September 7, 2012

35 Weeks Pregnancy Update

How far along are you? 
35 Weeks Pregnant with the twins
I am thrilled that they are such fighters and continue to cook in my tummy. Although I am anxious to not be pregnant anymore, I know that every week they are in my belly, the healthier they will be.

Total weight gain? 
I gained 1.5 pounds this week.
I am up 10 pounds since pre-pregnancy.

Baby Information?
Hudson is weighing 4.8 pounds.
Harper is weighing 5.6 pounds. 
(Size of two honeydews)

Hudson is in the 10th percentile and Harper is in the 35th percentile.
Hudson's head is still quite a bit bigger than the rest of his body and there continues to be evidence of asymmetric growth for him. The Dr. told us that it is pretty interesting and cool that the body knows to give the nutrients and growth to the brain first.  That is why is head grows bigger than the belly and legs.

Any doctor news?
Hudson dropped in his percentile again.  He is now in the 10% and Harper is in the 35th %. If/when Hudson dips below the 10th, they will need to schedule a c-section right away. My Dr. was okay with scheduling the c-section for next week, but she needed to get the A-Ok from the babies' Dr.  She thinks we have seen enough data that he continues to dip. But the other Dr. was really pleased with how well my pregnancy has gone and wants to see just how far we can go. Oh joy.  (It's funny because my Dr. is clearly all about making me happy as her patient, but the babies' Dr. is more concerned with them and could care less about my comfort.) So... he wants to see me next week for my dopplers and fluids test and then hopes to see me in another week for another growth check. After that check (assuming that Hudson dips) he will feel comfortable having my c-section.

Anyway. So I'm supposed to continue bed rest and take it easy this weekend since my Dr. is not on call.  But after that- it is what it is.  When she did my check-up today, I was still dilated the same amount and my cervix was really high up.  But it was almost completely thinned out.  She is convinced my water will break before I make it to the next growth check. We'll see. I keep thinking- watch- I will be that rare case of twins who actually makes it to 38/39 weeks. The Dr. keeps telling me what a great pregnancy this has been and how I am one of her best multiples (great blood pressure, no swelling, no excessive weight gain, no diabetes, healthy babies). Oh yes. And was I sure I didn't want to do this again? Hell to the no. While she is in there she is also tying my tubes. 3 babies is my limit.

Best moment ?
I've had a lot of fun chatting via text and Facebook with one of my oldest friends Jaime. (We were best friends our whole childhoods.)  She is pregnant with twins and we have been sharing info, tips, and complaints often. She is hilarious and I seriously laugh so hard talking to her.  I'm so excited that we are going through this together.  Her twins are due in December.

I just stole this picture from her Facebook.
Hope she doesn't care!! :)
Isn't she adorable?

Worst moment ?
I'm feeling large and in charge. It is so hard to get comfortable, no matter where I may be. As I sit here typing this, I feel like Hudson is going to break my ribs. Phew.  Oh yes. And my nipples have begun cracking. Awesome.  Getting ready for the pains of nursing.... didn't have to bust out the lanolin gel this early with Reagan! Oh well.

I am still feeling them move quite a bit. I hope to capture a video this weekend because it really is amazing to see my stomach move in such bizarre ways. I can literally see a head pop out on one side and a foot on the other. As painful as most of the movements have become, I am going to miss never feeling this again!

Maternity Clothes?
Same as before- when I am heading out I wear maternity clothes. Yet, when I'm around the house I wear work-out-ish clothes but mainly a sports bra and shorts. Side note - tonight I was lounging in my sports bra and shorts and Reagan yelled out "I see Mamma's boobies- put a shirt on." Geesh. I guess I won't be doing this anymore! 

Stretch Marks?
Yes. Still the same one.

1 boy- Hudson Brooks and 1 girl- Harper Grace

My sleep routine has become so crazy. I will lie awake reading or watching tv until 2 in the morning. My mind races at night and I can not relax. Since I don't sleep well at night, I have been sleeping in late. It's really a bad cycle! 

