Thursday, July 31, 2008

Not much to report

I think we'll be having August babies.

The Procardia is starting to wear off. I started off taking it every 6 hours, then 5 hours, and I've now begun taking it every 3 hours. I still get contractions throughout the day, and some are becoming more "painful". It just feels like a really big muscle cramp in my stomach, but now it shoots down my lower back and makes me feel like I have to go #2 (sorry if that's TMI). Maybe they'll calm back down - I have had a very stressful week.

I also need to relax more. I'm supposed to be on complete bedrest, but today I did two loads of laundry, picked up my room and the living room. Granted I did that over a period of two hours, resting most of the time. But still, I know better. I'm just stubborn and I've gotten to the point where I feel fine, so I think I'm fine - and I'm not. I'm also tired of relying on other people for basic things. I'm used to being the provider and caretaker, so I don't like this very much.

I had an eye doctor's appointment today. When the tech came to the room I was in, she said "I've gotta ask, are you pregnant or is that a small tumor or watermelon seed??". I cracked up and told her I was pregnant, almost 7 months with twins. She said "shut up!!" and I laughed again. She and the three other techs then called their coworker to come see me. She is 26 weeks pregnant with twins, and I kid you not, stood sideways in the doorway and touched her back to one side and belly to the other. She is about 5" shorter than me, so her babies had nowhere else to go but out. I also got a pretty sweet pair of Kate Spade glasses for a whopping $35!!! I didn't know just how much my insurance covered eye exams and glasses/contacts, but it would have been 100% free if I had chosen a cheaper pair of frames. I just had to pay 10% of the frame cost if I didn't choose the free glasses my insurance offers. They were huge 80s style frames that were way too big for my face. So, I chose the ones I liked and fit me best.

I also had my regular OB appointment yesterday. Heard both girls on the doppler, drank the glucose drink of death, and am measuring 33 weeks pregnant (that's 33 weeks pregnant for someone who is having just one baby). Which is crazy because exactly one week prior I was measuring 30 weeks pregant. And I lost a pound in that week. I swear these girls are taking away from my arms, thighs and butt. I owe them really nice presents :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Hard times

I'm having a really tough time right now. The babies are fine, no worries there. There is just a lot going on in my life that I never thought I'd have to deal with. I'm also fighting feelings of guilt over having a career and raising my girls. Granted, I went into teaching so I could have more time with them (only work 180 days, and perfect hours when they hit school age). I have panic attacks almost daily because I'm so scared of the "what-ifs" - what if they end up in the NICU for months? What if something happens during delivery? What if I have no idea what I'm doing?

All I want are healthy babies that I can provide a loving, structured life for.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

90% done nursery

Here are a few more pics of the nursery progress. Bryan put the glider together and hung the white shelves. I put the vinyl flowers and cute owl on the wall. The only thing left to do is hang the cornice board and I'm stil waiting on the custom wall art for above their beds. And then we have to wash and organize their closet - duh duh DUNNNNN.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

26 Weeks 4 Days

So I went for a routine OB appointment today. You know, "routine" for me. I was sent to Triage over at Greenville Memorial for a Non Stress Test. They hooked me up to the fetal heart tone monitors and other than taking forever to get the girls on correctly, everything was fine. Again the doctors reminded me what an oddity I am, and how I've gone against all odds keeping these girls in FIVE extra weeks after my sac ruptured on Audrey.

Speaking of Audrey, I'll have to upload a video of her kicking me hardcore. She is such a fighter and a true miracle baby. The only thing I'm concerned about now is IUGR. Intrauterine Growth Restriction results when a problem or abnormality prevents cells and tissues from growing or causes cells to decrease in size. This may occur when the fetus does not receive the necessary nutrients and oxygen needed for growth and development of organs and tissues, or because of infection. Both girls are considered IUGR babies because they are under the 10th percentile in growth (Audrey is at 3, and Natalie is at 5). Sometimes small parents have small babies, and both Bryan and I are not big people - and we were little babies.

I'm getting bummed about not being able to go back to school this fall. I LOVE my job and it is killing me that I'll have a sub for the first formative months of school. I also won't get to coach Mock Trial this fall.

Monday, July 21, 2008

My Precious...

So I've been selling stuff from around the house on craigslist, since I have nothing better to do with my time. I've actually sold quite a few things and have made some good, easy money.

Now, I've been eyeing a most beautiful Coach to use as a diaper bag since, like, before we got pregnant. But I'd already bought my "yearly" Coach for my birthday in Vegas. Yesterday, Bryan told me to go ahead and order the bag I've been lusting after! I can not wait until it comes this week! And without further ado, I introduce you to my Coach Hampton Signature Carryall:

Saturday, July 19, 2008

26 Weeks

Here is a pic of me at 26 weeks. I feel awesome, just bored of being stuck at home.

