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Monday, July 23, 2012

Finally... an update!!!


Saying that the weekend was rough is a complete understatement.  As soon as we went to the doctor and I told him I was feeling better, my morning sickness (more likel all-day sickness for me) kicked in like crazy.  I don't think I kept  anything down on Sunday... yuck!  It is so weird how it comes out of nowhere.  I feel great one moment, get really hungry, eat something little, feel good for awhile... and then a sudden desire to throw up... and then great again?!?  UGH!

We had our ultrasound last Friday at 11w1d.  We had our initial OB appointment with one of the midwives that works in the clinic.  It seemed a little pointless since my pregnancy is almost a third over and she was giving me all the dos and don'ts of pregnancy?!?!  A little late, but we were kind of in a different situation than most.  Most women have that appointment when they go in to confirm pregnancy, but we weren't seeing an OB at that point.  They gave us a box full of information (it was in a mini cardboard file box with dividers and everything... totally up my alley!) about anything and everything we need to know.  I guess it is really time to start thinking about taking some prenatal classes!  They even had information about prenatal fitness classes at the wellness center that are solely for pregnant women. I would LOVE to go, but I do wish I had someone to go with.  Maybe I'll start once I'm feeling better.  After we met with the midwife, we went onto our ultrasound appointment with our doctor.  We had the same ultrasound tech as last time... she is so awesome!  She takes her time telling us what we are looking at tries really hard to get good pictures!  Everything looked great so far!!

Here are some pictures of the little.....................

This picture shows both of the babies.  It is of Baby B's head and Baby A's rump.  You can see Baby A's arm sticking out to the left! 

This is a 4D image of both babies cuddling.  It took her a long time to get a picture of both babies.  It is actually upside down.  Baby B is actually on the left in this picture and is really head down with it's back facing up.  It does have it's hands by it's face!  Baby A looks like it is head down, but is really head up.  It also has it's hands by it's face.   

Here are some pictures of Baby A.  It was hilarious to watch because it was so active!  It would jump around and was moving it hands around.  So amazing to see!

The bottom of Baby A's little foot!

 Baby A was posing for various pictures!  You can see Baby B way off to the right of the picture... it's head is at the bottom and feet are by Baby A's head.

Here are some pics of Baby B.  It was much less photogenic and more stubborn than Baby A!  The whole time the ultrasound tech was looking at both babies, Baby B was moving a bunch, but turned around every time the tech went to tack a picutre!  She had a tough time getting any good pics.  So much like it's dad already!!!  Here is a picture of the back of Baby B!

We waited about 10 minutes for the doctor came in and when he did his check, Baby B had flipped around. We got to see some good pictures of it, but as soon as the tech went to take pictures the little one decided to start turning!  Stinker!  You can see babies head at the top, but it is hiding it's face behind it's arms!

Here is a side view of Baby B... as it was trying to turn away! 

The doctor said that everything looked great!  We got to see 4 arms, 4 legs, 2 hemispheres in each babies brain and lots and lots of movement.  I am going to have a very busy belly in a couple weeks... I can't wait!  The doctor was great... I like him more and more every time I see him.  We technically didn't do the first trimester screen because I have read that the blood results aren't very accurrate in a multiples pregnancy.  The u/s tech did measure the space on the back of the neck and said that it was definitely in the normal range!  That was all I needed to know.  Both babies measured 11w4d... Baby A's heartbeat was 168bpm and B's was 167bpm.  It is very likely that we have two babies of the same sex in there?!?! 

We have our next appointment in 3 weeks.  We will be 14w1d!!  They said it is VERY likely that we will be able to find out the sex at that appointment!  So excited!

I have officially grown out of the majority of my tops now.  I decided to get a couple materity tops.  I was able to find some really cute tops and some t-shirts that should be pretty versatile.  I got starving at the mall and had a little treat.... then I barely made it home before I lost it all!!  Hopefully that part will be over in just a couple weeks!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Will post more soon....

