Always, Katie: Baby, Baby: 37 Week Bumpdate

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Baby, Baby: 37 Week Bumpdate

The Kidlets


How Far Along?
37 weeks!  Twins born past this point rarely need any NICU time or extra nursery attention.  Mine may still need blood sugar monitoring, but that would be the case with even a singleton born later.  My dream has been to be wheeled out of the OR with both babies in my arms, then spend that magical hour or two bonding as a family of four in recovery afterwards... it's starting to be a distinct possibility!

One girl, one boy.

How big are they? 
According to my apps, they're each the length of a piece of Swiss chard and as big as a winter melon (I have learned the names of more types of melons this pregnancy...) or a honeydew melon. :-)   According to yesterday's ultrasound, Baby Girl (A) should weigh about 6 pounds and 1 ounce, while her younger/big brother weighs about 7 pounds and 1 ounce.  We're not super-confident in these estimates, because their positions were making it difficult to measure certain parts, and we had a different tech than our usual.  I'm sure she's perfectly competent, but it seems like the same eyes measuring each time would give more consistent results... we're thinking she probably overestimated Baby Boy and underestimated Baby Girl a little bit.  But either way, probably in the ballpark of 13 pounds of baby!!!

Changing Momma

Have you started showing yet?
With 13 pounds of baby, yeah!

Weight Gain?
Wasn't weighed this week, so as far as I know, still the 33 pounds up.

Maternity Clothes?

Stretch Marks?
Oh yes.

Belly Button In or Out?
Barely out :-)

Momma's Feeling

Spicy and ice cream...

Anything making you queasy or sick?
Hormones, and strong contractions.

Happy or Moody Most of the Time?

Yep - Baby Girl was doing some CRAZY acrobatics a couple nights ago.  I thought for sure she had moved out of her vertex position, but thankfully, she's still head down and ready to go :-)

Well... last night I fell asleep before 9... got up twice to cold shower my intensely itching belly, went to the bathroom three times, and woke at least once an hour to roll or shift.  Sleep's not great lately...

What I Miss:
Sleeping for more than an hour at a time... and every McDonald's looks like a big styrofoam cup of ice-cold caffeinated diet Coke.

Other Symptoms:
Contractions are starting to shift from the annoying and fairly uncomfortable Braxton Hicks to the much more intense actual contractions.  My first one the other day made me sit forward in the recliner, grab the arms, and moan.  It was crazy how different it was.  They started speeding up, and when they went from 16 minutes apart to 6 minutes apart in less than an hour, I called my doctor.  She had me go to the hospital to get checked.  I was having good strong contractions very regularly, but my cervix was only a fingertip dilated.  So I got sent home.  In pain.  Like, a lot of it.  So I've been having contractions like this the past couple of evenings, but they don't seem to be making the necessary changes to be "real" labor. 

Highlights and Coming Soon

Best Moment of the Week:
Seeing little Miss and little Mr. at the ultrasound yesterday :-)
Looking Forward To:
Getting them out.  Smooching on their little noses.  Showing them off to all of you :-)

Doctor's Appointments:
Both NSTs (and the heart monitoring at the hospital) looked great again.  At the ultrasound, we discovered that Baby Boy has turned vertex now!  So both babies are head down and ready to "head" out. WooHoo!  That also means I now have four feet in my ribs, though... and four hands fumbling for and beating on my bladder. ;-)  

We asked the doctor what she thought about our trip to the hospital, and she said that unfortunately with twins, the uterus gets so distended that it basically gets ticked off.  It throws tantrums by contracting without the directional motions needed to push the babies against my cervix to dilate... she said my water could still break, or the contractions could suddenly start coordinating to be effective, but that she suspects I'll make it to my induction date... not something we ever expected when we first saw two flickering heartbeats on an ultrasound eight months ago! 
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