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Week 36 – Still Pregnant

Yup, I’m still pregnant! Honestly, I can’t believe I even made it this far, which is good for the babies because as we know, the longer they stay in, the better! And, I’m happy to report that all is going really well. The babies and I got a clean bill of health last week at my doctor’s appointment and ultrasound. The little guy is weighing in at 4 lbs 15 oz and she is weighing in at 5 lbs 5 oz, which is perfect for 36 weeks. However, it turns out that I’ll likely be needing a c-section. While the little guy is in a head down position, she is currently breeched and blocking the birth canal. It’s highly unlikely that she would move at this point because of the lack of room. The plan is to allow my body to go into labor naturally, but delivery will be through a c-section. If my body doesn’t go into labor on its own, then a c-section will be scheduled no later than 38 weeks. Waiting is the hardest part!!!!

36 weeksBabies’ size? A honeydew melon (4.2 lbs to 5.8 lbs and about 17.2 to 18.7 in).

Stretch marks? A few small ones on the underside of my belly, but overall, I think my skin did pretty well for all the extra weight I’m carrying.

Sleep? Actually, not too bad this week; although, I hope I didn’t just jinx myself!

Best moment this week? My ultrasound! I love being able to see the babies, hear their heart beats and most of all, finding out that they’re growing and measuring as they should!

Miss anything? Moving around easily. Right now I feel like a beached whale. Other than doing a few things around the house from time to time, I’ve mostly been staying on the couch. I’m just so uncomfortable!

Movement? Yup, still moving like crazy!

Food Cravings? No.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Not anything specific, but my stomach and appetite hasn’t been all that great lately. I have to eat small meals throughout the day (not much room in there!) and when I do eat, the food tends to make me either nauseous, give me a sour stomach or I get heartburn. No fun!

Genders? A BOY and a GIRL!

Labor Signs? I’ve still been experiencing some period-like cramping (with some more intense spurts) and lower back pain. I brought it up to my doctor again at my last appointment and she’s not at all concerned. She said my body is getting ready for labor.

Symptoms? The same as last week - lots of swelling in my hands, feet, ankles and legs (some days are worse than others), generally uncomfortable, a very heavy feeling in my stomach, hot flashes, exhausted and LOTS of trips to the bathroom.

Belly Button – in or out? Out!

Wedding Rings – on or off? They’re still off. I haven’t even tried putting them on at this point.

Happy or Moody? Happy!

Looking Forward To? Meeting our new little additions! Any day now! :-)

If you were pregnant, did you have a c-section or natural birth?

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Weeks 34-35 – Reality Sets In

So, I’m officially on maternity leave from work and thank goodness for that! I’ve been so tired and so uncomfortable these days, which is part of the reason for not getting a blog post up last week. I’m just having a hard time concentrating on anything but babies! I’m excited and nervous all at the same time!

At my last doctor’s appointment (which went really well by the way), the doctor and I talked a lot about labor and delivery and WHOA…did reality set in! This is really happening! The doctor said twins are typically born between 36 and 37 weeks; although, it can happen at any moment. OH.MY.GOSH! It’s so close!  The cut off point is 38 weeks, so basically, if they don’t come on their own before that time, then they’ll either induce or I’ll be having a c-section. We’ll shall see…

34 and 35 weeks Collage

Babies’ size? They went from a butternut squash (4.2 lbs to 5.8 lbs and about 17.2 to 18.7 in) at 34 weeks to a coconut (4.2 lbs to 5.8 lbs and about 17.2 to 18.7 in) at 35 weeks.

Maternity clothes? No, and I’ll be removing this question for the remainder of my bumpdates (which may be very few!).

Stretch marks? There may be a few at the bottom of my belly, but it’s kind of hard to tell.

Sleep? Ugh! Some nights just okay and some nights terrible. There have been a few times when I just turned the TV because I was wide awake.

Best moment this week? Sterilizing and washing the baby bottles (I shared the pic below on Instagram last week – there are so many and so many parts!) and making a few dishes to put in the freezer for after the babies’ arrival.

