Thursday, April 28, 2005

Wrath of the Weeble Wobble

It appears that someone didn't read the rules. Since when is it appropriate to indicate to a woman, ANY WOMAN, that she is fat, big, large, obese, abnormal, etc.? And since when is it appropriate to assume that just because said woman is pregnant, you can comment on her weight as if you're mentioning the weather?

Before I rant, let me do a bit of justification (it makes me feel better, so just deal with it):

I'm not that big. I'm my own worst critic and I can say with all honesty, I AM NOT THAT BIG. I was actually worried in the beginning because I was not gaining any weight in the first trimester. In fact, I asked my OB whether I should be concerned about it. She wasn't, so I reveled in my non-changing body for the few days that I had left.

Now, I've gained 7 lbs. over 4 months. I'm not a big person, so I knew that I would show quicker, PLUS I'm HAVING TWINS!!!! I've read that you show two months ahead of a person your size with a singleton....GRRRRR!!!! Thank you public for making me doubt myself...

Incident #1 (last week): I'm walking towards the office kitchen to get water. Atty. is walking out of the meeting, smirks and says, "Geez, don't go and have them here!" Forced smiles cause headaches. I've learned that.

Incident #2 (last night @ Target):

Cashier: "When are you due?"
Me: "December, I mean, October 3rd."
Cashier: "Wow!" (with annoyingly shocked look on her face)
Me: "I'm having twins."
Cashier: "Are you serious? Wow! Congratulations. For a minute there, I was thinking, you look really big for only 4 months!"

Incident #3: (5 minutes ago in front of Sharon's cube):

Atty: "Hey! What's going on?"
Me & Sharon:
"Hi Atty!"
Atty: "Wow, you're getting big!"
"There's two in there!"
"Really? Oh, I didn't know that! I was going to say, you better slow down!"
Me: "Ha!" (As I reach for the bowl of jelly beans.)

Dear Public:

I have allowed you to touch my belly, question my genetic background, give me unsolicited advice and educate me on the horrors of childbirth. I think I've endured enough without having to be told that I am fat. Next time you reference my weight or size in anyway, I will look at you with wondering eyes and tell you point blank, "I'm not pregnant." and watch you squirm with uneasiness as I waddle away giggling. You have been warned.


Wednesday, April 27, 2005

"Life with you makes perfect sense..."

Warning! Sappy Story Alert! The beans are so lucky. And so am I! Saturday, while (im)patiently waiting outside of a dressing room at Mimi Maternity, with thoughts of lunch at PF Changs on his mind, J began to think about the recent months and our pregnancy and became a little sad. When I finally made my choices and checked out, he told me that he was feeling sad about the thought that this may be the last time he sees me pregnant...Awwww! Doesn't that just melt your heart?? He's just plain wonderful!

Monday, April 25, 2005

Welcome to Week 17!

If you saw an ultrasound of your fetus right now, you'd spot a number of recognizable features. Your baby-to-be has thin eyebrows, hair on his scalp, and well-developed limbs. He's mastered a few simple reflexes, too -- sucking, swallowing, and blinking. Head to rump, the fetus measures 5 inches (12.7 cm) long and weighs approximately 6 ounces (170 g). Underneath the baby's skin, fat is forming. By the end of your pregnancy, this fat will account for 2% to 6% of the baby's weight and help maintain his body temperature at birth. At this age, your baby's hearing is pretty sharp. He can make out your conversations and may even be startled by loud noises! Whether you feel it or not, your baby is becoming very active, moving his head, arms, and legs, and making breathing movements.

Make sure you're getting about 120 grams of protein a day for twins, more for higher order multiples. It's not as hard as it might seem. A quick peanut butter sandwich, or an egg can help boost those numbers up there. Some women find that protein powders added to other meals is easier for them.

Friday, April 22, 2005

The nursery...a work in project.

I think we've found something that would work for girls or boys. I have just started listing necessities on our registry at Babies R Us and found this beautiful set. It's called "The Starlight Nursery" by Wendy Bellissimo and it's absolutely gorgeous! What do you think?

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Cute...but is it worth it?

So, last night I purchased this fuschia tank at A Pea in the Pod. I can't believe the price of maternity clothes! There are so many cute things but can I really justify spending so much on something I probably will never wear again? Luckily I was able to raid my friend Angie's closet for some of her clothes and Mom, MIL & SIL have spoiled me with little tops here and there, but still! And hopefully I'll be back to pre-pregnancy shape after the babies, or there's a whole other wardrobe I'll have to buy! Darn. Good thing I love to shop. Poor J.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Could it be the chili?

