April 13, 2010

Gummy Bears!!

Okay--finally, my computer charged up, and I can share some pictures!!



Today I am 8 weeks and 5days, and the babies are each just slightly over 2 cm or about .8 inches. The first thing that popped into my head was that they must look kind of like gummy bears right now! Oversized heads, little arm and leg buds, and around an inch!! So are my gummy bears boys or girls?? We won't know for at least 6-7 more weeks! Can't wait!!


Here is Baby A today--not sure if it was the same Baby A as the last sonogram. I'm really not sure how this works...maybe some moms of twins can fill me in on that? Do you establish who is where in the uterus at a certain point, or do they just always call the first one they see Baby A? Just curious! =) Anyway...Baby A was 2.08 cm and had a wonderful heartbeat of 167 beats! It was so fun to actually hear the sweet little hearbeat today instead of just see it! Its head is on the right side, with the tummy and legs to the left. Imagine it is laying on its left side and you're seeing a profile. the round shape underneath is what is left of the yolk sac. This will disappear completely once the placenta fully takes over. You can kind of see the umbilical cord in the lower left corner. Here is Baby B...2.11 cm and its heartbeat was 176 beats. It is also laying on its left side, but the head is down a little lower than Baby A. The little dot behind its back is the yolk sac. I love how the sonographer put "Hi Mommy & Daddy!" on them too!!

This last picture is a shot down at the tops of their heads close together with a yolk sac in between. By this time we'd already seen the membrane/amniotic sacs so we knew they were safe in their own cocoons, but it was so cute because even though they are in different sacs, they are laying close together! It is like they don't want to be far apart!! Right now their heads are still developing, so they are kind of elongated. The last few pictures are kind of blurry and some have weird reflections on them. These are the ones that she kept for my file and we didn't get copies of. But while I was getting dressed, she left them in the room, so of course we took pictures of them with our iphone! =) We just wanted to have them so we could see the sacs...

The first one is one baby from the side, head on top, with the umbilical cord attatching to the placenta. If you look at the top of the dark space, you see a white line...that is this baby's amniotic sac boundary.

Here is the other baby, and you can faintly make out the white line showing its amniotic sac as well.



This last one she did a side by side of both babies, and I just thought it was cute to have...even blurry! =)
We also videotaped some of the sonogram, but I haven't even had a second to look at it yet! I think we got the heartbeats, and I will definitely share it if it turned out! I'm exhausted, so I'll have to work on that another day! Hope you enjoy the newest pics of my little gummy bears!!



9 comments:

Cristina said...

So cute! And what a difference a week makes, huh? I hope that you are able to get more and more sonograms... I love seeing pictures of the Steiner twins! =)

Love you friend!

Anonymous said...

They are grow, grow, growing! YEAH!!!! How cute are they :)
Have a wonderful week!
Love,
Brenda

Tena said...

So happy for the good news! Yeah! Thanks for sharing with your bleaders (blog-readers)!

AROSS said...

Alyson, that is so amazing!! The babies are adorable already! Can't wait to see and hear more in the future!

Brian and Dara said...

Twins! I'm still in such awe of your miracle gummy bears! I know how your heart must be bursting with love and expectation! Start taking your belly pics each week!! Same shirt, same wall, same pose! They will look so cool side by side!

Candie said...

Alyson. I just don't know anyone like you. You are so amazing. I can hear your sweet little voice saying every word of the post. I think you may have found your calling - because for the life of me I've never been able to "read" a sonogram. I could never see in Cannon's sonos what everyone else saw. The way you explained it, I saw everything perfectly!!! I'm so happy for you. Big hugs!

Jessica said...

hey al...baby A is always baby A and same with baby B...not sure how they do that though! then when you have them, baby A will be labeled the first one that comes out :)

Jenny Brannan said...

Yeah Al!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited for the babies! I can't imagine the relief your heart must feel right now. I love you and am praying for you! =)

Jeanie said...

hey alyson! i'm a friend of justin's from college and i have twins that are 2 1/2. your friend is right, baby a is always baby a and baby b is always baby b. baby a is always the closest to the cervix. even if they appear side by side, baby a is always farther down. i know that i definitely utilized google a ton when i was pregnant because i also didn't know much about twins! that's great that they're both in their own sacs though...gives them a better chance at fending for themselves and both coming out really healthy! so excited for the two of you and your little gummy bears! :)