Monday, January 26, 2015

31 weeks.

( I look surprisingly chipper for someone who is wildly uncomfortable.)

How far along: 31 weeks.

Gender: Still boys.
Weight gain: 20-25 pounds I think. Still not doing bad which still surprises me since I frequently eat my weight in ice cream.
Maternity clothes: Uhhhhh nothing is fitting. Which is terrifying because I still have 5 more weeks at least! The belly is too big.
Stretch marks: Those have exploded in the last week. They weren't that bad before but they are pretty intense now. Still mostly just right around my belly button, but they are not good.
Belly button in or out: Annnnd it's out. Seeing as my belly is measuring at 40 weeks the timer is out.
Sleep: Gone. No more. Never again. I slept for 12 hours on Friday night and it was the most magical night of my life. I don't expect it to happen again.
Best moment this week: I seriously always have something to go here but then I can't remember what they are! Finding out the babies are measuring a little ahead was great though.
Miss anything: Not. Itching. Oh my God the itching, it is so awful. Had to take a blood test today to make sure it's not something bad, hopefully it's not.
Movement: They have been moving and stretching like crazy! And now it's getting kind of uncomfortable because they keep stretching my skin. My belly is really taking a beating.
Cravings: Nothing really specific this week. 
Queasy or sick: Nope, which is good cause at this stage that would mean something was wrong. 
Looking forward to: My baby showers coming up. Everyone keeps telling me they are going to be so cool, I'm pretty excited.

Oh man is it hitting. I feel like I am at 40 weeks, like I should be done and yet I still have 5 or 6 weeks left. The next month is going to be kind of rough, but I'll just keep keeping on. The babies are doing wonderful. They are huge and healthy. When they kick and move now my whole belly moves and it's pretty intense. Most of the time is just feels weird but now it is sometimes uncomfortable so I am getting prepared for that. I'm trying my best to best stay positive, but it's getting harder because it is getting downright painful. But we're going just going to keep going because they need to be bigger, and more pain for me now means less problems for them later so that's just what I'm going to do. Fingers crossed my body agrees with that mentality!

Monday, January 12, 2015

29 weeks.

( My resting bitch face is kind of intense in this picture. Pretty sure that's just how it looks all the time at this point.)

How far along: 29 weeks.

Gender: Still boys.
Weight gain: About 20 pounds the doctor told me today. She said that was really great, especially for twins. She said it seems to be going mostly to the twins which is awesome, less for me to lose later and better for them!
Maternity clothes: So, now most maternity tops are not really fitting. Yep. I have to buy extra-larges now all the time to git my belly. They don't quite fit me, but if I would like to have shirts to wear the remainder of this pregnancy it's what I have to do. And my pants are tight. It's a real bummer.
Stretch marks: Yep :( Not a ton, mostly around my belly button. The ultrasound lady told me today that she was surprised I wasn't more "stretched out"since I am having twins. So I guess it could be worse.
Belly button in or out: It is soooo close to popping out. Usually when I sit it does, I bet in the next week or two it'll come out.
Sleep: Oh sleep. I already miss you. Between getting up to use the restroom every hour or two and being really uncomfortable and really hot sleep is mostly lost. Guess I'll just get used to it.
Best moment this week: I had a moment to go here. I even told myself "this would be a great moment for the blog!" and now I have completely forgotten. Pregnancy brain is a real thing people. Its been a great week though, lots of great moments.
Miss anything: So.many.things. Sleep, ability to move, bend over and breath... oh and sleep?
Movement: They kick less than before, I think cause they are pretty much out of room. Baby A kicks, Baby B likes to stretch. I can feel his little back stretch up the right side of my belly. It's pretty neat. 
Cravings: Ice cream. All the ice cream. Pretty cliche.
Queasy or sick: Long gone. We've moved on to physical discomfort instead. 
Looking forward to: Getting to the end. I don't want them to come early mind you, just look forward to week 36!

The third trimester is in full swing! So much discomfort. I can't lay down, I can't sit, can't stand up, and now I get winded just walking more than 10 feet. At the doctor today she said I was measuring at about 37 weeks, so if I was having one baby, this would be my almost done tummy. I am pretty ready to be done. Like I said I don't want them here early, but I am ready for the end. It's looking like the end could be a c-section. Baby A, the twin who has to be head down to even attempt a vaginal birth, is now breech. If he doesn't move himself by my next ultrasound on the 26th, we're very much looking at a c-section. I expected it, but still makes me nervous. Really I'm nervous all the time now. They could actually pretty much come at any time now, which makes me really nervous. For the next few weeks they aren't big enough so that worries me, then once I get over that period it'll just be time for them to come. Doctor said we'll be lucky to get to 36 weeks, but it could be closer to 34. That's the middle of February and that is scary. Again, super excited to meet them, I just want them to be as cooked as possible. So here's to keeping them in for a while and hoping they still come out over 5 pounds, that's my goal. Keep cooking away in there babies!

