Monday, February 28, 2011

10 weeks or less...

Ho.Lee. Crap!  Dr. H said that we'll have outside babies in 10 weeks or less.  I mean, I knew this, but to hear him say it made it that much more real.  EEEK!  So much to do, so little time.

I had a regular appt with Dr. H last week.  It was quite the day.  I started off drinking the lovely orange glucose drink.  So sweet!  Not horrible, but I had built it up to be much worse than it actually was.  Good news = I passed the 1 hour test!!!

Between drinking the glucose and having my blood drawn, Mr. MBC and I headed over for a growth u/s.  It's always great to see the boys on the screen.  Except well, the u/s tech sucked and didn't show me anything.  Mr. MBC got to see everything and said both boys were moving around, kicking, punching, etc.  I'm glad he was able to see it, but I was upset that I could see anything.  Then I reminded myself that I get special moments that Mr. MBC doesn't - like the boxing match that was taking place at midnight last night.  It seems that I have some night owls on my hands.

The growth u/s didn't go quite as planned.  Baby B, H, would not cooperate.  He kept balling up and wiggling around.  Due to his position and poor measurements, he's technically measuring a pound less than his brother, JS.  But, Dr. H is convinced that it's really not that much of a difference.  He went over all the measurements and the development of heart, brain, spine, etc.  He said both boys are right on track and look fabulous.  This made me feel better, but I'm still worried about my itty-bitty H. 

I'm supposed to have a targeted u/s one day this week to get better measurements and make sure there are not cord or placenta issues that the normal u/s did not pick up.  But, Dr. H said he wasn't worried and neither should we.  He said it's likely that I'm gonna have a big boy and a little boy.  As long as both of them are healthy, I don't care how much they weigh....well I do, but I'm trying not to focus on this 1 pound difference.

After seeing Dr. H, Mr. MBC and I went to lunch.  I didn't eat breakfast before the glucose test and forgot to take my snack with me for afterwards.  So I felt so weird!  Jittery, jumpy, nauseated....just plain yuck!  But after eating, I felt so much better.  Word to the wise - eat a protein based breakfast or at least take a protein snack with you for afterwards :) 

Lastly, we headed back to Dr. H's office for our 4D u/s and I was finally able to see both boys.  Such a sweet moment.  JS is definitely my bigger boy.  He's head down and ready to come out.  He was very cooperative during the scan and the u/s tech was able to get some great pics of him.  We even  have one with him melts my heart every time I look at it.  It's so neat to see how JS has Mr. MBC's nose and cheeks already. 

Then it was time to look at little H.  He's my "mover and shaker" according to Dr. H.  He did NOT want to be seen.  He was moving all around, but he had his mind made up that we were not going to see his face.  He kept it turned toward my back the entire time.  I tried to switch positions, shaking my belly, poking my belly....NOTHING worked.  But seeing him move around and make fists made me feel so much better about him being so small. 

Side note - the u/s tech that did the 4D scan was different than the one from the growth u/s.  She said she had looked at the scan from the morning and she agrees with Dr. H that some of the measurements are not accurate.  She also told us the biggest difference was in the belly measurement.  She thinks that JS has put on his belly fat already and H hasn't.  She said other than the belly measurement there were not any significant differences. 

My visit with Dr. H was last Thursday.  Mr. MBC and I were out of the office by 10:30.  Dr. H said his nurse, K was going to call and make the appt for the targeted u/s.  She was supposed to call me when it was scheduled.  Well, it's Monday morning and I still haven't heard from her.  I left 2 messages on Friday and no return phone call.  If I don't hear from her today by 2:00, I've decided I'm just going to stop by Dr.  H's office on my way home.  I realize that I'm not their only patient, but Dr. H said he wanted this u/s done before I see him again on Thursday.  I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Welcome to 3rd Trimester:)

How far along? 27 weeks - officially in the 3rd trimester

Weight gain/loss: I haven't been on the official scales in over 3 weeks, but I'm guessing I'm up a total of 16 or 17 pounds.  While I'm at my heaviest weight ever, I know that I've had a healthy pregnancy in terms of weight gain and I'm doing what's best for my boys.  At my last appt, Dr H said I'd likely weigh less when I leave the hospital than I did before getting pregnant.  I can take that :)

Maternity clothes? All day, every day. With the weather changing and spring approaching, it looks like I'm going to have to invest in some new tops. 

