Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Double D's

Tony and I started picking baby names well before we were ever married. Unfortunately our taste in names couldn't be more different. Tony tends to like the more unusual, old testament biblical names and I like more current "cute" names. But there have always been two we both loved...

Tony was very close to his grandfather, Delmer, who passed away several years ago. He knew he would like to name his first born after him, so he came up with the name Dellan for a boy. Delmer was called Del, which will also be short for Dellan, while I think it is still cute for a little boy. On our honeymoon in Fiji in the pool at the hotel we were talking about Dellan (obviously not yet created) and middle names. We both wanted a strong, biblical middle name and thought who better than the greatest leader of all time, Moses. I instantly got the giggles and said, "He would be called Delmo!" Since then our future children were always referred to as Delmo somewhat as a joke. When we got pregnant and it came time to name babies, Delmo became D-mo and it just sort of stuck. When we thought both babies were girls Tony and I found ourselves hoping it was D-mo in there. It's funny how he sort of named himself. We were not sure that would ever be his name, but we just began talking to him by name and couldn't change it. So baby B is our little Dellan Moses Knopp.

If our first born was going to be a girl we had come up with the name Delaney (again, this was years before we planned to have kids). I loved the name Delaney and thought it went well with Knopp as it is a 3 syllable name. When we found out the twins were a boy and a girl I looked through hundreds of names for months trying to find names Tony and I would like. I kept coming back to Delaney. Tony and I neither one wanted to name the twins cheesy names that started with the same letter or sounded the same. I was determined to come up with something new for one of them. But they had different ideas. After a few weeks she became Laney (actually Laners) around the house. My mom always called me Laura Louise or Laura Lou growing up and I loved it. Louise is just one of those names close to my heart and I thought Laney Louise was adorable. It is weird to think of them without names now as they move like crazy and we call them by name. Baby A and Baby B sound so silly now, even when writing the blog it was hard not to disclose names, so here they are. Our little baby A is Delaney "Laney" Louise Knopp.

Tony has now taken to calling the twinkies the Double D's (or the grommets or the water bugs)... I 'm sure there are hundreds of nicknames to come. So far we have Delmo, D-mo, LL, Laners....

Friday, December 4, 2009

24 Week Evaluation

We had our 24 week cardiac evaluations with Dr. Bradley, our perinatologist and everything is perfect! It was crazy to see close up pictures of the chamers or their hearts and actually see the blood flow. Both babies seem strong!

They are both one pound 7 ounces according to her measurements. It is sgreat they are the same size. She said that everything is fully formed their only job now is just to mature and grow, so I should expect to grow twice as fast! I can't say I am looking forward to getting humongous, but am still comfortable at this stage.

The babies continue to stick to their personalities... she would not let us get a look at her at all, and he looked right at the camera. Even the doctor couldn't help but laugh when the 3D image of him came up with his hands on his head. She said, "His sister is driving him nuts in there already." From what we can see everyone thinks he looks like Tony with my nose.... we'll have to wait and see!

She is currently head down and facing backwards, and he is head down facing up. His head is oretty close to on top of hers, although the doctor said they will still move around and flip as they are small enough. They should pick a basic direction in the next couple weeks. If they are both head down we have to decide if we would prefer a C-section or try to deliver them. The doctors seem to think delivery is the way to at least try if they stay head down, but I am not so sure I agree yet. I hate that the decision mine to make. It is so much easier when the doctors just tell you what to do!

Here's our little guy in 3 and 2D