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Ahhh  – I’ve neglected this so much!  With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I just couldn’t find the time to squeeze in a proper update.  My apologies – hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and a great start to your new year! 

Let’s get acquainted, shall we? 

Results from Heart Monitoring

Due to the holidays, I had to track down the results of all my heart monitoring and of course my PCP was out, so it was a little complicated.  But, in the end, all of my labs and the results of the holter monitor came back clear!  So, it appears my little ticker is just working extra hard with the increased blood volume with the pregnancy.  I was very relieved to hear the good news – one less thing to worry about!

Back Pain

Well, the Wrestlemania belt was returned about 4 days after wearing it and not noticing much of a difference.  I wish the solution was as simple as wearing some ridiculous belt but, alas, that is not the case for me.  The pain is complex as it’s my upper back due to the large boobs that have somehow grown even BIGGER and it’s my lower back / sciatic [pain because of the nice sized belly I’ve acquired.  I’ve found that if I sit all day with my feet up, it lessens the pain but that’s pretty unrealistic to do all the time.  If I don’t do this, I end up hobbling around by the end of the day.  It’s no fun and my biggest complaint so far.  I have an OB appointment in less than a week so I’m going to see what is the next solution after the belt failure.  For now, I’m just trying to muscle through it – but it’s tough…

Heartburn

Holy hell – it’s non-stop.  I sleep with a bottle of Tums beside the bed and there is a roll in my purse at all times.  Considering all my organs are squished up, it doesn’t surprise me but it’s KILLER.  It doesn’t help that all I crave is spicy food…

22 Week MFM Ultrasound

The fun stuff!!  I had my 22 week u/s with the MFM on 12/27 and everything looked amazing!!  As soon as the tech put the probe on my belly we saw a penis!  Again, my little boy clearly is not shy and is obviously a boy!  She then went and found Baby A and although stubborn as usual, she was not being coy and she is absolutely a she!  We saw the labia and no penis!  That was about all she cooperated with as we couldn’t get a good profile picture…we did get one of her cute little feet, though!  And when they did the internal u/s to check my cervix length, all you could see was her kicking down there – brat!  He was being good – we got a great profile picture and the tech turned on the 3D and we got to see him!!!  I’ll admit, it’s a bit creepy and awesome all at the same time!

Both babies measured great – he’s 1lb, 2oz and she’s 15.9oz, which puts them right about at the 50th percentile.  They had good fluid levels, solid heartbeats, and my bleed has officially absorbed!!  YAHOOOO!!!  I go back in 4 weeks and we’ll tour the maternity ward and NICU then.  I was so overwhelmed with joy that they looked so awesome!  My mom came with me to the u/s and she loved every minute of it – it truly is so special to see them.

I asked my MFM about travel and he said I am good to go through the end of January.  I’m unsure if I’ll go out to Chicago for work or not, but that to me showed that I’m in really good shape and the babies are looking really excellent.  I also asked him about not feeling a whole lot of movement and he was very candid in saying that it’s completely normal and that women feel it differently and at different times and it’s all relative to the baby’s size, position, etc…  I’ve been feeling it a little bit more often now, but it was good to hear as I thought I should be feeling it a lot more.  I go back to the MFM in 4 weeks.

And finally, I’ll end with some awesome pictures of the peanuts!

Baby A (Girl) Profile

Baby B (Boy) Profile

Baby B (Boy) 3D Precious Face!

His gorgeous button nose is just the cutest thing I’ve EVER seen!

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Well, it’s RLP!  She told me she wanted to have me come in for an exam quickly because of everything I’ve gone through, so that was nice.  She said there is a ligament that runs basically from your hip down into the lips of your vagina and that’s the one that is giving me the problem.  Apparently it can be even more strong when you’re pregnant with multiples (yay).  I told her I didn’t care so much about the pain, but wanted to be sure there wasn’t more going on that just that.  She did an exam and my cervix is still long and closed – I’m still spotting, but it’s brown so we’re both just hoping that stops soon.  She listened to both HBs and they were super strong and stable and we could hear them moving all around.  She said that these babies better be good when they come out because of all they’ve put me through so far – and I told the babies they better listen to the nice doctor!!! 

I told her I felt like a stranger in my own body – that no one tells you pregnancy is this bizarre.  I go again in about two weeks for my normal 16 week check and she told me to keep the appointment – there’s never enough monitoring!  Oh and I gained 3 lbs. since my last appointment – so I have a net gain of 1 lb.  I think my stomach has taken from the rest of my body, then, as there is no buttoning my clothes!!!

I’m also coming down with something – my throat is KILLING me and I’m hoping it’s not strep.  I know there are some meds that they deem “safe” for pregnancy, but I still get too nervous to take them.  I think I’ve taken 3 Tylenol in the last 15 weeks and I’m not even thrilled about that.  I do know throat lozenges are okay, so I’ll be running out to the store to get some after work. 

I’m also suffering from wicked heartburn, like the grab-your-chest-like-it’s-on-fire kind.  Again, all of this I’m fairly confident is some sort of karma payback for not having morning sickness or a ton of weight gain.  It shouldn’t surprise me that I get most of the stuff people don’t really talk about – that’s pretty much how I roll…

I did finally order some maternity jeans.  The Be Bands just aren’t cutting it anymore and they’re becoming more annoying than anything.  I’ll still use them for some stuff and will keep them for postpartum as needed, but I need a solid pair of jeans (or two) that are true maternity.  I splurged and paid a ridiculous amount *cougheightydollarscough* for a pair of GAP long and lean maternity jeans since a) that is my favorite GAP brand of jeans and b) they have lengths and my shrimpy ass needs things in petite.  I also bought a pair of Motherhood jeans that were on sale for $19.99 to see how those are.  In the end, if I hate either or both – they get returned and we go back to the drawing board.

Speaking of maternity jeans and clothes – can we discuss something for a second?  Why are there skinny maternity jeans?  Not skinny as in size, but skinny as in style?  I guess if you’re a size 00 before getting pregnant – maybe that’s okay but really, should pregnant chicks be rocking skinny maternity jeans?  Along this theme – why are there so many shirts with horizontal stripes?  Are we trying to really put the emphasis on the growing bellies?  I mean – my boobs were big to begin with, nevermind now, and they’ll look like torpedos if I stick a horizontal striped shirt on!  I just don’t get it – I found myself perusing the maternity sections of online retailers and shaking my head.  Maternity thong underwear – necessary?  I don’t know – maybe it’s because I’m not a rail to begin with (but I’m not obese, either – I’m average), but this just seems ridiculous.  I don’t feel sexy, nor do I give a shit about feeling sexy while I’m growing two little humans inside of me.  I don’t need thongs to wear with my skinny jeans and horizontal striped shirt – I need cute, flattering, and comfortable please.

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