Thursday, September 10, 2009

Insane in the membrane

While mentally preparing for my visit with the MFM today, I reminded myself that they would not be able to see a membrane yet.  Even if it was there, they would not be able to see it.  Not yet. My inner dialogue went something like this:

Ok.  BREATHE.  So just hope to see heartbeats in the 120s and somewhat equal and accurate growth.  TWINKS - This is your mother.  When you are (hopefully) born into this world, you will never hear me say this, but please DO NOT SHARE.  I mean it! I am not kidding.  Do NOT make me pull this uterus over! Go to your sacs and stay there until at least mid-March!  I'm counting.  One...twooooo.

Today I'm 8w3d and from what I have heard and read, they are not able to detect a membrane until 15-16 weeks.  That's why so many monochorionic twins are originally misdiagnosed as monochorionic monoamniotic (momo) and a membrane is later found.  

So you can imagine my surprise when I went in today and and the AWESOME ultrasound tech told me that they would definitely be able to see the membrane if it was th....OH THERE IT IS!!!!  



Each of the Twinkies was present and accounted for and had his/her OWN bubble of amniotic fluid.  (cue choir of angels)

Other than the news of Piglet's clean amnio results a few years ago, I have NEVER felt so relieved in all my life.  



Anyway, so here are Les Twinkies.  Do you see their darling little bubbles?  

Notice how the u/s tech officially labeled them as Mono Di just in case I have a panic attack later and think I dreamt this whole thing?  

Strong fluttering heartbeats of 167 and 166 that looked like someone flickering the lights on and off.  

Measuring exactly the same 1.5cm (cashews!) and on schedule.

According to the perinatologist, this means our risk factor goes wayyyyy down.  We still have a 15% chance of developing TTTS (twin-to-twin-transfusion syndrome) as the twins share one placenta but he stressed that I should not focus on that possibility (yeah, right)!  

For now, for today, Les Twinks are out of immediate danger and are happy, growing and ALIVE.  

Today was a good day.  So very good. 

Thank you EVERYONE!  You are most excellent cheerleaders and hoping-for-the-besters EVER. 


Megan said...

Wahoo! Wahoo!! So glad for the wonderful news and love the beautiful pics.

Anonymous said...

A-MAZ-ING!!! I am so happy for you - and Lew Twinks - what great news!!!

Dr. A said...

McMillerPDX is so happy for you, for les twinkies, for Mr MVK and Piglet. He will be the best big brother. And my guess about gender is further reenforced by the heartbeats. Congrats! Hoepfully you can relax and focus on your saltines for awhile.

Eileen said...

YAY for a fabulous ultrasound! So excited for you!

Christie said...

Congrats from the folks at the condo. (We come to you by The Wagners Five, who alerted us to your blog and via McMillerPDX, who had a link.)

Kelly said...

Wish you could hear the collective sighs of relief from all of your friends who have been praying for you and those fabulous little ones. So happy for you, Gene and Reid!

Jammie J. said...

Oh!! That is such great news! I'm so happy that they listened to their mother and you didn't have to pull your uterus over. :)

Jessica said...

Such wonderful news. And what a great picture!

Ang said...

Oh my gosh, love the photo! And I am so happy to hear the good news! (I even read this post out loud to Sean to share the news with him). Happy, happy happiness!!!

'Murgdan' said...

What great news! And what an awesome picture you have there.

Cameron said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm soooo happy for you! :)

Simone said...

OMG!! that is FANTASTIC news!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!

Simone xoxo

Mo and Will said...

that is great news. congrats, miss mvk!


Meredith said...

WONDERFUL news!! I am so, So, SO happy to read this news! Whoohoo!!!

Carrie said...

I knew it was there! :) They saw ours at 8 weeks!

YAY babies! Keep sharing that placenta and your space nicely. Make Mommy happy.

Molly said...

I've just gotten caught up since school started. Oh goodness -- there are no words. Literally. Speechless. Sending you my LURVE!

Joy said...

I'm still so so so so excited for you guys and so happy to hear your wonderful news! Beautiful babies, momma! Love me some membrane! Big hugs!

Amber said...

Yay! That is SUCH great news. I realized today that I hadn't checked in on you in a long time and that you'd probably had your appointment by now. I promise to be a better blog-stalker in the future. :)