Sunday, March 21, 2010

Thar she blows


My 36-week belly. I love how my husband leaves so much room on the right side of the photo in case my stomach shoots out even more between the time he lines up the picture and then presses the shutter.


I don't want to make the call prematurely, as there are still a few more hours left, but it looks like the babies won't be coming on my first day post bedrest. And what a wild day it's been:

7:30 am - Wake up, lay in bed
8:00 am - Eat breakfast in bed, SITTING UP!
8:30 am - Take a long shower
9:00 am - Lay down in bed, recovering from shower
10:00 am - Dry hair with hair dryer, SITTING UP!
10:15 am - Walk downstairs
10:20 am - SIT on the couch, lots of snuggling with Bean
12:45 am - Eat lunch SITTING UP at the table with my family
1:15 pm - Head upstairs to lay in bed (exhausted and uncomfortable)
1:30 pm - Watch DVRed new episode of Tool Academy
3:00 pm - Take a nap
3:45 pm - Back downstairs to SIT on the couch
4:00 pm - Watch "Last Holiday" with Queen Latifah
5:30 pm - Eat dinner SITTING UP at the table with my family
6:15 pm - SIT on couch
7:30 pm - Lay on the couch due to contractions

You know, just the normal stuff that crazy rockstars do.

It's been a great day spending more time with my family, but a difficult day. It's more of a tease to be off bedrest now. It kinda feels like I'm no longer grounded, but I've broken both my legs so I can't go anywhere anyway. My muscles (back and side, mostly) have not grown to support this belly, and I get super uncomfortable very quickly even when I'm just sitting. I walk like I've been riding a horse for the past 30 hours. I would love to get out of the house, to go with Bean and my Mom to playtime tomorrow, but I just couldn't sit comfortably in the car or on the hard chairs at the gym. And of course, I don't want to scare the children.

My belly is, in a word, unwieldy. We are thinking there could easily be two 7 pounders in there already, seeing as 3 1/2 weeks ago they were estimated at 5 lbs 15 oz and 5 lbs 3 oz, respectively. Twins do tend to gain weight slower than singletons in the final weeks, but we also know that my sons prefer to be born as toddlers.

Oh, and point of interest. Quite a few people commented on my last post that they didn't realize I couldn't sit up during my bedrest. The reason is that as far as the cervix is concerned, the weight of the babies is exactly the same when you are upright -- whether you are standing or sitting. Those of us on complete bedrest (as opposed to modified bedrest, which is less strict) are instructed to lay as flat as possible, always at an incline of less than 45 degrees, so that there is little to no pressure on the cervix. How did I drink? With a straw. How did I eat? Very carefully, and not all that well. The hardest task, though, was typing while laying down. That's how dedicated I am, posting and commenting the entire time. I will probably be sainted one day.

Here's to 36 weeks...

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28 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I thought bed rest sounded horrible anyway. Could you watch TV?

K said...

You said "but we also know that my sons prefer to be born as toddlers." I think I snorted out my drink- that was hilarious.

I was already in awe of you and other women who endure bedrest but I am flabbergasted now that I know how literal bedrest was. In my culture there is a saying that "heaven lies at the foot of the mother." The things you've already done for your little babies is proof positive of this. Wow.

Mary said...

I for one LOVE that big belly and the two toddlers growing within! You have done SO awesome momma, I'm proud!

And as an aside, who's gonna post when you do deliver those boys? I'm happy to offer my services again, I make a great text buddy!

Coffeegrljapan said...

I can't believe I never thought about how hard it would be type to type in bed. I mean, I'm only 27 weeks along and find it tricky to lie in bed and type, I don't know where you found the strength, but we're glad you did!

Belly is adorable! Can't wait to see the two newest "toddlers" on the block!

IF Optimist, then... said...

YaY!! I was cheering so much for you to make it! Typig and eating while lying flat is truly tedious. You are an inspiration and bean plus those two little boys tucked away in that beautiful belly are lucky to have such a fabulous mommy.

Gerardine Baugh said...

I laghed when I read:
"my sons prefer to be born as toddlers" Very funny line. You are really large, great your boys are growing. Good luck I hope the days move quickly for you.
Gerardine

Beautiful Mess said...

Zilla saw your picture and asked of you were having boys because boys are SO cool(!), when I said yes he said "YESS" and pumped his fist. I also told him about Bean and he said "lucky!) lol, he's impressed with all of you!

Congrats on your day of no bed rest and a lot of sitting! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
*HUGS*

Pufferfish said...

Congrats on another HUGE milestone! You are doing such an amazing job!!

Kristi said...

