It is a bittersweet thing to give birth tomorrow. I am so so so excited to meet my little boys (and share their names with everyone!!) but I am also a little sad to get rid of my pregnant belly that I have carried around for 9 months. People always ask me if I'm just miserable... and really I'm not. My body failed me so much trying to get pregnant that I think its making up for itself by allowing me to have successful (and fairly uneventful) twin pregnancies. I know so many women that just whine and complain about being pregnant with multiples.. how hard it is and how they just want the babies out. Well, I too want the babies out but I also want them to be healthy and strong so they can come home with mommy from the hospital.
I am lucky that my back doesn't hurt, my feet aren't really that swollen, and I didn't really gain weight in any other area than my belly. I would imagine that in about 3 weeks time I will be back down to my pre-pregnancy weight and my belly will just be a distant memory. I will miss the look on people's faces when they ask, "When are you due?" And I would say mid-March. They looked at me and asked if it was my first and I would say, "No, these are my 2nd set of twins." The look on their faces were just priceless!! Then, they would ask, "How old are your other twins." And I would say, "16 months" and they just wouldn't even know what to say. Some of my friends loved going out with me just to see people's reactions because it was all too funny. I guess I will prepare myself now for the, "Are they quadruplets??" and the "Do twins run in your family??" question even more often. I really need to come up with some witty responses because I get tired of feeling like I need to explain myself.
In just 18 hours I will be at the hospital getting checked in and hooked up to an IV with the wonderful pitocin in it. I am really excited for the opportunity that my doctor is giving me to try and VBAC. I trust him and his judgement and if anything goes south then I will obviously get another c-section. But, if I don't try for a vaginal birth now, then I know my chances of ever having one are gone. I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous... especially since the boys' heads were measuring 38 weeks when they were only 34! But, I'm sticking with my plan and that's all there is to it.
I got maternity pictures taken when I was 35 weeks and 3 days. I took the maternity pics when I was 35 weeks and 4 days with the girls... so feel free to go back and find that post if you would like to compare bellies :) I think the pics turned out pretty great!!!
I will see you all on the other side as a mommy of 4!!!
Mama and Evy
Mama and Charlotte
Daddy and Mama
Char and Evy
Evy, Mama and Char