Tuesday, July 28, 2009

16 weeks

Wow, I am considered 4 months pregnant now! It really seems like these weeks have just flown by.

How I am feeling: Overall, not so good. This has been a really stressful week for me. My car was hit and totaled and we have been really trying to find a replacement. That process has just been exhausting because of all the running around. Because of this stress, I have not been sleeping well (or eating well for that matter). It has just been a really rough week all around. I really can't wait to get this car situation figured out and move on. Physically, I have been feeling ok. I have had a stress headache for 5 days running and it just isn't getting any better. Thankfully, I have been seeing my therapist very regularly. We are working on ways that I can better manage the OCD and anxiety, so that is helpful. Eventually, we will work on preparing for the birthing experience, so all this stress is good practice for that I suppose. In baby related news, I am still not feeling regular movement, so I am wondering if I have two anterior placentas. I am hoping to find all that out at our ultrasound. We are planning on scheduling that on our anniversary (August 20th) so I have a little less than 3 weeks for that!

What the babies are up to: Each baby weighs about 3 ounces and is about 4 and 1/2 inches long. There is almost a cup of amniotic fluid surrounding each baby, so I am growing by the day. The eyes are finally facing forward and the ears are close to their final position. The babies can also make sucking motions with their mouths! Getting good practice for nursing!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Summer day at IU

Mama's sweetie
Excited to go!

Mama and the babies


Trying to see the water



Nathan and Daddy




Nathan and Mama

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Shout out



I just want to personally thank Ron Low from TLC tugger. What an amazing intactivist resource for parents and men who want to restore. Thanks to his generosity, we were sent two hospital bands (if both babies are boys) to place on their ankles in case of a transfer. One of my big worries regarding hospital transfer is the doctor circumcising without our consent (it has been done before). This does take a weight off my shoulders knowing that these bands will be there. I also plan on getting onesies for our son(s) to wear in case of transfer too. So again, a big thanks to Ron Low for his help in the fight against circumcision!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

15 weeks!

15 weeks today!

How I am feeling: I am doing pretty good. I have started to get braxton hicks contractions and those aren't very fun. I am having a hard time getting comfortable at night. I am normally a back sleeper and really find it difficult to be on my side. I still haven't gained any weight, but my belly is growing. I am feeling the babies move occasionally. It isn't consistant yet, but I am hoping over the next couple of weeks I will feel them more often.

What the babies are up to: They are each over 4 inches long now. The facial muscles are developing and expressions can be seen. All of the organs are functioning. The liver is secreting bile and the pancreas is producing insulin.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

14 Weeks

I am now in my second trimester!!! YAY!

How I am feeling: I am doing ok. Like I said last week, I have good days and bad days. I really like visiting my therapist and always feel better after leaving there. I have also started to buy things for the babies. Mostly just starting our diaper stash, but every little bit makes me feel better. I can't wait to have to whole stash ready to go for them! I am waiting to get the majority after I find out the genders of the babies. I had a prenatal visit this week. Everything went well. The babies are doing great. One heartrate was in the 130s and one was in the 160s. I am measuring 21 weeks which is right on track for twins. My nausea is pretty much gone, but that has been replaced with hunger. I can only eat really small meals so I feel hungry 2 hours later. I am eating all the time! I get worn out very quickly too. This heat is starting to get to me and I find that I can't be outside for very long.

What the babies are up to: The effect of hormones becomes apparent this week. For boys, the prostate gland is developing. For girls, the ovaries move from the abdomen into the pelvis.
Meconium is made in the babies' intestinal tract. By the end of the week, the roof of each babies' mouth will be completely formed.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

First visit with OB #1

Went ok. Exactly as expected, so I guess that is a good thing.

The office is in a giant sterile medical building on the second floor. The waiting room was full of pregnant women. Very impersonal, very cold.

They ask your insurance company information before they ask your name. Money, money, money.

Finally called back after waiting 30 minutes.

Weighed on a scale for the entire hallway to see.

Taken into a very cold, very sterile-looking room with a chair, a stool, and an examining table.

The nurse comes in asks a lot of general health-type questions. Writing on her clipboard as I am in tears trying to remember exactly what I was doing there. :(

Doctor finally comes in, but only after she and the nurse have a whispered conversation about me in the hall.

She launches into the explanation of her career and her practice. Talks about the other doctors that work with her.

I tell her (the short version) of my past birth history and she seemed compassionate.

Then she proceeds to tell me all of her "requirements" for a vaginal twin delivery: both babies have to be head down, baby B must be smaller than baby A, continuous monitoring of both babies during labor, IV in place during the labor, pushing must take place in the operating room so that an immediate c-section can be done for the second baby if needed, yada, yada, yada.

Then she tells me her "requirements" for a twin pregnancy. I have to have ultrasounds every 4 weeks until 30 weeks. Then after 30 weeks, I come in weekly for prenatal visits (did I mention her office is an hour away). At those weekly appointments they will do an ultrasound to monitor growth. Weekly non-stress tests to monitor their movements. I asked about refusing this extreme monitoring and she looked at me like I had two heads and ignored my question.

Overall, I wasn't impressed. And I probably won't be going back. The stress from all those weekly appointments, ultrasounds, and NSTs would be enough to cause pre-term labor!

Hopefully the next one will go better.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

13 weeks


Wow, I am already in the last week of my first trimester. I can't believe how fast it is going. I wish time would slow down a little bit. We have so much to do.

How I have been feeling: I have good days and bad days. Some days I am so excited to have the babies and then some days I am wanting it to take as long as possible. I have noticed over the past couple weeks though that my worry regarding pre-term labor has increased. I have this very intense fear of having the babies too early. NICU time scares me. Mostly because of what they do to the babies while you aren't there. I am really hoping that we don't have to go through that. As I a mentioned previously, I am meeting with a couple OBs. My first meeting is on Thursday. I am dreading it, but hoping for the best. I know that I will never feel comfortable in that environment, so my goal is to not be terrified of this person. Seems like a reasonable goal, right? In other news, my nausea isn't so bad any more. I feel pretty good in that respect. I still haven't gained any weight, so I am working on packing on the protein. I drink a protein smoothie every night, so hopefully that will help. My congestion is just ridiculous. I feel like I have had a cold for three months! Oh, and on a good day last week, I bought the babies their first outfit! It is really cute. I can't wait to find out what we are having! And speaking of outfits, man stuff is expensive. I have had to pick up some hours at the birth center to try to pay for things that they need, like new carseats, diapers, clothes, etc.

What the babies are up to: They are each 2-3 inches long and weigh about one ounce. They are busy little babies in there! Moving all around and flexing their new joints and muscles. I can sometimes feel the one on the right when he or she moves. I have to be laying a certain way and be very still. I haven't felt any movement on the left yet.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Vacation Pictures

He loves to swing!
Us.

Nathan and Grandma!


Nathan on his favorite ride!



The Grandmas taking Nathan on his favorite ride




Grandma and Nathan on the carosel


Tired boy...


Nathan and the water sprayers


He had fun!


Smiley baby!


Getting some love from Daddy


Uncle Tommy and Uncle Ben at the park