Monday, December 29, 2014

27 weeks.

(Not sure what my face is doing here, kind of weird. )

How far along: 27 weeks and 1 day.

Gender: Still two boys. Today I needed an extra ultrasound and the tech said one of boys was grabbing his stuff. Because boys.
Weight gain: Closer to 20 pounds now I think. Doctor told me that I'm up 2 pounds since the last appointment, which is good. Gaining, but not too much. She says I'm doing well for twins.
Maternity clothes: All the way. In fact I need to buy more with my Christmas gift money, I think I'm going to need more than like 4 shirts.
Stretch marks: Yep, they've finally popped up :( I have a few around my belly button. They aren't super noticeable, but I sure can see them!
Belly button in or out: It's still in there! I am honestly surprised, it's getting to tiny!
Sleep: I've pretty much given up on sleep now. I even tried sleeping in today but I can't because my joints ache while I sleep and I have to switch positions's a real bummer. Oh well, better get used to it right?
Best moment this week: It always seems to be my doctors appointments, probably because I have started doing these posts of the days of my appointments. But honestly today was great because they were measured and they are actually measuring big! Baby A is measuring at 28 weeks and Baby B is right on track at 27 weeks. They weigh probably a little over 2 pounds. Super excited about that they are measuring on track, for twins that's amazing!
Miss anything: Lots of things. Sleep, the ability to bend over or wear my wedding rings.
Movement: Still very busy in there. I was worried last week because I thought they were moving less, but turns out I was moving more and needed to just rest and then they moved. Also, I thought one twin was moving more than the other, turns out their feet are both on one side, which is why I was getting kicked on that side more. I should have guessed that.
Cravings: Nothing is particular, I just like food really. 
Queasy or sick: Not anymore!
Looking forward to: Entering my 3rd trimester next week (Pretty sure?) We're almost there! Soon I will have 2 squishy, wonderful little boys to hold and that's pretty exciting. Also terrifying, but it'll be ok.

I've had the last 5 days off and I really don't want to go back to work tomorrow. But I do still get Thursday off this week because of New Years, so that's awesome! I always hate when the Holidays are over. All the pretty decorations go away and so do the vacation days. It's a real bummer. This year will be way better though because I actually have something to look forward to in the spring! Two babies and a lot of time off! It's going to be glorious.
Today's appointment was wonderful. Hopefully I passed my gestational diabetes screen, I don't need that kind of drama in my life. But being able to see them and hear they are growing awesome made me feel a lot better. Just have to keep them growing! We're just doing a lot of growing right now, and waiting on the baby shower. Their nursery is done, now I just have to get all their essentials together which I will do after the shower. So just keep growing in there little guys! It's really not that uncomfortable yet so you do what you need to do! We love you!

Monday, December 15, 2014

25 weeks.

How far along: 25 weeks and 1 day.
Gender: Still two boys. We didn't look super closely at the ultrasound today but it seems to be unchanged!
Weight gain: Closer to 20 pounds now I think. I haven't really been keeping track. The doctor said today that I was doing great though, so that's really all that matters. 
Maternity clothes: In full maternity clothes now! Now I don't have to pull my shirts down all the time, which is much more comfortable but now it's obvious to everyone what's going on. Not sure how it wasn't before, but oh well.
Stretch marks: Still none! Pretty excited about that, but my doctor told me today that I'm going to get a lot bigger... so it probably won't last forever.
Belly button in or out: It's still hanging in there, but it's getting really close to popping out!
Sleep: Sleep is still rough. My joints get really sore during the night and it's a real bummer. The ultrasound tech says to me today "wow they are really high up, are your ribs uncomfortable yet?" Uhhh ya think?!
Best moment this week: Getting to see them today at my appointment. It's always the best moment of the week when I get an ultrasound!
Miss anything: Sleep. I miss sleep. I have a feeling I'll be saying that for years to come!
Movement: Still nuts about swimming around in there. I think they are now too big to do flips, but they most certainly kick and  punch! They are busy busy, I have a feeling I'm in trouble!
Cravings: Still no real cravings. Ice cream maybe, but mostly I just love everything!
Queasy or sick: Nope, way past that. It's fabulous!
Looking forward to: Finishing up their room, finally. Need to hang shelves, fix the mobile... lots of things to do!