36 weeks is awesome! I am so happy you're off bedrest, if for no other reason that you get to eat upright. Here's to a final week (or two?) of as little pain and uncomfortability (is that even a word?) as possible.

Michelle said...

You are quite the rockstar! It must be so uncomfortable. You are AWESOME!!! Thinking of you. ((HUGS))

MrsSpock said...

Making it to 36 weeks makes you a bedrest superstar! That's an awful lot of baby you're schlepping around...

E said...

Your belly almost looks fake, like you shoved a few watermelons in your shirt, lol.

Listen, I am not on bedrest, not pregnant with twins and my legs have turned to jelly, literally. I look at them and want to cry. Sometimes when I stand my legs feel like I am actually do squats or something or like I have been doing Tai Chi (sp) for 4 hours.

Take it easy ;)

lisawitt said...

I too almost spit out my coffee about "birthing toddlers", LOL! I cannot wait to "meet" these little boys either and am so proud of how you have done! Hang in there, the end is now in sight!! :)

Allison said...

YOU MADE IT!!!!! I am so happy for ALL of you. I'll be checking several times a day. Enjoy your exhausting time sitting up.

Ji said...

wow, you are ready...
good luck and Happy Monday!

Ji said...

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roses for you,
Happy Day Ahead!

Heather said...

Are those your Christmas socks? I was wearing mine yesterday :)

Hollyween said...

Here's to 36 weeks, indeed! I love your cute belly. It really doesn't look that big. You look all skinny and stuff everywhere else.

Not that the time I was on bedrest is anywhere NEAR similar to your time, but I remember when I was given the go ahead to do more stuff because I was close enough to my due date. I stupidly decided to go to the mall and walk around for 3 hours. It nearly killed me. I went into labor the next day. I'm not saying you should do that. I just remember the pain and agony of trying to do ANYTHING because I literally lost all muscle tone.

I'm going to be checking your blog like a hawk. I can't wait for the big day!

Sarah said...

I am so proud of you!!! I am glad that you had an awesome day of sitting up! While reading this post, I started feeling it in my bones...Lord have mercy!!! I thought I had it bad those last few days, but there is no comparison!!! But here is to us who pop out toddlers (lol!) and to 36 weeks!!! You are just amazing! Two 7lbers, rock it!!! Can you rent a wheel chair so you can make it to playgroup? That's a pretty serious undertaking. I guess it just depends on how motivated you are to get there. If I were you, I'd hire a nail tech to come to your house so once those babies are born, the first thing you can check out are the beautiful feet you can finally see again!!!! We'll be praying for you all.
Love, Sarah and Family

Nicky said...

Most hearty congratulations on surviving bedrest! That's awesome. Enjoy all the wild sitting and eating.

strongblonde said...

yea for 36 wks!!!!! beautiful belly!

Red said...

I love the belly shot! I am glad you got at least one semi normal day after your complete bedrest. Ithonestly makes me tear up to think of not being able to just sit and watch Champ play. I know your Mum is awesome, but it must have been hard for you to miss out on that time with him before his borthers arrive.

Kate said...

Sunny - I haven't been online much in the past couple weeks to comment, but I've still been reading along and thinking about you. Oh my goodness, I am so happy for you! Wow - what a long haul this has been! Congratulations! I'm sure that you are an inspiration to many women. My mom, sister, and I have all been following along and talking to each other ("Have we heard from Sunny today? How is she doing?" LOL. They both read now too!) Happy belated to Bean. I remember we were in Seattle visiting around that time last year, and I was thinking about how nice it was to see you guys and meet him. You are so blessed to have your wonderful mother there! Stay strong!! :)

Michele said...

Yay! You've done it!!!

Katie said...

Wow, look at you. GRRRRL, you are gonna be a rail when those take leave of your body - you are so skinny everyplace else. Your stomach is . . . awe-inspiring seems a good choice of words . . . but your tiny tiny bottom and arms are what really inspires me (or makes me want to stuff another carbo-load into my mouth since my arse is already big and ain't gettin' any smaller).

Congrats on making it the distance! Now, I can't wait to meet these boys!

Kristin said...

Congratulations on making it to 36 weeks and being through with bedrest. I don't know how you maintained your sanity! I'm so happy for the those healthy boys you're going to have!

Lollipop Goldstein said...

Sideways typing is absolutely calls for sainthood :-) I was wondering how it would be getting around after that much bedrest.

Carol said...

OK, I have to do it -- pictures of me at the same stage of pregnancy with twins (who are now 20!): http://northwestladybug.blogspot.com/2007/07/i-cant-resist-dare.html

Best of luck! You will LOVE it!

Carol