Stretch marks? On the belly....both sides :(  But only Mr. MBC and I will ever see them, so I'm trying not to fret too much.

Sleep? Good days and bad days....

Best moment since last update? I posted about it here, but Mr MBC finally felt the babies move.  So cool!

Food cravings: Still loving my chicken biscuit in the morning.  I've also added Sour Patch Watermelons to my afternoon snack.  The sweet-sour combo helps keep my stomach calm and not so pukey.

Genders: TWO BOYS!!!! Lots of onesies with trucks, cars, & sports on them :)

Belly button in or out? In...I don't think it will ever poke out.  It's just stretching and looking like a donut.

Movement? All the time!  JS (Baby A) is much more active than his brother, H.  However, JS moves more smoothly.  When H is moving, I know it...very sudden and strong.  I love it though!

What I miss? Being able to talk without losing my breath.  As a teacher, it's getting increasingly difficult to lecture and have discussions with my students.  Crazy thing is this....I can walk through the mall, across the building, etc without losing my breath.

What I'm looking forward to: I have a big day on Thursday.  I have my glucose test in the morning, followed by a growth ultrasound and then a visit with Dr. H.  That afternoon, Mr. MBC and I go back to the dr. for the optional 4D ultrasound.  I cannot wait to see the boys! 

Milestones: Today marks the beginning of 3rd trimester, 27 weeks.  Techinically this means I have 13 weeks left, but I know that Dr H is not going to let me go past 38 weeks.  So Mr. MBC and I will have outside baby boys in 11 weeks or less!!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Day 11 - Blog Challenge

Day 11-Favorite TV shows

I must say I watch entirely too much TV.  But in my defense, Mr. MBC and I DVR everything so it doens't take as long to watch our shows.  Here's a list of shows that have "season passes" on our DVR right now:
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Rules of Engagement
  • Two & a Half Med
  • Mike & Molly
  • Modern Family
  • Cougar Town
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Brothers & Sisters
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • The Good Wife
(Disclaimer - I'm a reality tv junkie.  I can't look away from it!)
  • The Biggest Loser
  • Jersey Shore
  • The Real Housewives of _______ (any city but Beverly Hills)
  • Jerseylicious
  • Millionaire Matchmaker
  • I Used To Be Fat
  • Heavy
Guilty Pleasures
(My kids are never going to watch ABC Family!)
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Secret Life of the American Teenager
Holy crap that's a long list!!  I will say that I'm not up to date on all of these shows.  Heck, most days I fall asleep before 8:30 on the couch.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Day 10 - Blog Challenge

Day 10-Something you're afraid of

It's so odd that this is what I'm supposed to blog about today.  I promise I didn't look ahead when I wrote this post yesterday.

By the way....I'm 1/3 of the way through my 30 Day Blog Challenge. Woo Hoo!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A funny story...

I meant to share this a couple of weeks ago when it happened, but completely forgot.

As you know, I'm a teacher.  High school.  Honors students.  You know the kind that plan everything out and obsess over whether the teacher said "most" or "the majority".  Yeah, those.  Anyway, this is about a conversation that took place in class one day involving me and 3 students - W, T & C.  Here's the exchange:

W raises his hand

I call on him and wait for his question.

W: "When you leave to have your baby, will we have a sub?" 

Me:  "Yes, of course."

T looking back and forth at me and W.

W:  "Well, I know we will have a sub, but will it be a real teacher, a different sub every day or what?

Me: "Good question."  I go on to explain how it depends on several different things, but that the decision isn't up to me.

T is still looking at me and W.

Me:  "T, what's up?  Why do you have that look on your face?"

