30. 30!! Yesss. 30 is a huge milestone in fetal development and we have made it. Huge sigh of relief. Last week was my first week of multiple appointments. As someone who tires easily, this was definitely exhausting. I had two non-stress tests (NSTs), an appointment with my OB, and an appointment with my perinatologist.
The non-stress tests are pretty mellow, if rather uncomfortable. I just get hooked up to three monitors around my stomach. One for each girl and one to monitor contractions. Unfortunately, I found out this week that the girls are not allowed to sleep through their NSTs and my monitoring will go from 20 minutes to however long it takes to get a good read. Tuesday that meant two hours. Friday it meant almost three. E & O have decided that NSTs are boring and thus will sleep the entire time. They had to use this thing they refer to as a “baby alarm” to wake them up. Next time I am eating candy before my appointment.
My OB was uneventful, other than showing me that the girls are still doing okay in there and are getting far too big to get a proper ultrasound. However, my perinatologist appointment was one of the big appointments. Cervix, fluids, and growth. E is 2 lbs 14 oz and O is 2 lbs 7 oz. I would prefer over 3 lbs each, but I will take it. They have an equal amount of amniotic fluid which is a good sign that they are both growing well. However, they are both still head down, smooshing on my cervix which is not doing as well. I have gone from 1.8 cm to 1.4 cm. It is kind of scary on the ultrasound machine to see that there is just over a centimeter between E’s head and the outside world.
My perinatologist was pleased with everything, even my cervix. She thinks I will make it another three weeks at least which is good news and scary news. Three weeks until two babies?! How in the world does one ever feel ready to bring home two babies? Further, if I deliver in three weeks, that puts Rob in England. For his sister’s wedding. Yep.
Rob and I have had many, many conversations about what to do about this. We never thought I would be at risk of delivering while he was in England. We never thought that we would have twins. For now, we are doing what we can do to save our sanity. I am having an FFN test and cervix check the week before he leaves. If those both look awesome, he will likely go. If not, he will stay. It feels like a lot of pressure on me and my cervix. But I finally am okay with just going with the flow and not feeling like it is my fault if things happen one way or another. There is no use stressing about it now. We will wait until my tests and assess from there.
Onto bump watch, week 30.