Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Twin Tuesday: 32 Weeks

How far along: 32 weeks (click here to see 32 weeks with Madi!)

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

Twins' Development:  Some babies have a full head of hair at this point while others just have peach fuzz. The babies have fingernails and toenails (which we plan to paint to tell them apart when they are little!). (Source: Baby Center Twins)

Sleep: Overall I've still been sleeping pretty well - just the usual waking to pee two or three times a night and a bit of waking and it taking me some time to change positions and get comfortable again. But still really good overall so I can't complain. :-)

Movement: Lots! Everyone asks if it feels different having two babies kicking, but honestly, it doesn't. When it was just one baby, the kicks could be anywhere and at anytime... it's basically the same. They don't often kick at the same time and the only real difference is that I just know which baby is moving since they are pretty locked into their positions at this point. 

Unglamorous body changes: Well... I suppose it was my due time... but I got my first set of stretch marks, one on each side of my lower abdomen. :-( I'd been using lotion and now I've upped using stretch mark creams/oils to try and prevent them from getting a lot worse. :-/

Maternity Clothes? Yep! And you may have noticed I have needed to add an undershirt to my non-maternity weekly photo outfit. Guess the shirt made it through one pregnancy, but it's got a long six more weeks to go with this one!

Showing: Yes! I think I am the same size I was full-term with Madi! I'm still being told I don't look like I'm carrying two babies... in fact I was told that three times yesterday. It's starting to get on my nerves a bit. :-/

Food cravings: Margarita. (This one may stay on the list until July! ;-) )

What I miss: Freely moving. I'm starting to get to the point where it's a bit hard to get comfortable and I can't turn and bend like I do non-pregnant. I'm also starting to feel things a bit more in my lower right back, but still nothing significant thanks to regular chiro and massage appointments. 

Anything making you queasy: Nope.

Strange experiences: I had a slightly panic attack when Jason assembled our double stroller and put two prams and then two car seats on it. I mean, we've had two cribs setup in Madi's room for a couple months, but something about seeing two car seats made this whole thing seem so crazy! Are we really having two babies in less than two months?!

Also, I started recognizing braxton-hicks contractions. I've noticed (and it was the same with Madi) that I often get them when I get up from a sitting or laying position and start walking immediately. Also, if I try to "rush" or walk in a hurried pace, I also get one. Time to slow it down I guess. ;-)

Best moment this month: Our 31 week appointment last week (see more below.)

Looking forward to: We still haven't gotten decorations hung in the nursery, but we are making progress. We bought a cutter in the US and have gotten the software installed and setup to start making the letters for the name blocks Jason is painting and the other decorations we are making ourselves. Also, my friend Joy is bringing us some of the personalized items we bought (with the girls' names on them) and I'm looking forward to seeing those and getting them hung. 

31 Week Appt: We found out the girls are still in the same positions they were at 28 weeks (which is an ideal vaginal delivery position!). The doctor also did an internal exam and I am showing no signs whatsoever of thinning or pre-term labor. I've definitely started having braxton-hicks contractions, but not in any frequency of concern at this point. 

Both girls were still measuring well at the appointment. Baby on the left (Baby A - the one who will  be born first) is measuring a bit small, -10%, but the doctor said she's moving so much and the measurements are so difficult to get accurately with two that she's not concerned. Baby on the right (Baby B - the second born) is measuring +10% right now and also moving lots. Overall, both babies are doing really fantastic along with their momma. The doctor believes that we have a very good chance of making it to 38 weeks with our little ladies and then it will be discussions with the hospital on whether or not they will let me go past that point or want to induce me. We are just continuing to pray for healthy babies and I am trying to be diligent to do whatever I can to help keep them growing and healthy these last weeks. 

It's getting harder to get pictures of the babies because of their size and how crowded things are getting. We got a picture of Baby A (but with the umbilical cord covering most of her face) and we weren't able to get one of Baby B. Baby B's face was downward and the doctor was able to get a view upwards toward her. We saw her face briefly with arms and legs criss-crossing in front of it! (And we have no idea which baby's arm and leg they were!) Things are tight in that space!! 

I'll start seeing the doctor more frequently now. I have an appointment at 33 weeks with my regular doctor and then an appointment at the hospital for 34 weeks. It's that appointment where the final position of the girls will be evaluated and delivery options discussed. After that appointment I may be able to see my regular doctor or I may have to see the hospital doctor at 36 weeks - it will just depend on how my and the babies are doing. 

Thank you everyone who's been praying for us and our little ones! We feel your prayers and we appreciate them more than you know. Please continue to pray for strong, healthy, full-term baby girls. Thank you!!

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