Today I went into the office with Steve and took a break to walk over to the gym and go for a swim. I was only there for about 30 minutes but it was kinda fun. I thought about you little babies just swimming around inside me. It was relaxing. I forgot my goggles so I just closed my eyes and thought about how great it would be to not have a care in the world yet and to just float about splashing every now and then and testing out my limbs. The other swimmers probably thought I was crazy.
Having twins means lots of doctor’s visits… one of the cool parts about it though is getting to see the babies every time. Today we got to see another ultra sound, no picture to take home though. They had grown so much since last week. One thing that was odd was they looked like they were right on top of each other… Steve and I laughed about how we’d get claustrophobic and want out early… stay in there little ones! We got a wave from the other baby this time and it also appeared to be having the hiccups. Super fast checkup though, Steve and I felt like it was a waste of time going in for that. They didn’t even tell us how fast the heart rates were. We don’t go in again until our 18 week appointment on July 3rd.
I bought a fetal doppler online to hear the heartbeats of the twins a few weeks ago. Steve and I were excited when we found what we thought were their heartbeats. But they were on the slow side 125 bpm. I put a finger to my pulse and it turned out it was right in line with my heart and was likely me. I had read that 12 weeks was the normal time most people found the heartbeat. I tried again this morning (12w6d) and sure enough we found one baby with a heart rate of 154 bpm. I couldn’t find the other one but I’m glad I at least found one! It’s a pretty cool little device. I’ll have to record some audio for the blog.
Yesterday Steve made a yummy salad for dinner with lots of chicken and I was proud of myself for finishing it all. Gotta get the protein for these little beans! About an hour later I felt horrible and had to rush to the bathroom. I was so proud of the fact that I’ve made it through 12 weeks without throwing up but that ended last night. Ew. Throwing up chunks of food is not fun at all. I’m hoping that will be the last of it. I had heard after the first trimester things got better so I’m not sure why all of a sudden mine got worse. Maybe I ate too much too quickly. I tend to do better with smaller portions more frequently.
Yesterday I decided it was time I tried out the belly bands my sister left me. My jeans were feeling pretty snug so it was worth a shot. I put one on and zipped up my pants and sure, it felt like my muffin top was squished in a little but my jeans were still tight. It only took me about half the day to realize the belly band goes on the OUTSIDE of the jeans so you can leave them unbuttoned. Oops! 🙂
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it to Florida to be with my grandpa when he passed away. Here’s what my cousin Alison had to say about his passing:
At 6:18 pm this evening, Kenneth Eugene Richardson took his last peaceful breath. He was in the presence of his sisters, his grandchildren, and each of his five children. It goes without saying that he was held and kissed as he left this world by his loving wife, partner, and friend, Joyce, who has been by his side since they were 15 and was there every minute through the very end. He left this Earth to the peaceful voice of Johnny Cash singing I Corinthians 15:55 after his family (a less talented bunch but full of love) finished the tune of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” I can think of very few other more peaceful ways to move on. He will be desperately missed but his life celebrated in the days – and years – to come.
When I spoke to my mom on the phone she said it was “beautiful”.
Here’s the Obituary from the funeral home about your great grandfather:
Steve and I decided it was better to wait a little bit before telling too many people we were pregnant in case something happened. We did tell both of our parents right away and asked them to keep our secret. I also called my sister the minute I peed on a stick to tell her the good news. We told our brothers a few days later. Since we found out we were having twins both Steve and I told our bosses so they could be prepared. My manager was excited for me and had some good advice since he just had a baby last year. Maybe this weekend I’ll tell some other close friends. I have enjoyed spreading out when we share the news. Telling people makes me happy. We’re almost out of the first trimester which means the chance of miscarriage drops significantly. I know I won’t feel “safe” until I have these little beans in my arms and even then I’m sure there are a million more things for me to start worrying about. I love them already.
I have been very lucky with the twins so far and this pregnancy. It’s been very easy. I have little to no morning sickness besides an aversion to the smell and taste of meat. I have to leave the kitchen when Steve is cooking it and about half way through dinner I’ll need to give the rest of the main course to Steve unless it’s chopped up really small. For some reason I do really like beef jerky still :). My boobs were the first indication that I was pregnant. They’re still small but I feel like they doubled overnight and used to hurt when i touched them. The pain of pressing against them has subsided. Every now and then I get some bad headaches but those typically go away after I drink a few glasses of water so I’m chalking those up to dehydration.
The one thing that I haven’t been able to shake is extreme fatigue. I’ve always LOVED to sleep but I can’t seem to get enough sleep these days. My weekends are spent napping, eating, drinking liquids, repeat.
Gaining weight early with twins is so important. Here’s a good article describing the reasons:
Too little weight gain risky in twin pregnancy
NEW YORK | Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:48pm EDT
(Reuters Health) – Women pregnant with twins should be sure to gain the recommended amount of weight, according to a new study, which shows that gaining less weight than recommended during a twin pregnancy ups the risk of early birth and low weight babies.
“A woman should gain about a pound a week; less than that, and we had smaller babies and more pre-term births,” Dr. Nathan Fox of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Associates of New York City told Reuters Health.
Fox and his partners wanted to know if the twin pregnancy weight gain guidelines updated by the Institute of Medicine in 2009 made a difference in pregnancy outcomes.
These recommendations suggest a range of weight gain depending on a woman’s weight at the start of her twin pregnancy. A normal weight woman should gain 37 to 54 pounds; an overweight woman, 31 to 50 pounds; and an obese woman, 25 to 42 pounds.
In looking at 281 mostly normal weight women pregnant with twins, Fox and colleagues found that women who gained the recommended amount of weight did much better in regards to the pregnancy outcomes.
Women who gained less than the recommended amount of weight were more likely to give birth early (before 32 weeks of pregnancy) than women who gained the correct amount of weight (14 percent versus 5 percent). They were also more likely to give birth to smaller babies.
Unlike in singleton pregnancies, gaining enough weight in twin pregnancies can be Herculean task. “It’s often not easy,” Fox said. “We send our patients to nutritionists and have them on high calorie diets a lot to have them gain the right amount of weight. It’s not easy for many (women).”
About 3 in every 100 pregnancies is a twin pregnancy, the investigators note, and preterm births occur about 60 percent of the time, making the issue of correct weight gain even more important.
The strong link between inadequate weight gain in twin pregnancies and increased rates of pre-term birth “has not been conclusively demonstrated previously,” the investigators point out in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Their findings, they say, shed light on the importance on what “could be a correctable cause of prematurity in twins,” they conclude.
SOURCE: link.reuters.com/jyc73m Obstetrics & Gynecology, July 2010.
….. I also bought a book on twins and it confirms the range for the articles. That’s a LOT of weight to gain. I figure if it makes the babies healthy then I need to get on it. I have no doubt I’ll be able to shed the pounds after they’re born. I’ll be chasing TWO little ones around. Excited for the chaos.
Today has been one of the happiest days and one of the saddest days of my life. Steve and I started the day out right getting to see our little babies for the NT scan. They both looked great and were measuring 12w2d and 12w5d… right on track. One had a heart beat of 157 and the other was 160. They were both squirming around and even appeared to be waving at us. We also had good preliminary results back on the genetic testing so we were feeling so happy. My mom called during the appointment and we just figured she was calling to see how it went. When I called her back when I got home I found out that my grandfather had suffered from a blood clot rupturing in his head. I’ve spent the last hour or so crying and trying to make sense of it all. I never even got to tell him we were expecting. I know he would be so happy. I’m going to miss him but I also have so many fond memories of him. The last time I saw him was my brother’s wedding almost 2 years ago and he was nothing but smiles. Here’s a picture I took:
One of the babies today appeared to be waving at us. I like to think it was my grandpa letting me know there will always be a little piece of him in everything that makes me happy. Here’s a picture of the wave:
Here’s the rest of the pictures:
The neck measurements of each were 1.7mm and 1.5mm, the doctor said it was good to be under 3.5mm. Their heart rates were 157 and 160. They measured 61.7 mm and 57.1 mm which is about 2.5 inches long.
The preliminary results of the tests are a 1 in 13,000 chance of Down Syndrome and a 1 in 100,000 chance of Trisomy 18. I was a little worried at first about doing the genetic testing but I’m glad I did. I feel like a weight lifted off of me… very relieved to know the babies are currently healthy.