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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Past Halfway Mark

Last week we received our 20-week scan. According to the report, our surrogate is doing fine and the babies are growing well. The only thing that the scan picked up was the presence of a tiny Echogenic Intracardiac Focus (EIF) in one of the twin's heart! The email from SCI mentioned that "in most cases there is no consequences, and it disappears later". Of course we panicked a little at first. However after some research and talking to a few people, apparently it is seen in 3-5% of all pregnancies during second trimester, and in most cases everything will turn out fine. As a follow up, this week SCI organized a more detailed scan by the Fetal Medicine Specialist, Dr. Vandana. We are happy to report the results are fine, and all the parameters are within normal range - a sigh of relief for the moment as we are past the midpoint of pregnancy. Very happy and grateful for reaching this milestone.

Recently we met up with a friend who has an identical twin sister. She told us when her mom was pregnant with her some 30 years ago here in the US, she had no idea she was carrying twins and her doctor apparently didn't notice! So at about week 26, the mom goes into early labor and everyone was shocked when they saw the second baby coming! Makes me wonder how much we have advanced in medicine and technology in past few decades and what the doctors are capable of doing these days. I must say we feel very fortunate for choosing SCI and Dr Shivani as they are carefully monitoring the pregnancy and taking a good care of our surrogate and babies. Speaking of babies, check out their recent 3D images!! :)

Baby 1 at week 20
Baby 2 at week 20
We have started compiling a list of all the tasks that need to happen before the babies arrive. I am treating this like one big project and assigning priority and due dates for each task (kind of like what I do at work!). I have categorized tasks into two groups: Essential and Non-essential. My goal is to complete all the essential tasks by week 30. Our biggest project that is about to start is fixing our apartment that was flooded 2 years ago from heavy rains, and we finally recently settled with our insurance. Also need to buy a bigger car as our old Acura CL won't be big enough for our growing family. Hopefully all these tasks will keep our minds off the pregnancy a little this summer...

Hope everyone in the blog land is doing well.

12 comments:

  1. Great update! Happy the little ones are ok. My vote is picture one is a boy and picture two is a girl. Get busy on that list, you're going to be back in Delhi before you know it:)

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    1. Haha! Wow, you can tell the gender from the 3D image? LOL

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  2. Congrats on making it halfway! The 3D images are amazing--medicine/technology have definitely come a long way. I will be emailing you for that list, by the way! :) Travis and I just discussed drawing up wills and trusts last night and meeting with the lawyer about adoption.

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    1. Thanks Ben, I look forward to discussing the will and trust with you by email. I have been discussing the same with lawyers and need to get your opinion.

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  3. So excited for you. Our ultrasound looked like a space alien. 21 weeks for us now... Things are getting closer. Did you decide where you are staying and how long it will take?

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    1. Wow, same week as us? Hope to meet you in Delhi. Haven't confirmed anything, but we are leaning towards Tulip Apartments perhaps, maybe rent it for a month. When exactly were you guys in Delhi? We were there Feb 2-12

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  4. It is a good thing you are on the ball, the time seems to go rather quickly. Congratulations!!!

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    1. Congratulations on arrival of your son. Great news.

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  5. Ahhhh!!! This is so exciting! Sorry for the delay, but I just saw this post. I've been studying for finals; learning about everything that can possibly go wrong during fertilization, pregnancy, and labor...which has been just great for my sanity. ;0) But it makes me so happy to hear about a nice healthy pregnancy! The pics are amazing, and it's only a matter of time before you'll get to see them in person. Sending you all the best. :0)

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    1. Thank you Justin. Now I should be coming to you for my pregnancy questions :)

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  6. Congrats! We are on the same timeline so hope to see you in India! More than halfway!

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    1. Would be great to be in touch and see you guys in Delhi.

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