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We had many struggles spread over 4 years to have our miracle son Victor in 2012. We have been battling our infertility to give him a sibling since the summer of 2013. Background on the blog (started just days before I found out the embryo transfer for our son worked).... I decided to start a blog after realizing I have only been able to make it through my TWW's (two week waits) with the help of Google and with the openness of other women suffering from infertility sharing their own stories and giving others hope. I have time and time again found my exact symptoms on other women's blogs and felt an overwhelming sense of calmness they provided me. I thought it was time to pay it forward and hopefully provide this same thing to other women on their own journeys.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

12w1d - Ultrasound!!

The ultrasound went great!   I'm 12 weeks and 1 day today and both babies measured 12 weeks and 6 days!   Baby A's HB was 162 and Baby B's HB was 159.    Both babies had perfect nuchal fold measurements - neither abnomarl.  Baby B had a detectable nasal bone (no nasal bone at this stage could indicate a genetic defect).  Baby A wouldn't give us a profile shot to see if there was a nasal bone.  I also think baby B is our boy and baby A is our girl (remember we transferred a girl and a boy embryo).

Before I get into the photos, I got the letter from the MFM with next steps.  They are:
  • An ultrasound at 14 weeks (so we set one up for 5/11)
  • An early gestational diabetes test (normally done around 25 weeks) at 14 weeks
  • A steroid shot to develop the babies' lungs at 26 weeks "just in case"
  • Switching from lovenox to heparin twice a day at 30 weeks
  • A fetal nonstress test once per week beginning at 32 weeks

Without further ado, the photos....










Tuesday, April 26, 2016

12w0d - Last week of the first trimester!

Last week of the first trimester started today!   As of yesterday, still listening for heartbeats using the doppler every day after work.  TOMORROW is another ultrasound!   I thought about waiting until tomorrow to update the blog, but I didn't want anyone to get scared that I didn't post my weekly update!  :)

Not much too new to report.  My bump is starting to pop out.  I had several coworkers ask in the last week or so.   I'll post a pic soon.   :)

From the web:
  • Baby is as big as a plum this week!  (The ticker on the desktop version of my blog says peach but the baby isn't that big yet.)
  • Most of baby's critical systems are fully formed!
  • Baby's about to enter the growth and maturation stage, in which organs and tissues will grow and develop rapidly.
  • Baby's now developing reflexes-if you poke his or her body, you'll likely see movement.
  • Baby's opening and closing fingers and curling toes too.
  • Baby's brain is developing fast!

What our babies look like this week:


What the twins look like inside me this week!






Tuesday, April 19, 2016

11w0d - Still chugging along

Babies are hopefully good!   Using the doppler, I can tell at least one is.  :)   No spotting even though they saw the hematoma last week so hopefully it is going down on its own?   We have our first MFM appointment tomorrow.  I am not sure what to expect.  I am not sure if there will be a sono or not.  Probably not if I had to guess.  My next official one is scheduled for next Wednesday at 12w1d.  :)  Starting to get a little bump!  I even had a coworker say, "I didn't know you were expecting again!"

Each baby this week:  "Your fetus is about 1.6 inches long, and she's got about a 1:1 head to body ratio. Baby now weighs in at about .25 ounces."





Tuesday, April 12, 2016

10w0d - Ultrasound!!!

Had an ultrasound today!   Both babies were wiggling around!!  

Baby A: 168bpm 10w2d
Baby B: 174bpm 10w1d

Small hematoma by baby A.   The tech said it was really small and didn't seem concerned.  I'm on lovenox (and anticoagulant) and baby aspirin (a thinner) so now I'm worried I should stop those.  Google is torn on the subject.   Some OB's take their patients off of blood thinners until the hematoma starts healing.  Some OB's actually put their patient ON blood thinners when they get SCH (sub chorionic hematomas) to prevent clots in the hematoma near the placenta!   OMG I'm so torn now.  My OB wasn't in and she'll review the report tomorrow.  I'm 100% sure she'll want me off the blood thinners.   I'm just going to pray my little butt off and trust in God.  That's all I can do!  :)

Without further ado, my sono photos!

Side by side splitscreen of both babies!

Baby A's adorable profile:

Baby A on the left and Baby B on the right

Baby B on the left and Baby A on the right

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Two babies!!!!!
 



Friday, April 8, 2016

9w3d - Doppler!

caved!!!!   I scoured my house for the location of the Doppler.   Finally found it.   Battery was dead.   New battery.   Put the gel on.    Headphones in.   Turned on.  Listened around for 2 or 3 minutes then found a heartbeat!   Listened to the beautiful sound for only 10 seconds.   Long enough for the Doppler to read 171.  Then I turned it off.   I already opened a giant can of worms.   Wasn't about to open a mammoth can of worms and look for a second different heartbeat.   That would be hard.   One amazing heartbeat was good enough for me.    Tomorrow is THE DAY.   Going to be praying alllllll day.   Going to try and get a sono early this coming week.   Originally planned on Monday but I'm slammed at work Monday.   I'm also slammed at work Tuesday.   And starting to get slammed on Wednesday.   I'll have to make room on one of those days.   I NEED to see my babies make it past last times hurdle.   💜💜🌈🌈🙏🙏

Love this (please ignore the type Yes stuff lol)




Tuesday, April 5, 2016

9w0d

9 weeks today!   Hopefully everything is going well with the twins in there!   I had a tiny bit of nausea in the middle of the night over the weekend but nothing really since.   Debating if I should call the OB for a sono this week or try and hold out until next week.  I definitely will request one next week - to see our babies past the hurdle of fear (9w4d).   Officially, I don't have one until 12 weeks and 1 day.   Definitely can't wait until then!   If I don't go this week, debating on using the doppler to at least hear one twin's heartbeat (definitely won't be attempting to decipher both twins' heartbeats if I do cave and use the doppler).    Anyways, nothing crazy to report.  Just doing my weekly check-in.  :)  Oh, lab results below from my visit to the hematologist.  Everything seems good.  A few numbers that are low or high here and there.  I'll have to google the crap out of it all when I get a second.

Babies are the size of olives this week!





Friday, April 1, 2016

8w3d - Lovenox win!

Babies are good - at least I pray they are!   Haven't peeked at them since Tuesday (aka 3 days ago).   Man o man time is going slowly!   Anyways, I met with my new hematologist today.   I came armed with all kinds of lists of tests I thought I needed.   I informed him I was heterozygous for the MTHFR c677t mutation as well as heterozygous for the PAI-1 polymorphism mutation.  He basically said that neither caused miscarriage.  Period.   He was adamant.   Said everything has been debunked.  However, he DID say that anti phospholipid syndrome does cause first trimester miscarriages.   However, I don't have that (at least I didn't in 2014 when I was last tested). But because I'm already  on lovenox, testing again wouldn't show results.  Soooooo, he said that with my past miscarriages, why not at last try lovenox?  Amen!!!!  He said the dose I'm on is a baby dose and is essentially harmless.   I'm not going to all of a sudden start bleeding out - depicted by my sadly uninformed OB.   So yay!    Lovenox the whole pregnancy!   So so so so happy I found a doctor willing to help me!!!!!!

Still not many symptoms by the way!   I didn't have any the last two successful sonograms either so I'm starting to be more at ease with how normal I feel!!!!