You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. ~Kahlil Gibran

Monday, September 15, 2014

16 week appointment

I had another OB appointment today- yes! It has been a month already!  At 16w3d, the official weight gain is 1 pound, I am measuring 21 weeks pregnant per my fundal height, and I'm feeling great! Starting to feel the babies kicking stronger now, but not all that frequently. Baby A is a stinker for the doppler and a big wiggler! Baby B gives stronger kicks though. The OB says everything is going perfectly so far, and we are all (P and L included) hoping for an uneventful pregnancy.

The first picture is my normal belly picture, taken at 16 weeks exactly. The second is from a weekend beach vacation A and I took with some friends. The picture was taken without my knowledge at 16w2d.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

15 weeks

15 weeks now, and I can't decide if this pregnancy is moving slow or at a normal pace. It feels like it's dragging until I realize that 18 weeks is technically the halfway point for twins. I feel amazing, and am still at my pre pregnancy weight. I'm not sure what has caused this strange lack of weight gain, but I feel the babies wiggling throughout the day so I know they are happy and healthy in there! I am still comfortable in my regular clothes, but wore maternity pants to work today for the first time just because I can't resist a good excuse to get away with elastic waistband pants!
My lower abdomen below my belly button is very firm and just starting to stick out- finally!!!!

P and L will be in the US, and more importantly in Florida, at the end of the month for a full week. We have big plans for a beach weekend, a day at Disney, and most importantly... their anatomy scan! Hopefully these babies cooperate so their Daddies can find out if they're expecting boys, girls, or one of each!

Friday, August 15, 2014

12 weeks and first trimester screening

I am very happy to report that I am off all meds finally! The bloat from them melted away and I lost weight because of it. So the official gain is 0 pounds at 12 weeks. I'm pleasantly surprised!

We had the first trimester screening yesterday and got a good peek at the babies. Baby A is very calm and was happy lounging around and waving its hands in its face. Baby B on the other hand... What a wild child! Bouncing off the walls of my uterus, pressing against his/her placenta, and flailing like crazy. P and L had the best reaction to seeing them moving and how much they've developed! They are both measuring a few days ahead of schedule, and look perfect.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

10 weeks

The RE has been weaning me off meds for a little over a week now and I feel like a whole new woman! It's hard to know what is pregnancy symptoms and what is the medications. But feeling so great has led to irrational paranoia that my energy level is due to something happening to the babies. So I impulsively bought a used fetal Doppler from a local mom so I could hear their heartbeats at home. It took me a few minutes of searching and trying to hear past my louder and much slower heartbeat, but I finally found both little babies! The baby on my right side is a stinker! S/he kept moving as soon as I picked up a strong heartbeat.
The loud feedback that happens a few times in the video was from me moving the transducer across my belly to get more gel or try another spot.

twins heartbeats video

Two more months until the daddies are in the US, and get to be in person for an ultrasound instead of just seeing it via Skype! We are planning some quality time together and I am so excited!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Last appointment at the fertility clinic

At 8 1/2 weeks, I had my final appointment with the RE in Miami. P and L's babies got rave reviews for being so big and wiggly at such an early stage, and I got rave reviews for growing such perfect babies. We all couldn't be happier!

So now there is another two week break, then I have my first appointment with an OB. Before I know it, I will be in the thick of the best part of pregnancy, and P and L will be here for the anatomy scan and some quality time. I cannot wait!

Baby A:

Baby B:

Friday, July 18, 2014

8 weeks

I am very ready to put this first trimester behind me. Right now, it seems to be moving very slowly. Today P and L's babies are 8 weeks along!

And in case anyone was wondering, it is true that you show sooner withh each pregnancy. So in case anyone is wondering what a third pregnancy, second set of twins 8 week belly looks like...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

There is a first time for everything

This pregnancy has hit me like a ton of bricks all of a sudden. I wake up at night needing to pee, and I'm experiencing nausea for the first time ever during a pregnancy. I was hoping, at almost 8 weeks along, I was in the clear. It's an awful feeling that leaves me questioning whether actually throwing up would make me feel better, or if I should just keep trying to suppress it. I am constantly hungry, which seems to be a side effect of the nausea. When I eat I get full very quickly, then about 2 hours later I'm ravenous again. It's a viscous cycle from the moment I wake up until I fall asleep at night. I know it's a sign of healthy babies, so I'm taking it all in stride.

I can feel the top of my uterus above my pubic bone already! Between that and the bloating from the meds I already have a little belly. I think it's adorable, but 8 weeks seems a bit early! I've been wearing sun dresses and blousier tops to work in an attempt to camouflage it until it's only a baby belly.

Two more weeks until I can start weaning off the hormones. I cannot WAIT! I am still doing weekly blood tests to monitor my hormone levels, and will have to continue that for a couple weeks even after I am completely off the medications to make sure everything is fine. That seems a bit excessive, but this doctor has amazing statistics so I guess this is his proven method.