This week was the ever popular glucose test at the doctor! Nothing quite like drinking extra sugary “orange” flavored “juice” that tastes like flat orange soda for breakfast! I am still waiting on results but I feel pretty confident that I’m not diabetic.
My belly measured in at 34 weeks and I’m only 25!! Haha. I wonder how much room I have left to grow? Otherwise everything is fine so far. I’ve gained a total of 25lbs at this point which freaks me out but it’s normal. I know I need more water. I was so good drinking water when I was pregnant with my son and for some reason my mouth refuses to allow water in! I’m kind of obsessed with root beer right now. I mean how can you not? It’s soooo good and has that hint of vanilla and it’s caffeine free too!! Luckily the force of this delicious bubbly beverage hasn’t completely taken over my thoughts and I still manage to get some water down. Now it’s time to get serious with it though. Dread.
The belly now, being the size of an 8 1/2 month pregnant belly, is officially getting in the way and getting pretty itchy! No stretch marks though (yet) and these babies can really move in there now! I’ve sent a few videos of them kicking like crazy to mommy and daddy. They seem pretty strong and from the check up sound healthy!
So I got this idea a few weeks ago to try waxing. Yes waxing. I’ll let everyone guess as to where. Since the belly has now hidden my view of anything south of my belly button, should I try to “landscape” I usually come out looking like I’ve been in a butcher knife fight. So I thought, why not see if I can handle a waxing? If so, I’ll just rely on that and what a life saver it will be once delivery is upon us! I read (and heard) that waxing while preggo can be kind of painful since things are more sensitive etc etc. I didn’t care. It can’t be worse then childbirth and having stitches down there right? Well I won’t go into detail during the visit, but only one spot really actually made me “oooooo” out loud and the rest was pretty easy! Verdict? I shall never shave again. I’m a total waxing fan now for sure. What’s a tiny bit of pain (which came on that one spot for a few days following the waxing itself) compared to having to constantly shave ALL THE TIME? Totally worth it. I attempted convincing my BFF to try it since she is pregnant too but I don’t think she ever will. Plus she said she has a low pain tolerance so my feeble attempt failed. Oh well! It’s been like three and half weeks and I can’t believe how long it’s lasting!
Well now it’s barely into march and it’s consistently in the 80s which means allergy season is deadly right now. I’ve got allergies so bad right now that I’m a wheezy, sneezing, itching mess. I HATE AZ. bah!
Enough of my complaining about the weather, mommy to be is coming to stay with me for the 3D ultrasound on the 31st! Only three weeks away and we are both super excited to see each other and I can’t wait for her to feel her babies kick!!
Gestation: 25 weeks
Weight: up 25lbs
Symptoms: itchy belly, itchy boobs, back aches, constipation.
Cravings: fruit of any kind, root beer, home made applesauce
Not a whole lot to report on the pregnancy front. It’s been a few weeks since I last posted so I thought I’d put up a pic for amusement. The kicking has very much increased in feeling and I can now see the movement from the outside. They are already fighting for room in there and boy do I feel it! At the last check up with my reg OB, I was still breech with baby B, little miss. The difference now is, someone made a mistake when tagging them as A and B. We found out that B is really the one “presenting” or closest to the exit. So even though she should be A, they are just saying she is the one presenting. So now the race is on to hope and pray she turns before there is no more room or it’s operation central for me! And I have no way of really telling or knowing if she has yet or not. My next appt is march 6th and it’s my glucose test, bleh. No ultrasound at that appt though so I won’t know until I’m 28 weeks along.
I’ve got this nasty “orange flavored” drink ready for the appt. For those who haven’t had a taste of this “drink”, I imagine it’s like drinking high fructose corn syrup by itself. It’s so over sweet and disgusting! And you have to drink it an hour before they draw your blood to test for gestational diabetes. Not quite sure how the test works if you drink something purposely that sweet then have your blood tested but bottoms up right? So much for the morning decaf on the way to the appt.
Braxton hicks have been few and far between luckily and I don’t know how I’ve managed to pull that off, I told myself I would drink more water and I’ve kind of been slacking. I did come down with a terrible respiratory issue again though a few days ago. It started with a head cold (compliments of my kiddos), and by the next day had completely moved itself into my lungs. I have been coughing, hacking and wheezing ever since. I feel fine at this point, but my lungs disagree. To the point that I’ve been sleeping propped up on a total of 6 pillows to help me breathe at night. (Sorry hubby, I know the bed is only so big)!
