No doubt about it, the highs & lows of pregnancy have been so intense for me with twins. I think we are officially in survival mode! I don’t think this happens with everyone, but it has been one of the most physically difficult things I’ve ever done…probably the most actually (broken legs, complete knee reconstruction &; femur shortening were tough but this may take the cake).
The very very good thing is that we past the 35 weeks…safety zone lung-wise for twins. My midwife will help us deliver at home anytime now (provided we don’t require hospital care). We’re hoping to hang in there till 37 (full-term for twins) or 38 weeks so they can get some meat on their bones.
The boys hit a growth spurt: 38 to 41 week fundal growth over last week and a half…definitely the most I’ve seen – for me at least. My girth grew another 4 or so cm as well ( can’t remember the number).
The nausea has become a constant companion. I’m hungry all the time but just don’t know where to put the food & for the first time during this pregnancy I feel I have truly lost my desire to eat…of course that makes me more nauseated so I’m trying desperately to follow cravings no matter how crazy they sound. Carl brought over the office mini fridge (thx Dale!) so I can eat without going downstairs when alone…and through the night (otherwise these boys get so hungry I can’t sleep). Right now I have greek yogurt, cheese sticks, green smoothies, salad & salad dressing in there. Outside are bananas, clementines, walnuts, peanuts & cashews.
The skin between my chest and belly is visibly non-existent…so miniscule, that it is trying to stretch and is also causing so much pain (hard to believe, but rivaling the pain from my ribs expanding). I’ve resorted to stuffing socks to keep them in the most comfortable position even through the night.
I’ve had vertigo this past week. Working on some acupressure points suggested by Tiffany (seems to be lifting). This has happened with a couple other pregnancies. Sure makes things interesting! (The main reason I’ve not had the patience to write this week).
It’s been very difficult to walk the past few months, but over the past couple weeks, the boys have dropped, and now it is nearly impossible most of the day/night whenever I need to waddle to the bathroom. At first I thought it was just my hips but the pain is particularly bad in my pelvis…feels like they are separating & I have had to have help lifting my left leg onto the bed cause I feel like it has no connection to the rest of me. Carl is on his way to his sister Tonya’s to borrow a walker (thx Tonya!) cause I can’t get to the bathroom without wall & furniture surfing (like my 11 year-old nephew) lol. Carl wants to know how I’m going to get back into bed in the night…I haven’t figured that out yet…
Both babies heads are very low according to my midwife Richelle (I definitely was feeling that, but I’ve only done this a few other times…she’s delivered 3 babies just in the past couple weeks). So Victoria to the rescue: she’s coming tomorrow & will see what can be done with this silly frame of mine.
Meanwhile, on the home front, everyone seems to be nesting this weekend. The hanging cradle is all ready, the babies clothes are neatly in their drawers, the library has been rearranged, and the kiddos got started on their Valentines. The builder enjoyed his first cub scout Klondike & the dancer celebrated her first Primary classmate’s baptism.
A beautiful Saturday last week in Heber Valley. Perfect day for the kiddos first X-country ski race. They had a wonderful day. The dancer returned and shouted up to me, “That was AWESOME!” (Reminded me of the neighbor kid with his trike on Incredibles who thinks they are totally wicked!)
The explorer was a little confused that his sister didn’t wait for him. Guess we could have explained the whole “race” thing a little better to him! How was your week of survival?! xo ~ katrina
(After skiing with Auntie Reesa at one of Midway’s free ice castles!)