Saturday, February 18, 2012

No Pain, No Gain

These last couple of weeks, I've found that pregnancy can bring some interesting aches and pains.  Such a joyful discovery.

During week 20, I developed pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel in my left wrist only.  Of course this happens after I stop working and in the hand that is non-dominant and really not involved in any repetitive motions that I can think of.  Random.  Now I'm super sexy at night with my wrist brace.

This week, my right knee has begun to hurt - it's especially bad in the mornings.  According to Dr. G this is all related to that wonderful hormone relaxin.  I kind of figured, but it didn't make any sense to me because I never actually did anything to injure it.  Well, not lately.  However, this wonderful hormone likes to bring old injuries back to haunt you.  That knee sprain I got during my military/running days eight years ago?  Hello old friend.

Thankfully, these aches and pains are bearable and nothing a little Tylenol can't make even more tolerable.  Not that I wouldn't be happier if they went away.  Like now.  I try not to be a big wus (aka annoying whiny weakling), but apparently I only have a high pain tolerance for things I intentionally do to myself - ie, tattoos and piercings - not for those I cannot choose or control.  It's starting to make me look at delivery time a little differently.  

The fun part of pregnancy?  Feeling these little boys party in my belly.  They definitely have fairly set hours.  (I'm keeping note of these times so I can compare their rhythms - in utero and out.)  AND Momma B finally, positively felt them kick this morning.  After satisfying my craving for donuts, which these boys liked a bit too much, they were literally bouncing off the walls and PB gave Momma B a solid kick to her hand.  The look on her face along with her startled laughter will be ingrained in my memory forever.  After weeks of maybe-I-felt-that's or no-I-don't-feel-that's, this moment was priceless.  Thanks boys.  You just made both your momma's very happy!

The other day our princess kittie, Lola, was trying to feel them move too.  We caught a bit on video.  It was too cute.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

20 weeks!

Healthy boys!  (Yep, despite my many dreams that one is actually a girl, they're both still very obviously boys.)  Exciting to know they're doing so well.  They're measuring slightly ahead (I was 19w6d at the time of the appointment), but still within the normal range.  PB is measuring 20w4d and approximately 13 ounces.  J is measuring 20w2d and approximately 12 ounces.  J also is determined that we'll never get a good picture of him.  The entire time he lay with his back to us and made it slightly difficult for the technician.  Shy kid already?  Time will tell.  Whereas PB yet again gave us a gorgeous profile pic.  Momma B is convinced he's gonna be our more outgoing, athletic one.  All because he's more photogenic?!  She cracks me up!

PB showing off, as usual!
Shy little J trying to hide his face.

I actually wanted to pose for a belly shot this week, but after half a dozen pictures, I was disappointed.  I'm proud of this belly, but I just realized today how puffy my face looks and how my nose actually looks like it's grown.  Le sigh.  Despite all that, I had to move past such silliness and appreciate what my body is doing.  I'm trying to be proud of this picture!

20w1d - with a full belly after dinner!

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