They’re here! 

They’re here, well in the NICU here and not in my belly. More to come. 

Luca Michael 5lbs 6 oz and Rocco Joseph 5lbs  5oz arrived July 15th at 8:53 and 8:54 via csection at 36 weeks and 2 days due to cholestasis. 

They are in the nicu trying to control their glucose levels but otherwise amazingly healthy. 

36 Weeks + 2 – c-section day!

Picture before we go in! 

34 weeks – getting there! 

As I sit here and count down the minutes until csection, I am surprisingly calm. I’m not sleeping because I can’t eat or drink anything before the surgery. I snuck two tums at 2am and propped myself up. But I’ve basically been wide awake since 2:30 so at 4:30 I came down stairs and the heartburn has subsided a bit.

I’ve went to the ER on the 4th and saw my doctor twice since then. The contractions have picked up big time. When I went to the ER I was contracting every 7-8 minutes but my cervix was doing nada! nothing! zero! so they were labeled as Braxton Hicks. Since then the contractions have been changing, period like cramps but I was checked in Thursday at the doctor – 0, nada, nothing, closed up shop. So here we are at csection date!

I had my last ultrasound. I ended up getting a growth scan even though I wasn’t due for one until next week. Perks to a private place AND having the doctors wife as your tech. She said, well growth scans are more fun, so lets just do it! 1.5 weeks ago they were measuring 5 lbs 2 oz and 5 lbs 4 oz. yesterday they were up 5lbs 7 oz and 5lbs 9 oz! (human error of +/- a pound) so we are looking at mid 4lb-mid 6lb babies! Her guess was between 5-6lbs Just hoping and praying no NICU time. Any baby under 4 automatically goes to NICU, and after that they look for breathing issues, temperature regulation issues, and jaundice (as I am O- and hubby is +) Ava was mildly jaundice but these guys are also 4 weeks earlier than Ava so jaundice could be a strong reality.

I had my steriod shot for babies lungs Thu and Fri – any baby expected to be born before 37 weeks gets these shots (or I get the shots to develop their lungs).

The dog is at my inlaws. Ava is at my moms – she was sooo excited to go she didn’t even want a snack after nap yesterday! On a positive note, she has decided to potty train herself this week. She refused pull ups last week and was going regularly. She even tells us now that she has to pee! (like stops everything and says, I have to pee!) She’s pooped in the potty 3-4 times between home and daycare. Often she does it in her pull up or diaper at nap/bed. But still better success than before. And nothing like great timing! haha

Ava’s pregnancy links – since we will not hit 40 week here is the end of her pregnancy

week 36 Ava
week 37 Ava
week 38 Ava
week 39 Ava
week 40 Ava

Pregnancy: #2 – TWINS

Gender: boy/boy fraternal

Weight gain: I am up 52 lbs since I started – first weight check was at my egg retrieval. 118 lbs – 168 to finish. Considering I gained 48 with Ava – I’m pretty happy about this.

Eating: Eating smaller meals now. It’s hard to fit too much in there. Some things are causing lots of heartburn (buffalo chicken pizza is not my friend). I get it mostly at night though, I keep a bottle of tums by my bedside, and water and once in a while I get up and eat something to help.

Sleep: This week has SUCKED – starting Tuesday night I have been up every 1.5-2 hours. I am getting a burning pain on my left side by my ribs. Turns out baby A likes to lay on my ribs when I lay down. Ive resorted to laying on my right side but that gets uncomfortable too.

Symptoms and Movement:

Movements: Lots of movements. I feel A more than B but every NST scan and ultrasound is perfect! My placenta is more on B’s side

Varicose veins – Status quo – wear the support belt daily and looking forward to NOT wearing it. It’s been nice to be home and relaxing.

Bump– I get asked whenever, wherever I go, if I am due anyday now. I usually reply with oh I’m expecting twins and I’m only 36 weeks – then people say “oh, I can tell!” lol then they recover with “but you look great”

Emotions: Ready, tired but doing ok emotionally. I think hubby is more emotional than I am. He’s very worried about Ava and our transition, but we’ve tried to prep in every way possible for her.

Missing: Sleep (not that that is going to return anytime soon) eating without heartburn, sleeping without heartburn, have my abs back (not visually, I haven’t had a flat stomach since HS, just being able to sit up lol)

Purchases: Finished the nursery, wall art. I also jumped on the amazon registry and purchased everything we needed. Ava got a new glider (much cheaper, but not as comfortable) because I couldn’t handle spending another $500 on an upholstered rocker and foot stool.

Looking forward to: leaving the house in 1.5 hours – getting to the hospital for 6:30 and getting this babies out at 8!

Clothes: Not a lot fits – I’m living in 2 pairs of yoga paints, 5 medium shirts my sister in law gave me (my smalls do not cover my belly anymore) 2 pairs of capris and 2 dresses. Everything I’m wearing is hand me downs because everything I bought doesn’t fit!

Exercise: bahaha

Ava post – 2.5 years old

Ava is so excited to be a big sister. She talks about her baby brothers a lot. She rubs my belly and gives it kisses. Apologizes when she elbows or pushes off me (which is often), She has already named them so I guess we are stuck with the two names on our list she likes, names TBA upon arrival

Height: 37 inches – 90% – she’s as tall as her almost 4 year old cousin

Weight: a whopping 26lbs – 21% – her 1.5 year old cousin is heavier than her

Clothes: oh gosh, this is so hard. She fits in 2t in Carters (can still do 24 mo but they are capri length and belly shirts) but 24 mo dresses still fit. In gap she is still 18-24 mo in shorts (the shorts still fit her from last year with the elastics taken all the way out. She’s so long but thin

Potty Training: long story short – end of January we tried potty training, we had the pee down in about 3 weeks but poo still was an issue. We did this for 3 months and rarely got a poo on the potty. Come the spring (Aprilish) she started having pee accidents everywhere even at school. Teachers suggested it was behavioral, she was getting angry and upset, we went back to pull ups and a happier Ava. Since then we’ve been working on potty with pull ups,  it’s going, slowly but surely.

Words: FULL SENTENCES – “Daddy don’t do that.” “What are you doing?” “I want something else.” I can’t believe she what she comes up with. She’s so much fun,  a little spit fire with her very own point of view.

Food: Still very picky but has broadened her horizons a bit. She eats hotdogs, any pasta, macaroni and cheese, ANY fruit, cucumbers, tomatoes. quesadilla, peanut butter is a go to, loves pepperoni!

33.5 weeks and getting oh so ready 

I’m done, put a fork in me… I have some good moments, most are good in fact but I have bad ones too, like the evenings. Basically around 5-6pm I start to ache, get tired and heaviness on my cervix. Sleeping is hit or miss and for some reason no matter how much fluid I drink before bed and during the day I wake up dehydrated and with braxtonhikes. The  only thing that stops them is Gatorade. I water it down but I still feel like I’m drinking too much, it’s very high in sugar but I definitely don’t want to drink the zero calorie stuff either. 

Cholestasis has been going well. I’ve had two ultrasounds and non stress tests this week. Both passed with flying colors!! The itch is getting worse. I wake up itching uncontrollably and nothing seems to sooth it. I’m very interested to see what the doctor says on Wednesday. I thought the hospital would have called to set up the new csection but no one has called yet. 

Cool thing about going to a private place for ultrasounds, they do 3D!! Doctors office is short staffed and they don’t have many twin double appointments so I go to s private place now. Baby b got a good one, baby a not so much, so I posted a regular picture. 

A lot changes in 4 days – cholestatis

Well last post was all about making it to 38 weeks, there has been no indication that I couldn’t. Cervix has been strong, babies have been great. And what about the lull I mentioned?!

Last week I was feeling mildly itchy… thought it was due to the heat. I live in New England and we haven’t had that much hot weather. So when the humidity set in (with no AC installed yet) I thought it was the heat. Saturday it got worse, my feet were crazy itchy (but not abnormal, I have had excema on my toes before). Sunday it was worse but Sunday night it was unbearable. Everything I touched (including the sheets brought on an intense urge to itch. I ended up getting up at 2am and coming downstairs to drink gatorade. After 45 min I figured i try to sleep again, thankfully I did.

I was worried, I have a friend that had cholestatis just this past winter. Babies were fine but I figured I should call the doctor and get some blood work done. Just two hours later, the bloodwork came back and the doctor herself (not her nurse) called to discuss the next moves.

Cholestasis (source Mayo clinic)

Cholestasis of pregnancy can make you intensely uncomfortable but poses no long-term risk to an expectant mother. For a developing baby, however, cholestasis of pregnancy can be dangerous. Doctors usually recommend early delivery.

The term “cholestasis” refers to any condition that impairs the flow of bile — a digestive fluid — from the liver. Pregnancy is one of many possible causes of cholestasis. Other names for cholestasis of pregnancy include obstetric cholestasis and intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy.

For mothers, cholestasis of pregnancy may temporarily affect the way the body absorbs fat-soluble vitamins, but this rarely impacts overall nutrition. Itching usually resolves within a few days of delivery, and subsequent liver problems are uncommon — although cholestasis is likely to recur with other pregnancies.

