Our pumpkins are CUTE and active and the loves of my life. The office we went to was FANTASTIC with a huge screen hanging up above for us to watch, I LOVED that. We got to watch the babes for almost an hour. That is part being because Baby B didn't want to flip over. Believe me he was doing flips, but wouldn't stay the way they wanted him to measure behind the neck. It was so amazing to see them and AGAIN I couldn't stop laughing. The u/s tech was NOT happy with me, but the doctor was great and he is the doctor I would see should any problems arise that the OB is not comfortable with. We might go back to that office for the 20 week scan because the machines are so much better.
Both heartbeats were nice and strong, but I didn't get a number. Baby B is a little Moose measuring a day ahead. Baby A is measuring two days behind, I of course was a little worried, but the doctor (a specialist) was completely fine with it. He was not worried at all and told me that we don't even begin to worry unless it is 6 or 7 days behind. With twins this can happen, he was a FANTASTIC doctor and I feel very confident in him and his practice. He personally knows my OB and called him after my appointment to talk about how they will work together in my case and to tell my OB that he is willing to step in whenever needed. So either way I feel VERY comfortable.
Yesterday was a great day, I cannot believe how much they have changed, I can't even describe it. It was like a fantastic movie that I couldn't quit watching. Little hands moving and feet kicking. Sucking thumbs, they just amaze me. How can I be so in love already?
On a poopy note Gabe no longer works weekends, while this may sound good... it is... but it isn't. Gabe was to be the Monday babysitter when the pumpkins come. So I have lost my Monday babysitter, back to the drawing board. Hard to be even slightly upset when we have so much good news right now. Some how we are going to find a reliable, inexpensive babysitter. I just know it.
Baby B sucking his thumb. We got to watch his little hand come up and go straight into his mouth. My heart melted. Check out the belly, we joked that it is like Daddy's.
Our NT scan in on Thursday, and of course I am nervous, but if the scan comes back clear we are passing another milestone. I will post Vegas pics when I get some energy. Please keep the little pumpkins in your thoughts and prayers.
Dear Baby A & B,
We love you SO very much, we are excited to see you tomorrow. Please continue to grow strong and healthy for Mommy and Daddy. I will do my best to get well soon so that I can eat better for you and help you grow strong and healthy. We love you more and more each day. Not a day goes by that I do not feel truly blessed for the miracle that is the two of you.
All my love,
First trimester: Check! The nausea, fatigue, mood swings, and bathroom dashes should soon fade, but (sorry!) headaches and dizziness will probably get more intense. The good news: You're about to embark on the second trimester, when mood and energy levels generally peak. As you move into the second trimester, baby shifts into the growth and maturation stage. After weeks in the critical development stage, almost all of baby's systems are fully formed. http://www.thebump.com/
The most dramatic development this week: Reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over two inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.
Nuchal translucency screening
What is the nuchal translucency screening test?
This prenatal test (also called the NT or nuchal fold scan) can help your healthcare practitioner assess your baby's risk of having Down syndrome (DS) and some other chromosomal abnormalities as well as major congenital heart problems.The NT test uses ultrasound to measure the clear (translucent) space in the tissue at the back of your developing baby's neck. Babies with abnormalities tend to accumulate more fluid at the back of their neck during the first trimester, causing this clear space to be larger than average.The NT scan must be done when you're between 11 and 14 weeks pregnant. (The last day you can have it done is the day you turn 13 weeks and 6 days pregnant.) It's usually offered along with a blood test in what's known as first-trimester combined screening.Like other screening tests, an NT scan won't give you a diagnosis. But it can assess your baby's risk for certain problems and help you decide whether you want to have chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis to find out whether your baby is actually affected.The NT scan has been performed in the United States since 1995, mostly at large medical centers. Ultrasound technicians (sonographers) and doctors need special training and high-resolution ultrasound equipment to perform it correctly. They must be certified by the Fetal Medicine Foundation in London, the organization that sets the international standards and provides the software that enables a doctor to evaluate your baby's risk.Because the NT scan requires special training and equipment, it's not yet available everywhere. But the test is being done more widely as more medical personnel get trained and certified. If you're interested, ask your healthcare practitioner or genetic counselor whether it's offered in your area.
