Thursday, March 3, 2011

19 Weeks

Eek. I'm super sore...which makes sleeping difficult. Who knew your body could grow so darn quickly? Well, I'm sure other multiple moms knew, but I sure didn't. I'm glad I'm not octomom!

My Size
I have an appointment next week so I'll know exactly how big I'm measuring. But judging by the looks people give me when I tell them I'm due in July, I can tell I'm pretty big!! My teaching partner (a man...hehe) said I should be thankful I'm not measuring double my size. Gee thanks! I really feel ungrateful when I complain. I know how blessed I am, TRULY. And it is for that reason that I preface this with saying, I know what it is like to suffer from infertility and hear women complain or say things like, "Oh be glad you don't have a baby yet...I'm so exhausted and tired. Enjoy your single life!" And I know how hard it was to hear a single complaint from anyone because I took it as a direct insult. What I would have given to have a sore body or stretch marks. So, if you feel like you're in that place, I totally understand and advise you not to read this next part. I will also say that while I'm about to complain for one tiny second, I would NEVER take the alternative. I will gladly destroy my body for these little babies, because it is worth it in the end. There is nothing more magical then pregnancy and while it is hard at times, it is so rewarding. Whew! That was a mouthful. But it's been on my heart lately and I had to share.Okay, now the complaint:  My back is KILLING ME!!!!!!! I feel like my back is going to cave with all this new weight. I never experienced back pain in either previous pregnancy, so this is all new to me. But teaching and excruciating back pain don't really go hand in hand. Perhaps this is why teachers have to go out of work at 28 weeks. I joked with my students the other day (with 7th graders nothing really gets passed them, especially when you're hobbling across the room in sciatica pain and grimacing while you go) that I was going to stop at Home Depot and pick up one of those back braces the employees wear. Today when I arrived, a student, Shyann, said, "Mrs. Howard, I thought you were going to play the part of a Home Depot employee today! What happened?"
The Babies' Size/Growth
Each baby is about 5.2 - 6 inches long. That's 10.5-12 inches of baby! No wonder I'm so ginormous!!

I love, love, love feeling the babies move! We bought bedding for the twins' room this past weekend: a pink crib set and a pale turquoise set. No doctor better tell me they're both boys! =)
Random Twin Fact
Eating yams may enhance your chance to conceive twins, as can living in the western part of the world compared to the east. Nigeria has the highest rate of multiple births and more identical twins. China has the lowest with the chance for multiple births averaging only one in 300. I can tell you that I DO NOT eat yams. Hehe!


courtney said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

post the baby crib sets or I am going to come knockin! LOL. Is Connor moved into the big boy room yet? or since the rooms are fairly similar, will you just keep him in his room and transform the guest room? Let us know if you need any help and I will totally pretend you didnt just post something about shopping at HOME DEPOT!!! I certainly won't tell the hubby about that. =)
I hear ya on the back pain. while I never carried twins..I did have a 10+ lber and at my last OB appt I was measuring like 49 1/2 weeks @ 38 weeks...ugh! Take lots of hot baths when ya get home!

Mrs. Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Here is our girl set:

And our boy set:

We wanted something similar to what we already have. We haven't moved Connor to his big boy room yet. But we DEFINITELY want to do that before the babies arrive to get him used to it. I think what we decided what that we are going to keep Connor in a crib instead of transfering him to a big boy bed. So, we'll need to buy two more cribs! Lucky us! Hehe!

courtney said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love those! I say, keep him in the crib as long as possible! You sucha smart mama! =)

Lucia C said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I pretty much lived on sweet potatoes my entire pregnancy-does that count?! Ha they were all I could stomach.

Also, I'm sure you already have a belly/back brace band, but those help soo much. Gives a lil extra lift and support. The back pain was bad with one, i can't imagine two!

Lastly, I was so super grateful to be pregnant, but i was constantly miserable for the majority of the 9/10 months and occasional complaining was my outlet/ way of getting through it. So don't feel bad, you're human! :) Although I always felt the need to preface my complaints as well. But it definitely doesn't make you any less grateful, you are amazing and doing so well! <3

Kelli Kegley said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Complain away! I don't think a complaint means you are ungrateful! For what it's worth, I don't think you look big! I'm pretty sure I wasn't much smaller than that with Connor... And it was my first pregnancy! Lastly, I love your random twin facts!

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