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ketchupqueen
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THEY'RE BEAUTIFUL!!! Congratulations! Identical! Wow! That's exciting to think of. Upon looking at them I'm leaning very, very slightly toward "not identical" but it's hard to tell.

I always had to tickle my babies' feet to keep them awake while eating the first few weeks.

I hear nursing twins gets MUCH easier once they can sit up.

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Congratulations Mrs M!

They are just gorgeous. [Smile]

I also have to tickle Toby sometimes when he gets lazy during a feed. As well as the feet, stroking his ears and cheeks works well.

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Yes, not too far down on the cheeks though. But up near their forehead, they like that. [Smile] (It's what my mom calls a "regulating activity." OT speak for "it calms them down and makes them focus" apparently. [Wink] )
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Congratulations! Your twins are absolutely gorgeous!
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I think I need twins now. Beautiful girls, Mrs M!
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What beautiful little girls! [Big Grin] I'm glad to hear everything is going well!
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Congratulations! They're beautiful. My son said, "They're so little!" Just as I was thinking they were really pretty big (for twins). And such gorgeous pink cheeks.

How old is Aerin now?

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Thanks, y'all. It's hard to believe they're a week old already. It feels like they've been here forever. We had a much better night last night.

Camille's bili count was down yesterday, finally. I'm really looking forward to a wireless baby. I did nurse both of them for 45 minutes together 2 nights ago. I invented a postion that I call 1:00 a.m Desperation. They have turned into milk junkies since my milk came in. Speaking of which - holy smokes! It just keeps coming.

I'll try to post the birth story sometime this week. It was very surreal (don't let me forget to tell y'all about Dr. Shrek) and I apparently don't remember parts of it.

BTW, the reason they can't tell if they're identical or not is b/c the placentas were fused and both girls have the same blood type. And they look a lot alike. I don't have any trouble telling them apart, but that's kind of my job.

Technically Aerin turned 3 in September, but her due date was 12/15, so it's only been a month.

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Congratulations! [Smile]

Names?

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Leni Ann and Camille Victoria.
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quote:
Originally posted by Mrs.M:
. I invented a postion that I call 1:00 a.m Desperation.

[Smile]

I've invented several positions born of desperation - and I only have the one to deal with!

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If I hadn't banned picture taking while nursing my mom would have had several hilarious pictures of me surrounded in a pile of pillows nursing both boys in the first few weeks after Charles was born. It's easier when one of them is older, though -- you can stack 'em.
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First appointment today! I had been told that the first ultrasound was at the 2nd appt, but we didn't even need to beg for one today. Maybe it is because of that "advanced maternal age" thing. I will also get an u/s at the next visit. I will have two u/s with a perinatologist. The u/s video will be up on YouTube tonight, hopefully.

With our boys the heart rate was in the 150s. This baby's heart rate was 171. Chant with me: "girl, girl, girl". [Wink]

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Good luck Mama. I'm sending girl vibes your way. [Smile]
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Girl, girl, girl, girl!

If it is, I have hand-me-downs for you...

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Here's hoping your adorable boys will all get to be the protective older brothers to a sweet little girl! [Big Grin]
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I'm thinking pink, Mama!
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When are you due, Mama Squirrel? Chloe's heart rate was up in the 170's... and this one's in the 150's (and he's a boy)... I'm chanting mentally for you!!! : )
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That old wive's tale works perfectly for me....son was in the 140's, daughter in the 160's. So here's hoping it works for you, too! Girl! Girl! Girl!
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I am due 1/8. It seems so far away from now, but I know it will be here before we know it.

Ultrasound video

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Apparently I am elderly, not just advanced age. Below is a direct quote on my referral to the perinatologist.

quote:
Reason for Referral: Elderly Multigravd-antep

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Mrs.M, did you ever find out if the twins were identical or not?
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They're for sure not identical. We didn't need a DNA test. They're so different-looking now that they almost don't even look like sisters. We joke that they're a study in genetics - Leni got Andrew's drop of Asian blood and Cammie got my drop of Irish blood (and Aerin looks completely German, btw).
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Wow - you're right.

My two nieces don't look at all like sisters either. You'd never put them in the same family.

