Mark channels Steely Dan. I channel the Stones. The twins... well I'm sure they'll have fairly eclectic tastes.
The ultrasound yesterday went hunky dory. Both babies are measuring at about 17 1/2 weeks, had heartbeats in the 144+ range and most importantly had all of their important parts -- hearts, livers, brains, kidneys, etc. They had two of what they needed to have two of and all of their fingers and toes. My cervix looked good, according to the tech, which I assume means it was all nice and closed up.
The tech was an Eastern European woman who obviously took lots of pleasure in her work. She kept grinning and smiling while coaxing the babies to move into position for the camera. There were moments when the babies' movements were a little surreal but I had to bite my tongue a few times so I wouldn't burst out laughing when she addressed the moving fetuses.
The funniest thing to me was that she saw the babies' sexes and didn't even blink. When we asked if it would be able to determine the sexes, she was like "Oh, you want to find out?" I guess lots of parents don't want to know. Mark and I assumed that she was getting the doctor so he could check her findings and find out the sex because she couldn't tell but she said, "I already know. I just need him to confirm." The doctor came in and basically stated that our babies were doing fine, and that I'd be having another ultrasound or two in the future to check in on them. He also told us that we were having (drumroll please) a boy and a girl.
So there you have it. Perfect instant family according to many of our friends and co-workers. (Mark's dad even went so far as to say that I am his hero because of this.) We're still going back and forth with names but the boy's first name will definitely be Aden and I'm hoping to talk Mark into Hunter for the girl's first name. I really love the name and think that a feminine middle name will help make up for the genderlessness he doesn't seem to like.
I have my follow up visit with my doc today -- I had the ultrasound yesterday but my doctor is only in on Wednesdays -- so I'll get weighed and measured and generally checked. I'll also probably get another small sypnosis of yesterday's results and what they mean. Basically, I already know that I'll be going for cervical sonograms every two weeks now to monitor me for signs of my cervix length changing or it opening. I'm hoping it stays nice and tight for 20 more weeks.
So without further ado, meet the twins:
This is Aden:
And this is Hunter(?):
You're doing just fine lil sea monkeys! Keep growing babies!
P.P.S. Knitting progress is being made. I'm up to casting on the sleeves on the second of the two sweaters and the Alphabet Blanket is coming along, albeit verrrrry slowly. I have Knit Club with my friends tonight so hopefully I will have good pictures to show you tomorrow.