Category Archives: Pregnancy

Belly Bump Update (37 weeks to birth)

During our 36 week appointment, things were looking good.  The doc scheduled a c-section for March 20th, but the babies had other plans…

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See how it says the babies will be delivered on 3-20?  Well, we went in for our Nonstress Test on 3-18.  Once again, Nadia didn’t pass.  so we went down for a BPP.  This time, both babies failed!  Aidan didn’t do any fine movements, and Nadia didnt practice breathing or do any fine movements.  We decided two days wouldn’t make much difference in Nadia’s growth, so it was time to come out into the world.  This all went on from 2pm to 5pm.  at 5pm, our delivery was scheduled for a few hours  later at 8pm.  The time had come- after 7 years of trying, we were going to be parents!! 🙂

My Mom was with me, and we called my Dad and husband.  They both got to the hospital as soon as they could.  Ty got in his Daddy scrubs, and I was prepped for surgery.  I dressed in a very flattering gown, got the incision site prepped, and an IV was started with warmed saline.

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Then it was time!  I was wheeled down to the OR where the Spinal Block was put in place.  This was the hardest part of the whole procedure for me.  you sit on the side of the gurney and hug a pillow trying to round your back enough for them to find the space between vertebrae.  curling your back to open those spaces is hard to do when you have a huge belly in font!  They numb things up, but you still feel a lot of pressure, and get a few ZINGS down one side or the other as they try to find the sweet spot.  Once it was in place, i was laid back and my feet felt warm.  That warm feeling spread pretty quickly up my body to just below my ribcage.  a catheter was placed, they made sure i was numb, and Ty was allowed to come in the OR.  After he was settled on his stool, they put up the drape and the surgery began.

Aidan was born at 8:42 pm weighing 4 lbs 15 oz and was 18 inches long.

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Nadia was born two minutes later at 8:44 pm weighing 3 lbs 12 oz and was 17 inches long.

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Both babies were admitted to the NICU.  Aidan swallowed something on his way out and needed some help breathing.  Nadia was too little and needed to gain some baby fat.

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The nurses were WONDERFUL and took such great care of our little ones!  Aidan was in the NICU for 8 days, and Nadia was in for 9 days.

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We got to visit the babies as often as possible, at any time day or night.  We fed and changed their tiny diapers.  We held them and rocked them to sleep.  And we thanked God for healthy happy babies!!

Now the babies are a month old.  I’m tired and sleep deprived after getting up every 3 hours to feed babies, night and day.  Thank God for my Mom.  She is staying with us until the babies decide to sleep through the night.  I couldn’t do it without her!

That’s all for now.  I’ll post the 1-month update soon!

Belly Bump Update (weeks 33 to 36)

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This was a month full of fun!  As you can see from the photos, the belly is growing double-time!  By week 36, my belly is beginning to drop.  Getting closer!

At 33 weeks, we had another growth scan.  Our little Aidan was FINALLY ready to show us his profile.  Little stinker!  First, he showed us his cute little nose and his lips…

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And here is his handsome profile.  If you look closely, you can see that he has his little nose pressed up against the membrane that separates him from Nadia.

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And, yes, our little ones are still breech, and are still sitting with their heads together.  My goodness, they like to conspire!

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Babies were estimated to be 4.0 lbs (Aidan) and 3.6 lbs (Nadia).

We started going in for Nonstress Tests (NSTs) this month at 32 weeks.  Every week, we went in to the hospital and 3 monitors were placed on my belly.  One for Aidan’s heartbeat, one for Nadia’s heartbeat, and one to check for contractions.

Our first couple of weeks went very well.  They are looking for the babies’ heartbeats to accelerate at least 15 beats for 15 seconds.  Both babies passed with flying colors weeks 33 through 34…

Then week 35 happened.  Nadia quit behaving.  She didn’t want to accelerate no matter what they did to her.  When babies are not quite responding to Mom nudging them from the outside, the nurse brings in a little instrument that buzzes them.  She didn’t want to wake up for that, either!  Luckily, she barely passed.  My doctor decided to increase the frequency of the NSTs, so then we went in every 3-4 days.

The next NST, Nadia FAILED.  Our one hour appointment turned into a 5 hour hospital visit.  We were taken down to Ultrasound and a Biophysical Profile (BPP) was performed.  Each baby had 30 minutes to practice breathing 3 times, make 3 tonal (flexing) movements, and 2 gross (big) movements.  Both babies passed this test.