What are the advantages of first-trimester screening?
First-trimester screening lets you learn about your baby's risk for chromosomal problems relatively early in the pregnancy without subjecting yourself to the slight risk of miscarriage from an invasive test like CVS.If the risk is low, the results will offer you some reassurance. If the risk is high, you may have the opportunity to consider CVS, which will reveal whether your baby has a problem while you're still in your first trimester. (Keep in mind that CVS is usually done between 11 and 12 weeks, so to keep your options open, it's best to complete your first-trimester screening sooner rather than later.)
How can I decide which tests are right for me?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recommends that women of all ages be offered first- and second-trimester screening and diagnostic testing options. Your practitioner should discuss the pros and cons of various approaches with you. If you need further information, consider meeting with a genetic counselor. But ultimately, whether to test and which tests to have is a personal decision.Many women opt for screening first and then make a decision about diagnostic testing based on the initial results. Other women opt for diagnostic testing right away. (They may know that they're at high risk for a chromosomal problem or a problem that can't be detected by screening. Or they may just want to know as much as possible about their baby's condition and are willing to live with the small risk of miscarriage to find out.) Some women decide to have no screening or testing at all.
How is the NT scan done?
The sonographer first confirms your baby's gestational age by measuring him from crown to rump to see if he's about the size he should be for his age. Then she positions the sensor, called the transducer, over your abdomen so that your baby's nuchal fold area shows up on the monitor and measures the thickness of it on the screen with calipers.
How are the results computed?
Your baby's chances of having a chromosomal abnormality are determined by the nuchal fold measurement, your age, and your baby's gestational age. If you're having a first-trimester combined screening, the blood test results will also be factored in.Your age is factored in because although anyone can have a baby with a chromosomal abnormality, the risk increases as you age. For example, your likelihood of carrying a baby with Down syndrome ranges from about 1 in 1,295 at age 20 to about 1 in 82 at age 40.Researchers have measured the nuchal folds of thousands of babies between 11 and 14 weeks of pregnancy. Because a baby's nuchal fold will normally get a bit thicker with each day of gestation, they've been able to establish what an average thickness is for each day during those three weeks.They've also figured out the statistical relationship between this measurement, the baby's age, the mother's age, and the likelihood that the baby will be born with certain abnormalities. In general, the thicker the fold at a given gestational age, the higher the chance of a chromosomal problem.You may get the results right away, or you may have to wait up to ten days if the doctor has to send the data to a processing center.
What do the results mean?
You'll want to talk with your practitioner or a genetic counselor about how to interpret the results because unless you have a lot of experience with statistical analysis and evaluating medical tests, they can be confusing. And even if you're a wizard with statistics, you'll need help understanding your options.You'll get your results in the form of a ratio that expresses your baby's chances of having a chromosomal defect.For example, you may be told that your baby's chances of having Down syndrome are 1 in 30 or 1 in 4,000. A risk of 1 in 30 means that for every 30 women with this same result, one baby will have Down syndrome and 29 will not. A risk of 1 in 4,000 means that for every 4,000 women with this result, one baby will have it and 3,999 will not. The higher the second number, the lower the risk.You may also be told that your results are "normal" or "abnormal," depending on whether they are below or above a specified cutoff. For example, some tests use a cutoff of 1 in 250. So a result of 1 in 4,000 would be considered normal because the risk that there's a problem is lower than 1 in 250. A ratio of 1 in 30 would be considered abnormal because that risk is higher than 1 in 250.Remember that a normal screening result (screen negative) isn't a guarantee that your baby has normal chromosomes, but it does suggest that a problem is unlikely. Likewise, an abnormal screening result (screen positive) doesn't mean that your baby has a chromosomal problem — just that he's more likely to have one. In fact, most screen-positive babies turn out not to have a problem.(If your baby's nuchal fold measurement is above the 99th percentile for his gestational age, he's also considered to be at increased risk for major congenital heart disease, so you'll be given a special ultrasound called a fetal echocardiogram. If your baby has a heart defect, he'll need to be monitored with regular ultrasounds and delivered at a medical center equipped to handle this condition.)