The last two weeks haven't been bad. I actually feel fine during the day, it's at night and when I'm trying to go to bed that I am most uncomfortable. Of course. My ankles have been getting pretty big but apparently that's normal. I guess I have "popped" in the last week or so. I wore all my maternity shirts last week and people were shocked I was pregnant. Like it hasn't been obvious for the last month or so?! My favorite was a coworker of mine, who is also pregnant, that looked at me last week and said "When did that happen?" Um like 24 weeks ago? Who says that? Some people are nice about it, but mostly it's getting annoying. People like to tell me how hard it's going to be and bummed they would be. And I'm all, thanks? I wish people would just say congrats and walk away. Other than that, it's been going really well. Makes me kind of nervous that it's been going so well but I'm going to stay positive and hope things continue to go well. I love these little guys. Got to see their faces today, and they look a lot less like skeletor! I can't wait to meet them but at the same time it is really ok for them to stay in there and cook! I'm just praying that the rest of the time goes by smoothly and everything turns out great!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

23 Weeks.

How far along: 23 weeks and 2 days I think. I missed 21 weeks. I am bummed that I have poor follow through!
Gender: A Boy and a... Boy! Two boys, I was totally right! I knew all along!
Weight gain: Closer to 15 pounds I think, it's mostly belly honestly. 
Maternity clothes: Time to buy some maternity shirts. My shirts still fit but are way too short now. Time to give in and get some!
Stretch marks: Still just a few little white ones on my hips and butt, but none yet! Fingers crossed it stays that way!
Belly button in or out: It is soooo close to popping out! It gets smaller and smaller everyday. I should really take a picture of it everyday because it is hilarious.
Sleep: Sleep is getting harder. I wake up about every two hours to use the restroom and my ribs kill me every night so it's hard to comfortable. I just count it as sleep training for when they actually get here!
Best moment this week: Watching Chris get to feel them for the first time and watching them move through my skin. It is so weird, but probably the coolest thing ever.
Miss anything: Free movement. Seriously it's a bummer to have limited mobility all the time.
Movement: They move like Crazy! It's getting harder now too, and visible through my skin. It's nuts. 
Cravings: None in particular actually. Just loving food right now!
Queasy or sick: Nope that is way in the past and I LOVE it! I am physically uncomfortable but I'll take the over feeling queasy any day!
Looking forward to: Finishing up their room. Now that we know what they are I can go ahead and get all the decor done and it is so exciting!

I told everyone! I have literally been saying they were both boys since I found out they were twins at weeks 9! That was really exciting to find out. I don't know how people can wait until they deliver to find out! Now I can buy all the cute clothes and decorate their room. We have our eye on some names but we won't decide on those until they get here. I just feel more bonded to them now I guess, knowing that those are my boys in there and feeling their movements all the time. So far they seem to be growing great! At 21 weeks they were both about a pound at our big ultrasound so that is fantastic. This is just such an amazing experience, super uncomfortable physically, but when you think about it growing people is a pretty miraculous thing. I am very grateful that I was given this gift of these two growing boys, and I keep praying for their continued growth and good health. I just love them so much!

Monday, November 10, 2014

19 weeks.

  The angle wasn't great and neither was the lighting. Hence the black and white.
How far along: I am actually 20 weeks and 1 day today. I'm a bit behind. Shocker.
Gender: Still waiting! But not much longer, the big appointment in next Tuesday!
Weight gain: I think I am up closer to 10 pounds now, so that's an improvement!
Maternity clothes: Still in maternity pants, but about ready to move into the shirts. Mine still fit, but they have gotten a lot shorter. And I feel like I am almost to that point where I look pregnant and not just fat so I'm about ready to take advantage of the maternity shirts.
Stretch marks: I have found some really light white ones of my hips and upper butt. Chris claims he can't see them, but I can. As long as they stay white I will be happy. I'm hoping for none of the dark red ones.
Belly button in or out: Getting closer to poking out! It's getting really squished, I can barely see it most days.
Sleep: Sleep is better. Now that I have a routine down: I get up to use the bathroom at 2:30 and 4:30 and can usually go back to sleep. My body seems to have adjusted. Now I'm just tired because we're growing a ton. 
Best moment this week: So, I did a bad thing earlier this week and had some pop. Not much, like half a glass. But the babies lost.their.minds. Like bounced around in there for 3 hours straight. I won't be doing it again, but it was really cool to feel them so active!
Miss anything: Being able to move without making noise. Seriously every movement apparently requires some sort of grunt now. It's kind of ridiculous and I wish I could control it, but I honestly can't.
Movement: They have been moving more the last two weeks. And it's moving from flutters to actual kicks and/or punches which is really neat. They move in the morning and at night and usually sometime mid-day. It's probably the coolest thing ever. 
Cravings: Ice cream. I can't make it through a day without eating some ice cream, it's nuts.
Queasy or sick: We have officially moved past the morning sickness and it is glorious! I still have pretty strong food aversions, not a lot sounds good to, but at least I can force myself to eat more meat and things. Which is good, they need it! 
Looking forward to: The big appointment next week! Not only am I excited to find out what's bouncing around in there, but I am excited to see how they are growing and to make sure everything is ok. I get really stressed before appointments because I am always worried something will go wrong. So I will be super happy when it's over and I know they are healthy and happy!

