The boys have done great on the monitors this week and had perfect Biophysical Profile scores on Monday and today. Jaxon's blood flow in his cord has remained the same as well. Our kitty Yanni visited yesterday. He had lots of girlfriends here with all the nurses, techs and doctors visiting him. It was really nice to have a piece of home here for a day.
We had mixed news today at the growth scan. Brady is measuring more than a week ahead, and Jaxon is measuring 2 weeks behind. There is a 37% weight difference between them. The doctor said that all we can do is wait and see at this point. Obviously Jaxon gets less blood in his cord, but since he isn't failing any of his tests and still doing fine, we need to just keep growing him as long as we can. So we'll either remain the same and make our 32 week goal, or Jaxon will start to not thrive anymore and we'll go earlier.
Jaxon - 1 lb, 12 oz - this weight estimate is based on all the measurments of his body without measuring his head. He is SO low in my uterus that they can't get a good measurment. The doctor said it MAY add a little weight to his measurment, but nothing substantial.
One month down, one more to go! Everything is going good so far. Both ultrasounds this week have shown the boys practice breathing and scoring great on their BPP (Biophysical profiles). Jaxon's blood flow in his cord has remained the same. The new weigh-in will be Friday, I'm very anxious to see how much they've gained. I actually got a "high five" from the Perinatologist today :)
Today's scan showed Jaxon's cord blood flow to be measuring the same. We met with two Perinatologists to review everything. My monitoring will remain 3x daily, but we will be increasing the ultrasounds (scans) to 3x a week rather than 2. So starting next week the scans should be Mon/Wed/Fri. The specialist said he felt that Jaxon's possible blood flow reversal is a bigger threat than cord compression and as soon as he sees the first sign of reversal the boys will be delivered. He made it clear that the boys are remarkably healthy so he was comfortable delivering them at that point...which could be in the next few weeks. They seemed to be preparing us to not have our hearts set on 32 weeks. So far, so good.
I had a scan today and for once Brady didn't want his photo taken, so we captured his foot (I think the boys have the same toes as Jason). I asked the tech to print out a photo of the large knot in their cords. If the photo scans well enough I'll attach it to this post. It's a scary thought when you see the large knot, but it also helps for people to understand.
The main reasons for these scans are to watch for TTTS (Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome) signs, which are largely seen in their weight differences. Also to monitor Jaxon's blood flow in his cord (since he's the smaller twin). Well today we did see a DECREASE in his cord. The simplest way to say it is if he doesn't breath, his blood doesn't flow. So we are watching this very closely and if/when the flow shows to be reversing we will have to deliver. I asked the doctor if he had an educated guess of timeline for this and he said there's no way to know if it could happen in a day or weeks. My nurse thinks this will be the reason we have to deliver before my goal of 32 weeks compared to cord compression from the boys (which is what my daily monitors are for).
Again, this is something we have to just watch and see what happens. All we can do is pray and hope we can make it as close to our goal as possible.
The storms this weekend flooded our neighborhood. Thankfully our basement only had a little water back in the cemented service area. Jason put some extenders on the troughs that were causing that problem before more storms came through. The street behind ours was closed down.
This is the end of our driveway into the street
This is our mailbox on our street This is the street that is closed going to our house (Briar Ridge - our street is is up ahead on the right). You can only enter the neighborhood from the back for now.
This morning's scan gave us the next weights for the boys which I've posted on the side chart. I was really hoping to see Brady over 2 lbs and Jax closer to 2 lbs, but they are each gaining and both still healthy. We couldn't catch them practicing breathing today, but we did catch Jax opening his eyes. I had an internal ultrasound to get a measurement of Jaxon's head since he is so low on me, and I was able to see his face a bit better since Brady always blocks him and his head is locked down. As you can see, Brady blocks Jaxon, so we catch cute pieces of him...
Jaxon's face looking right at us (his eyes are open!)
Today's ultrasound went well. Both babies were practicing BREATHING! The blood flow through each cord measured the same as last week, so that's great. The boys have their 2 wk weight measurements at the next scan on Thursday, I'm very anxious to see their new weights.