Monday, 3 November 2008

Thank you all!

For your loving comments and shearing in our laughter (and tears at times). Just to add to the previous post and to answer Debi's question: Honestly, I am not surprised by his studies. I find that lots of moms I know with multiples have at least one twin with "issues". I just wonder if it's the prematurity or the medication lots of moms have to ingest while pregnant to stay pregnant.... - he did discuss this with me. Off course prematurity plays a role, he also treats a lot of singleton preemies, but the actual birth also plays a role - he does advocate C sections for twins as is now standard procedure in SA private health care, but also other issues. He mentioned something that the Embryologist also mentioned to me during my pregnancy - the human body is not "designed" to carry more than one baby - we have one optimum place in a womb to attach a baby and with twins the second baby (or more in the case of higher order multiples) do not attach in an optimum place and will therefore not get the optimum nutrition, oxygen etc as the first baby - also not optimum space which can be an issue in hypotonic babies. In our case, yes, little man L is definitely the second baby - we know that from the embryologist reports during the pregnancy. Little man L also had a true knot in his umbilical cord and it was wound twice around his neck - these issues are also more prevalent with twins. He also has huge issues with fertility specialists not informing prospective parents with the risks involved with multiples. This was also one of the questions he asked me - if they were fertility treatment babies. This is also an issue he is addressing in his study. He was not prepared to divulge if this is a factor that increases problems.

Well, officially I am addicted to blogging - I started this post at 5:30 am - I woke up when the hubby left and what did I do with the half hour before my alarm clock goes off - not sleep, read etc, no blogging! Well, I can hear a baby waking up, time to go. I am working outside on a building site today and the temperature is 35 degrees C (95 F) and 95% humidity. Geez - we are going to boil in the sun - I am going to be so exhausted tonight. Have a great day .


  1. Wow, I learned a whole bunch in this post. I wasn't aware of all the stuff around multiple births.

    Ugh....Hot and's cold and raining here.

  2. I am soooo happy for you all and for the wonderful news you received. The relief and joy you feel right now must be overwhelming. I remember sobbing tears of joy when we learned Yaya had normal hearing and then repeating the tears of joy/relief when we learned she did not have Hep C. God is good! I am sorry I am late in congratulating you.

  3. Hopefully the Dr will share the results of the study with you and you can share with us. Always interesting to hear results and insights.

    Once again, so elated for you and the relief that his assessment brings! We are actually heading out in a few minutes to our neurologist for a follow up for J. I'm confident he'll dismiss us as the other physical Drs did as everything is shaping up as they hoped! Will blog later to update for sure!!

  4. I'm happy to know I'm not alone in my love of lists. My hubby thinks I'm nuts and hates them.

  5. i am so happy to hear that he is studying this...i think there needs to be more information on this topic, so i hope he shares his results!

  6. Very intresting study. Will is my baby B too. very interesting.

    HOLY cow! It sure is hot there! We are freezing here! Time to light the fires :)

  7. The study sounds very interesting.

    Just getting caught up...

    I am so glad that the Neurology appt went well and that you are getting the answers you need.

    Wouldn't it be nice if motherhood and worrying didn't come hand in hand?

    The iris' are beautiful! It makes me look forward to spring...8 months from now. :)


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