39 Weeks!

Today I am officially 39 weeks. We made it, all the way to the scheduled c-section. Truth be told, I did not expect to get all the way here, but I am so excited we did. I know everyone in excited to see pictures and hear stats, but since Sprout isn’t going to be making an appearance until a little later today I have a new belly shot and some other numbers to share with you.

3:30, 39, 10, 2, 6, 2

At 3:30 this morning I finally crawled into my own bed. I was 39 weeks pregnant. I would be having surgery and a baby in 10 hours. I had already changed 2 diapers and been up with the girls 6 times. I had also slept on the floor of the girls’ room for 2 hours.

That’s right. To celebrate my last night before a newborn, the girls decided to remind me of what I was going back to… you know, for old times sake. Thanks a lot girls!

Also, you need the results of the gender poll! According to your votes 73% think Sprout is a BOY. 26% think Sprout is a GIRL. We’ll just have to wait and see!

And one last time, here is babycenter.com’s update:

Your baby’s waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it’s likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

Happy Birthday Sprout! We can’t wait to meet you 🙂

Published in: on March 1, 2012 at 8:57 am  Comments (2)  

No News Is No News

You’ve heard the expression “no news is good news”. Well around our house I started using the variation “no news is no news”. You see, the problem we are having (as most near due pregnant women do) is that if anyone ever calls me and I don’t answer (perhaps I am using the bathroom -as pregnant women rarely do!- or am trying to wrangle my two little monkeys off of something high and dangerous -which also never happens around here-) then people automatically assume I must already be at the hospital getting ready for our new little one to arrive. So for our family and close friends the saying is “no news is no news”, meaning we’ll call if anything starts going ahead of schedule. Otherwise, relax. Don’t worry. And wait for Thursday.

Published in: on February 28, 2012 at 8:54 am  Comments (2)  
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38 Weeks

Another week bites the dust. Do I need to tell you how excited I am to have made it to 38 weeks? No? O.k. Well I’ll just show you a new picture then.

And here is what babycenter.com says about Sprout this week:

Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she’s over 19 1/2 inches long. She has a firm grasp, which you’ll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. For many women, the next couple of weeks are a waiting game. Use this time to prepare your baby’s nursery or to take care of necessary tasks you may not get around to for a while after your baby’s born. Take naps, catch up on your reading, and spend uninterrupted time with your partner while you can.

I love this advice. I’ll just add naps, book reading and quality time to my endless list of things to do before the baby arrives. Which, by the way is ONE WEEK from today! I can’t believe this is my last week to be pregnant. Time sure does fly. That reminds me, don’t forget to vote on whether you think Sprout is a boy or girl. Right now the boys have it with a whopping 77% vs. the girls with only 22%.

Published in: on February 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm  Comments (2)  

The Big One

I have asked quite a few questions during this pregnancy. Most recently, how pregnant is too pregnant to wash my hair bent over the bathtub. (Whatever the answer is, 37 weeks isn’t it!) Another big one is whether or not to circumcise if it is a boy. But the time has come to ask the biggest one of all.

What do YOU think Sprout will be, a boy or a girl?

So vote now, and I’ll try to reveal the final results shortly before the baby is born.

Published in: on February 18, 2012 at 8:32 am  Comments (1)  

37 Weeks

Woo Hoo! Another goal has been hit. I am now considered “full term”. It is something I am aware other people are noticing about me as well. The girl who did my haircut the other night was very alert anytime I took a deep breath, and pleaded with me to not go into labor while in her chair. I also see the hesitation on people’s faces before they board an elevator with me. I know they are just imagining being trapped there and having to deliver my baby themselves. But I am feeling great! I could go on and on about how excited I am that Sprout will not be born premature, but that could get old week after week, so I will just share a new picture with you.

According to babycenter.com Sprout is probably about 6 1/3 pounds, and about 19 inches long. It will be so exciting to see if this baby looks anything like the girls did, or if he/she has totally different characteristics. Only a little bit left before we find out 🙂

And while we are on questions…  here is another. How pregnant is too pregnant to wash my hair bent over the tub?

Published in: on February 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm  Comments (1)  

It’s A Date

I saw my doctor again this morning for a routine appointment and everything looks great. I am not dilated at all, and he said the baby is “miles up there”, which is just music to my ears. I couldn’t be more thrilled to hear that little Sprout is in no hurry to come out and is going to stay and cook a little longer. Not to mention things will be so much smoother if we make it to the scheduled c-section since we will have family here to help then. If Sprout decides to come early we will be in a bit of a pickle since on the 25th my brother is getting married in Malibu. And yes, that does mean we will be missing his wedding, which is a major disappointment. But sometimes life happens and things just don’t work out the way you wish they would. My brother is marrying an amazing woman who I am overjoyed to take as my sister as well. I wish them all the best on their special day and for the rest of their lives. Anyways…. at my appointment today we also set a date and time to meet our newest munchkin! It is official. March 1st, 3:30pm. You may remember reading before about our date choice, and I am sad to say the 29th was not an option for us. The hospital won’t allow us the schedule until the first day of the last week before I am due, which is March 1st. So now it is up to Sprout if he/she wants to be a leap day baby. But for now, all is well in babyland and we are getting excited to meet our little one.

Published in: on February 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm  Comments (2)  

Another Year

I can’t believe another year has gone by, and that my twins are turning two tomorrow. When did that happen? And, not only is tomorrow their birthday, but I will also be 36 weeks into this pregnancy- which has been my goal all along! It may seem silly, especially since most pregnant ladies out there complain a lot in the final weeks. But to me, each week is a huge milestone and a major accomplishment. I know just how vital each day of development is to this little baby, and I am thrilled we have made it this far!

