Here's the list of guesses you all made. It was fun to go through and see what everyone is thinking. Some have missed their date (including me!), but lots of you still have a chance on picking the right birthday.
Sept. 15 (& 16th) Grandpa Tim - 11:54pm and 12:10am, 4lbs 15oz and 5lbs 5oz, boys with brown hair.
Sept. 16 Tyler (my husband) - boys
Ashley H. - girls that look just like their mom:)
Sept. 17 Great Grandma Jackie - boys 5lb.4oz. and 5lb.6oz
Grandma Deb - boys, 5lbs 5oz and 5lbs 2 oz. with dark hair like Mason had.
I am continuing to find fun (frugal) things for Mason and I to do during the day. I saw this idea a while ago and finally got around to purchasing some shaving cream (AKA I sent Tyler to the store) so we could do some painting. We brought out the trusty muffin tin and some dye and got to playing. At first Mason was really disappointed because it wasn't baking soda and vinegar (which he can't get enough of), but soon found it fun. Not much actual painting happened and it took a rather messy/watery turn, but the entertainment lasted for over an hour. He was really into it, like unresponsive when you talked to him and super focused. We'll probably do it again someday.
I wasn't sure if I'd make it to 36 weeks or not and here I am! Plus 3 days, in fact. We had our last ultrasound at the 34 week mark, got this picture of Baby A. We think he/she looks just like Mason. Although we really didn't want ultrasounds, it is neat to have a picture like this. Quite amazing.
My belly has never been this big. Yesterday at our appointment, my fundal height was 42 cm! In fact, it grew 2 cm in just a week. Those babies just keep growing, which is of course awesome.
Their heart beats are great, they are still moving around in there, and Baby A is locked and loaded head down. No switching positions for him/her. So trial of labor is a go!
At my 35 week appointment they did the GBS swab (negative, yay!) and since he was already down there he decided to check me since my contractions had been a little more crampy lately. I was dilated to 1cm and 50% effaced. Yesterday I was 2-3 cm and about 60% effaced. These numbers don't really mean anything in regards to when I will go into labor, but making a little progress before actual labor starts is always encouraging.
People always wonder how I'm feeling and while I certainly am not the most comfortable I've ever been, I really do feel blessed with how this pregnancy has treated me and how far it has come. I sleep horribly at night, waking up every 45 minutes to switch sides. My hips hurt so bad when I "roll over" I want to cry. I have some sciatic nerve pain at times and my belly is definitely getting heavy. Those are the major things that make me uncomfortable. But I feel like I could handle being pregnant for at least 2 more weeks. My husband may not agree with that statement.
Hoping to make it to 37 weeks! Then it is time to get the show on the road so they'll be out before we have to make them!
As most of you know, I ended up having a c-section with Mason after a long labor. It was not ideal, nor the way I had planned his birth, but that is what happened. I felt crappy for it ending that way and have ever since come up with things I could have done differently. But you can't go back and do things over. Certain things happen so you can learn from them.
Totally not how I imagined our first family photo.
I have been thinking about and researching a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) pretty much since Mason turned 2 months old. When we found out we were expecting again, I was so excited to get a second chance to have a natural birth! However, when we found out we would be having not one, but two babies, I felt like all my dreams/research/expectations were slowly being flushed down the toilet. So many factors come in to play when it comes to delivering twins vaginally; add in the previous c-section and you get about 50% success rate.
Top 5 Reasons I Do Not Want a Repeat Cesarean: 1. Considering any medical reasons not to, a vaginal delivery is the safest way for baby to be born. The whole coming out of the birth canal, getting the fluid squeezed out of the lungs is important as is the microbe exposure. 2. It is also safest for me. Complications from cesarean delivery are very common, from infections to serious blood loss. I was lucky my last c-section went fine, but there is no guarantee the outcome would be the same again for me. 3. I want the babies to be born into a peaceful environment, in a gentle way. Imagine yourself all comfy in a dark place you've become very familiar with and feel safe in for the past 9 months. Suddenly, someone grabs you (by the legs, arm, head, whatever) and pulls you out into a cold room with extremely bright lights. Those are not the first moments I want our babies to have. I want to be able to touch and comfort my babies right after they are born, not have my arms tied down, listening to helpless wails. 4. The long hospital stay. We were in the hospital after Mason was born for 4 days. It wasn't so bad. Kind of like staying in a hotel, I guess. The liquid diet sucked, but I don't think I ever changed a diaper til I got home! This time around is different. Mason will not be staying at the hospital with me and it will be our first time separated over night. Things will be changing enough for the little guy, I don't want to add extended stay away from mom to the list. 5. The healing process. I know that no matter how you give birth, there is some healing involved. I'm going to go out on a limb and say having your abdomen sliced open is the less pleasant choice. The weight restrictions, no climbing stairs, taking it easy for the first 6 weeks is longer then I want to devote to my healing. I want to be able to pick Mason up, sleep in my own bedroom, and do regular everyday things I couldn't do if I was healing from a section.
