Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What I'm Not Supposed to be Doing...

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So, I had my appointment today and it was completely uneventful. Uneventful in my life equates to pure joy. So all-in-all, it was a great visit.

We got to see the babies, who are doing well. We were able to hear the heartbeats, which was fantastic! I was measured (I thought I had measured 35 last week, but I was wrong). I am measuring 33. No wonder I'm exhausted.

We will be meeting the twins earlier than we had originally planned. While our "technical" due date is July 28th, our doctor informed us today that it is not safe to go past 38 weeks with twins. So, if they do not come on their own, we will be meeting them sometime between July 6th and July 14th (our four year wedding anniversary). Mr. Howard is kinda hoping we'll be induced on Connor's birthday, July 7th, and I am thinking that is the WORST idea ever. Three birthdays to celebrate on one day? EEEEK!

I am officially considered high risk now because I am carrying twins AND I have made it to viability: 24 weeks. I now have a weekly phone appoinment with a labor and delivery high risk nurse, an appointment with my OB every two weeks, growth scans every four weeks, and contraction monitoring that I'm supposed to do for an hour every day twice a day at home.

And because you really want to laugh, here are all the things I am supposed to do:
  • Absolutely no lifting of heavy objects (anything over 10 pounds)
  • No lifting your toddler. Sure!
  • Empty your bladder "frequently" (I'm sure my 30- 13 year olds will watch themselves).
  • After work, go straight home and rest on your side for at least one hour before starting dinner or running errands.
  • No grocery shopping
  • If you have to grocery shop, ask the clerk to put small amounts into the bags that you will have to carry. When you get home, rest for 30 minutes laying down before getting the groceries out of the car (nothing like liquid frozen foods)!
  • No cooking dinner for longer than 15 minutes
  • Don't do the laundry, but if you have to - do no more than two loads of laundry per day (spread out in the morning and evening).
  • Fold only what you must.
  • No heavy decorating of the nursery - good thing we haven't even really started! Eeek!
  • "Consider sending your ironing out!" **This is my personal favorite.**
  • Absolutely no heavy housework. Mr. Howard, are you listening?
  • You may do light dusting, then rest, pick-up a few things, then rest, wash a few dishes, then rest...
I'm wondering who is going to take care of my toddler on the weekends when I'm supposed to be laying on the couch with my feet in the air. Ha!


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

your neighbor will be stealing your toddler on Saturdays for the duration of your pregnancy!! =)
And I agree, the twins and Connor sharing a b-day is a no-no. Now, what you should do, (read this out loud so Aiden and Isabella can hear you) is go into labor at like 6 pm one day, deliver at like 11:30 pm, and then hold the other in until the next day...haha! Then they all get their own birthdays!
When it is time to do the nursery and move Connor's room, you have Mr. Howard, Filip, Paul and Denny who can do it and you just sit back and tell em what to do and where to put things (yes, guys I fully just volunteered your services!)

The Schult Family said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You need to print out the doctor's recommendations and carry it everywhere... then say "I have a doctor's note. Seeeeee", whenever people question your limitations :) Don't forget to call on your friends to be helping hands!

Daddy's Dream ~Mommy's Miracle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow, we are 27 weeks and I haven't been given those instructions!! I can't believe how far ahead you are measuring...CRAZY. Glad to hear appt went well.

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

Destiny, I have these restrictions as a trade-off. I can stay working as long as I want...if I follow these restrictions. =) Otherwise I have to stop working at 28 weeks.

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