Sunday, August 24, 2008


Tomorrow I will be 19w4d and will have the big, scary anatomy scan. This is the big ultrasound where they take a bunch of measurements and try to identify any obvious problems with Apple and Banana. Although I have no reason to believe anything is wrong, it is still hard to not worry. B has to work, so my mom will be tagging along. Because there are two babies to measure, etc., the ultrasound is scheduled for 90 minutes with the doctor appointment following. I hope I can manage lying on that table for 90 minutes! The last ultrasound took about an hour. I wasn't at all uncomfortable at the time because I was so fixated on watching the screen. But I was definitely stiff getting up.

No major developments lately. Here's the bullet point list of the minor developments:
  • I continue to get bigger and more sore (duh). It is getting harder to move around and sleeping for more than 2 hours at a time has become almost impossible. I have tried so many different pillows and pads to sleep with/on that we might just go broke before Apple and Banana actually arrive.  I've started to notice more strain on my hips, back and neck.
  • I scheduled my first prenatal massage for next weekend to try to alleviate this and I can't wait!
  • I'm starting to notice that I tire more quickly these days.  Shopping for maternity clothes is the most exhausting thing in the world.  Unfortunately it seems like every time I think I'm set for awhile, a week goes by and things are already starting to feel snug.
  • My appetite has gotten better although my tastes are still not what they were.  It is frustrating to not want my favorite foods and to not really want anything in general, but know that I have to eat something.  Let's just say I've had a lot of milkshakes and ice cream the last couple of weeks.
  • My belly button is now a shallow dent in my belly.  It is only a matter of time...
  • It is getting harder to shave my legs.  Is it winter yet?
  • My hair has gotten too long and is driving me crazy, so it's getting chopped off next weekend. (don't worry, it won't be anything too drastic)
  • B continues to take care of me, the dogs, and the house like a champ doing all of the laundry and grocery shopping among other things.
  • We continue to work on our registries.  It is pretty overwhelming.
  • The cribs and dressers were delivered this weekend and B already put everything together.  Pictures are below.  They look black in some of the pictures, but it is a dark brown (espresso) stain on the wood.  All of the pieces seem very sturdy and well made and the cribs convert to a toddler bed and then a full size bed (the front and back of the crib become the headboard and footboard) with converter rails.  The converter rails still haven't come in yet.
  • We've been shopping for gliders/rockers/recliners to put in the nursery, but apparently I'm really picky.  I want something wide enough with wide enough arms that I might be able to nurse/feed both babies at the same time sitting in it.  But I also need to be able to reach the floor to glide/rock the chair without having to slouch down in the chair (common problem for us short folks).  So far the only chair that seems to be perfect is a and, of course, it is the UGLIEST thing in the world.  Why does comfort=ugly?
  • We are still undecided on the nursery paint.  I know the stripes are a lot, so I doubt we will go that route, but it was fun to play with.  I do want to somehow use all three colors, but B doesn't seem too excited about doing the two green walls, two yellow and blue ceiling.
  • Because of the D.N.C. in town this week, I'm working from home.  We were encouraged to do so and I thought it would be a good opportunity to practice for bed rest should it become necessary to prove to my boss that I can make it work.  I hope I can manage to be productive instead of getting distracted!
  • Although we seem to be busy every weekend getting ready for these babies, the to-do list just seems to grow.  Sigh.
Here are some pictures for this week for your viewing pleasure.


momofonefornow said...

It is so exciting watching your tummy grow. I can't imagine how uncomfortable you must be.

The furniture is beautiful. I know what you mean about the paint. You want it to be just right but you aren't certain what "just right" is. Don't worry, it will come to you.

Io said...

Good luck tomorrow! I hope everything goes well.
I like the color ideas - maybe not stripey :) but nice colors. The valance is cute too.
The furniture is really pretty.

Ms. J said...

Love the furniture!

We did two walls in one color, two in another, and the ceiling a third color. It actually came together quite nicely (doesn't photograph well but it's great in person).

Keeping a good thought for your appointment!

Re: pillows . . .have you tried a full-body pillow (the kind the college kids use, they sell at - you probably have, but just in case.

Re: soreness . . . mabe find a chiropractor experienced in treating pregnant women? My husband does so all the time (it's different adjustment than with a non-pregnant person, just as prenatal massage is different). Just a friendly thought.

s.e. said...

Love the furniture and good luck tomorrow (although I am sure you don't need it)!

BB and MTB said...

First of all, congrats on making it almost to the half way point! And good luck tomorrow at the u/s. I know you will see two beautiful bouncing babies!

Second, where did you get the nursery furniture? I love it.

And finally, just a thought, but instead of stripes or 2 solid walls, how about using a chair rail with one color on the bottom, another on the top and the third on the ceiling. Maybe something else to play with before deciding?

Glad you and the babies are all doing so well!!

Meg said...

Good luck at the scan....I will be sending you good vibes. Enjoy seeing the little ones!

I love love love the furniture. I hope most of the things on your list are fun!

Amanda said...

Good luck with the scan tomorrow! I hope you're not too sore when you get up. I'll tell you that mine was pretty interesting...having the technician point out their little leg bones and arm bones, etc. It was just amazing!

I love your furniture!

Gibson Twins said...

I can't wait to read about your big ultrasound today!!
I didn't think mine would actually last the whole 90min but it did and it is so awesome!

Your cribs and changing table are beautiful! I love the dark wood.

About the nursery colors, you will know when its just right for you. It will click. You could always utilize all the colors by painting the walls solid and then buying some unfinished shelves to put on the walls and painting with an accent color (one of the colors you already have) and maybe doing stencils with the other color or light sponge designs as a eyelevel border. Just ideas.

Target has awesome vinyl crib mattress protectors that zip around the edges and it totally saved my mattresses from spit up, poop blowouts, etc. I still have them on there and when I change the sheets it makes it easy to spray down with Clorox Anywhere spray to disinfect.

Have a great great ultrasound :)

Pink-CJ said...

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Jen said...

So why are you getting the big scan at 19w and I have to wait till 22w and we go to the same clinic?

And be glad you aren't downtown. It's already crazy busy down here. I couldn't decide if there was a crazy huge line for Starbucks or something else. And my only "celebrity" sighting so far has been Ted Koppel.

nancy said...

That was simply a fabulous update.

How is town with the DNC there? Did you notice anything this weekend before it started? I'm definitely staying away.

PJ said...

That belly is ridiculously cute!!!

I love the beds and changing table!

On some HGTV show I saw them do a nursery with a two seater glider. I think they got it from the Pottery Barn baby store (I think? Is there such a thing?). Anyway, it seemed neat that both parents could sit together and rock the babies.

Enjoy your massage!