Saturday, July 26, 2014

Quick Post on baby boys

It has been a crazy two weeks, and I am hoping to post their birth story soon. There were some initial scares in the hospital but everyone is doing great now. But in the meantime here are some pictures!
 
Hunter Allen & Dylan Richard

 





Picture from today


 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

It's almost go time!

We have a date! As of now the caesarean section is set up for this Thursday 7/10 at 8am (37w3d)... We really wanted 7/11 but if something opens up Monday or Tuesday we can change it. I probably won't want to by that point though because I am getting so excited to meet the boys! Even though I feel them moving and I am as big as a house I still can't believe that I am going to be a mom... a mom of two boys. I have my final ultrasound on Tuesday.. My hospital bag is mostly packed, as well as the diaper bag full of baby clothes (that I probably won't use but couldn't help myself). The main stuff is in the nursery, decorations can come later along with a book shelf or cubbies for the few toys we have. My head is spinning...my heart is racing...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

36 Weeks

 
I am still in amazement that I have made it this far into my twin pregnancy. I am so thankful that things have went the way they have and I am so ready to meet my sons. I had some menstrual type cramping last night and lower back pain but at my doctors appointment today they said my cervix was still closed and not softening so all is well. I also got my growth ultrasound today. Baby A is measuring 7lbs which is in the 80th something percentile, Baby B is measuring 5lbs 12oz and is in the 40th something percentile and the doctor said the difference in sizes was safe. Of course they could be off a pound. My doctor is having me go to the hospital tomorrow with MFM to get another growth scan with their fancy machine to double check the sizes. This will determine whether I get my scheduled c-section at 37 or 38 weeks. Of course the boys could make up their minds to come earlier...
I will try to update you tomorrow on the sizes. It may be a couple of days until the c-section is scheduled. Bump picture updated in tab.

I have been praying and cheering for so many of you guys that are still in the trenches. I am going to try to catch up with blogs today. I wish I had magic dust to give all of you your take home babies. I have cried so many tears for you and it isn't fair. xoxoxoxo


36 weeks with fraternal twins

Monday, June 23, 2014

35 weeks

I can't believe that I have made it 35 weeks. This was my first personal goal and my second one is 37 weeks. My weekly ultrasound is tomorrow and I thought it was  the next growth u/s but I found out that it won't be until 36 weeks. I am hoping and praying that I am still pregnant next week to get the estimate and give these little guys time to grow! The nursery is done except for wall hangings and some cubbies for toys and books. I am hoping to hang a couple big newborn pictures to fill the space. The room is really small so we only have room for the two cribs, a dresser and the cubes or cubbies for the toys and books. I really wanted a gliding chair but I will survive without it or we will put one in the living room. My last day of work is this Wednesday and I am really going to miss my co-workers but I am hoping they will visit me and the boys from time to time.

A friend was supposed to give me her swing to borrow but told me this weekend that someone else ended up with it! Um... So I went on a local sales site and found a $190 swing for $80 so I will be getting it tomorrow. I am probably going to get the my breast friend pillow as well so I better check the site again or look on Amazon tonight. I'm running out of time!

I really can't believe they are almost here and as strange as it sounds it still doesn't feel real. Crazy right? I am huge and they move all of the time so it should sink in but it doesn't. I guess I am doubting Thomas and need to see them.

The PSD is still in full force, sleeping is difficult and rolling over is impossible. Oh and walking and sitting is hard too. lol. Heartburn, nose bleeds, swelling... the list gets bigger daily but I am not going to complain and wouldn't trade it for the world.

Thank you for the continued support! The bump picture is in the tab.

Monday, June 16, 2014

34 weeks

Hi ladies! It has been a while since I posted mainly because of some issues at home with my step daughter and I have developed carpal tunnel in both hands so it gets a bit painful to type for too long. I have been training the "new me"at my work so I haven't been able to read others blogs for a while either and it is driving me nuts! I am hoping to get caught up this weekend. My last day of work will be next Wednesday 35w 2 d and I am ready!  My husband will be in Minnesota playing softball this weekend so I am putting myself on bed rest so that they don't try to come while he is gone. My mother in law will be here Friday-Sunday to help with things, whew. Let's do the old format this time. And the bump pictures have been updated.





How far along? 34 weeks!!

