Wednesday, January 20, 2010

There are benefits to being waited on hand and foot

My OB appointment is over, and I am writing this post from home. And I have never been so glad to be trapped inside a giant blueberry in my entire life.

(Which I guess makes it sound like I have a history of being trapped inside giant blueberries. For the record: I do not.)

My appointment started with a blood draw -- the much dreaded glucose tolerance test to determine if I have gestational diabetes. I failed my one-hour test with Bean, then passed the three-hour follow-up test. That was a close one. Now with the complications of twins and bedrest in the mix, I'm certain to at least fail this one-hour, if not the three-hour as well. I'm trying to prepare myself for the inevitable, but when the results come in, I'm still going to pout like a tween whose parents won't let her go to the Jonas Brothers concert. YOU NEVER LET ME DO ANYTHING FUN! ALL MY FRIENDS CAN EAT CARBS!

Then I met with the wonderful sonographer for the moment of truth. She measured both boys' fluid (perfect and even) and heartbeats (going strong). I tried not to hyperventilate with anxiety as she measured my cervix. It was 2.5 to 2.7 cm! (Up from 1.8 to 1.9 cm last week.) And near the end of the exam, the ultrasound machine crashed and would not restart. My cervix is THAT INCREDIBLE. Fortunately the sonographer had already gotten what she needed -- I would have flipped if it had been broken already when I came in. Sorry ladies scheduled after me, but I can't be held responsible for the actions of my wonky cervix.

Then a quick check with the doc. Weight, blood pressure, and belly all looking good (belly measuring 34-35 weeks). She was so happy for me that the ultrasound indicates bedrest is working. I will be keeping up the meds and complete bedrest, but from the comfort of my own blueberry bedroom. Next check: a week from Friday. I will be almost 29 weeks. Between the good measurement today and reading happy-outcome bedrest stories on a twin mommy forum, I am feeling more hopeful that these boys can bake a bit longer.

My Mom is staying indefinitely at this point. She and my DH get at least as much kudos as I do for this bedrest being successful so far. I know how exhausting it is to chase around a toddler all day, plus she has to care for me as well. And DH goes non-stop too, between working during the day and running errands after dinner. When we talked about it today, my Mom said that she wasn't sure if I really wanted her to stay, when in reality I just haven't wanted to pressure her, because I know it's a big sacrifice for her to be away from my Dad, her job, and her life. So let me be clear:

Mom, I want you to stay! Please, stay stay stay! We can't do this without you! We'd be a collective mess of blubbering insanity!

Oh, and thanks to the suggestions of Coffeegrl and Katie, one of my friends has set up a web site to coordinate people who want to volunteer for meals, babysitting, etc. So if you are a local friend and would like the link, please email me or leave me a comment.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to eat the gallon of popcorn that my Mom ordered for me. You never know when the results of that stupid glucose test are gonna come back.

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30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Christine, So Glad you got good news today! Every day in bed is another day closer to strong, healthy boys. I'm sure your little Bean is enjoying the extra attention from grandma, and also learning to become a little independent of his mom....good things! Don't worry, he'll always need you (kids are great like that). God Bless you! Love Aunt L and Uncle R.

K said...

YAY for good ultrasounds and glad to hear the bed rest is working and YAYYYY that your mom is staying on indefinitely I can't imagine how much of a relief that must be for you! How sweet that your friends are doing this for you. You are very blessed.

gbaugh said...

Such good news! I am so happy for you , I laughed at your cervix joke. "My cervix is THAT INCREDIBLE"
stay safe healty and I hope your mom stays on and keeps you off your feet.
Sweet dreams!
Gerardine Baugh

Expectant Duck said...

Glad that the cervix is growing strong! Good news is always, well good, isn't it!
What forum did you read all those bed rest feel good stories? Do kindly share for those of us who sometimes like to read obsessively about positive outcomes on bedrest (me and DH depending on the day). Something about hearing from all those strangers who all had good results that just keeps re-affirming what we all hope and pray for (a good outcome for everyone and M not doing nuts on bed rest - gotta be tough!).

Kate said...

Great news! On all fronts.

lisawitt said...

Yay for the cervix and big YAY for momma staying indefinitely! Awesome that she is able to do that and I can only imagine what a relief that is for you! Keep the good posts coming!

