Friday, May 27, 2011

A glimpse.

While I was at the bike shop today picking up a part for Brett, I met a family with twins! They had a boy and a girl, about 5 years old. It was nice to chat with the parents and fun to watch the kids while I waited. They were picking out bikes and were VERY excited. The parents asked me lots of questions and assured me that twins were a blast. And that the first three months are tough. But, it gets easier.

The mom said that she measured 54 weeks (!!) by the time her twins were born and that they each weighted almost 7 lbs! Wow. That was all I could think to say. Wow. They were both breach and so she had them via c-section, which she said worked out well for her.

Gosh. Am I ready for this?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Week 28

I've made it through the 28th week. Getting to this point in my pregancy feels like a huge milestone. This week marks (well, depending on how you count) the start of the third trimester! Also, if the twins were to be born now, they would have a 90% chance of surviving. Of course, they will stay in there and keep doing a great job of growing, but it is nice to know they would likely be okay if they had to be born this early.

28 week belly, toes & daisies.

I woke up this morning to a really terrible dream and didn't want to go back to sleep. Even though it was only 5:00 a.m., Brett got up with me and together we made banana bread and then while it was cooking we played a game of Ticket to Ride Europe. It was okay that Brett won because we both got to eat banana bread.

Our appointment at the Center for Midwifery today went well. I am measuring 34 centimeters (Fundal height), so a little more than a month ahead, which is normal for twins. The visit was very comfortable and I am feeling so good about our choice to switch to the midwives. Our next check-up will hopefully be in a group setting in a few weeks, with a bunch of other parents all due around the same time as us. I'm looking forward to that!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Big girls!

Our ultrasound this morning was so reassuring. Both babies are in a head-down position and they each weigh 2 lbs. 7 oz. Wow! I loved finding out how they are positioned, because when they kick me, or move around, I really have no idea who is who or what part of them is moving. Now I feel like I will have a little better of an idea.

We were able to see them both practice breathing during the ultrasound. This is right on track with their growth and development and was amazing to see. They are just doing so well!

Thanks, Kathy, for coming with us! It's always fun to have you there.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Week 27

It has been raining all day, every day this week. I am looking forward to drier weather this coming week so that I will want to be outside more and we can plant cucumbers, melons and zucchini in the garden.

On our anniversary, we went out to lunch at Paul and Elizabeth's. The food was delicious as usual and we even got a slice of chocolate cream pie to split for dessert. Mmm.

Some other fun food adventures this week include: making yogurt (done in the crock pot - really easy - followed a recipe from Myrrh's blog), cut up and froze a whole bunch of champagne mangoes, baked some yummy chocolate muffins, and plan to make cream cheese out of some of the yogurt I made, as soon as I find the cheese cloth.

Yogurt! Delicious with cut-up mango on top.

I have been tired this week. Maybe it's partly due to the gloomy, rainy days we've had, but I think it's mostly just that my body feels so heavy. I really can't bend down now without feeling VERY uncomfortable, and getting up from sitting/laying down is a huge effort every time. Also, getting in and out of the car feels like a chore, so it doesn't make running errands seem very fun.

Next week, we have another ultrasound scheduled and our first real visit with the midwives. I'm looking forward to the ultrasound because I'm curious what positions the babies are in.

A tired Jenny, 27 week belly picture.

My belly looks really big in this picture!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Week 26

This was a busy week with lots to report.

On Monday, we met with Dr. Kueny at the midwifery center. He is the main doctor with the midwife practice we are considering switching to and so we wanted to meet him before we made our decision. After spending about half an hour asking lots of questions, we both came away from the meeting with a very good feeling about him. He understands that it is very important to explain things and make sure that we know what choices are available to us, and why he (or any of the midwives) would recommend something, which we both really appreciate. Plus, he is a father of twin girls!

On Tuesday, I did the GD (gestational diabetes) test at Hampshire OB. The whole thing was fairly painless. I went in when the office opened in the morning and had my blood taken. I wasn't allowed to eat anything that morning before the first blood draw, which was difficult for me because I woke up VERY hungry at 5:30 a.m. Also, there was leftover quiche in the refrigerator and I really wanted it. By the time they had taken my blood, it was 9:00 a.m. I had the bagel with jelly and glass of orange juice I was supposed to eat with me, so as soon as I was in the car I got to eat. Even though I was so hungry, I don't usually eat sweet bagels and orange juice for breakfast and I had a hard time finishing it all. By the time I got to the second half of the bagel, I was making up games to help myself keep eating. How many bites would it take for me to finish it? Could I do it in 5? Could I finish the whole thing in the next 3 minutes? Would anyone but me know if I didn't finish it all? There were some birds just outside the car who looked hungry...

Eventually, I did eat the whole thing and I finished the juice. I felt very proud of myself. I spend the next two hours trying not to think about food. At 11:00 a.m. I had my blood drawn again. Then I went home and ate some quiche. It was delicious.

That evening, Brett and I went to our first childbirth education class at the hospital. The class is a four-week series and we were one of about 10 other couples. Almost everyone will be first time parents, but we were the only ones expecting twins. A lot of what was covered in the class I already knew, but I did enjoy parts of it. I enjoyed seeing all the other pregnant mama bellies. I felt huge in comparison to some, even a few who are due next month!

By the end of the class all I could think about was eating dinner. Next week we will bring some food with us.

On Wednesday we spent a lot of time finishing up the rearranging projects in the house that we started over the weekend when we had the tag sale. Our tag sale on Saturday was a huge success! We cleared out a whole bunch of stuff from the basement, garage and house. Many of the big items sold, it felt great to de-clutter, plus, we made money! Kathy came down for the day and brought food for lunch. She was a big help and good company during the tag sale, and she also took this great picture of Brett and me.

