My three year old and I were playing outside last weekend catching leaves that were falling from the trees. His belly laughs broke through the silence of a quiet Saturday afternoon and we were both smiling from ear to ear. We hadn’t shared … Continue reading
The twins have arrived! On Sunday, October 12th I woke up to incredibly intense contractions. Two days prior I had learned that I was 3cm dilated and 80% effaced so we all knew that they could arrive at any time. I took … Continue reading
What is there not to love about October? The days are filled with crimson leaves, cozy sweatshirts, pumpkin everything, haunted hayrides and football. Newly added to my list of favorite things about October: the twins’ birthday! Continue reading
For the past two months I have been on bed rest living with the fear that I could go into labor at any moment and have my babies too early. In my heart I’ve always known that they would be okay, … Continue reading
We made it to 34 weeks! I’m so thankful (and pleasantly surprised) that these babies are still safe and sound in my belly. I thought it might be fun to share a baby bump comparison from when I was 34 weeks pregnant with Cole versus 34 weeks pregnant with the twins. It’s pretty easy to match the picture with the pregnancy!
Today I had a growth scan and a cervical check via ultra sound. My cervix has not started dilating and is actually still quite long. Basically, no changes from a couple of weeks ago. Still on bed rest orders, but only two more weeks to go! He said after that I can go run a marathon…quite a sense of humor Dr. Kaufman has considering I get winded just by opening up the recliner.
Update on Claire: She measures 4 pounds 3 ounces and is still head down. Her heart rate is perfect and always slightly lower than her brother’s. I can already tell that she is the calmer of the two! During the ultra sound the tech pointed out to us that she was practicing her breathing; it was so incredible to watch.
Update on Owen: He measures 4 pounds 6 ounces and flipped back around to breech position. Earlier in the week he was head down right next to his sister. This little boy is a mover and shaker and does not like to sit still! Sounds like another little boy of mine… 😉
And how am I doing? My mood is all over the place and I’m insanely uncomfortable. However, I’m nearing the finish line and I’m thankful to have the best prizes waiting for me at the end.
After the preterm labor scare we had at 28 weeks I ended up changing doctors and hospitals to make sure I had a team that could support the babies if they come early. As we were going over some details … Continue reading
I was browsing Amazon last week and came across this fabulous maternity tee shirt. Even though it was outrageously overpriced I had to have it. Worth every penny. My bathroom breaks have turned into a motivational session with my reflection reminding me to Keep … Continue reading
I had my second ultra sound at Maternal Fetal Medicine on Thursday and it went great! When the perinatologist came in with the two growth charts he said he could have printed out just one because they are identical. Talk about twinning, right? Both babies are measuring exactly 2 pounds, which puts them above the 60th percentile. I don’t want to be a numbers freak or anything, but Cole measured really small for a lot of my pregnancy so I was relieved to see that these babies are growing so well! Whenever I eat I imagine a scene in my belly similar to Pac Man for some reason. Chomp, chomp, chomp.
I’ve been making a conscious effort to eat tons of protein and calcium during the second half of my second trimester to fatten up these cherubs. Besides my usual fruit, veggie, and protein shake cravings I’ve added quite of bit of meat and dairy milk to my diet. I’ve read that weight gain is especially important during weeks 20 – 24 for a twin pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association if a mother of twins gains 24 pounds by the 24th week she reduces her chances of preterm labor. I’m happy to report that I gained 23 pounds by week 24 so I was pretty close!
This pregnancy has once again reminded me how absolutely incredible the female body is. Dr. Kauffman, my Perinatologist (who is fabulous by the way!), explained to my husband and me that a certain demographic of women is more likely to get pregnant with multiples. A few of the characteristics he mentioned are: tall, overweight, and over 35. That describes me perfectly, right?? Growing these babies in my little body has been the most physically challenging experience in my life…and I still have quite a few weeks left! However, I’m so grateful for this miracle that has been given to my family. Here are a couple of 3D shots from our visit.
By the time my husband and I stepped through the doors at my midwife’s office for our first ultrasound at 18 weeks I already knew there something different about this pregnancy. I was still taking Zofran for the nausea, the aches and pains had already settled into my back and hips, and my growing belly was growing fast. We’d heard a heartbeat on the dopplar around 12 weeks and my midwives insisted that my growth was normal, but something was nagging at me. Let’s call it mother’s intuition!
I laid down on the examination table, the tech splattered gloopy gel onto my belly and the ultrasound dopplar began to search for the baby. I looked at the monitor and glanced up at Greg to see if he saw what I just saw. Two big round balls were staring back at us. And there is no mistaking the infamous Benson noggin! Continuing to look at the screen she said, “Well, there are two in there.” And then she looked over at us, “Did you already know you were having twins?” We didn’t.
Questions started twirling around in my mind. Identical or fraternal? Two sacs or one? Am I going to be the queen amongst a king and three princes in my house? Answers started to come quickly as the ultra sound proceeded. She found our baby girl (baby A) on the right side of my belly and then our baby boy (baby B) on the left side of my belly. They are di/di twins which means they are fraternal twins with separate sacs and separate placentas. They have a very low risk of growth problems since they aren’t sharing anything besides space!
An image that I will cherish forever is seeing my two miracles snuggled together for the first time. They mirrored each other’s movements like perfect dance partners.
Through all of the excitement and well wishes that we’ve received from all of our friends and family, something my dad said to me has stuck in my mind since it rings so true. “What a life adventure,” he said. We feel so blessed to have been given these miracles that are growing inside of me. It’s going to be a wild ride!