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Week 21
~ Better Safe Than Sorry!

Fruit and Belly

First the fruit. It's all about bananas this week. Two of them. With arms and legs.

And then the belly. Thank goodness for great friends. I received some more maternity clothes over the weekend and I can't wait to try them out on my ever-expanding belly. Thanks, friend! Hmm, I think I need to make a flip-book of these pictures...
21 weeks

Better Safe Than Sorry

On Sunday night Karl and I ended up at the birthing center near our doctor's office and the hospital. I had an issue with, well, leaking. And it was more than a little alarming. After the second incident, I texted my doctor for some advice. As she put it, "it's probably nothing but come by the birthing center so we can check for amniotic fluid."

Panic! I did my best to remain calm as Karl and I bee-lined it to the facility which was, thankfully, a five-minute drive away. My OB called ahead and the nurses were waiting for us when we arrived. I was attached to fetal heart monitors and a contraction monitor before tests were conducted to ensure that it wasn't amniotic fluid.

Everything turned out to be fine. The twins were active with strong heart beats. The fluid could have been an increase in leukorrhea or the result of a baby kicking my bladder. (Didn't we have a bladder agreement, little ones?) After all was said and done, I felt silly about making a fuss but Karl, the nurses, and my doctor all assured me that it's better to be safe than sorry. And I have to agree. If you feel something is amiss, don't second-guess yourself; get it checked out!

Latest (and coolest) development!

The twins are most active in the morning hours and late at night. Karl has been able to feel the babies moving for several nights in a row. The look on his face was priceless when he felt one kick for the first time. The first night, I think it was Baby B and the second night, Baby A. Or maybe it was one baby performing acrobatics over two days.

Either way, it made me so happy that the movements are strong enough now for him to feel. He stared at my stomach for awhile, wondering if he could visibly see movement, and then he decided that was too creepy. "I'm not ready for that yet," he said. I get it. I don't think I'm ready for that either!

We have our monthly doctor's appointment next week. I can't wait to see how much you've grown!

Ruth Ann

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