June 19, 2001
We're at twenty-eight weeks now, and the doctors say this is another important
milestone. Although viable at twenty-four weeks, the kids are much
more likely to be healthy if they're born now. Luckily, Lisa doesn't
show any signs of giving birth soon, but we're starting to get closer.
Our doctor said that they'll still try to prevent Lisa from giving birth
for the next six weeks, but after that (at thirty-four weeks) they'll let
her deliver if she goes into labor. At thirty-eight weeks, they'll
induce labor if we haven't had the kids by then, but they think the odds
of that happening are pretty small.
Towards the end of May, Lisa had bronchitis combined with a bladder infection
that threw her for a loop. She started to have some contractions
and the doctors were worried enough that they sent Lisa home for a week-and-a-half
of bed rest. She was allowed to be in bed, on the couch, or in the
bathroom, but nowhere else. Luckily, I was able to work from home
and still play nurse maid for Lisa. To add to this stressful time,
Intecom (where Lisa works) decided to layoff about half of the Marketing
department including two people in her organization as well as her manager.
I think she spent more time talking on the phone to the office than resting,
but at least she was able to keep her feet up. Lisa is now back at
work and (as usual) working more hours than she should.
It was another nice morning, so we got a couple of pictures outside before
we went for the sonogram.
And here's the money shot...
Here's a clear shot of our daughter's foot! It look just like her
mother's [sniffle]... For some reason, both kids were a little shy
this time, so the doctor had a hard time getting some good pictures.
As they get bigger it actually seems to be harder to see some of the features
on the sonogram. The girl has been doing some growing over the past
four weeks. A month ago, she was a little below average in term of
weight, but now she's caught back up. Now she's an even 3 pounds
(that's the 61st percentile in terms of weight).
Below is a picture of both kids -- they had their heads together, although
they're separated by a thin wall that divides their sacs. The boy
was laying across the bottom while the girl was positioned head-down.
Our son's growth has slowed a bit (you can hear Lisa breathing a sigh of
relief). He's now three pounds and one ounce and that is just a bit
above average (69th percentile).