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Week Thirty-Five
~ Late Twin Pregnancy Discomforts

Each week that I get to add another pregnancy update and not a birth announcement, I am thankful that these little ones are still "hanging in there." We've had several scares and each time thought this might be it, but my body is holding up a lot better than we thought it would. Or at least better than my doctor thought. I guess the three of us just wanted to prove him wrong!

Our latest scare was at Friday's appointment. My urine tested four plusses for protein. This is another indicator of PIH. I sometimes have one plus when I don't drink enough water, but I've never had more than that. So, the doctor had the lab run another blood PIH test stat so that he could decide if he was going to take the babies that evening. We waited for what seemed like an eternity (one hour) for the results. Finally, my doctor came out and said that all the other tests were okay and to do the urine sample again. This time there was only one plus. So, we were given the okay to go home and come back Monday for more tests. Yippee! We made it again! What a relief. The doctor said that if we can make it another week, we'll probably be able to take the babies home with us when I go.

We also had an ultrasound on Friday. Same tech that I'm not crazy about but we did get to see how much they have grown. Rachel appears to be approximately 5 lbs, 14 ozs. Jacob was harder to get a fix on because of his position (head down) without pushing too hard on my pelvic bone. She said he looked to be right at 5 lbs. I'm thinking a little larger since she didn't get a good reading on his head size.

I've had a few more contractions, some stronger than before but nothing on a regular schedule. I'm getting more and more uncomfortable by the day. My hands are slightly swollen and my legs and feet are more than slightly! I'm not comfortable in any clothes. Well, except for my comfy ones (stretchy pants) or my nightgown. We bought a new couch last week that has recliners at both ends. This has been great for my swollen legs! It also sleeps pretty good too. I miss being able to sleep in the same bed for the entire night without getting up to pee or because of back pain. I'd love to say I'll catch up on my sleep after I give birth, but I know that won't be true for a long, long time. I'm also pretty moody these days. I guess the lack of restful sleep and the swelling can do that to a person. I think Larry is hoping I deliver soon hoping that will help. I have warned him about the possibility of postpartum depression. I've heard it can be worse with multiples due to the higher amounts of hormones. We'll soon see. He's been such a trooper through all of this. Our lives have changed so much and will change so much more in the next month. I hope we're ready for it.

In just a few short weeks we'll finally be introduced to our beautiful little miracles. Maybe as early as a week. I look back now and it seems as though these 35 + weeks have gone by fast. At the same time I feel as though I've been pregnant forever! I'm just ready now to see and hold our babies and know they are here safe and sound. I've surely done everything I can to make sure that happens.

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