Monday, July 6, 2009

9 Weeks! (First OB appointment)





Today is my 9 week mark! A lot of exciting things happened today, so I'll keep it until the last. That way you'll have to hang on till the last word.

Yesterday, we returned from our 4th of July trip. Since we both didn't have work on Friday, we decided to escape to Whidbey Island. Christian's great Aunt and Uncle live literally a block from the coast and it is so beautiful. Of course they spoiled us and Maddie with wonderful food and kept us very entertained. After driving there, we went out to the dinner at a little restaurant right on the pier in Coupeville (the closest town) and then we came back home and relaxed and talked and later cooked dinner. The next day, Saturday, Christian and I drove in to Oak Harbor (Naval Air Station) which is about 20 minutes and sat through a very long parade. I think there were approximately 60 entries. Besides getting hot, sunburned and tired, we had a lot of fun plus collected a bag of candy. We returned that afternoon, took a nap and then went into Oak Harbor again to go out to eat and watch the beautiful display of fireworks over Oak Harbor.
Maddie absolutely loves Aunt Connie and will follow her around like a Pied Piper. We both think that she would be perfectly fine if we left her there. Every where she would go, Maddie would go to. When she would open the fridge, Maddie would fall to her haunches and bark until her request was satisfied with either roast beef or chicken.. When we returned home from our little jaunts into Oak Harbor, we'd return and she would be sound asleep on the couch, curled up next her Aunt Connie.
Now on to our cute little babies. Today is my official 9 week mark and it feels good. I feel like I am getting better control of this nausea and learned more how to keep it at bay. One of the things right now that isn't my favorite is riding in the car. Hopefully that will get better. This morning we had our "graduation" appointment with the fertility specialist, Dr. D. He has been so nice and been with us from the very beginning. We got to each of our little babies. I couldn't believe how much they have grown!! From 11 mm to 2.5 cm in one week is really good! They are just under 1 inch and are starting to look like little babies. Both of their heartrates have really sped up also. Baby A (closer to the cervix) was 174 and Baby B was 172.
Then this afternoon, we had our very first OB appointment. We had a long ultrasound and then met with the nurse practitioner and then the actual OB doctor. Dr. W. seems very nice but I thought her visit with us was entirely too brief. I did have a list of questions but wish I had more! I asked about bed rest and she said it is case to case basis. She explained that she has one patient with twins on bed rest at 20 weeks and another with twins at 38 weeks working at Nordstroms. Then she told me that she would be VERY happy if I was still pregnant in the new year, 2010...
Also she said that if the babies haven't come on their own by 38 weeks, they'll take them then. I asked about if I had to have a C Section or could deliver vaginally. She said that with twins it is totally up to the babies. If both are in the "head down" position that vaginally delivery would be possible but if one is in a different position that C Section it is. Then as we left the office we made 9 more appointments. I'll have one in 3 weeks and then another 4 weeks after that. After the 16 weeks appointment, it will change to every 2 weeks. Also, she wants me to have an ultrasound, every 2 appointments for growth measurements...

And for the BEST news of all!!! The ultrasound tech let us listen to their heartbeats!! I really felt like tearing up when I heard them beating.

To the side you'll see our cute ultrasounds:


14 comments:

brandya said...

Valerie,
I just had to shed a few tears reading your blog! I am so stinkin excited for you guys and you sure deserve it! I love you dearly and I am just thrilled beyond belief for you! Please, keep us posted. You are in our prayers!! Congrats!

The Adams family said...

what great news! I am glad to hear that you are progressing well.

Deanna said...

Congratulations! We are all so happy for you guys. It was fun to read about your Dr. visit. I will catch up on your blog later... I have one as well at DeannaDeals@blogspot.com Congratulations again!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. We are very happy for both of you. It was fun to read about your Dr. visit. Hope you keep feeling well. I can tell already that these kids are going to be cute! You'll have to read my blog--- deannadeals@blogspot

Emma said...

How fun!!! Love the ultrasound pics! I'm glad you are able to reduce your nausea. We wish you the best.

The Cranes said...

Congratulations - that is so exciting!! You will be wonderful parents!

Suzie-Q said...

It is always so exciting to hear the heartbeats for the first time! I cry every time I think. My first was the most emotional though.
Both of my sister have a set of twins and I can surly agree that every delivery is different. One of them had her twins vag and the the other had both a vag and a c-sec. It is crazy how it works.
Hope things get better for you. Pregnancy can be the greatest time and also the worst time, because of sickness only.
Glad you had a great holiday!

Chuck and Katie said...

Congratulations, I am so excited for you. I know you'll make a good mom.

John & Melanie said...

Congratulations!!! 2 babies, that's so crazy! Where is your OB? Are you goin to Renton? Who is Dr. W? Just wondering cuz my Dr is also a W :) SHe's fantastic so i hope so. Thanks for posting love reading the updates! PS-Good to know Maddie has someone to take care of her for when you'll be delivering those lil tots.

Rachael Thomas said...

It's me Rachael! Christian's cousin. I came across your blog from my mom's blog. I am so happy for you guys. Congratulations!

hez said...

Congrats, I am so excited for you!!! Twins: double the fun, trouble squared . . . you are in for some adventures. :) I know you will be a wonderful mom!

If Baby A is vertex (head down) most OB's are OK with a vaginal delivery, even if Baby B is breech (feet down). That said, I would go with what Dr. W says. You never want a surgeon (because OB's are surgeons) to do a procedure they are not comfortable with. :)

Also, don't take it personally that she is brief. OB's are super busy. Find a new mommy with twins to talk to . . . she will be your best source of info!

Ann Rogers said...

Congratulations! I will have to admit that I have had a baby each way. And IF (which we're not) we had decided on a third I would pick C-section all the way. You get to stay in the hospital longer to have people take care of you, the delivery is MUCH easier, and I didn't feel my recovery time was any different. :-)

Janelle said...

hey I am along with everyone else in saying congratulations on your pregnancy! It is very exciting and I am sure you will be an amazing mom for these babes! I just found your blog so I am excited to follow it now.

The Perkins Family said...

Hi Valerie! It's Evelyn Riley Perkins. Congratulations!!!

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