Thursday, June 23, 2011

Week 32

32 weeks!! I'm so excited to have made it through this milestone week. Many babies are born around this time and I haven't even had any signs of labor yet. Woohoo!

On Tuesday, we met with a pediatrician at Northampton Area Pediatrics (NAP). NAP is a fairly large practice, with a total of nine doctors and two nurse practitioners, and they are looking to re-add a tenth doctor. The office was nice enough, and we liked that there were two entrances: one for well patients and one for sick patients. The pediatrician we met was fairly relaxed and was responsive to our questions and concerns (not that we had many). She said that there was one doctor in the practice that specializes in oncology and hematology, which was nice to hear because there is a good chance that at least one of the girls will have spherocytosis. When we later looked up his profile on their website, it mentions that he juggles and bicycles and gardens, and is shown wearing a wizard's costume. Maybe he's the one for us?

In any case, we think we feel comfortable enough with the NAP practice to sign on there, and you just can't beat their hours: 8am-8pm on weekdays (with the first hour designated for walk-in care!) and 9am-5pm on weekends. Other benefits include the close relationship they have with the hospital we will use, and the fact that they are only about a mile away!

This picture hangs on the wall in the waiting area at NAP. How could we not choose them?

Yesterday we had a growth ultrasound to check on the babies. They are huge. Baby A is estimated at 4 lbs 5 oz, and baby B is 4 lbs 8 oz!! I was totally shocked to find out that they are so big already. When I was born, I weighed what baby A weighs now. Amazing. Now I know why my body has been feeling so heavy these past few weeks. There is almost 9 pounds of baby in there!

Less than exciting news from the ultrasound: both babies are no longer in a head down position. Baby A is sitting almost totally vertical on my left side, while baby B is on the right side with her head up, but her body more curled around in backwards "c" shape. Boo. The ultrasound also took a really long time because the babies were moving around so much that it was hard for the technician to get good pictures of them. Baby B actually flipped head down and then back during the appointment! At least we know that there is still space for them to move around in there. I came away from the ultrasound feeling pretty down, and I'm worried that they won't flip into a good position before it's time for them to come out.

Selena took some pretty pictures of my henna belly this week. Brett, Selena and I also all went swimming together on Tuesday when it was really hot. Jim sat on the rocks and played flute while we swam. This was my first real swim of the year and it felt great!


I like the shadows in this picture.

Selena offers me help getting in the water. It was chilly, but once I got in, it felt wonderful!

Yay for swimming!

Sleeping at night has gotten quite annoying again. I am just not comfortable for long, no matter what I do. Last night I was up almost every hour and finally got some rest on the couch after it was time to get up. I try to keep telling myself that it's not much longer, and my body won't hurt and feel so heavy like this forever, but it's hard to remember that at 3:00 a.m.

On a brighter note, my lily in the backyard that I've been watching every day...

...finally opened!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Week 31

This week just flew by and I missed my usual day to update the blog on Friday. All of a sudden it's Tuesday evening and I am five days into my 32nd week! I have lots of pictures to include this time, since there were so many great moments with friends and family.

Wednesday evening we went to our first group meeting at the Midwifery Center. It was a really fun way to do a prenatal appointment. There were about nine other couples in the group, all with due dates around the same time as us, and two of them are also expecting twins! It was so nice to not be the only ones in a group expecting twins; the questions we had were applicable to other people instead of just to us. We also got to take our own blood pressure and weight, plus listen to the babies' heart beats (134 & 152) . My belly is measuring at 36 centimeters/weeks.

On Thursday, Daisy came to visit! Here she is snuggling up to the babies.

That evening, Brett and I picked all of our garlic scapes and made them into pesto! So delicious!

On Friday, Mama arrived! She got to try out the tandem with Brett, shortly after eating some rhubarb pie. (She loved both.)

Daisy got a turn on the bike, too.

I'm 31 weeks pregnant and we can still ride the tandem together. I love our bike and I love Brett.

Papa packed us a bunch of figs in Mama's suitcase. Mmm! Thanks Papa!

Friday evening, Selena and Hannah put together a small baby shower for us. There was lots of yummy food and a friend of Selena's did some henna designs for us! I got a pretty flower design on my belly. Thanks to everyone who came for a great evening and making us feel so loved.

We had a great day with Mama on Saturday. In the evening we took a walk over the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls.

31 weeks!