Total weight gain: Around 65lbs! Wowzers

Maternity clothes: hahahhahahahahhahahaha. I mean yes and those are stretched to the max

Stretch Marks: I am amazed, but I still don't have any

Sleep: I was waking up at least once an hour due to the pain or to go to the bathroom, but I am taking vistaril which is helping me sleep and slowing down my Braxton Hicks.

Best moment of the week: Well it is only Monday, but last weekend my sister put together both cribs, we did baby laundry and she cooked and took care of me. This past weekend my husband got the dresser and I put the baby laundry away. And the two quilts I made are binded and done! And if I go into labor they will no longer try to stop it. They are almost here!

Miss anything: Um, no pain and no heartburn.. But I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Belly button in or out: In with a little out in the middle.

Looking forward to: I am having weekly ultrasounds and non stress tests.. Next Tuesday at 35 weeks I will get another growth scan to see how big the little booger are. And I am looking forward to my last day at work so that I can get some rest and be careful


Monday, June 2, 2014

My weekend

My weekend started out great. Friday night the girls that I work with threw me a baby shower. It was actually a joint bridal and baby shower with another girl and the called it "Nappies and Nighties". Cute right?? I got diapers, wipes, a book and a gift certificate and they all chipped in and got us one of our car seats! Then on Saturday morning a friends son had his first t ball game so of course I had to go because I love him so much. Saturday afternoon we headed out to order the cribs!! We found one that we liked at Nebraska Furniture Mart and they will be in this week, and we ordered the other car seat. I sat there with such a smile on my face when we got home even though my feet looked like Shrek!

At 7:49 on Saturday night everything changed. The owner of the place I was going to be working from home for, the guy that hired me called. And before I discuss the call please know that I have been in three times for training and I filled out my new hire paperwork on Thursday last week. Okay... SO he said that someone that had worked for them as an administrator for five years left a couple of months ago and just got laid off at their new job. He feels as if it is in the best interest of the company to hire her back so he will no longer be needing me, but to stay in touch in case something opens up again in the future. Talk about rocking my world. I instantly broke down and walked back to where my husband was. I could barely get out the words that I no longer had a job after the babies arrived. I finally half way composed myself and went to sit with him in the living room. Then the feelings would rush back in. My husband was very sweet about what I was going through and told me that things will be okay and I really need to calm myself down because it isn't good for the babies. He said if that asshole causes something to happen he will hunt him down. I have been told that I could sue them but I don't have the energy and it's just not worth it. I will continue to pray that God will provide... I can't really start looking again until after the boys arrive but I may look at options online. I still can't believe that it happened.

On the pregnancy front I am 32 weeks today and going in for a growth u/s then I will go to the hospital for a stress test on Thursday. I'm on a twice a week schedule until the babies get here.  I will do my 32 week post tonight or tomorrow.. Please keep us in your prayers.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Long time no post

Sorry friends... It has been a stressful last few weeks. But as of Monday I was 31w pregnant! I have PSD, my pubic bone is separating, my hands, feet, ankles and calves are swollen but I'm okay with it all as long as my boys keep cooking. My husband painted the nursery this past weekend but we still haven't picked out the cribs. He says there is plenty of time.... Could someone remind him that we are having twins please? They will sleep in their Rock N Plays for the first few months so I'm trying not to stress about it. However I do... I just want their space to be done and ready for them. I want to walk in there sit on my gliding chair (haven't got that yet either) and read and talk to them. He is going through another bout of how are we going to make this work so he is stressed. However, I found a work at home job!!!! I will still be doing billing for a Physical Therapy clinic just not the one I am currently with. I will work 10-12 hours from home and from 6-2 on Thursdays in the office. Hopefully my husband will work from home on Thursdays but if not I have a couple people who have offered to watch them. I am planning on starting 8 weeks after they get here.

I will try to keep up weekly moving forward... I'm okay and so are the babies, but thank you to all of you that have emailed and checked up on me.

My bump pictures have been updated!


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

28 Weeks

Hello 3rd trimester!! The babies are moving more and I am growing, and growing... I have gained 50 lbs from my pre IVF weight. I no longer have ankles and very square feet. I am praying that these little guys stay comfortable for another 7-9 weeks before they make their appearance. My big baby shower is this Saturday! I am so excited to see everyone there.

I have volunteered for a non for profit group that employees developmentally disabled adults for the last seven years. Last night at the fundraising committee I was blown away by their generosity. They wheeled in the stroller we registered for along with bibs, blankets, a bottle brush, onsies, pacifiers, spoons, wipes and an 80 pack of diapers. AMAZING! My heart was overflowing with gratitude.

