Wednesday, May 14, 2014

17-18 Weeks

* Side note- Yes, I am writing this very VERY late but it seemed easier than writing one big massive post to catch up.. lol*

My IPs were able to visit this week!  Yay!!  We had a wonderful time together!  I think everyone was a little nervous that the language barrier would get in the way but we did a great job of understanding each other!   I love their sense of humor :)

17weeks +4days ~ we went to our big OB appt.. The Gender ultrasound!! Woohooo!   I am always amazed to see those little ones in there squirming around but I know it was extra special for my IPs to be able to see it in person for the first time!   I won't lie, tears were shed just a little.  ha..

We have two very healthy babies!  Baby A (they switched spots from the beginning) was measuring perfectly on target and Baby B was measuring 2 days ahead.. Always the show off! :)   Both babies weighed approx. 7 oz !!   Amazing for twins !  Grow babies Grow!   The anatomy scan went great.  All fingers and toes accounted for.  Brains and hearts looked wonderful :)  The only issue- if you can even call it one- is that not one but BOTH placentas are anterior (attached to the front of my uterus / stomach vs near the spine which is more normal).  This really only comes into play if we have to have a c-section.. Then there is additional risk of bleeding due to cutting thru a placenta.

I'm sure you are dying to know what we have in there aren't you??  Drumroll please....

Baby A is : 

 And Baby B is :

How amazing is that?? My awesome IPs get one of each!  Perfect!!  Our little girl is the feisty one. She's the one that was always bouncing on her head and at dr appts is constantly moving.  Our little boy is calm and laid back.. He'd prefer to sleep and lounge around..  Ha!  It will be interesting to see what their personalities are like once they are here!

After our u/s appt, we met with my OB and my IPs had a chance to get to know her a little.  She does speak Spanish but it's not her first language..  Her nurses, however, are native speakers and so that was really nice!  We discussed again how far I'm going to be able to go..  She said they'd probably induce me if I hadn't went into labor by 37weeks.   I was able to barter with her a little and get her up to 38 weeks.. HA!   Of course when the time comes I'll probably be so miserable one week won't matter but I want nice big healthy babies!  

Pregnancy history --
1st pg went into labor at almost 42 weeks.  Ugh.  Darn kid did NOT want to come out..  
2nd pg - induced at 39w5d  - no signs of labor..
3rd pg - induced at 39w 4d - no signs of labor..

So I tend to have a history of hanging onto babies.. With twins everything changes though.. So we shall see. I would really like to go into labor on my own and not be induced this time but not until we are at least 37 weeks! LOL!  Hoping these babies cooperate! :)

After the OB appt, we went to the hospital to talk with them & get a tour of the labor/delivery area.. I have heard wonderful things about this hospital!  The staff seemed very nice - although no one spoke Spanish :(    The only area we didn't see was the OR due to sanitary reasons.. We will have to deliver in the OR just due to it being twins.   They did say that normally they only allow 2 people max in the OR with me but IF does NOT want to be in for the delivery so it should work out okay.. lol.    I love that our hospital allows the parents 1hour after birth of bonding time.  Skin to skin contact to bond before doing anything else with the babies.  Woohoo- Snuggle time !!

Before my IPs left to head home, we were able to do a 3D ultrasound.  It was so much fun. The place had huge plasma screens all over to view the u/s on.  They had couches for family to sit and watch.  Loved it!   They were even so accommodating to put IMs name on the u/s pics that they printed out !  I was so thrilled that she was able to get some u/s pics of HER babies with HER  name on them! :)  Naturally we were still really early in the pregnancy and the babies don't have any fat on them so we didn't get the real cute profile shots.. But we did get a few cute ones.. Baby boy was sleeping (again) and his sister kept hitting and kicking him in the head.. lol.    At this point, I could only feel little bits of movement  - no real kicks or anything yet.    I plan on going back around 30+ weeks to get some cute profile pics once they have fattened up a little ;)

Baby girl all spread out.. Hand behind her head-- Posing like a Diva :)

A little blurry-  baby girl on top, baby boy on bottom. She's spooning him :)

They were so cute at this appointment.  The laid right on top of each other most of the time.  ha. Adorable little ones.

I loved this picture..  From the beginning we always had one ultrasound picture with both babies in it. Now they were finally big enough that all we could fit in the picture was their heads! :) ha! 

17 Weeks Pregnant : 

Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip - ha ha our babies were 7 ounces!), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.

18 Weeks Pregnant :

 Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long, and he weighs almost 7 ounces (about the size of a bell pepper). He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born. If you're having a girl, her uterus and fallopian tubes are formed and in place. If you're having a boy, his genitals are noticeable now, but he may hide them from you during an ultrasound.

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