Tuesday, July 22, 2014

24 weeks

How far along: 24 weeks and 1 Day

How big are the babies? their the size of an Ear of Corn

Total weight gain: 18 pounds {pre-pregnancy weight 188} I have my next Dr appt on Aug 5 so I'll find out if I've gained anymore weight which I know for sure I have.

Maternity Clothes? Well... Not really! 

Maternity Fashion:  I'm wearing a black skirt from Kohl's, a denim shirt and a white boyfriend tee from Target {which let's be honest it doesn't fit anymore I had to keep pulling it down all day so after today I'm retiring this shirt}

Stretch marks? Yes

Sleep: My sleep is so so! The only way I've been able to fall asleep at night is by sleeping under the air conditioner. 

Best Moment this week: Attending FICWFM with my hubby, family, and church family. Getting both of our registries done at Target and Babies R US and beginning working on my baby shower! 

Miss Anything? Sleeping!

Movement: Yes! The boys have been moving tons! They love to have dance parties at night! 

Food cravings: still cereal! I'm eating cereal like every night before bed.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing

Gender: Two precious Boys!

Labor Signs: None at all! Thank God! 

Symptoms: My feet keep swelling up really bad! It doesn't look normal at all! My Dr told me to keep my feet elevated, stay away from alot of salt, and stay out of the sun which none of it is working my feet are still huge everyday! :0(

Have you started to show yet? Most definitely!!! 

Belly button in or out? Innie

Wedding ring on or off? On

Mood most of the time: I've still very HAPPY!

Looking forward to: Our 3D/3D ultrasound appointment we have to see our sweet boys! 

Baby names? Kingsley and Kash 

Thoughts: This week was a SUPER BUSY week! Every year, My Church attends FICWFM in LA at Crenshaw Christian Center and this year we did just that on Tuesday! It's always such an amazing feeling to be there. I look forward to going every year and worshiping! On Friday, I did a little baby shower shopping and Saturday we went to do our baby registry for the boys! And after that we ate lunch and did some more baby shower shopping. When I got home I then rested alittle and then begin working on some of my baby shower projects, so I had a very busy weekend. On Sunday, I attend Church and OMG! I can tell I'm MOST pregnant! It was so hard for me to get ready for Church. I had a hard time shaving my legs in the shower, I could barley polish my toes nails and put lotion on my ankles and feet. Then I had plan on wearing black heels but my feet were to swollen to even wear them. I feel so Huge!!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

23 weeks

How far along: 23 weeks and 6 days

How big are the babies? their the size of a Grapefruit 

Total weight gain: 18 pounds {pre-pregnancy weight 188} 

Maternity Clothes? No

Maternity Fashion:  I'm wearing a Minnesota Vikings shirt and my favorite black yoga pants.

Stretch marks? Yes

Sleep: My sleep is okay it's not the best but it's just okay. I still wake up all through the night and sleeping on my side has become uncomfortable. 

Best Moment this week: DJ finally feeling the boys kick! It absolute made his day! He got to feel the boys kick twice this week. It was such a touching moment that we'll never forget.

Miss Anything? Sleep and clear skin!

Movement: Yes! The boys have been moving alot. They move mostly just at night.

Food cravings: Cereals. I've been eating tons of cereal lately.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing

Gender: Two sweet little Boys

Labor Signs: Nope.

Symptoms: My feet and ankles are HUGE and Pregnancy acne

Have you started to show yet? Yes, I'm huge! 

Belly button in or out? Innie

Wedding ring on or off? On

Mood most of the time: Happy! Happy! Happy! 

Looking forward to: Seeing the boys at our next specialist appointment and getting starting on some of my Baby shower projects.

Baby names? Kingsley and Kash 

Thoughts: This week was an Awesome week! The boys are moving and kicking so much now and DJ finally got to experience it! He got to feel them kick twice this week and we've just been on cloud 9. In a couple of weeks we get to see the boys in 3D/4D and we are sooo excited to finally see what they look like and all their little features! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Shrimp Cobb Salad

This salad is so light and yummy for the Summer! It's loaded with shrimp, bacon bits, and avocado! It's super simple to make and I hope you enjoy!

