Saturday, October 26, 2013

Our Little Fishies: Two More Girls!

Isla and I made the thirteen-plus hour journey back to Chicago the other day with the only hiccup being one puke fest after a particularly wild (island) cab ride.  I didn't want to write about the fact that we were coming home until after my doctor's appointment because, God forbid, if something didn't look right - it would have been less explaining to do.  Anyway, we came home for the important 20 week ultrasound of our twins.  My doctor here was pretty clear that twins are "higher risk" and that he would much rather have me home to monitor me every two weeks instead of being on the move (on a boat no less!) with no regular pre-natal care, but flying home for a check-up every two weeks is just not an option for us.  So we compromised and he said - at the very least - I should come home for this particular screening, so we did.

For those who don't know, the 20 week ultrasound is a pretty big deal - at least to the OBGYN's here in the United States it is.  They check all the organs, make sure the babies are growing well, measure all the bones and skull, check the placenta and monitor heart rates and a whole bunch of other stuff during this exam.  It is also during this exam that they can tell you with great accuracy the sex of the baby (or babies, in our case).

It looks like we'll be swimming in a sea of estrogen in the years to come!

Scott and I are beyond thrilled to announce that we are adding two more HEALTHY, beautiful girls to our crew (I was secretly wishing for two more girls).  The maternal fetal medicine specialist said they look absolutely perfect; they are exactly the same size (though fraternal), all their little organs are functioning "beautifully" and, from their adorable little profiles, they are cute as buttons.  While I do not believe in "playing God" I can tell you that it sure is reassuring to see that our little babies are right on par developmentally with no signs of any genetic or health issues to come.  The doctor was impressed, and told me to continue doing what I was doing because everything looked fantastic - so back to the boat we go...

We are told we should expect these babies to arrive some time in February (though they are due March 13, twins are, on average, three weeks early) making these girls Pisces, which is perfect because they are known as our "little fish" and are ironically positioned in the womb just like the fish in the astrological sign.  Pretty neat.  Now for the name game to begin...not easy for Scott and I!

Isla and I make the long haul back to the islands on Monday and we'll be back underway Tuesday or Wednesday bound for beautiful Martinique.

15 comments:

Richard from Chicago said...

Wishing all of you all the best. What a wonderful thing - two more girls joining a family of strong women! Travel safely and in peace...may you sail around any storms and alway find your way to well protected harbors. Thank you for sharing the good news.

Reggie in St Maarten said...

reading this made my day no, weekend so happy for you !!!

Tillerman said...

So pleased that all is going well for you and your girls.

Best wishes...

Louise said...

Yay! And may I just say, "Beautiful Martinique" sounds like a pretty good name for a girl...

;-)

SailFarLiveFree said...

Welcome to the three daughter club! Having three girls has enriched my life beyond belief!

Cydney Clemons said...

Congrats and best wishes for continued good health for your growing family! Good luck with the name game, too! Not sure if you know where you were (geographically) when they were conceived, but there is definitely lovely inspiration in the French names of the islands!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! As a Dad of three girls, 2 of which are twins I advise sailing until the girls are 21

SammyPR said...

Very happy down here to hear everything is going perfect! Best vibes ur ways!

slim curtis said...

Can we name one of them Sailor? Please oh please??? I'm not being funny, but it goes with your lifestyle.

Nikki @ Sailrite DIY Advice Blog said...

Aww little girls! Congrats again, and glad to hear that things are going smoothly! :)

Dani McDaniel said...

Congrats on the addition of 2 more girls! How sweet. We have a cousin who has 7 girls and no boys...Lookout HighSchool!

Sorry to hear about your cruising pause but you have to do what's best for those girls! Take care!
Dani
www.sundownersailsagain.com

Lauren said...

Congrats on two more girls!! The great thing is that whenever they get boyfriends, you can just pull up your anchor and sail away. :) My girlfriend grew up sailing... her parents sold their house & bought a boat when she was starting high school. She lived aboard with her two younger sisters for several and I am happy to say that the family all still gets along. :)

Lauren said...

That was supposed to say several *years.* Maybe I should try proofreading before posting. :-P

On a side note, we have been plagued with roaches in our house (from some kitchen cabinets given to us by relatives). My hubby is applying the same stuff you mentioned in your blog. Thanks for sharing your secret to eradication!

Anonymous said...

I'm a little late in congratulating you, but yay for sisters! We look forward to introducing all the girls someday soon in a warm and sunny locale. Best wishes as you enter your 3rd trimester. I can't believe we have so little time left (but so much more growing to do).
-Your K.C. via BVI Twincident friends

Stacy Allen said...

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more
The Outdoor Women

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