Reading everyone's posts the past couple of weeks I've had a lot of mixed emotions. There have been amazing, wonderful stories from women who have finally given birth after years of waiting (congratulations TurtleMama, Sooz, and Jay!!!) Seeing pictures of their beautiful babies and hearing the joy their 'voices' (underneath the exhaustion and craziness) is so wonderful.
And then there are the women who are still happily pregnant - furnishing nurseries, picking out names, posting their ultrasound pictures. It warms my heart to read about every milestone passed, every dream for the future.
But it's the strong, wonderful women who are still in the trenches that really move me. There were a couple of posts this week that broke my heart, and brought me back to those tense, awful days in my recent past. I have no words of wisdom - all of you are veterans, and know how to navigate the landmines associated with IF. I just wish each of you as much peace and strength as possible in the coming days, and the shortest point possible from here to getting your dream babies!
In other news, I've been very busy and productive preparing for the babies arrival. I've pretty much picked out a crib, stroller, glider, and am now starting to research infant seats. We are planning to throw a shower in a month or so, before I get too huge. I've also lined up a baby nurse for the early weeks and am very far down the line with figuring out a nanny to help me during the week. I was originally going to wait on that but have been told so strenuously by so many people how much I'm going to need help with twins that I've changed my mind. I'm also in the process of ordering new windows and blackout curtains for the nursery, as well as childproofing all of our apartment windows. And finally, I'm designing a built-in closet in the nursery for all of their clothes & toys as well as cleaning out all of our existing closets to make room for all of the new gear.
So whew! A lot going on in the past few weeks, but it's all good stuff. My belly is growing steadily - I popped out another inch or two over the weekend, and am really starting to look like a twin mama now, I think. I've been feeling really good, except for the last few days, where I've started to get a little tired and hormonal - I think this is maybe associated with a little growth spurt by the babes.
More to come soon, I hope everyone has a great 4th of July!