Tuesday, July 24, 2012

28 Week Ultrasound!

I hate having to make my ultrasound and doctor appointments later in the day, just because I have to wait longer! ;) I had an ultrasound this afternoon and PTL, it was another great one! My little Miss. Haylee is still as stubborn as ever picture wise, but she is now head down and off of her brother at least! I am still looking all good and both babies are still growing at the same pace. 

Haylee is 2lbs 1oz now, and Callen is 2lbs 5oz! Apparently, Haylee is looking long and skinny. (Wonder where she gets that from! haha) :) I am so happy that she is now head down, and please pray with me that she stays that way! The only way I can have a natural delivery is if the first baby presents head first and they are both fighting for that position. Callen is looking like the presenting baby for now, but it could go either way, and Haylee is quite the little mover. We got, what I think, is a neat shot of their heads right next to each other. One day, I suppose I'll pull it out to show them that they once liked being close to each other. ;)
We also got another profile of Callen, but no 3D's this time. They are both head down with Callen face up, while Haylee is face down.

I have to say, it is so good to just have positive news to report, I appreciate all the prayers that are being answered! I have another ultrasound in four weeks and another doctor's appointment in two weeks. After those appointments I will start going every week for both and we will be in the home stretch! Crazy!! 

Thank you so much for your prayers and support, I can't wait to bring these babies into this world full of people who already love them!

Here's the pic of their heads right next to each other! So good to see! :)

And here's the latest profile of my Mr. Callen--his nose looks like Noah's to me!

And if you haven't seen it already, I created a page with all of my belly shots in a row here, its crazy to see the changes! :) 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bittersweet Times

Yesterday I had another great doctor's appointment. Everything is looking great, the babies' hearts are strong, they have plenty of fluid, and my blood pressure and everything is still perfectly normal. For those who have been curious, I have gained at total of 13lbs this pregnancy, which is right on track for how I carry. With Noah, I went a few days overdue and only gained 18lbs for the whole pregnancy. So, I'd say that being at 26 weeks with two babies, the 13lbs sounds about right. I thought I had been at 6lbs last appointment (a month ago) but, I think I was mistaken about that; I was more likely at 8-10lbs last month. We don't own a scale, so I haven't been keeping track very well. Luckily, the doctors do that stuff. ;) 

My doctor said it is very few and far between that he has a patient who comes in and doesn't have a complaint or worry--especially with multiples. I do not take this for granted at all, in fact, I make it a point to be very aware and grateful of this fact. God has been so good. I say this, and I truly mean it, because yesterday was the 7 month anniversary of losing Paxton and my precious baby would have been due this week. 

It is so bittersweet. I don't think I could describe it any other way. Everyday something reminds me of that tiny baby I held in my hand, and once carried inside of me. Everyday, when I hold Noah, or feel one of the twins kick, I so wish I would have gotten to experience that with my Paxton. My heart aches, but I am in awe of God's amazing love for us and His perfection. I can't imagine my life without Callen and Haylee already, and knowing that Paxton had to go home for them to happen is bittersweet, but it was always God's plan. As much as it hurts, and as much as it breaks my heart, I have already grown so much. I know having a baby in heaven has already made me a better mother. I know holding that tiny baby in my hand made me so much more aware of the miracle that is life, and how very precious it is. And I know that going through such pain, together with Ben, deciding together right away to be thankful anyway, and being there for each other through this journey has strengthened our marriage more than anything we could have ever done ourselves. Callen and Haylee don't replace Paxton, but they are miracles all their own and a gracious gift from a loving Heavenly Father. I can't wait to meet my baby one day when I go home to heaven, and I can't wait to hold these little babies that are kicking away inside of me as I type. I guess as I write these updates, as I enjoy and experience this pregnancy, it is all bittersweet, but God is so good and I am so thankful.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Ultrasound #2!

Well, we had our second ultrasound at 8am today! I am very happy to report that both Callen & Haylee are doing well and so am I, Praise God! :)

I am currently 25 weeks and 3 days pregnant. Callen is measuring at 1 lb 8 oz, which puts him measuring at 24 wks 3 days, and Haylee is measuring at 1 lb 5 oz, which puts her measuring at 23 wks 3 days. So far, the doctor there is perfectly happy with this. Haylee was a little smaller than Callen last month as well, but it seems to be consistent and not increasing. I am scheduled to go back for another ultrasound in 3 weeks instead of 4, just to make sure she is still growing at the same pace and not losing momentum. The big concern with the babies is that one may take a majority of the nutrients from the placenta and not leave enough for the other. For right now, the doctor is pretty confident that Haylee is simply on a smaller growth curve than Callen and will be just a little more petite, but the ultrasound in three weeks will confirm that.

My cervix is still completely closed with no thinning or anything, praise God. At each ultrasound they check and any signs of that will put me on bed rest! The doctor there has assured me over and over that this is a very healthy pregnancy so far, and since they specialize in ultrasounds and see many multiples pregnancies, it really does make me relieved to hear it from him! :)

Now onto the fun stuff--our little girl seems to be quite the stinker already! Miss. Haylee has her butt and feet covering her brother's head and face and she herself is turned still so we can't see her face either! And she was actively kicking her brother in the head. I'm betting that Callen will be perfectly happy to sleep on his own, apart from her once they're born, haha! ;) The babies were SO active this morning, they were kicking and headbutting the ultrasound tech out of their way, it was too funny.

Here's a picture of Callen's face covered by Haylee's butt. Her hip bones are what's showing. I guess that's a good looking ear! haha


Here's all we could get of Haylee, its just a 2D profile--I think her first one was better. Like I said--little stinker. ;)

Anyway, thank you all so much for all of the prayers and encouragement, it means so much to us all! My next regular doctor's appointment is in one week, on July 10th and the next ultrasound is in three weeks, on July 24th! I've been keeping the Things Needed post updated by adding items I've received on the registry. Keep in mind, so far all those things have been found 2nd hand, and I am perfectly happy with that! :) I have gotten a few preemie things for both babies, and some clothes for Haylee too, but more of either is definitely still needed.

Thanks again from all of us, I look forward to updating you all next week after my doctor's appointment--Keep the prayers coming! :)