My bump picture has been updated...



28 weeks

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

27 Weeks

27 weeks. Fun things like heartburn, lack of sleep, hip pain, back pain, burps, farts and emotional meltdowns. I wouldn't trade them for my own private beach. I love having them with me 24/7 right now but I'm super excited to snuggle them once they arrive too. In some ways it still doesn't seem real, it almost feels like I am playing pregnant.

As you know I had an impromptu ultrasound this week because of no movement on the right side.. Baby B caused quite a scare! My glucose test was today. My doctor had me fast from 10 o'clock last night until the test at 9 this morning. Both me and the babies were starving!! I drank the lovely orange drink of love after they took my blood and then I waited an hour (20 min sleeping in my car) then they took my blood again. At that point I drove to Wendy's for breakfast. I was so shaky from fasting and then chugging sugar, it took a good couple of hours for me to level back out.

I will have my next ultrasound in two weeks, then another two weeks after that. Then I will have a weekly stress test at the hospital every Tuesday and an ultrasound every Thursday with my OB. Needless to say I will be missing a lot of work and seeing a lot of doctors until the boys get here. My doctor is super cautious and wants to monitor me as much as possible. I'm 100% fine with that! My bump page has been updated

I continue to read all of your blogs but I have sucked at commenting. Please know that I am  praying and cheering for all of my sisters that are still in the trenches! And I'm not just saying that.. I really do.





Monday, April 28, 2014

Baby B - - UPDATE

Today I am 27 weeks. I haven't felt baby B move very much if any the last few days. I am praying that he has shifted over more to baby A's side and I am just feeling both of them over there. My glucose test and next OB appointment is tomorrow but I have a friend bringing her stethoscope to work this morning so that I can check for two heartbeats. If I struggle to find two I am going to call the doctor this morning to see if they can squeeze me in. I am trying to stay calm and trust in God.

UPDATE: Baby A is still breach, Baby B is transverse so his feet are over by Baby A's head and hands. B's body is curved so only his head is toward the bottom right side. Now that would explain all of the crazy activity on the left side and nothing on the right. The doctor said I did the right thing by coming in. My next U/S is in two weeks! Thank you all for the prayers and well wishes. These boys are already giving me grey hairs. :)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

25 Weeks

Well here I am sitting at 25 weeks. We are having a barbecue with my husbands extended family on Saturday.. And then my next shower is May 10th. I am feeling extremely blessed and extremely stressed. My husband has become detached from so much because of the stress of money. The financial aspect of twins is scary, along with an almost 15 year old going to college in four years. My income is going away, or at least getting cut way back as well. I understand why he is acting the way he is but in a selfish way it has been very hard on me. He has no interest in feeling my stomach when the boys start kicking, he asks if everything is okay after appointments but that is the extent. He has no excitement to get the nursery ready so I have been trying to do things on my own. I have to do my glucose test in a couple of weeks and he asked me how much it was going to cost, and did I really have to have it done. My deductible has been met so it will be 20%, but all blood work has been covered up to now. So I called the OB's office to get the medical codes and diagnostic code and will be calling my insurance today to make sure I know what the bill is ( I do billing for a living). All of the sonograms have been covered with my OB so I didn't think to call and check with the specialist. The two ultrasounds there were over $1,500 each. Needless to say we got a bill for $800 last week that made our current situation even better and he was very upset with me for not checking before hand (but it met my deductible). The babies will be covered under my insurance for 30 days but have their own deductible and then they switch to their own insurance and will get another deductible.  I am praying that they stay put until 37 weeks and there is no NICU stay. Diapers.. 20ish a day $$$.. hopefully I can nurse to save money on formula $$$. Clothes.. well they are babies and it is summer so if we don't get a lot at the showers they can live in onsies for a while. I really don't know how we are going to do it. I cry a lot lately. I am stressed a lot. My husband feels like I don't do enough and the doctor feels like I am doing too much. I can't win. Prayers, good thoughts... whatever you have to send would be greatly appreciated.

My bump picture has been updated. The picture was taken three hours after a tearful fight about finances so I had to Photoshop out some puffiness and redness.

25 weeks - Two rutabagas!


