Friday, February 26, 2010

Great News!

We had our follow up doctors appointment today and I am so excited to say that it went really well! My platelet count was up a small bit (Justin and I were so relieved) and the doctor diagnosed me with Gestational Thrombocytopenia. Basically, my platelets have dropped due to my pregnancy. My platelet count today was 138, and while that is considered slightly below normal the doctor seemed OK with it. She told us that when it got close/fell below 100 we would really start to worry.

So, the good news is that for now Pre Eclampsia and HELLP seemed to be ruled out. That is a HUGE weight that has been lifted off of our shoulders. It will still be a long road for the rest of the pregnancy, but at least right now things look very promising.

I am officially off of work for the duration of the pregnancy. The doctor wants to keep as much stress as possible off of these babies. While I am not on strict bed rest, I will be spending basically all of my time at home resting and letting these babies grow. She did tell us that it would be OK to go to town for dinner every now and again. I will start weekly appointments and lab work to keep an eye on my platelets, blood pressure ect. She made the comment that the blood pressure would be something we will be watching closely as she feels I have a risk of high blood pressure the further along we get. The higher the blood pressure = more platelets possibly lost.

Thank you again to all of our friends and family that have called, visited, prayed and expressed their concern. We are so thankful for everything!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Highs and Lows: What a difference a week makes!

So far I feel like I have been incredibly lucky that this pregnancy has gone so smoothly. We are now hitting our 6 month and up to this point I have been able keep up with my pre-pregnancy routine pretty easily. Still working 40 hours per week, exercising 3-4 days and keeping up with social events. All of that came to a screeching halt a few days ago, but let me start with the high point of my week...

On Tuesday, February 16th I was honored at the annual Lake Area United Way banquet with the Spirit of Tom Parker Award. I was so surprised and honored to receive this was so unexpected. Tom was an amazing man who introduced me to the Lake Area United Way 6 years ago. I started out serving on the Allocations Committee and was then asked to serve on the Board of Directors and currently serves as the Secretary. Last year I decided to organize a 5K run to help raise much needed funds for the organizations we support. It was a great success with over 300 hundred runners and thousands of dollars raised. I obviously can't take all the credit, I had a bunch of help, but it was so awesome to see this little event turn into something big. This is the first year the LAUW has extened this award and I was truly blown away. Tom Parker was such an inspiration and definitely the biggest reason I got involved with the United Way.

Now for the lows... I had a routine appointment with my doctor the very next day after the banquet. We were just starting our every 2 weeks appointments. Since we were not doing an ultrasound and things have gone so smoothly I went by myself. They weighed me first and I was shocked that I had gained 9 lbs in two weeks. Next they took my blood pressure...which honestly should probably always be taken before a woman hits the scale LOL! It was pretty high so they sent me to a room to lay down and relax for a bit. I have noticed some swelling in my ankles lately but didn't realize how much fluid I obviously have been retaining. The doctor came in with the ultrasound machine to take a quick look at the boys and they looked great. One was sucking his thumb, the other making hand gestures at us. After visiting with her and re-taking my blood pressure she told me to come back Friday to take another look. She made it a point to tell me that bedrest was probably right around the corner and that we would talk about it Friday. I tried to stay calm, tried being the operative word, and rest for the next day or so. When we went back to our appointment Friday my blood pressure was up again and the scale had not budged. Initially she wanted to hospitalize me, but after showing her my blood pressure readings at home she agreed to let us go home and monitor, rest and do a 24 hour urine collection at home. She also sent me for lab work immediately and said if there was an issue the on-call doctor would call that night. Sure enough we got a call close to 9pm that my platelet levels were lowere than she liked and wanted to run another panel in the morning. We went home and packed a bag just in case, but we really thought we were ok. After running labs on Saturday morning the on-call doctor told us that the platelet levels had dropped again and that she wanted to admit me. We were right around the corner, so off to the hospital we went.

It has been a wild few days of different tests, doctors and emotions all over the place. The main concerns were/are Pre Eclampsia and HELLP Syndrome. They gave me steroid shots on Saturday and Sunday to help develope the babies lungs in case they were going to grace us early with their presence. There was talk about possible hospitalization until the babies get here, which was shocking and scary. Within a couple of days, our lives have completely changed. The last few days have been very emotional and eye-opening. I can't say enough how much I love my husband. Justin has been so amazing and understanding. He remained strong when I wasn't and I really needed that. Also, our families were great to make the effort to come to the hospital and visit and support us when we weren't clear on what direction this was going.

