Friday, February 28, 2014

Babies Bump and 18 Week Update

What a week!  Week 18 started off so much better than it ended... We attended a wedding for one of Nick's high school friends this past Saturday night in Boston.  I was super impressed with being able to make it until the cake was served (my goal!) before heading back to our hotel to go to sleep (while Nick stayed out way too late).  Sunday was stressful because I had to pack for a three night stay in the city for my company's National Sales Meeting from Monday until Thursday.  Monday came and I attended the first portion of the conference.  I went to bed that night and had a tough time sleeping, noticing that my throat was starting to hurt.  I awoke Tuesday feeling pretty awful.  Oddly enough, Nick said he felt the same way.  I, somehow, made it through a day of meetings on Tuesday (coughing violently through all of them).  By the time Wednesday morning rolled around, I could barely get out of bed.  I finally called my OB to see what I could take.  The nurse told me to get Robitussin DM for my cough and to immediately start monitoring my temperature, which I hadn't even thought to take at that point.  When I finally did, the thermometer read 100.4 so I called my OB's office back and they prescribed me Tamiflu.  Nick, who was also still feeling pretty lousy, was leaving work early to go home so he came to pick me up from my Sales Meeting.  Once home, I began to vomit and knew something wasn't right.  The nurse at my OB's office suggested I come in - but not to Labor and Delivery - rather, to the ER, so I did just that.  
After an evening at one of Boston's busiest hospitals, it was confirmed that I do in fact have the flu.  I was fairly dehydrated and my potassium was low.  They gave me IV fluids and a rather disgusting potassium drink and then sent me on my way to continue feeling lousy.  Oh, and Nick went to the doctor on Thursday only to find out that he, too, has the flu.  We're both pretty pathetic here at home going from our bed to the couch and complaining incessantly to one another about how horrible we feel.  We both got flu shots this year and are officially blaming someone at the wedding for passing this on to us! 
 
18 WEEKS LOOKS LIKE THIS:
 
 
How far along:  This picture was taken on the night of the wedding, when I was 18 weeks 3 days.
Total weight gain?  I was up about 10-12 lbs, but since being sick and not really having much of an appetite, I'm worried that I've lost a pound or two.  My doctor promised me that it's OK not to be eating right now, while I'm sick, like I had been.  Her main concern is keeping fluids in me.  But I still worry about this.  I'm trying to drink as many protein-packed drinks as I can right now, but when you're sick, you just don't feel like having much of anything.  Lately, comments and conversations about my weight have really bothered me.  A lot of people will say how great I look and will follow it up with something like you're really having twins?!  Where are they?!  You don't even look pregnant!  I suppose these are nice comments, but they're not at all what I want to hear.  I want to hear that it's obvious that I'm pregnant.  That I've noticeably gained weight.  That it's clear that there is more than one baby in there!  I have an appointment on Tuesday and plan to politely grill my doctor about my progress in the weight department, that's for sure!
Maternity clothes?  I had to buy a couple new pairs of maternity tights for the Sales Meeting that I basically missed... and I'm so glad that I did (miss most of the meetings) because I didn't have to wear them!
Stretch marks?  I don't think I have any... yet.
Sleep:  Right now sleep is not my friend.  My nostrils are full of... stuff... that I cannot, for the life of me, get rid of.  It basically feels like I can't breathe, which makes sleeping near impossible.
Best moment this week:  THANKFULLY, we did have a bit of good that came from the 18th week... more baby furniture deliveries!
 
 
Miss anything?  Right now I really miss being able to breathe out of my nose!
Movement:  I think the feelings of big air bubbles may be these little guys letting me know that they're there.  I'm still not 100% sure, but I do know that they're kicking and punching away in there!  When I was in the ER, they were able to do an ultrasound and I got to see my sweet little boys moving around.  Baby A (Austin) looked like a little boxer punching his little fists out in front of him.  I can't wait to see them again at my appointment on Tuesday!
Food cravings:  None to make note of.  At all.  I have no appetite right now.
Anything make you queasy or sick?  Praise God my nausea is essentially gone.  Granted, it has been replaced by flu symptoms, which actually may not be as bad as feeling like I was going to vomit 24/7!
Gender:  LOVE my Boys!
Labor Signs:  None.  Phew!
Symptoms:  The same… minus the nausea (woohoo!!).  Linea nigra, some ligament pain on my left side in my hip/upper leg area, the nasal congestion, restlessness...
Belly button in or out?  In.
Wedding rings on or off?  On when I'm out of the house and off when I'm in the house.
Looking forward to:  Getting rid of the flu and my doctor's appointment on Tuesday.
 

28 comments:

Amanda said...

Well the flu sucks, but HALLELUJAH! It took 18 weeks but you finally said the nausea is gone! So excited about this! I do think people mean it in a nice way when they say you're tiny… most pregnant women don't want to here how enormous they are. I myself have probably been guilty of this a time or two in the past. But I understand why you're worried… once this flu is over, you can start to pack on the pounds! Hope you're feeling better soon girly! You deserve an AWESOME remainder of this pregnancy after all the crap you've been through!

kharini said...

