Monday, March 29, 2010

Are you tired of these kind of updates? Because I kind of am.

But we both may be suffering from these I AM STILL PREGNANT posts for a bit longer.

Today was my final OB appointment. (And by final, I don't mean just related to this pregnancy, I also mean ever. A realization enough to make a hugely pregnant woman a bit weepy. But strangely, even though I still tear up watching the same "The Blind Side" commercial for the thousandth time, I'm unfazed by this. Either I'm completely okay with knowing this is the last time I will feel little feet kicking inside me, or I am still in denial about coming to the end of our tumultuous reproductive years. Time will tell.)

Anyway, it was an uneventful appointment for the most part. Weight gain spot on, blood pressure perfect, my "sample" was clear. (Now there's something I won't miss about being pregnant... trying to fill a sterile cup while reaching around a belly that measures 44 weeks. It ain't no easy feat, people.) Then I asked her to check my cervix, all the while fearing that I would hear her say 7 or 8 cm. But instead...

"You are still 4 centimeters, same as you were when I checked two weeks ago," my doc told me with a smile. "I know Dr. H said 5 centimeters last week, but she measures a bit more generously than I do."

WHA?!

No change in two weeks, really? Insert look of shock here.

My OB was pleased and impressed that my body was holding strong. "I have only had a handful of twin moms make it to 38 weeks," she said. "You guys are heros. Are you going to be okay until the C-section next Wednesday?"

Seeing as the only two roads to an earlier delivery are a) labor starting naturally or b) an amniocentesis to confirm lung development... then yeah, I guess I will have to just wait and see what happens. She told me that labor could still kick in at any moment, of course. Twin A's head is right there. My friend could be posting the fun update later tonight that we are on our way to the hospital.

But. You may alternatively be suffering from these boring updates for another 9 days. I've now been off bedrest and meds for just over a week and my cervix is unchanged, so my doc feels that we could just as likely be keeping our date in the OR on April 7.

Mind-blowing. Absolutely mind-blowing.

I'd love to know who voted for "to the bitter end" on the how-long-can-this-pregnancy-possibly-last poll in the right column. I'm still more than a week away, but wow, how did you have the faith that it was even possible? Well done.

On another happy note, it seems that being off bedrest has cured my gestational diabetes. There were some bottles of glucola in the exam room this morning, and I was tempted to ask for a retest so I can give up this stupid finger pricking as soon as possible. My blood sugar levels dropped significantly as soon as I could move around during the day; I've been slowly pushing my carb intake and haven't even been close to going into the danger zone. Today I decided to go completely wild and had for breakfast a glass of orange juice and two bowls of Fruit Loops cereal. The only diabetes-approved things in that meal are the bowl and spoon. Breakfast is the hardest meal of the day because blood sugar tends to shoot up after you end the overnight fasting, but my number was still around 100 (90 is average, 120 is the max). The doctor didn't say I could stop testing, but she didn't scold me for cheating with Toucan Sam either, so I take that as implicit permission to continue indulging my preggo whims as long as I'm under 120. HA! Slowly but surely, I am regaining my humanity.

With the news that labor isn't necessarily imminent, I think all of us here will relax a bit this week. And I guess now DH and I will be able to finish the second half of "Twilight: New Moon" that we started last night. When we stopped it to go to bed, I was sure we'd never get to see the end. But we might! (He doesn't want anyone to know he actually watches those movies, so let's keep it our little secret. I appreciate it.)

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28 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Well, at least they should be healthy and hopefully no complications. Yay!

K said...

Keep the updates coming, not tired of them :)

About the GD, awesome! I just talked to my MFM about the fact that my #s are going up and she told me that insulin resistance peaks at 34 weeks and that once I hit 36-37 weeks the placenta grows slightly less effective and my insulin resistance will go down hence my numbers will be better- so it may be a combo of your walking plus the fact that YOU ARE ALMOST THERE!!!!!!!!!! :D

Mary said...

I voted to the bitter end ;) and I am SO glad that you have made it there!!! I am SO proud (and also obsessively checking my phone every 5 minutes to see if you've texted, I may start sleeping with it under my pillow soon). I'm still voting for Friday like I originally said way back at the very beginning, b/c its all about me you know!! You ROCK Mama!!

Sarah said...

I am so proud of you for making it this long! You really are a fantastic mother and those little men are real troopers! We still pray for you every day! I'm thinking they will come this Saturday on Halle's birthday or on Easter...how poetic. I'm glad you made it to the preschool day too. You are going to be healthy and so are those boys, so be rest assured.

Michelle said...

She is right you guys are heros!!! It must feel so good to be able to eat some things now You made it!!!!

AFD said...

Yummy...fruit loops! My fav was fruity pebbles. :) I'm glad you keep us posted, even if it's too say that you're still pregnant. And I hope we get to see a final belly pic...what...measuring 45 weeks? Girl, I don't know how you do it.

