Saturday, April 11, 2015

Baby, Baby: 31 Week Bumpdate

The Kidlets

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How Far Along?
31 weeks!  We kind of have goals set every four weeks, so I'm so excited to be this close to the 32 week goal!  Less than seven weeks until we have our babies in our arms!

Genders?
One little Miss, one little Mr. <3

How big are they? 
Probably over 16 inches long, weighing about as much as a coconut, and as big as a pineapple or head of romaine lettuce. It's been a week since they weighed 3lb6oz each, so I'm hoping they're both over three and a half pounds now... not sure we'll know another set of weights until May, though.


Changing Momma

Have you started showing yet?
Yeah, you could say that.

Weight Gain?
I'm actually down a half-pound from 2 weeks ago?  I'm guessing it's the difference in my clothes.

Maternity Clothes?
Maxi dresses and nighshirts are easier... I did manage to slip into a pre-pregnancy skirt with an awesomely stretchy waist for Easter, though

Stretch Marks?
So. Many. Stretch marks.

Belly Button In or Out?
Still in :-/  I want my outie!!  If I were just having one baby, at the size I am, the baby would be here and I'd have never popped!  



Momma's Feeling


Cravings:
Spicy... Skyline, Hot Head, Mexican...

Anything making you queasy or sick?
Just the mild morning sickness that's come back... I didn't know that was a thing, but my nurse seemed completely unsurprised.  Ugh.

Happy or Moody Most of the Time?
A little more irritable than usual, I think. 

Movement?
All the time.  The feeling of a busy baby who is head down, low and engaging... it's a lot like the warning feelings before a messy bathroom situation. 

Sleep:
I love sleep.  I think I'm adjusting to the constant moving I have to do to keep comfortable.  I'm still doing the moving, but it isn't ruining the whole night of sleep like it had been.

What I Miss:
The usual... caffeine was a big one this week.  I want a McDonald's diet coke sooo badly!

Other Symptoms:
Braxton-Hicks have gotten pretty uncomfortable a few times this week.  We had a long, active day yesterday, and they were pretty miserable as a result.  I also itch constantly, as my belly just.keeps.growing :-)




Highlights and Coming Soon


Best Moment of the Week:
We picked up our new (to us) minivan yesterday!!  That's pretty exciting :-)  We also got a phenomenal deal on it... which is even more exciting ;-)  Also!  We got a few sneak peek pictures back from our maternity session, and they're awesome!!!
 
Looking Forward To:
I got a call on Wednesday that the doctor wanted to add an ultrasound to my April 16 NST to check on Baby Boy's fluids.  While I'm a little down that there is cause for a little bit of increased monitoring... at least we get to see the babies briefly again!  And our disc of maternity pics should be coming in the mail in the next couple days!  :-)  There may be a special mid-week post again this week :-)

Doctor's Appointments:
NST yesterday went very well.  I was showing contractions, but not in any kind of regular pattern or anything, so no worries.  Both babies behaved and had excellent responses :-)  We also got to meet with one of my doctors (our favorite - shh, don't tell them we have a preference), who was awesome about reassuing us about Baby Boy's fluid.  Getting a call mid-week to schedule additional monitoring made me pretty anxious - what changed in their head to go from "no worries" to "maybe worry some" - but Dr. M. said that those measurements are notoriously inaccurate and that with my diabetes control, and the fact that it's only affecting one of the two twins, and the fact that each baby has his/her own placenta, if there IS a slight increase in fluid the cause is probably idiopathic and there will probably be little to no effect on sweet Baby Boy.  He also said that with ALL the risk and complicating factors in my pregnancy, if this is the first and only cause for increased diligence, he's very unconcerned.  This did my momma heart so much good to hear!!  So now I can chillax until Thursday when we see them again :-)  

We have an ultrasound and NST on Thursday, and NSTs every week from here on out... plus our last growth ultrasound (probably) on May 1.
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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Baby, Baby: 30 Week Bumpdate

The Kidlets
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How Far Along?
30 weeks!!  8 weeks or fewer until we meet our little princess and little prince!

Genders?
One girl, one boy.

