28 Weeks

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photo 2 copy 8Hello, third trimester! We are officially in the final stretch. I feel like STRETCH is the key word there! My stretch marks from before are starting to get darker and I am sure it’s only a matter of time before the twins add to them, even with all the lotion I am applying!

28 weeks has been a big week for our family and our babies! Tommy is finally back home after two months of being gone for work. It feels amazing to have our whole family sitting down for dinner and doing our bedtime routine together again! Noah tried to play it cool while Tommy was gone, like he did not miss his Daddy very much, but they have been attached at the hip since Tommy got home. It’s great to see Noah helping Daddy grill for dinner or listening to them practicing baseball in the playroom. Noah wants to sit by Daddy at dinner, use the same salad dressing, have Daddy read his bedtime stories 🙂 I love it!

28 weeks is also a big milestone for the twins in terms of viability. They have a 90% chance of survival at this point, if they were to be born now. They would still need months in a NICU and there are still some long-term health risks at this stage. Our next big milestone will be 32-34 weeks when they will have an excellent chance of survival without long-term complications.

I had another growth ultrasound this week. The twins are still measuring in the 50th percentile, which is awesome! We have been warned that it is likely that their growth will slow, but, right now, they are both measuring about 3 days ahead of schedule 🙂 Based on their measurements from the ultrasound, Eli weighs about 2 pounds 15 ounces and Emry Jane weighs about 3 pounds 0 ounces. Baby girl is still outweighing her brother, but only by an ounce this time! She is also still breech– I think she gets her stubbornness from her brother Noah. My cervix is still long, about 5cm, and everything else looks good too. I had a TDAP vaccine since I needed an updated Tetanus shot and OUCH  two days later my arm is still sore! I go back in two weeks to check their fluid and have another growth ultrasound at 32 weeks.

P.S. My pregnancy journal said papaya was the fruit for the week because it weighs about two pounds, which is about how much the babies should weigh according to my journal and pregnancy app. Clearly, Eli and Emry Jane are over-achievers! I will add papaya to the running list of fruits that I do not draw well…

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