Tuesday, December 14, 2010

17 weeks - Woot, woot!

How far along? 17 weeks. One more week and I'm on the downhill slide

Weight gain/loss: According to the scale at Dr. H's office, I've gained a total of 6 pounds.  I'll take it!  Even though it's only 6 pounds, I can see the changes in my body.  Mr. MBC has started referring to me as "Belly". 

Maternity clothes? I've started wearing some maternity tops in the last week.  Still none that tie in the back.  I have a pair of cords from Kohl's that I love.  They are soft and warm and just the right length. 

Stretch marks? Still none other than the one on the belly.  I've started using body butter 2 times a day to make sure my skin stays hydrated.  I guess only time will tell.

Sleep? Much better now the the never-ending crud is getting better.  I can lie down and not feel as if I'm choking and suffocating. 

Best moment since last update? Hearing the heartbeats at my appointment last week.  Even though they sound the same every time, it's so reassuring to know that they are pumping right away.  There's still quite a difference in Baby A and Baby B in terms of heart rates.  Mr. MBC is convinced that there is one of each in there.

Food cravings: Still loving my chicken biscuit or chicken minis from CFA.  Cannot get enough!  I've realized that the reason I like them so much is because they do not have eggs on them.  I went through Hardie's one morning last week to "mix things up", and the smell of the egg on my biscuit was overwhelming.

Genders: 9 days until we find out for sure!!!  Mr. MBC and I are both very excited about our anatomy scan on Dec 23rd.  I'm so glad the timing worked out so we can surprise our families at Christmas.

Belly button in or out? In.  Not much change really

Movement? No :(  I thought I was on to something last week, but since then NOTHING!  I know it's still early, but you'd think with 2 in there you'd feel movement sooner.

What I miss? This time of year - wine!  With all the upcoming Christmas parties and family gatherings, a glass of wine would be quite nice.  Mr. MBC and I went to dinner the other night and I had a steak.  I knew that it would be so much better if I had a glass of red wine with my meal. 

I know some people say a glass every now and then is not a big deal in preganancy.  But, it took so long to get here I'm not taking any chances.

What I'm looking forward to:Anatomy Scan on December 23rd.  Can't wait!

Milestones: I *think* I may be getting to the enjoyable stage of preganancy.  I'd be lying if I said I've loved every moment of preganancy.  But in the past couple of days, I've felt much better and had more energy.  Maybe it's just the holiday seaon?  Who knows, but I'm glad to be feeling like myself again.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Update from 16 week OB Appt....

Hi lovelies!  The world must be coming to an end because this is my 2nd post this week. 

I had my 16 week OB appointment yesterday.  Nothing too exciting - PIAC, finger prick, weigh and then see the doctor.  I met a new nurse yesterday and I swear she was more excited than me about twins.  She just kept on and on.  Then my regular nurse took my vitals.  My blood pressure was a little elevated, but she thought it was because I'm still battling the crud.

I actually saw my OB yesterday, Dr. H.  He came in and found the heartbeats very quickly.  It was the first time he's actually heard them since I saw Dr. L the last time I went in.  He asked the routine how ya feeling? still dealing with morning sickness? blah, blah, blah questions.  But then he asked the best question of the day - looking at Mr. MBC and I he said "Are we ready to find out what we have in there?"  Immediately we both said "YES!".  So, we scheduled our anatomy scan for two weeks from yesterday, Christmas Eve Eve.  I'm so excited because we will be able to surprise our families at Christmas.  My parents and Mr. MBC's mom knew about our trouble TTC, so the excitement was there when we announced our BFP, but it wasn't completely unexpected.  Know what I mean?

After that excitement, Dr. H mentioned my cough and stuffiness.  He gave me a prescription for an antibiotic to help me kick it for good.  Then he asked if I've had questions.  I think he knew the answer before he asked :)  Anyway, I asked him about some tightening and pressure I've been feeling in my lower abdomen - especially when my bladder is full.  Dr. H confirm what Dr. Google had told me earlier in the week - Braxton Hicks.  He said they are completely normal and to be expected in a twin mother much earlier than a singleton pregnancy. 

All and all a good appointment.....then all hell broke loose :(  I got to work and my students were testing all day.  Around 10:30 I started feeling really nauseated.  I took a Zo.fran, but I was sure that it wasn't morning sickness.  Not much later I had to bolt from my classroom and dash to the restroom.  I barely made it; didn't even get to lock the door.  To me, vomitting is the worst kind of sick.  This continued on and off for about 2 hours.  Normally I would have been able to leave as soon as I had my classes covered.  However because I had been to see Dr. H earlier in the day, Mr. MBC dropped me off at work.  His office is about an hour from my school...longest.hour.ever!!!!  While waiting on Mr. MBC, I went to the nurse's office and laid down on the cot.  She told me there was a stomach virus going around and it sounded like I had it.  Fan-freaking-tastic! 

