Thursday, March 31, 2011

29 Weeks!

Technically 29 weeks, 1 day. woot! Our next milestone is 32 weeks so 3 weeks to go. I'm treating every day that goes by as a gift & I can't tell you how thrilled I am to still have inside babies. :)

I had my mani/pedi today at home and it was heaven! My legs are sore from being sedentary for so long, so the best part was the leg massage. aaaaaah. And the pampering doesn't end there! One of my girlfriends is paying her roommate/hairdresser to come over before my shower on Sunday to blow dry & style my hair. Yay! I DESPISE blow drying my long, thick hair.. so I'm really looking forward to having someone do it for me. I'm spoiled, but I think I deserve a little spoiling right now. :)

And I can't tell you how excited I am for my shower! I've been looking forward to it since before I even got pregnant. I know it's going to be a special day celebrating the twins, getting to spend time with my best friends and a couple family members. I got the o.k. from my OB to sit the whole time, vs. being in a recliner.. so I can wear my dress. yay!

In other baby related news I have two head down babies.. at least as of my last ultrasound. So now I have to seriously think about c-section vs. vaginal delivery. I'm leaning more towards a vaginal delivery IF they both stay head down. I wouldn't be surprised if Harlow (baby B) has flipped back up.. she's such a wiggle worm. Sometimes it looks like she's going to just rip right out of my belly. I love that the girls move around so much though. Now when we press down on their feet or hands they press back! It's the coolest thing EVER. I know it will be something I miss when they're outside babies.

No pics to share today, but stay tuned for lots of pics next week. I should have my nursery done soon, and of course I'll have shower pics to share.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Home Sweet Home

I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am to be typing this right now from the comfort of my own bed, in my house. And of course what got me here makes me even happier.. a stable cervix! This morning it measured 1.9-2.5, so they sent me on my way.Woot!

Dan is already showing me what I already knew.. he's an amazing husband, and an amazing Daddy, since he knows this is all for the health of his girls. He went grocery shopping to pick up all the diabetic friendly food I'll need, picked up my meds at the pharmacy, I had clean sheets to crawl into when I got home, he did a load of laundry so I could have clean jammies to wear, and made me a dinner that put the hospital food to shame. Like I said, amazing. Who knows, it's only day 1 at home.. he may want to strangle me by next week. Stay tuned. :)

And being home means my baby shower at my house this Sunday is still on! I may have to enjoy it from the comfort of a recliner, but that's o.k. I can't wear the cute blue dress I bought for it (unless I want to flash my guests), but I have a friend doing some shopping for me. And some wonderful friends chipped in and got me a gift certificate to a mobile spa. So, I'm going to have someone come to my house this week to give me a mani/pedi! How cool is that?

Of course I'm not being completely naive. I have another cervix check back at the hospital next week and if things change with my cervix, I'll get admitted again. That's o.k. though.. I'm living in the present, and I'm presently happy to be sitting in my comfy bed, husband & dogs at my side.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Did I mention?

A couple little tidbits that I didn't mention before ..

Last week I had something pretty scary happen.. well, if you don't count the whole scare of thinking my babies were going to be here at 27 weeks.. my heart randomly starting beating really fast and hard for no reason at all. After about a minute of my heart pounding away, I called my nurse in to tell her. She hooked me up to the heart monitor and my heart was going over 200 beats per minute.

She paged the doctor, they called a cardiologist, and gave me an oxygen mask to try to help, since it was impossible to take a deep breath. This all happened around 8:30 p.m. and it didn't go back to normal until around 11:30 p.m.. right before the cardiologist arrived (3 hours.. seriously?).

The cardiologist explained that apparently I have something called SVT or Supraventricular Tachycardia. You can read about it if you'd like here. The cardiologist explained that it will probably happen again at some point in my life, it most likely was triggered by all the blood flow from being pregnant with twins, but it's not something that will kill me or make me die sooner. Yay! They did an EKG the next morning, and everything looked o.k. I have to say though, I am SO happy I was at the hospital when it happened. If I was at home I probably would have freaked out a lot more and wound up in the ER.

Ok, second little tidbit.. I'm being treated as if I have gestational diabetes. Since I never got to take the 2nd gd test they've been taking my blood sugar while I'm here, and they've put me on a diabetic diet. boo. I get the same breakfast every morning.. wheat toast, scrambled eggs, and I switch back and forth between sausage and bacon. The other meals are all pretty ho hum, and forget about having Dan bring me yummy treats.

