The babies have arrived! We're in the hospital and will post more soon!!
Aiden Patrick 4 lbs 11 oz, 18.25 inches. 9:20am!
Isabella Lynn 4 lbs 14 oz, 17.5 inches. 9:22am!!
Thursday, June 30, 2011
The babies have arrived! We're in the hospital and will post more soon!!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
I have been craving snow cones for several weeks and we don't have a place that sells them. The closest we can get is Sonic Burger which sells slushies or limeades. Well, my husband bought me a snow cone maker for the house!! It's perfect too because, all our babies' birthdays will be in the summer anyway and I'm sure we'll be having lots of summer birthday parties (and who doesn't want a snow cone at a birthday party?).
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
I had another doctor's appointment today and NST.
It took over an hour to get both babies monitored. But once we did they did great and passed!
My blood pressure is definitely creeping up. At one point (they took it almost four times while I was there) it was 144/88. There's a word that my doctor used to describe it (where it fluctuates up and down), but she's not terribly worried. I'm 35 weeks pregnant and trying to pump blood for three people. That's a lot of work for my body to do.
Aiden is full-on breech now. He is actually what we call "Frank Breech." You can see what that means below. Frank breech babies have a higher incidence of hip dysplasia...so it may be something we'll have to examine when he's born.
It is highly unlikely he will move out of this position at this point in the pregnancy. It was pretty painful when he moved from transverse to breech and I can't imagine he could wiggle his way head down by the time I give birth. Isabella is head down, but at this point she is not "presenting" (if she were presenting, it would mean that her head is down and she would come out first). This means that I will more than likely have a c-section. In fact, we have booked one (I'm debating whether or not I want to tell everyone the date). My doctor has put in her notes that they are to do an ultrasound when I show up for the c-section to make sure Aiden is still breech and Isabella is still not presenting. If not, they will do an induction instead of a c-section. Please calm me down. Tell me a c-section isn't how I'm making it out to be. I'm soooo afraid of surgery (especially the idea of having my arms strapped down to a table). I'm even more afraid of recovery! The part I AM excited about is showing up at 8am and meeting my babies at 10am. How easy is that!! =)
Thursday, June 23, 2011
It's a little better this week. However, I am now feeling contractions at night. Up until this time, once I fell asleep, I'd sleep through the contractions. Now they are getting so strong that they actually wake me up in the middle of the night. The pain is still excruciating in my pelvis. The stretching is like NOTHING I HAVE EVER FELT before in my life.
I will know my size tomorrow at my appointment.
The Babies' Size/Development
The babies are putting on more fat, but if they were born now - they wouldn't have any serious complications. They more than likely would be considered "growers and feeders" (the title, "growers and feeders" is given to babies who simply have to "grow and eat" in order to graduate from the NICU all together).
I have been completely off the Nifedipine for a week now! There are only 21 days until the last possible day they will schedule me for an induction! Let's hope for a little bit sooner, though!
Random Twin Fact
Postpartum Depression is five times more common in mothers of multiples than mothers of singleton newborns.
|From the Front|
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
I don't think it's a perfect comparison, considering some are closer up. But if you look at my back and belly in each photo, it'll give you a better idea.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
We have been unbelievably blessed because we have gotten an ultrasound at every single doctor appointment and at least once a week for my NST's since the babies were conceived. It has provided us an unbelievable amount of reasurance and it's just nice to see our babies! At our "big" ultrasound on June 15th, we got some good photos I wanted to share. I don't always post the photos because (a) sometimes I don't get copies printed and (b) some of them look exactly like the others.
I fell down some stairs this morning. Don't worry - I kept my belly up off the ground. I landed on my hands and knees and scraped them up pretty badly. I went home and made sure I did kick counts and everything looked good. So I knew I'd wait to be checked until I went into the doctor's office at 2pm.
The babies looked good!!
They were coming roughly every 6 minutes. My first priority is and has always been to have healthy babies! And if they need more time to bake, then that's what I want. But if I am contracting and the babies are healthy - then let's get this show on the road.
