Saturday, March 27, 2010

Welcome to Full Term. Population: ME!

(Technically I have 4 hours left until I am full term. DH is afraid if I deliver at 11:59 pm that I'll be all pissed that I fell short of the mark. And he's probably right. But I'm thinking optimistically that we'll make it at least until midnight tonight.)

As far as updates go, my friend Mary has offered to post for me as needed. My plan is to text her on the way to the birth center, as long as I'm sure it's the real deal. Then after the kiddos are born, with luck everyone will be okay and the four of us will return to my room where I can post a picture or two using their wi-fi. (If my computer makes it with me, of course. I'm more concerned about all our technology being packed when we leave than the outfits we have to bring the boys home in. The birth center has perfectly good diapers and blankets, but the quality of Internet access they provide through the television is quite shameful.)

If I make it that long, my last OB appointment is on Monday (the C-section is scheduled for Wednesday of the following week). My regular doc will be back in the office, and I definitely intend to have her check my cervix. If she says something insane like 8 cm, I don't know what I'll do. Run laps around the hospital, I guess. I'm nervous about having to deliver the boys ourselves, but I'm not so keen on doing the amnio that the hospital requires to approve an early C-section. Several friends have told me that a long shopping trip brought on labor for them after bedrest, so that's an option too. You don't have to tell me twice that going to the mall is a good idea.

On a darker note, I find myself worrying a lot like I did at the very end of my pregnancy with Bean, that something devastating will happen at the last minute and I will lose one or both of my boys. I know, I shouldn't think or talk like that. Statistically it is very rare. But I am so glad I haven't sent back my doppler yet, because I still like to check and make sure we have two strong heartbeats. Their movements feel different these days due to lack of space in the old ute, and hearing the loud, steady "swish swish" on the doppler is extremely comforting.

I'm also worrying more about how Bean will react to having brothers. Things at home right now are as close to perfect as they can possibly be, and I'm loathe to disrupt it. What's the secret to our harmony? Between you and me, it's not found in books like "Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers" or "The Happiest Toddler on the Block." You just need three adults who are available on a rotating basis to give your child complete, undivided attention. So that means we just need six more adults to move in when the twins arrive.

Any volunteers? Please?


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24 comments:

lisawitt said...

WAHOO for 37 weeks!! You GO GIRL! Cant wait to hear the news from Mary. And Bean is going to do just great! He is a sweet little boy and I bet is going to LOVE being a big brother!! Enjoy that shopping trip and bring on those babies! :)

Coffeegrljp said...

That's un-freaking-believable. Full term. With two giant babies!! I'm thinking good thoughts for all of you. I find myself worrying more and more about how the only child in our family will adapt to being a big sister... I know it happens, but I suppose the transition can be rough at times. I feel you!

By the way, my word verification is "prost". Coincidence that this is a kind of German equivalent for "cheers"? I think not!!

Jingle said...

Kids are open for everything,
the way you love your new baby will lead to some envy in the beginning, but eventually, Bean will accept.
Happy Sunday!
you have done an extraordinary job during the whole time!
best wishes for your c-section coming Wednesday!

Jingle said...

Please relax, take a deep breathe,
rest well!
it is such an tremendous task by carrying a twin (right?) for 9 months...staying in bed,...

miracle,
blessings,
take good care.

nest time when I visit your blog, you may have your babies ready for the world to see.

cutest greetings!

E said...

Wow, you have really made it!! ;). I am expecting to wake up one morning this week and find pictures of your beautiful boys in the blogger world.

I think worrying is normal, I know I worry too. I am not sure what woman doesn't.

MrsSpock said...

Dude, I so called it that you'd hit 37. I say a very, very long mall-walking is just what the ordered.

Expectant Duck said...

37 weeks! Fantastic.

AJ said...

Congratulations on 37 weeks! Can't wait to hear the exciting news and see pictures. Will be checking in often!

Lavender Luz said...

I'm mad that I was wrong in the poll.

Would love to come hang out with Bean and you. But I'd have to bring my own rugrats, who require their own set of rotating adults.

Thinking of you in the coming days and hoping for an easy, uneventful series of events.

AFD said...

Seriously girl, you are the best at gestating! Nothing short of amazing. I check your blog obsessively, as does my mom. You are the topic of much of our conversations! :) Go shopping! Woo-hoo!
Al

Justin said...

I was thinking you could update us on progress during delivery via Facebook or Twitter, like that one dude who updated his Facebook status from the altar: http://newslite.tv/2009/12/02/man-updates-facebook-during-ow.html

You could be famous! Think of all the hits for your blog! :)

IF Optimist, then... said...

You are so incredibly awesome! Congrats on making it to 37 weeks, again I must say that you are a hero and an inspiration to me.

As you said yourself, Bean is getting a bit more independent and now he'll have two brothers to play with in just a blink of an eye. Three is a good number for playing some football, some roller hockey.

Good luck in the next few days, we'll all be thinking good thoughts and sending many positive vibes out to you all.

Beautiful Mess said...

WOOOHOOO CONGRATS, hon! I think Bean will be OK. There will be an adjustment period, for everyone, but it'll be totally fine.

And Zilla is very impressed with your floating fetuses and said "we can go over there to play with Bean". I think he was just impressed with the train cake, but I like the way he's thinking ;o)
*HUGS*

Kristin said...

Yea!!!! I'm so thrilled for you guys! You have done an amazing job at keeping those babies baking and keeping your sanity (or so it sounds)! I'm not sure I could have done the same in your situation! I can't wait to see these little (or not so little) boys :)

Hollyween said...

You made it! Way to go! I am DYING to see the little ones. Do we get to hear their names? Certainly you'll at least e-mail them to me, right?

Good luck and an early congratulations!

Any moment now...

Michelle said...

Congrats girl!!!! How great you made it to 37 week. It definitely is going to be quite an adjustment for Bean but I am sure he is going to be an AMAZING big brother. If I lived closer I would definitely be there seeing as I do not have a job :). Wish I could! You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Kristi said...

I am thrilled you've made it this far, and I have my fingers crossed for a smooth delivery and a speedy recovery for you. And yes to the three adults. May I recommend a three-on-three ratio when you bring the boys home? We were lucky to have my mom stay with us for 7 weeks after the twins were born. I honestly do not know how we would have survived without her.

Carrie said...

AMAZING! I love to see you in this place with your big healthy babies!

It sounds like you are prepped for the biggest challenge after the babies arrive- Bean's attention quota will be lacking, so have neighbor girls, aunties, ANYONE come play with him and it will help tremendously. Then send them over here. :)

ENJOY these last days. I miss the feeling of babies moving inside- so much. XO

K said...

YAY!!!!!!!! :) I'm so happy for you and can't wait for the update very very soon!!!

Chad and Gena said...

Yay!!!! A HUGE Congrats...you have done awesome..cant wait to hear your delivery news. And I think all of us have those horrible fears towards the end but we are all going to be here sending positive vibes for a healthy/safe double delivery :-)

Gena

Wendy said...

just dropping by to say congrats on full term-ness! praying for your safe delivery of your babies!

Furrow said...

totally amazing and wonderful that you're still in the game! Bean is going to be an excellent big bro, though I know what you mean about the 3:1 ratio. That seems to work best for us, too.

strongblonde said...

yea! you made it. i can't wait for updates. you're soooooo close to having three kiddos! can you believe it??

xx

Michele said...

YOU DID IT!!!

I am so happy for you!