Tuesday, July 24, 2012

28 Weeks

I'm officially in my third trimester now, although it feels I've been there for a while now. We had an ultrasound yesterday and Mason handled it pretty well this time. He sat up on the bed with me and played with the goop and snuggled. He hadn't had a nap yet (at 2:30pm) and we had gone to the zoo in the morning, so I was super shocked with how calm he was.
Baby A weighs around 2 pounds, 4 ounces and Baby B is about 2 pounds, 1 ounce. That is an 8% difference, which is pretty consistent with our last ultrasound and that is good news. They said Baby B's belly is just a tad smaller than A's, but he/she makes up for it in the rest of the body.
They were in yet again another position this time! Baby B is pretty comfortable head down and has stayed there for a while, but this time Baby A was laying sideways with his/her feet across B.

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Last week, we had a doctor appointment. It was the glucose test, which I assume I passed since I haven't heard anything? The three hour test would really suck, so I'm hoping so.
My belly was measuring 33 centimeters and I've now gained a total of 20 pounds. I gained a total of 26 with Mason, so hopefully I'll be able to pass that point soon. Unfortunately I'm running out of room in my stomach. I can't eat as much now so I'll have to just eat more often. My lung space is beginning to get compromised, too, which is never a good feeling.
At night I get up every 2 hours or so and have to switch sides I'm laying on because my hips hurt so much! I really shouldn't complain too much. So many twin pregnancies have major complications. I am really blessed with how well mine is going. The ultrasound tech told us that earlier yesterday morning she had a mom that was 24 weeks along with mono-di twins (same as ours) that went from a 8% difference at their previous ultrasound to a 25% difference! How scary for them. It was a good reminder of why we make the trek to the city every other week.

As far as naming these babies, we've been set with our girl names for a while now. But gee, boy names are just not easy. We had them picked out and decided 7 weeks ago, but as time went on we changed our minds and now I'm not sure either will make the final cut. They were Henry and Cooper if you were wondering, nice names, but we can't commit!

We've purchased a few things we'll need for these guys/gals and my lovely sister-in-law is having a baby shower for us next week, which we are so excited for. Yesterday I scored a "used once" twin nursing pillow and an extra cover (like this) for $35. We have been avid Craigslist stalkers. We got a booster seat/high chair just like the one we have for Mason for $10 and some assorted gender neutral baby clothes from garage sales. When you buy used, the numbers don't add up as fast. When we were pregnant with Mason, we definitely suffered from new-stuff-itis, but have long since healed from that.

I remember the weeks 30 and on going by really fast last time and I'm hoping that is the case again. I'm ready for warp speed.

Any suggestions for boy names??

Friday, July 13, 2012

Things Mason Is Really Into Lately

--Ketchup (dip)

--Scrunching up his face. And frowning.

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--Pulling my hair.

--Bending the pages backwards on his board books so that they pop off.


--Giving hugs to other kids, and sometimes adults.

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--Riding in the stroller for walks.

--Blueberries.

 --Looking at pictures on the computer. Tractors, trucks, and cars mostly.

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--Spinning and falling over on the bed.

--The word "up". I think he uses it at least once every hour.

--Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site. A recent library book.

--Refusing to sleep for hours at bedtime.

--Pulling the cat's tail.

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--Chasing the little ants on our deck with his fingers.

--Climbing the stairs/ladders and going down the slides at the park all by himself. Sometimes even climbing back up the slides by himself.

--Identifying people we know in pictures.

--Pointing at different things wondering what they are.

--Car carts at grocery stores.

--Climbing. Up on the counter, to the top of the couch, next he'll be scaling the walls.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Week 26

So, I guess I haven't blogged for a couple weeks. I don't spend much time on the computer these days. During Mason's nap, I'm taking a nap myself, and when he goes to bed my back hurts too much to sit in the computer chair. I pop in when I can, I guess.
Our ultrasound this week went a lot smoother than usual because my parents hung out in the car with Mason while he slept. It was nice to be able to pay attention to what the tech was looking at and not trying to sooth our ultrasound goo-phobic toddler.
Twin A measured about 1 pound, 12 ounces and twin B was around 1 pound, 9 ounces. This is the biggest difference they've ever had between them, 8% difference. The OB told us that as long as the percentage of difference is below 20% they don't worry too much, but it is something to keep an eye on. Sometimes one twin will have a growth spurt and the other will have one a week later. Sometimes one twin will be getting goods from 3/4 of the placenta and the other only gets 1/4 of the share. And then of course there is the daunting twin to twin transfusion syndrome which can occur at any time. We've decided not to spend our time worrying, we will just see what's changed at our next ultrasound.


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Each time we've gone into the ultrasound, the babies have been in different positions. First time they were both feet down. Second time, A's feet were down, B's head was down. Third time, B was head down and A was sideways laying his/her head on B's chest. And then this time they were both head down, as you can see, B was presenting (further down). I wouldn't mind if they stayed head down the rest of the time!

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I've been trying really hard to get my 8-16oz glasses of water, quart of milk, and 3,500 calories consumed every day, but I know I come up short most of the time. That is a lot to eat and drink! I'm not sure how much I weigh (will find out at the doctor next week), but I'm trying so hard to gain fast. In the end I should be up 40-55 pounds. Last time I was weighed I was only up 11.
My husband has been very helpful lately. He's taken over a lot of the household responsibilities and I'm so thankful. Life could be a lot harder right now. I'm going to cry when he goes back to work next month.

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