Monday, November 14, 2016

Our Twins Birth Story

Our beautiful daughters, Madison Genevieve (left) and Charlotte Ann (right), were born on October 23rd at 11:36pm and 11:37pm, and weighed in at 3 lb. 6oz and 3 lb. 15 oz.

Their arrival was quite the surprise as I was scheduled for a C Section in the middle of November, at which point I would have been 37 weeks pregnant. The C Section was scheduled as one of the girls was breeched and both were experiencing IUGR (Intrauterine Growth Restriction). Apparently our girls just didn't want to wait any longer!

To start at the beginning, we drove down to New Jersey that weekend for our friend's wedding. The wedding was on Saturday and we had such a blast! Everyone at the wedding was shocked that I had actually made it, given how pregnant I was. I'd said since the beginning that the girls had to stay inside me until after this wedding because there was no way I was missing it! Little did I know they were listening and taking me quite literally... 

On Sunday morning, we got up and started our drive home, making a pitstop in NYC to grab lunch with my sister. We got home around 5:30pm that evening and plopped down on the couch to watch the end of the Patriots game. Kyle fell asleep afterwards, so I decided to take a shower and start unpacking from the weekend.

Shortly after my shower, my water broke (at around 7:30pm). I was second guessing what had happened as I was in complete shock. I screamed for Kyle to get up (from the bathroom, may I add) because I thought my water had just broke. He scurried into the bathroom with a sleepy look on his face that instantly turned to terror!

I put a call into my doctor's office and while I waited for a call back, I googled "How do you know if your water broke?" Yes, I seriously googled it (mostly because I had also called my mom and she was of no help -- apparently, her water never broke naturally!). 

I finally heard back from the OB on call that night and after going through with him what happened, he told me to pack a bag and come into the hospital. Oh boy. Here we go!

Thankfully we hadn't unpacked from our weekend away, so we replaced some clothes with others, kept out toiletries the same, and headed to the hospital. On the way there, I began to have contractions. Damn... those HURT. They were coming every 3 to 4 minutes and all I could think was just please get us to the hospital asap!

After being admitted and hooked up to the monitors, at around 9 pm, the OB confirmed my water had broke and that I was 3 cm dilated. All I kept thinking was, "Oh my god, this is really happening." One of the babies was still breeched so I was going to have to deliver via a C Section. Thankfully I had not eaten anything in quite some time so we didn't have to delay the section all that long. Over the next two hours, while trying to breathe through contractions, I had multiple nurses, anesthesiologists, and a pediatrician come speak with me about what was going to happen during and post C Section. Honestly, during each conversation, I just wanted to say "I trust you to take care of me and my babies, so let's get this show on the road!" The pain was getting worse and my attention span was getting less and less. 

At around 11:15pm, I was wheeled into the OR room where I remember making a joke about how it didn't quite look like the ones on Greys Anatomy. This got quite a chuckle from all the nurses and doctors and seemed to break the ice quite nicely. First thing on the to do list was to get the spinal tap, which seriously, thank goodness for that spinal tap. Once it was administered, I immediately felt tingling in my legs and the pain from my contractions started to subside (PRAISE GOD). I did get the the serious shakes (not sure if this is from the anesthesia or just a common side effect of labor, but I do know it is common!) and was given three warm blankets, which were laid amongst my arms and chest. This definitely helped the shakes a bit.

Once I was all numb and fully prepped, they brought Kyle into the OR. I didn't even know when it all started, which I was happy about, as I had the nurses continuously talk to Kyle and I to keep us distracted from what was happening on the other side of the curtain. 

At 11:36pm, Maddy entered the world and one short minute later, Charley was born. Hearing their cries for the first time was the greatest thing in the world. I have never been so happy and so full of raw emotion in my entire life. Both Kyle and I couldn't stop crying! 

Given that the girls were born quite early (33.3 weeks), there were two teams (one for each baby) of pediatricians/nurses in the OR with us who were ready to take care of them. Kyle left my side to go see them and came back to report they were both doing great. Shortly after, the nurses brought the babies over to me so I could see them for the first time. I was just in complete shock and awe that we had created these two little girlies!

We love our little girls so much and are so thankful that they arrived safe and sound.

Given that they were born quite premature, they have been in the NICU for the last three weeks. I'm working on a post discussing our time in the NICU, so stay tuned! In the meantime, make sure to follow along with their progress over on Instagram

Xo, MacKenzie

Monday, October 31, 2016

Maternity Shoot in Pink Tulle

I am so excited to share with you all a few pictures from our Maternity Shoot with Ruth Eileen Photography! I meant to share these pictures last week but the surprise arrival of ours girls delayed the schedule just a bit :) More to come on that soon!