Shrimp Cobb Salad

1 pound of medium size Shrimp
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Seasoning salt
Bacon bits
2 Large Eggs
Chopped romaine Lettuce
1 Avocado, diced
1 cup canned Kernel Corn
Shredded Mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven 400 degrees

2. Place shrimp on a baking sheet and sprinkle the shrimp with olive oil and seasoning salt and gently toss so that each shrimp are coated. Then place the baking sheet in the oven and cook for 4-5 mins.

3. Next boil your egg and after your eggs finish boiling, dice the eggs up and also dice your avocado

4. Next is to assemble the salad, place the lettuce on a plate or in a bowl, top in rows of corn, cheese, bacon bits, shrimp, eggs, and avocado.

That's it! It's that simple!!

I also made a yummy drink to go with our delicious salad. I mixed Pineapple Juice, Orange Juice, and a Splash of Tropical 7UP! It taste so refreshing!

22 weeks

How far along: 22 weeks

How big are the babies? their the size of a Papaya 

Total weight gain: 18 pounds {pre-pregnancy weight 188} I feel huge like a Big Beach Whale but everyone sayings I'm carrying my weight beautifully. Let's just hope there telling me the truth and not just being nice.

Maternity Clothes? Well, I can't really say yes to this questions because I wore Maternity clothes for like 2 weeks then I went back to my regular clothes.

Maternity Fashion:  I'm wearing a black dress I got last summer from Charlotte Russe.

Stretch marks? Yes

Sleep: Horrible!!! I wake up every night every 10-15 minutes dripped in sweat. Two nights in a row DJ and I had to sleep in the living room under the AC because it's been so hot in our bedroom.

Best Moment this week: Feeling Kash and Kingsley kick. The first time I felt a kick was at 1:04am on July 2. I was jumping up and down and woke up DJ! I just absolutely melted! Then the second time I felt them kick again was last night July 14 they kicked twice and today July 15 when I watching TV with my Mom. 

Miss Anything? Sleeping!

Movement: Yes! The boys have been moving alot more and they have actually started to kick. They kicked a total of 4 times!!! :0)

Food cravings: Strawberry Lemonade, Peaches, Watermelon, and Turkey sandwiches still! I'm not really a Watermelon person and DJ loves Watermelon so I brought him one at the grocery store and cut it up for him, but I've been attacking it and eating it way more then him. lol

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing

Gender: Two sweet little Boys

Labor Signs: Nope.

Symptoms: My feet and ankles are HUGE and they always swell up at night and the pregnancy acne has came back and worse then before. It's all over my face, chest, and shoulders. I don't know if it's from the sweat and the heat or What???

Have you started to show yet? yes alittle! lol :0)

Belly button in or out? Innie

Wedding ring on or off? On

Mood most of the time: Over all very happy 99% of the time! But I did have a couple little meltdowns. 

Looking forward to: Seeing the boys, finishing up my baby shower shopping and starting on the boys nursery 

Baby names? Kingsley and Kash 

Thoughts: My mood has always been super happy but this week I had a couple of meltdowns! Monday my spirits were down because my Grandma had a heart attack and had to stay in the hospital all week. Wednesday they performed a heart procedure on her and by Friday she was doing great and was able to come home! My Aunt had to also had to have the same heart procedure done so there was alot going on with my family all week. My Friday I woke up feeling alittle happy knowing my Grandma and Auntie were okay and that I was going to see the boys. I did my hair and makeup and got ready to go see the boys at my doctors appointment. DJ and I made it to our appointment early as always. My appointment was at 1:00pm and we got there around 12:33 and I check in. At 12:55 they called me to the front counter and told me they were not going to be able to see me today or give me an ultrasound. I then asked them why and they stated as of July 1 my Insurance has changed and the Specialist doesn't take my new insurance. I had no idea my insurance had even changed and I didn't know what was going on. I got a little frazzled and excused myself to call my doctor's office. Okay I have to admit when I left the building I burst into tears. I couldn't believe we were not going to get to see our boys and find out their weight and measurements and see how much they've grown. DJ and I look so forward to seeing the boys every 2 weeks so this was a little heartbreaking. I called my doctors office and explained everything to them. Then they told me that they would send me to a new specialist that was closer to my house. So after my little meltdown I guess you can say everything worked out. No matter what's going on I know that God is always watching over and protecting my family. Thank God for his Healing that He gives to us and I Thank God for his Grace!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescent rolls

