If we were carrying a single, I'd be celebrating crossing the halfway mark of pregnancy. I know I'd be excited, but honestly, I'm more excited to know that I am actually less than 16w from a full term twin delivery. I'm not counting down, but it is nice to feel like I am over the hump as it is.
A note on sneezing: I have finally found a way to sneeze that lessens the uterine pain (thank goodness!) I sneeze 3 and 4 times in a pop, several times a day, and the pain was actually pretty nasty. But, if I bury my head in a pillow when I sneeze, the pain is highly mitigated. Yay! Some relief!
The stricter bedrest is going well. Just laying around, LOL. One of my knees has started bothering me; I think I slept on it in a funny way. I kept an ice pack on it last night which helped. I also had my 5th P17 shot yesterday morning and it hurt like hell. I think that the position I was in wasn't the greatest for less pain. But, on a positive note, it only hurt for the injection and the injection site was fine about 20 minutes later. So, perhaps it is a better position. Pain at the time but no soreness afterwards! (Or maybe my butt has just gotten used to it and wont be sore regardless, LOL.)
I looked over their baby books yesterday.... Read over the things we'd written after they were born... Remembered... There were tears and smiles. Peter looked over them with me and we shared some of our favorite moments of their labors and births. And we looked at Bobby and Maya's book and relived how much they have grown over the last 20w, from the opening shots of nonpregnant parents getting ready for ovulation to the recent pictures from last week of these perfect, long legged babies who like to spoon each other. Their book is so much thicker than Alexander's, whose book is thicker than Nicholas and Sophia's. When I first started their book, I had no idea what to do, so their book is so much plainer. I've wanted to redo it several times but havent been able to. Whenever I would start, I would find myself stalled... As though to change one thing would somehow diminish their book. But I plan on revisiting it after these babies are born. I dont plan on changing a lot, but putting their pictures on better pages and using scanned u/s pics instead of the real pictures, which I'd like to put in their box. So, we shall see...
Peter is getting ready for church... This will be my first missed one since the one right after the cerclage. I know that God isn't in a building and that we can worship the Divine wherever we are, so that mitigates the sadness of not going. It's more the socialization that I anticipate missing. But I know that Peter will do his best to socialize for the both of us, LOL! And, in the grand scheme of things, 4 months of not socializing isnt a big deal. We'll have years for that!
Peter opened the stroller. He was going to put it together but it was already together and wrapped in plastic, so he decided to leave it in the box. (I didnt even know he'd opened it until he told me.)
I've been sleeping a lot, which isn't great at night, since my sleep habits seem to be the same (a few hours and then some waking time, then more sleep). I think I may try to stay awake a little more during the day so that I can sleep a solid night (well, as solid as I can sleep with having to pee every 2-3 hours).
Perfect Peter is making breakfast, so I will go for now. Depending on where you are in the world, I hope you've either enjoyed your weekend or still are!
Glad to hear the bedrest seems to be going okay. Can I ask--what's P17--is that progesterone?
P17 shots a synthesized type of progesterone. They dont know why it works for some people but research is showing that it can help prevent preterm labor. Some researchers think it helps strengthen the water bag, others think is lessens contractions. My vote is for the latter, since I feel more irritable on Thurs or Fri and my shots are on Sat morning. A lot of women go into labor a day or two after their missed shot. With IC, it is a secondary precaution.
This site has some info on it:
Thank you for your kind words over at my places, Michele. You always write such sweet and thoughtful notes.
I have some suggestions for the sleeping issues with being on bed rest. I had the same problem the first time I was on bed rest with the twins' pregnancy, where I would sleep way too much during the day and then be awake off and on all night.
With my bed rest during the ham's pregnancy, I had a little practice and I found it worked better for me to follow a daily routine even though it was all done from the reclining chair we bought for the bed rest. I would wake up when Jeff got up for work, he would make me breakfast. (I was working from home, so that made the routine a little easier to do.) I tried to only take one or two naps, and no naps after dinner. And I tried hard to stay awake till at least 9pm, if not 10pm...otherwise my body was rested by 3 or 4am and no one wants to be awake at that hour!
You are doing really great. SO glad the babies have reached 20 weeks! Keep hitting those milestones.
Sounds like your in a good place right now. God loves you and you don't have to be in church to praise Him. How great it is for you that your husband is so wonderful. I will continue praying for you and your sweet little babies.
Glad to hear that you have found a slightly more comfortable way to sneeze. Now you just need to fix those icky P17 shots!
20w 1d. Wow. That is brilliant.
Hope that the sleep sorts itself out. It must be very difficult not to have some naps during the day. I remember being completely exhausted when I was pregnant. xx
It's so thrilling that you've made it to 20 weeks. I hope this week is a good one. You're an inspiration.
20 weeks! You're getting closer and closer. :)
just thinking of you. for me in this pregnancy, it feels like time has slowed to a stop. I'm 14wks and 1 day today and it feels like it should be at least 34 weeks!
One day, one week at a time! Keep taking care of yourself and Bobby and Maya.
YAY for 20 weeks. I understand being over the "hump". I will be 1/2 way in about 2 wks... since they will either do a c-sec or induce me @ 37 wks. Take care and just enjoy the little moments w/ your twins...
Michele, I'm so glad you posted. I worry about you when you don't. I looked for you yesterday and didn't see a post and I'm just now checking blog posts. :) I'm happy to hear it's going well.
I think I would likely go insane having to stay in bed all day. I'll pray that you are able to stay awake during daytime hours and hopefully find some intellectual stimulation. I know the bedrest is definitely worth it, but it's easy for me to say that when I'm not in that position. :)
Peace, my friend. (Oh, and I prayed for you at our 9:30 mass this morning).
Hey Michele, just checking in. Sorry things aren't perfect on the cervical front, but it sounds as though everyone is on the same page and looking forward. I would think the computer would be a godsend during bedrest! Hope you find something comforting and distracting in here. Hang tough -- you and the babies.
I just wanted to tell you michele, I am praying for you and those twins. I pray that God will lay a hand of health on you. I pray that he will cover you with this love and healing. I want this for you. I thank you for your support on my blog and I can't wait to see your beautiful babies. (I CAN really but you know. ) lol.
I just wanted to say thank you for your comments on my blog. I dindt realise until today that you had gone through so much & yet you sound so strong. I cna only commend you for that & congratulations on making to the walf way mark. Things can surely only get better for you both now. Noone deserves what you two have gone through. xox
I am catching up on blogs- and I am so inspired by you. You have had such a tough journey- and your faith is so solid. I am praying for you, and will check back with you!
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