Sunday, February 28, 2010

25 Weeks: Eggplant


Baby's now the size of an eggplant! That oh-so-handy sense of equilibrium is kicking in, and baby's learning to distinguish right side up from upside down.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

24 Weeks: Still a Papaya

We made it to 24 weeks - hooray for viability. Though they girls still need to stay put for 10-12 weeks. With that said, it's been a rough day. I've been feeling pretty bad. My uterus has been rock hard everytime I stand up and I seem to be having a lot of braxton hicks contractions this evening. I hate not knowing when to call my OB and when not to call. It seems like every Sunday I have problems. I'm going to do a lot of praying and pleading to get through the night and hopefully I'll wake up feeling better tomorrow.

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Baby's skin is becoming more opaque as the fat starts to pack on. And, thanks to the formation of small capillaries, her newly thick skin is taking on a fresh pink glow.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

23+3 Peri and OB Appointments

Can I just say PRAISE GOD!!!

I saw the Perinatologist and my OB this past Wednesday. After weeks of Braxton Hicks contractions, my cervix is perfect - over 4.5cm and no sign of funneling. My amniotic fluid levels were good. The girls weigh 1.5 and 1.6 pounds - they are at the 44th and 50th percentile for their age which is great. Baby A's placenta is no longer low lying and my SCH is gone. The Perinatalogist said I am in the 2nd lowest risk factor for preterm labor (for a twin pregnancy) - the lowest being someone who has already had a full term vaginal birth. He said that based on the ultrasound, I have the perfect twin pregnancy (which is ironic given that I've been on bedrest for 6 weeks)!

Given that report, my OB released me from bedrest and I went back to work part time on Thursday. It was tough to go from laying around for weeks to working 4-5 hours, but it was SO good to be back. I really missed my co-workers and my job. Not to worry though...I'm taking it easy. I'm only there for 6 weeks, then I'll go out on maternity leave. It's all happening so fast now!


Sunday, February 14, 2010

23 Weeks

One more week to viability. Lord give me strength to get there. I'm having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions. Last night I got a bit of a break, but they are slamming me pretty bad this morning. Can't wait for my Peri appointment on Wednesday. I'll feel SO much better knowing that the girls, my cervix and my amniotic fluid levels are in check.

The scale is starting to move again. I'm up 14 pounds as of this morning, which I'm still pretty pleased with. I don't see too much of a difference over the past couple weeks but I seem to be getting more round. Here is the 23 week bump!

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We're still a Papaya, according to, but we have new development this week: Baby's little face is fully formed...minus the baby fat, of course. The next task at hand for baby: sprouting two teeny-tiny nipples!

Friday, February 12, 2010

A Shopping We Will Go...

We've picked our bedding and furniture and I'm SO excited to get it! We're ordering the furniture from Babies R Us this weekend, and the bedding is on hold at Pottery Barn Kids for us to pick up. I can't WAIT to get the girls' nursery put together. I swear I'm just going to sit in there and smile.

Our bedding:

Our furniture: Two cribs, the four drawer and the combo.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Month 5 (Weeks 22 - 24): Papaya


Watch what you say -- baby is now able to hear outside noise from down in the womb. Studies show that baby finds gentle music and your own voice most soothing. Nipples are starting to sprout, and that little face is fully formed. And, baby's starting to settle into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

21 Week Appointment Update

I saw my OB on Thursday, and for now, all is well.

Total weight gain at 21+4 is 11 pounds (this really shocks me because I usually gain weight SO easily, but my OB is totally fine with it given my starting weight and the fact that the babies are right on target).

Blood pressure is 122/81

Fundus is measuring 29 weeks.

She's keeping me on bed rest for two more weeks. She wants the spotting to completely stop. As of Friday morning, it has. She did lift me from strict rest to modified rest - told me not to lay in bed all day but to get up on the couch. She just wants me off my feet. I see the Peri on 2/17 and see her right after I see them, hopefully all will be well and I can go back to having some kind of life! She did approve me to work from home 3-4 hours a day, so we're going to work on seeing if the company will approve it.

She wasn't worried about the BHs at all. I guess she looked at the record from the monitor in L&D and said that most of them were just signs of an irritable uterus and not full on contractions. She didn't even feel the need to check my cervical length, even though I asked if she would. She said with it being 5cm two weeks ago, and with it being posterior, hard and closed on Sunday, that she had no doubts in her mind that PTL was not an issue for me at this stage. The peri will check it on the 17th.

My urine tested positive for GBS, which is not a big deal - 40% of all pregnant women get it. It just made me more thing to add on to the list of so called complications.

Just about 2 more weeks to viability! Keep on praying for us!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The better late than never update

We had a little bit of a scare this past Sunday which sent us to Labor & Delivery. I was contracting pretty crazy. It was validating to watch it on the monitor and know that what I was feeling was really a contraction. At the same point, I was hoping they would stop once I got there...but they didn't, in fact they seemed to pick up in frequency.

They said I have an irritable uterus caused by all the fertility treatments and the D&C. I'm wishing now that I waited a few more months after my D&C to do this transfer. And then the bleeding from the SCH was just the cherry on the cake.

They said that contractions are contractions - the only difference between Braxton Hicks and Labor Contractions is BH are usually less painful and don't cause cervical dialation where Labor Contractions are more painful because they are causing cervical dialation. I asked about turbutaline, and they said that is only given once your cervix starts to soften and/or dialate. Because it has negative side effects too, they don't give it until there is a real need, which I apparently don't have. I have zero signs of dialation even remotely starting.

They said this was likely how it was going to be for me and that they would only get worse as the babies grew. They said I'm probably more sensitive to it - that if you lined up 10 pregnant women on the monitor, that they would all be having contractions but most wouldn't feel them all. I'm apparently feeling them all.

If this continues, I may be given the steroid shot at 24 weeks to mature the girls' lungs. There are also medications they can administer if my cervix does begin to dilate, God forbid. At this point, all I can do is hope and pray that the contractions stay light, that my water doesn't break, and that everyone stays put for AT LEAST five more weeks.

Quite a scare and I'm still freaked out, but I understand a bit more now and feel a bit more comfortable. I see my OB tomorrow and we'll see what is in store for us.