The high point of my week was getting some maternity pictures taken by a friend of mine, and I got a gift card from Holly a friend of mine through blogging. I am going to use the gift card to buy their baby books today. Thank Holly you have been a great friend!

I got two sneak peeks of my images. Of course I removed my face. Maybe I should just stop being private?

25 weeks with twins

25 weeks with twins

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

24 Weeks

Today I am 24 weeks 1 day. At this point our little boys would have a 50% chance of survival so they need to keep cooking for a while! The contractions have slowed down but I was once again told that they weren't affecting my cervix so I am letting go and trusting in God. Bump picture updated in tab.






How far along? 24 weeks!!

Total weight gain: Around 32lbs since pregnant and 42lbs since before IVF medication

Maternity clothes: Everything is maternity except for a couple bigger shirts, but I have to wear a maternity tank under them. Some of the maternity clothing is actually getting too small.

Stretch Marks: Not yet

Sleep: Still waking up about 5-10 times during the evening to roll over or go to the bathroom

Best moment of the week: Hitting viability and seeing the babies during the last u/s. I wish that we would have seen both of them in 3d but that's okay I still know they are perfect! And having my first baby shower with family. It was so nice to see everyone, and the more diapers the better!

Miss anything: Sharing a bed with my husband, but he will come back after the babies are here. :)

Belly button in or out: Still in but super stretched

Looking forward to: My upcoming OB appointment next week and my baby shower with friends coming up on May 10th.




24 weeks with fraternal twins


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

23 Weeks

I am 23 weeks and 2 days as of today. We went for our last appointment with MFM. As long as the pregnancy stays healthy and on track I will just continue with my OB every two weeks. The boys are measuring in the 56% for a singleton so I am growing them big! Baby A is 1lb 5oz and Baby B is 1lb 6oz. Both babies are now breech so that explains the extra kicks to my nether regions. My cervix is measuring 3.9 and staying strong. The hospital where our MFM is located doesn't switch to 3D because of liabilities but at the end of our appointment she switched over but told us not to tell. Unfortunately Baby A had flipped around and we couldn't get a shot of his face. Baby B cooperated and as soon as I saw his face on the screen the tears started to flow. I have a lot of updating to do in the ultrasound tab so I am going to post the pictures on this blog post. If you aren't in a good place please don't scroll down. The bump picture is updated in the tab. I am going to skip updates this week but I promise to pick up next week. :)

 
 
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Friday, March 28, 2014

Yesterday

I'm so sorry it took this long to update. I went in and the sonographer took me back to the room because my husband was running behind. There are a couple of them and of course we got "talky talkerson". She proceeded to tell me a story about how a lady came in without her husband last week and she had to tell her that her baby had died. WTF are you really telling me that story now? About that time my husband got there. She looked at baby A first and his heart was flickering away, then she went off on some other story. I wanted to shake her and tell her to get to baby B. I actually did cut her off at one point and asked nicely to move on. His heart was flickering away as well. Both of their fluids looked good and then she measured my cervix. Her actual response was, oh.. I don't like how that looks and then started to look at something else. I asked her politely what she meant and she explained, " I just hate how measurements of the cervix can look like this from above but I'm going to do a vaginal u/s too". WTF?? Stop freaking me out. My cervix measured 3.8 and that is what it was a month ago so everyone was happy.

I went to the waiting room after that and waited on Dr. S. I had to wait a while since they had fit me in for the day. He said that my cervix felt fine as well. He was still a little concerned about the contractions so he prescribed me a medication to relax my uterus. I was instructed to go home, take the medicine and be on bed rest the remainder of the day. He also told me that I need to cut back my hours at work. I have a desk job but he said that resting at home is a lot different then being in front of a computer and having to deal with patient issues. So cutting back is going to happen. I am going to cut from 40hrs/week to probably 30 or 32. I think he wanted me to do more but I have to have at least 30 hours to keep my insurance. I have let my boss, who is also one of my closest friends know that I need to cut back and that while I'm here I can't be running around. She understands but I hope that everyone else understands as well.

I'm hoping that the boys got the memo to stay put for a while. Thank you for all of your prayers and good thoughts yesterday. I needed them...

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Braxton Hicks?

From 8-10pm I was having uterine tightening every 5-10 minutes. They continued more spaced out throughout the night. I have been drinking a lot of water and emptying my bladder to help. My doctor wants me to come in at 10:30 central time for an ultrasound. Prayers would be appreciated. I am hoping that it is nothing, and just another blip on this road to beat infertility.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

22 weeks

22 weeks. I don't want to wish this pregnancy away, but I sure wish it was 32 weeks. :) Bump shot has been updated in tab.

