~ Are We There Yet?
It has been another crazy week. Ella finished off her medication and seems to have finally kicked her ear infection/virus/whatever it was, however, on Sunday I noticed that she had a rash all over her body. She doesn't seem to be itchy, but she's definitely polka-dotted. She hadn't had any new foods, it happened on the last day of her medication, and she's been immunized for Measles and Chicken Pox (it doesn't look at all like Chicken Pox, anyway), so we're not really sure what it could be. I'm taking her to the doctor's this afternoon. I doubt it's anything contagious, but with me set to deliver sometime in the next three weeks (!) I just want to make sure it's nothing to worry about.
I'm also feeling better. I still have a bit of a sore throat and sinus congestion, but it's getting better. I'm hoping to make tonight the first night I sleep without Benadryl. My OB took a throat swab last week to check for infection, but I'm guessing it was clear, since they never called me. I'll know for sure on Thursday when I go back.
And speaking (writing?) of my OB appointment, I had yet another great one last week. The boys are measuring in at 4 lbs, 14oz and 4 lb, 15oz, and are still both head down. The doctor said I'm really low risk for a C-Section (yay!) although I still have to get the epidural and deliver in the OR, just in case. He also said that 34 weeks is considered Full Term for twins, and repeated that he doesn't want me to go beyond 37 weeks - but this time he said that that means he'll be inducing me in my 36th Week! Crazy. Since I could be kept in and induced at any appointment now, that means I could have these boys any time in the next two days to three weeks!
I think we're pretty much ready for them, though. Well, physically ready, at least. I'm not sure if we'll ever be mentally prepared for twin infants. My hospital bag is packed, the boys' room is set up, we have two infant car seats and we have a freezer of casseroles waiting for us. I still have to pack a travel bag for Ella, just in case (although we're not actually sure if she'll be staying at our place or my Mother-in-Law's - it all depends on when and how I go into labour and whether my parents are here at our house to help or not), but otherwise I think we're ready. I have one last meeting with our doula this week to try and figure out our post-partum needs, although I'm not sure how much I can predict until I actually experience the reality of twins. We'll probably mostly plan to play it by ear, but we can still talk about it.
I'm definitely getting ready to meet my two little ones. My belly is stretched so tight these days, I really don't know how there can be any room left for them to grow. My shirts don't fit, and everywhere I go I get stares and comments about an imminent delivery. Aaron and I went to an NHL game on Saturday and I was totally a spectacle. Everyone who saw me had to make a comment, and I felt pretty self-conscious, although I did enjoy the game. I've also been experiencing heartburn every night (and some days). I just can't wait to get these boys out, although I can hold off until at least Thursday so that they'll hopefully avoid any NICU time.
My next ultrasound and OB appointment is on Thursday (I've finally moved up to weekly appointments) and we'll see what the doctor says. I highly doubt I'm going to be induced this week, but you never know. I'm still experiencing lots of random contractions/Braxton-Hicks, but I'm not sure if they're doing anything. I'm so convinced that I'm not going to go on my own that I'm a little worried I'll go into labour without noticing it! I think the contractions would have to be pretty strong and close together before I clued in that it was actually happening. Oh well, I think the odds of me going naturally are pretty slim, especially with my past history. I'm sure induction is the only way these boys are going to come out, so I don't think I need to worry too much.
Well, I suppose that's it for this week. Tune in next week to find out the answer to Ella's mystery-rash, and to see how the boys have grown. Maybe even to meet the boys . . . (although I really, really doubt it).