For babies, the complications of cholestasis of pregnancy can be more severe. For reasons not well-understood, cholestasis of pregnancy increases the risk of the baby being born too early (preterm birth). It also increases the risk of meconium — the substance that accumulates in the baby’s intestines — getting into the amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby. If a baby inhales meconium during delivery, he or she may have trouble breathing. There’s also a risk of fetal death late in pregnancy.

So – good news is my liver is still working great and levels are not elevated in there. But my bile levels in the body are elevated so I am diagnosed with cholestatis. I start twice weekly NST and ultrasounds. I also start a new medication to help with the itch. Otherwise not much changes except the biggie – csection has been moved up two weeks. We are now looking at a csection of 36 weeks… yea… three weeks from now! The most important part is getting this noddles here safetly! The scariest part is the “fetal death” that keeps getting mentioned on doctor google. But thankfully I have a VERY mild case for now, we caught it early and we are monitoring it very closely.

So baby planning just went into overdrive! Family of 5 here we come!

32 Weeks

32 Weeks, I’m at a bit of a lull. I know it’s too early for twins to come but I’m getting anxious to meet them. Appointments are still 2 weeks apart and ultrasounds don’t occur weekly until the first week in July. Next week is my first week I haven’t had SOMETHING to look forward to as far as appointments go in a long time. But it’s our last full week of school – our last day is Mon the 26th. I’m hoping to make a few more half days but my time is coming to an end.

Someone refused to take a picture for Father’s Day! 

Ava’s pregnancy at 32 weeks

Pregnancy: #2

Gender: boy/boy twins

Weight gain: 40 lbs – made up for last weigh in – (I’m still under what I gain for Ava)

Symptoms: contractions if I push it too much but they are not leading to any dilation or intensifying in any way. Back started hurting this week. Anything I do requires some type of bend. Washing dishes, picking things up, folding laundry. The belly is so huge it gets in the way.

Food: Getting hungrier, and snacking is not sufficing.

Babies growth: Last ultrasound was June 7th – Baby A is average at 3lbs 9 oz. and baby B is above average at 4lbs 5oz.

Looking forward to: School ending and these babies coming! This week I think we finally have someone to take the queen bed out of the spare room so we can start to set things up a bit more. Right now it’s just a dumping ground of crap.

Also tomorrow is Father’s Day – I’m excited to give hubby his gift!! The kiddos (Ava and twins) got him a set of yankee bibs and a Yankee tee that says DAD on the back with a #1. I bought him Red Sox tickets (I know thats odd but it’s the closest professional team without sending him to NY) with two other Moms and Moms to be for their husbands. They are going on June 29th for a mans night. Also, last minute I bought the book “My Little Girl” and wrote a note and we put Ava’s hand prints on the inside cover. She will always be Daddy’s little girl.

Best moment: Two of my students were able to graduate (I know it’s only 8th grade but they were so excited). One came running down the hallway with his graduation tickets just smiling away and high fiving me!


Sleep: half and half this week. I had some really good nights of sleep – there were a couple that weren’t so good though

Clothes: Um belly is big enough that even mediums are not coming down long enough (but are too big up top lol) I have some longer shirts and tunics that seem to be working but seriously 6 more weeks of this! nothing will fit by then!

31 weeks

Overall I have really had a fabulous week. Doctor put me down to 1/2 days at work. At work I’ve been trying to complete my paperwork and tie up loose ends. I’ve been able to come home and relax for a little while until Ava comes home from daycare. I even had energy yesterday! (Although the coffee place might have given me caffeinated coffee because I had almost too much energy). Taking it easy has helped my aches and pains and veins. I don’t feel as bad in the afternoon. I write all this and tonight I’m feeling like crap. I think one of them is stomping on mycervix or pushing on the vaginal wall. I’m laying down and still feeling very heavy and stabbing pains. Thinking about taking a bath. 

Ava’s pregnancy at 31 weeks

Pregnancy: #2 

Gender: boy/boy twins

Weight gain: 36 lbs -slowed down some 

Symptoms: contractions if I push it too much but they are not leading to any dilation or intensifying in any way. 

Food: I go through spurts of wanting to eat a lot. But trying to manage those times. 

Babies growth: we had an ultrasound yesterday. They are getting so big it’s hard to see much on the ultrasound machine. Baby A is average at 3lbs 9 oz. and baby B is above average at 4lbs 5oz. My belly is getting so big I can’t imagine it growing more over the next 7.5 weeks. 

Looking forward to: maybe taking off as of next week or the week after, I’m not entirely sure. We’ll see how it all goes. 

Best moment: ultrasound! Loving these frequent checkins. Non stress tests will start the first week in July and continue twice a week until delivery on July 31 

Sleep: not happening much lately. I get a good 3-4 hour stretch for the first part of the night then I’m up every 1-2 hours adjusting because my hips hurt or peeing. I don’t sleep in much either.