Twelve Weeks

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They're little limes today and I'm a little stronger this week. No nausea in eight days and we've been able to resume our usual weekend activities. I can't shake the light-headedness for some reason, spent the first few weeks of my pregnancy fainting in public and am still struggling with physical activity like walking, lifting, carrying a heavy purse down the street. I'm frequently sitting down on street curbs, smack down in the middle of store aisles, if I'm lucky, a stranger's bistro table at a sidewalk restaurant. (Yesterday, I joined a man eating lunch alone, because he had with him an empty chair.)

It turns out, almost fainting is a great way to meet eligible bachelors!

We've decided that the babies will have a nursery in what is now my office and I'm looking forward to having, for the first time, a space to nest, decorate, fold clothes. When Archer and Fable were born they shared a room with us, which was wonderful and totally cozy, but I always secretly wished I had a little space to prepare for my babies. Now I do. Even if it means rearranging the house to find a new place for my workspace, I'll have my first nest.

Slowly, I've reconnected with some of the maternity clothes I handed off to friends and family over the years - the pants I married Hal wearing, the shirt I wore to the doctor when I found out Fable was a girl, jeans I wore to the hospital, to give birth to Archer... And yet, I can't bring myself to wear any of them. It's the strangest feeling, like stepping into the past, a past I treasure OF COURSE, but am also so relieved to have put behind me.

I'll stick to leggings and tunics for now.

The other day Archer and Fable appeared with red and purple marker all over their faces and these grins the size of life, and I thought to myself, "partners in crime!" Later it struck me that the same thing is happening INSIDE me right now: A mischievous partnership is forming. Like Archer and Fable with different markers. Miraculous stuff.

Twin babies, fetuses at 12 weeks - BabyCenter
what the babies look like today, via babycenter
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what my belly looks like today, via babies (in my) center

GGC

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42 comments:

Krysta | 6:27 AM

Stop it. You are just so freakin cute! I love hearing about your journey with the twins!

Margaret | 6:34 AM

You look amazing! And I am all the happier now that I found out yesterday I'm pregnant, too! (Not with twins, likely). (Not linking to my blog since it's not all that official yet!)

Seriously, that belly is wonderful, and those babies are absolutely getting to know each other!

ameliawalton.com | 6:48 AM

Looking good, lady!! I remember being SO excited about maternity clothes (I'm not kidding here) prior to getting pregos with my son. It all looked so awesome and bizarrely liberating and I just thought was going to be one of the best parts of being pregnant. Isn't that strange? That is the difference between first, second, third times: context. I have a context for those stretched out shirts and stretchy topped pants that is much bigger than what the cotton might suggest. As with so many things, there is a level of bittersweetness to that box full of clothes. And even stranger? I bet I'm going to be waxing poetic about giving them away for good one day too. It's tough being a lady-type! :)

Jen | 6:51 AM

You are looking lovelier and lovelier by the week! Although my ovaries are still dancing a jig somewhere in the dark beyond, I'm doing my best to ignore them as I read your posts. What a delicious bump that is becoming:)

Lindsey | 7:01 AM

I can't tell you how giddy these posts make me. I always wanted twins, and if I can't have them I am so glad that someone like you, who can tell the story so generously, can have them. I look forward to each post.

Janyne | 7:07 AM

You look beautiful. I'm glad you're feeling better this week, here's hoping it keeps up! x

Red Stethoscope | 7:19 AM

What adorable baby limes! You are rocking the leggings and tunics, so I very much approve of that choice. And I do understand the feeling of not wanting to go back to the past sometimes. I hope you do feel better soon...public fainting is not good! (Although since I am single, I can attempt the public fainting as a strategy to meet single men and report back. YOU'RE WELCOME.)

Desiree Fawn | 7:43 AM

LOVE that little belly! You're gorgeous, mama!

mom2nji | 7:44 AM

I am twelve weeks today too, but no where are cute as you look! So awesome to be on this journey.

Sarah | 7:44 AM

Wow, you look amazing! I'm going to enjoy following your pregnancy. What I think is sooo awesome is you are bringing a new 'set' of kids into your mix. As you said, Archer and Fable are partners in crime and I think it's cool you will have another set of kids to pal around together - you're so very very lucky! I must say, last week when I tuned in to your blog (it's been a couple of months ..) I was a bit freaked out. My period was 2 wks late. But you see, as excited as I could have been, I have a 10 yr old .. whoa .. that would be a crazy age gap, oh, and I'm 45 .. ya, not wanting to be mum of a teenager at 60, no thank you! So, anyway, it came yesterday and yes, to much relief. So NOW, I get to live the excitement of a pregnancy thru you! I love following your blog, your pics, your crazy life. And I'm sooo glad you get to have the fun of decorating a special room for the twins, that is so much fun. God Bless you thru your pregnancy Rebecca!

