33 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

 

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If you watch Chopped, you know what a Durian fruit is.  If you don’t, it supposedly smells like raw sewage…but is very sweet.  No idea why they’d pick this fruit as a point of reference.  Another website uses a honeydew.  Regardless…these babies are getting big!

per whattoexpect.com

This week your baby may be anywhere between 17 to 19 inches in length and could grow up to another full inch this week — especially if he or she has been on the shorter side. She weighs more than four and a half pounds and is still gaining weight (about half a pound a week — weight gain can range from a third more to a full doubling before the big debut). With that much baby inside your uterus, your amniotic-fluid level has maxed out at 33 weeks pregnant, making it likely you have more baby than fluid now. That’s one reason explaining why some of her pokes and kicks feel pretty sharp these days.

Baby Differentiates Day from Night
If your uterine walls had eyes, here’s what you’d see: your fetus acting more and more like a baby, with his eyes closing during sleep and opening while awake. And because those uterine walls are becoming thinner, more light penetrates the womb, helping your baby differentiate between day and night (now if only baby can remember that difference on the outside!).

Fetal Immune System Is Developing
Good news! Your baby has reached an important milestone about now: She’s got her own immune system. Antibodies are being passed from you to your little one as she continues to develop her fetal immune system, which will come in handy once she’s outside the womb and fending off all sorts of germs.

Bump – 33w2d

Hi there, fat face.

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Ultrasound – 33w0d

Remember the comment by the doctor at my last ultrasound?  “We’ll see you at week 33.  If you make it that long”.  My babies (and my uterus) are rockstars…and we like a challenge.  Go Team!

The rockstar babies are huge.  It was really hard to distinguish the body parts as the popped up on the screen.  Our ultrasound tech was great about pointing everything out but they still looked like big blobs.

Lima Bean  4.7 lbs Heart rate 144 bpm

Butterbean  4.5 lbs Heart rate 146 bpm

Yep, that’s around 9 lbs of baby in my belly.  Yowza!  They are on the small side for a singleton but on the twin scale, they are just right.  Everything looked great.  The placentas are doing their jobs.  The fluid levels are perfect.  And our little boy has hair!  The party didn’t stop for the entire appointment.  These two were kickboxing the whole time.

They both remain head down and considering they’ve been like that for a while….I’m looking at a vaginal delivery. Yay!  I am the only person that is not excited about this. I guess I’d better start watching more childbirth videos on YouTube.

We met with a new MFM Doctor and she was great.  She spent a lot of time with us reviewing the images and answering questions.  She doesn’t see any reason I won’t make it to 38 weeks (god help me).  But she also didn’t really give a reason for that observation.  In my opinion…it’s all a crap shoot.  She also indicated that I will be changing my Lovenox protocol to Heparin at 36 weeks.  The reason being, should I request an epidural (yes please), the blood thinner needs to be out of my system.  Lovenox takes 24 hours.  Heparin takes 12.  So Heparin for the win!  I will also need to remain on a blood thinner for 6-8 weeks following the birth as there is a greater risk for blood clots postpartum as there is during pregnancy.  Good thing I’m used to these needles by now.

I scheduled my final ultrasound for 4/27.  I will be just shy of 38 weeks at that point.  I do NOT accept that challenge.

Non Stress Test – 33w0

This was, by far, the easiest test I’ve ever had to take.  For the Non-Stress Test, they hooked 3 monitors around me…one for each baby and one for the placenta.  And then I sat there for 20 minutes.  The Beans did their thing (they need to be awake and moving so they can watch their heart rate accelerations and decelerations)…and I read blogs on my ipad.  Easy peasy.  The doctor looked over the information and said all looked good.  I will have an NST every Wednesday from now until birth.

My blood pressure was 122/74.  A little higher than normal but still pretty good.

I was supposed to have a doctor’s appt this week, as well, but I cancelled it.  During my routine appts they check my weight, babies heart rates, my BP and my urine.  As the heartbeats and my BP were checked 2 days before my appt, it seemed a bit redundant.  So I start weekly appts next Tuesday.

How I’m feeling

Daily question from 50 different people at work.  “How are you feeling?”  My response?  A cheery “Good!”  I’m aware they’re just asking to be nice and don’t really want to hear a laundry list of complaints.

But the real answer? I feel pretty freaking lousy.

How do you spell miserable?  S-C-I-A-T-I-C-A.  It is horrible. It’s my biggest complaint at the moment.  I feel like I’m being jabbed in my right butt cheek with a cattle prod every time I take a step.

Everything is swollen.  Feet, hands, ankles…my face!  I have one pair of sneakers I can wear.  Sadly flip flops are out of the question as it’s 33 degrees in Pittsburgh right now.  All of my clothes are uncomfortable.  Except my favorite Soma pajamas, which Jerry might burn while I’m in the hospital.  We’re both sick of looking at them.

Carpal Tunnel is still annoying.  It’s not really painful anymore, but my two middle fingers on my right hand are numb all day long.

I’m exhausted.  All the time.  It doesn’t help that my sleep is all messed up.  I could take 4 or 5 naps a day.

Oh hey, I’m uber pregnant. I probably should feel like hell.  I keep reminding myself that it’s been pretty smooth sailing up to this point so I should just suck it up.

This is how I spent most of last weekend.

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With lots of snuggles with the big guy.

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Sleep

The snortle is out of control.  I tried to take a nap on Saturday and I was propped upright on the couch.  I woke myself up at least 10 times with my random snores.  It’s so gross! Some nights sleep is good, others have me waking between 3-5 am.  Regardless, I’m tired all the time.

Movement

I am constantly telling these children to settle down.  They don’t listen.  They’re having way too much fun in there and it’s a 24/7 party.

I picture both of them with their feet and hands simultaneously pushing outward on my belly trying to escape.  There are no subtle movements anymore.  Just hard rolls and violent jabs.  It’s downright uncomfortable at times.

I still love it.

Mood

Little Jenny cranky pants.  That is me. Jerry said to me one evening “I can’t wait until you get your sense of humor back”.  Poor guy.  He’s right.  Seriously, I am zero fun at the moment.

Random Thoughts/Observations/Stuff

*  Sneak peek of the nursery

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I just adore these prints.

*  My hospital bag is packed!  The Beans bag is packed.  We’re installing car seats this weekend.  And Jerry is going to finish the nursery.  It’s all getting very real.

‘cause…ya know

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32 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

We’ve hit another mini goal!  12 weeks, 24 weeks, 28 weeks and now 32 weeks…so proud of the Beans and I!   2 more to go.  34 weeks is a big one and 37 is considered full term.  Holy geez…that’s like, any day now.

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What’s up with your baby? She’s starting to get ready for her big debut, tipping the scales at almost four pounds and topping out at just about 19 inches. In these past few weeks, it’s all about practice, practice, practice as she hones the skills she’ll need to thrive outside the womb — from swallowing and breathing to kicking and sucking. In anticipation of that momentous transition to mouth feeding, your baby’s digestive system is all set and ready to go. And though you’re weeks away from D-day, your baby’s looking more and more like a newborn: As more and more fat accumulates under her skin, it’s becoming less transparent and more opaque.

At 32 weeks pregnant, you’re likely feeling tapping and squirming instead of your baby’s signature rocking and rolling. That’s because, while comfy, your baby is a bit tight for exercise space right now — she’s actually back to a curled-up position (you try standing up in those cramped quarters!). Your baby has also probably settled into the head-down, bottoms-up position in your pelvis in preparation for birth. That’s because the fetus’s head fits better at the bottom of your inverted, pear-shaped uterus, plus it’s easier during childbirth if your baby comes out head first. Fewer than five percent of babies prefer the bottom-down (or breech) position by full-term — so don’t worry if your baby hasn’t assumed the head-down position yet. There’s still a good chance he or she will flip head-side-down before birth, even in the tight confines of your uterus.

And speaking of that big day, hope you’re resting up for it — because your bambino certainly is. In preparation for that big first date with you, your baby is sleeping like a baby — with sleep cycles of 20 to 40 minutes long (which would also account for the decrease in movement you’re likely feeling these days).

Bump – 32w2d

On the inside

On the outside

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Yikes!  That’s the same shirt in the 22 and 32 week pictures.

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Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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I’ll admit I’m quite fond of my belly, but good grief…it’s always in the way!  Bending down is a joke. I’m always bumping it into doorways or the table or people (awkward).  My belly button still hasn’t popped.  No stretch marks and no brown line.

Doctors Appt – 32w1d

Total Weight Gain = 34 lbs.  BP  110/74.  Protein – negative.  Butterbean HR 146+.  Lima bean HR 129/152+.  Belly measuring – 39 WEEKS

No wonder I’m feeling so large.  39 weeks?  That’s a lot of baby!