The menu tries to make everything sound delicious.. but I know better now. For example, one of my choices for tomorrow night's dinner is Grilled London Broil: Carved beef served with a mushroom sauce, baked potato, sour cream, and zucchini. Sounds yummy, right? Well, the beef is so overcooked it's like beef jerky, and the potato is teeny tiny and pretty dried out. I would seriously KILL for an In-N-Out burger, fries & milkshake. YUM. My tummy seriously just growled thinking about it.

I'll have to continue the diet when I get home from the hospital, but at least I'll have more choices. I get the same snack every day of saltine crackers with string cheese, then fruit, a piece of wheat bread & peanut butter. Rinse & repeat every single day.

Alright, enough complaining though. The babies are cooking, so I need to focus on that. Hopefully I won't be able to indulge in In-N-Out for about 8 more weeks. :)

I'll leave you with a 28 week bump pic, straight from the hospital room. Yesterday was supposed to be my maternity photo session on the beach.. but I guess this will have to do!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

28 weeks!

We made it!! A week ago I was so nervous that we wouldn't make it to this important milestone, and here we are. Yippeee!

The cervix check on Monday went well. Last week it was measuring 1.9-2.2, Monday it was measuring 1.8-2.0. So, it's considered stable at this point. woot! I was told afterwards that I should be here in the hospital for a few more days, just to get past the 28 week mark.. not so much. My doctor wants me here until NEXT week. boo. I don't know exactly what day yet, but I'm assuming she wants me here until the end of 28 weeks - so maybe next Wednesday or Thursday? Who knows.

I was so depressed when I heard that it would be another week. Of course I'm THRILLED that these babies are still cooking, and I'm more than willing to do whatever it takes to keep it that way, but this is getting old. It's bad enough sitting in a hospital bed all day and night, but I miss the comfort of my own bed, in my house, and of course I'm missing my dogs like crazy. ugh.

I'll survive though.. one day at a time, right?

On the bright side, they took the iv out today. Yay! After switching it from my left to right arm, then blowing 2 veins when they tried switching it again, and then having to have it in the top of my hand.. I was SO over that iv.

They also let Dan take me outside in the wheelchair yesterday. It was sooo nice breathing in my some fresh air. We take advantage of that stuff, yo! When I got back to the room I had a run of contractions every few minutes for an hour. I don't know if it was even related to my little outing, but it scared me enough that I probably won't be doing that again while I'm here.

No bump photo today.. I look like a hot mess right now. Instead, here are two 3d pics we got of the girls on Monday. I have many more from last week, so I'll probably post some more another day. Such a proud momma.. already showing off my babies. :)

Emma (baby A):

Harlow (baby B):

Aren't they adorable?? I might be biased. :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Coming to you from L&D

sigh. Where to start? Well, first off I should mention that the babies are still cookin' away in my belleh. Here's what's been happening the past week..

Last Sunday I had horrible (ligament?) pain in my pelvic area. It lasted all day long and it was so bad I could barely walk from my bed to the bathroom.

Monday morning I woke up and it was much, much better. I had my 2nd glucose test that a.m. so I decided I would at least mention the pain to my OB's nurse. After puking up the drink for the glucose test (boo) I had to go back and talk to my OB. She decided to send me for an ultrasound to check the length of my cervix. After finding out it was measuring 2.6, she sent me off to the hospital.

The rest of the day was a whirlwind.. another ultrasound that measured my cervix a 2.2-2.6, being hooked up to monitors for the BH contractions that were coming every couple of minutes, monitors for the babies heart rates, multiple blood draws, a steroid shot in my ass, an iv for magnesium to slow down the contractions. Side note, magnesium SUCKS.

I had another u/s on Tuesday that showed my cervix was 1.9-2.2, and was starting to funnel. Queue another steroid shot, more blood draws, and oral meds to slow contractions.

It was decided I would need to stay here until at least next Wednesday, when I hit the all important 28 week mark. I have another cervix check on Monday, and based off that my OB may keep me another week. Then, fingers crossed, I'll get to go home on strict bedrest for the rest of the pregnancy.. and hopefully these baby girls can maintain their excitement to meet the world for at least a few more weeks.

