Thursday, January 21, 2010

she's how big?!

So Tuesday was Baby Girl's 28 week appointment. We also got called back into the specialist that morning. Always a good time.

Our specialist, Dr. O, runs bloodwork on me each month to check my blood levels. Basically he's watching my hemoglobin, hematocrit count, cardio CRP, and a bunch of other levels that are affected by the levels of medication I'm on. This past test time, he also decided to run one more test on my lipoprotein a. No idea what that is?

Yea, me neither.

Anyway, I failed the test. Like bombed. Boo.

So he called us in Tuesday to talk about the results. Basically, from what I'm gathering, this is a hereditary thing that can eventually cause me cardiovascular problems down the road. It's kind of the "first cousin" to ldl- the bad cholesterol. My doc says there's not even a lot that's been studied on this level, especially with infertility, but one thing they do know, is it's seen a lot in miscarriages that happen as a result of poor blood flow.

Cha-ching. I got that.

It's a level that we'll deal with later on down the road, and will more than likely see me be referred to a cardio doc.

So what does that mean for Baby Girl?

Fortunately, the regimen of meds that I'm on, seem to be keeping her safe. Course this means that I have to continue the meds for further into the pregnancy than the doctors had originally intended. Meaning, I'll stay on blood thinners until about 38 weeks, instead of 36. Scares me, but I'm sure the doctors know what they're doing.
Next thing they're most concerned with, is if my blood flow does start to "stink", that she'll start suffering from growth restriction and will have to come early. Not a huge deal I believe, basically if they see that her growth slows down, they'll get her out. Just means more ultrasounds between now and when she gets here.

So after the specialist and his ray of sunshine, we headed to our 28 week ultrasound.

Our little girl managed to sleep through the whole appointment, so we didn't get many great pictures, but we can tell she's precious! She was sleeping with her foot in her ear when we got there. I think Mr. Perfect is ready to sign her up for the circus when she gets here! She kept her hands and feet in her face basically the whole time, but our u/s tech was still able to get some good measurements. Lets just say, Baby Girl is suffering absolutely no growth restriction right now!! She's weighing in at 2 lbs. 13 ounces at the moment, a bit ahead of schedule. Her head is measuring 2 weeks ahead of schedule (but perfectly normal and well shaped). Her abdomen is coming in 1 week ahead of schedule, and her legs right on schedule. Our u/s tech let us know, she's probably NOT going to be a small baby. You think?!

As of right now, my placenta is doing great, and she's getting everything she needs. Her fluid level is perfect and she looks amazing. So no problems at all. Thank you God. We will have scans every few weeks now and if they notice anything, well, we'll deal with that when it comes. I personally think she's going to continue to do fine and will be here sometime in April. Positive thinking works, right. =)

A few pics of my precious baby girl...

This is the top of her head with her foot in her ear. Oh dear.

She's still a girl! Yes, I made the lady check. Multiple times.

Her precious face. Like I said, her hands were in her face the whole time, but you can still see her chubby little cheeks and her adorable chin. Gosh, I love her!

Next time, maybe she'll stay awake for her appointment and sleep at night. Just saying.. that would be nice Baby Girl!


In this wonderful life... said...

Goodness, she is a big girl!!

I'll be praying that everything continues to work out!! keep us updates!!

Lara said...

Wow, you have a lot on your plate at the moment, I didn't realise. I hope everything continues to go well for you and your little girl.

LOL at her sleeping with her foot in her ear.

...::Mrs. Southern Bride::... said...

Awe...sweet pics!

Virginia Belle said...

I love the pictures of your baby girl. I recently found your blog and happen to be a Labor&Delivery nurse. I have really enjoyed reading about your pregnancy and your journey to motherhood. You will be in my thoughts and prayers!

d.a.r. said...

Praying that everything continues going well--she truly is a lil' miracle baby :)

Kassie said...

Keep us updated on your little miracle!! Well, maybe not so little .:)


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