Everything looks really good.  The doctor called me a rockstar because of my stellar blood pressure.  We discussed changing my Loveonx Protocol to Heparin around 35-36 weeks.  I’m not 100% on all of the details but I believe this is due to the time it takes for the blood thinner to get out of my system.  Lovenox is 24 hours and Heparin is 12.  I’m going to discuss it all with MFM next week.

I was also reminded of the importance of taking it easy for the next 2 weeks.  Lots and lots of downtime will give these babies the best shot of baking until at least 34 weeks.

Next week, I start my weekly OB appointments, in addition to weekly Non-Stress Tests.  I also have an ultrasound next week so we have 3 appointments.

How I’m feeling

We’ve officially hit the “fun”, final stage of pregnancy, boys and girls!  I’m definitely not at the point where I’m “over it” (and it’s a good thing because we have 5 weeks to go)…but I’m ready to do some complaining.

Swelling is in the house! Just call me Banana Hands.  Good grief, my fingers are blown up like sausages.  Annnnnnd, I have cankles.  And Fred Flintstone feet. The swelling seems to come and go depending on my water intake and activity.  Movement doesn’t seem to bother me much but standing for more than 5-10 minutes does.

My hips don’t lie…Relaxin has officially kicked in.  This fab hormone is responsible for loosening my muscles, joints and ligaments in preparation for birth.  It is also a contributor to heartburn, which I’ve also had a lot more of.  Aching hips.  Burning esophagus. Three cheers for hormones!

The carpal tunnel in my right hand still sucks.  Dr. Jerry has been wrapping my wrist in an ace bandage at night and I’m happy to say, we’ve had pain free nights!  I know I could buy a brace but I’m cheap and lazy.  This works just fine.  Unfortunately, that’s not the only nerve effected by my extra fluid retention.  Sciatica pain is back.  Ouch!  It takes a while to shake off if I sit for too long.  And it makes me limp a bit, which kind of looks like a waddle.  Dammit.

I’m waiting for the whole “nesting” thing to kick in.  Right now, I just want to lay around and do NOTHING!  Overall, I feel beat up and tired.  Especially the hour right after work.  I can catch a little second wind if I take it easy for a bit and have been trying to spend 1/2 hour or so organizing baby stuff.  But other than that…no nesting.

Food

Same old, same old.  I’m just hungry all the time.  And I want a plain old turkey sandwich…that hasn’t been heated in the microwave.

Sleep

I’m generally awake every night from 3:30 – 5:00.  Sometimes I can snooze a bit before the alarm goes off at 5:30 but usually, no dice.  I broke down and took 1/2 a Unisom one night and slept from 8:30 – 5:30.  It was fabulous.

Movement

These babies are NOT running out of room.  And I read that at this point, they’re sleeping 90-95% of the day.  Not my kiddos!  There is a constant party going on in there.  The movements are very exaggerated too.  Lots of rolls and stretches.  It’s kind of my favorite thing right now.

Mood

Hooboy, I was a pill on Thursday!  I just felt lousy and didn’t want to talk to anyone.  Of course, it was the day when everyone was asking “how ya feeling?”.   No one wants to listen to me bitch and complain so I just say “I feel very pregnant”  One of my co-workers responded to that comment by laughing, which made me want to simultaneously punch them in the face and burst into tears.  They weren’t laughing at me, but with me (it was a woman and she gets it)…I guess just need kid gloves these days.

For the most part, I’m all over the place.  Seriously, I have 27 different emotions going at all times.  Cranky, sappy, blissful, terrified, ecstatic, weepy, irritable…all could happen at any given moment.  Jerry is really enjoying living in crazytown.

Nursery & Baby Stuff

Jerry and his Dad did an amazing job putting together the nursery over the weekend and it is adorable!  OMG, I can’t get over how perfect it is.  We have a few final touches to add and then I’ll post some photos.

It still kinda looks like a bomb went off in there at the moment.  But that’s only because I need to find an organizational plan for all of the baby stuff we were gifted at the shower.  Seriously, we have pretty much everything we need for these Beans.  Everyone was so unbelievably generous.  I’m still in awe.

Random Thoughts/Observations/Stuff

* It’s the first day of Spring!  And how does Pittsburgh celebrate?  With snow.

* I am really lucky to work for a company that permits working from home and I hope to start taking advantage of it a few days a week starting in April.  I still have to discuss it with my boss but he’s pretty great and don’t think it will be a problem. I’ve already had several of my coworkers suggest it, probably because they don’t want me to go into labor at the office!

