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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Countdown is on!


Yep, I look like I have a balloon under my shirt, or a beachball. I am ready for it to be popped! Just a quick update this week - I am no longer working so sitting in front of a computer isn't that appealing when I am not being paid to do it :)

Had my first (and only) NST yesterday and everything looked great. Saw my Dr. today and we are all set for induction next week. 8 more days...I am SO ready! Don't get me wrong - I am absolutely terrified of labor, but so ready to not be pregnant anymore.  I still hope they might decide to come before then on their own, but at least now making it to the end date seems managable. Not working definitely makes things easier as I feel less pressure to try to sleep through the night, and I can just take naps throughout the day. Seems that I can't really sleep in much more than 45 minute increments...I guess it is good practice for what is to come.

In other news, we interviewed a nanny over the weekend and really liked her, so we went ahead and offered her a position. She won't start til March when I go back to work, but what a relief to have that settled - I was pretty nervous about finding someone that would be a good fit. I felt very comfortable with her, and she's worked with both twins and triplets in the past so I feel confident in her abilities.  Things are really coming together!

Now I just hope that labor goes as smoothly as my pregnancy has been, and that my babies are healthy.  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Crazy Prego Lady

It's official. I have become the crazy prego lady. I think I did a pretty good job of staying sane for the past few months, but I think the hormones (and lack of sleep) have finally taken their toll.  Case in point: my dr. appt this past Monday...

I had my u/s appt at 8am. Of course, they didn't call us back until about 8:30.  Since I'd hardly slept at all the night before, I was already pretty cranky.  It didn't help that the u/s itself was extremely uncomfortable...lying on my back and having someone push hard on my tummy is not fun.  This was thankfully my last one. The "little" ones are now estimated at 6.10 and 7.1! No wonder I am in so much pain...
Then we had our dr. appt.  After waiting another HOUR, they finally called me back. They had to re-do my strep test bc the hospital apparently hadnt put the results in my records...grrr. For those of you who have been pregnant, you know what I mean...for some reason I always assumed it would be a mouth swab (ha, yeah right).
So I asked Dr. again at what point he would consider inducing and this time he said if nothing was wrong I should go to 40 weeks! Meaning 1/4/12. I just lost it and started crying. Like a three hanky emotional breakdown. DH jumped in and said he was worried about my health, that I wasn't functioning well, etc etc. Anyway, I guess we finally wore him down, because he said that since this time of year is somewhat hectic, he would go ahead and schedule an induction at the hopsital for 38 weeks.  That way we have an appt in case we need it, but if something happens before then, or if I decide I'd rather not be induced (haha), then we can always cancel it.  So now we are scheduled to go in the evening of Dec. 21 for delivery (vaginal) on Dec. 22. It is SUCH a relief to have an end date in sight. I still hope they decide to come on their own before then, because I have heard pitocin is not pleasant, but really, I can't imagine another month of feeling like this. Plus I really worry that they are getting cramped in there. My belly is huge, yes, but there is still only so much room.
Dr. also is still advocating for vaginal birth. Not only that, but he asked if I wanted to do it naturally. HA! Are you kidding me? I told him politely that I would like any and every drug possible, please. I am kind of surprised by this because I've read that most drs. require moms of mulitples to get an epidural in case they have to move to emergency c/s.  I guess he is really confident that I won't need one...that makes one of us.
Next appt is Monday morning for NST (my first one at 37 weeks) and then Dr. appt on Tuesday. 

Weekly Stats
How far along: 36 weeks
Weight gain/loss: Still gaining, but it is slowing down thankfully.
Maternity clothes: Dresses and leggings are my friends these days.
Stretch marks: Not really, but these ripple things just above my belly button could be mini stretch marks?  They don't go out to the sides of my belly or anything, but they aren't exactly cute...
Sleep: I am so tired, and yet I dread bedtime because I know how uncomfortable it is going to be and how I am going to be up half the night. I may try taking something to help at this point.
Best moment this week: Today, because it is my last day of work. Woohoo!
Food cravings: Orange Juice for my sore throat.
Movement:  Yes. Painful jabbing and rolling. My belly looks like an animal has been put in a balloon and trying to bust out.
What I miss:  Coherent thought. Sleep. Energy. Sleep.
What I'm looking forward to:  Not being pregnant anymore. I hate to say that, and it has been an amazing experience that I am so so thankful for, but, my body is done.
Milestones: Induction date set! Thank goodness!

Friday, December 2, 2011

December...

Wow. It's hard to believe that December is here. It seemed so far off a few months ago. In some ways, this pregnancy has flown by, and in other ways it feels like I've been pregnant forever!
I think my last post was somewhat cranky, so I want to emphasize how absolutely thankful I am to have made it this far with no major complications. I realize I am extremely lucky, particularly in light of some recent events. 

