I will begin by saying, I loved being pregnant! I really truly miss ((mostly)) everything about it. Despite the insomnia, heartburn, reflux, 70+lbs gained, sciatic nerve pain, hip pain and being a bit uncomfortable, it was an out of this world experience.The third trimester was busy and full of amazingly breath taking moments. I think I rocked the whole twin pregnancy thing, if I must say so myself.
I decided I was going to stay home once Andley (A) & Silas (S) were born but planned on working as close to the end of my pregnancy as possible but I ended up resigning at 28 weeks due to the demanding doctor appointments. I was having ultrasounds, biophysical profiles (BPP), and non-stress tests (NST) up to 2 times a week nearing the end. It seemed as if I was becoming close friends with the OBGYN and triage staff, who would have ever thought?
Since I decided early on that I was going to breastfeed we started breastfeeding classes at 32 weeks. I am so glad I chose to go ahead and sign Andrew and I up for the classes because they were extremely informative! I would have been clueless if I wouldn't have participated and they helped Andrew to understand the logistics and appreciate it all as well.
The next few weeks were packed full of doctor appointments and getting the house ready for the twins arrival! It was so fun washing all of their clothes, perfecting the nursery, and anxiously awaiting their arrival! I had all of our bags packed and car seats installed by 33 weeks, just in case they decided to make their grand entrance before my scheduled c-section at 37 weeks.
Starting at 34 weeks, S was barely passing the breathing part of the BPP's so they were sending me for NST's which he always passed and they sent me on my way. The doctors weren't showing much concern since he was passing, even if it was barely.
Then, at 35 weeks 2 days I had a BPP at a different hospital than usual and my OBGYN was out of the office. S didn't pass the breathing part again but the nurse didn't send me for a NST like usual. I didn't think much of it since I had an appointment with the specialist later that day.
When I arrived at the specialist, I explained the situation and he was upset they didn't send me for the NST and he continued with a BPP. S still wasn't showing much progress breathing so he decided to go ahead and send me to triage to be monitored. He explained if S didn't pass the NST, he was recommending an emergency c-section. Andrew and I were not expecting to get this kind of news from a routine doctor appointment. We were in shock and very anxious, as we were not expecting to meet our sweet little loves for a few more weeks. Fear set in, not knowing how they would do 5 weeks early. Once we left the specialist, we decided to go get a Subway sandwich before going to the hospital since we were starving. Good thing we did, little did I know I was going to be admitted and not be able to eat anything once I arrived.
Symptoms: I was having terrible reflux, insomnia, and was peeing more than I ever thought possible. Braxton hicks and contractions were much more common by this time and A was constantly flipping over, one moment she would be breech the next anterior.
Cravings: I never craved anything other than things I already loved! Flamin' hot cheetos, almond, pistachios, spaghetti-O's and hamburgers were some of my favorites!
Weight gained: 70+lbs total
Best moments: I absolutely loved getting to feel A & S hiccup, move and kick so often, as well as seeing them on ultrasounds and BPP's quite frequently. Andrew and I really cherished these moments.
Stay tuned for the big day!
Below are pictures of our professional maternity pictures by Christina Tiller Photography.
When choosing a photographer, I wanted someone who was personable, creative, affordable and had a great eye. Christina was the perfect choice and I was very impressed with our pictures. She was such a trooper too! Not only was it super windy that day but she was also nine months pregnant and didn't fret once about getting down on the ground or in other awkward positions to ensure she was able to get awesome shots! I highly encourage every expectant mother to get professional pictures done to document such an amazing and beautiful time in your life. I chose to wait until around 32 weeks to do them, as I wanted to make sure I was as close to the end as possible to get some awesome belly shots. I will forever cherish them!