* Speaking of my coworkers…they surprised me on Monday with a little mini baby shower!  It’s hard to surprise me but they managed to pull it off.  We were gifted with not one, but TWO Mamaroos and a gift card to buy diapers!!  I work with an awesome group of people.  These Beans and I are so blessed.

* I started packing my hospital bag but it really only has toiletries in it at the moment.  All of the other stuff I will be packing, I still need!  I guess I’ll just pack stuff and then live out of the bag until go time.

*And go time seems like it could happen at any minute.  I’ve been pretty confident that I would make it to 37 weeks this entire pregnancy but now I’m not so sure.  Just a feeling, not based on anything physical.  Should these Beans make their appearance sooner than 4/22, I’ll be putting it on my Instagram and updating the blog when I can.

*I’ll leave you with this

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Showered with Love…and Pizza

Over the weekend, the Beans and I were showered with love by our family and friends.  The shower was held at one of my favorite pizza places in the ‘burgh, Aviva.

I was way too busy mingling with everyone to snap pictures of the food, but it was amazing!  Their pizza is the best.

photo via Urbanspoon.com

Here are some photos from the day.

 

 

Look at all of these gifts!  We were definitely spoiled.  Everyone was so generous and we pretty much have everything we need at this point!

 

Unfortunately, these are the only pictures we have with the Moms (soon to be Grandmas).

 

 

Jerry’s grandma made these beautiful blankets for the babies, plus hats to match.

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And Jerry’s mom knitted this sweater 20 years ago!

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Anna made these sweet hats and blankets for the babies.

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And there were even some gifts for ME!  Jerry’s Mom made these bracelets for me with little boy/girl charms and my Mom gave me this Pandora necklace with a little boy and girl holding hands.  (sniff) 

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It was a lovely day!  Jerry and I are so lucky to have such amazing people in our lives.

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These Beans have no idea how much they are already loved!   They’ll get to find out in a few weeks.  Eeeeek!

31 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

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per whattoexpect.com

Weighing in at three-plus pounds and measuring 18 inches long, your baby is quickly approaching his birth length — though he’s got to pack on another three to five pounds before D-day. He’s also putting in longer stretches of sleep, which is why you’re probably noticing more defined patterns of wakefulness (and movement) and rest (when he’s pretty still).

Baby’s Developing Five Senses
Your baby’s brain is working overtime these days, developing faster than ever. Connections between individual nerve cells (he’s got to make trillions of them!) are being made at a super-fast rate. He’s now processing information, tracking light and perceiving signals from all five senses. Sure, your baby can’t smell anything right now, but that’s only because he’s still submerged in amniotic fluid and needs to be breathing air to get a whiff of anything. Lucky for you — and your baby — yours will be one of the very first scents your baby breathes in, a scent that will quickly become his or her very favorite.

Pedaling His Feet and Sucking His Thumb
So what’s your little dove doing all day while you’re busy feathering your nest for his or her arrival? Making faces, hiccupping, swallowing, breathing, pedaling with little hands and feet along your uterine wall and even sucking his or her thumb. In fact, some babies suck their thumbs so vigorously while in the womb that they’re born with a callus on their thumb (what a little sucker!).

Bump – 31w1d

Belly button still in.  Stretch marks still absent.  I think it’s this shirt that’s making me look so big.  (Ya, that’s it.) Seriously!  It’s a weird fit…I’m going to wear my other black shirt next week and we’ll see if I’m just delusional.

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Oh Hi beach ball…

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How I’m feeling

I’m feeling good.  For 31 weeks pregnant, I’m feeling really, really good.  Bigger, heavier, slower…little bit more every day.  But hell, I’m growing two babies and that’s the point, right?  I’m not taking one minute for granted as I know it could be so much worse.

Just a few things to note:

Bending and squatting are things of the past.  If I drop something, it stays on the floor unless I can grab it with my toes or someone offers to pick it up for me.  Thank goodness for our shower seat because I drop my razor, the soap, my pouf at least 10 times a day.

There is a baby jumping on my bladder and I’m in the bathroom every 1/2 hour.  Despite drinking more and more water, my output is still minimal.  At times the pressure hurts so bad I feel like my bladder might burst and when I finally go, the contents couldn’t fill a thimble.  I just assume my body is putting all of that water to good use.

