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33 Week Bumpdate

How far along? 33 weeks!!!  When I saw my doctor she told the babies to wait till 34 weeks to make their appearance…but now I want to get greedy and I keep telling them 35 or 36 weeks 🙂  We’ll see.  For some reason now that we’re at 33 weeks getting to anywhere between 34-36 seems doable!

Total weight gain: Gained another pound….28 pounds!!  Wowie.  I mean I knew I was gonna gain weight, but that’s a lot of pounds!  At least it’s not 90 pounds.  I’ve heard crazy stories of people my size gaining that much weight.  I don’t even know how I’d move.  I can barely move as it is.

Maternity clothes?  Yes, oh yes!  I just ordered a few more t-shirts and tank tops….I only had a few to begin with and I am realizing that I probably will not fit into my regular clothes immediately after the babies pop out…..so having a few options will be nice.  Along with that order, I did buy one non-prego tank top because it was on sale and so darn cute….I figured it would be fantastic motivation to get my butt back into gear once it is safe to do so!

Stretch marks?  No!  No!  No!!!

Sleep:   About the same.  The waking up to pee has gone from 1-2 times a night to 3+ times a night.  Plus I’ve been waking up relatively early (well, relatively early for being on bed rest and not working) because the nuggets seem to do morning work outs at 5:00 or 6:00….so then I lay awake for a while and then eventually fall back asleep for a bit longer before I get up for the day.  I think Greg is learning how to zone me out while he sleeps, though.  Usually he would toss and turn when I get up….now, he’s just OUT!  That’s a good thing 🙂

Signs of Labor:  Feeling pretty good, contraction wise.  When I saw the doctor she said I was dilated to 1 cm, or a bit more….so I guess that’s one sign, but she said that people can walk around at that dilation or even more for several weeks before giving birth.  So that’s good.  I want a few more weeks!

Best moment this week:  As silly as it sounds, I got super pumped tonight when I signed up for the MOPS group (a mom’s group for infants-pre school age kids) at my church this evening.  We had talked to someone who suggested I look into it, because its a great time to socialize with other moms and to get out of the house….so when I found out my church did have the group, I signed up right away!!!  It won’t start until late September, but I am very excited about it!

Miss Anything?   Hmmmm….walking quickly?  When I walk in the clinic to see the doctor, there is a pretty long hall way that leads to the offices….and I am pretty sure every person is walking faster than I am….even the 80 year old people!  Ah well.  Enjoy the slower pace, right!? 

Movement:  They are active little ones.  I know this is normal, and I’ve said it before, but their movements are just so much more powerful these days.  Sometimes a bit uncomfortable.  But it’s ok.  I always get a kick (pun intended) out of feeling them wiggling around!  I was telling a friend tonight that it’s still so, so weird to associate those movements with two little babies…I mean I know they are in there….but it’s still hard to believe that two tiny babies do all that moving, AND that I will get to hold them so, so soon!

Food cravings:  Again, sweets….and anything with carbs.  I just want chow down on a big loaf of bread….or a bunch of cookies.  I will admit that my sugar levels have been really good (lower than the Target numbers) so I’ve been a little bit less strict about the gestational diabetes diet as of the last two days.  I sneak an Oreo here and there….obviously nothing crazy, but I just can’t help myself.  I told Greg tonight that I was kind of OVER the whole GD diet….he said I can’t be totally over it yet 🙂  Darn!

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nothing food related.  Though we’ve had tons of little bugs creep into our house lately and any time Greg kills/squishes one, and I hear the “crunch” I get a little queasy!

Fruit/Veggie Size:  Durian Fruit?!  A whhaaat? Babies are starting to keep their eyes open while they are awake!  Also they are practicing coordinating sucking and breathing and swallowing.  Babies’ brains continue to develop!

Symptoms:  The waddle!  I don’t think it’s SOOOO bad yet, but my hips joints are definitely loosening up (a  lot) and between that and laying on my sides all the time, I have some pretty sore hips….which makes it hard for me to walk normally.  I feel like I’m waddling, though Greg says it’s not too bad yet.  Such a nice hubby!

Belly Button in or out?   Same.   I should have probably taken out this part of the Bumpdate weeks ago….I just keep expecting it to pop out at some point….but I’m not so sure it will.  Fine by me!