How big are they? 
At our ultrasound appointment, the sonographer calculated their weights at 3lbs 6oz each!  Their weights are within 1% of each other, which is really good!  They should be about 17 inches long now, and my apps compare them to cantaloupes, cabbages, cucumbers and acorn squashes.


Changing Momma


Have you started showing yet?
Yep.

Weight Gain?
I didn't get weighed at this appointment. Darn ;-)

Maternity Clothes?
Yes, but my non-maternity dresses from Target (similar here and here) have been my go-to lately.  I'm outgrowing a lot of my maternity shirts.

Stretch Marks?
I'm a mess.  I honestly don't care for vanity purposes (very few people ever see my belly anyway, and I worked darn hard to earn these stripes)... but it's a little intimidating when you think about what is going on in/under the skin to CAUSE these marks.  My skin is basically shredding.  Eek!

Belly Button In or Out?
I'm starting to think it's never going to pop :-(  But a couple days ago, we were watching Baby Girl dance across my belly, and she was pushing right behind my belly button.  It was funny to watch it go almost flat and then sink back in.


Momma's Feeling

Cravings:
Orange juice!  Suddenly, I can't get enough of it :-)

Anything making you queasy or sick?
A couple random bouts of mild nausea I really couldn't attribute to anything in particular...

Happy or Moody Most of the Time?
It's been a fairly moody week.

Movement?
Almost constant, from one or the other if not both.  It's nice to have company when I get up in the middle of the night!

Sleep:
I've had a couple of decent nights lately, which make the all-too-frequent lousy nights easier to deal with.

What I Miss:
The usual.  Also, there's a Cracker Barrel about 6 miles from my hospital... praying it's still open when I'm cleared to scarf devour snack on some pancakes and syrup after delivery. :-)  Anyone know of anywhere that sells pancakes with good syrup 24/7 in the Dayton, OH area?

Other Symptoms:
Itching, backaches, round ligament pain, and Braxton-Hicks contractions.



Highlights and Coming Soon

Best Moment of the Week:
It was a banner week!  Our ultrasound and appointment were probably the best of the best this week... 

Maternity pictures were SO much fun!  I'm so glad we were able to do them, and I think we're going to have lots of great images to remember this crazy-awesome time in our lives.  

The hospital tour was intense... I had slight panicky feelings when I smelled the OR (why must they all smell scary?), and a deep sadness touring the NICU.  But we had lots of questions answered very satisfactorily... they believe strongly in skin-to-skin and the magical hour of bonding, and try to observe and practice them even with c-sections (if we end up needing one).  There is no reason Ethan and I will EVER be separated unless we choose (like if I want him to follow one/both of the kids to the nursery)... many of my little fears and insecurities were calmed.  Except the big fear of people handing us two helpless, tiny humans and expecting us to keep them alive and happy.  But we'll cross that bridge when it comes ;-)
 
Looking Forward To:
Meeting the babies in less than two months!!  Not much else on the horizon I can think of... we tried to have most everything scheduled and done by 30 weeks, in case of bed rest, early labor, etc.  So basically, we now have until they arrive to straighten up, clean, organize, and daydream!  

Doctor's Appointments:
My NST was a little difficult because both babies kept wiggling away from the heart rate monitor.  The poor nurse had to sit there the whole time and search and press on my belly.  Ornery little people. :-)  The ultrasound went really, really well!  The NST must have tired out the kiddos, because they were super-cooperative for the ultrasound.  Baby Boy is still breech, laying across the top of my belly.  Baby Girl is head down!!  WooHoo!!  The doctor doesn't think that she's likely to change position, so we had a great conversation about prepping for a vaginal delivery.  All of the doctors in that practice are comfortable and experienced with delivering breech Baby Bs, so his position is fairly irrelevant, but they won't attempt it without a vertex Baby A.  SO excited that we have one now, and really hoping she stays put!!  Baby Boy's fluid is a tiny bit high, but they're not concerned because everything else looks great, and Baby Girl's fluid is totally normal.  It's apparently not uncommon in diabetics to have extra fluid... it just means I look (and feel) even a little more pregnant than I am, and that Baby Boy has plenty of room to roll and play ;-)
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Baby, Baby: 29 Week Bumpdate

The Kidlets


How Far Along?
29 weeks!

Genders?
One girl, one boy.