Last week, one of my dear friends welcomed his son early, at 26 weeks, 2 days. Little Dylan weighed only 2lbs, 2oz, but as far as I know things are going as well as they can under the circumstances. He will of course spend alot of time in the NICU, but hopefully without any major complications.
Also last week, another person that I've never met but feel like I know from following her blog, gave birth to twins at over 37 weeks. Even though everything seemed fine at her last u/s, 3 days later when she had her c-section, she lost one of her babies.  Thankfully the other one seems to be doing very well, but I can't even imagine the pain she and her family are going through. I hope anyone reading this will keep both of these families in your thoughts.

Anyway, as for me, I'm over 35 weeks now and still continuing to somehow get bigger:
(yay, it's not sideways!)

I'm pretty uncomfortable and not sleeping much, but overall doing well. I am just getting anxious for these kiddos to join us!


Weekly Stats
How far along: 35 weeks, 2 days
Weight gain/loss: Continuing to steadily gain a couple of lbs each week. Almost 50 total.
Maternity clothes: not much fits at this point so I am wearing alot of the same things over and over. I am SO thankful that so many people loaned or gave me clothing. I hardly had to buy any maternity clothes and I was able to have a relatively expansive work wardrobe for most of my pregnancy.
Stretch marks: Not that I can see, but my stomach is starting to get...ripples? That's the only way I know how to describe it.I just have a hard time believing that my stomach skin is ever going to go back to the way it was.  Oh well. I just want to be able to fit back into my pre-pregnancy wardrobe at some point.
Sleep: Sleeping less now than ever. I tend to be able to sleep in bed for a few hours, but then have to get up and sleep on the sofa propped up for the 2nd half of the night. And by sleep, I mean close my eyes and wait til I have to get up and pee again. It's not a big deal when I am home during the day because I can nap, but when I am in the office it definitely takes a toll and I find myself exhausted by the end of the day. Thankfully my workin days are winding down! (for now)
Best moment this week: Oddly enough, it was probably when DH and I went to the hospital in the middle of the night on Sunday as I was having alot of contractions, and some were painful. They monitored me, and indeed the machine picked up that I was contracting every 5 min or so. It felt good to be validated and know I hadn't gone in for nothing. My cervix was still completely closed however, so after drinking alot of fluids, the contractions slowed down and they sent me home. I think we both knew this wasn't going to really be it, but it was nice to go in and know what to expect when I really do go into labor. Plus everyone was really nice, and, freak that I am, I like being a patient and being monitored. I never knew this about myself until I went through IVF and the medical procedures that went along with that process.
Food cravings: My throat has been pretty sore lately, so I've been wanting alot of ice cream to soothe it. And decaf gingerbread lattes from starbucks :)
Movement:  Somehow they still have room to wiggle all around and kick and poke. I really need to get a video of my stomach because there's no way to fully describe it.
What I miss:  Uninterrupted sleep.  Guess I won't be getting that anytime soon!
What I'm looking forward to:  Dr. appt and ultrasound on Monday morning. I am really curious what the Dr. is going to say about their size and (fingers crossed) maybe an induction date?  Or even better, maybe they will decide to come on their own! 
Milestones: I finally feel ready. I feel like we've done pretty much everything we can to prepare and get the house ready; hospital bag is packed, carseats are installed...bring it!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Seriously? Seriously.

So this was somewhat of an eventful week. I had an u/s and dr. appt on Monday, which was almost comical.  For whatever reason, I saw the Dr. before having the u/s.  Everything is thankfully still going well, so I asked him at what point would he induce if I don't go into labor on my own. He said he saw no reason to intervene before week 39. He is obviously delusional if he thinks I am carrying these linebackers until December 28. Speaking of, their estimated weights are now 5.5 and 5.9 lbs!!  Once the u/s tech saw this, he said he is guessing I will deliver closer to 36-37 weeks. Uhh yeah, that's more like it. If these estimates are correct, I am already carrying arounf nearly 11 lbs of baby. And for those of you that don't know me, I am quite petite. Both DH and I were around 6 lb singletons when we were born, so I am not trying to have 7-8 lbs twins.

Which brings me to the next issue. Apparently my fabulous megababies are both head down, making me a perfect candidate for vaginal birth. Now, some people would probably be thrilled by this. Me, not so much. Especially if they are going to be as large as they are on track to be! I was totally psyched for a c-section, and completely comfortable with the surgery, and the recovery time, and the drugs...I digress.  This whole labor thing is what I was trying to avoid. But I don't feel comfortable going against what the doctor recommends, so if the day gets here and he still wants me to push these watermelons out, I guess that's what I will do (after getting an epidural ASAP and any other pain medication I can bribe them into slipping me).

