Total length of Pregnancy: 38 weeks and 1 day
Total weight gained: 52 lbs
Total weight of the babies: 13lbs 3oz!
How long it took to lose the baby weight: About 2 weeks! Currently (3 weeks after the birth) I am only up 2lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight.
Food cravings: During the 1st trimester I craved mac & cheese! During the final couple of weeks it was orange soda.
Morning sickness: NONE!
Food aversions: Meat of all kinds! The only meat I could eat for weeks was bacon.
What I miss the most: Feeling the babies moving around and wondering what they would look like
Hardest part: The last couple of weeks of the pregnancy..... I was HUGE! Also, Baby B (Evelyn) had some body part stuck in my ribs.... I think it was her foot! In fact, my ribs still hurt in that spot now when I sit a certain way!
Scariest part: At about 8 weeks or so I had a bleeding episode. I was so afraid that it was all over. When I went in for the ultrasound and saw their beating hearts I was the happiest person ever! It was a huge sigh of relief... but honestly I never stopped worrying.
Something I thought I wouldn't miss: Strangers talking to me. At the time I didn't like it when people would randomly ask me when I was going to pop. Now when I go out by myself nobody talks to me! Its very strange. However, when I do go out with the babies EVERYBODY talks to me!
Keeping the names a secret- am I glad?: I am SO glad that we kept the girls' names a secret during the pregnancy. It made it much more special to surprise everyone with their names. It was really fun to finally say them out loud too!
Favorite maternity outfit: I have two actually.... 1.) The orange shirt that I wore in a lot of the maternity pictures that I took. 2.) A black dress that my mom bought for me... its in the pictures that we took at Alex & Mary Lee's wedding.
Overall feeling: I really loved being pregnant! It was a very long and hard journey for me to become pregnant and I was so lucky to have an easy, uneventful pregnancy. I really did not have any morning sickness and I did not end up on bed rest. I worked up until about 35 weeks and felt really pretty good. I didn't have any back pain at all either which I was pretty shocked about. Yes, I may have complained a bit during the pregnancy (who doesn't, right?) but I truly enjoyed every part of it. The ultrasounds were so cool and they really helped me bond with the girls before they were even born. I think part of me realizes that these may be my only babies so I wanted to be thankful for every step in the journey. Although infertility is horrible and I wouldn't wish it on anyone, it helped me to be thankful for these girls in a way that I can't fully describe. They are my miracle babies! I love them in a way I didn't even know was possible.
Brian always liked talking to the babies.
This is my favorite orange shirt!
Mama & Papa