Dear sweet little babies,
Many weeks have flown since I last wrote an update... but so much has gone on, that it doesn't surprise me. We made it to our dear home in Washington... a place we are excited to introduce you to, and share with you. A place that we're happy to say that you'll "grow up"... a place we're hoping you'll love as much as we do.
Since I last wrote, we said farewell to our home and friends in Oklahoma since I last wrote. We had one final appointment to check on your little heartbeats and ultrasound and see how you two were doing as well. Sort of like one last well check, to make sure I was go to go with all the travels we had ahead of us.
Baby A... you had the quicker heartbeat this time around, and you were super active. Your heartbeat was a 165, and you kept getting your head smooshed by your sister's feet. You kept moving your hands up by your head, to get her away, and then you made the cutest bubble blowing motions with your mouth. The technician and doctor verified your cleft lip, but they're almost 100% positive, that you don't have a cleft palate. It looks to be a tiny hook... about 3mm... but as you grow bigger and chunk up in your face, we should be able to get a clearer picture of it. Mommy's main concern was feeding you, but whatever the future holds, we will make it work. We are positive that this is just part of your sister... and you're probably going to have one really cool scar. You've remained "in position"... with your head down, and your feet over to the left part of Mommy's belly.
Baby B... you my dear were naughty to your sister during this ultrasound. You kept kicking down on her head space... just to get cozy. Your heartbeat was around a 145-150... and you as well, kept moving your hands in your face. Your head is up high, right below Mommy's chest.. you're sitting breech right now. But with your sister being in position, there's a good chance you might come out breech, unless you decide to flip during delivery... once your sister's out, there will be more room for you to do that possibly.
Mommy has gained 18 lbs since this beginning of this journey, and it feels like it's all from the two of you. You both were estimated at 1 lb 7 oz.. and that was 4 weeks ago... so I imagine you're even bigger now. According to the pregnancy app, you should be well over 2 lbs each. You two are growing exactly the way you should be growing, and for that we are thankful... even though I complain about how much you're stretching out my belly and uncomfortable I am... I'll take the pain, knowing that you're doing what you should be doing.
You two survived a road trip from Oklahoma to Pennsylvania.... where we got to stretch our legs and rest up for two weeks and wait for Daddy to join us for our trip out west. The trip out west, was quite the doozy... it was painful. We did the 37.5 hour trek in 3 nights/4 days... We had early mornings, and days without as many stops... and that took a toll on Mommy. I stretched when I could, and drank as much as I could... but that just meant more pee stops. In the end, it felt so good to be in Washington. The Braxton Hicks that I had along the way, stopped after a few days of rest here, and only come back sporadically.
Sleeping has become uncomfortable... sitting has become uncomfortable... pretty much just "being" has become uncomfortable... but, I do this for you two. Trying to keep the complaints to minimal... but it's a tough gig carrying you two. Somehow, God thought I was up for the task... Mommy can only do this with His strength and abundant amount of grace daily.
Keep growing little ones... we are so thrilled to have you be a part of "us",
Daddy, Mommy, Charlotte, Marley and Finn.