Wednesday, January 30, 2013

And the Fun Continues.....

Monday I went in for a follow up to last week's hospital monitoring episode.  I got hooked up to the NST first and saw the doctor afterwards.  The babies looked great and I had no contractions on the monitor so that was great to see.

After the NST I talked to the doc and got a cervix check and a fetal fibronectin test done.  My cervix was closed (not sure how it was 1cm dilated last week with the other doc?) and the fFT test came back negative. If the test is positive, that means that there is a VERY good chance you will go into labor in the next 1-2 weeks. So, with it coming back negative, it means I will probably make it to at least 36 weeks.

Tuesday rolls around and in the morning I am having this weird pain in the top of my belly that wraps around to my back.  I've heard of back labor before, but I was pretty sure that was supposed to be in your lower back.  This pain started at about 7:30 am so at 8:30 am I decided to take some of the procardia to see if it would help.  I also drank a bunch of water, took a bath, and sat on the couch for a while to see if the pain would go away.  The pain didn't go away so at about 11:45 I called the doctor's office to see what I should do.  They said to take procardia (which I already had).  They had me take another one around noon and then called me back about 30 minutes later to see if the pain went away.  Things were still the same so off I went back to the doctor's office.

When I got there they hooked me up to the NST to see what was going on.  Unknown to me, I was having contractions that felt different from anything else I had felt before.  I even had one that was off their charts that lasted for about 3 minutes.  That one did not feel great either.  I had to drink a "bottle of goodness" aka water as the doctor called it and see if they stopped.... well they didn't.  The "uterine activity" line looked like it was drawing the peaks of the rocky mountains on there!  I ended up getting another shot of terbutaline which flat lined the contractions and I was finally sent home.  The doc gave me a prescription for oral terbutaline to fill also since the procardia wasn't doing its job.  I just hope things settle down from here on out.  I go in for a growth ultrasound on Friday and I can't wait to see how big my boys are!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Belly Pics

I've been very behind on my blogging... so I haven't posted an updated belly pic for a while.  (I think 27 weeks was the last time! Oops. )

So, for your viewing pleasure...

27 weeks 5 days

28 weeks 6 days

30 weeks 1 day

My view!! 30 weeks 2 days

31 weeks 0 days

31 weeks 2 days ( I thought this outfit showed how very huge I really am!

Last day of work! 33 weeks 2 days

And just to compare..........
Left- 31 weeks 4 days with the girls in 2011 Right- 31 weeks 2 days with the boys in 2013!

Sunday not so Funday

Friday I started feeling a little crappy so I just slept... a lot.  Yesterday I woke up and felt just fine so I had a friend over and just hung out most of the day.  Today... well that's a different story.  I feel absolutely craptastic.  I'm tired, have a sore throat, a cough and feel hot although I don't have a temp.  I hate being sick.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

15 Months!!

Charlotte and Evelyn are 15 (almost 16) months!!  They are just so much fun I can hardly stand it.  They are crazy little girls with some big personalities that couldn't be more different.  I have heard the question, "Do they act the same? Or, are they different?"  a few too many times.  I think that people don't realize that fraternal twins are simply siblings that happened to be born at the same time.  Their genetic makeup is different and they are two TOTALLY different people!

Evelyn is quite the socialite and a huge talker.  I think she talks for her sister too.  She isn't afraid of anyone and loves to be held by everyone.  She is assertive and always seems to know what she wants.  But, when she doesn't get her way she will swat at you and scratch.  She's always goes for bare skin too... never a sleeved arm or leg with pants on... the will go straight for the face, ankle, foot, etc.  It must be frustrating when you can't express clearly what you want, but I think she will be able to soon.  She has a huge vocabulary!  Evy is truly a daddy's girl.  She loves to just sit with daddy and read books or do whatever. Oh, and how can I forget!  She calls everything a bear.  She will look at something and say, "its the bear!"  She does know what a bear is... but maybe everything else just looks like a bear too? Who knows! But its pretty cute.  She loves to say "washy washy" too and pretend to wash her hair.  Adorable!  Charlotte knows what washy washy means, but just pretends to wash her hair instead of repeating it back.