Baby BottlesMiss anything? Feeling like myself. I know I’ve said this before, but carrying around all this extra weight is definitely taking its toll. I’ve been so sedentary over the past week; although, I did manage to get a session or two of prenatal yoga in and do a few things in the kitchen, but other than that, I haven’t been doing much. I start doing stuff around the house and tire easily and am so uncomfortable, so I end up right back on the couch.

Movement? Oh yeah! They’re constantly on the move, which is surprising at this late stage in the pregnancy. You’d think they’d run out of room by now.

Food Cravings? No.

Anything making you queasy or sick? No.

Genders? A BOY and a GIRL!

Labor Signs? Well, I have been experiencing some mild period-like cramping and lower back pain over the past week or so. The doctor says this is perfectly normal. It sounds like my body is getting ready for the big day. Eeeek!

Symptoms? Still lots of swelling in my hands, feet, ankles and legs, generally uncomfortable, major hot flashes, exhausted and LOTS of trips to the bathroom.

Belly Button – in or out? Out!

Wedding Rings – on or off? Since I’ve stopped working, I haven’t been wearing them. My hands and fingers are swelling quite a bit these days. I doubt I’d be able to get them on at this point.

Happy or Moody? Happy and crazy excited!

Looking Forward To? My 35 week check-up tomorrow and another ultrasound coming up at the end of the week.

At what point in time did reality set in that you were going to be a mom?

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Maternity Photos

Hey there friends! I’m just popping in today to share some of our maternity photos with. A good friend of ours took these for us and we’re super excited with how they turned out. Sorry it took so long for me to get these posted, but here you go…

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Week 33 – No Birth Plan

Now that the end of my pregnancy is fast approaching, I’ve been thinking more and more about a birth plan; however, I’ve quickly come to realize that when it comes to labor and delivery, especially with twins, a birth plan isn’t necessarily the most practical option, so I’m going with having no birth plan. I don’t want to set my expectations one way or another for a specific delivery because I just don’t know. I’d rather take some of the pressure of myself by just going with the flow, relying on my doctors and my body to do what’s right. Whatever happens, happens and at this point, however the babies decide to enter this world is fine with me so long as they’re healthy.

Oh and on a side note, I can’t even believe I’m talking about a birth plan. This pregnancy absolutely flew by! I feel like I just made the announcement and here we are with such little time left before their arrival! Ahhh…so excited!!! :-)

33 WeeksBabies’ size? A durian (4.2 to 5.8 lbs and about 17.2 to 18.7 ins), which by the way, is a southeast Asian fruit – I had to look it up because I had no idea.

Maternity clothes? No, but I did purchase a few nursing pieces to bring with me to the hospital.

Stretch marks? No.

Sleep? Well, I guess I jinxed myself last week because this week, sleep hasn’t been all that great. I keep waking up a lot in the middle of the night and just can’t seem to get back to sleep. It’s like I get this bouts of insomnia. So frustrating, and it makes for a long, tiring day.

Best moment this week? Packing my hospital bag! It’s a good feeling to know if we need to leave the house in a hurry, my bag is already to go! Also, Justin installed the car seats and we got them inspected to make sure they were in properly, so we’re good to go on that front as well.

Miss anything? Wearing my closed toed shoes! The other day, I tried to put on my flats because we’ve had some cooler weather these days and they barely fit, so it looks like I’ll be wearing flip flops for the duration of the pregnancy regardless of the cooler weather.

Movement? ALL the time! They’re like little acrobats in there!

Food Cravings? No.

Anything making you queasy or sick? No.

Genders? A BOY and a GIRL!

Labor Signs? No.

Symptoms? So, so tired, stronger Braxton Hicks contractions (one of which nearly took my breath away), a heavy/achy feeling in my stomach (sometimes my stomach feels like it weighs 100 lbs!), a lot more swelling in my hands, arms, feet and legs and generally more uncomfortable.

Belly Button – in or out? Out!

Wedding Rings – on or off? On, but I don’t think I’ll be wearing them for much longer. Yesterday morning I pretty much had to force them on my finger. The swelling has definitely worsened over the past week.

Happy or Moody? SO happy!

Looking Forward To? My 34 week check-up at the doctor next week.

Did you have a birth plan prior to delivery? Were you able to stick to that plan or did it go out the window come time for delivery?

