Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2 1/2 weeks post partum - check in!

It's about time for a quick check in! I am doing well for the most part since delivery - physically I'm recovering well. I got my belly bandit in a couple days ago and have been wearing it and it feels good on, helps keep everything in tight! A LOT of the swelling has gone, in fact I think pretty much all the excess fluid retention is worked out of my system now, I haven't had puffy feet for the last few days which is nice. My abdominal swelling has gone down a lot as well, hopefully the belly bandit will help with a little more of it and I plan to start some very light exercise again soon. I've been off pretty much all pain meds for about a week now. I get occassional tugs/twinges on the left hand side internally which hurts a little every now and then but that's about it. I take it easy for a good portion of most days still, but do light housework, cook and have been running errands most days. I nap every now and then, but now that I've spaced my pumpings out to every 4 hours at night I get enough sleep most of the time!

I'm still pumping but probably not for too much longer - maybe another couple weeks. My FIPs only wanted milk for the girls while they were in the hospital, and one went home this past weekend so just baby A is still there for hopefully not too much longer! I dropped off about 70 ounces on Monday at the hospital so that should hopefully be enough for her until she gets to go home too. I am hoping if there is leftover milk J&C will let me know and I will be able to go pick it up and add it to everything else I've pumped since then. I have about 42 ounces in the freezer right now and will find either a local family or someone through SMO to donate the rest to once I've weaned.

I have been having a great time being able to plan out the coming weeks - I return to work on April 9th and Kent and I will be going to Washington to visit my family the week before that (his Spring Break) and I am finally going to be able to get my next tattoo which I've wanted since my mother passed away in November 2009. I haven't been able to with the surrogacies since you have to have 12 months between tattoo and transfer (usually). With a c-section I will wait a minimum of 12 months before I would transfer again if I do another surrogacy so I am going to go ahead and get the tattoo now. I can't wait to see how it comes out!

I have Compass Testing for school coming up next week, I also have my post partum check up at the OB's office next week! I am nervous about the testing, but pretty much already know I'm going to need the "remedial" classes so it is what it is. I am hopefully not going to stress out too much, just do my best and whatever happens happens! It's just a couple extra classes I will have to take essentially - but it's been so long since I've been in school I'm sure I need them!

Kenneth has been in touch more the past week or so and it's been really good to get "real" e-mails from him with updates and not just quick 1 sentence notes - although I love those too! :) He received one of the packages I sent two weeks ago and I'm always very glad to hear a box made it safely! He really liked the little photo album I included, though he said it made him miss us all even more. I cannot wait until he gets to come home for a visit in a couple more months! It's already been 2 months since he left - the last 2 months have been pretty crazy! It's been nice to be able to keep him involved and updated in everything at home since he has access almost every day to my e-mails and can respond quickly most of the time. Kenneth's dad wants to take Kent to a movie this weekend that he asked me to look up and I was able to send Kenneth a note about it and ask him what he thought too and I am glad he is able to weigh in too and help make decisions from where he is! I told him I discovered Kent is growing facial hair this past weekend and he needs to add "teach Kent to shave" to his list for when he comes home for a visit!! :)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Easy Cheesy Lasagna

My husband's aunt and uncle gave us a crock pot and a little homemade recipe book for Christmas 1999 - it was a little notebook with a few of their favorite recipes written in on the first few pages with lots of room for me to add more recipes in the following pages! The lasagna recipe she included is one we've been using ever since. We tweaked a little to suit our own tastes (as in added lots more cheese!!) and all really enjoy this recipe! We almost always eat this with either green beans or a Caesar salad and some good garlicky cheesy french bread or Texas Toast.


Ingredients

9 lasagna noodles (I typically use whole wheat)
1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, diced
salt and pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
Italian seasoning, to taste
1 can mushrooms, drained
1 26 oz jar or can of spaghetti sauce
2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

Cheese Mixture
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese (or ricotta)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 TBS Italian seasoning
1 TBS garlic powder

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cook ground beef and onion in large nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat until beef is browned and onions are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and discard grease. Season meat with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and garlic powder to taste. Add mushrooms and mix in.

3. Simultaneously, bring a large pot of water to boil and add lasagna noodles. Cook about 5 minutes.

4. Combine all "cheese mixture" ingredients, mix well.

5. In a 9x13 baking dish spread a thin layer of spaghetti sauce. Place three of the noodles over this (they can be a little wet still, you don't need to dry them off). Spread half of the meat mixture over the noodles, followed by half of the cheese mixture and top with 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. Pour half of remaining spaghetti sauce over the cheese. Cover with three more noodles, remaining meat mixture, remaining cheese mixture and 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Add the last three noodles, spread remaining spaghetti sauce over the top and cover with about 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese.

6. Cover with foil and bake in the pre-heated oven for 1 hour. Remove foil for last 10 minutes of baking. Allow to rest 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

I saw this recipe on Tracey's Culinary Adventures and am always drawn to new pancake recipes! I can't help it - I love pancakes, I have a recipe that I really like but that doesn't stop me from eyeballing all the new ones I come across. This one was perfect for breakfast the other morning - I have been eating a lot of oatmeal and this one happened to feature oatmeal in the batter and I definitely had to give it a try!


Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakesfrom Gourmet, February 2008 (via Epicurious)

3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk, divided
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
canola oil (or nonstick cooking spray) for cooking

Directions
Combine the oats and 3/4 cup of the buttermilk in a medium bowl and soak for 10 minutes while preparing the remaining ingredients.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together. Add the egg, melted butter, brown sugar, the remaining 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of buttermilk, and the oat mixture to the bowl. Whisk together until just barely combined.

Spray a nonstick skillet set over medium heat with cooking spray.  When the pan is hot, use a 1/4 or 1/3 cup measure to portion the batter into the pan. Cook on the first side until the edges are set and bubbles form on the surface. Use a spatula to flip the pancakes and cook for 1-2 minutes on the second side, or until golden brown and cooked through.

If not serving immediately, transfer the pancakes to a baking sheet and keep warm in an oven preheated to 250 degrees.  Repeat with remaining batter, adding more cooking spray to the pan if necessary.

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I used a very full 1/4 cup measurer and got 6 large pancakes from this recipe. We really enjoyed these! My son loved them! They have a nice flavor with the cinnamon and nutmeg and the whole wheat flour and oatmeal give these a great heartiness. They were delicious with a little butter and some good maple syrup!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Dominican Style Oatmeal

This is something I discovered years ago and it is my favorite way to make oatmeal! It is creamy and lightly sweet and you can simmer it to whatever thickness you prefer! It's quick and easy and a great way to start your morning.




Dominican Style Oatmeal By: Pepita on AllRecipes.com

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt
Directions
  1. Combine milk, oats, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
The original recipe says this serves 2, but for me this makes one big bowl! I often use brown sugar instead of white - I just like the way brown sugar tastes with oatmeal a little better.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Romance from Afghanistan

I just wanted to take a moment to love on my faraway Valentine who is wonderful and romantic despite the distance and spoiled me thoroughly for Valentine's Day this year. He is a very generous gift giver, and always makes me feel special and spoiled and I love him all the more for it - I love getting and giving gifts! :)

I happened to come home on Valentine's Day from the hospital, so wasn't home when my gift was delivered but my neighbor was able to grab it and save it for me. She sent me a text and let me know it was there. I couldn't wait to see what he'd picked! I knew it was going to be something from Edible Arrangements - when he asked what I wanted that's what I suggested and when I was checking the credit card statement online I saw it on there a couple days ago. :D

Once I was home and settled I let my neighbor know and she caught Kent on his way up from the school bus and had him bring it home for me. It was the sweetest gift! A SUPER soft and snuggly teddy bear, 3 gorgeous balloons and 1 dozen VERY decadent and delicious chocolate dipped strawberries. I ate three of them right off the bat then had Kent put them away in the fridge! I have one left for tonight. :D

I had to get Kenneth's gifts early this year so I could mail it at least two weeks before Valentines and had put a little stuffed animal, Valentines boxers, lots of candy (especially Reeses!) and a few other little things in his gift box which he just got, so just a couple days after the actual day which isn't too bad. It's been taking about exactly 2 weeks for each box.

I am really missing him today - especially with all the post partum hormones I miss having him here to lean on and snuggle with and talk to. Some days are just harder than others! I can't wait 'til we have an actual date for his May visit - I will be counting down and can't wait to have him home for a couple weeks! :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Beautiful Girls!

At 33w4d the Chadiferinas arrived weighing 4lbs 4oz and 4lbs 8oz, just after 6pm, one minute apart.

On Saturday, February 11th when I got up I was feeling an occassional menstrual like cramp and KNEW that was a possible pre-term labor sign and tried drinking water, changing positions, and emptying my bladder. Probably about 3 hours after they started and hadn't stopped I was thinking it was time to get going to the hospital just in case (there was no real pattern to them, but they wouldn't stop when I changed what I was doing). I texted Jenn to give her the update just before 2pm and had Kent put my laptop in the car. I was still waffling a little because they didn't feel at ALL like labor contractions that I've had before. However, what pushed me over to knowing it was time to go was when they had started getting painful and I figured it wasn't just "nothing" anymore. When I got in the car I was just hoping they would be able to stop whatever was going on and planned on maybe being at the hospital for awhile until they arrived!

I was counting the contractions/cramps in the car and they were about 7-8 minutes apart. I figured at that point regardless of the fact these felt NOTHING like labor contractions I remembered, indeed that's what they were. They were so low! The pain was all really deep in my pelvis - my upper belly would tighten, but I was only hurting down low. I was getting worried at that point. Usually for me once they have a pattern to them and are at the 8-10 minute range we have babies 4-5 hours later. I focused and tried to stay hopeful and prayed for the girls all the way there. Finally got to the hospital and felt like they took FOREVER to get me checked in! I'd been there a full HOUR before they even hooked me up to the monitors! I was getting peeved, kept thinking we were going to be past the point of no return if they didn't hurry up. But I also had no clear idea of what that point was. I never asked at what point they wouldn't try to stop labor before since previously I hadn't been contracting when I'd been checked. However the nurse said they were 3-4 minutes apart once they had me hooked up... and they hurt... a lot.

The midwife came in and did an ultrasound and very matter of factly told me we were having a c-section that afternoon. B had turned transverse and A's head was no longer engaged - she said she felt the bag of waters and "something" that she didn't think was head presenting. I asked why we couldn't try to stop labor and I seriously felt like she was talking to me like I was stupid which irritated me but perhaps being in pain and rather confused and overwhelmed at that point contributed - she told me I was dilated to a 4 and was in active labor. They wouldn't stop it at that point. Well CRAP. At that point I pretty much just gave up worrying about it and gave up on anything I had 'hoped' for in our delivery - nothing was going to the "plan" - I know, it never does! :)

Jenn and Chad had already made the decision to head over and were on their way, but at about 5:10 I was told we'd head back at 5:30 for the section! I called right away and gave them the update and said I hope that gives you enough time!! The nurse said they never went back on schedule and they should be fine. Sure enough, the anesthesiologist came in right before 5:30 to get my epidural in and Jenn and Chad got there at about the same time. Chad went off to get changed, and Jenn came in and held my hand while they had me roll over and got me numbed. It kicked in pretty quickly. I really like the guy that was with me throughout the whole delivery - he was really nice and funny too (and he had big muscles, that didn't hurt!) :D

Once the epidural was placed and I was confirmed numb, they got the catheter in, covered me up and off we went to the OR. From there it was like a TOTAL blur - we were in and out in about 20 minutes total. I felt so numb and weird from the meds but fine too - just sort of out of body experience I think. They moved me from the one bed to the delivery table, got my arms stretched out, got the drape in place, and wiped iodine or whatever it is they use all over me. Jenn and Chad came in not long after. Chad had his camera ready and Jenn held my hand. Next thing I know I was smelling my flesh burning as they cauterized as they went and LOTS of tugging and pulling then "Baby A - TIME!!" 1 minute later "Baby B - TIME!!" And the most beautiful sound ever - their little cries!! I totally started crying and Jenn got teary too. I was trying to look behind me to see the girls and see Chad with them, Jenn finally went to her girls too and then they brought them over for me to see the little burrito babies. They are ADORABLE. Like little dolls, totally precious and perfect but so little!! B needed a little encouragement to get to breathing well, but she did it! The closed me up and I didn't hear anything about complications or bleeding so I assumed everything must have gone well on the other end of the drape! The anasthesiologist I liked wiped my tears off for me!!

Jenn and Chad went with the girls, and I was taken down to a recovery room for about an hour or so. My vitals were great, so by about 8:30pm they rolled me up to the post partum room. Jenn and Chad popped in briefly before heading out to get some dinner and told me the girls were doing amazing and they were so appreciative and sweet!

They came back from dinner around 10:30 I think and brought me two potted flowers and two cards - one from them, and one from Jenn's parents!! SO sweet!! They also ate at BBQ to celebrate, in honor of our very first in person meeting when we all went out to lunch at a BBQ place! I thought that was too cute!

I didn't get a whole lot more details, but I guess there wasn't too much to tell. Jenn said the girls were both on room air and had feeding tubes in for now but they were going to work on mouth feedings in the near future. Once they mastered that they would graduate to the lower level "growers and feeders" NICU. Everyone who came in with updates on the girls said they were great weights, were doing really well and probably wouldn't be there long at all which was a relief to hear, though I still feel guilty about them coming early and not keeping them safe for a couple more weeks. Jenn and Chad seem happy and I know they would let me know if there was something going on, so I am just trusting they really are doing well and just need to put on some weight and master feeding and before long they'll get to go home!

I am fairly sore whenever I move around which I know is of course to be expected - the incision site burns sometimes. I was still on the epidural for pain management the day after delivery and had to wait until around 3:00pm before I was able to get up and move for the first time. They tried at 6am but one of my legs was still too numb so they said we'd try again after breakfast, we tried again around 11am but my leg was even MORE numb than the first time because someone came in and turned up the pain meds to my epidural in anticipation of it hurting when I finally did get up to walk. It made the numbness worse! When we tried the 2nd time and I had NO control over my left leg so they started weaning me off the pump and switching me to percocet before they came back a few hours later and we tried again. That time it worked just fine! I had much more control and feeling in my leg and with a little help was able to walk for the first time. I didn't go far and it was hard, but my nurses were awesome! They got my catheter removed, got my bedding changed and I got back to bed. Not long after that they removed my IV and my epidural completely and I was "free" of all attachments and given the green light to move on my own as long as I was comfortable and sure I had control over my legs. I had no trouble moving around after that though was still pretty sore and didn't try to do much more that day.

That morning I had gotten to eat real food for breakfast which was great after an evening of juice and water - though I did get chicken broth and 2 popsicles too. It was great to have "real" food again though I was on a "soft" diet for about the first 24 hours - it was still real food, but more restricted. I had a fruit plate with cottage cheese for one meal. It wasn't long til I was on unrestricted diet again. Some of the hospital food was kind of gross, but soups and sandwiches were always good!

On Monday I got to go upstairs and visit the girls for the first time in the NICU! It was AWESOME! I can't even describe what a great feeling it was to have permission to see them and hold them a little. The nurses were very nice; I was a little worried about if they'd give me any trouble getting to have access to the babies but they were great. Jenn and Chad had made sure to tell my nurse the night before that I had permission and they put a note in the chart in case there was any question. Jenn said they did call her phone and leave her a message after I went up there too. I was able to take up the little bit of colostrum I'd pumped as well. The nurses had been taking the bottles up for me prior to that point.

I got to visit again on Tuesday morning and the nurse was SUPER sweet and brought both of the girls over for me to hold at the same time and she took some pictures for me too! That was awesome! They just melt my heart and I feel such a huge amount of pride and happiness for Jenn and Chad when I look at their little faces!

I was told I would most likely be discharged on Tuesday and started trying to figure out how I was going to get home the night before. Since I'd driven myself to the hospital it was a little more complicated because I needed someone who could drive me and someone who could drive my car! I had a couple possible options but neither would be able to come until about 7pm or later and that would be fine, but it was Valentine's Day and I knew I was probably interrupting plans and that it was an inconvenience to say the least! It ended up working out perfectly though - a friend of mine who had told me a week before she was coming my way from Alabama to pick someone up at the airport in the evening sent me a text and asked if I was still at the hospital or at home. I told her I was still at the hospital at least 'til the evening since I had to wait 'til 2 people were able to come get me and help me home. She texted back her mom was with her and they would get me home! I was SO EXCITED!! I hadn't seen her in forever and was just looking forward to visiting, getting a ride home early was lots of icing on the cake! :)

We got back to the house around 3:30pm and we visited a little and then they headed out to the airport and I got settled on the couch and pumped. We didn't pick up my script for percocet on the way home so I've just been on IBProfen since yesterday afternoon and so far I am feeling pretty good most of the time! I woke up for my first night time pumping session pretty sore but after a couple IBProfen I've been good since then, I just am trying to stay on top of it every 4 hours or so. I'm looking forward to getting through this first week and seeing how I feel - I definitely seem to feel better than I was expecting to so I can't complain!

So, that is the summary of the past few days - it's been a total whirlwind and I am happy in some ways and so sad in others. I just wish I could have had another 2 or 3 weeks with the girls and kept them safe inside where they could have grown a little more, gotten a little bigger and a little stronger before having to face the world. I am happy they are doing so well, and so happy for Jenn and Chad. I am SO blessed to have had this experience with them, and feel like it is far from over. I get to pump for the girls and hopefully get a decent supply of breastmilk for them and will hopefully continue to stay in touch and get to visit in the weeks and months to come! :)

I am wiped out now and it's almost time to pump again! I'm hoping if I can stay off the percocet maybe I'll be able to take what I've pumped to the NICU on Friday or Saturday.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

33w2d and Day #43 of Bedrest!

I stayed up WAY too late last night for no good reason, then slept really solidly and woke up tired. Go figure!

Nothing really to report today, everything seems pretty much the same in terms of how I'm feeling. I did notice some sharp almost stabbing pains down low yesterday a couple times, but nothing else so hopefully it was nothing going on!! Contractions were off and on yesterday, never more than 4 in an hour that I felt and never all that strong or painful so that was good!

Another surro who is exactly 2 weeks ahead of me is going to deliver her surro-twins this morning!! I've been following along with her the entire time and am so excited for her and her IPs! She's been having some bad swelling recently and her BP went up yesterday so along with a couple other reasons her c-section is scheduled for this morning! I can't wait to hear how the babies are doing and how she feels after! :) I think she's done wonderful to get to 35 weeks and cannot wait to be into that week ourselves.

This week has obviously been "off" with the overnight at the hospital so it feels short! I can't believe tomorrow is already Friday! I think a good friend of ours is going to come for a visit and I'm excited to see her. Yesterday our neighbor brought me back my favorite decaf peppermint mocha from Starbucks after she ran some errands in the morning and that was such a nice treat!! I think tomorrow I might be seeing the local lady who has been so sweet to bring us meals several times so lots of visits which is wonderful! Helps break up the day and gives me something to look forward to. :)

Right now I'm looking forward to a nice warm shower and some breakfast! Time to feed myself and these girls something filling and tasty! I've been craving a lot of eggo waffles and eggs lately so it may be another repeat. Although some cheesy scrambled eggs and toast sounds good for a change of pace too! :)

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

33 Week Belly Pictures!

Here are belly pics from tonight!! :)



Our Pregnancy: 33 Weeks!

I am thrilled to have reached another week with these two! I am sure we have at LEAST 2-3 more to go, but we'll just have to see what happens one day at a time!

I was going to update yesterday on how the OB appointment went but it snowballed into an overnight stay at the hospital so now there's much more to tell!

I had an early OB appointment which went fine. Vitals were all good, my belly is measuring 44 weeks, heartbeats sounded great on doppler. My only complaints have been breasts that have been more tender this week, ocassional light headedness and some cervical pressure on Sunday. Dr. Jo did a FFN test and a cervical check. I have dilated a little more, from a fingertip/1 cm to 1-2 cm. Not a big change, but apparently that plus the results from the FFN test which came back positive were enough for her to want me to come back to the hospital for extended monitoring. I wasn't thrilled about having to come all the way back (an hour drive each way) for what I felt was going to end up being a waste of time and kind of figured would turn into an overnight stay because of how late in the day it was by then. I would have TOTALLY understood if they'd said "the FFN was positive, be extra aware of contractions and if anything feels off head to the hospital" but I haven't been actively contracting, no discharge, plus we already had a positive FFN at 28 weeks so I wasn't feeling like the positive results this time were enough to warrant a hospital visit but oh well! It is definitely better safe than sorry and hopefully after continuous monitoring since 3pm  yesterday they'll feel comfortable sending me home to continue doing what we've been doing.

There was an ultrasound ordered for this morning to check cervical length as well and the tech checked on the girls briefly first and wonder of wonders since last Thursday's ultrasound Miss Baby B has FLIPPED to a head down position! I thought for sure they'd be out of room by now, especially after a month in the same position. But somehow she did and they are lined up beautifully for delivery. Heads right next to each other, A still RIGHT on my cervix and both facing my back. It was really cool to see that!! Cervix is still measuring 3 which is awesome. The peri came in after the ultrasound and said he will recommend they send me home to keep doing what we've been doing and just keep the appointment we already had scheduled for next Thursday with Dr. Mann.

So that is the excitement since yesterday!! :)

Here is what's going on this week!


Week Thirty Three: Lanugo is disappearing

You are 33 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 31 weeks)
  • The baby inside you is now about 4.4 pounds (2 kg) and around 17.5 inches (44cm) in length.
  • The diameter of the head is about 8.5cm.
  • The baby fuzz, lanugo, is disappearing.
  • Your baby drinks about a pint of amniotic fluid a day.
  • You may gain a pound a week (500g) for the rest of your pregnancy.
  • Half of your weight gain will go directly to your baby.
The baby is using it's lungs to practice breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid. Your baby is drinking about a pint of amniotic fluid a day now and urinating the same amount. The early baby fuzz, lanugo, is disappearing now and being replaced by actual hair. The nails of your baby are now long enough to reach to the tip of the fingers or beyond and may need trimming as soon as they are born. They may scratch their face even before birth.

You may gain a pound a week for the rest of your pregnancy. Do not stop eating or start skipping meals as your weight increases. Both you and your baby need the calories and nutrition you receive from a
healthy diet.

Calcium intake is extremely important during pregnancy because the baby will draw calcium from the mother to make and harden bone. This can greatly weaken her own bones and teeth because the developing fetus will take minerals from the mother's skeletal structure as and when needed.


So, now I just get to hang out and wait for the on-call OB to come by and let me know if they are going to discharge me today or if there's anything else they wanted to check first!! I am going to take a shower and maybe try to nap some. I got very little sleep last night. Being hooked to monitors doesn't allow for much movement and I kept getting sore spots, rotating and then they'd have to come adjust the monitor straps because when I moved we'd loose one or both of the hearttones! The night nurse I had wasn't very good - at one point she was in my room almost 30 minutes (at about 2:30 in the morning) trying to get the heartbeat and she was using a doppler to find it, then kept fiddling with the monitor. Thankfully most haven't had a hard time picking the girls up!

And I have to tell you about my very awesome nurse from yesterday!! I had left my laptop and packed bag in the trunk of my car hoping they would just monitor me a couple hours then send me home (wishful thinking)! When I got admitted and settled into my room I was totally bummed I'd left my stuff outside and didn't have anyone who could go get it for me! I mentioned it to my nurse and asked if it might be possible to get an escort out to the car to get my bag and she decided she would "spring me" herself! So we took a "jaunt" out to the parking lot in a wheelchair and I was able to bring my bag and computer back with me. It was too funny!! It was "Mission Impossible" - I told her we needed some theme music!! :D It was very sweet of her and I really appreciated it!!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

32w2d ~ Peri Appointment

Today was our most recent perinatologist ultrasound appointment and it went really well! The peri said the girls are just gorgeous and she said I have a "cervix of steel" - despite all the new contractions my cervix is still completely unchanged and looking nice and closed measuring 3 still. She seems very happy with how everything is going. She is also very supportive of a vaginal delivery with a breech extraction for baby B since A is head down so we talked about that for a little while which was nice. I think what it comes down to is the comfort level and experience level of the OB who ends up delivering us. I am still in that "whatever happens happens mode" but it was nice to have a care provider who's supportive of vaginal delivery (she had a vaginal twin delivery herself with a breech extraction of baby B so she's been through it as well).

The girls are estimated at 4lbs 4oz and 4lbs 8oz and moving well. They got some very cute face shots of the girls for Jenn. I am feeling relieved this afternoon - things are feeling a little less out of control to me than they were the past few days. We're past 32 weeks, and yes I'm having more contractions but they're not productive so they don't really "mean" anything at this point which is what has been worrying me. I don't really know why I just kind of feel happy today. I've felt guilty about bedrest, guilty about an impending early delivery, worried for the health of the babies, worried for all my IPs have been through already and would go through if the girls came really early but today we got to talk about delivery coming up in a positive way not in a worried way and I got to see Jenn smiling and excited about anticipating the arrival of her babies and it was just cool for me! One of the ultrasound pics you could really see adorably cute cheeks and lips on Baby B and it was fun to look at that and imagine those little cheekies in person in another month!! Our peri said she likes to see twins arrive between 35-36 weeks because they are still small enough to make delivery a little less complicated (she was saying as they get bigger they get so crowded it's harder for one to fully engage the cervix to get things going, and they can get "stuck" on each other, etc.) Obviously that's her experience and opinion and others will have different thoughts and opinion but that's what she likes to see - and that's just 3-4 weeks from now. 36 weeks has been my "minimum" goal anyway - I have no idea what will happen in the next month or more but the countdown continues to get through one week at a time, to get healthy sized babies as ready as possible for whenever they do make their appearance!

So that's the update for today! Just a couple more weeks and we should definitely have these two well over the 5lb mark which will be awesome!

I can't wait to hear what my belly is measuring at the OB's office on Monday!!