The Twincesses Birth Story

It has been a little while, but I have a really good reason this time.  On September 28th 2016 my twins were born.  I never got around to posting my 37 week BUMPdate, because I went in to have them at 37 weeks and 3 days.  I’m getting ahead of myself though.

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I knew I was going to have a scheduled C-Section so their birth date was already set. At 37 weeks I was beyond ready to meet them. I was pretty uncomfortable, had horrible heartburn and couldn’t sleep at night.   I went in for my regular Monday NST and when they placed the monitor on Rory ( Twin A) I noticed that it was pretty low compared to what it had been on the Friday before. I mentioned to my Doctor that I thought that she may have flipped into the head down position.  While she got the portable ultrasound machine, I tried not to get too excited. When she did the ultrasound she let me know that Scarlett ( Twin B) looked like they were presenting now and she was head down. She wanted me to go for  a more in depth ultrasound just to make sure. The nurses called to schedule it for the next day.

Tuesday: I went for the ultrasound at 4pm, and according to the ultrasound tech both of the girls were head down and Rory was the presenting twin.  I was so excited. I told the tech that I loved her… They were going to send the results to my Doctor and I was to go in for my scheduled C-Section but they were going to induce me. As long as the girls didn’t flip around again I would be able to have a natural birth.  I made sure I moved as little as possible for the rest of the night and I slept on the couch because I was so anxious, and excited that the next day I would have my girls here and I didn’t want them to move around too much.

Wednesday: We got up at about 6 am, excited that this was the day that we would go from just Aaron and I to a family of four.  I called in to labour and delivery just to give them the heads up that we would be coming in for 6:30am.  When we got there it was going to be a little while before the Doctor was in so they hooked me up to the NST so they could start getting a reading for each of the girls.  Aaron and I joked with the nurse ( she was great) and she let us know that she herself was a twin.  When my Doctor got there she let me know that Dr. Knowles would be delivering the girls, but she was going to be in the building and would hopefully be able to come see us once I had them.  Dr. Knowles made her way in, introduced herself and her resident introduced himself before they gave me one last chance to have the c-Section.

They both checked to make sure the girls were head down still, and then let me know they were going to break my water. At that point I was already 3-4 cm dilated, so even if my water wasn’t broken I would have been having them  within a few days.

The whole process was started at 8:30 am ( when they broke my water ) and everything moved along rather quickly. I let them know at noon that I needed the epidural … Hey I’m not trying to be a super hero, not only are twin births recommended to have one due to the possibility of having an emergency C-Section but I’m all about the epidural.  When the anesthesiologist finally got there I was more than ready to get the epidural, so she poked me in the back with her huge needle and inserted the line into my spine. I wasn’t allowed to eat from midnight the night before so within minutes my blood sugar dropped. I had to drink numerous glasses of apple juice that had extra packages of sugar in them.

Within about a half an hour I was letting them know that I was ready to start pushing. They had to get Aaron to wheel  in some of the equipment into the operating room where I had to deliver.  By the time I got into the operating room I was crowning while I was being moved on to the table.  After about 3 or 4 pushes at 2:14 pm my first baby was born. We assumed that because the ultrasound showed that Rory was presenting that she would be born first but Scarlett pushed past her and was born first. (The only reason we knew that the first one was Scarlett was because the monitor that I had on the left side of my stomach was the one that lost the heartbeat when she came out.  It wasn’t much longer before Rory was ready to make her appearance.  I pushed maybe once after telling the Doctor that I needed to. She had literally just finished telling the resident that he needed to keep his hands down in that area because sometimes babies just come out without warning. When I pushed once and out she came at 2:24 pm.

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Lyndsay Aaron and Scarlett

 

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Scarlett                                                                                Rory
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Rory 6 lbs 5 oz
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Scarlett 6 lbs 7 oz

The actual process of giving birth to twins was nothing like I thought it was going to be. I figured it would be a big process ( think of all the pushing to have one times two) but it wasn’t bad at all.  My entire labour was 6 hours after they broke my water, and having the epidural for only a half hour makes me feel like I could do it again without a thought.

It did take a while for everything to get sorted out. Both girls had low blood sugar so they were monitored really closely.  There were a lot of tests that had to be done before we allowed anyone into the room to meet them.  There was a lot of paperwork to fill out as well.

