My twin pregnancy — 36 weeks

Darling Twinkles,

Well, well, well… today I am 36 weeks and 2 days pregnant and tomorrow — 13.03.2013 — will be your birthday and the day that your Daddy and I will meet you for the first time.

A bit of a shock to be honest… but now I’ve had a little bit of time to get my head around it, I am so ready to meet you both :)

We came to the hospital yesterday for our routine 36 week scan and consultant’s appointment and unbelievably it seems that you’ve only grown a tiny bit in the last 2 weeks and only weigh a couple more ounces since the last time we saw you. The weights on the ultrasound were 5lb 2oz and 5lb 3oz…

I can’t understand it as my bump certainly seems to have grown!! Either you have really stopped growing or it is human error… I can’t work out which, but I guess we’ll find out tomorrow either way.

My consultant was unhappy enough to want to admit me — a MASSIVE shock as we just weren’t expecting to hear that!! — so I have been in the hospital overnight and been regularly monitored to make sure that the babies heartbeats are strong, plus blood pressure and urine checks for me, along with two (pretty stingy!) injections, in the bum, to help the babies breathing along.

I have just met the anaesthetist who’ll be with us during the op tomorrow… she reckons that I’m second on the list and the c-section will take around an hour in total. My legs won’t work for around 4 hours, post-op, so that’s something to look forward to (not)!!! So… I am typing this diary entry from my hospital bed. I’m on a small ward with 3 other women, all of whom have been induced for natural labour, for one reason or another. One is a sweet Polish girl, who doesn’t speak much English, another is very quiet — seems really nice though — and has just been chatting to her mom and boyfriend all day and the last one is a vile, gobby, racist chav who has done nothing but complain really loudly about everything since she was bought up to the ward. She’s also full of a stinking cold and has spent all day coughing and sneezing her germs into the atmosphere. Nice. I find it incredible that people like her get by in life, to be honest. She’s been horrible to the midwives and has generally made herself a pain in the arse to everyone around her all day. Am hoping her labour starts ASAP so she’ll get taken down to the labour ward!!! I am sick of listening to her!!! Even my earplugs aren’t managing to block her out!! LOL! :)

So there we are. One journey is just about to come to an end; our struggle to have a family is going to reach its culmination tomorrow – all being well. And our new journey, as parents to twins, will begin.

Our unit of 2 is going to turn into a family of 4 and I cannot wait. Obviously there is going to be a lot of pain and a bit of time before this happens, but we’re SO close now. My beautiful Twinkles are so nearly here. My amazing babies who have been swimming inside me for the best part of 9 months. I love them more than words can say, yet I haven’t even met them, in person, yet.

Apologies if there are any errors in this last diary entry! My fat fingers are struggling to type on the iPhone keyboard!

This may be the last entry for a little while!! Until we manage to find our feet, I don’t think I am going to have time to write in my diary… but I will try and post our experiences just as soon as I can!

Until next time!

See you tomorrow Twinkles!!!!!!!!

All my love, your Momma xxxxxxxxxxxx

My twin pregnancy — 35 weeks

Hello Twinkles,

I had hoped that this week I would be full of news about your beautiful nursery; how it is totally finished and ready for your impending arrival… fat chance!!

To be fair, it’s nearly there.

It doesn’t actually contain any nursery furniture yet but it is devoid of any office paraphernalia.

It’s been painted (except the skirting boards) and has lovely wallpaper but the carpet is filthy and needs VAXing (at least twice) before we can begin to put your cot-beds up.

So you see! We’re almost there! ;)

On the plus side, we have now bought car seats, Isofix bases and your amazing chariot!! The buggy we chose is a Baby Jogger City Select Tandem. It is pretty amazing and I’m looking forward to seeing you in it!! It’s got lots of different positions so you should be quite comfy! It’s so exciting that we’ve finally managed to buy it. At the rate we were going, it wouldn’t have been surprising if you’d have been born and we were ordering from the hospital!! So glad that that’s not the case! I am feeling a lot happier knowing that we’re a little more prepared for your arrival.

