I know I haven't been around nearly as much as I should be.. but I'm going to be honest with you all... my life... has been soo boring LOL
So, we hit 19 weeks on Saturday.. wow.. where has the time gone? We have about 17-18 weeks left about [hopefully that much time anyway, could be any time after 11 weeks from now :O].
Soo... my newest and more severe symptom... has been lower back pain. Holy smokes. Ouchies. Some days are a LOT worse than others, some days I'm fine and it just bothers me the last hour or two of my day. Some days though, I wake up and it already hurts, so I'll be stretching more and putting hot/cold compress and massage every night soon. Yesterday - was a bad day. lol By about noon, the pain was so bad that I was nearly in tears when the pain would run from mylower back to my knee, and it would paralyze me were not moving hurt sooo much, but moving did too, so having to move to get comfortable again wasn't really working for me lol
My pelvic pain has been much better though, so that's a BIG plus!
Still not sleeping much, but I'm hoping that that will change when I start to stretch more often and watch what I do a bit more, I know I did A LOT of walking last week, and honestly that could be the cause of all the pain right now. So, going to remind myslf that I have to WORK UP to walking again with the kids, and no matter who I'm walking with or fast they are going, I have to slooowwww down. I've been cooped up in the house for MONTHS and I can't just tell my body that "well, I know you're much bigger, have a lot more fluid, and have more weight to carry around... but let's try to be as fit as you were 3 months ago when you were walking almost every day!" ... my body.... would go on strike lol.
Alright... so of course I have my 19 week belly pictures hehe
Yep... that would be my belly button lol Every day I'm finding more and more that it's nearly popped. I think by 22-23 weeks, it will be completely popped outward, and I'm suspecting that a stretch mark should make it's way across my stretch markless belly by about 30 weeks if I keep growing at this pace haha
So, a little update on how each baby should be doing, according to babycenter.com
Your baby's sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.
Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the size of a large heirloom tomato. Her arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of her body now. Her kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on her scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on her skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.
As most of you know, my big ultrasound is tomorrow, and as far as I know I can share measurements and presentation of each baby but not the sexes YET. I AM hoping to be able to let you guys know after the appointment on Friday.
I've noticed that there are a little changes being made to my belly day to day. The last few days, I've found that my bump is HIGHER and is less poppy ... lol If that makes any sense at ALL I'll be surprised. I'm realllllly hoping that the baby's stay one on top of other other though, as there is a lower risk of them both trying to come out at the same time, and less risk of csection.
Which brings me to answer a question. Someone asked me why I wouldn't just have an elective csection and not deal with labor at all. Wellllll... lol
Csection = much longer healing time, it will make it harder for me to be matched with other couples who I wouldwant to help in the future, and the pain that lasts for weeks after the csection is NOTHING compared to maybe one day of pain for labor. Healing time is faster, less risk of infection. There is some studies that show that csection is harder on babies than vaginal birth [after 28 weeks] and I don't like the thought of possibly being put to sleep either.
Natural Labor = more parental involvement. More control over my body and healing time. Being able to pump DIRECTLY after birth. Being able to share and film the labor [hopefully]. No bedrest afterward. ELaving hospital in 24 hours instead of 4-5 days. Better weightloss and health recouperation time. Easier for me to match with other couples, and being able to help MORE couples.
For me, labor is NOTHING compared to surgery, I've had a breast reduction, and two natural, non-medicated births with back labor... give me the back labor!!
This choice isn't for everyone, I just believe that this is what is right for ME.
I had soe other questions this week as well that I would like to share and answer.
I will leave this message ANONYMOUS, but I will post the email and answer them FOLLOWING the email ... okay?
I think it's such an interesting surrogacy, especially because they are overseas and you are basically doing it on your own.
Some other questions for the blog (because I'm nosey! haha)
Do you have a set schedule for pictures or updates or just random updates after you have them?
Would you ever do a surrogacy for an overseas couple again?
How has the surrogacy been different from your expectations?
Do your IP's have concerns about your thyroid medications affecting the babies? "