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Good News!

Firstly, I want to thank everyone for your kind comments, thoughts and prayers on my last post. I so appreciate your support and encouragement more than words can say. It really means a lot to me.

Now for a quick update – I had my appointment with the Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) doctor yesterday and am VERY pleased to report that the babies looked great!!! At my last ultrasound (which was over a week ago), the babies weighed in at 3.3 lbs and at yesterday’s ultrasound, one weighed in at 3.14 lbs and one weighed in at 3.15 lbs. I was completely amazed and SO relieved at how much they gained in one week and a day! The doctor was quite happy with their progress as well. Their movements were right on target, they were practicing their breathing and their weight is right where it should be at 32 weeks and 2 days. Overall, they looked great and at this point, there is no cause for concern. They told me to keep doing what I’m doing, which is eating lots of protein (I’ve incorporated protein into just about every meal/snack that I eat) and getting as much rest as possible. I have a follow-up growth ultrasound in three weeks.

Friends, I cannot tell you how happy Justin, myself and the rest of the family were to hear this fantastic news. After a week of worry and unpleasant thoughts, I wanted to cry with joy and relief. Such a weight was lifted off my shoulders! Granted, we’re still waiting for the results of the preeclampsia testing, but I’ve been feeling pretty decent and haven’t really been experiencing any symptoms, so I’m hoping everything will come back negative and it will be smooth sailing for here on out. And honestly, I really do attribute this growth spurt to the uptake of protein in my diet. It’s certainly something I NEED to keep up! Oh, and I was excited to find out that the boy turned and is currently head down! The girl is still breached, but there’s still time for her to turn. Honestly, at this point, I don’t even care how I deliver the babies, I just want them to stay in as long as possible!

Alright well I’m off to get some things done. Have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week!

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Weeks 31-32 – A Few Bumps in the Road

Hi there friends!

Sorry I disappeared from the blog for a little while, but the fact is my pregnancy has been met with a few bumps in the road and quite frankly, I’ve been distracted. I’ve had a few doctor’s appointments over the past several weeks (with lots more to come) and although, the news isn’t necessarily really bad, it’s not exactly what we want to hear either. So let me start at my 30 week appointment – I went in for a routine doctor’s visit. At each and every appointment, they ask that you bring in a urine sample so they can test for any protein. If they find protein in your urine, this could be a sign of preeclampsia. Well, at this particular visit, they did find some protein; however, my blood pressure was normal and I wasn’t experiencing any other symptoms associated with it. They asked me to come back in a week to be retested and to have a growth ultrasound of the babies (which was something they were going to do anyway).

The following week, I went for another doctor’s visit. There was no protein in my urine and my blood pressure was fine; however, the morning of my doctor’s visit, I was not feeling well at all. I was somewhat dizzy, I had a fuzzy head, I was very nauseous and overall I just didn’t feel right. Luckily, I had taken the day off of work and my dad was home, so he came over and drove me to my appointment. The doctor couldn’t figure out the cause of these symptoms so as a result, she ordered more testing to be done to rule out preeclampsia despite the fact that no protein was detected and that my blood pressure was normal. Later in the day, those weird symptoms went away and I started to feel okay again and have been feeling okay (other than the normal pregnancy symptoms) for the past few days, but I’m still waiting for the results of the testing.

The main thing that has us worried were the results of the growth ultrasound of the babies. As of last week’s ultrasound, they were both measuring in at 3.3 lbs, which we’re told that’s on the low end of normal for where they should be at this point. It’s not dangerously low, but in comparison from the previous ultrasound, their growth is “sluggish” – NOT a word we wanted to hear! As a result, my OBGYN is sending me to a Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor (I have an appointment this week) to have additional testing done in order to determine what’s going on and to determine if the placentas are functioning properly. I’m told that if there is an issue, the worst case scenario is an early delivery, which has been my fear throughout this pregnancy. Granted, it wouldn’t be exceptionally early, but we want them to stay in the womb as long as possible to avoid any stay in the NICU.