I’m still having all day tingling in my right hand and my left hand is sore but it’s not unbearable.

Skin tags.  I mentioned them before but they are out of control!  All over my neck and chest.  I keep pinching them off with my nails and they bleed and make a huge mess.  Attractive, I’ll tell ya.  But seriously, they’d better disappear after birth or my dermatologist is going to make a lot of money off of me.

Annnnddd, that’s all I got.  Like I said, it could be so much worse.  Life is good!

Sleep

I’ve developed a snortle.  It’s definitely not snoring.  My mouth is closed and I can breathe through my nose just fine.  But I have this loud gurgle that erupts from my tonsils.  It’s so bizarre.  And I’m constantly waking myself up!  Ugh. I have a sore throat and wicked dry mouth every morning…it’s just gross.  Jerry and I will both be happy when that goes away.

I’m getting 6ish hours every night.  Most mornings start @ 3:30/4:00 and Jacob and I get some alone time snuggling on the couch watching TV.  I’m not really feeling too sleepy during the day, all things considered

Exercise (What?!)

OK, it’s not Body Pump but it’s something!  I’m doing more these days than moving from the fridge to the couch!  We’ve had some pretty perfect weather for March in Pittsburgh (low 50s, sun, no wind or humidity) and it feels so good to get out and stretch my legs.  I’m doing short walks (20 minutes at a time) and my whole body is so grateful.  My joints feel better and my digestive tract is jumping for joy (get movin and get movin!).  Yay for Spring!!

Movement

Something shifted this week.  As in, I think someone flipped or turned because I had one major “what the heck is going on?” moment at work this week.  It wasn’t painful but really uncomfortable and my stomach looked like a scene from Alien…I fully expected a baby to tear her way out through my skin.  I’m now having a ton of movement low near my pelvis, where there really was very little before.  And a lot of hard kicking on my left side.  Who knows?  They may be kung fu fighting in there or they may just be adjusting.  We’ll find out in 2 weeks at my next ultrasound.

Food

I might be turning a corner with the obnoxious gluttony I’ve been partaking in lately. We had salad for dinner TWICE last weekend. Flank steak and southwestern shrimp salads…chock full of veggies and very little cheese.  I did have a slice of pizza at Costco (the best!) and a giant grilled cheese at the Yard to balance it all out.  But I feel my healthy taste buds slowly returning.

Blueberries and strawberries are rocking my world these days.  Holy geez, they are so sweet!  Clementines are getting harder to find but I’m still devouring 3 every day.  I’ve cut back on refined sugar but still can’t quit my love affair with carbs.  Grilled cheese 3 times a week?  I can do that.

I really haven’t missed much in terms of food.  I still eat deli meat (heated of course) and I have one cup of coffee per day (the real stuff, none of this decaf nonsense).  But I can’t wait to have a poached egg!  And a GIANT iced coffee (or 6).  And a cold turkey sandwich.  And sushi rolls!  I told Jerry that our first date night out has to be at a sushi place.

Random thoughts/Observations/Stuff

*  My baby shower is on Saturday.  I remember when we picked the date at the beginning of January and thinking, wow, I’ll be 31 1/2 weeks pregnant on March 14th…I hope I make it that long!  It seemed so far away!  But here we are.  Babies are still growing and doing their thing!  I can’t wait to see all of our friends and family…these Beans already have a huge fan club.

* I’m in the habit of playing head games with myself.  One minute, its “Hey, chill out…you still have 6 weeks to go” and the next is “Holy moley…you only have 6 weeks to go!”  I’m so ready to meet these Beans but I’M NOT READY!

* The comments have lessened but the advice is flowing like wine.  Lots of “you MUST get these bottles/swaddles/stroller/toys”  or “the ONLY thing that works for crying/diaper rash/blowouts/colic is <insert what they used>”.  I really do appreciate the advice but always just say “Well, every baby is different and we’ll just have to see what works for ours”.  It’s surprising how offended people get that I’m not running out and buying 87 Dr. Brown bottles because they said so.  They don’t realize that the day before someone told me I needed to stock up on the Advent bottles because they are the only ones that don’t cause tons of spit up.

*  Jerry finished up the changing table and it looks awesome!  We just need to get some fun drawer pulls and it’ll be ready to go.  We’re putting his Dad to work during his visit and we should have the nursery almost finished by next weekend!  Checking lots of stuff off of our list.  I like it!

