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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Updates On Declan

Today we went and saw the high risk ob. Everything went REALLY well considering. I am definitely happy today with the outcome. Still nervous- but it could have been so much worse! Declan is healthy and doing well which was MOST important! They immediately took me back and did an ultrasound to check all his measurements. After LOTS of fluids and long baths his amniotic fluid was up from 5.6 to 7.3. He said that is still extremely low but we will be keeping a really close eye on him till delivery. He was tiny for where he should be 3.10 pounds (I think that sounds pretty hefty actually!) I guess he was measuring in the sixth percentile of where he should be though- tiny but still safe!

Now I will be monitored twice a week with stress tests (measuring contractions and fetal movements and such) and once a week by ultrasound (checking his fluid levels and also cervical length) My cervix was long and shut (4 cm I think he said?) I am to be drinking LOTS of fluis, taking long baths, laying lots on my left side and just focusing on baby till deliverary day. IF his amniotic fluid drops below 5 in the next few weeks we will go in that day and deliver the baby early. He would be able to grow better on the outside than the inside at that point. Untill then we hope and pray his fluid levels remain high enough that he is safe. I would REALLY like him to grow in moms belly a little longer if possible :) Good news is that my high risk OB said his kidneys were fine (my regular ob was saying they were dilated) They seemed to disagree on this but I will take the high risks dr.'s word on this since he is used to these sorts of things.

The past few days I was a nervous wreck. I tried hard not to be- but I was SERIOUSLY worried about today- the though of going in to deliver this early didn't feel right. I have nothing ready- and my baby isn't cooked all the way yet- so I am EXTREMELY grateful for all the prayers for baby Declan- they are helping for sure! My mom being the worry wort she is came over and is shoving all sorts of natural juices and veggies down my throat- not gonna complain though because I'm sure it can only help :)


SO for now- I am on medical leave at work. Can I just tell you how strange this feels. I have literally NEVER (besides vacations) been not working since HIGH SCHOOL. I didn't even have a week break between jobs I would just move from one job to another. I have been at my current job for almost 8 years now so this is SO weird to me. I have only been off two days and I feel guilty for some reason. I did decide to go back to work tomorrow for one more day. My team is working half the day and then doing some fun activity for the rest of it. I figure it would be the perfect way to tie up loose ends and say goodbye to everyone properly. I am going to realx and get excited since my baby shower is THIS Saturday!!! FINALLY time to go out and buy all of Declan's things he needs. I finally have time to pack my hospital bag, finish the nursery and all the projects I have been working on, and REST! How fabulous does that sound? Like I said- could have been much worse. :) Next week I am excited to see if the fluids get better! I just know this baby boy is a fighter- he has been from day one. 8 more weeks to meet my little fighter embryo- it's been quit the ride. :)

At the end of the day I ate this to make me feel better...let me tell you best. icecream.ever. Go get some. :)

9 comments:

  1. I was just thinking about you and went to check my reader. I am glad to hear the fluid is improving - good job Momma :) I'm also thrilled to hear this doctor thinks his kidneys look good. Sending lots of good thoughts your way, and hoping that Declan can stay inside a while longer. So excited to hear about your shower :) (((hugs)))

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  2. The baby grows more in the last few weeks hun. I am sure he will pack on some lbs in the next few weeks! :-) Glad that this new dr says he is doing well. Keep drinking water and taking those baths!

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  3. OH my GOODNESS, I had no idea that any of this was going on!!! I am so glad that your fluid levels went up (I had no idea that long baths helped, that's good to know!) It will be nice to have some down time at home before he comes! I wasn't planning on quitting my job with 1 month to go, but it turned out that I did, and it was really nice. But that's a HUGE change for you, so I can understand what a big transition that is. I am SOOO excited for the shower this Saturday, I am seriously counting down the days. Love ya tons. I am going to go try that ice cream TONIGHT!

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  4. 8 more weeks!!! Its all happening so fast! I'm happy for your awesome news, and glad theyre keeping a close watch on everything. I totally get how you feel about not working, I feel the same way.
    I'm so happy for you! Stay hydrated girl!
    <3

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  6. Home-Check Instant Ovulation Test is designed to detect the surge in Luteinizing Hormone (LH). The body always makes small amounts of LH but prior to ovulation it makes far more. This test device will detect the LH surge which happens in the middle of your menstrual cycle, about 1 -1.5 days before ovulation.

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  7. So so happy for you! It sounds like you have a great plan in place and are in the right hands. Have fun at your baby shower!!

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  8. So glad everything went well!

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  9. Take care of you and sending a prayer little D can stay put as long as possible. Glad the appointment went well and the ice cream looks delish

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