Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Our Pregnancy: 10 weeks!

10 weeks! Yippee! We're "double digits" today! :) Another busy week for the adorable baby chadifers. They're busy putting on some weight and size now that all the major development has occurred! It won't be much longer before we won't be able to see them both at the same time on the ultrasound screen. :)
How Jenn and Chad's babies are growing:

Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.

He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.

If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.

In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.
Jenn mentioned reading all the update e-mails from baby center and other websites and they usually comment about the physical changes the pregnant woman is going through and what you might be experiencing at various stages of pregnancy and so I decided to send her an update this morning on what the hormones from these two cutie pies equates to for me = not wanting to get out of bed in the morning because I'm completely exhausted, bursting into tears (briefly) for absolutely no reason at all in the car on the way to work, being extra annoyed at traffic and as usual very, very hungry pretty much every couple hours. :) That's about my "normal" lately! :D I am fully switched over to maternity clothes at this point. I can still squeeze into some of my pants and skirts, but it's not comfortable and I look more pregnant in regular clothes than I do in maternity which tends to be loose and flowy over the midsection so it doesn't draw extra attention. I'm planning to just tell a select few at work within the next couple weeks but then will leave it at that until the belly gives me away (which I don't think will take much more than another month from now, but we shall see)! :) Hopefully I won't be in this awkward "she looks like she's getting fat" stage for too long! I'm going to take a new belly pic tonight to compare to last week. I don't feel like much has changed, but it's always easier to see in pictures! :)

Only ONE more day in August!! Then we are down to the final 4 months of the year... the fall season is almost here! I am already debating getting my belly painted like a pumpkin around Halloween. I would think I should have a good enough round belly by then to do it, and I've never had it done before and think it would be fun! I'm debating on my Halloween costume for our good friend's annual party as well. I was very pregnant last year with my last surrobabe and went as the unholy Pregnant Nun (and delivered about a week after!) and am thinking I'm going to have to come up with something else for this year!

Here's my 10 week belly picture from this evening, not too much different than about 2 weeks ago I don't think - maybe a little more filled out - we'll see when I really start to "pop out"! :)



Monday, August 29, 2011

9w6d - First OB Visit!

Today was our first appointment with the new OB's office. First impression is that it will be fine, and they will be fine with the surrogacy and be great with Jenn and Chad attending when they can and definitely treat them as the parent's which is HUGELY important. It is a big office, part of a bigger women's health group and will be quite an adjustment on my part to what I'm used to. I love my OB's office where everyone knows everyone and am not expecting that at this office at all. I am pretty laid back and not really a high maintenance patient so I'll roll with it, as long as we're getting good care I am happy! Everyone we did interract with today was very nice - though they were calling Jenn my "sister" at first which was funny. I didn't stop and explain it to everyone though, I figured as long as the person actually seeing us in a room understood the dynamic that works for today! :)

My blood pressure, urine and iron levels were all fine which is a good start. They did a papsmear as well and we made a follow up appointment for October 3rd which is in 5 weeks. We have the peri appointment on September 15th, so we tried to space it a little evenly so we don't have back to back appointments between the two offices. The very fun part was our bedside ultrasound! They brought in a little bity portable ultrasound but the images were fantastic! Super clear and here's one of the shots of Baby A and B:


We are 9w6d today and babies are measuring 10w2d (heartrate 158) and 10w0d (heartrate 150). So they are both growing just beautifully! We got quite a show from one of the babies with some waving and what looked like a hiccup. SOOO CUTE! :) They're getting so big and it is just amazing how much detail you can already see on them. Baby A was hanging out all cool and groovy, lounging side ways and Baby B was hanging out upside down (s/he looks like a little frog in this picture!) :)

So all is well with this check up and we don't have anything else until September 15th at the peri's office! I'll be thrilled to reach that 12 week mark and have one big milestone under our belt! :)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Our Pregnancy: 9 Weeks!