Today is a very busy day getting ready for Alyssa and Kylie’s birthday tomorrow, even though we are keeping things very low key. We already made a trip to Lowe’s for some quick dry cement to make stepping stones with their footprints (following a tradition from last year), a trip to the grocery store for cupcake mix (chocolate this year!) and a bath. Girls are in their high chairs now having a quick lunch before their nap, and then it is off to have two year pictures taken. So I don’t have a lot of time to reflect on my thoughts about them turning two, but I will point you to my post last year where I talk about how I felt the day before they were born. So check that out by clicking here.

And as a special treat, here is exactly what I wrote two years ago today. I copied it from my online pregnancy journal ( the precursor to this blog).

Well, today was my last day being pregnant with the twins. I found out this morning that I am going to have a c-section tomorrow morning to deliver them. I guess the pre-eclampsia has finally caught up with us, and my doctors didn’t want to push their luck trying to keep me pregnant a little longer. So on Feb. 9, 2010 at 34 weeks, 4 days our babies will be born. I cried the whole way home from the doctors appointment. I am SO not ready to not be pregnant, and I worry about how the babies will do being born this early. I am also totally freaked out about having a c-section. I was really hoping to deliver vaginally, but they said this is really my only option, so here we go. Tomorrow morning we go to the hospital at 5:30am, and are scheduled for the surgery at 7:30. I am sure I won’t be getting much sleep tonight as I am feeling very anxious. I am starting to feel a little more excitement about meeting our babies finally though. I wonder if they are boys or girls, I wonder if they look more like Russell than me (I’m guessing Russell), I wonder if their hair will be dark or light. I look forward to holding them. I just want them to be o.k. For our last night before kids Russell and I made a bunch of phone calls to family letting them know the plan, and watching Arrested Development. Silly maybe, but a typical night for us. So, goodbye pregnancy… thanks for everything!

 

Published in: on February 8, 2012 at 11:48 am  Comments (1)  

34 And 4

Today I am 34 weeks and 4 days. That is the exact point I was at when our girls were born. In a lot of ways it is actually really comforting. First of all, we haven’t had any problems so far (with the girls they were closely watching me for about 3 weeks before we got to delivery). Second of all, I have real life experience of what kinds of things we could expect from a baby born today. And third, short of something really terrible happening -think something like stillbirth- the outcome can only be better from here on out. All in all, I am feeling pretty darn good. We’ll get to schedule the c-section at my next appointment and then we’ll know when we get to meet this little guy or girl. Exciting!

But for now I need to post a picture. Well, actually two. This is my last week to do a comparison photo, and while it doesn’t seem to me to be as dramatic as previous weeks, I am going to chalk it up to the angle or something. I am no where near as big as I was the last time at this point. Heck, I still fit into ALL of my maternity clothes, which was not something I could say at like 6 months with the twins. Plus I am still around 20 pounds lighter than I was at delivery. But anyways, here you go!

34 weeks 4 days

Twin Belly 34 weeks

And… Babycenter.com’s two cents:

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. By this week, fatigue has probably set in again, though maybe not with the same coma-like intensity of your first trimester. Your tiredness is perfectly understandable, given the physical strain you’re under and the restless nights of frequent pee breaks and tossing and turning, while trying to get comfortable. Now’s the time to slow down and save up your energy for labor day (and beyond).

So I guess I have an excuse for feeling like the laziest person in the world right now. I should be sitting back and relaxing, not trying to get laundry done, dishes washed, house cleaned, dinner cooked and toddler twins chased down. Cool. So who can I come get to do all that other stuff for me?

Published in: on January 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm  Comments (1)  
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32 Weeks

Please ignore how hideous I look in this picture. Or please take into account that I had just been in the car for 8 hours with 2 (almost!) 2 year olds.  After a weekend with very little sleep. But I couldn’t let another week pass without a new belly shot. So here it is, at 32 weeks.

Which I thought we would compare to this picture of me with the twins. At just 25 weeks.

And for all those keeping track, here is how Sprout is developing according to BabyCenter.com.

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she’ll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

Published in: on January 17, 2012 at 9:43 am  Comments (2)  

The Truth

On Monday I had an appointment with my doctor. Just a regular pregnancy check-up, but the truth is, I was really nervous. I didn’t mention it to anyone, but there was a lot of anxiety in my heart leading up to the doctor coming in. First of all, at my last appointment I had done my glucose screen. (Test for gestational diabetes) They had told me before that I had had some sugar in my urine in previous appointments and asked if I was diabetic with the twins. That started my initial worry. I desperately hoped to have a normal, healthy, full-term pregnancy this time around and diabetes was just not in my plans. Secondly, this is exactly how far along I was when they started talking about pre-eclampsia with the twins. My doctor told me I was barely at risk for it from the beginning, and my blood pressures at home have been totally normal, but I worry still. (Me, worry… can you believe it?!) They never tell me my BP at my appointments, so I am not entirely sure what they have looked like there. But they have been telling me “everything is o.k.”

Anyways, I went to my appointment and the nurse weighed me, took my BP and listened for the baby’s heartbeat. She asked if I had been feeling much movement. Yes is the answer, very much so. She wasn’t very warm but told me she thinks I look very good for 31 weeks (size wise). Thank you! It was hard to tell if she thought everything was o.k. so I just sat and waited for the doctor, tapping my fingers on the table. Then finally the doctor came  in.

And the truth is… everything is totally normal. I passed my glucose screen with no signs of diabetes, and my BP was 120/60, which is great. He said everything is measuring right on and things are going perfectly! No reason to worry at all. Whew! It looks like I might get that healthy, normal, full-term pregnancy after all.

Side note: Vacation this weekend! Check out where we will be come Saturday.

Published in: on January 11, 2012 at 9:23 am  Comments (2)  
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