I did break bed rest last night to go see Dark Knight with Bryan. WOW was it an awesome movie!! I had been waiting for this since we saw Batman Begins and Gordon handed Batman the Joker card at the very end of the movie. All I can say is go see it now!

Friday, July 18, 2008

99 days!

I have 99 days left! This was my second goal (after 24 weeks). I'm setting my next goal at 28 weeks. Baby steps...

Here are two pics from the ultrasound on Wednesday. They aren't the best, but look closely at the girls. They are kicking each other in the head!


And then this is courtesy of Bryan. And I thought I had too much time on my hands!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Forgot this gem

So after my doctor's appointment yesterday, my mom and I stopped at CVS so I could pick up my huge bottle of Procardia. This is the convo I had with the teenage girl who rang me up:

Girl: Aww, do you know what you're having?
Me: Yes, two little girls.
Girl: When are you due?
Me: October 25, but they are trying to come early.
Girl: Is that why you're so big?

So basically I went from "are you sure you're pregnant" to "is that why you're so big" in like a week. Grow babies, grow!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

25 Weeks 4 Days

Natalie = 1lb 8oz
Audrey = 1lb 6 oz

And great news - the cerclage is still in place and my cervix is doing great. The doctor even mentioned cutting back on my Procardia (I chose not to), and wants to see me in THREE weeks. That means he expects me to still be pregnant in THREE weeks!!

No new pictures because my little girls are boogers. They've had their pictures taken more than Brad & Angelina's kids.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

My parents

My dad just sent me this pic from their wedding day. Bryan totally wishes he'd done blue tuxes, too!

I have an appointment at Maternal Fetal Medicine tomorrow. Let's pray the girls are growing. The last growth scan I had three weeks ago showed that they were under the 10th percentile in growth of all babies. Let's also hope that Audrey hasn't fallen further behind her sister. The doctors have mentioned her being a growth restricted baby and that her blood flow through the umbilical cord isn't as great as Natalie's.

Monday, July 14, 2008

25 Weeks 2 Days

My mom picked me up for a bank errand and lunch today. She also stopped by Babies R Us to quickly run in and pick up the girls' bedding sets. And the best thing about it - they were FREE to me! On Sunday I opened what I thought was a mortgage statement, and it was actually a check from the overage I had paid in escrow. The bedding was on sale from $169 to $144, and then I got the 10% multiples discount on top of it. Woo hoo for a good deal. Basically, all our "big stuff" is bought. The rest on our registry are the little things. So here is a pic of the bedding, and of me at 25 weeks, 2 days.


Saturday, July 12, 2008

As promised

Pheww, after several hours my dad finally finished the changer and two swings. He said "I'm getting to old for this shit" - I think he might have watched a Lethal Weapon marathon this weekend. The only things remaining are the cornice board that we'll make with the bedding valances (once we get the bedding), the glider, and the wall art. Also, the cribs will be more centered on their walls.





25 Weeks!

My dad is here putting together our changing table and two swings (which we got on major clearance at Target - RUN, don't walk). Bryan is down in Charleston visiting his dad, who is doing very well after his surgery. My mom and I are just watching tv and chit chatting. All in all, just buying more time until the babies get here.

And here is the 25 week description from babycenter.com:
Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Her weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but she's beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she'll start to look more and more like a newborn. She's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.

Friday, July 11, 2008

24 Weeks 6 Days

I went ahead and ordered the girls' initials to be custom painted to hang over their crib. I'm SOO in love with this design! I sent the artist a picture of their room and the bedding we are getting, so she can tweak her original design to match our nursery. Our changing table also came in today, and Bryan will hopefully put it together on Sunday. He and his brother are going to Charleston tomorrow to visit his father in the hospital. Everything is going textbook and wonderfully with him, and he should be back home in about 3 weeks.

Edit: The letters are from Missbellasroom.com. However, I found her selling on Etsy and saved about $10 ordering there instead!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

24 Weeks 4 Days

So I've been out of the house almost ALL DAY LONG, and am pooped! My mom took me to my appointment at Maternal Fetal Medicine at 9:30. We did an hour of biophysical profiles, and both girls scored 8 out of 8!! Also , both girls had NORMAL fluid levels. The tech also observed both girls "breathing" which is a great sign.