I can't be certain, but yesterday afternoon, these beans were doing a little dance all over my belly! As if I couldn't concentrate already at work lately, any productivity flew out the window then. I have a feeling this will be a trend as the days and weeks go by. I just get so fascinated by the feelings and I'm sure that anyone that walks by my office as I'm gazing down at my belly in a trance will be certain that I've finally gone off the deep end. This time it felt like tiny little nudges and bumps all over the place. Very different from the fluttering.

Which, by the way, while drifting off to sleep last night, I was able to feel on my left side for the first time...#1 makes his/her appearance! It lasted much longer than the first time with #2. I tried to get J. to feel it, but I guess they're just too small to be felt on the outside of me yet. He was again a little disappointed that he couldn't experience it. Poor guy.

In other news, we got word that our good friend, CV, (a lifelong bachelor we assumed) is also expecting a bundle of joy this year! We were shocked and thrilled at the same time and can't wait to share in this with him and his girlfriend. They are due in early December.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Top 10 Things Not To Say To A Pregnant Woman

1. Are you pregnant?
2. Want a glass of wine?
3. Got milk?
4. Wow, you sure do look further along than only 4 months!
5. It’ll be a 45-minute wait for your table, ma’am.
6. Are you going to eat all of that?
7. Don’t worry; you’ll forget the pain!
8. I never gained that much weight when I was pregnant.
9. Sorry! I ate the last of the Doritos [or insert craving of the moment]!

10. So, who’s the lucky guy?

Sixteen Weeks

Your baby's nails are well formed, and some babies are even in need of having their nails trimmed at birth. The ears have also moved from the neck to the head. The eyes have come closer together so that they face forward, and the baby begins to blink. Baby's head is now held high, and limb movements occur in a coordinated fashion. Fine lanugo hair covers your baby's body and head.

Your baby is emptying his or her bladder every 40-45 minutes. The limb movements are becoming more coordinated. Your baby is about 3 ounces (85 grams) and 6.3 inches (16 cms). The gender may be detectable by ultrasound. On an ultrasound, you may catch sight of the sucking reflex as your baby sucks his or her thumb.

You may begin to feel movement now. Another "sign" that there are multiples is the mom who describes fetal movement like an octopus, or "all over the place."

Saturday, April 16, 2005

April 11, 2005: Baby #2. Later that afternoon, I was getting ready to leave work for the day and began to feel a little fluttering in my belly, where #2 was lying. It felt like butterfly wings fluttering against my belly. It was amazing. When I put my hand over the spot, it stopped. I haven't been able to feel them since, but I try every day to focus to see if they're tickling me.  Posted by Hello

April 11, 2005: Baby #1. Here is a back view of #1. We were hoping to find out their gender, but the beans were not cooperating! We did get to see fingers, toes, brain and kidneys, but everything else must remain a surprise I guess... Posted by Hello

April 11, 2005: 15 weeks 1 day. The beans are about 4.5 inches now and getting bigger and bigger. It's crazy how much I miss them in between ultrasound appointments. This time they weren't as active, but they were bouncing popcorn! They are running out of space already though. I don't know how they are going to get along in there for the next 20+ weeks! Posted by Hello

March 10, 2005: Baby #2 was napping when we went for our ultrasound. The tech had to nudge him/her a bit to wake the baby. S/he wasn't too happy and flailed his/her arms about! It looked like s/he was waving at us! Posted by Hello

March 10, 2005: Baby #1 is looking right at us. His/her little legs were kicking like crazy. It's amazing how much they've grown in only about 2 weeks! Posted by Hello

March 10, 2005: 10 weeks 4 days. The beans are now measuring at 11 weeks. Their hearts are pumping like little machines and they are starting to resemble babies a bit. #2 is already showing signs of mischeviousness. S/he is crowding #1!!! Posted by Hello

February 25, 2005: Baby #2 Posted by Hello

February 25, 2005: Baby #1 Posted by Hello

February 25, 2005: 8 weeks 5 days. The babies are so tiny now and they don't look human yet. We've taken to calling them "The Beans". Most people don't know the news yet...we want to wait until I am 12 weeks along to tell everyone. Our immediate family knows now and are over the moon. It's amazing how something so small can change your life in an instant.
 Posted by Hello

February 2, 2005. Suprise! Not only are we pregnant, but we're expecting twins!!!! 5 weeks 3 days. We were floored. It was so overwhelming, and we're still not used to it... Posted by Hello

Positive!!!!! On January 25, 2005, we found out we were expecting!!!!! We had a 1/2 day from work that day and celebrated at one of our old favorites - Don Pablo's. I had a tiny inkling for the past couple of days because I was a little queasy in the morning, but I was afraid to take the test because I was sure it would be negative... Posted by Hello

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Welcome to the Springer Show!

Thanks to the smooth persuasion of Stacy, I’ve decided to document the life and times of me and us and awaiting the beans. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the Springer Show!