The belly amazingly gets bigger everyday. Noticeably bigger. It's pushing up now and is looking more and more like a ball. It's not as hard as a ball yet but it's looking like one. No one is really arguing that I'm showing at this point, in fact people are suddenly letting me go first and what not. That doesn't happen much here in York. Do I look that big? lol My husband even opened my car door after we went to a basketball game. And as a side note he made me chicken alfredo from scratch the other night. Stuff really does taste better when you don't have to be at close range to smell it when it's cooking. Today was a really good day. I tried on one of the shirts that the other Robin from church sent me and it fits and it's cute. It's dressy. Much better than the sweatpants I've been rocking. I was meeting Melissa for lunch so I actually put some heeled boots on and wore a normal pair of my jeans. They are tight enough to stay up without the zipper and button closed and the shirts are long enough. Now if some crazy woman lifts my shirt we got problems....but I feel good looking more like myself today...me with a basketball under my shirt. So maybe I should wear this shirt everyday. I even felt good enough today to stop into VIP to say hi to my former coworkers. lol I don't know if it's the heels or the sudden pop out (again) but my back is aching tonight....a good day though......I even got a hot fudge sundae with Mom & Dad at Friendly's. I'm really looking forward to seeing Fiddler on the Roof with the Bairs at Fulton tomorrow, oooo maybe I can try and dress up again. :) I just keep looking at my belly......it's feeling very weird to bend over. Okay try this........put a volleyball under your shirt and bend over to put your shoes on. I mean I'm not as huge as I know I will get, but there is some maneuvering that has to be done already. It feels like the balls gonna pop if I go straight down, so you bring your knees up and realize the ball is in the way, so then you start just doing some odd looking things to work aROUND the belly. Right now it makes me laugh.....I know eventually I won't laugh and I'll most likely cry but I'll try to laugh as long as I can.
This docs appt was a quick one and it went well. The babies heartbeats were 140 and 145. I gained 5.5lbs this month which she said is right on target. She said the goal is 4lbs/month. I asked her opinions on csections vs vaginal delivery and she said it will all depend on what happens at the end. If both babies are head down, then they will go ahead with vaginal delivery. If the first one is breech, they will do a csection. If the first one is head first and the second one breech then it can go either way but if I really am not set on vaginal delivery most time if either is breech they suggest a csection. She said it will also depend on the conditions of my labor and how far along I am. If I have high blood pressure or if it's too early, chances are a csection. I liked this doctor, Felicia and I'm kinda bummed that I might not see her again. They rotate you through all the docs at the practice so you have the doc that will deliver at least once. She also made the comment that my uterus has really pushed up into my stomach. I'm thinking it pushed up and out everywhere. lol
Ultrasound 16 weeks, 1 day: December 12, 2007 This has been the most exciting day so far. It was amazing to see the babies today on ultrasound (16 weeks, 1 day) and how much they have grown since 9 weeks, 1 day. They look like little people now. A friend from church did my ultrasound so that was extra special. She recorded it on video for us and gave us a bunch of pictures. While I was emptying my bladder Nick asked her if we could tell sex at 16 weeks yet. She said we should be able to and what do you know he first thing we saw on the screen was a penis. lol There was no doubt, he was making his boyhood known with a nice butt shot. I wish we had a picture of that...it was pretty funny. He was kicking and twisting and very active. She measured all the organs and arms and legs and checked the spine brain and heart of both and everything looked great. The girl she said was very photogenic. She was laying on her side moving her hands and sucking her thumb. We got to see them move a lot since she was measuring everything. Lots of piggies moving about. You could count their fingers and toes. The girl weighs 5 oz and the boy weighs 6 oz. Their heartbeats were normal, Girl was 146 and boy was 152. The boy is on my right side head down and the girl is on my left side head up. During the ultrasound the boy was facing my back so we were getting back views and butt views. He eventually at the end turned and that's the side picture that we got. She said at this point they have everything they need, it will just all get bigger and mature from here. She said the girl even has made her reproductive eggs that she'll use throughout her life. Amazing. They have fingerprints too. The details of God's creation are just amazing. I was in awe looking at them today and got a lil teary at how cute they are. What a blessing. I really just can't wipe the smile off my face today.