I've decided to do pictures every other week because I feel like I don't see much of a difference. Other people claim they can, and people are starting to notice that I am pregnant now but honestly I would have a hard time remembering every week! Mostly things seem to be going great. I feel like I am getting bigger, even if I don't feel like I look it. I am getting more uncomfortable by the day, it's not too bad now but I am not super excited for like February when I no longer can see my feet. The morning sickness has passed, but I think we have moved into the hormonal stage. And by hormonal, I mean bitchy all the time. I feel sentimental a good amount of the time, but I usually feel irritated more then anything else. Like how this week some foster parents I work with found out that I was pregnant, and made sure to inform me that's it's going to be "really hard for the first two years." Ok, they are really nice people and I am sure they are trying to be helpful, but really how helpful is that? I know it's going to be really hard, I don't really need people reminding me of that fact all the time. Sometimes I wish people would just say congrats and move on. Oh well. Other than that, things have been going well and I look forward to them continuing to go well!

Monday, October 20, 2014

17 Weeks.

(I tried to smile like a normal person. It did not work. I promise I'm happy!)

How far along: 17 weeks and 1 day!
Gender: We will find out on Nov. 18th! At my appointment today one baby has a heartbeat of 153 and the other is at 147 now, I'm hoping the old wives tale is right and it's a boy and a girl!
Weight gain: I am up about 5 pounds! I lost 12 in the first trimester, but I'm a little overweight so the doctor isn't concerned.
Maternity clothes: I am now in maternity pants. I can still fit into my shirts, but they are getting a a little short!
Stretch marks: Not yet, but I am very itchy right now so trying not to itch so I don't get them!
Belly button in or out: Still in!
Sleep: Some nights are good, some not so much. I am not strictly a side sleeper now which can make me stiff and I am up at 3am sharp to go to the bathroom every night.
Best moment this week: Seeing the babies today! They were both moving around, kicking their tiny legs! I saw a little face and a spine. It was really neat. 
Miss anything: Being able to bend over and move normally. Not getting winded coming up and down the basement steps. Basically any normal non-pregnant movement.
Movement: I think I have felt some flutters the last week or two, but nothing for sure yet. I am really excited to be able to feel them though!
Cravings: Sweets mostly. And sunflower seeds!
Queasy or sick: I think the morning sickness is finally easing up. I don't want to jinx it though! I thought that week before last then last week was horrific. But hopefully it's almost done so I can start gaining weight! So weird to say but I don't want little babies!
Looking forward to: Our big ultrasound next month! Excited to finally be able to answer the "what are they?" question and make sure they are growing on track!

I got these neat questions from the blog Little Baby Garvin,  I thought it was a fun way to keep track of the weeks! So far, this pregnancy has been rough. Morning sickness is a real bummer and it makes me feel bad because I am not able to eat all that I should. So I am hoping that it is finally going away so I can start gaining all the weight I need to. I am getting uncomfortable already, back pain, hip pain and trouble sleeping. I have to keep reminding myself that being sick is actually a good thing, it means they are still doing well and growing! And the discomfort I'll just get used to, I wanted this and that's just how it is! At the end of the day I am very grateful and excited for these little guys to get here! I will admit it hits me sometimes and makes me really nervous. A coworker of mine just had her baby today and it hit me that once they get here, that's it. Our lives will never be the same and that's mostly good. There will obviously be some rough times, especially when they are tiny but it'll all be worth it. I am just so happy they are doing well and bouncing around in there like happy campers!

This is the picture I took at 15 weeks, it's pretty much the same as week 17 which is why I didn't post it. Bosley decided to sneak in the picture.