Where to begin? Let's start with yesterday morning.
I woke up with a strong suspicion that I had a UTI. That was special, because my nerves weren't rattled enough about the upcoming ultrasound. Thankfully I called my OB's office in the morning and they agreed to have me come by before the perinatologist appointment to run a quick test and write me a prescription. Also thankfully, I was so busy running to and from the bathroom that I didn't have time to sit and obsess about what could go wrong at the ultrasound. Un-thankfully, it got worse throughout the day and had me in tears by mid-evening.
Anyway, let's talk about the appointment. Basically I would say it went the same as all of our most recent ultrasounds have gone: both babies are growing, but Clara is still pretty small (less than the 5th percentile). They both have a good amount of amniotic fluid available and the bloodflow from the placentas to each baby is looking good as well. Their heartbeats were good (154 bpm for him and 151 bpm for her) and everything else looked normal. Oh, and both babies are head down at the moment (which also explains the added pressure on my bladder).
Apparently we interrupted nap time because both babies were pretty mellow at this appointment, including our little wild man who normally won't stay still for measurements. We got a few peeks of him yawning, which was pretty darn cute, I must say!
The doctor said that typically at 28 weeks, they start having twin pregnancy patients come in once a week. However, due to Clara's small size, they want me to start coming in twice a week. So it sounds like this pregnancy will end much like it began with frequent trips to the doctor's office, especially when you consider that I'm going to start going to the OB more often as well.
They will measure the amniotic fluid, bloodflow from the placentas, muscle tone, and lung capacity for both babies at each perinatologist appointment, and every 3 weeks, they will do another growth scan. Assuming all goes well, she said we should expect to deliver between 34-37 weeks.
In case you didn't catch that, this means that Colby and Clara will make their debut some time in the next 7-10 weeks. HOW is that even possible?
In the meantime, I'll just continue to take it easy and keep the 3 of us well-fed. Brian will probably help quite a bit with both of those tasks as well :)
We appreciate your continued prayers that both babies would grow and stay put as long as possible! I'll be sure to keep you posted with our progress along the way, including the next bump-date on Monday. Until then, you'll find me popping antibiotics and downing cranberry juice like it's my job... try to contain your jealousy.