Tuesday, March 19, 2013

31 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant With Monoamniotic Twins

I am 31 weeks and three days pregnant and exactly one week from meeting these special babies. When we learned about our monoamniotic twins in early November, I couldn't even visualize making it to this point. I hoped for it, but could not imagine. There seemed so many things that could go wrong between then and now. We are so lucky that nothing has gone wrong and we only have 7 days to go.

Something very cute has been happening in my inbox every day. My husband, Neil has been sending me photogtaphs of friends and family helping me to count down the days until the planned c-section on the 26th. I never know who will show up in my email, but I have really enjoyed seeing everyone and getting the support from afar. I don't think Neil got permission from everyone to post them on my blog, but the photos are truly fantastic.

My most recent roommate moved out of my room today and I am basking in the privacy I have been missing. Who knows when the next roommate will move in, but I will enjoy this solitude while I have it.

It snowed again last night in Copenhagen and looks positively wintry outside. I heard a rumor that it will continue to snow through April and then in May we can expect Spring to arrive. This sounds pretty bleak, but at least I am not stuck in a hospital during sunny and amazing weather.

I am not really stuck here, as I have made a practice of leaving for a few hours here and there, especially on weekends. I am under the impression that many people think I am here on bed rest. I'm not. I am really only required to be in my room three times a day for the monitoring of the babies' heartbeats. Other than that, I have twice weekly ultrasounds and occasional meetings with doctors. This week, Neil and I toured the neonatal unit to get an idea of what we're in for next. The doctors and nurses there are very optimistic about our babies and we hope they are right. A rule of thumb for a NICU stay is that we should not expect to bring our babies home any earlier than their due date (May 18th), but I am hopeful that we will get to go home with them before then. I suppose that next Tuesday when the babies are born, we will begin a new kind of countdown or will it be a count up?

I do not want to take anything for granted, so I continue to hope the heart monitoring and ultrasounds look good as we move closer and closer to March 26th and I continue to be grateful to have made it so far without incident.

One week from today!!! Can you believe it?


1 comment:

  1. Wow, Jodi - you are living a daily challenge, but also a daily miracle! Thinking of you & wishing you and the twins all the best! By the way - my cousin was born at 29 weeks (it was very scary) and he is now 4 years old and 100% healthy & amazing. It is incredible how well preemies thrive these days - I know your twins will do very well! How much they will appreciate having kosher-for-Passover products for their birthday cakes, I can't say... :) Rachel