Thursday, May 5, 2011

28 Weeks

Sleep
Dear Leg Cramps, Oh how I have not missed you one tiny bit since I was pregnant with Connor. I wish you'd go away. Sincerely, Mrs. Howard

My Size/Development
I Am Huge... I Feel Huge...I Look Huge...I am wondering how on Earth I am going to last 9 more weeks. I bought one preemie outfit for Isabella and one for Aiden (upon the recommendation of my doctor) and I am now thinking there is no way either of them are going to be preemies. They're going to be 10 pounds each. A fellow blogger I found is having twins (she's 7 weeks behind me) and she wrote on her blog that she now needs cardigans to hide to her arms. I feel like I need a snuggie. =) I'm going on a field trip with my kiddos to a waterpark in June and I'm wondering what on earth I am going to wear!

The Babies' Size/Development
At the ultrasound yesterday we learned that Aiden is 2 lbs 6 oz  and Isabella is 2 lbs 5 oz.

Excitement
I am in my third trimester...well I never can remember if I'm technically in it now or if I will be at the end of the week. Regardless, it's pretty exciting!!! There is NOTHING and I mean NOTHING like carrying a baby inside you. It is the most miraculous thing ever. I know I appreciate it so much more given that I didn't know if I would ever get to have a baby; but I don't know how anyone could take this for granted. It is truly, truly a blessing. And it's funny how quickly we forget about the pain, swollen legs, and puffy face!

Random Twin Fact
A LOT of people think that twins skip a generation. In fact, I'd say almost weekly I'll get someone saying, "I thought I was going to have twins, because it's my generations turn. My mom's mom had them." This isn't true. A mom can pass on the gene of hyperovulation (releasing more than one egg) to her daughter, pure and simple. If I, in fact, have the gene, Isabella can inherit it, which would mean she is more likely to have twins when she has children. HOWEVER, a dad can pass on the gene to his daughter as well (ONLY if his mother had the gene). For instance, Aiden will not have twins. However, he could pass the gene to his daughter (if he has one) that would predispose her to having twins. This is more than likely how the myth of twins skipping a generation started. I always thought that since Mr. Howard had twins in his family, we had a higher likelihood of having twins. But this is not true. Your husband has nothing to do with it.

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