The Not-So-Sexy Infertility Adventures of a Girl in the Big Apple

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

It's Been A While - Updates From Trip and NT Scan

Sorry I've been a bit absent over the last couple of weeks.  Unfortunately, right before I went to Seattle I came down with the nastiest cold I've had in...I dunno, a decade.  Constant low-grade fever, horribly sore throat/loss of voice, terrible congestion, blowing and coughing up green gunk - the works.  I tried to hold out and just deal with it, but after about a week my sister told me I should consider getting antibiotics - she had just come down with the same thing and had it for a MONTH until she finally got antibiotics.  Luckily my OB's office said they could prescribe me some antibiotics that were safe to take, so I am finally just about over this thing, 2 weeks later!

However, being sick didn't dampen any of the joy I had in breaking the news to my family.  They were all overjoyed, and couldn't believe we were having twins!  It felt so nice to be able to finally share the news with them, it made everything seem much more real.  My mother is now obsessed with getting updates and making sure I'm eating enough.  This is the type of thing that would usually drive me crazy but somehow I'm just amused and touched.

Yesterday I went in for my NT Scan, and H and I got a really good look at the babies.  They both seem to be doing really well - measuring on track, strong heartbeats, and (for the first time) lots of movement!  They were jumping around, waving their arms, kicking - it was amazing to watch!  And you can really see their faces too, they aren't just little blobs anymore.  The u/s tech said she didn't see anything alarming in terms of the neck measurements.  I am hoping this means we are low risk, but we don't get the full results for another week and a half.  Here are a couple of pics from the ultrasound:

Aside from the cold, I'm doing pretty well.  I've gained a hefty 7 lbs already, so I think I'm well on my way to my 20 week weight gain goal!  I'm definitely showing too - it's partly a nice thick layer of fat on the tum, but there's no doubt the belly is pushing out as well.  Boobs continue to be huge and getting huger by the minute.  Nausea is pretty well under control - since I tend to only feel sick when I don't eat enough, I can manage it just fine (by eating and eating!)  Once in a while I'll have a food aversion, but I haven't thrown up yet - I feel really lucky in this.  However, I do have gas all the time - it's pretty embarrassing.  I'm not usually a burper, but the past week I managed to burp loudly into a conference call (luckily I don't think anyone heard me) and right in the middle of a play.  The guy next to me just gave me a look, and H started pissing himself laughing.  Man, you really have no dignity as a pregnant woman!

I have been quite tired this past week - usually during the day.  I find I need a nap at least once a day.  And I've been more crampy than usual - think the uterus is really stretching now.  I've started having anxiety dreams that mostly have to do with being underprepared - you know, realizing that you forgot to study for the test, send in that application, etc. etc.  Gee, I wonder why I'm having these dreams ;-)

I think we will be going public fairly soon.  I wanted to wait until after the NT Scan results, but we have a number of big social engagements this weekend, and I'm not sure I can really hide the bump.  I'm still waffling, but we may just come out with it, we'll see.  It will be fun to finally let friends in on the secret, although part of me is scared about jinxing the pregnancy by coming out too soon.

That's it for now.  I think I'm pretty caught up with most of your blogs, and generally things seem to be going fairly well, with a couple of disappointing exceptions.  I hope for all of you still waiting that you get your BFPs soon, soon, not a moment too soon.  Will be thinking of you ladies...


  1. Oh how cute, the babies are really looking like babies now ; ) Glad to hear everything is going well and that your cold is clearing up. Have fun going public!

  2. so great to read your update. glad you're finally conquering the cold, and super glad the NT scan went well. : )


  3. Aw how cute. They are pefect! I am so glad that you had a wonderful time telling your parents and the scan went well.
    It sucks that you had that awful cold, but good to hear that you are recuperating well.
    Too funny about the guy at the play - I laughed when I read that...what's a girl to do?
    Good luck telling your friends :-)

  4. Hello stranger! Babies look wonderful!!

  5. Glad you had a good trip, minus the nasty cold. Your babies look so cute already! Glad the NT scan went well. That's always a relief. I hear ya on the gas - I think I have more because I try to eat alot more fiber now. My poor husband - I guess it's the least he can endure these 9 months :)
    I can imagine it's harder to hide a twin pregnancy at 13 weeks :) your friends are going to be so happy for y'all!

  6. The babies are adorable! I'm glad you are starting to feel better from your cold. I'm still working on getting over the flu. I can't imagine being that sick and are one tough lady. I agree, it's way harder to hide a twin pregnancy...those are growing babies in there! :-) Your friends will be so excited for you!

  7. It is bizarre that they can get such clear images of both babies, you'd think they would be over lapping. They look great. Take care.

  8. Those babies are so perfect!!! I can't believe time is going this fast (for me at least!) Sorry about that horrible cold though.

    Your husband is hilarious, and your mom so cute! Enjoy every second of it. xoxo

  9. YAY! I'm so happy that the babies are doing well and you had a good trip. Hopefully, you'll be able to get over the cold and and nausea will subside. I know how painful it is to be sick and pregnant...not fun at all!

  10. Great update Newbie!!! Nice to hear from you...take care.