I think at this point most people carrying multiples are seeing their doctor every week or so.  But with me, they don't want to see me again for 3 weeks, I guess since I seem to be doing so well. Again, I know this is great news, but there is definitely a part of me that would prefer to be monitored a bit more closely. I will be nearly 36 weeks along by the time I go back.  I'm just going to not hesitate to call and/or carry myself directly to the hospital if anything feels strange. I haven't had any flase alarms or trips to L&D yet, so I feel like I can do that without them thinking I am overreacting. Plus, just look at me:



(OK, this photo is not sideways on my computer, it flips when I upload it, and I don't have the patience to figure out WTF I am doing wrong. But you get the idea).

Weekly Stats
How far along: 33 weeks, 2 days
Weight gain/loss: Gained another couple lbs last week. We had friends visiting last weekend and went out to eat alot. Basically at every meal, I pigged out and then felt completely ill, like after thanksgiving dinner times ten. And then proceeded to do it again at the next meal.
Maternity clothes: Yeah, whatever, it's all abotu comfort at this point. I'm wearing leggings at work today which I never thought I'd do.
Stretch marks: No, just alot of burning and stretching. One twin mama told me her skin blistered and peeled open by the end and I am just REALLY hoping that doesnt happen to me. 
Sleep: We got a humidifier and that's at least helping me breathe a little better, although I am still pretty congested. Plus every time I roll over, it's like I have 10 bowling balls on top of me, so I have to roll really quick which is of course not easy.
Best moment this week: Probably anytime I could sleep more than an hour at a time. And of course everything going well at the Drs.
Food cravings: Blah. Food and eating now equates to me feeling sick, so I am just over it.
Movement:  Yes, lots, and sometimes quite painful. They are moving alot more towards the bottom now, where I guess they have their hands by their head, and it feels uber weird.
What I miss:  Same old stuff as usual. Just feeling like I'm not lugging around a sack of potatoes all the time.
What I'm looking forward to: Finally seeing these kiddos! Going on maternity leave in the new couple of weeks.
Milestones: All discussed above.

Friday, November 11, 2011

It's been a busy couple of weeks, so this week's update will be fairly brief...

Weekly Stats

How far along: 32 weeks, 2 days
Weight gain/loss: One pound since last week, for a total of around 42 lbs.
Maternity clothes: We got lucky with a few unseasonabley warm days this week, so I was able to wear dresses and flip flops. I think fall is officially here now though, so pants and boots are going to have to be worn.
Stretch marks: Not that I can see.
Sleep: Slept a little better this week than last.  Although I am snoring big time now and poor DH isn't sleeping too well b/c of that.
Best moment this week: Had a very nice intimate little shower at my MIL's house last weekend. Got some more cute clothes and a few other things. I feel extremely lucky that I had 3 showers, plus DH's co-workers' gifts...we've really been overwhelmed by everyone's generosity.
Food cravings: So ever since my brother married his wife, who is Persian, I have craved these cookies they had at their wedding (this was like 15 yrs ago). I finally found a bakery that has them (they're called chickpea cookies, at least that's the american name) so I was able to get a bunch of them! Yum :)
Movement:  Oh man, it is starting to get painful. They really push the limits of how far my skin can stretch out.  Even worse are the internal kicks when they hit organs or nerves. But it's pretty cool that I now know exactly where they are and can usually identify the body part that I'm seeing.
What I miss:  Just not being in pain and out of breath all the time.
What I'm looking forward to: Another ultrasound on Monday. Anxious to see how big they are now. I also want to talk to my Dr. about scheduling a date to get these kids out! Last time I brought it up, he wasn't really on board, but I think I am going to push a bit more. If I am going to spend Christmas in the hospital, I'd rather know now! 
Milestones: Well, I think we finally settled on names! I wouldn't say either of us 100% got what we wanted, but it's a nice compromise and we are both satisfied. I also went to a breasfeeding class this past week. I am still a bit traumatized from the experience...