How far along? 22 weeks and counting!

Total Weight gain: I think still around 26lbs but I haven't weighed this week

Maternity clothes: For sure and my mediums are getting smmmmaalll.

Stretch marks: Not yet

Sleep: Nope. I only get up to pee once or twice but the hip and groin pain wake me up and so I am alway rolling over. It will be worth it though!

Best moment of the week: Feeling their movement get stronger. I thank God with every little flutter and kick. Baby A is breech so his kicks are aimed at my girl parts and bottom. Talk about a jolt! :) Baby B's movement is stronger for sure and scare me sometimes. That is the kind of fear I will take.

Miss anything: Not really, every day is a miracle. But I guess that I do miss sharing a bed with my husband. My tossing and turning isn't getting any better so he has been camped on the couch. :(

Belly button in or out: In

Looking forward to: April 2nd which is our next big scan and April 5th which is our first baby shower.

Monday, March 17, 2014

21 weeks

Today I am 21 weeks. And to celebrate I felt both babies kicking away this morning around 6:30! I feel baby B from time to time because his placenta is on the side, but baby A's placenta is on the front so his movement has been muted. But this morning it was back and forth from both sides of my belly. I am wondering if baby A isn't breach anymore? I just laid there and smiled in the dark. I am so ready to feel them more and more to let me know that they are healthy and growing. We cheat a little and do the weekly bump shots the day before on Sunday because I am already dressed for church (in tab). So don't worry, we have our green on today! I have my bi-weekly appointment with my OB today and he always does a quick ultrasound in the exam room so I'm pretty pumped to see them today. I am also praying that my cervix is still in tip top shape! Our next big ultrasound with the MFM is on April 2nd to get a good shot of my cervix and to see the babies again. I am praying that baby A's Choroid Plexus Cyst has closed as well so that I can stop thinking about it. (even though they told us it was nothing to worry about). Happy Monday everyone!


I have two nanners growing inside of me!!

 
How far along? 21 weeks


Total weight gain: 26lbs since pregnant - 36lbs since IVF meds


Maternity clothes: Um, yes... except for a few shirts that I can put over a maternity tank. My poor non maternity green shirt is getting stretched to its limit today.


Stretch marks: Not yet - but I'm super itchy today so I'm thinking that I need to lube up more.


Sleep: Last night was the first good sleep that I have had in a while. I only woke up once to go to the bathroom and the other times I kind of woke I went right back to sleep. I am hoping for another night like that tonight. My hips have been in so much pain at night that it wakes me up. I am using a maternity pillow but I don't think that it really helps much.

Best moment of the week: Feeling the babies move more. I am able to feel the occasional outside kick but whenever my husband comes over to feel they are done. Hoping for more the next few weeks!


Miss anything: Sleep... Oh and I am actually missing sex with my husband. The doctor cut us off at 20 weeks. We can't do anything.. Well, ahem.. I could do something for him but nothing for me. :)

Belly button in or out: In but strrrrreeeetttttcccchhhhiiiinnnggg

Looking forward to: Another level 2 ultrasound on April 2nd. The screen is SO clear and I could stare at them for hours!!











Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March 15th for Jude and Brinly

Please mark this date on your calendar. To read more you can click HERE and go to Holly's blog.

Monday, March 10, 2014

20 weeks

I am halfway there! Well technically I am over halfway since it is a twin pregnancy but either way I am so happy to be here. I am up 20lbs which per the twin guidelines I am right on schedule and I am hoping to be up 60-70lbs by the end of my pregnancy. I want some big healthy babies! My boobs decided to get pregnant with the rest of me this past week as well, haha. My bump page/tab has been updated so you can see my progress!


Two small cantaloupes


How far along? 20 weeks

Total weight gain: Well, if we are counting from when I got pregnant and not before the stims then I have gained 20lbs. Wowzer. :)

Maternity clothes: Yes, except for a few shirts that are almost too short and for a few dresses that stretch.

Stretch marks? No, not yet. I keep putting on the Palmers and Bio-Oil to keep them at bay.

Sleep: I wake up at least four times a night to either pee or readjust because of back, knee or hip pain. But I usually can fall back to sleep pretty easy.