Taking that suture tape off freaked me out, like I could just yank and my scar would burst open. I basically left it on until it started to peel off on it's own.
All that being said, I am still mentally preparing myself for such an outcome. It didn't even cross my mind while pregnant with Mason that a c-section was an option and I think that is why it has been so hard to accept. Now, I picture both scenarios, because it could totally happen.
If the presenting baby is not head down, automatic c-section. Luckily (so far) Baby A's head is locked and loaded. Baby B is still trying to make up his/her mind on what position to be in. My doctor will turn the second baby or preform a footling breech extraction if needed, so Baby B can be however he/she wishes. However, if Baby B gets his/her butt down far enough and can't be turned, we'd be looking at a double whammy (1 vaginal birth + 1 c-section), yikes!
Since I will be attemping a VBAC, the babies have to be constantly monitored. Should they show any sign of distress, my doctor will likely call a c-section due to the risk of uterine rupture.
The babies will need to be born by the 38th week gestation. They share a placenta and the risk of intrauterine death due to the faster aging of that placenta really starts to go up after week 36. If I do not go into labor by then, I will be choosing a c-section. This is only because my other option would be induction and since I have the c-section scar, my risk of uterine rupture would double in this Pitocin-induced scenario. That scares me. Uterine ruptures aren't usually (if ever) fatal for the mom, but if the scar comes completely open and a baby is forced into mom's abdominal cavity, they most likely will die. Although very rare, this is jut not a risk I am comfortable taking.
Our goal, obviously, is two healthy babies being born in the safest way possible. While it will not be the minimal intervention-natural birth I was dreaming of, it will be the best experience I make of it. I know in the end, those two babies will be worth whatever comes our way in the birth process.
Sometimes Mason doesn't go down for a nap easily. Today was one of those days. He tries to stay awake as long as possible and it totally ends in major meltdown and needing to cuddle with the weirdest things in order to fall asleep. Before it has been cracker boxes, a half eaten cookie, a huge board book with really sharp corners.. random, not comfortable things to sleep with.
Today was no different. He HAD to have his hand in the bag of raisins. He couldn't hold the bag or just touch it. His hand had to be in the sticky bag. So when I laid him down on the bed (asleep), he rolled over a couple times and raisins were now all over the bed. It was really silly, I had to laugh and take a couple pictures.
When he was really, truly out, I took the bag and set it at the foot of the bed. And, you know, the instant he woke up, he wanted the bag back by golly! So silly.
I'm now 34 1/2 weeks along and I think it would be fun to have you all guess when the babies will make their appearance, along with other fun stats. Here's some info to help you make your guess.
My official due date is October 14th, most twins are born between 35 and 37 weeks.
If I'm still pregnant at 38 weeks, the babies will likely be born the 1st of 2nd of October via c-section.
At our ultrasound yesterday, Baby A weighed 4lbs 6oz and Baby B weighed 4lbs 10oz. Of course these are just estimates and they could truly be off by a pound in either direction. Baby A is head down, way down, and Baby B is breech.
My fundal height is 39cm. Lots of people have commented lately about how low my belly looks and say "Any day now!".. of course they have no idea there are two in there.
My blood pressure is excellent. I have no swelling. I am medically having a great twin pregnancy.
Of course I have awful acid reflux, my hips hurt sooo bad at night, and Baby A's head is now grinding on my cervix every once and a while.
Alright, so here's what you should guess. 1. Birthday(s). 2. Birth times. 3. Weights. 4. Lengths. 5. Gender!
You can guess more things like hair color (because they do have hair!), how they will be born, basically anything you want. It is all just for fun anyway!
Here's an example, assume Baby A is first. 1. September 18th. 2. 4:46pm & 4:59pm. 3. 5lbs 2oz & 5lbs. 4. 17 inches & 17 inches. 5. Girls.
OK, your turn! Even if you aren't one to comment, you should try it. I am excited to hear everyone's guesses. If you don't want to comment here, leave me your guess on Facebook!
I'll of course let you know who is closest when they are born.