Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Lab work results

So the doctor called yesterday and apparently the 1 hour blood glucose was 2 points too high and they want me to do the 3 hour one.  I am supposed to get an order for it when I go to the office on Friday but I am going to try to get out of it because they called me back to do the blood draw after only 50 minutes not the full hour, so I shall let the doc know and MAYBE they will not make me do the long one.  She also said that my iron was low and has put me on an iron supplement.  I had been worried about getting adequate levels of protein and have been making sure to eat peanut butter and the protein drinks to help supplement my diet but it had not  occurred to me about my iron so I will be picking that up in the next day or so.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Swimming is great

So went swimming Saturday and now you are going to be hard pressed to keep me out of the pool this summer.  It was wonderful having all the weight just magically not be there on my back, it was strange at first because the belly actually floats up some in the water so its harder than it usually is.  When I first got in the change in temperature got the babies really active but the soon settled down and it brought on some Braxton Hicks but they subsided as well.  Getting out is hard though because having no weight for so long makes the weight being suddenly back a little jarring.  But lying on my half submerged float in a semi-reclined position makes for a very happy Tiffany!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Another restless night

So I guess I can say goodbye to ever sleeping again.  At this point I am speculating I will sleep better once the twins are actually here!  I tried the bed and the couch but ended up back in the bed in the end and was practically asleep on my feet except for the discomfort in my hips and the restless legs and arms.  My head kept drooping but the jerks from my RLS kept jolting me back into consciousness anytime I would get close to nodding off.  Luckily sometime after 3 pure exhaustion won out.  Steve was sweet enough to let me sleep this morning and took the dogs out for me (usually I walk down with him when he leaves and I walk them after he takes them down the stairs for me)  I'm still going to have to nap today though, I already feel the headache coming on from lack of good sleep.  Maybe tonight will be better.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bouncing Belly!!!!!

So Adaleigh just gave me some pretty hard and hefty kicks and actually made stuff that was sitting on my stomach bounce!  I wish Steve would have been here!

Monday, May 21, 2012

On a happier note

So I figured that if I had one post of nothing but complaining I needed to have one that was more cheerful.

Steve was able to feel Adaleigh kick for the first time yesterday!  They were both pretty active this weekend and I was sitting in the rocking chair and she had been kicking (hard enough that I noticed the jolt it gave my stomach out of the corner of my eye) so I called Steve over and he was able to just faintly feel one of her kicks.  I swear I think she stops whenever he touches my belly though cause every time she would start I would call him over and she would have been kicking a lot and no sooner that he touches me she would settle down.  I think it may be a little while before he will be able to feel Brac though because of the area he is in has more fat and skin in between him and the outside while the area Adaleigh is in is thinner.  I can actually see my stomach change in shape when she turns or rolls but can only feel it when he does.

Hard hitting

3rd trimester is really hitting me hard.  I am getting maybe 5 hours of sleep or less on any given night.  Luckily I am able to nap during the day but for some reason my body only is willing to take these naps about half the time even though I feel like I need them everyday.  By the time the evening rolls around my body is just flat out hurting and it makes sleeping difficult and by the time I get myself comfortable enough to sleep (which usually takes 1-2 hours alone) my restless legs kick in.  Most nights its paired with the discomfort of hip dsyplasia which has been made worse by pregnancy (apparently hormones are produced to make the ligaments loose to prepare the body for birth but for some people like me who have problems with hip dyplasia already it just makes for more discomfort)  All of this is almost always accompanied by acid reflux and normal pregnancy aches and pains which is why I am getting no sleep.

Monday, May 14, 2012

My super awesome baby shower!

So I am finally going to write a bit about my awesome baby shower!  I have to say it was truly wonderful and thank you to all of the ladies and gents who came together to throw such a great party for me, Steve and the babies.  The weather was perfect as was the food and company.  And in true southern fashion there were even guns and snake shooting ^_^  On two separate occasions during the shower we had water moccasins attempt to come toward the bank so Rick and Joey had to shoot them.

