Monday, December 7, 2009
We've been busy parents lately. We decided to rearrange the furniture in the room and Heather made curtains. Tim made the valance box and we finally got part of the curtains put up- the rest are still to come.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Our little guys have been working hard and growing a lot bigger! I've been feeling them move around a lot more, and Tim has gotten a few more kicks- or "fist bumps" as he likes to call them :) I think Graham knows I'm writing about him right now- he's wiggling all over the place! According to babycenter.com the babies weigh 10 1/2 ounces each and are 10 inches long from head to heel which they compare to the length of a bannana.
This past week we created our first registry at Babies R Us. It was a lot of fun, but very overwhelming! I had a small panic attack/meltdown in front of the bottle isle- Tim had to suggest we move on and come back another time. How do you make the right decision? It all seems so important!! The best part was walking around the store and picturing our little cuties playing with the toys or snuggled in the soft blankets. We can't wait to meet them!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
We have also finalized on their names. Graham Michael for the boy, and Kennedy Rae for the girl. It was easy, since we already had our top names picked for both a boy and a girl. It would have been a lot more difficult if we were having both boys or girls. : )
Sunday, October 18, 2009
16 weeks belly!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Unfortunately, there's no room to keep our lazy boy glider in here, but that's ok. We figured it's probably best to keep it in another bedroom, just in case one baby is awake while the other is sleeping. Hopefully, that doesn't happen too often. : )
Sunday, September 27, 2009
In the meantime, we went to Babies R Us yesterday to start shopping. We want to compare different brands and products before we actually buy or register for anything. We found out that since we are having two babies, we are really limited in stroller choices that fit two pumpkin seats- and of course they are more expensive! My head was spinning by the time we left, it was all so overwhelming! At least now we have an idea of where to begin. And we realized we have a lot to learn about babies!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Our OB/Gyn says everything is looking perfect- Baby A's heartbeat was 175 and it is about 1 1/8th inch and Baby B's heartbeat was 178 and it's a little over an inch as well. The best part was, we got to see them moving around!! Oh, they are little wiggle worms! We think Baby A is more like Tim because it was stretched out and hogging the space (like Tim hogs the covers!) and Baby B is like me, all curled up.
Twin B's little rump is up in the "air", it's head on the left pointing downward
Both babies: Twin B at the top left, Twin A bottom right. This is probably the last picture we'll get of the both of them together until after they're born!
We could have watched them moving around forever on the ultrasound screen. Such beautiful little babies! I'm enjoying being pregnant, but I can't wait to meet them and hold them... 6ish months to go. We have another appointment in 4 weeks, but it probably is just a checkup, no ultrasound. Until then, we know they are growing big and strong!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
The reception was held at the Lemp Grand Hall, just around the block. The party was great, and even Fredbird was there to join in on the fun!
Tim and Heather during dinner
The groom (Kevin) with Heather and Jen.
Fredbird joins the party
Fredbird leads the congo line.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
One baby was closer to the ultrasound, so it was a little easier to see. Baby A measured .59 cm (about 1/4 of an inch!) and had a heartbeat of 120 beats per minute. The baby is the bean-looking ball in the center of the black circle. The part to the right of the bean is the yolk sac and the placenta is starting to form. It's hard to see in this picture, but the doctor pointed out the umbilical chord forming too.
The other baby is harder to see because it is further away from the ultrasound. We got to hear Baby B's heartbeat as well, the doctor measured it at 115 beats per minute and the baby was .58 cm.
The doctor said all looked well and we graduated to a regular OB/GYN! We feel like we've passed one milestone... with many more to go! It's an exciting experience! I feel tired daily, especially since school started again. That's okay though, because it means the babies are getting stronger every day.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
the two babies together
Baby A on the right, Baby B on the left. Our "little beans"
I have been feeling pretty good, a little tired but overall Tim and I couldn't be more happy. The last few weeks were a little uncomfortable because I was retaining so much fluid. The fluid buildup was caused by the excessive hormones from both our little embryos, and my body couldn't handle them all. My fluid retention has gone down a lot, which is a relief since I'm starting school next week! The doctor commented on the amount of fluid build-up on the ultrasound, but wasn't too concerned. I wanted to say "Buddy, this is nothing! You should have seen me last week!" It was good to hear him say that, though.
