker (right)
Sleep? Starting to become uncomfortable.
Movement? Moving TONS. I can see them move on the outside really well.
Symptoms: Sciatica flared up again but went to the chiropractor and already a bit better. Getting out of breath and just worn out when on my feet too long.
Best moment of the week? Passing my glucose test!
What I am looking forward to: Scheduling the C-section and working on the nursery.
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