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Friday, June 30, 2006

June 30, 2006
19 weeks and 5 days

Good news! We had another ultrasound today and both babies looked well. One thing they examine at these appointments is the baby’s amniotic fluid level. Normal range for babies is between 3 and 8 cm. A lot of moms with TTTS say that their fluid levels change based on their activity level…that’s why the bed rest is so important. However, the syndrome itself can cause drastic changes.

At our very first appointment, Ben was at 3.0 and Jake was at 7.5 cm. This was there first indication that something was wrong. They really should be about the same for each baby. There should not be such a discrepancy. Well two weeks later, Ben is at 3.5 and Jake is at 7.0. This is really good because they have remained stable if not improved a bit!!! This syndrome can change over night…in either direction. It seems as though once people are diagnosed they almost immediately need a procedure to alter these fluid levels and we have been stable now for two weeks. We see this as a really good sign. Every week we can give these boys increases their chance of a healthy pregnancy and delivery.

We also got to see a 3d/4d ultrasound today and it was amazing. They were so active. They were even interacting with each other. We could see Ben kicking and his feet would come near Jake’s face and Jake would try to swipe his feet away with his cute little hands. This would go back and forth. You could see them yawn, stretch, scratch their head, and do these little dances. I really feel like we already know what their little personalities are going to be like.

Well as we know, this will be a roller coaster and right now we are feeling very good. Kevin had to go to Lansing today for work so he bought the boys their first set of Sparty gear- Michigan State Onesis. :)

Just thought I’d also send a shout out to my wonderful mother-in-law who took me to my appointment today. Sue, you really have been wonderful with taking care of our insurance stuff and helping us make sense of all of this medical mumbo jumbo. We appreciate all of your help! XOXOX

Our next appointment isn’t till Wed. So we are going to enjoy this holiday weekend and just relax!

Have a nice of 4th of July!


Christine said...

I am so glad to read this blog. You have no idea how great it is to get updates!! Sounds like you had a great day today!! Keep that positivity like you have been !! Cannot wait to see you Dani!

Jeannette said...

Hi, there:

Yeah for small victories!! Take it one day at a time and remain positive because that makes such an incredible difference. Eric and I are thinking of you guys and praying for miracles every day.
Love to you both,

P.S. Danielle...try to take some time to enjoy your b-day on Sunday. I have a gift and card but I'm waiting to give to you until I see you in person.

Jodi said...

I am so excited you guys had some good news come your way today! How exciting that you got to see the boys in 3D. The Svoboda's are praying that things continue to move in a good direction! We love you!

Jodi, Dave and Kara :)

Meg said...

Alright my cousin is carrying potential rockstars. why is that? they already have a flair for the dramatic yet successful entry onto the stage. Plus they're dancing ;) I'm buying them guitars.

I'm glad you put the blog up. I honestly had no clue you were pregnant, let alone having twins until just recently. (I'm kept in the dark down here lol) I hope you are doing well. please let me know if you need anything. I may be states away but I can still send provisions and dvds. Take care!

Kalli said...

Hi Danielle and Kevin,
I was sorry to read about the situation with the twins. But I am so happy to hear that you took action to give them the best chance. It sounds like yesterday was a great day for all four of you. I just want to let you know that when Alex was diagnosed with leukemia the oncologists told me he had a 55% to 70% chance to make it. After the initial shock and a good long cry - I chose to ignore the odds also - and now - he's cancer free!!! Good medical care, love and prayers really can make all the difference. Take care, Love, Kalli and Alex

Renee said...

Great news Danielle! Thanks for letting us share in this incredible journey by creating a blog. My thoughts are with you each and every day. Your positive attitude will really help you in the future with each stumbling block. One thing that really helped me (when Hannah was born) was watching funny movies. It really does work! Looking forward to the next update! Happy 4th!

XOXO Renee

Corey Gut said...

hi danielle and kevin!
we think of you guys all day every day and we can't believe how strong and amazing you both are. ben and jake are such lucky boys to have you two as their parents! please let us know if you need anything at all! we are always only a phone call away! we love you guys! corey and adam

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