We had our 11wk ultrasound today... everybody is doing amazing!!  However, I feel horrible and just got done throwing up.  I wanted to post all of our pictures tonight, but I need to just go to bed!  So glad I have the summers off and can just be a complete pile. 

More coming soon.....

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Finally some relief!


I have been strugglin over the past week with all day morning sickness. On Saturday, I threw up 5 times before 3pm. I have had such a horrible gag reflex that I haven't been able to eat much in terms of super healthy foods. Of course, I've been doing my best, but I haven't been able to even smell meat or vegetables for way too long. Over the weekend, i tried a combination of U isom and B6 at night and then B6 in the morning. It really did relieve my nausea in Sunday, but it was back in full force in Monday. I called the doctor on Monday and they called me a prescription for 4mg of Zofran that I can take 3 times/day as needed. I took one last night at dinner and I woke up feeling great! Took another mid-morning and I have felt awesome all day! I went to lunch with my mom and I was able to order... and eat... a salad!! I had to take off the onions, but it felt so awesome to finally eat something green and healthy! It was the first day that I felt really, really good. I was able to do some laundry and get out of the house. Yay!! Hopefully we are on the upswing and it will just keep getting better!

We have our next appointment on Friday and I am so excited t see the little peanuts again. The weeks are flying by and I can't believe we are already almost 11 weeks! I wanted to start taking belly photos at the beginning of each week, but I just haven't felt up to it. I could barely get out of bed to shower! I'll take one with the start of the net week... There is definitely a bump!

Only 8 days left of the progesterone suppositories!!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Do I laugh or cry??

..........TMI alert..........

So I wasn't feeling well tonight, as usual, so I went to bed early. I tried to fall asleep, but I just couldn't... I kept getting the urge to throw up. It got overwhelming, so I ran into the bathroom and threw up. It is crazy how much saliva you have when you are sick and pregnant. I threw up and...oops! I yelled at my hubby, "E come here... I'm having some problems". He came in and asked what was going on and I didn't know whether to laugh or cry, but every time I threw up I was also wetting my pants on the floor!!! OMG... I was still throwing up, peeing my pants, crying and laughing at the same time... Seriously?! I went to look at the floor and then missed the toilet and instead got my shirt and leg?! It was a train wreck! My hubby got me a towel, but he was laughing hysterically and saying, "WOW! Pregnancy is such a beautiful thing! I can just see the glow!"

Sorry if that was TMI to share, but it was too funny not to!

Now, I am exhausted...

Ups & Downs....


Biggest symptom: EXHAUSTION. I can't see to get myself off the couch to do anything. I start something, like the laundry, and I eventually find myself sprawled out in the floor in a complete daze. I am totally worthless right now! I still have a long list of stuff that I was supposed to get done before school tarts again in the fall. Only a month left, so hopefully this exhaustion ends before I have to try to go back to work! I guess I got my wish... Nothing to do this summer but incubate! What a perfect way to spend my months off!

I received the fetal doppler heart monitor in the mail today!! It took me a several minutes,but I was definitely able to find at least one of the babies' heartbeats! I think I found them both, but they are so close and small right now that I'm not positive! What a beautiful sound...

My hubby and I had a date afternoon on Sunday. We saw the movie "What To Expect When You Are Expecting"... It was hilarious and so truthful! We had a good laugh and it was refreshing to know that we weren't the only people experiencing all f these ups and downs!!

We ate at Granite City because I was craving some spinach and artichoke dip. We split that and a salad. We narrowly made it home before I threw it all up?!? That was a first! My hubby made a stuffed pepper tonight and the smell of his dinner did the same thing tonight... I lost my own dinner. Seems a little backwords, but nights are the worst for me. 8pm rolls around and I am exhausted, emotional and apparently very SE sitive to smells that make me throw up... Yuck! I wonder if I will ever be able to eat cooked vegetables again?!

