This iPhone photo will have to do. No makeup? Oh well.
As I’m nearing 20 weeks (in 2 days), I’m feeling remarkably good.
Physically, I’m getting a lot bigger (shocker - double trouble in there!) My back hurts quite often now if I don’t get horizontal at some point during the day and put my feet up. Sitting or standing, doesn’t make a difference, it aches! On the flight home from Cabo, my ankles swelled up over my Tom’s - it was a hot look. No sign of stretch marks yet, but there’s plenty of time left for those suckers to creep up on me. My belly button will be flat pretty soon and I’m dreading the outtie. Will it pop back in? I don’t mind outties on other people, but I like my own just fine, thank you very much. I don’t know exactly how much I weighed right when I got pregnant, but I’m estimating that I’ve gained in the neighborhood of 23-24 pounds so far. And you know what? I’m happy about that. I know with twins that it’s important to gain the weight early, so I’m pleased and hoping for good sized, healthy babies.
I’m so excited to clear the crap out of the guest room/office and get the nursery started. I’ve ordered the cribs, crib mattresses, the wall decal, & blankets (that i will drape over the crib for decoration). I need to post the desk to Craigslist and give away the queen mattress that’s currently in there. Plus, stash my beloved guest bed upholstered headboard somewhere till we move out of our townhouse and into a real house. I have to confess, we already have a ton of baby clothes, some purchased and some hand-me-downs. I’m ready to clear the closet and make way for the babies’ adorable wardrobe.
It seems like I’m at the doctor all the freakin’ time! We had our level II ultrasound last week. On the ultrasound, everything looked perfect. They kept saying how great all the vital organs were looking. And the tech told me that I was the best looking twin mama she’d ever seen, which was so sweet. They never mentioned my final risk number when combined with the first trimester scan and bloodwork. I had to ask and I was disappointed with the news. Instead of our risk going down as my doctor had predicted, it went up! From 1/2,600 in the first trimester to 1/830 now. They didn’t seem concerned and I know that the risk for Downs or other abnormalities is low, but it was still a little scary to hear. This doc said it was because a couple of my blood levels were on the high end of normal. She didn’t say anything comforting and didn’t give me specific details. I have an appointment this week with my OB, so I will be sure to talk to him about this. I also have a fetal echocardiogram tomorrow. Not sure what to expect…
All in all, life is good. I still love being pregnant and I’m cherishing every day. I already love these babies so much. I talk to them daily and I’m always rubbing my belly. The flutters are pretty inconsistent still, but I feel them sometimes. Can’t wait to start feeling them regularly!
20 weeks, here I come…