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Week 11
~ Bit of a Scare

June 4

So, little shrimps, you are apparently the size of walnuts floating around in a grapefruit sized uterus. Add some lettuce, spinach, and feta and you have a tasty salad!

Been feeling pretty great this week. Still tired but not having to nap nearly as much in weeks past. And I feel like my appetite is coming back too. Just wish my breasts would stop hurting so much, makes sleeping really uncomfortable. Speaking of sleeping, haven't been getting as much sleep during the night thanks to tossing and turning, waking up alert and restless. Which is unfortunate because I love to sleep.

Had a bit of a scare yesterday. I was in Roanoke for most of the afternoon and evening to participate in our roller derby league's Relay for Life event. About an hour or two after settling in at our site, I began to feel stomach cramps, like period cramps, and they lasted all evening and until I crawled into bed around midnight. I'm sure I'm worrying Karl with my worrying, but I'm just so paranoid - doubly paranoid - that something may go wrong. Today I feel fine. No pains, no problems. So hopefully it was just indigestion from not eating small enough meals yesterday.

June 5

There was some spotting this morning and afternoon but then it went away. This combined with Friday's cramping has me worried so I called the doctor's office and left word with our OB. In the meantime I talked to an OB friend from Williamsburg and she said not to worry, everything should be fine. My doctor's office eventually got back to me, saying to rest up, drink lots of fluids, and that they will call tomorrow. Here's hoping again that all is okay.

June 8

I ended up going into the office for another ultrasound on Monday afternoon. The OB wanted to make sure that everything was okay (and I'm glad). I was apprehensive about having three ultrasounds in three weeks but I've been told by several different sources that the risks are minimal. Seeing those little bodies wiggle and move made all of my fears disappear, if only for a few minutes. It's truly amazing how much they grow from week to week. Tasha, the sonographer, gave Karl a "Hi Dad!!!" shout-out from the two.

11 weeks  11 weeks

I've also taken another belly picture:
11 weeks

Again, not much change but I know something is in there! I can feel a lump in my stomach when I try (unsuccessfully) to sleep on my stomach. And the late night bathroom breaks are constant reminders of a presence near my bladder. Still no weight gain but I know it's on the horizon; my jeans are fitting a little tighter these days.

It seems the worst of my first trimester woes are over. My energy level has raised and I no longer need a daily (or more) nap. Aside from a lingering headache I feel more like myself again. I'm blaming the headache on heat and humidity. It's been hanging around for a couple of days now, proving very irritating, but there's not much I can do to get rid of it. Taking Tylenol is like taking candy. So it's been water, rest, repeat for me.

I'm going to start planning the nursery soon. I can't wait to get moving on this project! I read an online article that said for multiples, you don't need to buy two of everything. So I'm keeping that in mind as I plan out space in the soon-to-be ex-snake room.

Yes, ex-snake room. Karl's reptiles are getting banished to the basement to make room for babies. The things we do. Sadly, one of the large boas was euthanized on Monday. I know it was hard for Karl to do, he's had those snakes for over 15 years, but it was time. I don't think I'd be happy if I couldn't eat or lift my head up. Maybe the other one will be around long enough for the little shrimps to see it.

This has been a stressful week but I'm so glad everything has worked out. Makes me breathe a little easier. Until next week!

Ruth Ann

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