Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Think PINK!!!

Well, our ultrasound technician today said that she is 90-95% sure that we are having two girls!!! My mother-in-law is not convinced, but 95% is good enough from me!

All in all, everything looks good, but Baby B has a small situation. She has what is called choroid plexus cysts on her brain. I know... You are asking yourself what the heck is a choroid plexus cyst. According to my informational brochure this is verbatim what it says:
A "choroid plexus" is a structure found inside the brain. There are two on either side of the brain. A choroid plexus makes the fluid that bathes the spinal cord and brain. Sometimes a fluid-filled area called a "cyst" forms inside the choroid plexus and is called a "choroid plexus cyst" or "CPC". Sometimes only one choroid plexus cyst is seen and sometimes more are seen. Also, choroid plexus cysts may come in different sizes. Regardless, most choroid plexus cysts disappear by the third trimester of pregnancy. It is thought that about 1% to 2% of babies have CPC identified during prenatal ultrasounds. Usually these cysts DO NOT cause problems with the baby's health including no effect on brain function. These cysts are usually normal variations in anatomy. It is scary to hear the words cyst and brain when referring to your baby, but please remember that the cysts themselves do not cause problems for the baby. As a matter of fact, on autopsies done on humans, many choroid plexus cysts are found. This means that at any given time in our life, we may also have a choroid plexus cyst that comes and goes. Now, you may be wondering why you are even told about these cysts. It is thought that, rarely, babies with CPC may have chromosome problems. Because of this association, it is important for you to be informed of the cysts and of your options for prenatal testing.
Ok, so that's what a CPC is. Having further testing done (ie. an amniocentesis) is very risky with a multiple pregnancy. We have opted to wait until our next appointment (February 17th) and re-evaluate the situation at that point. There is nothing that can be done to treat CPC, so we have just decided that at this point we are placing it into God's hands and we trust that he will help guide us into making the right decisions.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Stop talking about peanut butter!!!

So, I'm really trying to enjoy this pregnancy and not be one of those pregnant woman who complain non-stop. Terry and I went through so much to get these babies, that we both want to enjoy every minute of it.

With that being said... I really wish that all the talk about the peanut butter recall would stop!!! The more I hear about it, the more I really want a huge pb & j sandwich, peanut butter crackers, peanut butter ice cream... pretty much anything with peanut butter in it sounds really awesome right now!!! I haven't really experienced the whole "cravings" thing yet, but I do find that the power of suggestion really motivates my hunger. If someone suggests that a Big Mac sounds really good right now then I also feel the need to eat a Big Mac. Yesterday, someone in my office had Taco Bell for lunch. I called Terry and told him to take some hamburger out of the freezer because I was going to make tacos for dinner. I feel like all I ever do is eat!!! Literally, I wake up in the middle of the night because my stomach is growling. No kidding!!! Even though I have only gained 3 pounds so far, I feel like a hippopotamus. I feel and look very round!!! (pictures to come soon)

On a separate note... I actually slept a full 5 hours last night without having to get up to use the restroom. I think that's a record!!

Friday, January 16, 2009

The results are in....Well, Kind of anyway...

OK, so we had another ultrasound today. Both of the babies look great!!! Man, they have grown so much in the last month. We could see all their little fingers and little toes. So cute!!! But I'm kind of a little bummed that they didn't give me pictures this time.

Baby A was moving around like crazy and appears to be a GIRL!!!

Baby B was just hanging out and waving at us like last time. Unfortunately, Baby B did not want any part of showing us it's private areas!

So, we will try again in two weeks. We have another specialty ultrasound scheduled at the maternal fetal medicine place. These specialty ultrasounds are incredibly amazing. You can see every single bone in their bodies. It's very cool but also a little creepy at the same time. We should definitely know the sexes with that ultrasound.

Dates to remember.....
Specialty Ultrasound..... Tuesday, January 27th @ 11:00 EST
Next Ob Appointment...Thursday, February, 19th @ 1:00 EST

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Heat Wave...

