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27 weeks!Β 

Third trimester…depending on who you ask! lol  Some say 27 weeks. Some say 28. 

Things have gotten a bit tough the past few days. My belly feels so heavy so my upper ab muscles are constantly tired and sore. I have a lot of pressure by my pubic bone so that’s a bit uncomfortable too.  I was out of breath before but now I’m ALWAYS out of breathe. Especially after walking (yes…simply walking lol) or eating. I just had yogurt for breakfast. The little container… nothing extreme. And now I am sitting here and I can’t breathe. Lol. So that’s fun πŸ™‚ 

I use my maternity support belt at home. Yesterday, I tried KT tape. It’s the tape that you see athletes use for their muscles. Trust me… I’m anything but an athlete at this point but I read that it can help with aches and pains during pregnancy.  I think the tape helped a little bit, but probably not enough for me to wear the tape everyday. And taking it off hurt like a son of a bitch πŸ˜‚

My other symptom is lightheadedness or dizziness. The past couple days I have been feeling very lightheaded in the mornings. Not sure why. But sometimes it gets so bad I feel slightly nauseous too. 

On Monday the 23rd I had a high risk doc appt. When Missi and I got to the office there was some sort of mix up and my appt had gotten cancelled by a nurse!  Ugh!  They squeezed me in anyways but I didn’t get to see hot doc. Instead I saw…weird doc. Lol. He was very nice….just a little…different. 

My cervix is at a 4.1 which, according to weird doc, is impressive.  They want it over a 4.  When he saw the number he whistled. Yep, he whistled about my cervical length. 

He also mentioned that I passed my Diabetes test… which we knew. But he said that I passed with a 98 and that is super low and also impressive for someone with multiples. Go me! πŸ’ͺ🏼 lol 

He asked if I was eating enough protein… which I know I’m not. I don’t have much of an appetite lately and I eat very little. He said I HAVE to do better with that. He said every meal and snack has to be high in protein πŸ™„

He mentioned that both babies look great. They were moving all over and AGAIN refusing to get their pictures taken.  They are DEFINITELY my sister’s stubborn children! Lol. 

We were able to snap this one just before Baby B rolled over and showed us her back. 

That’s the best profile we’ve gotten of Baby B!  

Weird doc said that their amniotic fluid levels are ok but that Baby B might be a hair high. I was kind of annoyed because I have researched fluid levels and I knew the cut off. So I asked him “what is Baby B’s fluid measuring at?”  He said it was measuring at a 6. Baby A is measuring at a 4. Fluid levels aren’t even worrisome until they are at an 8. That is considered high. I just rolled my eyes. He said “sometimes that can be attributed to not eating enough protein.”  I, again, rolled my eyes. Hot doc has NEVER mentioned that. But ok. I’ll up my protein. 

The past couple days I’ve been trying to eat Greek yogurt, high protein granola, cottage cheese, string cheese, peanut butter, etc. I also have tried a protein shake, which is not my fav but I can choke it down. 

Other than that, weird doc said everything looks great. No concerns.

I don’t mean to sound like a complainer and I try to keep it at a minimum. I know there are so many women out there who would kill to experience pregnancy-my sister being one of them. Just know, that even though this post is slightly…whiny… I know I am so lucky to have had an uneventful pregnancy thus far. I do NOT take it for granted πŸ™‚ 

As far as weight gain goes, it has slowed down.  I weighed the same on the 23rd as I did on the 9th of January. Obviously the babies are growing so it’s ok. :). I’m at 35 lbs gained. Yikes! Lol 

I see my OB today (Dr G). I am expecting an uneventful visit! 

Stay tuned!!!….

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3D ultrasoundΒ 

Here ya go!  Look in the top left corner of each pic to see which baby it is. They weren’t the most cooperative little girls so these are the Best we could get! 

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26 weeks!Β 

26 weeks and feeling great!  My morning workout was putting my boots on! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ hard to bend over, breathe, or put shoes on. 

Tomorrow is 3D ultrasound!  Stay tuned! 

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25 weeks, blood work, and so much more

Sorry I forgot to update for 25 weeks! 

I feel pretty good!  I am realizing my limitations now.  My back gets pretty sore after a day of cleaning. That’s to be expected. I recently got fitted for a maternity support belt so well see if that helps! 

My blood work came back (that hot doc drew) perfect. He called me himself and said he has no concerns at all for pre eclampsia, even though my BP keeps playing jokes on him. Lol. 

He asked that I do my glucose test soon. I did that on Friday, Jan 13th. 

The drink still isn’t so bad but man, about an hour after I drink it (around blood draw time) I feel so lightheaded and nauseous. I suppose all that sugar makes me feel that way. 