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Leni looks more Asian then my quarter-Asian daughter (who has no Chinese in her features at all except when she throws temper tantrums, then a few people claim they can see it- but no matter what, she is going to spend a huge amount of time saying, my grandfather is chinese- hence the last name and he picked out the middle name too. It means sophisticated and well mannered)
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Your girls are so gorgeous, Mrs M.

I think Toby may have picked up on the very slight asian drop in my gene pool. He is (I think!) 1/32 Chinese... but he seems to have a slight tilt to his eyes that the otherwise German/Irish/Scots/Australian bloodline doesn't explain.

Pic!

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I received a belly pic from my SIL today. She is 7w1d ahead of me. I am bigger than she is! I will be 12 weeks on Friday. There is no way I could have waited until then to tell my boss. I look like I am 5 months pregnant.

I usually wait until the 5th month to have Pop take monthly pics of my belly for the baby photo album, but I think I will have to have him start at 3 months this time.

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Beautiful baby pictures!

And Toby looks so grown up!

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What adorable little babies!

MrsM - I love how gorgeous each of the twins are and how different they look. I also love that play mat! Do you remember where you got it?

Toby is going to be such a heartbreaker!

Mama Squirrel - It's always been interesting to me how differently everyone "pops" and how it can be so different from pregnancy to pregnancy. In some ways I was a little sad that I didn't look pregnant until I was 6-7 months along (but I'm sure that's because I'm overweight), but that just meant I didn't need to wear maternity clothes for as long (since I had a hard time finding ones to fit right). [Smile]

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Mama S. have you shown earlier with each of your pregnancies? I've heard this is almost always the case. I don't really have accurate first-hand experience since I was a land monster with the twins. At least you'll get more use out of your maternity clothes (was how I tried to look at it). I can't wait to hear what you've got in there.

scholarette, it's so funny how the genes come out. One of my best college friends is 100% Korean and married a blue-eyed, blonde of German descent. Their little girl has Korean features and blonde hair, which is a mix you wouldn't think would work, but she is so gorgeous.

imogen, he does have that Eurasian look. I don't think I noticed it before. That might be my favorite picture of him ever.

ludosti, I got the mat at One Step Ahead. Aerin likes to chew on the borders, so I'm going to have to replace those soon. Otherwise it's been fantastic.

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Mrs.M, I am sure I did show earlier each time. It just seems so much more dramatic this time. I was concerned about twins, but there is only one, unless there is another one hiding directly behind the one we saw.
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Did you find out what you're having, Mama Squirrel? (it's very possible i'm missing it if you typed it OR that i'm missing it that you're not finding out sex until the baby's born...)
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Well, I am only 14 weeks today, so it is a bit early. I did have two u/s this week. One was on Monday with the OB. The other was on Tuesday with the perinatologist. Everything looks good.

This time the heart beat was only 153. The first visit with u/s had a heart beat of 171. So much for the old wive's tale.

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My next u/s is with the perinatologist on 8/18. Hopefully the baby will cooperate and let us see the sex then.
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quote:
Originally posted by Mama Squirrel:
Well, I am only 14 weeks today, so it is a bit early. I did have two u/s this week. One was on Monday with the OB. The other was on Tuesday with the perinatologist. Everything looks good.

This time the heart beat was only 153. The first visit with u/s had a heart beat of 171. So much for the old wive's tale.

Don't lose hope! My son's HB was around 140 and my daughter's 150-160, so higher but not outrageously.
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My girls have all usually hovered in the 130-150 range. [Smile]
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25 weeks today. 15 more to go.

I have been taking a nap every day for the last two weeks. I am not looking forward to working full days again next week, but I really need to. For those who don't know I spent the day in the ER on the 13th and was diagnosed with pneumonia. I have lost 5 lbs since then (at least as of a couple days ago). I am looking forward to food sounding good to me again, and not coughing so much too.

How are the rest of our pregnant ladies doing? Who else is there?

My SIL has been in the hospital for 3 weeks. Her water broke at 29 weeks. They have her on antibiotics, steroids and magnesium. They are hoping she will make it 3 more weeks.

