Oh my! I didn’t realize I haven’t updated since 32 weeks! I’m sorry! I’ve been a slacker and lazy!
Today I am 35 weeks…still pregnant!!!!! Which is a pretty big deal since we’ve been having so many issues.
I feel huge! We had a growth scan today and baby A is 4.3 pounds and baby B is 5.8 pounds. Baby As fluid is as low as 2cm, which is the lowest it’s ever been. Baby Bs fluid is around 8 (which is just fine). We were hoping that baby A would be a little bit bigger. She is growth restricted and we wonder if her placenta isn’t working quite as well as it should be.
Since about 29 weeks we have been monitoring both babies’ Dopplers (blood flow through the umbilical cord) and fluid levels. The Dopplers have been stable since hot doc first noticed an issue. This is great news as he first told us to expect a downward trend (the Dopplers to get worse) and they haven’t! Hot doc has been pretty impressed by this. We were first worried we wouldn’t make it to 32 weeks!
Our last growth scan was at 32 weeks and Baby A weighed 3.2 pounds and Baby B weighed 3.5 pounds. They were small then. Baby A was the 11th percentile and Baby B was 25th percentile. Now baby A is in the 3rd percentile and baby B is in the 30th percentile.
Based on Baby As low fluid level and weight, the doc we saw today (hot docs partner) expects us to deliver “next week.” What day? We don’t know yet. I do go back Friday for a recheck and her fluid level looks worse, they may be delivered Friday. Regardless…. they will be here SO soon! And since we hit 36 weeks we are hoping to avoid the NICU!!! How crazy would that be?! To go from having all these issues to delivering 2 healthy babies who don’t need NICU time!! If they DO need NICU time, it won’t be long that they’ll be in there! 🙂
So for the past couple weeks I’ve been having spikes in my blood pressure. No one is really sure why… as they’ve ruled out preeclampsia. I’ve been monitoring it at home but it has landed me in labor and delivery twice so far! The first time was the worst. I had high BPs all morning. A friend stopped over to visit and I was extremely dizzy and nauseous. Thank goodness she showed up because she took me to labor and delivery. I told her (later) that she saved the day. 🙂 During this visit they kept me 24 hours to collect 24 hours worth of urine to test it for protein. This and lab work ruled out preeclampsia. The 2nd trip in wasn’t quite so exciting 😜. I wasn’t experiencing the extreme dizziness or nauseousness. They let me go that same night after a couple hours. My BP had stabilized. I am to call the on call doc if my BP gets over 160 on the top or over 110 on the bottom. I have to have two consecutive readings that high. Here is what my BPs have kinda looked like since:
Because of the BP issues, hot doc took me off work. I have not worked for the past week and he says I’m done until after delivery. My job now is to lay on the couch and do very little. He does not have me on bedrest so I’m able to do some things but I do have to have someone come over and clean my house, etc. Thats really hard for me because it’s just awkward to sit on my ass while someone else cleans!
Tonight we had our last appointment with my attorney. We all (me, Missi, and Court) met out at his office to sign a Power of Attorney. This legal document basically allows Missi to seek medical treatment for her own children. Remember, we live in Nebraska. Nebraska’s laws suck! At the time of birth, I am considered the legal mother. Court is the legal father. Court and I will be put on the birth certificate. Six months after they go home, I relinquish my parental rights and Missi adopts her own biological children. Sound ridiculous? It is. So…. in order for Missi to even be able to take her OWN children to a simple doctor’s appointment, I had to sign a Power of Attorney, giving her the ability to seek medical care. We won’t have to do any more legal pieces until 6 months after birth when we have the relinquishment and adoption. This will be a day to celebrate! 😀
Here are some updated pics of the baby B. Unfortunately we don’t have any pics of baby A! She is sitting SO low and is squished by Baby B that we can’t get good pics!
The birth will 100% be a c-section. I’m nervous about this just because I don’t wanna be cut open. However; I trust hot doc. Baby A is still sitting breech with her butt in my cervix. She is sitting in a “V” shape. Baby B is still transverse, which means she is laying sideways across my belly. Neither one cooperated with assuming the correct position for birth! Haha. Stubborn girls.
I will try to do better about updating! Like I said earlier, I go back to the high risk doc on Friday (3 days). It won’t be hot doc as he is out of town this whole week. My goal is to make it till he comes back so he can deliver me!
I will update when I know more….