The Beans

29 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

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At 29 weeks pregnant, your baby weighs nearly three pounds now and measures about 17 inches. Though she’s getting pretty close to her birth length, she still has to chub out a bit. In fact, over the next 11 weeks, she’ll more than double — or even come close to tripling — her weight. As more fat is deposited under the skin surface, her wrinkled skin is smoothing out. This fat, called white fat, is different from the earlier brown fat that your developing fetus accumulated. Brown fat is necessary for body temperature regulation, while white fat (the fat you have, Mom) actually serves as an energy source.

Counting Baby’s Kicks
Since space in your baby’s living quarters is now at a premium, you’ll be feeling jabs and pokes from elbows and knees, mostly. And they’ll be more vigorous (and also less erratic) than before because your baby is stronger and excitedly responding to all sorts of stimuli — movement, sounds, light and that candy bar you ate half an hour ago. That means now’s a good time to start doing twice a day to make sure baby’s doing just fine (plus, it’s a good excuse for a rest).

Permanent Teeth Are Forming
One more exciting development this week: as you’ll recall, your baby’s baby-teeth buds formed weeks ago. But now, the buds for permanent teeth are forming in his or her gums!

Bump – 29w2d


How can this belly get any bigger?!?!  We will find out.  I’ve managed to avoid stretch  marks and the dreaded ugly brown line thus far.  And my belly button isn’t pushed out yet. But it’s still early.

10 weeks makes a HUGE difference!

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Ultrasound – 29w0d

As soon as they popped on the screen I gasped…our babies are so big!  To think we went from this:


to this


to THIS!


omg, it’s so overwhelming.  (Sorry about the crappy picture quality…)

Butterbean – measuring 29w1d.  Heartrate 139 bpm.  3lbs1oz

Limabean – measuring 29w5d.  Heartrate 146 bpm.  2lbs14oz

Everything looks fabulous.  They are swimming in plenty of fluid.  The placentas are where they should be and doing their job.  Their growth is right on point.  And they are both still head down.

Apparently these little maniacs are fighting over who is gonna come out first.  Limabean is still at the starting gate but Butterbean is trying to head butt her out of the way so he can be the older sibling.  They have settled in kind of a wonky X, like this:


She’s on top of him, which is why I feel her little feet more often.

God I love these two little twinkies so much.  I don’t even mind that they keep head banging my bladder.

We have one more ultrasound at 33 weeks…”if we make it that long”  Challenge accepted.

How I’m feeling

I’m feeling like a woman of advanced maternal age in her third trimester, pregnant with twins.  Yes. I. Do.

Let’s see.  My knees still hurt every second of every day.  Even when I’m sprawled out on the couch.  I realized when temps almost hit 40 over the weekend, that it is not all due to my extra weight.  Cold temps = really painful knees #oldladyproblems.  We were “blessed” with several days of negative temps and I’m basically crippled.  Warmer days are ahead so let’s hope I get a little relief.  I’ve also noticed some increased pain in my hips.  It’s only noticeable when I move certain ways.  Feels like I was riding a horse for a couple of hours.

Guess what showed up this week?  Carpal Tunnel!  (click the link, Jerry…it’s a thing).  I had a feeling it was coming…my hands have been going numb when I sleep for weeks.  And I’ve had some swelling in my fingers (not terrible but noticeable). But I’m having all day tingling and numbness in the tips of my fingers so I imagine that’s what it is.

And remember that one time at band camp when I was freaking out that I wouldn’t recognize a contraction if I had one?  Well that little situation resolved itself.  Here is what I think they feel like.  Imagine your baby belly was a lime.  And someone with a giant hand was trying to make margaritas.  That squeezing sensation…that’s what it feels like.  Your belly gets tight and hard and it doesn’t really hurt, but it’s feels like something heavy is sitting on your chest.  Voila!  Braxton Hicks.

I’ve had random BH contractions over the last week.  I notice them a lot when I’m not drinking enough water or move too quickly after sitting a long time.  So I’m amping up my water intake and just moving more slowly these days (like a turtle, Jerry, just like a turtle).

I’m still taking it easy most evenings.  Thank goodness there is a lot of great TV on at the moment.  I do get pangs of guilt for not cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming the floor, making a decent dinner, etc.  And then I just remind myself that I have one job at the moment and that is cooking these babies as long as I can.  Everything else can wait.


Relaxed, content, happy most of the time. I had one really blah day where I was lethargic and pretty depressed.  Everything was getting on my nerves.  I think my 3 am wake up calls caught up with me so I went to bed at 7:30 that night.  I felt refreshed and fabulous after 10 hours of sleep!


My girlfriend asked me what I gave up for Lent and I told her vegetables.  What is wrong with me??  I love vegetables. All of them.  I loved brussel sprouts way before they were trendy.  Veggies are just so blah at the moment.  I know I would eat them if there was a big plate of them in front of me but I think I just prefer other doughy options at the moment.  Or fruit.  At least I’m eating fruit!


Jacob had some sort of gagging/throwing up situation one night around 3 am.  Jerry & I both got up to make sure he was ok and then Jerry took him outside in case he was sick (it was –4 degrees out.  Have I mentioned that my husband is a saint?).  I laid in bed and thought “It’s going to be fun when we have two puking kids and a diarrhea dog all at the same time!”  Divide and conquer I suppose.

Anyway, I was up after that and it just started a trend of early wake ups.  I sleep pretty hard from 9:30 – 3 and then I just kind of wake up and give in.  I think it’s going to be like this indefinitely.