Best moment of the week: Our level 2 ultrasound. The babies are healthy and I loved watching them on the screen for so long. At one point they were kicking and punching each other. I guess they are already fighting to see who will be the Alpha baby. AND I felt baby B kick from the outside for the first time. Baby A's placenta is in the front so I don't feel him as much.

Miss anything? Nothing... except maybe really hot baths.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? My wedding band is on my right hand now and my engagement ring is on the left.

Looking forward to: I am looking forward getting the nursery painted and buying the cribs. Oh, and I am starting their quilts this week.




Excitement for a friend!

Please go leave my friend a big congratulations. After years of struggling she has some beautiful news to celebrate. I am SO excited for her and her husband. SO EXCITED.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Level 2 U/S 19w2d

All of their organs looked great the NT fold was a good measurement and they were right on track size wise as well. Baby A however has a choroid plexus cyst in his brain where the spinal fluid is made. It isn't actually a cyst it is just a gap that hasn't closed. They told us that 95% of these close on their own but it doesn't impair brain function if it doesn't. They would be more concerned if our blood work for Trisomy 21 had come back positive. The blood work could not test for Trisomy 18 because it is a twin pregnancy. Since all of the other measurements came back on track she said there was nothing to worry about but they have to tell us because it was there. We go back in a month for another big ultrasound to look at the boys and monitor my cervix but I will continue to see my OB every two weeks. Oh, my cervix looked great BTW. Whew.

They are still 100% boy and baby B was the one really showing off this time. The u/s tech said WOW he sure is a boy. hahaha. When we were leaving my husband said it was so impressive because it was morning time. You know... morning wood. Oh my husband is a funny one.

I have posted a few of the U/S pictures in the tab for your viewing pleasure. Of course if you are not in a good place I understand, and you need to take care of yourself first. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

19 weeks

Our level two ultrasound is this Wednesday!! I am so excited to stare at the boys for an hour and soak in every little measurement. Again I am thankful for another week. My bump shot is updated in the tab. Week 17-18 I saw a big bump growth, but not as much from 18-19. I am continuing to attempt the 2,600-3,000 calories a day but man...it's hard. However I will do whatever I have to in order to grow us some big babies!!


19 weeks: Two little heirloom tomatoes

Miss anything? A good nights sleep and being able to move around for longer periods of time. But I wouldn't trade this for anything..

Movement: Still just the occasional flutters

Food craving: Bread and butter pickles with cheese-its, corn dogs and trail mix

Anything make you queasy or sick? I get a little queasy if I don't eat every couple of hours but other than that I am doing great

Gender: TWO BOYS!

Labor signs: NO!

Symptoms: Nasal congestion, lower back pain, hip pain and some round ligament pain from time to time.

Looking forward to: This Wednesday!! It's our level 2 ultrasound. And I'm still ready for my husband and I to feel some good strong movement. I am also ready for this season of lent and taking more time to reflect on Christ and his teachings. I love lent and Easter.

I will update you after the appointment on Wednesday!!!


Sunday, February 23, 2014

18 weeks

Okay.. so I am going to try to keep up with the weekly updates. Try.. I keep updating the bump shots on the tab. With each passing week I give all thanks to God.



18 weeks: Two little sweet potatoes



Miss anything? Probably sleeping through the night, but I think this is God's way of getting me ready for the babies.

Movement: I feel flutters where I am hearing the heartbeats at night so I am pretty sure that is what I am feeling, but it isn't constant.

Food craving: Everything salty... Pickles for sure (I know so cliche), cheese, chips and salsa, hot dogs, banana peppers, salad and sometimes I fall in love with some sour gummy worms.

Anything make you queasy or sick? Not really, there are some foods that I just don't want to have anything to do with but I have been SO lucky and not had any sickness.

Gender: TWO BOYS!

Labor signs: No.... Thank you Jesus

Symptoms: My hips and lower back are pretty angry during the night, and my knees and lower back don't love me during the day. I get short of breath really easy if I try to do too much as well. The nasal congestion continues and a few bloody noses have joined in on the fun. My headaches are hit and miss, why is Tylenol so worthless? I had migraines and headaches before but without being able to take anything they get pretty bad.

Belly button in or out: In

Wedding rings on or off? They are on, but my fingers swelled up at church today so I had to put my wedding band on my right hand and keep my engagement ring on my left hand. It did get better so that I could put them both back on the same finger an hour or so after I left though.

