Saturday, January 24, 2015

Baby, Baby: 20 Week Bumpdate

The Kidlets


How far along?
20 weeks!  

Genders?
One girl, one boy. 

How big are they?
This week, we start measuring from head to toe instead of from crown to rump, so it SOUNDS like they have had massive growth spurts, even though they haven't grown THAT much :-)  They each should weigh about 10.5 ounces, and measure about 10 inches from head to toe.  That's about the length of a banana or an endive, or the diameter of a mango (I guess a slightly bigger mango than last week's?).  Yowza.   

Changing Momma


Have you started to show yet?
Just a smidge ;-)

Weight gain?
I don't know... this whole not-weighing-at-home thing is kind of nice.

Maternity Clothes?
Yep... and I've outgrown my pajama sets... now nightgowns/nightshirts are all that still fit from pre-pregnancy. 

Stretch Marks?
No new ones on my belly...

Belly Button In or Out?
It's so SHALLOW!

Momma's Feeling

Cravings:
I don't care, as long as it's food.

Anything making you queasy or sick?
Hunger... I'm super-hungry, and if I don't eat a little something every hour or so, I get really nauseated.

Happy or Moody Most of the Time?
Pretty perky!

Movement:
Yeah, they're moving :-)  It's hard not to spend all my time pressing on my belly, visiting with my babies.  It makes them seem so much more real, and I like to imagine we're getting to know their personalities.  :-)  Baby Boy woke me up this morning, moving around <3

Sleep:
Not too shabby!

What I Miss:
The usual... HOT baths and caffeine.

Other Symptoms:
My feet are getting a little poofy by the end of a day, and I still have pretty frequent back aches and belly stretching feelings.  

Highlights and Coming Soon


Best Moment of the Week:
We got the nursery CLEANED OUT!!!  It's so cool to walk by and see only furniture that will be used with our babies... a dresser used by their Daddy and Grandpop when they were little, and a glider their Gram and Poppy rocked me in when I was a baby. :-) And! My cousin offered to throw us an online baby shower (since most of that side of my family lives out of town), and my mom-in-law and dad-in-law started planning a local shower for us, too :-)  So excited to celebrate these precious babies and that so many people love them already... we are all so lucky and loved <3

Looking Forward To: 
February 3 for our next ultrasound...  and we're starting newborn parenting classes that night, and childbirth classes soon after :-)  

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Baby, Baby: 19 Week Bumpdate

The Kidlets
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How far along?
19 weeks!  One of our doctors told us last week that they won't let me go past 38 weeks, so I'm now officially at least HALFWAY THERE!  
Genders?
One girl, one boy <3  The ultrasound tech was right at my 13w2d appointment, but since we knew he wasn't 100% sure, we avoided using pronouns as best we could.  It's so much fun to refer to the little kicks and twinges as coming from HER and from HIM!  
How big are they?
Each baby should be about six inches from crown to rump... about the same length as an heirloom tomato, a mango, or a zucchini.  Three things that sound just... so icky.  They should each weigh about eight to eight and a half ounces, too, so I should be up to about a pound of baby now.  :-)  We're not going to talk about the other 12 or so pounds ;-)

 
Changing Momma

Have you started to show yet?
Yep.  Sometimes I have to double-take when I walk past a mirror.  And sometimes I just stand there and stare.  Halfway through what may be my only pregnancy ever... I'm soaking it in :-)

Weight gain?
I haven't weighed again since last post.  

Maternity Clothes?
Yeah... the very last shirts I was still able to wear are starting to look a little like hi-lo tunics, and I'm giving them another couple weeks, maybe ;-) 
Stretch Marks?
Still no new ones, but some of the old ones on my legs (I went from 64lb to 94lb in the three months after my diabetes diagnosis, I have plenty of oldies!) are starting to itch like mad.  Is that a thing? 
Belly Button In or Out?
Shallow, and an old incision there from a laparoscopy is starting to feel weird, like it's stretching or something.  I've been weirdly curious to see what that scar looks like on an outie :-D

Momma's Feeling
 

Cravings:
Still pretty much anything that won't eat me first.  Strawberries were one this week... cheeseburgers... the usual. :-)
Anything making you queasy or sick?
I have actually felt pretty spectacular in that area this week!
Happy or Moody Most of the Time?
I've had a few days where I've had to work hard to squelch the progesterone monster... my fuse is a little shorter than normal, but I'm still generally pretty chipper.  Does that make sense?