There’s a party going on in there!  Jerry got to see them rockin’ from the outside…which is so weird but so super cool.  As soon as I rest my hands on my belly where their feet are, I get a poke.  And it’s so bizarre because I swear I feel little bones.  They are movin and groovin all day long.

To Do List

We went to IKEA and bought a few things for the nursery.  Blackout curtains, a table lamp and some picture ledges/book shelves.  And Jerry has primed the changing table with plans to paint this weekend.  I’ve washed all the baby clothes and it was the most fun I’ve ever had doing laundry!  We’re moving right along.

Random thoughts/observations/stuff

This is all I got.


The Beans

28 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

We hit another milestone! At 28 weeks, viability skyrockets.  90% of babies who make it to this stage of gestation survive.  Long-term complications are still a possibility but the likelihood decreases with each additional day in utero .

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An eggplant is pretty freaking big!!  And delicious.  Who wants to make me some eggplant parm???


Your baby is settling into the proper position for birth, with his head facing downward (toward your body’s nearest exit!). Your little work in progress is now about 2.5 pounds and almost 16 inches long (measured head to toe). He’s busy these days blinking (outside in the real world, blinking is necessary to help keep foreign objects out of the eyes). That skill is just one of an already impressive repertoire of tricks he’s working on, like coughing, more intense sucking, hiccupping and, perhaps most important, better breathing.

Baby Might Be Dreaming
Dreaming about your baby at 28 weeks pregnant? Your baby may be dreaming about you, too. Brain wave activity measured in a developing fetus shows different sleep cycles, including the rapid eye movement phase — the stage when dreaming occurs.

The Bump – 28w2d

On the inside…


On the outside


I’ve had several people tell me this week that I’ve popped.  And they see me every day.  I’ve also had a couple tell me you can’t tell that I’m pregnant from behind and I think they’re right.  This bump is like a big, hard basketball jutting straight out from my midsection.  Catch me from the side though…whoa.

Doctor’s Appt – 28w0d

Weight Gain – +24lbs * BP 116/72 * Lima bean’s heart rate 146 bpm * Butterbean’s heart rate 130 bpm * Belly measuring 33 weeks

We met with a new doctor today and I really liked her.  She was great about answering all of our questions and had a great “bedside manner”.  That is very important to me.

I passed my Gestational Diabetes test!!  Quite frankly, I’m shocked.  SHOCKED!  But thrilled.  Bring on the donuts! I also had a hemoglobin and platelet screening (to check for anemia) and it was normal.  No protein in my urine.  Blood pressure looks great.  Weight gain is right on track.

I got my Rhogam shot in the butt and the doctor indicated I would get another one after I deliver, “for protection in future pregnancies”.  Jerry told her to ‘slow her roll’ (yes, he said that) and she laughed and corrected herself…“for protection in the event of future pregnancies”.

She found Lima Bean’s heartbeat right away.  Our shy guy, Butterbean, was moving all around but away from the Doppler.  But she finally got a good reading and both heart rates are strong.

I also questioned the whole “no exercise” thing, as movement feels really good to me.  As everything is going so well, she indicated short amounts of light / moderate exercise (i.e. walking) should be fine.  She said exercise is generally beneficial in pregnancy. It helps to strengthen your pelvic floor, which makes for an easier delivery.  Just don’t over do it or push too hard.  Be smart.  I can do that.  Jerry is still skeptical.

It was a great appointment and I couldn’t be more thrilled at how things are progressing. I’m feeling amazingly blessed and thankful for how lucky we’ve been thus far.

To Do List

One piece of advice I’ve heard from several twin moms is to have yourself organized and ready to go by 28 weeks.  Welp, I had grand plans of checking off all of the major To Dos from my list by now.  Annnnnd, ya know how grand plans go.  I’ve been way too lazy!!  It’s cold and dark after work and the couch just calls my name. I know there is nothing wrong with resting and it’s part of the reason I’m feeling so great.  So the laziness will continue within reason.  We have a good start on things but we need to wrap some things up by the time my shower rolls around on March 14th.

*  Paint changing table & side table
*  Hang pictures
*  Hang curtains
*  Purchase remaining accessories for nursery
*  add 2nd hanging bar to nursery closet
*  wash newborn baby clothes
*  pack hospital bag

Our next few weekends are pretty low key so I’m confident we can knock out these things and still have time to be lazy!

How I’m Feeling

I’ve felt pretty good this week.  I am, however, playing the pregnancy card every chance I get. I generally don’t like people to have to do stuff for me. It’s more efficient 9 times out of 10 to just do it myself.  But everyday tasks are just more trouble than they’re worth these days.  And most people are very kind and willing to assist.

I’m pretty wiped out by the end of the day.  As soon as I get home from work, I change into PJs and crash on the couch.  Jerry is a saint and takes care of Jacob.  And dinners are anything I can throw together in 30 minutes or less.  Everyone makes fun of my stocked freezer but it’s paying off big time these days!

I’m getting some heartburn at night and early morning that’s controllable with Tums.  It seems to occur when I have an empty stomach, which makes sense.

No new aches or pains…just the old annoying ones.  Sitting down is rough.  And ugly.  It’s more of a fall than a sit, really…once the downward motion starts, I have no chance of gracefully sliding into my chair.  Jerry tells me we’re going to need new springs in our arm chairs after this is all over. He’s right.


Waffles, cookies, cake, doughnuts, brownies…gimme, gimme, gimme.  ALL OF IT!  I’m not actually eating all of it but it’s nice to know I can if I want to.  I’m going to whipped up these Fudgy Coconut Oil Brownie Bites this weekend.  Portion control is helpful!