Unlike a lot of tandem buggies, there seems to be plenty of room for both children and it also folds totally flat in my boot!! We have to pop the wheels off, to do this, but to be honest they are so easy to get on and off that it doesn’t seem like too much of a hardship.

It has an amazing fold action too, so it’s really easy to put up and collapse. The one negative is that it feels a little heavy — and obviously when you’ve got two children in it, it will feel even heavier — but this is one con in a long list of pros.
Initially we will use it with the car seats — we bought Maxi Cosi ones — and they literally just clip to the frame. Seems that this will make life easier because if the babies are sleeping, we won’t have to wake them to transfer them in and out of the car. Bob’s your uncle!!

We also bought the carrycots/bassinets, just in case we’re going to be out of the house for a while. Apparently, a baby is only allowed to sleep in a car seat for up to 2 hours. SO much stuff to take in… no wonder there isn’t a ‘parenting’ manual. It would be ENORMOUS!!! There is so much information to retain and, due to new technology, it’s changing all the time.

I can’t believe that another week has passed and we’re now at 35 weeks. That’s pretty good going, even for a single pregnancy!! Only 5 weeks away from a full 40 week gestation and as twins are considered ‘full term’ at 38 weeks, we have done amazingly well. I just pray that they’ve got enough liquid, air and space in their bubble to last for another couple of weeks.
Two weeks on Friday.
I cannot believe that my pregnancy is nearly over — but this time I’ve managed to hold on to my precious cargo. I feel so blessed. Keeping my fingers crossed for all the ladies I know (and the ones I don’t) who are struggling to conceive — either naturally or via IVF — and the ones who are also struggling to hold on to their babies once they’ve managed to fall pregnant. It’s so hard… I had all but given up hope. I sometimes feel as though I’m dreaming. The whole pregnancy has been a joy. I am one very, very lucky girl.

My twin pregnancy — 34 weeks

Hello Twinkle-Pinkles!

We had the 34 week scan on Monday – you had both grown another half a pound, making the pair of you just one ounce under a chunky 5lb each!!! Well done! Your momma is proud of you… KEEP GROWING!!!!

(Poor babies! If they grown much more, they will literally have no room whatsoever!!)

Each time we see them on the ultrasound now, we cannot believe how little space there is!! Just a mass of limbs and two little heads, side by side… utterly gorgeous! ♥

We went to a ‘raising twins’ seminar on Saturday, organised by Tamba (the Twin and Multiple Birth Association).

‘Seminar’ sounds a bit dry, but it was fantastic… really useful and interesting, I’m so glad we went. It only cost a fiver and was so much more useful than anything I’ve read in a magazine or book.

Having advice from real parent’s of twins is invaluable. All of my friends have children and have been really generous with their advice but you suddenly realise — when you speak to parents of multiples — that most of the advice from parents of singletons (albeit very well-meaning) is totally irrelevant. There seems to be such a different way of doing EVERYTHING when you have more that one baby at a time. I’m looking forward to trying out my new knowledge when they arrive… not long to wait now either!! The babies are due three weeks today!! THREE WEEKS TODAY!!!!!! I still almost can’t believe that it’s really happening.

We’ve waited SO long to be parents and have had so many troubles and heartbreaks along the way; I had almost given up hope.  And now we are less than a month away from meeting our little friends for life.

It was funny at the seminar!! The lady who, was facilitating, asked if everyone had everything sorted and had bought their buggies and car seats etc… I was the furthest along in my pregnancy, but we were the ONLY ones who had not bought ours!! OOPS. Everyone else was nodding sagely and looking smug that they (by the looks of it) not only had their travel systems sorted but a beautifully decorated nursery brimming with everything you could possibly need for two newborn babies too!! Our poor babies don’t have a proper room yet! My office is nearly a nursery though now… if you ignore the desk, computer and battle-ship sized printer that’s standing in the middle of the room!! My boy painted it last weekend and we started to hang the wallpaper too…  didn’t finish, mind you, as we were short by one roll (one roll!! Arrrghh) but the sentiment was there! This weekend is full on action stations and ‘OPERATION NURSERY’ will begin tomorrow morning. Hopefully by, this time, next week the Twinkles will have a room to call their own!

Til next time xxx