If I told you I didn’t cry when they put the babies on my chest in the operating room I would be a liar. After Having a child who is stillborn one of the greatest things that you can hear is their cry. Just hearing that made me think about Mackenzie and how thankful I was to have his two sisters here and healthy.

36 Week BUMPdate

Well the time is getting closer, pretty soon I’ll have some twincesses to hold in my arms and I just can’t wait. I have been going for NST ( non stress tests) weekly but they have now been bumped up to pretty much every day this week.  I went in on Monday for my regular stress test and I was there for over two hours.  Rory has taken it upon herself to be a little rebel. Not only has she not flipped to the head down position but she spent the first 10 minuted avaiding the machines that I was hooked up to, and then refused to stay still long enough to get a good reading.  I went back today and they were both cooperative however Scarlett is transverse and Rory is still breech… there go my plans of having a somewhat natural birth.  There they go, right out the window and are running faster than I can catch them.

Anyways, because I will be delivering early I got my first steroid shot. I go back tomorrow and get a second one after 24 hours. The nurse today who gave my my second NST was amazing. She offered me a strip from the test for my baby book.  I wish I would have had this for Mackenzie, but it wasn’t something that even crossed my mind of something to ask for.

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It may be a little hard to read because its sideways and everything. However the darker line is twin A ( Rory) and the lighter line is B ( Scarlett). I am so excited that I have this little keepsake. Again I am not going to answer all of the questions, I’ll go over them all next week in my post.  I will post the picture.

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My maternity clothes are at the point that very few things even fit me. That could be because of their combined weight. My heartburn is outrageous and right now because of the steroid shots I am going to have to really monitor my sugars. One of the side effects of steroid shots to help with lung development is the inability to properly regulate insulin.  So everything I eat has to strictly follow the eating guide that is associated with gestational diabetes.  It is crazy to think that by this time next week I’ll be just hours away from meeting my girls!

35 Week BUMPdate

So I’m nearing the end of this pregnancy and I really want the girls to make their appearance in the healthiest possible way. HOWEVER I just got some news that I am having trouble digesting. Twin A and Twin B have both flipped. This means that A is now breech and B is head down. This wouldn’t be a problem if A wasn’t still the presenting twin. For those of you who don’t know what some of these terms are breech means that baby is feet down, and presenting is the baby that is lower down and will be the first one born.

So what does all of this mean?   As of right now I’m scheduled to have a c- section.  This is something that I have been trying to avoid throughout my whole pregnancy. At first we thought that I may have to have one because of where baby A’s placenta placement was.  When you are having twins ( not positive if this relates to singletons or not) your placenta has to be a certain distance from the cervix to be able to give birth naturally.  The magic number is 2cm and many internal ultrasounds and hoping and wishing and pretty much putting myself on couch rest I hit that number.  I was super excited. Everything was looking good for a natural delivery, A had been head down the whole time and my Dr let me know that they can turn B if she stayed breech so I was set.   Little did I know that the 2 weeks between ultrasounds gave the girls some time to start being defiant.  I went in on the 9th for my placement ultrasound and the little buggers flipped.  and A has decided that she still wants to be number 1 so her feet are wedged in between B’s head and my cervix.

Needless to say I’m freaking out.  Just thinking about it and the recovery time is giving me panic attacks.  I find myself starting to cry just thinking about it.  Don’t get me wrong having healthy babies is the ultimate goal, and I’m not looking for the natural drug free birthing experience ( I’m all about that epidural) I just hate the thought of major surgery, not being able to hold my babies until how long after they’re born. Not having the time to recover the way I want to and having to rely on family for help.  I know that they are more than willing to help out for the first how long, but I want to be able to bond with my babies and I hate asking for help. I would rather just do it all on my own.

Now that I’ve been a horrible downer I will appease you with a picture.

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Funny story, My belly is getting noticeable huge. When I went for my appointment with my doctor she grabbed the tape measure and promptly put it back down saying ” hold on I need to go get a bigger one”. I knew my stomach was getting pretty big but I didn’t realize it was need a bigger tape measure big.  It is seriously at the point that driving is uncomfortable.

