Thursday, April 14, 2011

25 Weeks

It's still very hard. I wake up regularly in the middle of the night. I'm usually up around 3:30 and go back to bed around 5am.

My Size/Development
I now visit the doctor every two weeks. This was real fun trying to schedule around not taking too much time off work. I am feeling lots of contractions. It was pretty crazy how they started all of a sudden. At my last appointment, just last week, the doctor asked if I had been feeling contractions, to which I responded "only a few in the whole time I've been pregnant." Fast forward to this week, when I've probably felt 100 or so contractions in the last 10 days. Can I clarify something for some women and most men?!? Braxton hicks are still contractions. They only difference between a "real" contraction and "braxton hicks" is that braxton hicks are unpredictable and they don't dialate your cervix. That's it. I've had a few people say to me, "Oh are they JUST braxton hicks? As if they're COMPLETELY different than contractions. Of course, they're JUST braxton hicks - but they still feel exactly the same as the early contractions I had when I went into labor with Connor and Cole. I think there is this misconception for most men (thankfully, my husband is not one of these men) that braxton hicks or "false labor" feels soo much different than real labor and that it's JUST a practice contraction. They still stop you in your tracks. They still wake you up at night. They still take your breath away. And most women can't tell the difference between the two...which is why I went to the hospital more than once with Connor thinking I was in labor and why my mom did the same thing (AFTER already having had a baby and knowing what they feel like). Okay, I'll get off my soapbox now. =)

The Babies' Size/Growth
The babies are still very small, about 1.5 pounds and about 13 inches long. Joints, ligaments and rings of the spines begin to take shape this week.

I'm to the point where I feel movement all day every day. If I sit down and focus for a few minutes, I can feel them moving around. It's nice to have the consistency now. Now that they are both lower and doing all sorts of flips and turns, I can't tell their movement apart at all.

Random Twin Fact
Sharing on average 50 percent of their genes, fraternal twins are no more alike genetically than are non-twin siblings. That’s why fraternal twins should not be expected to have the same appearance, personality, intelligence level, or rate of growth and development any more than singleton brothers and sisters would.


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if you need me to get Connor to or from daycare because you have an appointment, don't hesitate. We love having him here.

The only kid I really had BC's with was Megan, and oh man, they literally took my breath away. She was a scheduled c/s, but I did have preterm labor with her at 35 weeks and I couldn't tell the difference. look awesome!

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