In February, I found out I was pregnant with TWINS.
This came as a huge shock. I actually thought the ultrasound tech was giving me the “peace” sign rather than telling me there were two babies in there! Never in a million years did I expect this, want it, or think it could happen. God obviously had much different plans.
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
~Proverbs 19:21, ESV
I thought that surely this meant the Lord would be bringing us back to California where we have our family and biggest support network. Surely He would not give us twins and expect us to do it across the country from our family! Surely He would pave a way for us. Pave a way He did… Just not where we expected! We are staying in New Jersey, and actually pretty happy about that. My how God changes hearts.
Each week my belly grows. I am now 26 weeks, I have gained 33 pounds (which is already 3 pounds MORE than I gained TOTAL with Maya!) and I look as if I will deliver within the next couple weeks. Lord willing, I still have at least 10 more weeks! Yikes! How much bigger can I possibly get?!
I go to both a Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor for all my ultrasounds as well as my regular OB for regular visits. I am at the doctor all the time, getting blood work done and monitoring of my cervix. So far, every two weeks I have two appointments. One with the MFM doc and one at the OB. If one of those has to change, I am going to the doctor every week. Sometimes it feels like a lot, but mostly I am just grateful that these babies are being cared for so well even before they enter the world!
So far my pregnancy has been incredibly uneventful which I am very grateful for! My cervix is closed and at an appropriate length, I have normal blood pressure and blood sugar, no swelling, and am able to walk and do most of my regular activities. At my last appointment my cervix has shortened more than they’d like (which can be an indicator of pre-term labor), so I have to go back again for monitoring, but everything is still normal so that’s great!
My only complaints are that I feel very heavy and sore at times if I am in the same position too long. I experience sciatica, and if I have just eaten or am reclining my heart rate seems to increase from the pressure on one of my arteries. I tire easily which is hard for me since I love to be up and doing things all the time. Other than that, I can’t complain.
The girls are measuring at 1 pound, 14 ounces and 1 pound, 12 ounces! This is GREAT. I would love to deliver them at over 5 pounds, so we are doing great in that area. From what I read, I should be gaining most of my weight by 28 weeks and then tapering off (which is opposite from a singleton pregnancy). Weight gain in the first 28 weeks promotes healthy weight at birth and reduces chances of being in the NICU, so even though it’s hard to see that weight gain on the scale I know it’s all for these precious girls!
I crave meat, salads and fizzy drinks. The complete opposite from the first trimester where those things made me sick! Now I can’t get enough steak and hamburgers, cobb salads, greek salads, etc… I should buy stock in sparkling water because I drink it all. the. time.
I’ve started nesting, getting the girls’ room prepped and looking through all the stuff I have and will need for adding another infant to the nest. It’s hard to know what to expect! We have our hospital tour this weekend and I’m looking forward to that.
In other news, we put in an offer on a house, which is a CRAZY story that I’ll have to talk about later. I’ll just say that out of 5 offers of which two were cash offers at full price (we couldn’t compete with that!)– the sellers chose US. God’s generosity to us amazes me! We still have a ways to go (did you know you need an attorney to buy a house in NJ? I didn’t!) but we are moving forward and I know no matter what happens, not for a moment will He leave us!
We have our last trip out to California before the babies arrive at the end of the month. My sweet sister is throwing me a baby shower and Maya will be taking swim lessons from my old swim coach. We also will be going to a family reunion which I am soooo excited about! There is a lot to look forward to :).
Thanks for going on this journey with me! I appreciate your prayers for healthy babies!