Our family.

Our neighbors across the street also put some things out for sale on Saturday and by the end of the day the bookshelf I had been eying hadn't sold. They gave it to us for free and I think it will made a great shelf for baby stuff. Another fun gift came from one of Brett's coworkers. Gretchen called Brett up and asked if we would like a bunch of cloth diapers and a few small clothing items! The next day, she dropped them off on our front porch. It's so nice when people are so giving. We look forward to passing things along when it's our turn.

I also called and got my GD test results Wednesday morning. I passed! Here are my numbers:

90 - blood sugar, in the morning after fasting all night
133 - blood sugar, two hours after I'd eaten
5.4 - hemoglobin A1C
12.2 - CBC

Actually, the most stressful and annoying part of the whole GD test process was when I called to get my results. The nurse who called me back was very rude to me and was not willing to explain what anything meant.
All she kept saying was, "Your levels are normal."
"Great, and could you tell me what that means?" I asked.
"Your level is 133, and that's normal."
Grrr.

It went on like that for the whole conversation. Finally, I just thanked her, said goodbye and hung up. Then I cried on Brett's shoulder for a good 2 minutes. I think I am just overly emotional right now, but I hate it when people are rude to me and won't explain things. After the conversation, I spent some time on-line and found out most of what I wanted to know. For example, what a normal range is, how that compares to my numbers and how important those things are. I seem pretty healthy, and I'm not anemic, so yay!

Thursday afternoon I got together with Benita, another expecting mama of twins who are due just a couple days after ours! She and her husband Sam live in the co-housing community just a few miles down the road from us. I went over there and we took a walk through the woods on the bike path.

Unfortunately, for the majority of the visit with Benita, the right side of my belly was very uncomfortable, which made it very hard to relax. It was a feeling of intense pressure, and it made me worried that something was wrong. It lasted a couple of hours, and then it finally let up, almost all at once. Maybe one of the girls was pressing on something inside me? I'm not sure, but I really didn't like it.

On Friday I turned in the paperwork to switch our care over to the Midwifery Center! We feel really good about the switch, especially after how I was treated on the phone trying to get my test results explained to me after the GD test. I'm looking forward to our next appointment/ultrasound on the 25th of this month. The next day we'll have our first "official" appointment with the Midwifery Center.

26 week belly! It's lilac time! This month just May be my favorite time of year.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Week 25

We had our monthly check up yesterday. This time we saw Dr. Jones. She was very nice and is one of my favorite doctors so far. She checked the babies heart beats and measured my belly. I am measuring at 30 weeks, which is normal for twins.

At our last visit, I told the doctor that I was considering declining the glucose drink (a sugary drink taken to test for gestational diabetes that is recommended for everyone between 24 & 28 weeks) and asked for an alternative to the regular test. Following up with that this visit, it turns out that I will be allowed to come in before I've eaten anything in the morning, have my blood drawn, eat a whole grain bagel with two tablespoons of homemade jelly (black raspberry, mmm!) and drink an 8 oz glass of orange juice. I will then get my blood drawn again in two hours, and that's it!

I am very happy that I won't be drinking the glucose concoction, and I feel proud for standing up for something that is important to me. I still hope the test goes well, but I'm a lot less anxious about it now that I know that I can just eat real food.

Our next appointment is in exactly 3 weeks, for an ultrasound. It looks like we will be having appointments every 2-3 weeks after that, until the due date, with an ultrasound every other time. It seems like a lot to me, but they want to make sure that the babies are growing at the same rate and the best way to do that is with ultrasounds.

I have been getting a little more sleep at night recently and don't have much of anything to complain about! We started buying our milk from The Hartsbrook School this week. They have a Jersey cow named Heatherbell. It is the most delicious sweet raw milk that I have ever tasted. We signed up to receive a half-gallon every two weeks. I love that if I ever don't feel like drinking it all, I can just make it into butter or use it for baking! So exciting. Also, I went to the first Tuesday Farmer's Market of the season and got the the most delicious salad mix. I've been eating a couple salads a day and enjoying them immensely.

25 Weeks!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Week 24

I've been having a difficult time accepting that I'm unable to do things easily/safely that I used to do without thinking. We both spent a bunch of time this week at the Springfield house, dealing with problems and diagnosing/fixing a water leak. It's not that I can't do anything. I was helpful by handing Brett tools and I even climbed up the tall ladder at one point so that I could see for myself what the problem was. I'm just used to being able to do more things on my own. It's becoming very uncomfortable to bend over, and I don't feel like I have as much balance as I used to. Plus, I'm just so much slower at moving around; it's ridiculous.

Working with Brett on projects this week, where he needed to be the one to actually DO the majority of the work, has been a lesson for me in patience and letting go. He thinks things through more than I do and his time frame on what gets done next is often different than mine. There were times when I had to just clench my teeth, take a deep breath, and remember that taking a little bit longer, or doing things in a different order than I would do them, would be okay.

In the end, it all worked out and we got a lot accomplished.

I feel thankful that I don't have a cold anymore, and that most of my complaints seem to center around being tired and dealing with moving slower than I'm used to. My feet and hands definitely get slightly swollen sometimes, often if it's warm out and I've been on my feet for too long, but sometimes it just seems to happen randomly. I've been trying to drink lots of water. My belly seems to get larger every day, but I'm actually surprised by how good I feel, and how much I can still do. The baby kicks continue and this is the first week that they have kept me awake at times during the night.

Week 24 belly picture!