We are in the midst of debating whether or not to have our First Trimester Screen next week. It is a screening for Downs Syndrome, Trisomy 18, and other chromosomal and genetic defects. It is only a screen and gives you either a positive or a negative result. It is a non-invasive procedure and is done using ultrasound and bloodwork. I have known several people who have gotten positives, worried for several weeks, gotten an amniocentesis (which carries a risk of miscarriage) and then the results come back normal. Seems like a lot of worry and stress for no reason! Ugh. I think we are leaning towards canceling it. We will still have an ultrasound at the appointment... We get one every 3-4 weeks since we are considered high-risk and are carrying twins. We wouldn't do anything about it if either came back positive, so we will find out in time during later ultrasounds if something is really wrong. I just do NOT need anything else to worry about!!

Well, it is almost 8pm... Time for my progesterone and my bed....

Friday, July 6, 2012

Maternity pants already?!? Yikes!!!!


Biggest news of the day was my first maternity clothing purchase... Jeans and capris! I just can't believe that I can't fit into any of my pants already. I have a long ways to go...I can only imagine what is to come. They are actually very comfortable, so I'm glad I caved!

We went up to the lake last Friday and just got home last night, so I've been a bit off the grid. It has been in the 90s all week and the car said 106 degrees today?!? That is way too hot forts pregnant lady! I tried to stay cool all weekend. We sat in the shade with our feet in the kiddie pool. I had my first complete hormonal meltdown. We were all getting ready for a 4th of July picnic and I went outside to watch the kids shoot off a couple fireworks. I must've gotten overheated because I felt a dire need to et back in the house. I snapped at my mom because I was so hot, went in my room, slammed the door, stripped off all my clothes, sprawled out in front of the fan and bawled. I got myself together and put on some capris and a tank top (not the coolest thing, but I was refusing to go to the picnic at this point). I went out into the kitchen and saw my parents and my hubby... I lost it. My mom asked what was wrong and I started uncontrollably sobbing and just said over and over... " I am so sick of being F@#*ing hot!". It was ridiculous and everyone tried to console me, but also started laughing. I started doing something in between sobbing and laughing. It was ridiculous. I put on a cooler dress, my 5 year old nephew filled up a big bucket of cold water for me to put my feet in and I enjoyed the picnic. That night, we watched the best firework show we've seen in a long time. We realized that it was our last 4th of July before the little ones arrive. Next year willbe completely different... can't wait!

I've been feeling pretty good. I am absolutely STARVING in the mornings, but eating makes me feel much better. Nights are my worst... I completely shut down at about 8pm. I'm nauseous, exhausted and emotional. I'm typically try to head to bed at that time so I can sleep through it. My hubby has been awesome...he knows just how to cheer me up and understands that I'm simply hormonal and not losing it. I'm starting to be able to eat more meat, which is a relief because I need the protein. However, the vegetables are not getting any easier... onions especially. My hubby was making some grilled veggies tonight and he jokingly started eating some onions in front of me... Taunting me. I couldn't handle it and puked! He felt horrible and onions are now banned from the house! I typically love the smell of my house, but it stinks like vegetables... all the time! I'm loving fruit, so I went to the grocery store and bought some awesome pre-cut and washed fruit... much easier for me to eat that way. I have no energy, so the easier the access, the more likely I am to actually eat it! I've been trying to eat healthy, but at this point I simply have to eat what sounds good and makes me feel good. I'm just doing the best I can. I feel fat, but I'm pretty sure it is just the beginning of that!

I ordered a doppler fetal heart monitor yesterday. My sister has one and loved being able to find the baby's heartbeat. It should arrive in the mail sometime next week, and I am so anxious to try it out! We don't go back to the doctor until July 20, so it will be awesome to hear their heartbeats while we wait for that appointment! It will befit the experiment.

Hubby andi have a date day planned for Sunday...can't wait! We have to get as many of these in as possible in the next 7 months!

Off to bed..... Goodnight!