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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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LOTS of stuf happening this week!  19 weeks is the official halfway point to full-term twin gestation.  Yes folks, we’ve officially made it halfway!  For that, I think I deserve a medal – but I’ll wait for the true gift that comes at the finish line.  Here are some things that have occurred during this 19th week –

Registering

Okay, so registering should be fun and exciting right?  Not so much.  You see, I’m pretty freakin’ good at registering for wine glasses (and knowing just what to do with them) and home decor but registering for baby stuff was WAY beyond me.  Me and the husband ventured out this past weekend and went to three stores.  The first was Buy Buy Baby since they had the bedding that I wanted – except they didn’t.  It was one they didn’t carry on hand but have it on the website only.  Wonderful.  But we poked around and then headed out to the Baby Furniture Warehouse to look for another crib (World’s Greatest Cousin is giving me her crib so we only need to buy one!) since the All Knowing Julie got hers there and they are really nice.  This place kind of skeeved me and the husband out a bit – and everything was seriously between $800-1,000 a piece.  All Knowing Julie got a hell of a deal for hers – and we couldn’t find that…nevermind in the color wood we wanted.  So we left there rather quickly and headed to the baby shit mecca, also known as Babies R Us.  It was at that moment that I wanted to turn right around and walk out and forget this ever happened.  I’ve never been so overwhelmed in my life…well, until I got the book they give you to “help” you with your registry.  We essentially spent 2 hours walking around the store CLUELESS as to what we were doing.  I had some good tips from the All Knowing Julie – but finding a sales associate who could give us more information or help us was like pulling teeth from an alligator.  Here are two things that could have helped this experience:  1 – have people on hand (or as Julie suggested – hire moms to help) to provide guidance and literally walk around with you and 2 – offer snacks.  We were there for so long and I was getting so run down and cranky a.k.a. I needed something to eat – they should give us preggos some trail mix or something while we’re there!  Anyway, we headed home where I proceeded to spend – no joke – 6 more hours over the course of that night and the next day tweaking the registry to a point where I think we’re finally there.  Holy crap.  It was one of the few times during this pregnancy that I really wished I could have had a nice stiff drink…speaking of stiff drinks…

I turned 31 on Monday!

This was an interesting birthday – it was one of the few times that I wasn’t waking up in a warm, tropical location on my birthday and I didn’t have the option to enjoy a nice, fruity umbrella drink at lunch, dinner, and in between.  I must admit – I’m spoiled.  In the 8 birthdays I’ve spent with my husband, I’ve been away for more than half of them.  Disney, Naples FL, Key West FL (x2), and St. Croix…  So, waking up fighting for space between my husband and two dachshunds in my bed was quite the wake-up call.  And then…AND THEN I had to work!  Gross – working on your birthday is ZERO fun…I can promise that.  But, I did get some wonderful presents and had a very nice evening with the hubby at one of our favorite restaurants, Solstice.  And, although it was the first birthday in well over 10 years (sorry, Mom…underage drinking admission!) that I didn’t have an adult beverage – I can truly say it was worth it and WILL be worth it in a few months.  I did, however, explain to the husband that he best be working on next year’s birthday travel plans – including a place for the peanuts to stay for a few days.  I mean, it’s only fair right?  Speaking of babies…

I felt Baby Boy move! 

It was seriously the COOLEST experience ever!  Last night while eating some buffalo chicken macaroni and cheese, I felt this rolling sensation in my lower right side and I just KNEW it was Baby Boy doing some flips!  It seriously felt like something rolling around in there – I got this huge smile on my face and proceeded to exclaim “OMG OMG OMG” to Chris and I finally got the words out that I had felt him move and he immediately put his hand there.  I felt so bad telling him it will probably be a while until he can feel it from the outside, but it was the best thing I’ve ever felt!  I am hoping I’ll start to feel movement more often as it was just amazing – and everyone says that is one of the best parts about being pregnant.  Remind me of this when they’re kicking me in the ribs and bladder, mmmkay?

Other than that, we’ve been preparing the house for our additions.  Chris has been working like crazy cleaning out the basement (it’s amazing how much STUFF two people acquire over the course of living in one place for 7 years!) and cleaning out some closets.  I cleaned out our bedroom closet so he can eventually “move in” since his clothes are in the upstairs guest bedroom which will be the nursery.  It was kind of funny piling all my winter pre-pregnancy-sorry-you-can’t-wear-these-nice-things-this-year clothes up and looking in a barren closet at just the few things I *can* wear this year.  But, I do have to admit, pregnancy leggings are pretty much the best things ever.  I’m going to order me a few more pairs of those!  And – the kicker?  The husband thinks they’re “sexy”.  Oh yes – I’ve worn them twice with tunics and he told me both times how “sexy” I looked.  Who would have thought? 

20 week OB appointment on Monday – let’s hope everything still looks and sounds hunky dory!

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