The end of this week marks a huge milestone in twin pregnancies. Because of the increased risk of premature labor, hitting the 30-31 week mark is great because the babies have gained a substantial amount of weight and their lungs have reached a decent place in development.

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From what I can tell though, these babies will be in there for the next 6-8 weeks:) I have it in my head that I will go into labor naturally somewhere between weeks 36 & 37.

From the ultrasound this passed week, the babies are weighing in at 2 pounds 13 ounces (Annabelle) and 3 pounds 3 ounces (Oliver). They are about 15-16 inches long, although you can’t really get them to fit all in the screen to get an exact measurement. Thinking about the fact that there are 6 pounds of baby in such a seemingly small area is crazy!

29 Weeks Pregnant With Twins

Genders and Names: One of each! Oliver and Annabelle:) You can read more about the reasons behind their names and pictures of the big surprise in our Gender Reveal.

Weight Gain: I am headed into my 30th week now and from my ultrasound last week, I have gained about 24 pounds total. I am guessing that I will gain around 35 pounds this pregnancy, which is what I gained in my very first pregnancy. I am so glad that I have been able to remain active and healthy during this pregnancy (read all about my thoughts on health and pregnancy here).

Labor Signs (NEW) : None Yet:)

Sleep: It has been a week of terrible sleep around our house. The girls are getting used to living in a new place so their sleep schedules have been awful. We have had them in our bed at various times of the night for the entire week, with one of us being up every few hours when we hear one of them crying. Tired is an understatement.

Food Cravings: Nothing specific. My cravings usually die off around the third trimester.

Food Aversions: I have been able to start eating some meat again, although the sight of raw meat of any kind really grosses me out. I don’t really want to eat it though and still try to get my protein elsewhere.

Symptoms: My mom emotions are in full swing this week. There has been a lot going on in our families so I guess this is a justifiable symptom. I have been getting a lot more sciatic pain which is SO MUCH FUN… I also started producing some colostrum this week, much earlier than with my previous pregnancies.

Clothing: Since we have been getting our new house ready by unpacking and hanging things and repairing or adding to other things, I have basically lived in yoga pants and easy tanks. Nothing too exciting. I did get a beautiful maternity dress for our Baby Shower BBQ this weekend that I can’t wait to wear (and share with you!). Summer Maternity post coming soon!

Exciting Moments: We had our ultrasound this past week, so I got to see the babies and watch them wiggling around. Oliver finally shifted to a head down position, but Annabelle decided to rotate so that she is now in the breech position with her little booty really low. I am praying that this will change and she will do some more flips in the next couple of weeks. The bright spot that Annabelle had is pretty much non-existent now. We also have our Baby BBQ coming up this weekend, which should be a lot of fun! My hubby will be there and get to enjoy the celebration with all of our friends as well this time.

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Thoughts from this past week:

  • I am so thankful that we are settled in to our new house. There is so much more space for all of our kids and everyone just seems more at home. I can’t wait to bring the babies home to their nursery and watch them grow just like I watch our girls just getting bigger every day!
  • I can’t believe our Baby A, Annabelle, turned breech after being nothing but head down. Per hospital requirements, I cannot even attempt to deliver naturally if she is in a breech position because she has to come out first. Ugh. Lots of prayers that this will only be temporary.
  • I feel like the last month has been a whirlwind. I can’t believe it is almost May and that we are counting down the weeks in single digits until these babies get here.

*Here’s to carrying around 6 pounds of babies, and praying they only continue to grow*

joanna at motherhood and merlot