Yeah that’s my belly rubbing against the steering wheel. I literally can not move my seat back any further.

I’m not going to do all of the questions because they are the exact same answers as last week with the exception of my weight. I have officially gained  29 lbs.  Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

 

I love it so much I could eat it with a spoon!

Does anyone else love Pico de Gallo as much as I do?  Seriously I could eat it with a spoon.  It is one of those versatile foods… condiments?  that goes with almost anything.  Breakfast, you can put it on eggs, with avocado on toast, in an omelette.  You can eat it with chips, on chicken, in quesadillas and tacos, in a salad, on potatoes, poutine topping or on rice. The possibilities are truly endless.

On to the recipe!

PICO DE GALLO

Ingredients:

6 Tomatoes

1 White Onion

1-2 Jalapenos

1 Lime

1/2 Bunch of Cilantro

1/2 tsp salt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After you chop all of the ingredients in smaller than bite size pieces, juice the lime and add the salt then mix thoroughly.  Let sit in the fridge for a few hours before you use and use within a few days.

Do you love Pico de Gallo as much as I do? leave a comment below with your favourite way to enjoy it … even if it is just with a spoon.

34 Week BUMPdate

Well hello there, I can honestly say that I’m getting more consistent at uploading these posts.  Hopefully once the girls are here I will be able to keep up the momentum. I do have a few Ideas for more recipe posts because they have definitely been lacking around here lately.

At this point I am beyond ready to welcome the girls. I’m just so uncomfortable and anxious.  I actually just started to swell this week. I know that sounds like a major win but being pregnant with twins it makes me worry about preeclampsia . Having the gestational Diabetes to worry about is enough, and with being at the end of my pregnancy, and Mackenzie’s birthday just passing not long ago my mind is in overdrive.   Ever since I found out I was having twins I thought they were going to come on or around the 16th of September. I will be 35 weeks pregnant at that point and it is normal for twins to make their appearance during that time. However I just got some news about some things happening on that day (that I will discuss later on if they work out).  So I hope that they make their appearance a little later than that.  Maybe the afternoon or the day after.

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How far along: 34 weeks!

Total weight gain: gained 25 lbs total

Maternity clothes: Some of my maternity clothes are getting small

Stretch marks:My stomach is like one big one

Sleep: What is that?

Best moment of this week: Aaron came with me to my NST ( non stress test) it was the first time that he was able to hear the girls heartbeats.

Miss anything: not having to check my sugars and take insulin before every meal.

Movement:My bladder doubles as a punching bag some days.

Food cravings: It is Pumpkin Spice season and I can’t have one…

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not sick but hardcore heartburn.

Labor signs: Nothing really yet, I am watching really closely for some kind of sign though.

Belly button in or out: Still in!

Wedding rings on or off: I haven’t been wearing them because I lost all that weight but I should check if they fit yet..

Happy or moody most of the time: I am still a little moody.

Looking forward to: Meeting my girls.

 

Something amazing is happening in Ontario!

I’m not sure if you know about it or not but in Finland there is this thing that happens when mothers have babies. The government will send out a box filled with information, diapers, clothes etc.  Well because I have duel citizenship with Finland I tried to get my hands on one of these boxes when I was having Mackenzie but alas because I don’t live in Finland I was not eligible.

A few months ago I happened across a group on Facebook that was going to be starting to follow in the footsteps of Finland and provide free baby boxes to Ontario residents having babies August 1st or later in 2016.  This company Baby Box Co is working with parents to try to reduce infant death by promoting safe sleep.  If you didn’t know Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates and it is attributed to the baby boxes that they send to parents.  The way I was able to get two for free (that’s right two of them) was through Baby Box University. 

Right now it is only available in Ontario but they are working on releasing it in I believe Alberta for November.  Then they will release in each of the Provinces individually.  The great thing about the company is because it is promoting safe sleep I was able to get two boxes. One for Rory and one for Scarlett.  It might be hard to tell but in the bottom of these super cute boxes there is a thin mattress so that babies can sleep in them. Some of the other item inside are onesies, breast pads, diapers and wipes, baby shampoo, a handy reusable bag, membership to Baby box University, Parents Canada booklet, wooden teathers, some coupons for Hello Fresh , Pampers , and a schedule for nap time by age and a do not disturb type sign for when baby is sleeping you can put on the door.