Luckily, I had some Phenergr.en at home.  I took a pill as soon as I got home and slept for about 4 hours, got up and ate a little, and then went back to bed.  I didn't vomit at all after taking the Phenerg.ren but I'm still having some stomach cramps and issues with the other end :( 

So, for the record....fighting the crud for weeks + stomach virus + pregnancy = worst possible day.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Truckin' Right Along

How far along? 16 weeks.  According to Dr. H, he wants me to make it to 36 weeks, so I'm almost half-baked :)

Weight gain/loss: Remember my 1st trimester worry about not gaining?  Well, it was all in vain.  I haven't stepped on the scale in about a week, but I was up about 4 pounds after Thanksgiving.  I'm blaming all the holiday food and desserts.

Maternity clothes? Still just maternity pants.  I have a few baby-doll type sweaters that are maternity, but not that many.  It's not that I'm not looking for maternity shirts (my belly is definitely growing), it's just that I have a hard time accepting that my only options are shirts with an empire waist and a tie in the back.  Can't maternity clothes be fashionable??  I realize that there are stores like A Pea in the Pod, but I don't spend that much on my clothes normally, so I will not spend that much on maternity clothes.

Stretch marks? I've decided it's not going to be pretty.  I have one new stretch mark on my stomach.  The crazy thing is that it's on my lower belly - not even the part that is expanding!!?  My mom, my aunts, my cousins - they've all had LOTS of stretch marks from pregnancy.  I know that a lot of it is genetic, so I'm going to take it with a gain of salt.  (Remind me of this in a few months....say March?)

Sleep? Okay - I'm still waking up at least once per night to go to the bathroom.  And of course, my dog wants to go out then as well.  So I put him out, get blasted by freezing air, go to the bathroom, beg the dog to come in and get more freezing air. 

I've starting sleeping with a body pillow rather than my Bopp.y sleep pillow.  I don't feel like the Bopp.y gives me enough support.  The regular body pillow is working much better.

Best moment since last update? My friend, K, did an in-home ultrasound a couple of weeks ago.  She works in a cardiologist's office, but had to do a rotation in an OB's office before graduating.  Mr. MBC and I got to see both babies.  Baby A is very active.  I think s/he had the hiccups during the u/s.  At one point, s/he was sucking his/her thumb.  Baby B on the other hand likes his/her sleep.  K had to mash and poke my belly to get Baby B to wake up and play.  Based on what she saw, K predicted a boy and a girl.  Can't wait to find out!!

Another great moment was feeling confident enough in my pregnancy to go public on Face.book.  Mr. MBC and I posted on Thanksgiving.  The responses from our friends and family was overwhelming.

Food cravings: Chik Fil A....I have it for breakfast about 3 days a week.  Someone joked the other day that CFA should be the official sponsor of my pregnancy!

Genders: Still unknown, but a boy and girl were predicted in my bootleg u/s at 13.5 weeks.  I should have my anatomy scan in a few weeks, so we'll know for sure :)

Belly button in or out? Still in. Actually, the entire area of my belly is in around my belly button.  I have a distinct bump, but it's sunken in at the belly button.  Weird!

Movement? Not sure...I think I've felt a few flutters.  Can't wait until there's a definite party going on in there.  Again, remind me of this in March :)

What I miss? My slim face.  I feel like my face is much fuller.  I think some of it is from the weight gain from all the meds I took to get here.  But I've started noticing that my face is much fuller in the cheeks.  It's like my cheek bones have gone into a state of hibernation.

What I'm looking forward to: I have a regular OB appt this week.  We'll get to hear the heartbeats again.  Also, we'll schedule the anatomy scan; hopefully for the week before Christmas.  And, we're going to purchase our 4-D ultrasound this week. 

Milestones: No more vaggi tabs :)  Also, my OB told me to incorporate one caffinated drink into my diet each day.  Around week 13-14, I had some serious migraines.  So bad that my OB sent me to the ER, but that's a story for another day.  Anyway, my OB understood why I was avoiding caffeine, but since I was out of the 1st trimester drinking one soda a day should help with my headaches.  Can I tell you how much I'm loving a cold Coke in the morning???