We had a midwife appointment on Monday, and everything looks great: the babies are growing like weeds, and I was told that I can stop worrying about going into labor. The babies are ready. Which means that I am allowed (encouraged, even!) to do anything that I feel like doing, anything that I have energy for, anything that I would normally do. Oh, this is a huge relief. Anyone who has severely restricted their activity over a sustained period of time knows what a relief this is. So I have been bustling around the house, getting things ready for the babies, doing laundry, stocking up the freezer. It has felt great to be more active these past few days, which gives me the tiniest glimpse into what I imagine I will feel like in the coming weeks once these babies arrive!
Of course these final days of pregnancy pose their own challenges, such as my poor swollen feet, my hands which keep falling asleep (carpel tunnel's syndrome, anyone?) and my complete inability to stand up from a sitting position. Have you ever seen a pregnant woman balance a glass on her belly? I could balance a tower of glasses, no problem. Ben and I got a snack after the midwife appointment and the sweet woman checking us out looked at my belly and, concerned, uttered in her broken English, "Too big! Twins?" Yes! I am officially past looking really pregnant with a single baby and into the realm of looking really pregnant with twins. I love it.
A couple of times people have asked something to the effect of, "Twin pregnancy is hard, but do you really think that it will be much easier when the babies arrive?" To which I respond a resounding, "Yes!" Oh, yes. There's the fact that we love newborns around here (and have experience keeping them happy and healthy). There's the fact that I am usually the one in the family with a surplus of energy, and have been needing to take it very easy for the last several months due to the demands of this pregnancy. And of course there's the fact that we're thrilled to meet these two new people who are about to join our family. There are parents who gripe and groan about having a newborn around, and I am simply not one of them. It is thrilling, and challenging, and tiring, and a wonderful adventure. It is a precious gift, and I look forward to it wholeheartedly.
Speaking of looking forward to things, my big sister comes home today with her unbelievably adorable bundle of a baby! Oh, I am so excited!