We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with Nathan's family on Wednesday, then on Thursday I went up to OK to visit with LD and her family (Nathan was working). I got to meet pretty much the WHOLE family (uncles... aunts... cousins... the works!). It was cool. I stayed Thursday and Friday nights, then came home on Saturday.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Well yesterday was wonderful. It was great getting to see Niki, Nathan, and his family...and of course the babies! I haven't quite relaxed yet, so I was a bit nervous before the ultrasound; but seeing the little ones quickly reassured me. It was so cute watching one of them move all around while his/her sibling slept. I'm very excited to see how much they grow between now and our next u/s! Anyway, here are the pics of Niki's and Nathan's babies! Aren't they cute?!?
8 weeks, 5 days
The whole gang (Nathan, his mom, sister, brother, and I) all headed up to OK yesterday around 10:30ish. We stopped around 1:00 to grab a quick bite at McDonald's and then we drove the remaining 15 minutes (I was going nuts being so close!). We arrived just in time. I hopped out of the car and delivered the goodies (Ben & Jerry's ice cream) before we got back in the car and went to Dr. K's office. We got to the office right on time (whew!).
Monday, November 24, 2008
I woke up spotting again on Saturday. Luckily, it was gone by that evening. I know it's common and all, but it sure startles me. I'm feeling more pregnant than ever and I whine all the time (David will confirm this...lol); yet I can't help but worry if everything is OK in there. I can't wait until I can pick the babies' heartbeats up with my doppler and feel the babies move, so I have that extra reassurance. Luckily, we have an OB appointment tomorrow and we'll take a peek at these little ones. I can't wait to see them and I'm very excited to see Niki, Nathan, and his family too!
I get to stop injections on December 4th. Eleven more shots, but who's counting? :)
I'm thinking/hoping/praying that the second trimester will be much more enjoyable. Second trimester starts Christmas Day! Merry Christmas to me?! :)
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Yesterday I went to my GP to see if he could do something for this stinkin' cold I've got. Sadly, there's not much he can do, since it appears to be viral.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
So I'm standing in the kitchen today, helping Kyrsten with her science fair project. She looks at me and says, "Mom, no offense, but you're tummy has gotten a LOT bigger in the past couple days." She then proceeds to pat my tummy and ask if I can feel the babies move yet. Kids!
However, she's not the only one. At clinicals last week, a patient was saying he wanted a pizza and a beer. Then he said he knew he couldn't have a beer and he'd give it to me, but I apparently can't have it either. He then pats his own belly and said he's as big as me, but there's no baby in his. Humph. Probably all that beer.
Don't get me wrong...I *love* having a baby belly. It would just be nice if I was far enough along to be showing...lol. My jeans no longer fit and my yoga pants are on their way out too.
Only a few more days until I see Niki, Nathan, and their babies again!!!! And I, too, am looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with Niki!!!! :)
I think God knows how anxious I'd get waiting without distractions, so He's supplying them in abundance!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Well there was a slight startle Wednesday night. I started spotting. Yesterday, it had faded to brown, but I went to the dr anyway after clinicals and all is well. Both babies were doing great with healthy heartbeats. He reminded me that spotting is very common with IVF pregnancies and even more common with twins. While I knew that, it's still scary to see. The spotting was completely gone by last night *knock on wood*, so I'm a bit more relaxed now. Ugh. I hope it doesn't come back! Anyway, Dr. K said he'll be seeing us every 2 weeks until we're 12 weeks at least. He also said we can have an u/s anytime we ask, so that's very comforting.
Here are the most recent pics of the babies. They don't look much different than last week, but they have gotten bigger!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I can sympathize a little with LD. Yesterday I threw up 3 times and I've been continuously nauseous since surgery. I finally got some food to stay down for breakfast this morning, but I still don't feel great. :-(
Monday, November 10, 2008
Today's been rough. I woke up really queasy, ate some breakfast, got a little queasy, ate some crackers, got a little queasy, took a nap, woke up really queasy, ate a small lunch, got a little queasy, at a small snack, got a little queasy, ate a good dinner, got a little queasy, and I'm about to eat another small snack. See the pattern? LOL Good thing I didn't work or have class today, as I would've been totally unprepared. I was thinking it's a good thing I'm not vomiting at least, yet I think I'd feel a lot better if I did. Let's hope tomorrow is better! :-P
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday was a very wonderful experience. Despite waiting in the waiting room for so long with my stomach growling, the ultrasound ended up being worth it. I was laying on the table, staring at the screen, when the dr began. I heard Niki "gasp" when she saw the first flicker of a heartbeat. Soon, we saw the flicker of the second heartbeat. I could hear Niki and Nathan react, but I was afraid to look at them. I had a feeling I'd be in tears if I did. Once the ultrasound was complete, I sat up and sure enough, they both had happy tears in their eyes. What a great feeling that was! I was able to hide the tears until Nathan called his mom. I could hear the excitement and her happy tears in her voice. It was then I could no longer control mine. I feel so blessed to be carrying the children and grandchildren of such wonderful people. There's not one doubt in my mind that these babies are going to be loved and oh so spoiled!
Here's Thing 2 (top) and Thing 1 (bottom).
And here they are again with their heartrates underneath. Thing 1 is on top and Thing 2 is on bottom. Although Thing 2's heart rate faded, it was just because of the position he/she is in and the dr had a hard time getting it. Heartrates were 110 and 111.
Friday, November 7, 2008
As a little boy in the 80s, I grew up with robots. R2-D2, Optimus Prime, Johnny 5, KITT, and a wealth of others helped spark my imagination throughout my formative years. While I may have been less than enthused when I beheld a robot in the first ultrasound photo, the promise of a little robot of my very own has definitely grown on me.
Today, staring at the gigantic flat-screen TV at the OB's office, my newfound dreams of robot baby were thoroughly crushed as what had once held the promise of two robotic eyes had decidedly engorged into two distinctly embryonic sacs. Peering into the first, a small blip within an oblong shape flickered binarilly between bright and dark. Niki and I were not looking at a robot. We were beholding the heartbeat of a flesh-and-blood child. Our child. It was truly one of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed. A beating heart in a tiny us only 0.52 cm long... With a matching flicker in the sac next door! We've got two healthy hearts beating within LaDonna's belly!
Honestly, I don't think I can ever thank LaDonna enough for giving us this opportunity. I've heard people talk about seeing their children's ultrasounds. While it's always sounded "neat" the concept has never really hit home. I can now vouch that the whole process is awesome. With a very literal emphasis on "awe." My mind is still reeling from it.
It's even more awesome than having my own robot.
Posted by Nathan at 11/07/2008 02:28:00 PM
After the slowest week ever, the day is FINALLY here! Today Nathan and I will get to see our little ones on an ultrasound for the very first time. I have so many emotions swirling around inside me right now. I'm excited and nervous at the same time. Nervous because I'm hoping we will see two heart beats today. Not zero, not one, and not three (or more). Two. Two heart beats will be a perfect blessing today.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I haven't personally updated in a while. Guess I'm still trying to let the fact it's twins sink in. Twins? Where? Who? Me? Wow.
Things seem to be progressing well so far though. I'm tired all the time. I have strong cravings, indigestion, and constipation. And don't expect me to remember anything you told me 5 minutes ago. I have a major case of "preggo brain". So things seem to be going well, wouldn't you say?
I'm very anxious for the ultrasound Friday, not only because we get to see the babies, but because I'll get to see Niki and Nathan! Only 3 more days!
OK, time to go...we need a nap now...