Author: Lala
•Thursday, June 24, 2010
I was wishing not to hear from the nurse about my bloodwork taken more than a week ago because hearing from her means I had to redo the glucose tolerance test, and it is not fun at all! She called me early this week to tell me that I failed the one-hour test and that I had to reschedule for the three-hour test soon.

A glucose tolerance test is a medical test in which glucose is given and blood samples are taken afterward to determine how quickly it is cleared from the blood. The test is used to test for gestational diabetes for pregnant women. As a preparation, I fasted for at lest 8 hours starting from midnight. When we got to the testing center the following morning, they took a blood sample and gave me a 300 ml (10 oz) of a very sweet glucose solution to drink within a five-minute time frame. They were supposed to take blood samples every hour for three consecutive hours but it was not long after I finished drinking the solution when I started feeling sick and I threw up. That was not fun and I was not happy about it because that meant we could not continue with the test. Instead, I have to go back on a different day, fast again and redo the test. I am going back on Saturday and I am hoping to get it done and pass the test.

Me at 28 weeks and 2 days. I already gained  a little over 11 kilos (about 24 lbs) and have to gain more!!!
Me drinking the glucose solution.
Author: Lala
•Thursday, June 24, 2010
Having my Mom around is such a big relief for me and Carl. She flew from the Philippines on June 8th and will be staying with us until a little after our girls are born. I am really happy that she is here. Her company makes bed rest so much more bearable. It feels so good having somebody to talk to every day and help me especially now that I am incapable of doing many things.

It is fun to bond with my Mom this way. We went swimming the other day, well, I did not really swim but felt really good soaking in the water. We did some sewing together as well and a lot of talking. I especially enjoy the Filipino food that she cooks for me. It made eating and gaining weight easier though I still throw up occasionally. I used to love seafood and it was a little sad to say goodbye to it for now since just the thought of it make me feel sick in the stomach. Meat and vegetables are as well a challenge. I like sweets but have to take easy on them. Restless and sleepless nights, difficulty breathing, achy back and others are unwelcome company. Oh yes, it is definitely challenging but feeling our babies movements and seeing them during ultrasounds is absolutely worth a trade.
With my Mom

Going for a swim at 24 weeks and 4 days.
Author: Lala
•Sunday, June 06, 2010
My OB put me officially on partial bed rest during my 24th week prenatal visit two weeks ago. That means I could only be up to take a shower, fix myself a simple meal, eat, and go to the restroom. I should be lying on my side most of the time 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Nothing really serious but that is to prevent any complications I might have in my pregnancy especially preterm labor. We wanted the baby to stay inside me as long as possible, 34 weeks at least. I admit is it challenging both for me and Carl. I am now at 25 weeks and 5 days, that means we still have 8 weeks and 2 days to go.

Other than the boredom from not being able to do many things,I feel pretty good. I am so glad that my morning sickness is over (until 17 weeks) and that I can drink water and eat food other than crackers again. I definitely look pregnant now, my belly is getting bigger and I feel a lot heavier. I have been feeling our babies' punches and kicks, especially late at night and early in the morning now. It is  very comforting to feel their movements and I always love seeing them during ultrasounds. These ultrasound pictures were taken at 24 weeks.

Me at 22 weeks and 5 days
Author: Lala
•Saturday, June 05, 2010
That doesn't sound good, but I love it when Carl pushes me around because he put his heart and muscles into it. Because of my high-risk pregnancy, my OB told me to take things easy as early as my 20 week mark. She told me that I was not to walk more than 15 minutes nor stand for 30 minutes. She wants me to take a rest as much as possible, eat well, and don't do heavy household chores. With all these limitations, getting bored is easy. I enjoy being outside and staying inside our apartment all day is not fun at all!! Carl thought that a wheelchair would be handy and so we found and bought one for me.

We have been to the nearby park a number of times now. I will walk sometimes, especially when the sidewalk is too rough, but he pushes the wheelchair most of the time. We as well have been to the W&OD trail, Great Falls Park, and Washington DC National Zoo, where he pushed the wheelchair for more than an hour. I've never had so many women look at me and smile. I overheard a Filipina woman say to her friend in Tagalog, "ang suwerte ng babae" meaning "that lady is lucky". I am sure it was not because I could not walk, but because I was with a wonderful man who did not care to go out on a date with a woman in a wheelchair. Yes, she was right-—I indeed feel lucky to have a caring husband who does his best to make his wife happy.
Author: Lala
•Saturday, June 05, 2010
Carl loves public transportation. One of the reasons why we love our place right now is that it is very convenient to buses and trains. He takes the bus to work, grocery stores, and to get around the area. So I could not think of a better way to tell him of some wonderful news than while on the train on our way to a WMATA (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) meeting on January 6, 2010.  

