Monday, May 24, 2010

The drama continues...

Seriously?  Am I completely incapable of having a "normal" pregnancy?  I guess so! 

Today I had an appointment with our dear perinatologist to get a good sonogram in before my scheduled OB appointment this afternoon.  Good news is my fluid levels are up a little!  Bad news is the baby has not grown as expected in the last two weeks.  I could tell something wasn't quite right, as the doctor continued to take measurements of the same thigh bone and head circumfrence over and over again.  He said he usually wouldn't measure more than three times at the most because you start seeing what you want to see after awhile.  The entire pregnancy, Audrey has measured in the 50% percentile, including at our appointment two weeks ago.  The first few measurements he took put her somewhere in the 10-15%, quite a significant drop.  If she was really measuring at 10%, he said they would go ahead and deliver.  The last set of measurements bumped her up a bit to 20%, and we decided to go with those numbers.  He said we really want her to get to 39 weeks to reduce the risk of needing ventilator support, but we're going to be as cautious as possible in the next few weeks.  Oh, and she's still breach!

SO, we've adjusted our weekly monitoring to include some more thorough testing next week at the OB and then to follow up again the week after with the perinatologist again.  I'm not dialated yet, which is certainly a good sign.  Next Tuesday morning, I'll go in for more monitoring to see where we stand.  We will also stop the medications that have been helping stem the contractions.  That may not make any difference at all, but it's the plan for now. 

I am sure everything is going to be alright and that this is all not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.  Many families have it much, much worse.  Still, I was hoping for a bit of normalcy after all we went through with Keegan.  I probably am letting this all stress me out just a little too much, but I think anyone can understand how that might happen after our first experience.  Everyone keeps reassuring us that she's "going to be just fine" once she finally arrives.  I know it's too early, but honestly, if she's going to be fine, I'm kinda ready just to be done with it!  There's really only so much I can take! 

Ok, sorry for the rant there.  I can't thank everyone enough for your prayers for the appointments today.  We'll continue to put our trust in the Lord and wait in hope for a smooth arrival for our little girl.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11


Ashley & Chuck said...

So sorry about all your troubles. I'm praying that your baby girl will be healthy!

Ben and Abby said...

Goodness, Maddie!! Audrey is throwing you for quite a loop. We'll be thinking of y'all and praying for you. I can't wait to meet her - but I want her to pack on some ounces before she gets here! :)