21 Weeks and 2 Days
Remember how I said this would be a roller coaster…with ups and downs?? Well today is a down for us. We just got back from a 2 hour ultra sound only to find out Ben has only gained about one ounce in two weeks where Jake has gained four. Ben is at 9 ounces and Jake is at 14. This puts them at about a 36% weight discordance. On a positive note, everything else looked good. Ben’s MVP was at 3.8 and Jake’s 7.6. Both are in about the same range, which is good. Both babies are not showing any signs of stress. The TTTS is stable at stage one, which is very unusual. As I have said before, it can progress quickly.
On a side note, when measuring the baby’s weight there is a 10% margin of error. Mothers have reported that they were told their baby’s weight was at one number and then it turned out to be totally different number at birth. To get this measurement, they take about 3-5 measurements including the baby’s head and abdominal circumference and the length of their femur bone. It is just an estimation. So trying to be as positive as possible, we are hoping Ben might be a little bit bigger then what we were told. We are going to UM on Wednesday to speak with them about how they would treat my particular case. I will be interested to see what weights they come up with.
While driving home today, I told Sue that I didn’t want to update my blog because it wasn’t all happy findings today. I was worried I would upset people by telling the truth about today. She encouraged me to be honest and remember why I created the blog in the first place. It’s to inform and educate not only my family & friends but also maybe another family going through this. It would do no one any good to only report the “happy” findings.
Thanks for listening!