As I feared my body has decided once again to bring our children into the world too early.
I started having contractions early in the day on Sept 28. After attempts with two shots of terbutaline (Brethine) and an IV with Magnesium sulfate they were unable to stop the oncoming labor. At a little past midnight I had an emergency c-section. Our girls are both about 15″ long and 2.5lbs. They made it a week and one day further than the first two (28 weeks 5 days)
They are doing well so far but this is the beginning of what will be another long NICU journey, and we haven’t even decided on names yet…
Well this isn’t the best of starts 😦
I finally decided that it is safe to update this blog and after I write and correct all the text it does not save and I lose everything. Has anyone else had this problem? I saved the draft then clicked Publish. It showed up once then disappeared when I went back to my Dashboard…uhg
Let me try it again…
So out of fear of jinxing my current pregnancy I avoided this site for a bit. In the past two months I had three major bleeds and passed a blood clot that was bigger than one of the babies, scary times!
Today though, I am 18 week 2 days pregnant and the babies seem to be doing well. They are on target with weight and size. All genetic tests came back normal which was such a relief. I LOVE the MaterniT21 test, the results were good enough that I was able to pass on doing the CVS or Amniocentisis procedures….yeah no giant needles needed to go into my uterus this time around!!!!
I’m on very high monitoring to watch for any signs of pre-term labor, ultrasounds bi-weekly, meetings with my OB and Perinatologist, my cervix is being measured regularly and they have me taking daily progesterone suppositories. It’s been frustrating since there is not enough research on twin pregnancies so there is a lot of guess work involved on what may or may not help.
The MaterniT21 test also gave us the results on the gender of the babies. My husband was really hoping that at least one if not both were boys this time around but it looks as though God has other plans…We are expecting two more girls. He spent the next three days repeating over and over “I’m going to have 4 daughters”. I don’t think I realized just how important it was for him to have a son before. To pass the family name and traditions to, ect. I feel bad but I really want this to be our last pregnancy, I’m 39 and we have to provide for these 4 children…he’s hoping that an “accidental son” will happen before all this is through!!!
I do have to say that I absolutely love having twins. I couldn’t even imagine having just one baby, our first two are a little over a year and they are adorable and play with each other all day. The fact that they have an instant best friend/playmate to entertain each other with really helps me get more done in the house, and it’s not a lot of extra work. I’m a bit nervous about how I will handle 4 under the age of two but I’m just praying the next two are as sweet and easy going as these girls are. The joys and stresses of parenthood… 🙂
The new girls
I have to fight the fear of writing anything too positive in the risk that something goes wrong. Honestly it has been why I have been posting less frequently. I so envy the naive couples that get pregnant without even trying and then have a beautiful stress free pregnancy. Although I am beginning to wonder if that really exists or if it is some fairytale that everyone grows up believing but is actually far from reality…
I had my first OB apt on Monday. It was nice to see my doctor and favorite nurse again. It was just over a year ago that the girls were born. Crazy how time passes so quickly. We had a long (1.5hr) visit to discuss how we are going to handle this pregnancy since I am definitely considered high risk. Twins are always categorized as high risk to begin with, but it is even more of a concern since my girls came at 27.5 weeks. We want to do everything possible to not have such a traumatic birth this time around. He discussed possible weekly progesterone injections and frequent ultrasounds to measure my cervix. If they notice any shortening of the cervix they would do a cervical cerclage. My goal right now is to make it to Halloween (32w), anything after that is even better.
The genetic testing is the next big milestone. A new non-invasive test has been released called MaterniT21. It tests for the same chromosomal abnormalities as the CVS test, but it can be done through a simple blood test, instead of having giant needles piercing through your uterus. I was so happy to hear of this test and I am going to do it tomorrow. The only problem with twins is that if something bad comes up I will still have to do CVS or Amnio to find out which baby has the problem. I’m really praying that the results come back good and we can relax and finally start to enjoy this pregnancy….
Thank you modern medicine!
Visiting the twins in the NICU