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22 Weeks 2 Days ~ July 11, 2011

22 weeksAfter last week's wondering and worrying over the ultrasounds I have enjoyed being able to relax a little (well, quite a lot more) and look forward to the rest of this pregnancy.

My concerns now exist of the non-important-in-the-long-run-things such as, how will I be able to cut my toe-nails and how big can my belly possibly stretch without bursting? Like I said, non-important-in-the-long-run-things yet things which a pregnancy woman, be it with multiples or a singleton, still takes the time to ponder upon.

My weight gain so far is 32 lbs. That is not a good thing, I am sure. I can't figure out why I have gained so much, so soon. On the other hand I discovered last night that the twins must have a love of all things Haagen Dazs as they were jumping about each time I sent down another mouthful of the Strawberry Cheesecake flavour. Comment not, dear readers.

Regarding weight gain in twin pregnancy, I can't find a definitive answer. Everywhere I look seems to be advising something slightly different but the most general rule of thumb I can find is that you should be gaining on average a pound a week for a twin pregnancy. As you can see, I am way ahead of this. I haven't yet measured around my belly. I think one smack in the face from the reality fairy a week is enough to deal with.

According to the Babycentre App the babies measure approximately 28cm from head to foot and weigh almost half a kilo each. Their eyebrows, eyes and lips are also now more distinct.

Our main game during this pregnancy has been, "Guess the sex of the babies." We didn't find out and we aren't planning to find out during the future ultrasounds either, but we do like to play the game. Soon we'll be drawing up our chart and registering our guesses. The boys want a boy and the girls want a girl in there. They'll both compromise with one of each but while the boys are willing to accept one younger sister, the thought of two at once is too much for them.

Will we end up continuing our run of boys, making it a total of nine, eight of which will have been born in eight years? Or will we finally have a girl who would be the first in twelve years? Would two girls arrive together, like buses? Or will they be one of each to keep everybody happy?

~Tania

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