32 Weeks

I am 32 weeks, 3 days today!! Can’t believe the time is almost here!!!! 31 days to go!!! I am soooo excited!!!

I had my 32 week appt. on Monday and all went great! I saw my beautiful little babies but unfortunately didn’t get a picture because the printer was broken. My sweet little girl was opening and closing her eyes and mouth. They both have fattened up so much! Baby girls estimated weight is 4 lbs 3 oz and she is still transverse. Baby boy is estimated to weigh 4 lbs 10 oz (almost 5 lbs!!!) and he is head down. The DR was shocked at how big they are because they are truly growing at the same rate as a singleton. He said twins are usually in the 20-30th percentile, mine are over 50 percent! So hopefully I have some chunky babies. Also, the tech saw hair on both of their heads! I was hoping they would have hair, and they do. So cute!

My DR wanted me to go ahead and schedule my next 4 appointments, yes, that’s right, I only have 4 more appointments!!! 4 weeks, and then baby time! At my appointments I will have an ultrasound each time which will consist of a Biophysical profile of each baby. This measures their breathing, cord flow, heart rate, etc. They should each get a score of 8, if they don’t I will need to get an NST. I believe I will also start to get my cervix checked.

My next goal to reach is 34 weeks. Once I hit 34 weeks the babies are in the clear to stay at the hospital NICU I deliver at, if they need NICU. If I deliver before 34 weeks the babies would have to be transferred to a different hospital with a level 3 NICU, mine is level 2. My DR just delivered twins last week at 33 weeks, 5 days, and regardless of the fact they were healthy and breathing on their own they still had to be transferred due to the hospitals protocol. I do NOT want the babies going anywhere without me so I am definitely hoping they stay put for at least the next week and a half, hopefully they make it to week 37 though! At 34 weeks if I go into labor on my own my DR will not stop it. My hubby doesn’t want me to doing anything other than moving from bed to couch though so I don’t go into pre-term labor. Luckily I don’t need to do anything. He does all the grocery shopping and errands, as well as helps with the house. My daughter also just swept and steam cleaned my floors. I gotta just throw out there how awesome my hubby is. He works 75-80 hrs a week yet still makes sure the kids and I are taken of. He will work a 12 hr day, go get groceries, and get dinner if need be…and doesn’t complain about it. I am truly lucky.

As for how I feel, well I would compare it to being hit by a MAC truck. My body has really started hurting this week. It’s bad. My hips, knees, and legs/feet in general are just aching so bad. My sciatica is awful too, especially at night. It is absolutely excruciating. I may need to start sleeping in the living room on my reclining couch because it’s just easier to get on and off of. My jaw has also started hurting really bad making it difficult to eat. Not sure if that’s related to the cold weather or the pregnancy, but it sucks. Carpal tunnel still sucks pretty bad. My swelling has gotten worse and I am actually having swelling in my legs/ankles/feet. I just started wearing my compression socks again, which do help. I have been having some pretty bad headaches lately that will not go away. The DR gave me Fiorcet, which does nothing. My stomach literally feels like it is going to rip open because it is getting so big. I have been having a lot of pressure, and very intense contractions as well. Still no stretch marks though!!!! I did manage to lose 2 lbs though which was a shocker. My weight gain has definitely slowed. last month I only gained about 3 lbs I think, and I just lost back 2 so I may be at a plateau. I have also had some pretty bad heartburn and indigestion pop up. Needless to say, things are getting ROUGH!!!! It’s OK though, because my babies are growing and are healthy and that is seriously all that matters.

The nursery is finally done!!!

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That is a huge relief! It’s a small room but we managed to make it work!

The only the other thing we need to do is finalize our baby boy’s name. This is a HUGE annoyance to me right now. We decided on a name a few months back but now my husband is being made to feel guilty about not incorporating a “J” into the name for his grandmother, so he is changing the middle name. My husband is Jewish and apparently part of the religion is you add the first initial of a family member who has passed to your child’s name to honor them. Well, we decided for one we weren’t bringing any religious aspects into this as to avoid any fights. I am Christian so obviously there are some major differences. We also decided not to do family names, because then on my side it’s expected to be done, and I just want to pick names we love, not names out of obligation. Not to mention we already had a name, that we both LOVED. The middle name we love is Nathaniel, well he used to call his grandmother “Nan”, so he mentions using the N for “Nan” and honor her that way, which sounds great to me. He was told that won’t work, we have to honor her actual name. Seriously?! WTF! So now because he is being pressured and made to feel guilty, he wants to change the name to a J name (his grandma’s name is June), which we literally cannot agree on anything so will probably end up just using  J. I am livid. Beyond livid actually. Sure, it’s a middle name, who cares? Well, I do! My body has gone through the ringers the past 5-6 yrs, surgeries, procedures, miscarriages, medications, poking and prodding, this painful pregnancy, etc. you get the point. I shouldn’t have to settle on a damn name to please someone else that has had absolutely nothing to do with any of this! I know it will cause resentment and drive a wedge in certain relationships, it’s already causing tension between my husband and I. Why do people feel a need to chime in, and make people feel pressured? After all we went throught to have these babies we should get to name them whatever the fuck we want. OK, rant over.

Anyways, here is my bump!!! I have definitely dropped a bit!

