Sunday, December 30, 2012

26 Weeks, Tactfulness, and Other Updates

On Wednesday of this week, I was officially 26 weeks pregnant with our twins! I still feel comfortably far away from D-day (delivery day, that is) and although my doctor recommended that I pre-register at the hospital at 24 weeks, I'm putting that off. I just don't really want to think about the hospital yet! No offense to any people in the medical profession, but I hate it. I guess I'm glad it's there to serve it's purpose, of course, but I do not want to be the one in need. Alas, Jackie has said no to homebirth. The guy won't even cut the umbilical cord at the hospital so I don't think he could handle me popping out a couple of babies on the couch or something, ha ha.

So, the #1 question from people who don't know me is, "Wow, so, you're about ready to pop, huh?" The greeter at Walmart, the manager at Popeyes, etc. Seriously, when the manager at Popeyes asked me that a couple of days ago and I explained things to her, I thought her eyes were going to bug out of her head as she stared at my stomach! Really, people? Whatever happened to tact? Yes, yes, I know it's an unusual situation in today's society to be expecting your 5th and 6th babies but it seems I've heard lots of stories lately about people and their inability to put forth appropriate statements. From outright rude cracks about one's sexuality to blatantly ignorant comments about multiracial families, I wonder, shouldn't we be teaching this in school or something? Trust me people 98% of y'all aren't going to need to know what a gerund is but you do need to know how to talk to people without being offensive! So here's a little lesson in how to figure out what's going on with that gigantically huge pregnant lady.

Tactful person: "What lovely children you have and I see that you are being blessed again! When is your due date?"
Gigantically huge pregnant lady: "Thank you! I'm due April 3."
Tactful person whose eyes ARE NOT bugging out: "Oh, a spring baby. That will be nice. Do you know if it's a boy or a girl?"
Gigantically huge pregnant lady: "Well, actually, we're expecting twins! They are both girls."
The end. Please feel free to ask if you need any other guides to dealing with carrying on a decent conversation. ; )

Moving on, the #1 question from people who do know me is, "How are you feeling?" I am feeling great! I really don't think pregnancy has slowed me down any thus far. Okay, maybe I waddle up the stairs a little slower but I still enjoy long, full days of school and housework. I'm still picking up my (other) babies and doing all of the other usual stuff I've always done. Of course I am tired and sometimes achy at the end of the day but never overly so.

The only time I'm truly uncomfortable is when I'm in bed at night. I've been questioning whether I am even meant to be in a horizontal position or not. I absolutely cannot lay on my back. It feels like the babies are each trying to slide off different sides of me or something. So I lay on my left side until that arm goes to sleep then I put a hand under my belly and lift it up to turn over. Seriously, it needs to be lifted. I really cannot imagine what it must be like for the ladies who carry triplets or more. A woman's body is an amazing thing and I remember that each and every time I look at my flat little belly button. I don't believe I've gained a lot of weight elsewhere. In fact, I can still see ribs over my basketball belly which protrudes from clearly visible hip bones. It's kind of funny!

I still have a sweet tooth and can make a box of chocolate covered cherries disappear in no time but am trying hard to eat well and substitute (non-chocolate dipped) fruit for cookies and cakes. I'm drinking lots and lots of water and taking my vitamin supplements. I believe that staying active and eating well is keeping me healthy and pre-eclampsia free. I'm hoping and praying that I will not suffer from it this pregnancy but will be able to carry the babies until they decide to come out naturally. I'm also trying to prepare myself mentally and emotionally for the fact that that may not happen. There could very well be a c-section in my future, who knows? Only the Lord and I know that I can trust Him. Still, I pour out the desires of my heart before Him and know that He hears my petitions!

So here's my 26 week shot and in the words of a meme I saw earlier this week, "The word you are looking for is radiant." = P

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

24 Weeks

Today the twins are 24 weeks old! They are probably around 11 inches long and, according to the ultrasound I had yesterday, weigh approximately 1 pound, 7 ounces each. It is a GREAT thing that they each weigh the same. This is a good indication that they are sharing nicely in utero! Thank God for two placentas. (Add that to things you never thought you'd hear someone say.)