How accurate is this test?
Screening tests aren't perfect. They don't detect all cases of Down syndrome, so they may identify you as being at low risk when your baby really does have Down syndrome. This is called a false negative result, and it might lead you to decide against diagnostic testing that would have revealed a problem.Conversely, screening may identify you as being at high risk when your baby is fine (a false positive). This may cause you to undergo further testing and to worry about your baby's well-being unnecessarily.How reliable a test is can be seen in its detection rate. The detection rate tells you how good the test is at identifying babies that are truly affected as being high risk. Specifically, it's the percentage of affected babies who show screen-positive results, out of all those being screened.The NT scan alone will detect about 70 to 80 percent of babies with Down syndrome (depending on which study you look at). The detection rate for the first-trimester combined screening (the NT scan plus a first-trimester blood test) ranges from 79 to 90 percent.This means that if you're carrying a baby with DS, there's a 79 to 90 percent chance that the combined screening will detect the abnormality and give you what's called a screen-positive result indicating that further testing is recommended. It also means there's a 10 to 21 percent chance that the tests will miss the DS and give you a screen-negative result.This does not mean that a screen-positive baby has a 79 to 90 percent chance of having DS. It just means that 79 to 90 percent of babies who have DS will have screening results that are suspicious enough to recommend diagnostic testing. And 10 to 21 percent of babies who have DS will be determined to be at normal risk — that is, the results will be misleading.These tests also have a 5 percent false-positive rate. A false-positive result is one that suggests there may be a problem when, in fact, there is no problem. A 5 percent false-positive rate means that 5 percent of the babies with normal chromosomes who are tested will be screen positive — that is, the test will show them to have an increased risk for Down syndrome even though they're not affected.Based on this false-positive result, their mothers may go ahead with invasive diagnostic testing that they otherwise might not have. (And they'll probably worry more, too, until they know for sure that the baby is fine.)
What if the results indicate that my baby is at high risk for a problem?
With the help of your practitioner or a genetic counselor, you'll want to decide whether the results indicate a high enough risk that you want to have CVS or amniocentesis to get a definitive diagnosis.In making your decision, you'll need to weigh your need to know about your baby's condition against the small chance that diagnostic testing could cause a miscarriage. Individual parents must decide for themselves what risks are acceptable.If you decide not to have diagnostic testing, you can get more information about your baby's health and development by following up with a detailed ultrasound at 18 to 20 weeks. This ultrasound can detect "soft markers" of chromosome disorders, such as short limbs, a bright dot in the heart, a bright bowel, and certain problems in the kidneys. It can also look for anatomical defects, such as spina bifida.
Last night the bump just popped after dinner, I was feeling insecure about it and have been feeling so frumpy (so of course we had to take pictures). I am planning to get dolled up a few times in Las Vegas this weekend, so hopefully that will pull me out of my frump. Don't get me wrong I completely LOVE the fact that I am expanding because my babies are growing, BUT when you work for two years to get 80 pounds off and it starts coming back and clothes don't fit it is a little hard to take. I am also wondering why weight is appearing in places other than my stomach.
Tuesday night when Gabe got home from band practice, it was LATE, but I hadn't seen him all day so I decided to get out of bed and visit a bit. It had to have been one of the sweetest moments. I came out to the living room and the look on his face was just priceless. He had me turn to the side and eyed and rubbed my belly. He said "you really are pregnant!" While saying that he had this excited smile laugh going on. I guess for him seeing the belly is more than the ultrasound. hehehe, for me it was the ultrasound.
