Thursday, July 7, 2011

31 weeks and counting...

We made it another week!  My babies are safe and kicking away in my belly. In fact, sometimes the kicks actually hurt!  They are both breech now and are butting heads at the top of my tummy.  Sometimes it feels like they are kicking my cervix and it makes me jump!  I'm sure its actually baby A, because his little butt was resting right on top of my cervix at my last peri appointment.

Bed rest is going... okay!  Its getting better each day and I'm now in kind of a rhythm.  I wake up, take a shower before going downstairs (three flights... we live in a tri-level town home).  C makes me breakfast and fills up a pitcher of water for me before heading to work.  C's sister comes and is staying with me for the day, which has been a God send, and helps with whatever I need... food, water, errands, walking my dog, cleaning, etc.  We are paying her so its a win win for us all.  She needed a job.  We figure its totally worth the money to have help around here and keep these babies safe!

I'm still staying downstairs throughout the day and then going up only for bed.  I'm having less and less contractions and I think it is due to all the rest and the gallons of water I'm drinking.  I remember reading when I was first pregnant that with twins during third trimester, you need to drink TWO gallons of water a day to prevent pre-term labor.  I thought I was drinking enough, but now I'm not so sure.  Having this pitcher here for me really helps and I can see how much it is that I'm drinking... 2-3 pitchers a day!

How far along: 31 weeks 0 days!

How big are the babies: They are squashes... still!

Baby's going through major brain and nerve development these days. His irises now react to light, and all five senses are in working order. (He won't pick up anything from his nose until after birth, though -- smell is transferred through air, not amniotic fluid.)

Total weight gain: I haven't weighed myself in a couple days, but last time I checked I was the same... up 33 lbs!  However, I totally feel like after 1 week of bed rest I'm already getting flabby.  I hate that feeling!  I did yoga from weeks 6 to 30 which has kept me in shape, but now its going down the drain.  Hopefully I only have to stay down for a few more weeks.  Plus I know a little flab is so worth it if it means keeping my boys safe!  I already have a jogging stroller so I'll be ready to go when I get the okay.

Sleep: Still good!  I swear by my snoogle pillow!  It was the best investment!  All I read is how so many people sleep so horribly in the third trimester (knock on wood!) with a singleton!  So I'm saying its the pillow... I sleep like a baby!

GENDER: Two precious little BOYS!!!! We are more than blessed :)

Movement: Sometimes I feel like I can grab a hand or foot.  They poke at me I poke back!  Lots of fun, but I'm not sure they like it.  They move when I poke back! He He

Food Cravings: mmm... nothing new.  My appetite is funky.  Sometimes I feel like normal food and sometimes not.  I can't really be picky anymore since I can't cook though and I'm stuck on the couch.  Plus we have people from our church delivering food to us a few times a week which is sooo nice!!!

What I miss: Well lets see... doing anything for myself!

What I'm looking forward to: I have a doctor appointment tomorrow, so I'm hoping that my blood pressure stays down and I don't start trembling when I walk in the door!  I can't say I'm looking forward to that, but its nice to get out of the house!  I'm looking forward to meeting my next milestone of 32 weeks!  1 more to go!

Milestones: Next week will be my next milestone!  32 weeks I will breath easier!

Symptoms: This is horrible... I have heartburn bad.  Sometimes it gets so bad that when I'm sleeping I wake up choking on stomach acid! I inhale and there is stomach acid in my throat!  Its horrible!  I have to stay more elevated when I sleep because the babies are pushing everything up... including my stomach!


clewis said...

Love reading your blog, very interesting. Its funny that they run away when you poke them back, or should I say float away

Anonymous said...

It is awesome that you have lots of help.... and yes I agree it is totally worth it too keep those boys cooking. I feel your pain though- it is so hard on me to rely on others all the time- I am Miss Independant by nature, so this whole bed rest thing goes against my nature. But we are both getting so close- whats a few weeks right?
When I finally kept track of the amount of water that I was drinking- I realized I was not enough as well. I feel like all I do is drink and pee :)
Your nursery looks really- really good. I love how clean and crisp it looks.
Heart burn uck! There are times that I literally wake up gasping and coughing as I think that I have literally aspirated some bile into my lungs- not cool.
Hope all goes well at your doctors appt- congrats on reaching 31 weeks. You are doing awesome!

Anonymous said...

So glad that you and the babies are hanging in there...thinking of you all!

~Jess said...

yay for 31 weeks: Glad you're doing better and have someone to help you.

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