Friday, June 20, 2008

Still Hangin' In

Ahhh -- finally an internet connection! So this will be quick and not well crafted post, before I lose the connection.

First things first -- babies still in the belly. Ten days in and now at 30 weeks and 2 days. No signs of labor or infection so far. I have had a few more intermittent contractions the last 2 days, but I think the babies have grown too and there's been a lot of stretching and discomfort from that.

My only treatment now is twice a day heparin to prevent blood clots, and my vitamins and precious colace. The main thing is lots of monitoring to be sure the babies are doing fine. I get monitored 3 times a day, and those stinkers are not always cooperative. Occasionally we get a beautiful strip, but often they move around (especially the girl) and then we wind up monitoring only one baby. I was getting biophysical profiles daily, but since I tended to obsess about little boy's fluid levels (he's the ruptured one) they opted to go to every other, especially since I've been so stable.

One nurse compared each day in utero as saving us 3 days in the NICU. So today I had her again, and she congratulated me that with 10 days on bed rest I've saved a month in the NICU. Cool, huh?

But the tour we took of the NICU the other night was a bit daunting. I wasn't totally shocked by the size of some babies, but I just keep thinking about the fact that they were probably singletons, and my babies would not be as big as those I was seeing. Although I know twins mature a little faster and have that advantage, and that I received steroids -- it is still tough to think about how tiny less than 3 pounds will be. If I get through the weekend, I think we will finally get another full scan with the ultrasound tech and do measurements to estimate size. If they are both over that 3 pound mark I'll be happy, cause I think a lot of stats are better for babies over 1500 grams.

As for the rest of life, it seems to be falling into place as everyone has suggested it will. Resident Boy's family has arrived to stay in the neighboring Canadian city where The Snake is staying with his aunt. So there will be three adults to oversee him and his cousin. The in-laws also helped clean out a bunch of the house junk, and will help finish up again next week. Best of all Resident Boy's LAST day was today! Huzzhah! So, now he will focus on studying for his boards in July. He will forgo the review course that is far away. I was selfish and told him I was not comfortable with him being in a remote area of New England with no simple direct flights back to our city. Being on heparin means if I go for emergent C-section that I can't have a spinal or epidural, only general. I'm not happy about that in general, but especially not if he was out of town. Someone needs to be available to make medical decisions.

The Snake is doing okay with being away, but when his cousin goes to her father's on his custody days it's a little tougher for him. Last night he called and worriedly asked if he would have to spend the entire summer with his aunt. I told him I wasn't sure, but didn't think so, but we would have to see. How helpful was that? The uncertainty was hard for him (gee, where do you think he gets that from?). I'm hoping once the babies actually come and we have a better idea of time lines that we can settle him better.

I'd better post this before I lose my connection. Thanks for all the good thoughts, prayers and well wishes! I'll do my best to keep you updated. Hoping you all are doing well.


bleu said...

I am so so glad they are still in and doing well. Lets hope for big growers!!!

Sending much much love hun.

Lori said...

Thanks for the update, Amy.

Hoping for several more weeks of status quo.

christina(apronstrings) said...

everything is perfect so far! 30 weeks is awesome. you're so close and this is going to be all just fine.

Rebecca said...

So glad to hear things are still hanging in! I love the analogy of every day in utero being equal to 3 days saved in NICU. That is a really good way to look at it. Keep up the good work and you're doing great!

Ms. Planner said...

So good to hear from you! I've been thinking of you!

I'm so proud that you made it to 30 weeks and that the babes are doing well. Keep the focus. I know it is tough but I also know that you can do it.

If it is any consolation my good friend's sister delivered twins at 30 weeks and while they spent some time in the NICU, they are thriving!

I hope The Snake and Resident Boy hang in there, too. In no time at all, you'll all be together again as a family (and then some!).

Adriane said...

So glad to hear an update from you and glad all three of you are doing well! I recently heard the 1 day in utero = 3 days not in NICU. That is great that you've made it another 10 days! Not only is every week a milestone, but really every day is crucial. They'll be to 3 lbs before you know it!! Hope you are resting - take care!

Magpie said...

fingers crossed for all of you.

Geohde said...

So glad to hear the twins are still in utero,


Katie said...

So glad that all seems to be going as well as can be expected. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.

Kate said...

I'm glad to hear that you are doing ok!

seussgirl said...

hi, just found you through mel. wanted to encourage you that my boys were born at 29w5d and although they spent 8 weeks in the nicu, they're home and doing great! They're hungry now; must go. i'll try to check back in soon!

seussgirl said...

p.s they were 3.5 lb at birth.