Buntis Diary: Week 31

Week 31
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Current Weight: 162.75 lbs

I lost weight for the first time in many weeks

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Comments I usually get now

Ako ang nahihirapan para sayo. 

Di ka na yata dapat pumapasok? 

Parang hirap na hirap ka?

And the most irritating: Mabigat?

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I have been waking up in the middle of the night. That is not unusual. I am used to waking up to pee. What is unusual is that I can’t go back to sleep. Since there is nothing to do, I get my phone and browse. Before I know it, I have been up for 1-1.5 hours. And then I get sleepy again. Surprisingly, I don’t feel sluggish when I wake up in the morning. Maybe this is my body’s way of preparing me for the twins’ night time feeding.

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My favorite moment of the day is when Aki and I are sitting in the recliner, talking about school and work. I hope we never lose this can-talk-about-anything-and-every-thing-under-the-sun closeness. 

Aki had a rough day the other day. He thinks he was bullied by an older kid in the school bus. His frenemy, Samuel sided with the older kid. I personally think it was not bullying but Aki was really affected. Here is an excerpt of our cute discussion.

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Oh my sciatic nerve! I get this sharp shooting pains in my lower back. Every little move makes me say Aw! Aw! Aw! 

One of the things I want to do before going on maternity leave is to meet my different sets of friends. Today, Friday, I am missing a get together with my HR friends bec of this sciatic nerve. Next week, I will miss my college dorm friends semi reunion in UP bec of our OB check up. 
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Our conversation topic of the week is purchasing a new vehicle. To say that we are financially unprepared for this twin pregnancy is not totally true but it is also not 100% false. We have our financial targets for every year. We have been saving up for another child and for our retirement. Mega thanks to our financial adviser, Efren Cruz. But 2 kids at the same time?! These little big blessings are unexpected and unplanned for since we do not have twins in both our families. We were not foreseeing getting a 2nd vehicle in the next couple of years. Here we are now, and it looks like we need to get one ASAP. We love our 20 year old van. It is spacious and comfortable. Unfortunately until lately, it’s become unreliable. 
When Franco gives me updates on his car search, the prices that he mentions get me nervous. 
For now, since I know nothing about cars and I am not interested anyway, all I can do is pray about it. I pray that we make the right decision. I pray that we will always be safe. Two things that these twin pregnancy have been teaching us:

1.) God always provides.

2.) God’s plan is bigger and better than ours. I will try not to think and worry about this big financial move too much and let God’s plan unfold on its own. 
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These bunny babies are so sweet and responsive. When I place my palm on my tummy, I can expect that one of them will move and answer with a high five, flying kick or a little nudge. I don’t know how they know it is me. They always respond to me but when I ask someone else to touch my belly and feel their movements, suddenly they stop squirming. 

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One more item off my to-do list: Organize the bigger clothes. So last week, we fixed the 0-3 clothes. This week, I sorted all the 3-18 month clothes that we have. When Aki was little, he outgrew a lot of this clothes even before he could wear them. I have learned from experience that the sizes indicated in tags of baby clothes are not reliable. Some of our 3 month onesies are bigger than our 6-9 month ones. Here is what I did. First I grouped the clothes per category: boy onesies, girl onesies, pambahay onesies, dresses, polo, shirts, shorts, pants, frog suits. Then per category I arranged them based on size after physically comparing each item. Once clothes are organized smallest to biggest, I clipped them. 


When all categories had been tackled, we placed them in my plastic baul.


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Happiest Father’s Day to the man who cuts my toenails because I can’t reach them! Thank you for always looking after us. We love you so so so! 


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I.Must.Stop.Eating.Wiggles

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The struggle to move is real. Thanks to the added weight, my sciatic nerve plus my puffy and painful legs. The most comfortable position for me is lying down in recliner chair. To give up this comfortable position, I must have a very very important reason. 

Every night I have an internal debate with myself. 

I need to pee. Do I do it now or hold it for a few more minutes?
I am so cold but is it cold enough for me to get up? 
I want a sandwich but I also just want to lie down forever. 
PS, if you are pregnant, I highly recommend getting a recliner. Got ours from Mandaue Foam. 

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Look what I downloaded for the twinsipops! An app of different white noises. The book that I am reading, Happiest Baby on the Block recommends shushing to calm fussy babies. 


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My friend Faye dropped by and gave me organic and plump mangoes and bananas! Thanks, Faye! 

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Buntis Diary: Week 30

Current Weight – 163.25 lbs

Total Weight Gain – 35.25 lbs

We hit the 30 week milestone today! 5-8 weeks to go! 

I gained 2.75 lbs since last week. Every step is a struggle (my super sensitive husband calls me penguin queen because of how I walk) but if each little ounce helps my babies get healthier, I am not complaining. 

I limited my dessert intake last week. Today, I will treat myself to a cup of mini McFlurry. 
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Pregnancy Brain

I had two major booboo’s today, June 6.

First, I wrote the wrong date in Aki’s first day of school photo. 


And two, I left my wallet in the car. I had to borrow money from one of the assistants at work. 
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Aki’s first day. 


