I am so blown away at how well I am feeling at 32 weeks. Working a modified schedule the past two weeks was a total game changer for me. Being able to rest more during the week has helped me tremendously. This is my last week of work which I am grateful for and totally ready to be done, but I am so appreciative that I was able to work it out with my employer to work from home more the past two weeks. It made a huge difference!
I am currently going in for non-stress tests at the hospital twice a week. So far they are going great, and its really nice to just lay there and listen to the heart beats for 30 mins or so. It is such great reassurance. I am seeing my OB every two weeks, and she told me today I will start seeing her every week after my next appointment which will be at 34 weeks.
The plan right now is to have a C-section at 38 weeks. Scheduling this is supposed to be in the works so hopefully we will have our date soon. It just blows me away that they will be here in six weeks or less.
At home we are mostly ready. The nursery just needs a few finishing touches. Most of our baby gear is put together. I am going to get my car cleaned (inside and out) next week and then we will install the bases for the car seats. My hospital bags are also mostly packed. I took a breastfeeding class at the hospital last week which was a good starting point for information. This is probably the thing I’m the most nervous about. I was told by a nurse during my NST that the minimum time I will be in the hospital with twins/C-section is 4 nights, so hopefully the lactation consultants will be able to get us started on the right foot!
How Far along: 32 Weeks + 3 Days
Total Weight Gain: 25 lbs
Maternity Clothes: Yes but I can still wear my regular athletic shorts, leggings, and maxi skirts. Some maternity shirts are too short now though! I was adamant that I wasn’t going to buy any more maternity clothes but I did break down and get two long sleeved tops at target and some bigger underwear last week.
Movement: Yes. All the time. These babies are very active and constantly switching positions. I can tell baby B is going to be my feisty one though!
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Pretty terrible at night. I sleep best between 2 and 6 am or from 3pm-5pm (when I am able to get a nap in).
Best moments: My baby shower at 3o weeks was really nice. My friends did such a nice job and it was so blown away about how many people were able to make it. Almost every got us really useful gifts (instead of clothes/blankets!) so we are almost completely ready for the girls to arrive.
I was also able to meet up with two friends who weren’t able to make it to the shower. One is also pregnant with twins via IVF and it has been the most special thing that we can share our twin pregnancy after years of dealing with infertility together. My other friend went through IVF for both of her daughters and recently found out she is pregnant by complete surprise!
Also this morning we had a scan at perinatal so we were able to see the babies. They are both doing amazing as baby A is 4 lbs 9oz and baby B is 5 lb 2 oz. Both are looking perfect! It’s hard to believe I already have almost 10 lbs of baby in there!
There has just been so much great stuff going on the past two weeks!
Miss Anything: Just a good night of sleep. And maybe not having to pee every time I stand up.
Food Cravings: ICE ICE ICE ICE. I am obsessed with ice. Also cinnamon sticks from a local pizza place and onion rings.
Anything make you feel queasy or sick: Only if I try to do too much or don’t eat enough.
Labor signs: No
Symptoms: My Braxton Hicks have slowed WAY down since I started working a modified schedule. I still get heartburn from almost everything and my sleeping is crappy. My hips are really stiff in the morning or when I get up to pee at night which is kind of scary because sometimes I feel like I am going to fall over right when I stand up. I still have a hard time with sitting straight up for long periods of time or standing up for long periods of time. A maternity support belt is extremely helpful for everyday things like cooking/cleaning up or trips to Target ect when I am on my feet.
Belly Button: WAY OUT
Wedding Rings: Off
Mood: Really happy. Someone asked me to today if I am just ready to get them out and I was like “no way!” I don’t mind being uncomfortable or tired (yet) and I completely see how people miss being pregnant. I mean the first tri was really rough but all of the less than pleasant symptoms are completely manageable and I just love feeling them move around.
Looking forward to: Maternity leave starting! This is my last week of work and I am ready to be done and focusing totally on last minute things to get us totally ready. I am also looking forward to be able to rest/nap more during the day to make up for the lack of sleep at night.