Tuesday, January 27, 2009

34 Weeks, 5 Days Sonogram

I went in today for another growth sonogram. I am 34 weeks and 5 days. Baby A weighs 4 lbs. 3 oz. and Baby B weighs 4 lbs. 5 oz. Both are head down. Baby A had a heart rate of 127 bpm and Baby B's heart rate was 136 bpm. Baby B was wiggling around which made her heart rate faster. I am posting pictures of both babies this time. We FINALLY got a profile picture of Baby B! We haven't been able to see her since my 20 week sonogram. I was also informed that my stomach is so firm because I have no fat! You can feel my uterus directly below my skin. Kind of creepy! I'll update again after tomorrows weekly visit to the doctor.

Baby B

Baby A

Baby A

Saturday, January 24, 2009

34 Week Update

It was a busy week for me. My doctor appointments are now weekly as well as non-stress tests at the hospital. I saw the doctor on Wednesday and we learned that Baby B has finally decided to turn around and is now in the head-down position. It seems as if both babies are getting ready for their debut. It is still to be determined if I will have a so-called "natural" birth (hate the "v" word) or if my doctor will schedule a c-section. He said it's possible that Baby B could turn back around.

I did ask how long he would allow me to carry the girls as I am getting uncomfortable and seriously don't feel as if my body could expand another inch. I was told that he really thinks they will come between 36-38 weeks. If they haven't come by 38 weeks he will induce me at 39 weeks. I haven't had any Braxton Hicks contractions. The contractions that I am having are what the doctor called "false" contractions. I didn't ask him to elaborate.

I am scheduled for another growth sonogram on Tuesday. I hope we will get to see Baby B's face this time. She's been camera shy the last several sonograms. I return to the doctor on Wednesday and have my NST scheduled for Thursday. My weeks are getting very busy now. Oh, all of that and I'm supposed to meet the man that is going to sub my class while I am on maternity leave. Did I mention that I am still teaching full time?

Matthew took a picture of me on Thursday morning at 34 weeks. Thank goodness it was before I came down with the raging case of pink eye that plagues me now. Darn germy kids at school. I'll update again next week.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

33 Week Update

Thursday I went to BSA for my scheduled NST (non-stress test) to monitor the babies. I felt like an octopus by the time she got everything strapped to me! I had two fetal heart rate monitors as well as a contraction monitor strapped to my tummy. These tests can last anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour. I think I was hooked up about 30-40 minutes.

Both babies looked great! Their hearts are strong and they respond to activity and periods of rest like they are supposed to. After about 15-20 minutes of monitoring me, the nurse came back to check on me and informed me that I was having lots of contractions. Who knew! I certainly didn't. I was expecting them to feel like menstrual cramps, like the doctor said they would. Instead I didn't feel anything. My tummy always feels hard too, so that isn't a good indication either.

Anyhow, the nurse gave me a cup of water and unhooked me and sent me to the bathroom. After the bathroom and drinking the water, the contractions calmed down. She called my doctor to relay the results of the test to him and he seemed okay with everything. I see him on Wednesday. I am already scheduled for a weekly NST over the next two weeks. This weeks test is pending. The doctor may think I'm okay to wait until the following week, but that won't be determined until I see him on Wednesday. These tests are standard procedure with twin pregnancies. Matthew and I pre-register with Labor and Delivery on Monday. It's unreal how quickly time has passed and that soon we will get to meet our little girls!

Friday, January 9, 2009


First off, THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY! This was my first week back to work after a much needed two week break. I so had the worst time NOT getting to sleep until noon everyday. But, what does a person do? I'll tell you what they do...or in my case, what I did...which was roll my enormous tummy out of bed every morning and lethargically get ready for work. I only cried one day! Haha! I'm just glad the week is over. It seemed exceptionally long, and my students seemed exceptionally talkative and fidgety. I think my patience may be wearing a little thin.

In other news, I hit the 32 week mark yesterday. My tummy has grown so much in the last two weeks. I know any day now a baby foot is going to choke me! In all seriousness though, my tummy has a circumference of 41.5 inches. Never, did I think I would have a 40+ waist size! I'm really missing my feet. I can't wait to see them again! I'm sure Matthew is ready too. Poor guy probably dreads the incessant morning question of: "Will you tie my shoes?"

I saw the doctor today. He did a quick ultrasound to check both babies. Baby A is still head down and weighs about 3 lbs. 8 oz. Baby B is still breech and weighs about 3 lbs. 10 oz. The doctor doesn't think she will turn. But it's still a little soon to discuss what that means. Matthew and I both felt each baby have the hiccups last night. They had them about an hour apart. It may not have been the first time I felt them, but I can't be sure. I feel so much movement it's hard to discern what is what going on in there.

Next week I am scheduled for a NST test which is a fetal non-stress test. It measures the fetal heart rate and contractions. I haven't had any contractions.
I pre-register with Labor and Delivery on the 19th. Matthew and I will also get a tour of the new Women's Center. I see my doctor again on the 21st. That will put me at one day shy of 34 weeks. I hope he will start discussing how these babies are entering this world with me. I'm a planner and a scheduler! I'm ready to know!