How far along?: 36 weeks or 9 months!! 9 months is a LONG time but we made it! Most twins come between 34-36 weeks, but I guess my two little guys are just little over-achievers already! I feel so comfortable now that we have made it to 36 weeks, I know if they come now they will be at a good weight and most likely will not have to go to the NICU which means they will both get to come home with us! Of course the longer they stay in the better, but I will not be as worried if they come now as I would have last week. Each week I know they just get stronger and healthier. Now we just need to pray they are able to maintain their body temperature, have their sucking reflex and do not experience any breathing issues! Yes we made it to 36 weeks and outcomes are great at this point in time, but if they are born today they will still be preemie babies who can potentially have issues. I just want healthy boys.
Total weight gain: I have quit counting! I have gained what I am supposed too, but I have been extremely swollen this past week. My lower half officially looks like it belongs to a pregnant woman! I have been fortunate enough to not have much swelling until now, but it came with a vengeance and is not going away! There is no way I could even squeeze my wedding ring on my finger and a few nights ago my toe started hurting and tingling, so I tried to maneuver myself in bed into a position where I could see my feet (not an easy task and it took about 20 minutes to do) once I could see my toe I noticed it was starting to turn a nice shade of purple because my toe had swollen to the point that my toe ring was cutting off my circulation!!! After much lotion and soap I was able to wiggle my toe ring off my toe (did I mention this was at 1 am?) and save my little piggy! The swelling also makes your legs feel like elephant legs! I am so glad I didn’t have much swelling until now because I think I would have been much grouchier throughout my pregnancy! I have no idea why, but this swelling really bothers me!
How big are the babies?: We went in a week ago and they babies weighed 5lbs 12oz and 5lbs 13oz. They have been gaining anywhere from ½-1lb per week per baby so they should weigh around 6lbs 4oz and 6lbs 5oz to 6lbs 12oz and 6lbs 13oz. We won’t know their weights for sure until they are born, but I do know they are both big and healthy and are growing everyday! Trust me! I feel like they have gained 2lbs a piece over the last week! My belly has gotten so much bigger and is so heavy! Sometimes I just can’t imagine it will stretch anymore!
Sleep?: I currently get up every 45 minutes-an hour to go pee. Yes I know that sounds ridiculous, but it is no exaggeration!!! And I agree it is ridiculous! Please tell me my bladder will go back to normal after these two are born?!? It has gotten to the point that it takes me longer to try and rock myself out of bed, walk to the bathroom, walk back and get back in bed than it does to actually use the bathroom. I think my frequent bathroom visits wakes Jeremy up too so the poor guy hasn’t gotten much sleep either! I know when the babies get here we won’t sleep, but at least the sleep we do get will be good sleep!
Best moment this week?: Receiving the paintings for the babies’ room in the mail! Now I just need to bum a ride (because I can no longer fit behind my steering wheel) to Hobby Lobby to pick out mats and frames for the paintings and they will be ready to hang up! Then the babies’ room will be complete!
Movement?: Oh my goodness, I think these two are getting tired of each other! Ian has his head slightly wedged into my left hip with his feet either going up under my belly button or up to my right side, sometimes he even swings them over to my left side and Noah has his head on my right and feet on my left. I think Ian (now that he has caught up in weight with his “big brother”) is tired of being squished and has decided to fight back. He is constantly harassing his brother, kicking him in the head, poking him with his toes, etc. He especially hates it when Noah has the hiccups! Poor guy can’t help it! I already feel like I am constantly telling them not to kick their brother in the face and to get along! I know they will snuggle when they come out, but I think right now they are both running out of space and are fighting for their space.
Food cravings?: The same things I have been craving for a while now. I have started making frozen strawberry lemonades that are delicious! You just take frozen strawberries place in a blender (or food processor if you are like us and don’t own a blender) add lemonade and blend to perfection! It is so yummy! Today I made strawberry, mango, and pineapple lemonade! It was delicious!
Labor signs?: I have been having a TON of contractions. Sometimes they will get very consistent and I will have one every 6-7 minutes for an hour and then they will slow back down to every 10-20 minutes. They have been doing this for the last 3 days and it is getting annoying! I thought we were going to have to go in to the hospital Sunday night because my contractions were so strong and had really started to get regular, but then they would slow back down again. I decided to be stubborn and wait until I knew for sure it was time (not sure how I thought I would know that) because I do not want brethine again and I really don’t want to go to the hospital unless I get to leave with two babies! My contractions continued all night long and kept me up all night, but they never stayed consistent. Since then I have had them almost all the time, sometimes closer together sometimes 20 minutes apart. I feel like all they are doing right now is irritating the boys (poor Noah gets squished head to feet with every contraction), putting me in pain and making my belly sore from all the contractions. I really hope my water will just break and then I will know for sure we need to go in and I won’t have to have the brethine again, but most women’s water doesn’t break. I honestly think with all the contractions the boys could be here any day now, but I guess we all will just have to wait and see.
What I miss: Oh so many things! Being able to shave my legs without having to hold my breath, not having heart burn, not taking 10 minutes to get out of a chair, being able to walk without waddling, putting my pants on without feeling like I may fall over and then worrying that if I do fall over I may be stuck on the ground until my hubby gets home from work! I feel like I have been pregnant for so long I can’t imagine being able to do all the things I could before I was huge and pregnant, but I am truly looking forward to having my body back to “normal” whatever that may be!
What I’m looking forward to: My boys coming!! They have to be here soon! If they do decide to wait until August 12th (our scheduled C-section date) to make their appearance we only have 16 more days until they are here!! 16 days!!! Oh my goodness I know it is going to go by so fast!
Milestone: Being 9 months pregnant!! I honestly can’t believe we made it this far! When you are first pregnant with multiples all your doctors and specialists like to tell you all the bad things that can happen, how early twins come and all the complications they will probably have. I feel so blessed to have two perfectly healthy little boys who have grown exactly as they should and actually made it to 36 weeks! Now I just can’t wait to meet them!
I’m not going to lie, this week has been harder on me physically and emotionally than my entire pregnancy up to this point. It takes so much effort just to walk down the hall, get dressed, shower, make dinner or perform any other every day task that I am just exhausted all the time. It has been over 100 degrees most days (we actually had the hottest month we have had since 1936) so when I go outside I just swell up like a water balloon which makes it even harder to walk. There are times I have been discouraged this month. Carrying around this much weight when you are 5’2” is tough on your body. My hips, legs, knees, joints, feet and back hurt all the time and just get worse when I run errands or do a lot of walking. My belly constantly feels like it is on fire from stretching so much and my heartburn has gotten so bad that I do not think there is anything that could help at this point.
Sometimes it is hard to overlook the negative things and focus on the positive. Some days I just want to stay in bed all day so that I don’t have to move or be nice to people. It has gotten harder to be in a good mood when you hurt this bad all the time. I have these days and try to focus on the fact that I have two precious healthy little boys growing inside of me. My body is functioning so well that it has kept these two in for 36 weeks and is continuing to grow and nurture them. I am praising God that He has answered my prayer of growing my boys healthy and strong and keeping them in until they are healthy enough to avoid the NICU. As hard as this week has been, it is also a huge blessing! We made it to 36 weeks! I honestly will not be surprised if we make it to 38 weeks. This may be hard, but there are so many blessings to look forward to and focus on. Jeremy and I are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our two little ones! We just can’t wait to hold them (not in my belly), see what they look like and how alike or different they are, show them off to all our friends and family and be able to snuggle them and love on them every day!! This is such an exciting time! We will have two boys in 16 days or less!!!
36 Weeks! Yes I am as tired as I look in this picture, these boys are getting heavy! I feel like everywhere I go people look at my belly with looks of concern, like my water is going to break on their foot and they will have to help deliver these babies! My Mom and I went to get pedicures today and after we sat down all the employees started speaking in Vietnamese, the pedicurist then tells me I look like I “am going to have this baby in the foot bath!” so I told her I was expecting twins she said “oh, he (as she points to the other pedicurist) was asking me why your belly is so big”. then at lunch the waiter asked me if I was going to have this baby today! I think he was just hoping I didn’t have the babies while at lunch! I know my belly is big, but I guess I just do not realize exactly how big it really is. 2 more weeks! I can do this!