30 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

Let’s just think about this for a minute.  THIRTY weeks.  3-0.  How amazing is that?  I am in awe that I’ve been able to make it this far.  These Beans and I…we’re a lucky bunch.

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per whattoexpect.com

Your belly’s increasing size is a definite clue that your baby is getting bigger every day — now he’s weighing in at over three pounds (he’ll be packing on the weight at a rate of half a pound per week for the next seven weeks).

Baby’s Brain is Getting Bigger
Also growing at a quick pace these days? Baby’s brain. Until now, the surface of your baby’s brain was smooth — but now, your fetus’s brain is taking on those characteristic grooves and indentations. The reason for this change in appearance: Those wrinkles allow for an increased amount of brain tissue — a necessary change as your baby prepares to develop street smarts for life outside your womb.

Lanugo Is Disappearing
Now that baby’s brain and new fat cells are regulating his body temperature, the lanugo — the soft, downy hair covering your baby’s body — is beginning to disappear (no need for that furry coat anymore). But you may see a few leftover strands of fur on your newborn’s back and shoulders when he’s born.

Bone Marrow Is Making Red Blood Cells
Another big change at 30 weeks pregnant: Your baby’s bone marrow has taken over production of red blood cells (before, tissue groups and then the spleen took care of producing the blood cells). This is an important step for your baby, because it means he or she is better able to thrive on his or her own once born.

Bump – 30w2d

My pregnancy wardrobe is dwindling.  I want to live in leggings, tunics and long cardigans.  And I just might.  Mostly everything still “fits” ok, it’s just a question of what’s more comfortable.

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I think my belly looks bigger last week.

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My whole upper body is constantly flushed.  Like I’ve been sunbathing in the nude (now THAT would be a sight!).  I’m crediting my post shower, coconut oil rubdowns to the condition of my skin…which is fantastic.  Seriously, I drank the coconut oil Kool-aid and will never use another moisturizer.  Stretch marks – 0; Bean Bump – 1

Doctor’s Appointment – 30w0w

Blood pressure 116/74.  Weight gain +30 lbs.  Protein negative.  Lima Bean’s heart rate 150s.  Butterbean’s heart rate 140s.

Oh hey +6lbs in 2 weeks.  Yikes!  This girl needs to cool it on the sugar.  Effective immediately.  I’m fully aware that a 30lb weight gain at 30 weeks is quite acceptable for someone carrying twins.  But my doctors don’t want me to gain more than 40lbs so let’s try to make it a more respectable 1 lb per week gain going forward, mkay?

We talked about my carpal tunnel and the doctor confirmed that it will probably just get worse.  In fact, she said she had it so bad that she couldn’t operate later in her pregnancy.  Fortunately it hasn’t gotten so bad that I need wrist braces but it’s nice to know they are easy to obtain should I really need them.

It was another uneventful appointment and that’s exactly how I like them!

How I’m feeling

Let’s talk about the good stuff.  No back pain.  No headaches.  No heartburn. Very few Braxton Hicks.  And…AND…we were hit with a blast of 35+degree weather early this week and all of a sudden, no knee pain!!  I said Wednesday morning, “Hey Jerry, watch this!” and then I skipped down the steps like a 5 year old!  Of course, he was less than thrilled by my gleeful display, as I have a propensity to fall down the stairs (or anywhere, really).  The temps dipped again the next day but my knees still felt pretty good. We have a warming trend approaching next week with temps in the 50s.  And I’m hoping I can put these aching knees behind me.

Carpal tunnel is no better/no worse.  My grip is really weak on my left hand and both of my wrists are pretty sore.  I have tingling in the fingers of my right hand for a few hours after I wake up. My fingers look like little sausages from the swelling and my wrists are noticeably chunkier.  But it is what it is.

I still have a good deal of stiffness if I sit too long, mainly in my hips. But it only takes a minute or two of movement to shake it off.  And I’m not waddling yet!

I had a bit of swelling in my feet and ankles one night.  My ankles blew up but my left leg was a little bigger than my right.  Given my history of blood clots, I was a little freaked out, as this is a definite symptom.  I elevated my feet and drank a bunch of water and everything was back to normal within 12 hours.  (BTW, Dr. Google’s recommendations for dealing with swelling during pregnancy are so annoying.  1. Stay off your feet.  2. Be sure to get up and move around.  Huh?)

I’m adding a probiotic back into my diet and the doctor said that I should be taking Colace every day.  Things have slowed down considerably which is understandable given I have 6-7 lbs of baby squishing my intestines.  This little cocktail is working wonders, btw.

