Week 19 already! I think I start each of these posts out with the same exclamation, but it’s crazy how quickly time is going. I am officially half way there since full-term with twin pregnancies is 38 weeks, opposed to 40 weeks for a singleton pregnancy. It feels like 19 weeks is pretty far along, but then I realize I could have 16-19 more weeks left and that feels veryyy far away. I am also starting to get a lot bigger, and I can’t imagine how much larger I will be!
In terms of how I feel, this week has been one of the best weeks of my pregnancy. I feel like a lot of my energy is finally back and I felt like a night owl staying up till 10 or 11pm a few nights this week 😉 My appetite is also slowly returning in the evenings and I’m able to eat a good dinner which is a huge change! Hopefully this trend continues in the coming weeks/months. We also found out what we’re having at our 19 week anatomy scan, so it was a really fun week seeing the babies and getting the assurance that they’re both healthy.
The twins: According to our anatomy scan on Tuesday, baby A is 10oz and baby B is 9oz. This puts baby A in the 50th% and baby B in the 27th%. The baby app I use (nurture) says they’re 8.5oz, so this makes me think our babies are a little big for their age;) Let’s hope! It’s interesting because twins are measured on the same growth curve/scale as a singleton baby, and they normally fall below or even off the normal growth curve come the third trimester. I am crossing my fingers this doesn’t happen and we have big babies! Baby B is a little smaller than baby A but they’re not worried about it yet, and say their difference in weight is totally normal at this point. They will keep doing growth scans every 4 weeks to make sure they are relatively the same size. If one baby isn’t growing as much as the other, this is when they may decide to induce labor early because it could indicate that one baby is not getting enough nutrition from the placenta.
Craving: Still loving dairy! I love my breakfast of whole milk yogurt, fresh berries and chia seeds, and usually have whole milk cottage cheese in the afternoon. I also drink a whole milk latte every morning, so I am definitely getting in my calcium! I also love fresh green beans right now with a LOT of grass fed butter. I’ve pretty much craved them the entire pregnancy but haven’t mentioned them, but for some reason they’re my favorite veggie right now. Also craved pho (vietnemese noodle soup) this week and had to order it a few days ago. For some reason brothy soups sound amazing even in this 100 degree weather.
Aversions: I haven’t mentioned this, but I have not been into cruciferous vegetables, mainly cauliflower and broccoli. They both kind of gross me out and I think it’s because I was eating so much of both right when I got pregnant. Pasta still sounds weird to me – I will eat a few bites and then need to be done. Very weird.
Wearing: My same clothes pretty much, but I really need some new dresses! Shorts just aren’t very comfortable right now. I also went to put on a couple of my rompers and dresses that fit a couple months ago, and they wouldn’t even go on. It was a weird moment, but I have to remind myself that getting larger is all a part of growing healthy babies. So I decided to take out all my clothes that are definitely too small now and store them away for another day. No need for those or the sadness when I can’t even get them over my legs 😉 I also get a few dresses in the mail today from asos.com for my baby showers. I will take pics of them and show you next week!
Sleeping: Sleeping is fine! It’s pretty annoying when I wake up and have to pee, but usually I can go back to sleep. I still go to sleep propped up on two pillows and one pillow just doesn’t cut it anymore, but I really have no complaints. Hopefully this continues and I don’t have pregnancy insomnia that so many complain about.
Names: When we were in Park City last weekend we had some quality time to talk about some names and I think we have narrowed it down! Like I’ve said before, we have always had one name, but I think we have the other one locked down too. Middle names aren’t 100% but we’re getting there. The fun thing about not telling everyone our choices is that we can change our mind should we decide to down the road. This will probably happen because I’m pretty indecisive sometimes 🙂
Bump: Growing larger, as expected! Like I said, a lot of my clothes are fitting weirdly now, and I need some more stretchy dresses. I’m finding the maternity dresses are still a little big in the belly area, so I just need a few more non-maternity items to get me through this stage.