I ate fish this week!  But it was in the form of fried Lenten fare.  Does that count?  Probably not.  I had green beans with it though.  Score a point for consuming a veggie.

We currently have 6 boxes of cereal opened in our house. Cinnamon Life is my new favorite. We have zero bags of Mrs. Ts because I ate them all.  I’m still having PB&J 3 or 4 times a week.  Berries and clementines…every day.


Mix of good and bad.  It’s very inconsistent.  When I do sleep, I sleep hard and really well.  But I’m still waking up in the middle of the night a few times a week.

I’ve gotten an “Are you OK?” from Jerry several times during the night because of all the grunting when I roll over. I flip flop all night when I sleep and I also tend to be a groaner.  Apparently I’m making a lot of noise during my side-to-side adjustments because Jerry could sleep through the Super Bowl.  Heaving this big belly over isn’t an easy task!


What crazy wiggle worms we have!  Not only are they wiggling, but they are jamming  their little body parts into various parts of my belly.  All of a sudden a foot/elbow/knee/tushie will appear out of no where to the point where I can almost grab onto it.  Good times!


I’m a healthy mix of grouchy, happy and weepy these days.  I think that’s normal for this stage of pregnancy.

I find myself grouchy at times for pretty much no reason and just want to sit and not talk to anyone. At home this is isn’t a problem because Jerry knows me well enough to leave me alone or I can just go take a 2 hour shower if he’s feeing chatty.  Work is a different story because I generally talk to people all day and no one seems to respect the I’m wearing headphones for a reason…send me an email rule.

And I really only get weepy if I think of seeing the babies for the first time, Jerry holding the babies, the grandparents meeting the babies, when the babies kick me, bringing the babies home, Jacob with the babies…you get it.  Any time I think of the Beans at all, I turn into a blubbering head case.  It’s awesome.

But the rest of the time…still happy!!

Baby Purchases

You say you’re not going to order anything else and then more stuff shows up!”  I know, Jerry, I KNOW!   I just can’t help it.  Baby stuff is so stinking cute. But I’m officially cut off. Pinky Swear.

The last baby purchases until after they’re born…these little hats with their names for them to wear home from hospital.  And matching pjs.

Organic Cotton Twins Baby Hats - Personalized with Arrow Design - YOU CHOOSE COLORS


omg…I can’t even stand it.  Come on…they have to have coming home outfits!!

And now I’m done.  btw…Cole and Eden are adorable names but no, they’re not ours.

Random thoughts/observations/stuff

*  Speaking of names, baby names are official. Jerry & I call them by name all of the time now and I love it!  And I ordered the hats, so…done deal.  I know it’s dumb that we’re keeping them a secret but I like the idea of a little surprise when they’re born.

*  No noteworthy comments this week.  But I’m at the point where it is no longer questionable if I’m pregnant.  Random strangers will ask me how I’m feeling or when I’m due.  Only one person touched my belly but I knew her and she asked.  For some reason, it doesn’t bother me.

* I’m starting to get a little worried about Jacob.  I know he’s going to be great with the Beans but this is going to be a huge game changer for all of us.  He’s so used to getting a ton of attention and while Jerry and I believe we can still dote on him, it won’t be the same.  So if you stop over to see the Beans and you’re not afraid of dogs (or picking up poop), please walk him.  He’s a big marshmallow and pretty easy to handle.  And he’ll love you forever.

* And this:


The days are ticking away…

The Beans

27 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

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I don’t know what a rutabaga is but another app said they’re the size of a bunch of bananas.  I get that.


This week it’s time to trade in the old crown-to-rump measurement for a new head-to-toe standard. By the end of the second trimester, your baby is now measuring nearly 14 inches — more than a foot long. His weight is creeping up the charts too, coming in at just over two pounds (double four weeks ago). Most babies this age, yours included, still like to snuggle in a slightly curled position inside the uterus (thus the term “fetal position”).

Baby Recognizes Your Voices
Big news: Your baby may recognize both your and your partner’s voices by now. His auditory development (hearing) is progressing as the network of nerves to the ears matures — though the sounds he hears are muffled thanks to the creamy coating of vernix covering those ears. So this might be a good time to read and even sing to your baby (or rather, your belly) — and a good chance to start boning up on those nursery rhymes and lullabies you’ll need to be repeating (and repeating) pretty soon. While you’re at it, here’s another way to have some family fun at 27 weeks pregnant: If your partner presses his ear to your belly, he might be able to hear the baby’s heartbeat.

Baby’s Tasting…and Hiccupping
Your baby’s taste buds are very developed now as well (with more taste buds than he or she will ever have outside the womb, actually). Need a taste test? If you eat some spicy food your baby will be able to taste the difference in the amniotic fluid (but keep in mind that you’ll have different mealtimes, with your baby’s coming about two hours after yours). Some babies will even respond to that spicy kick by hiccupping. And although hiccups (which feel like belly spasms to you) may seem like they’re disturbing to your baby, he or she isn’t stressed at all. It’s just one more sensation that babies need to get used to.

Bump – 27w2d


I know you’re all thinking “She keeps complaining about her huge boobs.  Um, not so huge”.  Well, my friends, that it because my belly is just THAT BIG!

Gestational Diabetes Test

Seriously ladies…what is the big deal about that drink??  I’m really starting to think that preggos just like to complain about everything!  It tastes exactly like orange Gatorade.  It’s not thick or syrupy.  It’s not crazy sweet.  It’s cold and you have 5 minutes to drink it.  I don’t get all of the whining.

After I chugged my cocktail, I was seated in a cushy recliner with some GMA.  I brought a book but decided to take a nap instead.  Excellent idea.  I had my blood draw and then we were off to our Newborn Care class at West Penn.

