Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Our Pregnancy: 14 Weeks!

Another week has come and gone and we are now 14 weeks along! I heard both babies on the fetal doppler last night and that made me grin of course. It's getting easier and easier to find them now that I have a good idea of where they're situated and obviously as they get bigger and my uterus moves up some it will be easier and easier! The weirdest thing I've noticed with them is how muffled the heartbeat sounds are compared to what I remember from last time! I'm not sure if it's my machine - maybe I need to change the batteries, but I can hear the heartbeats perfectly, they just sound muffled not clear! As long as I can hear them, I'm happy though. I probably check about once a week or so just to hear they're both still in there growing away!

How Jenn and Chad's babies are growing:


This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.

In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body's growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.
Another busy week for these two little chadifers! We have our next OB appointment this coming Monday and I'm looking forward to meeting our OB in person and seeing how the appointment goes. Maybe we'll get another sneak peek?! If not, our next peri appointment is on the 14th so we'll see them again soon - but from our previous u/s experience at the peri's office they didn't give Jenn and Chad really any good pictures so I think we're hoping for some good printouts from maybe the OB's office if they are going to check in on the babies via u/s. They may or may not though - I'm not sure what their standard protocol is, and if they'll treat a twin pregnancy differently than a singleton pregnancy. If they don't then I'm sure we won't be getting ultrasounds everytime which is fine too, just not sure yet how they will treat each appointment yet. :)

Kenneth found a good protein drink for me at Sam's when we were out running some errands yesterday - 17 grams of protein and only 110 calories so a pretty good protein boost if I have one of those on the way in to work each day! I seem to all off a sudden be doing JUST fine at gaining weight the past couple weeks but I still need to make sure what I'm eating are good calories and that I'm hitting that protein goal the peri gave me.

Can't believe we'll be in October by the weekend! It's going to be time for Halloween before we know it! :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Great Weekend!

It was a busy but fun Saturday! I got up around 7am to get ready to leave around 8am to head to Ellijay to meet Ken, Donna and Kent at an apple orchard for some apple picking.

 We all arrived around 10am and checked out the store and all the goodies available! They had lots of fresh produce along with all the baked goodies.

Stopped to take a picture of Kent with his Nana and the beautiful scenery behind!

 We went to the apple cannon first and Kent and Ken got to take a few turns attempting to hurl apples out of an air cannon at targets!

 Then Kent spent a bunch of time at the petting zoo, visiting with little pigs, turkeys, puppies, ducks, chickens, bunnies and a sweet little calf!

We walked through the orchards exploring and finding our way around.

 
We went on a "hay ride" around the property and saw pumpkin patches, corn fields and of course rows and rows of apple trees!

 
After the hay ride we went to find the different types of apples we each wanted (Kent wanted mostly Fujis while Ken and Donna wanted the Red Delicious!) We found our apples and eventually made our way back out. I think we spent about 2 hours at the Orchard.

It was a beautiful day and I'm so glad Donna suggested going early, it got crowded and really hot by the time we were heading out! It was absolutely beautiful though, and I loved all those green trees with that big blue sky above. Just gorgeous! We stopped in town and had lunch at a fantastic little cafe and I absolutely stuffed myself with yummy tomato basil bisque and a club sandwich before Kent and I said our goodbyes and got in the car for the drive home. Kent was pretty worn out but he really had a good time visiting with his Nana and Papa and I'm so glad he had the chance to do that over his break! Back to school and the real world this week! :)

I am so excited that Kenneth comes home this evening! His graduation and swearing in ceremony are today and then he gets on a plane to come HOME for ALMOST a week! :) I am taking a couple days off to be home with him and there are a few things I've "saved" for him to hopefully fix while he's home, but hopefully other than a few to-do's and getting to see some of his family while he's home it will be a good restful week for him. :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Our Pregnancy: 13 Weeks!

I am going with today as the first week of the 2nd trimester - some don't roll over 'til 14 weeks but I've always gone by 13 weeks... that's my story and I'm sticking to it!! (Like the babies really care! :D )

In any event, I am feeling pretty good this past week and a half or so and am VERY thankful for that. Still ocassional stomach queasiness and uneasiness and definitely tired still but NOTHING like it has been and each day that's an improvement makes me happy!! I can't believe how fast this month is flying by - it'll be October before we blink!
"How Jenn and Chad's babies are growing:

Fingerprints have formed on your baby's tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you're having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce."

