I am a Thirty-Something mother of four beautiful girls. My love for them, and the joy I've experienced during this crazy ride called motherhood, has inspired me to help make the dream of a family become a reality for couples through gestational surrogacy. I've proudly helped A&T, as their lives were forever changed when they welcomed a son in April 2010 and K&S were blessed as parents in Sept 2012 when we welcomed their twin boys. I completed my final surrogacy journey Nov 2015 when I helped a wonderful local couple J&W and Big Brother add their family with the birth of twin boys. I am so very fortunate to have wonderful relationships with each one of my surro-families and continue to share in their lives.
We've had a couple of recent appointments so here's the latest. Babies are growing like weeds and measuring in almost the 90th percentile each. (Yikes!!) They are averaging about 1.5 lbs and doing great. Here is an adorable pic of babies snuggle together. Their heads were nestled in by my right hip (vertex) side by side.
It's obvious my belly is growing, so just for fun I had my OB take a fundal height measurement and my 24 week bump. It is measuring 36 cm or comparatively to what would be expected at 36 weeks gestation with a singleton. Oh my! Although they are growing beautifully, there are some concerns. I have excess fluid and based on babies size and my faster than usual weight gain, I may be developing gestational diabetes (GD). Boo!
Fraternal Twins 24 weeks
For now I've been instructed to modify my diet, reducing the amount of carbs and sugars I'm eating. I already took a glucose tolerance test (GTT) at 16 weeks and there were no concerns, but we've moved up the next one - which is typically done at 28 weeks - and I'll be taking it at 25 weeks instead. There are some risks to both babies and I if I do indeed have GD so it's good that the doctors are being proactive with some early monitoring and lifestyle changes. The sweets are a given and easy to identify but carbs are a little more difficult ... I'm just taking it one meal at a time.
24 weeks with J&W's twinsies
I've found a few things that are keeping me more comfortable as this belly continues to expand. One thing I've discovered are compression socks/sleeves. Oh my what a difference!!! I was having a lot of discomfort in my legs and these work miracles. I can tolerate being on my feet for longer periods of time which is significant while I'm still working yet. I've also been able to find some more comfortable sleeping positions lately keeping my waking down to a bathroom trip or two a night. It's the small things really.