Charlotte is a bit more reserved.  She is scared of strangers.... especially men.  When we went home for Christmas she was petrified of my brother and of Brian's brother as well.  She likes to be held by her mama and sometimes mama only.  If she isn't feeling well, all she wants is her blankey, thumb and mama.  Char is very observant and likes to just sit back and watch.  I can tell she's listening because she can point to things and copy you, just not repeat everything verbally quite yet.

Evy's words so far: (and I'm sure I'm leaving some out)  mama, dada, its the dog, its the kitty, its the bear, shoe, hot, sit down, washy washy, bye bye, hi, yes, and probably a lot more that I'm forgetting.

Char's words so far: mama, dada, hot, yes, hi, dog, and she just started saying bye.  (although she does wave when we say bye bye!)

They can point to body parts such as foot, tummy, and nose if we say, "honk honk."

The girls are in size 4 diapers and mostly 18 month clothes.  Charlotte still wears a lot of 12 month pants because the waist on the 18 month pants are a little too loose.  They do wear some shirts that are 24 months but the sleeves are a little too long on them.  They wear size 5.5 W shoes and will probably fit into the size 6 pretty soon.

Height: 31 inches
Weight: 24lbs 2oz

Height: 31 inches
Weight: 22lbs  0oz

The girls love to play with their dog, the kitty and all of their toys.  They mostly like to take toys out of the bins, and soon we will be working on putting the toys back IN the bins that they came out of.  They are figuring out the function of the toys too.... they can push buttons that make noise and today Char figured out how to use the xylophone. I think Char will be really into music.  She loves so sit on daddy's lap and help him play the guitar... she will even strum it when its in the stand very gently without knocking it over.  Evy loves climbing on things, especially chairs made for kids.  Sometimes she will grab a blankey or a stuffed animal, climb into her chair and just chill for a while.  They both like climbing onto the couch and running around on it.  Thank goodness they finally figured out how to go off backwards.  It was pretty crazy trying to play, "Catch the baby!" when they would just run right off the couch and have no idea where it started or ended.

The girls love to listen to their own voices and love to converse with each other.  When they wake up in the morning or at nap time I can hear them just chatting away until I go and get them up.  I just love that they have a built in best friend.  It must be great!!  They play together and keep each other entertained.  Sometimes they even work together!

We finally had to separate them into two separate cribs.  When Evy started her scratching thing, she took it out on Char's face during nap time and bed time.  We set up two "new" cribs that a fellow twin mom gave to me and moved their crib into the boys' room.  They are in an L shape which is nice because they can still see each other through the bars.  When we rearranged the room, we set their hamper next to one of the cribs.  Well, one day when Brian went to go check on them because they weren't sleeping after an hour of being in their cribs he discovered that they had emptied the hamper, passed clothes around to each other and were trying to put on all of the clothes!  Char took them out, handed them to Evy through the bars and there it was... a huge mess!  It was pretty genius and I'm glad to see that they can work together at only 15 months  :).

They can both run and often do so when they have something they shouldn't.  They try and run away but there's no place to go!  They will also walk from their room to the living room when I say, "Let's go!" which is very convenient since its becoming more difficult each day to carry them around.  They will also walk themselves to their bedroom at nap/bed time but lately have been veering off into the bathroom to check things out.  Yuck!

They seem to be very smart girls to me... but I am their mama and think that everything they do is absolutely amazing!  :) They make me smile every time they do something new or cute!  Even when its saying, "washy washy" and washing their hair with peanut butter all over their fingers or opening up their sandwich and smashing it all in their hair. Their laughs are electric and absolutely contagious.  You can't help but to smile when you hear them!

I think they will make great big sisters!  I still think they have no idea they will have brothers in the month though.  We have been working with their "pretend brothers" and talking about mommy's tummy.  They like to pet my tummy... but they also like to pet the dog and cat.

They now eat pretty much everything!  But, they eat a lot of blueberries, blackberries,pears, apples, cherrios, (they love bananas but we had to cut them out because of constipation), avocado, turkey, cheese (but we cut a lot of this out too), cottage cheese, yogurt, some veggies (carrots, broccoli, peas), pasta with or without sauce, and their favorite right now is peanut butter sandwiches.  I'm pretty sure they could eat these for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

13 Months (in their Halloween Costumes)

14 Months

15 Months!

Evy with Berries!


