Belly: At my appointment with the OB at 29 weeks, 5 days, she measured my belly. Actually I asked her to measure me and she said, “do you really want to be measured?” knowing that the number will be much higher than I actually am since the measurement is for moms having singletons. I really did want to know for two reasons. 1) at 23 weeks I measured 35 weeks and I was curious to see how things have progressed. Once you’re this big it is hard to tell if you are really getting bigger and 2) people have really started to look at me like a ticking time bomb, so I thought I must be measuring at least full term. Turns out, I am measuring 46 weeks. Whoa momma! After I left the doctor, I went to the drug store and a lady pointed at me and said, “twins?” to which I just nodded. See, I knew I wanted to know the truth!
Me on Thanksgiving (what 46 weeks pregnant looks like)
Cravings: Still drinking a ton of milk. Loving all of the Thanksgiving leftovers.
Symptoms: Honestly, I can barely think about pregnancy-specific symptoms right now as I am in the throws of a cold/sinus infection from hell and a delightful Chron’s flare. I am not sure if those two things are pregnancy related or even worsened by the hormones and such, but either way I just feel bleh.
The only other symptoms I am having are just associated with my large size. I wake up a lot in the night, but am still able to get pretty comfortable with my pregnancy pillow. I am only able to sit at the computer or anywhere for that matter for two hours max and then I have to lay down or stretch or something because it kills my back.
Activities: At 28 weeks and 6 days, the boys had another ultrasound to check their growth. Once again, they look amazing. After the doctor reviewed everything she came in and said she had accused the ultrasound technician of measuring the same baby three times. That is how close in size they are, which is great news! As they continue to develop and stay cooking as long as possible, we want them to be close in size so that they are growing together and the doctors don’t have to make difficult decisions about inducing me early/letting me go too long so one can grow, etc. The difference in size from the largest to the smallest is 16 grams, that’s about 16 paperclips. Amazing! The boys are all still ahead of schedule – 6-8 days ahead, which is also amazing for triplets. The other amazing part (and no, I don’t think I’m overusing that word) is that they don’t need to see us back at the specialist for a month! A month! Here I was terrified they were going to put me on all these restrictions or tell us our luck had run out and they said to come back in a month. Hallelujah!
Baby A's Nose and Lips
Baby A's Profile
Baby B's Face (with his arm over the right side of his mouth)
Baby C's Face (with his arm over the left side of his face)
Baby C's Profile
In the midst of this amazing news, we were in full swing putting the finishing touches on the nursery (see next post). Mom came up again to finalize things for us. We also put together a wreath for the hospital door/our front door when the boys come home with a place for all three boys names.
The following week was Thanksgiving. Jay and I elected to celebrate on our own, so I could be sure I got plenty of rest throughout the weekend. It was a good thing too since I got an awful cold/sinus infection and took 3-4 hour naps each day. We cooked some yummy gluten free food – turkey, dressing, mac and cheese, squash casserole, caramel pie. We put up the Christmas tree (or I directed Jay and unwrapped ornaments while he put up the Christmas tree). We even went to the mall on Black Friday night. Jay pushed me around in the wheelchair we bought for his Halloween costume. We only bought one thing, but it was fun to get out in the chaos for a minute, especially with no real agenda.
On Saturday, we of course, watched the Iron Bowl! It was an exciting game. I don’t think I can take too many more of these close ones in my current state though. Since this marked the end of the regular season, I decided to chronicle my 13 week progression (from 17 weeks on the left to 30 weeks on the right).
Other than that, I spent my time trying to wrap up the semester. Just teaching class and getting my papers graded takes the life out of me. Plus, Ashley and I have been doing a lot of work to get the CCBD conference off the ground. It is crazy to think that 9 months from now I’ll be carting around 3 little babes with me at the conference center in Atlanta, but I digress. The other good news is I only have two more days of classes to teach, so we are really in the home stretch now.