The reality is that it's after 1 PM and I haven't showered because I'm already tired and showering is pretty exhausting. There is mascara smeared under my eyes, laundry has piled up around me (again), and because of my extremely annoying coffee aversion, I have no hope of fueling myself up for the projects that are gathering dust - literally and metaphorically - everywhere I turn.
One day this week, I felt like getting dressed, and since I was dressed, I thought I would take a few pictures. It was that momentous, I assure you.
To spare you all the pregnancy talk all the time, I am going to do weekly updates on Saturdays. Those who are interested can follow along, but it won't hurt my feelings a bit if you skip on ahead.
I'm eleven weeks today, which means (according to electronic pregnancy guru Babycenter), the babies are the size of figs. Sweet little figs. So little, in fact, that it's hard to imagine how on earth my middle has already grown to this size:
This week, I checked out When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads from the library. I'm learning some pretty interesting things, including the fact that carrying twins generally means your uterus measures about 8 weeks ahead of where a singleton pregnancy would measure. So combine that fact with the stretchiness of a third pregnancy, and yes. Yes, I do look like I could be 19 weeks pregnant.
A couple of other interesting things I've learned from the book:
- I'm supposed to be eating 3500 calories a day. Which: HOW.
- Dr. Luke's decades of research on multiple pregnancies indicates the more weight a woman gains prior to 24 weeks, the better (bigger) birth weight can be anticipated for the babies. Ideally, I'll have gained 25 pounds by 20 weeks. So far, I've gained 5. Um.
- Carrying previous babies to term with healthy birth weights increases a woman's chance of carrying multiples close(r) to term and may be an indicator of healthy birth weights for the multiples. Considering Dacey was born at 41.5 weeks at 9 lbs, 12 oz., and AJ was born (via scheduled c-section) at 39 weeks at 8 lbs, 8 oz., I found that to be reassuring.
- Also, for some reason, older women tend to carry their multiples longer. At 35, I'm officially OLDER in the wonderful word of obstetrics, so that was hopeful, too.
This week was a bit of a roller coaster in terms of emotions. Thank you so, so much for the feedback on my post about all the fears. It means so much to me, and honestly, just being able to say some of the hardest stuff out loud really helped.
I was pretty discouraged when I had a couple of really, really sick days again after a trend toward feeling more normal. That kind of bummed me out. But I'm kind of, sort of feeling less pukey again. It seems my body has settled into a routine of feeling okay in the morning (as long as I eat protein early) and then intense nausea from about 2 PM until about 8 PM. At least I kind of know what to expect.
To bring my spirits up, I've been toying with some nursery ideas. I'm really diggin' the idea of a woodland theme. I started a little pinboard for it, and I've had fun browsing and daydreaming.
I'm envisioning mushrooms and gnomes, foxes and owls (of course), hedgehogs and a sweet forest-y vibe. Muted and understated really appeal to me, like some of these fabrics:
Yep. Such a fun distraction, nursery planning is. So fun.
Just a few weeks left and I'll be out of this first trimester, and I'm not even going to pretend to be anything but overjoyed if that can (please God, please) mean the end of gagging and puking!