I wasn’t expecting this news, so to be quite honest, it hit me hard. I can’t help but worry even though everyone tells me not to and that they’re really just sending me to the specialist as a precautionary measure. I love these babies more than anything already and all I (we) want is them to be as healthy as possible. When I made my appointment with the specialist, they told me to up my protein intake, which is exactly what I’ve been doing for the past few days. I’ve made a conscious effort to add in lots of Greek yogurt, almonds, protein smoothies, eggs, Quest bars, chicken breasts, etc. I’m SO hoping this will help and we’ll find out that all is going okay. I’ll keep you posted, but now on for a bumpdate of the last two weeks.

31-32 WeeksBabies’ size? At week 31 their size is that of a pineapple (about 15.2 to 16.7 ins. and about 2.5 to 3.8 lbs) and at week 32 the size of a squash (about 15.2 to 16.7 ins. and about 2.5 to 3.8 lbs).

Maternity clothes? Nope.

Stretch marks? No.

Sleep? Aside from multiple trips to the bathroom at nights, it’s been surprisingly pretty good.

Best moment this week? The mobiles for the cribs came. They’re absolutely adorable!

Miss anything? Now that the weather is starting to feel like fall, I miss taking long with Justin. Unfortunately, walking too far and for too long brings on Braxton Hicks contractions, so I have to be super careful.

Movement? They’re moving all the time! From the growth ultrasound, we found out that the babies are currently in a breached position, so hopefully with all they’re moving, they’ll flip around during the coming weeks.

Food Cravings? Not really.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope, and I’m back to eating chicken.

Genders? A BOY and a GIRL!

Labor Signs? No.

Symptoms? Very tired, more Braxton Hicks contractions, a heavy feeling in my stomach, aches and pains and the pelvic bone pain is still giving me a lot of trouble. I actually purchased a maternity support band, which has helped to provide more support and ease up some of the pressure.

Belly Button – in or out? Out!

Wedding Rings – on or off? They’re still on, but feeling a bit more snug.

Happy or Moody? I’m happy, but on the nervous side about the babies growth.

Looking Forward To? It’s more like I’m anxiously awaiting my appointment with the Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor at the end of the week.

Did your pregnancy hit any bumps in the road?

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Preggers by Therafirm Review

For those of you who are pregnant, today’s product review is pretty exciting. During pregnancy, swelling in feet, ankles and legs is a very common symptom, especially as you enter into the third trimester. Over the past several weeks, I’ve definitely starting to experience quite a lot of swelling in those areas. It’s gotten progressively worse and is much more noticeable by the end of the day. The doctor recommended I wear compression stockings, which I have always found to be ugly and not so practical to wear to work. Luckily; however, I was introduced to Preggers by Therafirm by Sarah @ Creating a Better Tomorrow.

Preggers by Therafirm

Preggers is a line of maternity wear that focuses on support hosiery and compression products that are designed to energize tired and achy legs and help prevent and reduce swelling during pregnancy. This is accomplished by the true gradient compression design of these garments, which provides the greatest amount of compression at the ankle and gradually decreases toward the top in order to help with circulation. Preggers offers a variety of compression and support products some of which include pantyhose, tights, footless tights, knee highs and leggings at very reasonable prices.

I was lucky enough to try out the leggings in black and the tights in purple. First and foremost, I was impressed with the fashionable options and colors. Typically, I tend to think of compression garments as being ugly and drab, but that’s certainly not the case with the Preggers line. I also liked the fact that the material is very soft and not at all itchy. Both these products were super comfortable, and not only helped to reduce swelling in my legs and ankles, but also provide the right amount of support for my growing belly and achy back. I could seriously wear these everyday and would highly recommend them for all my fellow pregnant mamas.

LeggingI do want to mention; however, the leggings and tights are bit challenging to put on, but if you follow the instructions, it does make getting them on a bit easier. Also, the leggings are sheer in the top portion, so be sure and wear a long tunic to cover the bum area.

Oh and, by the way, if you’re not expecting, Therafirm has a sister brand of compression and support garments called GOGO, which I’m very much looking forward to trying after the babies arrival. Bottom line, compression garments are miracle workers and if you haven’t had a chance to try them yet, I would suggest you do.

What has your experience been with compression and support wear garments?

Disclaimer: Although I was sent these products free of charges, I was not compensated in any way to give this review. All opinions are of my own.

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