Baby in Broad | 7:47 AM

I'm so sorry about the fainting! That's such a scary feeling.

Lightheaded or not, though, you look absolutely beautiful. You do pregnancy well, mama!

~ Noelle

expatmamaintoronto | 7:50 AM

You look fantastic! Glad that you are starting to feel better! Love following your journey with you! Makes me miss being pregnant... but don't tell my hubby- we have a three month old now and he isn't ready for THAT conversation yet :)

kdk | 8:51 AM

Ironically, I never felt as comfortable in my body as I did when I was pregnant. There is just something about having a baby in your belly that makes every inch of you just right the way it is.

Dory | 8:54 AM

you look fabulous. I'll bet you will start feeling them really soon!

marlene | 9:42 AM

you look awesome! thanks for taking us along on your (their) adventure :)

Tricia | 9:50 AM

What brand/style leggings are you wearing? I covet them so...

You look so beautiful! I'm also a mom of a daughter and son (soon to be 5 and 1, respectively)... and I am living vicariously through you right now. Like so many others have said, you are living out our dreams (hopes, fears, joys)- and it's beautiful how you're sharing these precious moments with all of us. Thank you! Just one more stranger loving you and your adorable, growing family from afar. Best wishes~

Liliana | 9:52 AM

I am so loving the week by week with ggc! You are the cutest pg lady eva!

Glenda | 11:30 AM

The fainting is scary! Be careful! but you look FAB!

I wore leggings and larger tee's / tunics for both of my prenancies. :D

They will definitely be "team players" or "partners in crime" ha!

Abi | 12:30 PM

I will be 16 weeks on Wednesday. What are you wearing and where do I get them??? :) I bought leggings in January... before I found out I was preggers, so I can't wear them anymore. I've been wearing my old maternity jeans and while they're comfy, they're not exactly fashionable.

I'm sorry about the fainting. I haven't experienced that ever. But I've been having massive hot flashes... I wanted to strip naked at the grocery store last week because it was so bad. I didn't want to scare anyone, so I kept my clothes on, sat down and had some water instead.

Anabelle Tess | 12:59 PM

I just started reading your blog, this morning I've watched your momversation and I thought about you all day. Twins... Since my baby and second child was born six weeks ago, I've often thought about how it would be to have two babies at the same time... I totally admire mothers of twins. ,I on the contrary, and because of sentimental reasons, have a 10 year-old daughter and a six-week old son and I already find it difficult at times...
But I am sure this is going to be a GREAT experience and for sure double ration of love and fun and learning!
We all can manage to deal with difficulties in our families. I called mine a patchwork family (go visit my blog if you are interested: pregnancyjoyandotherthings.blogspot.com)
By the way, your little belly looks really cute, and it brings lovely memories to me, so thank you... I just loved being pregnant!
Take care.

Hilary | 2:08 PM

Seriously, maybe I need to start eating everything you eat - you look amazing! Just wanted you to know your blog is an absolute joy to read. Thanks!

jessi ♥ | 2:17 PM

I'm excited that we're due around the same time!!! You look great haha. I need to get some cute clothes that fit me, I'm tired of the frumpy!

Amanda | 2:25 PM

I get so excited for these posts! You're making me want another and that's no easy feat.

Sorry to hear about the faint spells you're having. I had a few when I was in my in first trimester. I remember sitting smack down in the middle of an aisle at Whole Foods thinking I was going to throw up and feeling like a weirdo since I wasn't showing yet so people just thought I was freaking out.

And leggings+tunics= pregnant woman happiness. Jeans were my personal pregnant hell.

rachel | 2:34 PM

I love hearing about your on-the-way twins! The next best thing to having them is hearing about it from someone else.

Wait, maybe hearing about it from someone else is even better....

Jessica | 3:43 PM

Love the weekly baby updates!
Have you had your blood checked for anemia? That made me super lightheaded with my last pregnancy... I would lay down behind my desk at work so people couldn't see me :)

Meghan | 4:24 PM

Yay for bumps!

Liz | 4:32 PM

CUTENESS!!

Kailee | 4:51 PM

I had terrible bouts of being lightheaded with my little babe. That, for me, totally trumped the morning sickness of the first trimester. Just a horrible, out of control feeling.

Hang in there, mama! And, by the way, I think you're already glowing!