I would like to state that I did not receive any re numeration or compensation for reviewing this product. In the future I do hope to have a bylaws page that will go over the details of this. Currently I am not / have not been sponsored by any of the companies tho provided samples for this box.

33 Week BUMPdate

It is getting so close. I can hardly wait. I know I am only 33 weeks, but when it comes to twins they tend to make their appearance anywhere between 34-36 weeks and they won’t let me go past 37 weeks so maximum 4 weeks and the girls will be here!

I am so ready to have the girls. Like most pregnant women will tell you the last few weeks are the hardest. Your baby is close to the size it will be when it is born.  You have spent the last how many months with a bowling ball strapped to your front side, you pee every half hour and in my case you crave all the chocolate and sweets that you aren’t allowed to have because of the gestational diabetes.  Don’t get me wrong I want the girls to stay in and spend little to no time in the Nicu, but at the same time after Mackenzies death I just wish they were here and in my arms. Pregnancy after loss is a strange monster. It is one of those things that you never fully understand unless you have gone through it, and even the point in pregnancy that you lost your first child changes how you cope with the pregnancy.  Having experienced such a late term loss, the first 3/4 of my pregnancy have been difficult but nothing like the last bit.  With Mackenzie being an ‘uneventful’ pregnancy and losing him the day before my due date I have it in the back of my mind at all times that there is no safe point in pregnancy. I went into labour expecting to have a healthy child and when they couldn’t find a heartbeat all of my dreams were shattered.

The point I want to make is that every 20 minutes that pass that I don’t feel any movement from one or both of the twins I start to panic. Every time I go in for an appointment with my Doctor and it takes longer than a millisecond to find the heartbeats on the doppler my heart sinks and I am brought back to the experience with Mackenzie. Spoiler Alert: I bawled in the Doctors office on Monday because the resident was having trouble finding Rory’s heartbeat and I just couldn’t handle it.  Ever since then I have been freaking out over the smallest things. I need to get myself back in check.

Well I guess the reason you are really here is to see the pictures. So here it goes. I do have to say I did a little better this time only 2 weeks since the last post.

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How far along: 33 weeks!

Total weight gain: gained 24.4 lbs total ( It looks like I’ve lost a pound since last time)

Maternity clothes: Some of my maternity clothes are getting small

Stretch marks:I’ve noticed some new ones over the past few weeks. I feel like I can’t stop them now 😦

Sleep: Still getting up every night to go pee and/or from hip pain. I find I can only sleep on my side for a few hours at a time then I have to flip. That in itself is a task.

Best moment of this week: I had an Ultrasound the other day and Scarlett is a little chunker at 4lbs 14 oz and Rory is right on track at 4lbs 6 oz

Miss anything: Still the sugar thing. I wish I could make it through a shower without needing to take a break .

Movement: Scarlett is moving more than Rory lately. I’m thinking that Rory is just so low right now that her movements are not as visible but I can feel them really low in my pelvis.

Food cravings: Poutine and Cheesecake are my latest ones.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not sick but hardcore heartburn.

Have you started to show yet: I will soon have my own zip code

Gender: Still both girls.

Labor signs: I have dropped, but nothing significant yet.

Belly button in or out: Still in, I’m not holding my breath that its going to stay like that for much longer.

Wedding rings on or off: Off After losing all my baby weight from Mackenzie they need to be sized. They’re still too big.

Happy or moody most of the time: I am still a little moody.

Looking forward to: Meeting my girls.

 

 

31 Week BUMPdate

So it has been about a month and everything has been going well. I feel like a whale but I guess that’s the small price you pay for carrying two babies at the same time. Now that I’m off work on sick leave I’m feeling better, I can rest when I need to and don’t have to worry about being overly tired at work the following day because I couldn’t sleep or got up 6 times to go to the bathroom.  I feel like I’m ready for the most part, everything that can be done has been. Now we’re just playing the waiting game.

