DAY 1 AUGUST 14, 2003
First day of menstrual period
DAY 2 AUGUST 15, 2003
Ultrasound, first shot of Follistim at 150iu, Estradiol level 52
DAY 3 AUGUST 16, 2003
Follistim shot at 150iu
DAY 4 AUGUST 17, 2003
Follistim shot at 150iu
DAY 5 AUGUST 18, 2003
Follistim shot at 150iu
DAY 6 AUGUST 19, 2003
Ultrasound showing 12 follicles. Follistim at 225iu. Estradiol level 37
DAY 7 AUGUST 20, 2003
Follistim at 225iu
DAY 8 AUGUST 21, 2003
Ultrasound showing 16 follicles. Follistim at 300iu. Estradiol level 69
DAY 9 AUGUST 22, 2003
Follistim at 300iu
DAY 10 AUGUST 23, 2003
Ultrasound. Follistim at 225iu. Estradiol at 201
DAY 11 AUGUST 24, 2003
Follistim at 225iu
DAY 12 AUGUST 25, 2003
Ultrasound showing 22 follicles on each side. Follistim at 225iu. Estradiol at 585. Mild right ovary pain.
DAY 13 AUGUST 26, 2003
Ultrasound. Follistim at 225iu. Estradiol at 951. Mild right ovary pain.
DAY 14 AUGUST 27, 2003
Follistim at 225iu
DAY 15 AUGUST 28, 2003
**It’s Time** We wait for my friend Victoria to give birth to her baby, Paedon Eric. Once he's here and we know everyone is ok, we head to Atlanta at 5:00pm. HCG shot at 11:00pm.
DAY 16 AUGUST 29, 2003
Insemination done at 11:00am by Dr. Toledo. Shopped at Perimeter Mall!
DAY 17 AUGUST 30, 2003
Insemination done at 11:00am by Dr. Park. Went to Six Flags. SERIOUS ovary pain.
DAY 18 AUGUST 31, 2003
Home from Atlanta (sure didn't want to leave The Cheesecake Factory!). Now it’s the waiting game……
DAY 19 SEPTEMBER 1, 2003
DAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2, 2003
Put on bedrest for hyper-stimulation of ovaries
DAY 21 SEPTEMBER 3, 2003
Still on bedrest
DAY 22 SEPTEMBER 4, 2003
Still on bedrest
DAY 23 SEPTEMBER 5, 2003
Back to work!!!
DAY 28 SEPTEMBER 10, 2003
***POSITIVE PREGNANCY TEST*** HCG=29 Progesterone=16
I wasn't supposed to find out until September 11 but I didn't want to find out on "THAT" day. Without anyone knowing, I decided to call the doc and see if I could come early. I went first thing before work on 9/10 and had my blood drawn. I called a few hours later to see if the results were ready. They were acting weird and said they would call me back. Not 2-3 minutes later, the office calls me back and they're on speakerphone. (?) I heard them say "Allyson, are you sitting down?" I started getting nervous and almost crying while they were just dragging it out. You could hear all the girls in the background giggling. Finally they said "Girlfriend, you are PREGNANT!!!" Immediate reaction was to scream! *lol* I started crying my eyes out. My boss ran in from his office (the owner of the company was in his office too!) as other people heard me scream, they came in too. I told them the test was positive and it's like everyone nearly burst into tears! (All of my co-workers as well as all of the wonderful women at Women's Medical Center had become so involved in my ordeal that they were as happy as I was!!)
Once I had calmed down, I went into the WDJR studio and told Skip I needed to do something to tell my mom! He decided to call her and act like she had won a contest. She was so sick of telemarketers and thought that's who he was that she almost hung up on him!! She eventually caught on and probably was more relieved I was pregnant than having to deal with another telemarketer. *lol* Skip did a great big congrats on the air for us! The problem with that was....I hadn't told Josh!!! People were calling me and telling me they heard it on the air and then I was in a panic! JOSH! *lol* He was just about to get out of class so I ran to the store, bought some receiving blankets and a card. I put them in his truck and on the card I just put a big smiley face. When he called a few minutes later, he was just a giggling! All he could say was "ARE WE?!?!?". I started crying, he almost started crying.....it was the happiest I had ever heard him. Mom came to work and brought me cupcakes, cake, flowers. Josh came in with flowers and the biggest smile in the world!!! From there, I sent out an ePregnancy announcement and called everyone.
