Some days I am so tired I don't know how I'll drag myself out of bed. The need for sleep feels constant and yet, I'm up by 6 am every morning. I eventually get out of bed and either work at home or go in to the office very early. At least my bosses think I'm being very productive and don't mind when I have to miss work for prenatal appointments because of this!
August 24, 2002: Twenty Three Weeks, Two Days
We went to the local Mother of Twins Club sale today. We bought a lot of neat outfits for the new babies. Some were pairs that are gender neutral and others we choose were gender specific, but not many of those. It was actually a pretty overwhelming feeling being there with all the stuff and people. We got to go in first and left fairly early.
Having time to kill we shopped for car seats, but didn't find any we liked. Nor were we able to buy a double stroller like we wanted. I suppose we'll have to make that a new purchase. But we did find something else that afternoon, a new kitchen table! Our old table seats 6 and is falling apart. Our new one is very sturdy and will last a long time. It also expands to seat 10-12 with leaves. It arrives in about 8 weeks.
August 25, 2002: Twenty Three Weeks, Three Days
I started having some contractions today. I immediately went to bed and drank a ton of water. This really helped. I was also so wiped out. But I couldn't sleep! At least I was able to rest and catch up on some reading.
Kevin and I did work on our relaxation. Though he quit after a bit because he said I was too tense. Umm, excuse me, isn't that why we're practicing?
August 26, 2002: Twenty Three Weeks, Four Days
One of the midwives called to talk today. She and I know each other from my work as a doula, but in my prenatal rotations I haven't seen her yet. I told her I was scheduled to see the doctor at the end of the week. She asked me to make my next appointment with her. We talked for a long time and I told her about my misgivings regarding the hospital in the event I should require a cesarean and the nursery in general. She was very understanding and promised to help me find a happy medium. Isn't it great having practitioners who care?
I'm considering getting one of the belly bra type contraptions to help with the back aches. Doing the pelvic tilts really does help and I've been sitting on my birth ball more. The heartburn is still kicking me, no matter what I seem to do.
Isaac loves to "hug and kiss" the babies. We've been reading to him and Lilah about new babies. She doesn't have a clue, but he does remember. Benjamin was upset to learn that I wouldn't let one of the babies sleep with him and Hilary has been drawing lots of great photos for the babies. It's such a life. I wonder if we'll all survive. My instinct says to get everything in order now, to make it more routine when we add chaos.
August 27, 2002: Twenty Three Weeks, Five Days
Why must everyone tell me that the babies are coming very early? Just because it's twins doesn't mean that they will be born at 28 weeks and I personally think it's rude to insinuate as much when you're not a doctor or midwife. People have been fairly rude in that respect. I'm also tired of hearing how brave I am. *sigh* I'm not brave, I'm blessed. Yes, I'll have my hands full, but hopefully it will be delightfully so!
Others are so excited and offer support and help. These are the people I try to surround myself with.