Well we had our third detailed ‘growth’ ultrasound today – and everything looks great. The babies are growing big! They already weigh 1lb 5 oz and 1lb 6 oz! I was amazed about that – I didn’t know they’d be so big already. I guess that explains why I’m getting so big. And they are both measuring ahead – at 23.2 weeks (we are currently at 22.7 weeks). The doctor was very happy with how they are progressing, and especially with the fact that they are so close in size (within 3% of each other). Both placentas look good – one anterior, and one posterior, neither are anywhere near the cervix. And my cervix measured 4.6cm – so that’s really great. Only slightly bummer news is that they are still both breech – which means a c-section unless baby A decides to turn over. But we’ve still got some time for that.
He said again that the contractions I’m having are no problem. I’m having probably 4 – 6 a day and they don’t last more than about 30 seconds. He said we start to get concerned if I was having 4 – 6 an hour and if they last more than a minute. And he said that I can continue just doing what I’m doing. At around 28 weeks (unless anything changes sooner) he will want me to cut back on activity, and they’ll start putting me on a monitor to look at the contractions.
So – all good news.
Once again, they were a bit stingy with the pictures. But I got a couple which I will scan tonight. One good profile shot of baby A. We got to see lots of great views of the babies though – fingers and toes, noses, heart, stomach, bladder, etc. At one point baby B had both a hand and a foot up by its face. Baby A was facing backwards, so we didn’t get a great look at that one’s face. Both heads are up, with legs crossed under them. Now I know who’s who when I’m feeling the kicks – because they are clearly oriented left and right – Baby A is up my right side and Baby B is up my left side.
oh - and just for kicks - I measured my girth! Then I told J to guess what it was. haha. He's a good sport - guessed way under. Well my waist is currently measuring 44 inches! I can't even imagine what it will be when I'm at 38 weeks. Scary!
And... I have broken the 200 lb mark. also scary. We're debating about whether I will weigh more than J by the time this is over. I think I probably will. yikes! But all for a good cause - so I'm not complaining. I just find it all very amazing.
My doc isn't bothering with the fundal height measurement - with twins it just doesn't tell us anything useful, and since we're getting growth ultrasounds that is better info anyway.
that's all for now!
Oh - and I almost forgot the best news of all. I have a maid coming tomorrow! I'm so happy, I nearly cried when I hung up the phone. I got the referral from a friend of mine. She has her come every week, for $80 a week. I'm going to try to get by with every other week, and see how that works out.