Looking forward to: A lot! I can't wait to feel them moving around on a daily basis and my husband being able to feel them from the outside as well. I am super ready for my doctors appointment this week and for our anatomy scan on March 5th (Ash Wednesday).

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The results are in!

I am the most happy to announce that both babies are super healthy and had great heartbeats! They were both sleeping this time and were face down so they had to do some coaxing. They also took my blood today to do the integrated test and to check my platelet count again so we should get those results back soon. Embarrassing moment of the morning... My doctor said man you really have a rash right here.. Note to self: do not dry shave before an appointment with your OB. So to find out what baby A and baby B are please scroll down. No post after the pictures if you don't want to look.

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They will probably kick my butt someday for sharing this one. :)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tommorow

Tomorrow....


- We get to see our babies
- We get to find out the (for sure) genders
- The naming process will begin
- I will fall deeper in love (if that is possible)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Bump pictures and guessing time!

I finally have my bump pictures uploaded under the tab. Thank goodness for snow days!

Oh, I elected to pay $45 at our next appoinment on 2/12 to find our the genders of the babies! Time to guess friends!!



Tuesday, January 28, 2014

14 weeks

We went in for my u/s yesterday and I was ready with my super full bladder! Then the tech said okay you can go ahead and empty your bladder because we are doing a vaginal scan to just check your cervix today.Ugh. So I left my sample and headed to the u/s room. My husband showed up right after I had dropped trough and we were ready to go. I told her I was sad that we weren't going to get to check out the babies and she told me that we would take a look at them she just wouldn't be doing measurements and things. So then I went one step further and asked her if she could just take a sneak peak in between the legs. :) She asked a few times if I was sure because it was early and she couldn't give us a for sure either way. I think she was afraid that we would go out and buy a bunch of baby clothes or something. I reassured her that we just wanted her guess and wouldn't be telling anyone until after a later scan. So she peaked.... Baby A is a mover and a shaker at every u/s! I know I am prejudice but the kid has some skills! Baby B is always sleeping and can't be bothered but super cute. Oh, and my cervic measured long an closed so that was a plus!



I will continue to post my bump pictures in the above tab. I might start doing the log type posts soon as well to help me remember the pregnancy. I will be waiting until the next u/s to announce the genders because I'm not super sure about one of the guesses the tech gave so maybe we'll play a fun game at that time! For now, here are the pictures from yesterday. I can't believe how big they are getting. Aren't their profiles adorable?? (as always there is no more post after the picture, so if you don't want to look I understand)

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Blood results

This morning I drank my protein drink and then started to move onto my bagel and cream cheese. I took a big bite, looked down at my phone and saw that it was my Dr's office. I choked down the bite and answered the phone. It was Dr. S!! He had my blood results back! He said that he had them put a rush on it because of his concern. Love him.
 
My initial number was 868,000 and yesterday it was 623,000!! I am not 100% out of the clear but it has went down by over 25%. He said he will test my blood again at my next appointment in two weeks just to make sure that it keeps going down. He told me that he is 90% sure that it is Secondary and not Primary. When he told me the number the tears started to flow. I'm not going to lie I was scared. I was staying positive but I was scared. Not for my own health but for the health of our babies. 

Thank you all for your prayers, good thoughts and positive vibes!

I heard the new song from Sidewalk Prophets called "Help me find it" on my way to the doctor yesterday and again this morning on my way to work. Coincidence? I don't think so.

Help me find it Lyrics

I don't know where to go from here
It all used to seem so clear
I'm finding that I can't do this on my own

I don't know where to go from here
As long as I know You are near
I'm done fighting
I'm finally letting go

I will trust in You
You've never failed before
I will trust in you

(chorus)
If there's a road I should walk
Help me find it
If I need to be still
Give me peace for the moment
Whatever Your will
Whatever Your will
Can you help me find it
Can you help me find it

I'm giving You fear and You give faith
I giving you doubt
You give me grace
For every step I've never been alone

Even when it hurts, You'll have your way
Even in the valley I will say
With every breath
You've never let me go

I will wait for You
You've never failed before
I will wait for You

(Chorus)

I lift my empty hands (come fill me up again)
Have Your way my King (I give my all to You)
I lift my eyes again (was blind but now I see)
'Cause You are all I need

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ultrasound #4 and blood work

The ultrasound went well and didn't show any signs of a hemorrhage. Both heart rates were at 158 and the babies measured 12 weeks 1 day and are right on target. I will post the ultrasound pictures later under the tab at the top of the blog.

