Jan 3, 2013

Week 32

Marination Time:
32w0d (a bit behind - I apologize!)
 
Baby Size:
 
The Bump tells us that Pip and Pop are each as big as a squash and gives an average weight range of 2.5-3.8lbs for this month. BabyCenter says the babies are taking up more and more space inside my uterus (stating the obvious!) and each weigh as much as a large jicama, with an average weight of about 3 3/4 pounds and length of about 16 3/4 inches, head to heel. Sadly, it has been four weeks since my last growth scan and I have no idea how big they are! His Boys Can Swim still says the Ps are each as big as the front tire of a kids Big Wheel, about 16 inches.
 
Baby Milestones:
Pip and Pop at this point ready for delivery. They have toenails, fingernails, real hair (peach fuzz counts right?) and their skin is becoming baby soft as they continue to plump in preparation for birth. They continue to grow, work on breathing and lung development, and further develop their five senses, but all of the basics are done! It is recommended that a twin mom gain 1-2 pounds per week forthe rest of the pregnancy, with roughly half of that going directly to the babies! In fact, over the course of the next weeks the babies could gain as much as half of their total birth weight.
 
Symptoms:
Itching. A lot. Everywhere. Miserable Miserable Itching. Exhausted. Contractions. Tiny Bladder (Seriously. Every. 90. Minutes.) Trouble bending over - as in it doesn't happen. Shortness of breath and easily winded. Bruised and tender uterus causing make me cry levels of pain. Nausea with contractions. Mild indigestion.
 
How I'm Changing:
I seem to be past the changing part of pregnancy and now I just continue to grow!
My first nap in the nursery. I'm sure it won't be the last!
 
What I'm Eating:
Odwalla Chocolate Protein Monsters (they stay down!). Applesauce. Greek yogurt (Fage with strawberries). No more food aversions. No food cravings. I'm just trying to eat enough every day to help the boys grow big and strong!
 
Annoyances:
Itching.
 
I have had itchy feet for a few weeks but just ignored it - I slept sans socks so I could rub them together at night.
 
Then, two days ago the itching was all over and so bad I couldn't do anything but be itchy. It might have been NYE and my birthday, but I spent over an hour in a lukewarm oatmeal bath trying to feel better. I couldn't see a rash, hives, or anything like that so doused myself in lotion (cetaphil) and tried to sleep. Around 3, I woke and put Benadryl cream on some of the worst areas. Still no help.
 
I woke up on the 1st still itchy, but it wasn't overwhelming so I figured whatever it was was done. I washed all our bedding and moved on.
 
I thought.
 
Mid afternoon I started itching badly. By 5, it was bad enough I texted my doctor. She said to try a bath with pine tar soap so Casey went and bought some for me and I tried it. No relief. At that point, my OB brought up cholestasis and told me to come in the next day for bloodwork.
 
Yesterday, they did a full exam and drew blood to send off to the lab. Hopefully, results in a week. At this point I have red welts starting to form on wrists, ankles,and some of my other worst itchy places from scratching too much. I think this afternoon I will go get a manicure with my fingernails cut REALLY short so they can't leave scratch marks.
 
I'm concerned about the effect on the babies and how the heck I am going to survive without going insane from itching! Nothing is giving me any relief at all. The only time I feel at all better is when I'm physically in the bathtub, but I can't live in there! (Although, if it gets much worse I might review that opinion).
 
Sleep:
My sleep stretches have actually grown a bit longer. Instead of a maximum of 90 minutes at a time, I'm now going 2.5 hours normally!
 
Missing:
Nothing right now.
 
Belly Button Watch:
My flattie lives on.
 
What I'm most excited about:
As of today, I am 32w0d which I had set as my minimum personal goal for baby gestation. We made it!
 
Average gestation for twins is 34-35 weeks depending in which statistic you look at, so I'm going with 34.5w (34w4d) as my next goal. This means my next goal is to make it to January 21st (which is also Martin Luther King Day).
 
Previous Weekly Updates:
Week 31
Week 30
Week 29
Week 28
Week 27
Week 26
Week 25
Week 24
Week 23
Week 22
Week 21
Week 20
Week 19
Week 18
Week 17
Week 16
Week 15
Week 14
Week 13
Week 12
Week 11
Week 10
Week 9
Week 8
Week 7
Week 6
 

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