I have made it all the way to 37 weeks carrying twins. I am still in disbelief that they decided to stay in this long! Mom made it to Japan on Wednesday and CJ went to pick her up in Naha around 9:00 pm. I think she was so grateful to be back on the ground again that she didn’t even have the chance to be cranky about being in the air for about 24 hours. We are all settled and anxiously awaiting the arrival of the babies.
We had our “final” ultrasound on Tuesday with the MFM. She is so lovely and patient. She gave me the news that Baby A is breech and Baby B is vertex. They have been settled that way for quite some time now although they occasionally flip around when they get the urge. They still have plenty of space in there and lots of fluid in which to roll around. She also estimated their weights and Baby Girl (A) was 5 pounds, 5 ounces and Baby Boy (B) was 5 pounds, 8 ounces. Such good, healthy weights for twins! Because of the way they’re presenting (essentially they’re bottle necking in there–they are both dropped all the way to the bottom of my uterus) she recommended a c-section for my safety and the babies’ safety.
On Wednesday, I had a non-stress test. I had a horrible experience… Both babies had flipped transverse with their heads on my left and feet on my right. I did wake up and feel like I looked wider, haha. While the nurse was trying to locate Baby B’s heartbeat, he flipped clean over to vertex on my right side leaving them in a bit of an L-shape. I really couldn’t believe he was still moving so freely. In order to locate Baby A’s heartbeat, I had to be laid out totally flat on my back because the heartbeat was down by my left hip. Well, we finally found both heartbeats and I had been laying down for about 10 minutes when my blood pressure crashed. I started shaking, sweating, and had an episode of tunnel vision. It came on so quickly that I hadn’t had the chance or the ability to even say anything to the nurse who had her back to me. I ended up vomiting a little and she happened to turn around to see me in my state and rushed over to roll me on to my side and prop me up with a pillow. She mopped me up a bit and gave me some water to drink. When my blood pressure came back up, it spiked and caused me to have a pretty severe contraction and Baby B’s heart rate dropped roughly 30 BPM. It didn’t come back up in the next 20 minutes of monitoring so an OB came in to check on them. She said that it was okay because a baseline was set in the final 30 minutes of monitoring. After seeing how Baby B responded to the stress of a severe contraction, I am quite relieved to be scheduled for a c-section. I don’t know how he would handle labor and I’d a million times over rather have surgery than risk him having problems during labor. So Wednesday, barring any episodes of spontaneous labor in the meantime, I will get to meet my babies. I am so anxious. I can’t wait!
Here is a photo of my belly:
They have..you know..bloomed in the past week or so. Either that or my muscles have given up. ;) Just four more days and I’ll be snuggling my babes. I’m ready!
It’s so boring right now. But that’s just because I’m still incubating, not actually hanging out with babies. The house is clean and I’m in the process of trying to finish up the last few loads of baby laundry. (Side note: is there anything more annoying than washing, drying, and folding baby clothes? I don’t think there is.) Now I’m just taking this time to prep all of our new cloth diapers!
We decided to cloth diaper these babies for a few reasons. First of all, diapers are expensive. I put cloth on my registry and started buying them early and it has saved us a lot of $$$ already. We still got plenty of disposable diapers at our shower, though, so we are covered for those first few gross poops, when we are out and about, sick, exhausted, don’t have any clean diapers, etc. I used a diaper calculator and found out that we would be spending a RIDICULOUS amount of money to keep two newborns in diapers so right then and there I started to research cloth and found out that it would cost about $400 for a basic cloth diapering setup. That’s compared to a cost of about $5000 to keep our kiddos in disposables until they are out of diapers. The second reason I liked the idea of cloth is because I have incredibly sensitive skin and I can imagine that my babies will be the same way. I have to wear long sleeves to work every day because the cleaner that the custodial company uses on our desks breaks me out in a rash. It’s pretty absurd. I just don’t want to deal with the mess of my babies having an allergic reaction to the chemicals that create the super absorbent disposable diapers. The third and final reason that sealed the deal for my hippy heart is because cloth, even considering the extra washing, is so much better on the environment. There is so much research out there, no one really needs me to give my reasons for using cloth. But anyhow, this week is going to be spent finishing up the last few to-do list items and one of those is prepping the cloth prefolds. They need to be washed and dried X amount of times before the fabric is nice and absorbent. It’s not hard, just repetitive.
I’ve mostly been a bum this week and it’s nice. I’m trying to talk the babies into coming out on their own so we don’t have to go through a c-section. I talk to Baby Girl pretty often. She has been breech for a couple of months with brief moments of hanging out vertex like she needs to be. Baby Boy has been vertex for a couple of months after being breech for the majority of the time. I think the girl is just being stubborn which is a trait she clearly gets from her papa.
I have to get some paperwork done. We were rejected for some waivers we applied for a few weeks ago so we get to do the whole process over again. We need a 30-day waiver in order to purchase a larger vehicle. We put the carseats in my car and then realized that our car is too small. A) We have to move the front seats up too much for rear-facing infant seats and B) we can’t fit the double stroller in our car without putting the backseats down which presents a pretty obvious problem. We are doing that this week in addition to trying to get the visitor’s paperwork for my mom who will be here next week. It’s getting a bit down to the wire now but if the babies refuse to come on their own as I suspect they will, we still have a couple of weeks before their final eviction date of the 19th.
All in all, I’m just ready to meet them. It has been a really long nine months of feeling like I have the flu (nausea, vomiting, body soreness, fatigue, etc. – I think the flu is the perfect pregnancy analogy) and the babies are starting to run out of room. It’s getting to where Baby Boy rubs against my ribs when he rolls and kicks and it isn’t intense pain, it’s just uncomfortable like my body can’t stretch anymore. I’m pretty sure twin pregnancy with all of its potential delivery complications is engineered in such a way that twin mamas are not scared to deliver anymore–they just want the babies OUT. So I hope to meet them sooner rather than later. I would not be at all upset if we delivered at 36 weeks on the button which is this coming Saturday. We’ll just keep talking to them to see if they’ll listen to reason. ;)
The babies are growing faster than ever. I just felt like I looked super pregnant today in this shirt so I wanted to snap a photo to share on the blog. I’m glad I take a ton of photos of my belly because I don’t want to forget what my babies looked like while they were in my belly and causing me all sorts of bizarre aches and pains. I also (make fun if you wish) bought a belly casting kit! I have this super weird idea in my head to take a picture of them both cuddled inside my belly cast. It still boggles my mind that two babies are fitting in there! Here is my belly today:
I’m ready to meet them!