I stayed home with Kent today - he has this full week off from school, so we ran some errands and got our dental cleanings out of the way. I am cavity free, my child not so much. Sigh. We'll have to make another appointment for him to get those taken care of. :(

Dinner is simmering away on the stove and smelling great! It's a new pregnancy record - cooking multiple nights in less than a week! Yay! :D It feels great to have the energy and desire to make a home cooked meal again and I am going to enjoy it while it lasts. We've been eating a lot of beef at dinner since Kent likes it and in addition to the high protein content, it's an excellent source of zinc, iron, and vitamin B12. It's not usually my choice of protein, but seems to be a good one to use right now, so I'm incorporating it a little more than our "usual".

Here's the belly from today! I actually do feel a little bigger and rounder than I have in the previous couple weeks. Maybe some change is slowly happening?! We'll see! :)




Monday, September 19, 2011

A little R&R...

This past weekend was really, really good. I am SO glad I made the decision to pick up and go for a night. It was really perfect! The weather was absolutely gorgeous - a little cool but clear and sunny most of the time. When we got there and checked in our room was ready so we took our bags up and I loved the room we got. It had more space than the room Kenneth and I have stayed in before and had a King on one side and a twin on the other so we could have our own space. Plus we were up on the 3rd floor and had our own little balcony that we had a fantastic view of the pasture from!


I gave Kent a little tour and showed him where most everything was and the office manager's son (who was about 6 I think) was looking for someone to play with so he and Kent hopped on bikes and rode around the property and up to the barn and he got a "tour" while they were up there. He discovered one of the newer babies, Pickles and absolutely fell in love with him! Pickles was pretty dang cute! :)

I met back up with Kent at the kitchen/cafeteria/chow hall... not really sure what the right name is for it! :D I showed him where they keep all the snacks and pastries out 24/7 and the drinks too. I showed him where the game room was (they have a foos ball table, some board games and a pool table, etc.) We played a couple games of tic tac toe and then he went out to play some more. I discovered a perfectly peaceful activity of working on a puzzle in the sun room and soaked up the quiet and just "being" for a little while!

We enjoyed a delicious and filling lunch of chicken cacciatore and a super yummy roll and Kent played some more and I grabbed a little nap - I propped the door open to the deck and a couple times the sound of a horse galloping by or whinying brought a huge smile to my face. The gentle breeze was just lovely! I took Kent down to the pool and he swam and splashed a little and got in and out of the jacuzzi when he got too cold! We went down to the barn and walked along the paddocks where they keep the horses for trail riding and gave lots of pets and I got lots of great pictures. It was fun to see how much Kent enjoyed the horses too and there were so many to look at! Every size and color! There was even a mule named Daisy that Kent really liked. :)



We headed back to the main house and Kent found another little boy about his age and the three boys played all together for a little while and I got to work on the puzzle some more. Before we knew it, it was dinner time! We had another delicious meal - there was a little bit of everything to pick from, ribs, wings, sandwiches, enchiladas... we were all very full afterwards! We sat with the boy that was about Kent's age and his mom for dinner and enjoyed chatting with them. They were repeat visitors as well and live about an hour on the other side of Atlanta from us. The boys decided to meet up at the swimming pool after dinner. So we went back up to our room and relaxed for a little while and let dinner settle before I took Kent back down. The sun was setting and it was getting fairly chilly but they boys still had a great time splashing around and going back and forth from the hot tub to the pool. The adults just lounged and chatted while they played! Around 8:30 we finally headed back up to our room and Kent got showered up and we put Planet of the Apes on (they have a huge DVD library you can borrow from, and that's the movie he'd picked). So we got some cocoa from the kitchen and watched our movie. After the movie I was feeling hungry (again) so we had a late night kitchen raid and grabbed an apple and a cinnamon roll and headed back to our room! :)

I didn't sleep all that well, lots of tossing and turning and at one point the door to the deck swung open, pushed by the wind! That scared me! Eventually we both got some sleep though, and before I know it, dawn was breaking and it was time to get up and moving. I took a shower and when I got out Kent had gone to the kitchen and brought us both back mugs of cocoa so we could sit on our little porch and watch the horses and sip our warm drinks in the cool morning air. It was so beautiful... it was still a little dark, but you could see the horses without difficulty. It was a special moment we got to share together.