Mentally, I was surprisingly doing pretty good all week and then this morning I let myself have a little breakdown. Mostly because I'm scared about what's going to happen if the babies come too soon.. partly feeling sorry for myself for sitting in the same room, in the same spot, eating crappy food, all week long. I'll survive though, and of course I'm willing to do whatever it takes to keep the girls on the inside for as long as possible.

For now things are stable. I'll update again after Monday's cervix check. In the meantime, please keep Emma and Harlow in your thoughts.

p.s Can someone sneak me a burger and fries, please?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Nursery Progress

I finally took some pictures of the nursery! Or at least the start of the nursery. You'll notice there's nothing on the walls, but that will hopefully change in the next week or so.

On a quick side note, the cervix check went good. My cervix went from a 3.1 to 3.0, so no drastic drop, and it's still closed. Yay! My OB's nurse will call me today with the game plan, but I'm assuming she'll still want me on modified bed rest.. we'll see.

Alright, on to the nursery!

Here's the view from the bedroom door:
The cribs:
The glider, dollhouse & chandelier:

Glider & dresser (& Bootsie's new hiding spot):

Dresser (& one of the holes on the wall that still need to be patched):
The other wall where the closet is:

Bedding for crib#1 (minus pink breathable bumpers I'll register for). The sheet has trees & owls, the crib skirt has a horizontal green stripe and vertical pink stripes.  
Crib #2 (trees, birds & owls)

& lastly, a close-up of the chandelier:

Ok, so the first thing I need to figure out is the location of the dollhouse. In the picture it's in between the crib & glider, but I need to put a small table next to the glider. I want to put the dollhouse in that empty space between the door and the closet, but Dan doesn't like it there. Ugh.

My late Grandpa Tom built that dollhouse for me when I was a little girl, so it holds a special place in my heart. When I found out we were having 2 girls I just knew I wanted to put it in their room. The whole front part of the dollhouse actually opens up, and the "rooms" are like shelves, so I thought it would be neat to use it as their bookshelf. So, that's the plan!

Above the cribs I was thinking of putting up wood letters for each of the girls first name. So, if these girls do end up being Emma and Harlow, they'll have an E and an H above their cribs. Connecting the 2 letters I'd like to get some pretty ribbon and I bought these alphabet cards off etsy to hang:
I bought this shelf to go on the wall in between the door and the closet:

I'm looking for a mirror to go above the dresser, and to the left of the dresser I'm going to hang this print:

..along with a couple of pictures. I'm thinking a maternity photo to the left of it and a newborn pic of the girls to the right. I'll probably hang the pics using the same ribbon I use to hang the alphabet cards, attached to antique door knobs that I'll hang from the wall.

So, that's what I've got so far! I need to find curtains, and I'd like to put a throw pillow on the glider. Other than that I'm SO open to taking any one's suggestions!

Friday, March 4, 2011

The slacker is back

It's been a couple of weeks since I updated. Oops!

I'll start by saying after my last post about positive thinking, I did something really stupid. I used good ol' doctor google. I know, I know.. dumb dumb dumb. I wanted to see what I could find out there about the missing nasal bone and down syndrome. Let's just say what I found was NOT reassuring, my positive outlook was clouded and I had a major meltdown.

I feel better now though. I've just come to terms with the fact that we won't know either way prior to the babies being born, and no matter what happens we'll love her like nothing else. And then we'll deal. It's not a death sentence. We'll still be forever grateful to have two baby girls.

In other news, I passed my 1 hour glucose test. WOOT! I'm becoming anemic, which apparently is normal, especially for a twin pregnancy. I started taking an iron supplement, and they'll just keep an eye on it.

I'm currently still on modified bedrest, but I have another cervix check today. Fingers crossed that everything looks good!

Progress on the nursery has been made.. the sheets and crib skirts are on, the dresser is bought, and a few things for the walls have been ordered. I'm going to take progress pics of the nursery this weekend so I can share next week. Promise!

OH, and I hit a big milestone last week.. V-Day! Hopefully these girls won't show their pretty faces for a couple more months, but at least we know they'd have a shot at life if they came now. That makes me breathe a little easier.

I'll leave you with a 25 week belly pic. This is what you get when I'm on bedrest and working from home :)