Movement: I haven’t felt the babies move yet. Well, maybe I have, but everyone says it feels like gurgling, or fluttering, and I may just not be able to tell. Our ultrasound tech on Tuesday said it normally happens around 20 weeks, so maybe in the next week or so I will feel them!
Exercise: Better this week! I went to the gym a couple of times and did a spinning class yesterday for the first time since getting pregnant. Our gym has 30 minute spin classes and they are the perfect amount of time. Doing jumps, where you stand up and down in the saddle feel a little weird, so I stayed seated a lot of the class, but it felt really good. I was noticeably more tired yesterday after the class though and took a 30 minute nap in the afternoon and then fell asleep in about 2 minutes last night. There are also barre and mat pilates classes I want to try either this weekend or next week.
Baby purchases: Nothing yet but I am loving to look. Right now I have both cribs in my target.com cart. The crib is below. I think we will buy both right off the bat but only put together one just to save space. I am also starting my hunt for a glider/rocker! A couple friends have recommended different styles and brands, so I need to go look at a few. I don’t want to spend a fortune on it, but want it to last since I am sure we will use it for all the kiddos. Here’s one from West Elm that I love (thanks, Alexa!).
Nursery: Aside from the cribs and the glider, I haven’t given it much thought. It’ll be fun to build the crib and start to arrange furniture. Since we are keeping our guest bed, it should be interesting to see how we fit it all, but I’m excited for the challenge.
Supplements: Same as before, but I have added in some new ones for dental support. Your teeth take a beating when you are pregnant because the baby (or, babies in my case) is basically stealing from your own bones and teeth to make their own (in very simple terms). I am already prone to dental issues (I usually have one cavity each time I go to the dentist despite brushing and flossing like a maniac), and know so many women that go to the dentist after they give birth and have about 5-6 new cavities just from the pregnancy alone. This doesn’t always happen, but I am trying to prevent it. SO, I am taking extra calcium, vitamin k2 for bone support, and a supplement called biodent that helps remineralize teeth. I am also using a special toothpaste that is also supposed to help with remineralization, so let’s see if my dental protocol works! I will keep you posted once the babies are born 🙂
What’s next: I have another checkup at my OB in about 2 weeks (blood pressure, weight, heart beats etc.), and then I go to the Maternal Fetal Medicine dr. (who I keep referring to as my “high risk dr.”) in another 4 weeks for a growth scan on the twins. Crossing my fingers they are the same size and growing like weeds!
Weight gain: I need to go check 😉 I never weigh myself! This will be a rough estimate. 137, which I think means I have gained probably 10-12 lbs at this point. Maybe more, because I keep forgetting what I weighed on our scale during the beginning… It is always more accurate when I get weighed at the dr.
Stretch marks: None yay! But that’s expected at this stage I think. Still religious about drinking my collagen protein powder. 4 scoops/day of Vital Protein Collagen Peptides.
Any worries? Not really. I am avoiding going outside to avoid Zika. Even though it isn’t technically in Texas, I don’t want to take any chances. I am getting used to being inside more:( So is Juney.
Our gender reveal details!
So we are having two boys! This wasn’t that surprising to us since the ultrasound tech at our 13 week appointment pretty much told us she thought two boys, but sometimes they go back a couple months later and it’s changed, so you never know. But, we are so happy with two little boys. I have two brothers and love it, so I know a girl down the road will appreciate these two older bros:)
For our gender reveal, we pretty much told all of our close friends and family after we found on on Tuesday, but wanted to do something fun too. I ordered these big black balloons on amazon weeks ago and bought blue and pink confetti in anticipation of finding out what we were having. I just filled the balloons with the blue confetti, took them to Kroger to get filled up, and then we popped them and had our friends take these pics! I had no idea if it would work, but it did! Then we had to clean up the hundreds of pieces of confetti that flew all over our apartment complex, but it was worth it;) You can see Juney was super afraid of the balloons/or getting two twin brothers.