Week 28 ~ October 26, 2006
~ Snow and Showers
We made it to Week 28, a milestone because an OB nurse friend of mine told me that while it's still too early for the babies to arrive, this is the point where things are much more likely to go well if they do arrive. And despite my fretting it's been a great pregnancy so far. I passed both the gestational diabetes and anemia tests taken at last week's appointment, and this week I'm keeping the nascent ankle-swelling I noticed after work on Sunday from recurring by timing my rest/naps better and downing even more water. I'm up to four 32-oz. containers of water a day. Of course I go to the bathroom a lot, but it's worth it. I've learned that pregnancy in this regard is sort of like running: you're hydrated enough if your urine is clear or almost clear. Otherwise, you need to drink more.
The next milestone, according to my doctor, is Week 34, the week when they would not try to stop labor if it starts. That's the week of December 5, which also happens to be my year anniversary at my job and therefore when I become entitled to the full FMLA leave of 16 weeks. Basically, I just have to get through November, and the babies and I are home free.
That may be easier said than done. Can I just say how huge I am? People look askance at me now when I say I still have two months to go (the twins' ideal time to arrive would be right around Christmas). My shirts, even the ones that looked gigantic to me in July, now blouse out in the front, threatening to reveal my new belly belt (couldn't get through work without it!). It's hard to do things like urinate in the cup at the doctor (because I can't see down there any more!), and forget about bending over to pick anything up. It's also getting to the point where it's hard to twist around when I'm trying to back the car out. If I'm sitting on the couch, I now ask Dan if he can hand me my water glass, because I don't want to lean forward to reach it. I can't imagine expanding any more than this, but everyone says I will. Am I going to have to quit driving?! Will I still be able to get to yoga class (my back-saver)?
Happily, there are a lot of things happening now and coming up to distract me. We've had a couple of snowstorms, the latest being today. Because Thursday is my night shift, I didn't have to brave the morning drive and just sat on the couch in my PJs, watching the snow fall, reading and cross-stitching a Christmas stocking for Dan. By mid-afternoon, when I had to go, the roads were clear.
Tomorrow I'm planning to go the reunion of a relay team I was on last year. We did a 178-mile round-the-clock race. My three legs were 4 miles, 6 miles and 8 miles, the first up a mountain pass! Strange to think about now, when I get breathless climbing the stairs at work . . . On Saturday, Dan and I are going to the first of two baby showers planned before the twins' birth (my sister is also planning to have one in my hometown but not until after the babies are here, maybe next spring). This one is a couple's shower. The next one, hosted by my friends from work on November 3, is going to be a more traditional one.
Showers make me feel weird. You're basically sending out an invitation to your friends and family members to buy you stuff. Now, this is a time when Dan and I need stuff, and we honestly couldn't pay for all of it ourselves. But it still makes me slightly uncomfortable.
I hope everyone is doing well. I'm enjoying reading everyone else's journals, too, and am rooting for you guys!