I made a list of first day traditions when Aki went to Playschool. Only one item on the list survived. The first day of school photo. Hehe. When the twins are out, I wonder if I will have the energy and sanity to continue the traditions I once eagerly did with their Kuya. 

In many ways, Aki is lucky. He had our 100% time and attention. If he was sick, I could cuddle him all day. When the babies are out, that 100% will be divided into 3. Will I be able to give unli-hugs and kisses to each child? What if all of them need me at the same time? What if there is a crying chorus? Who will I pick up first? What if all kids get sick? How how how? 

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I met with my doula and breastfeeding coach friend, Velvet. Finally! 


I shared my plan of moving the twins’ evacuation date to July 25, a week earlier. That is exactly my 37th week. Reason for this is that it is my lolo’s birthday. I would love to name the kids after him or my dad. Both are named Florencio. But, my heart is saying no no no. Hehe. 

Velvet said it is best to let the twins stay inside the tummy for as long as possible. Giving them time to develop their lungs will help them in the long run. Plus NICU can cost as much as 20K per day per child. Ouch! 

Oh well, I will just find other ways to honor the men in my family. Whatever name or birthday they will have, the twins will grow up looking up to their grandparents. 
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Lola Do


Mothers are truly heaven sent. A day before Aki’s first day of school, she brought Aki to Jollibee for a me-and-my-Lola date, to the barbershop for a haircut and to the neighborhood grocery for some snack shopping. On top of that, she spearheaded laundry week, oversaw the carpentry work on the twins’ cabinet and personally wrapped the shelves with cartolina. And the result… drum rolls please……


These are the 0-3 months clothes. The newborn size clothes, all of them, are in our hospital luggage. OA? I know! I don’t know how the clothes will fit. 

Thank you, Lola Do! Aki misses his siksik party with you.

And may I just share, how cute are these #DU30 polos for our baby boy! 


I got most 2nd hand at a very very good deal! Thank you, Kaye, Dindin, Candy and Chie! 

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OB Check-up

We met with our OB again. And again, lab tests still show that I have UTI and anemia. I try not to worry bec our OB does not seem bothered at all. Babies are doing a-OK. From now on, we will see our Doctor every 2 weeks. 

Since Franco is scared of traffic, we were in the clinic, not one, not 2 but 4 hours early! What do to when you have so much time? Do your grocery and baby things shopping. We bought 2 foldable mattresses. One is for our 2nd helper. The other is for Franco or Aki. 

After shopping, we ate in Mang Inasal where we enjoyed our favorite white crema halo-halo! 


Next stop, binggo!!! The last time we played was when I was still preggy with Aki. And just like before, when we thought we are 1 or 2 numbers away from the grand prize, one of the lolas who clearly have been spending too much time there, shouted, “Binggo!!”

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My baby bump hates the following:

humps, sharp turns, uneven roads, laughing hard, sneezing and coughing.  

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This is what I am reading now. 

I swear by Dr Harp’s Happiest Toddler book. Aki was already an easy and happy baby to start with. The book made Aki and me even happier in many ways. 

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I have been manas for weeks but it is only this week that it is become really uncomfortable. So uncomfortable, that I chose to stay at home and sleep while the Endaya boys had fun at the recently concluded ToyCon 2016.


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This week, God used my friend Jane to bless me with bolster pillows and more clothes for Twin Boy. I was just telling myself that we need one more set of pillows. Days later, Jane came bringing just what we need. Thank you, Jane! Thank you, God! 

God, you know my needs and wants. If you are feeling generous, I want a post partum binder that will help me get my old body back and a bathtub, bath pad or bather for newborns. 

Buntit Diary: Week 29

Ola! These are my random thoughts throughout this week. No continuity bec I typed whenever there was something that I wanted to document. 


Week 29

Current Weight – 160.5 lbs 

Total Weight Gain – 32.5 lbs 
Woah! 3.75 lb pounds in one week?! I blame buffet 101, polvoron, flat tops and cupcakes. I hope all these additional weight goes to babies and not to my hips. 

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And for the first time since I was a newborn, my pusod is now an outie! I don’t think it is cute but at least, it does not feel like it is going to get ripped any minute now.
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I am left with less and less clothes everyweek. This week, I say good bye to my knee length pre-pregnancy dress because they are not too short for work!

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One week to go and we hit the 30 week mark! We will see you soon, baby loves! Lord, please bless the next 6-9 weeks of this pregnancy. Allow me to nourish the babies inside my womb and prepare us for the new life after birth.

 
Look, bunny babies. Even our parish church put blue and pink banderitas in joyful anticipation of your arrival. 

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Oh mi, oh my! My back is starting to hurt because of the weight of ever growing baby belly. Now, I know how it is be old. Your back hurts. Your joints hurt (in my case, my singit). You walk slow. You feel sleepy all the time. On the bright side, I am comforted by the fact that I have 3 loving kids who will take care of me when I am old and whiny. 

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May 31 – Today, I officially end my baby clothes shopping spree. Pls no more temptations.

