January 01, 2009

22 1/2 Weeks

Family and Friends,

Happy New Year! First of all, thanks for all your prayers, support, and food! We're definitely benefiting...especially from the baked goods - Gina gained 5 lbs in 3 days.

Yesterday we had a comprehensive ultrasound, which showed that the boys are still growing and doing well. There's still a tear in the sac of Baby B, but some fluid was apparent. Baby A weighs approximately 15 oz and Baby B about 13 oz. The difference is not necessarily cause for concern; Baby B has always measured a little smaller than his brother.

Their growth is proportionate and the organs are developing correctly. It's always comforting to see their little hearts beating and that they aren't under any stress. At one point we caught Baby A trying to put his little toes in his mouth! He is such a little show-off for the camera!

Next Wednesday, Jan 7, Gina will be admitted to St. Joseph's hospital for the duration of the pregnancy. The babies will receive steroids to help their lungs develop better, in the event that they're born premature. However, the doctor doesn't see any reason why the boys shouldn't stay put for a good long while. Basically, if something bad were going to happen, it probably would have happened within the first 4 days after the water broke. The fact that it's been two weeks is a very good sign that we'll get to take two boys home in a few months.

Fr. John Muir came to the house today and celebrated Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. John Paul (3) helped prepare the altar, while Josef (17 mos) wreaked havoc before, during, and after Mass. Gina received the
Blessing of an Expectant Mother, and Fr. John blessed our house, including John Paul's Batcave.

Ryan is doing a wonderful job holding down the fort and taking care of everyone.

We hope you had a Merry Christmas and wish many blessings on you and your family in this New Year. You are in our prayers.

God bless you.


  1. We are keeping you all in our prayers! Thank you for keeping everyone posted on Gina and the babies through email and this blog.
    Ginny Krauss (Kaitlin's mom, pd 4 XCP)

  2. Wow! This sounds like good news! I got the steroids at 24 weeks and it's way less painful than I had imagined...However, the nurse who had to look at my butt while administering the shots might have felt some pain though! :)