A few days later, Nadia failed again.  The doctor ordered a high level ultrasound at 36 weeks to try and determine what was going on.  In this ultrasound, they did the BPP again, measured bloodflow, and took growth measurements.  Aidan was estimated to be 5.1 lbs, but Nadia was only estimated to be 4.1 lbs.  The scans also showed that the bloodflow from her placenta was restricted.  We continued testing every few days, and the doctor put me on orders to only work from home so I was closer to the hospital if I noticed the kiddos weren’t moving as much.  I was also told to be prepared in case we had to do an emergency delivery to get Nadia out.

Thankfully, working from home seemed to do the trick!  With less stress, Nadia began to perk up and is now passing her NSTs.  She doesn’t have a lot of belly fat, so we have to be prepared for her to spend a little time in the NICU while her body learns to regulate blood sugars and temperature.

Most twins are born between weeks 33 and 35.  Here we are at 36+ and still cooking!  My doctor scheduled a C-Section for us on Thursday, March 20th, when I am 38 weeks.  That’s the plan as long as babies don’t decide to come before then!  We are praying they are a bit more patient, and that Miss Nadia decides to pack on some baby fat between now and then. 🙂

Belly Bump Update (Weeks 29-32)

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Wow!  What a month!  Early in the month, I was diagnosed with anemia and gestational diabetes.  Thank goodness both conditions can be controlled easily.  For the anemia, I’m taking an iron pill twice a day (with Vitamin C to help the iron absorb).  For the gestational diabetes, I closely monitor what I eat, and check my blood sugar 4 times a day.  So far, I’ve been able to keep both under control.  Thank goodness!

We had another ultrasound at 29 weeks.  Babies are growing right on track- as if there were only one baby in there.  Aidan was 2.8 lbs and Nadia was 2.5 lbs.  It’s normal for boys to be slightly larger than girls, and both are within the normal range for growth.  Keep growing, babies!!

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Aidan was still breech at the time of the ultrasound.  We’ll check again at 33 weeks, but if he doesn’t turn, it’s an automatic c-section.  At first, the thought of having a c-section TERRIFIED ME, but now that I’ve had some time to do some research, I’m feeling a bit better about it.

Nadia has decided her optimum time to do somersaults is 3:30am to 4am.  She wakes me up- when she does flips like that, my tummy looks like the scene in Alien just before the alien pops out of the guy’s stomach!  It takes my breath away when she stretches my stomach like that.  Silly girl!

While Nadia likes to do acrobatics, Aidan likes to get the hiccups.  He gets them almost every day, and I feel a rhythmic tugging very low and toward my back.  It’s hard to describe because I can’t feel it from the outside, just on the inside.  Ha!

We started weekly doctor visits at 31 weeks, and weekly Nonstress Tests at 32 weeks.  Nonstress Tests are interesting.  I have to go to the hospital, lay on a bed, and have two belts hooked up- one for each baby.  One belt monitors Aidan’s heart rate, and the other monitors Nadia’s heart rate and me (looking for contractions).  Our first test, the nurse hooked up the belts, started recording, and began entering my information into the computer while the machine was recording.  Aidan was trying to buck the belt off!  Goodness, those were some strong kicks.  By the time the nurse was done entering the info, she said Aidan had passed the test!  But the monitoring still had to go for the full 20 minutes.  Both babies did great, meaning that they are healthy and active.  This test also helps to make sure the placentas are still functioning properly, and babies are feeling good.

The doctor says I can go into labor any time after 33 weeks, based on statistics.  I’m hoping to hold on to these precious babies and keep them baking until at least week 37, when they will be considered full-term.  I’m SO EXCITED to meet them, but I can wait!  🙂

Belly Bump Update (weeks 25-28)

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Babies are growing fast!  My belly has been growing by 1/2″ per week for a while now.  And we made it to the 3rd Trimester!  Yippee!!

I am now on an iron supplement due to being anemic– my doctor says this is pretty common in pregnancy, especially when there are two babies taking your iron to make their red blood cells.  Let’s get those numbers back up!

I failed the 1 hr glucose test at the doctors office and had to go to the hospital lab for the 3 hour test.  I took the 3 hour test a few years ago and was MISERABLE- naseous, jittery, shaky, and cold.  This time, things went much more smoothly.  The hospital lab gave me my own little room with the most AWESOME chair!  It was shaped perfectly for a nap while keeping your legs up to keep the swelling down.  I did take a pretty long nap, did some reading, and caught up with some friends on facebook.  No jitters, shaking, or cold!  I only felt nauseous for about 5 minutes after drinking the ‘stuff’, then I was fine.  Haven’t heard back on any test results yet, but the doc said they wouldn’t call unless I didn’t pass.  I’m still going to call tomorrow if I don’t hear from them.  I have to know for sure!

