We had a wonderful visit with my IPs last week- well, over a week ago. My girls started school last week so it was kind of a blur to me. They arrived on Thursday night and treated my girls and me to dinner at the Melting Pot. I have only been there once, for our anniversary, and my girls had never been. We had a wonderful time preparing our meals and I ate waaaayyyy too much. Mostly because my stomach is being squished by two little ones. The next day, we did get to go to the doctor and hear the heartbeats of the babies.
I also got to find out their names. I do not believe their names are a secret, but I also do not want to share them on social media simply because they are not my names to release. I only know their American names though. The Chinese names will be figured out by the family and based on some other variables which are fascinating to me, but I do not understand them enough to explain. Perhaps I will research further when I actually learn their Chinese names.
Either way, the hospital tour also went very well. I have delivered at this hospital before, but they have renovated a lot, so it was nice to get the lay of the land. This will help everyone to know where we are going and what we are doing. The hospital is great for surrogate births because they do give the intended parents a room to take care of the babies in. This means that they get to stay in the hospital with their newborns until they are released as long as the floor is not full. My room will hopefully be nearby so I can cuddle a little bit with the babies before they go back home.
The IPs did have to leave right away, so our adventures ended there. On Monday, I had the mother skype call in so she could watch the ultrasound and ask any questions she had. Our little twins are still the exact same size, at 13 oz. each (That is the day before 21 weeks, so they are actually a tad on the smaller side, but they are within healthy range.) It is so cute though, they are cuddled up in my lower belly. Both heads are side by side and all four little feet are right next to each other. There is more room in my uterus for baby girl to move upward, but she is staying right down there with her brother.
Right now, both heads are on my lower right side and the feet are on my upper left, so both are lying sideways. The boy's head is lower than the rest of him, so if he doesn't do too many gymnastics moves, he is primed for birth when the time comes. He could move a lot by then, though, so I am still crossing my fingers. The sonographer did say they the two will always be in this bunk bed position with boy on bottom and girl on top, meaning we won't have any trouble with baby girl getting in the way. The more probably issues is that baby boy will come out just fine the intended way, and baby girl could go any which way from there. She'll probably move quite a bit in the process of her brother's birth.
I am not going to stress about this yet, but it could mean I have to have one vaginally and the other may need to be c-section. I would rather do both the same way for healing purposes, of course. On the bright side, the hospital is already prepared for any eventuality because I will be delivering in the operating room either way. That way if we can do both vaginally, we are great, but if an emergency comes up, we will already be in place to handle it. I am slightly saddened that only 1 other person can be in the room in the event of a c-section. I will leave it up to the parents to decide which one of them it will be. The other up side is that in the OR there is a curtain that we can use to keep everything hidden from any eyes that do not need to see it. The parents will be able to see the babies as soon as they are all the way out and not before.
Finally, my symptoms right now:
Slight heartburn in reclines positions. Not bad.
Sleeplessness. I believe insomnia describes it best, but it is not every night.
Fatigue during the day or after too much activity. I am kind of low on energy at the moment.
A Stretchy, full feeling in my belly.
Lots and lots of baby movement.
A longing for the smell of soap and clean things. OMG I went to the soap aisle at Kroger and just inhaled for like five minutes. I believe I may need some extra iron, but I talked to the doctor and he said to just wait until the scheduled blood draw at 28 weeks. (I am at 22 now) My numbers looked fine in the beginning, but I did have pregnancy induced anemia when I was pregnant with my middle daughter. I am just trying to throw in a few more meats for now.
I think that is it for now. My next appointment will be an ultrasound on September 15th, so I may not have a whole lot to say until then unless my symptoms change.