This just in…it’s hot in the summer

Apparently everyone and their brother likes to point out that it’s hot.  Really?  Is it hot?  I hadn’t noticed, thanks for letting me know!!  Sarcasm aside, most of these folks have the best intentions and are offering their sympathy for my plight.  My doctor also offered his condolences and I told him that everyone has been very sympathetic.  He asks me: Does it help?  Well, no, not really.  However, I do appreciate their empathy as I endure one of the hottest summers on record whilst 8 months pregnant with twins.  In all honesty, it really hasn’t been that awful.  I’m usually always cold, so the heat is actually comforting to me.  So I sweat a little (a lot) more than usual, but no biggie.  I think the worst is just being approached by so many strangers.  I am roughly the size of an 18-wheeler, so I guess it’s worth stopping to comment.  Plus I think people are afraid I might bust into labor right then and there.  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: 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.  Seriously…

You have some big babies

OK, so I haven’t blogged too much about the actual pregnancy itself.  The truth is, everything is going really well.  I don’t want to use this blog as a place to complain, but everyone keeps asking how I’m feeling and doing.  So, here’s the truth, I’m doing really really good.  The only negatives that I have encountered during the whole pregnancy are as follows: 1) first trimester – terrible sickness (seriously, I constantly felt like vomiting…ugh) 2) second trimester – this huge vein on the back of my right thigh popped out and looks gross.  If I walk too much it starts throbbing, but other than that, it’s mostly an aesthetic annoyance.  3) third trimester – very tired and pretty much an insomniac.  I am usually up every night for about 1-2 hours sometime between the hours of 2 and 5am.  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.  My mind goes a mile a minute and  I an usually on my iPhone making to do lists or looking stuff up on the internet.  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.  I have made myself believe that I am fine and can keep doing my normal activities.  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.  I stopped work on July 4th, so I really have to take it easy from here on out.  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.  On to the actual pregnancy.  I have been having monthly ultrasounds starting at 23 weeks.  This is great because I get to see them every month.  Here are some stats from the appointments:

Week 23: Baby A is head down, Baby B is breech.  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.  I don’t remember which was which, but one was 2lb 6oz and one was 2lb 7oz with a size difference of 3%.  The ultrasound technician said that they were big babies and the small size difference was really amazing.  When the doc came in, he says…”looks like you have some big babies.”  That is good for the babies…yucky for me carrying them.  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.  The ultrasound tech explained that Baby B is behind Baby A and laying horizontal.  So his head is on my left side and his feet are on my right side.  Baby A’s head is up top and then goes over Baby B and his feet are towards the bottom.  Weird…I know.  I’m just going ahead and prepping myself for a C-section.  Baby A is 3lb 14oz (79th%) and Baby B is 4lb 4oz (83rd%).  Size different is 9% which is still good.  Again, the doctor walks in the room and says “looks like you are growing some nice sized babies.”  I asked the doc if the percentiles were for twin pregnancies specifically or just regular and he confirmed they were for regular pregnancies.  Soooo….I have some big babies.

I am 31.5 weeks now and my 38 week due date is August 22nd.  I hope that I can make it at least to August before they arrive, but we’ll see.  I also wonder how big they will be when they are born.  I’m hoping for 5 or 6lbs each.  That’s 10-12 lbs of baby!  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.  I am going to the doc weekly now.  Not sure when the next ultrasound will be.