I'm Kristen. Mom to Luke and Zoey, two-year-olds extraordinaire. Trying to keep a foot in the advertising world (I freelance part-time as a writer/creative director out of San Francisco and Boston). Recently relocated to Albuquerque, NM for my husband's job (I love it). Trying to do the creative stuff I did before babies, but it's hard. Hoping to be an outdoorsy/backpacking/ snowboarding/surfer girl again someday, but fear that may be in the past. Really, just trying to embrace change and find balance--and to be grateful for all the things big and small that are good in my life.

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Pregnancy: Week 13

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Hi Everyone!

Well, I'm 14 weeks pregnant this week...officially out of the first trimester! Yay!

Here's how this past week has been:

  • Terrible nausea at the beginning...getting worse if anything, so as I mentioned last week I broke down and got a prescription from my doctor for Zofran. Feeling a million times better. I'm so weird about taking medicine, though...it just makes me nervous. I'm supposed to start feeling better anyway around this time, so I'm not taking the medicine as scheduled (1 every 8 hours), just waiting until I start to feel a little sick and then taking it. Some days I'm taking 2, some days 3 but really want to minimize it, while still letting it do its job. I so wanted this pregnancy to be total hippie earth mother no drugs or anything, but this is helping me keep my sanity, so... And I guess it's also giving me my first lesson in the fact that you can't sacrifice absolutely everything for your kids...you're still a person, too. I've been walking around feeling like how I feel and how I'm coping doesn't matter, and of course I want to do what's best for my babies and if my doctor said I could harm them with this I absolutely wouldn't do it. But that's not the case, and it's helping so much...
  • Emotionally feeling so much better and more positive, I'm sure because I'm not sick all the time...I always get down when I'm sick...it's so great to wake up in the morning and be excited about the day! :)
  • I've gained 15 lbs so far (!), which is right on track to gain 20 lbs by 20 weeks, which is my goal. Still, stepping on the scale, it's hard not to be a little shocked! It's just temporary. I'll lose it all when the time is right
  • My boobs are really starting to get huge
  • Feeling the round ligament pain more and more...it's not really a big deal, though...just strange to feel the insides of your body stretching
  • Have gotten several headaches over the past week...really bad ones, and not sure what if anything triggers them

Oh, and I had a doctor's appointment this morning...two strong heartbeats, and they'll see me again in a month. :)

Hope everyone has a lovely week!



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Kristen--- Sooo glad you're feeling better and that you had such a good report from your obstetrician this morning. Two strong heartbeats--- what more could you ask for? I'm pleased that you are feeling so much more positive and enthusiastic since the nausea has subsided. Good idea to try to go some time without the z. as perhaps you'll feel better just being out of the first trimester. For me, the second trimester was always the most exciting, felt better, still not too big (but looking pregnant) and the most thrilling part of all, feeling the first little rustles of life within. This will come later, around 20 weeks, I think, but it is definately something to look forward to.
HUGELY grateful that Jack has been found. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you did on his behalf.
Commenting on your blog entry of several days ago, yes, certainly your life will change after the babies come, but that doesn't mean you can't still have interests and activities away from them. (Don't move too far away--- Grandmas make great babysitters!) :-)))))
I would guess your time will be consumed with the twins for a while, and that's how it should be until they settle into a routine, but when the time is right, you'll figure out how to have a little time to yourself and with Jeff, of course. What a great subject to ponder with experienced twin mommies.
Congratulations on your progress!

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermom

Yay for two strong heartbeats! That makes me so happy. (Because, you know, it's all about me)

And can I just say that I love that your mom comments on your posts? Hi Kristen's mom!

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

So incredibly exciting!!!! I'm envious! :)

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCreatingARainbow

You look so happy in this pic :)

October 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

You are looking great! And I love those shoes!!

The most important thing to remember about a twin pregnancy, any pregnancy really, but especially w multiples, is to let go of your expectations and roll with the punches. Be easy on yourself! We all go in thinking about the birth experience we want to have, how we'll breastfeed exclusively, co-sleep...whatever it is, and then the babies come and the plan is turned upside down. I probably had as 'natural' a pregnancy as can be expected w twins, no medications, no diabetes, no bedrest...but it was still highly monitored, and a vaginal home birth was out of the question. My twins were born full term, so no NICU, but that is another huge hurdle for some. I breastfed them both, but supply was an issue by the end of the day, and I could never pump a drop extra, so I had to supplement w formula. I wanted to have the babies next to me in a bassinet, but they wouldn't sleep together...and then N had reflux and colic and would only sleep in the swing....etc etc etc. The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain. Your body and your babies will surprise you, don't ever let yourself feel like a failure! You may have gestational diabetes, you may not be able to breastfeed without difficulty...you may need medication to stop hurling :) Give yourself to permission to cut yourself some slack!!! You deserve it.

October 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchckenpig

So great to see you are doing so well! Must be such a relief to have the first trimester over.

October 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMrs Babydream

You are gorgeous! Love the heels!! :)

October 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterK

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