Category Archives: PREGNANCY

God’s Faithfulness Through My Pregnancy Fears

Sometimes change happens slowly. Like the leaves changing color in the Fall. And then sometimes it happens in a moment. When we found out I was pregnant with twins, our lives changed. Suddenly everything was a little different. Then everything changed again as I sat on the edge of the doctor’s table and heard the letters “TTTS” for the first time. Everything had been so normal. So ordinary. And in a moment everything was different. I went from planning a play date with my … Continue Reading »

TTTS Update 01.17.18 – Because He Lives Miracles Do Happen

“The fact that you went to Houston, had the laser surgery, had the anmiopatch, and are sitting here with a viable pregnancy is a miracle.” Those words from our specialist today were the best we’ve heard this whole pregnancy. I’m home on my couch now writing this post, and for the first time ever I’m struggling for the words. My emotions have been so strained for so long. I think I also thought we would get more definitive answers today than we walked … Continue Reading »

2018 Twin Must Haves – Part 1

With all that we are walking through with our twins and TTTS, I decided to go ahead with this post on twin must haves that I had planned to do much later. I may not be a mama to twins tomorrow. So today, while I still am, I’m writing this post. Prayer is critical, but so is positive thinking and hope. From the moment I calmed down and smiled about twins, I started dreaming about holding them. What would they look like? How fun … Continue Reading »

TTTS Update 01.12.18 – Second Procedure

Yesterday we had the second and final procedure. The TTTS surgery was traumatic, but this one was almost just as bad. The waiting is what gets me every time. I tried to stay calm, but the longer I sat there, the more worked up I got. This was a very new experimental treatment too and that didn’t really help my nerves. It’s called an amniopatch and my specialist had only preformed this two other times. They spent the entire previous day prepping for it. … Continue Reading »

TTTS Update 01.10.18 – Waiting

Quick update since we don’t know much more since last night. This morning we were scanned again. BOTH babies are STILL ALIVE and look good considering the circumstances. Baby B (who was our donor twin) now has a visible bladder, but also developed slight heart trouble. Baby A (our recipient and the one who’s water broke) is still doing well and her heart has improved. Our doctor confirmed that the surgery looks like it was completely successful and TTTS has been stopped. Our … Continue Reading »

TTTS Update 01.09.18 – Surgery

It’s 8:46 P.M. That means there are only 3 hours and 14 minutes left of the worst day of my life. I’ve cried, wept, sobbed, and cried some more. My eyes are swollen and the headache medicines aren’t even touching the throbbing in my head. I’m only emotionally able to write this because TTTS has not yet claimed the life of either of my daughters. We are also in a critical stage and we NEED your continued prayers. We checked in at the hospital … Continue Reading »

TTTS Update 01.08.18 – Houston

Thankfully, we have some of the best doctors in the world in our corner. We arrived at the hospital at 6:50 A.M. By 7:30, I was getting the longest ultrasound of my life. After a quick look at my cervix, the tech examined every inch of our still living babies. She finished up around 9:30 and sent her findings to the doctor. We had been told we might need an echocardiogram and this was confirmed after the first ultrasound. Another two hour scan … Continue Reading »

TTTS Update 01.05.18 – The Day After Getting The News

We are so much more hopeful today. Instead of waiting and weeping, we have been able to make plans and work toward planning a life saving procedure. Our doctor called this morning to see how we are doing and encourage us. He affirmed that we had made the right decision to receive treatment. This specialist in Houston is world renown and the best possible surgeon (according to our doctor). Unfortunately, we are one of the very earliest cases that this specialist has ever … Continue Reading »

TTTS (Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome)

TTTS As many of you have seen on Facebook or Instagram, we were just diagnosed with TTTS or Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. For technical terms look here. Basically, one twin passes all or his/her nutrients to the other twin and doesn’t get enough back. It is dangerous to the donor because they basically starve and dangerous to the recipient because it receives way too much blood and fluids. Somehow we made all of the tiniest percentages. Not only are we having twins, but they … Continue Reading »

Twin Gender Reveal

We had wanted to be surprised with the gender of baby number two, but then they surprised us with being TWINS!! Since so much is in the air with twins, Nate and I want to plan as much as possible. So when our doctor asked if we’d like to find out gender at 12 weeks, we said, “YES!!!” Tuesday, December 12, 2017 I passed off a sealed note from our doctor to my friend over lunch. Then I went home and made pink … Continue Reading »