Saturday, May 26, 2012

34 Weeks - Goal!

I'm so happy to be writing this at 34 weeks, this is a major milestone!!! At our appointment this week we had another growth ultrasound and got to peak inside at our boy and girl.  We were both excited to learn that they are each 5 lbs. and there is only a 2oz. discrepancy between them in size! (That's nothing!).  They are continuing to grow really well despite their apartment size getting smaller - that is now being occupied by two big babies!  Chris and I lifted up thanks to God right away for these two to continue to thrive, grow, and share all their nutrients.

A few stats on them:)

  • Our boy is still head down 
  • Our girl is tranverse (laying sideways across the left side of my belly)
  • They both were practicing breathing
  • Nice strong heartbeats!
  • They turned on the 3D ultrasound for a moment, our boy as usual cooperated, and my girl is still saving her sweet face and features for the grand finale (her arms are always hiding her face)
  • Both babies have hair on their heads (they could see the wisps of hair on the ultrasound!)
How's Mom?
  • Mom can only eat smaller portion at a time now, there's not a lot of room in her stomach:) Picture a squirrel nibbling all day
  • Still working part time, this has been such a blessing! Works in the morning, comes home and rests the majority of the afternoon (maybe a small chore here/there)
  •   Most comfortable position is sitting with feet up, joints are getting achy, thankfully not a lot of swelling despite the rising temperatures here!  

The doctor also gave us what I'm calling the "green light" in that they wouldn't stop me going into labor at this point! This feels like a huge relief to me, knowing that the babies are a good size, we have reached the 34 week milestone, and with each week that passes is basically more time for them to put on fat and what I call the "finishing touches".  Statistically most twins arrive somewhere around 36 weeks.   I continue to put my faith in God and trust Him and his plan for the four of us.  But I am getting REALLY excited!  I have moments where I think about meeting them both for the first time and find tears welling up in my eyes.  What an experience this has been, I can only imagine what it will be like to meet them face to face, hold them close, and call them mine:) and to see Christopher for the first time and their eyes meeting.

Thank you everyone for your continued prayers during this time.  We will keep you updated!  Praise God for all He has done!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Goal!!! 32 weeks!

I'm so thankful to be at 32 weeks! God continues to provide and bless us during this twin pregnancy.  The doctors say to celebrate each 2 week milestone at this point.  In general I'm feeling good, I feel really big but this week I started working part-time which is really nice.  It's helpful to get a nap in and lay on my left side during the afternoon and put my feet up.  I'm even able to prepare dinner for the hubby and I - crockpots are fantastic!  My joints are getting a bit more achy and its difficult to get up from laying down, but it's because our two pumpkins are getting bigger, so we will take it! I really don't do much at this point, walking is difficult and my ligaments are stretching all the time when I do - about 10-15 minutes of standing and I need to sit.  But Christopher continues to be amazing and is getting what we need done!  I am so incredibly thankful for a husband who is so caring and supportive, and I totally see the Lord and his servant leadership through him.

At our appointment this week they hooked me up to the fetal monitors for the first time called a "non-stress test", and watched the babies heartbeats and movements.  Our boy is still the mover and shaker of the family, and our girl is the more methodically moving one:)  They had me drink some water to wake the babies up. We've also put together our gallery wall frames for the nursery, and Daddy has been selecting a poem for each baby. 

 32 weeks in the nursery

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Baby Date - 5/9/12

Your Dad and I just came from a baby date. We saw you on ultrasound.  It looks like from here on out we will be seeing you on ultrasound to monitor your growth!

Our girl weighed in at 4lbs and 1 oz. and our boy weighed in at 3lbs and 14 oz. (just 2 ounces shy of 4!)

So yes, I'm now carrying around 8lbs of baby and it shows!  I move very slowly and can't walk for too long.  But it's a labor of love:)

I've gone to working part time (just 8-12) each day and am really appreciating the extra hours of rest and relaxation in the afternoon. 

We hit 32 weeks on Saturday.  Keep growing beautiful babies!

Love you both to the moon and back,