I am so so so happy to be able to announce that my IPs are getting their wish.
Meet Baby A- 男 That means "boy/son" in simplified Chinese. According to Google. I just love the written Chinese language. It is absolutely beautiful. I wish I knew more about it.
And Baby B makes their mixed set 姑娘 Which means girl/daughter. If google is right. Or it could be this... 女 I am so confused.
I love that the symbol for girl is far more complicated than the symbol for boy.
So here is where we stand right now:
I am 19 weeks and 3 days pregnant with two beautifully developing babies.
>OMG TIRED- I need a nap every day at some point. Today my nap was from 4:30-6.
>Cravings include ice chips, (which I am going to get some iron supplements to curtail)
ridiculously sweet things, and peanut butter honey on toast. Thank goodness our honey is locally made by my father in law. I am trying very hard to maintain a healthy diet for these babies, and in the grande scheme of things I have been very healthy for most of this pregnancy. This week has kind of been a fail. I even ate ramen noodles for dinner last night because I was too tired to think of anything better.
> My back is getting sore already, but I think that is more because I am less active. Doing things makes me tired, so I have been reading more, working on school work, and wasting a heck of a lot of time on my computer. It doesn't help that my girls have a crazy schedule this week so I am driving them places then coming home and waiting until it is time to pick them up.
> Headaches are still a thing, but not as bad. I have a little one right now actually, but it is not the kind that makes me sit in a dark room.
Good things include:
>Movement!!! I feel Baby Boy moving quite a lot. Once he woke me up with a jab to my lower belly. He is lying sideways in my lower belly, so I feel him a lot more than Baby Girl, who is sitting up high and has a bit more room to wiggle in, I think. The cutest thing is that I think they are still staying fairly close together. I feel movement either in my lower belly on the right side, or in the middle near my belly button. Baby Girl is trying to cuddle, I guess.
Other good things include the fact that nesting set in early and is making a great impact on my house. I do get tired if I clean too much at once, but I am keeping up on that. Better is that I have been getting my house painted- by a professional, of course. Now you all know I am not doing this for the money, but there is a fee involved. It is not a huge amount- it is enough to do some nice things for our family, such as fixing up our home a little. When we moved into this old home, it had been "whited out" by the bank. The shell of the house has character but no color.
This is my entry way. I did not get a great before of my entry way, but you can see it is just stark white. I will post more updates as they happen. This has made a huge difference in the feel of our house. The only other thing that I have done so far is buy a few pieces of new furniture. We moved from a 1040 sq ft home to this 2300 sq ft house, so our great room was never furnished until now. I moved some of our old ikea furniture out here (because it is easy to recover ikea furniture in most colors), then I put the new comfy stuff in our living room. I'll share that later too. I found these sofa/loveseat sets at American Freight for less than $600. It is amazing how much you can do on a tight budget really.
In other news, the IPs are coming into town again this month. They were supposed to be coming for the 20 week anatomy ultrasound, but my OB office called and cancelled that appointment. I guess the sonographer is on vacation that day. I am pretty sad about that, but I am super excited that we are going to be taking a tour of the hospital that day. This means that the parents will get to see where their babies will be born and we can ask any questions we have while we are there.
Most of my questions have to do with modesty options. I feel my IPs will want to be in the room as soon as the babies are born, and I need those babies to go directly into their parents' arms first thing. That means some precautions will need to be taken to save everyone from seeing things that should not be seen. :) My only other question has to do with their policy in the event of a c-section. Many times, the rule is only one other person can be in the room during a c-section. Some places might let two in. My problem is, again, I want those babies in their parents arms first thing. This means that I want both mom and dad in that room with me, but I feel I need my husband too. I have no idea if they'd ever allow three people in a c-section room. My priority is the parents though. I am hoping at least they will allow a switch out after the babies are born, such as the parents go with the babies then they will let my Stephen come be with me while I get sewn back together.
So, yeah, we are crossing our fingers that we don't have to worry about that. If everything goes as planned, their limits in the birthing room are very flexible, as I have learned the three previous times I have given birth there.
I think that is all I have to say for now. This is what you get when I wait over a week to write a post.