Week 37

How far along: 37 weeks (last full week of pregnancy!) We’re getting induced on Wednesday morning (week 38 day) May 6th.

Genders: Boy & Girl!!

Weight gain: +0 pounds (32 lbs so far)

New symptoms: I’ve been getting some sharp pains in my breasts, guessing that’s the milk coming in. Overall I’m just feeling uncomfortable and am ready for them to be here! My pelvis is so sore, mostly pelvic girdle pain from baby boy’s head sitting right there plus 13 pounds of baby weight applying pressure, and walking is difficult but sitting on the exercise ball helps with this.

Queasy or sick: Just reflux at night time which if it’s still going on when I wake up I’ll feel nauseous. This did cause me to throw up once earlier this week. I keep a stash of Tums close by!

Cravings: Back to salty things, mostly cheese and fried pickles – yum!

Aversions: Nothing new

Sleep: Getting anxious about their arrival so it takes me a while to shut my mind off after I get back in bed from the bathroom. Still getting about 7-8 hours a night though!

Maternity clothes: Comfy, loose items. Mostly leggings, a tank top, and sweatshirt.

Stretch marks: just the ones around my belly button. I’m applying either the oil or lotion twice a day.

Belly button in or out: still in but very shallow

Miss anything: being able to walk or go up/down the stairs without being so short of breath and achy

Movement: Mostly rolls from both of them and hiccups. They’re still head down and now they’re facing each other so most of the rolls are across the middle of my belly. It’s fun to watch and feel! I can’t believe that they won’t be in there anymore soon. 😦

Week 36

How far along: 36 weeks (9 months) they’re officially full term now!

Genders: Boy & Girl!!

Weight gain: -2 pounds (32 lbs so far)

New symptoms: Lots of pelvic pressure and pelvic girdle pain this week. The babies are sitting low still and I’m sure they’re the culprits of the discomfort. Also getting lots of shooting pain in my groin whenever they move their arms around and hit a nerve.

Queasy or sick: Just reflux at night time.

Cravings: Still milk and cookies 🙂

Aversions: Nothing new

Sleep: Better, surprisingly. Even though I’m up every 1.5-2 hours to reposition I’ve been getting about 7-8 hours of sleep every night. I’m enjoying it while I can!

Maternity clothes: Comfy, loose items. Mostly leggings, a tank top, and sweatshirt.

Stretch marks: just the ones around my belly button. I’m applying either the oil or lotion twice a day.

Belly button in or out: still in but very shallow

Miss anything: being able to walk or go up/down the stairs without being so short of breath

Movement: Mostly rolls and the occasional hiccup from Baby Boy and mostly hiccups and the occasional roll from Baby Girl. I’m enjoying the movements in my belly while they’re still in there.

To celebrate the babies reaching full term I decided to do a fun little photo session in my backyard to showcase my growing bump since my maternity pictures. I got the idea from my mom and sister and am glad I did it. It was fun!

Establishing Daily Habits During Quarantine

I mentioned in a previous post that I had just switched to my new day shift schedule before I started my maternity leave and I was so excited to get started on it! I knew from when I did some day shifts during my ER orientation that I am definitely most productive on this type of schedule. For some reason my body responds to it better; my head is clearer, I have more energy to get things done, and I sleep better at night.

For my book club read this season we chose to read Atomic Habits by James Clear and, while I’m not done reading it yet, it really got me wanting to establish a routine and be more productive through daily healthy habits. Since the quarantine started over a month ago I’ve been trying to be more productive with my days off from work and now that I’m on leave I am able to really focus on building these habits so they stick when the babies get here and I do go back to work.

What’s really helped me with this are a few things:
1) the book Atomic Habits (duh!)
2) the Erin Condren Checklist Petite Journal (currently sold out but restocking soon)
3) an app called Awesome Note 2 (a great scheduler, to-do list, note-taking app)

To start out I just kept it simple with little baby steps.

