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After an 8 year battle with infertility and countless struggles, our family is finally complete. This blog chronicles the journey it took for us to start and build the family we always wanted. Background on the blog (started in 2012, 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.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

21w0d - Weekly update and bump pic!!

What a crazy past week we've had.  Baby B (our boy) was diagnosed with a velamentous cord insertion (VCI) defect - his cord inserts into the gestational sac and then fragile veins run down that to the placenta.  The exposed veins are super fragile.  I worry for him every second of every day now.  Today I had one tiny tiny tiny bit of spotting (red) too.  It has since past and both babies sounded great on my home doppler.

Anyways, I am livid with the lack of care provided by my OB's office post the VCI finding.  A sonographer found it on Wednesday and no one has since called me from my OB's office to talk to me about it.  A lady called me yesterday (Monday) from Magee's Women's Hospital of Pittsburgh to schedule a high resolution sonogram actually in Pittsburgh for 7/15.  Still haven't spoken with a single doctor, other than the one that confirmed the VCI in the labor and delivery last Wednesday (which wasn't my OB nor my MFM).  On the one hand, I'm mad to have so little communication about it.  On the other hand, maybe no one thinks it's a big deal to need to call me?  If that is the case, then I supposed I'm glad for not being called?

21 weeks.  Some hospitals/NICU's offer life saving services to babies born this early.  Some won't even attempt to offer help until 24 weeks.  I am not sure what my local hospital's (UPMC Hamot) cut off  it, but they ARE a level 3 NICU which they probably could handle micro-premies.  Not that I want to have my babies this early, but God forbid, especially now with the VCI, that something happens, I just pray they will attempt to save them.  I've heard of women lying and saying they are further along to actually get help.  I WILL be one of those women, though the hospital is connected to my OB's office and I bet they'd see I'm lying pretty quickly.

Babies this week:
  • At 10.5 inches and about 12.7 ounces, baby's big enough now that you've probably been feeling his or her movements.
  • As baby's digestive system preps for the outside world, he or she's manufacturing meconium-the tarry black substance you'll find in the first dirty diaper!
  • If it's a girl, she's already got a lifetime's supply of eggs in her womb-about six million of them.
  • Having a boy? His testes are still located in his abdomen but will drop in the coming weeks once the scrotum finishes developing.

Times two:

Good words of wisdom with the VCI 
issue making me worry:


  1. Hoping all continues to go as it should with both babies and that they come much, much later! This whole process is nerve wracking for sure.

  2. I'm so sorry for your worries! This whole thing is so stressful and in thinking about you guys!!! Hang in there and lots of happy thoughts to the universe for you!!!