Category: Baby Making by Becky

Thursday
June 9, 2011

When blog friends become real friends

 

Have you noticed how lots of popular bloggers all seem to know each other? They do guest posts for each other, hang out on the weekends, and link to each other’s posts.

How do they do that? How does one get invited into the club? I constantly find myself thinking “I am well dressed. I have cute baby pictures. I have lots of followers. Why haven’t I gotten some sort of e-vite in my inbox?”

I tried and tried to make friends with bloggers through comments on their blog, or the occasional email, but only when I sent out emails asking for guest bloggers did I make any progress.  Suddenly I found  friends on the blogosphere. We were gchatting, sending the occasional text. I even decided (on a whim) to invite one blog friend to my baby shower, and she came!

It was amazing.

Yesterday one of my bloggy friends (Brittany) came over with her twins and it was so much fun! I LOVE that the internet has opened up a way for me to make new, good friends. Especially since I can make friends with people who have a lot in common with me, no matter where they live.

So, what about you? Have you made real friends through the blogosphere? And if so, how did you do it? Give us some tips!

And be sure to hop over to my blog (so we can be blog friends and maybe real friends) at babymakingbybecky.blogspot.com

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Friday
June 3, 2011

iPhone Pictures

I feel like I’m way behind the times, but my husband and I finally got iPhones.

Pretty much my favorite thing about it is the fact that it’s a legitimate point and shoot camera. I have a nice dslr and a nice point and shoot, but it’s a pain to carry them around with me.
Even the point and shoot is a pain because it’s just one more thing to keep track of.
But now I can take pictures every three minutes, like I want to.
I can’t get over how easy it is to take pictures constantly.

Here are some of the pictures I’ve taken since last night. (I used the app Hipstamatic, which I love.)

What do you think? Are you sick of all the iPhone pictures on everyone’s blog? (Yes. I know I’m just a copy cat)

And now I need some help. Is there a good way to upload these to my mac? I had to import them through Lightroom because I couldn’t figure out any other way.

And what are your favorite apps? Point an app-virgin in the right direction.
(We also discovered Angry Birds, which is weirdly addicting. Yeah, yeah, I know we’re a bit late.)

Leave your help in the comments, or visit my blog at Babymakingbybecky.blogspot.com

Becky

 

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Thursday
May 12, 2011

idyllic springtime

Travis and I have plans.

Plans of big gardens and a renovated house.

Plans of a yard full of chickens and a bulldog to chase them around.

Plans of snuggled up in bed reading Little House on the Prairie and Winnie-the-Pooh.

Plans of brown bagged school lunches featuring fresh baked cookies, and sandwiches on homemade bread (that is, if we send our kids to public school, which is still up for debate since I haven’t tried have several kids home all day and tried to teach them yet, so who knows if I can do it or not?)

Don’t get me wrong, we’re pretty dang satisfied with life right now. In fact, it’s almost perfect.

The only things I would change? I wish we were in a house with a yard.

And I wish Travis could work exclusively from home (he’s working half-days from home though, so that’s pretty close.)

We talk like this:

Becky: I’m really happy.

Travis: So am I. Really satisfied with life.

Becky: I feel bad when I think about people who aren’t happy, when – even though we don’t have much – we have everything we need.

Travis: Well we live pretty frugally…. No. Not really. We live a bit frugally. Really we buy things when we want them, don’t we?

Becky: We’re wise with our money, but we buy what we want if we really want it and then give up what we don’t really want.

Travis: Yes. So I wouldn’t say that we don’t have much.

Becky: I would say that.

Travis: Are you kidding!? We’re living the dream! We have the perfect life!

Becky: Really? The dream includes only making 30,000 a year? And not living in a house we own?

Travis: Yeah. A house is the dream that we will live in a few years. But this life we have now is pretty awesome.

Becky: Almost too awesome.

Travis: You’re almost too awesome.

Becky: And you, sir.

Something about the springtime makes me really excited for the future.

Even just the next few months of summertime.

We don’t have a garden yet, but we do have a farmer’s market, full of fresh eggs and local honey and produce picked from the vine the day before we eat it.

We aren’t sending any kids to school, but we do have a kitchen in which to perfect our homemade-lunch making skills.