My uterus that is. :) At 13 1/2 weeks I had a day of cramping all over my belly. It actually was starting to concern me and I was gonna call the doc the next morning if it hadn't gotten any better. Next morning I woke up with a bigger belly. The doc said I would notice and I did. My back pain is WAY better and no sciatic nerve flair ups. Maybe all that was just practice for later. I've still had some episodes of throwing up but the overall sick feeling is much better. I've found that even though I eat before I go to bed that if I get sick in the morning there is nothing left in my stomach. The lil boogers eat all night apparently. I've been eating lots of bowls of cheerios. It's what I do when I can't think of what else to eat. It's crazy to think by next Christmas this house will have 2 babies in it. It seemed like June was really far away at first and now all the sudden the weeks are seeming to fly by. It's amazing all the things that are happening. The babies have their own fingerprints and nails now. They are the size of an average size fist they say. How two of them fit in there I don't know but I've got a belly to show for it now. This sunday will be 15 weeks. Soon I'll feel them kicking. :) I'll cry at the drop of a hat now. Mostly happy things on TV. The most recent have been a story where this couple won the lottery and they filled a Uhaul with gifts and delivered them to families in need. Another woman who won furnished a house for a couple who just moved into a Habitat home. Extreme makeover always gets me too. Such a sap these days.
Seriously, I think I could eat a hot fudge sundae from McDonalds or Dairy Queen about any ole time of day. Something about the warm gooey fudge on the cold ice cream. I could have more healthy cravings I suppose. I'm not really craving raw veggies or anything. Chef Boyardee pizzas pretty much rock though. The cheap ones you made as a kid. Crust extra thin, well done and crunchie with only the sauce and sprinkle cheese on it. YUM. I know Nick is sick of eating it and he's gotta add his own cheese but I think he enjoys my pleasure in eating a 1/2 pie on my own.
Can anyone actually drink 8 glasses of water a day? I've tried bottled, with lemon, with lots of ice and I mean I like water but 8 glasses?? The doctor says it's especially important to drink while I'm pregnant and they say (the infamous THEY) that especially with twins that you need lots of extra fluid for two sacs of fluid to stay healthy. That makes sense. I'll tell ya though I've never been a drinker. I mean I can finish a whole dinner with only a sip or two of something unless I am intentional. I have learned that Juicy Juice is the only juice worth drinking nutritionally. So if I'm gonna drink, I better make it count. Other juice is nothing but sugar and weird other ingredients. I learned this on Discovery Health of course. lol
Peanut butter and apples used to be my love and I have no desire for them anymore. The celery switch up wasn't that much more encouraging. Kinda sad, protein is a hard one. I have a bunch of yogurt in the fridge, do I want it? Not so much. Oatmeal has dropped on my list as well. It used to taste so good until it comes out your nose while puking. That's actually what happened with the Papa Johns Pizza. I could barely type that without gagging. Toothpaste is better than it is before which is a blessing for us all.
Having a cold isn't very fun during pregnancy. Can't drug yourself up at all. Saline nose spray is about it. Even that I called the OBGYN about and they told me to call a pharmacist to make sure. The pharmacist told me to call my OBGYN. No one wants to tell you anything is okay during pregnancy. I've found that out.
My Aunt Linda sent me a video that was hilarious. It was a dog and a baby. Check it out:
Makes me laugh, I could so see Ali doing that to try to get attention. I was thinking today, I don't know who will be more disappointed to not be the child anymore, Nick or Ali. I don't think Nick will ever grow out of that though. He wants to get a ping pong table. Which would be cool but we have no room for it and I'm thinking we're not gonna have time to play once they babies are here. He's got it all figured out. Him and the pastors son were talking and we could buy it and put it in their basement so Nick could go over there and play with Jordan. I said and what about the babies......you and the babies could come over and watch us. I think it's gonna change our lifestyle more than Nick can imagine right now. :) Good but different.
We had a docs appt on Wednesday. (12 weeks 3 days) No ultrasound yet, but we did get to hear the babies heartbeats again. One was beating at 152 and the other she said was 7 beats different. It was neat how easy it was for them to find them. She just touched my belly on one side and we heard the one and on the other side we heard the other. She said it's easy to find since I'm thin.
The doctor examined me and was suprised to find that my uterus is STILL tilted to my back. My backpain seems to get worse and worse everyday and I asked her if that was why. She said it's definately putting pressure on my back and the other pain I described to her she said was sciatic nerve pain. ALREADY? What is the world is it going to be like once I'm big? She said it shouldn't be long until it tilts forward into the normal position and that I would definately notice. She said then my backpain will be because my belly will make me off balance. She said my uterus is already big enough to be pushing up and out at the top of my stomach which I've started to notice.
