Tales from my life as a mom of 2 sons and 2 daughters


Cheli On Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I had an OB appointment today. It was my first time meeting this OB. Before this I had been seeing a midwife but being that I'm high risk it's better for me to be followed by an OB. So the OB decided that since this was his first time meeting me he wanted to get an ultrasound real quick so he could see the babies for himself.

He said they look great. Baby A is measuring right along with my due date at 13 weeks 6 days (I'm 14 weeks 2 days) and Baby B is measuring a considerable amount smaller at 13 weeks even. He was slightly concerned about the difference in size especially as he said it looks like they are sharing a placenta. He said that his machine isn't all that great but from what he can see there is only one. So what does that mean?It means that the twins most likely are monochorionic/diamniotic (MoDi). Which means they are in separate amniotic sacs but share a placenta. It also means that most likely the are identical! YAY!!!

He wants me to go in for a level 2 ultrasound as soon as the insurance does the pre-authorization and we can get the appointment set up to make sure they are in fact sharing a placenta. Sharing a placenta puts them at increased risk for TTTS (Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome) which can be a completely devastating condition resulting in losing 1 or even both of the twins if not monitored very very closely. So hopefully we'll have a Level 2 Ultrasound date tomorrow.

Baby A-- face shot

Baby B
Cheli On Monday, March 29, 2010

April 8th at 8am I will be taking my NCLEX-RN.


In other news.. I'm 14 weeks today. And I am already showing quite well... (please excuse the mess that is my bedroom.. I have not had the energy to put away the laundry)
We decided this past weekend that it was time to cut River's hair. He's only had 3 hair cuts in his life. The first was at 2 when we trimmed his hair to keep it out of his eyes and get the fly aways tamed. The 2nd was right before he turned 3 when he got lice from somewhere. We shaved his head that time. This time he is 4 years 2 months and we decided of our choice to shave his head. He hasn't been wanting us to brush it or wash it and he was looking raggedy so off it came. It will grow back quickly I'm sure and it will keep him cooler during Florida summers. (I'm trying to add pictures of the cut but blogger is being stupid)

Both boys are sick. They have strep throat. Awesome. They've been on antibiotics for about 3 days now and River is feeling a lot better but Journey still sounds pretty rough and isn't having very good nights right now. Other than being sick though Journey is starting to talk a lot more which is great. He tried to imitate a lot of the sounds and words we make which is a great start.
Cheli On Monday, March 22, 2010
The big news for this update???


And with the 2nd trimester has come the freedom from the nausea (for the most part) and a bit more energy, which I am VERY thankful for. I still get nauseated if I go too long with out eating and have a bit of nausea first thing in the morning but it's short lived.

OK on to the boys.

River has been having some behavior issues with school. Acting up. Not listening. Back talking. He's been having behavior problems at home. So we talked with his pediatrician about it and (surprise surprise) she thinks ADHD. So we are taking him to Clay Behavioral for evaluation and a 2nd opinion. His appointment is tomorrow. He wont' be put on any medication even if he does have ADHD for at least a few years as it's not recommended for a child under age 6. So hopefully they'll be able to give us some techniques or some direction on how to help him calm down and focus. Other than his behavior, he's doing amazingly well. He loves school, loves learning. He is fully potty trained during the day, the night time is still a ways off as he sleeps so heavy but that's okay.

Journey is growing well and doing good. We are officially done with his Synagis injections. For those who dont' remember/ know what they are for... they are injections he gets every 28 days for RSV prevention. He gets them from October through April both last year and this year. But now that he is 2 he is out of the "danger age" for RSV and no longer has to get them. He is still getting speech therapy once a week and although we've seen an improvement he is still way behind on his expressive speech ( his talking) but he's ahead in his receptive (understand and comprehension of what's said). So who knows. He is so smart though, he knows 1/2 of his letters by sight, can recognized numbers up to 10, knows some of his shapes, and some of his colors. he know tons of animals and the sounds they make. He is such a love bug still and I LOVE it.

Our problem with him recently has been night time. He goes to bed easily but then an hour or 2 later he wakes up crying and about an hour after that he wakes up again and can't be consoled back to sleep. Doug has taken to sleeping on the couch with him so that he doesn't wake River (they are sharing a room now in preparation of needing the extra room for the babies) or I (he tends to want to play when he comes to bed with me). And we really need to break him of the habit but neither of us is willing to let him cry it out. Hopefully it's fixed before the babies come though.

So that's our update for now :)
Cheli On Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I had an appointment today with my MW and for an ultrasound. The appointment was quick and so was the ultrasound. Both babies look wonderful. They are measuring 9 weeks 1 day which puts my due date at October 5th. But I will still deliver in September. Baby A has a heart rate of 178 and Baby B has a heart rate of 183 :) I go back April 7th for my next appointment.