Thursday, March 31, 2011

23 Weeks

I could probably start each blog the same way but I seriously can't believe I'm 23 weeks already.
I'm starting to really feel like this pregnancy is flying by and before I know it I will have two beautiful babies in my arms.

I'm trying to cherish every moment I have with these two little babies inside me. I'm loving every wiggle, punch to the groin and kick in the ribs. According to my mother, they are just letting me know they are there.

How far along: 23 weeks

Weight gain/loss: 14 lbs, lost one pound this week

Maternity clothes: yes

Sleep: still waking up 2-3 times per night to go the bathroom and readjust my support pillows

Best moment this week: strangers recognizing I'm pregnant and for some reason this week, I was told several times how cute I am by coworkers and strangers

Food cravings: none this week

Gender: boy/girl

What I'm missing: a good night's sleep

What I'm looking forward to: 24 weeks and viability

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

22 Weeks

Another week and an uneventful one at that. I went to the OB on Thursday and am measuring about 4 weeks ahead. Still within the normal range for twins. He was also impressed with my belly, the babies size from my last ultrasound and my health in general.

How far along: 22 weeks
Weight gain/loss: 15 lbs total
Maternity clothes: yes
Sleep: same as it has been
Best moment this week: feeling both of them move at the same time
Food cravings: pink lemon-aid
Gender: boy/girl
What I'm missing: no back pain
What I'm looking forward to: going to register

Monday, March 21, 2011

21 Weeks

I was really late this week. Its been a tough week at work and just too busy for my liking.

On the other hand, its been a fabulous week on the baby front. At 20w1d I finally felt our little girl move! She is definitely a strong kicker/puncher! She's my little fighter. Even more exciting was 20w3d when Michael got to feel our little kick for the first time and 20w5d when he felt our little girl give him a swift kick.

Its been so amazing to share the experience with Michael. Its really the first thing this pregnancy that he has been able to physically experience with me. Of course now every time I feel them move I call for him to get his hand on my belly as quickly as possible.

How far along: 21 weeks
Weight gain/loss: up 13 lbs total
Maternity clothes: yes
Sleep: the bathroom and my back keep me up and now I've resorted to keeping a rolled up hand towel in bed to act as a prop and hold my belly. I just hated that pulling feeling.
Best moment this week: feeling our little girl move and Michael feeling both of them
Food craving: nothing specific this week, though I've noticed the items I've craved in the past weeks have made it into my daily rotation (grapes, carrots, prunes to be specific)
Gender: a boy and a girl and I'm so in love!
What I'm missing: a good night's sleep
What I'm looking forward to: going to register this weekend

Thursday, March 10, 2011

20 Weeks

I'm a couple days late this week and really can't believe I'm already 20 weeks! Time certainly flew by. I've also just come to the realization that I will meet these babies in 3 1/2 months. I feel so unprepared.

It was an exciting week for me and my little gummy bears. On Saturday, at 19w4d I felt our son move! I was laying in the recliner watching a movie after a wonderful afternoon of yoga and lunch with girlfriends when I could feel him. It feels a little bit like gas, but it doesn't hurt and doesn't move in 'that' direction. It was so amazing and I'm so glad I got to feel him.

My back has been killing me. Its not been my lower back like I thought it would, but rather my middle back. A wise friend of mine, also pregnant with twins, suggested it was because the babies are now moving their way up. That makes perfect sense, so I'm going with it.

How far along: 20 weeks
Maternity clothes: Yes, this week I made the switch and commitment to maternity clothes. The pants are a bit big and I keep pulling them up, but I'm sure I will grow into them soon enough.
Sleep: the bathroom and my back are keeping me up
Best moment this week: feeling our son move
Food cravings: grapes
Gender: boy/girl (confirmed last week!)
What I'm missing the most: no back pain
What I'm looking forward to: feeling our daughter move

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Anatomy Scan Results

We had an amazing anatomy scan yesterday! I just love being able to look at the babies for a straight hour, especially now as they look even more like babies than they did at 12 weeks.

Both babies are perfectly healthy. Baby A, the little wiggle worm made it difficult to get all the measurements and Baby B was a little show off. Eventually they got everything they needed and we learned who's been growing in my belly.

Baby A, is a girl. I'm most shocked by this because at the NT scan they were pretty confident that Baby A was a boy! Her heart rate was 144 and her estimated weight is 12 oz.

Baby B, is a boy. His heart rate was 143 and his estimated weight is 10 oz. He was our little show off. It was like he was posing for the camera.

Both babies are head down and Baby Boy B was spooning Baby Girl A. It was too cute, but of course she turned her head and we never got a great picture of this.

My cervix was 5.2 cm, which from what I've read looks pretty good and the doctor was quite pleased with it.

It was such a wonderful experience and I'm so amazed how much they've grown and developed since 12 weeks. I go back again at 26 weeks and will then start going every 4 weeks to monitor their growth.
Here are my favorite pictures

Baby Girl A's beautiful profile

Baby Girl A in 3D with her little hands up by her face Baby Boy B's handsome profile

Baby Boy B in 3D with his mouth open and hand by his face

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

19 Weeks

I'm really beginning to look more and more pregnant. Depending on what I'm wearing, I'm starting to get comments, but only from people who know I'm pregnant. I'm so amazed by my ever changing body and it seems like every morning when I wake up I notice a change.

Michael has really gotten into rubbing my belly, I think because I finally have one. Its become our nighttime ritual after cuddling with the dogs we lay in bed and talk about the babies while he rubs my belly. I love it!

How far along: 19 weeks
Weight gain/loss: up a total of 10 lbs, no weight gain this week
Maternity clothes: leggings, work out shirts and tights
Sleep: not so good
Best moment this week: kisses on my belly from our dog Nina
Food cravings: Jimmy John's has been sounding really good, but I haven't gotten it
Gender: guessing boy/boy
What I'm missing: a good night's sleep
What I'm looking forward to: anatomy scan tomorrow!!!