Wednesday, September 15, 2010

One Boy, One Girl, Both Healthy but...

Hey everyone!

We went to the doctors yesterday and had our 20 week ultrasound.

Got some great news - 1 boy, 1 girl, both healthy.

We did find out that we're on a different path than most and we're likely going to have to be more careful and more checked-on by our medical professionals.

Here's the scoop:

The boy has developed to a 21 week stage (a bit ahead of the curve).

The girl has only developed to 17 weeks or so (behind the curve).

Obviously this raised an alarm with the doctors and so they did some more checking around.

It seems our gal (our little scrapper) has some small issues with her placenta.  She's getting stuff from it, but not at an ideal rate.

She's developing, healthy, and has all her parts (arms, toes, etc.) but is just growing at a slower rate than normal.

What does it mean?

Right now, it means we wait, we watch, and we incubate.

The doctors have told us to continue to live a normal life, with a little more rest and less stress in Melissa's life.  That means always taking a break when she's tired.   Lying down for a rest over lunch.  Lying down for a rest after work.  Afternoon naps on the weekends... and so on.

Down the road it means we will likely have an earlier delivery than the normal 40 weeks.

The goal is 32 weeks.  12 weeks from now.

We'll be checked and monitored by the medical professionals as we go.

Should I be worried?

No, not right now.

Both of the doctors we met with yesterday stressed to us that while this is a rare situation, nothing indicates that both babies are anything but healthy and normal (with the exception of our little scrapper's growth rate).

Is there anything can I do?

Wait with us.

Shoot up a little prayer that our little scrapper keeps growing and getting the all the good stuff she needs to continue for another 12 weeks.

Understand that our schedule may get a little zany here in the next few weeks as we continue to prep for our guy and gal and try to give Melissa the best opportunities to have them keep growing well.  We may be flying by the seats of our pants even more than we normally do!!!

Have you named them yet?

Maybe.  But no one gets to find out until after they are born.

Not a single person.

Just Melissa and I.

Well that's the good news!

A boy and a girl.  Barbie dolls and baseball bats.  Army toys and tiaras.

We're still stoked and excited and can't wait until the little poop-machines get here!

Well... we can wait for 12 weeks or so.

We hope all is well with you and your families!

All our best,

Mike and Melissa