Silver Lining: the final stretch!

June 17, 2016

the final stretch!

We are down to the final few weeks before the twins get here, and I am simultaneously overjoyed and terrified.

On one hand, I'm more uncomfortable than I've ever been before. I don't know, something to do with measuring 44 weeks pregnant in a hot Arizona summer? ;) I am so excited for when standing up from the floor or getting comfortable in bed isn't a major achievement. But then I think how hard one newborn can be, and I get overwhelmed wondering how I'm supposed to survive two at the same time.

Still, these babies are looking great at every appointment, and even though this has been a hard pregnancy, it's been fairly complication-free. I am so grateful for that. We are counting our blessings over here - and soaking up these nights in which we have no children awake past 7:30pm.

I haven't done a traditional pregnancy recap this time around, and I thought it would be fun to do at least one before the babies come.

How far along? 
33 weeks!

How big is the peanut? 
They're each the size of a large pineapple, and about 4.5 pounds each. It seems crazy to have a combined 9 pounds of baby inside me, plus two placentas and two umbilical cords. But, as much room as they're taking up now, I hope they each get a pound or two bigger before they make their grand entrance!

Total weight gain/loss? 
I'm only 18 pounds up from my pre-pregnancy weight. I know that seems low for twins, but also keep in mind that I lost 15 pounds during the Dark Ages of my first trimester. So even though my net gain is only 18 pounds, my total gain is 33.

Maternity clothes? 
I've outgrown almost all my maternity clothes at this point. I survive on leggings and the few huge tunics that still cover my belly. Or stretchy dresses like the one I'm wearing in these pictures, because IT'S TOO HOT FOR PANTS.

Some nights are pretty good, and some nights I just toss and turn and try to get comfortable as I drift in and out of wakefulness. Preparation for when the babies come and the real sleep deprivation begins, right? :)

Best moment this week? 
Seeing my babies on the ultrasound screen. We're down to weekly ultrasounds, and I can't get enough.

This is the part where I really try not to complain, because I have every symptom in the book. Let's just say I look and feel like a whale out of water and leave it at that. ;)

Belly button in or out? 
Definitely out!

Food cravings or aversions? 
Weirdly, none? I keep waiting to have cravings, but alas, when 3pm comes along and I end up eating otter pops and an entire bag of popcorn, I have nobody to blame but myself.

One boy one girl!

Labor signs? 
I have one million Braxton Hicks contractions per day, but that's about it.

What I miss?
Being able to take a deep breath.

What I'm looking forward to? 

We finally made progress on choosing baby names! If you know Sam and I, you can appreciate how big of a milestone this is. ;) We like to wait and see the babies before we announce anything for sure, but after months of debating, we have some good choices we both agree on.

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