Look at that cute face…what’s not to love?
Today was the visit with the perinatologist. Overall, we had many positives in which to be thankful…
1. The echogenic bowel seems to be better.
2. Even though I’m measuring 20w4d instead of 23 weeks, there was some growth since the last visit. Usually, anything more than 2 weeks is abnormal.
3. The vasculature (doctor speak for heart blood flow) was better. Not ideal, but better.
4. The baby was moving like a maniac so getting it to stay still for pictures was tough. Busy already.
Now for the reality check. The placenta is about double the thickness that it should be, which is likely the culprit for the slow growth. At some point, Dr. Harstad suggested, the baby will stop growing because the placenta won’t be doing the best job of supplying needed nutrients to the baby.
I go back in 2 weeks for another ultrasound and we’ll check the growth. As long as the baby is growing and we don’t see signs of distress and I don’t notice any bleeding, then we hold off on inducing labor. But, he did caution us that an earlier delivery, by c-section, is very likely. At each ultrasound we’ll know more about how much longer Baby Whitaker gets to camp out in my belly. Ideally, we want to make it to 30-32 weeks. Right now, I’m 23.
Dr. H is a rip the bandaid off kind of doctor and his bluntness today didn’t freak me out as much as it did 3 weeks ago. I’ll spare you some of his candor 🙂 But I know this, he insisted that we see him for any follow-up visits. He wants to see our case through. And, the guy is superhumanly smart. So, I’ll take the after effects of the bandaid if he knows what he’s doing.
Certainly the biggest bonus of today was seeing the baby again – looking so healthy and busy and happy. We already have names picked out – aren’t you impressed? We’re notorious for waiting until delivery to do that. Guess God is preparing us.
I must say, this has been a journey. A journey in faith, in patience, in trust and in thankfulness. We don’t know what tomorrow holds for our family or for Baby W, but I know that God is and has been with Scott and I every step of the way. Rest assured, as I walked out of that office today, I looked skyward and said aloud, “Lord, I know I can’t do this without you. Help me stay strong.”
The drama continues on the homefront. I’ll save it for posts later in the week. I would just cause you to shake your heads in disbelief on this beautiful Tuesday afternoon 🙂
Can anyone say “Sonic Happy Hour”?