Friday, March 25, 2011

3/25 Update on Babe

As some of you may know we went to CHOP this morning for appointments.  A growth ultrasound, echocardiogram & a midwife appointment for me.  Baby is growing beautifully and is weighing 3lb 3oz and is measuring 29w4d.  The baby has been measuring 4 days small since the beginning of this pregnancy and based on when I think I got pregnant the baby is measuring exactly on!  The baby is head down and had it's legs up over it's head for the ultrasound.  The doctor said we have an acrobat.  Man oh man all I can say is I could tell the baby has been doing some crazy things in my uterus.  Not all of the movements I have been feeling have been too pleasant.  Some have been quite painful at times.  Haha silly little one!  We didn't get to see our usual cardiologist as she was out on vacation, but the cardiologist today said that the baby's pulmonary stenosis looks moderate to him and Dr. Natarajan originally said it looked severe to her.  With that said I am not sure if this is just a difference on the doctors opinions or if the baby's heart is a bit better.  Although, the cardiologist did say that the baby would be born stable.  Which is always a good thing to here.  The plan is the same with this babe as it was with Owen and his birth.  As soon as baby is born they will start the baby on prostaglandins (This is a medication that is given to keep the baby's ductus open.  The ductus typically closes within the first 24 hours of birth and it could be severe if this would close) and then do their work up.  An echo, CT scan & possibly a heart catherization.  It will then be decided if baby needs any repairs on it's heart or if some or all of the repairs can wait until the baby is a bit older.  I was a bit nervous to meet with the midwife & OB today only because this is the first they are seeing my liver function & coagulation bloodwork, I knew that they all came back normal, but some of my liver functions were on the low normal side & I was ever so slightly concerned that for some reason they would want me to deliver the baby at Penn instead of CHOP.  Needless to say they were happy with my bloodwork results and I will be delivering this babe at CHOP.  Yay!!  The next time we go to CHOP I will be 34 weeks...  and then they are going to be wanting this baby out i'd imagine.  I know that is when they started getting aggressive about wanting Owen out.  Although, unless there is a specific & really good reason that this baby should be born earlier then 37 weeks I will not be letting them take the baby that early.  We are already on agreement that they let me get to 40 weeks before an induction would take place.  I know I keep saying it, but this baby is going to be here sooo soon!!  The weeks are flying by!!!!!!  I am getting very excited to meet and love on this little one!!!  The thought of having a newborn in the house again makes me giddy.  I spent a good portion of this week getting the baby's room together.  I feel like things are starting to come together more and more for this baby's arrival.  I still have a bunch to do, but most of it I feel like I should wait until I am like 35 weeks to start doing or I will feel like I have to do it over again. 

As always thank you everyone for praying for this little one!!

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