I can not believe that on Friday we will be at week 16 already! So excited to see that number climb but boy does 28 weeks seem so far away. The babies and I continue to do well and they must be growing because otherwise I have no excuse for the expanding waist line.
We had a wonderful five days in southern California at the happiest place on earth. I really don't know who was more excited, the girls or I. I heart Disney and couldn't wait to see the girls take it all in. They have been there before but I knew they didn't remember much from our previous trip. We drove down early Tuesday morning (3:00am) and arrived just twenty minutes after Paul's parents arrived at the hotel. We were so excited to have grandpa and grandma fly out from MN to join us. We had so much fun with them and enjoyed the five days we got to spend with them. We headed to downtown Disney and Aubrey just did not understand why we could not see the princesses or the castle. Trying to explain that she would see them all the next day was not easily understood by an excited four year old. After some lunch we spent the afternoon splashing in the pool. Okay the grandparents and the kids splashed. Daddy fell asleep as soon as he laid on a lounger and I was exhausted from our walking so I found a lounger too and watched the amigos have fun in the water. It was an early bed because Disney was awaiting us.
Aubrey and Natalie could not get enough of the Disney characters. Aubrey especially was in love with the fairies, princesses, and Minnie. We took them to Goofy's Kitchen, which I highly recommend, and she could hardly sit still long enough to eat. As soon as she saw a character she watched them go from table to table until they reached ours. She was in heaven and would give them the biggest hug. I am sure by the time we left Minnie Mouse was thrilled because Aubrey could not get enough of her. The next night we watched the main street parade and Aubrey's eyes got as big as saucers when she saw the float with all the princesses. We got it on tape and I know it is a moment I will cherish forever because to her it was truly a magical moment. The girls also got their first taste of the big girl rides and loved every single one of them. Aubrey was very mad that she was not tall enough for California Screamin'! The only ride Paul would not take them on was Tower of Terror. He said he wanted them to sleep during the next month. I can not wait until next time we go so I can enjoy the rides with them. It's just not as much fun watching them go on the roller coasters. And Drew quickly learned arms up on the rides and it was just too cute.
We spent three days at the park from open to close and the kids did amazing. Drew and I did head back to the hotel each day to rest which we both needed. I, per my doctors orders, rented a scooter and after I figured out how to control the speed and not run people over or stop so fast that I took out the people behind me did well. I truly wanted a flag or banner that said "growing four" because I had a hard time with people looking at me and I am sure they were thinking "oh she just wants to use the handicap entrances". I struggled with this all week and I know it was just an issue that I had with myself. I stayed off all the fun rides but I did get a little risky when we rode pirates of the Caribbean three times and the swinging ferris wheel but don't mention it to my doctors!! Another issue I had with the scooter is how rude people are. I get that I am only 31 and can watch out for people that look at you and continue to walk right in front of you or make you stop so they can get ahead but not every one that uses a handicap device is 31. It was an eye opener for me. It was people of all ages from children to adults and I can guarantee that those children are only following in their parents example. There was even one time I literally could not move because there were so many people and no one would let me out. I had to ask my father in law to move the scooter because I couldn't. He then attempted and people were stepping over the scooter base so they could continue and not be slowed down by waiting for us to move. Other than a sore tail bone from sitting for three days and one breakdown moment between Paul and I about me disciplining from the scooter the babies and I did great.
The one thing I loved seeing was large families of five or more kids. It was those moments that I knew we are going to make it. If they could do it and have all five or six of their kids behaving and enjoying a family vacation then I know we will be able to do it too!
Now on to the babies...
They are all doing great. We had a doctors appointment Monday afternoon to check heartbeats, cervix length and each babies fluid level. The heartbeats were all between 148-153. Paul and I are a tad worried that we have all of one sex but only time will tell. Paul joked the other day that when we sign the consent to get my tubes tied during the c-section that he is going to only give consent if there is at least one boy in the mix. He said if he gets six girls and only one boy he is trying for another boy. It totally made me laugh but don't worry people there will be no more pregnancies for this momma!! The fluid levels all looked great for each baby and so no worries there as of this moment. And now my cervix, still closed and long for those that understand this terminology but it did shorten a little. We were 4.4cm last time and now 3.9 this time. The doctor did explain that a little shortening in the second trimester is very normal and is not yet concerning but it is not time to mess around. So she has taken me off work until these babies are born. She said my number one priority now is these babies; not my husband, not my other children. not my job and not the chores around the house. I am to be up on my feet a max of two hours before I am sitting or lying down. This is so much easier said then done for me. I am having a hard time being off work. I went through these same emotions when I was taken off work with the girls at 17 weeks. I would give anything to be a stay at home mom but for some reason I always feel like a failure and that I should be able to work longer especially because I still feel good. My attitude will improve and I know I need to do everything possible to get these babies here after 32 weeks. Oh and during my days of "leisure" as the doctor put it I am suppose to get in 150gm of protein! Okay I don't think an extreme wright lifter can consume that much. I will keep you updated on how well I achieve that goal. I am already leaning towards failure.
We will continue to have weekly appointments and I am not complaining one bit. I love seeing my "littles". And so for all of those where were commenting that it had been a while since my last post I made this one extra long to keep you reading for a while!! See you all next week unless something big changes between now and then.
|Baby B on top, Baby A on bottom (head down, spine up)|