I met with him at the train station later that day after his work to attend the WMATA meeting. After asking how his day was, I gave him the mail we had gotten that day, including the card we got from Mom Sorenson. I told him that he had another card and handed him an envelope. He was very surprised when he opened it and read what was written on it. I loved the smile on his face—I could tell that he was happy. His reaction was precious, I loved it!!

Newest daddy on board!

And yet, that was not the ultimate surprise! We got a much bigger and double, yes double surprise when we saw the ultrasound on my first prenatal check up.

Baby A and Baby B: 8 week ultrasound

12 week ultrasound

Oh yes, not one but TWO!! "Do you have space?" I get that question a lot from people. I asked that myself as well when I found out that we were having twins. It was a bit scary and overwhelming, but we felt really blessed.
Author: Lala
•Saturday, June 05, 2010
We both wanted and agreed on a simple wedding celebration with close family members. My Mom flew from the Philippines a week earlier to attend Carl's Family Reunion in Virginia. The reunion was a good opportunity to meet Carl's relatives. We went to see the DC area and they as well had a bridal shower for me. It was fun!

My mom and I then drove to Illinois with Carl's parents and sister Jenny and her kids (Leah and Sam). We visited the Nauvo Temple and some church history sites on our way to Naperville, IL. Carl flew to Chicago on Thursday and we went straight to the county office to apply for a marriage license. Carl's parents threw an open house on Friday night and invited some old friends and neighbors. I was so happy that my best friends came that night: Christine, who flew from Maryland, Chast from Texas, and Mayet with her husband Tom who drove from Indiana.

I woke up early the next day looking forward for a very special occasion. Chast and Christine were my hair and make up artists that day and they made me happy. Having my Mom and best friends with me that morning was very special for me. How I wished my whole family could be there but immigration issues made it not possible. Then it was time to go down and meet my groom. I was delighted to see a handsome man with flowers on his hand waiting for me downstairs.

We got married in the Chicago Illinois Temple and were sealed for time and all eternity by our loving Dad Sorenson. The sealing room was filled with family and friends. I felt blessed to have found a beautiful family with their love and support for us both. The emotions and feelings were hard to put into words. It was heavenly.

After taking some pictures, we joined everybody at the luncheon. We then got kidnapped by a man in white limousine hired by Carl's older brother Frank...

Wedding pictures:

Author: Lala
•Saturday, June 05, 2010
We officially dated April 28. I enjoyed going out on dates with Carl. Talking is one of our favorite things to do on dates. We learned many things about each other and found out that we both value similar things. I have seen his dedication and sincerity in many ways. That includes making a more than three hour trip to Baltimore to see and spend some time with me on weekends. I drove down to his place a number of times as well. He had me use his own car when I wrecked and lost my first car. He said that he could get around using public transportation. (Amazingly enough, the fastest way for him to get to work involved three buses and one train, but only took an hour.) This man knows how to take care of a woman, I thought. He made me feel special in many ways.

On Memorial day of 2009, we flew to see his family in Illinois. It was a great visit. They were all wonderful people. He has an awesome parents and I enjoyed my visit with them. We got engaged on June.

Deciding to marry was not easy at all. It is life changing with eternal consequences. Marrying was somewhat scary. I read about twenty-seven articles about dating, marriage, and family, watched a number of broadcasts, did a lot of thinking and praying, and visited the temple before making the decision. I remember asking the Lord to let me know if marrying Carl is the right thing to do. After many days of waiting without an answer, I knew I had to make my own decision and yes, I did want to marry him. My prayer changed. I said that I want and will marry Carl Sorenson and asked the Lord to let me know if that is not the right thing to do. I woke up at three o'clock in the morning after that prayer with a sweet confirmation that my decision was right and that feeling got stronger when I saw him later that day.

During the fireworks finale at the Mall in DC, at the July 4th celebration, Carl reached for my hand and put the ring on my finger. I didn't see that coming—it was a surprise. Earlier that day, we went to see the museums and I invited my best friend and Lilian to come and join us watch the fireworks display. The people around us saw the ring and I told them that I said yes. They were happy for us (little did they know that we had already gotten engaged the month before). It was a special night.

July 4th Fireworks display at the Mall: