It is a miracle I didn't have a heart attack during this ultrasound. The sonographer who was doing my cervical measurements announced that with no pressure my cervix was 3.2 cm, a marked increase! Then she applied pressure and said, "Ohhhhh. Look at the funneling! Now I get about 1.5 cm." She measured more in the 2.0's while I watched. Heart racing, I asked if she was sure and she said, "Actually, no. I am having a hard time being able to tell what this is... let me go show the doctor." So I laid there, half naked and thinking of being hospitalized.
Back in she comes, thankfully after only a minute, to tell me he said that was just cervical mucus and a shadow- the measurements were 2.2 - 3.2 cm. So yeah, my cervix ... grew. I wanted to cheer and get really excited but I was a little afraid a piano might fall on my head, like in the cartoons when the cat is walking along the sidewalk on a sunny day and BAM! Piano on head. (But I cheered inside.)
The boys look beautiful, with no signs of TTTS, plenty of fluid and practicing their breathing for us. Baby B had a wicked case of the hiccups which made his Doppler measurements challenging, but I loved it. All the little boys are still head down, which causes a great deal of rib-kicking, which I also love. Everyone's heart rates were nice and even, and their boy parts apparent (for those who still wonder if there is a girl in there). Dr. W, who is the stand-in for Dr. P breezed in for about two minutes and said, "Your cervix is great, the babies look wonderful. Go home; you live to fight another day."
I am so grateful! Home again with my family, spared the hospital this week. We are 27w2d, just five days until the biggest hurdle is cleared: 28 weeks. It seems like we might all make it through this but I am scared to say it out loud. Will I get to bring my boys home, to have a baby survive a pregnancy inside my body, and grow into a child of mine? I hope, hope, hope so.
Me and the boys at 27 weeks
1. The baby showers
2. Will we or won't we: posting pictures of our children and privacy issues
3. Carrie answers your questions (I have nothing but time on my hands!)
Are you excited or what? ;)