Week 9 has arrived! The chadifers are now grape sized, awww. :) I am actually feeling a little better the past couple days in terms of the queasiness. I've been more hungry than queasy which is a fun and interesting challenge in itself! When I actually let myself get to the point of being hungry, it is painful and very distracting and all I can think about is eating but then I have to figure out what sounds good because my stomach is still fairly sensitive/picky at this point and that alone takes me forever to figure out!

Last night I had to have a baked potato. I thought about it all afternoon and knew that's what I wanted to make to go with the leftover steak I had in the fridge. As soon as I got home I turned the oven on and put a couple in there to bake. About 30 minutes into baking I thought I was going to die of starvation. I ended up eating a bite of something to hold me over, but it is crazy how quickly I can go from fine to ravenous! Happened on the way to work this morning too! I need to just keep some nuts or granola bars in the car or else I'll be stopping for breakfast every single day of the work week. I was about half way into my commute when the stomach pains started, and they were painful and incredibly distracting and I wanted to start chewing on my arm! I made it to work, but the first thing I did was open a small can of mandarin oranges I had in my mini fridge and scarf those down with a cup of cottage cheese. That really just took the edge off though, I'm still hungry and need to figure out what else I'm having for breakfast...
How Jenn and Chad's babies are growing:


Your new resident is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She's starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: Your baby's heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. Your baby's organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that your baby's basic physiology is in place, she's poised for rapid weight gain.

It amazes me just how much is already formed and present in these two tiny people, now they just need to grow, grow, grow!

I'm counting down to Thursday, my last day of progesterone and estrogen and then looking forward to our first OB appointment next Monday! Then August will be about over, this month has really flown by!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Surrogacy Together - Inspiring Surrogacy Stories, yours are NEEDED! :)

This is the message I received (and was encouraged to pass along)!

This is Jon from ivflandonsurrogacyworld.blogspot.com.


I am working on a book of "Inspiring Surrogacy Stories." You can visit the website for more details at http://www.surrogacytogether.com./

This is your chance for everyone to share your exciting, sad, funny, or inspiring story about Surrogacy.

We have all had personal experiences where someone in the Surrogacy Community supported and helped us navigate the often rough road called the "Surrogacy Journey."

We will be publishing short stories that are no longer than 1,200 words in length.

1. Brief Introduction/Explanation of who you are and your place in the community.
2. Tell us about your most inspiring Surrogacy moment or moments.

Here is an example of how your chapter will look in the ebook.

Title: Here Comes the Calvary
By: Jon Anderson
Blog: http://www.ivflandonsurrogacyworld.blogspot.com/
Website: http://www.surrogacytogether.com/
Email: Jon@SurrogacyTogether.com

Your Story will go here

Let me know if you will help and share a story. Plus, can you forward the information to anyone that you think would be interested in sharing their story.

Thanks,
Jon

If you can take a few moments to write down a short story about your inspirational surrogacy moments, and pass this along to other Intended Parents, Former Intended Parents, Surrogates, Former Surrogates, etc. I think this is a great opportunity to come together as a community to help make this project successful and enjoyable for many (the deadline for the inspirational stories is coming up QUICKLY - it's next Monday the 22nd, so get your stories in soon!)

Thank you! :)


8w3d - warning: adorable baby Chadifers!

We had our final ultrasound at ACRM yesterday! I can't believe we've graduated now from the clinic and are being sent off into the big wide world on our own! :D This experience all around is going to be brand new to me in just about every way, since we have two babies this time and I will be going to a new OB, a new Perinatologist and delivering at a new hospital. Jenn had already received a recommendation for the peri, so that appointment is set for September 15th (we'll be just over 12 weeks, so most likely it will be our nuchal screening appointment) and Dr. Hasty at ACRM gave us an OB recommendation so we have our first OB appointment set up now too! I am looking forward to meeting these doctor's and getting comfortable and familiar with them in the coming months. I have no anxiety at all about having new doctor's, especially since both came so well recommended, I am sure they will be very good doctor's - I just hope I feel comfortable with them. I have had a very good and laid back feeling about most everything through now, and don't see why this would be any different so I'm feeling very positively that I will really like them both and that we will all get great care throughout this pregnancy! :)

So back to the adorable baby Chadifers! I am one proud surro, I must say. These little peanuts are completely adorable and growing beautifully! At 8w2d they measured 8w2d and 8w3d with heart rates of 171 and 179. They are filling out their gestational sacs and you can really start to see their perfect little shapes! It was a wonderful ultrasound and I was so excited and relieved when we could see both of those beautiful little hearts fluttering away.

Jenn texted me copies of the pictures, here are a couple:
Two ever so cute peas in a pod.
Close up of one of the babies, crown to rump measurement.

After our awesome appointment at the clinic we grabbed a quick lunch at Einstein's and I had my very favorite Tasty Turkey on Asiago - my favorite thing to get there! I really like their chicken noodle soup too, yumm! After lunch we said our goodbyes until the next appointment and went back to work.

So all is going well! We are 2/3 of the way through the first trimester, I have an "end date" for meds next Thursday and I'm feeling pretty good most of the time. Tired and queasy, but I think I'm getting used to it! :) I have started going to bed earlier the past couple nights and it really, really helps with how I feel in the morning. I cannot wait for that very last progesterone injection - that will add almost 30 minutes extra that I can sleep before the alarm goes off in the mornings!! Yippee!! 

I will be taking a couple hour nap when I get home this afternoon and then heading out to pick Kenneth up at the airport around 11pm! It's going to be a late night, but I cannot wait to see him! Yay!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

8 weeks!

Today we are 8 weeks along! Yay!! 2 months down, 7 more to go! :D



Baby Center info for this week:
How Jenn and Chad's babies are growing:

New this week: Webbed fingers and toes are poking out from your baby's hands and feet, his eyelids practically cover his eyes, breathing tubes extend from his throat to the branches of his developing lungs, and his "tail" is just about gone. In his brain, nerve cells are branching out to connect with one another, forming primitive neural pathways. You may be daydreaming about your baby as one sex or the other, but the external genitals still haven't developed enough to reveal whether you're having a boy or a girl. Either way, your baby — about the size of a kidney bean — is constantly moving and shifting, though you still can't feel it.

See what's going on in your uterus this week. (Or see what fraternal twins look like in the womb this week.) Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.
Kidney bean sized babies this week! Grow little ones, grow! I am so excited for our Thursday morning ultrasound - just 2 more days 'til the next sneak peek! I know they will look so different since the last time we saw them, they grow so much these first couple months! It will be exciting to get cleared to start our regular prenatal care as well, and essentially "graduate" from the clinic. That's a big milestone too! :)

I have been reading the book I ordered and getting a lot of good information on multiple pregnancies and what to focus on, what to pay attention to, what to watch out for, and how a really good diet can really help eliminate a lot of potential issues and the more healthy weight you gain and the earlier you gain it you are statistically setting yourself up for a longer pregnancy with healthy weights for both babies. It has been good information, though the guidelines they provide are daunting to say the least. Their pre-pregnancy calorie amount is 2,200 (and I don't usually eat anywhere near that much) and then they jump to 3,500 calories suggested for a twin pregnancy! Holy moly! Based on how I normally eat I don't think I need to jump that high to gain the weight they suggest, but when you just look at the numbers they are daunting. I am supposed to gain at least 20 lbs by 20 weeks according to the book, including making up any weight lost at the beginning (I am down not quite 2 lbs from my starting weight right now). I am making a very concerted and focused effort to eat not only regularly throughout the day as suggested (every 2 hours is what the book suggests) but to really focus on what I'm eating and have been doing really well the past couple days. It's much harder some days with the fluctuating nausea and queasiness but so far I've kept everything down and haven't thrown up which is a huge plus! I'm really learning to not push myself to far, to just eat a little bit at a time, and when I start getting that queasy response to eating I just stop and drink some water or do something else for 10 or 15 minutes then come back to what I was eating. It is hard when I'm not hungry very often to eat so regularly, but as long as I'm mindful of the time I do pretty good at getting in a good amount of protein and calories each day. I plug everything into BabyFit during the day and if I'm lacking in the evening I try to make a good bedtime snack to balance out the day (last night I fixed 2 scrambled eggs with an ounce of cheese, a piece of diced lunch meat and a slice of whole wheat toast for my "bedtime snack" or really "2nd dinner!)

