Thursday, November 1, 2012

Measurements

I have a question to start this off - is there a way to follow wordpress blogs just like you can blogger blogs? Because so many of you have wordpress blogs and I use that follow option to keep up on your blog posts and comments. And I haven't been able to figure it out so I end up not commenting often on wordpress blogs!!

In other news, I got a text from Gabby two nights ago in which she said she had been playing the story I read outloud for Bellybuds to the girls (it's only 3 minutes long, so she plays it on repeat) and the girls were kicking a ton. So strong even her husband could feel those kicks!

My heart totally melted. Keep growing, girls!! I did tell her maybe they were sick of that story being on repeat and they were kicking her to stop playing it :)

I got the reports (plus some creepy looking u/s pictures) from the ultrasound last week at 21w4d. Now if you'll remember (and what do you mean, you don't? :) the doctor said everything was absolutely perfect and she didn't need to come back this week and could come back in 2 weeks instead.

But I'm looking at these measurements and looking them up on Dr. Google. There are two things I'm really worried about:

Their femur lengths seem pretty short. According to the report they are measuring 20.6 and 20.7 weeks respectively. This is when they were 21.6 (that's 21w4d) at the time of the measurement. According to Dr. Google they may be a few days past that, but on the report it is noted that for one of them the FL was 0.8 SD (standard deviations I'm sure) below mean, and the other was 1.0 SD below mean. So why didn't the doctor mention this at all?

Commence worry. I mean, I'm 5'5" and my brother is 5'9" (and he's the tallest in my family, lol) so it's not like we're tall. L's family is 5'11" at its tallest (L is 5'10") but still. I looked it up and short femurs can mean down syndrome. We never got any blood testing done that would have told us our risk for it because they told us it wasn't reliable for twins. I keep hoping there would have been other indications of down syndrome but I'm still worried.

The other thing I'm worried about is the Abdominal Circumference of Baby Aisha. It's 18.1mm smaller than Baby Beyonce's - that seems like a really big difference to me! In terms of length and head and everything else they are close enough to each other that I'm not worried, but the abdomen? Again, no mention of this though.

So, would I be a total freak to email the doctor and ask?

18 comments:

  1. I love you but you need to chill out love. If he was worried he would have told you. Hang in there.

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    1. LMAO! I love that you just said that, with love :) Thank you!

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  2. so sweet that they can hear your voice reading stories to them already!

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    1. I find it amazing! I can't wait to feel them kick!

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  3. I say email and ask. Not because I think there is a particularly strong reason to worry, but why not? A question won't hurt!

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    1. So I checked and apparently he doesn't have "public" email! I can't believe it! First doctor from this hospital that I've found doesn't. I'll ask Gabby to ask for me this Thursday :)

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  4. I know babies can measure differently from time to time, and my guess is if he was worried he would have said something. But I know reading that and believing it are two very different things. If you are worried, e-mail him. I'm sure he will understand your concern (hugs). I know your concerns are valid, especially since you can't be there in person, kwim? I L-O-V-E that your baby girls can hear your voice in the book, what a wonderful idea!!! Keeping you in my thoughts! PS-Loved the Dh toe story, epsom salts, really? LOL.

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    1. I'm sure you are right! I will double check this week though :)

      Yea, a toe. He was late to work 3 days that week soaking it. Boys!

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  5. I don't think it hurts to ask. It at the least will help you feel better. I add wordpress bloggers to my blog feed on blogger. On the left hand tab on the main screen when you log into blogger you can click the add button and paste their URL in the "add URL" space and then click add. The wordpress blog should start showing up update in your feed like the other blogs you follow.

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    1. Awesome! Thank you! So glad I asked :)

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  6. I thought those were their names for a minute. LOL. I say email if it helps you but I would think they would have seen a marker by now.

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    1. We've had a few people think that! LOL. And here I thought it was so obvious :) I am sure you are right.

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  7. Ditto Aspgriswold on the blogger issue. I didn't know that until earlier this year, I was really bad about following wordpress blogs before them :)

    I say email them if you're worried, but try not to obsess too much! They would have said something or scheduled another ultrasound if they were concerned, but it never hurts to ask!

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    1. You are right!! I couldn't get an email for him, but I'm just going to ask Gabby to ask him this week instead.

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  8. I am with the others that said it doesn't hurt to ask. These are your babies, and if you are the least bit concerned you need to do what you need to do to help calm your nerves.

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  9. Hi, Martha referred me to your sight and it sounds like we have some things in common and both experiencing gestational surrogacy. Is there a way I can subscribe to your site? I don't have a google account. Thanks

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    1. I just added a "follow by email" button on the top right column of the blog if you want to subscribe. Also if you want to talk further, feel free to email me at duckii926@gmail.com. I read your last post. I do seem to have a better relationship with my gestational carrier but I think that we share a lot of the same feelings about this process.

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