Friday, July 24, 2009
My first ultrasound will be in about 2 weeks, and we'll know more then. For now, keeping up with the shots and meds, no excersise (grrr!) and more waiting. For sure our prayers have been answered though.
Lots of love,
Heather and Tim
(aka. Mommy and Daddy)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
So, while we're waiting I thought I'd post what should be happening with the embrios now...
this is what happens in a 5 day transfer (which is what we did. It means 5 days after the egg retrieval):
-1 day before transfer- embryo is growing and developing in petri dish
-0 days before transfer (i.e. day of transfer!)-embryo is now a blastocyst
-1 day past transfer- blastocyst hatches out of shell on this day
-2 days past transfer- blastocyst attaches to a site on the uterine lining
-3 days past transfer- implantation begins as the blastocyst begins to bury in the lining
-4 days past transfer- implantation process continues and morula buries deeper in the lining
-5 days past transfer- morula is completely implanted in the lining and has placenta cells & fetal cells
-6 days past transfer- placenta cells begin to secret HCG in the blood
-7 days past transfer- more HCG is produced as fetus develops
-8 days past transfer- more HCG is produced as fetus develops
Hopefully those little embies- Faith and Hope- are growing strong. Grow babies, grow!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Here are the pictures of the blastulas that were transferred. Isn't it amazing how perfectly round and similar they are? They are beautiful! I've been doing my best to keep as flat as possible to give them a chance to attach, so they can grow.
Apparently we already have so much to be thankful for. I've been on a forum for other women who have been on the same cycle as I have with the clinic we chose, and we have been very lucky, to say the least. We had 22 eggs retrieved and 13-14 fertilized, but a lot of women don't have many eggs or they don't have a good number fertilze. One woman had 2 fertilized but neither of them made it to blastula stage. My heart was broken for her, but still trying to stay positive and upbeat for us. The blastulas we didn't use are going to be frozen for the future.
In the meantime, it's been hard to stay so still! It's funny that there are some days we just wish for time to sit and relax and don't get it. When we have to, it's not as much fun! Oh well, we got lots of good movies and books and I have my laptop :)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Tim thinks we should implant all 13 and have our own reality show called the Horstmann Horde- 13 and Done! Just kidding, we'll probably stick with our plans of 2.
The egg retrieval really took a lot out of me. I was down for the count on Saturday, and today is really the first day I feel like I have energy or drive to do anything. I've felt bloated and uncomfortable since Saturday, and found out today that it's a typical side-effect to the egg retrieval process. It's all worth it, but I really didn't think it would have affected me so much.
We just keep praying for our babies, and hope they decide to stick on Thursday!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Yesterday Tim and I went in to the doctor to get my eggs harvested. I thought it would be no big deal... ha! They totally knocked me out, and I didnt' feel anything- until later! The anesthesia made me sick and I was in so much pain yesterday! But it was all worth it, because they took out 22 follicles, which is a ton!
They fertilized the eggs yesterday, and we should know how many made it past the first stage later today. Tim had to give me a shot of progesterone, which we will continue for the next 2 months or so. It HURT! The needle was really long because it had to go into my muscle. Usually the follicle provides progesterone to a female's body when it releases the egg, but since they took the follicles before they could expell the eggs, we have to provide the hormones instead. Eventually the placenta will start making progesterone for my body to be a good environment for the baby(ies!).
5 days after the eggs are fertilized, they become blastulas. This is a big step for the fertilzed eggs, so not all will make it. The ones that do will be graded and they will choose the two best ones to transfer back into me. We're thinking that will be sometime Thursday afternoon. We just have to wait for the call!
Last night Tim and I said our prayers before we went to bed, and he asked God to take care of all our babies and help them grow. So sweet!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
We'll keep this in the bucket until the bubbles stop coming out of the air lock, and then we'll transfer to the glass carboy. Probably Monday or Tuesday next week.