Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Got Belly?

I have been busy the last couple of months growing a very impressive belly. Babies are doing great. In all honestly - this pregnancy has been very charmed. But definitely feeling the weight of a new ever-expanding stomach. I have less than 8 weeks left. We have been busy setting up a nursery and getting things in order before our world changes. Here is a shot to document the last few weeks of the pregnancy.

30 Weeks (with twins - I feel like I need to tell people this fact )

A few things to note at this point.

1) Black does help you look a bit thinner. Trust me. I saw myself in a picture with a colored top and almost died from shock that I looked so big! Lexi helped me retake this picture.

2) My forearms look exceptionally beefy in this shot. Like I am a construction worker or such profession.

3) I still have EIGHT weeks left to grow babies. I want to go for 8 more weeks. It is better for the babies but not so good for my self esteem in pictures :)

4) Currently each baby has an estimated weight of 3+ lbs. Lexi pointed out that I am as big as she was when she delivered her baby. Which is true - he was 7 lbs. Which leads to this question - what if each baby weighs 7 lbs? Where will that weight distribute? Maybe my forearms?

5) My bottom looks very flat in this shot - not the case - it is the shirt. But I won't lie. My bottom has gotten big. Kind of like what is going on with the forearms.

6) I am having a hard time breathing. This could be because I am breathing for 3 people right now and my lungs have now been crushed upwards. I am just glad to be living at sea level. How do people breathe when pregnant with twins and living at high altitude?

7) I wear support hose. Like an 80 year old woman and I LOVE THEM. I have noticed that being cute is much less important now. I have to stand a lot for work and my feet have started to swell. Comfort over cuteness. This could explain why I am wearing crocs and sweats a lot. They are just more comfortable. I have a hard time bending over - so flats and slip-ons have been taking priority in my life.

8) I have a pair of skinny jeans. Which is ironic because I am not skinny but seeing how my legs have put on the least amount of weight (see support hose comment) - I feel the need to at least showcase them.

9) Someone asked me about pregnancy cravings. And my answer is this - FOOD. All kinds of food. And ice cold water. I haven't gotten heartburn, no throwing up - nothing. Which makes food so much more appealing. Hmmm. Food. Everything simply tastes better when you are pregnant.

10) I can feel the babies moving A LOT. Their movements are being visible to the naked eye, which is a bit disturbing. It is also disturbing that both babies instinctively can sense when I am getting ready to rest or relax and they start dancing the macarena in my belly. They kick hard now. How hard are they going to kick in a few weeks?

Okay okay, on a more serious note - Darren and I are very excited to meet our baby boy and girl when they decide to make an entrance into the world. We are rushing to make plans to have everything ready in case they decide to make an early appearance. We have been fortunate that so many people have been so generous with their baby gear - clothes, cribs, glider - the list goes on forever. We are feeling set. Kind of.

Before our little people get here I wanted to document the last year and the last decade. The next few posts will be related to that. I was going through some pictures and can't believe how much change this past decade has brought. If it is any indication, the next decade will be pretty exciting.


Johanna said...

Nikki you look great. And props for having your picture taken. I let people take pictures of me when I was pregnant with EZ but not so much with Netta and now I think I have officially entered the no more pictures of me zone for this pregnancy. Some days I think I look alright and then others I think I look ginormous. In fact yesterday EZ's teacher asked me when I was due and when I said I still had a little over 2 months left she couldn't believe it. She was like "wow are you going to make it? Your stomach is already pretty big." At least she complimented me a little by saying it seems that I am skinny everywhere else besides my huge gut.

s g said...

Nikki, you are so funny and oh do I hear you on the swollen feet...seriously painful and I can't even imagine with twins. I could only wear flip flops the last few weeks of my last pregnancy and everyone was so kind to point that out to me in church...arrrghhh.

Congrats and we are so excited for your little twins to arrive!! Hang in there these next few weeks, and get a pedicure or two. GOOD LUCK!
sara g.

Kylee said...

Nikki! You look amazing! I'm so happy and excited for you!

Jacqui said...

Dan and I have out 10 year anniversary in July, so this decade has been nuts for us, too. You look so great. Truly. I've gained more with one baby. Thanks for the dutch baby recipe. It is much better than the one I used on Sunday. Keep it up!

Amanda said...

You look great! I love that you posted an update on your pregnancy. You are carrying two! That is such tremendous work, I can't even imagine. One thing you didn't mention is names?....I bet you have really cute names picked out. Hang in there because it will be here before you know it!

quadmom said...

Hey Nikki! I'm so excited that you are having twins. You're going to love it. Too bad you couldn't have had quads like me---HA HA!:) You look so cute pregnant! You're going to be the best mommy! Oh my I can so relate to feeling humongous and wondering if my belly was going to split open. Hang in there and I'm so happy for you and Darren! Take care cuz!! Jayne

k8 said...

oh i love you nikki! you are a hot momma and you know it. i need to plan an HB getaway to meet these little stinks when they get here!

tasha said...

Congratulations on your babies. You look great! I gained a ton of weight with my kids and they were all small so I had a fun time trying to lose the weight...it went to odd spots like my back and the top of my knees. Not a good look.

Katie said...

WOW Nikki! You look AMAZING! So much better than I did with just one baby in my belly. We are so excited for you, and I can't wait to meet your sweet babies this summer when I'm home in June :)

kristy said...

You look gorgeous, Nikki! I love hearing about your "preg w/twins" experience! You are a trooper, girl. Being pregnant with ONE is anything but easy... I can't imagine TWO! I loved my support hose too!! They saved me in every way. I had terrible varicose veins, seriously more pain than labor (um, labor with an epidural...) I can't wait to meet them. I have a ton of baby stuff I need to give away... you need any bouncy seats? I've got 3... why 3, not sure... but I have 3. I miss you!!!! when is your shower? who's planning it? can I help?!? love you lots. let's get together, sweetie.

Ryan and Bethany said...

You do look really good! I love when the babies' movements become visible to the naked eye. It's like they are ready to come out! I am so excited for you and I am sure their nursery will be adorable!

Carolyn said...

Nikki, this was so fun to read!

This is Carolyn (Steph and Jon's sister-in-law)...and preggers with twins too. I think I'm like a week or two behind you.

I'm always asking Jonathan how you guys are doing. It's pretty crazy, right?! I'm almost 33 weeks, but just got back from the doc measuring at 41 weeks! My stretch marks are so lovely.

Good luck with the last little bit! And good luck with the breathing! I can relate to everything you wrote about!