Friday, April 30, 2010

More good news!

The doctors from Miami called and they agreed with Renee's specialist doctors. There is not enough criteria yet to give the TTTS diagnosis. BUT, they are concerned with the blood flow in the umbilical cord. It is low for Shyloh. So, Renee will have her next specialist visit on Monday and based on the doppler of the umbilical blood flow with Shyloh, we might have to make a trip to Miami. We need it to improve by Monday. If it is the same or worse then Miami here we come! Please pray for Shyloh that his doppler will improve. Thank you everyone for caring! Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Scott, Renee, Shae, Shyloh, and Tyce

Good news!!

Renee's specialist called her this morning to let her know that they (they being her 3 specialist doctors) conferred and decided that we do not meet the criteria for TTTS as of yet. So, there is NO emergency situation right now! :) They did send Renee's info to the laser procedure doctors in Cincinnati and Miami and are currently waiting to hear back from them. They could say Renee needs to go ahead and plan a visit to them but that isn't a bad thing. If anything, it means we would be ahead of the curve! :)

Thank you all for the encouragement and prayers. Keep it up!

Scott, Renee, and Shae Bird

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Our boys Our fight Our God

To begin, I would like to explain something to you. This something is called TTTS. Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) is a disease of the placenta (or afterbirth) that affects identical twin pregnancies. TTTS affects identical twins (or higher multiple gestations) who share a common monochorionic placenta. The shared placenta contains abnormal blood vessels which connect the umbilical cord and circulations of the twins.The common placenta may also be shared unequally by the twins. The events in pregnancy that lead to TTTS are all random. TTTS is not hereditary or genetic, nor caused by anything the parents did or did not do. Depending on the number, type and direction of the connecting vessels, blood can be transfused disproportionately from one twin (the donor) to the other twin (the recipient). The transfusion causes the donor twin to have decreased blood volume. This in turn leads to slower than normal growth than its co-twin, and poor urinary output causing little to no amniotic fluid or oligohydramnios (the source of most of the amniotic fluid is urine from the baby). The recipient twin becomes overloaded with blood. This excess blood puts a strain on this baby’s heart to the point that it may develop heart failure, and also causes this baby to have too much amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios) from a greater than normal production of urine. TTTS can occur at any time during pregnancy, even while a mother is in labor at term. The placental abnormalities determine when and to what degree a transfusion occurs between the twins. Chronic TTTS describes those cases that appear early in pregnancy (12-26 weeks’ gestation). These cases are the most serious because the babies are immature and cannot be delivered. In addition, the twins will have a longer time during their development in the womb to be affected by the TTTS abnormalities. Without treatment, most of these babies would not survive and of the survivors, most would have handicaps or birth defects. THANK YOU COPY AND PASTE. :)

I know that was a lot to digest, but there is a reason I posted it first. I need you to understand what it is so you might have an idea of the road Renee and I have to travel. Our boys are borderline TTTS. TTTS occurs in about 6,000 babies per year. That might seem like a lot of babies but there are almost 4 million births per year worldwide. As you can tell, we are dealing with a rare condition. If it is discovered in the first 2 trimesters it is likely that one or both babies will not survive unless there is medical interference. This leads me to my next topic....

There is a procedure to correct TTTS. It involves a laser that is used to "rewire" the blood vessels so that all levels will even out and both babies will grow equally. Does the procedure correct the issue? Yes. But there is a 65% chance that both babies will survive and a 85% chance that one will survive. Also, there are only 3 childrens hospitals in the U.S. that perform this procedure. Cincinnati, Texas, and Miami. Thank the Lord Renee likes to travel. :)

You might think the odds are stacked against us. They are. But we know that God is in control and he has a plan. There have been thousands of TTTS cases where the babies were delivered with no problems at all. We are nothing but positive. We are so lucky to have family and friends that are already doing things to help us out. They are such sanity savers. Please do not feel sorry for us. We are fine and we know that Shyloh Lee and Tyce Lynn will be fine as well. All we ask for is your prayers and your encouragement.

We will keep you up to date with everything that is going on.

Thank you for your time.

Scott, Renee, and Shae

Monday, April 12, 2010

Just call me Opal the Optimist

Well, I've joined a site for Mono amniotic Twin Moms & Moms-to-be and I LOVE it!! Kind of settles my nerves to read about all the success stories. I know my feelings are normal and it helps ease some worries of things to come!! The site is If you read the welcome letter you can learn a little about this type of twin pregnancy. Very enlightening.

So, I know that I will most likely go on bed rest and potentially go inpatient. Both of those don't go well with my schedule, however Scott and I have been able to find some good news in all of this!!! We have been able to reach out to family and friends to help with Shae while Scott is working. All of whom have been readily available and willing to help us should we need them!! Praise God!! PLUS when I go inpatient I will be at Gwinnett Medical Center, so Scott can come eat lunch with me during his lunch break!!! He literally works 5 minutes away, so it will be nice to see him so often!! Now we just have to figure out a way for me to see my favorite little blonde girl as often as possible!!!

Our house is getting more and more organized and the way we want it to look. Our bedroom is ALMOST completely organized. Scott did the Man/Craft room for me yesterday and it looks SOOOOOOO good!! He hung up our pictures and got it organized and ready for me to start crafting like crazy!!

Speaking of crafting, hopefully I'll be able to Cricut while I'm inpatient!! That or I'll have to get back into crocheting scarfs and try to make hats or something!! hahaha Just trying to stay positive and get everything in order NOW so I won't be freaking out later when the time comes!!!!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter laughs ;o)

Happy Easter y'all!!! Hope everyone's having an awesome day with family and friends!!!

I learned yesterday that there are no language barriers between Shae and I, only language hillarities. Shae told me yesterday that her soccer game got "pencilled"... or cancelled. We also made "Colored Greens" ... or Collard Greens yesterday. haha

This morning the Easter Bunny left a basket full of goodies for Shae. She went downstairs to see this amazing basket... or so we thought. She saw the basket and then started looking around. She asked, "Where are all the presents?" Scott and I just die laughing and tell her all her presents are in her basket. She chuckled and looked at her Daddy like "yeah right. Where are all my presents" So of course we die laughing even harder!! We then explain the easter bunny only leaves a basket full of presents. I guess she thought it was going to be like Christmas with gifts all over the place!!!

I am now in my 2nd trimester. I'm 14 weeks pregnant with Monoamniotic Twins (Momo Twins). I go see a specialist on April 19th. If you know anything about twins then you know this is a higher risk pregnancy. (If you want to learn more, go to for more information) On a lighter note, we're hoping they get a glance at one babies sex during the ultrasound at the specialist's office. Since we're having identical twins we only need ONE baby to show us if we're having boys or girls. I'm SOOOOOOOOOOO anxious to know. We found out we were pregnant at about 3 weeks along. So, I knew alot earlier this pregnancy. I swear it feels like I've known I was pregnant forever!!!!

Hope you continue to enjoy your Easter... I'm going to nap now!!!!