I am completely exhausted, and the alarm going off at 5:30 each weekday morning is so annoying. I am sleeping like a total log each night, but that alarm just goes off way too early! I am trying to nap for about 45 minutes to an hour at work during the day most days, that helps a lot with making it through the afternoon in a mostly functioning state! :) The weekends I just use to lounge and catch up from the week. I watched I think 5 or 6 movies on Netflix this past weekend, because I literally spent 90% of my awake time laying down on the couch just resting, and that was after sleeping in 'til I think 10am on Saturday morning and then 8am on Sunday... my body just wants lots of taking it easy and sleeping!

Kenneth gets to come home for this weekend and I can't wait to see him! I'm worried about how little energy I will have, but I'm sure he won't want to really "do" anything and we can just relax at home and enjoy each other's company for a weekend before he heads back to Kansas City. I've already asked him to help me pull my maternity clothes down from the attic and maybe go to Best Buy and help me find a replacement for my old laptop that is SO slow and drives me crazy - I think that will be enough "planned" activity for his brief visit! It will have been 40 days since he left when he comes home!

I will have to add a belly picture this evening when I can get home and take one. My tummy feels like it's seriously popped out a little overnight. I noticed it last night when I was laying down how it was still rounded and this morning my clothes still fit ok but I can really see that bump starting to fill out... we'll see how much longer I can make use of my "normal" wardrobe! :)

Ok, here's my edited add-in of the belly from today!

Friday, August 12, 2011

7w3d ~ Cruising Right Along!

On Wednesday we had a little more bleeding. It wasn't as much or as scary as the first time, and knowing it is hopefully most of the SCH draining is somewhat reassuring - I would much rather the blood come out than stay in there and possibly bother the babies! It didn't last long at all and had already turned to old blood before I left the office that day. Bleeding still stinks though, it is scary to see and makes me all the more ready for our ultrasound next Thursday to peek in and see how the Chadifers are doing!

My cold is finally easing up some, though I am still coughing gunk up throughout the day. It's old and I'm over it! This has been hanging on for a week now and needs to GO AWAY. I have no plans this weekend and am really going to try to take it easy and hope resting and lots of fluids are what I need to kick this thing to the curb! Depending on how I feel on Sunday I might take Kent to a movie, I know we haven't done anything very "exciting" lately and he's been a good sport and a good helper to me and I am very thankful for that!

I had fixed spaghetti on Wednesday and we had leftover sauce to warm up for dinner last night. I made some pasta and green beans and heated the sauce and had eaten about 5 bites of dinner before I just couldn't stand it anymore... It just made my whole stomach turn over and amped up the queasiness multiple notches. I set it aside and waited and hoped it would stop. The queasiness didn't really let up but eventually I decided some crackers sounded good and had a few handfuls of goldfish crackers instead... not exactly a dinner of champions, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!

I have started tracking my food intake through BabyFit most days, to get a feel for how much protein I'm eating and tracking other nutrients like calcium as well. It helps me get a sense for where I'm at each day and what foods are packing the most "bang" for their "buck" so I can try to make sure to get in everything these two will need to grow healthy and strong in the coming months. I'm reading labels a lot more carefully now too - the first thing I look at is protein content! I've been doing tons of internet research for menu ideas, good protein sources, etc. I actually haven't found a great website or resource online yet that has menu suggestions for a twin pregnancy, but did find the Brewer's Diet which I'd heard of before. It gives you guidelines but not really a meal plan or actual meal suggestions. It's still a good resource though. I have already ordered "When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy" by Tamara Eberlein and Barbara Luke and am looking forward to that arriving so I can look through and get some guidance from a resource many have recommended.

I did find this sample menu:

Eating for Three: Sample Daily Menu for Twin Pregnancy


Breakfast
4 oz. orange or grapfruit juice
2 eggs
2 slices whole grain bread or muffins
butter
8 oz. "super milk" (whole milk with 1 cup powdered nonfat milk--not protein powder--mixed in to give extra protein)


Morning Snack--you may feel like eating every couple of hours
2 oz. Swiss cheese
whole grain crackers
medium apple, peach, or other fresh fruit
4 oz. tomato juice or real lemonade


Lunch
4 oz. hamburger with lettuce, tomato, and mayonaise
whole grain roll or 2 slices whole grain bread
8 oz. "super milk"
1/2 cup potato salad or beans
1 cup vegetable soup


Mid-afternoon Snack
1/2 cup cottage cheese in a raw pepper or tomato
1 cup chicken or beef broth
whole grain croutons or bread sticks


Dinner
8 oz. "super milk"
1/2 cup fruit cocktail (variety of fresh, frozen, or canned fruits)
6 oz. chicken (two breasts, three legs)
1 cup brown rice (cooked in chicken broth rather than water to absorb extra protein)
1 cup green salad with dressing
butter
1/2 cup broccoli or spinach
1/2 cup carrots or squash

Evening Snack
1 cup pudding (made with "super milk") or egg custard
1/4 cup salted nuts

Middle-of-the-night Snack (when you have to get up to go to the bathroom)
choice of: milk, cheese, hard-boiled egg, yogurt, 2 oz. meat, nuts, peanut butter on whole wheat toast (focus: extra protein)

Salt to Taste, Drink to Thirst: your requirements are even greater because of the extra baby you're growing!

Goal: a minimum of 30g additional protein (130 g total) and 500 extra calories above the basic pregnancy diet, plus all other vitamins and minerals; these needs could be met simply by adding a quart of milk a day to the basic Brewer Diet. 
This isn't really all that different than the suggestions I see on BabyFit which I used a lot last pregnancy for meal planning and snack planning which is good. In general these are the types of things I try to eat and snack on anyway. I made a "trail mix" the other day with sunflower seeds, dried cherries and cashews and brought that to work for a quick snack, and keep Luna bars around for the days I'm having a hard time eating and need some yummy protein and nutrients. I love cottage cheese with mandarin oranges and picked up some more cottage cheese up at the grocery store yesterday. Peanut butter and apples has been a go to snack the past week or so and I'm stocked up on milk, yogurt and cheese sticks too. I was surprised that 1 80-calorie mozzarella cheese stick has I think it was 8 grams of protein in it! So, mainly I have to listen to my body and eat when I'm hungry and just make sure that what I'm eating is valuable and try to keep good food options around me all the time. I think I need to keep some almonds or something in my room - I woke up at like 2 in the morning and my stomach was growling last night! I have already learned I HAVE to eat something right before I go to bed (which is usually around 9:30); if I don't I will have a hard time falling asleep because I'll be thinking about eating while my stomach starts to growl. I have been opting for an apple or peanut butter toast the past couple nights. I don't usually eat that many apples, I usually prefer bananas or oranges or strawberries, but crunchy red apples have been on my "eat every day list" the past week or so!
 
In any event, as you can see lots of thought going into food this week! :) I am very glad it's Friday and ready for a quiet weekend home with my boy and the puppies. Kenneth said he might try to come home next weekend and I'm so excited! I hope he does! It's hard to believe it's already been over a month since he left for Kansas City. So much has happened since then!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese

It's a triumphant return to the kitchen!! :D Well, kind of - I actually made this probably a month ago and had it pending to post but hadn't gotten around to it. Thanks to the two baby beans I'm now working on "baking" 24/7 my energy level for kitchen cooking has not been as high. I have missed it though and Kent and I made a quick and easy dish together last night that was so yummy and it felt good to have something comforting and homemade - hopefully I will get back in the swing of things and enjoy being in the kitchen on a regular basis again now! :)

This mac and cheese dish was great! It was very creamy, and easy to throw together and Kent gobbled it up and essentially requested this be the "end all be all" mac and cheese recipe from here on out. In other words, he gave it the thumbs up. :)

Started with parmesan cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, macaroni noodles, salt, pepper, bread crumbs, butter and shredded white cheddar cheese.
Into the boiling water went the macaroni noodles!

