Friday, May 1, 2009

Perfection, the cavalry arrives & a birthday!

If I'm ever going to be considered a true blogger I'm going to have to do a better job of posting, huh? Sorry for the delay, but here, at long last, is the update!

We had our first set of BPPs for the babies on April 23. All babies scored perfect 8 out of 8s!!! There was no detailed growth scan that day as they only perform growth scans every 2 weeks.

So, it was back to the doctor on April 30 for BPPs and a growth scan. Once again, all babies scored 8 out of 8! They also performed a detailed growth scan. At 31 weeks 1 day:

Baby A (boy) weighed 4 lbs. 0 oz.
Baby B (boy) weighed 3 lbs. 9 oz.
Baby C (girl) weighed 3 lbs. 10 0z.

And yes, that is 11 lbs. 3 oz. of baby. :-)

They gave us the percentages for what that growth would be if the babies were singletons. Baby A would be in the 64th percentile, Baby B would be in the 46th percentile and Baby C would be in the 48th percentile. The doctors were really pleased with this growth rate, as were we.

It is so crowded in there. It is hard to distinguish anything when looking at the ultrasound - I am amazed at what the sonographers can see. Pictures at this point are pretty futile because unless you're a trained sonographer it just looks like white noise. :-)

In related, yes there really are three babies in there news, the doctor has indicated that if we truly want to make our goal of 35 weeks, the time has come to stop working. I'm working this coming Monday and Tuesday wrapping things up but will then be at home full time. It is a good thing that Carl's Mom arrived this week to stay for the duration. She has already been a great help with Joshua. And I know that both Carl and I truly appreciate having her here. Since I haven't been able to, oh, load the dishwasher, do laundry, bathe Joshua or do any sort of normal household work for a good two months now, the man deserves a break!

But, perhaps the most exciting news is....WE HAVE A SCHEDULED BIRTHDAY!!! That's right, assuming all continues to go well the babies are scheduled to be born on May 28th at 35 weeks 1 day. At that gestation, they may have to spend some time in the NICU, but their lungs should be well developed and the NICU stay will hopefully not be extensive.

We have been truly blessed with a complication free pregnancy thus far. We are just continuing to pray that it remains so. Thank you to all of you out there for the thoughts, prayers, support, texts, calls, e-mails and well-wishes. It has made all the difference.

27 days until birthdays!!!


Kathy & Chris said...

Oh my gosh! How exciting! I can't believe you are so close. I hope the next 27 days are uneventful and go by quickly.

Anandi said...

Yay! Congratulations!! Does that mean you've sorted out the names yet? :)

"Me in a Word" said...

Excellent! This is great news ... and make sure you take advantage of the next 27 days the calvary! :)

Heather Worthington said...

Glad to hear everybody is doing well! I am so glad you have help. Make sure you take advantage and get some rest:). The end is in sight:)!!!

The Gausmans said...

Kathy - thanks for the well wishes! We're down to 24 days & they can't go fast enough. :)

Anandi - We're 95% sure on the names....however we're saving them until the babies are born. There has to be some surprise, right? :)

Me in a Word - We are definitely taking advantage of the cavalry. We haven't eaten this well in months!

Heather - Yes, the end is definitely in sight & I cannot wait!!!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

How exciting.....Just found your blog and enjoyed reading it.
I hope you will stop by and visit me. The May give away has started....and next week I will be blogging from Disney World.