I start this post with a warning of two sorts. The first warning is that I only have two pictures, and the second warning is that they are of my belly. It's been awhile and I'm not sure how much longer I want to show this mountain off. So proceed with caution, belief, and/or disbelief!
The babies are growing, and we had the chance to see this past week. We always get excited to see their growth, hear their heartbeats, and possibly get some new pictures of them. However, NO pictures this past week. The ultrasound tech was ultra speedy and she noted it is harder to get pictures of the babies as they are getting quite squished in their current living quarters!
Baby A: Heartbeat 168 and weighing 3 lbs. 3 oz.
Baby B: Heartbeat 150 and weighing 3 lbs. 2 oz.
Mom: SWOLLEN and belly measuring 38 cm. ;)
Dad: Deserves Dad-of-the -Year award helping mom put shoes on, get out of bed, and WHATEVER else is needed... the list goes on and on.
The most exciting part of this past doctor appointment was to find out BOTH babies are head down and as Adam would say, "Looking at their exit!" I don't remember the exact night, but not even a week or two ago I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep and I felt a HUGE movement. It felt like an earthquake in my body and I swore it shook the bed and had Adam still been awake, he could have felt it as well. I knew it wasn't a "normal" movement but didn't think too much of it. Then at this last ultrasound, it showed Baby B was head down just like his/her Brother or Sister! That is exciting to me in knowing delivery could be easier and they are now able to look at each other instead of cuddling with each other's behinds...
This week the babies are the size of a squash and their brains and nervous system are going through some major development. They will react to light and all five senses are in working order, although they won't smell anything until after being born. In order to smell, you need air and they cannot smell through the amniotic fluid.
I am still working full weeks, yet again slowing down BIG TIME! Our next appointment is in two weeks and then I will go to every week. Our doctor and I are on the same page with wanting to get possibly 3 more weeks in and then taking it easy. Whew, I just keep telling myself that "We can do this!"