Saturday, January 16, 2010

33 weeks


The 33 week appointment was eventful, but it went well. K is doing great--bp is still perfect! Both boys had strong heart rates and are growing right on track--Liam's weight was estimated at 4lbs 14oz and Silas' weight was estimated at 4lbs 12oz. I'm thrilled that the boys are nearly 5lbs each!



K had a biophysical profile (BPP) just like last time. Liam easily passed the BPP scoring 8/8. Silas on the other had refused to cooperate. He was very active during the scan, but didn't do enough practice breathing. The u/s tech had K roll on her side to try to get him to cooperate, but he just didn't feel like showing us his breathing. Silas would practice breathe for a few seconds, but not for the minimum 20 seconds at a time that is required during the scan. Therefore, he earned a 6/8. I was a little stressed and worried about Silas not passing the test, but K's ob and the u/s tech didn't seem too worried. They tried to reassure me that all was likely okay.




Because Silas didn't pass the BPP K had to have a non-stress test (NST). During the NST both Silas and Liam were monitored in addition to K's contractions. In order to pass the NST the babies need to have at least 2 accelerations of heart rates during a 20 minute time period. The nurse gave K some apple juice to give the babies a sugar boost to get them going. Liam who's normally the calm baby was bouncing all over and had his 2 accelerations almost immediately, but the little stinker, Silas, decided to take a nap. Finally towards the end of the time period Silas had a couple of small accelerations, which were enough for the ob to call it good, and let K go home. As soon as K got home Silas "went into overdrive" with his activity. I guess we have one little boy who's already strong-willed and does his own thing.

17 comments:

GeekByMarriage said...

Beautiful!!!

Jayme said...

She looks fabulous! And what awesome sizes already!

Ashley & Chris said...

K looks SO FABULOUS! She is carrying those boys beautifully! I looked worse then her 45 week bely at 26 weeks with Pre-e!

Crystal said...

Niki I know its scary! Jack used to do the same thing during his NST's... then I would get all worked up and they would set up for a BPP and at the last minute he would decide to show us that we were overreacting.. lol Little stinkers!

Bonny said...

What a beautiful belly :)

MyLifeMyWorld & Growing Families said...

K, you look absoultely RADIANT! Great job.

These last few weeks are always filled with worry and dread, but K looks to be carrying really well, the babes are growing, keep the faith, your so close to holding them, almost there!

meinsideout said...

Yay for 33 weeks - I cannot believe it!!! K - you are my inspiration!!!

Expectant Duck said...

Looking great! 33 weeks :)

Emily said...

She looks so beautiful. Getting so close!!!!

James, Dawn and Family said...

HOOORAY-I'm getting so excited for you. I find myself checking everyday. K looks BEAUTIFUL!

Jill said...

You are going to be so happy that you are taking so many pics of this journey!! We made our surrogate a memory book afterwards from all the pics and she loved it.

K- you look beautiful :)

Jaymee said...

you both look great!!!

you know that mr. silas is going to be that kid who won't do that really cute whatever, after you have told the whole world about how cute he is. at least he is giving you some time to get used to the idea!

Saffy said...

33+3!! Fantastic. K is looking marvellous but I bet she misses seeing her feet :) NST's are a stress trip huh? They're a bit 'hit and miss' for my liking if you have a sneaky little critter who likes to party unobserved, but still they do the job. The boys are a great size - I hope you haven't stocked up on preemie sizes!

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Kris said...

When I was going to the hospital every day or every other day for BPPs and NSTs there were a couple of times that one baby did not do the required practice breathing. The nurse told me that they don't expect them to pass every time until they hit 34-35 weeks gestation. Even though it stressed me out, it made sense. And, let's hope they don't need to breathe on their own for a few more weeks:):)

goldenjag25 said...

Sounds like they are doing great!! Don't worry about the little stinker, my DD never seemed to be active during my 3x a week NSTs...it's hit and miss. Yay, just a few more weeks now!!!

Kelly's Uterus said...

I just stumbled across your blog.

I am in tears. I can't say I know what it is like to lose a child but I am so happy for your family with the amazing things that are coming.

I love hearing great surrogacy stories like yours. Thank you for wearing your heart on your sleeve and showing me how amazing Myles was. Beautiful!