So here's this week's belly shot:

Yesterday when the doctor came in to perform the ultrasound he said, "You got twins in there?! It doesn't look like it." I resisted the urge to tell him that I loved him and simply said, "Everyone else in the world begs to differ with you." Yes, I've gotten lots of comments lately about the size of my stomach. I guess it's kind of nice, actually, it starts a lot of conversations with strangers! I can't wait to see how it looks in a couple of months although I do wonder what in the world I'm going to wear. There's a brand of maternity clothing called "Two Hearts." I put on one of their shirts the other day and wondered if there's something out there for three hearts!

Other than running out of clothing options, I'm feeling great. I think I'm probably more active now than during any other pregnancy. Four kids will do that for you.

Speaking of active, the girls were practically doing aerobics yesterday during the ultrasound. I don't know if I've ever felt them move that much so perhaps they'll be performers someday--they sure were showing out for the ultrasound technician. Here's a picture of twin a. When it was taken, she was breech but before too long she turned and was transverse. There's still plenty of room for somersaults!

I love how you can see her little legs all curled up with sweet baby feet at the end!

I asked the ultrasound technician just to double check that they're definitely girls. She seemed somewhat offended and told me that Dr. Maupin is a doctor of maternal fetal medicine and that she herself had been doing ultrasounds for 20 years; they were not going to tell me wrong. She amused me and printed out pictures of their little lady parts so that I'd have photographic proof, ha ha.

Here's a shot of twin b. It's a little blurry but can you see her profile?

She is definitely a girl, too. = )

So since we know they are definitely girls and have only a few weeks left until they will make their debut into the "big world," I figure we should get busy naming them and preparing for them otherwise. EVERYONE wants to know if we've picked out names yet and the short answer is no. I do have a couple that I really like though and feel they will probably be what we end up with. At first I really loved Quinn for twin a since she will be #5 of our brood. I couldn't ever think of a great name to "match" it though. I don't want their names to be too matchy-matchy but I would like for them to go together. I considered Chloe and Bronwen (which I LOVE) but Chloe seemed to popular right now and Bronwen seemed too masculine for me. I really like feminine names but both Quinn and Bronwen, while lovely, are gender neutral so I ultimately decided against them.

I have looked for names everywhere. I've read countless lists and books. I keep an eye out around town since a New Orleans name would be wonderful (Jackie vetoed Calliope). Yesterday, I even thought how Skittle would be a cute girl's name but alas, I am no celebrity and probably couldn't pull off name my child after a rainbow colored candy. This morning I suggested River and Rose as a tribute to our new found love for Dr. Who. They are lovely sounding together but I worry we might spur some contempt between the girls naming them after his companion and his wife. = P

The names that I have liked and honestly considered recently are Isla (pronounced EYE-LA. You know like island without the "nd") and Everleigh. I think they go together and yet wouldn't necessarily overly bind them together. They are both "trendy" names right now so they wouldn't be the only ones with their name but they also aren't "popular" names so they wouldn't be a million Sophias, Isabellas, or Emmas (the top 3 names last year). As for middle names I think I like Isla Cerise (it means "cherry" and would always remind me of the craving I had while expecting them--chocolate covered cherries!) and Everleigh Jubilee. I have begged Jackie to name a girl Jubilee through every pregnancy and he has never liked it. Until now. All of a sudden he suggested it and has insisted that it be one of their middle names. I think it goes nicely with Everleigh. (Or should it be Everly or Everley? The "leigh" seems more girly to me and matches Keeleigh.)

I'm also thinking about baby bedding. I adore the owl theme that is so popular right now. There are several options using that theme and it would be super easy to find accessories but I've also seen a few bold, less typical designs that I like. Check out my Twins Room board on Pinterest and tell me which ones are your favorite. I'm certain I'll be adding more ideas soon!