Thoughts on Pregnancy at 17 weeks

As I was taking a survey today for another mama blogger I commented that I liked to read about the little things in her day and life. I like the connection that comes from reading more personal posts rather than just “articles”. Then I realized I am an idiot. I hardly share anything personal on here. Maybe I don’t because I believe that sharing personal information is such a balancing act, possibly because I am lazy, could be because I think these sorts of posts are more suited for our family blog (since we hardly write on that it is a lame excuse)…who knows.

So here begins my attempt to intermix personal thoughts with the other stuff. Don’t get too excited. It’s really nothing juicy or earth shattering.

I will start with my thoughts on my 17th week of pregnancy. Wait a second, you didn’t know I was pregnant? My mistake. That might be my fault since I have not included anything of the personal nature (except the last time my mailbox freebies picture included a Kotex sample).
So YES, I am pregnant and most definitely thrilled.

The stats:
17 weeks pregnant
Due June 17th(ish)
“Only” one baby this time. We checked.

Back to the thoughts…

1) I first worried when I was not gaining weight. Then I gained weight. Then I was frustrated that I gained weight. Then I had a small bowl of cereal for lunch. Then I got a headache. Bad idea.

When I was pregnant with the twins I was fairly happy with every pound because they were practically eating me alive. I worked hard to find things to eat (I mean my husband), made smoothies to get enough of the good stuff in, drank Boosts for extra protein and calories and only gained about 25 pounds during my time incubating the babies until they were born 11 days before my due date. This time I don’t think I will be needing the Boosts, my nausea has largely passed, and I am now taking my cell phone out of my pocket for weigh-ins at the doctor.

2) I am missing some of the “perks” of my twin pregnancy and not overly thrilled about being “co-managed” with a nurse practitioner. Apparently this means I only get to see my doctor every other visit for most of my pregnancy. Unless they call you to notify you that your doctor won’t be in the office for your January appointment and that you are being rescheduled to see some other doctor. I am not a pushy person, but c’mon. Four months between seeing my doctor? That is nuts. So I rescheduled to see her a week later (at 5 weeks). The lady at the desk told me this was “not medically advisable,” but I figured it was not medically advisable to not see my doctor in four months and made my own executive decision (after calling my husband to confirm my thoughts and get up the nerve to call back…and praying that I got a different lady on the phone).

3) A little annoyed that my Old Navy maternity clothes from my last pregnancy looked so worn out when I took them out of the tote.

4) I am wondering why I decided to get the test that will change nothing except worry me if it comes back abnormal.

5) Making a mental note to never go to the lab at 10:50 ever again. 30 people in front of me and 2 behind me. For some reason I would feel better if a whole bunch of people kept coming in after me. Also thinking the male Phlebotomist named Shannon did not use the little alcohol wipe on my arm before drawing my blood. Hope there was not any scary germs in that tiny area of my arm.

6) Loving that the little flutters are turning into more noticeable kicks. My hubby might have even felt one of them last night.

7) Can’t believe how many CRAZY dreams and nightmares I have been having.

8)  Counting down the days till we find out what our baby is next week (also a tiny nervous to get such a clear peek at our little one…praying everything looks good).

9) Most grateful for a new baby to welcome into our crazy house, happy to be pregnant again, thankful it did not take years to get pregnant, thinking of others who have lost or are still waiting, trying to embrace the whole process and happy to be a mom.

What you need for twins: Beyond the gear.

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Now that we have talked about what baby gear you need for twins, it’s time to talk about all the other fun stuff you will need for the precious pair.

A basic layette for twins (Layette-basic wardrobe and bedding for a newborn)

This would apply for the smaller sizes where they are mainly wearing simple soft outfits, i.e.  0-3, 3-6 and maybe 6-9.  You likely could get by with a few less of each in the newborn size since they will move through it fairly quickly. A few preemie outfits will probably come in handy also. My twins were 6lb 3oz and 6lb 13oz at birth and wore the preemie size for a couple weeks.

14-16 Basic onesies

12-14 sleepers

Gowns-This depends on your preferences. Some people love them and some don’t. They are great for easy night time changes.  Get a couple if you think you will like them.

8 pairs of soft cotton pants

2 hoodies or sweaters

20 pairs of socks

12 Soft simple hats

6+ Blankets (you will get plenty as gifts)

2-4 Swaddling blankets-We LOVED the large square flannel blankets for swaddling. We used the Swaddle Designs brand (in the picture above) but they would also be easy to make. They are 43″ square flannel with finished edges.