Next all forms of "cheese" got mixed together in the casserole dish.
Followed by some salt and pepper to taste.
The cooked noodles were added into the other ingredients.
That was mixed together and the breadcrumb topping was prepared next.
Added in breadcrumbs to melted butter and combined.

Those were sprinkled evenly over the noodle mixture.
Ready to hit the oven!
Baked up, golden brown and delicious!

Doesn't that look TASTY?! Perfect addition to ribs and corn for a classic and comforting dinner.

NOTE: I left the original recipe untouched below, as that is how I made the recipe above (although I did halve the original recipe); however I would make a note of the fact that this makes a HUGE amount of breadcrumb topping and next time I will cut that part in half, but otherwise I'll follow the ingredients! :)
Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese By: MRSO on AllRecipes.com


Ingredients
  • 1 (8 ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (12 ounce) container small curd cottage cheese
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil, add pasta, and cook until done; drain.
  2. In 9x13 inch baking dish, stir together macaroni, shredded Cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. In a small bowl, mix together bread crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle topping over macaroni mixture.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is golden.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

7 weeks!

The chadifer's are growing, growing, growing! This week:

How Jenn and Chad's babies are growing:

The big news this week: Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny, pudgy extremities you're daydreaming about holding and tickling. Technically, your baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that's the only thing getting smaller. Your baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.

If you could see inside your womb, you'd spot eyelid folds partially covering her peepers, which already have some color, as well as the tip of her nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of your baby's brain are growing, and her liver is churning out red blood cells until her bone marrow forms and takes over this role. She also has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. A loop in your baby's growing intestines is bulging into her umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from her tiny body.


The actual belly - still pretty much bloat, but actually does look a little rounder to me than the first pic I took 2 weeks ago... will be fun to watch it GROW along with the babies! :)

I am still sick, I took today off again to rest and slept most of the morning through mid-afternoon. I do feel a little better than I did this morning, but still have the cough and am so very, very tired. My body just doesn't seem to be coping all that well with being sick and pregnant at the same time. I am taking it as easy as I can and pushing fluids and taking my vitamins so not really sure what else I can do... guess it's just going to take time to work its way out of my system...

Our next ultrasound is scheduled for the 18th, babies will be about 8 1/2 weeks along by then and I'm so excited for our next peek in at them! I can't wait to see how much they've grown - it never ceases to absolutely amaze me at the growth and changes that take place in these first couple months! One more month and we'll be on our way out of the first trimester! That is awesome!! It's always such a great milestone moment to get into the 2nd trimester. I just can't wait to see what all will come and the changes that will take place - I am looking forward to being amazed yet again by the human body - mine and those little ones growing inside! I am so blessed and feel excited for this pregnancy! :)

Monday, August 08, 2011

6w6d - check in and update!

It was an eventful weekend, though I would love to say it was just boring! I came down with a cold of some sort that really started hitting me on Friday and knew I'd be resting over the weekend. I woke up feeling the worst I'd felt so far on Saturday with barely any voice, my throat was really raw and scratchy and I kept coughing. I got settled on the couch in my pajamas and was watching some movies and napping, sucking on cough drops and drinking water when I felt something and thought it might be bleeding. I checked quickly and there was a little bit. I went to the bathroom and not a lot, but a light steady stream was coming out. I was really, really freaking out - I've never had bleeding with any of my pregnancies except for maybe an episode or two of very minor spotting, but never actual bleeding like this. There were no clots and it wasn't gushing, and I figured those were good signs. I put on a pad and went back to the couch and got my feet up and started drinking more water, I was having some fairly painful cramping too and so I sent my IM a note to give her the update. We were all pretty worried and after talking to the clinic Jenn got us an ultrasound appointment for the next morning at 8:45.