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Waaah! Just learned that Aki goes back to school next week! There are 2 things in our to do list that we haven’t done. Hotel staycation and big brother movie marathon. Plus I still haven’t wrapped the books, checked if his old uniform still fits and sew his new patches. 

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Franco donated his old iPhone to me. Now I can take pics even when he is out. I am still dreaming of a nice camera though. 

Speaking of photography, I normally like to document thru pictures and will not say no to photoshoots. For some reason, a maternity photo shoot does excite me as much as it did when I was preggy with Aki. 
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Monday:

Franco- Be, may mga leaves ba tayo this month?

Me- Wala! Wala! Tipid tayo ng leaves. Pag labas ng kambal natin gamitin. 

 Franco – Final na yan ha.

Me – Final na final.
A couple of hours later, I got call from my sweet driver lover
Franco – Be, mag kakasakit ako. Mag sabi ka na sa boss na di ka makakapasok bukas ( if Franco can’t go to work, I have no means of going to and from work)
And we were not able to our respective offices for the next 3 days.

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Eight weeks (most likely less actually) to go and we still haven’t finalized our sleeping arrangements. One thing is for sure. The twinsipops will not sleep on the same bed with this rolly polly Kuyaki. 


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Guess who just joined chubby feet in the manas party?! My fingers! Yikes! And to make matters worse, there are times when I can’t move my pointer finger. 

Week 30 will be munggo-filled! 

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I had my first ever prenatal massage last Friday night. Yey! I would not say that it was glorious and that I heard Angels sing from the background. Getting a massage, no matter how light it was, is better than not having any. The thing with prenatal massages is that the achy break-y body parts like balakang, lower back and my swollen feet and hands can not be touched. If you are looking for a prenatal massage in the Paranaque area, contact Totally Relaxed at __________ . One hour is only Php250. Home service pa. You can go straight to sleep after your knots have been loosened. The therapist said by the 9th month, I can have a proper back and foot and hand massage. I will definitely bookmark that in my calendar. 

 

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I am finally done reading Siblings without Rivalry. I definitely picked up a number of new concepts and tricks but I am not sure how easy it would be to put everything into practice.  


Got my urine tested again. Still positive for UTI. What oh what else can I do to make these urinary bacteria finally understand that they are not welcome to stay!?
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Got a pretty breastfeeding dress from Marsy. Thank you, dear! You are so thoughtful.
Other things that arrive this week are

– free Huggies newborn diapers sample

– A big bag of baby clothes that I bought from Kathy of KSnaps! Online garage sales are the best!!

– Ring sling. Two years ago, I sold our ring sling online. I have regret doing so ever since I learned how expensive twin strollers are. This week, I woke up at 3am to pee. Normally I would go straight back to sleep but this time, I checked an FB garage sale page and found my old sling! 


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My darling mother is in town. Her main agenda is to wrap her apo’s school books bec the mom is too lazy. Hehe. She swears by this product …… Instead of the usually plastic wrapper, it is a clear sticker paper. Tom, Monday she will also bring Aki to the barbershop for a haircut. 
Since SM Bicutan had a mall-wide sale, we took advantage of the discounts. Standing too long and being surrounded by strangers got me stressed. I sat while my mom looked around and filled our cart. 
Here is what is left of my to buy list
Things to buy:

Lampin – check

More diapers – Check

More wipes – check

Baby bath soap – check 

Sling for me and Franco or any carrier – check

Postpartum Binder – I have one  that will help protect the Caesarian wound. I want one that will help bring back my old body. 

Bfeeding pillow – My SIL said she will lend me hers. 

Twin books

Buzzer

Snacks for hospital bag
Wishlist: 

Camera

Cabinet – Finally found a carpenter who fixed the babies’ cabinet. 

All white bedsheets – check 
On her second day, my mom whose nesting instinct is always on high gear, lead the way to disposing most of our clutter. Hehe. What would take me days and tons of frustration with Ate Doring’s organizational skills, took Mommy only a couple of hours. Moms are truly heaven sent. I am glad I got to share this mother-daughter bonding with this pregnancy. I know it won’t be until many years from now but I already look forward to taking care of twin girl when she gets preggy and sharing my mom wisdom with her. 

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This Kuya is so excited that he sometimes squeezes my tummy. 


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Weirdest thing I heard this week: 

Ate Doring: Tama ang hula ko. Delayed na si __________. Sa I na nga ba at malapit na siya mabuntis. Ang mga pusa ay barako ng barako sa bakod nila. Aba, nung sayo tama rin ang hula ko. Walang tigil ang mga pusa noon. Sabi ko nga, mabubuntis na nga itong amo ko.
Prenatal Masahista

“Ang gamot Ma’m, sa namamanas na kamay ay ibabad mo sa mainit na tubig na may asin. Oh kaya, pagising sa umaga, ihian mo yun kamay mo”
Mother – while we were shopping for baby things

Me – Sige na ilagay mo na yang tabo at palanggana sa cart

Mom – Wag yan. Masama ang dilaw. Baka manilaw yun anak mo.

Happy 30th week tom!