Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The verdict

The trip is on.

The cervix check didn't go quite as well as I was hoping today -- it was around 2.8 cm. But this one was taken at a third location, with different equipment yet again, and this sonographer used a different measuring "technique" than the other two did. (This is the part where I spare you a description of my girlie bits.) Anyway, after I left that office, I was more frustrated with the fact that I felt like I was comparing apple measurements to orange measurements than the actual number itself.

Turns out it didn't really matter. I went over to the OB's office and explained the whole situation to the doctor there (the one filling in today while my OB is on maternity leave). She called my OB to consult, who is just sitting around waiting to experience the miracle of birth, and they both felt entirely confident in approving our travels -- even given today's 2.8 cm. There are fluctuations in cervical length naturally, and I am still far from any danger zone. Their main concern is that I need to have access to adequate medical care while I am away. DH and I have researched L&D and NICU hospitals near our parents and have the information on hand should we need it. But neither doctor had any belief that the act of flying itself would put me or the babies in jeopardy, and that's really what DH and I wanted to be sure of before we packed our bags. If something bad is going to happen no matter where I am, obviously there's nothing I can do about that -- I just want to make sure I'm not doing anything to increase the inherent risk that comes with carrying twins. And both doctors agree that I'm not.

DH and I did a lot of talking and research over the weekend, and combined with what the two doctors said today, we do feel comfortable making the journey. I am armed with the usual tips for pregnant traveling: don't carry bags, stay hydrated, don't cross my legs, walk around every 60-90 minutes, etc. etc.

I really appreciate your input and support during this little ordeal and always. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, with good things on the way in 2010.


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21 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Good luck with the traveling and Merry Christmas!

MissMVK said...

We both had appts today! I don't know about you, but they are wearing me out. Love seeing the boys though of course. I am thinking of you and sending the best of thoughts for safe, uneventful travels. How long is the flight?

Merry Christmas, Sunny!

Mary said...

YAY!

I'm glad you decided to make the trip, I'm hoping we can find time to sneak away and come see you guys, I'm dying for Danny and Livi to have their first official date! Let me know what's shakin' with your calendar and we'll try to figure something out.

Now keep those feet up and make DH do all the packing!

Cousin Kimmy said...

Looking forward to seeing you guys on Thursday!!!! Have a safe flight :)

Red said...

Good luck and enjoy your trip. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

Kate said...

I've been away and am just catching up here. I'm so glad that it will work out for you to see your families for the holidays! Have a safe trip!! Merry Christmas to all of you!

Jen said...

Phew!!! Enjoy your trip. Just think the next time you travel it will likely be with 3 little boys!

Shelley said...

Yay! Have a great visit with your family!

IF Optimist, then... said...

Merry Christmas and wishing you safe travels.

niobe said...

wishing you and yours a merry Christmas and the happiest of new years.

A Mom in Jacksonville, FL said...

Yay! Glad you'll be able to travel with doctor approval. Wishing a very Merry Christmas for you, DH, and little Bean. :)

WiseGuy said...

Well Sunny...now that you are armed with information, and you feel confident in making the trip...I hope and wish it will go *very well*. Merry Christmas!!!

Take Care!

Allison said...

I'm so happy that you can go "home" for the holidays. I know how hard it is to be away from family, espeically at Christmas! You've definately been on top of my prayer list! Have a safe trip and say hi to the "ville for me! (and to your parents of course!) Love you!

Coffeegrl said...

Have a great trip! I'm sure Bean will be so happy to see the extended family. Safe travels!

Hollyween said...

I'm so happy for you that you've been able to go on your trip!! Yay for a semi-happy cervix (and yes. I just made that up!)

You're wonderful. You know that?

Here's wishing you and your adorable family a very Merry Christmas!

Oh, and p.s. I got your adorable Christmas card. I'm SO LAME this year that I didn't get them out. But YOU are gorgeous and it's always nice to see you with a head now and then.

Ji said...

smooth sailing!
God bless you!

Kristi said...

Enjoy your family, and have a wonderful Christmas!

lisawitt said...

Happy and safe traveling and a very merry christmas to you FIVE! :) Make sure to take all advantage of family members so you can get some much needed rest and pampering!

gerardinebaugh said...

Good luck with the holidays and family! Have a Merry Christmas!

Soxy Deb said...

Heed all the cautious advice and be well my friend. I hope you have a blessed holiday.

Kristin said...

Merry Christmas! Hope you have a wondeful trip and Bean does well on the plane!
Kristin