Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Happy (belated) birthday, Milo!

This post comes a little late, but we very happily celebrated Milo's first birthday a little over a month ago. It is so hard to believe that we really went through all the craziness that we experienced last year when we look at his adorable little face. He's really just a perfectly happy, healthy little kid. He's recently started walking and continues to meet every developmental milestone. You'd never know how close we came to losing him.

Here's a picture from Milo's birthday party (also showing the amazing cake that Laurie made) and a great one from his one-year photoshoot.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Happy birthday, Thomas

A year ago today, we had just learned that our "baby A" was already on his way to being born, far too soon at only 18 weeks. We were told that our "baby B" had almost no chance of survival, and had to push our doctor to try a Delayed Interval Delivery. Almost exactly 1 year ago as I type this (around noon), Thomas was born far too soon and we were left desperately hoping that his twin brother Milo would beat the nearly insurmountable odds stacked against him.

It's very hard to look back and wonder about what could have been with Thomas. Had we gotten the cerclage placed just a little earlier, maybe both of our boys would have made it. Maybe if our original doctors had been more proactive, we'd have had that chance. At the same time, we know what a gift Thomas gave us, gave his brother. By hanging in there as long as he did, Thomas gave our doctors a chance to do a very controlled Delayed Interval Delivery in optimal circumstances, which ultimately gave Milo the best chance possible. Still, today we are missing Thomas very much.

But a year ago today, we also decided to take charge of Laurie's pregnancy and stop just listening to our doctors without questioning. We didn't accept what was offered to us without a challenge--we learned enough to know what to ask about and demanded the type of care we thought made the most sense. And we shared in hopes that others would learn from our experiences. We've already been in touch with a few people through this blog who did just that, and we're proud that Thomas' legacy lives on through their survivors.

130 days after we lost Thomas, Milo finally joined us, our miracle baby. His brothers were surely watching out for him from above and keeping him safe during the many months that Laurie spent on bed rest.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Twins and Cervical Insufficiency/Incompetent Cervix: Top 5 Things to Know for Moms Expecting Multiples

In the world of blogs, everyone loves a top 5 list, right? And as I have spent a lot of time participating in various online communities related to incompetent cervix/cervical insufficiency, I see a lot of the same questions again and again. So I thought I'd write up a quick post to respond to a lot of things that Moms expecting multiples with diagnosed IC or with suspected/possible IC should know. Just some little odds and ends we learned along the way during our journey in talking to a very large number of doctors, and doing lots of our own research as well.