DJ's favorite dish is Chicken Cordon Bleu but I never had it before and never made it before but at the same time I really wanted to surprise him with a Chicken Cordon Bleu dish. I went on Pinterest to try and find something easy pleasy to make. I found these delicious Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescent rolls and they were not only yummy but easy to make and I wanted to share this super simple recipe with you! 

Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescent Rolls

2 Chicken Breast, cooked
6 Slices Deli Ham
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp Honey
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 can Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
6 slice Swiss Cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degree

2. Remove crescent rolls from can and lay out in a long rectangle. Then Pinch the steams together really good.

3. Sprinkle the crescent roll with Italian Seasoning

4. The first layer is going to be the Swiss Cheese, then the Ham and the last layer is the Chicken breast

5. Roll up it up like a cinnamon roll and cut into 8-10 rolls

6. Next, place in a pie pan or a square baking dish and bake for 18-20 mins

7. Now mix the honey and Dijon mustard and drizzle over rolls if desired

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Yes, I Still Cook!

With this Hot weather, being almost 6 months pregnant, and almost completely drained...

...Yes, I'm still cooking!

I know you wouldn't know it from the lack of recipe post and all the pregnancy talk! Sorry guys! I just have been so happy that I'm pregnant with Twin boys, but I promise I will start back posting recipes.

Here's what I've been cooking lately!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Cresent Rolls

Beef Fajitas with Black beans and corn and a side of Guacamole

Turkey Burgers with Corn-on-the-cob and Sweet potato tots

Shrimp Cobb Salad

And I even made dessert!
Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Friday, July 11, 2014

Eating for Three

Like I mention before here learning to eat for three didn't come easily to me. Just like myself there may be some soon-to-be Mommy's out there who are pregnant with Twins and don't know how to eat for three. I know I sure didn't so I want to share with you my eating schedule and what I've been eating. Someone may not know how to properly eat for three so I want to share what I eat. I'm not all a nutritionist and everyone's eating style is different but this is what works for me!

8oz glass of Orange Juice
Speacial K Cereal with Almond Milk and Banana slices

AM SNACK: 10:30 AM
I had an Apple sauce and some Carrots and Ranch

I had a Turkey Sandwich with Grapes and a Greek yogurt.
Crystal Light Lemonade

A Nectarine and String Cheese with a Water bottle

Herb & Garlic Chicken with Broccoli, Brown Rice, and Black Beans
Water Bottle

8oz glass of Orange Juice
Greek yogurt with Bananas, Blackberries, Strawberries, and Raspberries
Peanut butter Toast

I had an Apple sauce and Granola bar

I had a Turkey Sandwich with slice cucumbers and ranch
Crystal Light Lemonade

A Pear and String Cheese with a Water bottle

Spehegetti with Veggies and Cheese Toast
For Dessert I had mixed berries with Lite Whip cream topping 
Water Bottle

I try to make sure I drink lots of water, eat tons of Fruits and Veggies, and I've been trying to eat more Protein and Grains which has definitely been showing because the boys and I are gaining weight accordingly! 