Wow Aubrey, that sucks! Wow, what a few rough few days you've had. At least you guys are keeping each other company :)

I am soooo jealous of your nursery, of all the space you have! Can't wait to start mine but first I have to kick Dan out that room. That's going to be tough!

the blogivers said...

I remember Amanda feeling the very same way about the size comments - I even felt self-conscious about it sometimes and I wasn't carrying twins! But sounds like you are doing a great job taking care of them, even with the flu beating you up :)

Aramis said...

Sorry to hear you've been sick, but I'm happy that you went ahead and got well taken care of! And super happy that your nausea is gone, even if it is replaced by a flu. Hope you feel better soon!

JenS said...

I'm so impressed with how far along you are with the nursery. That looks like my nursery dresser. Is it ikea?
Hope you feel better soon! I can't imagine having the flu while pregnant.

Lesley said...

Ugh.. flu! My 17 month old got the flu last month. It's scary with babies and pregnant women.. But I think tamiflu is the bomb! Glad you are on the mend.

I'm a small person too..and well, I think you're
showing a lot! :). Your weight is fine.

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Melissa said...

Oh my goodness, i am so sorry you have been so sick! Hope y'all are both feeling much better soon! You look adorable. :)

Amber said...

Scary and sucky to get the flu while pregnant! How horrible that both you AND your husband have it. That is no fun at all.

I have to say, you are not only adorable but absolutely gorgeous! I wouldn't worry about your belly not being ginormous yet as I'm sure it will get there. Hard not to with twins!

I love your chair. Wish I had room for one myself! What I can see of your nursery, it looks pretty awesome!

Hope you feel better soon!

Ashley said...

Ugh not the. Flu!!! It's the worst pregnant! I got it at 20 weeks and I felt like death!! Fear not on the weight loss, it will come right back! I lost my bump and all, but it came back the following week!! Popsicles, Gatorade and gingerale! Soda crackers if you can!! Hope you feel better soon!!

Emily said...

That is so crazy. I can't believe you got the flu shot and still got the flu! Hope you are feeling better soon. Green dress and 18 weeks are adorable on you, and the nursery is really coming together!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry about the flu and hope you are back to 100% soon!
You look fantastic
Thank you so much for the updates; wishing you all the best
Karen

dspence said...

I was worried when I saw the picture in the preview. Glad (sorry) it was the flu and not a trip to L&D! Hoping you start to feel better soon.

I've been dealing with congestion throughout this pregnancy and my midwife allowed me to use Simply Saline nasal spray. It can be used with a single squirt to moisten dry passages or with a long spray for irrigation, like a neti pot.

The Joiners said...

So sorry you've been so sick- hope you feel better soon! And yes, I felt the same way about the size comments- people mean well, but it made me insecure :o/ In my opinion, you look GREAT and I'm sure those little boys are doing (and growing) just fine!

Erika said...

YIKES!!! I am so sorry you were (are) so sick!! That sounds super miserable. You look FABULOUS, though. I hope you feel equally fabulous soon!!

Erika said...

YIKES!!! I am so sorry you were (are) so sick!! That sounds super miserable. You look FABULOUS, though. I hope you feel equally fabulous soon!!

Brittany Sciba said...

You look beautiful and I love your nursery!

Emily said...

Oh no! So sorry you've been sick...no fun anytime, but worse and more scary when you're carrying precious cargo! Hoping that you're on the mend. You look amazing and I think you're the "perfect" size! I think sometimes people just want to say something about belly size...not sure what that's about :)

Caroline said...

can't believe you have had to deal with all of this, but yet still look so adorable!!! I hope you get to feeling better soon and your appt goes well on Tuesday!

Bren said...

I am so sorry you guys have been sick this week. Praying for a healthy remainder of your pregnancy. The nursery looks beautiful, Belle is already breaking in that gorgeous chair! Love the belly pic, and can't believe you're already almost half way there! Woo hoo! You're doing great!!!

The Jewells said...

Got so worried when I saw the hospital picture. Glad that your are doing well and that it was "just" the flu. You look absolutely gorgeous in your weekly picture. Hope both you and your hubby gets better soon!!

Suzanne said...

I'm so sorry you and Nick were so sick!! It sounds awful! Hope you're both feeling much, MUCH better this week.

Your nursery looks amazing. I love it. Can't wait to see those little guys in there!!

Amie said...

I'm so sorry to hear ya'll had the flu, that's terrible and I'm sure being pregnant made it way worse. You look beautiful and pregnant :) Oh and your doggy is so cute!!!

shay said...

Boo for the flu, hope you're feeling better soon! Love the furniture!

Julia Spencer said...

Great furniture! Hope you feel better soon!

Darcie K said...

Boo to the flu! Glad you're feeling better though. You look adorable! Pregnancy looks great on you!!!!!

Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples said...

You poor thing! That does not sound fun. Hope you get to feeling better very soon. Love your furniture and picture of the pup on the new chair. So cute! XOXO

Mrs B. said...

Glad your ok. I was really bothered by the 'you're not really having two' comments as well. But lo and behold between 21 and 23 weeks i had a huge growth spurt and now the comments are more like 'you're huge!'

 
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