We walked out in the pasture together that morning and petted some of the horses and I got to take lots of great pictures and we played some games in the game room while waiting for breakfast time to roll around. Just after 8:00am they let Kent ring the triangle signaling it was time to eat! He thought that was pretty cool! We enjoyed a delicious breakfast, 2 types of eggs, hashbrowns, cornmeal pancakes, sausage patties, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, milk and juice not to mention homemade douhgnuts... mmmm... That was a great way to start the day and also to end our trip! Kent rode bikes a little while longer while I packed everything up in the room after catching a quick nap. At 10:30 we checked out and it was time to go!






We said our goodbyes and waved to the horses and promised to be back soon. I told Kent if I'm still feeling pretty good next month maybe we can squeeze in one more visit in a few weeks - we'll just have to see how it goes!

We made it home a little after noon and got settled back in pretty easily. Kent got his things put away and went out to play with his friends and I just took it easy on the couch and watched a couple Netflix movies. I was so inspired by the yummy food at the Ranch that I actually COOKED last night for what feels like the first time in forever. We had fried round steak, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy and buttered cooked carrots. Yumm!! It was so good and I am looking forward to the leftovers tonight! :)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Sockeroo!

If you visit Kym at "The Smartness" you will learn all you ever wanted to know about "The Sockeroo" - it is a fun exchange amongst bloggers of (you'll never guess) SOCKS!! Warm fuzzy, wrap your toes up in something cute, cool or funky, socks! Along with exchanging socks, you post a pic on your blog, link back to the blogger who sent them to you and also post about a topic - this year the topic is:

It has been roughly a year and a half since the last SITM Exchange. Reflect on the past 18 or so months – how has support from others, either in the blogosphere or otherwise, helped you?

Actually my post from yesterday sort of fits right into this one. The support I have found in SMO (surromomsonline.com), friends I have made through SMO, connections through the blog, and my family and my IPs are amazing. You don't realize how much support you actually have until you need it and though I feel like having a few emotional days and needing to vent and cry about it a little isn't THAT huge in the scheme of things, it was a call for support and I really felt supported and cared about and was reminded of just how many are there for me if and when I need them. In general I much prefer to be the one GIVING support, but sometimes you need to let your walls down and let others in and it is such a huge relief and blessing to know I can and there will be a gentle place to land if I need to fall, even for just a little while.

As for the past 18 months... my gosh how much has happened in that amount of time?! In March 2010 I was very newly pregnant with my last surrobaby, "S" and honestly going through a fairly rough time in my life in addition to the pregnancy and surrogacy. My mother had passed away in November and I sort of had a mid-life crisis moment and was questioning my relationship, my family, my life, my choices - everything. I didn't lean on the people I should have probably, though I thought I was at the time, and things were difficult for a long time. Thanks to a lot of patience and love from my husband and family and some good counseling over the many following months eventually the world that seemed completely upside down for awhile righted itself and I found a "new" normal. I still miss my mom like crazy... we're coming up on the 2nd anniversary of her death and I miss her so much - so many moments I wish I could call or e-mail her about and share what's going on in my life and just hear her voice, her laughter and her love... I hold her very closely in my heart every day and am glad I can "share" her still with my brother and sister... and though this may seem weird, I actually have some of her ashes here at the house because we have been talking (for almost 2 years now!) about taking a trip of some sort - my brother, sister and I - to scatter her ashes somewhere special and meaningful. We haven't gotten around to actually taking the trip, and I am the keeper of the ashes until then. As weird as it may seem, it has become sort of reassuring to have such a physical reminder of her here with me. I think I am probably the only one of the three of us kids that would and does feel that way about it though! :) It's such a reminder of how differently we all handle and process grief and loss.

Ok, this post has sort of run down all sorts of rabbit trails! :) I guess in summary it has been a very eventful 18 months of my life, filled with some pretty dark lows and many great high moments as well. I am grateful for all of it, and most of all grateful for those who have walked the many miles with me - been by my side offering friendship and love and just being there whenever I needed a hug or a shoulder or an ear and hopefully I have been there for them as well!

So, without further ado - the AWESOME pair of warm fuzzy socks I received from Andy at Today's the Day with a very cool note that I really enjoyed reading. It was so cool to get something from where Andy lives and I wish I had thought to look for something local to send to my sockeroo-ee! :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Our First Trimester Screening!