Friday, October 28, 2011

So close, yet so far

Well I have officially passed the 30 week mark. This day seemed so far away a few months ago, but time really has flown by..at the same time, it feels like I've been pregnant forever :)

Here is a pic from this morning, 30 weeks and 2 days. DH left early so I had to resort to the mirror photo:


I call this The Great Pumpkin shot.  It's really too bad that I don't have any motivation or reason to dress up for Halloween, b/c I am sure there are alot of really creative costumes one could come up with to incorporate my big ole belly.
Weekly Stats

How far along: 30 weeks, 2 days
Weight gain/loss: After holding steady for awhile, I jumped up 3 lbs this week for a grand total of 40 lbs overall. 
Maternity clothes: Looks like the cold weather is finally here to stay, so I guess I have to find some shoes to wear other than my flip flops. I put on some boots this morning that I knew were a little loose normally (so I could actually get them on my swollen feet) and then as I was walking the heel broke. I guess they couldn't handle the extra weight! So yeah, shoe shopping this weekend I suppose. I miss just throwing on a dress and being ready. Pants are tough because almost all of them are too long on me.
Stretch marks: Not yet, but belly is getting itchy so they might be coming...
Sleep: I'm so tired all the time now. I nap almost every afternoon. At night I sleep a bit here and there and get up before the sun. It's just so uncomfortable lying down - my hands go numb, I can't breathe well... I am sure in a couple of months I will totally look back and think what was wrong with me for not sleeping any possible moment that I could!
Best moment this week: Getting some amazing gifts from both my co-workers and my husband's.  DH didn't have a shower at work but a bunch of his co-workers went in together and sent us a ton of stuff - both of our carseats, a pack-n-play, a carrier, etc. It was like winning the lottery!
Food cravings: Fruit. Fruit smoothies, raw fruit, fruit chew things, fruit-flavored popsickles...
Belly button in or out?  Still somewhere in the middle.
Movement:  Yes, mostly in the evenings. Sometimes when they are really at it I feel like they may push right through my skin! It is kind of freaky - sometimes I think DH gets grossed out by it. It's still super cool though :)
What I miss:  Being able to go somewhere without people staring and asking 20 questions. Especially when they say that I must be due any minute. Sigh.
What I'm looking forward to: Hmm. Really just getting anxious to meet these little guys!Milestones: Nothing major this week. Just happy that I have made it this far and things are going well!

Friday, October 21, 2011

My Little Linebackers!

Seriously, my babies are off the charts huge (and thankfully it's not due to gestational diabetes - I passed the test, woohoo!).  At my ultrasound this week (28k5d), their weights were estimated at 3.5 and 3.7 lbs. Yowza.  That's over 6 lbs of baby (and more than some women ever carry full-term with a singleton).  No wonder my body is starting to revolt.  But overall it is fantastic news, and I am thrilled that even if they happen to come early, they will likely at least be a good size. What a relief.

This Week's Stats

How far along: 29 weeks, 2 days
Weight gain/loss: Oddly enough I haven't gained an ounce in the past 2 weeks. Holding steady at exactly 153.8.
Maternity clothes: Sooooo over them. Now that the weather has changed, I keep seeing cute girls in cute fall outfits with cute heels or boots. And here I am in my mumu-ish getup, with my flip flops or flats. Blah.
Stretch marks: Nope. Although if they're under my belly I wouldn't be able to see them anyway.
Sleep: It's been a little better this week, but I still wake up at the crack of dawn.
Best moment this week: Getting to see the babes on the u/s.
Food cravings: Nothing in particular, but I do find myself wanting water nonstop.
Belly button in or out?  Still somewhere in the middle.
Movement:  Not as much this week. I think they are starting to run out of space.
What I miss:  My old body (which I'm realizing I'll likely never have back). So long skinny jeans!What I'm looking forward to: Baby shower at work in less than an hour!
Milestones: Babies being over 3 lbs each, working on baby books, getting crib mattresses.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Baby Shower!

So I'm a little late with this post - the baby (or babies) shower was actually on Oct. 1, but I've been a bit delinquent b/c no words can express how grateful I am for what all my friends did. The shower was amazing.

Some photos of the decor:
Diaper Cake




Onesies Station

And the food!
Cookie Pop Favors:

Blue and green cupcakes with 2 peas in a pod on top. So cute!

My friends also made a bunch of other great food, and sangria, wine, etc. Everything was yummy :)

It was so fun to see so many of our friends, and everyone was extremely generous. I was exhausted by the end of the day, but it was totally worth it. I am glad I scheduled the shower earlier in my pregnancy (I was almost 27 weeks) because my energy definitely wanes more the further I get along. It also gives DH and I more time to go and buy the things we still need.

Thanks so much to my fabulous friends and family that helped plan this amazing day and were there to support us! :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Getting there!

Well I am officially in the third trimester. Things have gone really smoothly so far and I am very thankful for that. At the same time, each day is a challenge and sometimes it feels like people don't realize how hard things are. For instance, at my last appointment with my doctor, he said "I see no reason why you can't work up to your due date." Gee...thanks?  I mean, that's great news I guess, but it is hard enough now to lug my big belly into the office and sit in an uncomfortable office chair all day - I can only imagine what it's going to be like a few weeks from now. Also, I've always assumed my "due date" would be around 37 weeks, but my dr. said he wouldn't intervene unless there was a reason to until my full due date. As in 40 weeks. Umm, what? I know by week 36 I am going to be begging him to take them out!  I guess I just have to be patient and see what happens...

