Friday, February 08, 2008

28 Weeks (and 1 day)

I am happy to report that "Mary Kate & Ashley" are continuing to cooperate, and play nice with each other in their little cocoon. We have officially reached our first big milestone of 28 weeks. I'm sure most of you understand what this means for their development and viability - it's good! Very good.

We had a series of really good reports this week. We met with a Pediatric Urologist who seems to think that the kidney issue is not as severe as the OB at UAB has described. Not that it won't be an issue, but after learning more about the defect, we realize that it's not a lost cause. He said that even if there is an obstruction, or reflux, often times those can be repaired. If it truly is a non functioning kidney, people live with one kidney all the time. There really isn't a way to determine any severity issues until she is born. The chances that this would be life threatening would come only if infection were to set in, but they prepare for that on the front end with antibiotics.

We were also able to meet with 2 of the 3 NICU Doctors on staff, and they gave us the run down of how things will go once the babies are delivered. There will be a team of people in the room awaiting their arrival, and making sure that they have everything they need, and assessing them for any complications. We felt very comfortable with their experience, and knowledge. Very important when you think in terms of your babies lives being in their hands.

My Non Stress Tests went well this week, and I am now being monitored daily. Once we reach week 30, we will re-evaluate the possibility of me being admitted to the hospital to await their arrival.

All in all, it's been a great week! We are trying very hard to not be lulled into a false sense of security. We are very aware that things could change in 5 minutes, but we are definitely thankful to have made it this far, and are only more determined than ever to get them both here safe and sound. They have a very anxious "Big Sister" waiting to meet them, and maybe even boss them around a little.


Anonymous said...

This is great news and I'm so happy for you!

Leslie said...

As excited as we'll be when they come...keep them to your self as long as you can!

Steph said...

YAY!! Im so glad to hear all of the news! :) I will continue to pray for you all.

Anonymous said...

Such great news! I'm so happy for you guys!

Anonymous said...

That's great news! God is so good, right?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on making it this far! I'm sure it doesn't feel like this to you, but to me it feels like it was just last week that you announced you were pregnant with Mary Kate & Ashley.

Sending you good vibes to get you through these next crucial weeks!