Tuesday, July 16, 2013

100th Post and Long Awaited Update

I always thought I'd do something special for my 100th post, but now that it's here I just need to give you all an update on where we are at with this twinsies pregnancy!  But first, I have to say thank you to all my readers and tell you how much I appreciate you!  The friendships I have developed and the support that I have found in this blogging world have really been amazing.  You mean more to me than words can say.  That sounds lame, but it's true.  Thank you.

Some stats for this 100th post:

33,762 pageviews
51 followers
= AMAZING!

I didn't know if I would ever get one follower, let alone 51.  That kind of blows my mind.

Enough of that though.  Let me get to what you really want to read about, my very first OB appointment which was LAST WEDNESDAY!  Wow, could I make you wait any longer?  I'm sorry.  Just so, so busy!

So, last Wednesday, my appointment wasn't until 4:00 in the afternoon.  Painful.  It was extremely painful waiting all day.  When I pulled into the parking lot, I had to sit in my car a few minutes to gather myself.  My nerves were sky rocketed and I was trying very hard not to cry.  I was so afraid I wouldn't get an ultrasound at this appointment.  I NEEDED desperately to know the babies were okay.

You see, with my last pregnancy, I had an ultrasound at 9 weeks, 5 days.  It was supposed to be a just for fun appointment.  A last hoo-rah with my RE.  That was the day we found out our baby no longer had a heartbeat.

Last Wednesday, I was 9 weeks, 4 days.  I did not want history to repeat itself. 

I worked up the nerve to walk in the building and check in.  When I got called back, the nurse explained to me that the OB would be doing a full pap smear, yada, yada, yada, and she would check for heartbeats.  No ultrasound.  I had been afraid that would be the case.

When she took my blood pressure, I warned her it was going to be high because I was very apprehensive about the appointment.  I was right.  It was high, although I can't remember what it was at this point.

The OB came in, introduced herself to me and apologized that they were running a little late and she would be right back.  She seemed nice and she smelled good.  (just something I noticed, lol)

When she came back in, the first thing she wanted to do was put my mind at ease so she listened for the heartbeats.  And then she listened some more.  To nothing.  She couldn't find them.  She said that they usually can't be detected by the doppler until about 10 weeks, so let's just do an ultrasound.

Hallelujah!!!!!

She came back in and said the portable ultrasound machine was backed up with a line of three more patients, but the ultrasound tech was still here and available.  Woo-Hoo!  Even better.  So I was walked down the hall, absolutely naked except for my hospital gown.  Who cares about that after so many people have been up in your business for the past few years?  Besides, I was getting my wish and was going to get to see my babies.

This was a high tech machine too!  I got the full meal deal, no portable machine for me.  And it was such great news.

Baby A measured at 9 weeks, 4 days.  Right on target.  This baby has actually gained a few days, because it was a few days behind last time.  Heart rate was 185.  Perfect!

Baby B measured at 10 weeks even (over achiever!)  Heart rate was 183.  Perfect!  Baby B was even waving her/his hand at me as if to say "I'm here Momma and I'm doing great!"

Such immense relief.  The best part about this was that I was given a CD of all the pictures she took.  I can print them off, email them, copy the disk, whatever I want to share with family.  Yay!!!  How cool is that?!?!!  I will share the pictures at the bottom if you would like to see them.

Okay, now for how I'm feeling almost a week later.  I felt such overwhelming relief after that appointment.  It lasted for about a day.  Now a week later, I am back to worrying.  How can I not?  It's painful waiting between these appointments and not knowing what is going on.  Especially when I know full well that terrible things happen.  I've experienced my own loss, and I've been heartbroken for many of you.  I try to stay positive, but it is just so dang difficult without having any major symptoms.  So I have to get up and pee several times a night.  Big deal.  I've always had to do that.  So I get tired and enjoy a nap in the middle of the day if I can.  Well, with my schedule, that's not all that surprising.

My next OB appointment is August 12th.  I am supposed to meet with Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) sometime before then, but I haven't been able to get that scheduled yet.  Hopefully, I will hear from someone soon for that.  I will be making phone calls tomorrow.

Now for the u/s pics:

You can clearly see Baby B, but only the top of Baby A's head





53 comments:

  1. Beautiful babies! I'm so happy everything is going good.

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  2. I love this! How beautiful!!! I hope that your next appointment is here before you know it... It seems like time takes forever when we are anxious about something!

    Fingers are crossed for you and prayers are still being said!!

    Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much Teresa. I appreciate all the prayers I can get! Time definitely does take forever, that is for sure.

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  3. Those the best pictures!! :) Congrats on lots of followers and your 100th post!!

