|10 weeks - notice sleeping Cooper in the background!|
First trimester: I spent most of this time in disbelief that we were actually pregnant. When you're not showing yet, it's hard to actually believe that it's true! Every ultrasound we got to hear the heartbeats and see that something was going on inside of me. I think I've teared up at every single one.
My main symptoms have been *major* hunger, fatigue, back pain, headaches, and some nausea. In the first few weeks I was just so hungry, all. the. time. Even if I ate until I was full, 2 hours later I would be hungry again. That should have been my first hint that I was growing more than one baby! I was also way more tired than normal. Some nights I'd want to go to bed at 8:30, which is really weird for me since I tend to be a night owl. I also napped a lot on the weekends. As far as sickness goes, I wasn't that sick thankfully! I had some bad days here and there where I just felt nauseous and nothing sounded good to eat. But I was never running to the bathroom or needing to keep a barf bag by my desk at work. I was so thankful it wasn't that bad. That being said, I noticed a huge difference in the way I felt once I hit 13 weeks. I don't think I realized how gross I had been feeling until I started feeling like myself again. Since then it's been smooth sailing.
Second trimester so far (13-18 weeks): Right now I am 18 weeks, and I just feel good. I am not huge yet but definitely look pregnant (instead of just fat!). It's a legit pregnant belly that I can no longer hide with baggy clothing. People at work are noticing, and even some strangers here and there. I've still been hungry all the time, and try to keep up with my hunger as best I can since it's really important to gain a lot of weight on the early side with twins (side note: this is an awesome book I've been using for reference. It's written by a doctor and the goal is to carry twins as close to term as possible. Definitely a must if you're carrying multiples!). One random symptom I've had is nose bleeds. Apparently that's a thing when you're pregnant? None have been gushing, thankfully, but it's just weird to blow your nose and see blood pretty regularly. I am also just barely starting to feel movement! We are also already those ridiculous helicopter parents who bought a Doppler monitor so we can listen to their heartbeats at home. Don't dock it until you've tried it. It is really cool!
We had our big anatomy scan this week, and praise the Lord all organs look healthy and are growing on track. It was the most amazing ultrasound - I can't believe at how much they are able to look at! The babies looked the most like babies we've seen yet. We saw their spines, brains, hands, feet, eye sockets, noses, hearts... it was incredible. Yes, we also saw their genitals too, but I am waiting to share what they are after our family gender reveal party this weekend :) The babies were moving all around, and I just loved looking at them, wondering who these little people are going to be. I can't wait to meet them and hold them! I guess they'll have to stay squished in there together for a little while longer.