Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Total weight gain/loss? About the same as last week, I think. I'll get weighed on Thursday. I really don't mind the weight gain because I know I'll lose it, but it's so crazy seeing those numbers on the scale and realizing that's what I weigh. My weight has always been really steady ever since college, and it's hard to associate that weight with me.
Maternity clothes? Oh yes. I'm having trouble with jeans at the moment. I have two pairs of maternity jeans--a medium that I bought and a large that a friend gave me from her pregnancy (also twins). They're from the same store. The mediums fit my body, but the panel is now too tight for my bump. The panel on the large fits the bump, but the jeans are too big for my hips so they keep falling down. I'm kind of a mess, jeans wise!
Stretch marks? Not so far! But I feel like my belly is having a growth spurt, so who knows.
Sleep? Becoming less and less comfortable. My hips hurt, and putting a pillow between my legs hasn't helped. Once I wake up, it's hard to fall back to sleep.
Best moment last week? Finding a pediatrician that we can WALK to.
Movement? I love feeling them move. I'm going to miss that after they're born!
Food cravings? Fruit. :(
Gender? Girl and a boy!
Labor signs? Braxton-Hicks, Braxton-Hicks, Braxton-Hicks.
Belly button in/out? No change--mostly out. If I'm lying on my back it falls back in a bit.
What I miss: Dessert.
What I am looking forward to: Getting the bathroom remodel underway (lots more about that will follow).
Milestones: 29 Weeks! 30 is just around the corner!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
I called the peri again to ask about my glucose test results. They still weren't in, and the receptionist said she would call Quest Diagnostics to ask for them. Half an hour later I got a call from a nurse to tell me that I have gestational diabetes--my sugar was high at each of the three readings. So my body is not processing correctly and I need to change up my diet. I talked to the dietician afterward, and she gave me a lot of guidelines over the phone. I'm meeting with her on Thursday after my regular appointment with the peri.
I started crying on the phone with the nurse. I couldn't help it. I know this isn't my fault and I know it's treatable, but I am just so sad. I feel like I can't do anything right for these babies and everything I do is wrong. They didn't ask to be twins, and my body is failing them. I called David and probably sounded completely hysterical. He left work early to come home, and I did feel a lot better seeing him. Still, I just can't help feeling like what's going to happen next? Pre-e? IUGR? HELLP? pPROM? My body has never let me down before, and I just can't get over that it's failing now.
A friend is coming over for dinner tonight....really looking forward to it as I could use some cheering up.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (does junior high/high school band count?)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland and/or Disney World (both!)
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped (this was actually a question when we applied for life insurance--I feel like our premiums would be higher if we had!)
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightening storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked (not personally, but I've picked up hitch hikers--in Yosemite and in Cairns)
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon (a half!)
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language (I know some German, but I didn't teach myself!)
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving (same thing w/ life insurance--those questions are so odd!)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican (FWIW, this seems duplicative of "Seen the Sistine Chapel", supra)
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve (in Rome, no less!)
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby (not yet!!)
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit (the lawyer in me says "define involved")
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
- what are the office hours?
- are there same-day sick appointments?
- what happens if I have a question on the weekend or after-hours?
- does the office offer any lactation support or LC referrals?
- will he discharge my babies from the hospital?
- what is the experience with preemies? (hopefully won't need to worry about that, but I'd like to be prepared....)
- is there a separate waiting room for well and sick children?
- What are your views on breastfeeding versus formula? How would you help support me in my decisions regarding feeding?
- What is the schedule of vaccinations? What are your personal views on vaccines? What do you see as the most common side effect?
- Once my baby starts eating solids, what do you recommend as a course of action? Should I start with veggies or fruits first? Why? How do you feel about a vegetarian diet for children?
- How do you feel about co-sleeping, rooming in or independent crib sleeping? What are the pros and cons for each in your opinion?
- How closely do you work with my OB/GYN?
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
How far along? 28 Weeks!
Total weight gain/loss? 36 pounds. I weigh about 15 pounds more than David does. I think it's almost all in my belly and boobs--my legs and arms look pretty much the same.
Maternity clothes? Umm, yes. I can sleep in some pre-pregnancy pajama pants as long as I keep them below the bump.
Stretch marks? Nope! Thanks to my sister-in-law for giving me cocoa butter lotion for Christmas. I know all the studies say it doesn't work, but it at least smells good.
Sleep? Pretty well. I'm getting up to go to the bathroom a couple times a night, but falling asleep isn't too hard.
Best moment last week? Hearing the babies' nice strong heartbeats at my appointment.
Movement? Oh yes. Baby A is much wigglier than Baby B. Sometimes they both get going at once and I can see each of them poking in my belly.
Food cravings? Fruit, mostly. And now that I'm scared about my glucose test, sweets because I'm afraid I'm going to be told I can't have dessert anymore.
Gender? Girl and a boy!
Labor signs? Braxton-Hicks, Braxton-Hicks, Braxton-Hicks.
Belly button in/out? Mostly out. If I'm lying on my back it falls back in a bit.
What I miss: Going to work and seeing people.
What I am looking forward to: Finishing my thank you notes from my showers.
Milestones: 28 Weeks! Magic number. I know that every day matters, but my next big goal is 30 weeks.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Back then, I never would have imagined that exactly twelve years later we'd be living across the country and I'd be *almost* 28 weeks pregnant with our twins and confined to bed.
We have some friends coming over for dinner tonight and to watch basketball and play games. I'm really excited. I put my contacts in, put on some makeup, and straightened my hair--all part of my usual routine, but the first time I've done them this week. I'm going to go downstairs to where the big TV is! These will be the first non-medical personnel I've seen this week. I usually am not very homesick and I talk to our families on the east coast a lot, but right now I really, really wish we lived closer.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
So this morning I trotted off to Quest for the three-hour version of the test. I arrived right at 8am and there were seven people ahead of me--all us overnight fasters must have gotten there right when it opened. The first five people were really quick, and then they skipped to me because they saw I was going to be there for a long time. Lady #6 shot daggers at me--Lady #6 can suck it.
Have I mentioned I have horrible veins? I have horrible veins. The bruise on my right wrist from the hospital draw last week extends from the middle of the back of my hand to well past my wrist bones. That was done by a NURSE who presumably does this a lot.
Well, the ladies at Quest are blood draw goddesses. Blood Draw #1 to get my fasting number was super quick and I went back to the waiting room for.....
Big Orange Drink of SUGAR. It tasted way sweeter than the drink for the one-hour. I didn't get to have it over ice this time either, but at least it was cold.
The hour wait began. It wasn't too bad for the first 45 minutes....and then I started feeling a little lightheaded. And then dizzy. And then like I was going to pass out. The waiting room had filled and emptied again by that point, and I called out to the nurse sitting at the reception desk that I did not feel very well. She asked if I was nauseous, and I said no. She said she would go clear the bed off for me. While she was gone, I tried to put my head between my legs, but--surprise--I couldn't bend that way due to my bump. I slumped to the side of the chair and tried to keep focused. By the time the nurse came back, I was actually feeling a little better. She led me into a back room with a "bed"-like couch and I sat down, but it was time for them to draw my blood again. I felt okay for that and then I went to the bed and slept until my next draw. I just could not keep my eyes open! After the third draw I had to get on a conference call for work, and I managed to stay awake until the fourth draw. The three hours go by really quickly when you sleep through two of them!
I really, really hope I fail this test....we have Girl Scout cookies in the house! And Easter and Easter candy! It seems like the one-hour produces a lot of false-positives, but I know that twins have a higher incidence of GD. Fingers crossed....