Monday, August 25, 2014

Twin Pregnancy: 15 Weeks!

It's hard for me to believe that I'm writing my 15 week pregnancy update! I kept thinking that I was going to be 14 weeks along today, and it hit me on Saturday that I am actually 15 weeks along. I'm so, so thankful to be writing a 15 week update. 

This has NOT been a good pregnancy week for me. I'm not sure what happened? Last week was SO good . . . my appetite was back, I felt energetic, I only had two gagging episodes all week, and then just about as suddenly as that happened, it all vanished. I was sick nearly every day this past week. I threw up multiple times. I had a gagging episode at least once a day, but more than that on most days. And my appetite? If you've seen it, please tell it that I'm looking for it! 

The 15 week twinbies baby belly:
{Wearing non-maternity top and jeans}

On Tuesday, we met up with my sister and her daughter to play at a park. We've had an amazing summer with just a few (I think only 3!) days of triple digit heat, but that all changed this week! So, the high was forecasted to be about 100 degrees on Tuesday, but I thought I'd be okay. We met at 10am, and literally sat on a bench for an hour while the kiddos played. I drank the entire time, but it was just TOO HOT for me. I ended up throwing up after we got home and being down-and-out the rest of the day. On Thursday, I took the kids to lunch and then our plan was to run to Target to get some necessities. Lunch didn't settle well with me, so we ended up just skipping Target and heading back home. I think I just CAN.NOT handle the heat right now. 

Also affected by the heat has been my appetite. I'm normally a person who cannot eat when they're hot, and very little sounds appetizing to me in the dog days of summer. So, as great as it was last week to eat normal food and good portions, this week I have been back to struggling to find something that sounds/tastes good and that I can actually choke down. A couple things that had been settling well with me are mixed nuts and V8. I had been using that as a go-to snack until Saturday when I threw it up. So yeah, that doesn't sound so good anymore :-(. Due to loss of appetite, I lost a bit of weight this week. I'm about two pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight and beginning to worry about this just a bit. Well, really more than a bit. I've had a couple days where I've been really emotional about it. I know with twins I NEED to gain, and everything I've read says that I should have gained between 5 and 10 pounds by now. I'm just concerned with the health of the babies. Prayers that I can eat and keep food down are appreciated! I'd really like to be back up to my pre-pregnancy weight by 16 weeks, then hopefully this pregnancy will follow suite with my other pregnancies and I'll gain really well between weeks 16 to 24. 

Someone remind me of the above paragraph when I'm really packing on the pounds :-).

I've felt the babies move some this week. I think I've been feeling baby flutters for a few weeks now, but I'm SURE I have this week. That is the best feeling! I've felt Baby A quite a bit more than Baby B, but I don't know if that's because Baby A is more active or because of the way they're positioned. We have an appointment with Dr. N on Thursday, and I can't wait to see them! We may be able to find out the genders (I'll be 15 weeks and 3 days), but we've decided that if we do we're going to keep it to ourselves for a little while :-).

My skin this week isn't as clear as it had been, and I've noticed my hair is a bit more oily as well. I'm not sure what's up with that, but despite this I'm still on Team Girl & Girl :-). On Friday, I felt like my baby bump was {almost} non-existent, but on Saturday it was way more prominent. I guess it's just the way the babies were positioned? I'm not sure, but I'm ready to embrace the bump this time! I'm tired of looking chubby around the middle and want to look PREGNANT! 

Chris and I have really started to talk about names. Well, really me more than him :-). He likes to wait until the last minute. Our plan all along has been to give our next baby a B name . . . that's why we called the baby we lost in January of 2013 B3. The reason for this is because I felt weird about having two kids starting with the same letter but not the third. I know people do it all the time, but I just didn't like the thought of it. Well, now that we're having twins, that gives us a lot more name freedom if we want it. We could choose a whole new letter, or even give the twins different letters, and it wouldn't be like one child is left out. So, we're doing lots of brainstorming. What do you all think? Should we stick with B names or go a different route?

I know I talked above about how this was a rough pregnancy week, but I'm still so grateful for every minute of it. I often thought to myself this week that I'd spend the rest of my pregnancy feeling like this if that meant two healthy babies to bring home in the end. Infertility and miscarriage are horrible, but they have given me a perspective that I wouldn't change. 


Anonymous said...

I vote for the twins names starting with the same letter, but a different letter than B to mix it up. Love reading about your family :)
Diane in IL

Susan John said...

Chelley you are loking amazing and hope everything is ok. I wish a same letter name will do better