Aug 28, 2012

Week 14

Marination Time:
13w5d


Baby Size:



The Bump and BabyCenter both agree that this week Pip and Pop are grwoing to the size of lemons. We have our next ultrasound on Thursday so hopefully we will get measurements and can see how they compare to 3.4 inches. For the boy perscpective, His Boys Can Swim, tells Casey to think of Pip and Pop as stress balls. He's already feeling some of the pressures and stress of twins and a high risk pregnancy!


Baby Milestones:
Pip and Pop can now suck their thumbs, wiggle their toes, produce urine, and breathe in the amniotic fluid. Their little systems are developing! They are also growing lanugo, which is a thing, peach-fuzzy hair all over their little bodies to help keep them warm.


Symptoms:
Bloody noses. Tired. Lightheaded/Dizzy. Headaches. My nipples HURT, especially when they get cold. This is why I can be seen wearing a fleece vest around my house. In August. In Texas. The nausea and vomiting seem to have returned, but it's very mild compared to what it was a few weeks ago.


How I'm Changing:
I'm growing. Daily. I still think I look more along the lines of fat than pregnant, but obvious belly protrusion is happening.


What I'm Eating:
The toddler eating continues. Hot dog cut into mac and cheese? Delicious! PB&J? For sure. Fluffer nutter? Why thank you. Healthy salad? No way. I'm still pretty anti-chicken. I tried a chicken flauta at a Mexican restaurant and it tasted awful. I smelled chicken salad at my Mom's and almost lost my lunch. I have tried to cut back the Gatorade, but the first day I didn't drink any (still was super heavy on water to stop dehydration though) I noticed I was swollen and puffy again. It was particularly noticeable in my upper abdomen. Apparently I still need Gatorade in my life.

My biggest issue now is quantity. Dr. Barbara Luke's "When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads" recommends gaining 24lbs in the first 24 weeks of a twin pregnancy. To do this you need at least an additional 300 calories a day (and for many women more like 1,000 a day). The book says to put yourself on an eating schedule and eat every two hours, hungry or not. I can't do the forced feedings. No matter how hard I try, forcing myself to eat when I'm not hungry doesn't work for me. Since I'm not eating a meal every two hours, I'm a bit concerned by how little I eat at each meal. 1/2 a slice of pizza - full. 1/4 of a BBQ sandwhich - full. Less than 1/2 a burger - full. The so uncomfortably full I can't eat feeling actually reminds me a lot of my bad OHSS days when the free fluid was pressing on my stomach making it small.



Annoyances:
Bloody noses still continue, but I've been in really good spirits this week!


Sleep:
I think I am starting to feel a bit of my energy returning. This is probably just wishful thinking though. Especially goven how much I still sleep!


Missing:
Full sized meals.


Belly Button Watch:
No change. Still an Innie!


What I'm most excited about:
Next ultrasound is Thursday and I'm excited to see Pip and Pop again. It's been three weeks -- who ever knew that could feel like such a long time! I'm also thrilled to have officially entered the second trimester as of last Thursday.

I am also thrilled that we are now officially shopping for baby things. First on the list: a car, a DSLR camera, and nursery furniture.



Previous Weekly Updates:
Week 13
Week 12
Week 11
Week 10
Week 9
Week 8
Week 7
Week 6



2 comments:

  1. Woot! Woot! Great news that all is going well! try not to worry to much mom, the babies WILL get what they need. Excited to hear about Thursdays scan!

    Jennyh247

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  2. =) I agree, don't worry about your eating. The babies will get nutrients, even if they have to steal them from you. Just try and eat as much as you can and feel like. I always lost a little weight at the beginning of each pregnancy, and my babies are nice and healthy!

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