Happy December, Everyone! At 29 weeks pregnant with the twinbies, I'm getting ready to complete my last week in the 20s. That means we have 9 weeks to go (at most!). Eeeep!
The belly is getting out of control! It is definitely large and in charge. Brenson said to me yesterday before church, "It (my belly) is getting big and big and big!" Ha!
I gained one pound this week, for a total of 19 pounds gained so far. While I certainly enjoyed eating yummy food at Thanksgiving, I truly did not eat much as I just couldn't. I think during our actual Thanksgiving meal, I ate maybe two bites of each dish and was still stuffed!
We had an appointment with Dr. N this past Tuesday. My appointments have been on Thursdays this pregnancy, but they had to reschedule me for the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I was 28 weeks and 1 day along at the appointment. I invited my sister to join me for an appointment earlier this month, but she ended up being sick. Then, my next appointment got rescheduled, but it did work out that she was able to come along for this one. However, because it was the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, her daughter was out of school, so she joined us too!
My appointment was at 2:30 in the afternoon, which is a terrible time as far as I'm concerned. I like morning appointments! Plus, it was right during the kids' naptime. Anyway, so my sister and her daughter (who is 5 years old) got to my house at about 1:00pm, and we all rode together in our new minivan to the appointment. We are definitely enjoying having people ride with us while we still can (because once the babies get here, there won't be room for anyone else to ride with us). On the way into town, I drank my glucose drink for my gestational diabetes test, then we stopped by my friend Kendall's house to pick up a few baby things they are loaning us. From Kendall's house, we headed to Dr. N's, but on the way there, Brenson announced that he has to potty. I pull off at a gas station and quickly take him. This was just the beginning of what ended up being a FIASCO of an appointment!
After getting checked in and called back fairly quickly for my appointment, I get weighed and get my blood pressure taken (it was 120 over 80). Then, I have to give a urine sample. Poor Chloe Jo was experiencing some anxiety about being at the doctor's office and in the room, so Lisa was trying to comfort her by preparing her for what was going to take place. While waiting for Dr. N, Brenson announces that he has to potty again! I take him to the bathroom - and realize it's not going to be a quick trip - so I leave him in there for just a minute to go get Lisa to stay with him. Of course, he starts bawling because I left him in there alone. Lisa doesn't know where the bathroom is, so I quickly walk her to it, calm Brenson down, and rush back to the room. As I'm walking back into the room, a nurse stops me and says, "Your girls are so funny. One of them came to the door and said, 'Uh-oh . . . we're in here all alone with no one to watch us!' so I told her that they'd better be good!" The nurses thought it was so funny, but I was a bit embarrassed! Of course, I have NO doubt that it was Brianna who did that!
A minute or so after I get back to the room, Dr. N walked in. I was happy to see him so quickly, but my sister wasn't back with Bren yet. He said, "What's up, Nellie!?!" so I told him that my sister was there to see the babies, but that she was in the bathroom with my son who chose a very inconvenient time to have to poop, ha! He looked at me, said no problem, and left! I hated to send him away (because truly who knows how long it would take him to come back!), but I didn't want Lisa to miss the ultrasound either. She returned with Bren just a few minutes later, then a nurse came and got me to have my blood drawn for the glucose test. When I finally returned (again!), Dr. N came in just a few minutes later.
He turned off the light and began the ultrasound. We were happy to see that my pelvis is still empty, but surprised to find that Baby A has flipped! Baby A has always been head-down, and is now head up. Baby B is still head down. Just a few minutes into the ultrasound, I started to feel very nauseous. I made the mistake of saying, "I feel like I could throw up." Dr. N flipped the lights on in a hurry and kind of got a little freaked out. However, I just rolled to my side a bit and felt better instantly. He played both heartbeats for the kids, and of course Bren and Chloe Jo didn't like them (too loud). We were also able to see a really good face shot of Baby B, although he didn't save any photos for us this time. Both babies are looking good and healthy, and my body seems to be holding up well for now. We were thrilled with this news!
It was a fairly short ultrasound, but I was glad my sister and Chloe Jo were able to be there for it. As soon as Dr. N left, his nurse came in to give me a Rhogam shot (since I'm a negative blood type). She said, "Do you mind if everyone stays?" to which I replied, "No, they're fine." Well, as soon as Chloe Jo saw the needle, she took off into the hallway! So, Lisa and both of my kids followed. My kids see me get my daily blood thinning injection often, so I know it wouldn't have bothered them, but I was glad they left after everything was said and done. The Rhogam shot is given in the bottom, and it HURT! I actually yelped out loud a bit! When I walked out of the room, the kiddos were all contentedly eating suckers and ready to go. After all that, I was too!!!
We made a stop for a snack and then at a fabric store for Lisa before heading back home. Almost as soon as I got home, I had to turn around and go to the chiropractor for an adjustment. By the time I got home from that, I was EXHAUSTED! It was a big day!
Chris had taken the next day off work (Wednesday) so we could head to my parents' house for Thanksgiving. So, I took a shower, a couple tylenol PMs, and went to bed at about 8:30 that night. I slept all the way until 8:00 the next morning! It felt so good to get good rest, and I certainly needed it since we were going out of town for the holiday. I'll do a full post on our Thanksgiving in a few days.
I did find out earlier today that I passed my one hour glucose test! Yay! Dr. N had told me to expect to fail as most of his twin patients do, so I was thrilled to pass. However, my blood work did show that I'm a bit anemic, so I'm now taking a twice daily iron supplement. That's okay, though, it's an easy fix, and I was so happy to have passed the glucose test that I didn't even care!
This pregnancy is certainly getting more difficult with each passing week, but we are thankful to be hanging in there! We are praying for big, healthy babies, and being uncomfortable is just part of the deal. I'm still working hard to drink tons of water and get lots of protein in my diet. I'm not experiencing any swelling in my hands or feet yet, and I had several nights of good sleep this past week. All good things!!! We were also excited to share our name choices with several close family members this past week. It's getting more and more real around here :-).