Tuesday, March 31, 2009

24 Weeks Continued...

I felt guilty about not taking a 24 week belly picture. What happens when my boys grow up and look back through my photos and feel terribly neglected because their mother was too lazy to take a picture of herself? Like they'll even care....

Also, in honor of my saucy blogger friend Kelli (seriously, how great does she look?!), here is my not-so-saucy belly pic taken by Justin when I got home from work today. Notice my very fashionable stockings and sneakers.
I can picture Charlotte from Sex and the City's wedding planner and go-to fashion guru, Anthony, screaming "hate it" at me from the streets.

24 Weeks

I finally found a free moment to quickly update my blog! I have officially reached the 24 week mark - otherwise known as "viability week." This means that if the babies were to be born now, they actually have a chance of survival, but would obviously need to spend lots of time in the NICU. This is actually my biggest fear, as I'm sure it is for most mothers-to-be. My sister was born at 26 weeks and I know the troubles that she experienced. It was such a scary time for our entire family, but she has grown into such a beautiful, strong young woman!

The babies have gained about 4 ounces since last week and are around a foot long. It still amazes me when I look down at my belly that I'm fitting 2 little foot-long boys in there! Our bodies can do such amazing things! Here is a picture of fraternal twins at 24 weeks. How do my little guys have the room to squirm around and kick me as much as they do?! They look so cramped...

This is the first week I haven't taken a belly picture since I was 12 or 13 weeks! I feel like such a slacker, but we had an incredibly busy weekend. The good news is that Justin managed to almost finish the bathroom. He only has to caulk the nail marks on the crown moulding and hang 2 pictures. I will be posting pictures some time this week!

I have a wedding to attend this coming Friday night and I want to wear heels with the dress that I bought. The thing is, I haven't worn heels in about 3 weeks so I don't know how I'll manage. I decided to wear a pair today around the office just to see how I do. So far so good and I've managed to stay upright. I'm going to give the heels a try on Friday, but will probably bring flats just in case. The last thing anyone needs to see on their wedding day is a crazy pregnant woman sprawled out on the floor because she wants to wear pretty shoes.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Name Game

Naming your future children is a big deal. It’s something that they will live with for the rest of their lives and it’s something that Justin and I are taking very seriously. During the first trimester, when we had no clue what sexes the babies would be, we would play the ‘what should we name our babies?’ game. Our game always started out serious, but eventually turned into something funny. I would suggest nice, simple names like Lily and Ryan or Elizabeth and Julian, while Justin would hit me with Bert and Ernie or Larry and Curly. Not happening.

At our 16 week ultrasound, the technician told us she was 70% sure we were expecting two little boys and I didn’t doubt her for a minute so I began pouring through my book of 10,001 baby names in search of two suitable names for our little guys. I would look up from the book and suggest a name to Justin who would give me a ‘yay’ or ‘nay.’ Honestly, it didn’t take very long for us to narrow down the names we liked best. It all came down to three: Luke, Nathan & Nolan. We then tried out the names on some friends and relatives who either: (i) told us they liked all the names; (ii) just nodded and said "they’re nice" or (iii) was very honest and said they liked one, but not the other. Justin and I have pretty thick skins when it comes to our baby names for some reason; we just felt like those names were good, strong names and we weren’t offended when someone said they didn’t like them. For the moment, we’re pretty set on Luke and Nolan. Who knows…it may change before they’re born but I can tell you, with absolute certainty, that I will not be naming them Bert and Ernie. Sorry Justin.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dear Body, what are you doing? I’d love to know.

Yesterday I had my regular checkup with the OB and all was well. I managed to stick to the goal from my previous appointment where my OB told me I shouldn’t have gained 10 lbs in a month. I only gained 6 this time around – woo hoo! I haven’t had a single shamrock shake in 4 weeks. That was very hard for me to do, but I needed to stop with the fast food. So, I’m up 24 lbs total and my blood pressure was good…a little low, but good. I got to hear the babies’ heartbeats and the nurse sent me home the nasty orange stuff for my 1 hour glucose test, which I’ll have at 28 weeks.

