It’s only day 5 and already the days are all blended together. Too much of nothing going on. The rest of Thursday was fairly uneventful. Akinori came with the girls around 5:30 and we had a nice visit and they left around 6. I had dinner, played around on the internet for a bit, and went to sleep I think. I shed quite a few tears Thursday night from loneliness and missing my girls. I finally fell asleep around 11p.m. and woke up at 12:30 thinking I had been sleeping for hours. I was so disappointed to see the time. But right after I woke up a new roommate was brought into the room and she sounded like she was in labor. It was right at that time that my own tummy started to feel tight and uncomfortable, but I KNEW I wasn’t going into labor before April 2nd, so I practiced some deep breathing and willed the pain away, and finally back asleep around 2. The next time I woke up it was 7a.m.!!!! That is the longest I have slept in one stretch in ages!! Weeks! It felt great! But I woke up still feeling sad and lonely and shed a few more tears.
My NST was the same as always. Boys have strong, healthy heartbeats, I am not contracting at all. And before I knew it, it was nearly lunch time. I thought a nurse was coming in to take my blood pressure, but instead she said that I was moving. They were putting me in the bed with the softer mattress in a room on the other side of the hallway with women who have yet to give birth, rather than on the side I was on where women had either given birth already, or were in for surgery or something else.
I packed up all my stuff and went down the hall, and the moment I stepped in the room I was completely taken by surprise by the difference in atmosphere. There are 6 beds, and 5 of the curtains were wide open. The nurse introduced me to the other women and they were all so chatty and friendly right away and asking me all about the twins and where I’m from and telling me all about their conditions and why they’re here. There are no other twin moms in this room. 3 women are hooked up to IVs to prevent pre-term labor, the woman on my right side has placenta previa and maternal diabetes, but was all set up to be released when she started bleeding and had to stay. She’s scheduled for a c-section next Friday. It is my goal in life now to beat her into the delivery room. The woman on the other side of me doesn’t open her curtain and doesn’t talk to any of us, so I have no idea why she’s here. She’s nice and sweet with the nurses though, and she has a family who came to visit her last night, but I guess she’s just not interested in making any friends while in hospital.
The craziest thing is that one of the women in this room actually took my belly dance class once, and was all set up to start taking lessons, when she found out she was pregnant. I never would have recognized her, only meeting her once before, but she recognized me (not too hard). There is nowhere to run in Nagano. Everyone knows everyone somehow.
I moved into this room just before lunch and the talking and chatting and laughing didn’t stop once until visiting hours started and my friend G came and we went to the common room to chat by ourselves. She sent me a message asking what I wanted, and I told her of course she didn’t need to bring anything, but if she really had her heart set on bringing me something, then some lovely bread from a nice bakery would be more than welcome. Nothing fancy, just a croissant, or a roll, or something doughy. She brought me a lovely roll and a bag of chocolate croissants. 🙂 Yum! Yum! Yum! She stayed for about an hour and left just before Akinori came with the girls. They stayed until dinner time.
After dinner things kind of quieted down in the room. And when the lights went out just after 9, everyone closed their curtains and one by one people turned off their bed lamps and went to sleep. Unfortunately, even with the softer mattress, I couldn’t find a comfortable place to sleep. My belly is too big and my back is too painful, and the bed they moved me to doesn’t have a remote control to raise and lower the head and feet like the last bed did. At least with that bed I could move my head up and down and find a happy medium place sometimes. Cranking the bed manually anytime I want to move it, is very unappealing. I didn’t get any naps in during the day though, so I think I fell asleep initially around 10:30 maybe? And woke up at 2 or 2:30 and stayed awake until 4, and I was able to sleep again until 7. The not being able to sleep well takes a huge toll on my emotional state though. Even though this room is a much happier, friendlier place to be, I still woke up all emotional and missing my girls and it was really hard to talk to them this morning when Akinori called.
Of course I was also watching “The Help” and that didn’t help things at all (no pun intended). There are so many aspects of that movie that had me in tears. Definitely not the right movie to watch when you are heavily pregnant, period, let alone separated from your family and feeling lonely. I’m glad I finally saw it though.
My NST this morning was fairly uneventful. I had one or two minor contractions, but no big deal. Nothing to indicate the boys are coming anytime soon, though I just had another one as I typed this. But the boys are NOT coming today! Please boys, just a few more days! You can do it! We can do it! Hang in there!
I’m expecting some more visitors in a little while and Akinori should be here with the girls soon. I hope I can get a shower in before they get here. One of the highlights of my exciting day!