Tuesday, August 7, 2007

13 weeks 4 days today

OK, So we never got the dvd of the last ultrasound onto here. Something about the way the doctor's office saved it made it impossible - we tried You Tube and everything. But here's the update from 12.5 weeks anyway.
Our appointment with the fetal diagnostic specialist went well. It was so cool seeing on a big screen and in so much detail! His machine showed so much more than the regular OB's machine. He was able to see most of what he needed (Nuchal translucency, brain activity, heartbeat, nasal bone) but because one of them wouldn't move into a proper position he was unable to check for the nasal bone on one of them. He also put me on daily Aspirin to improve the blood flow to the babies. We have to go back to him at 16 weeks and then at 20 weeks. He also made an early guess about the sex of 2 of them...but the nurse said don't go buying stuff yet since its still early!
We went from there to the first appointment with our OB. We just loved her! She was really great and I am glad that she will be the one to deliver our babies. I asked her a million questions and I felt much better when we left her office. She projected that I would be on full bedrest way sooner than I thought (probably starting mid October) and that I would go into the hospital for at least the last 4 weeks of my bedrest starting probably around late November. She also projected the babies would come around 33 weeks (which would put us right at Christmas) so I'll probably be celebrating Thankgiving and Christmas at the hospital! I really pray that they make it to 36 weeks though. The major concern when they come that early (33 weeks) is their lung development and breathing on their own. I want them to have as much time to grow and develop so they are healthier when they come out. Please keep praying!

Per the doctor, we have an appointment every 2 weeks with someone until my bedrest starts. Then its every week. So most likely I'll have pictures every 2 weeks! I'll have to start posting belly shots soon (yikes!).

Since my time is so limited, I am feeling an urgent need to get things done around my house and try to meet with friends I haven't seen in a long time. But I am SO TIRED! I know that this is my window of opportunity, but when I go to the store or to a quick lunch with a friend - I am DONE for the day. My ambition doesn't match my energy! I have to just listen to my body and do the best I can and forget about how the house looks (though its hard!).

Otherwise, the pregnancy is progressing well. I am still experiencing some intermittent nausea, although it is NOTHING like it was several weeks ago - thank GOD.
However, the constant morning sickness seems to have been replaced by INTENSE headaches. I hope that these pass soon.
Also, my pelvis is constantly aching (I guess its called Round Ligament Pain), I guess from the rapid growth of the 3 of them making room in there! Each of them is about the size of a peach right now. WOW!!!
I am constantly out of breath, too. Like they're taking all of my air! :)
The sleeping hasn't improved either. I still wake up around midnight burning hot and STARVING and I can't go back to sleep for a couple of hours. My sleep has come down to 2-3 hour naps throughout the day and night. Its so funny, I am so exhausted but I can't stay asleep! Its like my body is being trained to wake up every 2-3 hours already!
I am not yet getting that 2nd trimester relief that so many feel and my doctor says I may not get it at all. Great. Its is all worth it though - especially seeing them on the ultrasound! I already love them so much and I can't wait to see their faces! Despite all the symptoms that make me feel yucky, I am SO HAPPY!

Brian is being wonderful, too. He is doing so much to help me. He just started a new job this week so I've been trying to lessen the stress I put on him. Although my getting up all night long to go the the bathroom doesnt help his sleep. Poor dude, he's a real trooper! :) There are so many things in the air (money, job, health, etc.) but we are still very happy and trusting that we will be fine. I have faith that God would not entrust us with more than we can handle!

Thanks for reading and remember to vote! I will post the sexes of the babies as soon as we get a definitive answer. Hopefully at 16 weeks we'll know for sure. It would really help with all the preparations!
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