It is so hard for me to believe I am at 31 weeks! I can definitely say that pregnancy has been the fastest time of my life. I know all you moms out there are probably saying “just wait.” It’s just crazy because it seems like just last week we got the call of “congratulations”
Not only does today mark 31 weeks, but it also is the end of my first week of bedrest. I know I don’t look very bedresty in these pictures (meaning the makeup and jewelry…oh and the standing up:). My doctor approved me to go to my last baby shower, so I got to get out and about yesterday! It was such a sweet shower at Jonathan’s work…more to come on it later.
Stats about week 31:
Total weight gain so far:
exactly 30 lbs. since starting IVF. The topic of gaining weight could be another post in itself, but right now I’m feeling pretty good about 30 lbs. I figure it would be ideal to put on another 10 or so before the babies come, but we’ll see. My doctor is always happy, so I guess I’m happy!
What I’m wearing these days:
mostly skirts and Gap pure body t’s when we have company. Yoga pants/shorts and a t-shirt otherwise. I’ve stopped buying any maternity clothes, and now I’m trying to get a few things to feel good in once the babies get here. Skirts with foldover/elastic waist bands, a few nursing camis, shirts that can be pulled down/to the side in the front.
So far none, and I am keeping my fingers crossed. I have always assumed I would get stretch marks, especially once I found out it was twins. But so far so good. Although I totally realize I could still have 6 or 7 weeks left, so the idea that I won’t get any might be unrealistic. A girl can hope, though.
Sleep? Sleep is definitely going downhill because of more and more bathroom trips during the night. I’ve been getting up pretty much every two hours. I don’t really mind having to get up to go to the bathroom…but what really annoys me is when I can’t fall back asleep. Although now that I’m on bedrest, I have plenty of time to catch up during the day, so it’s not that big of a deal. I really do feel like I’m just preparing my body to be up throughout the night for feedings…and I’m totally fine with that!
Signs of Labor: nope! The doctor keeps asking me expectantly if I’m having any contractions (Braxton Hicks or otherwise), and I just keep saying no. Given the issue of my shortening cervix and whatnot, I’m a bit surprised and super thankful that I’m not having contractions yet. Let’s keep it that way, body! I do sometimes wonder if I could be having them and I’m just not recognizing what they are…since I don’t know what they feel like and all. But I know that’s probably really silly.
Symptoms: Lots of round ligament and other pains. Moving hurts. That’s all. I’m so happy that my swelling has gone away since being on bedrest though! Unfortunately I never got a picture of how swollen my legs, ankles and feet were, but take my word for it…they were bad. I couldn’t even recognize them any more. Now they are completely back to normal, and I am eating it up! I’m pretty sure Jon is sick of me admiring myself and talking about how nice it is to have my old legs back. The best part has been getting to wear fun summer shoes the few times I have left the house. The last week of school I was down to one lonely pair of flip flops that would actually go on my feet. I even painted my own toenails this past week…which was an epic event. I still can’t quite believe I was able to do it…pretty impressive methinks. Oh, and a couple of symptoms I’m kind of (read: extremely) embarrassed to mention – constipation and hemorrhoids. There, I said it. Super awkward, but my reality right now. I’m kind of bitter that not one person ever told me about the possibility of these two things. They are like a force of evil, working together to take over my life I think.
Baby items still left to buy: the rest of our cloth diapers, cloth diaper approved diaper rash ointment (just in case!), Ergo carrier for the husband, one Boppy pillow (not an absolute necessity), cloth wipes/wipes holder and a couple of pack n’ play sheets (they’ll be sleeping in our room for a couple of weeks). There are of course other things I’d really like to get before they come, but these are the things I feel like we really have to get.
Today my sweet mom is coming up to clean our house, help me start washing the babies’ clothes and organizing them, and she’s going to cook me a quinoa dish…I’m pretty excited. The only thing that could make it better is if I could get up and help! I guess you can’t win ’em all though. I’m so so thankful to have family around that has done so much for us.
Yay for week 31! Stay in there and keep growing, babies!