Wow, we are down to the last probably 9-10 weeks (hopefully no sooner)

The Good

  • These babies need to KEEP COOKING, but I feel I can breathe a bit easier. Babies born at this point have almost an 80% chance of survival.
  • We got a new (to us) car! An SUV and not a minivan!
  • We decided to splurge a little and get new (to us) couches. We had talked about buying me a recliner chair and I happened upon a leather couch and loveseat on Craigslist in GREAT condition – with 4 recliners. We snatched them up. We also bought a new dishwasher, as our current one has a recall. I figure might as well spend the money while we have some disposable income because if we don’t do it now we probably never will.
  • Baby showers are coming up really soon and I can’t wait! Its so big for me because I spent so much time before wondering if I’d ever get to have one.
  • Supposedly the babies’ eyes are open now and could even possibly see if we were to shine a flashlight on my belly. I haven’t yet told Bryan this. That is for the babies’ sanity. Not to mention my own.
  • We got our first baby gift in the mail – but I’m not allowed to open it yet.

The Bad

  • Monday in the middle of the night I was hit with what I’m now dubbing “Attack of the Braxton Hicks – Part 3”.  I woke up to pee and had trouble falling back to sleep. I began noticing that I was getting a contraction nearly every 10 minutes. 2 and a half hours later they had not let up. So back to the hospital we went. Naturally once we got there they slowed down. Even though deep down I felt like everything was ok it still freaked me out and I’m glad we went to get checked. A months worth of these things at a frequency of about 30-40 a day has not yet caused any cervical change. My Fetal Fibronectin test was negative. The doc at the hospital said this is not that uncommon with twins, and to think of it as my baseline. Basically, be on the lookout for BH that are consistently longer, or even MORE frequent. Since then I’ve decided to let go a bit and I don’t count and time every single one anymore. If I start to notice them becoming frequent I’ll rest and if they don’t slow down then I might start to worry. But life has been so much better not counting and stressing over each one anymore, because I’m pretty sure the worrying was making them worse. Until I’m told otherwise, they are my new normal. I’m still making time to lay down some at work and keep my feet up once I get home. But I just can’t be a slave to them anymore. I probably will, however, be asking for a FFN at each two week appt to take the edge off my anxiety about them a bit.
  • Honestly I thought the 2nd-3rd trimester would be LESS anxiety provoking but is isn’t. Now I’m worrying about proper growth and pre term labor. As a friend once told me: welcome to motherhood.

The Weird and Amusing

  • Listening to strangers muse about how big I look, and comment on how I’ll never make it to May. (thanks)
  • I look like 30-32 weeks pregnant, if not more.
  • My hips constantly fall asleep at night while I’m sleeping. One of these days I’m gonna get up to pee and fall down.
  • Hubby is trying to talk me into a new stove because he melted plastic in the bottom of ours.
  • The cost of gas on our new (albeit fabulous) SUV is a bit painful.
  • Tying my shoes is becoming more and more challenging. Grunting is usually involved. No swearing yet.

New pic is up!