Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Slings & Arrows of Outrageous Pregnancy

This is mostly meant to be tongue in cheek, my pregnancy is going great and I cannot complain at all about anything. 

On that note:

OMG the skin tags and my Seborrheic keratosis is going crazy.  I've had it for a few years, even before I started estrogen, I wonder if it was linked with my premature ovarian failure since that would've put my hormones in middle age even though I was in my late 20s when it first appeared. I cannot wait to get all these frozen off, especially the ones that are in a group on my neck and collarbone.  Also just in the past week I have a new ones on my tummy and boob... thanks body!

I'm tired.  And I snore loud enough to wake myself up.  It's a hugely hilarious loop.

My back hurts, especially when I have to do something and sometimes even when I don't.  My lower back already had problems and I was probably a degree or 5 away from being swaybacked before pregnancy, also I have a bone spur in my upper back where most of the pain is currently.  But I have a massage from a prenatal specialist this week!  I am excited and hoping for even more relief (heat and ice have been good to me this past week). 

Ugh, eating, never been a fan.  I've always joked I would totally do soylent green, it would take a lot of pressure off me.  I tried to take my eating down a level because I wasn't feeling as hungry and once I did my night sweats really increased in intensity.  My acupuncturist said my body was probably starting to burn my reserves due to the lower (not low) calorie intake.  I have brought my food intake back over 3000 and the night sweats decreased again.  I think she's right, but I'm still dreading the plunge over 200 pounds, which should be very soon.

I huff and puff and gasp like a very heavy person after doing very little.  I understand why, but I still want to exercise and I jealously look in karate class (I've never done karate) and yoga windows.  It's hard to take it easy! 

My home is a certifiable mess.  My mom was over yesterday and she cleaned my cat litter boxes for me.  I shudder to admit the last time my cat boxes were fully cleaned was before my transfer.  If I had known maybe I would've tried to do more in my two week wait.  I have a plan set though, friends are coming over when DH is out of town during my 28th week.  We are going to clean and set up the nursery... and maybe ... paint! I picked out these swatches today:
Leaning towards green, because I love green.

Speaking of, my DH refuses to call it the nursery, he calls it the babies's room (yes, that's grammatically incorrect).

Ok, here's the down low on babies:
All good, all healthy.  Baby B was running a little behind at the 20 week scan, 14% off from Baby A (not her twin).  Obviously it wasn't bad enough that the Dr wanted us to come back more often.  We saw them at 22 weeks and they said everything looked good, next measurement is at 24 weeks. 

They all passed the EKG.  No need for a further follow up, no need for a neonatal cardiologist in the delivery room.  The cardiologist did mention that in premies, depending on how long they've gone, they may need a dose of Tylenol (or something else) to pinch off a little vein that connects the two large arteries that run from the heart to the circulatory and pulmonary systems.  In full term babies this vein automatically dies off, but in premies the system doesn't "realize" the babies are breathing air yet. 

I hope you enjoyed the update! I am very grateful to be here.  I can do this, some days are easier than others, but I'm sure it's that way with all pregnancies.  I've started buy stuff, which makes me more than a little paranoid, but I'm remembering to relax and take it one day at a time.  And not to look for symptoms that aren't there.......

my mom bought these, she's very excited.  The girl ones are interchangeable since
we assume Baby A (the boy) will be born first.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


I'm not really sure how to put my thoughts on 'paper' tonight. 

My last appointment with the MFM went great, there are no issues with the babies.  The CPC is gone for baby A and, obviously, he as no other signs of trisomy 18.  They have all their fingers and toes and their mouths and noses look ok.  I keep passing out at these, but I'm hopeful with so many of the scary ones behind us that this will stop. 

Of course, my anxiety has picked up since week 20.  I'm analyzing every wipe and twinge, looking for any sign of something slightly different. I'm beginning to feel like this is really going to happen and to be honest that's more than slightly terrifying.  I'm not sure how you take care of 3 babies, but it sounds like a lot of work.  I'm sure I'll love them all and won't be able to imagine my life without them.  Again, I assume.

I have managed to gain almost 40 pounds!  I am very excited since this was  my goal for 24 weeks, I've actually eased off the calories a bit, obviously I've been overdoing it since I'm so close.  Also I've been eating a lot of sugar, which can't be good for me or the babies.  (Although the soda pop Jelly Bellys are calling to me from the store.)  I have paid for the weight gain with some nice stretch marks on the inside of my thighs!

I'm hoping to get started on just a few things this week and make lots of lists.  I love lists, they make  me feel in control!  Plus then I can mark things off of them, slowly...  Tomorrow I am going to do laundry, but don't expect me to put it away.


20w6d, they are a-kickin!