Ruthie also shot our engagement and wedding pictures -- you can see pictures from both of those here, here, here, here, and here -- she's simply the best!

When we decided on this location, I knew I wanted to wear something light and airy. When I found this pink tulle skirt on Pink Blush, I knew it was perfect! Plus, I needed to wearing SOMETHING pink, as we are having two girlies <3 

I originally planned on wearing my favorite nude lace-up flats from Zara, but I could barely get them on my swollen feet *insert sobbing face emoji*! When we did get them on, they barely tied around my ankle and my feet resembled two cases of sausage. Soooo the flats were definitely a no-go! #preggoproblems for real. 

Thankfully I was able to squeeze my sausage feet into these strappy heels, but needless to say, I will not be wearing anything but flip flops until after the girls arrive (mostly because that's seriously all I can fit my feet into!). 

Xo, MacKenzie

Outfit Details:

Top: Aerie // Skirt: Pink Plush (also loving this one) // Heels: Nine West (old, similar here)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Baby Shower for our Twinsies

My mom and sister threw Kyle and I a lovely baby shower over the weekend and it was truly such a special day! It meant so much to have our closest friends and family come together and travel from near and far to help us celebrate our baby girls!

My mom and sister hosted it at our family home and they did such an amazing job, between the food and decorations, my heart was just so happy! 

Wearing this gorgeous wrap maternity dress from PinkBlush Maternity was the best decision I could have made. It was so comfortable and SO flattering. Plus, I can't get enough of the pink floral print. It was so perfect for this time of year when Summer is just ending and Fall has begun. 

I had a hard time deciding though on the exact maternity dress I wanted to wear on this special day! PinkBlush has the cutest freaking dresses -- I probably could have bought them all! I also love this wrap dress, this floral maxi dress,  and this scalloped maternity dress (that I may have to purchase for an upcoming wedding we are attending). They also have a TON of non-maternity dresses and tops that are just to die for. I love the classic yet fun and flirty style at such affordable prices. 

And here a few quick snap shots of the table setting from our shower!

I can't get enough of this pink and white striped table cloth! 

But seriously, isn't this dress gorg?! I can't get enough and cannot wait to wear it again!

The best part is that PinkBlush is giving away a $75 gift card to one Simple, Classy, Chic reader! I'll be hosting the giveaway over on my Instagram account, so head on over for all the details. 
*please note: if you have already won a PinkBlush Maternity within the last three months, you are not eligible to enter this giveaway.

Outfit details

Dress: PinkBlush Maternity (c/o) // Heels: Nine West (old, similar here) // Earrings: Lisi Lerch

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Babymoon at the La Quinta Resort

I knew I wanted to try and escape on a babymoon before the girls arrive, as let's face it, life will never be the same after and quick trips anywhere will be a few and far between! 

Someplace warm was a definite, as this mama-to-be needed some R&R in the sun! Given the current Zika outbreak, our options were quite limited. Everywhere in the Caribbean was pretty much off limits as was even southern Florida. 

So next best location? The desert! I had always wanted to visit Palm Springs, CA so we started our search there. We found the gorgeous La Quinta Resort in nearby La Quinta, CA (only a few towns over from Palm Springs) and we immediately fell in love with the calming and beautiful landscape.

We flew into LA and rented a car for the 2.5 hour drive east. We decided to take the scenic route on the way there and the below picture was snapped after driving through the mountain range and back down to sea level. A major warning: that drive is not for the faint of heart! Talk about steep cliffs, one lane roads, a ridiculously fast speed limit, and minimal guard rails (can't say I didn't warn you!). 

This is a shot I snapped of Big Horn and Palm Desert. A small patch of green in a whole lot of sand and dirt. 

When we arrived at the resort, I literally could not stop snapping pictures! 

We were able to book a poolside room, which was seriously amazing. The resort has a main pool and then pods of rooms surround smaller private pools. All we had to door was walk out our front door (our room was similar to the one pictured below) and the pool was only 5ft away! #heaven 

And thank goodness for the pool because holy moly, is it hot there! I mean, hello, it's the desert, I expected the heat. But 110 degrees every day with no cloud coverage had me hiding in the shade and not getting that last summer tan I was hoping for. 

The walk ways were lined with these beautiful lime trees.

I enjoyed an amazingggg prenatal massage at the Spa (entrance pictured above) -- never has 80 minutes gone by so quickly. 

We did drive over to Palm Springs one afternoon and I couldn't not go seek out #thatpinkdoor! It's even prettier in person <3 We also stopped by The Parker Palm Springs and The Saguaro Palm Springs because, let's face it, I'm a sucker for a good photo opp!

While traveling 6 hours on a plane when 7 months pregnant was probably not my best idea, the trip was so worth it and one we definitely intend to take again once the girls are here!

Outfit Details:
Dress: ASOS Maternity // Wedges: Michael Kors (purchased at Nordstrom Rack, but found them online here) // Sandals: Jack Rogers // Sunnies: Karen Walker // Earrings: BaubleBar (no longer available) // Bag: TJ Maxx

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hello Third Trimester!

Holy smokes. The Third Trimester is already here. I'm not quite sure how this happened! I feel like my Second Trimester was a blur and now every day that goes by, the realization that our little girls will be here oh-so-soon sinks in just a bit more. I cannot wait to meet them and see their cute faces!

Looking back, the Second Trimester was a breeze (other than becoming quite round in my mid-section)! I slept ok, my energy levels came back, and the aches/pain weren't much to write home about. I definitely started to experience some swelling in my calves/ankles -- I'm blaming the summer heat and the fact that I pretty much sit at a desk all day (except to walk to the kitchen or use the restroom... HA). 

Since it's been over two months since my last update (sorry about that everyone!), here's an overview of what's been going on...

I'm 29 weeks along today and the girls are estimated to be the size of pineapples (what?!?). I've been going to the doctors pretty frequently throughout my pregnancy, every 2 weeks or so, which is very common with twin pregnancies. At my 26 week appointment, the girls were measuring on the small size (1 pound, 11 oz and 1 pound, 10 oz), but thankfully both hurdled the 10th percentile in size (10th percentile is the lowest on the range they want the babies to be at in order to ensure development is on track). Given that they hurdled the percentile, I didn't worry too much, as it's ok, some women just have small babes!

At my 28 week ultrasound last week, the girls fell below the 10th percentile, both weighing in at 2 pounds, 1 oz each. This was a bit concerning as no mother wants their babies to fall behind on the growth scale! My OB and I chatted post-ultrasound and she said she was bit worried that the girls weren't gaining enough weight and noted that one of the girl's fluid levels was down from Normal to Low Normal. As any doctor does, she began to prepare me in the event that the girls didn't start to pick up weight on their own. This plan included admitting me to the hospital, giving me two steroid shots, and then delivering the babies.

Woah. S**t just got real. At only 28 weeks and just entering the Third Trimester, I started to really worry. There is no way in hell I was ready to have these babies anytime soon! Thankfully, my OB is great, and I totally trust her. I know we'll do whatever we have to do to get these girls out safe and sound. She suggested I see a High Risk Maternal Fetal Specialist before my next ultrasound to seek a second opinion and to ensure we were all on the same page.

I gladly made an appointment later that week to see the specialist and while I was initially really nervous about it, it ended up totally putting my mind at ease. He was great and assured me there was still plenty of time to get the girl's weights up (woohoo!!) and that his main goal is to get me to 37 weeks (full term)! 

He was actually pretty funny, in that he told me, "I'm going to give you advice that you'll never hear again in your life when you're not in your current state: don't diet, don't workout. Eat a lot of protein and carbs. Find reasons to eat dessert." So.. basically eat all of my favorite foods and don't worry about trying to find ways to exercise? No problemo doc! Obviously the main goal is to get my girls weights up, which means more calories for me. Exerting myself and not eating enough takes nutrients away from them, which is the complete opposite of what we want because let me tell you, I'm trying to let these ladies cook as long as possible in my belly! 

Next steps: Go for my first non-stress test (just to monitor my blood pressure and ensure the girl's heart rates are strong) and another ultrasound next week to check in on development and size (fingers crossed our babes have put on some more weight!). The doctors also want to make sure my blood pressure is getting tracked fairly regularly, in order to keep an eye on signs of hypertension or preeclampsia. 

Weight aside, the girls are developing right on schedule (which also puts us all at ease a bit about the lack of weight gain right now). They both are moving around like crazy, getting strong blood flow through their umbilical cords, and are practicing breathing and swallowing (so crazy that you can actually see this on an ultrasound!). 

Their health is my #1 concern so I'm going to listen to the doctor and just take it easy and not feel bad about eating more fries :)  

More pregnancy updates to come soon and I'm going to write up a few posts on our baby moon to La Quinta, CA -- stay tuned!

Outfit Details

Maxi dress: Target // Sandals: Jack Rogers // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban // Earrings: BaubleBar (can't find online but other awesome tassel earrings here)

Xo, MacKenzie