Yesterday was our first trimester screening ultrasound! Everything was great - babies are growing beautifully at 12w2d measuring 13w0d (heartrate 160) and 12w6d (heartrate 151). The u/s tech and the peri did separate scans and both think we have 2 girls baking! Chad seemed momentarily overwhelmed at the thought of all that estrogen (and there was mention of hair removal from drains)! :D I cannot wait to get a verification on the genders at subsequent ultrasounds since this one still seems so early to me for them to know for sure - if they really are both girls I will be 4 surrobabies for 4, all girls!! I had thought I'd read something somewhere about more girls being born via IVF then boys, but I just did a quick search and had it backwards - apparently more BOYS are born than girls... so apparently I have a picky uterus??! 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1316079/IVF-skews-ratio-boys-girls.html
Certain types of IVF treatment may increase the odds of having a boy, research revealed yesterday.


Some methods tip the gender balance to as many as 128 boys being born for every 100 girls. The balance for natural births is 105 boys to 100 girls.

The discovery was made by Australian researchers, who believe that the IVF process may be affecting the sex ratio.

Although the reasons remain unclear, the researchers suggested it could be because male embryos may in some way be better equipped to survive the process.


They warned more research is needed to ensure a serious imbalance of male to female children does not develop as IVF becomes increasingly common....
Compared with natural conception, ICSI produced a lower ratio of male babies (50 per cent) and standard IVF a higher ratio (53 percent).


The stage at which the embryo was transferred had even more effect, with 49.9 percent male births from embryos transferred after two days, compared with 54.1 percent at five days.
I liked the peri, she was very friendly and to the point but gave lots of opportunities for Q&A too. She highly recommended I speak with a nutritionist and follow the diet given by her to help with good birth weights and reducing risk of other potential multiple pregnancy complications. I am considering it and do think it's a good idea especially considering my gastric bypass and might look into it more if it appears I'm having issues gaining weight or eating a balanced diet for the babies (I was informed the peri recommends 100 grams of protein a day and their weight gain goal is 24 pounds by 24 weeks for a twin pregnancy). Jenn said it's up to me if I want to pursue meeting with her or not, but they know I'm fairly knowledgeable about diet and nutrition and have been doing my research since day one, but I'm certainly not against help if it looks like I need it either! :)

I've had a couple rough days, I think sort of feeling almost like I am grieving the "loss" of a normal pregnancy - I keep getting reminded of all the worst case scenario and scary things that can happen and that we're at higher risk for and I know we aren't guaranteed to have issues, but we do have to prepare for them too... I think I miss being a boring singleton pregnancy lady! At the same time I know how excited Jenn and Chad are for these two precious babies and and how very blessed I am to be able to carry these two for them and of course whatever happens it will be WELL worth it! I think I'm just trying to balance preparing for the worst and hoping for the best and have to find a happy place in there. I know in my head and have been reminded that there are plenty of women who have totally normal uneventful twin pregnancies, and there's no reason we can't or won't be one of those. There are some things I can do to help give this pregnancy the best chance at staying healthy and full-term and I just need to focus on what I can do and not what is out of my hands or far off in the future! :) So here's hoping and praying for at least 24 more weeks of growing for Jenn and Chad's twincesses!

I have to say too, I was reminded yet again after our appointment and going home and feeling a little overwhelmed and stressed out how thankful I am for the support I do have - between SMO and the other surro's there, my wonderful hubby even if he is so far away, and of course Jenn and Chad - I was fully able to have a little mini meltdown, be worried but express myself and be supported and then able to shake it off and feel better and get back to feeling "myself"! Communication is so, so important and I am so thankful that Jenn and Chad allow me to feel what I'm feeling and that we can talk through things and figure it out as we go together. That means a lot to me! :) Overall I tend to think of myself as a pretty positive person and I feel guilty when I have sad or negative feelings, but I have learned it's just so much healthier to get them out in the open and work through them so I can get back to feeling positive and I think that's what yesterday was for me and I'm just thankful for all the pretty amazing people I am connected to through this journey who are there for those (hopefully few and far between!) down moments as well as for all the ups!! :)

Here are the two chadifer(ina?)s!!