After Gabe took these pictures last night I was waddling around the living room opening windows and what not.. he gave me this WOW look.. and eyed my stomach. I laughed and said "are you going to moooooo at me?" He said "of course not." Not five seconds later the commercial changed that was on TV and wouldn't ya know it, it was a mooooooooing cow. Gabe looked over at me and said "see I didn't have to." He was just kidding, but man I am feeling like a cow, it really hit me last night trying to pack for Vegas. None of my pants fit and my shirts are tight, but the few maternity shirts I have are not flattering and not sufficient for a Bachlorette Party. Oh well... sigh... it SOOOOOOOOOOOO doesn't matter. What is important is that the babies are growing, growing, growing.
I love you so much sweet pumpkins. Get ready for your first airplane ride, bachlorette party, wedding, and visit with RC & Drea.
Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden.She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel your baby's acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.
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.
The babies LOOK LIKE BABIES! I can't believe it! They were moving and making Mommy and Daddy smile and laugh. Baby A is again a day smaller than Baby B. Baby A's heart rate was 174 and Baby B's was 162. Both of which are VERY normal heart rates.
I have an NT scan in Walnut creek on the 26th, so we will get to see them again soon. We got four ultrasound pictures, I will scan them in soon.
So back in August or September of 2008 while embarking on IVF #2 and coming off of my failed frozen embryo transfer, a song caught my attention. This song is meant to be a love song, but since the first time I heard it I knew it meant something different to me, it does have one verse that may not pertain all too much, but all in all I feel it describes how I will feel when I am holding my miracles in my arms. I honestly would relive all the tears and go back to the days when my heart was aching to make my dreams come true.
I dreamt about the day I would actually have pictures and video to put to this song. I had my days when this song came on the radio and I couldn't bear to listen and even now when it comes on it brings me to tears. I imagine what photos I might put to the song and I envision adding pictures of our journey along the way and pictures of myself and Gabe holding our children.
I am finding it VERY hard to drop the ultrasound and belly pictures in a folder titled Here Video, but I am going to do it, although scared. In October I hope to be posting a video called Here featuring our little pumpkins.
There's a place
I've been lookin' for
That took me in and out of buildings
Behind windows, walls and doors
And I thought I found it
Couple times, even settled down
And I'd hang around just long enough
To find my way back out
I know now the place that I was trying to reach
Was you, right here in front of me
And I wouldn't change a thing
I'd walk right back through the rain
Back to every broken heart
On the day that it was breakin'
And I'd relive all the years
And be thankful for the tears
I've cried with every stumbled step
That led to you and got me here, right here
It's amazing what I let my heart go through
To get me where it got me
In this moment here with you
And it passed me by
God knows how many times
I was so caught up in holding
What I never thought I'd find
I know now, there's a million roads
I had to take
To get me in your arms this way
In a love I never thought I'd get to get to here
And if that's the road
God made me take to be with you
And I'd relive all the years
And be thankful for the tears
I've cried with every stumbled step
That led to you and got me here, right here
Oh, baby-OooOh, got me here
So a couple of weeks ago we were at Hubby's awards banquet for work (yes, he did get two awards.) Anyways a woman whom I don't know all too well asked if I was craving anything yet, and I told her that I was really into olives. Any color and type (last week I polished off a jar of garlic stuffed... yummy!), to which Gabe blurted out "yea I caught her drinking the juice from the olives the other day." Of course this was very true, I have on occasion been spotted drinking the juice to a can of black olives, I just wasn't expecting him to rat my out in front of people I don't know all too well. Next time, I will be sure I am alone while drinking olive juice.
Your little embryo has now officially graduated to fetus-hood. Adding to the excitement, a Doppler ultrasound device might be able to pick up the beating heart. With basic physical structures in place and increasingly distinct facial features, baby is kind of starting to look like... well... a baby!
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.
I met a woman today via craigslist for the trade, unfortunately those clothes were for the spring, although VERY cute. I sprung for a pair of jeans and brown pants at Motherhood, but you can only mix and match so much.
I will say that the Bella Band, found at target.com for $16.99 has become a good friend of mine. I can squeak into many of my non-maternity pants using that, which has been a god sent. Loving that Bella Band, I think I may invest in another color soon.