Today I had my 31 week appointment. It still seems a bit crazy that we are into the 30’s…what a journey this has been!
It was busy around the office today, I waited for quite a while. I listened to people chatter. One young mother was on her first pregnancy and was 17 weeks along, she went on and on about the baby’s nursery, going-home outfit and all the many details perfectly planned for her sweet baby. I so badly wanted to encourage her to slow down. That all of those things don’t matter really. But of course I didn’t because…well, I was her, not so many months ago. I’m thankful for the perspective I’ve been given. I’m a fast-paced person with a pen ready to check off my to-do’s…at least I was. Now I seem to move a little slower, think a little longer, pray a little harder and squeeze a little tighter making each hug count.
Anyway, I was taken back to have the ultrasound. I had a new sonographer, she wasn’t familiar with our situation and I could tell she was frustrated by how hard it was to get measurements. The more fluid there is, the easier it is to take the measurements…this I have learned. She poked and prodded, sighed and slumped but eventually Audrey positioned herself just right so she could get what she needed.
She finished up and left me to wait for Dr. Stanley. He came in a while later with his gentle smile…I said my typical, “Happy Tuesday” with a smile. Today he seemed to see right through that smile. He knows how I am feeling and it is nice to know I don’t have to make small talk about anything and nothing. He scanned me a bit slower, not quite as rushed as the sonographer. Her brain and heart look the same, no significant changes. Her abdomen remains very growth restricted…it hasn’t grown in several weeks, still measuring about the size of a 25 week old baby. My amniotic fluid was the lowest it has been yet, today it measured 3.4. For reference, the lowest we have seen is about a 5.5. This likely explains why it was even harder than normal to take Audrey’s measurements. In an otherwise healthy pregnancy, the doctor would most likely take the baby out now. However, Dr. Stanley feels that with her heart beating and blood pumping well through the umbilical cord, it is best to keep her in.
He gave me a tentative date of June 3 or 4 to deliver at Mercy via C-Section. However, he feels confident that lasting 6 weeks from today is “pie in the sky”…in other words, not gonna happen. He thinks we’ll have to deliver sooner but wants something on the books just in case we can make it that far. I would be 37 weeks and 2 days by then.
Weird. Six weeks at the most.
I’ll see him again at 4pm next Tuesday, April 29th.
This Week’s Stats:
Rachel’s Weight Gain: 0 pounds
Audrey’s Weight Gain: +4 oz.
Audrey’s Weight: 2lb. 8 oz. (1152g)
Amniotic Fluid: 3.4cm
Head Circumference: 26.21cm (<2.3 percentile)
Abdominal Circumference: 22.05cm (<2.3 percentile)
Overall Size: <10 percentile
That’s all for now. I’ll update again soon.
Love and hugs, R