Monday, July 27, 2009

The Thinker and The Relaxed One


We seem to be trundling along nicely at the moment. 16.5 weeks now and it's definitely obvious to the general public that I'm pregnant. We were at a wedding party on Saturday and someone came up to congratulate us out of the blue. Just a couple of weeks ago it wasn't clear whether I was with child or just had a protruding stomach. I doubt at that point anyone would have said anything. I don't fit into any normal clothes anymore either. Very generously, I've been given some very cute maternity clothes by my sister-in-law and J the Elder's niece (showing my age).

We had our 16 week appointments last week, one with the regular OB and the other with the perinatologist. Both went well. At the OB visit they used the doppler to hear the heartbeats - that took some of the nerves out of the peri visit the next day, since we already knew we had two lovely heartbeats. My OB also measured my belly at just over 20 weeks. The peri visit was great. We saw our little poppets going about their daily lives. They were moving around alot, but at one point our little boy was posing as the Rodin sculpture "The Thinker" with his little fist on his chin, as if pondering some extremely serious matters. Our little girl, by contrast, was chilling out with her tiny feet crossed and both arms behind her head. At one point she turned fully towards the "camera" and looked straight at us. It's just amazing. I haven't felt any movements or flutters yet, but am told this should begin happening in the next couple of weeks. I can't wait. I suspect soon after the first flutters, they'll start kicking me properly.

I'm still feeling considerably less than stellar. My morning, noon and night sickness is definitely better than it was before and I'm up and about every day, but it's still extremely unpredictable. As a result, I've landed myself in some embarrassing situations. Let's just say my cookies have been tossed in various North Atlanta and Florida locations. Strange aches and pains have now also made an appearance, as expected. All my organs must be being pushed out of the way so it's no wonder that I'm getting some rather strange sensations. At the moment it's quite a strong pain under my left ribcage, especially after I eat. Lying on my right side seems to provide some relief, so I think something's being pushed or pressed under there. The peri looked at my kidneys on ultrasound just to make sure nothing's stuck or blocked but it all looks normal.

We've started thinking about the various jobs we have to do before the babies come. I'm a bit torn about the timing of all the preparations. On the one hand, I don't want to be over-confident and start too early, but on the other hand I'm concerned that I may need to go on bedrest at any moment and then I wouldn't be able to do anything at all. Since we were having other work done on the house, we did have the future nursery painted a lovely greeny-blue, but we haven't bought any items for it yet. However, we've been given quite a few things by friends and family, which is fabulous.

One of the bigger jobs is selling my beloved Audi TT convertible and buying a sensible car. Our attempts at selling it have so far proven extremely entertaining. Offers have included at dirty envelope full of cash (not nearly what it's worth), a trade for a Dodge Ram pick-up truck and a trade for cash and a scooter. And this despite our specifying in the ads that we're selling because we're having twins and are buying a car that's suitable for this new situation. So, we still have the TT for now. In terms of the new car, we were considering a mid-sized SUV (we're not fond of the huge ones), but we're now a bit concerned about the small trunks in those kinds of SUVs. Much to our surprise, we're currently flirting with a VW Passat estate (station wagon). Not the prettiest of cars but not too ugly either and overall it does seem the most sensible choice, from the point of view of space and heaving two babies in and out without having to lift them too high.

We have a full weekend of classes on multiples coming up this weekend, which should be interesting. It may also help us work out what we really need and what's totally unnecessary. We started our registry yesterday and ended up only putting a few things on it for now, since we both got totally overwhelmed going around the shop and seeing all the stuff you supposedly can't live without (erm, baby wipes warmer?). We both had to have a lie-down afterwards to recover from the experience......

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for the update, I love following along. Sounds like things are going well and OMGosh you look adorable!

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  2. You look incredible! I love that you could see a little 'thinker' in there and a little relaxer! They are going to be beautiful! I know what you mean about all the stuff you need...DH and I went from thinking about all our money going to fertility treatments to all of our money going to baby stuff, lol. But, since it is the first on his side and my mom is excited too...family seems interested in buying a lot (but I've had to reign them in...no jinxing anything...at least wait until after the first tri!!!! but nothing works!). Oh well...I am so happy that things are going so well.

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  3. Things sound like they're coming along so well and must be such a relief to see both of your kids at each appointmnt. Your tummy looks extra fab too in the maternity top - very cute!

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  4. Oh wow, congratulations hun. I just had my first baby (a boy called Marlow) and I really admire you - you must be a superhero mum! Good luck with it all you will be fine. Not long to go to the birth, cant wait for your birth story! Have you thought of names yet? http://www.bounty.com/babynames/ is a great place to search! X

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  5. You look fabulous!!!! One of my friends asked me when we were starting the nursery - I almost choked...

    I would get overwhelmed at a registry as well!

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  6. Stumbled across your blog today... congratulations on the twins! That's WONDERFUL!
    In other randomness, I have a tidbit regarding the baby wipes warmer...my sister bought one when she was pregnant with her first child, as of course, her wee darling's bottom was so precious that cold wipes would be an insult (said with deepest love and affection, of course). She soon realized that while the baby did dislike cold wipes, the warmer quickly dried out the entire packet of wipes! The first 5 or so changes would be fine, but after that the wipes would get progressively dryer. She was wasting so many, not wanting to use dry ones, that she finally chucked the warmer. Her second baby just loves a diaper change (he finds being wet unbearably undignified) and doesn't give a hoot what temperature the wipes are, as long as the diaper is dry.
    Congratulations again!

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  7. Dein Bauch zeigt, dass sie immer mehr werden und das ist wunderbar,
    Dietram

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  8. JJ - you'll never believe it - they saw twins at my u/s today!!! I hope to pick your brain as I progress!

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  9. The mantra "Teeth, tablets, face & hair is one you need to re-remember"!!
    My mum passed me on your blog details. What a palava you have had to go through to get to where you are, but well done to you both.
    Would love to catch up properly, not sure how we go about that???
    Rebecca xxxx

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  10. Congratulations, I have just found your blog and I think it is very entertaining.
    As for the car, it seems funny that I also had a TT before getting pregnant, not with twins, just one baby and she is feisty as three of them. ;-)) fortunately, I successfully sold it and got a SAAB 9-3 SC, and after 3 years I do believe I made the perfect choice. Look into it, they may be cheaper than VW and they are definitely safer. And no, I am not a dealer. :-) Just a very content driver.

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