I know I haven’t had any shamrock shakes, but, I can’t lie to you all…I have had quite a few hot fudge sundaes. Justin and his parents were making fun of me because I managed to set a record and eat a hot fudge sundae for 6 consecutive days (one of those days, I had 2). They’re just so delicious and I keep telling myself that it isn’t me who wants them, it’s the babies.

This morning I woke up, did my thing then had a bowl of Special K with strawberries for my first breakfast. About 45 minutes later, I was sitting on the train reading a parenting magazine when I started to feel queasy. Then my hearing went (I could hardly hear anything!) and I broke out into a cold sweat. Then everything started to turn white and I was so scared that I was going to pass out but luckily I didn’t. It lasted for about 3 (very scary) minutes before it was over. When I finally made it to work, I called the nurse at my doctor’s office who told me that it was likely due to low blood sugar…again. I questioned here because I had had a bowl of cereal for breakfast and the last time this happened to me was early in the morning before eating anything but she still insisted that it was low blood sugar.

I’ve been feeling really off today ever since that happened, but I haven’t come close to passing out again. Thank goodness. What if that were to happen while I was driving?! Very scary.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

23 Weeks

23 week belly picIt's Sunday, so that means the babies are another week older...23 weeks to be exact. Here's what one little guy looks like in the womb at week 23. I wish I could find a site that showed what twins look like in the womb at any given week.I have an appointment with my OB tomorrow afternoon and I hope it's an uneventful one. I'm finding it difficult to drink the 2 litres of water required every day, but I'm drinking as much as I possibly can. I feel like I spend a large portion of the day running to the bathroom!

Speaking of bathrooms...ours is about half-way finished! The tile has been laid and grouted, we're just waiting for it to dry before we put in the new vanity and toilet. The drywall is up and spackled, but we're waiting for that to dry too before another coat can be applied. I think we're right on schedule and it should be completely finished by next weekend...then we move on to the nursery!

The cribs have arrived and we've picked out the nursery paint color. I found a decal for the wall that I need to order sometime this week. We need to replace the ceiling fan in the room , but I haven't picked one out yet. We also need to replace the closet doors. I think it'll take a few weeks, but we'll get it done eventually! We got a nice surprise in the mail yesterday -- the high chairs that my aunt bought for us arrived! I absolutely LOVE them!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

22 Weeks

I woke up on Sunday, the start of my 22nd week of pregnancy, in a different way than usual: Justin actually woke me up for once! I'm an early riser and it isn't unusual for me to be awake on Saturday and Sunday before 7 a.m., but this particular Sunday, I slept past 8. Maybe it was the drama of having to go to L&D the day before? Who knows, but I enjoyed it!

This week, the babies are approximately the size of a papaya and their lips, eyelids and eyebrows are becoming more distinct. Little tooth buds are also forming beneath their gums.

As I type, the little guys are being very active -- kicking me very low and punching me around my belly button!

Here are this week's belly shots

My Afternoon at Labor & Delivery

On Saturday morning, I woke up and began my day: I had breakfast then swept and mopped the hardwood floors in our basement, kitchen and dining room. Afterwards I took a shower, which is when I noticed that my left calf, ankle and foot was swollen, but my right leg wasn't. I thought it was odd, but attributed it to being pregnant and simply retaining water. When Justin arrived home after running a few errands, I showed him my leg and he suggested I call my doctor just to be on the safe side.

Dr. B called me back in a few minutes and asked me some questions about my swollen leg then advised that I should head into L&D to have it looked at. We got there fairly quickly and checked in. They took my blood pressure and it was perfect, I wasn't running a temperature and the nurse said she could feel the pulse in my foot just fine, even though it was noticeably puffier than my right side.

She listened to the babies' heartbeats, which were normal then she strapped a device to my belly to check for contractions. I had one long one, which I didn't feel, but she said that the doctor wasn't concerned about it because it was so long.

She told me that when one leg is swollen and the other isn't, there's a chance that there could be a blood clot on the swollen side, so I was to be sent down for an ultrasound of my leg. The u/s tech checked everything out, then I was wheeled back up to L&D and sat around some more. When the doctor came back, she advised that the blood was flowing just fine in my leg and there was no clot, so I could go home and take it easy. I can continue my normal daily activities, but should try and put my feet up when sitting at my desk or while I'm watching television.

I was extremely happy that there wasn't anything wrong, and this morning my foot is looking normal again. Everyone I encountered at L&D was extremely nice and caring. It makes me feel comfortable knowing I'm going to be there for the birth of my babies after meeting them.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hooked on these feelings!

The past two weeks have brought an onslaught of new pregnancy symptoms that I never really gave a second thought to before:

1. Breathlessness / Extreme Slowness – it’s pretty bad when the security guard who works the front desk at my office building comments on why it’s been taking me so long to walk up the stairs from the train station into our lobby. He should give me some credit for not taking the elevator! He obviously didn’t know I was pregnant, so I opened my long winter coat and showed him my belly; "this is why I haven’t been bouncing up the steps like I used to." Now when he sees me coming, he rushes to push the elevator button for me – I guess it’s just one less step I have to take…what a sweetie. I just can’t believe this is happening so soon.

2. Sciatic Nerve Pain -- Last week, after sitting at my desk for an hour working on a pleading, I stood up, took a step and experienced the most excruciating pain in my lower back and left butt cheek. "OMG, what is that!?" I asked one of my work friends. She told me that it was most likely sciatica. I did what any tech-savvy young woman would do…I googled. I had no clue that this would happen – why didn’t my pregnancy books tell me about this?! Apparently, my extremely large uterus is pressing against my sciatic nerve which connects the spinal cord to the legs. The only thing that makes my butt cheek feel better is a heating pad. For some reason, it works miracles. Justin and I were watching the AI results show last night and I didn’t even have to say anything…he left the room and came back 30 seconds later with the heating pad based on the look of discomfort on my face. What a great guy!

3. Belly Movement – This is, by far, the coolest of the "new pregnancy symptoms." I was sitting on the couch, watching the nightly news when I felt the babies moving. I decided to lift up my shirt and check out my belly while they were being so active and, what do you know, I actually saw it move! Incredible!

4. Clumsiness – I can’t tell you how many times I have misjudged the door on the bathroom stalls at work. For some reason, almost every time I open them (which is quite often throughout the day) I hit myself in the belly with the door. You’d think I’d learn my lesson, but no…I clearly haven’t. Also, I was standing on the train platform, minding my own business, when the train suddenly approached. I turned my head to look at the woman next to me then I looked forward again then I almost fell over. I was wearing flats – not heels. I was so embarrassed.

5. Heartburn – It really isn’t that bad (I hope I didn’t just jinx myself), but it is there after I eat spicy meals or if I eat too much. I never had heartburn before and had to describe what I was feeling to Justin, who confirmed that that was indeed what I was experiencing.

6. Bloody Nose – I had never had one until I became pregnant. Now they happen sometimes after I blow my nose. I asked the doctor about it and she told me it’s a normal pregnancy symptom. I'm trusting her.

Overall, I’m loving every minute of these symptoms because I worked and prayed very hard for them!

Monday, March 9, 2009

21 Weeks & Ultrasound

Yesterday's ultrasound confirmed that we are definitely having 2 little boys! Baby A (my little acrobat) weighs in at 1 pound and Baby B (my little thumb sucker) weighs in at 13 ounces. They are both measuring right on schedule. I love these long ultrasounds -- we were in the room with the technician for almost an hour as she measured each baby and pointed out organs. They were very active during the session -- I even got to see them opening and closing their mouths and hands.

Here is Baby A -- looking straight on.

Baby A's profile

Baby B's Profile

Baby B's face

And finally, here's mommy at 21 weeks before heading out to a baptism.