Oh, and I haven’t received my test results back yet.  I have a doctor’s appt on Wednesday and they may be waiting until then to tell me.  I guess in this case, ignorance is bliss.  I’ll be stuffing my face with carbs and sugar until then.

Newborn Care Class

We were about 15 minutes late due to snowy conditions and a house fire across the street from the hospital.

Overall, the class was pretty informative.  The major topics we covered were:

* bathing
* diaper changes
* swaddling
* dealing with illness
* feeding (breastmilk and formula)
* soothing a crying baby

Jerry’s biggest icky baby factor at the moment is belly buttons.  He thought the baby came out and after they cut the cord, it looked just like our belly buttons do.  One of the videos showed the healing stump and he almost passed out.  And then they kept calling it a stump and I almost passed out.  (What is it with that word??  very ICK.)  And he’s horrified that it will just fall off one day and THEN WHAT DO WE DO WITH IT?!?! (Of course I had to remind him of the scene in Sex and the City where Brady’s belly button falls off and Miranda freaks out and the cat eats it.  I’ll probably make him watch it just for fun).

He’s still planning on wearing disposable gloves and a hazmat suit to change diapers. I’m guessing that will last about 2 days because who wants the process to be drawn out at 3 am with a screaming baby/babies?  But he needs to figure it out on his own.  He was horrified at the thought of picking up dog poop when we first met.  Now it’s just part of the joy of having a dog!

How I’m feeling

The honeymoon is OVER!

I kid, I kid. It’s not really all that bad.  I’m just feeling huge and sore most of the time. If I sit too long, everything gets stiff and I hobble around like a little old man for 2 or 3 minutes.  If I stand too long, my feet and knees ache.  I honestly feel the best when I’m just walking around.  Stairs are my nemesis…especially going down the stairs.  Pray that you don’t end up behind me on my descent because it’ll be a long one.

I’ve got a baby on my bladder and the urge to pee is constant.  I’ve thought about moving my desk into the ladies room.  (Our bathrooms are nice!).  I’m still drinking a ton of water and that doesn’t help.  But I’m so thirsty all the time so I just have to deal.

My engagement ring is off.  My wedding ring still fits so the swelling is minimal.  And nothing else seems swollen so I’m thankful for that.

Overall, I’m just feeling lazy.  I keep reminding myself that it’s part of my job description at the moment.  So I’m laying on the couch, binge watching Netflix and enjoying every moment.


My sweet little Butterbean loves to give me these soft, gentle kicks while my sassy, spitfire Lima bean…that child is aggressive!  I’m getting more and more long rolls and hard thumps.  And I’ve found that if I just rest my hands on my belly and use firm pressure, I’m always rewarded with some sort of karate chop.  Jerry will catch me staring at my bare belly, smiling like a lunatic and ask “what are you doing?”.  Just watching our little Beans wiggle.  It’s pretty adorable.


The ravenous hunger is pretty much gone.  I’m still super hungry when I wake up, but it tapers off over the course of the day.  I’m still devouring fruit like it’s my job and meat is my lowest priority.  I could sustain myself on grilled cheese, Mrs. Ts and berries.  I’m not sure if I’m just running out of room to overeat or what but I had popcorn for dinner on Saturday and toast on Sunday and was just fine.  My thirst is insane.  I can’t get enough ice water…it’s my major craving right now.


I’m happy but really, really weepy.  I get choked up over pretty much anything and everything these days.  It’s not a long drawn out cry, but ya know when your chest wells up and feels all tight and you get teary for a few seconds…yeah. That’s me.  Of course Howard was on vacation this week so I listened to a lot of Pandora…and boo hoo hooed my way through pretty much every station I tried.  I’m talking to you Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. 

I’m slightly concerned about my post-partum mental state.  Anxiety and depression are no strangers to me so I’m looking into some options, primarily placenta encapsulation, as I’ve heard a lot of great success stories.  And Jerry was grossed out by baby belly buttons…

Valentine’s Day

Gestational Diabetes test


Newborn Care class


Amazing lunch at Piccolo Forno.  Jerry bought me the most adorable onsies that say Mommy loves me and the sweetest card ever.  Of course I got all choked up and cried for a while.  Maybe I’m getting all these tears out of the way so I don’t make a scene at their birth, sobbing like a nutjob.  Probably not.


Mmmmm, pizza

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Season 2 marathon


It was such a lovely, perfect day.  Our last Valentine’s as a family of 2.  Next year, there will be a new girl to steal Jerry’s heart…and I’m 100% ok with that.  sniff

Random thoughts/observations/stuff

*Comment of the week.  During our staff meeting…“If we have a fire emergency, how do we get you out of here?”  Um, I walk down the stairs with everyone else?  And then Limabean kicked me really hard and I must have winced because my boss stopped in the middle of a sentence and asked “Are you in labor?”.  Um, no.  I was also told that I’m starting to waddle.  Which is total BS!  I know my milkshake isn’t bringing any boys to the yard these days but I am NOT waddling yet.  I will definitely own it when I do.  He’s one of those guys that is always saying something snarky so I just ignored him.

* I’m pretty sick of needles.  I’ve been shooting up for 176 days and while the PIO injections only lasted 13 weeks, I’m still on daily doses of Lovenox.  I’ve gotten pretty good at them but I’m running out of loose skin on my stomach.  I am thankful they are keeping the Beans and I healthy but I’ll be uber happy when we are done with them.