Though the test was positive, we had to wait for a few consecutive tests to make sure everything was going to be consistent. It turns out, we got pregnant twice! *lol* When they do IUI, they do it two days in a row to increase the chances. Well, ours took both times! So, Ethan is "technically" two days older than Emily though they'll obviously both be born on the same day.
DAY 30 SEPTEMBER 12, 2003
***SECOND POSITIVE PREGNANCY TEST*** HCG=106 Progesterone=19
DAY 31 SEPTEMBER 13, 2003
Started bleeding and continued for approximately two weeks
DAY 32 SEPTEMBER 14, 2003
My sister, Kristi, found out she’s pregnant and due the same day!! (Ansley Brooke) Pic below taken 3/14/04.
DAY 33 SEPTEMBER 15, 2003
DAY 34 SEPTEMBER 16, 2003
Bryson Christopher Sowell born to Chris & Tori Sowell (9lbs 1oz)
DAY 35 SEPTEMBER 17, 2003
My brain surgery anniversary marks 7 years
DAY 38 SEPTEMBER 20, 2003
Went to Auburn to visit Frank & Dena
DAY 40 SEPTEMBER 22, 2003
DAY 41 SEPTEMBER 23, 2003
Began taking supplemental progesterone to increase levels to the 30s
DAY 42 SEPTEMBER 24, 2003
HCG=5912 Progesterone=26.7 Ultrasound
DAY 47 SEPTEMBER 29, 2003
DAY 50 OCTOBER 2, 2003
***T W I N S ! ! *** Progesterone=22.93 Ultrasound
It was another one of those exciting days! Josh's sister, Whitney, went with me to the doctor on this day. I wasn't aware I was supposed to bring a tape with me to this ultrasound. The girls in the doctor's office found one for me. We settle in for the ultrasound and Kay starts looking around for the baby. She finds him/her and says everything looks good. I say "Ok, just one! That's fine, we can do that!". She just kind of smiles and keeps looking. Then she says, "Allyson, I want you to look right here. Now look right here." More giggles.....*lol* I find out there are two babies, not one! I told Kay we needed to go get Misty (from the lab) and Leigh Ann (my nurse). So, she attempts to open the door and the two of them fall into the room! *lol* Everyone starts laughing and smiling and looking at our two babies. It was another wonderful day.
On my way to work, I call mom and tell her we have twins. She says no, we're having one. I say no, we're having twins. She says no, we're having one. *lol* Again, she caught on and took a biiiiig deep breath. Keep in mind, my sister is pregnant too. Three babies due on the same day to my parents' two daughters. *WHEW* I called Josh and it was the same as last time. When I didn't think he could be any happier, he found out he was going to be a double daddy! He was actually at school when I called and told him. He just repeated "Twins?" and I heard a hall full of his classmates start clapping and cheering for him. Another crowd that knew what we had been through and what all this meant to us. He immediately left school, picked me up from work and we went to lunch at Grate Things. Our phones didn't stop and he called almost everyone in his phone book. *lol*
DAY 51 OCTOBER 3, 2003
Josh had his wisdom teeth removed!!! Our neighbor, Dr. Davis, is also the oral surgeon that did the surgery, so we got extra special "next door neighbor" care! Dr. Davis is a super great guy. We like him & Georgianne a lot!
DAY 53 OCTOBER 5, 2003 (7 WEEKS)
DAY 54 OCTOBER 6, 2003
DAY 57 OCTOBER 9, 2003
DAY 60 OCTOBER 12, 2003 (8 WEEKS)
DAY 61 OCTOBER 13, 2003
DAY 62 OCTOBER 14, 2003
Mom and I met with Lisa, the Educational Nurse at Women's Medical Center, to get family background and reading material
DAY 66 OCTOBER 18, 2003
Went to Auburn to visit with Frank & Dena
DAY 67 OCTOBER 19, 2003 (9 WEEKS)
DAY 68 OCTOBER 20, 2003
Progesterone=34.76 (Dr. Hix appointment at 11:30am)
DAY 71 OCTOBER 23, 2003
Ultrasound (Pic listed below)
DAY 74 OCTOBER 26, 2003 (10 WEEKS)
DAY 75 OCTOBER 27, 2003
Progesterone=34.18 / First OB appointment with Dr. Beverly-everything is great!!!
