Sorry for the belated posting of this entry. We had a busy, but fun-filled weekend, and we pushed taking photos and posting the blog to the back burner.
Written Friday, March 22, 2013
How Big are the Babies?
My sources say the babies are as big as turnips or onions this week, measuring about 5 inches and weighing about 5 ounces. It’s really hard to believe they are that big!
How I’m Changing
No major physical changes this week, except a growing awareness of my growing belly. I notice it most when I lean against the bathroom sink or carry the laundry basket; I notice it, too, when I sit down, of course, but not nearly as much as in the other instances.
Still no baby movement. I’m really getting anxious to feel something.
How I’m Feeling/What I’m Thinking*
I’m generally feeling pretty good, physically, save for some severe tailbone/lower back pain a couple days, some annoying headaches/neck aches a couple days and some trouble getting comfortable sleep.
I’m feeling pretty decent, mentally and emotionally, too, but it was a rough week.
We got the results of our quad screen the other day – negative for Down syndrome and neural tube defects and inconclusive for trisomy 18. We totally understand that the test is not the best, especially in the case of a twin pregnancy, but we are pretty relieved.
I had a long, busy work week (two weeks, actually) that sapped a lot of my time and energy. I actually found myself stressed out and a little irritated talking and hearing about baby stuff and pregnancy this past week, because I was so focused on getting through the work week(s). I feel really bad saying that, as I know carrying these babies is an honor and a privilege. But I also don’t feel that bad, because I believe incubating two tiny humans is not my sole purpose; I am a wife and journalist, too, and those jobs deserve my time and attention.
I don’t say any of that to hurt anyone’s feelings or to belittle their excitement or curiosity. What it boils down to is that we are just trying to get through each day, one at a time. We’ve got a lot of balls in the air.
I just want to remain calm, happy and healthy in the face of all these changes. And I know Christopher wants that for himself, too. We have 5 months left of life as a couple, life without children, life as we know it, and we deserve to enjoy it without too much added stress.
Weight gained (to date): 6-7 lbs.
Workouts: Four – vacuuming and mopping; 2.4-mile treadmill run/walk; 30 min. total-body elliptical workout + strength training; vacuuming and 50 min. prenatal pilates.
Late nights worked: Two.
Food aversions: None.
Food cravings: White cheddar shells and cheese. Grilled hot dogs. Hard apple cider.
Baby items purchased: None.
Maternity items purchased: Two. Neither is truly maternity, though. I got a dress and skirt on clearance that will give me a couple more options for work this spring…if it ever gets warm.
Next prenatal appointment: Monday, April 8, 19 1/2 weeks.
*I’m eliminating the “What I’m Eating” category, since the food cravings and aversions have significantly subsided.