Learning to Eat for Three

Learning to eat for three in the beginning was hard for me. Instead of eating every 3 hours like I was suppose to or eating full meals I was just mostly snacking throughout the day on anything I craved like Fruit or Tuna. I constantly had a stomach ache and every time I went to the doctors I wasn't gaining any weight. I knew I had to change my eating habits because I wanted the proper nutrition for my babies. I didn't know where to begin Thank God for my nurses help, baby books about multiple pregnancy, and the Internet. I had no idea until my doctor told me I was suppose to be getting an extra 600 calories a day. I learned that your body needs extra nutrition to provide the vitamins, minerals and energy my babies need. I realize from looking at my diet and talking to my nurse I wasn't getting enough Protein and Grains. So my goal was to try and incorporate as many proteins and grains into my diet as possible. I realize instead of just eating fruit all day I need a least 3 full meals a day and 2-3 snacks a day.

I also learned the only way I'm going to stay on track if I put myself on a schedule. At first I wasn't use to eating every three hours but now it just comes naturally. My stomach aches have completely stopped and has totally went away and I am now gaining weight. Every check up I can anywhere from 2-4 pounds. At first it was so hard for me. I hard to make myself eat and it felt like a work out! Lol But I have to do what's best for my body and my baby boys!

Here's a look at my eating schedule and how I stay on track...

My Eating Schedule

Breakfast: 6am 
Every morning for Breakfast I eat either Cereal, Cream of Wheat or Oatmeal.
My Cereal are always the same either Special K, Chex, Cheerios, Frosted Flakes, Mini Shredded wheats or Lucky Charms. I always incorporate some type of Fruit and a glass of Orange juice.

Snack: 9am 
I always eat a piece of fruit or String Cheese with a Water bottle

Lunch: 12pm
For Lunch I always have a Turkey sandwich and I make sure it's hot! I always have veggies like carrots or cucumber slices and some kind of Fruit. I usually drink a Lemonade Crystal Light with my Lunch. And if I don't have a Turkey sandwich for Lunch I usually have leftovers from dinner the night before or a Salad.

Snack: 3pm
For my second snack, I eat either Fruit, Veggies, Yogurt, or a Granola bar with another water bottle.

Dinner: 7pm or 8pm
For Dinner it varies! But it's usually always baked chicken, some veggies, sometimes brown rice, potatoes or some pasta. I love to try new things for dinner so I'm always mixing it up!

Snack: 10pm
I use to be a huge Night Owl and never sleep at night but you would never know that now! Lol Ever since I became pregnant I fall asleep so early now around 10pm or 11pm, so I usually eat another snack before I fall asleep. I always eat a piece of Fruit like a peach or yellow apple before I go to bed.

My goal is to eat right and get all the nutrients my babies and I need. I'm so Happy I'm finally on the right track and I learned how to eat for Three!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Peach Pink Lemonade

Peach Pink Lemonade

Ya'll already know I'm a punch girl! I love mixing and making drinks and punches and with this Summer heat I definitely have been taking advantage of that opportunity. I love when Summer fruit begins to come in like Peaches, Strawberries, Cherries, and Watermelon. I'm probably the first one running to the market. Well I picked up some peaches the other day and it's was like 85 degrees outside! I decided I'm going to make a Peach drink. I didn't want to make Peach Tea because let's face it I've made it time and time again I wanted to switch things up.

Here's what I came up with...

I mixed Country Time Pink Lemonade with Kern Peach Nectar and a splash of Ginger Ale  along with some Peach slices!

It was so delicious and refreshing! My family loved it and I hope yours does too! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

There Names...

We've have been getting asked how did we decide on the boys names. When DJ and I sat down to decide on names for the boys we wanted their names to be Awesome, Strong, Masculine, have a family meaning and of course Cool! We plan on raising some Brave, Awesome and Cool little boys and we wanted their names to reflect that! We have talked about names for our future babies for years now. Girls names always were easier for us; there was tons we always liked. But Boy names on the other hand didn't come so easily until it just clicked for us and we finally GOT them!

We wanted a name that had meaning to us and represented what we wanted for our boys.

Something we both 100% loved and not names that we just agreed on!

Something Strong!

A Family meaning!

Something that Stood out!

