Sunday, November 29, 2009

Week 12: Plum


As you move into the second trimester, baby shifts into the growth and maturation stage. After weeks in the critical development stage, almost all of baby's systems are fully formed.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

20 reasons why it's GREAT to have twins!

Finding out that you're pregnant with twins is often a shock. But there are lots of reasons to be excited about bringing two babies into the world at the same time. Here are just some of them.

1. Knowing that you are only going to have to go through the birth process once to end up with two children.

2. Enjoying the fun of choosing two baby names that fit together perfectly.

3. Being able to hold one baby in each arm and feeling a huge rush of love and pride.

4. Watching your babies sleeping peacefully side by side.

5. Having to establish only one routine.

6. Getting all the sleepless nights over and done with in one go.

7. Watching them carve out their own identities as they grow.

8. Knowing that they are going to have a best friend in each other for life.

9. Enjoying the attention that twins inevitably attract.

10. Feeling confident that they can help each other on their first day of school.

11. Discovering all their amazing little differences.

12. Watching them create their own secret language and games.

13. Knowing that they will never be lonely.

14. Loving the fact that they are constant playmates and can entertain each other.

15. Feeling special because you've joined the exclusive club of twin mums – together with the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Julia Roberts.

16. Only having to buy one of every must-have toy and not having to give baby number two (by a few minutes!) hand-me-downs.

17. Only having to bake one birthday cake and throw one party a year.

18. Seeing them learning and encouraging each other to reach their milestones.

19. Watching them taking care of each other when one is upset or hurt.

20. Knowing that their shared history means they have one of life's most unbreakable bonds.

Week 11: Lime


Your fetus currently enjoys a 1:1 ratio between body and head, and has skin so transparent that blood vessels show right through. But, fingers and toes are no longer webbed, and hair follicles, tooth buds and nail beds are forming -- setting up a significantly more attractive future.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Our Little Loves!

Today was a rough day (I sound like a broken record).  I've been spotting for 3.5 weeks and this past Sunday started having some cramping.  I went to insert my suppository this morning and found bright red blood.  My heart SANK, as you can imagine.  Fortunately I had an OB appointment scheduled, so I tried to pull myself together for a couple of hours until the appointment. 

The bleeding had stopped by the time I got there and returned to my status quo spotting. Dr. V couldn't find a source of the blood, but suspects that my cervix is irritated by the suppositories. 

I had my very first abdominal ultrasound. Baby B was squirming and kicking around and Baby A was kicking back. She pushed on the sac to wake him/her up, but with no success she said that was my mello child. The babies had nice heartbeats of 151 and 161.

She validated my worries and said she expects me to be anxious given my past and the fact that I'm high risk. She told me that she can't tell me everything will be okay obviously, but that everything looked really good.
Here are our little bugs - they sure are growing fast!!!
Baby A

Baby B

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Having One of "Those" Days

I'm having one of those worrisome "I don't feel pregnant anymore" days.  The cramping and spotting have really freaked me out.  And now my boobs don't hurt AT ALL this morning and I didn't gag brushing my teeth for the first time in a long time.

I keep watching people in my DD group on FF with the same symptoms (or lack of symptoms) go in for ultrasounds and come back having no heartbeat anymore.  It's scaring me to death.  I just can't let go of the past. I can't get to a point where I feel good that this is going to happen for us.  I'm very scared that we will get bad news tomorrow.  I feel like I've told too many people too early and jinxed it.  I've got two shower dates set already...bad omen?

Sigh...I wish I could just be a person who could get pregnant and just have normal worries rather than having a history of miscarriage and a $15K procedure required to get me pregnant.

Please God let my babies be alive and thriving tomorrow.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Week 10: Prune


With bones and cartilage starting to form and vital organs beginning to function, baby is making major progress. Body length will almost double in the next three weeks, and arm joints are now working. Soon, legs will too.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

One Year Ago Today

November 9, 2008 was one of the worst days of my life.  It was a Sunday.  I sat at home with my husband and miscarried our first baby.  It was such a horrendous thing to go through physically and emotionally, and I don't wish it on my worst enemy. 

It's amazing what we've been through, how far we've come, and where we are today.

I had a rough weekend.  The miscarriage anniversary was adding on to the worry that constant spotting and cramping had plagued me with.  When I woke up this morning, I called my fertility clinic (yes, the clinic that graduated me 2 weeks ago) and asked them if I could come in for a "reassurance scan".  The receptionist told me that they couldn't see me for a scan since I was past 9 weeks.  What did I do?  I cried, of course.  They found an RE for me to talk to (not my RE, but the one that did my last transfer) and she agreed to have me come in.  Luckily I was put on my own RE's schedule and went in at 10:00 AM today.

I'm so lame.  Seriously.  I was convinced I had lost the babies.  I must learn to have confidence in these two, because they are THRIVING!!!

Baby A measured 9w3d with a heartrate of 176.


Baby B measured 9w4d with a heartrate of 166. 


My lil' bugs were dancing and jumping all around.  It was THE most precious thing I've seen in my life. 

What a blessing they are.  What an absolute blessing!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Week 9: Green Olive


Your little embryo has now officially graduated to fetus-hood. Adding to the excitement, a Doppler ultrasound device might be able to pick up the beating heart. With basic physical structures in place and increasingly distinct facial features, baby is kind of starting to look like...well...a baby!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Our Miracles at 8 Weeks

Yesterday was a BIG day!  A milestone, for sure!


On October 29, 2008, I went to an ultrasound at 8w1d and found out that our baby's heart had stopped beating.  Devastation does not even describe how we felt.

Okay, fast forward...

On November 2, 2009, I went to an ultrasound at 8w1d and saw my two beautiful cherubs growing like crazy with little hearts beating away.  Scott was unable to get a substitute so mom (grandma) came with me.  She did good...she sobbed quietly when the OB showed her the baby's heartbeats.  She's told me several times since then what a moment this was for her.  I was grateful to have her there, and so thrilled to watch her see her future grandbabies for the first time.

Baby A measured 8w2d with a heartbeat of 163.  S/he was kind enough to give us a nice profile shot!


Baby B measured 8w2d with a heartbeat of little girl, perhaps?  We'll see how the wives tale plays out.  S/he appears to have given us a front/back view and looks like a little ink smudge.  And a lovely one at that!


My next appointment is in two weeks, and I also have my NT scan set up for about four weeks from now.  They are unable to do any of the genetic bloodwork, which scares me.  I guess we'll decide how to proceed after we see the measurements from the NT scan. 

For now I'm just going to sit back and smile.  I'm so thankful to God for this blessing and will pray for Him to continue to watch over these little ones as they grow. 

Sunday, November 1, 2009

8 Week: Raspberry


Baby is growing like mad, putting on about a millimeter every day and continuing to straighten out in the trunk. Though you can't feel it yet, baby is moving those little arms, legs and (now only slightly) webbed fingers and toes like crazy.

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