We went to the doctor Tuesday, August 2nd, which happened to be my 35th birthday. I cannot believe that I turned 35 years old and am about to have 2 babies. Anyway, we were there forever because the doctor seemed to be behind, but not because there was anything wrong or happening.
We started off with the routine ultrasounds. I wish I could report some information from that 10 minutes that cost us mega bucks, but not much took place. We basically only did the biophysical profile. From that, we learned that the fluid is still good, the babies are breathing on their own as they should be, and they have great movement. One baby had a heart rate of 131, but once we left and got to lunch, I was thinking about this and realized that she forgot to listen to the other baby's heartbeat. See???? So routine, not much happens. We did not get a weekly measurement since they were just measured last week.
Then we went to wait to see the doctor, and we waited, and we waited. My appointment was at 9:30 to see the doctor and I don't think we were called back until after 11. I know we didn't leave until 12. Anyway, the doctor did measure my belly and it measured in a whooping 44 WEEKS. Ya'll, that means my belly is the size of a woman who has gone 4 weeks past full term with one baby. And we still have how many more weeks to go???? My blood pressure looked good and from the pelvic exam, we know there is no progression towards labor.
I told Dr. North that as uncomplicated as I feel like this pregnancy has been that we will just go until he calls it time. I do not see something happen, either to where we need to take them, or my water breaking, because they are just in there enjoying themselves and everything is just perfect. Dr. North made eye contact with me at that point and said, "This won't last. At some point, things will go south." I didn't want to hear that. He said again, that we were at 32 weeks and could breathe, but he'd like to now see 36-37 weeks, but doesn't think it will happen. I don't know why, but I sort of do. I may not be able to move or breathe by that time, but the babies themselves are fine and I honestly think they will stay put.
I don't look at alot online with regards to this pregnancy because I mainly haven't needed to know much, but also because there really isn't alot out there on the growing of twins, or the birth. All I can find are things related to raising multiplies. But I do sometimes wonder what it looks like on the inside of my body and so here are a few pictures of what I found the other day when searching around.
Neither Elissa nor Ellie are head down. In fact, Elissa, which is Baby A and way down low, has always been feet first. Ellie changes around from time to time.But I still think it's so interesting. These babies look snug as bugs in a rug, but I can tell you that Elissa and Ellie somehow find the room to move around quite abit.
I go back to the doctor next Tuesday, August 9th and will be between 33 and 34 weeks. I can't wait to get measurements next week.
So, Mom and Dad came to town last week and I just have not had the drive to blog about it. But this is what they arrived in.
Mom brought the bedding and such for the twins' nursery but I want to save a picture for when it is completely done. I love what she has so far. The decorations and curtains are complete yet and I think for what she has planned, they will for sure complete the look. So I'm waiting for a peek at that, but we loved what she came up with for the bedding. It amazes both of us how she can pull thing a from here and thing b and c from there and go back over here for thing d, and it just goes together. I am the "buy it in a box/bag - it all has to match" person. Mom has the touch and we love both rooms!
I believe I have been in a little nesting mode lately. I had Sid get the carriers down and I washed the covers and Clorox the seats and bases and they are now ready to be installed into the sister ride and bring those sister's home.
And last but not least in the Whitehead household, Bailey has the most sensitive bottom I have ever seen. With the heat and moisture at the fair last week, she developed a very ugly looking rash on her bottom. I have been at my wits in trying to clear this rash up. I bet you at one point we were putting like 5 different things on her. About 5 days ago, I ran her a small tub of water and she had fun pouring baking soda in the water and playing. I could see an almost immediate difference. However by the time she would get back home from daycare, being hot and playing, it would be flared back up. Finally, yesterday, I realized it might be a yeast infection from the heat and moisture from the fair. Sid got some over the counter lotion for it last night and by this morning, I could see a big big change. So, today I called the doctor and got some prescription cream for it. I so hope this helps because it's been going on for 2 weeks and I know she is miserable.
I say all that to so you this picture.
As a last note, I will say for those of you who do not know, I thought I was going back to work at the start of this school year and be off for a maternity leave and then go back to work right away. It seems that wasn't the plan that was suppose to be and for now, I am not working at all, with no job to go to after a maternity leave. That is only for now, but I hope to have something worked out with that by the time I would normally finish a maternity leave. This has been hard for me and with my emotions running high in the first place, the situation has been just magnified. The best thing I can say about the situation is that I know God's will will be done and shown to us in time. His time. His time is sometimes hard for us mere humans. And the lessons we as humans learn the hard way are sometimes taken harder than they were maybe intended to be taking. I'm sure the good Lord doesn't intend for me to beat myself up every second of every day for mistakes made and lessons to be learned. I have to put things in perspective and remember that I have a family, the Self family and the Whitehead family, that love us all very much and are very supportive of the changes our little family of 3 is going through. I have to remind myself that we are healthy, that these babies are healthy and the one daughter that I do have here with me now is the most beautiful, funniest, smartest, sassiest thing I could ever ask for. She tells me every time I pick her up I'm so pretty and she loves me. (I'm sure she gets that from me telling her that.) I know that because the plans I had all summer fell through at the last minute, that there is a bigger plan, a better plan, and that plan will come along. I just never intended not to work and now that school has started and I did not start, I'm taking it all very hard. As one person reminded me this week, there was only one perfect person that has ever walked the face of this earth, and he died for us because we aren't perfect. I'll say AMEN to that! If you are reading this, and you know us personally, just know that we would love your prayers of guidance and for us to just listen to what the Lord's will is for our family right now. I know in my heart he will provide. My mama and dad didn't take me church since I was days old for not to learn that somehow, the good Lord provides for our needs. And I know this is where the faith comes in, I know, I believe, but I don't know how it will work. So I have the faith it will and pretty soon, these sweet girls will be here, and I'm going to love nothing more than focusing on all 3 of my sweet baby girls.
One last thing, Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad. I know that you aren't on some big trip right now, or at least I'm pretty sure you're not, but I hope it's been a great day for the two of you!!!!
Much love! Barbie