Mood

A lot less weepy.  I’m definitely more irritable these days.  I’d say 25% of my mood is cranky.  And I hate being like that but it’s completely out of my control.  I just need an hour or two of “no talk time” every day to keep me sane. I deal with people all day at work, so it’s tough.  But Jerry goes to the gym after work and that hour at home alone, vegging out on the couch, is very good for our marriage.

But most of the time, I’m still happy.  And anxious. And excited. And terrified.  Big ball of emotions these days.

Food

My love for English Muffins knows no bounds.  I’m devouring apples this week.  And ham, egg and cheese sandwiches.  I’m finding a big bag of raw veggies is way more appetizing than a salad so I’m taking advantage of that.  Greek yogurt with walnuts is also a favorite.  Meat is still blah.  Fish is still at the top of my YUCK list.

Movement

I’ve been trying to catch it on video but it’s not all that easy.  Of course they stop dancing as soon as the camera is on them.  They are insanely active but I really feel strong movement from baby girl just based on her position.  Every morning, they push their little tushies out as far as they can, which are both up high under my ribs. When I pat them hello, I can feel it in my pelvis.  It’s so weird!

Random Thoughts/Observations/Stuff

*  There is a maximum of 8 weeks until we meet our babies.  I just can’t wrap my head around that!  And Jerry is still in complete denial that they are coming anytime before May. Actually, he wants to push my due date back until the end of May “because he’s not ready”.

*  Up until about a week ago, Jerry was also in denial about the fact that I could actually go into labor.  He just assumed that we would pick a date, schedule a c-section and that would be that.  Now that he realizes it’s a very real possibility that my water could break or I could go into active labor at home.

*  I’m getting a lot more “Not long now!” comments.  Which I translate as “Wow you’re enormous.  Please don’t give birth in this elevator”.  Sometimes I just flash my “shut up” smile but sometimes I blurt out “I have at least 6 more weeks.  But thanks”.

*  I’m still watching A Baby Story.  And I am so confused. These women have 25 friends and relatives watching them push out their babies.  Is this a thing?  They all crowd around her nether regions, snapping pictures and taking videos, screaming and high fiving.   I would lose my mind with all that chatter!  And maybe I’m just overly modest, but I want some privacy.  No media! I hate to disappoint anyone, but our birth is not going to be a spectator event.

*  Water is the cure for everything in pregnancy.  Have a headache?  Drink some water.  Constipated? Swollen feet?  Drink more water.  Braxton Hicks?  You’re probably not drinking enough water. Who knew?

*  And just to freak Jerry out…

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29 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

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per whattoexpect.com

At 29 weeks pregnant, your baby weighs nearly three pounds now and measures about 17 inches. Though she’s getting pretty close to her birth length, she still has to chub out a bit. In fact, over the next 11 weeks, she’ll more than double — or even come close to tripling — her weight. As more fat is deposited under the skin surface, her wrinkled skin is smoothing out. This fat, called white fat, is different from the earlier brown fat that your developing fetus accumulated. Brown fat is necessary for body temperature regulation, while white fat (the fat you have, Mom) actually serves as an energy source.

Counting Baby’s Kicks
Since space in your baby’s living quarters is now at a premium, you’ll be feeling jabs and pokes from elbows and knees, mostly. And they’ll be more vigorous (and also less erratic) than before because your baby is stronger and excitedly responding to all sorts of stimuli — movement, sounds, light and that candy bar you ate half an hour ago. That means now’s a good time to start doing twice a day to make sure baby’s doing just fine (plus, it’s a good excuse for a rest).

Permanent Teeth Are Forming
One more exciting development this week: as you’ll recall, your baby’s baby-teeth buds formed weeks ago. But now, the buds for permanent teeth are forming in his or her gums!

Bump – 29w2d

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How can this belly get any bigger?!?!  We will find out.  I’ve managed to avoid stretch  marks and the dreaded ugly brown line thus far.  And my belly button isn’t pushed out yet. But it’s still early.

10 weeks makes a HUGE difference!

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Ultrasound – 29w0d

As soon as they popped on the screen I gasped…our babies are so big!  To think we went from this:

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to this

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to THIS!