Kent and I are going to have a mini get away this weekend and head to Southern Cross Guest Ranch for a night and I cannot TELL you how EXCITED I am!! The food they serve there is amazing, not to mention the 24/7 desserts and lemonade, the pool, the rolling pastures to meander with the beautiful horses to pet and watch, the game room, huge video library... I can't wait to take my amazing new camera and get tons of fantastic pictures, stuff myself with yummy food, and spend some good, quality relaxing one on one time with my kiddo. I think it will be really good for us both and can't wait to surprise him this evening with the news!!! :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Potstickers, Lo Mein and Eggrolls - Oh My!

I have figured out today my cravings are becoming more and more asian-centric! It is the weirdest thing! I have never had chinese cravings during pregnancy before. Maybe once or twice when sesame chicken sounded good or something like that, but for about the past week I've wanted potstickers every day, I wanted to make stir fry last night but Kent wasn't interested (so I just had potstickers by themselves)! And today for lunch the only thing that sounds even REMOTELY good is egg drop soup and some house lo-mein from the nearby Chinese restaurant... This is definitely becoming a theme! I wonder how much longer it will last?! At least there are lots of options with chinese and good veggies and protein in there! :) I am definitely having a sensitive stomach day. Breakfast tasted good, but each bite brought a wave of nausea and when I attempted the seafood salad I had bought the other day I thought I was going to have to run straight to the bathroom after one bite. So those ideas went out the window and I decided to go ahead and call Chin Chin's and order something. I cannot believe how much eating out I am doing this time around but I am so PICKY and there are very specific things that sound good at certain times and that's the only thing I am interested in even trying to eat... I don't know if that will change much or not over time, but at least with my energy levels starting to come back up I can make a point to try to cook more at home, even if it is cooking to my very specific tastes at that particular moment in time!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Our Pregnancy: 12 Weeks!

The final week of the first trimester begins today! Yippee! So excited to be so close to entering the "honeymoon trimester"... though not sure how much of a "honeymoon" to expect with TWO?! We shall see! :)

How Jenn and Chad's babies are growing:

The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.
Just two more days until our NT scan and getting a peek at these two cutie pies! Can't wait to see them and see how active they are and learn more about where they're positioned and where their placentas are, etc.! Lots of good details to learn!

Still feeling pretty good - tired, but not exhausted and able to stay up a little later and not nap as often which is nice to feel like I'm somewhat back to "normal" pregnant lady status! Still working on keeping a steady stream of food going into my body and trying to work on gaining some weight. With only about 3 1/2 pounds gained so far and just 8 weeks to go to get to 20 weeks I am pretty sure gaining "20 by 20" is completely out of the question at this point, but hopefully I can at least manage 1 per week. We shall see! It really seems weird to me to for once to TRYING to gain weight and to be eating so many more calories than normal and still be gaining at a slower rate than I have typically even with my singleton pregnancies when I had to watch what I ate and make a point to try to be active to not gain a ton... my body is just somehow burning through the calories still. It's amazing to me to think about how much more must be going on for it to need that much more calorie energy!

I still have my glucose meter from doing blood sugar testing during my last pregnancy in place of the GTT and have checked my levels a couple times and they seem to be holding pretty steady/normal so far which is good. I know with a twin pregnancy I am more susceptible to GD and want to keep an eye on my sugar levels and hope they are staying steady and normal and make sure my body is handling what I'm eating well.

I guess that's the update for today! :) I'm sure I'll be back on Thursday evening after our ultrasound with a check in on how the babies looked. :)

Belly pic from this evening (still looking pretty much the same the past couple weeks!!)

Monday, September 12, 2011

11w6d - 3 days 'til NT Scan!

I am totally counting down for Thursday afternoon and our nuchal translucency screening; I cannot wait to see these two and see how they're growing and how big they're getting! :)

Kent and I had a pretty good weekend, got some errands run on Saturday and even went to a movie on Saturday afternoon. We saw Captain America and I thoroughly enjoyed too much popcorn and some yummy slushie! :) I say this tentatively but hopefully, but I really am starting to feel "better". Less tired and less nausea as of the past few days... fingers crossed it stays this way! I still took it pretty easy over the weekend and sat and laid on the couch quite a bit, but I didn't actually nap either day which I think is a first! And I didn't feel completely wiped out like I have been. Tired still, yes, but definitely better! The queasiness comes and goes - generally it's "fixed" as soon as I eat something and only acts up when I need to eat.