Kingsley Alexander Evans 

From the first day I meant DJ he always said he wanted his child's name to be Alexander, so I knew whenever we had children the name Alexander was going to definitely be incorporated somewhere. Alexander means to defends and help, we definitely want our little boy to be a defender and helper. My family is big on helping people and were huge givers so Alexander definitely has a family meaning. We both loved the names Kingston and Kingsley, because they were strong and powerful but so many people have the name Kingston so we decided on Kingsley. 

Kash Jameson Evans

When I first told DJ I wanted to name our son Kash he wasn't to sold on the idea but then he started saying both boys names together and absolutely loved it! He then fell in love with baby Kash name. Growing up I had two older twin cousins and their names were Cash and Cardell. I looked up to them like big brothers. I have always been in love with the name Cash! I also knew I wanted to use My Great Grandpa name. He was my everything and his name was James Charles Thomas and I always said when I had a little boys I wanted to name one of them after my Papa. I love and miss my Papa so much. He was the sweetest man on the face of the earth and I just hope and pray Kash gets his same spirit. There is already 3 people name James in our family so instead of James we decided on Jameson. 

We love them so much already! Our Baby Kingsley and Baby Kash. Our sweet little King and Kash!

We've been using there names for weeks now! When we talk to Kingsley and Kash we love using their names. We never say twins or babies. It's always "I'm so ready for Kingsley and Kash to be here." or "We really need to get started on Kingsley and Kash nursery."

So there you have it! Why we named our sweet little precious boys, Kingsley and Kash!

We always wanted two little boys and God has blessed us with two boys at the same time! And we are so ready for them to get here, our sons!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Our names are...

Everyone from our Friends, Family members, our Church family, and even complete strangers have been asking us what are we naming the boys! We've had our names picked out for a very long time now! We were trying to keep their names quiet and not reveal them so early. We were planning on revealing their names at the baby shower, but it's been so hard to keep it to ourselves. Were just so Excited! I wanted a cute way to reveal the boys names and something that represented DJ and I both. Were both big kids at heart and love playing board games still so I used our Scrabble board to reveal their names! So here are our precious little boys names...

Kingsley Alexander

Kash Jameson

21 weeks

How far along: 21 weeks and 5 days

How big are the babies? their the size of a Banana

Total weight gain: 18 pounds {pre-pregnancy weight 188} 

Maternity Clothes? Yes! 

Maternity Fashion:  I'm wearing a black t-shirt from Target but it's not maternity and these are my black sweat pants that I live in. They are so comfortable!!! And there also from Target.

Stretch marks? Yes

Sleep: My sleep is okay! I wake up almost every hour during the night and I have no idea why and I still sweat all night as well. 

Best Moment this week: The best moment this week was 4th of July! My Auntie Dee Dee treated DJ and I to the movies. We went and saw Transformers! Then my Mom cooked some amazing BBQ and then my whole family came over to watch Fireworks. DJ and I feel so blessed to have so many amazing people in our lives! 

Miss Anything? No

Movement: Yes and I absolutely love every minute of it! They move every night when I get in bed and move most of the night.  

Food cravings: Strawberry Lemonade and Summer fruit; watermelon, cherries, and peaches!

Anything making you queasy or sick: No

Gender: sweet little BOYS!!! 

Labor Signs: None

Symptoms: My feet and ankles are always swollen and the pregnancy acne has came back :-(

Have you started to show yet? Yes, definitely!

Belly button in or out? Innie

Wedding ring on or off? On

Mood most of the time: Extemely Happy!

Looking forward to: Seeing my sweet boys on Friday!

Baby names? We already have their names picked out for months we where just waiting to reveal them. 

Thoughts: My week was great! I relaxed alot like the doctor told me too and I worked on some more of my baby shower stuff. I didn't really cook much this week. I was definitely drained from the heat. It's been so hot all week long and turning on your AC at 7am you know it's going to be a long hot day. This heat and being pregnant is not a good mix but thank god for air condition and ice cold Popsicles. lol