Wedding rings on or off?  Same as before.  Mostly just wear it when I’m going out somewhere….that’s so I don’t get the “whoa, you got knocked up and you’re not married” stare from the older folk 🙂

Mood This Week:  Right now, I’m feeling really optimistic.  Some days its really hard and it feels like FOREVER away from meeting the babies, but getting to 33 weeks feels like a huge accomplishment!  As mentioned before, 34…or 35…or 36 weeks doesn’t seem that far out of reach.  I know there will be days between now and then that it will be hard again and seem impossible, but right now I’m feeling really good.

Looking forward to:  A day off with Greg!  For me every day feels like a weekend….but real weekends are especially great because I get to have the company of my wonderful husband.  Truthfully the days get long, and lonely, so having just one more day off (Memorial Day) with Greg is the best!!!  Hopefully tomorrow we’ll be able to read up on the car seat manuals and Greg can get those into the car.  Gotta do that sooner than later!

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32 Week Bumpdate

How far along? 32 weeks!!  Hooray!!  When I went into the hospital at 27 weeks with contractions the big goal was to slow the contractions and get to 32 weeks…so thankful that I have gotten to this point!

Total weight gain: Last doctor’s appointment I was up to 27 pounds…..and boy do I feel it.  I thought I felt it at like 20 weeks (which I don’t even remember how much I gained at that point)….but boy oh boy, do I feel the extra pounds now!  Flipping over in the middle of the night is quite a chore….it just feels like so much weight to haul over my body!  Plus when I get up, there is a place on my right side….just above my hip that is constantly in pain…it seems due to the weight, but who really knows at this point.

Maternity clothes?  Yeah.  Mostly for when I am going to see people or when I go to the doctor’s….but just this weekend I had Greg dig out one of his old t-shirts so that I could wear it around the house….so big, and oh so comfy!

Stretch marks?  No!  Thank you babies for workin’ with me on this one 🙂

Sleep:   Meh!  I am guessing about as good as it’s going to get for this point in the game.  I can’t complain, though.  At least I still sleep SOME.   When I’m out, I’m out.  But I wake up frequently to pee, or because I have horrid heartburn, or because I need to slip sides.  Again, I think this kind of sleep is just to be expected, but I feel badly for Greg since my sleeplessness affects him too.  Ah well….I guess we’re both being trained to not have great sleep in the near future!

Signs of Labor:  Nothing too crazy this week!  I am always thankful for that.  When I went to the doctor this week things were still pretty much the same as weeks prior….there was a slight change, but the doctor seemed to act like it was not too big of a deal…and that it’s typical that things would be progressing at this point.

Best moment this week:  Having so much accomplished….none of which I did!  My mom came for a quick weekend visit and was able to help us get SO MUCH done!!  She washed most of the babies’ clothes, all the diapers, all the blankets, bedding, etc.  She also painted/refinished our dresser and night stand.  And she got started sewing some curtains for the room.  Whew!  That’s a lot….but having those things done makes me feel so much better and so much more ready for the babies.  Obviously I would have loved to be able to do those things on my own (because I am just stubborn like that, and hate asking other people to do things for me) but I am so thankful that she was able to come help so that I could continue to rest and keep me feet up!

Miss Anything?   Sweets!  I am going crazy without being able to eat sweets (due to the gestational diabetes).  I may have mentioned before, but this pregnancy I haven’t been too candy or cookie crazy….but now that I can’t have them, I am way past crazy for sweets.  I want cookies and cakes and brownies and candy and blizzards and a spoonful of brown sugar…you name it, I want it.  Oh to be able to eat some glorious sweet treat.  Ah.  I guess the upside is that I found a low carb/sugar recipe for some peanut butter oatmeal cookies….

Movement:  So many times my stomach just starts shaking/rumbling…it looks like there is an earthquake going on in there!!  I’ve read that at this point that babies start moving less due to their growth and the limited space….but I haven’t noticed a huge difference.   I think they are spoiled, however….because normally I am laying down and stretched out….giving them lots of space to play.  And then whenever I am upright, sitting or standing, they are always jabbing me like….”Hey Mom….this is not quite as comfortable as when you’re laying down”

Food cravings:  Sweets.  See above 🙂

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope!

Fruit/Veggie Size:  Squash!!  There wasn’t anything too crazy to report with this week’s veggie update.  Babies are getting ready to make their appearance by being in the head down position.  They are also more cramped.  Obviously 🙂

Symptoms:  Big ol’ belly!  I am amazed at how gigantic it has gotten….or it feels it’s gotten 🙂

Belly Button in or out?   Same.   Sometimes I wish I had something new to report here, but I don’t…and that’s fine with me!

