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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 :)