Babies REALLY started moving on week 28.  Constantly.  Almost 24/7!  I get a break at night after taking a bath until about 3:30 am or so when I have to get up to empty my bladder.  Then its dance time again!  The good thing is that they still aren’t big enough for their kicks and rolls to hurt, so I find it comforting to feel the babies moving at night and can easily go back to sleep.  Counting my blessings- I’m sure this won’t be the case in a few more weeks!

Another new symptom that popped up this month- swelling ankles and hands.  I can’t wear my wedding ring anymore, and have to put my feet up after only about 5 mins.  I have cankles.  Fun.

Baby registries are updated, nursery is organized, and things are coming together.  I’m going to wait a few weeks to pack my hospital bag and insist that the car seat bases are installed in the car.  😀

Belly Bump Update (weeks 21-24)

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Goodness, we’ve grown a lot this month!  Babies and momma are doing great.  I’ve had constant heartburn over the last month, and finally talked to my doctor about it.  TUMS just weren’t cutting it anymore!  My doctor put me on Pepcid A/C, and it’s been a LIFE SAVER!  No more waking up every couple of ours during the night just to take a few more TUMS.  Yay!

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We are now going to have ultrasounds every 4 weeks to monitor the babies growth.  This photo was taken on 24 weeks, 6 days.  My little ones were conspiring!  Baby A is my sweet baby boy Aidan (he’s closest to the cervix) and Baby B is my sweet baby girl Nadia.  In this picture, you can see them whispering to each other (the things that look like grapefruits are their heads).

Aidan sat his little bum right on top of my cervix and refused to move.  As soon as that wand came out, my little kicking man hunched himself into a little ball and wouldn’t move.  That made getting his measurements easy, but not so easy to measure the cervix or placental position in relation to the cervix.  Aidan’s placenta is pretty low- not covering the cervix, but very close to it.  We’re hoping that as my belly grows, his placenta will move up and Aidan will decide he doesn’t want to be breech.

Once the sonographer was done taking Aidan’s measurements, it was Nadia’s turn.  She was such a little stinker.  Just when the sonographer was ready to take the pic, my little girl would wiggle, roll, or turn her head.  It took a little more time, but we got all the measurements we needed.   Nadia is currently transverse (sideways) stretching from my right side to my left.

The results were pretty good.  Typically, babies at this point are around 1.5 lbs.  They estimated Aidan to be 1.7 pounds and Nadia to be 1.4 lbs.  She’s always been just a couple days behind her brother.  As long as they continue to grow, all is good!

Thanks for checking in on us this month!  The next time I post, it will be a whole new year.  Crazy!!

Belly Bump Update (weeks 17-20)

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We cannot believe how incredibly blessed we are to have both a baby boy and a baby girl!  Everyone is healthy and doing well.

I am feeling more and more of my little ones.  Lots of little twinges and nudges throughout the day and mostly at night.  Love that feeling!  I’m enjoying it now while they’re still small enough not to hurt.  Ha! 😀

Did you notice the names are palindromes?  A-I-D-A-N <—-> N-A-D-I-A    Cool, eh?  I mentioned to my parents that we liked Aidan for a boy, and my Dad called the next day saying that Aidan spelled backwards was Nadia.  The more we thought about it, the more we liked it!  Rae is after my husband’s father and Dawn is after my dad.

More updates next month!  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Belly Bump Update (weeks 14, 15, and 16)

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The babies are growing!  I’ve noticed that my appetite has been increasing over the last week or so.  I’m hungry all the time!  Thank goodness my cravings have been mostly for healthy things.  😉

Tobie insisted on being in the last photo.  Every time Ty gets the phone out to snap a pic of me, Tobie is usually at my feet.  This time, he jumped up and wouldn’t stop.  Silly doggie!

I also had to get one of those grabber/ reaching tools so I could get my laundry out of our front loading machines.  Sure helps a lot not to have to bend over so far or get on my hands and knees (and yell for my husband to help me get back up).

Looking forward to my doctor’s appointment tomorrow.  Hoping for healthy babies and a healthy mamma!  Also, looking forward to November 15th.  That’s when we will find out the genders of our little ones.  My Mom and Grandma are coming to the ultrasound with us.  Hooray!