In the mornings:

  • Brush teeth
  • Take meds
  • Take vitamins
  • Apply belly lotion
  • Eat breakfast
  • Daily games

In the evenings:

  • Take meds
  • Shower or bath
  • Apply belly oil
  • Listen to Calm app
  • Read for 15 minutes
  • Charge Apple Watch
  • Have a cup of tea
  • Plan out tomorrow

Daily or Weekly tasks:

  • Dishes
  • Laundry
  • Vacuum
  • Tidy up
  • Sanitize
My Erin Condren checklist petite planner

It’s been 2 weeks since I started checking these off my to-do lists and I can tell that they’re starting to stick with me. If things are piling up, I will spend 15 minutes tidying or doing the dishes or running the vacuum. I don’t feel clean at night if I don’t take a shower or bath and apply my lotions. First thing I do when I get up now is brush my teeth then take my meds and vitamins then eat breakfast. It’s starting to become a routine and I love that! Eventually I plan to add more 1 or 2 at a time until I’m doing the life that I want to.

I use the phone app as an added layer for consistency because I can set alerts to go off and remind me to do the tasks. Plus it’ll plug them in to my digital calendar so I don’t forget to get them done.

What routines or habits do you have already? Are you working on building more? I want to hear all about it! Tell me below in the comments! 🙂

What is in my hospital bag?

After watching sooooooo many YouTubes on this topic and doing endless research on Pinterest for packing lists it almost feels cliche to me to write out about this topic. However I still find it fun to know what other people have packed and actually used in their bags so I wanted to write about it anyways. 🙂

I started out by making a comprehensive list of what I needed for me, for my hubby, and for the babies. If you know me, you know I’m a list maker and a planner so of course I had to write it out in my Erin Condren planner. I planned all this out knowing that due to COVID-19 going around my husband will have to stay at the hospital with me the entire time and expecting a minimum of a 2 night stay if I have a vaginal delivery, 3 nights if we have a c-section (what my OB told me to plan for).

I’ve linked the items that I bought in preparation.

For me I included a lot (in my new bag) since I’m going to need the most items, such as:
– A nursing nightgown for after delivery
– A robe to wear also after delivery that would match my kids for pictures
– Loose-fitting underwear and pants
– A few nursing bras and tanks
– A going home outfit (basically a t-shirt and loose pants)
– Hygiene products for me (shampoo & conditioner, body wash & lotions, toothbrush, etc.)
– Hair brush with ties
– Chapstick & basic make-up (concealer & mascara)
– Cell phone and Apple Watch charger
– My birth plan
– Thank you cards for the staff
– My meds and vitamins

For my husband I kept it simple cause he doesn’t really need much:
– About 3 days worth of shirts, underwear, and socks
– Sweatpants
– Hygiene products (hair/body wash, toothbrush with paste, deodorant, etc.)
– Slippers
– Snacks (lots and lots of snacks…)
– Pillows and a blanket
– Cell phone charger
– Vitamins
– His parental leave papers

For the babies, they also don’t need much so I kept it basic:
– Cute going home outfits in both newborn (his & hers) and preemie sizes (his & hers)
– A swaddle and hat/bow set for each for their first pictures that match my robe (his & hers)
– A mitten set for each in case their nails are really sharp already plus an emory board to file
– Baby blankets for the ride home
– A letter board so we can announce their names and statistics in pictures
– Their baby books for hand and foot prints (his & hers)
– Boppy feeding pillow
– Car seats already installed in my car

That’s about it!! It seemed like a lot when I first wrote it all down but when I got to packing it really wasn’t. Granted my husband will disagree because it’s two large duffle bags plus all the pillows and blanket to carry – ha! But having all of that stuff makes me feel really prepared that I won’t miss or forget anything so I don’t feel too bad about him carrying it all.

Anyways that wraps up this post. I plan to do a ‘what did and didn’t I use’ post after delivery to do a comparison, just for fun. What did you pack in your hospital bag for birth? Did you find that you used all you packed or want to include something you didn’t? Let me know in the comments below!

Week 35

How far along: 35 weeks

Genders: Boy & Girl!!

Weight gain: +2 pounds (34 lbs so far)

New symptoms: Since my hospital stay last week I’ve been feeling a lot more pelvic pressure, especially on my pubic bone, and just overall achiness around my belly. Braxton Hicks contractions that are a bit more intense and frequent. I’ve even started to time some when they’ve lasted a while but so far they’ve dwindled down in their own.

