Today was already shaping up to be a good day because of the removal of my IV (though the terbutaline shakes haven’t worn off entirely yet) but it got even better with my ultrasound.
The ultrasound had to be a little rushed becuase it was done in my hospital room, rather than over in the clinic and the dr. was a little pressed for time. That being said- it still went great! Both babies look terrific and unfortunately, are both still breech. That was the only slight downer from the exam. They are so big now, that it is becoming less likely that they will flip into a presenting position… which means a mandatory c-section. But, if that’s the biggest of my worries out of this entire thing, then we are lucky indeed!
Growing like weeds
The ultrasound measures the babies’ growth and estimated it at about 4 1/2 pounds each! They have been putting on weight like champs! And the outside of my belly shows it. Not only is it stretched tight as a drum, but it has taken on that shiny quality that balloons have when you’ve slightly over-filled them with air. I also think my pelvic bones are doing some last minute stretching of their own, they have been sore all day.
My cervix also looked pretty great on the ultrasound- it had about 1.5cm in length still (which is really good) and seemed to be relatively unchanged over the last week. An ultrasound can’t tell how dilated you are- you need a physical exam for that…. so, let’s just say "unchanged" for the moment and call that good enough.
So, I’ve got a few more days in the hospital, but at the moment it looks like I may get a chance to return home, however briefly, before the girls arrrive. I know Tony has been hard at work making final preparations and getting the diaper stations set up on each floor. I’m sure he’s had a heart to heart with the animals too- letting them know things are going to change and they’ll need to start making their own meals and scooping their own poop. What a fantasy! Too bad though, I’d love to see Daisy looking after the kitty food. Those cats would get skinny indeed.
I’ll keep you posted!