We don’t have a lot of down-time, when babies are awake and wanting to play or asleep when we’re not asleep, but we still snuggle up and I read children’s books to the four of us when we get a chance.

We don’t have a yard, but we live in a beautiful, quiet part of town with tree-lined streets and parks nearby.

And everything is idyllic.

And I feel happy.

And I love the spring.

What are you looking forward to most about spring and summer? And do you plan and imagine the future like we do?

Check out my blog at babymakingbybecky.blogspot.com

Becky

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Thursday
April 28, 2011

Cloth Diapering Twins


Eeek! We finally took the plunge. My husband and I have been talking about buying cloth diapers since I became pregnant, but we just kept putting off actually buying them.
Since you almost have to spend a few hundred dollars to build up your stash, it just always seemed like too much money at the time, even though we knew we’d save a ton in the long run.
But we finally, finally spent the money and got the diapers.

And seriously, just for these pictures it was worth it. Have you ever seen such cute little baby booties?

Even though the boys are eight weeks old (tomorrow!) they only barely graduated from newborn diapers, and when we cracked open that first package of size 1 Huggies I almost cried.
I felt like I was wrapping the boys in crackling newspaper. The diapers weren’t soft and I felt so guilty that they’d be rubbing Grey and Micah in their most sensitive areas.
That’s the day we decided enough was enough, and finally got online and pressed the Add to Cart button.

So now we’re parents in the cloth diapering world, with little to no experience with cloth diapers… but we’re excited.
For those of you who cloth diaper your babies (or baby), do you have any tricks or favorite diapers?
And what’s the reason you do it? Money? The environment? Because regular diapers just aren’t soft enough for your perfect baby?

Check out more pics and tales of Grey and Micah on my blog at babymakingbybecky.blogspot.com

and leave your advice and opinions in the comments!
Becky

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Friday
April 22, 2011

twins are the cutest

maybe I’m biased because I have twins, but I’m pretty sure everyone in the world likes looking at a good set of twins.
Sometimes when we’re out on a walk people will cross the street to try to come peer into our double stroller. On a pretty regular basis people will gasp aloud like they’re in shock at seeing two babies at once.

It’s actually pretty interesting, since if a girlfriend and I were out with the babies and people assumed one was hers it wouldn’t draw anyone’s attention, but if I’m by myself or with my husband then it’s pretty clear that the boys are both ours.

People like to say “you’re amazing,” or “good for you,” when they see the boys, too, which is funny since we didn’t plan to have twins.  It’s not like we thought it out together and decided “I think we can do it. Let’s try for multiple babies.” (Although I know some people do try for multiples with the use of fertility drugs.)

Anyway, since I know you probably like to see a pair of babies as much as the next person (and since I’m pretty sure they’re the cutest twins ever), here are some pictures of the boys that we took yesterday morning.

I might have gotten carried away. There are a lot of pictures here…

And check out my blog at babymakingbybecky.blogspot.com for more pictures and stories of these awesome little boys.
And today is their birthday… they’re 7 weeks old, so stop by and wish them a happy birthday if you wouldn’t mind.
Becky
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Thursday
April 14, 2011

Baby Yawn

I love, love, love when babies yawn, and my little boy Grey has the best little yawns. It’s amazing that he feels so sleepy though. You’d think that all the time he spends up and awake at night would be some sort of sign that he isn’t tired.
Ah well.
I’m pretty tired, too.
I wish he would at least sleep when it’s naptime, but more often than not he lies awake in his crib like this:

Grey in bed from Becky Pitcher on Vimeo.

Anyone have suggestions on how to get these babies to take more naps?
and check out more pictures and videos of my super cute twins at babymakingbybecky.blogspot.com 

Becky

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Thursday
April 7, 2011

BirthStory Video

I’ve loved reading everyone’s birth story on the blog, and wanted an opportunity to share my own:


Birth Story from travispitcher on Vimeo.

If you’re interested, you can read the long version of my birth story {here}, or view our other home movies {here}.

And be sure to check out my blog, babymakingbybecky.blogspot.com
Becky

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Tuesday
April 5, 2011

Battle Scars

When I was pregnant with twins I had an adorable little baby bump around 16 weeks, which lasted about ten weeks when I got a less-adorable baby boulder… followed by a baby-mountain.
I was HUGE.

