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 be something that our little ones can go back and read, as a reminder of how much he or she was loved from the very beginning of their existence. You can read previous weeks by clicking on the following posts: Week 5, Week 7, Week 9, Week 12, Week 13, Week 15, Week 16, Week 18, Week 19, Week 21, Week 22, Week 24, Week 28, Week 30.
More snow is sure to come, but the green grass is just a sign of spring being around the corner. This year particularly, the arrival of spring means the arrival of my babies, so forgive me if I am a little more excited than usual about melting snow and sunshine!
Also, Daddy and I celebrated our last Valentine's together as a family of two. He is always so thoughtful, and I couldn't ask for a better man for the two of you to look up to and hopefully one day be just like. As you grow up, notice the way he treats me....with love and respect. This is the kind of treatment that will be expected from you towards your Mama, your future wives, and women in general. Don't just learn by me telling you, but learn by the example he sets for you.
Other than snow and celebrations, the past few weeks have brought changes to my body. I’ve really noticed my body preparing itself for your arrival. 1) Braxton Hicks contractions are happening frequently, and at times they are more than uncomfortable. I know they are not active labor contractions, because they are still very sporadic. At times, my contractions may be five or six minutes apart, while other times they are still an hour apart. To cope with the contractions, I'm resting a lot more than I would like to be and am drinking plenty of water. 2) You boys have dropped since my last post, and carrying you so low is quite uncomfortable. I swear it feels as if you are going to fall right out of me some days! 3) I'm just getting downright big! I seriously don't know how my body is going to stretch anymore than it already has. My stomach literally feels bruised, and each time you move the soreness only intensifies.
At 32 weeks, we had a routine growth ultrasound and discovered Baby A jumped from 2 lbs. 12 oz. to 4 lbs. 3 oz. in one month's time, while Baby B jumped from 2 lbs. 9 oz. to 4 lbs. 5 oz. You’ve been around the 50th percentile this entire pregnancy. While you were still measuring in the 50th percentile for your 32 week growth ultrasound, the very thought of delivering two normal sized babies to 38 weeks was overwhelming to me. The following Facebook post clearly shows how I was feeling right after that appointment…….
At 33 weeks, my fears of having to deliver 15 lbs. of baby were put to ease. At that appointment, the doctor told us she highly doubts I will make it to a 38 week induction. She expects you to arrive in a couple of weeks, as I was already starting to dilate at that appointment. I was less than a cm. dilated, so I was sent home without any restrictions. Every woman is different. I could be walking around dilated for a month before going into labor, or it could happen much sooner than that. I will say that I feel like I could go into labor at any time. Even small amounts of physical activity puts me into contractions, so I am forced to take things much easier than I would like to. We really do want to keep you in till at least 36 weeks. Even though I have no specific restrictions from a doctor, Daddy and I have agreed to cut back my hours at work considerably, so I can spend much of my day off of my feet and resting. He is also not allowing me to do much of anything around the house. He has taken on all of the grocery shopping, the cleaning and the cooking. While I love that he is so concerned about all three of us, it kills me to not be able to do those things. I hate having to watch him work a full day and then come home and take care of responsibilities that I would normally be doing.
Other than all of the physical discomforts of this last bit of pregnancy, we are still making progress in preparing for your arrival. Since my last post, we had our church baby shower. We are certainly blessed with a wonderful church family who can’t wait to meet you.
We’re feeling more and more prepared as each week passes. Over the past few weeks, we've....
1) purchased the remaining items that we needed for your arrival
2) packed the diaper bag, and it's ready to go
3) packed my hospital bag, and it's waiting by the door with a list of last minute items for Daddy to put in the bag before we leave
4) have the carseats ready to be put in the car, and Daddy is taking them to get inspected this weekend
5) have the stroller ready to go
6) have the bassinets ready for you in our room
7) put the baby moniter up in the nursery
8) assembled all of the baby gear and put batteries in everything
9) took a birthing class at the hospital to better prepare us for labor and delivery
We still have a few more small things to buy here and there, and I want to make sure the house is cleaned really well before you come, along with getting the freezer and pantry stocked up. I guess those are all things to work on next weekend.
Other than that, I think that we are as ready as we are going to be for our big day. We are certainly looking forward to meeting you face to face. It feels like it's taken forever to get to this point. It won't be long now. Seeing you face to face will be here before we know it.