So today, my mom, Elias and I went to the Children's Museum for a few hours. It was a lot of walking, of course, and I actually had to sit a lot. Anyway, when we finally made it home, I fell onto the couch and stayed. Elias and I sent Steve out to get dinner (since I refused to get up and make anything). I was actually sitting on the couch reading a post on Baby Center about a couple of women who had had period like blood loss that hadn't hurt their babies when I felt like I was leaking something, so I headed into the bathroom. As I sat, I noticed bright red blood in my panties. However, as I started to pee, I lost a ton of blood including a clot. Of course I freaked out, stood up, got blood on the floor and me while yelling for Elias to get my phone. After calling and texting Steve over and over at least 5 times, he finally answered the phone. I told him what happened and to come home now. We were going to the ER.
While waiting for Steve to come home, I somehow changed my panties, cleaned up the bathroom, convinced Elias to get his shirt and socks on and to fill his backpack with toys for the waiting room, called Steve's mom to meet us at the ER to take Elias, turned out the lights etc. all the while crying and trying to to hold it together at the same time. I called my mom on the way there.
Once we got there, and I somehow told the nurses my issue through the tears, the waiting began. Although I thought that actively bleeding would jump you to the top of the list, we had to wait at least an hour for the ultrasound tech to arrive. Luckily, I didn't bleed through my pants in the meantime. Anyway, we finally went back for the ultrasound. The tech told us that he wouldn't be able to tell us anything since he wasn't a doctor, but I knew what a heart beat looked like and that's all I wanted to see. Luckily, another tech came in and took his spot and she was much more open with us. As soon as she started the scan, I saw a little dancing baby and a heart beat. I lost it again, as did Steve. He had hid how scared he was really well, but he teared up too when he saw our babies. She quickly found the other baby and his/her heartbeat. I couldn't believe it. I thought for sure they would find two dead babies. Throughout the scan, I sat back and watched my beautiful babies dancing around and marveled that the night was turning out much different than I could've dreamed.
So today I am officially 11 wks 2 days. Baby A measured 12 wks with a HR of 164. He/she was kinda quiet. Baby B measured 11 wks 4 days with a HR of 174 and was very active. The tech mentioned several times that my uterus was large. I guess that explains why I look so huge already! I did ask the tech if she could tell if they were boys or girls yet. She tried to look, but the baby was not going to sit still. She did mention she thought one of them looked like a girl, but couldn't be sure. I was scanned three different ways to attempt to locate the source of the bleeding.
After the ultrasound, I was sent to a room. A doctor came in and did a scope. He removed a blood clot, but said he didn't see any active bleeding or conception tissue. He did tell me that bleeding this early means I'll be diagnosed with a threatened miscarriage. He also said that since we saw the heart beats, I have an 80% chance of having a normal pregnancy. After talking with the radiation doctor who looked at my ultrasounds, he said that the babies looked great. They noticed that Baby A is sitting directly on top of my cervix and is the cause of the blood loss. He said this does nothing to hurt the baby, but it will have to be monitored by ultrasounds if he/she doesn't move up on his/her own. They called my OB who put me on pelvic rest for now and will call me on Monday for a follow up.
It was a very scary night for all of us. All I can do at this point is thank God for protecting me and my babies!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Thank God I'm having twins because, even though I've only gained 3 pounds, I look huge! I'm already wearing maternity shirts, and I bought one of those bella band things so I could hide my unzipped pants, but I can't figure out how to use the thing without smashing the babies or pulling on it constantly, so I have like 3 pair of pants I can wear. I eat no less than every 2 hours. I could eat until I was stuffed, and, two hours later, feel like I haven't eaten all day. I have good days and bad. No sickness, but there are days that I come home and cannot get off the couch. Thank God for Steve. Elias talks to the babies every now and then and gives them a kiss or two. He really wants two boys. Sometimes I can talk him into one boy and one girl, but he will not have two girls. He won't even let us discuss the idea...and I'm kinda with him on that one. Each day, I pray that the babies will be...healthy, happy, wise, strong, and cute! It worked for Elias, so fingers crossed it will for these babies too!
Monday, December 13, 2010
I think my doctor likes to see the babies as much as I do! We had another ultrasound a couple of weeks later to check in on them again. This time, I was 8 wks 6 days. Baby B measured a little bigger than A this time with a HR 171. Baby A had a HR 169. They were both really cute...they looked like gummy bears dancing around. In fact, daddy kinda dances like that too. :) The doctor was really surprised they were moving so much. He told us that we'd have our hands full. Great.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
On November 29, we had our first ultrasound. I kinda had a feeling that both embryos took. I had felt some "fluttering" kind of stuff happening down there, and I had started to get really, really tired and hungry. I was so afraid of jinxing it, so I didn't say anything. But those babies popped on that screen before the doc even had a chance to get settled. We were so excited to see little heart beats! I held my breath for a moment when doc said, wait a minute, let me make sure there aren't any more. I was 6 weeks, 6 days that day. Baby A measured in at 7 wks, 2 days with HB 146 and Baby B measured exactly 6 wks 6 days with HB 132.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Wait...that doesn't sound right. :)
I took a picture of my belly the day we found out we were pregnant. Just a disclaimer: After walking in the door, I immediately change into sweatpants. Everyday. Sooo...I will most likely always have on sweat pants with the shirt I was wearing that day. Whatever...the babies appreciate not being all smashed in there.
After lots of money, belly shots, and doctor's visits, I had my eggs removed October 26th at 1pm. I couldn't eat until after the procedure, and I'm an eater, so that was a fun morning. :) The doctors called us each day to let us know how the embryos were doing. We had ten good ones to start, but by the end of the 5 days, only 4 were left (kinda a relief, since I don't know how we could've handled ten more kids!) On October 31st (yes Halloween), the doctors put two embryos back in and the ten day wait began. I had to take a few days off of school because I had some restrictions: no lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling more than 10 pounds, which is difficult in my job; no exercising; lots of rest, etc. On November 10th, I had a blood pregnancy test and it came back positive! I found out at 10am, but I lied to Steve and told him that they didn't call all day. After school, I had Elias wear a shirt that said "Big Brother in Training." When we got home from school, I told Steve that Elias was too tired to walk in and needed him to carry him. When he got out to the garage, he saw Elias' shirt, and said, "Are you serious?" He looked like he was about to cry. He did call me a name (bad daddy! :) when he found out that I had known all day. And so our story begins!