Houston, we have nasal bones

I celebrated my birthday on the couch with great news!  So far so good.  While we won’t get the official screening results for the first trimester combined screening for about 10 days, we do have many things that indicate improved results.

  1. We have easily recognizable nasal bones
  2. Crown-rump length is good for their gestational age
  3. Neural tube measurement is 1mm on each behbey
  4. NT measurement/Crown-rump length is excellent

BabyA At the Maternal-Fetal Medicine office, they actually do a full anatomy scan when they do the nuchal translucency (NT) measurement.  I don’t know if this is standard everywhere or not.  I had not read that this was a normal part of a NT scan on any WTF2Expect web sites.  Our lovely ultrasound technician started by checking each twin’s crown-rump length.  They are growing right on time to a little big, that is good news they are measuring 12w1d for Baby B and 12w3d for Baby A.  I was officially at 12w0d.  She looked at the BabyBplacentas and seemed to think that the previa was  partial and not complete, but I don’t know.  Then she checked the NT measurement after waiting for Baby A to move into a better position.  It was moving, but never in the right way.  She kept saying, “Come on little one, just a little more” and finally took the ultrasound tranducer that was on my belly and gently bounced it up and down, saying “here we go.  Move a little.”  AND IT WAS SOOOOOO AMAZING because we watched on the monitor while both wiggled and moved TwinMonstersa bit after the bouncing of the tummy.  MrBeep and I  laughed and I was getting teary-eyed.  Finally they were in good places and she measured separately each one’s NT neck area and they were at 1mm.  Then she checked the heart rate, they were good and strong, around 155 for Baby A and 145 for Baby B.  Then she started at the top of their heads and looked at the following things, brain, each arm, each hand, each leg, each foot.  She also located and pointed out the bladder and then the stomach.  She explained that since she could see the bladder and stomach clearly that the babies are making urine and swallowing, so they will be able to make amniotic fluid.  That was another good indicator.  WHEW!!!  The anatomy scan took about 30 minutes and we got to watch those kiddos move.  It was the best birthday present ever, especially after my scare.  Things are looking up.

wallace-gromit-complete-blu-boxThanks so very much for all of your kind wishes and offers to join me for a couch party.  I would have loved to enjoy a nice cup of…eh…chocolate milk with my bloggidy pals.  I did get a very nice present from my MIL and FIL:

The Complete Collection on Blu-Ray!!!

It’s got four short films:
A Matter of Loaf and Death
A Grand Day Out
The Wrong Trousers
A Close Shave


I was so glad to get some encouraging news for my birthday.  MrBeep was grinning and kept saying, “A great birthday sweetie, are you happy?”  I’d smile back and say, “Yes. Very, very happy indeed.”

The birthday dessert was…<drumroll>…eggnog gelato!  It was super yummy and MrBeep put in as many candles as he could without it melting right away. 

I closed my eyes and made a big wish for everyone.  I won’t tell you my secret, but know this…I was thinking of me, monsters and all of you.  May all our wishes come true.

17 comments on "Houston, we have nasal bones"

Anonymous said...

Yay!!! Fabulous news and I hope the previa resolves itself.

The babies look beautiful!!!!

Photogrl on December 14, 2009 at 6:42 PM said...

What awesome pictures you got!

I'm SO happy you got such great news on your birthday!

Mad Hatter on December 14, 2009 at 6:43 PM said...

Happy Birthday and Bestest Wishes for you, Mr. Beep and your lucky monsters! :-)

Sunny on December 14, 2009 at 7:33 PM said...

Hooray! The best birthday present ever. You are almost out of the first trimester, can you believe it?! I am so excited for you, what an incredible year you will have.

Kimbosue on December 15, 2009 at 5:29 AM said...

YAY! Perfect babies and perfect gelato! Happy Birthday Mom!

Barefoot on December 15, 2009 at 6:37 AM said...

Congratulations on a great scan!! And happy birthday.

K on December 15, 2009 at 8:32 AM said...

Such exciting news and what a birthday present. And omg, eggnog gelato does NOT suck!!!

InfertileMadWoman on December 15, 2009 at 9:43 AM said...

Freaking awesome!!! I will wage a bet now for 2 boys!!!



Kate on December 15, 2009 at 10:08 AM said...

Sounds like you'll likely get similar news to what I got after the NT and bloodwork: "risk equivalent to that of a 15 year old". My NT was 0.7 or 0.8mm, I think. Though the bloodwork results can be off, I think, for twins. The best indicators for goodness is a good NT reading (and 1mm or under is fantastic at 12 weeks) and the nasal bone presence. Looking great monsters!

Suzy on December 15, 2009 at 10:58 AM said...

Yay for great news and a great birthday!

One Who Understands on December 15, 2009 at 12:46 PM said...

Oh they both look amazing! They have grown so much.

Thanks for making a wish for me! I'm so glad you birthday was so wonderful.

Amanda on December 15, 2009 at 2:29 PM said...

What an amazing birthday present!

Isn't watching them wiggle around in there just uh-may-zing!!!! I hope the previa clears up and everything else stays right on track!


The Steadfast Warrior on December 15, 2009 at 5:03 PM said...

So glad for this fantastic news on your B-day!! Lovely little Monsters they are. :)

Ji on December 15, 2009 at 5:20 PM said...

Sweet memories and thank you for sharing! I knew that when you share it, happiness will double or triple as the joyful news spread..

Have a safe and fun holiday!

Rotten on December 15, 2009 at 10:27 PM said...

YAY for a good visit. Glad you got to enjoy the monsters for a whole 30 minutes.

Beautiful Mess on December 15, 2009 at 11:22 PM said...

WOW! Look at those monsters! They look beautiful! Glad you had a wonderful birthday, sweetie!

mekate on December 16, 2009 at 8:31 AM said...

So incredibly happy for your good NT news and your very good no-more-scary-bleeding news.
your monsters are lovely
and yes
you are fabulously fierce.

with big love,


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