The nature of Monoamniotic-Monochorionic Twins is that it is a really high risk pregnancy. It requires inpatient monitoring at viability to allow for a higher success rate in healthy babies. I was admitted early, at 23 weeks because I was having regular contractions and they wanted to get me to at least 26 weeks. Initially, I was going to be admitted for about three days and we were shooting to send me home in time for Thanksgiving. The plan was for me to go home for about a week to enjoy the holiday and then check in again for my long term care. But, my body had other ideas and has continued to have regular contractions on and off for these last ten days. So, I am officially a hospital resident for the duration.
My first few days were a little less than ideal..it consisted of hourly monitoring, IV Magnesium and fluids, and blood draws every six hours. It was hard. I'm not going to lie. But, at the moments when I have felt myself getting disheartened or frustrated, I just focus on what is good in my life. I focus on one day at a time and I focus on those little kicks in my stomach. When I do that, the moments of sadness because I am away from home, missing my family and the freedoms of everyday life pass. The sadness subsides, hope is revived and I keep moving forward.
The girls are doing well. They are measuring 1 lb, 10 oz. and 1 lb, 14 oz.~ their hearbeats are strong and while their cords are tangled, they seem to be loosely tangled according to the views on the ultrasound a few days ago. The flows in the cords were good and all signs pointed to the positive. It's important for our friends and family to know, that the nature of this pregnancy means that we could lose the girls at anytime to a cord accident, and that terrifies us. But, we are hopeful, and encouraged by all of the positive things that have been happening and we are doing all that we can do to ensure their safe arrival. It's hard not to have more control over the outcome, but we are hopeful!
Here are some pictures of inpatient fun :0) I'm lucky enough to have Craig and Jordan up for visits everyday because the hospital is right around the corner from home. Jordan and I have enjoyed puzzle making, movie night and painting our nails. We're making the best of it!
This is the belly at 23 weeks, the day I went inpatient.