T:  "You're having a baby?!?!  When?"

Me: "Yes, if everything goes as planned it will be in May."

T:  "So, you're really pregnant"

Me:  "Yep."

C is sitting across the room grinning. 

T:  "Where have I been?"

Me:  "I don't know.  Did you just think I was getting fat?"

T:  "No, but my mom told me to never ask a woman about her age or weight.  I just tend to ignore those things."

C:  "Hey, T.  You wanna hear something crazy?"

T:  "Yeah, like what?  Are you gonna tell me she's having twins or something?"

C:  "Yep.  Exactly."

At this point I just busted out laughing.  Poor T, he had no idea.  The entire class started giving him slack about being so clueless.  It was so funny.  I love my job and I teach great kids, but days like that remind me why I love what I do.

Irrational Thoughts....

Do I over-analyze everything? YES.

Do I make simple things complicated? At times.

Do I consult Dr. Google too often?  YES.

I realize that I obsess over pregnancy-related things that I have no control over.  I worry about the boys coming too early.  I worry about NICU time.  I worry about a lot of stuff. 

That being said...I'm questioning my decision to not consult with a MFM when Mr. MBC and I found out we were having twins.  I spoke with my OB about it and he assured me that he would send me over if any red flags were to arise during the pregnancy.  I even spoke to a real life friend of mine that is a NICU case manager at the largest hospital in the city.  She assured me that my OB was part of one of the best practices in the city.  She also reminded me that twins are not that uncommon these days.  So after talking with Mr. MBC, I decided to not freak out and trust my OB.

Don't get me wrong, my OB has been great.  The nurses are great.  I feel like I'm "that" patient and I come in with a list of questions each time I'm there. 

Why the worry?  In terms of a twin pregnancy, everything seems normal.  Just as it should be.  But I know that things can change at a moment's notice with any pregnancy and even more with a multiples pregnancy.  I'm nearly 27 weeks pregnant with twins yet I haven't had a cervical length check.  My OB says he doesn't do them this early unless there are "problems".  While this may not seem like a big deal (and YES I'm grateful that I haven't had any problems), I still  have this voice in the back of my head that makes me question everything.

Where does this voice come from?  Is it from the trouble that Mr. MBC and I experience when TTC?  Is it because I've read too many stories online about multiples being born way too early?  Is it because in the past 3 days I've had:
  • Two fellow May Mommas deliver their twins at 28 weeks and the babies are in NICU fighting for their life.
  • Another admitted to L&D because her cervix has shortened so much in one week.  She was having contractions 90 seconds apart and didn't even feel them!
  • A dear friend that delivered her twins at 18 weeks and they are now angels.
I don't know.  When I hear/read about stories like this, I let the bad thoughts take over. I know that a shortened cervix is not contagious.  However, I still worry.  The worry is constantly there, but when things like this happen it brings all of my fears to the forefront.

I need to remind myself of all the pregnancy-related positives:
  • Today I am pregnant with two healthy little boys.
  • I love the feeling of them kicking me from the inside.
  • I've made it past V Day, so everything from this point forward is just time for the boys to grow and develop.
  • I haven't had any problems or complications that should make me fear all of the what-ifs.
  • Each day that passes brings me one day closer to meeting my sweet boys.

Blog Challenge - Day 9

Day 9-A picture of your friends

Since I don't show my own face on this blog, I don't think it's right to show the faces of some of my friends.  Instead I thought I'd provide links to some of my e-friends.  Until you become part of the online blogging community or message boards, you don't fully understand the love, support and encouragement complete strangers can provide.  I count myself very lucky to have these ladies as my friends....













Mrs. W


Stop by these ladies' blogs and say "Hi!"

Monday, February 14, 2011


The boys have become SUPER active in the past week.  I can distinctly tell the difference between them.  Up until last night, Mr. MBC has not seen or felt movement.  It's like his hand has so kind of calming effect on them. 