10 Bibs (unless your kids are big spitters/droolers). We did not use these as much as we expected to.

20-25 Burp rags (I like to use the rectangular cloth diapers and found these endlessly useful)

A couple pairs of the little mittens-These keep babies from scratching their face. (You can also use socks for this instead).

Soft soled leather shoes-Like Robeez. You can find similar shoes for cheaper at Target and other places. Great for keeping their feet warm and don’t fall off easily. They also don’t inhibit foot growth and development.

Waterproof lap pads. These are a little bigger than the size of a phone book and are wonderful to put under your babies buns when you change them so that you don’t need as many changing pad covers in your rotation. I get ours at Target under their Circo brand.

2 Changing pad covers

2 Bassinet or co-sleeper sheets

4 crib sheets-Two for each crib after they begin to sleep separately

2 mattress covers

Other little things

Binkies-Start with a couple and buy more if your babies like them. We like the Mam brand.

Thermometer (Some hospitals will send you home with them)

2-Nasal aspirators-We loved the Nuby brand that comes apart to clean and found them at Walgreens. I like having one for each baby.

Fingernail clipper

Dirty laundry container-We used a small rectangular garbage can with little handles on the side.

Diapers-Disposable or cloth. Twins use a lot of diapers and using cloth is a wonderful way to save money. Possibly start with disposables and then when things subtle down consider the switch to cloth. I fully recommend them.*See below for more information on sizes of disposables.

Wipes-Unless I get a great deal elsewhere, we use the Kirkland brand at Costco.

Baby wash

Diaper cream

Baby Tylenol

Feeding– Depend on how you plan to feed your babies, here are some things you might need.

Bottles-We liked Dr. Brown’s BPA free version

Bottle scrubber

Bottle drying rack

Breast Pump-I used the popular, but expensive Medela Pump in Style

Breast milk storage bags

Lansinoh cream-Great for soreness from nursing

Nursing pads-I liked the washable Gerber ones. The disposable ones can really add up.

Nursing cover-Try Etsy for some cute affordable ones.

Dishwasher caddy-Holds all the little things in a cage-like container so they don’t go flying around.

Things we did not use much of

Baby lotion

Little shoes-When our kids started walking they wore a size 4.

Things to consider

If you twins are the same gender, you will likely be able to get away with buying a bit less of clothes.  Since they can share the same stash and one may be more of the “explosive” while the other does not need as many clothing changes you might need a few less in your rotation.

If you have boy/ girl twins you will get more use out of some clothing items if they can go on either baby.  While it is very fun to have gender-specific clothes for each of them, it does not matter what color some items are and it is easier to organize,  dress, and do laundry if you just have some basic white pieces.  Go for gender-specific sleepers and outfits, and neutral socks, onesies, etc.

Regarding diapers-When we were using disposable exclusively, we used the newborn size for a bit, then onto size 1 for about a month, then spent awhile in the size 2, and then a long time in size 3. If you are asking for diapers as gifts don’t get a huge stash of the tiny sizes as you may not be able to go through them (sometimes you can exchange them though for bigger sizes if that happens).

This list can be easily modified for triplets or more.  Enjoy preparing for your babies and let me know if you have any questions. If you are a parent already, feel free to leave a comment about your favorite  layette or other small baby items that you loved having.

Twin Tuesday: What we are working on at 18 mo.

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As my kids get older I am realizing that I need to be much more intentional with my parenting.  We are out of the “infant survival stage” and into the “young toddler stage”.  I don’t want to wish down the road that I had made better use of my time with them.  Many days have gone by and I wished I had read them one more book, taught them another skill, or trained them rather than just occupy them.

Here are some of the things we are working on at 18 months.

  • Holding my hand nicely and walking with me to the next activity (diaper change, hand wash, etc) rather than just picking them up and taking them there or having them go limp because they don’t want to transition.
  • Coming when I call them over to me.
  • Sharing my lap.
  • Working on our attention span while reading.
  • Pretending with food and cooking.
  • Sitting on the furniture rather than standing.
  • Using coloring crayons and colored pencils. (Holding them better, using the right side, switching between colors, learning how to make all sorts of lines and scribbles)
  • Sharing (this will be a continual lesson).
  • Very early skills of dressing themselves (helping me pull their shirts over their head, putting their arms in their jackets).
  • Keeping all their food on their trays.
  • Easy puzzles.
  • Going on more walks around the neighborhood without a stroller to practice walking together nicely and following directions.
  • Using words like “under,” “behind,” “close,” and using colors to describe where and what objects are and then asking them to give them to each other or bring it to me.

Any tips for me?

What are you working on with your kids right now?