Saturday, January 21, 2012

Week 14

Size of Baby: 3.2-4.1", almost 1 ounce

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Down around 12 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Definitely wearing maternity pants & several shirts

Gender: Still no clue. But if you base it on the old wives tale about heart rate, they would be two girls. We should know for sure in about 6 weeks.

Movement: Nothing yet

Sleep: Sleeping fine other than waking up 2-3 times a night for a trip to the bathroom

What I miss: Nothing this week

What I am looking forward to: Finding out genders, so we can start shopping.

Cravings/Aversions: Craving bagels with cream cheese & still mashed potatoes

Symptoms: Nothing other than a growing belly and some sore boobs

Best Moment This Week: Knowing the babies are still ok after the bleeding scares

Weekly Wisdom: Rest is a pregnant lady's friend!

The First 13 Weeks

I haven't been keeping a pregnancy journal as I would like to, so I plan to begin using the blog as a weekly update. A brief summary of the first 13 weeks:

Size of Baby: By week 13, 2.6", weighing .5-.7 ounce, the size of a peach

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Down about 10 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Due to bloating from the IVF and normal pregnancy hormones, I began wearing the earliest maternity pants around 7 weeks. I have never had any hips, so I wasn't filling them out quite right, but regular jeans just weren't working - especially sitting for 8-9 hours at work.

Gender: Can't wait to find out

Movement: Not feeling anything yet, but saw the babies dancing on ultrasound at 10 weeks. They will following in my dancing shoes :)

Sleep: Can't get enough of it

What I miss: Coffee, especially Starbucks

What I am looking forward to: No more sickness and more energy

Cravings/Aversions: Craving mashed potatoes, tomato soup, fruity candy (gummy bears/worms in particular)

Symptoms: Exhaustion! Morning sickness began at 6.5 weeks, only occurring between 8pm & 10pm a few times a week. The sickness amped up around 9 weeks, and I could get sick at any moment in the day. I forgot how terrible it is to throw up.

Best Moment This Week: Seeing the babies

Weekly Wisdom: I never realized how terrible all of the food we eat is, as far as processed ingredients. I now read every label to make sure there is nothing on the no-no or iffy list. Definitely creating a lifestyle change.

Friday, January 20, 2012

We're Pregnant!

I haven't updated in quite some time as the past few months have felt like a roller coaster, but we are expecting...TWINS!!
We found out I was pregnant on November 9, but didn't find out about the twins until the first ultrasound at 6 weeks 5 days. Marty had a feeling it was twins from the beginning, I think. Anytime we talked baby in the 2.5 weeks before the ultrasound, he referred to babies, not baby. However, I think we were both in shock when we left the doctor that day. In fact, we may still be :)
At that first ultrasound it was discovered that I have a subchorionic hemorrhage, which is basically a pocket of blood & clots between Baby A and the uterus. We were told at that appointment we could possibly lose Baby A. Not something you want to hear, but we knew God had taken us this far and it was in His hands.
In the next few weeks it appeared as though the subchorionic was disappearing, but boy we were in for a surprise. The day after Christmas I had to go to ER for a disturbing amount of bleeding and passing clots. Thankfully, both babies were just fine on the ultrasound. For two weeks following, I only had brown spotting, so I thought it was clearing again. Until this Monday, when I had to go back to the hospital for the same thing. Again, both babies look good. I am now on bed rest for two weeks in hopes that the bleed will clear up and we can move past it.
I will be so glad once it is gone, so I can finally enjoy being pregnant & tell everyone!
Ultrasound photo at 14 weeks: