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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.

Friday, August 26, 2016

29w3d - Weekly update!!

Another week down!   9 to go (til c-section).

Breast Pump Drama
I need to call my insurance... I tried ordering a free pump (now that insurance covers pumps) and they won't process the order until 32 days before my due date.  Considering my due date is 11/08, that would put me at 10/06 for ordering a pump.  Average gestation of twins is 35 weeks.  That's 10/04.  I'd really like to have the pump before they arrive.  Granted, I have 2 old Avent pumps from Victor's day, but I'd like to get this pump drama squared away so I don't have to think about it anymore!

The nursery needs A LOT of work still.  We have a contractor coming on 9/12 to put shoe molding around the baseboard where they meet the hardwood.  When we ripped out the carpet, we were shocked to see that who ever installed it, actually installed 50% of it UNDER the baseboards.  So half the room the baseboards meet the hardwood nicely.  In the other half of the room, there is a 3/4" gap between the baseboard and the hardwood.  A little shoe molding should hide that nicely.    Only after that is done can we clean the floors.   Then we wait for the area rug to be delivered.  I still need to get Victor's crib back from my sis in law.  We won't buy a second crib until after the babies are born.

My mom is coming up tomorrow to help me go through the 10+ tubs of old Victor baby things (clothes, bottles, etc) to see what's what and wash the newborn clothes.

I feel so unprepared and 30 weeks is just days away.  That's only 5 more weeks til average twin gestation!!   Eeeeeek!!

Babies this week
  • Baby's getting a little cramped in there, given how fast he or she's growing. But you probably already realize that, since you're feeling all those kicks and jabs.
  • Baby's growing white fat deposits under his skin, and his or her energy is surging because of it.
  • Feel a subtle twitch? It might be baby hiccupping.
  • Baby already measures about 15.2 to 16.7 inches long. Right now, baby weighs about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds but still got a ways to go

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Friday, August 19, 2016

28w3d - Twins countdown calendar

I have to run this by my OB, but I am pretty sure this is what the next couple months look like!  Sonos, OB visits, and non-stress tests oh my!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

28w0d - Weekly update!!

28 weeks!  Officially third trimester no matter which website you look at!  :)   Next sono will most likely be at 30 weeks (last one was at 27 weeks).   Gestational diabetes test this Thursday.

Babies this week:
  • Putting on layers of fat, your baby now weighs in around 1.5 to 2.5 pounds and measures about 13.6 to 14.8 inches.
  • Baby's starting to develop more fat, so the once-wrinkly skin will start to get smoother.
  • Baby's lungs are mature enough that if born now, he or she'd probably survive. Wow!
A look inside 
(get a nice diagram of twins like this every 4 weeks from babycenter.com):

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

27w0d - Weekly update and sono pics!!

27 weeks!!   Third trimester (at least according to the American Pregnancy Association lol)!!!   >90% viability!!   Next milestone is 30 weeks which it goes up to 95%!  :)   

Had an ultrasound at 27 weeks exactly.  Baby A, our girl, weighed 2lb 8oz.   Baby B, our boy, weighed 2lb 4oz.   

Babies this week:
  • Baby's practicing inhaling and exhaling with his or her rapidly developing lungs.
  • It's official: Baby's showing brain activity! And the brain will keep on getting more complex.
  • At 13.6 to 14.8 inches and 1.5 to 2.5 pounds, baby's not just getting bigger, but also getting smarter.

Baby boy is the only one who showed us his sweet face today.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

26w6d - Weekly update and bump!!

Sorry this is so late in posting!  I've had a hell of a week with a dental abscess on an already root-canalled tooth!  The big news from this past week... after multiple visits to MacGees Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh, I'm VERY happy to say that baby B's (our boy) cord insertion into the placenta is actually NORMAL!! Baby A's (our girl) cord is slightly marginal, but one of the top docs did the ultrasound himself and he isn't concerned! Thank you, all of you, for your continued prayers. Michael and I are grateful for each and every one.

Measurements on 26w1d:

Baby A
152 bpm
Head 27w3d, 26w4d, 27w5d
Belly 27w4d, 26w3d
Thigh 50mm
2lbs 5oz.  (84 percentile)

Baby B 
146 bpm
Head 26w0d, 27w3d, 27w2d, 25w4d, 26w4d, 26w5d
Belly 26w5d, 26w6d
Thigh 47mm, 48mm
2lbs 1oz. (58 percentile)

Babies this week:
  • Baby's eyes are forming, and the eyes will soon start to open.
  • And eyelashes are now grown too.
  • Baby's getting his or her immune system ready for life on the outside by soaking up your antibodies.
  • Baby's taking breaths too-of amniotic fluid, not air. But still, it's good practice!
  • Baby's still growing in the 13.6- to 14.8-inch and 1.5- to 2.5-pound range, and developing senses, features and talents!

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