Always, Katie: Baby, Baby: 36 Week Bumpdate

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Baby, Baby: 36 Week Bumpdate

The Kidlets

How Far Along?
36 weeks.  9 months.  36 whole weeks, people!!!!  This is incredible!

One girl, one boy.

How big are they? 
They should be about at their birth lengths, and if they gain the typical half pound per week, they would each weigh about 6 pounds now. :-)  According to the apps, I'm carrying the equivalent of 2 heads of romaine lettuce, 2 large cantaloupes, 2 ripe papayas, 2 honeydew melons, or 2 turban squashes.  I walked through a produce section the other day with WIDE eyes....

Changing Momma
Have you started showing yet?
Meh... maybe a little?

Weight Gain?
I'm down a pound from two weeks ago, so up 33 pounds total.

Maternity Clothes?
Only if I want my belly covered.

Stretch Marks?
Yes, and they itch.  So painfully.  I have to exercise restraint to not claw layers of skin off... thankfully, my doctor said hydrocortisone and Benadryl cream are safe to use, so I'm getting a tiny bit of relief alternating those with regular lotion.

Belly Button In or Out?
It's OUT!!!  Apparently, you only have to look/measure 2-3 months overdue before that happens...? ;-)  It's not dramatically out, but it's definitely out. :-)  Not gonna lie, super-excited about that one!

Momma's Feeling

We assembled our Graco Pack 'N Play with Twins Bassinet in our bedroom for the first few weeks the babies are home. :-)

Peanut M&Ms, frosted animal crackers, anything spicy.

Anything making you queasy or sick?

Happy or Moody Most of the Time?
I'm fairly moody.  I'm between "pretty uncomfortable" and "in a fair amount of pain" most of the time... it's getting hard to avoid the moodiness.

Mostly from Baby Boy.  We know Baby Girl is moving, but she is verrrry low, and I don't feel that much of her movement. 

It's ugly.

What I Miss:
Caffeine... sleep... stamina... but guess what!?!  My doctor is ENCOURAGING warm baths!  So I've turned up the temp on them a little.  Not as hot as I used to like, but better than barely-over-room-temp!

Other Symptoms:
Contractions are getting stronger and sometimes time-able.  Usually I'll get to where they're 7 minutes apart, then it's bed time and they're gone by morning. 

Highlights and Coming Soon

Best Moment of the Week:
Hands down, spending Mother's Day pregnant.  I was so in awe of that... 

Close second was yesterday's doctor's appointment...
Looking Forward To:
I. Want. Them. Out. 

Doctor's Appointments:
Everything looked great and normal at the NSTs on Tuesday and yesterday.  Yesterday, we set an induction date!  It's past 38 weeks, which completely boggles my mind... so if they have not yet arrived, our twins' birthdays will be June 1. :-)  Since 38 weeks is a Saturday, they're waiting until the L&D floor is fully staffed to induce me ;-)  He doesn't think I'll make it to my induction date (neither does at least one of his partners), but I think he gave us one to give us light at the end of the tunnel.  I did a significant amount of whining, and I think he did a great job of responding to those complaints... gave me some useful strategies for dealing with the pain, encouraged me that I'm doing phenomenally well, and reminded me that my goal is to keep the babies in as long as they want to stay for their best good.  But he didn't give in to my pleas for an earlier induction... as well he shouldn't have ;-)
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