Thursday, September 23, 2010

Now That I've Gotten That Off My Chest...


& The Gender Guess Giveaway Winner

So there was no sugar coating my emotions on Tuesday - I was sad/ frustrated/ overwhelmed etc. etc. etc. That being said, I have had A LOT OF TIME over these last 48+ hours of bedrest to come to terms with the not so pretty news I was given, and try to move forward - while laying as still as possible of course, so that's what I am doing (for now at least, you never can predict the mood of the next post.)

So I did INDEED have a winner to my little gender guess giveaway. I will preface this by saying, again, that this is what we believe the twins to be, based on ultrasounds up until this point, but it is still too early to know definitively.

FIRST THE NEWS -

At our 14 week appointment we saw three lines and a rocket ship! You guessed it - We believe Baby A is a BOY (this one they said they were 99% sure about) and Baby B is a GIRL (This they were less sure of at this point, because Baby B hides in the shadows behind my belly button.)

The winner of my giveaway is none other than...

VIOLETT 1122 of Searching For LadyBugs!

Congrats Violett!
You can email me your address at doinggoodinhername(at)gmail(dot)com and I will get your prize in the mail for you right away!

I read Violet's latest post, and saw that she just learned the gender of her little bean as well - a boy! As a giveaway prize I wanted to get something symbolic for her, and when I came across this book, I just couldn't pass it up because it seemed extremely fitting - both because of the name of her blog, and because of the anxiously awaited birth of her little one.

How perfect a title is that? Violette, I really hope you enjoy reading this to your little baby boy when he arrives.

NOW DOWN TO THE NITTY GRITTY ABOUT THIS SCH BUSINESS-

A few commentors asked me about what could be done for this SCH, and at this point, sadly, nothing. I asked my doctor about blood thinners to bleed it out, and she said at this point that that is not something that they would try (I guess the benefit at this size clot would not outweigh the risk.) There is very little, intervention that they will do prior to 20 weeks of pregnancy, to stave off pre-term labor etc, so for now we just wait, and pray, and hope. In response to theluckylife's question, regarding how the SCH works, the damn things unfortunately are pretty unpredictable, so I will share what I have been told is a "best case scenario" for us to pray on.

SCH's can disappear in one of two ways. They can bleed out (hence the reason I asked the doctor about blood thinners) or they can be reabsorbed. If this is to happen, they say it usually resolves by about the 20th week of pregnancy. If it hasn't by then, they say it most likely will stick around for the remainder.

The increased risks associated with SCH (miscarriage, placental abruption, preterm labor, stillbirth) unfortunately remain even if the clot has resolved. I don't know why that is, they just do.

So I guess if we were sending a specific cry out to the universe, it would be for the SCH to either bleed out or reabsorb, and for the babies to be sheltered from any of these other risks. It's scary stuff to think about, but I do believe in my heart, that regardless of this latest shit storm, getting over this hurdle with healthy babies at the end of this pregnancy is a possiblity, so that is where I am trying to put all my energy.

So I guess that's about all to report from here. Hubs's cooking has improved by the day (thank Goodness) and he surprised me tonight with a yummy dish of rice, broccoli, and an organic (and of course nitrate/nitrite free) maple chicken sausage. So delish! I ate it, enjoyed it, and have thus far kept it down :).

AND SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT (or at least something that makes me smile) -

I will leave you with this, my latest snowflakes belly shot -
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I KNOW THIS CAN BE A TRIGGER FOR SOME, SO I AM PUTTING SOME SPACE HERE FOR THOSE SUFFERING LOSS/INFERTILITY WHO MAY NOT WANT TO SEE IT.
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I think our pup Charlotte knows something is up, don't you?

Thanks again for all the prayers!

15 comments:

  1. That is ONE beautiful picture! I'm glad you;re feeling a bit better today. I've been thinking about you so much lately. I'm going to put your email address in my phone so I can bug you ALL DAY LONG and keep you company ;o) Feel free to ignore me.

    CONGRATULATIONS on a boy AND a girl! grow Snowflakes GROW! As far as the SCH, well it can just GO AWAY!

    Sending you lots of love to you, hubby and the Snowflakes!
    *HUGS*

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  2. What a beautiful picture. I am sure your pup knows exactly what is going on. My dogs always seems to know from day one. I am praying so hard for you and those babies.

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  3. Oh, I'm not gonna lie, I'm so jealous!! Just the perfect little gift, one of each!!! I hope that happens to me soon!

    I'm praying that dagone SCH to go away!!!! I know you'll stay completely still if you can, but I'm praying it goes away so you're not confined to the bed!!! That book is too cute and so great for the winner! Hilarious!!

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  4. What a beautiful bump! :D Grow lil snowflakes grow! :D

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  5. nice picture. Worth to win!Take care of yourself! I always pray for you and the baby. My mum loves you

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  6. i'm so terribly sorry you have to cope with all of this. it is just awful to have this piled on after all you have been through. i hope your bedrest goes extremely well and that everything is resolved in the next few weeks.

    i wanted to mention - you said your doctors are unwilling to do much in the way of intervention before 20 weeks. this is totally just my two cents, but could you consider asking them for P17 (progesterone shots) starting week 16 or 17? studies show that a weekly injection significantly reduces the risk of pre-term labor in some cases. i'll say that it has not been shown to have much effect in the case of twins, but i know for a fact that it is administered to moms carrying twins anyway - because it can't hurt and it could help! just something to think about - if you need it i'd be happy to give you the name of the doctor in boston who showed me these stats...

    thinking of you - please take care. xo

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  7. Oh my goodness!!

    I have to admit, I don't have some mystical power... it was a random guess on my part! A boy and a girl - how exciting! I'm so glad your little ones are doing well through all of this - I'm sending out daily prayers for you and your babies.

    Thank you, Kristin, for the book! It is so perfect, and I can't wait to share it with my little boy. Thanks for taking the time to find something that was just perfect!

    Your picture just made my day!

    Thanks again!!!

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  8. Wow! A boy and a girl...how exciting! I am glad your hubby's cooking has improved:) Such a cute picture and cute bump. Still praying for you and the babies.

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  9. Hooray for a boy and a girl, that is so great. I just love your baby bump. I am glad so far the food has stayed down. I really hope it continues that way. I am your hubs cooking has improved, maybe he can send my hubs a few tips, lol. Well I know it isn't fun to be stuck at home but I know it will all be worth it. Sending you positive vibes!!

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  10. I just love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A) You are simply adorable. AH-DOR-AH-BULL.

    B) Those babies look beautiful on you.

    C) Hooray for another sweet little girl and a baby boy!!!!!

    D) GO AWAY SCH...however you want, just DO IT and leave those babies alone.

    Just praying for you!!!!

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  11. How awesome a boy and a girl! :) I hope that the SCH will go away before 20 wks.

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  12. You look great, and I'm glad for some yummy food for you. Hoping with you all the way...sending love to those little snowflakes and you.

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  13. keeping you guys in prayer. (And you look great!)

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  14. Even though my guess was totally wrong, I'm thrilled with the boy/girl combo. Honestly, I would be more thrilled if the whole blood clot thing would just go away, and I know you feel the same!!

    Your belly is way cute. When are you returning to the doctor?

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  15. That's the most beautiful photo I've seen all day.

    Wishing you lots and lots of good news.

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