Wednesday, October 7, 2009

18 Weeks and Healthy!

I went in for my Level II Ultrasound today- "the big one", where they measured everything from kidney blood flow to the size of their noses (and everything in-between). They didn't miss a thing! I found out that all of the babies are growing just as they should. All the news was good! I was surprised how much bigger my belly was than last week when I compared them side by side. Geez!

Baby A was fun to watch- she was pushing her legs straight and then would bend them again- over and over again! She also got the hiccups. I haven't been able to feel those yet. Her weight was estimated at 7 ounces and she ended up measuring 18 weeks and 1 day, which is exactly on track. This two vessel cord isn't slowing her down yet. :) I was a little worried about A before because I've read that 2 vessel cords are associated with an increased risk of other issues like kidney and heart problems, and chromosomal abnormalities. The doctor cleared us of all those other potential problems! Yay!Baby B was another entertainer. He was swallowing the fluid like there was no tomorrow. Then, of course, he got the hiccups! He was the big one of the group today. He was ahead of the curve, weighing 9 ounces and his size was 18 weeks and 5 days. Big boy! The tech said his stomach was bigger than normal but it was probably from all of that fluid he was drinking. The doctor said he was fine with the bigger stomach.Baby C (which could be a different baby than last week's C) was right on track as well. She was 18 weeks and 2 days and she was about 8 ounces. Nothing much to report except she's doing fine!

Baby D was a hair smaller, weighing about 7 ounces. She was shy of 18 weeks, but still within a very normal range. They can expect one of the monos to be smaller like any set of identical twins. Baby C and Baby D's cords were all in one lump during the ultrasound. The doctor didn't say this means the cords are tangled but he didn't say they weren't. I think it's safe to say that the cords will undoubtedly be tangled at some point, but so far this hasn't caused any interferences.

The doctor was pleased with how all of them are growing and how smoothly the pregnancy is progressing, but we obviously need to keep watching the monoamniotic twins. Viability is only 6 weeks away, which seems too far in the future, but the weeks are flying by. So far, I've gained 20 pounds- only 60 to go (hah! only!?) Two more weeks until bedrest! Here comes Netflix! Friends are sure welcome to visit, as I will be bored silly!

As a side story, Dan and I were able to get tickets for the Twins tie-breaker game against Detroit. I really wasn't going to post any pics if they lost, but they came through in 12 innings! Sure was a nail-biter... Dan's parents and grandparents came, as well as Dan's brother Pete and some of our friends. We were up in the cheap seats but we hardly noticed because the atmosphere was wild! I was a little worried about all of the standing I had to do, but I promised myself that I would have a relaxing day today to make up for it. What a crazy couple of days for Minnesota sports! The video below is the game winning play that Dan caught on the camera. He didn't zoom in at all because he wanted to catch the whole field. I loved when the players stormed the field! The fans couldn't have been happier or louder, too!

This weekend, we're going up north for a family reunion on Dan's side of the family. We'll be able to see Lara (Dan's sister), Charlie (brother-in-law), and Dane (nephew), who we don't get to see too often. I'm excited to see the beautiful fall colors, especially since the colors in the twin cities this fall are on the lame side because of the drought and high temps earlier. Have a great week and thanks for reading!


  1. Hi Martha and Dan! I'm so glad to hear that all is well with you and the babies. I was on bed rest for 10 weeks with Sam... I'd recommend taking up a craft! I cross-stitched something for Sam's room. It was therapeutic to see something "growing" as I laid around and grew a baby. :)

    I wish all six of you a wonderful week 19!

    Kristin Hoffman-Peavler
    (Jim P.'s niece)

  2. Just got introduced to your blog from someone on the She stated that she loved reading your blog.
    I am a fellow Minnesotain! My husband grew up in Roseville-Love the area.
    Just wondering where you plan to deliver. I only had a single birth but had a great experience at Abbott NW. Thanks for letting me read your blog! Feel free to "stalk" me back.
    I haven't updated for a while.

  3. Martha,

    I saw this link on facebook; quads?! Congrats!! I'd make some really healthy food for you and the little ones if I wasn't 1500 miles away :P Hope everything goes smoothly for you



  4. So happy things are going well!!! I will come visit when you go on bedrest....I am on maternity leave until the end of November...Hope you are feeling well momma :)

  5. Glad to hear everything is continuing to go so well Martha! Good luck with the impending bed rest. Netflix will be a lifesaver!

  6. Hi guys!

    Just wanted to drop a line to say Congrats and that we are praying for you every week, hoping everything goes well! Remember, we are just a hop skip and a jump away (and have plenty of stuff if you need it). We also have about 700 movies, I love to cook and clean, not to mention have a little away time from Drew. You guys need ANYTHING, just give us a jingle!

    Take care!