the twins: 21 weeks

May 21, 2013

All I can think about is the fact that at this time next week I’ll only have 1.5 more days left of school – and that I might not be back in August! It’s crazy to me to think about the fact that these two will be here before I know it.

A few fun facts about week 21…

  • each baby is about 12 ounces (although I am sure mine are more than that – they were each 11 ounces almost two weeks ago!)
  • They are the length of a carrot (about 10.5 inches long)
  • Babies are swallowing amniotic fluid and the taste buds are developing
  • Buds for permanent teeth are forming

May 19, 2013 1105

I feel like my belly looks so different week to week depending on what I’m wearing!

Weight Gained: No clue! I don’t go back to the doctor for a few weeks.

Symptoms: It’s been a pretty good week to be honest with you. Just a few things….

  • Abdominal tightening (see movement below)
  • Constant feeling like I have to go to the bathroom (MOVE BABY A! ;))
  • Exhausted by the end of the day

Movement: On and off. They’ve been pretty quiet some days which, of course, freaks me out. It’s nothing a little orange juice won’t help to ease my mind. Every single time I drink orange juice, the girls move within 30 seconds. It’s too funny.

Also, I don’t know if this was movement or not – but down where Baby A is (seriously right over my bladder all the time) I felt a lot of tightening yesterday. It sort of felt like she was rolling around, but then I started freaking out and thought they might be contractions (not too uncommon for that to happen this early in a multiples pregnancy). It was happening when I was out for a walk (after being at work all day). When I got home, I drank some water, put my feet up, and it went away. Hmmmm – the verdict is still out.

Food Cravings: Lemon fruit bars and the Vegan Superfood Salad from The Protein Bar. My co-workers and I went there last Friday, and it is so stinking delicious. I went back with my mom on Sunday and am going back today. Can’t deny those cravings! 😉

Food Aversions: Nothing as of late. Woohoo!

Sleep: SOOOOOOOO much better. After last week’s post, my mom actually ordered me a Snoogle (she gets free shipping off of Amazon), and I slept with it on Friday for the first time. Curly (that’s what John likes to call it) has changed my life. I still wake up a few times during the night (mostly to go to the bathroom), but I have been falling right back asleep because I’m so comfortable. Let’s knock on wood that this continues.

Stretch Marks? None.

Miss Anything? A heart pumping, sweat inducing, high intensity workout.

Looking forward to: Floating in a pool this summer!

Belly Button in or out? In – but it’s starting to flatten out. I swear even one part is starting to pop out. I call that it won’t be too long before this belly button pops out and my husband freaks out every single time he sees it.

Happy or moody most of the time? Pretty happy – although who knows if my husband would agree with that. I have had my moments where my emotions get the best of me (for instance, after my husband being gone for 48 hours, he joked that I had to make up for the lack of nagging/yelling because he had been gone for two days). Psssssh, I never nag my husband – ever. 😉 I also had a tearful phone call with him last night because he wasn’t going to be home for dinner. Got to love those hormones!

New Baby Items: I don’t think I’ve bought anything this week. Go me!

Exercise: Some walks and a few upper body strength training sessions. I’m not going to lie though, exercising (even as low impact as I am doing) is starting to get harder. I don’t know if it’s just more difficult on days that I work, but yesterday when I went for my walk, it felt pretty difficult to propel myself forward. I’m going to take it day by day and see how I feel, but I definitely don’t want to push myself right now. We’ll see how it goes!

Questions for mamas: Was there a point in your pregnancy that you felt too uncomfortable to work out?

For twin mamas: Did your doctor advise you to stop working out at any point in your pregnancy?

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