Lisa said...

I love the updates and totally look forward to them! I can NOT believe you are still pregnant, it is so exciting.

Leah Rubin said...

Well aren't you just the most amazing human specimen ever to live on this planet! Zounds-- I can't believe how great you are doing, against all the odds! Hooray for you, and hooray for those little twins of yours! Can't wait for the big announcement!

Chad and Gena said...

Wow...AMAZING...Congrats!!!!!!

I say Friday is a good day too, it my twins birthday :-).

Actually any day is a great day, I am shocked and impressed all at the same time...way to go :-)

Elissa said...

I voted to the bitter end.. and still hope that you get there.. but really you have done SO well now that it really doesn't matter- and that must be a great feeling.

Love hearing the pregnancy updates.. keep them coming for a couple of days more at least- I like to win!

Lis

Justin said...

Are you sure that you're allowed a bowl and spoon? I think I remember seeing those on that list too...

Gerardine Baugh said...

Great news! Take care, I can't wait to hear about the beautiful babies.
Gerardine

E said...

I seriously thought you would have gone into labor already. I guess because my cousin with twins who had a cerclage went early.

I am so happy you are holding on!!

And oh yeah, I'M SEVERELY JEALOUS you ate 2 bowls of cereal and OJ!!!!!!!!!!

I swear, the more I move around the worse my bs is.

Hey I cheated last night. It was my b-day so I ate chocolate cheesecake and what do you know sugar is 94 this morning. So sick of this!! I want to feel normal again.

I am so glad to hear everything is still going very well!!

E said...

Oh and I have to know....does your belly hurt? Mine feels bruised and I have only 1 in there!!

Soxy Deb said...

Just checking in. So glad to see that things are going well. I can't wait to see the boys and I think Bean will adjust fine. He's sweet and loving and that's not going to change.

Heather said...

Wow, Mike watched Twilight with me (more than several times, I must admit, and not because he wanted to), but he hasn't seen New Moon. Probably because I didn't buy it. I think I'm finally over it.

God, I hope so.

Also, since I always seem to pick up on the least note-worthy items in your posts (i.e., nothing related to pregnancy), I'm happy for you re: cervix. Even though I have very little sense of what that means. Because it squicks me out.

Jen said...

This is craziness! A 4/7 deliver has never seemed even remotely possible until now.

And I have a hard time peeing in a cup these days. I have no idea how you manage it!

Jingle said...

your updates remind us how you do or where you are so far...
Glad to see you shine,
fine,
Good Luck tomorrow!
Happy Birth Day Ahead!

Beautiful Mess said...

WOOOHOOO way to go rock star!!!! I'm amazed by your and your body! I'm not complaining about the "boring" updates, I love em! Hang on there with your carbs and Frootloops ;o)
*HUGS*

MoDLin said...

You are amazing and quite the inspiration, too. Got a laugh outa the Fruit Loops. Glad you can treat yourself once in a while. Love the updates - keep 'em coming.

Hollyween said...

I voted that you'd make it to the bitter end, but I have to admit that I doubted myself. I mean, hello... who could forsee your cervix issues, right?

Can't. Wait. For the baby update. Dying inside.

Kristin said...

Hang in there! You are doing great! I can only imagine how incredibly uncomfortable you are at this point. I'm so glad you are holding out. I heard a very sad story tonight from a father in Kendall's dance class who had two twins born at 26 weeks. It made me so happy for you that you have made it so far. I think it is so awesome that you will be delivering two full term babies! That is phenomenal. I'm getting excited to hear their names and see them!

Martha said...

I never get tired of these updates and shh, hubby's secret is safe w/us.
Whoot Hoot for Froot Loops!!

Jingle said...

positive and cheerful thoughts for you and your to born babies!
love you for your bravery,
wisdom, courage, and fun in the past months...

take good care,
you are the best!

Katie said...

Wow, whoda thunk it?!!?

YOU, my dear, are a freakin' ROCKSTAR!!!

MrsSpock said...

That's a champion cervix ya' got there...

Furrow said...

Dilation means nothing. NOTHING, I tell you. I was pretty much 0 before labor started and then went from 2 to 10 in 6 hours. It could happen any time. I'm starting to feel that next Wednesday is the safe bet, though.

So, are you starting to wonder if bed rest was even necessary?

Coffeegrljp said...

Okay, first, I'm not sure how I'd handle knowing it was my last OB appt. ever. Kind of surreal. I'm glad you weren't too weepy. And as for "curing" your gestational diabetes - how awesome is that???!!!!
I didn't even know that was possible. Cool. I'd like to mention that if the boys are still holding out, April 3rd is a great birthday (not that I'm biased but I've enjoyed it for birthday celebrations for almost 36 years now!!). ;)