Today I am more pregnant than I have ever been before….
The girls were born at 29 weeks and 3 days gestation and today I made 29 weeks and 4 days with this baby, which might not seem like much to most but it is quite a milestone for me!
So everything from here on in is unknown….
While there has been a lot of similarities between this pregnancy and the girls which has surprised me a little, it has also been pretty different, which is to be expected. I mean there is only one in there this time!
I have been surprised though that I have been almost as sick this time as I was last time. I spewed more with the girls but the fact that I am still spewing on occasion and still waking up at 4amish some nights to vomit is a bit of a surprise. I guess I was hoping the extra spew factor last time was due to their being two in their and not just how I am when pregnant! Things have improved on that front though in the last few weeks, so while I think I am resigned to the fact that I will probably spew of and on right to the end of this pregnancy it isn’t as bad as it was and I am learning what to avoid to make it better.
The rib pain last time was something I totally put down to having twins.. and especially the fact that one of them (Zoe) was wedged up high under my ribs because of the TTTS. So I have been pretty surprised these past few weeks when I have had the same rib pain. Mind you since I am only pregnant in the top half of my stomach it probably is surprising that I am getting rib pain when this baby is up so high… hopefully it won’t last for another 10 plus weeks though, it has to drop down eventually doesn’t it!?!
Apart from that things have been different… I’ve not been weighed and monitored and encouraged to eat eat eat this time around. Despite the fact that I lost a little over 5kgs early on and have only managed to put back on 3kgs of that.. with one baby how much I weigh is not an issue! Yay!
I’ve been able to have loads of appointments where we just walk in, do a few checks and walk out again…. totally average and boring. This time around we doppler the babies heart beat at each appointment which is cool… never did that with the girls as they were too hard to find and know you had each separate heart beat recorded.
And I guess the biggest difference this time around is that I have the girls with me…. They come to all our appointments.. they help take my BP and finger paint the gel for the doppler on my stomach. They are fighting now over whether it will be a boy or a girl – because of course Zoe wants it to be a boy just to annoy her sister who is sure it will be a girl!
Izzy tells Dr Mark at almost every visit that he ‘cut a hole in my Mummy’s tummy to get us out’ in a very accusatory tone which just cracks me up. So I guess the biggest difference of all is that we expect to have another 10 plus weeks to go and that this baby is hopefully not being born via c-section and will come home from hospital with all of us…. now that will be very weird!