Tuesday, November 13, 2012
On Sunday I hit 30 weeks, which is technically "any day now" territory for twins. And, much to my own surprise, I'm quite calm about it. A week ago my doctor told me that everything looks good and there is no reason to worry about preterm labor. The girls are big for their age and perfectly healthy. Cutting back my hours at work has allowed me to rest more and overall made my life much easier.
But what is really letting me rest easy, both literally and figuratively, is that I now feel prepared enough should the babies decide to surprise everybody and come early. The babies are over 3 pounds each which is well into viability, given the wonders of modern medicine. They would need to spend a good deal of time in the NICU but their chances of survival are very high and their chances of having normal lives are also very high. I have bought or ordered everything we need to welcome the babies home and the house is in good enough shape to receive them. That doesn't mean that the house is where I want it - there's still a lot of organizing and a little furniture moving left - but we have proper places to feed, bathe, change, and sleep them. I've reached out to postpartum doulas (we plan to hire part time help for at least 3-4 weeks since neither of our families live nearby) and started packing my hospital bag.
So I feel like I have successfully met at least the bare minimum of baby baking and preparedness and it's a great feeling. Everything from here on in is a bonus - I've done my job well and everything will be just fine.
Edit: Of course I don't want the babies to come yet - I'm still hoping to hold out for another 6-8 weeks - but I have a feeling of peace and faith that no matter what happens from here on out, everything will be fine.