How big are they? 
Compared to butternut squashes, acorn squashes, small cabbages, or Hawaiian pineapples.  They should weigh about 3 pounds each!   


Changing Momma

Have you started showing yet?
Yep. I get lots of comments and exclamations over the bump when we're out :-)  From people with twins, or people who are close with twin moms, I hear how little I look.  From others, I hear that I must be ready to pop any day :-) 

Weight Gain?
Up 30 pounds total :-)

Maternity Clothes?
Yep. 

Stretch Marks?
Woww... the stretch marks!

Belly Button In or Out?
Barely in.


Momma's Feeling

I've started experimenting with fabric nursing/baby-safe necklaces, since much of what I've made in the past could break into choking hazards.  Fun!  :-)

Cravings:
Ice cream a few times... cheeseburgers... all the food...

Anything making you queasy or sick?
Not lately.

Happy or Moody Most of the Time?
Happy!!

Movement?
Constantly!  Busy, busy little people!

Sleep:
It's rough... hard to get comfy, hard to stay comfy.  My arms fall asleep and my hips ache, and I get up at least twice to tinkle.

What I Miss:
The usual.  :-)

Other Symptoms:
Started recognizing lots of Braxton-Hicks contractions.  I wasn't sure what they were at first, because they're not remotely painful or crampy.  But my belly goes hard and it hurts if I accidentally bump it into anything.



Highlights and Coming Soon

Best Moment of the Week:
Hearing that everything was great with the NST :-)
 
Looking Forward To:
We're doing maternity pictures on Tuesday, our hospital tour on Wednesday, and an ultrasound on Friday! :-) 

Doctor's Appointments:
This past week, we had an NST that went wonderfully.  It was super quick, because both babies did just what we needed them to :-)  This coming Friday, we have another NST and a growth ultrasound.  I asked the doctor if/when we'd start having ultrasounds more frequently than every 4 weeks, and she said that she didn't see that becoming necessary, that they would only increase them if we started seeing any problems, and that I was on the "low maintenance plan for a high-risk pregnancy."
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Baby, Baby: 2 Peas in a Pod Baby Shower

My wonderful mother-in-law threw us a beautiful baby shower this month, and I had promised in a few bumpdates that I would share some pictures and stories here :-)

Photo by Katie Hampton

The theme was "2 Peas in a Pod" and I think it turned out adorably!  We used invitations from PaperHouseDesigns on Etsy, and also snagged some similar instant-download clip art to use on name tags and games.

PROPERTY OF THE DESIGNER, PAPER HOUSE DESIGNS!

Our cake was from The Cakery in Dayton, Ohio... if you live ANYwhere in the vicinity, you NEED to try their buttercream.  Like, tonight.  


We played fairly traditional shower games... The Price is Right, word scramble, Pass the Flowerpot (where my MIL read a story with lots of "left" and "right/Wright" sprinkled throughout, and people had to pass the flowerpot in the correct direction whenever they heard one of those words), the clothespin/don't say "baby" game, and the yarn-around-Momma's-belly game.  My favorite ended up being the yarn-around-the-belly game... we laughed SO MUCH!  Not ONE SINGLE PERSON underestimated how big I was... one person got within an inch (amazing!), most were within 6-8 inches over, and one person cut a piece of yarn I could wrap around myself twice and still tie a bow with :-)  I kept that one to see how close they are by delivery ;-)  So I guess the moral of that game is that I'm smaller than I look!

Ethan's (our) Granny checking her piece of yarn against my belly. Photo by his (our) aunt Lori Feltner.
Two of my aunts and my  Grandma passing the flower :-)  Photo by Lori Feltner

The centerpieces doubled as game prizes - happy spring tulips, while we were all still sick of cold and winter.  It was one of our first warmish days, and they really made it feel like spring may come after all!