Well, last night they were both going crazy and Mr. MBC finally felt Baby A kick.  It felt so light to him, he wasn't sure if it was the baby.  Anyway, he said "Make him move again..."  So sweet!

5, 6, 7, & 8 (playing catch up)

So I'm not even a week in and I already fail at the 30 day blog challenge.  But, I have been sick and Mr. MBC sent several hours Saturday registering.  So exhausting!

Day 5-Your siblings
  • I have one brother.  I think I've mentioned him before.  He's 10 years younger than me, so we basically grew up as only children.  Even though there is a huge age gap between us, he and I are very close.  We don't talk on the phone that often, but when we see each other he always says "Hey, I've been wanting to ask you something...."  I love my baby brother. 

Day 6-A picture of something that makes you happy

Day 7-Favorite movies
  • Steel Magnolias
  • Love Actually
  • Bridget Jones's Diary
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • The Family Stone
    • If you notice, they're all girly movies :)

Day 8-A place you've traveled to
  • NYC, NY - been to NYC twice and would go tomorrow if I had the chance.  Both trips were girl trips - first with girlfriends and then with my mom, aunt and cousin.
  • Phoenix, AZ - went here in college for a sorority convention.  So freakin' hot in June!
  • St. Thomas, USVI - Mr. MBC and I went here on our honeymoon.  We stayed at an all-inclusive resort and it was awesome!  We plan to go back for our 5 year anniversary.  The boys will be almost 2 at that point, so I *may* be able to leave them for a few days.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Blog Challenge - Day 4

Day 4-Your parents

Where do I start?  My parents are basically the best parents ever.  I truly hope that my kids will have as much respect and love for me and Mr. MBC as I have for my parents.

My parents started dating when they were both still in high school.  The were set up by a mutual friend.  My dad was the bad boy on the motorcycle from the small town and my mom was the good girl from the city.  From what I know, my mom and dad feel for one another fairly quick.  My dad would drive for almost an hour to see my mom during the week and would go to all of her softball games whether it was week night or weekend. 

They were married at 17 & 18.  Very young!!  I think of my life when I was their age and know there is NO WAY I was ready for marriage at that age.  But times were different then, right?

For me, they are the perfect picture of what marriage should be.  Have I seen them argue?  Yes.  Have I seen them give each other the silent treatment?  Of course.  But I've also seen how they are toward one another.  They've been married for 33 years and they still tell each other "I love you" every time they leave one another and at the end of each phone call.  When walking through the mall this past December, I saw them holding hands and acting all giddy like the teenagers I see on a daily basis. 

In addition to showing their love for one another, they also show the greatest respect for each other.  I remember anytime a vacation or major purchase came up, they always discussed it.  They never make major decisions without the input of the other. 

I remember dancing with my dad on my and Mr. MBC's wedding day.  While dancing, my dad was very quiet and had a tear in his eye.  (I've always been a daddy's girl and still am.)  Anyway, I looked at him and told him I was going to be okay.  This is what I wanted, had waited for it and had the best example of what marriage should be.  After that, he was okay. 

I guess the point of this story....if Mr. MBC and I can have marriage half as great as my parents, I'll count myself lucky.

While the boys will be my parents' first biological grandchildren, they've always treated the Sweetest Girl in the World like she's their own.  Another reason I love them.  They took her in and didn't ask any questions.  Seeing how wonderful they are with her and how much she loves them, I have no doubt that they are going to be the best grandparents in the world. 

And I know that material things don't measure love, but they spoil the SGW and have already started spoiling the boys. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 3

Day 3-Your first love

Not sure how to approach this one.  I had two boyfriends that I used the "L word" with before I really knew what it meant and what it really felt like.  Both of them were great guys, but at 14 or 15 years old, do you really know what love is?

Anyway, I guess my first love lasted for about 5 years.  He and I met through mutual friends and began dating my senior year of high school.  We dated all through college without issue until my senior year of college.  Looking back, we just grew apart and did some really crappy things.  And of course, I think he did a lot more crappy stuff than I.  After we broke up, we talked and dated on and off for a year or so.  I finally washed my hands of him when I found out that he was in a serious relationship and there was a baby on the way.  HELLO??!?!  Could I have been any more stupid?