Food cravings or aversions?
Hmm... I'm craving it all lately. It's a good thing I literally am too tired/sore to move or I would be as fat as a house! Gosh- what I wouldn't give for a cheesecake right now. And fresh baked cookies. And a blizzard. See?

What I miss?
Being comfortable and a really good night's sleep.

What I'm looking forward to?
I'm looking forward to meeting my little ones! I am thrilled that I have made it this far, but I am definitely ready for them to be out of my belly and into my arms.

Here is my to-do list most recently updated!
* I think I have given up on the freezer meals. I'm really quite spoiled and Nick cooks dinner for us every night anyway.  So I'm not sure there is even a point to make the freezer meals. I will ask him. But pretty sure he won't care! So other than that the to-do list is done! 
Whoop Whoop! 

Paint the nursery
*Hang the chair rail 
*Buy a bookshelf and set up
* Order / set up the 2nd crib
Order the nursery bedding/decor
*Figure out the car situation/ buy a mini-van?
*Pull out Reagan's baby boy clothes for Hudson/wash
*Borrow Charlotte's baby girl clothes for Harper/wash
*Figure out what other clothes are still needed
*Organize baby closet and dresser
*Read the stack of Twin books on my nightstand
*Borrow twin books from my Mothers of Multiples group and read up
*Finish registering
*Find Reagan's bottles and see what else is needed
*Make baby shower guest list
*Finish and turn in short term disability paperwork
* Clean the house
*Pack my hospital bag
*Make Reagan his big brother bag for when it's baby time
*Make a nursing box full of special activities for Reagan
*Do the first couple of pages in the babies books
*Organize pantry and make room for baby bottles and such
*Start making freezer meals for when the babies arrive
*Pack the babies' hospital bag


Sippy Cups and Pearls said...

look at you and how organized you are with that list! love it. and you are sooo adorable pregnant!

Mrs. Easton said...

Looking great! How is it possible to only gain 10 lb ? That's amazing! Hope you get relief soon and the babes are healthy :)

ashleigh said...

looking beautiful

Amber said...

I can't believe you have only gained 10 lbs!! You are all belly! I think you should try to make those babies come out!! J/K...kinda...I know how miserable the end is. Enjoy resting and staying up late!! Sleep in and rest! I am so excited!!!

Vtiepelman said...

Love you and so proud of you!!!!!! Mom

Matt and Meg said...

You look awesome but I am sure you are anxious to see them and not feel so uncomfortable any more! Praying for an easy and healthy delivery for you and the little babes! =)

Carrie Ogulnick said...

You look great! Can't wait to hear of their arrival :)

Amy said...

Mandy, you are looking awesome! Hope you are having a relaxing weekend with your boys! :)

agalandherdog said...

Way to go on your to-do list! You look awesome!

Jamie said...

You and your friend both look so great!

Jaime Keel said...

THRILLED you are trucking along at 35 weeks. I hope we make it that far too!! You inspire me. Thanks for the sweet words sister-- I feel so lucky to have you to be a backbone for me when I'm pulling my hair out with my two little chubs...[insert sarcasm -- good thing being a
Mom is SO fun and perfect 24/7 otherwise we'd be screwed]
10lbs...I gained that breathing air in the first 12weeks, ENVIOUS!!! I swear I must be growing two Christmas hams. Love ya! Jaime

KRISTIN said...

You look amazing girl! I don't know how your teeny lil frame can hold up those two babies! So exciting that you've made it 35 weeks! I've just started my fun with nipple cracking...sure is special! :)

I cannot wait to see the twins!!!

the Momma Bird said...

umm you look AMAZING!!!!!!! it's so nice to see another momma that's the exact same time frame as me with twins :) you completely understand the pain & agony that i'm going through. i've been having to forgo my afternoon nap if i want to sleep at night - 630am comes far too quickly with two toddlers wanting me up :) Can't wait to "see" the little ones!!