Wow. I can't believe I'm at 24 weeks. That's a big one in baby land as it's "viability week" meaning that IF the babies had to be delivered today they would have a 50% chance of survival. I am so thankful that I have no worries these babies are coming out this week, but I do feel like I've cleared a major hurdle.
What's even crazier is knowing that since twin pregnancies come early, and the average is 34-36 weeks, that we could have babies in our house in (GULP) 10 weeks!! That is some crazy shit to think about.
Every morning I talk to them and tell them they are just fine in my tummy and to hold tight, we still have a long time to bake. Don't come early babies! We want you as full term as possible even if I'm moaning at the end "get them out of me"!
Some of you may remember that I had a bad experience with my OB concerning my weight gain and the fact they weren't really treating my pregnancy any different than a singleton. I did find a perinatologist soon afterwards and I have been twice now. This practice takes a much more active approach to the twin pregnancy concerns and I've been very happy. The ultrasounds and doctor's offices are in the same building, so I only have to go to one place to get everything done which is great even if it does mean for a long stretch of time. There is more 'waiting' time here, but everyone is super nice and really knowledgeable. I go every two weeks, because they really want to keep a close eye on me. Oh, and they thought my weight gain was right on track.
Here are some stats:
20 weeks, 4 days
placenta is still very marginal
Baby A= 153 HB, 14 oz
Baby B= 157 HB, 14 oz
22 weeks, 4 days
placenta is low, but not marginal anymore!
Baby A= 140 HB, 1 lb, 2 oz
Baby B=152 HB, 1 lb, 2 oz
both are measuring 2 days ahead
22 weeks, 4 days
placenta is low, but OK
Baby A=151 HB
Baby B=144 HB
Both are measuring right on target
This last u/s they could not get good measurements (or photos) because both Chicklet and Shadow Boxer were facing toward my spine, but since they had done a major scan 2 weeks before, they were not concerned and both babies seemed to be doing great.
My blood pressure has been great and no protein in the urine, so I've been given gold stars as well.
Next up in two weeks: Gestational diabetes test and checking of the iron levels.
Here are some new photos in 3D! I must admit we almost didn't post these because it looked like our children had enormous noses. Then we looked at some other 3D photos and realized all of the babies noses look huge and squished, so we stopped being stupid and vain. And anyway, when Chicken was concerned about the nose size, I just said "hey don't look at me, I'm just the surrogate!"
Here is Shadow Boxer being swished by Chicklet. I think that's Chicklet's butt in SB's face.