My sugars have been high lately, despite the insulin. According to my doctor this happens before it evens out so hopefully hes correct.  I am beyond tired of the injections and the blood checking. I’m hopeful that once the girls are born that will remedy itself. Not being able to indulge once and a while is becoming harder and harder as time goes on.  I have spent over half of my pregnancy having to monitor what I am eating and frankly I would love to enjoy some Finnish pancakes, a Reese peanut butter cup, chocolates and some sugar in my coffee (or even a fancy Starbucks frappuccino). However we are down to the home stretch, ans I can hold off for a few more weeks.

Now for the part that I currently dread every week but I know once I am no longer pregnant I will look back and be happy about them.

 

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Here’s the dirt:

How far along: 31 weeks!

Total weight gain: gained 25.4 lbs total ( not too bad for two babies in there)

Maternity clothes: Some of my maternity clothes are getting small

Stretch marks:I’ve noticed some new ones over the past few weeks.

Sleep: Still getting up every night to go pee and/or from hip pain. I find I can only sleep on my side for a few hours at a time then I have to flip. That in itself is a task.

Best moment of this week: Being told that I’m doing a really good job of growing the girls ( from my doctor) Having two their birth weights are usually lower but they are in the 25% (Rory) and (Scarlett)  33%

Miss anything: Right now I just wish I could eat what I want. The gestational diabetes thing is not ideal but I know that monitoring my sugars and not eating a ton of sugar is ultimately the best for the girls.

Movement: SO much movement. Sometimes my belly looks like there is a party going on in there, I love being able to feel the girls move and it helps so much with anxiety.

Food cravings: Other than my sugar cravings that probably have more to do with not being able to have it than anything else I would have to say that fruit is still a big one.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Still not enjoying this heatwave.

Have you started to show yet: I will soon have my own zip code

Gender: Still both girls.

Labor signs: I have dropped, but nothing significant yet.

Belly button in or out: Still in, I’m not holding my breath that its going to stay like that for much longer.

Wedding rings on or off: Off After losing all my baby weight from Mackenzie they need to be sized. They’re still too big.

Happy or moody most of the time: I am still a little moody.

Looking forward to: Meeting my girls.

 

Are there any other twin mommas out there who can give me an idea of a schedule they followed for the first few weeks until they got a routine down? I have been searching the internet but this period of time is something that I can not find anywhere.  I know I’m going to have lots of help during this time so maybe it isn’t something that I need to worry about but its the not knowing what to do with two babies for the duration of the day that is starting to worry me.  It may sound odd but being a first time parent I’m starting to get scared that I’m not going to know what to do.

27 Week BUMPdate

It has been a while since my last update, but I think I’m doing pretty good according to my track record. Usually I will write two or three posts then drop off the face of the earth for a few months   years before I start over again.  Small victories right?

At this point in the game I am so ready to have the girls here.  I feel like I’ve been pregnant for the past two years, between Mackenzie and the girls. At least now I’m on holidays from work so I am enjoying my time off.  Lola and I have taken more than a few naps over the past week and a half.  I’ve been working on some freezer meals ( stay tuned for that one I have a post coming up with the recipe).  Trying to get the nursery in order along with the house, doing things like packing my hospital bag and the diaper bag haven’t even made it to the top of the list. I really know that they should, especially with me getting so close to the 30 week mark. I say I want the girls here but they are more than welcome to bake in there a little longer. I would rather them get to be a healthy weight so they don’t have to spend months in the NICU than have them show up super early.

I think that’s my second biggest fear, that they are going to come too early and have to spend so much time in the hospital instead of being able to come home.  I know, I know twins usually make their appearance a little early but they can take all the time they need. My biggest fear should be a given. Anyone who has gone through pregnancy after a loss can tell you all of the things that went through their minds that they didn’t experience previously. It has been a rough road but I am beyond happy that I have the team of health professionals I do helping me through this process.  Well I guess without further adieu …

 

Please be nice. Some of these pictures are not flattering at all ( the joys of having a husband who doesn’t really want to take pictures so he just takes three or four and doesn’t check to see if you look like you’re decent looking in them before he puts the camera away). I’m looking at you 26 week picture….

