12 weeks 4 days ~ Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Yesterday was the first official scan to check on the twins' development and overall health. After the stress of my pregnancy with Oliver I find myself getting very anxious and worried before scans now. I yearn for the days where I used to look forward to them with such naivety. Then it was simply another chance to look at my baby. Now I worry that they'll find something that will turn our world upside down.
I think I just like to worry.
Being one of the first appointments we thankfully weren't kept waiting for long. Mike had taken the day off and we were all ushered into the room with one of the sonographers (the male) exclaiming to the other (the female), "They've brought the family - come and see!" with such genuine joy it made me smile and made me forget my worry for a few seconds.
The children all found a viewing position around the bed and extra chairs were brought in. Then it began.
As the sonographer found his way to the twins we saw twin 1 dancing and jumping. This would continue throughout the next hour and a half scan. Twin 2 though, stayed terribly, worryingly still. A million thoughts ran through my head. The scan wasn't close enough to detect the flicker of the heartbeat either. I think I'd braced myself for the worst and those few minutes were the longest I'd experienced for a long time until the sonographer finally zoomed in and baby gave a wave and a jump and the heart beat flickered reassuringly. All was well with the world once again.
Quietly, whispering only to each other for the main part of it, the sonographers continued with their job, checking brain, bladder, spine and neck. All measurements painstakingly taken and rechecked. Picture after picture for their records and blood flow and heart rates all taking time to piece together. From one twin to the other, then back again. To their credit, the children behaved wonderfully and to my credit, I didn't fall asleep as I feared I might.
Eventually, more than an hour and half after we first went into the room it was over. Our babies are fine and healthy and everything couldn't be better.
Oh, the relief!
Since our last scan three weeks ago the twins have tripled their sizes. They've gone from this...
Twins at 9 weeks
... to this...
Twins at 12 weeks 3 days
In the last three weeks they've gone from measuring 21.2mm and 20.9mm to a whopping 64.9mm and 60.8mm.
So far, so good. All we're waiting for now is my blood test results which will help to ascertain the risk for Down syndrome. The results should be back within a day or two, but everything so far indicates that the babies are fine.
So those are the results of the twins' 12 week scan. Relief now gives way to my mind working overtime for all the preparation that needs to happen now. I'll save that post for another time though.
12 weeks 5 days - Thursday, 5 May 2011
Now that we've been reassured that the babies are doing well and are growing happily and healthily behind my lovingly placed layers of fat, my mind has turned to all the things we need to do in preparation for them. Whilst we obviously do have baby equipment and know the things we do use and the things which are, quite frankly, a waste of time and money and only purpose to line the pockets of the manufacturers, we still have to double up on quite a few things. We've also discovered that travel systems for twins are expensive, but with eight children aged eight and under to secure every time we get in and out of the minibus, a clip-onto-the-bus-then-off-onto-the-buggy contraption is very much worth the immense tightening of belts that is going to need to be done. And do you know what? eBay isn't the great bargain hunting paradise it once was either.
I'm wondering if by having only singletons so far, I've missed something that's a must have for multiples. Do you know of anything that you absolutely couldn't do without and that saved your sanity, either during pregnancy or once the babies arrived?
I'm currently working through the list of items we need to sort out in order to do some serious bargain hunting over the next few months. I do like to have everything ready and in order. I do feel like I need to prepare and organise early on so that if complications arise towards the last few weeks of the pregnancy, we only have to focus on sorting out the basics - house, Mike's job and the children. Things are tough enough when your family is miles away and you don't normally have a support network in place. We are incredibly lucky to have great neighbours though. The problem lies with us usually admitting we could use help. Sometimes, being used to living so independently of accepting others' help creates a rod for your own back!
Anyway, blessed as we feel to be in this position, that is my current state of mind at the moment. Like I said, I think I just like to worry. I'm sure I could find something to worry about if I were ever in danger of everything being perfect. I'd worry about not having something to worry about. *Tut*.
To change the subject, I've been bugged for asked about pregnancy belly pictures. I thought it might be fun this time to record my expanding bump. You have to promise to ignore my expanding bum, though. If that's a deal, then here you go.
This was taken yesterday at 12 weeks and 4 days. Let's see how big it'll get! (My belly. Not my bum).
I'm off to create a Twins Shopping List Spreadsheet now. I do love a spreadsheet! I'm sure I'm not the only one who can exalt their benefits. I'm sure I'm not! Am I?!