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omg, it’s so overwhelming.  (Sorry about the crappy picture quality…)

Butterbean – measuring 29w1d.  Heartrate 139 bpm.  3lbs1oz

Limabean – measuring 29w5d.  Heartrate 146 bpm.  2lbs14oz

Everything looks fabulous.  They are swimming in plenty of fluid.  The placentas are where they should be and doing their job.  Their growth is right on point.  And they are both still head down.

Apparently these little maniacs are fighting over who is gonna come out first.  Limabean is still at the starting gate but Butterbean is trying to head butt her out of the way so he can be the older sibling.  They have settled in kind of a wonky X, like this:

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She’s on top of him, which is why I feel her little feet more often.

God I love these two little twinkies so much.  I don’t even mind that they keep head banging my bladder.

We have one more ultrasound at 33 weeks…”if we make it that long”  Challenge accepted.

How I’m feeling

I’m feeling like a woman of advanced maternal age in her third trimester, pregnant with twins.  Yes. I. Do.

Let’s see.  My knees still hurt every second of every day.  Even when I’m sprawled out on the couch.  I realized when temps almost hit 40 over the weekend, that it is not all due to my extra weight.  Cold temps = really painful knees #oldladyproblems.  We were “blessed” with several days of negative temps and I’m basically crippled.  Warmer days are ahead so let’s hope I get a little relief.  I’ve also noticed some increased pain in my hips.  It’s only noticeable when I move certain ways.  Feels like I was riding a horse for a couple of hours.

Guess what showed up this week?  Carpal Tunnel!  (click the link, Jerry…it’s a thing).  I had a feeling it was coming…my hands have been going numb when I sleep for weeks.  And I’ve had some swelling in my fingers (not terrible but noticeable). But I’m having all day tingling and numbness in the tips of my fingers so I imagine that’s what it is.

And remember that one time at band camp when I was freaking out that I wouldn’t recognize a contraction if I had one?  Well that little situation resolved itself.  Here is what I think they feel like.  Imagine your baby belly was a lime.  And someone with a giant hand was trying to make margaritas.  That squeezing sensation…that’s what it feels like.  Your belly gets tight and hard and it doesn’t really hurt, but it’s feels like something heavy is sitting on your chest.  Voila!  Braxton Hicks.

I’ve had random BH contractions over the last week.  I notice them a lot when I’m not drinking enough water or move too quickly after sitting a long time.  So I’m amping up my water intake and just moving more slowly these days (like a turtle, Jerry, just like a turtle).

I’m still taking it easy most evenings.  Thank goodness there is a lot of great TV on at the moment.  I do get pangs of guilt for not cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming the floor, making a decent dinner, etc.  And then I just remind myself that I have one job at the moment and that is cooking these babies as long as I can.  Everything else can wait.

Mood

Relaxed, content, happy most of the time. I had one really blah day where I was lethargic and pretty depressed.  Everything was getting on my nerves.  I think my 3 am wake up calls caught up with me so I went to bed at 7:30 that night.  I felt refreshed and fabulous after 10 hours of sleep!

Food

My girlfriend asked me what I gave up for Lent and I told her vegetables.  What is wrong with me??  I love vegetables. All of them.  I loved brussel sprouts way before they were trendy.  Veggies are just so blah at the moment.  I know I would eat them if there was a big plate of them in front of me but I think I just prefer other doughy options at the moment.  Or fruit.  At least I’m eating fruit!

Sleep

Jacob had some sort of gagging/throwing up situation one night around 3 am.  Jerry & I both got up to make sure he was ok and then Jerry took him outside in case he was sick (it was –4 degrees out.  Have I mentioned that my husband is a saint?).  I laid in bed and thought “It’s going to be fun when we have two puking kids and a diarrhea dog all at the same time!”  Divide and conquer I suppose.

Anyway, I was up after that and it just started a trend of early wake ups.  I sleep pretty hard from 9:30 – 3 and then I just kind of wake up and give in.  I think it’s going to be like this indefinitely.

Movement

There’s a party going on in there!  Jerry got to see them rockin’ from the outside…which is so weird but so super cool.  As soon as I rest my hands on my belly where their feet are, I get a poke.  And it’s so bizarre because I swear I feel little bones.  They are movin and groovin all day long.

To Do List

We went to IKEA and bought a few things for the nursery.  Blackout curtains, a table lamp and some picture ledges/book shelves.  And Jerry has primed the changing table with plans to paint this weekend.  I’ve washed all the baby clothes and it was the most fun I’ve ever had doing laundry!  We’re moving right along.

Random thoughts/observations/stuff

This is all I got.

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