Our precious boys...

Our precious boys...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

WEEK 20 - 23 SYMPTOM UPDATE

Week 20:
I’ve been so very thirsty this week, feels like I cannot drink enough liquids. So of course that means more potty breaks! My hands and feet have still been swelling often. One day this week, my wedding ring got stuck on my finger after it took a while to pull it off, I realized this just isn’t gonna fly. So off to Kohl’s I went to purchase a “pretend” wedding ring. It’s super pretty and cost less than $20. What a deal! I’m going to tell people it’s a family heirloom worth millions. HA HA! I miss my “real” ring, but I guess it will have to do for now. Otherwise, if I had left it on, I’d probably have to get it cut off!

Week 21:
I have a lot of pressure in my stomach. A. LOT. OF. PRESSURE. At times, it is hard to bend down to pick something up off the floor or to put shoes on. I’ve also had some weird stinging pains in different areas as well. One pain is on the right side of my pelvis. Nick googled it and we are pretty sure it’s “round ligament pain.” Your uterus is normally the size of a pear. And thick ligaments hold your uterus in suspension within your abdomen. As the uterus grows in size and weight, these ligaments become very long and thin, stressing and tensing like rubber bands. They pull and tug on nerve fibers which cause pain. So, I’m feeling this pain and it hurts, but that’s okay – I can deal with the physical pain. But it always makes me question whether something is wrong with the babies. You’d think I’d stop being so paranoid, but each days brings on new physical and emotional feelings and questions!

Week 22:
The joints in my fingers feel very sore and tight often throughout the day. (Is this what arthritis feels like?) I’m sure it has to do with the swelling. When I wake up in the mornings, my hands and feet feel very tight and sore. I feel like my entire body has been hit by a truck. It’s hard to walk around for the first half an hour!

But the most exciting part of this week has been feeling the babies move. Holy movement, batman!! I had thought I had felt the babies move just a few times before this week, and it probably was just that. But this is the first of them consistently moving a lot. It’s amazing. There’s no doubting it now, it’s for sure what I’m feeling. I am in love with it. People had described it to me as feeling like a butterfly fluttering its wings. Well, it doesn’t really feel like that to me, it literally feels like there’s something in there moving and kicking around. It’s like the twins are poking at me saying, “Hi Mommy! We’re here!” I just can’t get enough of it! I wonder who is moving what body part and where. Or maybe they’re playing with each other…

Here’s a photo of me at 22 weeks!

Week 23:
I’m still really enjoying feeling the babies move around…of course! If I feel a lot of movement and watch my stomach, I can see my skin pop up. Nick has been trying to feel it, but of course when he tries, the babies stop moving!

Sleeping has been difficult this week. I wake up a lot and am uncomfortable. My stomach feels so full, tight, and achy…even throughout the night. During the day I’ve been having a lot of back pain in the middle of my back. It’s hard to sit and find a comfortable position. Pillows or blankets propped behind my back help.

For a few days this week I was just miserable. Usually these aches and pains I have are spread with just a few ones occurring and switching from day to day. But with all the aches and pains happening at once for a few straight days, I thought to myself, “If it continues this way, it’s going to be a very very very long summer.” People tell me to take it easy and relax but when you can’t even find a comfortable position laying down, that makes it pretty difficult!

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