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I've been wondering how you were, Mama. Good luck with next week!
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Me too, Mama.

I hope next week goes as well and as easily as it can do.

(And I hope your boys aren't *too* boisterous for you... [Smile] )

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Wow, Mama. What do they do once the water breaks? I know it replenishes itself, but I can't see how there can still be significant fluid around the baby.
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Glad you're on the mend, Mama Squirrel!

I'm still here - 35 weeks today... Pretty uneventful for the most part. I failed my 1 hr glucose test, but passed the 3 hr so well (if that's the right way to put it) that my Doc said I probably had fasted for too long the first time around so my liver started kicking out sugar... I broke my hand two weeks ago, so that's made things exciting with the baby that's already here... ; ) It's gotten me out of dishes and poopy diapers for a little while, though... ; )

Ultrasound next Monday to check growth and to make sure he's doing practice breathing and all that... Hopefully he is bc he's already dropped and all signs are pointing to him getting here a little bit early...

Wow... glad she's held on this long - that's not a fun way to spend the end of your pregnancy. Hope the little one can hang out in there for a few more weeks, and she doesn't get cabin fever!!! : )

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Last time they tested there was no amnio fluid in there. I guess as long as the baby is not in distress they still want him to stay in there.

Sorry to hear about your hand cmc. Hopefully it will be better before the baby makes his appearance.

I see the OB tomorrow and get the orders for the 1 hr glucose test. I see the perinatologist on the 13th for an u/s to check the growth.

I am feeling well enough to go back to the gym tonight. If I feel really good I might even go back to spin class, but for now I plan on just spending some time on the recumbent bike.

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How's your sister-in-law, Mama Squirrel?

Cast comes off in one week... That would put him at 37 wks... I think it would be wonderful if he comes anytime after that! : )

How'd you do on the 1 hr (if you took it yet)? A good friend of mine is also pregnant right now and due 11/29. She failed the test and has been on a diet and even is to the point of having to take insulin once a day. I never realized how 'bad' it could be... I took for granted that worst case you'd just have to watch what you eat a little bit... I'm hoping you pass with flying colors!

Ultrasound was pretty cool today! They did the 3D and then did 4D, which is watching the baby in 3D live. Strange, but totally cool... He's measuring (as close as the ultrasound can tell you, anyway) about 6 lbs. That would put him on track to be about the same size as Chloe, who was born at 7lbs, 20in. The tech told me that most babies are around 8lbs now, so they're on the small side. I think they're just right... ; ) We go back next Tuesday to check how things are moving along... : ) Oh - he's head down but not all the way down. He's dropped, but I guess he's got more to drop...

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She is hanging in there. They have her c-section scheduled for 10/15, assuming nothing changes between now and then. I think that is still 5 weeks before her due date.

I found out yesterday that I passed the 1 hr glucose test. I failed the 1 hr and 3 hr with my first two pregnancies. I had different doctors for each of those pregnancies. For the first one I was told by the endochrinologist (named Dr. Donner ::snicker:: ) to do the Atkin's diet. The second pregnancy I was sent to a nutritionist who put me on a diabetic diet. Honestly, the Atkin's diet was a lot easier to follow.

I have an u/s next Tuesday. I think they might even do the 3D this time.

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Well, things changed, but I don't know what made the change happen. Anyway, they now will do the c-section no later than Friday morning. I will have a new nephew today or tomorrow.
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She just posted that she is being prepped now. Baby coming today!!!
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I hope everything goes as well as possible for them! Congrats on your new nephew!

I hope you and cmc are doing well also!

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Baby Frank was born yesterday evening. He is 4 lbs. 15 oz. and 16 1/2". He is breathing on his own. My SIL is doing well.
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Just saw this - hope everyone's still doing okay! : )

I have an appt tomorrow, too, Mama Squirrel. Hope yours goes well - and that they do the 3D. It's pretty cool... : )

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I had the u/s this morning. She is still a girl. [Big Grin] She is also now head down. Yay baby!!! All looks good. The perinatologist doesn't need to see me again.

My SIL went home yesterday. From FB yesterday: "Frankie is doing great! He just needs to get more mature and bigger so he can come home and meet his sister!!"

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