DAY 78 OCTOBER 30, 2003
DAY 81 NOVEMBER 2, 2003 (11 WEEKS)
DAY 85 NOVEMBER 6, 2003
DAY 88 NOVEMBER 9, 2003 (12 WEEKS)
DAY 90 NOVEMBER 11, 2003
Appointment with Dr. Beverly
The first trimester was relatively busy. You can’t truly accept a pregnancy until you’re out of the first trimester. Even then, there’s always the possibility that something could go wrong. I felt pretty positive the entire time-something told me this was just going to happen. There was no question about it. I don’t know if my dream in the summer had something to do with it or not. I didn’t doubt anything, I just accepted what it was.
Health wise, the first trimester was smoooooth. I had no morning sickness and gained only 2 pounds. There were no complaints-except for the extreme amount of exhaustion. I could barely keep my eyes open and I slept as MUCH as possible.
Always the boring one. Not much happened during these three months. On December 15, we did find out we were having a boy and a girl. Even though we were very excited, it didn’t really come as a surprise (reference back to the dream before I got pregnant). To me, it only confirmed that everything was going as planned.
At the end of the second trimester, I had gained a total of only 12 pounds. Not bad for twins, eh? At each doctor’s appointment, the ultrasounds showed perfectly healthy babies that were growing on schedule. Ethan was always stretched out from head to toe, which made it difficult for Emily to even move. She pretty much stayed in a ball the entire time!!
Since we thought I would be put on bedrest early, the girls at work decided to go ahead and have my baby shower. It was on January 24, 2004 and it was absolutely WONDERFUL!! We have everything we could need (we could always use more diapers!!).
DAY 116 DECEMBER 8, 2003 (16 WEEKS)
Appointment with Dr. Beverly
DAY 123 DECEMBER 15, 2003 (17 WEEKS)
**Found out we’re having a boy and a girl!!**
DAY 147 JANUARY 8, 2004 (20 WEEKS)
DAY 167 JANUARY 28, 2004 (23 WEEKS)
Came home for lunch, as normal, and found that I had a blood pressure reading of 210/104. We rechecked it several times and eventually called the doctor. I had to go in immediately. That day, I was put on bedrest (at 23 weeks) and also put on Aldomet (methyldopa). Worked like a charm! I had to start a low-sodium diet so I gave mom TONS of food out of our cabinets and started all over again! The people at work were amazing and I felt such love and support from them!!
DAY 174 FEBRUARY 4, 2004 (24 WEEKS)
Ultrasound showed the babies weight at 1.6lbs (Emily) and 1.9lbs (Ethan). Picture is below. Perfect weight for their age. Both were moving like crazy and the U/S tech had the hardest time keeping up with them! I also did my glucose test on this day and somewhat failed. My sugar was 135 so somewhat borderline. He didn’t make me suffer through the 3 hour test, but told me to stay away from sugar. HORROR!! NO MORE CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM! He might as well just have taken away Wal-mart, it was the same feeling.
DAY 179 FEBRUARY 9, 2004 (25 WEEKS)
Back again to just check my blood pressure. Everything looks great, still on bed rest and am free for a month!! Next appointment is the biggie. On March 1, we find out WHEN we’re having these babies!!!
Ahhhhh…I'm remembering the first trimester all too well now. The second trimester brought a renewed sense of “I can still do anything”. The third trimester reminds you “No-No sister, you better calm that butt down.” On February 22, 2004 I started week 27, which is the first week of the third trimester. Exhaustion sets in again. Around weeks 25 & 26, I was sleeping 16 hours a day. I don’t need to get used to that. But lately, more people have been calling and coming by so I make sure I’m up and dressed by a decent time. Adel (my neighbor) and my mom have decided to double-team me to make sure I’m eating right and taking it easy. Adel has always been a fabulous cook and I would stay pregnant forever if it meant daily meals from her!!! *Heeheehee* Mom comes by several times a week to bring me a stack of newspapers. It’s actually pretty exciting-I look forward to those days. I just sit back, enjoy my cup of chai and read.
As far as fetal movement goes-WOW! Emily has been moving but she’s…..gentle. Ethan? Forget it. He’s all about getting the most room and making SURE I know he’s in there. Remote controls, phone, newspaper….doesn’t matter. He’s going to kick the stew out of it. Poor Punkin-no telling what he feels when he lays on my stomach. Of course, the purring probably soothes the babies.
