Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The belly that launched 1,000 stares

The past 10 days have been pretty rough. My legs and feet have become VERY swollen, making it difficult to not only walk, but I can't spend much time at the computer either. Also, by the end of last week I declared that I am no longer driving. It's very uncomfortable and I think I've done a pretty good job driving myself the 30 miles to the military hospital at least twice a week up to the 36 week mark!

So, my buddy Vanessa agreed to take me to my NST on Monday. When I walked out to her van she said, "you still look great!" and then I turned to the side, and her mouth dropped and I think "holy cow" followed. While at the hospital I had at least 3 random people stop to talk to me about how huge I was, which is always something you like to hear! At the end of my NST I had a pretty big contraction that I didn't recognize as one b/c I thought that feeling was just the boys pushing up against my ribs (I thought that feeling of not being able to breath was normal). This got Vanessa VERY excited and she decided that I needed to go into labor that day b/c she didn't have soccer/dance/or any other obligations with her kids...and she was with me (it was so cute how excited she was).

We had to go back down stairs to wait for some medications in the Pharmacy, and I continued to have a few painful contractions down there in the waiting room. After an hour, Vanessa went to see what was taking so long, and they said it should be out very soon. About 20 minutes later the pharm tech was trying to get Vanessa's attention, and I was currently having another contraction, and when she went up to get it he said, "just sign for her, and get her out of here!" I guess my facial expressions said it all.

So, we went to BooksaMillion and then the mall to see if walking around would increase the contractions...instead it was more stares and people asking me when I was due. At one point we split up and I headed to the bathroom and V went into Journey's to pick up some shoes for her son, and a couple came in Journey's talking about the HUGE pregnant woman they just saw!

NOW I REALLY DON'T WANT TO LEAVE MY HOUSE! I know I'm big...but what woman likes it called to her attention every 5 minutes!

I'm not going to post a picture b/c now I'm crazy self-conscious, but two weeks ago (@34weeks) I was measuring the size of a woman carrying 1 baby that was 3 weeks overdue...hope that visual is good enough :o)

**I did forget to mention that Hoss finally flipped back to being head down (he has changed positions 3 times in the past 4 weeks), and he is currently the presenting twin**
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On a much brighter note, one of my bloggy friends, Kristina, is accepting donations for her "Snuggies for Seniors" drive that will last the entire month of March. Please check it out, as you will be amazed by her compassion and unparalleled wit!

13 comments:

Michelle said...

Well, even though you decided not to post a picture, I hope you at least take one before these kiddos come, so you can show them when they are older, what they put you through. :)

Jessica G. said...

I give you full permission to punch people in the face when they make stupid comments. Geesh! And when those adorable little guys arrive, you're going to have twice as many people stopping to ask if they're twins! In fact, I think you might need one of these for the stroller: http://safemama.com/2010/02/24/kind-signs-stroller-signs/

Jillene said...

Some people. But I bet (and of course I am picturing this in my own mind) that you look just like anyone who is 36 weeks pregnant with twins should look like--cute and pregnant!!

blueviolet said...

I hope this last little bit of time passes quickly for you. I can imagine how unwieldy the double load would be at this point. Good luck!

Kristina P. said...

People are so dumb, sometimes.

But not old people in Snuggies! Thank you, mary!

Queenie Jeannie said...

For some really weird reason I haven't figured out yet, people think it's perfectly ok to walk up to any pregnant woman and tell her she's huge. It happens to ALL of us, honest! No one would think it was ok to tell a fat woman she's fat, but preggers all normal etiquette rules fly out the window.

You're wonderful and beautiful and I love you. And for Pete's sake you're having twins!!! If you were small then they wouldn't be healthy!!

Hugs!

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

I think you are beautiful! I think you are an awesome person...and I am so excited about the fact that you are having twins I can't stand it...and tell Hoss to slow down a bit. You are doing great...and those idiots are just that....idiots!

Jen said...

Aw, don't feel bad. It's great you're so big. Cos you're having cute twins and they're growing like they should!! //rubs your adorable belly// Embrace the roundness!

Missy said...

Just think about how people will be stopping you to tell you how cute your babies are! If you recognize them as someone who made a bad comment, run over them with the stroller! LOL

Mom2JJJ said...

I think you look amazing... and I'm super excited to see the boys!

Queenie Jeannie said...

Stoppin by to say hi to Trooper 1 and Trooper 2!!

* SOON! *

Ellis Family said...

I can see that I have a lot to look forward to! Congrats on making it to 36 weeks. That's my goal! I'm almost to week 30 now, and so far my little guys are doing great!

Little Lovables said...

so sorry, you know though, after you have your babies, people will be asking you, "so , when are you due?"

it never seems to stop! good luck and congrats :)