I will not was hard.  Very hard.  But after that I learned that my first love should be myself.  I learned that if I wasn't looking out for my well-being and my happiness, neither would anyone else.  This of course excludes my family and friends, but you know what I mean.  I didn't really date anyone for several years and the one "relationship" I had before meeting Mr. MBC ended when the guy told me I wouldn't let him get close and kept my guard up.  He was tired of trying to break it down.  After that, I figured I needed to find a happy medium between throwing everything I had into a relationship and not letting the other person in. 

Enter Mr. MBC....I fell hard.  Quick!  He will tell you that he was scared of my feelings for him and how strongly he felt for me.  Which explains the 6 month break that he and I took between the first time we dated and the second time.  But once we started dating again in October, we were engaged in June, building a home in September and married in March.  I guess you could say we're still pretty hot and heavy :)  AndI love every minute of it.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

So cool...

This morning while taking a bath, I forgot all about how this upper respiratory crud, streching, braxton hicks, etc is kicking my arse these days.  Why, you ask???  Because I saw the coolest thing this morning....

While laying in the tub, I saw my belly move - several times.  I guess the boys were trying to wake up as well.  At first, I thought it was a fluke.  I could feel them moving, but wasn't sure that I saw anything.  Well, then it happened again.  Or course, then I started poking and prodding my belly to keep it coming.  The movement was in two general areas.  Based on my last ultrasound and the movement I've been feeling the past couple of weeks, I really think both of them were moving around this morning.  Some of the movement was to the right of my belly button and the other was higher up on the left side near my ribs.

While I don't think this tops seeing two sacs or two heart beats for the first time, it still ranks pretty high up in awesomeness!

Day 2

Day 2-Meaning behind your blog name

When Mr. MBC and I started our TTC journey, I thought I'd stop birth control in July and be pregnant soon after.  If you ask any woman in my family, they will all tell you that they are "fertile myrtiles".  I learned very quickly that wasn't the case for me. 
Mr. MBC and I were approaching 9 months of TTC and 5 failed rounds of Clomid.  I was talking to a friend one day and she suggested that I start a blog to get all of my feelings and thoughts out.  When I thought about it, she had a point.  Once I decided to start a blog, the name came quickly.  I had found my true love, we were married, but we were searching for the baby carriage.  My biggest fear was that it would forever be missing.  Hence the name - Missing Baby Carriage.
As far as blogs are concerned, I'm trying to decide if I'll keep posting here once the boys are born or if I'll start another blog.  If I start another one, I will likely use real names and photos.  Thoughts?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Day 1

Day 1-Introduce, recent picture, 15 interesting facts

Hi :)  I'm MBC.  I'm a wife, daughter, sister and soon to be mother of twin boys.  I started my blog as a way to deal with all the feelings I had when my husband, Mr. MBC, and I were having trouble concieving.  Mr. MBC and I have been married for nearly 3 years and tried for over a year before achieving pregnancy.  While I know this is not very long compared to what others have (and are) dealing with, I knew I had issues.  Once stopping birth control, I was having 16-18 day cycles.  In addition, I have had issues with cysts since I was 14 years old. 

Mr. MBC has a daughter from a previous marriage.  Luckily, I've been in her life since she was one year old so she doesn't really remember a time that I wasn't there.  I rarely talk about her on my blog because I like to keep a certain level of privacy, but when I do refer to her she's known as the Sweetest Girl in the World. 

Again, in terms of keeping my identity private I'm not going to post a picture of myself.