MissMVK said...

Hooray for all the good news! Dude, you are awesome! And your mom, GOD BLESS HER. I have been stressing on your behalf and of course did not want you to commit a felony, so very very happy for you that she is able and willing to stay as long as necessary. Wahooty!

Good Egg Hunting said...

Thinking of you! I've been on bed rest since 28 weeks...it's tough, especially at first. With each passing week I've felt more and more confident, which has helped. Anyway it sounds like you're doing great -- hang in there!

Jen said...

Woohoo on a great looking cervix! At least you can feel like all that hanging out in your bedroom isn't for nothing. And at least I brought those cupcakes before the 1 hour GTT. I'm so glad that your mom is able to stay longer to take care of you all and help keep those little guys on the inside.

Kate said...

Good news! That is so awesome that your mom is staying. Moms are wonderfuls. Although it's tiring, it is still valuable for her to have all of this time with Bean. :)

Soxy Deb said...

Well just fantastic! I'm so glad to 'hear" the change in your tone. I know it would just suck to miss out on all the wonderful and cool things about being pregnant when you can do nothing but worry. I hope it all goes swimmingly for you from now on.
Keeping finger, toes and eyes crossed for you.

Banshee said...

Yay!!!!! Sounds like good news in every corner! Enjoy the blueberry :)

Nicky said...

It's got to feel good that the bedrest is having a positive effect. Woo hoo! And woo hoo for moms who can stay and help!

gbaugh said...

I nominated you for the Blogger award on my site.
http://gerardinebaugh.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/blogger-award/
Gerardine Baugh

Kristi said...

Fantastic news! I must say, you have a wonderful attitude about this bedrest deal. I think I would be far less "sunny." ;)

PS: Take all the help you can get. Now, later, and ESPECIALLY once the boys arrive. My mom stayed with us for 7 weeks. We would not have survived without her.

jingle said...

Hello,

Things always turn out great, it will, it does, and glad that you are home safe and worry free, at least at the moment of writing this blog..

thank you for the cute humor,
you are cute in everything...

cheers, ;)

Red said...

What great news, both about the boys and about your Mum.

Michele said...

woo hoo!! come on boys: bake a little longer.

ashleymamm said...

So glad to hear everything is stable and you are doing ok. I have been praying and thinking of you daily. I have to tell you that you are the BEST writer and Blogger. I look on your blog each day to see if you've written anything new. You are hilarious! Take care of yourself. Ash and Mattie

Furrow said...

Hooray for Sunny's mom! You rock. And hooray for tins of popcorn!

AFD said...

I'm grinning really big right now! I am glad your mom can stay. That must be a huge relief, huh? Have you done your nails yet? Are you finding you chi with the Zen garden? :)

Kristin said...

So glad to hear that bedrest is working and that your Mom is staying to help! You sound like your feeling a lot better. I hope the glucose test comes back negative.

When you say you measure 34 or 35 weeks is that measurement compared to a single pregnancy or is that compared to average twin pregnancies?
Kristin

Katie said...

OF COURSE I WANT THE LINK!!!!!!!

Katie said...

In the grand tradition of leaving a second comment :)

My e-mail address is soupgirl79@aol.com

Michelle said...

YAY I am so happy that the bedrest is working and things are going well. Keep it up !!!!

Beautiful Mess said...

YAY for good news!! You're a FAR better patient that I ever was or will be. Keep up the good work, love!
*HUGS*
P.S. YAY for mom staying! You rock Sunny's mom ;o)

Shelley said...

great news! great news! just a few more days till magic 28!

Coffeegrl said...

This post is just chock full of good news! I'm so excited that your mom can stay!!! And look at you and your cervix- rocking the bedrest! Be sure to send me the link okay? I may not be local at the moment, but I will be soon (okay - March-ish) and I want to be sure to be in the loop!

jingle said...

Thank you for the beautiful entry,
I love the two beautiful words you have written in my blog...

Enjoy A Fulfilled Friday!
You Deserve The Best!

Martha said...

The Giant Blueberry Queen is home where she belongs, waited on hand and tootsies. So happy Mrs.Cervix was cooperative and the twins sound great. Send my best in all ways, dear Sunny.