We shopped at Sam's on Saturday and one of the things we brought home was a box of frozen potstickers that only take 12 minutes stove top and they are SOO good! I was so excited to find them! I'd been having a huge potsticker craving from Nothing But Noodles a couple weeks back only to find out the Nothing But Noodles closed down! The sauce packet that comes with the ones I just got is very similar to the dipping sauce from the Nothing But Noodles ones, so I had some happy food moments this weekend! :) I also ended up eating cereal THREE times yesterday! I end up eating each meal twice, plus snacks it seems. So my first breakfast (when my grumbling stomach woke me up around 7am) was honey nut cheerios, went back to sleep for about 3 hours and woke up and make 2nd breakfast of scrambled eggs with ham, cheese and mushrooms and some toast. First lunch was Special K with a banana and some potstickers, 2nd lunch was an egg salad sandwich and 2 pickles. First dinner I am now blanking on, and 2nd dinner, right before bed time was another bowl of Special K with a banana!

I am ready for 2nd breakfast now and am thinking some oatmeal and a peach sounds good so I'm off to fix more food! :) Counting down the next couple days to see Jenn and her babies again! Yippee!! :)

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Our Pregnancy: 11 Weeks!

One week closer to reaching the end of the first trimester! Yippee! :) I am completely exhausted and had a fair amount of queasiness over the long weekend, but other than that I can't complain. I really just want to rest and sleep all the time lately. It is so hard getting up and out of bed with the alarm on work mornings. I crave sleep! A nap is a definite must today, I'm hoping to catch one soon and then just try to make it through the day. I really, really hope my energy levels recover at some point - it's making the work week very difficult for me to say the least.

It's only been a week since we got to peek in on the babies last but I'm already so ready for our next appointment on the 15th just to make sure they're growing well and looking happy and healthy! I think seeing the babies looking good gives me a little "boost" and helps make the hard days a little easier to get through - as long as the babies are happy and healthy all is well! :)
How Jenn and Chad's babies are growing:


Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden.

She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel your baby's acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.
I know I'm not supposed to be feeling any movement yet and I'm still not 100% convinced I am - but every now and then I've had a very tiny fluttery/bumping sensation and it makes me wonder... we'll see as the weeks progress if that develops into more noticeable sensations! I can't wait 'til they're big enough for their mommy and daddy to be able to feel and see! :)

I'm still having some of the old brown blood discharge. I thought maybe it was going to stop after very little since Saturday, but it seems to be back to about what it was on Friday today. Sigh. I wish I knew why it was there and why it was taking so long to work its way out! Never having bleeding in a pregnancy to this much is disconcerting to say the least - knowing it's common in IVF and especially in a multiples pregnancy, and knowing many before me have experienced similar to much worse and been fine is somewhat reassuring, but only to a certain extent. I am fairly certain nothing I've done or not done has contributed or caused it, but I can't help the "what if" wonderings - should I be doing something differently? Drinking more water? Should I ignore it completely? I don't know if there is an answer and I know the OB's office wasn't at all concerned about it so I guess I should try not to be too...

I'm looking forward to taking a new belly pic tonight and seeing if there's any noticeable difference yet. I don't feel like that much has changed in the past couple weeks, but we'll see what the picture says! :)

Belly picture from this evening - looks mostly the same as the past couple weeks though I've noticed the upper part of my stomach is actually starting to stick out a little more from everything below pushing up and moving things around!! (Ignore giant puffy eyes please! :D )

Friday, September 02, 2011

10w3d - feeding the endless pit!

I stayed home today to try to keep my feet up as much as possible. I've been having some old blood discharge the past three days and just felt like taking it easy today was the right thing to do. I am able to stay in touch with the office during the day so was able to get some work done from here.

I have been hungry it feels like every waking moment of today! The biggest problem is nothing sounds good and I can't think of anything to fix myself to eat... so today so far I've eaten:

2 tangerines
several powdered mini donuts
1 large red apple
1 banana
BLT on whole wheat hoagie roll
Lunchables with turkey, cheddar cheese and crackers
Lean Cuisine Swedish Meatballs

That's through lunch...! I put in beef stew ingredients into the crock pot so at least I know I'll have a good hearty filling dinner to enjoy this evening. I am still hungry at the moment and am thinking about fixing an egg and toast - that, cereal or soup are my "go to" items when I'm hungry and need something to eat pretty quickly. Keeping from getting hungry with twins is quite a challenge in itself. I hope it means these two are getting what they need to grow, big, strong and happy! :)