So here’s a pic from today as I round out more like a beach ball now rather then a volley ball!
I had my level 2 u/s yesterday since I’m now 20 weeks. Which seems odd to me because I for some reason thought I was going into 21 weeks. Oh well I guess! The tech measured everything. Bones in their arms and legs, blood flow through their heart chambers, through the renal systems and into their umbilical cords. It sure was cool. She also checked the ventricles and spacing in their brains. It was quite the scan. In the beginning, the little boy was so energetic that she had a hard time getting some measurements! But everything checked out completely normal on both. Baby girl measured 19w5d and baby boy was 20w2d.
We just returned from our first family vacation at Disneyland so it was nice to see the babies healthy since I felt so exhausted! I have my usual 20 wk anatomy scan next week with my reg doctor and I am not looking forward to the weigh in. I didn’t eat get healthy while in Cali and my weight is proof. So I have to really he careful with y food now and hopefully I don’t gain more between now and then!
So ill do the official stats next week. Until then here are a few cute pics we got from yesterday’s appt!
Wow how do I let time slip through my fingers so easily? Well, New Years was an exciting few days for everyone. D and M came in New Year’s Day, and came over for a BBQ with us and my parents. They got to meet my kids and see our place and just hang out. They couldn’t believe I now have a belly! It was a great night. They even brought a gift for both kids, who of course absolutely loved them!
Thursday morning we headed over to the doctor and did the ultrasound first. It was so wonderful for both of them to get to see their babies live instead of just pictures. They loved it. Baby A is a little boy and baby B is a precious girl. They were so happy and excited. The tech gave them lots of pictures to take home as well. Then we met with the doctor who got to meet them. According to him I am doing just fine even though I have had some Braxton hicks contractions. So when they come I’m to just rest and drink more water. My uterus measured 23 1/2 weeks even though I was 16 weeks. So I am growing fast to accommodate these little ones! Again totally normal. Doc said we would probably induce the very last week in May. They will be full term by then and it gives M and D a week to plan to be out here, assuming all is well with the babies and we don’t need to go in sooner.
After the appointment, M called his mom and family and word spread of the good news on their side of the country. We stopped at the second hand clothing store as well so they could see the store I always talk about when I shop for my kids. D ended up getting a couple outfits for each baby. Then off to home and hotel for a bit. D and M spent the day outside at the ball park grounds and the park just enjoying the good news and the good weather since their place was getting hammered with the winter storm. After naps we all met at an old Mexican restaurant that has probably some of the more authentic southwest Mexican food here (unless you get really close to the border of course). Everyone loved the food, and the kids did great at dinner (lucky for me!). They even complimented us on how well behaved my kids are compared to how kids they always see act back home. Maybe a different way of living? Who knows.
Thy returned home Friday to lots of snow and single digit temps but made it safely after what I think was an awesome trip here.
So without further delay, here are some pics!
Little prince is the top pic, little princess is doing her yoga pose with her feet at her mouth in the second pic, and me at 16 weeks the day of our ultrasound.
Now I’m pushing 18 weeks so ill do stats for this week!
Gestation: 18 weeks
Weight: up 7lbs. Whoa there!
Cravings: Starbucks! Mmmm gotta have self control.
Aversions: meat in general, hotdogs, touching ham when making my daughters lunch, gag!
Symptoms: Braxton hicks, trouble breathing when laying back, constipation, low energy.
Maternity clothes? Yes! Full on all maternity at this point.
Mood: too tired to care most days!
And here is an 18 week shot in my normal sized shirt!
Not a whole lot has happened since the last post. Except I am sick. Again. Poor little K got sick Christmas Eve and daddy had to stay home with him while miss T and I went to grandpas bday party. Then Christmas Day she ended up sounding terrible. By the end of the day I wasn’t doing so well either. So it’s now Sunday night (from wed) and I don’t have a sore throat thankfully, but my voice is gone yet again and I am coughing like crazy. Here we go again. I am trying hard to shake this before Wednesday since that’s when M and D are coming! Our gender ultrasound is Thursday morning and we are all so excited! We are planning on BBQ at the house on wed for sure.
