13 weeks and 2 days today. I had a completely different blog thought out and written for today then what i ended up writing.
We had an ultrasound today. Brody has doubled in size. He is now 4 cm instead of 2. And he might even have a buddy hanging around him only about 1 cm. But, as before, they are not concerned.
As of now both babies appear to be healthy and developing correctly. Both heartbeats are in the 140s and we got a thumbs up from the twin specialist. But…
6 weeks ago the twin specialist said there were a few things he wanted to check and account for when I came in today. One thing that was really important was to see if there was a membrane separating the twins. Being that they are in the same gestational sac, not having a membrane could move me to extremely high risk. The membrane works as a separation so that the babies and their cords dont get all tangled together. Big sigh of relief. There is a membrane. *phew!*
The other thing he wanted to check for was to see if they will each have their own placenta or if they are sharing one placenta. If they each have their own, complications will be lower. If they are sharing one placenta, i would be considered middle to high risk since there is a chance that one baby might start stealing nutrients from the other baby. We found that they are sharing a placenta. Bummer.
The fun part about it is that we now know they are identical. THe specialist told me that identical twins are a fluke and are not genetic. So our twins are not because of genetics. The egg split after one egg and one sperm united. What you dont know is that there is MORE to my fathers prophecy about the babies that i didnt share. I will share more later in this blog.
So after we found out about the one placenta bummer, the Doc had to go over all of the complications and risks involved with my type of pregnancy. What he explained to me was hard to accept, but, it is what it is and there is nothing i cant do about it.
1. This was probably the info that upset me the most. He doesnt want me to carry past 35 weeks. This takes my due date from Jaunary 1st to around mid to late november. I went a little foggy after this but i did catch him saying that with my situation, there is a high risk of having a still birth if we try to ride it out to 36 or 37 weeks. He said, “Your babies will be small, and they will have to be n the NICU.
2. Some how the fluid on the back of the babies neck can tell you a significant amount of information about how your baby is developing. Both my babies have what they consider to be normal amounts of fluid in their neck, however, on baby has a bit less then the other and this could be an early sign of one baby stealing nutrients from the other. As of now, he is not concerned about it but wants to monitor it.
3. NOw, we arent here yet so im trying my darndest not to think much about this, BUT, if one baby does start to take from the other a sugary procedure will have to be done. The risk of harm is only 2% vs what the outcome would be if i dont get it. *sigh* we will cross that bridge if we come to it.
Now, about my dads prophecy. I had only shared part of it. So here i go taking a risk and putting it all out there before we really know the outcome. What the Lord told my father over and over again as he prayed was this:
THat there are not enough Godly men on this Earth. That when i get pregnant I will be having 2 twin boys. They will be Sons of Thunder impacting everyone who comes in contact with them. People who come in contact with them will never be the same.
Then the Lord said to my father, “Who better to raise 2 Godly men then Brett and Colleen?”
My dad said when the Lord told him this he literally started jumping around and dancing. IF you know my dad, thats a big deal.
If you could just be praying for the health of these babies and my sanity…that would be great. I know when God purposes something, Satan will try his hardest to kill, steal, and destroy it. And if he cant do that, i will throw doubt in. My doubt and lack of belief is slowly creeping in after hearing some of what i heard from the doc today. But i know God is good. He is good. He is good.