The babies' AFI (amniotic fluid index) levels were great! It looks as though Aiden has turned breach (what a little stinker!!!!). He has been head down vertex for about 6 weeks and ALL OF A SUDDEN decided he wanted to be feet down. Grrrrr. Thankfully Isabella has turned and put her head down. She may actually become Baby A if she can get her head lower than him and come out first. If that's the case, I can have a vaginal birth.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
**Can you tell how my bedrest is going? Mr. Howard's brother called the other day as we were on our way to lunch. When he was suprised that I was going with him, Mr. Howard said "Yeah. Her version of bedrest is like no other version I've ever seen." =) I cannot just sit in bed all day. But you should know that everywhere we go, I sit. I never chase Connor around. I never carry him. I go and sit and watch in the shade. Really, how different is that then going to the couch and sitting?!?**
Now, back to the Heaven part. We found THE MOST WONDERFUL park right by our house. It is literally 10 minutes away and it has WATER!!! Connor's not yet quite so sure about the water, but I know that after a few visits, he'll love it. We're planning on going back again tomorrow with some friends and we're hoping he might be a little braver this time. I'm also hoping to convince my hubby to put on his swimsuit and join Connor, but we'll see.
On Thursday, Mr. Howard and I were going a little stir crazy and decided to take Connor to the park. At the Fountains (it's a shopping center near our house), they have a water park and playground and ever since Connor was born, we've been talking about taking him. Little did we know that the water park didn't open until 11am, so instead we decided to just simply play on the playground.
Sleep? What sleep? Last Friday I counted 8 wake-ups. Saturday, I think, was somewhere around 7. Last night I woke up 8 times and then finally just got up at 5am. Perhaps pregnancy is just the universe's way of preparing you for all the sleepless nights you get when you have a baby (I've said it before, but I actually got more sleep once Connor arrived then I ever did when I was pregnant with him - at least when he's out you have help. My husband could share some of the responsibility).
I am measuring 47 cm. Wow; Hello hormones! Mr. Howard and I passed an older gentleman who was holding one of those signs advertising a store and I said to my hubby that it made me sad that he had to do that. Then, I burst into tears and sobbed. A few days later we were sitting in the car and a van full of teenagers parked and headed into his store. Mr. Howard explained that they were from the group home and that they shop in the store regularly. He said that they're really great kids, but a couple of them have stolen from him. He explained that he totally understands (not that stealing is right) and that if they don't steal things like candy bars, they don't get them. I burst into hysterical tears. Even as I type it now, it makes me want to cry. I hate that there are children out there who can't have something as simple as a candy bar...let alone someone to hug them and love them and guide them. Yesterday I was watching TV and a commercial came on for the SPCA and I started crying. Cliche, right? The pregnant lady crying at the television! My hormones have increased 10-fold from when I had Connor.
The Babies' Size/Development
The babies are between 17.5-19.5 inches long by now. At the ultrasound Aiden weighed 4 lbs 9 ounces and Isabella weighed 4 lbs 5 ounces.
We are only 2 weeks away from reaching our goal of making it to 36 weeks! Wooo-hoo! Would now be a good time to mention that we haven't even slightly started the nursery? Good thing Mr. Howard's mom will be here soon, because we are going to need all the cleaning/decorating help we can get, to get everything done before Aiden and Isabella arrive!
Random Twin Fact
Because the babies are in their own sacs and have their own placentas, it is possible for both sacs to break independently. So my water may break twice.
Friday, June 17, 2011
I was doing Aiden and Isabella's baby books yesterday (filling in all the pre-birth stuff) and got to the page about pregnancy cravings and realized, I've never documented any of my cravings on here!
I really have only had two very specific cravings that have lasted almost the entire pregnancy. The first is
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Saturday was the first warmer day of the season (can I just say BOOOOO to the 96 degree weather we've been having) and we wanted to take Connor to the pool. My parents have a pool at their new house (they haven't moved in yet) so we all packed up and headed over.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
First, did you notice the ticker at the right?!? We are less than 30 days away from meeting the babies! Some of you may have noticed that I updated the ticker. I initially had it set at July 28th (my due date) because I didn't really understand how it worked with twins. I changed it to July 14th, because that is the last possible day they will schedule an induction or c-section (essentially going 38 weeks in a twin pregnancy is the equivalent of going 41 weeks in a singleton pregnancy).
We had our "big" ultrasound today and got some more news. It seems that just as soon as I begin to wrap my mind around something, it changes. I am learning to go with the flow. We are blessed. So blessed to have two babies with non life-threatening issues, but I am extremely frustrated. I will relay the details of the ultrasound to the best of my ability. It's always hard to think of questions in the moment and remember all the details and terminology.