*  My co-worker gave birth to her twins last week at 34w4d.  They were both 4lbs12oz and are doing great.  However, she had the double whammy at delivery.  Baby A born vaginally and then Baby B wouldn’t come down so she had a C section.  Just freaking shoot me now.  (Close eyes…this is my story, no one else’s.  Repeat 920156156549894 times.)

*  And this.  Wow.


The Beans

Second Trimester Observations

I woke up today STUNNED that I’m in my third trimester.  I did not believe anyone when they said your pregnancy will go by so fast.  Liars!  I wanted to be pregnant for so long…I just couldn’t believe it wouldn’t creep by waiting for our baby (now babies) to be born.

My pregnancy is going by so fast! 

The craziest part, the second trimester is the longest one!  They basically spot you four weeks for the first trimester.  Weeks 1 and 2 don’t even have a baby involved!  Week 3 kicks off with conception and by the time you take that all important test, you’re already at 4 weeks!  I don’t get it either.  So Tri-1 is only 9 weeks long, Tri-2 is 13 weeks long and, if you’re having twins, Tri-3 is around 10-11 weeks.  I will be considered full term in 10 weeks!!  Oh. My. GAWD!!!

It really is the honeymoon phase

They’re not lying.  If you’re gonna love not hate being pregnant, I think this would be the time.  You have more energy.  You want to eat.  Maternity clothes look cute on you and you’re not sick of them yet.  Sleep is decent.  You don’t feel too big.  Baby kicks are so fun!  I loved every minute of my second trimester.

As I start the third trimester, I can see that starting to change. I’m still loving being pregnant.  Swear!  But I can feel a severe case of ouchieitis coming on (that’s a technical term).  Where everything thing just kinda hurts and you want to say “Ouch!” every time you move.  Yeah.

Worry is starting to creep in

It was bound to happen.  And no, it’s not because of stuff I’ve read on the internet.  Or horror stories from the peanut gallery.  It’s because it’s real life.  Carrying multiples comes with risk.  It just does.  And carrying multiples at an advanced maternal age comes with more risk.

So let’s just get it out there.  Right now, I’m worried about pre-term labor.  There is only so much I can do to prevent it.  I feel like I’m taking really good care of myself but things like preeclampsia or a shortening cervix are really out of my control. I know we just take it day by day and deal with things as they come.

And I’m still concerned about the delivery. I don’t think this will go away until I have the Beans in my arms. I have this nagging anxiety that I just can’t shake.  I know they can’t force me to deliver naturally, but there is also a nagging feeling that if I can avoid a c-section, I should. UGH…I’m so conflicted!  I know you’re sick of hearing about this whole thing…but it’s really the only thing I’m stressing about at the moment.

Hey girl.  Worrying doesn’t do anyone any good. I know, I know…I KNOW!  You try it.

This little gem from Pregnant Chicken showed up in my inbox this morning. “Labours are like fingerprints and no two are alike. You’re going to have a great birth and you’re going to have a healthy, beautiful baby at the end of it all and there’s nothing to gain from thinking otherwise.”  That Chicken is very wise.

As someone pointed out…you never hear about the good stories.  A normal, uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery aren’t newsworthy.  But they are very common. We’re going to focus on that.

And I was worried about gaining enough weight.

Basketball in the front…beach ball from the side.

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I should have trusted that my body would take care of things as it needed to.  I’m on track to gain about 35 lbs and that’s pretty much perfect for twins.

The books are Bullsh*t

If you haven’t seen this article, you should check it out.  It’s true not only about the expert opinions on sleep advice, but pregnancy, multiples, breastfeeding, etc.  There is so much conflicting information flying around out there!  It’s really enough to make your head spin.

As a first time parent, I’m all for being prepared so I’ve devoured 5-6 books during the last few months.  Some of the information was good, some was stupid and some seemed like it was just included to freak you out.   I’m pretty sure our Mothers didn’t have all of this information at their fingertips (how did they keep us alive without the Internet?!?!) and we turned out just fine.  They probably didn’t do everything perfectly and for the most part, had to learn as they went.  I’m starting to think that was a better approach.

I’m gonna miss having these Beans all to myself

I know in another 5 or 6 weeks, I’m going to be OVER IT!  I’m going to be super uncomfortable and I’m just going to want them out.  But right now I’m selfish.  I like that I’m the only one who knows what their kicks feel like.  And that I have them safe inside me, protected from the world.  I like the company at night when I can’t sleep.  And that I already know their little personalities (Baby girl is a spitfire and our boy is laid back).  Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to meet these Beans…but I know I’m gonna be a little sad when I have to share them.

It won’t be long now!


The Beans

26 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

Hello third trimester!  So, so, SO happy to see you.  Some say the third tri starts at 27 weeks.  As I won’t make it 40 weeks, my 3rd trimester starts now!

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What’s up with your baby? She now weighs a full two pounds and measures nine-plus inches. Your baby will soon be feeling a little cramped in your uterus — but not to worry, there’s still plenty of room for your baby to grow. It just means your gymnast will have less room for those somersaults, cartwheels and other Olympic feats.

Baby’s Eyes Open
Look who’s looking! Your baby’s eyes — which have been closed for the past few months (so that the retina, the part of the eye that allows images to come into focus, could develop) — are beginning to open at 26 weeks pregnant. This means your baby is able to see what’s going on now (unfortunately the view in your uterus isn’t all that exciting). But do try this at home for kicks: Shine a flashlight at your stomach. Your baby might kick in response (as in: “Get that light out of my eyes!”). Right now the iris, the colored part of the eye, still doesn’t have much pigmentation (that’ll fill in over the next month or two), so it’s too early to start guessing your baby’s eye color. And even the color your baby is born with might not be the permanent shade — you may be kept guessing until your baby is close to six months old.

