Week 33

All the cloth diapers went through a wash cycle and are ready to be used when the time comes.

I developed an itchy belly button and had to resort to calamine lotion and anti fungal cream to help me feel better.

I have been having a cook come home and prepare meals since last week and it has been quite a help.

Met with Dr. SLL who again advised me to eat more meat, fish and avocado to put on more weight.

I developed a sore throat on friday and having been trying to soothe the pain that accompanies swallowing anything.

On Saturday the 20th May, we attended antenatal class on the labour experience. Before the class, we went to Vivocity and got myself a dress for the photoshoot.

We did a maternity photoshoot on sunday at the botanical gardens. We had to start from home as early as 6.15 am or so and reach the BG at 7.10 and we shot for around 2 hours. I was completely tired at the end of it.

During one of the shots, the photographer asked me to lean against a tree which had plenty of ants and it bit me all over, in the head, neck and went inside my dress… That was a lesson learnt…never to lean against a tree without checking who lives on it. 🙂

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Week 32

Went for the week scan and the babies weighed 1.45 and 1.4 kgs. That was something like 6 percentile and 4 percentile – in the lower end of the weight spectrum. VJ couldn’t join for the scan as he was away in HK for 2 days and a night.

Coming back from the scan, all i have been doing is just eat and eat and eat hoping to beef up the babies.

On Saturday we attended the second session of antenatal classes where we were the only couple expecting twins. This session was more about nutrition and general changes to expect during pregnancy.

We visited an agency proposed by a friend that had helpers from the north east, but unfortunately, didn’t manage to find one who would suit us.

On Sunday, we went for a trial photoshoot by ourselves at gardens by the bay east. It was really tiring to walk or stand and I was growing restless. But we did have fun nonetheless.

We then went to interview some helpers at far east shopping center, but no luck yet.

Week 31

Yayyy! Officially completing 31 weeks today. 8 more weeks to go before our babies come home. Fingers crossed.

We met with Dr.SLL on friday morning. The babies seemed fine in the scan, however doctor said I could eat more. Olive had his head down this time and Peaches had her head up near my right ribs.

We also did the pre registration after visiting the doctor which included financial counselling. I was given a sheet with all cost details and another one to note down the number of baby movements from week 32 onwards.

We attended the first session of antenatal classes at NUH which comprised of hospital tour on Saturday. We visited the delivery suite, the recovery room, baby nursery, operating theatre and the place to do paperwork once the baby is born like birth certificate etc., NUH is a huge hospital and i felt like we were walking a lot from one place to another.

Later we went to have lunch at vivocity and went to shop at H&M since we were supposed to go for a baby girl’s birthday party with pink dress theme and i had nothing to wear in pink. I ended up being very cross with Yuva because he hesitated to stand in queue for me in front of ladies’ trial room.

My week 31 ended with a beautiful surprise from dear husband and our little village of friends in Singapore who threw a surprise baby shower. so it wasn’t the baby’s birthday party that i thought i was attending….I feel very grateful.

Week 30

I feel very big and tired often but really excited to hit the 30 week mark. We went to Baahubali part II with parents one day shy of week 30 and both the babies were kicking a lot during the loud war scenes. Maybe I shouldn’t have bothered them by exposing them to such loud noise…

After Baahubali, we went to have lunch at MTR and boy did i suffer from a bad bout of gas in my tummy. At first I wasn’t sure what that pain was…whether it was natural stretching of my belly or gas in my tummy. Luckily we had gaviscon and I had very little of it and it helped a lot. No MTR for me for a looong loong time.

Sleeping becomes increasingly difficult for long hours. Legs hurt if i stand for long. Back hurts as well and god bless dear husband for those massages that soothes the sore back.

We have been seriously considering getting a confinement nanny and are simultaneously reaching out to get a domestic help.

We met with Ms. A and her family and learnt that they are expecting as well in November and were very delighted to hear the good news.

I feel there is still so much left to do and so little time before the precious bundles come out of my tummy.

Week 29

We crossed the week 29 mark this Sunday.

VJ’s parents arrived on Thursday morning and my parents reached on Friday evening. On Sunday we had the traditional baby shower organized at our place.

Mother in law made tonnes of dishes – puliogare, mango rice, curd rice, coconut rice, pudina rice, carrot halwa, curd vada and pappu vada.

We finally announced to family and friends that we are expecting twins this week. It was a pleasure to see how each one of them reacted.

VJ’s brother announced that he is expecting as well this week. So family is bubbling with good news. Our cute little niece Ms.M visited us and we all enjoyed cuddling her. We used the combi to take her around and are now rethinking if it is a wise decision to get one.

In terms of baby’s activity there isnt much to comment. My belly has become slightly bigger and I find it hard to stand for any time longer than 10-15 minutes. I need to pay attention not to wear skirts without shorts as my thighs get easily chafed.

Week 28

I went in for 28-week scan at NUH yesterday. We completed 28 weeks day before yesterday.

At NUH, one of the nurses took me to a video screening room during the waiting time to educate me and a few other moms/dads-to-be on breastfeeding.

NUH calls itself a child-friendly hospital and is a strong advocate of breastfeeding. I found the video informative and the nurse was also there to explain a set of slides from a presentation.

My turn to get scanned came a whole hour and a half after the scheduled time and I got to see both the babies.

Peaches was head down during the last scan, now she is breech. So is Olive. Peaches weighs 1.1 Kgs and olive 1.04Kgs.

Placental position:

During my 22 week scan, the technician had mentioned that one of the placentae was low lying. But the doctor didn’t bring it up during the consultation.

So this time around, another technician checked for the position of the placenta and apparently it wasn’t lying low anymore. I was explained that as the uterus stretches, it moves the placenta away from the cervix in some cases.

I wanted to do a preregistration for labour, but it was lunch time anyway and the nurse was not around for counselling. We have our first prenatal class on 6th May where we have a hospital tour. So i plan to club the preregistration and financial counselling for labour at the same time.

I also learnt during this visit that the package I took covers only the scan on week 22 and week 32. Any scan in between will be charged for.

After the hospital visit, I went to IKEA for lunch and picked up some wash cloth. but I could feel pain in my belly even before I could complete the tour of the showroom to reach the restaurant.

Anyways, I am looking forward to the visit of parents and in-laws this week.

My next appointment is on 5th May with the Dr. SLL.

Week 27

VJ was sick off on 12 and 13th. It was good to see him although he was really tired and was still on office calls from home.

13th Robinson sale

Picked up changing mat and bath tub. Also managed to find a swimsuit that fits my 6 months pregnant body.

There was a time where I could shop for hours, but this time around, I couldn’t bear the weight of peaches and olive for more than 30 minutes and had to sit down.

14th – Friends had us over for Vishu and we had a yummy lunch in banana leaf.

15th – I had the blouse altered for the function when in-laws visit. Luckily the altered blouse fits me without having to do add a piece of cloth to make it fit.

16th – was spent in preparing the nursery by trying to remove the old furniture.