24 weeks and counting! That means we have now made it to 6 months!! Of course we don’t want the babies to come for a couple more months but it is somewhat comforting to know that if they were born now they have an 85% chance of survival.
I am beginning to grow out of some of my maternity clothes. The main pair of jeans that I wore through Timothy's pregnancy is now too small. Soon enough I won't have any pants that I can wear. Guess it's time to go shopping! :)
The babies and I are doing well. I feel like a woman who is 9 months pregnant i.e. my body aches, I have little to no energy, I can barely walk up the stairs, my sciatic nerve is killing me, etc. But, overall, I am doing well. Some days I wonder though, how I will make it through 2-3 more months of this. But, then I think of two little babies screaming in unison and I tell myself I can make it a lot longer.
Everyone keeps asking us about names for these little ones. Here are some we have come up with:
Being Star Wars fans (mostly all the boys) of course we had to consider:
LUKE & LEIA.
It’s football season so we had to take that in to consideration too with:
TIKI & RHONDA
PEYTON & ELLIE
and of course: RAIDER & ALLIE
(You have to be a football fan to get any of those)
With all the political stuff going on and the possibility of the babies being born on inauguration day we also had to consider:
JOHN & SARAH
Actually, on a more serious note, it wasn’t too hard to pick the names. We have had a girl name picked out ever since we were first married and have never gotten to use it yet so that one wasn’t hard. When it came to a boy’s name we had discussed the possibility of having more boys someday before we were ever expecting and wondering what we would name another one. So we had already come up with that one too. So when they told us it was one of each, we just put the names together. Derek didn’t want names that rhymed anyway but I thought it might be nice to have names that at least went together. Ah well! Anyways-- the names are:
Derek’s middle name is Kyle so that’s where that comes from and the Jo obviously comes from my first name. So by putting our names together that’s what you get. I had to laugh when I realized that after having all these boys it’s the girl that gets named after her father.
All of our boys have middle names that are family names and we wanted to continue that tradition. Chauncey is a family name on the Loveland side—there are a few of them, one of them being a member of the first group to enter the Salt Lake Valley with Brigham Young. We have always liked the name and just never used it yet. We realized one day that each one of our boys has a name from the New Testament (Brian THOMAS, ANDREW, and TIMOTHY). So we had to decide if we would continue that unintended trend, or not. So as a Sunday evening activity one night we sat down and listed the 12 Apostles and then began crossing off the names we didn’t like, or that had already been used. At the end we were left with only a few names and both of us happened to say something to the effect of, “Well I like Philip. We could use that one.” Then we laughed when we realized we had “wasted” all that time for no apparent reason. But later as we thought about it we both knew that we would someday have a Philip, we just didn’t know when. I guess we do now.
When we told the boys the names they caught right on to them and wouldn’t even consider any other options. (Although Andrew is really partial to the name Raider—he is who picked that one. Ha! Ha!). I actually got to look at the baby clothes at Wal-Mart the other day and was showing the boys the little baby clothes and we talked about how cute things would look on Baby Kylie or Baby Philip. A week or so later the boys and I ran to Wal-Mart to grab something. The boys were not happy about going, so after we had what we needed I asked the boys if I could look at the baby clothes. They were so nice and gave me permission. Actually, they gave me 4 minutes to look. Silly kids! Anyways, as soon as we got to the clothes Timothy pointed to the first pink thing he saw and said, “Kylie!” It was very cute. It is fun to look at all the pink stuff and it is very cute but I still find myself drawn to all the blue stuff instead. I guess it’s just habit. One that I will break soon enough I’m sure! :)
(For those of you who recognized the accompanying song as the theme song from the TV series "24," you might enjoy listening to the song at this link: http://savethesoldiers.com/audio/24/24.mp3 Derek, who is a big 24 fan, got quite the laugh from it.)