An extra pillow for my legs and laying on my side have been blessings. I've been puking less (thank you lord!) I do still experience an overall blah feeling all day but I'm hoping that gets better every day.
Thanksgiving was awesome! Great food and eating all day is right down my alley. It's strange to have people gazing at my belly...is that how big breasted women feel? lol We ate lunch at the Fetrows and dinner at the Matthews. It was extra special this year because Ann came up with her family from NC. I wish she wasn't so far away, I just love her and she reminds me of my Grandma since her mom was Grandma's sister.
That's one thing I think about from time to time. How I wish my grandparents were still alive to see me pregnant. How I wished I could ask Grandma McGlaughlin was it was like when she was pregnant. (since I'm so much like her) I never thought to ask those questions and I wish I could see them as excited as my parents and Nick's parents are. I guess this pregnancy stuff makes you more emotional then normal. At the Matthews, I watched my cousins kids ride scooters around and around and I remembered doing that as a kid at grandmas only on old bikes and peddle tractors. How time flies by. It was hilarious to see my cousins tell their kids to slow down and be careful, when I remember what little speed demons they were as kids. I got to talk to my cousins wife, Heather who has 5 year old twins and that was really neat just to be able to talk to her and know someone else survived it and now they have beautiful healthy 5 year old girls.
I had a dream last night that I had a boy by c-section and they left the girl in because she wasn't done yet and they were going to take her out later. That's my first pregnancy related dream. I think going to the bathroom in the middle of the night keeps me from my dreaming.
I'm ready for bed. 10 hrs is what I seem to need these days. :)
Thank the Lord the retreat was awesome! I'm soooo glad I went and God kept me from puking the whole weekend! Actually I haven't puked since the day before the retreat.....whoohooo.
Speaking of cars.......we got another one and I sadi goodbye to the cougar. We got a Ford Explorer Limited and I love it. It got it's use quickly. We took it up with kids to Bedford County for the retreat and then to VA. I will say riding in the car is killer for my back. I plan to ask the doctor what is up with this back pain already.
Nick had a seminar in Richmond VA and his work said I could go along with. Fun right? It was actually but I took my laptop down there to get some freelance done and BAM, my laptop won't start, it died. Was very sad. So I ended up watching Discovery Health and Fight Girls for 2 days in a hotel. We decided to stay an extra night and day down there and drive down to VA beach and see Nick's sister Jody. It was fun seeing her in her element and we're glad we got the chance to go down and see her.
We got some good news from Nick's brother while we were in transit. Tony's girlfriend Tracy is expecting as well and she is due the same week as I am. Crazy! Gonna be Bair babies all over the place come may/june. lol
Now that I'm home I'm exhasted! Over this last 2 weeks, my belly popped out!!! My pants are tight and I feel like normal shirts just make me look fat in the middle. lol I got some maternity-like stuff which makes me look like there is a reason for the sudden belly.
I have a docs appt this wednesday, I'm ready, it seems like it's been awhile since the last one.
1st Ultrasound: 6 weeks 5 days (October 12th 2007)
Pregnant with Twins! Our first ultrasound was on October 12th. We found out then that there were two lil boogers in there. Baby B however they weren't so sure about. His sac was much smaller than it should be even thought both babies were the same size. They told us that Baby B had a 50% chance of catching up. If he didn't, I would have no symptoms, he would just simply vanish. Soooooooooo..........we prayed and we prayed and we prayed and had all our friends pray that Baby B would catch up and be healthy by the next ultrasound.
PRAISE GOD, after the ultrasound on October 29th, the babies are only a few days apart which the doctor said is perfectly normal. Baby A measured 9 weeks and 1 day (heart rate 176) and Baby B measured 8 weeks and 5 days (heart rate 183). ALL GOOD. Now they look like lil tweetie birds. Baby A was moving all around, Baby B was moving too but not as much. It was kinda neat at one point during the ultrasound the yolk sac was perfectly over Baby B's head and it looked like a halo. I joked to Nick, see a girl. :) The tech tried to capture a picture of it but couldn't get it back again in the same position.
What's going on with me? BLAH...the worst smells in the world to me right now are eggs and pizza. I've been eating a lot of peanut butter and apples. I feel pretty sick until about dinner time. Smells drive me nuts though, the trash and the dishwasher. I'm still throwing up but not everyday, just have the all day sickness feeling. I usually feel better by dinner. I've been having dull back pain, the doc said that could be due to the fact that my uterus is tilted against my back and hasn't flipped up into place yet.