Weekly Stats

How far along: 28 weeks, 2 days
Weight gain/loss: I actually didn't gain a single ounce this past week! I stayed exactly the same. I guess giving up the Ensure drinks is making a difference.
Maternity clothes: So over them now.  The shirts I have barely cover my belly.  I am just so thankful that I've had so many clothes given to me and haven't had to buy much.  One thing I did buy was a dress for my baby shower (pics coming).  Funny thing is that Pam was wearing the same exact dress on last night's Office. Ha!
Stretch marks: None that I can see. But the more I read, I am now worrying more about "twin skin" than stretch marks.
Sleep: Well the good news is I can go longer without peeing (maybe babies shifted off my bladder?). Bad news is it doesn't really matter b/c I'm still awake most of the night anyway.
Best moment this week: Technically it was last week but I had my baby shower! It was an amazing day. More in another post.
Food cravings: Fruit, mostly. Craving lighter things these days.
Belly button in or out?  Stuck somewhere in the middle, which is where I think it's going to stay.
Movement:  Constantly. So much so that my stomach reminds me of that line from Steel Magnolias: "Looks like two pigs fighting under a blanket."  Or as I heard from another twin mom "It feels like there's an octopus in there."
What I miss:  Independence.  This morning DH had to put my shoes on for me.
What I'm looking forward to: Another u/s Monday. Can't wait to see how big these kiddos are now!Milestones: Took my 1-hr glucose test this week. I assume I passed since I haven't heard anything. I was really concerned since some days my entire diet consists of sugar and carbs. Fingers crossed that no news is good news!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Busting Out

I realized I hadn't posted any recent belly pics on here, and I have really grown over the past few weeks.  To the point where people say things to me like "any day now, huh?"  I have three more months, people!! But I can see how they would think that. Here's my progression in photos:

18 weeks

22 weeks

26 weeks

And now for the really scary one...proceed with caution...

Bare belly at 26 weeks

Yikes. Seriously, how can I go three more months? My skin already feels like I have a constant sunburn from being stretched so far. But, the babies are a good healthy size and that's what matters. I can sacrifice my tummy in the hopes that they don't have to spend much time in the NICU. I never liked bikinis much anyway...sigh.

This Week's Stats

How far along: 26 weeks, 1 day
Weight gain/loss: Another 1.5 lbs this week. Making 35 total. I must pause for a moment while that sinks in.
Maternity clothes: It's getting to the point where the maternity shirts don't fully cover my belly. This is not good. Having your midriff hanging out isn't good when one is thin, much less in my state.
Stretch marks: Amazingly, none yet, but I hear they can often pop up in the last few weeks. Really hoping I can avoid them.
Sleep: I've kind of given up on deep sleep. I'm happy if I can get 1.5 hours straight.
Best moment this week: Went to an Expectant Parents of Multiples event on Sunday that was really neat. It was cool to talk to other moms of twins and get advice.
Food cravings: Appetite is definitely waning, and I've been a bit sick this week so I've really just been forcing it down.
Belly button in or out?  Still somewhere in the middle.
Movement:  Yep. I think they have parties in there. Or fights. Not sure which.
What I miss:  Energy. Motivation. I have so many things I want to do and I just can't. I look at things around my house and wish I had a magic wand so I could just make things happen. All I can do is lie on the sofa and nag DH to do them for me.
What I'm looking forward to: Baby shower is THIS Saturday. Soooo excited. Mostly just to see people I haven't seen in awhile.
Milestones: Hmmm. I'm sure there's something. We went to a baby class on sleep management. We both left there basically thinking that we are screwed.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Starting to Feel Real!

Well our nursery furniture was delivered this week (a month early - woohoo!).  Seeing the formerly empty room now filled with cribs etc. is definitely helping it all sink in that this is really happening, and we will soon have two actual babies in that room!  Other than the furniture, the room is totally blank:





Hopefully that will change soon and we will be able to decorate a bit. Problem is, DH and I can't agree on anything! I have visions of this elegant, regal oasis with chandeliers and flowing curtains, and he wants cutesy cartoon characters or patchwork animals. I hope that we can come to a compromise soon.  We did manage to agree on a glider, after all. This doozy rocks and reclines and has a little footrest that comes out. I was a little worried about the fabric since we picked it from a tiny swatch but I have to say I am fairly pleased with how it turned out:
And now for my Weekly Stats

