The last few weeks have been flying by! There's something about being past 30 weeks pregnant that makes birth seem very imminent, especially when it is quite likely that you will not go to 40 weeks. And here I am, right on the cusp of being 32 weeks pregnant. The past few weeks have found me craving ice like no one's business, realizing that most of my maternity shirts no longer cover my belly, and starting to think about how to concretely prepare for the birth of the babies.
We had an ultrasound a few weeks ago which showed that Clara and Dorothy are super stars. They're still measuring within 2% of one another (that's the big worry with twins that share a placenta), and are apparently huge for twins-- and would even be nice and big for singletons. That's great news, especially considering that our ultrasound came at the end of a period during which I was quite sick, not able to eat very reliably, and worried about the babies ability to grow and thrive. Ben and I skipped out of the ultrasound knowing that everything is just fine. It was truly an answered prayer!
I'm still learning to take it easy, and generally don't realize I'm doing too much until after the fact. Ben has wisely suggested that I no longer schedule things out of the house, which is quite reasonable considering that we're in the homestretch here and I seem to do much better with the option of lying down for a bit and grabbing a snack. And of course I'm still doing little things out of the house, like taking Lily to preschool, puttering around the block for a sloooow walk, or taking the girls to a playdate. And maybe it's because I'm a homebody by nature, or the fact that fall seems to invite one to stay close to the hearth, but I don't mind it! In fact, the days that the kids and I are staying close to home seem to go most smoothly for everyone.
Ben, on the other hand, has been doing exactly the opposite of taking it easy, as my limited repertoire of activity has landed him with a heavy load of housework. Things that I've always done easily during the week, like grocery shopping, laundry, housecleaning, and even sometimes meal prep are now often outside of my capabilities. Evenings and weekends have been busy for him, and we've been struggling to find a sense of balance. Between trying to do things more efficiently, letting some things go, and lowering our standards (and accepting help from sweet friends and family members), I'm hoping we'll be able to make it through the next few weeks without burnout on anyone's part.
It is absolutely crazy that the babies could be here as soon as 4 weeks from now! So exciting!