Archive for May 2011

BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS

May 30, 2011

I am officially sick of getting Ultrasounds.  Tomorrow I will be getting my 13th one this pregnancy alone.  Let’s hope it is lucky 13, because it is to determine if my amniotic fluid is still low.  It has been low the last 2 times & if it is any lower, they will admit me to the hospital.  I have to confess, this has been a crazy time in my life.  I mean, we wanted another baby.  We wanted a sibling for Finn.  We tried and tried for a year and half.  After finally getting lucky, we of course had worries of a preterm labor like with our first kid, but then were thrown all these other issues.  I mean, backwards abdominal organs?  How weird is that?  It is enough to worry about, but I still have the preterm labor concerns on top of that.  Now with every new ultrasound some new trouble pops up: first low amniotic fluid and now they say my placenta is thickening.  What?

I really want to go all the way with this pregnancy, but I am looking forward to not having to worry about him coming early or not and can just focus on if his intestines are anchored properly or not.

Despite everything, I still feel enormously lucky.  We got a second fetal echo cardiogram that confirmed the findings of the first: No Major Heart Defects!  With all the ultrasounds I have been getting, at least they have not found any red flags concerning trouble with the baby.  Once he is born will be another story.  He will have at least a brief stay in the NICU to get tests to see if his intestines are anchored.  If they are free-floating, they will do a laparoscopic procedure to basically tie them down to avoid them getting all bunched up and causing huge problems.  He will also get another heart scan within 2 days of birth.

There will be about a dozen other tests on each and every one of his organs, but those will have to be performed later requiring many trips back and forth to this specialty hospital.  The spleen and liver test will not be done for at least a month or two, so we will not even know if he has a spleen right away.  The not knowing is going to be difficult and means more worries with each test as we knock each one down and hopefully everything is found A-OK!

I am 31 weeks and every week that passes, I breathe a little easier, because I know the bigger he gets the better chance he will have if he needs to come into the world a little sooner.  But stay in there kid!  I demand cooperation from my bag of waters and my placenta better behave!!