Note: Kendra is expecting twins in October. She has agreed to write about her experience here each week.
I’m 35 weeks pregnant and watching the possibility of premature labor, the worst fear of those pregnant with twins, slide behind me. While 36 weeks has always been my goal, and I’m hoping I can get there, 35 weeks seems close enough to me where I can put the fear behind me.
I feel so accomplished hitting this milestone because this past week I’ve turned a corner where delivery feels imminent, and every day I make it a little further I feel reason to celebrate.
Braxton Hicks contractions have quickly gone from noticeable to downright annoying. Anytime I’m on my feet for even short periods of time and especially during the night, my oversize belly hardens up to something I can only liken to Miley Cyrus’ wrecking ball.
While at first I was alarmed, thinking labor was on its way, I now realize it’s just my body’s way of getting ready and warming up for the big day. These contractions are also providing some practice opportunities to learn to relax through the uncomfortableness that will be moving into pain once the real deal starts.
Still with the way I’ve been feeling, I can’t help but think that the big day is going to be any day now.
But since I’ve never really done this before, I could be totally wrong in my estimation. I could have another two, or God help us, three weeks to go. Just to play it safe though, I’ve really started laying low and resting a lot trying to cook these babies just a little bit longer.
Last week as the signs started coming on, I got a pedicure to treat my neglected toes I can’t reach, and my sister treated me to a much needed prenatal massage. Though it’s extremely difficult, I’m trying to get as much sleep as I can, taking long baths and doing my best to stay comfortable and distracted.
I thought I’d share a peek inside Karson and Lucy’s nursery that is for now, quietly sitting empty. It was a lot of fun to dream about and watch come to life with Nate’s help and I can’t wait to put it to use.
The waiting game is officially upon us.