I love that because my appointments are so close together and I have ultrasounds every month that we get to know what their heartbeats are. ( This has been an obsession of mine since we found out that I was pregnant).  I think it has more to do with the fact that when I went into labour with Mackenzie they weren’t able to find his heartbeat, now I hold my breath until they tell me what the numbers are. I so appreciate my Doctor because she doesn’t even make me ask any more for the numbers, she tells me right away and lets me write it down.

How far along: 27 weeks!

Total weight gain: gained 21.4 lbs total

Maternity clothes: HAHAHA for so long now, sometimes I struggle to put on pants.

Stretch marks: A few but not nearly as many as I had at this point with Mackenzie. I’ve been using Bio Oil. Seriously best invention ever!

Sleep: Still getting up every night to go pee and/or from hip pain. I find I can only sleep on my side for a few hours at a time then I have to flip. That in itself is a task.

Best moment of this week: I’m now on vacation so being able to sleep in or nap when I need to. Also getting back into the pool with my bestie Krystal.

Miss anything: Right now I just wish I could eat what I want. The gestational diabetes thing is not ideal but I know that monitoring my sugars and not eating a ton of sugar is ultimately the best for the girls.

Movement: SO much movement. Sometimes my belly looks like there is a party going on in there, I love being able to feel the girls move and it helps so much with anxiety.

Food cravings: Other than my sugar cravings that probably have more to do with not being able to have it than anything else I would have to say that fruit is still a big one.

Anything making you queasy or sick: not any more, but the heatwave we are having right now might change this answer fairly soon.

Have you started to show yet: I will soon have my own zip code

Gender: Still both girls.

Labor signs: Not yet. They can bake in there a little longer.

Belly button in or out: Still in, I’m not looking forward to it popping out so I hope it doesn’t.

Wedding rings on or off: Off After losing all my baby weight from Mackenzie they need to be sized. They’re still too big.

Happy or moody most of the time: I am a little moody. Heat + Twins = cranky Lyndsay

Looking forward to: Finishing my sewing projects and getting the house back in order.

BUMPdate 20 Weeks.

It’s been a while again but I’m here and I have some pictures and some updates about the past few weeks.

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My belly is getting so much bigger, it is pretty neat to look back at all of the photos and see how the twins have grown.

At the 18 week mark we got to find out the genders of the twins. It was the most nerve racking exam. A singleton pregnancy scan usually lasts about half an hour but the thing with twins is there are two of them. This means they have to find and photograph two of everything.  Then at the end they finally tell you what the sexes are.

Our reveal was so much fun. Aaron shot at this stuff called Tennerite that was mixed with the colour chalk of the sexes. We went out to my BFF’s camp and he got to shoot off a few rounds! The picture above shows what everyone thought we were having… most people ( including both myself and Aaron were wrong)

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I love knowing what the heart rates are. It is like some weird obsession I have this time around.

Name Reveal

We have great names picked out and I am so excited to share them with you.

Twin A: Rory Ania Raija Thompson.

Twin B: Scarlett Arija Zoja Thompson

Now for the fun part!

How far along: 20 weeks
Gender: Twin Girls
Weight gain: I haven’t hit the 12 lb mark yet so fingers crossed it doesn’t get out of hand.
Maternity clothes: I can still fit in my regular maternity clothes, I haven’t had to buy anything new yet.
Stretch marks: I don’t think I have any. My belly did pop over the past few weeks.
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: Sleep… who needs sleep.. ( me please) I flip flop all night long and once I’m awake it takes forever to fall back asleep.<— THIS HASN’T CHANGED
Best moment this week: I went back for the remainder of the anatomy and the girls cooperated enough to get everything they need. Scarlett had herself curled up into a tiny little ball SO CUTE!
Worst moment this week: After my appointment with my doctor it is looking like I may need to have a c-section. I know it isn’t the end of the world but I was hoping to give birth naturally.
Miss anything: Chocolate, cake, bread everything that is delicious. The gestational diabetes is starting to get to me. There are so many things I wish I could have but in order to keep the girls healthy I have to forego them and do my insulin before meals and at bed time.
Movement: I’m feeling some blips here and there nothing regular but hopefully soon!
Cravings: Pizza, caramel apples, watermelon,
Queasy or sick: Gone!
Looking forward to: My vacation from work before I go on leave. It has become so uncomfortable to sit there all day that it is harder and harder to not call in sick.