Wednesday, May 30, 2012

28 Weeks, 3 days- I'm still here.

You know that proverbial brick wall?  I've slammed headfirst into it going 100 miles an hour.  My life over the past 10 days has looked like this:  Nest, Nest, Nest, CRASH.

The good news is that our nursery can now safely contain Molly and Jackson- it's far from done, but the basics are in order.  The cribs and dresser are assembled!  The bad news is that I no longer have the energy to do anything else.  I'm hoping and praying for another (even brief) reprieve so I can get more stuff done, because the urge to clean and declutter my house isn't playing nicely with the overwhelming desire to lie down.  We shall see what the next few days and weeks bring, I suppose.

I have a doctor's appointment this morning so I'll try to post a real update tonight, but I felt incredibly guilty to see my last post date and had to remedy that ASAP!  Even if it was just a whiny post about how little energy I have!  :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Gestational Diabetes? Not in this house!

Last Tuesday, I was given the unforgettable opportunity to drink 50 grams of syrupy glucose in 5 minutes, on an empty stomach, with the stipulation that I must keep it down for at least an hour.  Sounds like fun, right?  This stuff was pretty toxic- imagine fruit punch concentrate that you've somehow managed to concentrate even further.  Just thinking about it makes my tummy a little swishy.

I made it about halfway, taking little sips before the nausea and gagging set in.  Paul reminded me that I only had 2 more minutes to finish this bottle of disgusting-ness, so I chugged the rest and declared that it was staying put.  Once was bad enough, and the lab tech warned me that if I threw it up, I'd have to start over.  No beuno. 

While we were waiting to have my blood drawn, I saw my Ob-Gyn for a quick check-up.  Everything looked great with the babies, but she bumped my visits to every other week just to keep a closer eye on my blood pressure and swelling.  As we were leaving to head back to the lab, she said we'd only get a call if my blood glucose level was too high.  The whole no-news-is-good-news thing just doesn't work for me, so I called on Wednesday to see if the results were back.  My blood sugar was 123 mg/dL (<140is normal), so I passed- I am officially Gestational Diabetes free.  Knowing I don't have to suffer through the 3-4 hour retest almost makes the fruit punch from hell worth it.  Almost... but not quite. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Week 26- Still Going Strong!

So the weekly updates have stretched into bi-weekly updates, mostly to coincide with my doctor's appointments.  On the in-between weeks, there's just not a whole lot to update!

Weight Gained: 31lbs.  I'm getting a bit nervous about this!  I know that a LOT of the weight is fluid, because I have pitting edema up to my knees on most days.  

Cravings/Food Aversions:  I'm combining these two for this update, because it seems that I'll crave something (let's say.... Ramen Noodles, for instance) and as soon as I eat it, I get nauseous.  This is NOT a good cycle and for the past week, nothing has sounded good to eat.  The thought of food in general makes me a little queasy.

 Symptoms:  Nausea and swelling (broken record, anyone?!).  Also, this may be too much information, but since it's my blog I'm saying it anyway.  I've started leaking colostrum.  And it's freaking me out, majorly.

How I'm Feeling:  Tired!  I just can't sleep, which is distressing because sleeping is one of my all-time favorite pastimes. 

Exciting Stuff:  1. Today, I have zero stretchmarks.  I'm sure they are coming, but I'm celebrating small victories.  2. Our crib bedding is here, in my house, and I love it!  3. The cribs should be here by this weekend, so our nursery will start looking like babies might live here.

Weekly Worries:  My glucose tolerance test is at 9:15 tomorrow morning- please God let me pass!  I really think that a diabetic diet might kill me.   :)

We also started to register tonight, which terrified me.  I had a mini-bawling-breakdown in Babys-R-Us, because I have absolutely no idea what we need to take care of these babies.  A few texts/calls to friends with children made me feel a little better, but Paul's response was the most helpful.  He said,  "Do you know how hard it is to kill babies?  Babies are strong, and ours will survive.  We are going to be just fine.  If the twins get here, and we realize that we don't have what we need, we'll buy it!"  This is why I love that man.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Babies in 3D

A few months ago, I scooped up a Living Social deal for half-off a 3D/4D ultrasound package.  For weeks, I've anticipated seeing Molly and Jackson's little facial features-  would they have Paul's chin?  My mouth?  I absolutely could not wait.  Our appointment was on Wednesday evening, and I was so excited that I couldn't sleep at all on Tuesday night.  Our parents were able to be there, and it was their first time to see the grandbabies "live".

Jackson was ready to perform, and we got lots of good shots of his sweet little face.  I have no earthly idea who he looks like, but I just want to eat those chubby cheeks! 

The chubster, Jackson!

Molly, on the other hand, wanted absolutely nothing to do with the camera.   She was folded in half like a Chinese acrobat and made it incredibly difficult to see her face.  She does still have at least one hand and two legs, which she was perfectly fine showing off.  Silly girl- the best picture we could get of her face left a lot to be desired, so we'll have to wait a few months to see more.

One hand, two legs and a fuzzy face!

Overall, it was a pretty awesome experience.   As far as I'm concerned, any opportunity we get to see the babies is a good one, whether they want to cooperate or not.  It's amazing how much I'm in love with these two little people already.  While I pray that they keep cooking for at least 10 more weeks, I cannot wait to meet them!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

24 Weeks: We are viable!

Week 24- Our first huge milestone reached!  The twins are viable!

Weight Gained: 28lbs.  The nurse at my OB's office scared me to death, because after weighing me this week, she said that I'll need to talk to my doctor about my excessive weight gain.  I'm pretty sure that she forgot I'm having twins, because my doctor is thrilled with where I am- especially considering the fact that I'm carrying 10 pounds of fluid in my calves/ankles!

Cravings:  Chocolate chip cookies, Greek yogurt and jalapeno string cheese.  Strange combo, I know.

Food Aversions: Nada- just about anything sounds good!

Symptoms: Hello, insomnia!  I can't sleep anymore.  I might fall asleep for an hour, but then I'm up for at least that long before I can fall asleep again.  When this cycle precedes a night of work, it's not pretty.  Trust me.

How I'm Feeling:Very pregnant!  In the past few weeks, I have really popped.  I can't see my feet anymore!  I've also managed to pull a muscle in my ribcage with all of the coughing, so every movement hurts, and there's this strange popping feeling every time I inhale.   Oh, the wonderful things that pregnancy does to our bodies...

Exciting Stuff: First and foremost, this week marks the beginning of viability.  If M & J were born today, they would have a fighting chance of surviving.  That's a pretty big deal.  In celebration, we've made serious progress on clearing out the office/nursery.  Right this minute, the only obstacles between office and nursery are an empty desk and sewing machine cabinet.  Once those make the move to storage, we can buy baby furniture!  Jack's baby blanket was coming along nicely, but I ran out of blue yarn so I had to start on Molly's.  A fortuitous turn, as it happens, because I really love working on them together.

Weekly Worries:  My OB gave me the following prescription: lower my salt intake, drink more water and REST.  She also said I need to wear a support belt to help with my back pain.  This isn't so much a worry as a farewell to my cheeseburger habit.  So long, McDonald's- I'll miss you.