It’s getting down to the wire with the twins. They’re due December 7th and we’re hoping Janis makes it that far. But we’re on tenterhooks. We just came back from the OB and her blood pressure is hovering in the high 80s (anything 90 or above and they start looking for symptoms of preeclampsia and sentence you to the hospital). Thank God, we’re not there yet.
Janis is on "almost strict" bed rest. She can move around the house, but needs to strictly limit going up and down stairs. She, of course, can only leave the house to go to the doctor’s office. Dr. Levine says that every spare ounce of energy she can preserve (by not moving) helps the babies to grow stronger.
At our last visit, the babies gave us a bit of a scare though not a big one. The girl had grown 8 oz and this was good. But the boy had grown only 2 ounces and slipped from the 46th percentile (2 weeks prior) to the 10th. Now, the 10th percentile still isn’t grounds for fear, but it is grounds for concern. With a single pregnancy, when the baby gets to the 5th percentile or below, the OB begins to consider immediate delivery. With twins, everything is smaller so the standards on which you base such a decision are different. But if they stop growing when we do the next ultrasound (around Thanksgiving), then we might do an immediate delivery.
We’re now just over 35 weeks. As 38 is considered full term for twins and 36 guarantees full lung development, we’re in a pretty good space. But I’d love Janis to get close to 38 weeks. We’ll see how it goes. We’re a little rattled. But in a year’s time I’ll look back on this post and see it as irrelevant (I hope). But now, it feels like crunch time.
We’re doing all those things you do when you’re getting ready for a baby. The room where the twins will live is getting cleaned out and painted this week. I went out last week and…get this…bought a Nissan Quest mini-van. Yes, the things we do that we’ve never before contemplated! I definitely never thought myself mini-van material. But things change. We bought a Volvo V-70 station wagon in March. Janis got pregnant in April. If only I’d waited to buy that Volvo a few weeks, I wouldn’t now be stuck with a mini-van and a station wagon as my two cars. I long for the day when the Volvo lease ends and I can buy the tiniest car available–perhaps a Toyota hybrid.
I just bought a Canon digital camera online so I can get lots of shots of the newcomers. Now, lets hope the camera arrives before the little ones do!
Thanks to all those readers who’ve wished us well on reading my previous baby posts. We’ll sure need all the love and good wishes we can get over the next year.
I haven’t blogged here in a while. Which leads me to my next subject. I can see that the frequency of my posting is going to have to go down. When you’ve got three babies under four, something’s gotta give; and I guess it’s gotta be my blog. I dearly love this blog and I’m gonna miss blogging. But I’m not giving it up entirely. I can just see that the frequency of my posting is going to decline and there may even be periods with nothing from me.
I’m looking forward to the day I can get back to this. But it may take a while.
Besha’a tovah umutslahat!
I do not have much time to follow other people’s blogs, but I checked yours once in a while to see hoe the pregnancy of your wife is going.
Keep up the apparently pretty good spirits, I am sure besides me more people are thinking about you.
As you can see the ‘e’ is close to the ‘w’ on the keyboard, I meant to write ‘how’. ‘How’ happens to be ‘hoe’ in Dutch ( and ‘hoe’ in Hebrew is ‘he’ in English etc etc ).
Andrew Schamess says
Twins – what a blessing. I hope all goes well. It’s funny how having kids makes you more of an activist in a sense. At least that’s what happened to me. It wasn’t just about my own opinions any more, it’s about their future. I do a lot of my blogging at 3 am while I’m up with the baby. But two… plus an older one… Will you have some help at home?