I knew things were changing. This week I've experienced massive nesting, the cats are all over me, and I had a massive meltdown over the frustrations of fixing a cat door. I've also noticed that when I try to turn over in bed, the pain has moved from muscles in my abdomen to being throughout my pelvis and crotch. Like the bones are trying to spread and when I roll to turn over, they aren't happy. And my stupid right foot is in a perpetual state of swollen, now the question is just to what degree it's swollen at any given moment.
Had a doctors appointment today. Did my first NST, but not really because Baby A would not cooperate. I didn't have to press any buttons or anything because she spent the whole time trying to get the monitor to pick up Baby A properly but she's just too buried in there. During all that fiddling, she got Baby B just fine.
We finally gave up on Baby A and decided to get the info via an ultrasound since I was scheduled for one anyway. Once again, she was not cooperating. The two of them are just twisted around each other to a degree that the technician was having a hell of a time figuring out which belly went with which head, etc etc. And she had decided it was nap time so we had to do juice and massive shaking to wake her up to see if she would move and practice breathing properly. It took some time, but eventually she did.
As far as we can tell, they are still measuring small. Not dangerously small, but small. Baby A is about 3lbs8oz and Baby B is about 3lbs15oz. Again, they had a hell of a time measuring so these measurements could be way off.
But my cervix has shortened from 2.5 to 1.4 in the last 2 weeks. And the funneling has increased. So all of those little behavior clues I've been experiencing the last week indicating that labor is coming? Not imaginary. We are now looking at delivering around 34 weeks. 2 weeks from now!
If that's the case, we're probably looking at a 3-4 week NICU stay. I had been fearing the NICU mostly because I picture breathing tubes and a billion things that can go south, but at this stage the doctor is saying that the primary issue will simply be about getting the girls weight up via a feeding tube since they will be too young to have learned how to suck properly. Of all the potential scary stuff, that's one I think I can handle. And ya know, as much as I don't want my kids in the NICU at all, there could be a benefit. I'll get time to recover my c-section and I'll get a lot more transition time from pregnant to parent to really learn what the hell I'm doing before taking the girls home. By the time I become the primary caregiver, my body should be pretty well healed and I might have a chance at getting a few nights of real sleep during the recovery.
It looks like I might get one normal pregnancy experience though. I might actually get the "Honey, I think it's time." moment.
So, how about some 32 week belly pics?