Brain-Wave Activity Kicks in
Look what else is going on this week: Your baby’s brain-wave activity is kicking in at this stage in fetal development, which means your little one can not only hear noises but can now also respond to them. Not in so many words, of course, but with an increase in pulse rate or activity.

Bump – 26w5d

Third trimester and not a stretch mark in sight!  Jerry’s the only one who will ever see my stomach, so if they show up, they show up.  I know it’s 90% genetic but I still grease myself up every night with coconut oil.  It’s at least keeping my skin soft and decreasing the itching.  The very best kind I’ve found (and I’ve tried 4-5 different brands) is Simply Nature organic from Aldi, of all places!  It’s so smooth and absorbs really well.  I also use it on my face at night and have noticed a huge difference in how my skin feels.

I wish I would have started measuring earlier but as of 26w2d, my belly is 42”.  That’s a lot of baby, er babies.


We’ve done quite a bit of growing this trimester!

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Doctor’s appt – 26w0d

Total Weight gain – +21 lbs.  BP 120/72  Belly is measuring 34 weeks. Heartbeats are very strong.

In case you missed that last part, my belly is measuring 34 weeks!  That means, if I were carrying one baby, my uterus would be stretched to the size of someone at 34 weeks gestation.  That’s a big belly!  But, considering my weight gain is in an acceptable range, that also means I’m growing good sized babies.  I’ll take it!

We met with Dr. G this time…she’s the one who had triplets.  She reiterated that now through 34 weeks is a very critical time for these Beans and I should be taking it as easy as possible.  Cut out any exercise (including walking) or unnecessary activity and focus on rest. Looks like Jerry will be taking over the floor mopping duties! I know he doesn’t mind…he’s a good sport.  I’m lucky that I sit for 80% of my work day and I’m very smart about just chilling out at night.

Note:  We have to meet with different doctors at each appointment and it’s very interesting the perspective each one has to managing my pregnancy.  I have met with Dr. R the most and she’s of the opinion, if I’m feeling good, there is no need to modify my activity.  Just pay attention to my body and rest when I need to.  Dr. G has personal experience with multiple pregnancy (and her triplets were all @ 5 lbs a piece at delivery.  Which is amazing!) and is very conservative in her recommendations.  I’m trying to take a balanced approach and still think small amounts of exercise is fine (and good for me) but then I have Jerry who wants me to ride around in a scooter when we go to Target.  I would never forgive myself if something happened because I wasn’t sitting around doing nothing 95% of the day.  But when I go to my appointments and everything looks on point and we have no problems, I want to leash up Jacob and get 30 minutes of fresh air. 

I’ve been having some tightening at the top of my stomach.  Several times a day, my belly gets really hard and the muscles kind of bulge out a bit.  Turns out, it’s probably Braxton Hicks contractions.  Here, I thought I’d feel contractions low in my belly. Apparently my uterus is stretched out from my pubic bone to my sternum.  I thought it was just Butterbean poking his little tushy and head around in there. It’s not a problem as there is no pattern to the contractions but if I notice it gets more rhythmic and happens every 10 minutes or so, I should call the office.

I scheduled my glucose test for 7:30am on Valentine’s Day…not sure if that was a smart move or very, very stupid.  I start having appointments every 2 weeks and next time, I will receive my Rhogam shot as I am rh-negative (more info on that here).  We have another ultrasound in 4 weeks for a growth check. And at 32 weeks, I start weekly appointments with non-stress tests (NST) to keep a close eye on the Beans.  Whew! Things are moving right along!

How I’m feeling

Joint pain continues.  Yinz guys, it’s bad!  Knees, hips and now, my left thumb.  My left thumb?  Yes, strange but true.  I’ve decided I’m NOT going to stop complaining about my achy knees because it’s my blog and I like to whine.  So…Whaaaaaa! My knees hurt.  There is a lot of grunting when I move.  I’m sure it’s annoying but I’m not even aware I’m doing it half the time.

For the first time in my life, I’m hot.  Thank goodness it’s 24 degrees out so I can get some relief!  And as my coat no longer fits, it’s perfect timing.  Normal life, I’m always cold.  Always.  I take hot showers every night to warm up.  And we all know I live in fleece from November to April.  Well not anymore.  I’m a furnace.  And I don’t like it!

No heartburn.  Congestion is gone.  No backaches. My plumbing is working acceptably.  Fingers are slightly swollen but I can still wear my rings.  No headaches.  No varicose vein issues.  Big boobs. Pretty good overall…just feeling the extra 20+ lbs I’m carrying around these days.


Not bad. I know I get up a few times a night because my Fitbit tells me so…but half the time I don’t even remember.  It’s like I’m sleep walking.  And Jacob has been sleeping in our bed for a lot of the night…but I don’t even feel him and he hovers around Jerry’s side so I’m not making a big deal about it.  Jerry loves when he sleeps with us and Jacob will get down if I tell him too.  So I’m taking one for the team…for now.  I’ve been falling asleep like a champ, but then waking up between 3-4.  I don’t even fight it anymore…once I’m up, I’m up.


Less grouchy, I think. Definitely less anxious. Still emotional.  Pretty happy overall.


The name of the game these days is sugar.  In the form of fruit, sometimes, but mostly just the white stuff.  There are brownies at the bottom of that sundae, btw.

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I tried to explain pregnancy hunger to my girlfriend this weekend.  Imagine you have 4 plates of thanksgiving dinner and were so full that it felt like your stomach might burst.  But you’re starving.  Hunger pains that make your belly burn and you feel light head.  It’s ridiculous.