I took this one... it might be my favorite picture I've ever taken, lol.  I was playing with my new DSLR before the shower, still trying to learn the ropes. :-)

The food was delicious, and not too theme-y (because, ew, peas).  Sandwiches, chicken tenders, mac-and-cheese (my faaaaave!), potato salad, and lots of munchies :-)

Some of the guests, not quite all :-)  Photo by Lori Feltner
 And the best part of any party... the guests :-)  Since this is the only shower I knew I was having (the other one was a COMPLETE surprise!), the guest list was a mix of people from all kinds of parts of our life.  Childhood friends, friends I made as an adult, my family, Ethan's family... and the mix was perfect and seemed to really enjoy each other!  I also got to introduce my grandma and aunts, a close-friend-who's-like-family, and my incredibly amazing mentor to my in-laws, which was fun after all the stories I've told about them :-) I had so much fun visiting with and being loved on by all of these people who've meant so much to us over the years... lots of them have been praying for these babies since long before they were conceived, and it felt very cool to hang out with them with my big pregnant belly. (But, seriously, not THAT big.) ;-)

Best dang party-planning committee ever, and me :-) Photo by Lori Feltner.  I think.  Maybe Katie Hampton.

Ethan and me with a really clever gift from our Aunt Lori :-)  She has all sorts of baby things and some "my aunt is awesome"-type bibs and onesies hanging from these umbrellas... 'cause it's a shower... :-)  Again, either Lori Feltner or Katie Hampton...

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Baby, Baby: 28 Week Bumpdate

The Kidlets

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How Far Along?
28 weeks!  Survivability is up to about 90% this week :-)  I'd prefer to keep them cooking, but I feel so much relief as those percentages creep upwards. 

Genders?
One girl, one boy.

How big are they? 
They should theoretically be around 2.5 pounds each, and between 15-16 inches long.  My apps compare them to heads of cauliflower, eggplants, and tropical coconuts.  I like the tropical coconuts comparison for our little BarBABYdos babies <3



Changing Momma


Have you started showing yet?
Yep.

Weight Gain?
Not sure.  This is probably my last week of being blissfully unaware, since I start weekly office visits this coming Friday :-)  23 pounds as of last check...

Maternity Clothes?
Oh yeah.  Although I've also started wearing some non-maternity (but very loose and flowy) maxi dresses I bought last year for our Barbados trip. 

Stretch Marks?
Oh my goodness, yes.  But I'd say 90% of them are on the southern hemisphere of my bump, which seems odd to me. 

Belly Button In or Out?
We've begun referring to it as the belly dimple, but it's still in.



Momma's Feeling

Charley's testing one of the cribs to make sure it's comfy enough for his baby brother or sister. :-)  I've spent a bunch of time working in there this week!

Cravings:
Any food anyone mentions...

Anything making you queasy or sick?
Not specifically, but I was nauseated a few times this week.  No idea why.

Happy or Moody Most of the Time?
Happy!!

Movement?
Constantly <3  I even caught some of her moves on video, with clothes over my belly!  If you're so inclined, you can hop over to my Instagram to see it :-)

Sleep:
Meh.  I'm very lucky I can sleep as late as I need to to make up for not sleeping much at a time.

What I Miss:
The usual.  :-)

Other Symptoms:
Round ligament pain is so bad at times...




Highlights and Coming Soon


Best Moment of the Week:
Ethan and I knew that since I'm too high-risk to be too far from my doctors for too long, a normal "babymoon" wouldn't work for us.  So we decided to take a couple of little day trips and/or do some fun little activities closer to home.  Yesterday, we drove to a restaurant we love, two hours from home. It actually ended up being about 3.5 hour from home because of horrendous traffic, but we had a great (ohmygosh, GREAT) meal at Sonny's BBQ in Richmond, KY (the closest location to us - it's southern-based), shopped at Belk (a southern department store we like), and came home to our puppy and beds.  Besides the most delicious bbq in the world, it was really nice spending so much time just the two of us.  We talked about baby names, the nursery, all of the things we need to do (and all we've done)... and just teased and joked and laughed.  I love hanging out with this wonderful man, and can't wait to raise the cutest little nerdbabies with him :-)
 
Looking Forward To:
My first NST on Friday.  Hopefully, it's completely normal and a check-off kind of task, but it's a new milestone, and those are always fun :-)  Also excited that 30 weeks is totally visible from here...hang in there, babies! 

Doctor's Appointments:
Nothing this past week, NST Friday (plus some blood work, my second RhoGam shot, and a Tdap booster... yay...), and ultrasound and NST the Friday after that! 

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