Wedding rings on or off?  Sometimes on, usually off!  I miss it!

Mood This Week:  Pretty good.  I was feeling restless this weekend…..but thankfully the days keep passing by!

Looking forward to:  Continuing to grow my babes!!!  I cannot wait to meet them, but the longer they cook, the better….so I am more than willing to be uncomfortable and bored in order for them to cook a bit longer!

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31 Week Bumpdate

I might look really pregnant from the front, but apparently I don’t look pregnant from behind…sooo, I’ll take that! Even if it is a lie 🙂

How far along? 31 weeks!!  Woop Woop!

Total weight gain: As of Friday I have now gained 25 pounds total!  I was worried because I had maintained my weight for such a long time but when I talked to my doctor she had some great insights…because I have been on bedrest, it’s very likely that I have lost some muscle mass due to lack of activity….that could have affected weight gain.  Also being on the gestational diabetes diet could have had an impact on that too.  So we’ll see as time goes forward.  I am not complaining of my weight gain…especially since babies are gaining weight….but I just imagined I would have gained more by now!

Maternity clothes?  Some….but I must say, it always makes me feel good when I can fit into my pre-prego pants….granted they are elastic waist-ed, and I wear them very low….but it still makes me feel good 🙂

Stretch marks?  Again, none!

Sleep:   Not great.  Some nights I have to get up more than once to go to the bathroom….and even just switching positions is a big task!  When I am flipping sides it feels like hundreds of pounds I am trying to shift…which then wakes me up and then I can’t fall asleep for a while.

Signs of Labor:  Pretty good week, contraction wise.  Today I have been up more than normal, and again, I noticed more contractions….but nothing too crazy!  It’s very obvious that the extra activity kicks the contractions up, so keeping that in mind, I know I need to still keep my life very low key.

Best moment this week:  Our growth ultrasound on Wednesday!!  It was so fun to go and see the babies (as always) and to hear about their progress!  It’s crazy what a machine can tell you about your babies!  Both babies are weighing right around 3 pounds (with our little guy a bit higher)…that was great to hear because in about 4 weeks they have doubled in weight!  They also said they were both right on track with other growth measurements (meaning, one wasn’t getting way bigger than the other).  And the technician said he could see hair on both of the babies!  SO fun yet still so hard to imagine seeing them in person!  I can’t wait!!!

Miss Anything?   Going to the gym.  I know I have said that before, but I really do miss it.  I saw a commercial for a Zumba game and I really, really wanted to go to a class right then.  I know it will still be a few months before I can get back to the gym….but I will be really excited when that happens!

Movement:  I am pretty sure these babies are going to crack my ribs here in the near future!  As they are getting bigger I am definitely feeling their movements more uncomfortably.  It just hurts more…especially in the rib area!  Ouchie!

Food cravings:  Most any food!  I’m just plain old hungry….so any food sounds especially delicious to me!

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Not this week!

Fruit/Veggie Size:  Pineapples!  My favorite!   Babies are going through some major brain development right now.  All five of their senses are working…their irises are even reacting to light!

Symptoms:  I forgot to talk about this last week.  But I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes.  I was surprised at how many people I have talked to have dealt with this in their pregnancy.  I won’t get into the nitty gritty of it, but basically I have to be aware of my carb intake in order to keep my blood sugar levels within a good and healthy range.  So initially I tried doing this just by adjusting my diet and it worked pretty well.  However, I was always feeling hungry and never felt like I had enough food/calories in my body.  Because I have two babies they don’t want me starving and they don’t want me losing weight…so they upped my carb intake and put me on medication as well.  This allows me to eat a bit more food/carbs but the medicine is keeping the blood levels reasonable.  I was a little bit frustrated that I had to take medication, because I figured I could fix the problem just by adjusting the foods I eat….but I know that I need to feed the babies, and fuel myself….and eating cucumbers all day was not doing the trick.  So, for that reason, I am glad for the medication.  Thankfully after giving birth, for most women, the gestational diabetes goes away almost immediately.  So I am praying for that to be the case with me as well!

Belly Button in or out?   Same.  I am not convinced it’s not going to fully pop out.  Fine by me!

Wedding rings on or off?  Sometimes on, usually off!  I miss it!