Random thoughts/observations/stuff

*  Comment of the week – I said “excuse me” as I was walking in between 2 co-workers, one said “Ya sure you can fit?”.  I turned and shot him a death stare and my other co-worker said “I’m just gonna walk away so whatever happens now, there are no witnesses”.  Mean co-worker said that he knows I’m a good sport and can take some harmless ribbing.  I told him fair enough but I’d better find a brownie on my desk at some point this week.

Yeah buddy!


Then the barista at Starbucks said “You are the most adorable pregnant woman I’ve ever seen.  You’re like the poster child for perfect pregnancy style.”  So I hugged her and gave her a $50 tip.  (Stop laughing at the stylish part of the comment, RB!)

*  The Beans are headed to Florida in June!  We got found nonstop flights and were able to use points so they were practically free. So…what the heck!  The babies should be around 2 1/2 months old at that point and I see no point in waiting to get them acclimated to a plane. (We will clear this with their pediatrician, of course).  And we’re flying Southwest so if we are not comfortable or something comes up, we’ll just use the tickets around the holidays.  The grandparents volunteered to have them sleep in their room too…suckers!

* I found a super cute dress for my shower.  Of course, I found it on ThredUp (referral link – and someone used my link & I got $10 off my order.  Thank you!)  It was only $16!  And as I refuse to pay for shipping, I had to buy a couple other things to get my order to $50.  So I bought a couple of baby hats & some plaid rompers for the Beans.  Because, ya know, they need some cute summer outfits for their trip to Florida :).

*  I got my breast pump this week.  That thing scares the heck out of me!  Am I supposed to try it out before delivery?  Or just take it with me to the hospital and have them show me how it works.  I’d like to be a little prepared but could it, like, throw me into labor?!?!  I’ll probably do a dry run with actually attaching it to me.  Or maybe Jerry could be my stand in (bahahaaaa!  Can you imagine?)


The Beans

25 Weeks pregnant with Twins

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Baby’s Lungs Are Gearing Up to Breathe
Your baby is growing by leaps and bounds, reaching nine inches in length and passing the pound and a half mark — taller than two juice boxes stacked one on top of the other and almost as heavy as four of them. What else is going on this week? Your baby’s skin is turning pinker — not because he or she’s getting overheated (in fact, the amniotic fluid is perfectly climate-controlled, keeping your baby at an always comfortable temperature), but because small blood vessels, called capillaries, are forming under the skin and filling with blood. Later this week, blood vessels will also develop in your baby’s lungs, bringing them one step closer to full maturity — and one step closer to taking that first breath of fresh air. But at 25 weeks pregnant, those lungs are still very much works in progress. Though they are already beginning to develop surfactant, a substance that will help them expand with oxygen after the baby is born, the lungs are still too undeveloped to sufficiently send oxygen to the bloodstream and release carbon dioxide when baby exhales.

Baby’s Nostrils Open
The lungs aren’t the only system that’s gearing up for air intake. Your baby’s nostrils, which have been plugged up until now, are starting to open this week. This actually allows your little one to begin taking practice breaths. (Of course since there’s no air in there, your baby is really only “breathing” amniotic fluid, but it’s the practice that counts, right?)

Bump – 25w5d


That poor shirt.  It’s days are numbered.

And just to prove I don’t dress like Johnny Cash every day…here I am in real clothes! Will I ever NOT feel awkward in selfies???


Ultrasound – 25w3d

Baby girl (LimaBean) – heartbeat 156 bpm weighing in at 1lb 14oz (59th percentile)

Baby boy (ButterBean) – heartbeat 153 bpm weighing in at 1lb 14oz (59th percentile)

These beans are packing on the pounds & I’m absolutely thrilled at their growth!  They are growing at the exact same rate and look perfect.  They will continue to gain weight at a steady pace but should slow down toward the end of the 3rd trimester.  Baby girl was being shy and looked directly into my spine the entire time so we couldn’t get a good picture of her.  The pictures overall were pretty crappy.  This is the best one we had of Butterbean.  That is a picture of a picture.  I forgot to ask for a disc.


And there is this gem.  An attempt at Butterbean 3D.  It’s terrifying, right?


She was trying to get a good shot of one of Butterbean’s kidneys, as they couldn’t get a clear picture last time.  While she was concentrating on that area, she casually mentioned, “he must have just emptied his bladder” Um, excuse me? My son just peed in me? She thought that was hilarious “Yep”. Me, not so much.

All things look good.  My cervix looks “fine” (aka long and closed) and as of right now, they are both head down.  Limabean is at the starting gate and is sitting low.  Butter bean is a little higher and is leaning toward my right side. In case that’s confusing, here’s an illustration.


They should settle into their final positions around 31-32 weeks and at that point, we’ll have a good idea of how I will deliver.  I’ve decided if they’re both head down, I’ll go for natural.  If not, I’m opting for the C-section.  Have I mentioned this is my plan before?  I probably have…and probably will again…I’m still stressing over this whole delivery situation!

We met with an MFM doctor from West Penn following the ultrasound. She reviewed our scans and said babies look great.  She expects I’ll deliver around 35-36 weeks.  I didn’t really ask why she thought this because I was too busy calculating in my brain how freaking soon that is!  I’m hoping that was just an assumption based on averages.  I want to cook these babies until at least 37 weeks if I can.  But it’s out of my hands and they will come out when they’re ready.

How I’m feeling

So let’s get the complaints out of the way.  You knew they were coming!