How far along: 25 weeks, 2 days
Weight gain/loss: 1.5 lbs in the last week. Starting to slow down a bit thankfully!
Maternity clothes: Added a little to my wardrobe after going outlet shopping!  Hoping it doesn't get too chilly soon b/c dresses and flip flops are still the most comfortable thing.
Stretch marks: Still none.
Sleep: I both long for and dread going to bed at night. I'm always exhausted, so I get excited to go pass out, but then I know it means another night of pain, peeing, and congestion.  But I am still managing to get enough sporadic sleep to function at work at least.
Best moment this week: Spending last weekend at the beach was really nice, even though it rained most of the time. Just smelling the sea air, eating boardwalk food, and watching the waves was very relaxing.
Food cravings: Fudge, fries, and other beach food!
Belly button in or out?  It hasn't totally popped, but the top definitely protrudes enough to be seen through clothing. So weird.
Movement:  The boy is alot more active than the girl. He is constantly kicking and elbowing; she is much more mellow.
What I miss:  Just being able to get comfortable. I ache all day at work, and then long to come home and veg on the sofa, only to realize that I can't get comfortable there either.  It's like you're wearing an uncomfortable piece of clothing and you think "I can't wait to get out of this!" and then you realize you can't...not anytime soon anyway.
What I'm looking forward to: My baby shower in 8 days!!! So excited to see many of my friends that I haven't seen lately!
Milestones: We had an u/s yesterday and the babies are weighing about 2 lbs each! They doubled in size over the last month. Amazing! Getting the nursery furniture was another big milestone this week.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Weekly Stats - Week 24

How far along: 24 weeks, 2 days
Weight gain/loss: About 10 lbs over the past month. I'm cool with that. Thankfully it's mostly all belly!
Maternity clothes: My wardrobe expanded thanks to my sister in law. Yay!
Stretch marks: Still none.
Sleep: Taking it whenever I can get it - naps, sleeping in cars (when I'm not the driver, of course), and sporadically through the night.
Best moment this week: Hitting the 24 week mark felt great. It's a huge milestone in that they say if your babies are born at this point, they have a better chance of surviving than not. Of course, I plan to keep these kids cooking for 12-14 more weeks!
Food cravings: Can't eat as much as before. It's becoming more of a chore and less fun..
Belly button in or out?  Starting to portrude a tad.
Movement:  They are always kicking and rolling around. I find myself sitting at work watching my tummy bulge in different areas.
What I miss:  Running. Last weekend I went and watched a half marathon that I have ran in the past. I so wanted to join them! I hope I can get back into it.
What I'm looking forward to: Heading to the beach this weekend for a little mini babymoon! It's going to be cold and rainy but it will still be nice to get away. 
Milestones:  Hitting 24 weeks as mentioned above; also, we took our first baby class last night and learned things like how to swaddle and change a diaper. We also went to target and bought our first baby clothes. After years of seeing those cute clothes in stores and not being able to shop, it was fun :)  Here is DH's first baby purchase:
 
 
 
 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Weekly Stats - Week 22

How far along: 22 weeks, 2 days
Weight gain/loss: I feel like it's time to slow down on this weight gain thing or else I am not going to be able to stand up without toppling over soon! I somehow gained 3 lbs in the last week.
Maternity clothes: are getting tight.
Stretch marks: Still none.
Sleep: Wah. I think I'm in a constant state of semi-sleep. It doesn't help when co-workers come up to you and tell you how tired you look. Umm, thanks.
Best moment this week: Any moment I didn't have searing back pain was pretty damn good.
Food cravings: Trying to eat healthier now, but chocolate is still a big craving for me.
Gender:  I'nm removing this from future updates since hopefully they are now set in stone.
Belly button in or out?  Almost gone.
Movement:  Lots this week. I just sit there and feel them wiggle around. Love it!
What I miss:  Energy
What I'm looking forward to: Dad's visit this weekend; Dr. appt next week so that i can ask about relief from back pain!
 Milestones:  Had a lovely time at my little family baby shower in my hometown. It was so nice to see everyone and show off my crazy huge bump. Sadly I won't be able to travel home anymore til after the twins are here. Knowing how long I have waited to be pregnant, it was really nice to just embrace the attention and enjoy it :)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

To Cut or Not to Cut?

So, now that we know for sure that we are having one girl and one boy, DH (blogspeak for dear husband - barf, but it's effective I suppose) and I are starting to get serious about decisions like names, nursery themes, and....whether or not to circumcise.  If you'd asked me a year ago, I would have said it was a no-brainer. Isn't that what most people do?  Turns out, not so much anymore.  Rates have dropped to less than 1/3 nationwide (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129362160), although that is somewhat misleading since it doesn't include those snipped outside of the hospital setting. But it's fair to say the practice is definitely on the decline, and that less than half of boys these days are circ'd.