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    1. I can't stop looking at the pictures. I look at them at least once/day :)

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  4. soooo happy for you. i have been hoping for an update as your blog has been so quiet. each week is another hurdle and we are all here supporting you!

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    1. I know! I have turned into such a bad blogger, but softball coaching consumes so much of our time. I love it, but can't wait to be done either.

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  5. Congrats! The babies look perfect! I am so thrilled for you and your DH :)

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  6. Yay so glad to hear an update from you and so overjoyed that those cute little twins are doing well :) Happy 100th!!

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    1. I'm so sorry for keeping everybody in suspense! I knew I needed to write that update soon, and I finally was able to :)

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  7. So glad the babies looked so good!

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  8. Amazing pictures! I'm so happy to see those perfect twinsies! (I'm also crying my eyes out for you too...)

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    1. Haha! That's your own pregnancy hormones Laura :)

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  9. They are both growing so much! Just an absolute beautiful sight!

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    1. Thank you so much :) Hopefully they just continue to keep growing, growing, growing!

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  10. Hurray!! Baby pics are amazing!! congrats on the beautiful little heart beats!

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    1. I was so very happy and relieved to get to see the babies and to take home such awesome pictures!

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  11. Woo hoo! Glad the babies are still doing well. :-)

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  12. Representing the Ob/Gyn community, I am embarrassed that the Ob/Gyn didn't just scan you right away. I can be difficult to obtain one heart beat at less that ten weeks, let alone be confident you have two distinct ones. My medical assistants are trained to know A. less than ten weeks B. Twins. C. Prior loss D. Infertility and would set up the ultrasound without checking in with me! Happy 100th and so happy that things are progressing well!

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    1. Yeah, it was pretty stressful, but I was very thankful that she was so willing to put my mind at ease once she realized how anxious I was. Thank you for being annoyed on my behalf :)

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  13. Those are such great pictures. Early on I got an ultrasound at every ob appointment. Now I'm so bummed when they just pull out the doppler. Happy 100 posts!! I'm do glad both babies are doing so well.

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    1. I'm trying to fully prepare myself for not getting an u/s each time.

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  14. Happy 100th! I think this is a special enough post for it:-) the twins look SO good. So happy that all is well with you and them.

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  15. I love this post! I'm so glad that everything is going well for you and the babies. Happy 100th post!

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  16. Happy 100th! What a great post for your 100th!!!

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    1. I guess it is a pretty good topic for my 100th post! :)

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  17. great news! so exciting! and congrats on your 100th post!

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  18. I'm so happy for you! The anxiety never goes away. If its not one thing it's another. At least that's how it is with me. Congrats on 100 posts!!! Only a few more weeks until you are past your 1st trimester milestone! My prayers are with you. I look forward to your next post!

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    1. That's pretty much what I figure. There's always something to worry about, and when they get here, it will be a whole DIFFERENT kind of worry! lol

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  19. So very happy that they are growing so well.

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  20. I'm so happy to read this post and the wonderful update. What a great way to celebrate your 100th post!

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    1. Thank you! I've come to the conclusion that it really is the perfect 100th post :)

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  21. I was so excited to see 2 posts!! Then as I am reading and you are sounding so excited, I'm thinking yeah, she is enjoying this pregnancy. And then the worry which I understand and so wish that you and your friends did not have to experience. And then tears, love the ultrasound pics!!! Thank you for sharing them!!!! Thanks for the visit! Love you, Auntie

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  22. Wow!!! I can see your beautiful babies!! How amazing!

    I'm so glad your appointment went well. Hang in there. It is so so normal to worry after what you've been through and after all we have seen others experience. I hope you find ways to calm your nerves and that everything continutes to be uneventful... until one day you can feel your babies and know they are there.

    So exciting!

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  23. I just have to tell you this post completely makes my day! I am so very grateful to be able to share this time with you. I love you...Sis

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  24. Happy 100! :) And AW! Yay for healthy baby beans! :D

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  25. Amber, you were at the top of my "please, please make her pregnant!" prayer list for quite a while. So glad I can bump you off of it and add you to the "please, please protect those babies and that mama" prayer list. (-:

    This is all just fabulous news. I can't imagine how scared you must have been when she couldn't find the heartbeats, but in the end, it definitely ended up being a good thing.

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  26. I loved reading this news. I am so, so happy for you. Two healthy babies!

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  27. Look at those beautiful sonograms! I am late in reading this, but obviously I already knew that fabulous news. I pray for you all the time that these precious little ones make their appearance safely into the world.

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  28. Omg those babies are beautiful!!!!!!!!! I'm so glad you posted the pictures!!! xoxo

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