All afternoon I just drank water, and pretty much got up to use the bathroom and then laid back down keeping my feel slightly elevated. I prayed for the babies and hoped the fact that the bleeding had pretty much stopped after a couple hours and the cramps were gone were good signs and that we would see heartbeats in the morning. I was so worried for Jenn and Chad's little ones...

Finally the next morning came and I showered and we got ready to go, I felt bad getting Kent up early on a weekend, but he was a pretty good sport when I bribed him with breakfast from McDonald's. I drank more water all the way to the clinic. That morning all I'd seen was some old blood, and not much so again I kept hoping that was a good sign and things would be ok...

We got to the clinic about the same time as Jenn and Chad, I was using the bathroom when I got a text letting me know they were getting us signed in. I met them in the lobby and they took us back pretty much right away. Dr. Denis who did our transfer was there to do the ultrasound. When I gave him the overview of what had happened he didn't appear too worried and once the ultrasound was started (I think I actually held my breath for a moment) he did indeed find two beautiful healthy heartbeats without any issue... What a HUGE relief... I think you could feel it in the room! He took more measurements and listened to heartbeats - both babies had grown in the 3 days since we'd first seen them when they measured 6w1d to 6w6d and 7w0d with heartrates from 126 and 127 to 134 and 139 - very good growth for them both! There is indeed a bleed, at the bottom of the sacs where it should have "easy access" to drain without disturbing the babies if it doesn't reabsorb first. From other surro's I've talked to, one near the cervix might bleed more than one higher up, but hopefully won't last more than a couple weeks or so - our next ultrasound is scheduled for the 18th pending no more bleeding most likely, so hopefully we will have an uneventful week plus and see healthy 8 1/2 week babies on the 18th!

Here are the "chadifers" as of Sunday the 7th at 6w5d, measuring 1 and 2 days ahead - grow little ones, grow! :)

I am feeling pretty cruddy this past week, the all day queasiness comes and goes as it pleases - I've had maybe one day in the past week I felt pretty good nausea wise and ate fairly normally, the rest of the time I have to remind myself to try to eat on some sort of schedule because the queasiness is just always there, threatening to make me upchuck whatever I try to ingest if I take that one last bite... still haven't had any vomitting yet (knock on wood!!) and hoping it might just stay away awhile longer - we shall see! I haven't felt like cooking at all, I pretty much am exhausted and want to be a bum when I'm home in the evenings on work nights, but I miss cooking too so I'm hoping to maybe venture back into the kitchen and try something more challenging than my "go-to" Peanut Butter & Honey sandwich or fried egg and toast which seems to be about all I "fix" anymore! Tuna noodle casserole was sounding really good yesterday - we'll see if my stomach still thinks so this evening! :)

Thursday, August 04, 2011

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a beagle...

It's TWO BABY CHADIFERS!!!

BABY "A":

BABY "B":

Both are measuring pretty much identically at 6w1d (we are 6w2d today), with heartbeats of 126 and 127, yolks and gestational sacs measuring well. We'll have another u/s in about a week and then get released to the peri and OB!! Holy HECK!! It was so surreal seeing those two little "black holes" pop up on the screen - we saw them both immediately. The RE even said something like "just what we thought" and then got lots of great pictures of each little tiny baby bean and their beautiful fluttering heartbeats. That is the most precious site EVER!! Getting to see Jenn and Chad watching their babies on the screen was amazing, such a special moment...

Jenn's parents came too, but waited in the reception area for us - the ultrasound didn't take long at all, and a little after 4:30 we were heading out to Cheesecake Factory for dinner... Dinner was delicious and such a treat! I tried to eat some garlic noodles with chicken but didn't make much of a dent, it's still sitting heavy in my stomach at the moment. I did manage to savor a couple bites of a delicious Reeses Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake! YUMMMMYYYY!!! So rich but super delicious. Kent really loved that!