They took us for an ultrasound yesterday and the boys looked fantastic. Baby A weighed 1 lb 8 oz and Baby B weighed 1 lb 7 oz. Both were (and continue to be) very active and their blood flow looked great. Our labs this morning looked better so they agreed to let us go home today. I am unofficially on bedrest until the end but I am sure she will make that official when we see our doctor on Friday.
It's amazing how fast things go from great to questionable. I am so thankful for our family and friends that were there for us over the weekend. We tried to keep it kind of quiet until we knew what was really going on. A huge THANK YOU to our family and friends that stopped by for a quick visit and all of the calls/messages of encouragement. Also, a big thank you to my uncle Steve, it's so nice to have my own personal doctor on call to explain things and give encouragement.
This weekend has showed us that we need to slow down and let these little boys grow. God has blessed us with these little fellas, we have to keep them cooking! We are so thankful to be home right now...keep your fingers crossed our appointment/lab results on Friday allow us to stay home!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Bigger by the Day!

Here we are at week 22 and things are continuing to go well. Every day I wake up and feel like I have grown, but hey, that's what I am supposed to do right? I am trying to really keep an eye on my diet so that I am getting the right fruits, veggies and lean meats everyday. But, I also can't pass up a good burrito or piece of pizza... when the boys say eat, I eat!! I wouldn't say I have certain cravings but there are definitely things that I want more than others. Right now they are:

Skim Milk - I have to have some in the morning and before bed
Clementines - mid-morning snack
Red Delicious Apples - afternoon snack
Edamame (have to be careful with the salt though!!) - anytime!
*Reduced Fat Cheez-Its
*Taco Bueno Burrito's
*I have to limit myself on these two!!

My 22 week picture is below. The belly is growing, but I am kind of proud to say my t-shirt is a size small! It's just stretched to the max, but it's still a small :)

On Saturday I went to Tulsa and met my mom for lunch and a day of baby stuff browsing. The main focus of the day was crib bedding since I haven't found anything that I really think Justin and I will both like...but we are getting there. After visiting every baby boutique/store I could Google, we called it a day. We were empty handed and exhausted but I think we got some good ideas on other stuff. I have started polling my girlfriends that have little boys to get some ideas on what has/hasn't worked for them. Hopefully that will help when it comes to registering. I am trying to make it as painless as possible for Justin!

This week we are starting to really clean out the house and get rid of old stuff/clutter ect to make room for these boys. We are converting our dining room into the babies room and they will start construction in the next week or two. There is alot to do, but I know we will both feel better once we clean some stuff out.

We have another doctors appointment next week. I am glad we are starting to go every other week for now. It feels good to be able to see the doctor more and keep an eye on things.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bouncing Baby Boys!

We had our 21 week appointment yesterday and they did the "big" anatomy scan. It was so great to see my precious baby boys again! Justin decided to sit this one out and we had asked our moms to come to this appointment. My mother in law, Sharon, had been sick and decided not to come so I wouldn't catch her stomach bug. I think it was a good idea, but I was sad she wasn't able to be there, especially since I knew she really wanted to. :( My mom was able to make it and I was so happy to have her there. It was fun to share that experience with her as they checked for all the fingers, toes, chambers of the hearts ect. I am very pleased to say that both boys looked great and each weighed 13 ounces. I had not really put that into perspective until my friend Lindsey reminded me that a full pop can is 12 ounces...and I have two of those in my belly! Wow! At our last appointment four weeks ago, both babies were head down and it looks like now Baby A has flipped into the breach position and Baby B is still head down. There is plenty of time for Baby A to flip back, and let's hope he does! Both babies were very active and a little stubborn during the ultrasound, I wonder where they got the stubborn part? *cough cough* Justin maybe? haha! Below are pictures of our sweet baby boys...

The doctor seemed pleased with their progress and told me to keep doing what I have been doing and I will go back to see her in two weeks and then we will do another growth scan in four weeks. I have noticed a few changes recently...obviously my stomach feels like it is growing at an incredible rate, but overall I am happy with the steady growth. Last week a co-worker noticed at lunch that my ankles seemed a bit swollen...let's just say I freaked out a "little", ok I freaked out a lot. But, I guess at 5 months 1 week pregnant it is time to put the high heels away and try to just pull them out for special occasions. It hurts to part with my heels, but the babies are way more important. This pregnancy has gone by pretty smoothly so I think it was just a good warning sign to slow down a little bit and really focus on growing healthy babies. I am still continuing to exercise while I can and try to put my feet up every chance I get. Time is really flying by and I don't want to miss a thing!

Thank you for all of your prayers and well wishes...they definitely make a difference so keep them coming!