His kidneys have not changed at all. He still has one multicystic dysplastic kidney and one perfectly healthy kidney. He will have to be evaluated after birth to determine if he needs surgery to remove the non functioning kidney.
Well, what we thought was an exophytic kidney cyst, turned out to not be. Unfortunately, it is actually a second ureter (the body part connecting a kidney to a bladder). A normal ureter is rarely seen during an ultrasound; so when it is seen, it generally means it is a second inflamed one. The unfortunate part about this is that if it had just been a cyst, it would have meant nothing; now that it is a second ureter (or duplex collecting system), it will most likely require surgery. Apparently inflamed ureters are prone to developing obstruction, reflux, and infection. We won't know any of the specifics until she is born and an ultrasound can be performed.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
The babies did well. There weren't any decelerations!
Still contracting! I opted not to have my cervix checked, since I didn't feel like anything had changed. I am measuring 47 cm (or 47 weeks pregnant for a singleton mama).
My blood pressure was higher than normal (for me), but not high. It was 138/77 (it's been in the 120/70 range). Again, this isn't of concern, but it is trending up. The only reason I mention this is because with Connor I had high blood pressure and was eventually induced due to hypertension.
The babies are still breech. Now, my doctor is a little more concerned and a c-section is looking like a real possibility. =(
Monday, June 13, 2011
We are getting ready to welcome Aiden and Isabella home with us and need your advice! For Connor, we took a weekly photo of him next to the same teddy bear and in the same chair every single week. We loved it! We even made a poster of all the photos for his first birthday. And we want to do something similar for the twins. I am very sensitive, however, to wanting them to feel unique and special. Do you think we need to give each baby their own photo or do you think it's okay if they're together. I can't imagine taking 6 photos (2 for each baby individually and then 2 more together), so it needs to be an either/or. What do you think?
How Should we do Aiden and Isabella's Weekly Photos?
Sunday, June 12, 2011
I made up my mind about certain things and that was that. Some people may have even used the word "brat." Now, I am certainly not calling my child a brat; however, I can say with 100% certainty that he is definitely my child. He is strong-willed, stubborn, loud, willful, and any other "polite" word you can come up with for "sometimes I have trouble making it through an entire day."
I know I don't need to say this, because anyone who has kids knows that one second you can go from wanting to cry to wanting to shout to the whole world that your child is the smartest child on the planet, but I want to make sure to say it. I love Connor. Immensely. He is seriously one of the best things that has ever happened to me. And I KNOW with 100% certainty that he is teaching me lessons. Every. Single. Day.
Friday was one of those days that was rough. And I mean rough. Connor is in a "I think everything is funny and I don't have to listen to you phase." If someone has the perfect solution for how to handle this, I am all ears. In my present "can hardly stand, let alone walk or RUN" state, if I need to get something from him or put him in time-out and he is unwilling, it is a battle. I absolutely cannot catch up to him. On Friday when he grabbed the dog's flea medicine and started sucking on it, I tried sooo hard to get to him before he noticed me, but he ran away. And then he thought it was hilarious that I was so animatedly trying to get it from him. I tried everything I could think of, but I absolutely could not catch up to him. It took close to 10 minutes before I could finally
Now it's humorous. At the time, not so much.
A few minutes later, he walked over and pulled my hair and laughed. When I tried putting him in time-out, he ran again. And again, I tried so hard to calmly get him (
Now writing this all down with the luxury of having two days to calm down, makes it all seem silly. But I can't tell you what it does to you as a mom (or at least to me) to see my son think it's funny to inflict pain intentionally.
Then, after wrestling him into time-out, he wouldn't stay put. Now, I know how it's supposed to work. I've read the books. I've watched Super Nanny (hehe). I know you are not supposed to stand there and hold him into time-out. But, what is a
So, I did what any other sane
Why don't they tell you parenting is hard?
**And because I know I have the most amazing friends, I know you are going to read this and ask me if you can help. Because you're amazing! But, really, I'm okay. It honestly had less to do with the fact that I'm pregnant and need help...and more to do with the fact that having a two year old is hard.**
Mr. Howard and I thought it would be funny to see what items we could fit on my belly; afterall, how often does one get the opportunity to put items on one's belly? Obviously, when I'm sitting, I can fit everything on there. But I wanted to see what could fit standing. Hehe!