It’s getting so much harder to move around, especially during sleep. If something falls on the floor, it’s pretty much going to stay there until 1. Josh gets home or 2. I manage to pick it up with my toes! TOTALLY unlike me! Walk….err….WADDLING has set in finally, as well as a constant pain/uncomfortableness in my upper abdomen.
DAY 200 MARCH 1, 2004 (28 WEEKS)
Appointment with Dr. Beverly. Gained 1 pound in 1 month for a total of 13 pounds. C-section scheduled for May 11, 2004 but Dr. Beverly assured us we would never make it that far! Scheduled an ultrasound for next visit. Lifted bed rest a tad but not much.
DAY 205 MARCH 6, 2004
Today, I packed my bags for the hospital. Twins are so unpredictable that we have no idea when they are coming. We thought it would be best to get as prepared as possible! (Actually, it was just a way for me to get back to Walmart, for the THIRD time this week!) heeheehee
DAY 210 MARCH 11, 2004
Whitney’s 18th birthday was this week. We all went to Mikata’s Japanese restaurant for dinner. Nean’s(mom) birthday is this Sunday (3/14) and PawPaw’s birthday is next Friday (3/19)! WOW! Grandma Ruby says it looks like my belly has dropped. We’ll see what the doctor says next Wednesday! What I DO know is that it’s getting more and more difficult to walk/breathe/move. I actually got stuck in the recliner the other day and Josh had to come pull me out. I also found out today we’re having two more baby showers! One is next Tuesday (3/23) from SAMC-Cardiology. The other is the first weekend in April and it’s given by Grandma Ruby’s work.
DAY 216 MARCH 17, 2004 (30 WEEKS)
Today’s doctor’s appointment was rather uneventful-which isn’t a bad thing. Emily’s weight is 3.9lbs and Ethan’s is 3.12lbs. I’ve gained another 3 pounds for a total of 16! Next appointment is March 29.
DAY 222 MARCH 23, 2004 (31 WEEKS)
Today was the baby shower for SAMC-CARDIOLOGY Department! It was so beautiful!! There was cake, fruit pizza, nuts, chip/dip, punch and chocolate strawberries! TONS of diapers too!!! I was so excited! We got lots of great gifts and some really cool stuffed animals! We didn’t need any clothes for Ethan but Emily got some precious dresses!! Looking forward to my last shower, coming up on April 4. (This is the day I REALLY wanted to go into labor since it will be 04-04-04!) Goofy, I know! Oh, I’m going to highlight this because I’ll never believe it and I KNOW no one else will: I OFFICIALLY DREAD GOING TO WALMART. Not because I hate it, but lugging these two babes around in my belly is getting to be a little much!! Not to mention the fact that the LAST place I ever want to go into labor is Wal-mart. *lol* Leg cramps have really set in, as well as several Braxton Hicks contractions. Josh and I go to bed every night hoping that night will be the night. He is SO ready for these babies to get here I think he’s getting a little restless!
DAY 227 MARCH 28, 2004 (32 WEEKS)
Today was the Azalea Dogwood Festival. It was such a beautiful day, Josh and I decided to ride the trail and go to the park. Since we live so close, we walked up. We sat and listened to music and watched a karate demo. It was so nice. The walking obviously threw my body for a loop because I started having some light contractions. They felt like Braxton Hicks, but they were every 5-7 minutes. After about 5 hours, Josh decided I needed to go to the hospital. Since I was only 32 weeks, they gave me an IV and drugs to stop the contractions. That was the best sleep I’ve had in a while!
DAY 228 MARCH 29, 2004 (32 WEEKS)
Not much happened today at all. Dr. Beverly just set me up for another ultrasound at my April 12 appointment. Contractions are still coming but aren’t regular. I’ve gained 5 more pounds for a total of 20. Hopefully that means the babies are getting big!!!
DAY 234 APRIL 4, 2004 (33 WEEKS)
Today was my K-Mart baby shower! Ms. Patty threw the shower and had several people from Josh’s mom’s work. My dear friend, Ms. Wier, wasn’t able to make my first shower so she came to this one. I received some really nice gifts and was very excited to get them all home and set up!!