Justin returned home this past Friday from Vermont. I was SO happy to have him back! Unfortunately, as soon as we woke up on Saturday morning, he was up and running. He and his dad spent the better parts of Saturday and Sunday building a shed in our yard – we need all the extra storage as we can possibly get! Not only was that on the agenda, but he’s also going to remodel our bathroom in two weeks, plus he’s been renovating a house on the weekends with my parents for re-sell. I feel so bad – he’s such a busy guy!

Thanks to our awesome parents, we are going to buy the babies’ cribs tonight! I’m really excited and can’t be any more thankful to our parents for offering to take care of that for us. The area rug for the nursery came in last week…now we just need to get to painting the walls!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Why did I say anything?

I was just bragging to Justin over the phone yesterday that since he's been away, I have been getting some really amazing, uninterrupted sleep. I just had to open my big mouth didn't I?

Last night I woke up at 2 a.m. with my heart pounding and I was completely paranoid from the dream I was just having.

I dreamt that I was feeding one of the babies, but then realized that I had already fed that baby and didn't feed the other. Then I began crying because I couldn't tell the babies apart.

Am I completely paranoid or what?!

I couldn't fall asleep after that so I decided to read a few chapters of my book ,"Harry Potter and the The Deathly Hallows." Well, you know your hormones are raging when you actually cry while reading Harry Potter. I was s.o.b.b.i.n.g. A complete mess. My dog, Tank was lying next to me looking at me like I was insane. He isn't one of those dogs who comforts you when you cry. I used to have Rottweilers who comfort me if I was crying -- they would come over and lay with me and lick my face -- I miss those dogs.

Anyway, I was awake for almost 3 hours and am incredibly tired this morning. It was punishment for telling Justin how great I've been sleeping!

Monday, March 2, 2009

The halfway point: 20 weeks!

I woke up on Sunday morning feeling a little lonely because Justin is skiing in Vermont with my family, but then I realized as I rolled over to my night table and looked at my 'Pregnancy, Week by Week' book, that today was a huge day for me and the twins because we've made it to the halfway point!

The first half of my pregnancy has treated me well despite the nausea that hit around weeks 7 through 10. I also had bleeding in the 7th week, but thankfully, everything turned out okay. Lately, I've been feeling fantastic! The only thing I've noticed is that my back will start hurting if I don't sit up perfectly straight or if I have been standing or walking for too long. The little guys are growing stronger and kicking me more and more every day, which is the most incredible feeling!

Here is what fraternal twins look like in the womb at 20 weeks. They probably look like they're playing 'Rock Em Sock Em Robots' inside me!

I have two weddings to attend in April. I tried on a few dresses at the mall yesterday and they fit me nicely now, but will they fit me then? I didn't buy them for that reason. I guess that I'll start looking again in a few weeks. I did buy a dress for my shower though!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

An ode to my sister-in-law

So, I was talking to my sister-in-law, Christa yesterday http://www.martini-talk.com/ after she returned home from her marathon, cross-country work trip. It was really awesome catching up with her and it makes me miss her so much more since she's moved away from Philly! Anyway, we were chatting and she told me about a pair of Christian Louboutin's that she's been trying to hunt down, but are apparently really hard to find in her size, but she's determined nonetheless.

All that I could picture while she was telling me this was Miranda & Carrie from Sex and the City...let me take you back...

Big has just informed Carrie that he's moving away to Napa and she desperately tries to spend one last romantic night with him in Central Park. She dolls herself up in a beautiful dress and pink, strappy, feathered Christian Louboutin shoes. Mid way through their date, Carrie gets a call from Miranda who is in labor, so Carrie ends her final night with Big so that she can be by her friend's side as she delivers her son.
Carrie rushes across NYC to make it to meet Miranda at the hospital; they embrace in joy and happiness, then Miranda's water breaks all over Carrie's gorgeous $600 shoes.

Oh my good heavens...
Christa, if you're reading this, please don't wear any expensive footwear near me around "baby-deliverin'-time" because, knowing my luck, I'll ruin your beautiful shoes...even though the end result will be worth it ;-) Love ya.