- You start acting more “animal” like… specifically monkey-like. Need to pick something up off the floor? no problem! Use your toes.
- Watching other people makes you tired. It’s hard to remember a time when you once had energy let alone imagine how you’re going to have the energy to chase after twins!
- You relax a tiny bit knowing that the babies are becoming more and more viable every day… but freak out that much more knowing that baby A is still breech and the amount of time he has to flip is quickly diminishing. eeek, C-section!
- The need to go online shopping is freakishly strong.
- Sex? What’s that?
- Pee in a cup… might as well ask you to pee around the cup. not being able to see past your belly to aim makes this task comical.
- Linea Negra
- Nesting nesting nesting… the urge to nest is overpowering.
- Snoring is no longer the issue, your husband now lays awake next to you hoping you continue to snore because the sound of you gasping for breath in your sleep is scarier.
- Dreams become more and more vivid.
- Putting your bra on isn’t as easy as snapping it across your waste and pulling upwards, you now have to place it exactly where it’s going to be because it’s not going anywhere after it’s fastened. Remember when you had a flat stomach?
Yesterday Steve and I had a scare when my belly wouldn’t stop having repetitive more-painful-than-usual contractions. I knew they weren’t full on contractions but they still had us worried. The preterm labor guide we have says to call if there is more then 4 contractions that could be felt in an hour even if they weren’t painful and I was feeling them a lot more often then that.
When I told Steve I was going to call my Dr. he was having none of that and zipped me right into the car and off to the hospital. I’m glad I have Steve to take care of me or I’d definitely wouldn’t have gone. It must’ve been a busy day in the hospital and I wasn’t a huge priority because we waited over an hour and a half before anyone saw us. We were then put into a transition room where each baby was attached to a device to monitor their heartrates and a 3rd device was monitoring my contractions.
The dr’s there were very good.. and young, about our age. They spent a lot of time talking to us and treated the situation very seriously. We went through lots of tests to make sure the babies and me were okay. The dr. said my cervix was nice and long and closed… “nub shaped”. I wasn’t dilated. They took a look at the fluid for each baby and then decided to take them off the monitor because they were doing great. Both boys are already trouble makers… A is still in breech and now B is traverse (sideways). A was kicking the dr. as they were performing tests… he wanted none of that. The doctors wanted to watch me for a couple more hours though. They finally discharged us about 6 hours later, 7:30 pm. My contractions were measured at about one every 5 minutes. We were told to come in again on Thursday if I got worse.
We’re chalking that one up to a lack of fluids and food along with the stress of planning this cross country move. We feel a lot better having gone to the hospital and not risked the babies by assuming everything was normal. Just being in labor and delivery is scary and makes this process that much more real. The goal is to keep these guys in for another 7 weeks which is going to go by super fast.
Your daddy is almost a “Dr”! Steve gave his thesis talk last Tuesday and it was amazing. It was titled: “Seminal Insight into Uniparental Mitochondrial DNA Inheritance”. I was so proud of him. He is a great speaker and he had the audience’s attention the entire time… even me and I’m not a scientist. He has worked so hard these past 6 years to complete his PhD including publishing some very impressive papers along the way. I am so lucky to be married to such a smart and talented man. I love you Steve!
Here’s my belly at 28w5d.
It’s been a very hectic week. Steve’s mom flew into town and helped us pack up the rest of our condo (Thank you Cindy!!! Couldn’t have done it without you!), Steve gave his thesis talk, we had movers come and we packed up the POD, and now we’re at Pat’s house (Steve’s boss) for two weeks until we fly out to Baltimore. I’ll add another post with pics from Steve’s talk in a bit.
I’ve been incredibly sore and uncomfortable and feeling very pregnant this week. Probably from overdoing it and long days of being on my feet. I get pretty bad lower back pains and my feet and hands are extremely swollen most of the time. I’m also back to being exhausted 24/7. I think my belly has grown a lot since last week. Another new symptom this week is hip pain. I have to sleep on my sides (that’s what they recommend) but all of the weight pressing into the mattress is uncomfortable and causes me to wake up every hour or so to switch positions. Sounds like lots of complaining but it’s really not that bad at all. I don’t feel quite as nauseous as I did last week and as long as I try to stay off my feet I feel great.
Today we had another big ultra sound to make sure the boys were growing healthy. They each weigh about 2 lbs 8 ounces and are measuring right around 28 weeks. I am measuring 32 weeks… getting big! The dr. said I’ve only gained about 21 pounds so far. My cervix measured 3.2 cm and supposedly everything over 3 is goodness. It thins out and shortens over time which is one of the reasons that causes women to go into premature labor. Once we get to Baltimore I’ll be able to breathe a little better.
We got some really fun pictures of their faces here:
I also had to get the RhoGam shot as well as a flu shot… I hate shots. Everyone who is going to be around the babies within the first few months has to also have BOTH a flu shot and a whooping cough shot. Seems crazy but I don’t want them to get sick.
We got a letter from the dr. saying we were good to fly on the 28th so now all we need to do is change my insurance and schedule an appointment with the new Dr. in Oct.
One less than happy thing is Baby A is still in the breech position and there is no room in there. Supposedly there is still time to turn but unless his brother decides to turn with him and they do a little dance I don’t see how he can possibly flip. It’s amazing how jammed in there they are.
I can’t believe we’re in the home stretch!
In less than 10 weeks we will likely get to meet you little guys. I haven’t felt much movement lately which is scary. Another symptom I didn’t mention yesterday is that when i lay down I feel like I’m going to vomit. I’m hoping it’s just because the babies are taking up so much room that there isn’t room for my stomach and food. It started happening ever since I started taking the iron pills. The hardest thing for me is taking it easy. With the move I want to be up helping out and packing things to get us organized and out of here. The more I push it, the more exhausted I become. We need to get settled in our new home. It’s felt like the last three months have been nothing but transitional.