Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It's an adventure a day with twins!

Last night was one of those bizarre sleeping nights. I have PUPPP - a pregnancy rash that is super itchy and uncomfortable. I thought that was what was keeping me awake, and then your mind starts to wander...have I felt baby A move recently? How long has it been? And I realized that it's been a while, but I could feel baby B moving like crazy. So I got maybe 1 hour total sleep during the night and the kids were awake by 6:15...they day began.

I decided to call my dr at 8am. When they called back they said I should get to OB to have a non-stress test immediately. Immediately was over an hour because I had to wait until our wonderful Grandma Jean arrived, but I went straight to OB. Found baby B's heartbeat with no problems but baby A (the one I was concerned about) - couldn't find it. A couple of different nurses tried and at this point you start to panic a bit. Finally they brought in an ultrasound machine. It felt like it took forever for them to get there with it. Started the ultrasound and of course the sonographer can't tell you anything. At one point I even asked, "Did you find her heartbeat?" and the answer was very non-committal. Finally the radiologist who was also in the room calls our dr and tells him, "We have one heartbeat at 133 and one at 153" - THANK YOU JESUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good fetal movement. Baby B is just squishing the heck out of baby A and not giving her much room, pushing her way back into my back where it's hard to feel movement or find that elusive heartbeat.

That was scary. I thank my mom for being there with me when James couldn't. I thank our dr for caring so much and being so adamant we get the care we needed. I thank the nurses who were so professional and didn't let on how worried they were. But mostly I thank God for giving peace and calm and helping us through, and for keeping them both growing strong and healthy!

Tomorrow I see my dr again, and Thursday I am probably going to have another non-stress test (incidentally, it was a very HIGH stress test, but I get the whole true meaning of it). I will be 36 weeks tomorrow and at 36 weeks we've said I can deliver here in Pella so this is a very big milestone! I am currently set up for an induction/probable c-section (because of their positions inside) on Wed the 8th at 7:30am. I got my wish without even having to be pushy - the date of 07/08/09!

Please pray that the itching subsides some for me. I am pretty miserable with it. Also pray that babies might decide to both be head down (vertex) so we can go for a natural delivery versus the c-section.


Myssie said...

how scary! I am praying for you girl. I have never heard of the itchy thing, but how miserable! I hope that you make it through it and the babies arrive safely!!

Sawyer said...

So glad everything turned out to be okay and those little girls have strong heartbeats. Praying that all goes well with delivery and the itching subsides.

Brandi said...

I'm was so glad to get to the end of your post to find out that everything was o.k...I got stressed just reading the beginning.

Hey, if you have to have a c-section, no fears. I have had two of them and let me tell you, it's easy. My recovery time was a lot less than some of my friends that have had natural births. But I know you are a pro at natural child birth, so I'm sure it's a breeze for you now.

I will be thinking about you on the 8th and praying for a safe, healthy birth. Can't wait to meet your princesses!

Terri H-E said...

Whew. No more scares! Can't believe you'll get to see them in one week! That is so exciting. Will PUPP end at delivery or might there be some lingering? I suppose they could give you some extra strength cortosone or something then?

Thinking of you and sending our best.

kristen said...

i will likely have a C too since the 2nd twin is still breech. but i have come to terms w/ it and am OK. they said i can try for a vaginal but i don't want to end up with twin # 1 being deliverd that way and then having a C section for twin # 2 ! oh, twins! glad yours are doing OK. i cannot even begin to explain how miserable i have become. but we are 34 weeks today! a big lung developmental milestone!

KuskoMama said...

oh my, Tena. I'm glad babies are doing well and will x my fingers for you to have 2 heads down so you don't have to go for a c/s. I'm sure you'll be fine either way though!