30 Weeks!

So even though 30 weeks isn’t a new month, it still seems like a big deal. Maybe it is because the babies will arrive at 30 something weeks or because we start seeing the doctor a lot more. I saw the doctor at 28 weeks, today was a 30 week check up, and I will be back for a 32 week checkup. Then at 34 weeks, we start going twice a week. My OB said that the hospital bag should be packed by 32 weeks, which also makes me feel like the babies could arrive any time!

I had my glucose tolerance test yesterday. I had to fast starting at 10pm the night before. Before drinking the glucola, they drew my blood to determine my fasting blood glucose level. This time I got to pick if I wanted lime, orange, or fruit punch glucola. I opted for the fruit punch again. It was a little harder to drink on an empty stomach, and again I only had 5 minutes to drink it. After an hour of feeling nauseous and lightheaded, I got my 2nd blood draw. The second hour, I had a headache and just felt tired (guess it was the sugar crash). This draw came out of my other arm. The final hour wasn’t too bad, but I was ready to eat. This last blood draw came from the original arm, which was already starting to bruise. The good news is that 5 hours later, I found out that my tests came back normal, and I do not have gestational diabetes. I just wish the original glucose screening was more reliable, so I didn’t have to do the “3 hour torture test,” as my doctor so aptly put it!

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At my doctor’s visit, she did a quick ultrasound to look at the babies’ positions, movements, and heart beats (not the longer growth ultrasound or really long non-stress test which will start at 34 weeks). It looked like Norah might have turned head down, so we might be able to avoid a c-section after all! I gained another 5 pounds, so my total weight gain is up to 24 pounds. If we keep on this pattern, I will have gained 45 pounds by 38 weeks! This would put me in the normal overall weight gain for twins. I think the real indication of how far along we are, how big my bump is, and how much weight I have gained is that I think today may be the last day of either wearing socks or getting them on myself!

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28 Week Baby Bump, Appointment, & Names

28 week baby bump

We (the babies and I) spent 3 hours in the medical complex yesterday. We had another growth ultrasound, which unfortunately was at the imaging center and not my doctor. This means that I didn’t get any fun pictures, and I had to drink 16 ounces of water before the ultrasound and then hold it for the next hour and 45 minutes. This is not a nice thing to do to a pregnant lady! The little ones were 2 pounds 11 ounces and 2 pounds 12 ounces. My doctor was happy that they are still so close in size. She didn’t seem worried that they are now in the 25th and 32nd percentile (instead of 40th). My mom told me that I was in the 5th percentile when I was born and the doctor was excited when I hit the 10th percentile at my 1st birthday, so it sounds like genetics may be at play! Both babies were still breach, so their consistent breech positions are leading my doctor to believe that I might end up having a c-section. We scheduled a “just in case” c-section for Fri. Sept. 16 at 7:30am. If the babies decides to wait that long, it would be full term (37 weeks is considered full term in all pregnancies, even though 40 weeks is what due dates are calculated to) and exactly 38 weeks.

Yesterday I also had my glucose screening, Barbacoa lettuce wraps.JPGwhich identifies women who are at risk for
gestational diabetes. My doctor recommended that I try not to eat simple carbs and high sugar foods the meal before, so I had barbacoa lettuce wraps for lunch. The glucola tasted like a thicker fruit punch Gatorade. You have 5 minutes to drink it, and then you can only have sips of water for the next hour. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. After that hour, they drew my blood. Unfortunately, I got a call today saying that I am one of the 15-23% of moms who show elevated blood sugar (mine was in the 160s when normal is 130 or 140). This means I have to do a 3 hour glucose tolerance test. I will have to fast for it, and it requires 3 blood draws (one every hour). The crazy thing is that 2/3 of women who take the glucose tolerance test, test negative for gestational diabetes.

Finally, I had the pleasure of getting a RhoGAM shot in the butt. My blood type is A- (thanks Dad), so this is a preventative measure in case one of the babies has a positive Rh. The shot ensure that my body won’t produce antibodies if any baby positive Rh blood enters my system (which usually happens during delivery). While this would not be a problem for this pregnancy, it could have negative consequences for future pregnancies. This shot hurt! I could feel the whole muscle contract! I have the pleasure of getting another RhoGAM shot within 72 hours of the babies’ birth.

