Archive for September, 2011

Fertnal: Bob’s ever-growing belly at 32 weeks

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

My cousin Emily is pregnant right now, too, and she observed:

By now you have probably seen some pictures of my belly from Jean (and Facebook), but we haven’t seen any of you!

Looking back, I realize that I haven’t posted any progressing belly photos since July. Needless to say, I’ve grown some since then. ;-D

Here’s how big my belly was on Wednesday at 32 weeks:

Bob at 32 weeks
Bob at 32 weeks

And here’s how things looked getting here over the last ten weeks (click for larger):

Bob belly progress
Bob’s belly at 22, 24, and 26 weeks

Bob belly progress
Bob’s belly at 28, 30, and 32 weeks

I saw Dr. K about ten days ago and he said our girls are doing great! Baby A was up to 3 lbs 11 oz and Baby B was up to 3 lbs 12 oz, which is about average for babies in general but big for twins. I’m thrilled that all this effort I’m exerting to eat, drink, and take the recommended supplements seems to be working! What’s more, they should theoretically each have gained another half pound in the last week, too. That means I’m carrying around 8 pounds of babies and counting.

I would ordinarily post ultrasound footage here, but it’s less picturesque than sometimes. Both babies have rotated so that their spines are toward my front and their faces are toward my back, which precluded getting pretty pictures of their faces. We see Dr. K again on Sept 30th, and maybe they’ll smile for us then.

I also asked Dr. K about my risk for pre-term labor, since twins often come early (35 weeks is average). He said that everything looks great so far and he thinks I could make it to 37 or 38 weeks, which is term for twins. Wish us luck!

In the meantime, here’s what evenings look like around here these days. I run out of steam and head for the couch to lie down and put my feet up by about 6:00 pm, plus or minus an hour. And while Tibbs was initially thwarted by my belly, he has now mastered lying on my side. Every now and again one of the girls will kick her feet which makes Tibbs’ head go up and down in a funny way, but he tolerates it.

Tibbs racked out on top of the girls

p.s. Emily and her husband John just moved to Finland, and she started a new blog, Under the Northern Sky, to chronicle their adventures. If you’re curious about life in northern Europe, check it out!

Emily in Finland
Emily in Finland!

Fertnal: Good news from the lab…

Monday, September 19th, 2011

When I reached 29 weeks pregnant, Dr. K sent me back to the lab for some third trimester blood work, to test for gestational diabetes and anemia. Gestational diabetes only affects 3-4% of singleton moms, but 7% of twin moms. Fortunately, I passed my glucose challenge test, so no diabetes here, at least not yet.

On the other hand, my lab work showed I’m anemic… again… which is apparently unsurprising because most moms of multiples eventually develop iron-deficiency anemia. When the nurse called with the results, she said, “I bet you’re feeling more tired than usual,” to which I replied, “and how!” I had reached the point that despite spending 11-12 hours a night in bed (sleeping in 2-hour increments), I only had the energy to dress, eat, and sit at my desk, and that for only 5-6 hours a day. Simple puttering in the house had become too taxing and running errands was right out. She added that I shouldn’t worry about the babies because “the little leaches are taking everything they need” from me. The challenge is ensuring that I get what I need, too.

Fortunately, anemia is treatable. The nurse had me add another iron supplement to my prenatal vitamin, make a point to wash them down with OJ (because ascorbic acid improves absorption), and further ratchet up my consumption of red meat and other iron-rich foods. Personally, I’m viewing anemia as justification to add fois gras to the shopping list because duck liver is an excellent (and tasty!) source of iron. It’s for the babies, really.

The first day of iron supplement plus OJ was rough on my stomach, but I’ve worked it out, and a week later I’m genuinely feeling better. On Saturday I managed an hour or two of puttering and sorting around the house, and today I washed dishes, did laundry, and even made it out to run errands and buy cat food. It’s still extremely frustrating that “planning my day” means prioritizing the one or two things I can accomplish in a scant hour or two of up-and-about energy, but I am grateful to have at least that much back. I hope I can keep it up!

Blogging out of order

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

My cousin Al wrote:

What’s up with your blog? Did you forget the logon password? No news since my birthday. I hope all is well with you three.

Between the pregnancy hormones and not blogging for two months, forgetting my logon password is now within the realm of possibilities. But really, I’ve just been busy/tired/overwhelmed.

Nonetheless, there are myriad things I want to blog about. So this afternoon I’ll take a stab at capturing some of them, in no particular order. I’ll endeavor to date-stamp them properly, but I probably won’t get to every event I’d like to. However, I’m getting used to that.