If you follow me on social media then you probably saw my post over the weekend that our girls made their arrival on Friday! It’s surreal because their due date was always this far off distant thing in my head, that was always going to happen eventually but I had so much time to prepare before they got here. Then we got the news about scheduling our C-Section and all of a sudden the day they were going to be here was a real thing! Thankfully, Chris and I had everything ready to go for their arrival, so we were prepared as you ever can be for the arrival of a baby, and two in our case! So let’s get into my last bumpdate and I’ll have a post about the girls’ birth story eventually!
Week 33- Another Doctor’s Appointment
We officially moved to doctor’s appointments every two weeks because we’re getting so close to the due date and my doctor just wanted to make sure that I wasn’t progressing at all. At my appointment on Tuesday we talked about the ultrasound from last week. While the girls were both head down which is ideal for delivering twins, my doctor warned us that even though we could try a natural delivery, there’s still a chance that both babies could fight to get out at the same time which would mean we’d have to go a the c-section route. To be honest, I never really had a birth plan because I knew with twins that everything was always so up in the air, and my #1 priority has always been the safety of our girls and me.
The other thing that happened at this doctor’s appointment was that we discussed the fact that I probably should go on travel bed rest for the rest of the pregnancy, which basically means that I’ll be working from home. Thankfully my work already had me set up with dual monitors at the house and a docking station, but it was still so weird to think about not going into the office. Another good thing was that my appointment was on Tuesday so I was able to wrap everything up in the office that I needed to and get some last minute things done as well. It was still so surreal to think that I wouldn’t be coming back until 2018!
Week 34- Travel Bed Rest
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that the Astros have won their very first World Series game in franchise history! It’s been so incredible for the entire city of Houston to have something to rally behind, especially after all the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Right before I went on bed rest from the office, my boss offered me tickets to Game 2 of the ALCS, and of course, I jumped at the opportunity! It’s not every day you get the chance to go to a play off game! Thankfully that was one of the games that the Astros won, and it was also the game that Verlander pitched the entire game, which was pretty epic as well! It was literally so exciting to see the Astros advance one step closer to the World Series in person that I started jumping up and down when we won. Needless to say it freaked Chris out, but don’t worry it didn’t cause me to go into labor.
The rest of the week was spent working from home for the first time. I have to admit that it was really nice to be able to sleep in some, to be able to run errands at lunch, and I didn’t swell up nearly as much, but it was really hard for me not being in the office. I missed getting to talk to all of my friends and coworkers and see them on a daily basis. Plus I believe that when you’re not in the office you end up missing out on a lot, which was probably what I was the most nervous to be missing out on. Thankfully though, everybody kept me busy and I really didn’t have much to be worried about!
Week 35- All The Hospital Classes
After our last doctor’s appointment I realized that we hadn’t signed up for any hospital classes yet, and with the due date for our girls up in the air I figured that we needed to get signed up for some of them. Unfortunately, when I went to the website I realized that we’d missed a time for the actual birthing class, but after talking to Chris’s mom and a few other friends we figured that we really didn’t need to worry about it. Instead we had signed up for the Breastfeeding class, the Infant Care Class, and the Infant CPR class.
We were actually the only ones in the breastfeeding class but oh my goodness we learned so incredibly much! Plus it was nice to have the nurse one on one so that we could ask her questions specifically to twins. The Infant Care class was also really interesting because we got to learn about a whole lot of what happens in the hospital after your baby is born and then what it’ll be like during the first few weeks after your baby is born. It really helped a lot with knowing what to expect, but it was also a little overwhelming as well. There’s just so much to remember! Thankfully we have a lot of baby books at the house which I’m sure will come in handy!
On Saturday while we were at the classes, I all of a sudden starting getting an itch on the inside of arm, but thought that maybe it was just because my sweater was really scratchy and didn’t think too much about it after that. It didn’t really get any worse or better until about the middle of next week when I started to notice that I was itching more and that it had kind of spread to my stomach as well, but still I didn’t think that it was that big of a deal. I thought that it was just my stomach stretching because I was getting so big.
Even when we went in for my doctor’s appointment on Tuesday that week there wasn’t much of a rash showing at all, which is why I didn’t even mention it to my doctor. The exciting thing at that doctor’s visit was that we discussed the delivery of the girls again, and after talking with my doctor we all agreed that it would be best to be on the safe side and to go on ahead and schedule a C-Section to get the babies out. We decided to wait until my appointment next week to actually schedule a date, but we were looking at the first full week of November sometime which would put us at delivering sometime during 37 weeks, which made me so happy! My blood pressure was slightly elevated during that appointment which was why my doctor wanted to wait to schedule. It wasn’t considered high, but it was considered higher than my normal.
Week 36- The Biggest Milestone Of Our Pregnancy
I was so excited when Friday rolled around because that meant that we’d officially made it to the big milestone of the whole pregnancy, 36 weeks! It was so exciting, but at the same time my rash was starting to spread some more and was on the tops of my legs so I did what any person does when they have something wrong with them, they google the symptoms. From what I could find, I thought that I had PUPPS which is a rash that comes on during pregnancy sometimes, and of course, is more common in pregnancies with multiples. But there was another thing that it could be that was a lot scarier, cholestasis which is a liver problem that occurs during pregnancy that can be harmful for the baby.
After talking with Chris’s mom over the weekend who is a nurse, I called my doctor on Monday and he sent me in for some blood work. I had my appointment on Tuesday and unfortunately they didn’t have all the blood work in when we went to my appointment. My doctor didn’t want to take any chances so if the blood work came back ok we’d wait until next week for the c-section, but if anything came back abnormal then he’d schedule for Friday. That was really crazy for Chris and I because we’d always had it in our head that we’d be able to have one more weekend before the girls got here, but obviously we wanted whatever was best for our girls.
So we proceeded with the rest of the week hoping that we’d get our results back, but unfortunately we never did. We proceeded with the plan for the C-Section at 6AM on Friday morning! I of course spent a lot of time googling C-Sections and what to expect which made me so nervous, but then I really got to get excited about meeting our girls!
Week 36 was also a big milestone for the city of Houston as well because the Astros pulled off a World Series win against the LA Dodgers on November 1st! It seriously meant so much to the city of Houston, and I know that we all woke up in disbelief on the 2nd because we couldn’t believe that we had won! There were several close games throughout the whole series, and I’m still glad that it didn’t make me go into labor!
I will have plenty more updates of the girls, but right now, Chris and I are just enjoying spending time with family and our girls!