Movement:
YES!  I can finally feel them moving without pressing my hands over them!  My favorite was a couple of nights ago when Charley was sleeping pressed right up against Baby Girl, and she gave him a test poke, then started throwing herself against him.  He didn't notice, but I sure did, and I had googly eyes all day :-)
Sleep:
Still pretty good!  I think part of it is that I take a fairly warm shower before bed, and it relaxes all my aching everything, so I feel better laying down than I do most of the rest of the time.  And of course, my new best friend, the pillow Ethan's parents gave me for Christmas <3  That thing is a lifesaver!
What I Miss:
Baths over 100 degrees... McDonald's diet Coke...
Other Symptoms:
Just feeling super-huge and stretchy.  Sometimes by the end of the day, I'm a little short of breath.  But it's not terrible, and I know it's not going to get better for a good long time ;-)  So I'll just keep grinning :-) 

Highlights and Coming Soon

Best Moment of the Week:
Baby Girl kicking Charley was up there!  I also joined a local Moms of Multiples group and have been getting to know some of the members through their special Facebook group.  Seems like a neat group of ladies, and I'm so excited to have so many veteran twin (or more) moms as resources and friends :-) 

Looking Forward To:
My next meal?  Ha!  I'm working on stocking our extra freezer with frozen meals, and I'm looking forward to feeling a little more prepared in that way.  The nursery is almost ready to start furnishing and decorating, and I'm also really looking forward to seeing it look less like a blank slate and more like a nursery where two tiny humans can live :-)  I might try and do an inspiration post for the nursery like I did for our family room and dining room... but I'm a little on the lazy side lately, so I may not ;-) 

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Baby, Baby: 18 Week Bumpdate (and GENDER REVEAL)

The Kidlets

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How far along?
18 weeks today!  I am halfway to a good, safe goal of full term for twins.  If I make it to 36 weeks, all should be totally developed and healthy :-)  

Genders?
Oh, yeah... I was going to announce that today, wasn't I...? 

How big are they?
At our appointment on Monday, each weighed 7oz!  They should be about 5-6 inches long, or about the length of a bell pepper or sweet potato. :-)


Changing Momma


Have you started to show yet?
Pshyeah.  I'm pretty sure I had a growth spurt yesterday, s'matter of fact!

Weight gain?
I gained a pound since the last appointment... I'm thinking 13 pounds total?  Somewhere around in there. 

Maternity Clothes?
Yeah... and I'm pretty sure I just pulled my beloved pre-pregnancy sweatpants for the last time.  

Stretch Marks?
No new ones... 

Belly Button In or Out?
Super-shallow, but in...

Momma's Feeling
 

Cravings:
All the food.

Anything making you queasy or sick?
Smells... but mostly smells that would nauseate non-pregnant people too.  Like dog poo. ;-)

Happy or Moody Most of the Time?
I mood swung like it was my JOB this week!

Movement:
About the same as it has been... the ultrasound tech was impressed with how wiggly both babies are, though!

Sleep:
Could be worse!

What I Miss:
Caffeine and hot baths... I'm not getting over these two things ;-)

Other Symptoms:
The burping won't quit!!

Highlights and Coming Soon


Best Moment of the Week:
Ultrasound!!!  I love seeing my babies wiggle, and I love cooing over their tiny details... the perfect hearts, the tiny hands, the bones (femur, humerus) that are totally identifiable as perfectly formed miniatures of the ones on the skeletons in A&P class... oh!  The adorableness!!  We also had a wonderful, cozy time at Ethan's Granny's house last night with most of that side of the family.  We showed them the ultrasound video and cut a gender reveal cake.  We have a pretty great family! Speaking of great family... here's who we're going to be adding to it in the next several months... 

Baby A: our daughter, Baby B: our son.  Ohmygosh, we have a daugher and a son y'all!

Looking Forward To: 
Talking about baby names... decorating the nursery... all the stuff that comes next, I guess <3

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