My blood work won't come back for around a week so I won't know more about that until then. If my platelet count doesn't go down I will be referred to a hematologist. Then I can at least know what direction this is taking me. My doctor is staying very positive that things will get better so I'm glad he isn't the doom and gloom guy. He did however follow up with this is something he hasn't seen in the the 30+ years he has been practicing. My platelet count should be around 400 thousand and mine is around 880 thousand and my white blood cells are high as well. I am continuing to pray and stay as positive as I can.

Light bleeding

I woke up to some light pink bleeding this morning, but no cramps. Since I had to go in for blood work anyway I called my doctor. They want me to come in for an u/s to be safe so I will be leaving work in the next 15 minutes to get to my appointment. I told them that I think it is getting better but they don't want to take any chances since I am high risk. I will update later.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Thrombocytosis or Reactive (secondary) Thrombocytosis


So. I got a phone call from my new OB today. Not someone from the office but the actual doctor. I tried to stay calm when he started the conversation with "Well we got the results from your blood tests back". I knew that they took two viles of blood but I had no idea what they were testing. I took a small breath and then he quickly said "No worries on your pregnancy hormone it came back good" BUT..." your blood platelet count came back highly elevated."

He then went on to say that he is hoping that it is Reactive (secondary) Thrombocytosis and it was onset from IVF. If that is the case he is hopeful that the count will go down once the OHSS is all gone. He called my RE to see if he has seen this happen with OHSS and he said that he doesn't feel like he has. Of course as my OB said he probably has never done the blood test required to find the Thrombocytosis either. Worse case scenario is it is Primary Thrombocytosis and there could be an issue with my bone marrow and cancer.Over 50% of pregnancies will also end in miscarriage due to Primary Thrombocytosis. 

 I will be going in tomorrow to get more blood drawn to see if anything has changed. My next appointment and ultrasound is this Thursday so he is hoping to have the results back by then. Is it ever easy?

I started looking this up in association with OHSS and I found a few studies at Oxford that stated there was a connection with the Reactive Thrombocytosis and OHSS among a lot of other nasty things OHSS can cause. So I am praying with every ounce of Faith that I have that my count will be lower tomorrow and I am on the mend. I am 12 weeks 2 days and I am already so in love with these babies. The thought of losing them is more than I can handle at the moment.

Please keep me and them in your thoughts and prayers. I will update as soon as they get the report back.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

First OB/GYN appointment

I arrived 10 minutes early as instructed, and then we waited around an hour to be led back to the room. As I had said in my last post there was no u/s scheduled but when we walked in the exam room I saw one sitting there. To say I got excited would be an understatement. My husband reminded me that it could just be there and not for me. I kept the faith that it was!

The doctor came in and he was super nice and very detailed with information. And halfway through his talk he said that he would be doing a quick u/s just to make sure the twins were still doing great!! Whew.  He left and I disrobed. I told my husband that they would be doing a pap smear and breast exam as well. He asked if I wanted him to leave and of course I said no way. Besides he is going to end up seeing a lot before it is all over. It was so cute.. He said that he would just look down. LOL. I told him he has seen me naked so it really wasn't a problem. The doctor cleaned out a bunch of the left over Crinone junk too so that was a plus, but yuck.





As for the ultrasound. Everything looked great! I started to tear up at one point because both of the babies were wiggling around and we had never seen them move before. We didn't get to hear the heartbeats but we got to see them on the screen. I am going to do my best to relax. Plus the doctor said that we would be doing a lot of ultrasounds due to it being twins. He was going to schedule my next appointment in three weeks.. I must have made a noise and given him a look because he looked at me and asked if I would rather do two weeks. My husband answered and said that three would be fine..  The doctor looked at me again and said "let's switch it to two" and smiled. So I will go back on 1/16 and they will be doing an actual ultrasound. I guess they have a big set up in a separate room so I am pretty pumped to experience that and hear the heartbeats again. Thank you for all of your comments on my last scardy cat post. I am going to stay positive moving forward!

Without further ado, here are the twins! I am 10 weeks 5 days. One measures 10 weeks 2 days and the other is 10 weeks 1 day. The doctor said that was right on track! (There is no more post after the picture if you choose not to look.)

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