Queasy or sick: With the acid reflux I’ve been feeling a bit more nauseous when it flares up so I have to keep reminding myself that no matter how hungry I am to have small meals.

Cravings: I’ve been craving milk a lot lately. Over the last few years I’ve never been a huge milk drinker but I’m easily going through a gallon a week.

Aversions: Nothing new

Sleep: Restless and way more challenging to get comfortable. Plus I’m up to pee every 1-2 hours still. My maternity pillow helps but my belly just feels really heavy all the time.

Maternity clothes: Comfy, loose items. Basically whatever actually fits right now.

Stretch marks: just the ones around my belly button. I’m applying either the oil or lotion twice a day.

Belly button in or out: still in but shallow, I don’t think it’s every going to fully pop out!

Miss anything: I miss not peeing so frequently, not having reflux all the time, and being overall less achy everywhere.

Movement: Lots of rolls and hiccups with the occasional kick. They’re running out of room in there to move a ton but after last weeks’ scare I’m grateful to feel them moving often.

The Quarantine Life

Let’s be real. While my introverted side loves to just be at home and literally have no plans or schedule, I, like I’m sure most everyone, am missing the normal life.

I recently switched from working night shift to day shift (like last week was my first week ever) and I didn’t even get to enjoy being on that schedule because I can’t go anywhere on my days off. Plus with our early labor start last week I’ve now started my maternity leave.

My daily schedule now consists of sleeping in (gotta enjoy it while I can!), eating breakfast, watch some YouTube, eat lunch/dinner, watch some Netflix (currently watching ‘Nailed It!’), snack throughout the rest of the evening while watching movies, shower or bath, then bedtime. Get up the next day and do it all over again.

It has taken some getting used to being home all the time and with Andrew working from home he’s here all the time too. I’m looking at this time home together as our mini babymoon before the babies get here (maybe next week!).

But I’m definitely looking forward to the day when we can finally go somewhere to either hang out like the park or with family or eat at a restaurant. It’d help if this Northern Michigan ‘spring’ weather cooperated and warmed up already! It’s been in the 30s this week but mostly sunny which is a painful combination cause I want to open the windows. It would help my mental health out a lot.

What are you looking forward to most when this quarantine time is over??

Our Twin Nursery

Our nursery is ready for the twinnies! We’ve had it mostly put together for at least 3 weeks now but I finally tidied it up and put the finishing touches on it. 🙂

A panoramic view of the whole nursery

I knew from the beginning I wanted to have a cloud, star, moon theme we just didn’t know the colors. When we first found out it was twins we started out with the neutral yellow and green colors then it melded to a mint green and lavender purple when we found out it was a boy and a girl.

I love how it turned out. Simple yet colorful! I didn’t realize how tricky it would be to try and style a boy & girl room.

Well… what do you think?? Let me know down in the comments!!

Week 34

How far along: 34 weeks

Genders: Boy & Girl!!

Weight gain: + 2 pounds (32 lbs so far)

New symptoms: Lots of pelvic pressure and pelvic girdle pain this week as the babies get bigger. With baby boy so low in my hips he hits my bladder and cervix a lot so I’ll get the odd shooting twinge down there whenever he’s awake and moving.

I tried out that 8 Sheep Organics lotion for my restless legs and while it smells amazing and makes my skin super soft I feel like it only works half the time or so. Oh well. I’m going to keep using it because feeling restless is no fun!

Queasy or sick: None this week.

Cravings: Still loving all the sweet stuff, especially cookies and ice cream.

Aversions: Nothing new

Sleep: Restless and way more challenging to get comfortable. Plus I’m up to pee every 1-2 hours.

Maternity clothes: Comfy, loose items. Basically whatever actually fits right now.

Stretch marks: nothing new since last week – have the cluster around my belly button which I’m applying my belly oil more liberally now. I have a basketball belly now and it seems that I grow forward like 2 inches every week!

