Tuesday, July 6, 2010

18 weeks...

We had another appointment today at 18 weeks. Measuring, however...... 24 weeks! And I am definitely starting to feel it. Little aches and pains here and there - some braxton hicks contractions already kicking in - and the most wonderful part of it all, little baby flutters :) Because one of the placentas is anterior, I know it will take much longer to feel the big kicks and punches, but these wiggles randomly throughout the day are subtle reminders that there are 2 tiny people in there :) I can see though how this is going to get really difficult in a hurry. It is getting harder to carry around Carmela now and waking up at least once a night to pee already.... well, let's just say knowing I am only just about halfway there does not make it easy! But it's going incredibly fast. My OB told us today that we can schedule the c-section for around 2 weeks before the due date, so that puts us at right before Thanksgiving. November!! That's only 4 months away! That's also assuming I won't go into labor before that point. After everything we have gone through to get to this point, that seems like a breeze.

So now that I'm showing, the random comments from strangers have begun (what fun!). I always thought it would be really cool to tell people that the babies I was carrying weren't mine. Turns out to be quite awkward though (who would've guessed)! One of my favorite responses so far was hysterical laughter. I kinda just looked at her and that's when she realized I wasn't joking. It was pretty embarrassing! I think people just don't know how to respond, and of course you can't blame them. It is a pretty unusual circumstance. Some people are really interested and ask a lot of questions, which I enjoy. This is something I am proud I am doing and I like to talk about it. It's the people that make the comments that I must be making a lot of money, that I'll never be able to hand over the babies, that I must be a glutton for punishment - these are the comments that sting a little. But taken with a grain of salt. I know why I am doing what I am doing and what I am capable of. So when somebody asks me when I am due and I respond that it's with twins, and they aren't my husbands ...... I always end up adding that they aren't mine either, but one day I think I'll just leave it with the first part and walk away :)


  1. So glad to hear things are going well. And it sounds like you are dealing with reactions to the situation as best you can. Keep your chin up though all the weirdness from strangers, you are doing an amazing thing for this family! :)

  2. Jennifer AgostinhoJuly 12, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    I think it is a wonderful thing you are doing! I have so much respect for you! What wonderful give you are giving! So unselfish! Do not peoples comments get you down! You are a far better person then many! :)

  3. Jennifer AgostinhoJuly 12, 2010 at 9:05 PM

    Oops sorry What I meant to say was *Gift* and Do not *let* peoples

  4. LOL, it's so weird to see my name in your post!! For a minute I was like, "what!?" :)

  5. Kristen, Please keep your head held high. You are giving the most amazing gift of life to a very lucky family. You and Brandon have been in my thoughts and prayers. Take Care, Jill W.