32 Weeks Pregnant with Twins

6/26/2013

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How far along? 32 Weeks 4 Days

Movement:  Baby A has constantly had the hiccups, which pulses my bladder ALL.DAY.LONG. When trying to sleep, which ever side I’m laying on, the baby on the bottom will start squirming and kicking, and if often painful. Once I roll over, that one stops, and the other starts up. This cycle often wakes me up. 

Sleep: Sleep? What sleep? Suddenly I struggle sleeping more than a few hours at a time, and by about 3 AM, I am wide awake. I’ve been getting up multiple times each night to go to the bathroom. Chasing Ledger around doesn’t make it easy to take a nap. I’m afraid I’ve turned into a very exhausted ornery pregnant woman.

Best moment this week:  I had two – (1) I finally passed another kidney stone. (2) Dr. M delivers at Madison Memorial, which has a NICU set up to take care of babies 32 weeks and older. If I would have delivered before now, I would have had to deliver at a different hospital, with another doctor. I am now I’m safe to deliver at Madison. Yay!

Miss Anything?  Changing Ledger’s diaper without it being so difficult to get down on the ground and bend over.

Food cravings: Pretty much everything I’m not allowed to eat. I’m not eating much anymore, because there is very little room left. Matching carbs and proteins have become more difficult. For example, I was craving oatmeal, once I finished my one serving, I was too full to eat anything else. I had to gag a string cheese down afterward.

Symptoms:  Braxton Hicks are continually getting stronger. I feel like I went from being very uncomfortable to extremely miserable this week. I also have an extremely stretched out itchy stomach.    

Looking forward to:  This week it actually hit that within a month we’ll have two baby boys in our arms. Until now, their arrival has seemed sooo far away, but suddenly reality hit, and I’ve become pretty anxious about juggling Ledger on top of two newborns. Pat says it’s about time it sinks in. Smile 

Many people suggest twin moms begin packing their hospital bags at 32 weeks. I started making a list and hopefully will have things packed after this next week.

18 comments:

  1. Keep up the good work! Just a matter of weeks now and you will get to see their little faces. My baby A hiccuped all the time, too. Then as a newborn she still did but somehow it was cute and not incredibly annoying haha!
    Also, mine remained nameless for 4 days after they were born! So I guess there's no rush, right!
    Hang in there...the longer you can go the bigger and healthier they will be! You've got this!

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  2. You're getting so close!! And you look fantastic! It is Such an amazing feeling when they arrive! I really can relate to everything you post about! I had my boys at exactly 35 weeks. I was able to deliver at madison with Dr M, and they only spent 4 days in the NICU with no major problems, only prophylactic antibiotics and to make sure they were growing. Hitting that 32 week mark was huge for me! I hope you can have two healthy boys avoiding much NICU time. The NICU is exhausting, so keep those kiddos in there as long as possible! Make sure you ask for help! You're going to need it, especially when you have 3 under 3. My hubby worked in Wyoming when I had the twins, so I asked ladies in my ward to come hold my twins while I put my 2 year old boy to bed. Gave me some one on one time with him, and people literally fought over signing up to come hold the twins. It is often hard to ask for help, but when you do you realize how thrilled people are to do it! Good luck!

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  3. I'm sorry you're not sleeping! That is the worst! Do you have a maternity pillow? Mine was seriously a lifesaver when I was pregnant with my triplets. They can be spendy, but it was totally worth it to sleep for more than an hour at a time. Something that also helped me was sleeping in our recliner. I would start in bed then after I got up to go to the bathroom the first time, I'd move to the recliner. Then by the time I was getting uncomfortable again it would be time for another bathroom trip and then I'd get back in bed. It really helped take some of the pressure off my hips. I was measuring 38 weeks by the time I was 22 weeks so I feel you pain :) Hang in there!

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  4. i know you dont feel it but you really do look so beautiful! the only weight you have gained is right in your stomach and it's adorable! i love these weekly updates...thanks for sharing!

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  5. I hated not sleeping while pregnant. I would wake up at 2-3 AM and be WIDE AWAKE. I only had 1 baby, though...no twins for me. I thought about you this morning and was like "hmm Ashley hasn't posted in a while. I hope she is okay!". Glad to see the babies are still baking in your tummy.

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  6. so exciting!! omigosh the itchy stomach i have totally forgot about that! most annoying thing hah! can't wait to see those babes!!

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  7. Every time you post a picture I can't believe how good you look!! You really do look amazing, pregnancy suits you well :)Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy, can't wait to see your cute baby boys!

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  8. You look amazing for being pregnant with twins and 32 weeks!!! I love your blog and can't wait to hear the names of your boys and their arrival!!!

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  9. Do you know someone that may let you borrow a recliner (if you don't already have one)? I know that recliners have been my saving grace during my last two pregnancies. Its no fun sleeping without your hubby, but I promise you will be able to breathe better and babies will have room to move around without waking you up as much. Good luck! Prayers for a healthy delivery are coming your way.

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  10. You look amazing!! Oh my gosh!!!!

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  11. You look beautiful and are all baby!!!! Love your blog and looking forward to seeing pictures of your beautiful babies. God Bless!

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  12. You look beautiful and are all baby(ies)!!!! Love your blog and looking forward to seeing pictures of your beautiful babies. God Bless!

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  13. I can't believe what you have done! 32 weeks is AMAZING!!! And you're still going! My SIL delivered at 26.5 weeks 15 years ago, so I was just thrilled when you got past 27 weeks and now you're clear at 32 weeks. Way to go, Ashley. You are such a choice woman. Your parents must be so pleased. Keep up the good work and I hope you have some relief over the next few weeks and can get a little rest. I'm glad you've got your wonderful Patrick to get you through this pregnancy. I know he is your rock and he's one heck of a rock!

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  14. I don't know if you know this family, but they remind me of you a bit (you have probably heard of them and their story). They lost their 18 month old son on Christmas 2011 after a horrible car accident. They are now expecting triplets. They also have an older son. http://packoffixations.blogspot.com/

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  15. What saved my sanity was having a carrier (Moby, Ergo, Woven wrap) to wear one baby. Then I had a hand for the other baby and a hand for my older girl. I highly suggest to other new twin moms to look into babywearing because it can be a life saver!

    Stay strong! The last couple months of a twins pregnancy are the most difficult, and my heart goes out to you.

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  16. You look great! Seriously gorgeous!

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  17. You are gorgeous! Pregnancy suits you well! Can't wait to hear names and meet them :)

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  18. It is awesome you are so far along! I had a very high risk pregnancy with my last baby and my doctor kept saying, "We've got to get you to 30 weeks, we've got to get you to 30 weeks." After you hit 30 weeks so many of the long term problems with preemies decrease significantly! I made it to 32 and my 3 year old is perfectly normal except he's little which we are okay with! Keep those babies a baking in there!

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