We saw both doctors today and received some shocking news. My weekly email says the average weight of a baby at 32 weeks is 3 lbs 12 oz. Since Jude and Sloane have both been rather large from the beginning I was hoping they would each weigh a little over 4 lbs. Michael decided to be bold and guessed they'd weigh around 4 lbs 6 oz. I laughed at his silliness.
Our perinatologist checked the usual measurements of the babies (both head down--hooray Sloane!) and with each measurement he either laughed or murmured a quiet "wow." Ready for their weights?
Sloane (our "petite" twin): 4 lbs 11 oz
Jude: 5 lbs
Folks, with almost 6 weeks to go our babies weigh just under 10 pounds.
I couldn't stop laughing. Mostly because if I stopped I'd start crying. Let's be honest, their weights are amazing and I couldn't be more ecstatic but my poor stomach is already begging for mercy and it has a LONG ways to go. He checked everything else and I'm showing no signs of pre-term labor. In fact, he told us he really wants me to make it to 38 weeks so we can set a new world record.
I think he was kidding.
The other thing to keep in mind is these are simply estimates (based on measurements of head, stomach, and femur). I've had plenty of friends who were told their babies weighed a certain amount and came out weighing two pounds less--it's all uncertain until they're put on that scale. And regardless of weight they still have a long ways to go. Lung development is the very last thing that occurs so they're not ready to be out in the real world. Not to mention I'm certain 3 pounds of Jude is his head. :)
Next was the OBGYN appointment, which was short and sweet. She reviewed their stats and then told me about a set of twins who weighed 8 and 9 pounds at birth. I'm still not sure if she was telling me this to make me feel better or to prepare me for a similar situation.
She was happy with my glucose numbers so I get to drop another test, which brings me down to two finger pricks a day. I can handle that!
Weight gain and blood pressure look good. No swelling and no need for bed rest. Yahoo!
My parents were in town last weekend and my mom was nice enough to take some pictures of us (thank you mom)! Most of you have already seen them on Facebook but for those who haven't, here are way too many pictures...
A few days shy of 32 weeks...
When you look at this picture it's very easy to believe I'm carrying 10 pounds of babies!
My mom's idea. I love it!