After our walk, we met up with Brett's family at the little chapel in Colrain (the same place that we had the Bill Staines concert the day before our wedding!) for the town's annual strawberry supper. After eating, we walked over to Brett's parent's house and spent a while looking at the gardens and visiting.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Week 30

30 weeks! Today is a rainy Saturday. Our garden is very happy.

This was Brett's last week at the Hartsbrook School, as well as our final childbirth education class at the hospital. It felt like a hectic week, but we made it through and had some fun times mixed in with all the busyness. We are both looking forward to a (hopefully!) more relaxing next few months before the twins are born. I am envisioning many days spent swimming, eating/picking fruit and taking naps.

Pretty pink lupine blooming in the back yard.

I am still feeling good except for having a hard time bending down. Often I don't even try anymore because it's just too much work. I've gotten better at asking Brett to pick things up for me. He doesn't seem to mind, so I'm trying not to feel bad about asking for help. I am in the home stretch here with less than 2.5 months to go! I'm sure it will be over before I know it, so I'm doing my best to enjoy this time.

I picked strawberries! I felt a little funny crawling on my hands and knees between the rows of berries to pick them, but it worked!

Brett received so many baby gifts from parents and kids on the last day of school. See those adorable blue hats? Those were knitted by a 5th grader.

We are both glad that we took the childbirth education class. I don't feel like I got a whole lot out of it, but there were are few pieces of information that I took away with me and it was fun to be in a group of other first-time parents to be. What I am really looking forward to now is our first group meeting (with others due around the same time as me) at the Midwifery center on the 15th. Also, Mama is coming to visit next weekend!!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

One year ago...

Today marks the first anniversary of the first day of our cross country bike trip! We pedaled away from Northampton in the morning and made it to New York State that evening. It was the start of a three month adventure that we will never forget.

Here we are one year ago, pedaling out of town on the bike path. You can see Spartan just ahead of us. Guy and Selena were following close behind. It was such a sweet start to our adventure to have friends bike with us for a few miles. This is one of the first pictures of us (take by Selena) on our trip.

It's incredible to realize that in a few short months we will be parents. Last year at this time, our whole lives were devoted to the bike trip and everything else seemed so far away. We are looking forward to this new adventure! So far, we have celebrated today by eating a breakfast of pancakes with freshly picked strawberries on top, and by taking a nap.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Week 29

Self-portrait at 29 weeks.

How far along:
29 Weeks. Only 11 weeks to go!
Total weight gain: +26 pounds. I feel like this is a really good amount so far. The babies are getting nice and big and should each weigh almost 3 pounds now. From everything I've read/heard, it seems like I ought to be gaining close to a pound a week from now on. So, if we make it all the way to term, that will be another 11 or so pounds. I would be happy to keep my weight gain under 40 pounds total.
Maternity clothes: I have gotten all my clothes at thrift stores and am still able to wear a couple of the shirts I had before I was pregnant. I have one pair of Jeans that are comfortable and three shorter pairs of pants. There are a few dresses that fit me still and three long sleeve shirts, a couple tee-shirts and two tank tops that are all comfortable. My sandals are the only shoes that I can really wear now, because everything else is too tight.
Best moments this week: Digging up two wild lilies from the side of the road and planting them in our garden. Picking up and eating our first farm share of the season. And, making progress on baby names!
Movement: They are still moving like crazy. I'm pretty sure they are both in the same positions they were in at our last ultrasound, with their heads down and bodies curved around. They don't so much kick anymore as move intentionally and push at my belly. Often it feels like they are just shifting around and must be trying to get comfortable.
Food cravings: Cheese. Smoothies. Potatoes. I actually really wanted a peanut butter and jelly sandwich the other day. I was surprised because since the beginning I haven't been able to stand the smell of peanut butter. The sandwich was pretty good.
Labor Signs: Nothing yet. Not even any Braxton-Hicks contractions, as far as I can tell.
Belly Button in or out: Flat. If I had to pick, I would say it's more out than in.
What I miss: Working in the garden easily for long periods of time. Bending down to pick up things. Running. Riding on the tandem with Brett. Waking up in the morning and not feeling achy. Sleeping on my belly!
What I am looking forward to: The birth and meeting the twins! Watching Brett hold them. Being able to move around easily.
Worries: That the twins will flip into a posterior position and I won't get a chance to have a vaginal birth.
Milestones: 32 weeks is our next milestone. That's only 3 weeks away! If we make it to 32 weeks, the babies should be fine. They would be in the NICU for a while, but still fine. Lots of twins are born at 32 weeks.
Realizations of the week: It's JUNE! June is very close to August. I also realized recently that I have been pregnant for more than half a year.