30 Weeks!

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Here we are less than 6 weeks away from delivery! I’m fortunate that I’m already home from work on maternity leave — the extra weight is getting crazy uncomfortable. At this point, I’m starting to organize the house for the babies. We still have cribs to build, onesies to sort, and pictures to hang, but everything is coming along.

We’ve made a lot of changes at home over the past couple months! We carpeted most of the second floor, including the stairs, and finished painting the rooms that we skipped when we moved in. Chuck, with his brother and dad, installed new flooring in the nursery and downstairs, and I am in love with it. We still have some touch-ups before everything is finished, but it’s been a lot of progress in a short time.

The boys are still doing great. As of last week, two weigh 3 pounds, and the third is 2 pounds, 6 oz. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes about 3 weeks ago, and while I’m not a fan of the finger-pricking hassle, overall it’s been pretty uneventful.

It’s getting harder to capture good pictures from the ultrasounds since they’re so squished, but here are all 3 last week. I was amazed when our tech pointed out tufts of hair on the back of Baby C’s head. It’s still very surreal that there are 3 in there.

I’ve gained 48 pounds and expect to gain a bit more, although the majority of my maternity clothes are already way past fitting. Most of my shirts, along with any “full panel” jeans, won’t stretch over my stomach. Most of what I’m wearing comes from Chuck’s closet, which is much more cozy anyway.

I’m seeing my doctor weekly and will be starting non-stress-tests twice a week. It’ll be a lot of time spent at the hospital, but I’m sure the weeks are going to fly as they have been.

I am a little nervous about being prepared for the hospital. How much clothing should I pack? And what kind? Will they need preemie sizes, or just newborn? Should I bring a ton of socks, or just, like, 3 pairs? So hard to know!

I’m still pretty exhausted, but aside from an obnoxious cold that I’m finally starting to conquer, I feel really lucky with how smoothly this pregnancy has gone. The skin on my stomach is starting to get so itchy and painful, and my hands and feet are so, so swollen. My fingers on my right hand are almost always numb, which is the worst. And although I feel like I’ve held it together emotionally for the last seven months, lately I feel kind of miserable for no reason. Fortunately, whenever I’m resting at home, the kicking and movements are so comforting that they wash away a lot of the discomfort and frustration.

We’ve received so many gifts and hand-me-downs from our friends, family, colleagues, and church, and are so grateful. It feels like the boys are already being welcomed into a caring and loving community. I’m also really proud of our pups and how they’ve handled the changes so far. They’ve been so sweet and behaved with visitors, especially kids, which makes me confident that they’ll adapt a bit more easily to our crazy new reality come January.

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As far as stitching, most of my focus has been on Heritage (Plum Street Samplers). I keep it next to the couch and grab it now and then when my hands aren’t hurting (I haven’t been able to wear my wedding rings in months!) and I can find a comfortable position for more than 5 minutes. Surprisingly, I have made a little progress!