27 weeks is a huge pregnancy milestone for me. I’d like to say that time is moving faster now but it’s still dragging a bit. My days are starting to blend together and while I know I’ll be dying for some downtime after these twins arrive, right now I’d give anything just to get out of my house and be busy doing something.
I’m always looking forward to the next milestone though so now I’m really counting down until 32 weeks. That’s the point my closest hospital should be able to take care of us. Once I hit that point I’ll feel a lot more relaxed. I’d love to avoid NICU time completely but I know that if nothing else, each week cuts time off how long the babies would have to stay if they end up in the NICU.
My kids are being huge helpers. They yell at me if I get off the couch to do anything and have been working their hardest to keep things (semi) presentable around the house.
I’d like to say I’m using the time to catch up on my reading, work on projects I’ve been putting off, or organizing all my family photos like I had told myself I would at the beginning of this pregnancy. Unfortunately, I have no attention span while pregnant so I spent most of my time sitting on the couch being grumpy and watching Frozen on repeat with my toddler.
How I’m Feeling Physically
This week I’m actually feeling a bit better than I was last week, I think mainly because I’ve been doing less. I’m now as big as I was full term with my daughter and I’m feeling it. I try and limit myself to going up the stairs in my house to a few times daily and I spend the rest of the time carving out a me-shaped print on the couch.
My biggest issue this week is I’m just so, so tired. I’m falling asleep by noon and I hardly have any energy. I imagine this will only get worse and that scares me a little bit. I may not be functional at all by the end of this pregnancy.
I started back on the Ensure shakes this week in an effort to gain some weight. So far I haven’t gained anything this week so I’m still only up 12 pounds total. I have no appetite but I’m trying to eat as much as I can. It’s hard when nothing sounds good and I don’t have the energy to cook anything decent. I’m hoping to at least gain a pound by my appointment next week or my doctor is really going to be on my case.
How I’m Preparing for Twins
Since I’m so tired I’m still not doing much. I have been making my kids declutter their rooms. I supervise from the bed which works pretty well but I think my kids are getting sick of nesting for me.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading. I finished When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy. That was great for giving me ideas on improving my weight gain (and making it really clear why it’s so important). It had more of a medical focus, which I liked since I love to dig as deeply into things as I can but it may not be fore everyone.
Right now I’m working my way through What to Do When You’re Having Two: The Twins Survival Guide from Pregnancy Through the First Year by Natalie Diaz, the twin mom behind Twiniversity. She has some great, down to earth, advice for new twin moms and I’d highly recommend hooking up with her if you are expecting twins.
I mentioned last week that I finally made my first purchase for the twins. Next on my list is a Lullaby Earth crib mattress. I did a ton of research on crib mattresses when I was pregnant with my daughter and for what I was looking for that was the idea fit so I’m planning on just getting a second one for the twins (since my daughter is still using hers in her toddler bed). It was the perfect balance between non-toxic and affordable which was exactly what I was looking for.
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