I know that today is Saturday, however yesterday was Friday and trust me, it was FREAKY.
I had an ultrasound yesterday. It was part of an early genetic test that is a blood draw and an ultrasound. I forget what the name of the test is called. We decided to do it so we could have an early ultrasound. The midwives usually don't do those. With the way things have gone in the past year and a half, seeing the baby just would make us feel that much more secure.
The appointment was at 1. I get in there and they lay me down and get the goop and all of that. The tech puts the wand on my belly. She moves it around. I'm very nervous at this point because I just don't know what will be seen. I'm full of worries, which is understandable.
The tech says "hmmm". This peaks my interest. I say "hmm, what?" I'm looking at the screen and I see this.
I know that looks weird, right? You can see the little circle, and then a mass in the middle. However, it's not RIGHT for an ultrasound of a baby. What is hard to see is the OTHER circle on the right hand side of the picture. Let me see if I can make it more pronounced.
The tech looks at me and says "Well, it's twins. Did you know it was twins?"
"Uh, no, I didn't."
"Sometimes people come in knowing it's twins, sometimes not. They are fraternal. They each have their own placenta and sac, and that's a good thing. You don't have to worry about sharing blood flow or any of that."
She took more pics, and I got a couple of each baby.
Baby A, which is on my right side, though in the pic, he/she is on the left is a little smaller than Baby B. Baby A currently measures at 11 wks and 6 days. Baby B measures at 12 wks and 4 days. So about 5 days apart. My due date stays the same as August 12.
To say we are in shock seems like a silly assesment of the word. It may very well be BEYOND shock. Now that it's really sinking in, I'm starting to worry about things that I have no control over. Things like who is going to sit with our kids while I have the babies. What if I end up with a c-section. I really don't want major abdominal surgery. If I have a c-section, I'll have to stay at the hospital longer, who will take care of the kids for even longer? How will I care for 2 newborns and chase after Izzy and the rest of the kids while healing from a c-section?
Jason is worried about more practical, yet plannable and fixable things. He's worried about making sure we have enough car seats. What happens when all of us, including Katy, want to go somewhere, we'll need a 2nd vehicle or a bigger 1st one. Where will we PUT everyone? He's also worried about providing for all of us, understandably.
We don't know yet what the sex of the babies are/is. We'll find out if we can however.
I called the midwives office yesterday after getting home. I wanted to know if I was going to be switched to a doctor full time and all of that. I'll see a doc about every 3rd visit, but not full time. I'm really hoping for a vaginal delivery, and with having midwives, that will be more likely to happen. I'll also be getting a lot more of the ultrasounds. Possibly as often as once a month. So we will definately have PLENTY of opportunities to figure out who these babies are and finding the names to suit them correctly. Right now, we are sticking with one boy name and one girl name. We are considering a 2nd name for each sex, but really haven't gotten in to talks about it yet. I'm waiting until I know if we need an additional name or not.
I have decided that if we do have at least one girl, for the duplicate items we need, car seats and what not, I'll be going totally pink. I'm not a fan of pink personally, but I like the dress up-ness of little baby girls. Dress up-ness? I think I just made up a new word.
I have had multiple dreams about having twins, one boy and one girl. I was brushing it off, but apparently, I should have listened harder!
Here are the other pics of the babies. It says whether it's Baby A or B on the pics. Prayers and blessings everyone. Have a happy weekend.