Today I am 30 weeks! Even though we still have a few weeks to go, this is a very exciting milestone. I've been in the hospital for exactly two weeks. Time is going by very slow but we are just taking it one day at a time.
The girls are doing well. We are thankful for each day that we can keep them where they are. Baby A (Anna) does have some slight growth issues and this is the primary thing that they are watching every day (her estimated weight is just over 2 lbs, Irene and Brooks right around 3 lbs). Modern technology is amazing. They do daily heartbeat monitoring which entails multiple straps around my huge stomach and is quite a feat to get all babies to stay on there for 30 minutes at the same time. I also have daily sonograms with Biophysical Profiles. They look at all kinds of things like cord flow, fluid, and things around/in the heart and brain. All of these factors help give the doctor an overall trend that indicates how all the babies are doing. If at any point these trends start to show anything of concern, then he will be able to identify it and we'll figure out next steps. For now, we just keep doing what we are doing.
I, of course, like to pretend I am a doctor and learn all of the medical terms they use in the sonogram. I am sure they love it when I ask how the Ductus Venosus is looking or if the cord doppler ratio is above 4.
Oh wait- I lied, I do I have picture. Sortof. People always ask the position of each baby. As best I can tell it is something like this, but they are much more on top of each other than this indicates. When they move it is hard to tell who is who because they are all intwined. But they do each have a favorite area to beat up so I know for sure who it is. Anna's organ of choice is my bladder. Irene prefers to just punch my belly button directly and make her presence very visibly known. Brooks is all about the ribs and she reminds me that breathing does not always come easy.
|A guess at where the babies hang out. (Anna and Irene are the twins and share an "area")|