Wednesday, May 29, 2013

33 Week Update!!

So far this week I have had a non-stress test, ultrasound and doctor visit...and it's only Wednesday of a short holiday week.  My next visit will be Friday for another NST.

The boys are doing great! Their heartbeats are baseline around 130-140 beats per minute.  Carter is weighing in at 4lbs 8 oz. and Colten at 4 lbs 11 oz.  Yep, you can do the math!  It's extremely hard to get their length now because they're all bunched up in there but we believe it's about 35 inches of total baby. They are positioned like the number 7 across my belly and Carter is already sitting on Coltens head, poor little guy!

My blood pressure is great since my doctor took me off work and I haven't had much swelling yet, knock on wood.  I have a feeling with the higher temperatures coming that is probably short lived.   Both boys seem to be very active starting at 9:00pm, that's when I am most uncomfortable.  The back and pelvic pain is getting more and more intense as well and making sleep more difficult.  Overall I can't really complain, I have made it to 33 weeks with twins and that's an accomplishment in itself.

I can say that going out in public is becoming increasingly annoying.  People are just rude!!!  I told Adam a few weeks ago that people stare at me. He said "oh, it's just your imagination".  Well, after a weekend outing with me he agreed that people do stare and it's mainly women!  I actually had a lady come up and ask me "if I was having twins?"  I replied, "yes, actually I am having twins".  It's a good thing for that lady that I am, because she probably wouldn't have enjoyed my response otherwise!  So, I urge my fellow ladies to flash a smile at those  very preggo mommies you see rather than stare.

That's all for now, we will continue to keep everyone updated over the next month!!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Madelyn's Last Day of Preschool

Pictures from the first and last day of preschool 2013.  It's amazing to me what a difference 10 months can make.  Ms. Luisa was her teacher this year and at first Adam and I were a little apprehensive about her, mainly because she was new and seemed a little young.  We quickly realized she was a great teacher and took extra time with Madelyn when she needed it.  Madelyn will miss her friends this summer but most of all she will miss her teacher.  I asked Maddy what her favorite thing about Ms. Luisa is and she responded "her hugs"!  I think that says a lot!!  

Thanks for a great year Ms. Luisa...and for teaching our girl some Spanish too!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

32 Weeks with Twins

               View from my NST's.

Not much has changed since my last update other than being another week farther along. 32 weeks was another milestone for me, at this point in my pregnancy my doctors and I are just hoping for another two weeks at a time. My next goal is 34 weeks, if I can get to 34 then the percentage of possible issues and NICU time will drop significantly.  Next week I have a growth ultrasound scheduled where we can see how big they are and how much room/ fluid they have. 

Fatigue has returned, it's horrible in the first trimester and returns again in the third.  So if you call or text me and I don't respond right away it's probably because I am snoozing!

Monday, May 13, 2013

31 Weeks with Twins

I can't believe we are getting down to the last few weeks before our baby boys will be here. It brings all kinds of emotions, we are excited, anxious, scared and the list goes on.  

Quick update on what is happening at this point, at 28 weeks I failed my 1 hour glucose test. Yay for me, this meant I got to do the 3 hour glucose test.  I had the same scenario when pregnant with Madelyn but I passed the 3 hour test with  her, this time I wasn't so fortunate.  I guess it's more common to get gestational diabetes with fraternal twins because I have two placentas, something about hormones and having to regulate 3 people. I now monitor my blood sugar 4 times a day and have a specific diet to follow, I also take a small dose of insulin in pill form twice a day.

Last week I started twice weekly Non- Stress Tests (NST) at the hospital. I go to labor and delivery and the nurses hook me up to two fetal heart rate monitors and a contraction monitor for an hour.  They are watching for contractions but more importantly they want to see both babies heart rates fluctuate by 15 beats per minute over the baseline for 15 seconds.  My first NST was a little difficult because it was hard to determine two seperate heart beats, they were very similar and the nurse felt she kept getting Baby A's heartrate and Baby B wouldn't stay still.  She eventually got it and both babies passed. 

I will also see my doctor in the office once a week from here on out. This is to see how I am doing and monitor my blood pressure for any signs of preeclampsia and pre-term labor.

Many people ask how I am feeling, I have really tried not to complain (except to Adam) because I know how fortunate we are to be having another baby, let alone two. I have been doing well overall but at 30 weeks something changed and this got a lot harder.  Both babies are very low and putting a lot of pressure on my pelvis and bladder. Some days I feel like I might as well hang out in the bathroom. Sleeping is becoming much more difficult and uncomfortable, I can't seem to find a good position and as soon as I do, I wake up to use the bathroom. As most of you know I am only 5'3" on a good day so the babies have no place to go but straight out, this is causing increased back and hip pain. All in all I am trying to stay positive, I know it will all be worth it when we see our boys faces for the first time!!