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Ahhh  – I’ve neglected this so much!  With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I just couldn’t find the time to squeeze in a proper update.  My apologies – hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and a great start to your new year! 

Let’s get acquainted, shall we? 

Results from Heart Monitoring

Due to the holidays, I had to track down the results of all my heart monitoring and of course my PCP was out, so it was a little complicated.  But, in the end, all of my labs and the results of the holter monitor came back clear!  So, it appears my little ticker is just working extra hard with the increased blood volume with the pregnancy.  I was very relieved to hear the good news – one less thing to worry about!

Back Pain

Well, the Wrestlemania belt was returned about 4 days after wearing it and not noticing much of a difference.  I wish the solution was as simple as wearing some ridiculous belt but, alas, that is not the case for me.  The pain is complex as it’s my upper back due to the large boobs that have somehow grown even BIGGER and it’s my lower back / sciatic [pain because of the nice sized belly I’ve acquired.  I’ve found that if I sit all day with my feet up, it lessens the pain but that’s pretty unrealistic to do all the time.  If I don’t do this, I end up hobbling around by the end of the day.  It’s no fun and my biggest complaint so far.  I have an OB appointment in less than a week so I’m going to see what is the next solution after the belt failure.  For now, I’m just trying to muscle through it – but it’s tough…

Heartburn

Holy hell – it’s non-stop.  I sleep with a bottle of Tums beside the bed and there is a roll in my purse at all times.  Considering all my organs are squished up, it doesn’t surprise me but it’s KILLER.  It doesn’t help that all I crave is spicy food…

22 Week MFM Ultrasound

The fun stuff!!  I had my 22 week u/s with the MFM on 12/27 and everything looked amazing!!  As soon as the tech put the probe on my belly we saw a penis!  Again, my little boy clearly is not shy and is obviously a boy!  She then went and found Baby A and although stubborn as usual, she was not being coy and she is absolutely a she!  We saw the labia and no penis!  That was about all she cooperated with as we couldn’t get a good profile picture…we did get one of her cute little feet, though!  And when they did the internal u/s to check my cervix length, all you could see was her kicking down there – brat!  He was being good – we got a great profile picture and the tech turned on the 3D and we got to see him!!!  I’ll admit, it’s a bit creepy and awesome all at the same time!

Both babies measured great – he’s 1lb, 2oz and she’s 15.9oz, which puts them right about at the 50th percentile.  They had good fluid levels, solid heartbeats, and my bleed has officially absorbed!!  YAHOOOO!!!  I go back in 4 weeks and we’ll tour the maternity ward and NICU then.  I was so overwhelmed with joy that they looked so awesome!  My mom came with me to the u/s and she loved every minute of it – it truly is so special to see them.

I asked my MFM about travel and he said I am good to go through the end of January.  I’m unsure if I’ll go out to Chicago for work or not, but that to me showed that I’m in really good shape and the babies are looking really excellent.  I also asked him about not feeling a whole lot of movement and he was very candid in saying that it’s completely normal and that women feel it differently and at different times and it’s all relative to the baby’s size, position, etc…  I’ve been feeling it a little bit more often now, but it was good to hear as I thought I should be feeling it a lot more.  I go back to the MFM in 4 weeks.

And finally, I’ll end with some awesome pictures of the peanuts!

Baby A (Girl) Profile

Baby B (Boy) Profile

Baby B (Boy) 3D Precious Face!

His gorgeous button nose is just the cutest thing I’ve EVER seen!

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Hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

I got a call from my OB the day before Thanksgiving and she had my Factor V Leiden and other blood clotting test results and – I tested NEGATIVE!!!  Holy shit, for the first time I actually DON’T have something!!!  I was so thrilled – it was like the huge victory (even though it was very, very minor). 

But let’s get to the good stuff shall we?

My husband was finishing up his training at his new airline and wasn’t due to fly in until late last night.  I had my anatomy scan u/s appointment yesterday and couldn’t change it, so I decided I’d have them keep everything a secret and we’d find out together when he got home.  The u/s went very well!  Here’s a quick run down:

– Both babies looked AWESOME!
– All vital organs and structures looked great.
– HBs were in the 140s and she turned the sound on so I could hear it – love that sound!
– Both have good amniotic fluid levels
– Placenta positions are excellent, no sign of previa
– They saw the infamous bleed, so it hasn’t gone away (but I’m still not bleeding since 17 weeks)
– They are 80% sure on Baby A’s gender / 100% sure on Baby B’s gender
– Baby A is breech and was facing my back / Baby B was head down and facing my front
– My genetic testing came back with a 1:10,000 odds, so I think we’re good there!
– They estimate each to weigh 0.5 lbs!

