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This level of tired is just incomprehensible.  Seriously - driving the kids to school this morning, I actually looked at the clock and contemplated whether I had time to pull off the road and snooze for a few minutes.  From the second I get out of bed, all I want to do is get back in.  I hope this gets better in the 2nd trimester, but most sources I've read says it only gets marginally better when you're carrying more than one.

I've found that I'm WAY more concerned about eating all the right things this time around than I ever was for previous pregnancies.  Protein is a tough one, since I'm having a lot of trouble eating meat.  The charts all say I should be getting 150-200g per day.  That is a LOT of protein!!  Basically, I've been trying to make sure I get some protein with every meal/snack.  I'm not specifically counting, but I would be surprised if I'm getting more than 100g/day.  Need to figure out some additional, tolerable sources.  Tuna is good, but I shouldn't have that more than a couple times per week.  I did discover that the yellow-box Barilla pasta has 17g of protein per 1 cup (uncooked) of pasta, so that's a pretty good source.  Chicken and beef both gross me out completely right now, but maybe I could try some other varieties of fish.

Even though I'm currently incapable of taking my daily vitamin (it escalates my nausea to an intolerable level), I'm not worried about that at all.  I eat a Luna bar for breakfast, and a bowl of Total cereal for my before-bed snack.  Combine those two things with the two Tums I always eat before bed, and I'm getting plenty of folic acid, calcium, and iron, plus all the other needed vitamins.  All without getting debilitating nausea.  YAY!!

Still not freaking out about actually having two babies.  Mostly what I'm freaking out about right now is maternity leave, and the possibility of bedrest.  When we were thinking about having another baby, my frame of reference was Levi: easy delivery, back to work in two weeks, bring baby with me.  It's a whole other ball of wax now.  Although I'm pretty sure my boss would let me try, bringing two babies to work just doesn't even seem feasible.  That means I'm going to need to be home for at least six weeks in order to get breastfeeding established.  That's assuming I don't get put on bedrest, or nothing else goes wrong, before then.  I'll get a portion of my pay for those six weeks - we have short-term disability - but I'm not sure what happens if I need to be out longer.  And while I agree with the old, "no one is indispensable" line, there's a whole ton of stuff, that affects a whole lot of people, that won't get done while I'm out.

Man... this is really going to be an adventure, in more ways than one or two!



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Dec. 17th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
Do you have a food processor/Power Chopper kinda thing? I've gotten into making smoothies out of power foods, and there are a ton of protein rich foods like spinach and pumpkin and tofu (yes tofu)that you can mix with a buncha fruits and ice to make nice cold drinks you can actually stomach. They go down pretty easy and you get your grams in :)
Dec. 17th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
Yes I do, and good idea! Would you mind passing some recipes my way? And yes, tofu is fine. :-)
Dec. 17th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
Go to Goneraw.com and click on smoothies, I've tried a lot of them and they're all utterly delicious :)

My favorite I made up myself, Rosie and I have it nearly every morning:

Handful of baby spinach

Handful of baby carrots

About a 5th of a cucumber sliced (adds this awesome 'green' refreshing essence I swear)

1 chopped up banana (ok torn up)

1/2 cup steel cut oats (optional but great for fiber)

About 1/3 cup of sliced peaches (canned is fine if it's in juice not syrup)

Enough apple juice to make it blend well, I'd say 1/2 cup or 1/3 cup and the rest spring water

Add a few ice cubes. Blend the heck out of it and enjoy. You can add darn near any fruit, I occasionally add strawberries, mango, pineapple (cold pinapple juice got me through having Libby), green apple...
Dec. 17th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
Meant to say: get yourself some protein powder to add in , it'll really up your grams and it comes in great flavors these days that complement smoothies perfectly ;-)
Dec. 19th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
Wow - congrats on twins, how exciting!
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