Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Twin Tuesday: 28 Weeks + Ultrasound Pics

How far along: 28 weeks (click here to see 28 weeks with Madi!)

Gender: Baby girls! Here is our gender reveal video.

Twins' Development: The babies' eyelashes have developed and they will now turn their head towards continuous , bright light from outside. Layers of fat are beginning to form as the babies get ready for life outside the womb and you can regularly feel their movements. (Source: Baby Center Twins)

Sleep: I've still been able to sleep incredibly well, but I've had a few nights lately where I've woken up quite a few times (besides to go to the bathroom). I've still been able to fall asleep relatively quickly so I can't complain!

Movement: Definitely! There have been a few times we have felt both babies kicking, but the baby on the left (in general) seems more active than her sister. 

Unglamorous body changes: I don't know if this counts, but I've had bacteria in my urine sample off and on since last November. After five rounds of antibiotics and still no improvement, the doctor has decided I will take a low dosage antibiotic the remainder of the pregnancy and she will continue testing and consulting with the hospital specialist on path forward. Fortunately, I don't have any symptoms of a UTI other than frequency so I don't have it too bad! The concern would be if a kidney infection developed it could cause pre-eclampsia and therefore pre-term labor. 

Maternity Clothes? Yep!

Showing: Yes! I'm still being told that I don't look like I am carrying two babies, but I'm definitely looking pregnant. :-)

Food cravings: Margarita. And Oh's cereal from the States (anyone want to send me a care package, hehe ;-) )

What I miss: A margarita. On the rocks, with salt, and top shelf tequila. Mmmmm. (This will probably remain on the list until the end of the pregnancy!)

Anything making you queasy: Nope.

Strange experiences: Crying. Can I just say the hormones with two baby girls is way worse than with one! I have had three totally irrational and uncontrollable crying fits this month! 

The first was Easter weekend when Madi got sick. I had a total meltdown in the car crying that I couldn't handle Madi being sick and how was I going to make it through the rest of the pregnancy and how in the world was I going to handle three little ones and why was this happening to us. It was bad. And ugly. Poor Jason. He just kept driving not knowing what to say because really, what do you say to a total meltdown like that?! 

The second was when I realized that I completely spaced a parent-teacher conference for Madi. I burst into tears at my desk, ran to the bathroom, and sat there crying and arguing with myself. The logical and rational side of me kept saying "They will re-schedule Darcy. It's not a big deal, just calm down." And yet the hormornal half of me just kept crying and crying. It was ugly. 

The last one was just this past Sunday. We bought tickets for Top Gear back in March for Jason's birthday and they finally announced new dates for the show. And of course it's on Madi's birthday, June 20. We discussed switching the tickets to Sunday afternoon and last week was the designated week to call. Jason innocently asked me on the way to church if I had taken care of it and I burst into tears because (once again) between work getting super busy and pregnancy brain, I had totally forgotten! I cried all my makeup off before church and barely pulled myself together. 

You can add prayers for Jason to handle my ridiculous-ness the remaining 10 weeks. (10 weeks?!?! How is that even possible???)

Best moment this month: Finding out today that the babies have changed into an ideal birth position! (See more below under 28 week appt)  :-)

Looking forward to: Finalizing the twins' nursery! All we have left is to finish making some of the decorations and then hanging stuff. My sweet friend Jenny brought me back some hangers from the US so I've been able to pull out and hang up all the newborn clothes and some of the three month clothes. We are close to ready for their arrival, but crossing our fingers they wait until July!!

28 Week Appt: Thank you for all the prayers after my 24 week appointment! We found out today that the babies have flipped oppositely - the one on the left is now head down and the one on the right is breech. I was slightly disappointed at first upon hearing that until the doctor explained that the baby on the left moved her way down completely in front of the birth canal so she's ready to be the eldest! It doesn't matter if the baby on the right flips to head down or stays breech - so long as the baby on the left stays head down, it will be an ideal twin position for vaginal delivery! There is still a chance that she could flip, but the odds are low since space is getting limited. :-)

Size-wise, both babies are still measuring within the normal range for a Norwegian singleton. The baby on the left is -5% and the baby on the right is measuring +4%. The doctor is happy with how they are measuring. She did notice that the baby on the left has slightly less fluid (both babies are in their own sac) so she's going to keep an eye on her, but she saw plenty of movement on the ultrasound (and hiccups!) so she's not concerned right now. 

During the ultrasound we got to see the baby on the left hiccuping! You could see it on her heart rate too!! So weird because I was just telling Jason that I haven't felt hiccups yet and I still wasn't able to feel her hiccuping today when we saw that she was! When we tried to get pictures of the baby on the right side we saw her stick out her tongue! Still amazed at their are babies growing inside me and that we can see them so well with technology. :-)

We hadn't gotten pictures since February so we asked if we could try to get a couple! It's much more difficult to get pics when there are two, but she was super patient and got a good one of the baby on the left and a decent one of the baby on the right. 

Baby on the left

Baby on the right

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