There was only one “issue” that is likely a non-issue. Baby B’s umbilical cord is a 2 valve (2V) vs. the normal 3 valve (3V).  This means that in the normal umbilical cord, there are two arteries and one vein.  So Baby B has one artery and one vein.  They will be watching to make sure he / she continues to grow at the same rate as Baby A. I met the MFM and she was great and said they see this a lot and it should be a non-issue, but something to monitor. I go back for my next u/s in 4 weeks!
I then figured since this is likely the ONLY and LAST time we’ll experience something like this, I should do something fun or special.  I ended up taking the secret envelope to a bakery and had them open it and fill two cupcakes with either pink or blue frosting (so I couldn’t tell).  Of course his flight was delayed, so he didn’t get in until 1:30am, but we ran right over and dove right into the cupcakes!  Here is what we found:

Baby A: 80% accurate it's a GIRL!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Baby B: 100% accurate it's a BOY!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We are completely over the moon about it!!!  Apparently Baby B wasn’t shy about showing his goods (note to self:  have early talk with him about this), but Baby A was a little bashful.  We’ll know for sure in 4 weeks at my next u/s.
 
It was so funny – right before we cut the first cupcake Chris said, “I really want a boy”.  That was the FIRST time he has ever made mention of a preference!  I was shocked – and so I cut into the first cupcake and saw the pink and went “oh shit” as he laughed out loud.  (I had a dream I was having two girls and I was hysterically crying – I guess I was really scared of that eh?)  I told him he had to cut the second one, and as soon as I saw the blue I screamed!!!  Then I immediately grabbed the cards because I didn’t know which was the for sure bet and which was a bit iffy. 

It was such an awesome experience – we were up until 3:00am just beaming with delight.  I have new u/s pics I’ll post this week as well!

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NT scan…went.  So, Baby B was acting up and wouldn’t cooperate for the camera.  He / she was looking straight on so they couldn’t get the nasal bone measurement and she barely got the neck fold measurement.  Apparently with twins, you need both measurements on both babies or else they can’t be considered.  Baby A was lying in perfect position of course.  That Baby B will be my trouble, I just know it! I told Chris it was HIS baby that wouldn’t cooperate… 🙂  But, they did my blood draw and will do the other at 16 weeks and I’ll get results but they won’t be as definitive as they would with pairing with the measurements.  Oh well, what can you do?  In great news, both babies looked awesome!  Measuring right on target with solid HBs of 160 and 155.  Baby A we got an awesome picture of him / her waving and then going to suck his / her thumb and a shot of him / her sitting indian style (or wait – is it called criss cross apple sauce now?).  Baby B had the hiccups – it was funny!

They did see the bleed and it looks like it’s measuring smaller, so it may have shrunk!  She said it looked to be around 1cm now and both of them don’t feel it’s a huge risk at all.  How awesome was that to hear?!  She also said that they have perfect looking placentas and their placenta positioning is great – opposite sides of the uterus. They also commented that the separation membrane between the sacs looked excellent as well!  I go for my second blood draw at 16 weeks and then another u/s at 18 weeks.  Due to having twins, they will be monitoring me in addition to my OB.  I’m so thrilled by that!  I’ll continue my regular monthly OB appointments, but the MFM team at the hospital will be monitoring me via u/s on a regular basis (monthly, then weekly). 

I was SHOCKED at the level of care at the MFM center at the hospital.  I had low expectations as I guess I didn’t know what to expect – that and I didn’t even know about this extended care they offer me for carrying twins!  The genetics counselor was so awesome – I absolutely adored her!  I never met the MFM but apparently he was watching with the counselor.  All I could think of was Oz from the Wizard of Oz – “don’t look at the man behind the curtain”!  The u/s tech was a traveling one and she had the sweetest Texan accent and was so cute – I loved it!  The genetics counselor was seriously so jazzed up about how awesome my placentas were and how great the kids look – I left feeling amazing and all pepped up like it was my own cheerleading squad!  Guys, my placentas are AWESOME!!!  Haha, it was crazy.  My SIL was great to be there with me, too, so it was just a really wonderful experience.

The bleeding is still light, even after all the pushing with the u/s.  I’m hoping this is moving into our past.  I feel so much better after the visit…now to decide when we “go public” with the news…  Probably in the next week or so.

And, well, don’t you want pictures?!  Of course they’re only of Baby A since Baby B wasn’t cooperating so well.

Baby A Sucking His / Her Thumb

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Baby A Sitting Indian Style - little feet on the left!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Baby A Waving Hi!

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