a blog about adventures in early marriage, the effort in making a house a home on a budget, the unexpected struggle of infertility, an exciting twin pregnancy, a surprise second pregnancy, adventures in doing preschool at home ~ really this is just a blog about where each season of life takes me!
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ~ Proverbs 3:6
We are so thankful for this pregnancy! After sharing our journey through infertilty on the blog, I knew I wanted to log our newfound 40 week journey of pregnancy on the blog as well.Not knowing if I’ll ever be able to experience pregnancy again, I have chosen to log our pregnancy by writing occasional letters to our babies.The letters will keep my readers posted on how we are doing each week, but the letters will also, someday, be something that our little ones can go back and read over, as a reminder of how much he or she was loved from the very beginning of their existence. You can read week 5 here , week 7 here.and week 9 here.
We made it to
12 weeks of pregnancy this past Friday! That was a big milestone for us. For
one, I no longer have to take 200 mg. of progesterone each night….yay!Also, it indicates that the end of my first
trimester is near.I am already feeling
better.I still don’t have a lot of energy,
but I’m no longer feeling sick all of the time.I’ve also officially started to show within the past two weeks.I think I’ve felt bloated and fat most of
this pregnancy lol, but around 11 weeks, a pregnancy bump was definitely
evident and has continued to grow.
Twin Baby Bump - 11 Weeks
Twin Baby Bump - 11 Weeks
Twin Baby Bump - 12 Weeks
Twin Baby Bump - 12 Weeks
We had our 12
week ultrasound and appointment on Friday.It was our first ultrasound with our OB.Overall, it went well, but we quickly noticed that it was less
personable than all of our RE appointments and ultrasounds.I’ve seen our OB numerous times prior to this
pregnancy.It’s the same doctor I have
seen for a few years, and the same doctor who discovered some of our fertility
issues and referred us to a fertility specialist.We have a very good doctor.Apparently, she is so good that everyone
seems to want her as their doctor.As a result,
the nurses tell us she is one of the hardest doctors to get an appointment
with. All of my past appointments have
always felt a bit rushed, but I will say that she has always listened to me and
my needs.Friday’s appointment was no
different.Both our ultrasound and 12
week appointment felt a little rushed, and once again made me ponder the benefits choosing of a midwife and a home birth over a typical doctor/hospital birth.
become very popular with other women my age.Some hospitals even let midwives or dulhas assist in the births at the
hospital.To my knowledge, our hospital
does not have that policy.I also do not believe that our insurance
covers it, and with Daddy’s insurance changing in January, only offering a high
deductible plan, we are already a little curious about how high our delivery
cost will be.We plan on delivering you
at St. Vincent Carmel, and while the facility is very nice, I am a little
hesitant. For example, I don’t like the
idea of knowing that my doctor may not even be delivering you.Which ever doctor is on call will be
delivering you, so there is a good chance it will be a doctor I’m not even
familiar with.I also know that there
may be some complications with twins that may require a c-section.I am obviously open to a c-section if it is
necessary, but I don’t want to feel pressured into to having a c-section.I haven’t even discussed a birth plan with
our doctor yet, but seeing as how this may be the only pregnancy I get to experience,
I truly do want to experience every aspect of pregnancy…...even delivery, as
crazy as that may sound.
completely against the idea of a midwife or home birth, considering
the possible complications of this pregnancy.I too understand that a midwife may not be for us, considering the fact
that medical technology has played a big role in how the two of you were conceived
and have continued to thrive thus far.However,
I do love the idea of a midwife.In my ideal
world, we would have said years ago we wanted to have a baby…..gotten pregnant
right away….hired a midwife….had a joyous uncomplicated pregnancy……delivered at
home naturally…..and would have even hired professional birthing photographer
to capture all of the emotions of birth on film for us to have for a lifetime
(maybe I’ve been reading too many pregnancy blogs lately lol). But we do not live in an ideal
world.In my real world, we couldn’t get
pregnant right away.We sought medical
treatment to help get us pregnant.We
DID get pregnant with help…YAY….but we were told it was high risk for the first
trimester and had to be watched carefully up until this point.So in my real world, I will not be surprised
if I have a not so ideal labor.Realistically, my labor and delivery will happen how it happens, and that's just the way it is.
feeling a little rushed at our appointment on Friday, it went fairly well. The
ultrasound showed two healthy babies with two healthy heartbeats.Baby B has always been a little bigger than baby
A, and this third ultrasound showed the slight size difference once again. Neither baby was active in Friday’s ultrasound.
The ultrasound tech said you were both probably sleeping. They did find a minor problem with Baby A. Baby A has not moved up into my upper uterus like
Baby B. Apparently, Baby A is content to stay
low and grow right over my cervix, creating a condition called placenta previa.
Placenta previa is not a huge concern at 12 weeks, but it is something to keep
an eye on.We have to go back at 16
weeks for another ultrasound to see if Baby A has moved away from my cervix.If not, then we may be a little more
concerned.We are trusting that Baby A
is just a little slower than Baby B and will move up in time. Right now it’s
not a huge concern, but it could definitely cause some complications in the
second half of my pregnancy if Baby A doesn’t move up into my uterus.Basically, placenta previa can cause hemorrhaging
and early labor. You can read more about placenta previa here.
I don’t have
any 3D ultrasound pictures to show today.The pictures that I do have are not the best.We had a new tech on Friday. As I said before, it
was a little rushed. Only a few quick pictures were taken to see that the
two of you were healthy, and then the ultrasound was over.Such a change from the first two ultrasounds,
where our RE and tech were just as excited to see the two of you on the screen as
we were.In both of those ultrasounds,
they took the time to get us the best pictures they could, and they always
labeled the two of you Baby A and Baby B.Friday’s ultrasound was just less personable, and you were labeled Fetus
A and Fetus B.I am sure that is just
proper protocal, but you are not just a 12 week old fetus.You are my precious babies that I have
watched grow every few weeks and will continue to watch grow over the next two
months.By the time you are 20 weeks, I
will have had five ultrasounds.Not too
many people get to see their baby’s grow inside of them, so it has certainly
been special to watch the life inside of me grow from only six weeks of pregnancy. There is no doubt that you are life!
Welcome to Loving Life! I'm so glad you stopped by. This blog has a little bit of everything. The intent of creating this blog was to journal the everyday experiences of life, creating a space that reflected my life's journey. My first post was in 2011, when I was still in the newlywed phase and a first-time homeowner. Much of those early posts were about our adventures in marriage and numerous frugal DIY projects. A few years later, this blog became my personal outlet, as I opened myself up and shared about our struggles with infertility, our exciting twin pregnancy and our how our plans to adopt were changed with a surprise second pregnancy. Being a new mom meant that my posts soon revolved around early motherhood. Currently, I'm the mom of three kids, four years old and under. I enjoy homeschooling our kids for preschool, so you'll find a little bit of that here too! It really is a hodge-podge of LIFE on this blog! If you like what you see while you're here, I invite you to leave a comment or click the follow button follower, and then invite your friends to do the same.
I'm just a girl who enjoys being creative. My three men are my world! I'm truly blessed to be a wife to an amazing man and a new mom of twin boys. In my spare time I love reading, thrifty shopping, home decorating, cooking, scrap booking, and blogging about this little thing called life!