Round ligament pain has picked up again.  Just certain ways I move, it hits me for a second. Knees and hips ache.  Alllllll the time! Maybe we should just assume I have achy joints and I can just stop talking about it.  But seriously, whaaaaaa, my knees ache!

I read this article on Scary Mommy, which is ridiculously accurate, and one of the things they talk about is skin tags. They are delightful little skin growths that pop up in high friction areas like your armpits, neck and under your boobs.  It’s your body going nuts with the baby news and producing extra random skin.  I’ve had a few skin tags pre-preggo but right now, it’s out of control.  I keep trying to shave them off..and it’s not working.  They supposedly go away after birth and I’m hoping that’s true.  Gross.

I have normal pregnancy stuff. I pee a lot, my skin is itchy, my boobs hurt, I’m hot sometimes, my fingers are swelling and my gums bleed if I brush too hard.  In the grand scheme of things, not too bad.  The majorly bad stuff has yet to show up or has gone away.  Fingers crossed!

For being almost 26 weeks pregnant with 4 lbs of baby in me (plus TWO placentas, sacs and extra fluid), I’m not feeling too terrible.


I need less sleep than I thought!  What a timely thing to figure out.  We’ve been going to bed @ 10/10:30…and by that, I mean getting into bed, not being in bed and watching TV for an hour…and waking up @ 5:30/5:45.  I sleep through the night (less 2+ pee breaks, which are a given) and I’m bright eyed and bushy tailed when I get up!  Good thing Jerry is a morning person too.  I’m annoying!

We got a new bed over the weekend and it’s awesome!  We went from a queen to a king and 1) it’s much easier to get in & out of as it’s lower to the ground 2) Jerry doesn’t hear me when I get up 832 times a night 3) it has a lot of support for my growing belly.


We don’t have to worry about our Beans and their future soccer careers.  Holy geez.  Their kicks are so strong…my whole body jumps!  You can really see them move from the outside.  I’m guessing it’s because they’re bigger but I feel them all day long now.  I love the little reminders that they’re in there.


Almond butter and grape jelly sandwiches top the list this week.  Every single day.  Still loving fruit in all forms.  I made another round of that sausage pasta this week with ravioli and it may just show up every week going forward!  Burgers are my protein of choice.  I’m getting lots of calcium from yogurt, cottage cheese and milk.  Cereal is on the menu 5-6 times a week.

Jerry & I went out for pancakes over the weekend and my blueberry short stack hit the spot!  I don’t think I’ve ordered pancakes in a restaurant, ever. But these Beans and their obsession with sugar are converting me.  Mmmmmm, pancakes!




I’ve noticed I’ve been kind of a grump this week.  I’m still pretty happy overall, but I’ve been having moments of irritability.  And unfortunately, I’ve been taking it out on Jerry. (Sorry sweetie!). He’s not doing anything wrong at all (well maybe not so many questions would help. omg, that man loves to ask questions! xoxo). And he’s amazingly supportive and takes really good care of me, so I feel really bad when I snap at him.

I’m starting to have some irrational anxiety about random things. And when I start thinking about something, it consumes me and I can’t let it go. Like being the first person to hold our babies after they are born. I’m obsessing on it! I read a story about a girl who had to be put under for an emergency C-section and when she woke up in recovery, her sister was holding her baby. Before she ever had a chance to hold him. She was beside herself and it threw her into a huge post partum depression because she felt like her sister would be forever bonded with her baby more than she was. I don’t even have a sister! It’s ridiculous. So, loved ones…no one holds the babies before I do, mkay? There. I feel better already. And of course the delivery thing. Still having crazy anxiety about it. This week it’s umbilical cords around their neck. Obsessing on that. And diapers. I’m obsessed with diapers. In particular, having enough and which ones won’t leak. So, yeah…I’m kind of a head case this week. It will get worse, I’m sure.

So did the Superbowl commercial people somehow know we’re having kids in a few months?  Good grief.  Between Run Like a Girl and all the Dads with their kids and that little boy who dies in an accident…come on!  And throw in the puppy that almost gets eaten by the wolf but then is saved by his Clydesdale security team, it was one big sob fest!  At one point, Jerry said “Where are all the hot chicks in bikinis and the funny beer commercials?  This is terrible!”  Agreed.

Random thoughts/observations/stuff

*  We’re starting to think about pediatricians.  We got a good recommendation from 2 different people and we’re going to an expectant parent orientation next week.  The practice is close to our house and they have walk-in hours every day.  Plus a whole bunch of education classes and kid activities.

*  We thought we had our boy name picked out but Jerry isn’t so sure anymore.  I shouldn’t be surprised (at all) because he’s very thorough in his decision making process.  We’re 95% sure we have our girl name…5% being that Jerry may change his mind in the next 10 weeks.  I’m sick of waiting for him to decide so I’m just calling them by the names we originally agreed on when I talk to them.

*  I ordered my breast pump!  I got a free Medela Pump in Style through my insurance.  That is the brand most people have recommended to me and I’m so happy I don’t have to shell out $300 for it.  I’ve opted not to take breastfeeding classes, even though I do plan on breastfeeding. Chiquita and her husband went to a class and provided a good summary.  I think it would be more beneficial to read up on it and then meet with the lactation consultant once they are born.  I learn so much more though actually doing things and I don’t think simulating breast feeding with a doll is going to help me much.

* I’ve started thinking about my birth plan. Do I even need a birth plan? Pregnant friends, are you doing this? I feel like there is so much I can’t really plan for but I guess I could lay out some preferences for my ideal scenario.

*  Happy Groundhog Day!  That damn rodent is predicting 6 more weeks of winter. Boooooo!