We have been checking online to see how big the twins are at each week of my pregnancy. We have missed several weeks and in the beginning they were so small, I didn’t feel it was worth mentioning. Now at 18 weeks, they are getting substantially bigger and we actually had a way to show you how big they currently are.
According to: https://www.parents.com/pregnancy/week-by-week/how-big-is-your-baby-this-week/ they are now about the size of a sweet potato. We happened to have baked potatoes for dinner that night, so we took some great photos of Steve and I with our little spuds (baked potato/sweet potato, tomato/tomatoe right?!) that I wanted to share!
For the most part, my pregnancy has still been very easy. I do suffer from extreme pregnancy exhaustion, but I think that is normal being pregnant with twins at 49. My life has definitely calmed down to a snail’s pace over the last few months. My energy is great in the mornings, but not so good by 3 pm. I am still needing to take naps almost daily. On the days that I don’t get enough rest, I feel it the next day and really do suffer. So I apologize in advance for my lack of energy and availability to get together these days. It really does take so much out of you to grow humans! I never imagined I would be this exhausted. I have, of course, thought there is something wrong with me for not having the energy I used to have. I beat myself up here and there about not being able to keep up and do as much as I normally am able to.
When these thoughts creep into my head, which they have often recently, I remind myself that my only and most important job right now, is growing these two babies. It’s important that I take care of myself, to ensure that they are born healthy and strong! I’m working on being easier on myself and not beating myself up so much for needing as much rest as I need right now. I know in 4 or 5 months, I’ll be wishing I had the time for rest. I’ll cherish it now and remember it fondly when I’m not getting the rest I need with newborns.
My sugar cravings have been really high and intense. I had the 3 hour fasting Glucose blood test last week. That test is awful. You have to fast for 12 hours, go in first thing and have your blood drawn so they can get a baseline of what your sugar levels are before you’ve eaten or drank anything. Then you drink a sugary drink (that is awful tasting) and you have to keep it down. If you can’t keep it down, you have to start all over. Then one hour after you drink the sugar drink, they draw your blood again. They repeat this 2 more times, both an hour apart. The worst part, is you have to stay at the lab while you are having this test done. Then after your last draw, you are free to go. At that point, you are starving and ready to eat just about anything! I made it through and kept the drink down!
The good news from this awful test, is my blood sugar levels came back normal, meaning that I don’t currently have Gestational Diabetes. That is a huge relief! I am trying very hard to kick the sugar cravings to the curb and not eat too much candy and sweets. I have heard stories of pregnant mom’s eating a ton of sugar/candy and then having babies/kids who are addicted to sugar. Since I have battled my weight and food/sugar cravings my whole life, that is the last thing I want to pass on to my child or children. I will be working hard to kick sugar to the curb during the rest of my pregnancy for sure!
So as you can see in the photos above, we are all doing great. The twins are growing like they should. I’m feeling good for the most part and Steve is an excited Dad to be. We really can’t wait to welcome our twins into the world and introduce them to you all. They are definitely our miracle babies and will be so loved, not only by us, but by so many family members and friends. If only every child could be so fortunate and be so loved and wanted!