Friday, February 26, 2010

Imagine the Rocky song "Eye of the Tiger" playing quietly in the background as you read this post

It was so much fun answering your questions this week, but now it's time to get back to everyone's favorite topic... my cervix.

Today was my weekly OB visit, and the last time they will check my cervical length via ultrasound. After 32 weeks (I turn 33 weeks this Sunday), the measurement is no longer reliable or meaningful. My doc did warn me last week that if my measurement was significantly shorter today, that she would recommend hospitalization. I've been super anxious about it for several days now. But apparently I earned some karma points by not doing anything fun and eating bird food for the past two months, because the appointment went well.

My cervix measured between .9 and 1.3 cm. It's still short, but holding steady, which is a good sign. And NO MORE LENGTH CHECKS!

Aaaaaah. Biggest sigh of relief EVER.

I could still be admitted for contractions or dilation, as the doc will be checking my cervix externally. But that likely means the boys are on their way, which is much different than the pure torture of simple hospital bedrest. You can practically hear your will to live seeping out of your pores and floating out the door.

We also did another growth scan today. I don't understand why this happens to me, but I continue to grow obscenely large babies. Twin A measured 5 lbs 15 oz (90th+ percentile on the singleton scale) and Twin B measured 5 lbs 3 oz (87th percentile on the singleton scale).

GOOD. LORD.

This is especially puzzling to me because my blood sugars have been kept low and my weight hasn't gone up an ounce in a couple of weeks due to previously mentioned bird food diet. "Genetics," my OB explained. I guess because there are 8-9 lb babies on my side of the family, and 8-9 lb babies on DH's side, it combines to mean that I give birth to newborn elephants?

The other awesome thing that happened during my ultrasound was that we got to see both babies practice breathing. A very good sign! Even if they are born relatively healthy preemies right now, we'd still expect 2-3 weeks in the NICU. But they are showing themselves to be two brutes in the womb, so I'm hopeful they would be strong and make it home okay eventually.

It's weird to think that I will be on bedrest for no more than 3 additional weeks, as restrictions and meds are lifted at 36 weeks. The past 8 weeks have gone by relatively quickly. Although I am feeling okay now, I don't think I'll make it past 35 weeks, just for the sheer size of these twins. They have gained roughly a pound each in the past 9 days, and there's no way my old ute can handle two 8 pounders.

Let me repeat: GOOD. LORD.

At this point, I am praying to make it at least another week. Bean turns two (TWO! GAH!) next Friday, and his party is next Saturday. I hope I'm able to be there, in all my whale-like pregnant glory.

Please oh please, give me 34 weeks!

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21 comments:

Kristina P. said...

It sounds like your pregnancy is going great! You are going to have some big boys.

Sarah said...

I thought I had a tank, but you are having two tanks!!! Aren't you glad the doctors talked you out of trying to go vaginally afterall? Of course I was proud of you for considering it and weighing your options. That's what great preggo mothers do! Would it have even been possible with these big guys, previous c-section scars stretched, etc? Isn't one still breech too? In some way it is nice to have a bigger baby, they don't seem as breakable. That will be a good thing when you have two to worry about! Happy birthday to BEAN!!! My money is still on 34 weeks cooked. (I think that was what I predicted before, or was it 36? tee hee...I win both ways!)

Leah Rubin said...

Yowza! You really DO grow 'em big! Congrats on the good measurement, and keep on doing what you're doing-- it's obviously working.

My babies were 8 lbs. 1 1/2 oz. and 8 lbs. 9 oz., and they were singletons! (Of course, I'm 5' 2".)

Here's a laugh-- the 'captcha' I'm about to type in is "hormona" and I swear I am not making that up!

Alyssa G said...

Biting my tongue about the whole VBAC comment, and instead, just going to say you are a superstar for being on bedrest this long and those boys are super lucky to have a mom like you. You are rounding the bend mama!! Race you to the finish!

Chad and Gena said...

Your babies weigh right now what mine weighed at birth and they were born at 38w3d. Great job growing such big, healthy babies :-)

AFD said...

You. Are. AWESOME!!! I have such a good feeling about you and the babies. I'm so happy for you.
Al your Pal:)

bbrsbaby said...

Holy MOLY, you are awesome at growing babies, many full term twins and even singletons aren't that big. You are doing awesome and I think you'll make it farther than you think, I've had that gut feeling all along. Hang in there mama, and congrats on achieving a HUGE milestone!

Michele said...

That is WONDERFUL!!!!

Coffeegrl said...

My word! Those are some big, healthy sounding boys! I'm so glad to hear that things are going as well as can possibly be expected and that you're rocking the bedrest!

Apsara said...

Fantastic news, and what healthy big boys you're growing! Hope you have an uneventful week and will be there to celebrate Bean's 2nd birthday!

Expectant Duck said...

great news!

Kate said...

So glad to hear all's well and that you're growing large little ones. I'm sure that can only help if they do arrive early. But here's hoping you hit 35 weeks before they show up!

Michelle said...

Well YOU ROCK!!! I am glad all i well. I am hoping and praying for 34 weeks. That would be weird if the twins were born on Bean's b-day. All kids with same birthday. :)

Jingle said...

happy news,
hopeful day!

cheers,

WiseGuy said...

Oh Please God, let her hit 34 weeks!

Am so happy to hear that babies are doing awesome...take care!!

MrsSpock said...

Holy crap, girl! Those babies are bigger than my friend's twins, and they were born at 37 weeks exactly. Only three more weeks of supine torture!

Kristi said...

WOW! I am supremely impressed by your baby-growing skills. I voted for 36 weeks. You are nearing the finish line!

Kristi said...

WOW! I am supremely impressed by your baby-growing skills. I voted for 36 weeks. You are nearing the finish line!

Nicky said...

Um, that's a whole lot of baby you have in there. Combined well over 10 lbs !?! A whole lotta baby.

Jen said...

Wow...those are some big boys! Apparently the ol' ute is keeping up its end of the bargain in terms of gestating healthy babies. Now if only your cervix would have gotten the same memo.

Martha said...

Happy Birthday to Bean.
That is a whole lotta baby in the fine Ute of yours.
Send my best, dear Sunny.