Wednesday, August 14, 2013

33 Week Checkup - Things, They Are a-Changin'

So I was going to post pictures of the twins' finished dresser and wall collages. But after today's doc appointment I felt like I needed to update about it. Let me start by saying EVERYTHING IS FINE!!!! Momma and babies are healthy.
We had our growth scan and babies look great. Grayson's estimated weight is now 4 lbs 8 oz, and Raegan's is 5 lbs 4 oz. They're slightly closer in weight so that's a good sign!
Next, we had our weekly NST. Once again, the babies' heart rates are wonderful, but I did have some contractions while I was hooked up to it....nothing too intense, and honestly, I didn't even notice them until she brought them to my attention. I mean, it's hard to tell when A. They're small contractions anyway, B. you have 3 tight bands strapped to your belly, and C. you're laying down. If it weren't for the tightening of my stomach and the sudden shortness of breath, I wouldn't have known. Turns out, that's probably what I was experiencing at home this morning before we left. I noticed I would get really short of breath just standing in the kitchen or putting on my makeup, with the slightest bit of tightening in my abdomen. 
My doctor checked me(man, I forgot how fun that is!) and I'm dilated to 2 cm. She said "technically" that's enough to be considered preterm labor, but since I'm not having regular, strong contractions, she's not too concerned yet. She did give me a steroid shot in the hip to help ensure the babies' lungs are developed if they were to come at 34 weeks (that's a WEEK AWAY, people!!). If they do come at 34 weeks, she won't stop them. That just runs into more risk for the mom, pumping her full of meds to stop labor, and she's not going to put my body through that. I love my doctor, BTW! I go back for another steroid shot tomorrow and we'll do another NST. She'll check to see if there's anymore dilation as well.

So, we're at that point now. The point where anything can happen and things can change in a day. On one hand, I am SO ready for the babies to be here, to not be pregnant anymore, to wear normal clothes and get my body back, but on the other hand I'm absolutely stressed and terrified over the idea of caring for 2 new babies (and a toddler, mind you!) and most importantly, I want to make sure they are healthy and ready to be out in the world. Joseph's really nervous that they'll come too early. He wants them to bake as long as possible. (easy for him to say, he ain't the one bakin' 'em!!) Of course I do too, but this is out of our control and they'll come when they're ready.

Little girl remains head down, which is great. Here's their heads side by side today. Too sweet.

So, that's the latest. I've been told to rest as much as possible, which I'm doing now. Joseph stayed home today to let me rest, put my feet up, and not worry about too much. He's the best! We'll go back tomorrow and see how things look from there. Hopefully they hold off for another 2-3 weeks, but I really doubt it. I think my doctor doubts it, too! Eeek!!
As far as everything else, we all look great. My BP is still wonderful, no swelling or anything else to be concerned about. Y'all just please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as time draws near for these babies to come. We want happy healthy babes that come when they're READY!
Thanks, friends! :)


  1. Sending prayers your way that the babies come when everything is "cooked" just right! I can't imagine bringing home 2 babies at the same time!

  2. SEnding prayers up for you and the babies!

  3. My sister just had her first child and already has her hands full! I can't imagine coping with two babies and a toddler! I will being keeping you and those precious little babies in my thoughts and prayers over the coming weeks!


  4. Praying for you and those sweet babies! I can't wait to hear about their arrival :)

  5. Just to ease Joseph's mind and yours my son was born at 34 weeks and weighed 4 lb 8 oz. Today he is 29 and doing well and tecnology has come so far. Roy and I will pray for peace, comfort, healthy babies that come when ready and for Hudson as he becomes a big brother.


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