DAY 238 APRIL 8, 2004 (33 WEEKS)
Joshua has managed to get sick. He’s got a bad head cold that has wiped him out for several days now. I’ve been trying to be a good nurse/wifey and hope I am succeeding. I stuffed him full of Alka Seltzer/Vitamin C/Orange Juice/Nyquil/warm salty water……and he said he feels much better today. YEAH! We attended a breast-feeding class this week. There were only 3 couples in there. One person from each couple worked at SAMC and was a nurse. I’ve read so much that I already knew the answers to all the questions. Putting it to use is going to be the challenge!!
DAY 242 APRIL 13, 2004 (34 WEEKS)
Ultrasound. I am measuring 45 weeks!!! I have gained 3 pounds since my last visit, for a total of 24 pounds.
At my last appointment, two weeks ago, Ethan weighed in at 3.12 pounds. He's now 5.7 pounds. Emily weighed in two weeks ago at 3.9 pounds. She's now 5.2 pounds.
Though they obviously can't breathe yet, the ultrasound showed the lungs making the breathing movements. They look for this at this time to make sure they aren't under duress. If the babies aren't attempting to make these movements now, there tends to be a problem. But our babies are just fine!
Both babies are still head down with Ethan presenting first. On the ultrasound today, Ethan had his hand laying on Emily's head, almost like he was hugging her.
Dr. Beverly was still in absolute shock. He laughs every time he comes in and sees it me sitting there, knowing I made it another 2 weeks. He tells me every time how much I amaze him, especially when he measures me. *lol* 45 weeks? Like he says "You got a lotta baby in there"......almost 11 pounds of baby actually! He still doesn't think I'll make it to 36 weeks, but my next appointment is at 36 weeks (April 29). In the meantime, he thinks I'll go into labor. But if not, he's just going to let me go and see how far I can get. If I haven't gone into labor by May 11th, he's going to induce me on the 11th.
DAY 255 APRIL 27, 2004 (36 WEEKS)
Yesterday, I was having a severe pain on my left side. I was told by the hospital that it was just round ligament pain. I thought it hurt way too much to be that though. Josh and I were kind of hoping that "this was it". We decided to go to Walmart and just walk. And walk. And walk. For a solid hour and a half, he made me walk. *lol* Halfway through our walk, I lost my mucus plug. Was it working?!?!?! We kept walking. Eventually though, we decided to go ahead and go home and do the "wait and see" thing. At 2:55am, I woke up and was about to roll over when BAM!.....my water broke. I knew exactly what it was, without a doubt. I woke up Josh and it was craziness from there on! We started calling a few people on the way to the hospital. Once I arrived and was checked out, Dr. Praful Patel informed me that I had still not dilated past 2. Instead of just my water breaking, my placenta had started to separate from the uterus. If I had tried to deliver, it's possible I would have hemorraged SO the doc opted for a c-section. We were told this at 5:00am. At 6:00am, they were rolling me into the OR to get me set up for my spinal block! Josh and my best friend Dena came in while they were getting me prepped. At 6:46am, Ethan was born, followed by Emily at 6:47am. I heard them both cry but then the room got really quiet. I asked Josh what was wrong and he only told me "Nothing." I KNEW something was wrong though. Come to find out, Ethan had stopped breathing. They rushed him to Baptist Medical Center in Montgomery, Alabama (2 hours away). He was transported by ANGEL ONE-an awesome ambulance you definitely need to read about. (Click Here To Read!)
After staying in Montgomery for over a week, Ethan was finally able to join Emily at home! He's doing wonderfully and growing so much each day!!
May 6, 2004 Post Op Check Up
I went in today to see Dr. Patel for my Post Op Appointment. I had gained a total of 24 pounds in the pregnancy. A little over 1 week after delivery and I had already lost 26 pounds. WOOHOO! The incision is looking good and everything is just dandy! This will be the last update on this page (since it was just about the actual pregnancy).
Of course, we have to thank the parents. My parents have gone above and beyond what any parent should to make sure that we have what we need. They always do and they do it for all of their kids. We are really fortunate to have parents like them. There's not a day that goes by that I don't realize how important they are to us. I'm just absolutely thrilled we were able to FINALLY give them some more grand babies!! :) Of course, if you know where we can get a case of Xanax, please email me immediately. That would be the perfect gift for the new grandparents. hehehe