Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I had another OB appt today. My doctor is on vacation, so I saw a different Dr L. He jokingly told me that if the babies really don't want to come out, he doesn't see a problem setting an induction date around 41-42 weeks! Yeah right! Good thing my OB already told me that she wouldn't let me go a day beyond 38 weeks. Otherwise, I probably would have thought he was serious...which probably would have made me cry! I am so anxious to meet these little ones. And soooo excited to be done being pregnant. Today marked exactly 9 full weeks of bedrest.
We have a growth scan scheduled for Friday if I make it that far. It will be very interesting to get the babies' estimated weights. However, 3rd trimester ultrasounds can be off by a full pound in either direction...so it truly is a "guesstimate." They better be big considering how much I have grown in the past month! I will try to update Friday afternoon.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Anyway, here I am at 35 weeks. As I stated last week, I had to find a new shirt to take the picture in. So without further adieu.....
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Otherwise, my appt went well. It was my 16th(!!) visit. Fourteen of them have been with Dr. L. I seriously think I am going to go through withdrawals once this is all over with.
However, Dr. L gave me strict orders that I am not allowed to have these babies until October 4th because she is going on vacation until then. So in the mean time, she told me to use a lot of duct tape! Ha! I did ask her about the "induction date" of 10/18, and like I had thought, she really doesn't think that I will get that far either. But she said that we will at least have our ducks in a row.
Anyway, it was a pretty ho-hum visit...which I'm not used to! Usually the babies are causing some sort of drama! But yeah, so delivery is on hold for at least another 11 days. If only I could control that. Given my size, I really do want to evict them...badly. But I am still holding out hope that if I can make it to 36 weeks (ironically, Oct 4th), not only will Dr. L be back in town, but there is a greater likelihood that we will leave the hospital with babies in tow. 36 weeks has been my goal from the beginning....
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I'm SOOO excited to meet them. But it's still a bit early. I am hoping to hold out for at least another 1-2 weeks so that they have a better chance of coming home with us from the hospital. If I do make it another 2 weeks (to 36 weeks), they will stop my medication and take me off of bedrest! That's just 14 days away. Hey, I've already survived 53 days (but who's counting, right?), so I know I can survive 14 more if need be. I do worry about how my body is going to react after I am "mobile" again. My muscles are mush and my stamina is darn near pathetic!! Taking a shower makes me feel like I just participated in the Iron Man Competition!!!
In other news, I have been ATTACKED...by stretch marks. Surprisingly, they don't bother me that much, if at all really. I guess going through what I have gone through to get to this point, they are kind of the least of my worries. I easily could have had these babies at 27-28 weeks and avoided them altogether, but then the babies faced a looooong NICU stay and possible long-term disabilities. So if I have to live with a few stretch marks for the rest of my life, then I am okay with that. The health of these babies is by far more important.
I will try to post an updated picture of the ever-expanding belly tomorrow. Could possibly be the last one!
Oh, and the poll is still open. So if you haven't voted yet, see the red box to your right!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The ultrasound she did in the office showed that both babies were practicing their breathing! I could see their little chests and bellies rising and falling. It was so amazing. Baby A has dropped further into the birth canal, so Dr. L wanted to hook me up to the monitors to see if I was having more contractions that were pushing that baby down.
And sure enough, I was contracting every 5 minutes. I was only feeling about every third. So again, I was sent to Labor and Delivery. I knew my luck had to run out sometime, right? Oh yeah, "A" also gave us a little scare while in the office because all of a sudden the heart rate dropped to the 30's-40's. It is supposed to stay above 120. After a few minutes, we figured out that the monitor got confused and was picking up the baby's hiccups instead of the heartbeat!! Whew!
Anyway, on my way to L&D, I made a short stop (via wheelchair) on 7th floor to say 'hi' to all of my 7th floor ladies! It was so great to see so many familiar faces. HI GIRLS!!
Once in L&D, I was hooked up to the monitors again. They ran 2 liters of fluid through as quickly as possible. And I was given 2 shots of terbutaline (the same med I was taking at home every 4 hours). All of that did little to decrease the contractions. So they tried a different med...nifedipine. An hour later, that seemed to be working and they sent me home.
I'm now taking the nifedipine every 4 hours around the clock and they stopped the terbutaline. In just 4 days (Saturday), they will no longer attempt to stop labor. I will still stay on my home meds, but they won't try other meds in the hospital. Hard to believe, isn't it?? Any day now.
Oh yes, and for those of you who have asked whether I (or Dr. L) really think I am going to make it to 38 weeks to be induced...the answer is no (at least that's my opinion). I think she was just giving me that date to humor me! I have gotten so uncomfortable so fast that I think she wanted to assure me that it will all eventually end. Seems like we've been saying "any day now" for the past 7 weeks that it kind of felt as though "any day now" would never actually arrive!! So yes, I am assuming the talk of induction at 38 weeks was just to humor me. Regardless, 32 days or less!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Had another OB appointment today. And there is an end in sight. Dr L will not allow me to go 1 day beyond 38 weeks. Therefore, if (and this is a big if) I still happen to be pregnant as of October 18th, we will have ourselves a birthday! Even though that is a Saturday, she will still induce me on that day. So BEGIN THE COUNTDOWN!!! 37 days (or less).
Mom came to town to take me to my appointment. And one of her first comments is that I am definitely bigger than I was just a week ago when she came to take me to my last appt. And she's right...I measured in today at an astounding 38 1/2 weeks!!
Otherwise, things are going along just swimmingly. I see Dr L on Tuesday. And before you know it, we'll have made it to 34 weeks (which is next Saturday) and I will be allowed to deliver at my local hospital instead of being shipped elsewhere!!!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Baby A = 3 pounds 7 ounces (up from 2#9oz three weeks ago)
Baby B = 3 pounds 14 ounces (up from 2#11oz three weeks ago)
What absolutely SHOCKED me was that those 2 sets of feet I thought were under my ribs??? Well, those are actually two baby bottoms...not feet!! I couldn't believe it.
In semi more important news, especially related to the pre-term labor, the exit out is measuring exactly the same as it was 2 weeks ago!! Exactly! 2.3cm without pressure on my belly, and 1.7cm with pressure. Simply amazing.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
We discussed the continued plan for me. At 34 weeks, she will likely take me off of the terbutaline. And they will not stop labor after 34 weeks. So if I go in with increased contractions, they will not try to halt them with more drugs. The only thing I was bummed about is that she will NOT lift the bedrest restrictions until I am about 36-37 weeks.
I haven't treated my reading audience to one of my drawings in a long time, so I thought I would be nice to you today. Here is my depiction of the babies' positions in my belly.
Both babies are head down, with Baby A guarding the exit out. We are 99% certain that Baby A will not be able to flip upright. In fact, that baby has been head down since 18 weeks. So he/she has been pretty stuck in that position. Baby B still has a bit of room to flip...but we are hoping he/she stays put. They aren't always looking at each other either. I'm guessing they probably get sick of each other and turn around...would you want to stare someone in the eye 24 hours a day, days upon days?? I know they turn sometimes, because I often get knees poking out at belly button level while I also have two little sets of feet under my rib cages.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my fantastic artwork! I put a lot of effort into this drawing, so you BETTER appreciate it!
Big ultrasound on Friday. As always, keep your fingers crossed for big, beefy babies!!
Monday, September 1, 2008
Hope everyone is having (or had) a wonderful and SAFE holiday weekend!