Ok, so to all my blogger buddies who have complained about how it's only 50 degrees today in Florida or to the ones who have whined about how it's soooo miserably hot in California at 90+ degrees.... let me just share that the official temperature in Indiana right now is a whopping -4. This is a major improvement from the -18 that it was on my way to work this morning.
Terry is super cute. He called me on his way home from an appointment about 11:30ish. He told me to make sure that I keep his kids warm, because it's too cold for them to be outside. I think he's starting to come around a little more about being the Daddy of multiples. I'm hoping that tomorrow will help even more!!! I can't hardly wait! We both are super excited to see our babies again and to hopefully find out the genders!!! Until then....
The heat in my building at work is struggling to keep up since it is so cold outside. It's around 68 degrees in here. If it gets much colder I'm going to head home for the day. But I just had the most amazing cup of hot chocolate!!! Yes, I know, caffeine, chocolate, sugar, all that stuff is bad, but I couldn't help it!! YUMMMM!!! It was so incredible. Have I mentioned that I'm hungry and thirsty 99.9% of the time? That's a blog for another time!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Can't hardly wait....

ok, so T-minus 4 days and counting. Our next ultrasound is scheduled for this Friday, the 16th at 11:45 EST. I can't hardly wait to find out the genders of the babies. I'm anxious to start decorating, but I'm also a little apprehensive. I think that if everything goes well with this next appointment, I will finally be able to relax a little.

I've added a poll (to the right) just for fun. I'm curious to see what everyone things the genders will be. Trust me, I will update my page as soon as we find out!!!

Other than being really excited, nothing much new to post. I'm feeling really "round" lately. I hope to get my camera up and running soon, so I can post my latest picture of the "baby bump".

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Here's a real quick post...

I've been getting emails and texts from people asking where I've been. I've been home in bed. Sick with a double ear infection and strep throat. Sounds like fun huh? Anyone who says yes, I will give it to you with much pleasure!!!

I finally broke down and went to the doctor yesterday. Normally, I would suck it up and deal with it, but since I'm not only taking care of myself anymore, I went to the doctor.

Pretty much there is nothing that they can do. My OB doesn't want me on anti-biotics, because they can mess with the other meds I'm on. So, I just get to hang out and feel miserable....which I really could have done without having to make a trip to the doctor.

I'm hoping this goes away soon! I'm not sure how much longer my poor nose can deal with all of the sneezing!!!

Other than being sick, absolutely nothing else going on. My next doctors appointment is scheduled for Friday, the 16th. Hopefully, we will know the sexes of the babies then!!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Super Human Senses....

Wow! First post of 2009. It honestly seems like just yesterday, Terry and I were on the beach in Florida getting married. What I wouldn't give to be back on that beach right now!! I hate cold weather!! When we win the lottery we are packing up the kids and moving some place warm!! But I digress...

Our new years celebration was extremely uneventful. We went on a power shopping trip trying to find a gift for my niece's birthday party tomorrow. I honestly can not spend five hours shopping like I used to. So, when I was able to hold on for an hour and a half while we went to three different stores, I was very pleased. We still didn't find what she wanted but I did find several other things I've been meaning to pick up.

After our shopping trip, we ran through the drive thru at KFC. (See, I told you it was uneventful) We had our chicken dinner ("winner, winner chicken dinner", a quick reference from the movie 21) and chilled at home for the remainder of the evening. Honestly, I think that I was probably asleep by 9:30. Actually, 9:30 is really good for me. Most evenings I can't manage to keep my eyes open past 8:00. So, I crashed for several hours until my neighbors dog began parking incessantly. The dog started barking around 2:15am and was still barking at 3:30a.m. GRRRR!!! I hate outside animals!!! Granted since becoming pregnant I have developed what Terry refers to as "super human hearing" but this dog is really becoming a huge pain in my @!+$!!!! Why people own animals and keep them locked up on six foot chains is beyond me. My neighbors don't speak English, so I'm thinking about taking up Spanish, just so I can learn how to tell them to shut their dog up!

Besides having super human hearing I also have the acquired an acute sense of smell. I can smell the people on the third floor of our office building popping their afternoon popcorn. (I'm on the first floor) I can smell anyone cooking anything on a barbeque grill from a mile away. Pretty much if there was an entry in the Guiness Book of World Records, for the person who could smell the most from farthest away, I'm fairly positive I would win. Although, the guys in the office have confirmed that there is no such record, we did find the record for most births by one woman.... The greatest recorded number of children born to one mother is 69, to the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev (Russia). In 27 pregnancies between 1725 and 1765 she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets. Only two of the children failed to survive their infancy. The mother also holds the records for giving birth to the most sets of twins and the most sets of quadruplets. In my opinion, those people are officially insane!! How any one could go through this process 27 times must be crazy!!! Trust me I'm not complaining.....I actually feel very blessed to be pregnant, but you can rest assured that I won't be trying to break that record anytime soon!!

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2009 to you all!!