Tuesday, April 03, 2007

32 Weeks and Holding

Hooray--it's April and I've made it to 32 weeks! I've had two doctor's appointments since my last post, and both times my cervix was nice and closed and everything looks good. Baby B has flipped to breech again, but the docs actually think a vaginal delivery is the way to go for me based on Baby A's good position. I've decided not to really think about it at this point. I've done my reading and research, and whatever happens, happens. Both escape routes are going to give new definition to my understanding of pain, so as long as the babies are okay it doesn't really matter to me.

This past week, I had another little growth spurt as my appetite was huge and my belly skin itched like never before. When things settled down, I found that my underbelly had grown a reinforcement structure of thick skin/muscle to support my extended belly, which is now truly horizontal to my legs and sticks out far enough to look cartoonish. Amazing what the body will do. I'm actually quite pleased with my little body for how strong it has been through this entire process. It reacted well to the IVF cycle, it avoided morning sickness despite some crazy high hormonal levels, and it has expanded to a size I never thought possible. Despite the not being able to get pregnant naturally issue, I'm quite pleased with how it has responded to all the curves it's been thrown this year. Let's hope it can keep this stamina up for a good delivery and recovery.

There are a few other things on my mind, like how my annoying in-laws have invited themselves down this weekend so we can cook Easter dinner for them, but I don't want to be negative right now. I'll see how the weekend goes and then complain...

There's also good news on the au pair front. After being torn between two au pairs, the first one I originally blogged about decided to accept our offer and we have made the necessary arrangements to have her arrive this summer. I'm a little nervous, but I think this will be the best childcare solution for us with two babies.


luolin said...

Yay for 32 weeks.

I was thinking of you last night when I read a section on twins in The Big Book of Birth.

Mmm Easter. I'd be tempted to get one of the dinners our local fancy supermarket does for holidays (just pay the price--that's the hard part-- and stick it in the oven). I cooked Thanksgiving because I *wanted* to , and kept it simple, and it still took me days to recover---and that was back in November.

Jacquie said...

Wow good for you and 32 weeks. Maybe the in-laws should be invited to bring dinner with them ;-)

infertilemertil said...

Congrats on making it this far! Thank you for your kind words in response to my previous comment. I am so happy that things are going so well for you and the boys. Plus, you make me even more thankful that my mil lives in Canada (14 hrs away). She is a wonderful person in small doses. I hope this weekend goes smoothly for you.

-Meg (Mertil)

YouGuysKnow said...

wow! 32 weeks - that is SO awesome. and still a closed cervix and all. amazing. you must be thrilled. I am 28 weeks tomorrow and will be so relieved to get to 32 as you have done.

now what about this underbelly reinforcement? i'd like to hear more about what the heck that is!

if I may ask - how tall are you & at what weight did you begin this pregnancy? I am curious because I am only 5' 3" and I started at 116. You say you're pleased with your "little body" and how it's handled things... do tell.

i hear you about the horizontal belly - shelf like. I'm there! hugs.

Emmie said...

In answer to the questions--the underbelly reinforcement is really weird. It feels like a ridge of muscle that runs vertically from my pelvic area to a few inches shy of my belly button. It was not there a few weeks ago. My doc says it's just how my body is growing to support itself.

I started this pregnancy at 5'4 and 120 pounds. I was up 5 pounds from what I normally am at the time, probably due to nervous eating and hormones during the cycle. Now I weigh 163, which I've been told is on target for twins.

As far as the in-laws and Easter dinner--the sneaks weazled their way into coming down here by offering to cook/bring us dinner, then flipped it around on us saying it would be easier if we prepared everything. WTF?