15 interesting facts....that's a tough one, but I'll try:

  1. I've kept my blog a secret from Mr. MBC.  He knows that I participate in message boards like The Bump, but doesn't really "get it". 
  2. Mr. MBC and I had 2 first dates.  We dated, stopped seeing each other and then went out again.  If you ask him, the first time we dated doesn't really count.
  3. I'm a reality TV junkie.  The trashier, the better.  I love all of cities of Real Housewives.  Jersey Shore is like a train wreck I can't look away from.
  4. I'm a teacher.  I have my BS in Biology and Chemistry and my MS in Education.  I'm currently in my 9th year of teaching.  Sometimes I think about going back to school, but then think about all the papers and such....
  5. I have one brother that is 10 years younger than me.  Basically, he and I were both raised as only children.  Surprisingly, we are very close.
  6. I have internet friends (that I've never met in real life) that know more about my IF struggles than most of my real life friends. 
  7. Pregnancy has given me a very loose tongue.  I used to be very good at filtering what I thought and what actually came out.  For some reason, these days if I think it, I say it.  Not always good.
  8. I have several friends at work that are pregnant.  We're at different stages - 36 weeks, 31 weeks, 28 weeks, 25 weeks (me), 18 weeks and 13 weeks -  and I love when we compare symptoms.  Of course all of them are singleton pregnancies, so they are amazed that I experience most things earlier than they do. 
  9. I'm quite proud that I have only gaind 13 or 14 pounds during this pregnancy.  Don't get me wrong, I wasn't super fit beforehand but I've seen every other woman in my family gain 40+ pounds with one child. 
  10. I'm worried that once the boys arrive, Mr. MBC and I will have to give our dog to my mother in law.  He was my dog when we got married, but Mr. MBC considers the dog ours at this point.  The dog is very jealous of anything or anyone that takes our attention.  Not sure how he will react to two babies.
  11. When I think about the bringing the boys home, I get excited and overwhelmed at the same time.  I cannot wait to meet them and have them to take care of.  But the idea of caring for 2 newborns is very overwhelming to me.
  12. Mr. MBC and I have decided that we are done with children.  This pregnancy has not been the most pleasant experience for me and thus, not pleasant for Mr. MBC.  Additionally, we would need the help of Dr. L again and that means a chance of multiples again.  We are currently trying to decide how we are going to avoid.
  13. I've heard people talk about heartburn and indigestion, but never knew how intense it could be until I was pregnant.  It's so bad that Mr. MBC has told me to stop saying "Excuse me" every time I burp.  He said he's tired of hearing me say it.
  14. Mr. MBC and I have decided in the past two weeks that we need to finish out our bonus room upstairs.  We've got a very small window of time to get it completed, but I'm confident that we'll get it done before the boys arrive.
  15. As I'm trying to come up with #15, one of the boys is going crazy in my ute.  It's the best and craziest feeling all at once.

One day down, 29 to go.....

30 Day Blog Challenge

My friend Gingham is starting the 30 Day Blog Challenge today and I've decided to join her.  Here are the details:

Day 1-Introduce, recent picture, 15 interesting facts

Day 2-Meaning behind your blog name
Day 3-Your first love
Day 4-Your parents
Day 5-Your siblings
Day 6-A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 7-Favorite movies
Day 8-A place you've traveled to
Day 9-A picture of your friends
Day 10-Something you're afraid of
Day 11-Favorite TV shows
Day 12-What you believe
Day 13-Goals
Day 14-A picture you love
Day 15-Bible verse
Day 16-Dream house
Day 17-Something you're looking forward to
Day 18-Something you regret
Day 19-Something you miss
Day 20-Nicknames
Day 21-Picture of yourself
Day 22-Favorite city
Day 23-Favorite vacation
Day 24-Something you've learned
Day 25-Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs
Day 26-Picture of your family
Day 27-Pets
Day 28-Something that stresses you out
Day 29-3 Wishes
Day 30-a picture

Anyone want to join us???

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Update from latest OB visit....

This is about a week late, but I've been so busy at work and completely exhausted when I get home.  I've been asleep on the couch by 9 every night this week.  Mr. MBC has been great about keeping up with housework.  I love that man!

I was orginally supposed to go to the OB today, but I've been battling cough and congestion for too long and called last week.  Dr. H's office was great and got me in that day.  After looking at my throat, listening to my chest and lungs, and asking about my symptoms Dr. H decided I have an upper respiritory infection and the beginning of bronchitis :(  Fun times, huh?  He gave me a prescription for a stronger antibiotic than last time - remember, I've been on a Z-Pak three times since October!!  He also gave me a steroid shot to help keep my body into gear.  He offered to give me a refill on some cough medicine, but last time I took it I felt so weird and out  of place.  He said to take Robitussin and Mucinex to help with the cough and congestion. 

Fast forward to today - I'm done with my antibiotics and I'm still not feeling great.  Still taking Mucinex and I guess it's doing it job because I am coughing up so much crap.  It's kind of gross to tell you the truth.  The worst part is the coughing.  It's worse, not better.  Add in the tightness and crampiness I've been feeling in my ute and my stomach just flat out hurts!

After Dr. H talked about my sickness, he decided to go ahead and do all pregnancy-related stuff as well.  He said he wanted to save me a trip today - thanks Dr. H!!!  First he measured my belly.  I was right at 24 weeks, but my belly is measuring the same as a singleton pregnancy at 30 weeks.  No wonder I feel so BIG!  Then he pulled out the doppler to listen to the boys heart beats.  I always hold my breath until I hear the "thud-thud-thud" of Baby Boy A's heart. Anyway, both boys heartbeats sounded really good and strong; they measured at 144 and 160 beats per minute.  It's odd because Baby A has always had the lower heart rate and he's so calm.  I feel him moving sometimes, but not a lot.  Any time we've had an ultrasound, Baby A has been very chill - sleeping, sucking his thumb, just hanging out.  But Baby B....oh my!  He's all over the place, all the time!  He's always had a high heart rate - so high that one of the nurses at Dr. H office was willing to bet money that he was a girl.  I think a lot of it has to do with his position, but I can always feel him in my ribs and back.  And when we've had ultrasounds, he's flipping and wiggling all around.  Dr H has even commented on how he's "a mover and a shaker" because he always runs from the doppler.  Dr. H has to chase him down.  You can hear all the fluid moving around on the doppler as he's trying to escape the sound.  It's so funny!

After the fun stuff, Mr. MBC and I asked Dr. H when we'd start talking about a date for my c-section.  Originally, Dr. H had said if I made it to 36 weeks, he'd schedule me by week 37.  Well, he's changed his mind but for good reason.  Obviously, the longer the boys are in-utero the better in terms of development and size.  Dr. H is very pleased with my gradual weight gain and how well my body is handling the twin pregnancy.  Now he's thinking he will schedule the c-section right before 38 weeks.  I know 7 days doesn't seem like a long time, but I can only imagine how huge I will be, how uncomfortable I will be and how ready I will be to meet the boys by that time. 

The other good news from last week's appointment is that Dr. H isn't giving me any restrictions just yet.  He said as long as I felt good and the boys were doing well, I can work as long as I feel like it.  Which is a huge sigh of relief because my dad was very sick this time last year and I used a lot of my sick and personal days at the hospital.  I've been stressed about the possibility of bed rest, unpaid leave, insurance, etc.  Well, if everything goes according to my plan (a girl can dream, right?), I'll have around 20 sick days which covers the last month of school.  And, if something else comes up before then I can borrow up to 15 days from the sick leave bank at work and I can have others donate sick days to me.  This is great news because I get paid in full for sick days and Mr. MBC and I will not have to worry about insurance going up during this time.  Needless to say, a huge weight has been lifted.

Unless I have any problems, I do not go back to see Dr. H until February 24th.  This day will be action packed for me, Mr. MBC and the boys.  I have my glucose test first thing that morning.  In the hour wait between blood draws, I have a growth ultrasound to check the boys size.  I cannot wait to see them again!  Then that afternoon, Mr. MBC and I head back to Dr. H's office for our 4D ultrasound.  We get to see the boys twice in one day :)

In unrelated news.....Mr. MBC and I have decided on a lot of stuff for the nursery and baby gear.  I'll share with you guys very soon!