Charlotte with Berries!!



Charlotte- trying to help with the housework



Char & Evy all zonked out over the holidays at the in-laws house

Evy & Char (before haircut)





Mama and Evy

Evy & Char after swimming

Evy's lovely bedhead 

Evy, mama and Char

Yummm, Pizza! Evy

Char enjoying some cake

Char- dogs say Woof!

Evy- investigating her cake

Char & Evy playing with mama's shoes

Evy in her chair with the bear

Friday, January 25, 2013

30 to 33 weeks

Things have been pretty nutty these days... hence no real updates so here we go!

30 weeks:
I had a growth scan at 30 weeks.  The boys measured perfectly!  A was 4lbs and B was 3lbs 12oz.   Both in the 60-70th percentile.  The appointment was on a Thursday and on Sunday I started having major contractions.  They lasted about 3ish hours!  I called the on call doc and he said to drink a bunch of water, take a bath, and drink a bunch more water.  I did that and they settled down (thank goodness!) 

31 Weeks:
That Monday I went back to work after the long winter break.  I hadn't really been feeling the babies very much, so I ended up calling the doc and they had me come in for an NST.  One of the babies wasn't very responsive n the monitor so sat there for like an hour and a half!  I had to leave work early and get someone to cover a couple classes.  I'm glad I went in though just to check on them and make sure they were both okay!

32 weeks:
This is the week that I was supposed to start my weekly NST tests.  I took a half day off of work and went in to get checked out.  After the NST was done, I met with the doc to check things out.  He measured my cervix and said it was at 5cm! Which seems crazy since at my growth ultrasound it was like 3.25.  But who knows...  He also checked the positions of the babies.  A is still head down and B is still transverse so we are good to go for a VBAC.  All of the doctors seem to be on board with a vaginal delivery as long as I know that one of them may have to do a breech extraction (aka stick his/her hand up there and pull the baby out feet first or turn him to head down. )  Sounds pretty awful, but so does another c-section.

33 weeks:
This is where things are getting interesting....  I went in on Wed (exactly 33 weeks) for my routine weekly NST and follow up with the doc.  The NST was just fine, but I was having a bunch of contractions... like 6 big ones in the hour that I was on the monitors.  I saw a doc that isn't my favorite and when she saw all the contractions, she decided to do an exam to see if I was dilated and then potentially send me to the hospital for more monitoring.  Well, I was 1cm dilated so she sent me over for 2 hours of monitoring which turned into almost 5!  She originally told the nurse that they were 2-3 minutes apart (which they weren't.. they were like 10) and that I was positive for group strep B (they haven't even done the test yet)  so somebody got some wrong information or the doc was just being crazy.  Since the contractions didn't ease up, I got a shot of terbutaline which makes you feel shaky and makes your heart race like you just drank 10 cups of coffee.  When that wore off the contractions came back so they gave me some procardia and then watched me a little longer.  They seemed to stop with that so they sent me home with a script for more procardia and said that I shouldn't work, or really do much of anything from here on out. 

So, here we are! 33 weeks 2 days.  I am done with work and ready to start my new job as mommy for the next 6ish months.  I go in on Monday for a fetal fibro something test that I think tests for preterm labor or something and another internal exam to see if my cervix is opening up any more or if is the same.  Then, on Friday I go in for another growth ultrasound to see how big these boys are.  I'm guessing they are HUGE by now :) 

I haven't gained any weight in about a month.  I am up to about 201 so that means I have only gained about 35lbs so far which seems like not much at all.  I am feeling pretty crappy these days, but I know the importance of keeping them in as long as possible.  If the test I have on Mon says that I will go into labor early, I may get shots of steroids to mature their lungs.  White boys lungs mature the slowest and I want to give them a fighting chance to have mature lungs and not end up in the NICU.  That's a parent's worst nightmare!  Especially with 2 little ones at home that wouldn't be able to go to the NICU either.  So there we have it!  Hopefully we won't be making a birth announcement too soon.  Grow babies grow!

I love this one!! He looks like Charlotte!