Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Hip, Hip, Hooray

We visited the perinatalogist yesterday for our checkup. We were put on the fetal heart rate monitor first, and again Pooh was being difficult. It took forever to get his heart rate on the monitor and had us worried again. The technician had to move on to find Tigger's first before returning for Pooh's again before finally finding it. Randi had no contractions for the 45 minutes we were hooked-up and both babies showed good heart rates and movement.

Next, we move to the ultrasound room hoping that Pooh's diastolic flow on his umbilical arteries had not worsened since last Friday. We, having become well versed in procedural matters of fetal ultrasounds now, watched intently as the technician measured ambiotic fluid volumes, cervix length, and blood flow from a variety of areas on the babies and Randi. When we got to Pooh's umbilical artery, we saw a blip. The blip was what appeared to be diastolic blood flow for the first time in weeks. Randi and I were both cautious, and we turned to each other in unison and said, "Did you see that?" We also got another lot of ultrasound prints, and, of course, we got more pictures of their boy thimbles. I feel that we could probably chart those little organs growth better than any other throughout this whole process.

We finished up the ultrasound and headed to the consultation room to wait for the doctor. A significant amount of time passed. Randi was able to make it through a whole People magazine and two trips to the restroom. At one point, we heard nothing in the halls for a while and thought that everyone had gone home. Finally, the doctor came in. Almost immediately, he confirmed what we suspected. For the first time in weeks, Pooh's umbilical cord exhibited diastolic flow. Although, it was still not a normal flow graph, it was significant. The doctor also mentioned that he could see some placental growth as a result, which will ultimately allow the baby to grow. What was most encouraging to us was the doctor's very uncharacteristic behavior...for the first time since we were 17 weeks, he was genuinely optimistic for the outcome.

He said that "obviously" something we were doing was working, since Randi has been on bed rest, staying more hydrated, and consuming three Ensure shakes a day. All that is great, but we know what it really was. It was the combined thoughts and prayers of all of you out there, and we really appreciate them. Hopefully, we can make it to 34 weeks now.


Bolline Family said...

What awesome news!! God is so good!!

Anonymous said...

What fabulous news!!!! The prayers will continue....Thanks for sharing the great news. Keep taking care of yourself and those sweet angels inside of you.

Matt and Amy Snow said...

Praise the Lord!!!!!! I'm so happy for the two (well really four :-)) of y'all. Thanks for keeping us posted. Please know that the prayers are being lifted.

Anonymous said...

Checked your blog early this a.m. and saw no news from yesterdays visit. Jennifer called me later in the morning and reported. You keep doing your part and we will continue ours.
Love to you all,

JenMom said...

Even though I already knew the news when I read this, I am crying. God is still in the business of miracles!! Praise Him & Congratulations!

Anonymous said...


Hamilton and I have been thinking about and praying for the four of you. We are thrilled with the good news, and we will continue to pray specifically as you requested.

Love to you both, Meika

The Hiatt Family said...

I have chills reading this latest report. We continue to pray for those precious boys and for your heart to know His peace as you wait.

Aunt Boo said...

I do not know what to say. I am so happy for you and your family. I am sitting here with the biggest, dumbest grin in the world and thinking, He is great, Awesome, Jennifer's right, he is still in the business of miracles.

You are in my thoughts and prayers and I am always here if you need anything.


keri said...

such great news to hear!!

Perri said...

what an answer to prayer! God is so awesome - I don't know why I continue to be amazed at his greatness. So glad for this blessing and answer to prayer for your babies.

Dennis, Rose and our Clan said...

I am so happy to hear such good news! I will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers!