The three of us (babies and I) attended a breastfeeding class (which I thought was great and alleviated a lot of my anxiety about feeding twins) and daddy joined us for a birthing class. I dreaded the breathing exercises and getting hammered about natural birth (my OB has taken this off the table for me) but I thought it was very helpful and didn't focus too much on either of those topics. In all of my healthcare and physiological training over the years, I have never learned about the birthing process so it was really educational to learn what will happen to me and the babies. We did SOME breathing exercises but didn't dwell on that too much and I even got a nap in while doing some relaxation techniques (if only I could fall asleep like that at night or when I try to nap at home). Abe got to wear the "empathy belly" and complained about shortness of breath when tying his shoe and having pressure on his bladder so it must have worked at least a little! Despite how good the class was, it was difficult and exhausting to sit through about 8 hours of class in my third trimester, harder than a full day at work.
|32 weeks. Tired!|
I feel like you can see how my stomach is a little lopsided to the right where both babies like to hang out!
I have been talking about getting pictures taken of us for years. We haven't had "family pictures" since our wedding. So it good timing to get this done. I found myself wishing we had taken care of it about 28 weeks instead of 30 as I was feeling puffy and large that day, but I'm expecting good things of our photographer, Sarah Siler. I'm excited to see how they turned out. (I think I did get some chigger bites while rolling around in the grass which made my already itchy legs that much itchier, so I really hope they turned out!)
|Our teaser image from our shoot|
|Twins! I think I am about 30.5 weeks here and she is about 22 or 23.|
So, just hanging in there! In a lot of ways I feel optimistic and happy how things are going. I am still working, avoiding complications, and the babies are becoming bigger and healthier each day. But I also feel immobile and sore, tired, itchy, and more and more ready to deliver these babies...oh, and then enjoy them! I think God was wise in making pregnancy, especially the end, pretty uncomfortable so women will be ready to have the baby any way necessary ("I don't care, just get it out!"). Unfortunately for me, I feel like I have been "full term" for about a month now, with over a month still to go.
Weight: 185.7 lbs (Whoah, I gained over 5 lbs in what seemed overnight!)
Total Weight Gain: 43.7 lbs
Weight: 184.1 (down 1.6 lbs from last week)
Total Weight Gain: 42.2 lbs
BP: 120/78 Pulse: 83
BP: 120/78 Pulse: 83
|Baby A profile (with Baby B booty in her face!)|
Weight: 4 lbs 7 oz (70 percentile)
FHR: 132 bpm
Position: head down
|Another uncooperative spine pic of Baby B|
Weight: 4 lbs 9 oz (75%)
FHR: 155 bpm
Position: breech (he flipped!)
*I feel like those are some big babies! We may be on track for 7-8 pounders!
*baby kicks -- big movements from Baby A, Baby B is harder to feel. They both tend to move to the right side (Baby B under my belly button). I guess they like to cuddle? I kind of wish they would stay on their own side though!
*hand and foot swelling
*discomfort/immobility -- YUP!
*frequent bathroom breaks, especially at night (hourly)
*nee pain -- ouch!
*itchiness with foot swelling -- so uncomfortable! And more white splotches on my lower legs (they are starting to look like constellations of the sky) and extending up my legs
*reflux (more controlled)
*occasional dizziness and mild headaches
*I've implemented my own form of "modified bed rest" -- doing nothing when I am home! I'm doing pretty well staving off guilt for lazy days and evenings when I am not working because I really just don't have it in me
*getting more excited for babies!
6 weeks to go!