Monthly Archives: June 2012

Di/Di Twins

Di/Di Twins

I didn’t post this earlier because I wasn’t sure myself what it meant!  W were told during our NT scan that our twins were di/di.  I finally found a pretty good reference to what that means:

“Brandon and Brenda type twins are referred to as DiDi twins or Diamniotic-Dichorionic. Meaning the babies have separate sacs and separate placentas. This pregnancy can produce a boy/girl, boy/boy and girl/girl combination. Probably with the least amount of risk of the twin pregnancies, DiDi twins have less complications.”

More information from Wikpedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin):

“Normally, twins have two separate (di- being a numerical prefix for two) chorions and amniotic sacs, termed Dichorionic-Diamniotic or “DiDi”. It occurs in almost all cases of dizygotic twins (except in very rare cases of fusion between their blastocysts[33] ), in 99.7% of all pregnancies,[34] and in 18–36%[35] (or around 25%[33]) ofmonozygotic (identical) twins.

DiDi twins have the lowest mortality risk at about 9 percent, although that is still significantly higher than that of singletons”

During one visit one of the OB’s said that our twins could still be identical even though they were in separate sacs.  I suppose that’s the very rare situation where a single egg cell divides in just the right way to separates the two babies.  So ours shouldn’t be identical and I most likely released two eggs that were both fertilized.

Exciting Life Changes

Exciting Life Changes

Steve and I have so much going on right now that I haven’t taken much time to sit down and soak in the fact we’re having two babies in November.  It doesn’t feel “real” but I suppose it won’t until we’re holding them in our arms.  Steve is trying to finish up his PhD program at UCSF and has been interviewing with a few labs for his PostDoc.  He did lots of research and found two that he really likes: one in Baltimore, and one in Berkeley.  Even though the move would be easier to Berkeley we want to choose the lab that Steve feels will offer him the best opportunities for getting a faculty position in another 5 or so years.  That being said… I think we’ll be moving to Baltimore!  I’m excited, there are some perks like the cost of living.  I’m mostly nervous about getting out there and the timing with the babies.  Of course I’m also scared about the crime as I’ve heard nothing but scary stories.  Steve went for his interview there last week, thursday and friday, and since he returned we’ve been talking strategy.

One thing we know for sure is that we’re going to list the house for sale.  The place next door is on the market so we’re anxiously waiting to hear what they get for that.  Our place is pretty comparable.  We have already done a lot but still have a solid 30 hours of work to pack boxes and get as much down to the basement as possible.  We’re trying to move fast to get the house on the market asap.

We’ve had some debates about what’s best for us as far as either moving before babies or after babies.  The choice is either to get out of SF by mid-September OR stick around until February.  I’m pushing for Sept, Steve is leaning more towards Feb.  These babies are making it so much more complicated!  …more later…

2 girls?

2 girls?

I have a previous post where I said the Ramzi theory said Id have two boys.  But then I found some more info on it:

“And of course there are several other theories, the Ramzi theory claims to be accurate 95% of the time…. It says boys attached to the right side of your uterus and girls to the left…. so look at ur ultra sound pics so far and see what side LO is on. Remember transvaginal u/s are mirror image so if it looks like baby is on the left its actually on the right. Over belly u/s don’t have to be transversed.”
~babycenter.com post

So maybe it’s two girls!  I’m not really sure what this girl is saying, maybe the print-out is the mirror image so it’s boys.

The heartbeat theory says if it’s above 140, girl… below, boy.  So that supports us having two girls.

 

The chinese conception gender chart also says girl.  There wasn’t an option for twins.  These will be the first great grandchildren for Steve’s Dad’s parents.  Steve’s mom only has great granddaughters.  My grandma has both but my parents only have grandsons.  Having one of each will make everyone happy.

Two weeks from tomorrow is the gender reveal party.  Can’t wait!

 

UPDATE: Steve’s coworker who is Chinese said that I need to add 2 years to my age because the Chinese calendar is shorter.  So that puts us back at 2 boys.  🙂

5 am

5 am

It’s been 24 hours since Steve left for his interview with the group in Baltimore.  …and I am a mess!  We woke up at 4:30 yesterday to take Steve to the airport only to find out the temp on the fridge was slowly increasing.  So we made a mad dash to move some of the freezer items to the freezer in the basement and cross our fingers that the fridge wasn’t broken.  Long story short, it’s going to be about $800 because the compressor needs to be replaced.  We already spent $250 this year fixing another part.  But, since we’re selling our house, $800 is cheaper than a new fridge.  So I had to deal with the repair man yesterday for that and I’ll have to deal with them again today, Friday, as they fix the compressor.

I woke up around 4:00 again today for my mid-sleep bladder relief 🙂 and couldn’t get back to sleep.  I heard a weird noise like someone was trying to get into our house so I was instantly wide awake.  Then I did some reading of a baby forum from other women due in December which is never a good idea (talks of miscarriages, women losing their 2nd twin, and a lady who lost her twins at 20 weeks)… so again, i’m up and stressed and paranoid.  That made me realize I forgot to take my prenatal.  So I grabbed it and some warm lemonade (no fridge) and took it.  Obviously I didn’t “squish” it, as Sara likes to call it, between food.  Which translates to taking the pill while eating.  I didn’t have anything for dinner because I was too tired to get up and make myself something so my stomach didn’t like the fact that the prenatal was sitting there… you guessed it… 10 minutes later I’m puking everything I didn’t eat into the toilet.

I MISS MY STEVE!!  He takes care of me and together all these little things don’t feel as frustrating.

…now that those 24 hours are over… I should try to get some sleep.

Father’s Day 2012

Father’s Day 2012

Yesterday was Father’s Day and Steve was celebrated for his hard work in creating these little babies.  The twins gave Steve a nice card thanking him for his spermies.  He also got a kids book from his parents “Hop on Pop” by Dr. Seuss which Steve read aloud to the twins.  Since it was Father’s day Steve wanted to go to a movie that I normally would not want to see… Prometheus.   So we went to brunch at the Cheesecake Factory on top of Macy’s and then headed over to the IMAX theater to watch the movie in 3D.  It was okay… not as scary as I thought it would be.  I have to admit the scene with the c-section gave me nightmares. We joked during the movie “I hope ours don’t come out looking like that!”