Monday, June 27, 2011

Little Heartbeats

Today we heard our babies heartbeats for the first time!  AMAZING!!!
We met with our new doctor today and we really, really liked her.  Thank goodness.
We started out first with the ultrasound (see pics below) - Today we are 12 weeks, 6 days and the babies are both measuring 13 weeks, 1 day so they are growing - hooray!  When I weighed in this morning I was only up 1 pound from 4 weeks ago.  So much for the other 2 pounds I gained last week. Ugh. The doc said that was just fine with my weight that most of her multiple patients aren't able to gain much the first 12 weeks because of nausea.  She said  that I do need to stick to eating a 3000 calories a day plan though. She said she doesn't like "fake calories" from Ensure and Boost drinks that i need to eat "real food" with lots of fruits and vegetables and protein.  She also told me that I can return to my "spin class" at the Wellness Center. She said she would prefer I continue my spin class than to walk for 30 minutes because it is less impact. So spin class and swimming it will be then :)  She also corrected our last doctor and our due date - she said that there is no reason I can't make it to 38 weeks and so our goal date is now December 20th!!!!  Santa will be delivering them on his sleigh to us this year.  WOW!  We also told the ultrasound tech we do NOT want to know what we are having and she said that it was very rare that couples with twins usually always want to know.....we told her NO WAY - we want to be surprised!  We go back on July 25th for another full scan and measurements, etc and then we will start seeing the doctor every 2 weeks for the remainder of our pregnancy.   She also said she prefers vaginal deliveries which made me SUPER excited because I really, really want to to try for a natural birth and avoid a C-section. I guess it will determine how the babies are positioned but we are holding out hope for a regular delivery.

Baby A - Heartbeat 148 - waved to us this morning on the ultrasound screen - we were both
in awe!

Baby B - Heartbeat 152 - beat its little fist on the sac and kicked and jumped around on the ultrasound
this morning - Amazing  - I can't wait to feel them moving around inside me soon!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Week 12 Update

Last Tuesday we FINALLY reached WEEK 12! Hooray!

I have been writing in The Belly Book recording each week and the different events so I thought I would share a list of the things that totally repulse me and make my stomach churn at the thought of them:
Buttered Popcorn, Perfume/Cologne, egg salad, body wash from Bath and Body, Avocados, eggs, hot dog chili and my wife's scented Burt's Bees Chapstick.  What a crazy but funny list, huh?!

Tomorrow we have an appointment at 8:30am and will get meet with our new high-risk OB physician.
They have us scheduled for genetic counseling and an ultrasound - can't wait!  It has been 5 weeks since our last scan at 8 weeks - seems like forever.....

Last week I traveled for work from Sun-Wed, I ate as much protein and ice cream as I could and when I got home I had gained 3 pounds - I was so excited since I haven't gained a pound to date.  I am drinking Ensure and eating Clif protein bars and still trying like heck to reach that 3000 calories a day goal. I find it nearly impossible to digest that much food.  When I came back on Wednesday I ended up with a migraine that lasted until Friday. I was so so sick.  Wren did a great job of taking care of me, bringing me cold washcloths, sprite, Tylenol and Zofran.   Thank God after 3 days it went away. It must have been my hormones readjusting from going off the IVF meds at 10 weeks because I have done really well with only having one so far in our pregnancy.

Despite my lack of weight gain, my mid-section is certainly expanding. 

We also felt the babies for the first time on Friday, June 17th while relaxing in bed.
On my lower belly and my mid section you could feel light flutters which felt like butterflies on the palm of our hands - both Wren and I could feel them - it was amazing!!!!  I can't wait until they start kicking and moving around so I know they are ok - only a few more weeks :)

We are off to visit my parents later this week so looking forward to some R&R.  Wren has been so busy working, working, working that it will be nice to spend a couple of days together uninterrupted.  Can't wait!
Have a great week!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Week 10 in review

We have been such bad bloggers lately -- and the twins aren't even here yet! Wren and I have just been in our own little world the past few weeks. We did meet with our OBGYN 2 weeks ago for our first visit. I would say it went well. It is just difficult leaving our fertility Dr and staff whom we have worked with for almost 2 years and built that rapport with. We don't really have a choice in this Dr, she is the only high risk Dr in the area. We haven't actually met with her yet, but Wren does know her and has even been to a dinner party at her house (all work related) so there is SOME chemistry there.

Wren had a board meeting at the beginning of the month at which she made the announcement that we were expecting and laid our her leave plan. She has also told her staff, 2 of which just had babies of their own and have been very gracious with advice, passing down maternity clothes, etc, etc. I, on the other hand, have not made the announcement at work yet. My work partner knows (she herself just had a baby girl in Feb and is also passing out advice left and right) but I still have to turn in my letter to my supervisor and Chief (I work for our city's police dept).

Last week Wren officially went off the fertility meds!! What a huge relief! No more va-jay jay medicine which no longer makes it a restricted area :)  Her body hasn't quite caught up with the hormone levels though and she got hit with her first pregnancy migraine last Monday. Luckily it was gone by early evening and hasn't been back since. Her morning sickness is not as bad as it has been. I think she has figured out though that by eating every 2 hours during the day and a midnight snack gets her through the day and less nauseated in the morning.

 And that puts us into our next topic: -- Wren's Calorie Intake
One of the things we talked about during our visit with the OBGYN was nutrition and calorie intake. Now, let me bring you up to speed -- a little over a year ago, Wren and I started a weight-loss and overall health journey. This came after watching Super-Size Me and Food, Inc. We decided we wanted to loose some weight and then really began understanding where our food comes from or what all it's "filled" with. We began a mostly raw food diet -- fruits, veggies, nuts and what meat we do eat, we make sure the chickens are not filled with antibiotics and are cage free. Also that beef is grass fed. Cutting out processed food was the best thing we have ever done for ourselves. We both immediately started loosing weight and felt so much better. We have continued that lifestyle and wish to remain doing so. Now grant it, I'm not saying we don't slide through the McDonalds or Chic-Fil-A drive through every now and then, but overall -- this is the food lifestyle we want now. This spring we planted a good sized garden for the two of us and some neighbors including white and yellow potatoes, beets, peas, carrots, lettuce/spinach, tomatoes, and green beans. Also a small herb garden (that I need to finish planting....but that's another story). SO, onto my point -- according to Wren's BMI and age and shoe size and whatever else they use to calculate all these things -- Wren is supposed to eat 3200 calories a day! WHOA!!!! Do you know how hard it is to eat that much food??? She has been keeping a food journal and the closest she has gotten so far is 2700. She is literally eating all the time and hasn't met her calorie intake -- nor has she gained a single pound! She is actually loosing weight! I'm starting to think she has hungry hippos in her tummy, not hungry little birds! Maybe we should re-name the blog! The point is, we are trying to make healthy, nutritional decisions for the babies and not just pump them full of big macs to meet the calorie number. Any of you have advice????

Aside from that, we are just busy nesting. We are both total type A personalities and have our pregnancy check list going to make sure we are well prepared when the babies are born. I think we have EVERY book published on multiples and lesbian parenting. When we say, "We are 10 weeks pregnant" it doesn't sound very far at all, but the way our brains think is --- "realistically, multiples are full term at 36 weeks and that means we only have 26 weeks left!"  I know it goes by fast. Take for instance the Monkeys -- I feel like they just announced that they were pregnant and little monkey was the size of a blueberry. Now, they are almost due and he is up to the size of a melon!!!!

Hope you are all having a good summer so far! Enjoy your week!