Friday, November 21, 2008

32 Weeks


By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, he'll gain a third to half of his birth weight during the next 7 weeks as he fattens up for survival outside the womb. He now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). His skin is becoming soft and smooth as he plumps up in preparation for birth.

I'm a little late with this, but the pictures were actually taken on Thursday.
My friend, Sara, asked for a full body shot. I agreed because I think that the cropped shots throw the proportions of my belly and butt off. The Belly of Thunder kinda makes my butt look small and I assure you that is not the case!

You can see the outfits I'm able to wear these days are super exciting! Like how I razzle dazzled it up with a pink necklace?! So pregnant chic, I know! Its especially fashion forward when I take a few steps and my shirt begins to ride up so my belly hangs out the bottom!

And here is a picture of what Babycenter says fraternal twins look like at 32 weeks. Again, my trouble makers are not in this most desired position.

At our appointment on Wednesday we learned that Kyle is still breech with his butt down and his body and head stretched out up along my right side. Kase had been playing a trick on his ole' mama this past week and did a flip flop in me. All week long when I thought I had been patting his little bum, I was patting his head. I suppose he got tired of his face being smashed up against his brother's and went to look for some more room. Except, I don't think he found it because he is all folded up with his head on my left side and his feet up near his head.

At the ultrasound on Wednesday, we also learned that my cervix had not changed at all and is still closed and thick or however it is supposed to be. We saw and heard both heartbeats, but I've already forgotten the heart rates. The ultrasound tech said she coulde see hair on both of them. I had a feeling they would have hair. I was born with tons. She looked at or measured something and could tell that I had been good at keeping hydrated. And I do drink an insane amount of water. These days I'm also going through a gallon of milk in about 5 days or less. I think it is cool that your body starts to crave the things that you need.

Here is a picture that we got of Kyle. I was totally lazy and just took a picture of it instead of scanning it in, so the quality is not the best. But, really? How cute is he? Trying to stick his thumb in his mouth?

Kase was folded in half so there were too many appendages blocking his face to get a good picture. Maybe next week! Both little tikes will be measured again next week so we will have new estimated weights for both of them.

After the ultrasound, a nurse took my blood pressure. It was high so I had to sit down and breath deeply for a while. The second reading was better and after we got a good protein level report from my urine analysis, Dr. Moore let me go. I'm stopping by there this afternoon for another blood pressure check, just to be safe. Sadly, I think my blood pressure got a little too high from walking from the ultrasound room to the exam room and then to the vitals area.

That's probably a sign that I need to start taking it easy. But, that's not really my style. How are things supposed to get done correctly if I can't do them? Can we all say it together??? Control Freak! Yes, I know!

Friday, November 14, 2008

A few more random bits...

Last night when we got home from work there was a package waiting on the front steps. It was a baby gift from my Aunt Brenda and Uncle Jeff. They live in Nebraska along with the majority of the rest of my extended family. As soon as I opened the first flap of the box I knew what they had sent!
In the card, Brenda had written that she looked long and hard for some Texas A&M gear, but couldn't find any! I bet! Looks like the boys will be Husker fans as well!

Also, last night I was able to finish up the embroidery for the boys' bedding. The lady making the bedding called me yesterday to tell me that the sheets and bumpers are finished. The bed skirts are done as well, but I had ordered some rick rack to add to them and it hasn't been shipped yet. Apparently, no one carries maroon rick rack in stores. So, today at lunch I'm going to meet her to pick up the sheets and bumbers and drop off the fleece to make into the blankets.

**Note** The fleece is actually maroon and not pink like it looks in the picture. I'm in need a new camera and plan to buy one soon. A good one too! I've got two babies to take pictures of very soon!

And probably the most excting thing that happened last night... We felt a foot! Kyle must have been streching his legs because his little foot was literally sticking out of my belly. Jason and I both felt it with our hands and you could see it sticking out as well. I should have snapped a picture, but it was after 10 when it happened and I don't think so quickly around that time of day.

And one last thing that I forgot to report from our doctor's appointment on Wednesday... I am measuring 40 weeks pregnant now. Of course, that measurement is if I was only having one baby. So, I would be ready to go if I was having a singleton. Instead, I hope to hang on to them for at least 6 more weeks.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

31 Weeks


This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

And here is a picture of the Belly of Thunder from this morning.

We had our weekly appointment with the doctor yesterday. I guess the office really does know what they are doing because we didn't get the entire big ultrasound. We did get to see both babies and got a good look at their little hearts beating away, but the ultrasound tech didn't take any new measurements to estimate their weight. She measured my cervix with the ultrasound and Dr. Moore said we will continue doing that until 34 weeks because this is the crucial time that we want to catch any preterm labor, which would result in the dreaded B word (rhymes with "fed best.") My blood pressure was good and actually the lowest that it has been. I gained another two pounds, but I don't even know the total anymore. I know its up there past 40, but really, what's the point anymore?

We didn't get any good pictures of the boys because their heads are just so close to each other. They are laying face to face. Kyle is still breech with his butt down and head on my right side. Kase is transverse and laying across the top half of my belly with his head on my right side also. Good news is that we can try again for pictures in a week! I love getting to see them every week now. One of the perks that comes along with having twins!

Friday, November 7, 2008

30 Weeks (and 1 day)


Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and he weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds him, but that volume will decrease as he gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. His eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after he's born, he'll keep his eyes closed for a good part of the day. When he does open them, he'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means he can only make out objects a few inches from his face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

**Note** Kyle and Kase weighed 3lbs. 9 days ago at the last ultrasound. So ahead of the game! I'm such a proud mama!

Whoops! Thursday morning must have been a hectic one because I forgot to take a picture. And then I forgot all day long at work. Oh well! 30 weeks and one day will have to work!

That belly just looks huge to me. Jason calls it the "Belly of Thunder." I laugh! He also likes to turn the word belly into a verb and say things like "What are you doing in there? Bellying around?"

We had another doctor appointment on Wednesday. We didn't get an ultrasound this time, but Dr. Moore said everything was still going well. He checked my cervix and it was good. I try to make him tell me when we will have these babies, but he always skirts the issue. I know he can't really tell me, but it would be nice to have an answer. My goal is still to make it past 37 weeks, which is Christmas day. We are closing down at work for Christmas and New Year's so it will be nice to finish up everything at work and close out the year before the boys get here. That is my best case scenario.

We will go back next week for another appointment and every week until the end. At the end of the appointment he told us and wrote on my chart that he wants them to check my cervix with the ultrasound before the next appointment. They have done this before each time that I've had an ultrasound on the babies. I asked him if they would measure the boys again also. He said no, that is wasn't necessary to do it again yet. But, when the nurse was scheduling us for our next appointment she must not have been able to read everything that he wrote, because she scheduled us for the hour long (30 minutes a baby) ultrasound before the appointment with the doctor. I didn't say a word!

Just about every night I wake up at 1 am, 3 am, and 5am. Sometimes to go to the bathroom, sometimes to just roll over, and sometimes to go sleep in the recliner. The other night I was up at 5 and moving to the recliner in the living room. I was not the only one awake at that early hour. Kyle was on a rampage. He was moving around like crazy. Its like he was looking for a way out. After about 20 minutes he calmed down and we all went back to sleep for a while. I'm hoping that he doesn't always make 5 am his good morning time. I'm more of a 6:45 kind of girl!