Pea Pod

That’s how big the babies are this week. When you think of the growth from an apple seed to pea pod in just 8 weeks it’s amazing.

I had a routine OB visit yesterday and since DC shut down for some flurries, M tagged along.

This visit was a first for M. Let me explain. The nurse called us back to take my vitals and had M hang out in the exam room.  At first the nurse said we would just do an annual exam and hear the hbs, but I reminded her that we have twins and I was told we would probably get u/s at every visit. Once she confirmed with the Dr. that we would get an u/s, she moved us into a different room. Awesome- we would see the babies, M would leave, I would get the annual exam. Except it didn’t happen in that order. Poor M had to sit through me getting a breast exam and pap smear. Check that off the list of things I never thought would happen! I guess it’s not that big of a deal since he’s already been through all of the IVF monitoring and retrieval/transfer stuff. It may have been awkward for him though.

Once that was over with, we gotto check out the babies. Baby A was like a little jumping bean….off of Baby’s B head. I am convinced Baby A is a rambunctious boy. He was completely sprawled out and just bouncing off the wall. Meanwhile, Baby B was all curled up and even had her (I’m guessing her) hand on her forehead. We didn’t get measurements since they weren’t really in the best positions, but heart rates sounded good.  

The Dr. said I won’t have another u/s until the anatomy scan (at 18w) even though I have a reg OB appointment at 17 weeks. That’s 5 weeks away! So I went ahead and booked a sneak peek so we could find out the genders at 16w. I can’t wait to see them again…and if we have a son and daughter, two sons, or two daughters. It doesn’t really matter, we are blessed either way.

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NT Scan

I can’t believe we got to this point. I really can’t. On the way to the scan, I told M how incredibly fortunate we are. We’ve made it to 12 weeks.

The scan was at a different clinic- it was so much larger than our old RE’s office, but I think it’s due to the fact that this clinic also specializes in genetics.

Check in was fast and so was the blood draw. I was expecting them to take a vial, but it was barely a full syringe. I guess they don’t need a lot of blood. Next we waited for the u/s. The entire time my stomach was in knots. It’s been a week since I’ve seen the babies. I prayed that they were still squirming around and getting stronger.

This also happened to be the first appointment where I didn’t have to take my pants off. A nice milestone! The tech got started and there they were. Two little babies wiggling around. M was with me and it made me happy to hear him laugh when Baby A moved around. It’s crazy how much they’ve grown even since last week. You can actually see their profiles now. We have babies. Not blobs or gummy bears, but little babies. I’m still in awe.

Baby A had a measurement of 1.3mm and Baby B’s measurement was 1.5mm. The tech pointed out nasal bones on both. All good signs. We have to wait until Monday for the blood work results, but the geneticist said things looked good for low to average risks.

Next week I go back to the OB for a regular visit, at that point I will be 13 weeks. I’m hoping the OB can take a guess at genders, but we plan to do a sneak peak around 16 weeks either way.

I am still waiting for it all to sink in….