Tuesday, September 1, 2009

21 weeks 2 days

Well, we had our weekly ultrasound this morning. We got a mixture of news from the perinatologist.
Jacob (baby a) has almost no fluid still. His head is starting to misshape due to the lack of fluid around him. He also is not moving his extremities, which means he will have very tight muscles at birth. The doctor said both of these issues are purely cosmetic and can be corrected. The main issue is still his lungs. The perinatologist gave him a 1-2% chance of survival after birth. He said that his lungs are just not going to be mature enough. With no fluid around him, he will not be able to practice breathing. The perinatologist said they are going to try to keep him in as long as possible. The longer I am pregnant with him, the better his chances are... but they are still extremely small. We are trying to focus on keeping him in as long as possible, to give him the best chance he can have. We are still waiting on the amnio results that they took last monday. The doctor said it can take up to 14 days.
Ethan (baby B) was his usual full of himself. He was sucking his thumb through most of it... then when the doctor turned the ultrasound to 3D, he quickly moved his hand directly over his face. We got a little peak, but he was too busy hiding to get a nice picture. His fluid measured well. All his body parts measured normally. He was moving around like a wild man. They confirmed again he is all boy. They are concerned about his sac now. It seems that the sac is starting to come away from the uterus. This could cause his sac to rupture as well. The perinatologist said the chances of that happening are under 50%. They are going to watch it at our ultrasounds to be sure it isn't changing. Each day it does not rupture is better, and the doctor said it might not rupture at all... but they are going to keep an eye on it to make sure it isn't getting worse.
Joe and I are still trying to be positive. We have been here for a week and a half... and it really has gone by faster than I thought it would. We have our little routine and are doing our best to make the most out of our situation. Please keep both of the boys in your prayers, we have a long way to go before we are out of the woods.


  1. wow! Sounds like you went through alot of emotions yesterday. I am sorry.. We are all here for you and staying positive. Your boys are fighters. Everynight I pray for you and your boys! We pray that you stay there as long as possible. Everyday is a good day.WE love you and are here for you!!

  2. sending prayers and hugs your way. I think of you, joe and those baby boys everyday and I pray that they stay put and keep growing. Jacob is being a little fighter and I'm saying a few extra prayers for him to keep the fight going!

  3. You two have been through quite a lot lately and we are keeping all of you in our prayers. You have always been a postive and strong person and you keep that up. Those boys will be fighters just like their Momma!!I will say a special prayer for all of you each nite!! much love!!