In light of new information and research, the AAP no longer recommends circumcision as a routine procedure (http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/prenatal/decisions-to-make/pages/Where-We-Stand-Circumcision.aspx).  So basically, they're saying it's up to you and your beliefs. DH and I are not religious, so that argument is out the window. However, DH is definitely more...traditional than I am. I can't just do things because they were done in the past (it took him 6 yrs to talk me into putting up a Christmas tree b/c I saw no purpose in it). Then again, I don't want my kid to be some badge of my progressiveness. So we find ourselves at a crossroads. I've basically just asked DH to do some reading on the subject so that we can make an educated decision. I have learned I need to pick my battles, so we'll see how it goes :)

For anyone who'd like more details, here's an excerpt from Lucie's List that I find to be informative and unbiased:
Studies that previously demonstrated medical benefits of circumcision - namely, reduced rates of HIV transmission--are now being reconsidered because they took place in sub-Saharan Africa. In that location, environmental circumstances, including poor sanitation and high rates of Chlamydia-caused open sores, invalidate the application of the results of these studies to first-world, western populations. Furthermore, any possible benefits received from the potential decreased risk of UTIs or yeast infections are essentially negated by the risk of surgical and post-surgical complications.
Background Info
Globally, circumcision is most prevalent in the Muslim world, Israel, Africa, the US, and South Korea. In contrast, it is fairly rare in Europe, Latin America, Southern Africa, and most of Asia.
In the US, less than 60% of all baby boys are still circumcised. But there are HUGE regional differences to point out: in the West, only about 34% of baby boys are circumcised, while in the Midwest, it's nearly 80% (per the CDC's National Hospital Discharge Survey).

The Argument For Circumcision
Urologist Anne-Marie Houle, MD, FRCSC, FAAP, who is pro-circumcision, argues:
The 8 reasons for routine newborn male circumcision ~

Circumcision:
8. decreases the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs)
7. reduces the risk of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men.
6. lowers the risk of STDs.
5. protects against penile cancer.
4. reduces the risk of penile HPV infection and the risk of cervical cancer in female partners.
3. prevents chlamydia infections and subsequent pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility (in your partner).
2. decreases the risk of balanoposthitis and phimosis and the later need for postneonatal circumcision.
1. improves sexual function and creativity.
The Argument Against
Dr. Sears, a popular pediatrician, is adamantly against circumcision.

"1. Medical benefits - THERE ARE NONE! Do not circumcise your baby because you think there are some medical benefits. A recent review by the AAP looked at all the data from the past decades to see if there truly were any medical benefits. Their conclusion: NO. Here are a few benefits that we used to think were true, and now know are not:
  • Cleanliness - although it is true, a circumcised penis does not collect any white stuff underneath the foreskin like an intact penis does, THIS IS NOT A MEDICAL BENEFIT. It is really just one less area to wash in the shower.
  • Decreased risk of STD's - this was a myth that we now know is not true.
  • Decreased risk of penile cancer - it used to be thought that circumcised men had a much lower chance of cancer of the penis. We now know that this benefit is much smaller than previously thought. The AAP determined that this benefit is so tiny, it is not worth circumcising for this reason.
  • Avoiding infections in the foreskin - it is true, occasionally intact foreskins get irritated. This is easily treated with warms soaks and washing. Rarely, the irritated foreskin becomes infected. This requires antibiotics to clear up, but is easily treatable. Even if this does happen once or twice in a person's life, it is not a reason to circumcise at birth.
  • Avoiding the need to do it later on - very rarely, someone has a problem with recurrent infections in the foreskin that need antibiotic treatment. Some of these men then need to be circumcised in an operating room under general anesthesia. This is extremely rare, however, and is not a reason to circumcise everyone at birth.
  • Avoiding bladder infections - it used to thought that circumcised boys and men had a much lower chance of bladder infections. The AAP now knows that this benefit is very small, and is only true for the first few years of life. After that, there is no difference in the number of bladder infections. Again, not a reason to circumcise.
2. Don't want to be teased - while this may have been true in the U.S. decades ago, the truth is that your uncircumcised kids will be in good company in the locker room when they are teenagers. Less and less people in the U.S. are now circumcising their boys.
3. Too much trouble to take care of - some people think that an intact penis is too much trouble to pull back and clean, especially during childhood. Well, the truth is, you are not even supposed to pull back the foreskin until it naturally comes back on its own between age 3 years and adolescence. So there really isn't anything to even take care of until then.
4. Want your boy to look like dad - the main difference that your child will notice between him and dad is the hair. He won't even notice any difference in the penis until he is old enough that you can then explain to him the difference.
So, what are the reasons TO circumcise? Here is the list:
Religious reasons. That is all. There really is no good reason to circumcise other that personal preference and religious reasons.
Are there any reasons NOT to circumcise? Consider these:
1. Leave nature alone - whether you believe God created men with a foreskin, or nature simply evolved this way, there must be some reason men have foreskins. Why change something that God/nature has created?
2. Sensation and sexual pleasure - the foreskin is filled with nerves, and is therefore extremely sensitive to touch. This enhances sexual pleasure.
3. Protects the glans (head) of the penis - the glans is another highly sensitive area. The foreskin protects the glans from constant rubbing and chaffing against clothing that can desensitize it over the years. This preserves sexual pleasure.
4. Ethical issues - there are groups of people worldwide, including medical societies, that oppose routine circumcision because they feel it is unethical for a parent to decide to alter the penis of their child without the child's consent. Parents who are deciding whether or not to circumcise their son may wish to consider the impact this may have in the future if the child decides they wish they were not circumcised."
-- William Sears, MD

