Monday, August 29, 2011

A Morning At The Hospital

As always, I want to keep a record of our family on the blog, so that we can reminisce about those moments when we've nearly forgotten about them. So, even though many of you who read this already know what I'm going to say, I'm going to write this for the permanent record now.

(Yes, I did blur some of this information. I have no idea what pieces would be needed to invade my privacy.) :)

I'm 30 weeks pregnant, and yesterday morning, my left hand went numb. It spread to the wrist, stayed that way for about 10 minutes, and then left. I quickly asked Dr. Google :), which said that it's not unusual for pregnant women to have nerve compression during pregnancy for a variety of reasons. So, I went on with my day -- visiting my parents at their house. While there, I started getting a migraine, which is not unusual for me. My migraines include seeing big bright spots of light before the actual pain comes, which I did get, but also dismissed as normal. I took some headache medicine and moved on. Then, about an hour later, my right arm, up to the elbow, went numb, and again stayed that way for about 10 minutes.

Since it was a weekend, I just made a mental note to call my doctor in the morning. Before I could call this morning, I started having some 'bloody show' (won't go into too many details!). So, I called right away, and based on my past 24 hours of symptoms, was directed to go to the hospital right away for monitoring. Tony came home from work, we dropped of the twins at my sister's (thanks, Becky!), I had two contractions on the way to the hospital, and that's when I lost it. I was scared to death, and unreasonably guilty, blaming myself too soon for having a body that can't carry babies full-term.

Once we got to the hospital, though, the whole tide seemed to change. (It's no coincidence that we had dozens of people praying for us by now!) I was hooked to a fetal monitor for 30 minutes, with only one small contraction during that whole time. Baby was moving normally and actively. Lastly, we had an ultrasound to look at my cervix and placenta, which both looked totally normal. (We also got to see Baby Girl's face, which was a nice little boost in our day! No pictures, though -- sorry.)

Regarding the numbness, it is probably migraine-related or pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel. It should go away after the baby comes. And nobody we talked to has an explanation for the bloody show. Just a pregnancy mystery! (And answered prayer, of course.) Thank you for your prayers and support! We're thankful to be back into "monotony".

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Things I'm Thankful For In This Moment

(in no particular order)

* The smell of my new Paula Deen Mango Chutney 3-wick candle (which I got for $3!)
* Children who played happily and didn't interrupt at all while I made my grocery / coupon list this morning
* Children who are laying down for their naps but who are currently talking across the hallway (and two closed doors) to each other :)
* The little body parts that I can see moving around in my belly
* An unplanned visit from my parents yesterday (which also meant that I got to see my sister)
* Tony. And if that's not self-explanatory, I'll add "a husband who loves his job, his wife, his children, his hobbies ... and doesn't mind working nearly every evening on 'baby projects'."

... and a million more. But I also have a million things to do, so I'll close. What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

In Which I Complain

I thought this pregnancy would be easier.

It's not high risk, and I'm not carrying twice the amount of baby that a normal pregnant woman does.

Here's what I think I forgot to factor in: during my last trimester, I was on bed rest with the twins. It's not too hard to lug around a baby belly if you're on the couch! Also, this time around, I have the twins to chase WHILE lugging around the belly.

I'm currently at ~30 weeks, so I feel like immobility and exhaustion this time around are setting in too soon. Not to mention rib-kicking. :) Yesterday, I had Braxton-Hicks contractions about every 10 minutes (sometimes more) if I was on my feet, which scared me to death. I cried when Tony got home because I don't feel like resting is an option with 2-year-old twins. Just attending to their basic needs earns about five minutes of rest at a time.

But how can you complain when you look at those faces? :)

Anyway, as fate would have it, the girls got out of bed somewhere around six times before they fell asleep last night. Which means even evening wasn't very restful. Then, for whatever reason, they woke up three times in the night. (Both of those things are incredibly unusual, and I'm hoping they don't become a habit.)

On the bright side, their restless night means that they're still sleeping at 8:15 am, and I'm taking advantage of a little quiet time to have some "me" time. And, for you worriers, I'm going to call my doctor if those B-H contractions continue into today.

Here's to a better day / week / month / trimester! :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

28 Weeks

Hello, third trimester!
I haven't compared belly sizes of the last few belly shots, but I can officially say that I'm not bigger than the twin pregnancy anymore. Which is a relief. But baby girl did reach my ribs recently, so I'm still uncomfortable. :)
Speaking of my first pregnancy, I went on bed rest with the twins at 28 weeks, so I've been thinking a lot about that recently. I'm so thankful to be experiencing a normal, healthy pregnancy. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind being told that I HAD to spend my time on the couch for a while! I can't say I'm looking forward to lugging around a full-term baby belly while chasing the twins in a month or two!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Twin Beds / Bed Twins

We moved Hadley and Leila to "big girl beds" this weekend. I was nervous, since I really enjoy my sleep! We're using two borrowed bed rails, and two pool noodles under the sheets, just to prevent falling out in the middle of the night. This is the picture I posted on Facebook on the first night.

"What we're doing right now ... and it's going as well as it looks. First night in "big girl" beds!"

It took the twins about 1 1/2 hours to settle down that first night. They got out of their beds three times, figured out how to open door knobs, and poor Hadley finally fell asleep on the inside of the door while trying her hardest to be a good partner in crime to Leila. But there was no crying, and after we settled them in the last time, they slept until 6 am.

On night two, they were exhausted from the night before PLUS being out of the house all day with terrible naps, so they feel asleep right away and slept for 11 hours. I didn't even check on them.

Last night, Leila got up right after we shut the door, played with the door knob for a few minutes, and then we didn't hear anything else. A couple of hours later, as Tony and I were getting ready for bed, I went in to check on them -- I wanted to make sure that Leila hadn't fallen asleep on the floor. Sure enough, Leila's bed was empty, but she wasn't where I expected! This is the scene that I found -- both girls asleep in Hadley's bed.

I'm sure you can't even imagine the size that my heart swelled to when I saw them sleeping together like this. They haven't slept in the same bed as each other since they were three months old -- I didn't even think they would want to! They slept together all night, and got up at 6:30 this morning.

Now, I just have to figure out how to get them to sleep a little later. :)