First off, I would like to apologize to anyone who interprets my blogging absence as a worrisome sign (which I completely understand). There is so much stuff I would like to write about (pregnancy related and otherwise), but there simply is not enough time in the day. Plus, I am still in a bit of a mental holding pattern/fog, so writing semi-coherent blog posts does not come easy at this time.
If there are any negative developments, I will be sure to update here right away - I would certainly be needing everyone's prayers! So for now, let's just assume that no news is good news.
Today, I had another in-depth ultrasound at Dr. E's office (the MFM specialist). My last one was 2 weeks ago, but at that time, we were mostly just checking fluids to see if the amniopatch had been successful. At that time, I was only seen by the ultrasound tech, and did not have the usual follow-up consultation with Dr. E because he was out of town that week. My last ultrasound that included a complete anatomy scan, and a consult with the doc, was 4 weeks ago. This was shortly after finding out that Baby A had passed away. At that time, while Baby B was doing well, I was still leaking lots of amniotic fluid. It probably was the lowest point in the pregnancy - one twin lost, and the other baby having broken membranes.
When Dr. E saw me today for the first consult since then, he was sincerely excited for the great progress we have seen in the last 4 weeks, as well as today. He called the amniopatch being successful a "miracle", and I would have to agree. Also, baby has plumped up nicely, going from being 20th percentile for weight four weeks ago, to today measuring 47th percentile for weight (about 1 lb 14 oz right now). His fluid levels were perfect, all organs are looking and working great, the broken membrane is fixed, and I am not showing any signs of going into labor prematurely. Dr. E said that looking at the ultrasound images, one would never guess the ordeal we have been through, because everything looks like a picture-perfect singleton pregnancy. He even said that if things keep up like this, and I go to term, he sees no reason for me not to be able to have a home birth. Coming from one of the most highly respected perinatologists in the country, this is pretty encouraging! I will continue to co-care with both the OB, as well as my midwife, in case baby comes early or there are any complications.
I have to go back to Dr. E's office in 2 weeks to try and do the echocardiogram again, since baby was not being cooperative in that regard today, and stubbornly facing my back rather than facing out. It's an in-depth ultrasound they routinely perform with mo/di twin pregnancies, checking the exact condition of every heart vessel. After that, we should be able to space the highly specialized ultrasounds out to every four weeks.
This little boy is very active, something I am extremely grateful for. Even in the middle of the night, after yet another trip to the bathroom, he will give me a couple of reassuring nudges just to allow me to fall asleep again peacefully. I don't think I will truly be able to breathe a sigh of relief until baby is safe in my arms, but today's appointment did make me feel so much better. Thank you for your continued support and prayers. It really means the world to me!