My favorite sister and her family are currently in town from Japan, my older little brother is living at home for the summer, and my littlest brother came up from Utah last week, so we had a week full of family togetherness. It was fantastic! I love my family. Jon's gone back to Utah now, but Sarah etc. will be here until Wednesday. Hopefully I will post more about this wonderful week once I steal pictures from my dad, but if not, just know it was fabulous and family-filled.
And speaking of Wednesdays, last Wednesday was Ella's birthday. I can't believe my baby is five years old! That blows my mind! That day I also had an ultrasound at Maternal Fetal Medicine to look at the placenta(s) to determine if there were indeed two really close together, or just one.
Now, if you're up to date on your twin pregnancy information, you will know that one placenta equals identical twins, whereas two placentas doesn't necessarily point to identical or fraternal. The problem with sharing a placenta is that sometimes babies don't share so well, and one baby will end up doing all the growing. It's called twin to twin transfusion, and it's not so good, Al. This could necessitate laser surgery in utero to sever the blood vessels connecting the two babies. Sounds fun, no?
I knew it was a little early for finding out the genders. I've heard of people finding out that early (I was 14 weeks), but I tried not to get my hopes up. If you recall from the pictures, Ella's bet was for a boy and a girl (which would necessarily be fraternal, and therefore two placentas).
However, according to the tech, we have one placenta and two penises. Identical boys.
Two very proud little boys.
I can't help but admit that while I was hoping for one little boy, I was also dreaming of bows and dresses. But I wasn't really too disappointed. I'm super excited for two more little boys to join our family. Ella was quite let down and nearly started crying, but that didn't last for long. She's now planning that next I'll have triplet boys. Named Simon, Theodore, and ALVIN! Or, if not that: Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Heaven help me.
But one placenta means that I will be having bi-weekly ultrasounds until I'm 24 weeks, to make sure that the babies are sharing nicely. If they're not I'll be going under the knife. Or laser, as the case may be. I'm praying that it doesn't come to that.
You're welcome to join me.