December 21, 2006

The Arrival

Today we went to our weekly appointment at Dr. Bryant's office. We were excited for this appointment because they were going to measure and weigh the babies which we were expecting to be around 3 lbs at this point. However, when the sonographer plugged all of the numbers into the equation babies 'A' and 'B' weighed approximately 2 lbs 15 oz while baby 'C' weighed in at only 1 lb 12 oz. I suddenly became very concerned seeing almost a 1 lb gap between in the babies.

Shortly after the ultrasound, we were escorted into the "comfy" room with the nice couches, the room in which I figured we were about to hear some bad news. Dr. Bryant informed us that the placenta for baby 'C' was experiencing "Reverse Diastolic Flow", a condition in which the placenta does not get ideal blood flow. Although the baby has fallen in behind in growth, Dr. Bryant was confident that everything was okay with the baby, but given this condition he had about 48-72 hours of viability left. Greta and I were faced with a choice.

Option 1: Since all 3 babies occupy their own sac, we could continue the pregnancy allowing 'A' and 'B' more time to incubate at the expensive of baby 'C'.

Option 2: Deliver the babies now, giving 'C' a chance, but presenting more risk to 'A' and 'B'.

This seemed to be a no brainer for Greta and I, and we chose to deliver the evening of the 21st. It was very strange to be in the operating room just a few hours after our routine appointment. The babies were delivered in a matter of minutes, and were rushed out of the room to be stabilized. Everyone seemed to be doing fairly well the first evening, even the little guy.

Born December 21st 2006 at 9:32 p.m. Niklas Robert Myers 2lb 13 oz
Born December 21st 2006 at 9:32 p.m. Gabriella Maria Myers 2lb 13 oz
Born December 21st 2006 at 9:34 p.m. Lukas Dailius Myers 1lb 12 oz

1 comment:

Chris said...

We've been worried all week, since we heard about the delivery. Congratulations to all five of you.