Then I got to go to a REAL lunch at Don Pablo's with my mom. My regular OB appointment was at 2:00 and took all of 40 minutes. They found traces of sugar in my urine (PLEASE do not let me have gestational diabetes!). They were also really happy about my weight gain (8 lbs total at 24 weeks) since I lost so much during my first trimester being sick. I have my diabetes test in two weeks - yucko!

But all in all, SO much to be thankful for! Bryan's family got some really wonderful news today, too.

Monday, July 7, 2008

24 Weeks 2 Days

So I broke bedrest for 5 minutes to throw on a dress and take this picture. I can't believe how big I'm getting!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Slideshow

Here are some better pics of the cribs. As you can see, Otis thinks that little rocking chair is his. It was actually my mom's when she was a baby. I also added the wall art that I've picked out - a brown owl, pink flowers and green leaves.

We made it to viability!

Big sigh of relief - we made it to 24 weeks!!! Most doctors consider this the age of viability outside of the womb (of course, with a lot of NICU time and possible side effects).

I honestly don't think my doctors ever thought I would get to this point. They were, for the most part, prepared to deliver me on June 20th when I started leaking amniotic fluid. In fact one doctor (we shall call him McDouchebag) gave me zero percent chance of hope that day. I can't tell you how sweet it was when I was being wheeled out to the car on Friday, to have him pass by and wave as he was leaving.

Don't get me wrong, we still have a loooong road ahead of us. 24 weeks was my first goal. My second goal is 25 weeks, then 26, 27, etc. Each day the girls stay inside is three less days spent in the NICU.

And from babycenter.com, here is what the girls are doing this week:
Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th!

Happy 4th of July!

I'm celebrating my Independence from HOME!!

My doctors are seriously mystified by me. They said it rarely, if ever, happens that a leak will seal over like mine probably has. All I have to say is "grow babies, grow!"

Thursday, July 3, 2008

New pics

So I decided to take pictures of the ultrasound photos from today. They aren't the highest quality, but fun nontheless.

Baby A's Face:

Baby A giving the peace sign:

Baby B Face:

Baby B Face & Hand:

23 Weeks 5 Days

WOO HOO!

So I got another good ultrasound today, complete with about 50 new pics of the girls. I'll try and have my Mother-in-law scan them so I can post them soon. The good news: the fluid around Baby A looks great. She has almost as much as her sister, but it is still less. It was hilarious watching Baby B kick, and Baby A punch her back (of course there is a thin membrane in between them).

Now for the GREAT news: I might get to go home!!!! There are three possibilities here:

1. Stay in the hospital where I get woken up 24/7 to take my temp and blood pressure, and a nurse brings me my pills.

2. Trust that my leak has sealed since we've not seen fluid in 14 days, and there has been no fluid loss shown on the ultrasound. Go home, sleep in my own bed, take my own temperature and give myself my meds.

3. Have an Amniocentesis done, putting blue liquid into the sac around Baby A. Wait a day and see if I leak any blue liquid to prove if the leak sealed. Then go home. This procedure has a 1 in 600 chance for rupturing the sac, labor, infection, etc. Here is a picture of the procedure



Soo, with that all said and done, I'd love option 2. I'll probably hear back later today or tomorrow with the news.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Bad night....

So I didn't sleep at all last night.

Around 11:30 I started to feel uncomfortable. I tried to roll on my side and wait it out. By 12:00 am I was having contractions, felt pelvic pressure, and had a throbbing pain in my back. My nurse gave me my Procardia, and said to call her if it didn't kick in soon.

Around 12:45 she came back in and put me on the contraction monitor, and told me to lay on my side. However, when I lay on my side, the monitor never picks up contractions. So around 1:15 she has my lay on my back, and I was having a contraction every minute or two.

The next thing I know, I'm getting a shot of Brethine and a new IV site for fluids. Poor Bryan, he had to work this morning, so I didn't wake him the whole time. He woke to me shaking violently (from the Brethine) and getting a new IV.

The good news is my contractions have stopped. They took blood samples to see if my white blood cell count is OK. The bad news is I think my Procardia is wearing off, or my body is becoming too use to it. This is my miracle drug that has kept my baby girls inside of me for two extra weeks. I'm hoping and praying for a minimum of at least one more.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

23 Weeks 3 Days

Only 4 more days until our first goal of 24 weeks. My second goal is to make it to under 100 days. Hopefully we'll last much longer than that! Still no news is good news. I get more blood drawn today for my white blood cell count (oh joy). I'm amazed that I've not gotten sick yet. Maybe my teaching immunity has finally kicked in (you know, after four full years and all).

Keeping myself busy with TV, laptop, crosswords and resting. Thanks for your continued well wishes and prayers.

 
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