Sunday, March 30, 2014

Long week-

It's been a whirlwind week.

I had my OB appointment Tuesday and all was (is) well there. I go back in 4 weeks, we'll do my 1 hour glucose tolerance test, then we start bi-weekly appointments. We might go ahead and schedule my c-section too (yikes) for 38 weeks. We're 25 weeks now, so that leaves 13 weeks left maximum (of course they might come earlier). I see MFM on the 11th for another growth scan to see how the babies are doing.

After the appointment we had to head south for an overnight stay because A had a business meeting early in the morning. He would have had to get up at 3am here to make it on time because of the drive time, so we just drove down the night before and decided to plan a little surprise side trip for V.

So we went down, got caught in a snow storm with limited visibility for most of the duration (seriously whiteout conditions at times). Luckily it wasn't sticking, it just made seeing more than a car/semi-truck away from you impossible. We got to the hotel alright though, and tried to relax for the evening. This was V's first time staying overnight somewhere other than home, so he was rather wound up but it was all good.

In the morning A went to his meeting while the little guy and I chilled at the hotel. Afterward we went on our second part of the trip- the big surprise for V! We were very close to an aquarium we had planned to visit earlier last year but had to cancel, so how could we skip that opportunity? V loves aquariums and fish; I mean if we pass the fish in the pet section at the supermarket he freaks out. We walked in there and he lost it, he just kept yelling, "Look! A fish!" It was wonderful. I was exhausted, we had barely any sleep, but it was totally worth it to see his face light up like that. He spent the whole time pointing out fish, sharks, alligators and crocodiles (which he thought were dinosaurs and dragons) just eating it up. At the end I was sore, hungry, and I just wanted to go home but I definitely don't regret it: it was awesome.

The next day I intended to rest away my aches, then catch up on housework... sadly, V came down with the stomach flu. Big time. All night he was up and down puking, then into the next day. He was miserable, the poor kid. He didn't throw up today though, so I think we're on the mend- let's hope anyway. So now the disinfecting process begins and hopefully I won't catch it because that would be awful, especially in my condition. I assume A will be safe because he never catches anything, ha. He always seems to be lucky like that.

We had plans for tomorrow, but we had to nix them. Hopefully we can get some rest instead (between cleaning, yikes) goodness knows we all need it!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Appointment update- 23 weeks

The babies both looked good. It was a really long day so I didn't get a chance to come here and update. A is about 1 lb 7 oz, and B is 1 ob 8oz. There was much kicking to be had, they were playing footsie and at one point B decided to kick A in the crotch. Sibling love, I'm telling ya! They both looked good though, they think they've gotten all the necessary shots now (continue the anatomy checks) and there were no signs of an issue.

After the appointment we did a little shopping, then had to come back here and get things done around the house. It's been a very stressful week, and I'm just glad that today I can relax. I probably won't, because there are a million things to do, but I'm going to try and stay as idle as possible. Ha!

V is still pretty clueless about what's going on. He'll tell you where the babies are sometimes, or pet my belly when we tell him to be gentle (you know, not jump and kick there), but usually he just looks confused. We try to keep him involved, he goes to our scans, we show him the baby on the screen, take him shopping (where he always seems to get something too, hmmm), got him his own "baby" too. I plan on making him a big brother basket/present to help with the transition, so he won't feel as left out, and maybe have him buy special presents for the babies too. It's hard because he's still behind in communicating, and he's young anyway. He's had a recent word/sentence explosion so that's exciting progress. He's starting to put words together on his own to make his own "sentences," although most are for imaginary play. We're getting there though.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Weekend stresses and updates-

We tried to get my Lovenox prescription processed with the new insurance over the weekend.


I get the generic, and first it was declined. They tried running it a different way, it was covered with a $334 co-pay ($1046 without insurance). Then they tried to run it through my supplemental benefits (told to treat it as a secondary insurance) and... they couldn't. The website didn't work, and no representatives were available until Monday during regular business hours. Cue panic.

I mean, at this point we didn't know if the supplemental would cover the prescription at all. I spent the weekend frantic, wondering how we could afford that, if I'd qualify for forbearance on my student loans, if Heparin would be cheaper (it's not covered at all by our insurance)... I. was. freaking. out. I need that medicine to help prevent miscarriage/stillbirth and to prevent myself from getting clots- and that's a lot of extra money to come up with.

So today came around, and THANK GOODNESS they kicked it through the supplemental with a co-pay of $84. The lady at the pharmacy probably thought I was crazy with how excited  I was with that news, and how profusely I thanked her for her dedication to getting it processed for us. I basically melted in my chair from relief. Whew.

So then the upcoming MFM appointment... it fell on the 5 year anniversary of when I finally passed the second baby. That obviously made me uncomfortable/anxious. We already had one appointment around the time we lost the third one (Monday before Thanksgiving), and I almost threw up in the waiting room for that ultrasound because of my nerves. Well, now we have a winter storm watch and they're calling for rain/ice pellets followed by snow, and I just said screw it... I'm not risking the hour drive there, hour drive back, with weather like that. I rescheduled. Hopefully they aren't holding that against me, but one less stress for me is one less stress for me. I'm done with stress this week. So I go in Friday morning instead. Hopefully all will be well with the babies.

Ending on a more positive note... We have 1.5wks left until viability now, so we're just hanging in there and waiting it out. Every day we get a little closer to our next milestone.

The babies and I are growing super fast; here's my 22 week belly shot. Definitely measuring ahead about 8-10 weeks consistently. My OB doesn't measure my fundal height, but comparing to photos of when I was pregnant with V it sure looks comparable. It's normal to measure 6-8 weeks ahead with twins, and V always measured 1-2 weeks ahead (these two have been measuring a week ahead), it makes sense to me. I think Baby B has moved head down but I'm not sure, A is still head down though. I've been feeling them both a lot more during the day, so there's that. I'm using the doppler a lot less since I feel a little better when I feel them more. My pregnant after loss brain is still in gear, I'm still nervous, but trying to stay positive.