After 30 weeks everyone I passed in the street (or happened to see at the bank) felt it was their duty to tell me that I was about to pop.
I gained about 40 pounds, 98% of which was on the front, between my shoulders and hips.
Then I had these adorable babies:

Now that I’m not pregnant anymore, I can’t help thinking:
My body is awesome.

It carried two babies to 35 weeks and 5 pounds each.

It makes enough milk to feed two babies completely and help them gain weight.
(As of yesterday, Grey weighed 7lbs 4oz, and Micah weighed 6lbs 13 oz -so both are just shy of two pounds up from their birth weights)

Within a week of my babies being born, I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight (if not quite my pre-pregnancy shape).

And somehow my body manages to subsist on about 6 hours of sleep per 24 hours, gotten in increments of 1 to 2 hours.

Sunday my 13-year old brother caught a glimpse of the stretch marks on my hips.
“You know what’s gross?” he said, and he lifted the edge of my shirt to reveal my stomach. “Um, this is. And this is gross. And this is gross.”
He pointed to the stretch marks on my hips and my stomach and the linea nigra that still darkens my belly button.

Maybe he’s right.

But every time I look in the mirror I find myself thinking “You are awesome, self. You rock, body.”

I have battle scars and always will, but my body did something impossibly hard and I am not embarrassed by the way I look.

So many people push their bodies to look a certain way, not because it’s healthy, not because they want to be strong or fit and not so it can accomplish something amazing.
They do it so they look good.

I am not bluffing when I say that I would rather have my scarred, gross, mushy-soft-bellied body than anyone else’s.

Oh, and I LOVE my c-scetion scar. I pretty much show it to anyone who acts even remotely interested in the boys’ birth story.
It’s just a faint little red line about 6 inches below my belly button.
No one but me, and maybe Travis, would ever see it if I didn’t pull down my pants to show it off every day.

But really.
My body went through hell.
And it was up to the challenge. I’m really proud of how awesome I was at being pregnant.

And it makes me wonder, those of you who have had your babies (and especially mothers of multiples, or c-section veterans) how do you feel about your post-baby bod?
Do you wish that your c-section scar was gone or your stretch marks would fade?
Or are you in the same school of thought as me?

Leave your thoughts in the comments, and be sure to check out my blog, at babymakingbybecky.blogspot.com

Becky

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Monday
March 28, 2011

Belly Dancing

Before Grey and Micah were born people often asked if I could feel them moving more than a single baby. Since I’ve only been pregnant with twins, I can’t answer definitively, but I’m pretty sure that I could feel them a billion times more than any baby.
They were pretty darn wiggly.

Belly Dance from travispitcher on Vimeo.

I think one benefit of being pregnant with twins is that I started to notice their personalities long before they were actually born. With one baby, I think it would be easy to feel the baby moving and assume that whatever the baby was doing was normal.
But with the twins I noticed differences in how they acted.
For example, Micah (who was up higher and on the right) was constantly kicking, wiggling and changing positions. Occasionally he would get the hiccups, and after about two minutes he would start thrashing around like a little maniac.
Grey, on the other hand, (low and on my left side) held pretty still and only kicked occasionally -but when he kicked it was practically rib-cracking. In fact, thanks to Grey I spent the last few weeks of my pregnancy with a bruised uterus. Grey would get the hiccups several times a day, but he would just hold still and bear it.

Now that the boys are born, I can see their personalities come out and they act just like I expected.
Micah is easily frustrated and constantly squirming. He wants to be held if he’s awake and is constantly making goofy little faces and smiles. I suspect there is a charmer in the making.
But Grey is more solemn. He’s usually content to lie in his bed and look around and entertain himself. He’s less easily distracted when he’s nursing and chows down like there’s no tomorrow. He only cries when he’s angry. Like if we lie him down and there’s something annoying under him, or his pacifier has fallen out of his mouth and he just can’t get to it.


So what about your babies? Are they like you expected or are they different? And did you notice anything while you were pregnant that your babies still do now that they’ve arrived?

For those of you who are pregnant, what do you think your baby (or babies) will be like?

Becky
And remember to check out Babymakingbybecky.blogspot.com

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