It was so great to see everyone and I got to see Brad and Cindy's new baby, Merit, who was only 5 days old and Jamie and Andrew's baby, Alyssa, who was 2 months old.  The drive to Alabama just about did me in but it was worth it to be home and getting to see all the people I love.  It hardly feels like it was just 2 weeks ago that we were having the shower but time flies.  I got all kinds of wonderful gifts, including a double stroller, cribs, changing table/dresser, swing, bouncy chairs, diapers, and tons of clothes!  I have already been putting the gift cards and money to good use getting the babies' room decorated too.

Some interesting tidbits

So I have started experiencing hip dsyplasia, which I have always had but pregnancy has made worse, that is now resulting in some sleepless nights.  Apparently the hormones that are being produced help loosen the ligaments to make birthing easier but in my case since I have hip dsyplasia already it has made for achy joints and soreness.  I usually only have trouble with my hips a handful of times out of the year so them being bad enough to keep me from sleep is something new for me.  Sigh hopefully that will get better.

I did run into some interesting facts today though.  My babies will most likely have hair!  Apparently 82% of women who have moderate to severe heartburn will have babies born with hair because the hormones responsible for triggering heartburn also trigger fetal hair growth!  During pregnancy the average uterus expands up to 500 times its normal size!  Makes me wonder how much more for twins.  22% of twins are left handed while non twins come in at only 10%.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sonogram yesterday

So yesterday was our scheduled anatomy scan sonogram where they take tons of measurements of the babies to make sure they are developing correctly.  This was a LONG appointment and I was on the table for an hour and a half, which really hurt my back but it was so worth it.  Brasker took up the first full hour because he would  not be still so it made the tech's job a lot harder.  Adaleigh was less wiggly so all of her measurement scans flew by until they need to measure the spine, since she doesnt move around as much they could only get partial spine scans so they want us to go back later to try again for her.  The big surprise for us was they did the 4-D sonogram scan!  Brasker's turned out wonderful and you can see his features very clearly, he has my mouth and Steve's nose.  I think he is going to look a lot like Steve.  Unfortunately they could never get Adaleigh's to show up as clearly as his.  The tech was very confused at first and because the regular scan was getting great profiles and it seemed like the 4-D should have been very clear but she soon realized that the sac membrane was right against her face so this made all the features a little muddled.  Also the reason the the membrane was right against her face is because Brasker's butt is laying across her forehead.  See picture below.
That is Adaleigh's head and Brasker's butt!  So you can see how that would affect the scan.  Hopefully he will have shifted by our next appointment.  Unfortunately they didnt give us very many pictures, just this one and the 4-D ones but they are sending us a disc because this was a VERY in depth appointment and a total of 176 images were taken of the twins so when that gets here I will share some more.


Monday, May 7, 2012

been a while

I know its been a while since my last post and I have to say I have been a little lazy.  I had my doctor's appointment last week but there wasnt any real changes.  I have been having really bad problems with constipation but there is not much that can be done so oh well.  I will continue on my regimen of lots of fruits and veggies and change over from my plum juice to the much dreaded prune :(  IBS and pregnancy just do not go together!  Tonight we have our first meeting with the multiples group and tomorrow we have a sonogram scheduled so I should have some stuff to blog about over the next few days.  We bought our cribs this weekend and got them all put together and next weekend Steve said we can go and pick up the dresser/changing table.  Its going to be tight in there but I think it will work.  I will start trying to post pics after we get the dresser and I can start putting things away and organizing.  Right now everything is just piled into the cribs.  I think we have hit another growth spurt because I have started having the  sharp knife-like stabbing of round ligament pain again.  Going down the stairs hurts really bad as does getting off the sofa, rolling over and getting into the car.  I have been trying to take it easy and doing more yoga to help ease the pain but it only helps for the immediate moment it seems.

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