8 weeks!

Today we are 8 weeks along! Yay!! 2 months down, 7 more to go! :D

Baby Center info for this week:
How Jenn and Chad's babies are growing:

New this week: Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from your baby's hands and feet, his eyelids practically cover his eyes, breathing tubes extend from his throat to the branches of his developing lungs, and his "tail" is just about gone. In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. You may be daydreaming about your baby as one sex or the other, but the external genitals still haven't developed enough to reveal whether you're having a boy or a girl. Either way, your baby — about the size of a kidney bean — is constantly moving and shifting, though you still can't feel it.

See what's going on in your uterus this week. (Or see what fraternal twins look like in the womb this week.) Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.
Kidney bean sized babies this week! Grow little ones, grow! I am so excited for our Thursday morning ultrasound - just 2 more days 'til the next sneak peek! I know they will look so different since the last time we saw them, they grow so much these first couple months! It will be exciting to get cleared to start our regular prenatal care as well, and essentially "graduate" from the clinic. That's a big milestone too! :)

I have been reading the book I ordered and getting a lot of good information on multiple pregnancies and what to focus on, what to pay attention to, what to watch out for, and how a really good diet can really help eliminate a lot of potential issues and the more healthy weight you gain and the earlier you gain it you are statistically setting yourself up for a longer pregnancy with healthy weights for both babies. It has been good information, though the guidelines they provide are daunting to say the least. Their pre-pregnancy calorie amount is 2,200 (and I don't usually eat anywhere near that much) and then they jump to 3,500 calories suggested for a twin pregnancy! Holy moly! Based on how I normally eat I don't think I need to jump that high to gain the weight they suggest, but when you just look at the numbers they are daunting. I am supposed to gain at least 20 lbs by 20 weeks according to the book, including making up any weight lost at the beginning (I am down not quite 2 lbs from my starting weight right now). I am making a very concerted and focused effort to eat not only regularly throughout the day as suggested (every 2 hours is what the book suggests) but to really focus on what I'm eating and have been doing really well the past couple days. It's much harder some days with the fluctuating nausea and queasiness but so far I've kept everything down and haven't thrown up which is a huge plus! I'm really learning to not push myself to far, to just eat a little bit at a time, and when I start getting that queasy response to eating I just stop and drink some water or do something else for 10 or 15 minutes then come back to what I was eating. It is hard when I'm not hungry very often to eat so regularly, but as long as I'm mindful of the time I do pretty good at getting in a good amount of protein and calories each day. I plug everything into BabyFit during the day and if I'm lacking in the evening I try to make a good bedtime snack to balance out the day (last night I fixed 2 scrambled eggs with an ounce of cheese, a piece of diced lunch meat and a slice of whole wheat toast for my "bedtime snack" or really "2nd dinner!)

I am completely exhausted, and the alarm going off at 5:30 each weekday morning is so annoying. I am sleeping like a total log each night, but that alarm just goes off way too early! I am trying to nap for about 45 minutes to an hour at work during the day most days, that helps a lot with making it through the afternoon in a mostly functioning state! :) The weekends I just use to lounge and catch up from the week. I watched I think 5 or 6 movies on Netflix this past weekend, because I literally spent 90% of my awake time laying down on the couch just resting, and that was after sleeping in 'til I think 10am on Saturday morning and then 8am on Sunday... my body just wants lots of taking it easy and sleeping!

Kenneth gets to come home for this weekend and I can't wait to see him! I'm worried about how little energy I will have, but I'm sure he won't want to really "do" anything and we can just relax at home and enjoy each other's company for a weekend before he heads back to Kansas City. I've already asked him to help me pull my maternity clothes down from the attic and maybe go to Best Buy and help me find a replacement for my old laptop that is SO slow and drives me crazy - I think that will be enough "planned" activity for his brief visit! It will have been 40 days since he left when he comes home!

I will have to add a belly picture this evening when I can get home and take one. My tummy feels like it's seriously popped out a little overnight. I noticed it last night when I was laying down how it was still rounded and this morning my clothes still fit ok but I can really see that bump starting to fill out... we'll see how much longer I can make use of my "normal" wardrobe! :)

Ok, here's my edited add-in of the belly from today!


  1. Oh my gosh! Where the heck have I been? I didn't even have a chance to see that you got pregnant! Congrats! You're doing such an amazing thing! I look forward to seeing your journey!

  2. That is so awesome!!! I loved looking at those pics when I was preggo with twins too. Rebekah you are doing a great job!! Don't worry about how much weight you gain blah blah blah. Juse eat several times a day and lots of protein. I did a few protein shakes and bars and lots of fluid!!!

  3. Can't wait to see that belly really grow in four or five months. Welcome to the twin club.


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