Apparently everyone and their brother likes to point out that it’s hot. Â Really? Â Is it hot? Â I hadn’t noticed, thanks for letting me know!! Â Sarcasm aside, most of these folks have the best intentions and are offering their sympathy for my plight. Â My doctor also offered hisÂ condolencesÂ and I told him that everyone has been veryÂ sympathetic. Â He asks me: Does it help? Â Well, no, not really. Â However, I do appreciate their empathy as I endure one of the hottest summers on record whilst 8 months pregnant with twins. Â In all honesty, it really hasn’t been that awful. Â I’m usually always cold, so the heat is actually comforting to me. Â So I sweat a little (a lot) more than usual, but no biggie. Â I think the worst is just being approached by so many strangers. Â I am roughly the size of an 18-wheeler, so I guess it’s worth stopping to comment. Â Plus I think people are afraid I might bust into labor right then and there. Â Anyway, I’ve compiled a list of the top 3 weirdest places people have approached me about the pregnancy and/or heat sympathy commentary:
#3:Â In the middle of the street with oncoming cars as I am crossing to go into the grocery store.
#2: In Target, a complete stranger asked me if I was dilated.
#1: In a public bathroom from a stranger in the stall next to me while I am peeing. Â Seriously…
OK, so I haven’t blogged too much about the actual pregnancy itself. Â The truth is, everything is going really well. Â I don’t want to use this blog as a place to complain, but everyone keeps asking how I’m feeling and doing. Â So, here’s the truth, I’m doing really really good. Â The only negatives that I have encountered during the whole pregnancy are as follows: 1) first trimester – terrible sickness (seriously, I constantly felt likeÂ vomiting…ugh) 2) second trimester – this huge vein on the back of my right thigh popped out and looks gross. Â If I walk too much it starts throbbing, but other than that, it’s mostly an aesthetic annoyance. Â 3) third trimester – very tired and pretty much an insomniac. Â I am usually up every night for about 1-2 hours sometime between the hours of 2 and 5am. Â Sometimes I can go back to sleep, but most times I have to get up and do something else (like clean my pantry) before being able to go back to bed. Â My mind goes a mile a minute and Â I an usually on my iPhone making to do lists or looking stuff up on the internet. Â The third trimester has also ignited an internal battle as I have been emotionally tormenting myself due to my limited physically abilities and reliance on others for assistance. Â I have made myself believe that I am fine and can keep doing my normal activities. Â I am not one to ask for help but I lost the battle with myself and have come to terms with the fact that I physically can’t keep up the pace I have been going. Â I stopped work on July 4th, so I really have to take it easy from here on out. Â It’s very painful because there is a TON of stuff I want to do, but simply physically can’t.
OK, those are the negatives and I’m dealing with them. Â On to the actual pregnancy. Â I have been having monthly ultrasounds starting at 23 weeks. Â This is great because I get to see them every month. Â Here are some stats from the appointments:
Week 23: Baby A is head down, Baby B is breech. Â I got to see a 3D image of them and could see one kicking the other in the chest…classic.
Week 27: Baby A is breech, Baby B is breech. Â I don’t remember which was which, but one was 2lb 6oz and one was 2lb 7oz with a size difference of 3%. Â The ultrasound technician said that they were big babies and the small size difference was really amazing. Â When the doc came in, he says…”looks like you have some big babies.” Â That is good for the babies…yucky for me carrying them. Â I got my BabyCenter email update shortly after this appointment and it said that my baby should be almost 2 lbs…I’m thinking to myself…great…I have 2 babies that are 2 1/2 lbs!!
Week 31: Baby A is breech and Baby B is transverse. Â The ultrasound tech explained that Baby B is behind Baby A and laying horizontal. Â So his head is on my left side and his feet are on my right side. Â Baby A’s head is up top and then goes over Baby B and his feet are towards the bottom. Â Weird…I know. Â I’m just going ahead and prepping myself for a C-section. Â Baby A is 3lb 14oz (79th%) and Baby B is 4lb 4oz (83rd%). Â Size different is 9% which is still good. Â Again, the doctor walks in the room and says “looks like you are growing some nice sized babies.” Â I asked the doc if the percentiles were for twin pregnancies specifically or just regular and he confirmed they were for regular pregnancies. Â Soooo….I have some big babies.
I am 31.5 weeks now and my 38 week due date is August 22nd. Â I hope that I can make it at least to August before they arrive, but we’ll see. Â I also wonder how big they will be when they are born. Â I’m hoping for 5 or 6lbs each. Â That’s 10-12 lbs of baby! Â Needless to say that I am starting to have a little anxiety about the delivery and how I will grow in the next few weeks. Â I am going to the doc weekly now. Â Not sure when the next ultrasound will be.