No pun intended, but there is no clear cut answer on this one, mommy.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Weekly Stats - Week 21

How far along: 21 weeks, 2 days (although I look about 35 weeks)
Weight gain/loss: Steadily gaining 2 lbs a week still. I am up from about 117 to 143!
Maternity clothes: Getting tired of wearing the same things over and over :(
Stretch marks: Still none.
Sleep: Sporadic.
Best moment this week: Seeing my babies on the ultrasound yesterday! They are getting so big, 1.2 lbs and 1.3 lbs! That is like the 90th percentile, but that's how they want multiples so great news! Food cravings: I am heading to my hometown this weekend, and can't stop thinking about hte Bojangles biscuits and sweet tea that await me there :)
Gender:  The ultrasound also confirmed that the girl really is a girl, so I am very relieved that we really are having one of each.
Belly button in or out?  Slowly flattening out.
Movement:  I can finally feel kicks and movement on a regular basis. I also can now tell where they are positioned.
What I miss:  Making it through the workday without a major backache.
What I'm looking forward to: Seeing my family this weekend :)
Milestones:  This was a big week! Knowing that the babies are already over a pound each makes me feel so much better - even if god forbid they were born in the next few weeks, they would have a fighting chance. But thankfully my cervix is measuring nice and long so hopefully they are not going anywhere anytime soon!  We also got some neat 4D shots from the ultrasound, and I am looking forward to sharing those with my family this weekend.  Tomorrow I'm having a little lunch/baby shower with family so that is exciting as well!

Friday, August 19, 2011

The official 20 week photo

Weekly Stats - Week 20

How far along: 20 weeks, 2 days (woohoo, over halfway there!)
Weight gain/loss: Another 2 lbs this week. Those Ensure protein shakes really work!Maternity clothes: Got some new ones this week! Some "skinny" jeans (haha) and some nursing bras.
Stretch marks: Still in the clear.
Sleep: Ugh. No longer coming easy. Between peeing 3-5 times a night, and being super-congested, I tend to wake up alot.
Best moment this week:  Baby Shower Invite going out!
Food cravings: yep...french fries.
Gender:  Next week's u/s will hopefully confirm the B/G.
Belly button in or out?  Still in - barely!
Movement:  They are definitely moving around. I don't feel kicks per se, but lots of rolling and shifting. I can feel this from the inside and out.
What I miss:  The cute fall clothes coming out are making me miss wearing form-fitting stuff like pencil skirts. Oh well.
What I'm looking forward to: Going home next weekend to see my family (and for them to see me in all my glory!)
Milestones:  Reaching the 20 week mark! It's amazing how quickly this pregnancy is going by, but at the same time I have a really hard time imagining it going on for 4 more months... I'm starting to get major back aches when I am at work; my supposedly ergonomic work chair is not cutting it. I got a back support pillow but that isn't helping either. I have a feeling I am going to have to start working from home at some point...

Friday, August 12, 2011

Weekly Stats - Week 19

How far along: 19 weeks, 2 day
Weight gain/loss: 2 lbs this week, 20 lbs total (!!)
Maternity clothes: Yup, still rocking them. And now I'm going to have to break down and get some new bras, the old ones just aren't cutting it anymore.
Stretch marks: Still in the clear.
Sleep: Sleeping pretty well still, although rolling over is getting harder. I got a Boppy Body Pillow but I haven't really figured out how to sleep with it yet.
Best moment this week:  Registering! And seeing my mom last weekend :)
Food cravings: Still fries. And sweets. Basically, things I normally like just amplified.
Gender:  Still boy and girl.
Belly button in or out?  Still in - barely!
Movement:  I think maybe I've started to feel something, but not sure...
What I miss:  Stamina. Went shopping last weekend and I just get tired so quickly! And my feet start to ache...
What I'm looking forward to: The next ultrasound in a couple of weeks.
Milestones:  Getting our registries started!