Jenna | 5:19 PM

"With different markers." Ha! Yes.

Love following along with you.

Now I kinda want to go find my old maternity clothes!!

My Name Is Jonas | 5:38 PM

I have been so busy with life(fack eh?) and have been neglecting your blog, which is one of my favourites. I'd been needing a dose of Mommy-related support, which is when I usually turn to your lovely words. I swear I cried reading your posts and catching up with your unbelievable news. Congratulations from the bottom of my heart, like every challenge you and your family have faced before this one will be met with love, laughter and triumph. Big love to you and that adorable bump.
P.S. Some optimism to add to the mix; My Grandma swears to me that her twins were the easiest because they had a built in buddy... she never had to entertain them, she could get things done because they rolled together. And my cousin recently had her twins by natural vaginal birth, full term, no complications. Cheers! It totally happens. All the time. xo

Elizabeth | 5:58 PM

Horray for your super-cute lime-holding bump!!!

SoMo | 6:45 PM

Sorry if this is a repeat and if you are a vegetarian. I got lightheaded, not fainting though, when I was pregnant with my son and protein really helped. I did it in the form of a hotdog, not the best but it was quick, easy and didn't make me want to barf. Yes, I know that is weird, but whatever worked.

Pretzel Thief | 7:54 PM

Eeeep, so exciting! Looking fab, Rebecca, just gorgeous. And, as always, love your writing. Reading it almost evokes like a phantom nostalgia of sorts. I KNOW, right? You have such a flair for writing...it's beautiful and full of warmth. :-)

Anabelle Tess | 10:51 PM

I just started reading your blog, this morning I've watched your momversation and I thought about you all day. Twins... Since my baby and second child was born six weeks ago, I've often thought about how it would be to have two babies at the same time... I totally admire mothers of twins. ,I on the contrary, and because of sentimental reasons, have a 10 year-old daughter and a six-week old son and I already find it difficult at times...
But I am sure this is going to be a GREAT experience and for sure double ration of love and fun and learning!
We all can manage to deal with difficulties in our families. I called mine a patchwork family (go visit my blog if you are interested: pregnancyjoyandotherthings.blogspot.com)
By the way, your little belly looks really cute, and it brings lovely memories to me, so thank you... I just loved being pregnant!
Take care.

Ray | 11:48 PM

Amazing times two million! I know I've written this before (and I'll probably write it a ton of times after this) but: I'm so happy for you! YAY 12 WEEKS!

It would be so cool if you could do entries on your idea's for the twins nursery. ;o)

sarah | 5:10 AM

you are a doll.

Michele at A House Called Nut | 7:51 AM

I bet those bachelors are thrilled to have pretty pregnant ladies joining them for lunch. Looking good!

Kayla | 9:17 AM

You look great, and I can't wait to hear more about your twins!

S | 9:35 AM

So.. I have a little story for you. My aunts are twins and supposedly it skips a generation. I hope it does because I remember watching them, even when I was very young, and thinking that I wanted that. And now that I am older and considering reproducing I would LOVE to have twins, that is a scary thing to admit but oh well. Anyways, I digress. My aunts came along after my grandparents already had two children under the age of 3 years old, and my grandfather worked on an oil rig so he was hardly ever home. It was insanity at their house, pretty much all the time. My grandfather loves to tell this story about coming home one night, pretty late, and the twins were not even a year old. He finds the other babies are asleep in bed with my grandmother, so he just goes to lay on the couch. Well he hears this chatter, so he creeps into the nursery and sees the twins in their crib (they were still sharing at this point) and he said they were just talking away, in their own little world. According to my grandmother it was a regular occurrence and they had been communicating in some way since they came home from the hospital. My grandfather jokes about being forced to buy a second crib and put it in another bedroom because nobody was getting any sleep- if those two were together they were talking up a storm, plotting something I'm sure. They are in their forties now and are still exactly the same. That is beyond the average bond of having a sibling.

Michele | 11:16 AM

I wanted to leave a comment on today's post (Getty, Lucy & Sweet Water Child) but the link to comments wasn't showing up. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for posting about this. One of my best college friends works at the Honey Agency and they did the website and album design, and I was just commenting to her this morning about what a great thing this is, and an amazing way to bring attention to a worthy cause. Also, I think my two girls will love the music! As I'm sure your babies will...I'm still in shock for you :)

Alex | 12:01 AM

You look adorable :-)

Amy | 11:49 AM

Hi Rebecca,

Re. the light-headedness and fainting: Have you had your iron level tested? It may be low, which might explain your light-headedness and fainting.

All the best.