....and all is well on the homefront. I can't believe I've made it to viability. And I also can't believe how fast this pregnancy seems to have gone so far. Even though we have so much to do, I'd be okay with it continuing to fly by. Not because I'm not enjoying pregnancy, but because I'm starting to get anxious to meet these little ones and see what they look like and what their personalities are like. Not too anxious though - I'll gladly wait until they are nice and fully baked.
How are the babies doing?
Great! The ultrasound this week showed everything was as it should be. Baby A (our girl) is estimated to weigh 1 lb, 11 oz and Baby B (our boy) is estimated to be 1 lb, 8 oz. Fluids, placentas, and all that other stuff looks good. Right now Baby A is head down and Baby B is breech, but that can always change before delivery. Whether I have a vaginal delivery or C-section all depends on their position at the time of birth. It mostly depends on if Baby A is head down or breech. As much as I don't like the thought of pushing 2 babies out of my hoo-ha, I think I'd much rather avoid a C-section if at all possible. Either way, I just want them to get here safe and healthy no matter how that happens.
How am I doing?
Good for the most part. I've just started to see/feel some changes with my body this week that are a little alarming, and not things I was expecting this early on. My belly is already measuring 30 weeks, so I guess I need to remember that those uncomfortable symptoms that start later on for most people are going to start happening to me earlier.
My feet: are starting to feel achy for most of the day, and I've noticed some swelling in my feet and ankles. I went to the mall for a couple hours Friday afternoon and that about did me in. My feet were so sore afterwards, and were even still really sore the next day. I think it's time to find some more loose-fitting, comfortable shoes.
My back: not too bad yet. If I'm up walking around for awhile (like my mall trip, or just cooking supper and doing dishes) my back starts to hurt. I was expecting my back to be the first thing to go, but so far it's holding up okay.
My insides: one word: squished! This is the first week I've been able to tell that I'm running out of room in there. I can't eat (nor do I have the desire to) like I have been anymore. I eat a normal amount of food for a meal and feel completely stuffed and miserable afterwards. I've read in several places that the rule of thumb with twins is to gain the weight early (ideally aiming for 24 pounds by 24 weeks) for exactly this reason, and now I can see why! Seeing the scale creep up over 25 pounds these last few months is a little scary, but I can now see it was all for good reason. I'll be interested to see how much my weight gain slows down now that I can't stuff my face like I use to (although managing a bowl of ice cream every night hasn't been an issue yet ;) ).
Other than that I don't have much news to report. Feeling a little overwelmed now by all the preparations we need to start making, but that will be an entirely new post....