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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Sucking Thumbs

I'm about a week and a half behind in writing this post, but I had to share what we learned at our last ultrasound.  We were referred by my OBGYN here to have the genetic testing done by another doctor from San Francisco. Fortunately this doctor and her staff travel an hour north once or twice a week for appointments like ours. So, we only had an hour drive to make, rather than a two-plus hour drive.

The appointment went great! The doctor we met with is a perinatologist. She was so thorough and helpful in answering all of our questions and informing us with how things are going. Her ultrasound technician also did an awesome job of capturing some really cute glimpses of our babies sucking their thumbs. So cute! She even took some photos with the 3D ultrasound monitor, which are so amazing!

My favorite part of these appointments is listening to Marc's quiet "oohs" and "awes" as we watch our little babies in their very early stages. I love having him by my side through all of this, enjoying this miracle together. I don't know if there is anything that has brought me more joy so far in my life.

So, here are some photos from our 13-week ultrasound:

This is a profile of Baby A, just about to suck his/her thumb. It also kind of looks like his/her legs are crossed... just chillin' out.

This is a profile of Baby B, rubbing his/her face or eye... so darn cute!

And here they are together. Baby A is on the left, upside down. You can see the legs, feet, and cute little toes really clearly... if you look closely you can see his/her head in the background. Baby B is on the right, it looks like he/she is resting his/her head on his/her hand. Isn't so amazing how perfectly formed they are at such an early stage? Incredible!

(I can't wait until we know what sex they are so we won't have to refer to them as he/she.)

Some things we learned at this appointment:

* Both babies are measuring at about 7.5 centimeters (roughly the size of your pointer finger)

* They are both still measuring right on track with my due date (December 2nd)

* The fluid in each sac is measuring the same, which is good news!

* There is only one placenta ... meaning ...we're having identical twins! (So, I'll have to update the poll, since the "one boy, one girl" option is no longer an option.) Identical twins are more high risk than fraternal twins, but we're going to be monitored every two weeks with an ultrasound by our perinatologist, to make sure both babies are right on track. The longer drive for those appointments is worth the comfort we'll receive, knowing our babies are receiving the best care possible.

This probably goes without saying, but we are still totally in awe of this entire experience. We still look at each other with the expression "this wasn't supposed to be possible." And yet, here we are experiencing the most incredible blessing... one that we never would have expected to come to us. I'm reminded every day that God is truly a God of miracles. 


Kamie said...

I am so excited for you two!

What an amazing experience and pictures of your babies! Identical Twins? You are going to have so much fun! Eeeek... so exciting!!!

Ence Family said...

We are so excited for you guys! My dad shared your blog with us. I hope you don't mind if I mark it on ours so we can keep in touch better. Take care!

Carrot Jello said...

I'm thinking it's two girls since your morning sickness is pretty much over. Boys make me sick the whole time. With girls, it was over after 3 months.

mindyluwho said...

I love seeing ultrasounds. My favorite part was watching the heart flutter in rhythm with the sound!

I did read once where it is possible to have identical twins that are different sexes. It's very rare, but can happen...

LilMisfit said...

Oh my goodness! You are like the ultimate queen of surprises! First you get pregnant. Then it is twins. Now we find out it is identical twins, totally more uncommon than fraternal! It's just crazy! But that will so fun! You are going to HAVE to dress them alike for a while.

I got your email...yes, Mary is having twins and yes, I am pregnant too. I'll have to write you back later so that my comment here isn't SOOO long! But thanks for the email.

Familia Fowler said...

I am just so happy that things are going well! My kids love the little graphic of the twins on the side, we will be watching it grow since we are not there to watch you grow!

KieraAnne said...

Identical?! That's awesome! You said those are completely random right? That's so crazy! Congrats again...can't wait to hear what they are. :)

Brenley and her boys! said...

Love it! I am just so excited for you! Thanks for keeping us updated.
I actually have a gift to send you. I need to look back at my emails and find your address...if I can't I will email you soon.

Christian & Jennifer said...

How exciting! And they look beautiful . . . (well, as beautiful as they can look on an ultrasound!). I am so happy for you guys!

The Wright Family said...

How exciting for the two of you! I'm so happy for you. I'm starting to think that if you've ever lived in the Fanno Creek ward, you are destined for twins. Maybe in my next pregnancy. Congrats. I'm totally tearing up here.

ckkg said...

this is beyond fascinating and i'm so glad you are so good about sharing! i can't believe the clarity on the ultrasound pics and could there be anything cuter than them sucking their thumbs?IDENTICAL twins -- that is so exciting!! oh man, it's like christmas with each big new set of news you have! can't wait to find out what you're having!!

Marc and Megan said...

Kamie, thanks for sharing in our excitement with us!

Sunny, I'm glad you found our blog! It'll be fun to keep in better contact with you.

Carrot, it'll be interesting to see. My sister says the opposite - her girls made her more sick than her boys.

Mindy, yeah I'm really loving the frequency of the ultrasounds we get to have!

Jamie, I'm sure we'll make a few exceptions and have a few outfits that are identical, but we'll need some way to tell them apart, I'm sure!

Emi, I'm glad your kids like watching the graphic of the babies... that's cute! I'll have to see about putting up a photo of my growing self! :)

Kieranne, yep identical twins are totally random... a total miracle in my book! :)

Brenley, I'm so glad that we connected through adoption! I've really enjoyed the friendship we've made!

Jennifer, yes they are beatiful, aren't they?! I carry their ultrasound pics with me wherever I go!

Julie, it's crazy how many twins have come from our ward there! I still can't believe that we're included in that group.

Karli, you expressed so well how I've been feeling... every new discovery, every appointment, every experience feels just like Christmas. Now, I'm really looking forward to experiencing the same kind of bond that you share with Kaiya... it's so precious!