I had a wonderful time chatting and visiting, and can't even really describe just what a unique "layer" getting to spend time with both my IPs and these babies' grandparents added to everything! What a very special evening indeed! :)

I am feeling such a mix of worries and excitements and hopes and curiosities. I just want to do the VERY best I can for these two precious, much loved and much anticipated little lives - I want to provide them a safe home to grow in throughout the coming months and hope I can give them what they need. It was so wonderful to see the excitement in Jenn and Chad and it is such an amazing thing to get to be a part of that joy and hope! So I have some twin pregnancy reading to do, some sleep to get and some baby growing to do! Fingers crossed and prayers going up that we have a peaceful and uneventful twin pregnancy and that these babies get to go home healthy and happy and full term in March of next year!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Guess How Many Baby Chadifers are Baking! :D

A wonderfully sweet and funny fellow surro has created a poll on SurroMomsOnline.com to vote for how many chadifers we will see at tomorrow's ultrasound!!

http://www.surromomsonline.com/support/showthread.php?t=179724

If you have a SMO account or just want to peek in to see the guesses link on over!!

I am SO excited... Just EIGHTEEN hours until ultrasound time!!! I hope tomorrow morning FLIES by... I am going to have butterflies in my stomach all afternoon!!!

Off to hopefully get a good night of sleep to get ready for my first day back at work in a week since going on vacation - maybe sorting through my e-mails will make the day fly by... :)

6w1d - a day of rest!

We are just over 6 weeks now! It was fun to get the baby center e-mail yesterday and see what Jenn and Chad's baby(ies) are up to this week!
 

How Jenn and Chad's baby(ies) is growing:
This week's major developments: The nose, mouth, and ears that you'll spend so much time kissing in eight months are beginning to take shape. If you could see into your uterus, you'd find an oversize head and dark spots where your baby's eyes and nostrils are starting to form. His emerging ears are marked by small depressions on the sides of the head, and his arms and legs by protruding buds. His heart is beating about 100 to 160 times a minute — almost twice as fast as yours — and blood is beginning to course through his body. His intestines are developing, and the bud of tissue that will give rise to his lungs has appeared. His pituitary gland is forming, as are the rest of his brain, muscles, and bones. Right now, your baby is a quarter of an inch long, about the size of a lentil.
I am starting to feel pregnant again. After a couple weeks straight of symptoms, I had most of the last week off. I thought maybe it was because I've been able to sleep in since I've been on vacation with my family visiting but maybe it was just the timing... because the last couple days I'm feeling it again. Constant off and on queasiness and the mouth watering has started back today. My appetite is up and down and all over. Eating makes me feel worse, saltines didn't make me feel worse but not better either yesterday. I am wiped out, but we've had a fun and crazy schedule while my family was visiting, so we'll see how I feel now that I should be back to my regular routine by the end of this week!

I am going to go take a nap for as long as my body wants to sleep and then see how I feel. The queasiness and upset stomach is pretty bad this morning and I can't stand the thought of eating at all. I had some cocoa earlier on the drive to the airport and sipped the rest of it on the way home, and it's staying down ok but didn't feel that great on my stomach. It's just churning away! Hopefully a nap will help and maybe I'll be able to eat when I get up... I've been craving a lot of eggs and peanut butter toast/sandwiches the past week or so - eggs sound good in my head but the idea of actually eating them right now makes my stomach disagree very strongly!!

So, my niece, brother, and sister are probably boarded on the plane right now getting ready for the long trip back to Seattle. I miss them already, the house is too quiet! I feel SO lucky and blessed that I got to have them here for a whole week and am very, very grateful for our time together... I know I need to find a way to visit them more often, my family means so much to me and we don't see each other nearly enough. It's hard to even wrap my head around how different things might be at the end of this year, so for now I'm just going to try to keep it in my mind as a priority and see how things work out! :)

I will leave you with a couple pictures from our last evening together yesterday, we stopped at the local park where the police department were putting on a "meet and greet" type event with inflatables for the kids, a big cook-out, drinks, snow-cones, etc. Part of the event was a Wii console set up for games - and one of them was a dancing game! Me and my sister danced to "Barbie Girl" and it was a BLAST!! It was SO much fun!! We looked like total dorks but I had such a great time! :D


 (You see my child behind me looking on in something like disbelief and maybe amusement?! :D )