Monday, March 31, 2008

Heartbeats and Quilts

Today we had a doctors appointment for just the normal routine stuff. We got to hear the hearbeats today. I'm not sure which baby is which but one heartbeat was in the 150 range and the other was in the 160's. Jen is feeling much better even with the decrease in her nausea medication. She tells me she could be off the pump by this weekend if all goes well. Next doctors appointment will be in 4 weeks which will be just the normal stuff again.

I just wanted to show you a picture of the quilts my Aunt Cathy made for the babies. I love them!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Update from Jen

Hello to all, I thought I should write because it has been a while since I've posted. Dawn has been doing a great job keeping everyone informed. Well today I talked to my nurse who I check in with Mon,Wed, and Fri. and I asked if I can start to decrease the the anti nausea medicine because I really would like to get off of the pump! I thought well we are 12 weeks now so let's try. The nurse says they don't usually try to ween you off until 14 weeks. We'll see how it goes!

Today I'm feeling good pregnancy wise. It's been almost 2 weeks since I last got sick Yeah! I just have this silly cold. We have a doctor's apt. on Mon. with the OB coordinator then with Dr. Jones to hear heart beats, get measured and weighed.
OK I have to tell you something funny......... Yesterday was the day I had to change my site in my leg. ( it's where the pump is connected) Anyway I just wanted to shower without being connected. So I called the nurse to ask if I can take a 10 min shower without being hooked up since I was going to change the site any way. She said 10 min!!!!!!!!! I was a free woman dancing in the shower! It was nice! OK another funny story this one happened about 4 weeks ago. I had to get my blood tested to see if we can start to get off of the estrogen patches and the progesterone injections. That was at 9:00 in the morning. So about 9:30 I thought Spaghetti warehouse sounds good. (I was craving it the night before) I called and someone answered. I asked. "what time do you start to serve lunch?" "11:00" she replied. I told her that I was pregnant and have been really sick and the only thing that sounds good is plain spaghetti and bread with that wonderful garlic butter, is there any one that could make something for me? She couldn't have been any nicer. She said "we'll see you in 15 min." I was very happy and needless to say I called the next week at 9: 30 because I had to get my blood drawn again. I ate it again!!!!!!!!!! GO SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OK I'm out of room. Until next time, Thank you for all your prayers, Jen

Thursday, March 27, 2008

No Ultrasound Pictures Today

Sorry there are no ultrasound pictures to post today. We cancelled the appointment yesterday. The purpose of this test was to check for downs and some other problem because I am advanced maternal age. The last time we had this test done things were fine and we really had no genetic problems to worry about. The cost of this test was outrageous and we decided the results of this test would not change anything with the pregnancy so we opted to not have the test done. Melissa told us if we were going to make a decision about the pregnancy based on this test then have the test if not it was not necessary.

We will still have the AFP test done around 16 weeks and a level two ultrasound because it’s a twin pregnancy. The only thing bad about the AFP test is the high rate of false positive. My friend at work had her AFP test results come back positive and worried the entire time but had a healthy baby.

Sorry I did not update yesterday I was down with a migraine.

Friday, March 21, 2008

No More Fertility Meds

Today we are 11 weeks and tonight will be the last progesterone shot for Jen. I know she has to be excited and Dr. Shawn is probably glad too. Jen is now officially off all medication with the exception of the nausea medication.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Blog Comments

I just wanted to let everyone know how much I love reading your comments and emails. I don't have any way to respond but I read everyone of them. I love coming home from work to see comments in my inbox. I have bloger set up so I have to approve comments before they actually get posted to the blog. We have so many great friends and family members that have been so supportive.

Heidi V it's so good to hear from you. Heidi was my nurse at OSU almost 2 years ago when I was ill and we lost our son. Heidi was so special to all of us that we have kept in touch with her. I have to say Heidi from OSU and Judy from Cincinnati are the best nurses I have ever had.

Got to go Big Brother is on. Love you all!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Quiet but good

Things have been kind of quiet which is good news. I think Jen is finally starting to feel a little better which is great news. Jen had a blood test done last Friday to check hormone levels. The levels were good and she was able to decrease both medications she was on. Tomorrow is another blood test to hopefully reduce the medications again.

We have an ultra-screen scheduled for the 27th and a regular doctors appointment on the 31st.

What Is Ultra-Screen®?Ultra-Screen® is a First-trimester prenatal screening protocol designed to provide patient specific risk for Down Syndrome, trisomy 18 and other chromosomal abnormalities. Ultra-Screen® combines ultrasound measurement of the fluid accumulation behind the neck of the fetus (nuchal translucency) with maternal serum markers and is the earliest and most effective Down Syndrome screen available.

How Is Ultra-Screen® Performed?Ultra-Screen® consists of a combination of ultrasound exam and a blood test performed between 11 weeks 1 day, and 13 weeks 6 days of pregnancy. The ultrasound demonstrates a fetal heartbeat and determines gestational age. Then, the amount of fluid accumulation behind the neck of the baby, called nuchal translucency (NT) is measured. The blood sample is analyzed for two chemicals called free Beta human chorionic gonadotropin, and pregnancy associated plasma protein-A(PAPP-A) which are normally found in the blood of all pregnant women. The results of the ultrasound exam will be combined with the results of the blood test to estimate a specific risk for Down Syndrome and Trisomy 18.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Under Construction

You may notice small changes to the blog as I try to learn how to create a new blog look. It may take me a while to figure this out. I have some digital scrapbooking items I purchased and I have no idea what I'm doing.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Great News

Today we went for our follow up ultrasound and got great results. We had two healthy heartbeats and two growing babies. I don’t remember which heartbeat went with which baby but one was in the 170’s and the other in the 180’s today. The babies were measuring around 9 weeks which is a few days ahead of schedule so they are growing. What a relief.

Jen had an appointment with Dr. Jones and then we all talked with her today. We have dizygotic twins (fraternal twins) which we found out today are the safest type of twins to carry because they are in their own sac. We found out today that full term for twins is 37 weeks so it looks like we will have September babies.
Dizygotic twins, like any other siblings, have an extremely small chance of having the exact same chromosome profile. Like any other siblings, fraternal twins may look very similar, particularly given that they are the same age. However, fraternal twins may also look very different from each other. They may be different sexes or the same sex. The same holds true for brothers and sisters from the same parents, meaning that fraternal twins are simply brothers and/or sisters who happen to have the same age.

I’m glad to report Jen is starting to feel much better. Thanks to everyone for all your prayers and support.
You can click on the photo to enlarge it. Baby B was not in a very good position to get a real clear picture. The dark part above baby B is the sac of baby A