Status: Project Double Peanut
On week 20 now, we've reached the middle point of Project Double Peanut. (40 weeks is considered full term.) We're making good progress. Point of reference: when comparing belly photos to my sister-in-law Sara's, I seem to be measuring about 34 weeks at my current size. And she had a 10 pound baby! So needless to say, my belly is stretching faster than I thought humanly possible. It's hard to believe we have FIVE more months to go! The peanuts have had an impressive growth spurt the past couple of weeks. No stretchmarks yet *knock on wood* presumably due to the handfuls of stretchmark cream I apply twice a day. My innie is becoming an outie and I'm already outgrowing my first batch of maternity clothes.
Thankfully, many other symptoms seem to have subsided: morning sickness, food aversions (for the most part), spontaneous gagging - especially when brushing my teeth (ever tried strawberry toothpaste? It's not half-bad and it helped!). But about week 18 we crossed into a new dimension of pain and discomfort. The enormo-gut pulls my back outta whack so that it burns with stabbing pains until dear Heath pops it, which can be up to 3 times a day. I (we) can't get comfortable sitting or laying down and have resorted to sleeping sitting up with wedge pillows on both sides (love those!). I see a recliner in our future.
Besides dealing with the physical discomfort, Heath and I are having lots of fun. A couple weeks ago, I woke up with both babies piled up on one side of the belly. That side was huge and the other side was completely empty! I guess they were cuddling! :) They finally swished their way back into place. Because we have twins, we've been fortunate enough to see them pretty often on sonogram. They already have quite a bit of personality - these kids are active! Each time we see them, they entertain us with a little dance routine. Last time, we got to see a tiny hand all stretched out, waving at us like crazy. About a week ago, I woke up with a knot in the belly so I started rubbing it. The republican (the one on the right) responded with a kick. They're already talking back! Think about what they will be like when they're running around the house, torturing the cat and dog! It will be great!
The other side of Project Double Peanut (getting everything ready for their big entrance) is moving right along too. We're working hard on getting the house ready for sale. We (Heath) have done lots of painting and renovating. We've also done a lot of decorating, installing curtains, etc to get the place ready for showing. We have a few more weekends worth of work to finish it up and hope to have it on the market in January. Who knows how the market will treat us, but we'll see. Sometime in the spring, we'll start looking for a bigger car that will hold two baby seats. Wow, how different our lives will be in 6 months!