Mood This Week:  Good.  It still is incredibly hard to sit around all day….and I rarely feel like I am contributing much of anything, but this week seemed to go by quickly and I am now almost to 4 weeks of laying around….and when I think of it like that. I realize it went by relatively quickly!

Looking forward to:  Meeting my babes!  I still want them to stay inside for a good 3-4 weeks, but being Mother’s Day today, it made me really excited to think about FINALLY meeting my little ones!  I got some beautiful flowers and a sweet note and it was signed, “Love, Greg and Babies” (well, actually…it was signed with their names, but I can’t share that part with you :))  The point is….it made me really excited to finally get to hold them and look at them!  But….not for a few more weeks, babies 🙂

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30 Week Bumpdate

They are lookin’ might angelic today!

How far along? 30 weeks….this week when she measured me it looked like I was measuring closer to 35 or 36!  I just keep growing!

Total weight gain: Since I am now going to the doctor weekly I have a better idea of how much I am gaining and when I went this week I had only gained a few ounces since the previous week.  So I am still just about 23 pounds gained since the beginning!  I keep wondering if I have gained enough, but the doctor/nurses never seem to be concerned about it.  I think this week I’ll ask just to confirm, though.

Maternity clothes?  Since it’s been super nice outside this week, I have been dreaming of my old summer dresses….and luckily I found a few of my flowy dresses that still work!!!  I was so happy to wear some old, cute clothes 🙂

Stretch marks?  Nope….knock on wood!!

Sleep:   Well sleep hasn’t been great this week.  Between babies moving SO MUCH and having to pee, and dealing with heartburn, it’s been very hard to feel rested.  Most nights this week I have been up for a while and then try to get back to bed.  Thankfully I am able to rest/nap during the day…if I was working I have no idea what I’d be like….actually I do know…a mess!

Signs of Labor:  So far, so good.  I had to go to a class this week on Friday for gestational diabetes (more on that later) so I was upright for several hours and that night I noticed many more contractions than normal.  Kind of scared me, but eventually it slowed down.

Best moment this week:  Having friends come to visit!!!  My dear friend, Laurie, came to stay with me for a few nights while Greg was traveling….and having someone to chat with was just fantastic.  It would have been terribly lonely (and a little nerve wrecking) to be here all alone for several days.  Also, a few friends from work came over with dinner one night.  Again, so nice to have the company and to get caught up with people!!

Miss Anything?   Painting my toenails.  I can barely reach my toes so painting them is nearly impossible…though I am determined to attempt that today.  We’ll see how that goes 🙂

Movement: It is so fun to watch the babies move from the outside.  One night Greg and I were watching my belly and we saw this little thing move across my entire belly…who knows what it was, or who it was….but it made us laugh imagining them in there!

Food cravings:  Sweets.  Of course, now that I can’t have sweets, it’s all I can think of….particularly cake, cookies, brownies….actually, everything!

Anything making you queasy or sick:  I watched this video this week on the radio station that I liked listening to when I drove to work in the morning.  It’s a ridiculous station, but the video was of a game they were playing for someone’s birthday where they had to take shots if they couldn’t answer trivia questions correctly…at 9 am.  Watching them do that made me seriously sick.  It just sounded so horrible to do that!

Fruit/Veggie Size:  Cucumbers!  Finally a veggie I know 🙂  Babies’ skin is getting smoother and their brains are getting wrinklier.  They are now strong enough to grasp a finger.  That is crazy!!  The range of weight is pretty big, but I would guess our babies are closer to 2 1/2 or 3 pounds (rather than 3 1/2).

Symptoms:  Heartburn!  Oh my gosh.  Nearly every night after I lay down it starts getting really bad.  Like REALLY bad….it’s so uncomfortable.  I finally gave in to taking some medicine to help with it….it was too unbearable without it!

Belly Button in or out?   Same.

Wedding rings on or off?  If I’m just around the house, I usually don’t wear either…..but if I go out I still put one of them on!

Mood This Week:  Relieved!  I am relieved to know that Greg is now officially done traveling until after the babies are born!!!  It’s never fun when he travels, but it’s even less fun when you’re rather pregnant.  I am so thankful that he can be close to home for the remainder of the pregnancy!!!

Looking forward to:  Organizing all the goodies that we’ve gotten from the babies.  Hopefully in a few weeks my bed rest will be lifted a bit and I can get in their room to do some heavy duty organizing!  Can’t wait.

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