Friday, January 24, 2014

Anatomy Scan

Yesterday was our anatomy scan and everything went really well. Both babies are right on track and look healthy. They were both moving quite a bit and we got a lot of great pictures. It was fun to get to see them both for so long.

We also found out that both babies are girls! I have been referring to them as girls for a few weeks now, but I think John was still (not so secretly) hoping there was a boy just being shy. I think he is already in love with his two little girls, especially when I showed him the cute little outfits I bought to celebrate. We are, of course, both thrilled to be having two babies-the sex isn't important to us at all. There are lots of girls in our family already, so I feel like we will be really well prepared (well, as prepared as one can be) for these little girls.

Now, the great name debate. Naming your children is a huge responsibility. Hopefully we can agree and get both babies named soon. I keep hoping to feel more bonded and connected to the babies, but unfortunately infertility has made me so cautious about pregnancy. I am constantly working on this and hope that now that I can refer to them as our girls and call them by name soon and feel them move more and more, that I will feel less disconnected to pregnancy. I am trying to get past the feeling that something is going to go wrong. In the meantime, I am doing my best to take care of myself and keep these girls in as long as possible. We have so much positive support, so we are very grateful for that.

I did a little shopping to celebrate team PINK x 2! :-)

Thursday, January 16, 2014


Sorry for the delay in updating, I really didn't fall of the face of the earth. I have never been very good at blogging anyway, but I do want to keep the little blog updated for the few that are still following and for my own record-keeping purposes.

Anyway, things have been going great. Life has been crazy. After a long trip to UT, I spent 10 days back in MA getting ready to move back to UT. I stayed with my parents for the first week, then John made the drive across the country and we were able to get back into our house. Things for my whole family have been crazy the last couple of months, with lots of us moving. My brother got a job in Seattle and his family moved on Thanksgiving. My sister and brother-in-law, who had been living in our house, have now moved into the basement of my brother's house and my parents are living on the main floor. So we waited for them to get into their new digs so we could settle back into ours. We weren't here long though, before heading up to WA to spend Christmas with my brother and his family and help out with the arrival of baby girl #4 for them. John spent Christmas with us, then had to get back, but I was up there for 3 weeks and had a great time. I was sad to leave, but not sad to be done living out of a suitcase (which it feels like I did for about 2 months+). Now we are home and trying to settle into our new normal.

Normal for me is doctor appointments lately. My doctor is now seeing me every 2 weeks. I am doing regular lab work to monitor my thyroid and iron levels. I have had to do 3 urine tests. I recently failed my 1-hour glucose test, so I got to do the fun 3-hour test, but I passed. So no GD for me...and least for now. I did the test earlier than usual, since I am at higher risk anyway, so she may have me repeat in 4 weeks.

Even though I get an ultrasound at each appointment, the babies have been shy and we still don't know their sexes. My doctor's best guess so far is 2 girls, since we haven't seen boy parts. We haven't really seen girls parts either though, so we don't know for sure. My big anatomy scan is coming up next Thursday, so hopefully the babies cooperate and we can finally find out.

Overall, I am feeling pretty good. I still have a lot of food aversions, mostly to onions and meat, but it has gotten better. I still get tired easily, but I am always taking it easy. I am already slightly anemic, so I am starting an additional iron supplement. Weight gain is right on track, I am up about 17-18 lbs and am almost 19 weeks. Goal is 24 lbs by 24 weeks.

Tomorrow I am officially half-way to my latest delivery date (May 30th at 38 weeks). Hoping to get as close to that date as possible.

I have not been very consistent about taking belly shots, but I have taken a few:

According to my mother: "You are blossoming!" which I think is the nice way of saying I'm getting huge. :-)

And the most recent good photos of the babies I have, from 13 weeks at our NT scan: