Well, here we are. Seventeen weeks. We are inching ever closer to the halfway point of this pregnancy. The only thing which is not inching is my belly, which seems to be bigger every time I look at it. Even the girls have commented on the accelerated growth.
I didn't do an update last week, but I did have a regular OB appointment one week ago Tuesday. It was all pretty normal. It was the first time we only listened to the heartbeats with the Doppler instead of checking them out on the ultrasound screen, and I have to say I very much missed getting to see them. I know I have PLENTY of ultrasounds ahead of me, it was just weird and made me realize how accustomed I have become to doing things differently than singleton pregnancies this time around.
Both babies have heartbeats in the 150s range. That's lower than my girls who were both always in the 160s, but not quite as low as I've heard the heartbeat of boys tends to be.
We are scheduled to find out the gender next week, and I am having so many conflicted feelings about all of this. For quite some time, I had planned to do a fun gender reveal party. I thought it would be fun to invite local friends and neighbors and do up something fun since this will probably be our last pregnancy.
Well, then I saw this post and was completely intimidated. OH MY GOSH. Have you ever seen such a thing? So incredibly elaborate. It knocked the wind out of my sails a little bit.
Eventually, I talked myself down from that head-spinning approach and thought about how we could do something much more low-key and much more us. But as I thought about it, I began to realize I have become super protective of these babies already. Everyone around us is completely invested in the idea of the twinks being boys.
I honestly don't know if I can handle the disappointment others might express if these babies are a pair of girls. And I know that most people really want boys for Kyle's sake. I totally get that. I want boys for Kyle. But I also know that I LOVE having girls and adding two more girls to our family would be an incredible blessing. INCREDIBLE.
So I kind of feel like if they are girls, our announcement will be something along the lines of WE ARE HAVING TWO MORE GIRLS AND WE ARE THRILLED PLEASE KEEP YOUR BIG FEELINGS TO YOURSELF.
In other news, a friend of a friend gave us two gorgeous cribs that her twin boys just graduated out of, and we are so incredibly surprised by this gift! We have an old (old old old) crib that the girls used, but by the time our gymnast monkey Aliza Joy parted ways with it, I had definite concerns about the safety factor. To have these provided for us out of the blue has been so encouraging.
We're still trying to figure out the logistics of how we'll shuffle around to accomodate everyone. I know it will come together, but I'm also keeping an eye on the calendar. There are so many things I want to have done before 24 weeks just in case bed rest becomes a reality.
I've been entertaining myself with name lists for girls. We have long had boy names picked out, but it was a minor miracle our girls were ever named, so much did Kyle and I disagree! It's funny to look back at the lists I had made five years ago when I was pregnant with AJ. My tastes have changed so much since then! Any girl names you are partial to you want to throw out there for consideration?
I suppose that's it for this week's update. I'm excited and nervous about the week to come, and I'm definitely treasuring these last few days open to all kinds of possibilities.