Belly button in or out: still in but shallow

Miss anything: being less achy in my belly and pelvis and doing normal things that we would be doing if COVID-19 wasn’t running around. The first thing that we’re gonna do when this is all over is go out to eat together.

Movement: Lots of rolls and hiccups with the occasional kick. They’re running out of room in there to move a ton.

We did have another scare this week and we thought we were going to be having these babies! I started out Thursday morning with having some contractions and they seemed to pick up speed and intensity quickly to where I was feeling them like every 2-5 minutes. I called my OB office and they were able to get me in to be checked out. Turns out I was starting to dilate more and was at 2 cm with 60% effacement. So they sent me to the hospital to be observed further.

After getting a steroid shot for the babies to help improve their lungs they kept me on the monitor for 2 hours and the contractions were still present and frequent, they checked me again and I was 4 cm dilated, 70% effaced, and baby boy’s head was moving down further in my pelvis. It seemed like things were happening and they wanted to keep us overnight to see how everything went.

We got admitted and set up in a room and then it was just a waiting game. I was connected to the monitors continuously until bedtime when the contractions did seem to spread out further to 10-12 minutes apart. I was too wound up to get much sleep however and when they started to feel a bit stronger around midnight I wondered if everything would pick back up again but they didn’t. The contractions tapered off in frequency and intensity after an hour and I slept off and on for about 4 hours.

By morning we were still at the 4 cm dilated and 70% effaced but baby boy’s head had moved back up a bit. I also was only having like 1 contraction every hour or so and with that they decided to send us home after a second steroid shot. It almost felt like defeat that we had made some progress and were excited to meet them, however we both knew that they still needed some more time to grow and it really is what’s best for our little babes.

Our goal now is to try and keep them in for 2 more weeks when they’ll be full term and see how things go from there. I’ve officially started my maternity leave and am not fully on bed rest but have been instructed to take it easy and keep my feet up whenever possible. Andrew also started some time off work to help me around the house and be here in the event that our babies are ready to be here. Hopefully we’ll be writing our 35 week update next!

Our Maternity Photoshoot

We had so much fun shooting these beautiful photos and I’m totally blown away with how amazing they turned out! Special thanks to A. Marie Photography for still agreeing to meet up (before the state lockdown) in these crazy times and for making our winter shoot so dreamy and gorgeous. Here are a few of my favorites.

Week 33

How far along: 33 weeks

Genders: Boy & Girl!!

Weight gain: + 2 pounds (30 lbs so far)

New symptoms: Not much new. Still got the reflux and occasional Braxton Hicks contractions.

Restless legs, especially at night time, are out of control and I’ve been taking frequent baths with epsom salt to help them relax so I can sleep. I ordered a body lotion with magnesium chloride that’s specifically made for pregnancy related restless legs and sore muscles from 8 Sheep Organics. I had it customized with lavender essential oils because that is my favorite scent to relax to but it also could come unscented or with bergamot or ylang ylang essential oil scents. I can’t wait to try it out!

Queasy or sick: None this week.

Cravings: Still loving all the sweet stuff, especially cookies and ice cream.

Aversions: Nothing new

Sleep: Restless and way more challenging to get comfortable.

Maternity clothes: Comfy, loose items. Whatever fits.

Stretch marks: nothing new since last week – have the cluster around my belly button which I’m applying my belly oil more liberally now.

Belly button in or out: still in but shallow

Miss anything: being less achy in my belly and pelvis and doing normal things that we would be doing if COVID-19 wasn’t running around

Movement: The kicks and rolls are getting bigger and stronger. It’s reassuring to know that they’re growing and getting big enough to have these strong kicks.

We had our nonstress test at the OB office this week, which they passed with flying colors. Heart rates are running in the 130-140s.

We also had our next measurement ultrasound. Baby Boy is so low in my pelvis they were only able to get limited measurements of his head, but from what they could get they determined he’s measuring a few days behind and weighing in at 4 pounds 15 ounces. Baby Girl is measuring on track and weighing in at 5 pounds 8 ounces. I imagine if we can keep going another 2 weeks they’ll be between 6-7 pounds each. Also we were able to get great face and profile shots of Baby Girl this time. You can see her cute little nose and lips really well. 🙂