Twin Pregnancy Week by Week: 20 (Feeling the Babies Kicking)

Cynthia Dermody
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fetal development week 20

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We're joining Kim (aka wntg1grl), a stay-at-home mom of three who's expecting twins, on her exciting journey from bump-to-babies. Check back every week for the latest developments.

Week 20

What's Happening with Mom:
I feel kicks now ... sometimes on the left, sometimes on the right, sometimes high, and sometimes low. It looks like a little "jump" in my skin right by my navel, like someone in there is saying, "Let me out!" with a little punch. Kinda like one of the cowboys or Indians from Night at the Museum was mad and trying to escape.
The problem is that they don't seem to kick at the same time. This can be frustrating because I am not feeling that "Oh, the babies are fine" feeling because I can't tell one from the other.
With my singleton pregnancies, I had a great sense of relief with each kick, knowing there is surely life inside. Now, when I feel a kick I am hoping that they both are doing some kicking.
The feeling is the same when I use the doppler my SIL let me use. I hear a heartbeat, then another heartbeat somewhere else, but I don't know for sure that I am hearing two different ones. This can be scary. I get the most comfort from my OB visits because I have an ultrasound to SEE the heartbeats every two weeks.
We were able to see kicks for the first time this week. It was amazing. I was sitting on one couch while all of the boys and my DH were on another. I said "Oh, wow!" Then my husband said, "I saw that!  Was that a baby?" I was shocked he could see it from so far away.  We had a little show for a couple of minutes ... and nothing like that since.

The boys are all so different. Garrin (9) is the most interested in my belly. He hugs it, kisses it, and is always trying to feel his sisters. He talks to them sometimes, too, but often says "Hi, little guys!!" (We are so used to boys.)

Casey (7) doesn't seem very interested. He just tells me that I'm Big Momma. He comments that his hands aren't fitting all the way around me when he gives me a hug. Oh, and that reminds me, I don't have a "lap" anymore.  He is now saying that he didn't want two sisters, he wanted one of each.  A 'lil stinker, that one. Gotta love him!

Logan (21 mos) doesn't have a clue. He does know there is a baby in there. He says "Two babies" trying his best to hold up two fingers. He does have a baby of his own and loves the baby -- all babies. My SIL had a child in July, and Logan just loves when they visit. I can't picture him being as happy when these babies get here and don't leave. Just like any mom, I worry about him getting jealous. He runs this house. He has four of us who jump whenever he needs us. Times will change ... I just hope he adjusts well.

What's Happening with Babies:

Teeth are forming in the jawbone and as muscles develop, we are beginning to move around more vigorously. We'll move in response to any pressure on our mother's abdomen.

Question of the Week from Answers:

How can I emphasize to my son that he will still be loved when his twin baby sisters come? -- BethPalmieri19

kaycee14: Set up an "our time only" now. Pick a day and time and start having outings. Once the babies arrive, keep doing those "us only" outings. He will need the one-on-one time to adjust.

whitenena: Just keep telling him how much of a good big brother he will be and how much the girls will love him. I let my 3 year old wash bottles, give the baby baths, play and talk to her. I think the main thing is to include him in everything with the girls and have days just for you two.

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