In pregnancy related news, I am showing more and the constipation has returned with vengeance. Oh my Lordy. Last night the cramps were in full swing and it was so bad and I was doubled over so much that the amazing dinner I had eaten earlier came right back up. And after all that, I am mad to report the efforts on the south end still hadn’t happened. Sorry if that’s too much info but hey, pregnancy isn’t all roses! If I could get rid of the constipation I would be in good shape! I’m not too big yet that I am uncomfortable. I don’t have major breakouts on the face (whew), and my boobs no longer hurt!
I do however, think at times that I can feel baby B moving around. I know its on the early side of movement, but with two in there I figure I might feel them sooner since they share the same space my kids got to stretch in solo. They are always really active when I listen to them and send video of them on the Doppler.
No real cravings anymore. But I confess that I have let up on the water drinkage and I think that’s a cause for the weight gain I’ve seen recently. So now I’ve got three days to pound down the water so that my weight isn’t too scary on Thursday. I had only gained two little pounds at my 12 week visit. As of right now I’m up a total of 5 I think. Maybe. Weight gain scares me now. I did really well with my sons pregnancy and I want to do the same thing again but a twin pregnancy is way different!
Miss T is so precious. I can’t wait for her especially to meet M and D. She rubs my belly a lot and we talk about how the babies will go home with their mommy and daddy when they are born. She knows and I’m pretty sure she understands they are not mine and we won’t bring them home. I think it will be nice for her to actually see mommy and daddy to be and to tell her here are the babies’ mommy and daddy! Of course K has no concept which is fine.
I’m sure I’ll have the big update at the end of the week!
Wow I totally spaced on posting the outcomes of the appointments. Oops. The reg OB appointment went well. Doc found both heart beats on his Doppler no problem. (I knew he would). And said everything is perfect so far and see you in a month! So I excitedly made the gender reveal appointment for jan 2nd so both M and D can come!! They have booked their flight already and are all set to come down!! Happy day!!!
The NT scan went perfect as well. The babies look amazing and big! I was told I HAVE to come back at 20 weeks for a special scan again to measure their fluid etc and unfortunately my doc doesn’t do that.
In the meantime, I think I officially have a bump now. I can’t suck it it anymore, and my belly no longer lays flat when I lay down on my back. So long semi flat tummy!
Here are some pics to gush over!:
And I have been sick. Still. I guess I never got over this virus when I posted back at the beginning of last month! I came down with the cough again the night before thanksgiving. And have had it (along with laryngitis) since. At least this time my throat doesn’t hurt. I’m so sick of being….sick. But the babies sell to be doing ok from what I can hear through the Doppler. So that’s a plus! I could find them pretty quickly until a few days ago. Now they move so much it’s hard to keep them on the doppler. I can hear them move constantly. I just wish I could feel them for the extra reassurance. Soon enough though. I have the reg OB tomorrow for just a checkup with his doppler, then Friday I have the NT scan with the specialist. I can’t wait to see them and make sure they are ok. I hope they give pics so I can send them. Mommy and daddy are going to come down New Years week if I can schedule the next appt and u/s for the 2nd or 3rd. Otherwise it will have to be just mommy coming down. So my fingers are crossed for one of those dates.
I’m starting to show at this point which mommy is happy to see. But I’m not in maternity clothes yet. Whew!
Other then my virus I’m feeling good and ready for the second trimester to start. As of today I am no longer on any of my meds anymore either! My last shot was Sunday, my last mouthful of pills yesterday (Monday), and my last two suppositories (bleh) last night. I’m a little nervous that my body still needs the meds but I guess I need to trust that its ok and the babies will be fine.
Gestation: 12 weeks 1 day
Weight: up 1 to 2lbs
Symptoms: slightly sore boobs, less of a sensitive gag reflex.
Cravings: Mexican food, anything with tomatoes.
Aversions: the thought of any huge meal, the smell of eggs or bacon, chicken. (That last one is a hard one for me since I basically live off chicken under normal circumstances).
Mood: slightly stressed but getting better every day. Last week was a tough week!
Dr updates to come!