Saturday, March 3, 2012

Lights at the End of the Tunnel

At 23 weeks, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I still have a long way to go and much to do. Here's my ever growing list... so far:

  • Paint
  • Crib(s)
  • Love seat or chair and a half for nursing
  • Dresser
  • Art
  • Closet organizers
Other Items
  • Buy stroller (My dad is buying us this awesome BOB Duallie!!! Thanks pops! The babies, Tidy and I thank you. It will be a great motivator to get us back out running and hiking and walking...)
  • De-clutter more closets
  • Read books on feeding, sleeping, raising babies... cuz, ya know, we've never done this before!!
  • Get car seats in the car and have them safety tested
With all of these things to do, I find myself caught up in a tizzy of planning and "nesting" as some of you might call it. But as I see the light at the end of the tunnel, I start to feel nostalgic for my early pregnancy... for the nights when I would wake up at 3am needing toast and pumpkin butter, for the early ultrasounds that were my only confirmation that something was growing in there, for the first time we told people we were having twins (oh the look on some people faces! precious). 

I think what I'm feeling is an ever gratefulness for this opportunity. At this stage, I can truly say that I absolutely love being pregnant. I know that everyone experiences this differently. But these last 5 months have been magical. I thank my body for doing what I knew it could do all along... being good at being pregnant. Great in fact!

Yes, I do know that I still have a long way to go and with twins, I'm at higher risk for things like gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, and the comfort level is going to decline rapidly at some point,... but as of now, I can not complain. I love my belly and I've even embraced the extra curves I've found in areas NOT in my belly.

My point here is that I want to savor these last 3 to 4 months... I want to not take for granted that I am the sole provider of safety and comfort for these little babies and I carry them with me at all times. I want to walk through this in a graceful way, and not regret my actions or mindset as we get ready to welcome them into a new world.  

I also think that I may want to do this pregnancy thing again... but shhh.... don't tell Tidy ;-)

And now, the stats and a belly pic:

Status: 23w2d

Weight Gain: I won't weigh in again until this coming Friday. My guess is 23 lbs.

Symptoms: Daily movements are there and getting a bit stronger. Back aches are definitely present, but with being able to go back to the gym a bit, that seems to have helped. And a pregnancy massage is coming up on Wednesday.. yay!

Cravings: None to speak of

Aversions: Again, none to speak of

Exercise: Sunday: 3 miles elliptical. Tuesday: 45 min power flow yoga. Wednesday: 1 hr prenatal yoga.  I didn't get my goal of getting back into the pool yet... but on my list of things to do today is BUY A FRIGGIN SWIM SUIT!!

Best Moment of the Week: Looking over at Tidy one night while we were sitting on the couch at the end of a busy day and saying to him how grateful I am we chose the path of donor eggs. If we hadn't, I would not have had the chance to experience pregnancy. This is truly a gift and one that I hope never to take for granted.

What I Look Forward to: We had the nursery room worked on last week to repair a wall that had some rotting floor boards in it. With that and the re-insulation in the attic, the room is becoming more and more baby friendly!! I can't wait to get some paint up there!!

1 comment:

RunningMama said...

Woot! Woot! Can't wait to see pictures of the nursery! It's so much fun! And, I can't believe you are buying a SWIMSUIT! I totally avoided doing that! I love the belly, too. It's just so womanly. And, wait for the curves post partum....I LOVE having boobs. Ha ha. I, too, really liked being pregnant up until the last week or two. I would look at flat tummies some day and wish I could bend over the way non-pregnant women could...but generally, I just told myself that I'd be able to do that again some day. I hope that everything continues to be stress free!