Yesterday was supposed to be my first official OB appointment of my pregnancy, but my doctor had an emergency and had to quickly get to the hospital for a baby being born. So, my mom and I headed back to the office today and had a wonderful appointment! I just love my doctor. Even though she was technically squeezing us in today, she gave us her complete attention and all the time we wanted to ask every single one of our questions! She spent probably a little over half an hour just talking with us and then the initial exam on top of that! To me, that is what makes a great doctor...when they really listen, and never give you the feeling that they are needing to rush off to the next patient!
Everything looks good so far. I have a sonogram scheduled at her office next week, and I'm really looking forward to it. At that appointment, we are hoping to see that each baby is in its own amniotic sac. Since they are identical, we know they will share a placenta, but having their own amniotic sac makes the pregnancy MUCH less risky for the babies. In less than a week, I have just begun to realize of much a clue I DON't have about identical twins. I'd thought about twins, dreamed about twins, looked at pictures of sonograms of twins, but didn't really know anything about identical twins. Oh, I read the Sweet Valley Twins/Sweet Valley High books when I was young, and even had a set of identical friends in swim class one summer, but the more I google identical twins, the more interesting info I find out. So exciting!!
When I posted last Thursday that they were in the same sac, I've learned that I (and the sonographer) were referring to the gestational sac, not the amniotic sac. On the first sonogram, she didn't see what they call the membrane separating the babies, but said it just could be her machine or that it was too early. After researching monoamniotic twins (sharing an amniotic sack), it is definitely not what we want to hear next week. There are just a lot of dangers with those kinds of identical twins--cord entanglement and cord compression are two big risks. Cord compression after my water broke was what killed Jonathan, so obviously these are not things we want to relive.
But...even with all these facts, details, possible scary outcomes for these babies, I am trusting my God. He has given us such amazing miracles in these precious little babies. He has and is continuing to answer so many of our deepest prayers, and is revealing to us piece by piece the masterpiece that is His plan for our lives. I choose to trust God right now, instead of worry over what could or could not be on the sonogram next week. I'd rather spend this next week, the eighth of my little babies' lives, enjoying them, praising God for them, watching my belly as it (already!) starts to grow. I would appreciate your prayers for my babies--that they would both have their own little cocoon--their own amniotic sac. I figure if I can ask for prayer from my warriors for lining, for follicles, for pregnancy hormones numbers, I can sure as anything ask for prayers for amniotic sacs! Thank you for your continued prayers for us, for our babies, and for these next 7 months or so as they grow!!
I will definitely keep you posted, and have some great new pictures to show off next week! =)