I got my results back from the glucose test. I was so nervous for this one. I think I had myself convinced that I had gestational diabetes. If I convince myself ahead of time, then getting bad news is easier 😜

I passed!  With flying colors, in fact! With an even better score than at 16 weeks πŸ˜‹  With twins, a lot of women fail the 1 hour test. If you fail the 1 hour test you have to take the 3 hour test which is more sugar drink and 3 blood draws. I’m sooooo thankful!!  

I have been so lucky!  Really. I don’t say that to “brag” but I say it in…shock. My BP is still reading normal at home but high at hot doc’s office. He doesn’t like that… but not much we can do about it. Especially since my blood work was perfect 😜 

I did go see my primary care doctor this week for some sinus and ear pain I’ve been having.  I wasn’t happy with her diagnosis (or lack of). Just said my ears need to pop πŸ™„. So, I’ve been taking Sudafed the past couple days. Doesn’t help 100% but helps take the edge off. My PCP did take a urine sample to make sure I didn’t have a UTI or anything since those can pop up so quick with pregnant women. Well, apparently sometime between Monday and Wednesday I got a yeast infection (TMI). Lol. So that’s fun. I’ve never had one before but apparently they’re common in pregnant women. I don’t think I even had any symptoms!  So now I’m on antibiotics for that. 

I don’t have much more of an update for y’all at this time. This coming Wednesday (the 18th) Missi, Court, mom, and I are having a 3D ultrasound done. So that should be neat!  

I’ll try to update with pics πŸ™‚ 

My next doctor’s appt is with hot doc on the 23rd πŸ™‚ 

Here in Omaha we are expecting a really bad ice storm. So the kids and I are bunkered down and ready to stay warm!  

Stay tuned!!!! 

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Smelly butt…

Today we saw hot doc and our OB. Hot doc did a growth scan. Baby A is 1 lb 8 ounces and Baby B is 1 lb 10 ounces. They are in the 30th percentile. They look great!  Hot doc did check Baby B’s amniotic fluid and it is back under the “high” limit. Good news!!!! So we are no longer concerned about too much fluid around Baby B!  

My blood pressure was high again.  Annoying. I really just think it’s white coat syndrome but hot doc sent me for some blood work just to make sure everything is ok.  He told me to keep monitoring it at home and call him if the top number gets to 150 or the bottom number gets to 100 (normal is 120/80). Dr G (OB) thinks this is funny because my BP is always decent at her office. She says I don’t like to see hot doc.. bahah! 

My cervix is measuring at a 4 still. This is fantastic!  I think I have an iron clad cervix πŸ˜‚

Dr G. assigned me some home work. She has 3 child birth videos she wants me to watch. I’m not gonna lie… I’m scared πŸ˜‚

We talked a little bit about delivery. Because I’m having twins I will have to deliver (even vaginally) in the OR. This is normal in case Baby A slides out and they have to do an emergency c-section for Baby B. Because of this, the only people that will be allowed in the room during delivery are Missi and Court. I’m a little disappointed as we wanted more family present but the safety of the babies comes first. I will still labor in a regular room. 

I really enjoy both our doctors. They both said that even if they aren’t on call they do everything they can to get to the hospital to deliver. A familiar face is everything. Both hot doc and Dr G will be at the delivery… as hot doc says “two people are needed.. there are lots of hands and feet coming out”. 

I also have to do my 2nd glucose test within the next week or so. Blech. Praying the gestational diabetes stays away!  

Waiting for blood work results. The lab lady said that my doctor will get the results tonight so if it’s emergent I’m assuming I would have heard by now. I will update when I get the results.

Stay tuned for the 25 week update tomorrow!!!! 

Ps. Not a lot of ultrasound pics today. Both girls were being so stubborn and didn’t want to show their faces. Though… at one point, Baby As head was right in Baby Bs butt πŸ˜‚

So on the top left is the back of Baby As head. Her shoulder and back  is below. To the right of the pic is Baby Bs butt πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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Advanced maternal age…

So… that’s what I hit today… advanced maternal age. Such a lovely term!  Got to celebrate my 35th with friends, coworkers, and my mom!  

My co workers (they really are friends…) spoiled me rotten and got me lots of goodies. They sure know my favs… now let’s just cross our fingers that I pass my gestational diabetes test! Haha πŸ˜‚

Spent the evening shopping with mom!  That was fun!  Tomorrow is dinner with the family!  

I’m so thankful for all my friends and family!  It’s been a tame birthday because of these two babies but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Next year… we celebrate with drinks! 😜