I gained another 8 pounds these last 4.5 weeks, so that brings my weight gain total to 19 pounds. It seems like I am catching up! People keep telling me how small I am, though. I can see a huge difference between the 24 week and 28 week baby bumps! Part of it is probably that during the 3rd trimester, babies more than triple their weight! Weeks 27 and 28 I was really tired and taking almost daily naps, but I have felt better since then. Still getting round ligament pain when I stand up or roll over. Some backaches and trouble getting comfortable when sitting. Without lumbar support, it feels like my ribs are digging into my stomach. So basically the normal pregnancy stuff! Derek said last night when my belly was up against his back, one of the babies kicked so hard, he felt it!

Derek and I have been calling the babies by their names for the past few months. We wanted to make sure that we liked them and felt they fit before we shared. We we are excited to finally share with you: Twin A is Norah Louise Drayer and Twin B is Naomi Ann Drayer. Louise was Donna’s (Derek’s mom) middle name and is his sister’s middle name. It was also Donna’s maternal grandmother’s middle name. Ann is the middle name shared by Michelle’s mom (Patricia), Aunt Katherine, Aunt Margaret, and Grandma. Grandma said that her parents gave her the middle name Ann because they needed a short name since Marguerite Goodendorf was already so many letters!

Chipotle Burritos

We decided to recreate a Chipotle burrito by making homemade versions of Chipotle’s  cilantro lime rice and corn salsa. See the separate post on Chipotle’s (Crockpot) Barbacoa to add that to your burrito!

 

Prep Time: ~30 minutes (including rice cooking time)

Feeds: 4-6 people

 

Cilantro Lime Rice Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or butter
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cup water (rice to water ratio will vary if you are using a rice cooker, usually 3/4:1)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

Place all ingredients in rice cooker and cook until complete. On the stove, heat oil or butter on low heat. Add rice and stir until the edges have turned translucent but the center is still opaque. You should also be able to smell the aroma of toasted rice. Add water, bay leaf, cilantro, salt, lemon juice and lime juice to pot. Bring the pot to boil then turn the heat to low and cover the pan tightly with a lid. Simmer for 15 mins without uncovering the pan. Turn off heat and allow rice to steam (with lid still on) for an additional 30 minutes. Make sure to remove bay leaf before serving!

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Corn Salsa Ingredients:

  • 12 oz sweet corn (frozen, canned, or 3-4 ears)
  • 2 jalapeños (stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped)
  • ¼ cup roasted Poblano peppers, finely chopped
  • 1/4 of a red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt
  • pepper

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then rub the fresh poblano peppers with olive oil. Broil them in the oven until they are wrinkled and charred, about 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer them to a bowl and leave them covered with plastic wrap for at least 15 minutes. Combine your other prepared ingredients.

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Burrito or Soft Taco Ingredients:

  • cooked chicken (or ground beef or shredded beef or pork)
  • lettuce
  • black or pinto beans
  • mayo
  • shredded cheese
  • avocado or guacamole
  • any other salsa you may need (for Derek that is Sadie’s)
  • warmed tortillas

Burrito Toppings 2

Chipotle’s (Crockpot) Barbacoa

Prep Time: ~20 minutes

Feeds: 6-8 people. Yields 6-8 cups of shredded beef and 2-3 cups of adobo seasoned broth.

 

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  • 4-5 pound chuck roast
  • 1/3 cup apple cider viengar
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic cloves
  • 4 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3-4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 bay leaves

Use a blender or food processor on high speed to combine vinegar, garlic, cumin, oregano, black pepper, salt, cloves, lime juice, and chipotle peppers.

If you have time, is it worth cutting the roast into 6-8 chunks and searing all sides in a pan with oil heated to medium high.

Place roast pieces in crockpot. Pour sauce and chicken broth over roast. Add bay leaves and cook on high for 6 hours or low for 12 hours. Remove excess fat and bay leaves. Shred before serving.

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