Friday, January 30, 2009

38 weeks today!

Today I am 38 weeks. I have gained 55 pounds. I weigh almost as much as Andy! The NST went well and everyone is doing great.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Still pregnant

Even though a c-section is scheduled for next Thursday, my doctor still wants me to continue my regular schedule of appointments until delivery. So tomorrow I will have a non stress test to monitor the babies. They will do an ultrasound if necessary as well. Next Tuesday will be all three, ultrasound, non-stress test, and doctor visit.

Tomorrow I will post a new belly picture and new weight gain seeing that I will be 38 weeks.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

It may be awhile

Today I had a ultrasound, non-stress test, and doctor visit. Everything looks good. Now that I'm 37 weeks and 4 days, talk of getting these little girls out was discussed. Baby A is head down and Baby B is laying transverse. With Baby B being in a not so ideal position, Andy and I along with some family members felt a c-section was the best option. We could "attempt" a vaginal delivery but the risks are higher that I would have one vaginally and need a c-section with the other baby. A c-section was scheduled and confirmed for February 5th. We asked if it could be sooner, but that didn't seem to be possible due to others also having scheduled c-sections. With that date in mind, I would be 38 weeks and 6 days and these girls would surely have to be over seven pounds each when born. However, if I go into labor before that, they will do the c-section at that time. We'll just have to wait and see. :)

Friday, January 23, 2009

New Belly Picture

Today we have made it to 37 weeks. I have gained 52 pounds! We had an NST (even an unscheduled ultrasound (biophysical profile) and quick chat with the doctor). The girls are doing well.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

36 weeks, 6 days

Well, let's see, nothing new to report. Still pregnant. Which is wonderful news. Tomorrow I will be 37 weeks. This is considered "term". I feel much better knowing the babies will be born after this point. My mind is at peace. Andy and I are surprised that we made it this far. Thank you for your prayers!

Tomorrow I have a non stress test just to monitor the babies for a little bit to make sure things are still going well. I will also add another belly picture and the new total weight gain thus far.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Today was an ultrasound, non stress test, and doctor visit. The ultrasound and non stress test went well. The ultrasound technician measured the girls again. One measured 6 pounds 6 ounces and the other 6 pounds 2 ounces. She said because the girls are getting big to measure that the measurements are estimates and may be anywhere up to half of a pound off.

The doctor visit went well. He said everything looked good. Group B strep results were negative, so that's good. He also said to go into labor whenever I want. An appointment to see him again was made for next Tuesday if I don't have the babies by then.

Monday, January 19, 2009

No babies yet

It doesn't look like the babies will be born on Martin Luther King Day.

Tomorrow I have an ultrasound, non-stress test, and doctor appointment. I'll let you know any interesting information on tomorrow's blog entry.

These are fraternal twins in the womb at 36 weeks.

Friday, January 16, 2009

36 weeks!!!

This is a picture of the belly.

Today I am 36 weeks and 48.5 pounds heavier. I am amazed I have made it this far. One more week and I am completely full-term.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Vaginal Infection?

I was worried today (okay, not just today) about the whole "vaginal infection" thing, so at the doctor appointment we discussed this some more. He said it's just the normal bacteria flora that is slightly out of balance. To say that there is an overgrowth of normal bacteria, he felt, was even an overstatement. So not anything to be worried or concerned about. I was glad to hear this because I was quite concerned/freaked and approaching a panic state.

Other than that...the girls are doing well. The doctor swabbed me for Group B Strep and he thinks the babies will be born next week! Oh cervical length was measured today, so I have nothing to report on that.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Week 35 and 3 Days Update

On Friday I was scheduled for an NST. The girls did well. I have another NST tomorrow.

Also on Friday, I was not scheduled for an ultrasound, but they did perform one. The girls looked great. Everything seemed well with them. The ultrasound tech even showed us Rachel breathing. Her little stomach was going up and down.

The doctor even came in during the ultrasound. He had me go for a urinalysis last Tuesday because I thought maybe I had an infection. It turns out that I do have a vaginal infection. He didn't seem concerned and did not want to treat it with antibiotics; just over the counter medicine. I was also concerned that I was leaking amniotic fluid. The urinalysis showed no protein in it, so I'm not leaking amniotic fluid, which is great news.

Everything seems to be going well. I am 35 weeks and 3 days. This is excellent. I pretty much have most things packed in my suitcase for the hospital.

Tomorrow is another big day of appointments. Ultrasound, NST, and doctor appointment. I will update with the new cervical length and any other interesting information.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The time is coming...

Yesterday was full of appointments. First an ultrasound was done. The girls were both measured. Rachel is 5 pounds 3 ounces and Abby is 5 pounds 4 ounces. The cervical length was measured. I am now at 17-18mm. This means I am more than 50% efface. Heart beats and all other things looked at by ultrasound were good.

The NST was next. This showed to be fine as well.

Finally, we saw the maternal-fetal medicine doctor. He thought everything looked good and that delivery would be soon. Somewhere between 35 and 36 weeks. He wants me to continue what I have been doing the past two weeks for one more week. This being trying to limit standing and sitting up and try lying down as much as possible to keep pressure off the cervix. He wants to see me again next Tuesday. That is when I will be swabbed for Group B strep. He did say that funneling was present. This is widening of the end of the cervix nearest the uterus. He also said at this point if labor were to start, they wouldn't try to stop it. I am far enough along where they would let the babies be born.

I will be 35 weeks on Friday. This is what Nancy Bowers, author of The Multiple Pregnancy Sourcebook says, "For many pregnancies, the optimal times for delivery are at 35 to 38 weeks for twins, 34 to 35 weeks for triplets, and 31 to 33 weeks for quadruplets."

Friday, January 2, 2009

34 weeks

Today I am 34 weeks. The last time I weighed myself, I gained 45 pounds.

The NST this morning went well. (I have these every Tuesday and Friday until delivery.)

Tuesday, January 6th, will be a big day. I have another NST. I have a biophysical profile. I have another cervical length exam. I'm curious to see the results of this particular test! The ultrasound tech is also going to check the growth of the babies. They do this every four weeks or so. The last growth check was on December 9th and one weighed 3 pounds 10 ounces and the other weighed 3 pounds 9 ounces. Hopefully, this weight check both girls will be five pounds or more. I also have an appointment with the maternal-fetal medicine doctor. It will be two weeks since I last saw him. We'll see how he thinks things are going based on all the tests.

Otherwise, the girls are doing great. Both are active and even have hiccups at times.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

2009 Babies

Well, it's official. With the year 2008 at an end, our girls will be 2009 babies. Happy New Year!