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Weeks 30 & 31

I am now 31 weeks 2 days prego with my little peanuts. I have been horrible about posting on here. Nothing much has changed in the past 2 weeks other than my belly growing! I did have my 30 week appointment which was rather uneventful. My belly measured in at a whopping 38 weeks!!! CRAZY!!! Both babies hearts were beating perfectly. I did have a cervix check because I had been having some intense contractions the day before and morning of my appt. Cervix is still loooong and closed up tight! Blood pressure was perfect and no protein in my urine, woo hoo!!! Here is a pic from 30 weeks…

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Symptoms are pretty much the same. I am definitely sore. My back isn’t really hurting much anymore, it’s mostly my hips, knees, ankles, and feet. My carpal tunnel is still awful. I pretty much have no feeling in my middle finger on my right hand. My DR says it should return within a few weeks after delivery. I am able to eat more without getting full so quick. Not sure if that’s a good or bad thing haha. I have almost no cravings. The only thing I really ever want is fruit. I was obsessed with pineapple but now it’s oranges. I eat at least 2 a day. I still pee alllll the time. My sleep has improved though. I still wake throughout the night but I am able to fall back asleep. Weird dreams have come back. Holy shit, crazy crazy stuff haha! I have some days where the contractions are SO intense. DR says it’s normal. I got a belly support belt called the Prenatal Cradle. It is awesome! It helps my pelvic pain so much!!! The babies are still very active. I can tell they are getting much bigger because their movements are so strong! I love feeling them! Still no stretch marks, yay!!!! I load up with Bio Oil! Swelling is still bad in my wrists and fingers, I have started to notice it in my ankles and feet too. Hmmmm, that’s pretty much it! I have my next appt. (32 weeks) on Monday at which time we will see the babes, get a cervical measurement, babies weights, and fluid check. From that point on I go in weekly!!!!! So exciting!!!! In less than 6 weeks my sweet babies will be here!!!!!

Here is my 31 week bump pic…

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I will update again after my appt. next week! 🙂

29 weeks

I am halfway in to my 29th week, yay!!!! Not much to report, nothing new as far as symptoms or anything. All seems to be well. Both babies are very active, my appetite is fierce, my body hurts, I pee constantly, sleep comes and goes, and I am super lazy. My days consist of laying around the house watching TV and eating. It is seriously super boring but I am in too much pain to do much else. I enjoy just relaxing, it is a luxury I will enjoy while I can! Once the babes get here my days of relaxing will be over haha!

Here is the bump…

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I see my DR Monday and will update more Tuesday at week 30! 🙂

28 Weeks

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Today is my last day in my 28th week! Woo hoo! The pic above was this morning, very puffy eyed, I had literally just rolled out of bed! Bump looks the same as the last couple weeks to me but definitely feels heavier!

Had my 28 week appt. last week and it went great! We got another growth u/s and they were both very active, opening and closing their mouths, waving, kicking, it was so cute! My baby girl weighed 2lb 10 oz. and is still transverse, and my baby boy weighed 2lb 8oz. and is now in the breech position. The DR said they’re both in the 50th percentile, and each one is growing like a singleton (twins are usually smaller, 20-30th percentile he said). He was very impressed and thinks they will be great weights at birth! My cervix is nice and long between 4.7 and 5 cm, perfect! The best part about the appt., other than seeing my babies of course, is we got our c-section date!!!!! They will be here NEXT MONTH!!!! March 31st at 7:00 a.m. I will have my c-section!!!! I am soooo excited!!! It seems so real now and so close! I have two more 2 week appts. and then I move to every week (at my 32 week appt.) at which point I will also get weekly ultrasounds to monitor growth and amniotic fluid levels. I am just so excited and hope the time flies by! Here is their pic. 🙂

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So what’s been going on? Well I got my free Medela breast pump from my insurance…so awesome! I literally got it within 5 days of me calling them! So glad I didn’t have to pay for it! Also the nursery is basically done. All that’s left is I need to spray paint some picture frames I bought and hang artwork I found. That is literally it! We are so ready!

I had been debating on trading in my SUV for a van but have decided not to. I bought my SUV when it first came out because I was IN-LOVE with the body style, and well everything about it, it’s a 2014 Acura MDX. I got it December 2013, way before I knew I would have twins. It does seat 7 and have 3rd row seat but once I got pregnant with the twins I just felt like it would be a pain in the ass for my 2 big kids to crawl in the 3rd row. I went and test drove the Honda Odyssey Touring Elite. It is so bad ass. It has a vacuum cleaner in it! I fell in-love with it, well, the idea of it. It was still a van and anyone that truly knows me knows I am so not a van person. I went back and forth and have ultimately decided to just make my SUV work. My daughter is almost 17 and will be getting her own car soon, my son can sit in between the twins. Worse case scenario if it’s a pain, I will suck it up and get the van.

How am I feeling? Well sleep SUCKS. I am extremely sore, uncomfortable, pee at least 6 times a night, my husband has started snoring, and my baby boy is most active at night. Oh, and my carpal tunnel is horrible! Sleeping is definitely the worst. My hips, knees, and feet are just almost constantly in pain. My baby girl is pretty high up on my left side so my ribs constantly ache as well. I have been taking warm lavender epsom salt baths which help temporarily. I also followed a friends advice and put some rice and lavender oil in an old tube sock, I warm it in the microwave for about 3 minutes and put it on my back, shoulders, wherever the pain is. It helps tremendously! Still out of breath VERY easily, and have become a very heavy breather. It is exhausting. Other than that it’s really just the same ol’ stuff. Nothing new. Still a lot of movement. I am able to eat more now that baby boy is breech and not transverse anymore. But everything else is the same.

A while back I was told by my DR not to do the grocery shopping anymore so my hubby has been taking a list and on his days off getting the groceries (he is the best). Well yesterday we were out and about and decided to just run by the store. I totally got one of those power carts and rode it around with him while he shopped. Haha! No shame in my game!

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That’s it for now! Next appt. is next Monday, just before 30 weeks, just to check heartbeats, BP, urine, you know all the boring stuff. 🙂