9 months – UNBELIEVABLE!!! I couldn’t believe when I made it to 34 weeks, and I REALLY can’t believe I made it to 36 weeks! The last month has been a much more positive month!! I have been going to the doctor 3 times a week…twice to Dr. Peters, the specialist, and once to Dr. Krum, my regular OBGYN. When we measured the girls at 32 weeks, Madison gained 12 ounces and Mia 11 ounces…bringing them up to 3 lbs, 12 oz. and 2 lbs, 9 oz. That was a much more positive growth for Mia since previously at 30 weeks she had only gained 3 ounces. At 34 weeks when we measured, we got wonderful news again! Madison gained 1 pound, 2 ounces bringing her up to 4 lbs, 14 oz. Mia gained 12 ounces, bringing her up to 3 lbs, 5 oz.!!
Another positive change was the blood flow measurement. Madison’s has continued to stay good measuring at a 2. Mia’s has improved over the last month dropping from 7 to 6 to 4, all the way down to 3!! This is awesome considering you want it around 2 to have adequate blood flow and nutrients. I go on the heart rate monitor for 30 minutes at each visit, and their hearts always look great! So, we have been so relieved. Dr. Peters also has been amazed at our progress and can’t believe we have made it this far. He thought for sure we would have delivered by now, because usually our situation gets worse before better. He says we will keep doing what we are doing and will deliver by 37-38 weeks.
Last Thursday, we measured the girls again. I was caught off guard from the report we received. Madison gained 10 ounces…up to 5 lbs, 8 oz. Mia only gained 3 ounces…up to 3 lbs, 8 oz. Dr. Peters explained these measurements aren’t a for sure thing, especially since it is so crowded in there and it was hard for them to totally get an accurate measurement. However, he did believe we should deliver before 37 weeks. I said, “I am 36 weeks this Sunday! That means next week!” He said, “Next week it is.”
We had an appointment with Dr. Krum right after Peters, so we went upstairs and told him the news. He, too, is amazed at our progress and so excited for us. He continues to say how proud he is of me :) He talked to Dr. Peters and the hospital and scheduled me to deliver next Thursday! WOW!!! During all of this excitement, my blood pressure was high, so I had to lay on my left side for a few minutes before they took it again. Thankfully, it went back down. Dr. Krum and Dr. Peters both agreed they would not induce…a C-section is the much safer way to go with twins, especially when you have had some complications and we don’t want to put any added stress on the babies. I am extremely nervous about a C-section, especially the recovery. I will have a 4 year old and two babies to take care of, I don’t need a painful recovery. Guess I will have to be tough, because if it is the safer way to go; then, that’s what I have to do for my baby girls…
I have to say, Dr. Krum was right making me quit work after Spring Break. I was 34 weeks and that is when I officially became uncomfortable. Most of all, my sciatic nerve has been bothering me a lot when I walk…I look like I have a limp. It is ridiculous!! I also have been swelling, all over, but mostly my feet. Check them out…my poor little feet…will they ever be the same?
Mallory also likes to watch my belly move…the other day the babies were moving like crazy, and she said, “It’s like they are playing soccer in there with a little, green pea!”
Another funny from Mallory…I have that light brown line that goes down the middle of my belly, and Mallory said, “You know why you have that line Mommy? This is Mia’s side (putting her hand on one side) and this is Madison’s side (putting her hand on the other side). And, this line is so they won’t bump into each other!”