- the bladder thing. Some days I can go hours without peeing, and then when I go it's a really full bladder to empty. But other days I feel like I have to go all the time, even though when I go it's only a tiny bit. This varies from one day to the next, or even from morning to afternoon. Same at night - some nights I can get about 6 hours of sleep in before I have to get up to pee, and then other nights I'm up every hour.
- and the bladder control thing - leaking a little when you sneeze is fun. not.
- And the sneezing - pregnancy causes congestion. I have always been very allergy prone, so I'm used to sneezing and blowing my nose a lot. But this really is a constant congestion.
- And related to the congestion - the snoring! Poor J! He has to sleep with ear plugs every night, because I snore so loud now. I have tried those breathing strips that you put on your nose, and I don't think they really helped much.
- Burping - I sound like an old man. These large, loud burps come out of me, sometimes with very little notice or control. It happens when I change position - go from sitting to standing, etc. - the burp just comes out.
- Farting - similar to above. usually with little warning. and every morning when I wake up, I lay in bed and fart for a few minutes - like my whole system is waking up.
- Nesting - I am in full on nesting mode - everything in my house is being scrutinized. I'm in fully organization and cleaning out mode.
- Moodiness - fortunately I'm in a good mood most days. But every now and then - I just want to snap some heads off, and the tiniest thing J does can just annoy the crap out of me.
- Abdominal discomfort - what surprises me most about this is how it varies throughout the day. Most mornings when I wake up, I feel great - there's been no pressure on my belly for a good 8 hours, and all the muscles feel loose and comfortable. But by the end of the day I feel like all my abdominal muscles are being stretched beyond their limits. It hurts. Fortunately laying down usually cures this.
- Dreams - no more bad dreams, thankfully. But most nights I have these random series of events that make no sense, all somehow tied together into a single dream that weaves from one non-sensical scene to another. My mind cooks up some pretty wierd stuff.
- Food cravings - really I've had none. This is the opposite of what I had expected. I would have thought I would have been demanding large quantities of strange foods by this point. but the only thing I have craved is Root Beer.
- Hair - my belly has gotten kind of hairy. This is definitely not something I expected. Fortunately it's very fine and very pale hair, so probably nobody can see it but me.
- Veins - My belly, boobs, arms are covered in these bright blue veins. Some days they are a little lighter, some days they really stand out and look sort of freakish.
- Growth spurts - I guess I thought I would grow at a pretty steady rate. I wasn't really expecting these growth spurts. I will feel like the same size for a week or two, and then I'll have a few days where I am really uncomfortable and then after those few days of uncomfortable, I notice that I seem bigger all of a sudden.
- Heart pounding - sometimes I can feel like my heart is going to just pound right out of my chest, and sometimes I can feel my pulse all over my body.
I think that mostly covers it for now.
We went east of the mountains this weekend to visit J's mom. She lives by a beautiful lake that is a popular vacation destination and an up and coming wine region. We went to a bbq saturday evening with a number of her friends - who all know about the twins and are super excited for us. And they all just kept commenting about how fabulous I looked, and all the women said they never looked this good when they were pregnant, that I was just glowing, etc., etc. It really was very flattering and made me feel even better about my ever expanding body. It's quite nice to be complimented for hours at a time. I'm not yet to the stage where I'm getting all the comments about how huge I am - although I expect that will start soon enough.