gozal - Blehhhh for all you are going through with your OB. Hope things have continued to go well with your at-home monitoring. It does suck, but it is probably still better for you and your babies than the stupid 3-hour test. I hope it shuts your OB up. From what I understand, anyway, you're going to have a little higher blood sugar with twins, because they need more to take in! 3 points is really such a tiny amount to fuss over, especially if they're using the 'strict' criteria. But I suppose there's no point in their choosing the 'strict' criteria to begin with, if they don't follow through on it. Siiigh. I'm sorry your iron was low, too. At least that's much more straightforward and fixable than the whole GTT thing. I wouldn't think they'd label you high-risk just based on that. I would ask them to retest you, though, after you've been supplementing for a month or so, just to get an idea if you're getting the right amount of iron, because overdose is bad, too. I had them recheck me, and now I'm down to 1x day iron instead of 2x day. I can see why you might want to consider switching practices. Have you made any connections to other twin mamas in your area? I'm just wondering if you might know anyone who could point you to a practice where you'd be more comfortable. If you were having just one, it would probably be a lot easier, but twins just make doctors go nuts for some reason, and usually rule out things like just going with a midwife. Anyway, I'm glad it sounds like you and the babies are doing well overall, iron and blood sugar notwithstanding. I hope you get back to being boring very quickly!
As far as baby seats, yes, we're skipping the bucket - sort of. SIL gave us one that their twins just grew out of for dh's car, since convertibles seem like a pain in the butt to move between cars, and are too expensive to have two of. My mom and MIL have both looked at us like we're a little crazy for not using the bucket (along with several other people), but after talking to them, I've realized neither of them had that kind of seat available when they were raising their 9 kids, and they survived JUST FINE. So I think we will make it. If not, well, we have the one from SIL, and we'll use the convertible later. I did finally get a bunch of simple receiving blankets, which is a big relief. They are the thin, cheap flannel kind, but that's really what I wanted. I have have swaddlers and some other things, and plan to get some of the muslin blankets, too, but I really wanted something for quick diaper changes or covering during breastfeeding or whatnot. I think I'm finally just about set on baby stuff, other than diapering.
chica - Wow, you guys are ridiculously creative! How fun! And congrats on the boy... seems like boys are in the water this year! Glad moving is going pretty well... boo about the paperwork and uncertainty! Hopefully that will get straightened out quickly. I'm glad getting rid of your stuff has been freeing. I tend to get too attached to things, and have a hard time letting go. I'm still a little sad about leaving behind the first bed I ever bought... and that was over 4 years ago! Yeah, need to move past that. I did get rid of a ton of stuff in our last move, though, and that felt pretty good. Oh, and hooray for being halfway there in your pregnancy!! Hope you got good news from your mw on Monday. I know that was a little nervewracking for us, too, waiting on that report. But since I'd seen the tech labeling a lot of the pictures (like "3-vessel cord", "4-chamber heart", etc), it made me feel better.
wissa - 30 weeks, huh? You realize you're next in line after me, right? Although you and gozal are pretty close together, especially since she's having twins. Sorry you're getting all tired and contraction-y. Hopefully your doctor will have some good reassurance for you. Grocery shopping through contractions is bleh... my uterus sometimes has the same reaction to the grocery store. Speaking of which, I really need to get rolling on going to the store!
AFM, so, baby shower... WOW... there were about 15-20 people who came. I finally got the Boppy I've been wanting, which was exciting. My mom had actually just found one at TJ Maxx that wasn't the pattern I wanted, but was cheaper, so I was fine with that. But now I have the cute monkey one! I also have an assortment of clothes for when he's older (since we told people we already had a bunch for 0-6 months), some more burp cloths (yay!), and some more blankets. We also got several baby board books, which I hadn't really thought to register for until a few days ago. I'm excited about that, even though I know they're not "necessary" - I definitely want to start reading to him right away! We also got some other toys and randomness, some of which I'm more excited about than others, but I'm still just shocked that so many people who barely know me made time to come to my shower and bring me gifts. A couple of people who couldn't come dropped off gifts beforehand, and not one but THREE people brought me gifts to church the next day! Like I said, pretty floored. Now I really just need to get on to writing thank you notes! The only thing I'd really like to get settled now as far as baby stuff is some more cloth diapering stuff. Right now, we have some newborn disposables and one package of disposable wipes, as well as 6 prefold diapers and two covers. I'd like to get a couple dozen more prefolds, a few more covers, reusable wipes, and a diaper pail before the little guy gets here. And I need to re-read my EC book, too! I think either my mom or grandma is going to get me the additional diaper stuff. Oh, and I decided I'm going to rent a ring sling and try it out before I buy one. I need to get that order set up, too. If anyone else is interested in renting a carrier to try (they have several kinds), the website is www.tagalongbaby.com. Prices seem pretty reasonable to me. They rent by the month, and a month seems like enough time to me to figure out whether or not you like something enough to buy one. Still need to get the darn carseat installed, maybe tonight?
Oh, and speaking of cars, an update on dh's... not sure the last thing I said, but we decided dh and his friends were going to try to diagnose and possibly fix the problem themselves. It's become dh's new obsession. Which is bothering me a little because between that and work, he's barely spent any time with me, and this our last chance to be just 'us'. But we are planning to go out on a date on Friday, at least. And we have gotten at least a little time together these last few days. The whole car thing has been way, way more complex than dh anticipated. He's learning a ton, but even with all the hours spent researching, and working, and buying more tools, he still hasn't gotten to the point where he knows what's wrong with it yet. So we've been making do as a 1-car family, which hasn't been too bad so far. We shall see. But less stressed about it than previously.
In happy financial news, I just got a letter from the insurance company today saying that I got my in-network exception for my midwife! I'm not sure from the letter if that just applies to the facility fee, or to everything, but either way, it's good news. It should mean that the midwife will actually end up owing us money, when all is said and done! So we're excited about that. I just had a visit yesterday, and am sad to say that their scale now thinks I weight 200 lbs. Luckily, the bathroom scale at home is a little more merciful. But still, weight gain is back to normal levels again. BP was actually lower than it's been in quite awhile... probably due to being dehydrated (I was laaaaaaaaazy yesterday, and that included being lazy about getting adequate water). Unfortunately, there was also a small trace of protein in my urine. The mw isn't too concerned, since BP is excellent and I have no other pre-e symptoms, but she does want me to come back on Friday to have my swelling, blood pressure, and urine checked again. If there's still any question, I'll go in for bloodwork after that. (I got brave and asked them to send me somewhere else if I needed blood work, instead of them doing it, since it hasn't gone well there.) So we'll see what Friday brings. My guess is nothing, if I do a better job of hydrating, which I will. Baby has gotten really chill - the initial HR in the last two visits has been in the 120s. But once they start poking at him, he has really good accelerations.
So it's just a waiting game now. 39 weeks and 1 day today. I honestly don't think I'll ever have a baby. It's just to crazy to imagine. And I'm in no hurry for him to come. I'm sick of the swelling, etc, but being responsible for a newborn sounds pretty intense. I'm content to continue pretending he's not really coming. (Well, not entirely - still working on getting the birth bag packed and such.) I'm definitely not feeling impatient for labor, which I think is good. I think he'll probably cook for at least another week, but we'll see!