seventeen weeks…

photo 4.PNG-2How are we feeling??!?!?!
Still doing pretty good. I miss my babies so I can’t wait to see them again in a few weeks. Although, I saw them twice last week, it feels like forever! Never in a thousand years would I have thought that I would miss seeing my babies kick, roll, and “play” on an ultrasound machine. I wonder how happy they are or what they’re thinking about, lol.

What’s going on with the bump?!?!
The kids are getting bigger and stronger everyday, and I can definitely tell! There have been a few thumps here and there, a few “sensations”, but am looking forward to more consistent movements. I KNOW! I KNOW! I KNOW! I’ll be wishing the for the day two kiddos weren’t so active and big and strong very soon, but we all know that we, as mamas, take comfort in feeling our babies move about our bellies! So, for now and probably forever more even when I’m woken up or completely uncomfortable, feeling these babies move is and will be a joy.

The bump is growing and can be quite tricky…. I love how small it looks from the front, and how completely different it looks from the side. It can also look much smaller than it’s actual size depending on what I wear. One thing for certain, twin mamas measuring 3-6 weeks ahead of a singleton mama is definitely true!! lol. I do not look like a typical 17w first time mama of one! …. And, I’m completely fine with that!

photo.PNG-2So, how are you feeling?!
Ebbs and flows of pregnancy are real! I’m getting throughly acquainted with the effects of two growing little people housed in your belly. The fun part? To quote my doctor “… {things} will get worse before they get better….” and “… you’ll experience everything sooner and more aggressively than a singleton mom.” Gee, thanks! LOL. And, she was/is (obviously) right. So, I’m enjoying the fun parts of being pregnant and finding remedies, resting, and enduring the not so fun aspects of pregnancy. It’s well worth it, and I’m learning to take precautions and do my best to avoid the drama.

But! I will say that I am enjoying the perks of pregnancy….. It’s funny, sweet, and very kind of strangers to be so accommodating and helpful. I’ve skipped long restroom lines, constantly offered food and water (which I do not turn down), and had a waiter quickly turn a large fan my way after being told I was carrying twins! “Twins? Really? Oh…. I’ll move the fan right away!” LOL. The understanding nods, smiles, and looks of other preggo mamas and strangers are pretty sweet, too!!

photo 3.PNG{Warning: bump is larger than it appears.}
I also love that I was able to get into some of my pre-pregnancy clothes! This “skirt”is actually a BCBG maxi dress I folded at the waist and paired with a Guess by Marciano tank, then belted.
Truth: the top of the maxi, ehhh.. no longer fits (eek!!) but I really wanted to wear the dress. So, wah-la!

Anything else?
There are days I feel wonderful and like I can hang out for hours and be out all day, and other days where I just want to crash and am so uncomfortable I just want to be at home. I’ll get hot flashes or over heat and will literally have to take a break, find some air, some water, and a snack before I feel better. One of my struggles is feeling guilty about having to take it easy, not being able to do so much, or needing a bit of  “extra” – like a fan and a mask at the nail shop. Inconveniencing others is never something I want to do. BUT, I believe that a part of being pregnant and needing to protect yourself and care for yourself is nature’s way of preparing you to care for your child. There are certain things you need, your body requires and cannot handle and the only person who can advocate for you and your baby/babies is you. And, your spouse or significant other, but mainly you. Getting over that hump has been easier said that done, but easier at some points than others. The more comfortable I am with knowing what I need, when I need it helps a lot, too!

From mommy….
I think I squished one of you guys earlier today  – I’m really sorry…..
– mommy

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